FULTON FAMILIES: A school of fish: The Westons just keep swimming

The favorites – Bob Weston used to tell each of his three daughters — Cindy, Alison and Kelly — that she was his favorite. It wasn’t until later that they found out they were all his favorites.  Photo courtesy of the Weston family
The favorites – Bob Weston used to tell each of his three daughters — Cindy, Alison and Kelly — that she was his favorite. It wasn’t until later that they found out they were all his favorites.
Photo courtesy of the Weston family

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of stories about Fulton Families. The monthly series tells the stories of families that have either lived in Fulton for ages or perhaps only a short while — but the common bond is that they love the city and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. If you know of a family we should highlight, please email Debbie Groom, Valley News managing editor, at dgroom@scotsmanmediagroup.com.

By Ashley M. Casey

It’s well past Christmas, but Bob and Sandy Weston’s tree is still decked out in the living room. It’s not a Christmas tree anymore, though — it’s a celebration tree.

“The bulbs come down (and) we put pictures, we put cards, birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations, any kind of card that we get from friends and from family we put on the tree,” Bob said. Continue reading

A Sportman’s World, by Leon Archer

By Leon Archer

This has been a great winter so far for Florida.

The Sunshine State has been getting big numbers of people trying to escape the cold and snow of the frozen north; In fact, they have been getting record numbers.

Motels, hotels and resorts have been putting out ‘no vacancy’ signs on a regular basis. The number of people getting out of the cold on a permanent basis is on the rise as well. Florida’s population has inched closer to that of New York’s.

A lot of us northerners like to take our fishing tackle with us and spend some time trying to come up with the makings of a fresh fish fry. Party boats and charter boats do a brisk business, but not like they would have been doing if Florida’s fishing regulations were a little more tourist friendly.

Party boat captains are able to find plenty of fish for their customers, but many of those fish, especially the most desired species, are off limits during the winter tourist season and have to be released.

The state regulations provide the wonderful gag grouper (don’t let the name put you off, you’ll never gag when you catch one or when you eat one) and the red snapper with full protection along the Florida Atlantic Coast between December and May. That takes the two major targets off the table right through the party boat’s best season.

I haven’t been out on a Florida party boat in the last six or seven years, and I’ve only been out on one charter boat during that time. I used to go several times a year.

I enjoyed fishing for bottom fish, but I also liked to bring a few fish in with me even if their fillets ended up being pretty expensive after paying my fare on the boat.

The odds of bringing a dinner in these days have gotten a lot longer. The only bright spot is the state has decided to allow fishermen to take black sea bass this year even though the limit is a lot smaller than it used to be.

Personally, I prefer to just fish on the Indian River or off some of the ocean piers. The chance of catching large fish in the river isn’t great, and in the section near Sebastian, the odds of catching anything isn’t great either.

But from Vero Beach south, the river is still fairly decent fishing. That’s where I’ll put my efforts when I’m in Florida.

If you are thinking of visiting Florida this winter and want to do some fishing, don’t despair. Check with the local bait shops and get some advice about where to fish and what to use.

Those shop owners are probably the best source you can find, unless you have a native to show you the ropes. If you see people fishing from a bridge or a pier, stop for a bit. Watch what they are doing, what they are using for bait, and what they are catching.

Then you can visit with some of them if they are willing to share, and most are. Those are two ways that I have learned a lot of what I know about Florida fishing.  Watch and learn.

Awards presented at speedway banquet

A number of awards were presented at the Oswego Speedway Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet.

They are:

2013 Ed Clark Spirit Award: John Byrnes.

2013 Oswego Speedway Recognition Award: Butch and Lorraine Kisselstein.

2013 Oswego Speedway Lois Matczak Women of the Year award went to Debbie Bond.

2013 Oswego Speedway Hall of Fame inductees are Mike Ordway, Dean Hoag, Soule Racing, Robert “Bud” Young and Bill Hartwell.

2013 Jake’s Automotive Oswego Speedway SBS Car Owner of the Year went to Jason Simmons.

2013 Jake’s Automotive Oswego Speedway Supermodified Car Owner of the Year went to John Nicotra. Presenting are track owners Eric and John Torrese.

2013 Jake’s Automotive Oswego Speedway SBS Crew of the Year went to the Four Sevens Motorsports.

2013 Jake’s Automotive Oswego Speedway Supermodified Crew of the Year went to Gosselin Racing.

2013 Turning Stone Oswego Speedway Favorite Driver Award went to Joe Gosek.

2013 Eagle’s Fan Club Tony White Memorial Award went to a father and son team of Dennis Rupert Sr and Jr.

2013 Eagle’s Fan Club Jim Shampine Memorial Award went to Gosek Racing.

2013 Butler Disposal Oswego Speedway SBS Rookie of the Year went to Jeremy Pitcher.

2013 PathFinder Bank SBS track champion Russ Brown.

Top 10 in 2013 Oswego Speedway SBS points: Kreig Heroth, Mike Bond, Jason Simmons, Rob Pullen, Jack Patrick, JJ Andrews, Russ Brown, Dalton Doyle, Ron Tascarella and Jon Tesoriero.

2013 Novelis Supermodified track champion is Otto Sitterly

Top 10 in 2013 Oswego Speedway Supermodified points: Joe Gosek, Pat Lavery, Dave Gruel, Michael Muldoon, Shaun Gosselin, Chris Smith, Dan Connors, Otto Sitterly, Dave Danzer and Michael Barnes.

John W. Morrell, World War II vet, worked at P&C

John W. Morrell, 88, of Oswego, passed away Tuesday Dec. 24.

He was born in Sterling, a son to the late Charles and Ella Morrell.

John retired in 1984 from P&C where he worked for 28½ years as a tractor trailer driver.

He was a member of the Red Creek Conservation Club since 1952 and had served as a past president. John was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II and was a member of the American Legion Prior Stock Post in Hannibal.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and skeet shooting.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, Betty DiBello, Robert Morrell and Harry Morrell.

John is survived by a daughter, Marleen Spencer of Fulton; a son, Damen (Linda) Morrell of Oswego; two sisters, Nancy (Beauford) Allen of WV and Connie Rotash of Red Creek; a brother, Stanley Morrell of TX; four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Funeral services are private.

Contributions in memory of John Morrell may be made to Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, 2996 County Route 45, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Thelma J. Sidman, former Hannibal tax collector

Thelma J. Sidman, 90, of Hannibal, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25 at Morningstar Care Center in Oswego.

A native of Victory, Thelma was a life resident of the Hannibal area. She had worked at Schuler’s Potato Chip Co. in Cato from 1940-1941 and served as tax collector for the Town of Hannibal from 1973-1993 and as school tax collector for eight years during the 1980s.

Thelma was a member and former trustee of the Hannibal Center United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher for several years and was a former financial secretary of the church.

She was also a member and treasurer of the United Methodist Women in Hannibal Center.

She had enjoyed sewing and reading.

Thelma was predeceased by her husband, George A. Sidman in 1998 and by infant twin great-granddaughters, Elaina and Jenna Sidman.

Surviving are: two sons, Lee (Cheri) Sidman of Hannibal and Ray (Martha) Sidman of San Bernardino, CA; a daughter, Sandra Loomis of Fulton; a brother, Howard Boyce of Perrysburg, OH; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Dec. 28 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Services followed.

Spring burial will be at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hannibal Center United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, c/o Cheri Sidman, 113 Cemetery Drive, Hannibal, NY 13074.

Ruth A. Briggs Baldwin, member of Fulton First United Methodist Church

Ruth A. Briggs Baldwin, 92, of Oswego, passed away Tuesday Dec. 24 at St. Luke Health Services surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Pennellville to the late Frederick and Ruth Dievendorf, she was a life resident of the Oswego-Fulton area.

In 1981, Ruth retired from Nestles Co. in Fulton after 12 years. She was previously employed at Sealright Co. and Woolworth’s, both in Fulton.

Ruth was a member of the Fulton First United Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Louis D. Briggs, who passed away in 1987, her second husband, Harold E. Baldwin, who passed away in 2006, as well as siblings, Velma Pierce, Helen Morrison and Arnold Dievendorf.

She is survived by her children, Bonnie (Chuck) Wheeler of NC, Bob (Dorothy) Briggs of CA, Andrea (Richard) Tucker of CT and Janet Green of Fulton; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; niece, Marlene Bracey.

Services were Dec. 29 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.  Spring burial will be at Pennellville Cemetery.  Calling hours were Dec. 28.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Heath Services, 299 East River Road, Oswego 13126.

Regina Husted, loved gardening

Regina H. Husted, 57, of Fulton passed away Saturday Dec. 28 at home.

She was born in Syracuse, a daughter to Carter Downer, Sr. and the late, Rita Marr Downer.

Regina enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and her cats.

She is survived by three children, Peter (Crystal) Francisco, Lance (Kari) Francisco and Shane (Heather) Francisco; her companion, Harry “Bear” Bowker; her father, Carter Downer, Sr.; a brother, Carter (Kathy) Downer, Jr.; her aunt, Carol “Aunt Sis” Claflin;  a cousin, Marge Malark; seven grandchildren as well as several extended family members.

Calling hours were Friday, Jan. 3 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Graveside services will be in the spring at North Volney Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Regina may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126-0102.

Melody A. Crouch, lived in Granby

Melody A. Crouch, 54, of Granby, passed away on Thursday Dec. 26 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse surrounded by her loving family.

Surviving are her husband of 35 years, Clayton C. Crouch; four daughters, Crystal (John) Clark, Jennifer (George) Szymanski, Angela and Kimberly Crouch; a son, Michael Crouch; her mother, Lois Woolworth; seven grandchildren; five sisters; four brothers; several nieces and nephews and by a lifelong friend, Bertha Carpenter.

She was predeceased by her father, Bernard Woolworth.

Calling hours were Dec. 30 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services immediately afer.

Burial will be in the spring at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Volney. Contributions may be made to the family.

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