News in Brief

Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego will serve an all-you-can-eat pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 11.

The menu includes your choice of French toast, waffles, or pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee or tea.

Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 45 E. Utica St. (corner of East Fourth at Utica Street) in Oswego.

For more information, you may call the church at 343-1715.

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Granby Center United Methodist Church is hosting an all-you-can-eat soup luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out) today, Saturday, Jan. 11.

Takeouts are available. The church is one mile west of Fulton on County Route 3.

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The first meeting of the new Fulton Alliance Church Pioneer Clubs will be from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.

The club are for children age 2 through sixth grade. The Fulton Alliance Church is located at 1044 State Route 48, two miles south of Pizza Hut.

Pioneer Clubs will meet every Wednesday evening and all children are welcome to come and join the fun and excitement.

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The First United Church of Fulton is having a series of health forums during January.

Each Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., local men and women will share their experiences from childbirth to menopause providing tips and tools for total wellness and improved health.

The programs are Jan. 15, 22 and 29 at the church at 33 S. Third St., Fulton.

The classes are free if you preregister by calling 593-1113 or emailing red4roxie@aol.com.

If you don’t preregister, they are $5 at the door.

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The Phoenix Public Library will host local fitness instructor Jennifer Johnson from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 in the Century Club Room.

She will give a presentation on nutrition and provide attendees the latest information on your best food choices for weight loss and weight control.

Johnson will talk about food choices and the optimum portion sizes for your nutritional needs. There will be handouts and a question and answer session after the program.

The event is open to the public.

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Registrations for the upcoming 2014 season for Fulton Little League Baseball and Softball will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 18 at the Fulton War Memorial.

Other dates for signups are noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1.

All boys or girls who reside in, or attend school in, the Fulton and Hannibal school districts are eligible to play Fulton Little Baseball or Softball.

A child must be 4 years old before May 1, 2014 for the T-Ball program. A girl cannot be 17 as of Dec. 31, 2013 and a boy cannot be 17 as of April 30, 2014 to play in their respective Senior Divisions of play.

All participants should present a birth certificate at the time of registration. A late fee will be assessed for any player registered after Feb. 1.

Anyone with questions can call John Florek, league president, at 591-4993 or Dave Webber, vice president, at 532-2598.

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Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego will have a Penny Carnival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

There will be games and activities of all sorts, such as a duck pond, bean bag toss, face painting, spin the wheel and more.

Don’t be stuck inside — come on out and join us to enliven a dreary winter day!

There will be hotdogs, popcorn, water and soda, too.

Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 45 E. Utica St. (corner of East Fourth at Utica Street) in Oswego.

For more information, call the church at 343-1715.

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The Fulton Board of Education and Superintendent William Lynch will host a morning coffee from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, in Room 130 at G. Ray Bodley High School.

The intent of the meeting is to provide members of the community and school district the opportunity to ask questions of the superintendent and school board members relative to thoughts and concerns regarding the Fulton school district, services and current education initiatives in the district and New York state.

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The First United Church of Fulton is conducting its first ever Karaoke Night at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the church, 33 S. Third St., Fulton.

Admission is free. Chuck Ramsey will be with us to provide the latest in Karaoke performance. Popcorn and soda will be served free of charge. All ages, children, youth and adults, are welcome to share in the fun. The community is welcome.

This event is sponsored by Children and Families Team of The Open Doors Neighborhood Center of the First United Church. For more information, call the Rev. David Nethercott at First United Church at 592-2707.

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The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce donated more than $900 to the United Way of Greater Oswego County for local food pantries.

The money was raised from a silent auction held at the chamber’s recent Holiday Social event. This is the third year the chamber has made this donation from this event.

Founded in 1915, the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce today has more than 500 members who are working to improve businesses and the quality of life for the entire region.

The growth of Oswego County has been top priority within the chamber for over 85 years and continues the legacy today. For further information on the Chamber, visit oswegofultonchamber.com.

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A New Year-New You Health and Craft Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Fulton Polish Home.

More than 30 vendors and crafters will be on hand. Admission is free and there will be giveaways, blood pressure checks and more.

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The Oswego Public Library’s learning center will offer a Twitter For Organizations workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 21.

This class is free and topics covered by the instructor include: tweeting, best practices for using Twitter for non-profit organizations, using Hashtags and understanding the site’s privacy settings.

In addition to our Twitter For Organizations workshop, the learning center will feature Computer Tune Up, Advanced Iphones, Downloading Ebooks for Ipads, Photoshop Elements, and SkyDrive.

Dates and times are as follows:

1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 11 — Advanced iPhone

2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 14 — Downloading E-Books for iPads

3 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 25 — Photoshop Elements

2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 — SkyDrive

The Library Learning Center is located on the lower level of the Oswego Public Library, and is open Monday-Saturday. All programs are free and open to the public.

Call 341-5867 to register for workshops or if you have further questions.

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Oswego City School District 2014 graduating seniors are invited to apply for scholarships or an occupational education award offered by the Oswego Rotary Club.

Applications are available at the Oswego High School guidance office or at the Student Services Office of Oswego County BOCES. Completed applications must be postmarked by March 31.

Each of four college scholarships provides $1,000, paid in two $500 checks upon the successful completion of full-time study in the first and third semesters of college.

The principal criterion for the scholarships is need for financial assistance in meeting college expenses, but consideration will also be given to high school academic record, school activities, community activities, academic honors and awards, quality of a written essay, and likelihood of success in college.

The occupational education award offers $500 for a graduating student who has completed an occupational education program.

Selection will be based on demonstrated skill in the chosen field of work and demonstrated leadership.

Applications may be requested or questions answered by calling 343-9692.

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A meeting concerning cover crops and soil health is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 18 at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County in Auburn.

The meeting is being held so the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service can kick off a National Soil Health Initiative.

The National Conference on Cover Crops & Soil Health in Omaha, Nebraska kicks off this major effort.

The NY USDA-NRCS State Conservationist Don Pettit will start the meeting and then there will be a live broadcast by webinar concerning the soil and crop initiative.

Howard G. Buffett, an Illinois farmer, conservatonist and philanthropist, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will lead the webinar by discussing: The Big Picture: Conservation, Cover Crops and Soil Health.

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The New Haven Senior Citizens are sponsoring a trip to Lancaster, Pa., April 29-30.

The trip is open to the public. Attendees will see “Moses” at the Sight and Sound theater and a play called “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” at the Dutch Apple Theater with dinner.

For more information, call Elaine Parkhurst at 343- 9475 or 289-2148. Reservations and deposits are due by the middle of February.

Barbara E. Devendorf, passionate about playing bridge

Barbara E. Devendorf passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at the age of 85.

She was born Jan. 22, 1928 in East Syracuse, N.Y., to the late Martin and Lucy Lawler.

She was employed for many years as an office manager in the medical field in New York, but had made her home here in The Plantation since 1992.

Barbara enjoyed golfing, but her true passion was playing bridge.

She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Paul Devendorf, of Leesburg; one son, Douglas (Jean) Devendorf of Fulton, N.Y.; two daughters-in-law, Sandra and Vicki Devendorf; five grandchildren, Wayne, Neil and Ian Devendorf and Jimmy and Justin Keller; and one great-granddaughter, Katie Ann Devendorf.

Barbara is also survived by a brother, Richard (Joy) Lawler of Zephyrhills, Fla.; and four sisters; Jeanne (Herbert) Bills of Port Orange, Fla., Vivian (Glenn) Cooper of Pennellville, N.Y., Mary Lou (Edward) Brown of Phoenix, N.Y., and Jacqueline (Carl) Caltabiano of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; a sister-in-law Jean Lawler, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Wayne and Richard Devendorf, and a brother; Martin Lawler Jr.

A memorial service for Barbara will be held in the Page-Theus Funeral Home in Leesburg, Fla. at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 14. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 12:30 p.m. Tuesday until the time of services.

Burial will take place at a later date in Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton, N.Y.

Memorials in Barbara’s honor may be directed to the Cornerstone Hospice, Tavares, Fla.

Juanita Dobbin VanLinder, worked at Mimi’s

Juanita Dobbin VanLinder, 101, of Fulton, died Monday Jan. 6 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Juanita was a homemaker and worked at Mimi’s Drive Inn as a light cleaner for 30 years, retiring in 2004. She was an animal caretaker and was known to take in stray animals.

Juanita was predeceased by her husband, Byron A. VanLinder in 1966; her daughters, Nancy VanLinder in 1947, Merlin Townsend in 1997 and Sally Leubner in 2013; two sons, Lee VanLinder in 2010 and Carl VanLinder in 2012.

She is survived by two daughters, Patti (Rodney) Leubner of Aurora and Irene Hall of Oswego; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be in the spring at Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander.

Contributions may be made to the Oswego County Humane Society, 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY 13126. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Mary F. McCann, worked at Sealright for 39 years

Mary F. McCann, 89, of Volney, died Friday Jan. 3, 2014, in the Oswego Hospital.

Mrs. McCann was born in Scriba, the daughter of the late Leon and Eva Bartlett.

She retired from Sealright Corp. as a machine operator after 39 years of service.

Mrs. McCann was a member of the Volney Seniors.

She is predeceased by her sons, Norman and Gerald Grant, and her brother Earl James Monroe.

Mrs. McCann is survived by her husband of 57 years, Brindsley O. McCann of Volney; her brother Ross Bartlett of Fulton; sister, Jane Daniels of Fulton; four grandsons Gary, Jerry, James, Tim; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Jan. 6 at the Sugar Funeral Home Inc., with the Rev. George Wurz.

Spring burial will be in New Haven Cemetery.

Calling hours were Jan. 5 at the funeral home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Sandie Szatanek, registered nurse at Upstate

Sandie Szatanek, 66, of Baldwinsville, went home to her eternal father Monday, Jan. 6 with her family by her side.

She was a registered nurse at SUNY Upstate for more than 30 years and retired in 2004.

Sandie was a loving and caring wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and grandmother.

She was a communicant of Pope John XXIII Church in Liverpool.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, Georgia and John Wallace, Sr.; brothers, Louis Wallace and Jesse Wallace and sister, Jean Keeney.

Sandie leaves behind a lifetime of joy and memories which will continue to be celebrated by her husband, Frank; children, Denise (Todd) Moorhead, Pamela Szatanek, Douglas (Allison) Szatanek and Steven Szatanek; as well as five grandchildren, Conner, Maegen, Emma, Adyson and Nathan.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday Jan. 9 Pope John XXIII Church, 8290 Soule Road, Liverpool, with burial at Assumption Cemetery. Calling hours were Wednesday Jan. 8 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rescue Mission, 120 Gifford St., Syracuse, 13202 or Hospice of CNY, 990 Seventh North St., Liverpool, 13088.

Gerry Vivlemore, had strong faith in God

Gerry Vivlemore, 71, of Scriba passed away Dec. 24, 2013, in Las Vegas, en route to visit her father.

Born in Syracuse in October 1942, she grew up in the Oswego area. A 1960 graduate of Bishop Cunningham High School, she had a strong faith in God that carried her through life.

She loved life and each member of her family; she will be missed by all who knew her, aloha for now.

She is survived by husband of 36 years Raymond; her children, Tina (Jeff) Henkiel of Vestal, Jim (Sue) Toy, Ken (Carolyn) Toy, both of Oswego, and Ray Vivlemore III of Auburn, and Christa VanWie of Mexico.

She is also survived by her father, John (Anita) Fragale of Arizona; and brothers John ‘Boo’ of Arizona, Tom of Nevada; sisters, Pat (Steve) Burch of Oswego and Michelle (Scott) Burgess of Texas; 11 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter; two aunts; an uncle; cousins; several nieces and nephews.

Gerry was predeceased by her mother, Francene Fragale of Oswego.

Gerry’s family wishes to give a very special thank you to the staff of University Physicians Oswego Oncology.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Per Gerry’s wishes there are no calling hours.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today — Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 — at St. Joseph Church, Oswego, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Gregory Kreinheder.

The Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego, is in care of the arrangements.

Cheri Sidman, longtime bookkeeper

Cheri Sidman, 66, of Hannibal, passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Syracuse, she lived in Baldwinsville and was a graduate of C.W. Baker High School before moving to Hannibal.

Cheri retired from OVIA/Streeter & VanSanford Insurance as the office manager after many years of service and was a professional bookkeeper.

She was a member of Hannibal Center United Methodist Church where she was bookkeeper and Hannibal Center Cemetery as bookkeeper and board member.

Cheri was a member of the Fulton Art Guild and was a painter in oils, watercolors and charcoals.

She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and photography.

Cheri was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Betty Reid and twin grandchildren, Jenna and Elaina Sidman.

Surviving are her husband of 35 years, Lee Sidman of Hannibal; three children, Alesia Byers of Titusville, FL, Casey Ware of Bradenton, FL and Arthur (Amy) Sidman of Hannibal; grandchildren, Sidney, Mallory, Kaleb and Caden; three siblings, Robert (Colleen) Reid of North Syracuse, Mark Reid of Brewerton and Debbie (Harry) Moffat of Pennellville as well as many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Thursday, Jan. 9, at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Services followed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hannibal Center United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, c/o Diane Whitcomb, 531 County Route 21, Hannibal, NY, 13074.

Real estate group donates to homeless youth program

The Oswego County Board of Realtors® recently presented Karen Merrill, coordinator of Oswego County Opportunities’ PATH program with a check in support of the programs’ efforts of helping area youth. Each year, the Oswego County Board of Realtors® organizes a fundraiser for the PATH program.

“Our members open their hearts and their pocketbooks to support the PATH Program,” said Gene Friske, Executive Officer of the Oswego County Board of Realtors®.

“We are happy to be able to assist such a worthwhile endeavor as OCO’s PATH program and I am pleased to say that our support has increased steadily over the years,” Friske added.

Established in 1991, OCO’s PATH program has provided hundreds of homeless youth with transitional independent living services and helped them become contributing members of society.

This year, the program was awarded another 5-year grant from the federal government to continue to provide services to the homeless youth of Oswego County.

“The donations we receive from caring organizations such as the Oswego County Board of Realtors® helped us provide youth in the PATH program with a little something special at Christmas such as food, clothing, and some gifts, many times these gifts are the only ones these youth receive.,” Merrill said.

“The homeless youth population is a very misunderstood and many times, unjustly criticized population,” added Merrill.  “PATH helps youth realize there are members of the community and that their community supports them and acknowledges the positive things they are doing to better themselves.”

Those interested in learning more about the PATH program may contact Karen Merrill at OCO’s Crisis & Development Services office, 598-6664, ext. 1708.

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