Jerry’s Journal

Most everyone who grew up back in the day has fond memories of their old neighborhood, the streets you walked to your friends’ house and to school, and the houses and the people who lived in them along the way.

My neighborhood was in the Sixth Ward and North Sixth Street became my pathway to the world as I knew it back then.

Well, you know how it goes, the years flew by and the next thing I knew I was grown up, married to Mike Hogan, living up over my parents on Porter Street, and was pushing a baby carriage up and down North Sixth on my way to most everywhere I went.

Mike was just starting out at Niagara Mohawk and we didn’t have a car yet. (I think that baby carriage had more mileage on it than most cars did when our first child was born back in 1953!)

“Let me see your baby,” a young woman sitting on a porch on North Sixth called out to me one fine day. That led us to admiring each other’s infants — my little girl and her little boy — both of whom, of course, were the most adorable babies you’ve ever seen!

My new friend’s name was Geri Garbus. She and her husband, Fred, were renting an apartment from her grandfather and grandmother, Rex and Goldie Carvey.

Come to find out, Geri is sister to Joyce Carvey (Boynton) who is one of my classmates, and the oldest of the four Carvey sisters: Geri, Joyce, Judy and Joan.

The Carvey house was on the opposite corner of North Sixth and Seward Street from my grandparents, Ralph and Edna McKinney, where I spent many an hour, so Geri and I saw each other quite often. (View’s grocery store, later to become Koval’s, was just across the street.)

Now fast forward to a few weeks ago when Geri (who also goes by Jeri or Gerry), called and said she’d like to put our heads together to see who and what we could remember from our days on North Sixth Street.

By the way, how many other Gerrys did we know? Geraldine Blakeslee, Geraldine Hubbell, and Geraldine, who was the manger of Harper’s store, was about all we could come up with!

Thus we chatted at my kitchen table, drank tea, reminisced and got so busy enjoying it that we skipped around that neighborhood, randomly mentioning this person or that person as he or she came to mind. So, Dear Readers, bear with me as I do the same.

Rex Carvey was a well-known local politician, an alderman or county legislator, we couldn’t remember, except, as Geri recalled, he was known as a “supervisor” back then.

She spoke lovingly of her Grandma Goldie Carvey.

“Everybody wanted to have their picture taken in Grandma’s garden,” she said. “Shirley Jenkins was the next place after the garden.”

Earl View had the store but wasn’t a bit friendly — “a son-of-a-gun — but his wife was nice,” she said.

Elsie O’Neil lived down Seward Street. She was a nurse who took care of almost everyone who ever spent time at the old Lee Memorial Hospital.

“A little old man lived all by himself,” also on Seward Street; he made Geri “a grater out of a tin can.”

Starting at Porter Street and going south, there was Dick Guyer, a boy my age and a great clarinet player, his mother a maternity nurse at Lee Memorial, and his father, a cop on the beat.

Across from them was Jack Percival, his mother, brother and sister.

Now crossing Freemont Street but still on North Sixth,was the Young family, some of them cousins and some siblings: Mary Ellen, Pricilla (Marcino), John and Kay (Cafolla).

Down a couple of houses were Mrs. Diehl and her children Yvonne and Phillip. They were next to my grandparent’s house. Keith Smithers lived across the street from them.

Gloria Simons (Lyons) lived on the corner of Freemont and North Sixth. Also on that side of the street was the Koenigs, Carol (Kellogg) and Janice (Kincaid) Koenig, and Emma Rowlee who married Jack Walsh.

Going west off North Sixth onto Freemont Street, there was Lola Wells and her twins, Frances and Franklin. They were a year ahead of me in school.

Going east on Freemont, there were the Truesdales, the Wordens — Carl Worden was a great little guy, and Neil, Barbara and Jean Barnard, Theresa Maloney (Dings), Muriel, “Tootie” Ingersol and her sister Shirley (Terzulli) and her brother Bruce, while Chuck and Sally Shortsleeve, and John, Earl and Dick Dempsey lived farther up Freemont.

Okay, Dear Readers, I’m going to stop here and finish this sweet sojourn another time. Because as I write this, I have Christmas on my mind; it’s such a busy time of year! So I wrote a poem about it:

‘Tis the Season

 

‘Tis the season

For blowing snow

For saying stuff like Ho, Ho, Ho,

It’s off to the mall we go!

 

But…whether you shop a lot

Or trim a tree or not…

Always remember in December

Jesus is still the reason for the season.

Now, here’s my caveat: Reader beware! 

I write for fun. I am not a historian, nor a reporter. I write from memory and from what others want to share. Sometimes I look things up; sometimes I mess things up.

I hope you have fun reading my stuff. Your comments, additions and corrections are always welcome.

You may contact me at 133 Tannery Lane, Fulton, phone 592-7580 or email JHogan@aol.com. Please put Jerry’s Journal in the subject line.

Thanks!

Oswego police add K-9 officer

The Oswego City Police Department is pleased to announce the addition of its new K-9 unit consisting of Officer James LaDue and Crixus, a 2-year-old Dutch Shepherd donated by the State Police.

The pair recently completed a New York State Police 20 week Basic K9 Handler training program in Cooperstown, where they were trained in tracking, building searches, handler protection and narcotic detection.

Additional funding for the program including food, equipment and veterinary bills have been supplemented through forfeitures acquired by the Oswego City Police Anti-Crime Team.

Stacia Swiader, worked for Sealright and Nestles

Stacia Swiader, 96, of Fulton, died Monday Dec. 2 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

She was born in Oswego, NY to the late Peter and Caroline (Chowanice) Chernachowicz.

Mrs. Swiader was previously employed with Sealright Corp., Fulton and she later retired from Nestles Co., Fulton.

Mrs. Swiader was a past member of the St. Michael’ s Altar Rosary Society and Fulton Polish Home Ladies Auxiliary.

She was predeceased by her first husband Matthew Okoniewski, and second husband Michael Swiader.

Mrs. Swiader is survived by her daughter June Okoniewski Burrell of Buffalo; two grandchildren Matthew Burrell, and Gregory Burrell; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews including David and Catherine Okoniewski.

Funeral services were Friday at Holy Trinity Church where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Rev. Robert Stephenson. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Diane Spaulding, avid Bingo player

Diane Spaulding, 77, of Oswego, died Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013 in St. Joseph Hospital, Syracuse.

Mrs. Spaulding was born in Buffalo, NY, the daughter of the late Michael and Dorothy (Gray) Valley. Mrs. Spaulding lived in Akron, NY most of her life before moving to Oswego in 2010.

She loved spending time with her family, and she was an avid Bingo player, which was a love she passed down to her daughters and granddaughters. Mrs. Spaulding enjoyed her nightly card games with her friends.

She was predeceased by her husband J. Douglas Spaulding in 1991, her daughter Dodie L. Spaulding in 2000, and her siblings Nancy St. Onge, Michael Valley, and Suzanne Stratton.

Mrs. Spaulding is survived by her daughters Cynthia Spaulding of Oswego, Linda (Herb) Waterson of Lockport, Pamela (Douglas) Ribbeck of Lockport; six grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

Services and burial will be private. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Arlene Crane, active member of Church of the Nazarene

Arlene M. Crane, 82, of Fulton, went to be with the Lord, Sunday Dec. 1 at University Hospital in Syracuse.

Born in Ballston Spa, she had lived in the Fulton area since 1952.

Arlene was an active member and Sunday school teacher at The Church of the Nazarene.

She was predeceased by her husband, Warren “Dick” Crane, who passed away in 2006.

Arlene is survived by her children, Constance C. Colling of Mexico, John W. Crane of Palermo, Paul R. Crane of Fulton and James R. Crane of Somerville, NJ; two grandchildren, Karen Miller and Keith Colling; one great-granddaughter, Kendall Miller.

A service was held Thursday at The Church of the Nazarene, 914 Utica St., Fulton.  There were no calling hours.

Contributions in memory of Arlene, may be made to The Church of the Nazarene, 914 Utica St., Fulton, 13069.  Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Sybil Dellomorte, vet technician and worked for Kathy Lee’s Home Care

Sybil Dellomorte, 73, of Cleveland, passed away Friday, Nov. 29 at University Hospital after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

She was born on July 6, 1940 in Fulton, NY, a daughter to the late, Francis and Georgina Butterman Loosen. On Aug. 29, 1958, Sybil married Richard Dellomorte in Syracuse.

She worked as a veterinarian technician at Oneida Animal Hospital for many years and also worked for Kathy Lee’s Home Care in Sylvan Beach.

Sybil is survived by her husband of 55 years, Richard Dellomorte; children, Susan (Donald) Stachewicz, Michael (Nancy) Dellomorte, Richard Dellomorte all of Cleveland, Barbara (George) Prehoda of Saratoga Springs, Anthony (Jen) Dellomorte of Cicero and Christina of Fulton; a sister, Karen Tice of Bonners Ferry, ID; a brother, Norbert Loosen of Fulton; Sybil was blessed to have 13 grandchildren, four great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by three brothers, Gary, Louis and James Loosen; two sisters, Gertrude Tracy and Joan Pallotta.

In celebration of Sybil’s life, the family will receive friends and relatives at Castaway’s Riverside Restaurant, 916 County Route 37, Brewerton, NY 13029 from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

The family will have a private burial at a later date. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

News in brief

J.J. Lane, contractor for the on-going combined sewer separation project in Oswego, says there will be some road closures and detours the week of Dec. 9 due to the project.

Weather permitting, the road closure/detour will go into effect at 7 a.m. Dec. 9 at the intersection of West First Street and Ellen Street. All southbound traffic on Route 48 (West First Street), will turn onto Murray Street and proceed to Munn Street, turning east onto Munn and continuing to Route 48.

All northbound traffic on Route 48 (West First Street) will be detoured at Munn Street, proceeding on Munn Street to Murray Street, turning north onto Murray Street and continuing to Route 48.

On Friday, Dec. 13, the intersection at West First Street and Ellen Street will re-open to all traffic.

Call the city engineer’s office at 342-8153, if you have any questions or concerns.

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The Fulton Medical Center will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in the healthcare facility’s lower level conference room.

Members of the public are encouraged to donate a pint of blood during the drive. To make an appointment, call 592-3505. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Those donating are asked to use the Park Street entrance.

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The congregation of the Southwest Oswego United Methodist Church is preparing for its annual Live Nativity and Nativities by Candlelight event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

Church members will present a tableau of the special night at Bethlehem when Christ was born in the manger. The scene, which also includes live animals, will take place outside in the shed.

Inside the church sanctuary a wide variety of Nativity sets will be on display in candlelight. The Nativity sets, on loan from church families and friends, have in past years ranged in size from a scene in a walnut shell to a large white ceramic set.

Last year there were over 100 sets on display. There are new additions every year as some church members have started collecting Nativity sets.

There will be some new surprise additions to the live Nativity this year. The gazebo will be decorated with trees and lights, making it a perfect spot for family pictures.

Children attending will receive a special Nativity gift from Ernie the donkey. Cookies and cocoa will be served.                                                                                                                                               The church is at 7721 State Route 104 west.

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The annual St. Joseph’s Church’ Craft Show and Bake Sale  is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Parish Center, across from the YMCA.

Fifty vendors will be available. The site is handicapped accessible.

Homemade soup and chili will be served for lunch as well as home-baked goodies for dessert. Proceeds from this year’s show will again benefit the building repairs.

The show will feature a huge bake sale as well as craft item such as , including homemade breads, rolls and dog sweaters and catnip toys, handmade crocheted and knitted hats, sweaters, scarves and mittens, angels dressed in brocade, doll clothes for Barbie and other baby dolls. Crochet-topped towels, slippers, scarves, jewelry, Christmas wreaths, lamps and nightlights created from recycled wine bottles, birdhouses and walking sticks.

Hourly raffles also will be drawn and you must be present to win.

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Oswego AmeriCorps Member Gabrielle Vono will be hosting a community involvement project to benefit the Oswego Animal Shelter.

Vono is asking for donations of canned dog or cat food to help increase the shelters supply.

Donations can be made directly at the shelter from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, the Oswego AmeriCorps Youth Bureau entrance from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday- Friday, or the Fulton Public Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Donations will be accepted Dec. 3 through 23.

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About 200 jobs are expected to be created by the end of next year when Gatehouse Media’s Center for News and Design relocates to Austin, Texas.

Gatehouse Media, based in Fairport outside of Rochester, owns and operates 431 newspapers, including the Palladium-Times in Oswego.

The move is expected to be completed by spring 2014 when all design house publications will transition to Austin.

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It is New Year’s Resolution time and the Red Creek Community Center has you covered.

The center is offering new classes this session. Classes include: Build and Burn Total Body Workout, Personal Training, Yoga, Bone Builders Osteoporosis Club, Twinges and Hinges Arthritis Club, Walk/Run Group, Weight Loss Body Transformation Program, Full Court Pick-Up Basketball for ages 16+ and Full Court Pick-Up Basketball for ages 40+, recreational volleyball league, and Red Cross Swimming Lessons.

Registration for all programs begins Friday, Dec. 13. All classes begin the week of Jan. 4.

The Red Creek Community Center also has a fitness room with Cybex strength equipment, cardio equipment, and free weights, a gymnasium with an indoor track, a 25-yard pool with 1 meter spring board, a sauna, steam room and spa, a racquetball court and multi-purpose room.

Stop by the Community Center or call 754-2065 for more information.

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The Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church recently joined in making Christmas Shoe Boxes with other area churches to help with the Mission of Operation Christmas Child.

The program was founded to to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world.

The 84 shoe boxes were completed under the direction of Betty Crouch. The boxes contained toys, school supplies, tooth brushes, tooth paste, soap, wash cloths, hair brushes, combs, flashlights, hard candy, socks and more.

The church is located on County Route 45, Fulton.

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Believers Chapel North invites you to come and celebrate with us as we enter into this new Holiday Season.

The church meets at 10 a.m. every Sunday. The music is contemporary in style and the sermons are relevant to everyday life. Full family ministry is offered each Sunday.

Doors are open several times during the week for various activities.  The community is invited to all upcoming events. Arise Youth Ministries meets weekly from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the church. Teens in grades seven through 12 are welcome.

The next Second Friday Prayer will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 13. Anyone is welcome to join this time of prayer.

A coffee house is conducted at 7 p.m. the fourth Friday of every month. This is a relaxed atmosphere with a few songs of worship and some discussion around the topic of “God is…”  Then there is time for coffee and socializing.

A favorite event at Believers Chapel North is the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service from 6 to 7 p.m. It is a beautiful tradition of Christmas carols, drama, worship, an encouraging message and candle lighting.

Believers Chapel North can be found at bcnorth.org or by calling 963-4100. The church is located at 5375 State Route 3 in Mexico, one mile south of the Mexico post office.

Oswego County gets $6 million grant to enhance E-911 radio system

By Debra J. Groom

A $6 million grant for Oswego County’s 911 radio system has been approved by the state.

The county’s 911 Director Michael Allen said the money will be used to enhance parts of the county’s new radio communications system. A total of 17 counties were awarded grants through the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

Oswego County rolled out its new $28 million radio communications system last summer. New radio communication towers were built in Fulton, Scriba, Oswego Town, Orwell, Parish, Pulaski and northern Redfield. Existing towers in Redfield, Constantia, Hastings, Granby, Boylston, the city of Oswego and the hub site, at the Oswego County Justice Center, were refurbished. New handheld radios were purchased for emergency responders such as police and firefighters.

The new system not only provides better communications within the county (people in the Tug Hill area of Redfield now can talk to people in Phoenix or Hannibal), but also links Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, Cortland and Onondaga counties.

E-911 officials said the old radio system did not allow officials in one county to communicate with emergency officials in neighboring counties.

This was evident in 2005, when a train derailed in Central Square and some of the 28 cars contained toxic chemicals. Emergency responders from four counties, including Oswego and Onondaga, were on the scene, but emergency workers from Oswego County couldn’t talk by radio with Onondaga County workers, because their radio systems were incompatible.

Allen said the $6 million grant will be used for the following:

1. Expand the existing radio system to allow  agencies responding to Oswego County who operate outside the network to communicate using National Mutual Aid frequencies.

2. Provide  a redundant Prime Site and harden existing connectivity with suurounding counties to ensure critical communications are received..

3. Upgrade and replace radios using proprietary encryption. to comply with future interoperable requirements

4. Conduct a series of exercises and training to demonstrate interoperability and strengthen existing procedures in operating the system.

5. Conduct a study with recommendations to provide further shared services within the region , control costs and continue to provide the highest level of service to the public.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced earlier this week the $80 million in grant funding to strengthen local emergency preparedness capabilities in municipalities. The money comes from the cell phone surcharge users pay on their monthly cell phone bill.

This was the third round of funding for these grants. During the three rounds, 53 counties across the state will benefit from a total of $197 million that has been awarded.

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