Patricia Galvin, active at Fulton Christian & Missionary Alliance Church

Patricia A. Galvin, 79, of Fulton, passed away Friday, Nov. 15 at Michaud Health Services in Fulton.

She had been a very active member of the Fulton Christian & Missionary Alliance Church where she served as a deaconess for 12 years; on the W.M.P.F.; board of ministry; kitchen committee; taught vacation bible school and other bible studies; a leader in the prayer chain as well as visiting people in hospitals, nursing homes and private residences.

Patricia hosted missionaries in her home and was involved in missionary work. She worked quietly behind the scenes to help others and was very humble.

Patricia enjoyed sewing and was especially active with her family and grandchildren. She had been a volunteer for the Fulton Catholic School Lunch Program; youth confirmation; various church activities and as a founder of a church youth group.

She was a proud military wife for 22 years while her husband Larry served on tours of duty in Korea and Viet Nam.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Lawrence “Larry” Galvin of Fulton; eight children, Gail (Mark) Steele of MD, Larry (Nanette) Galvin Jr. of IL, Brent (Cathy) Galvin of Hannibal, Mike (Denice) Galvin of Fulton, Vicky (Mike) Hokanson of Fulton, Jeannie (Tim) Salisbury of Buffalo, Tricia (Jeff) Spoto of North Syracuse and Linda (Chad) Sheldon of Fulton; 20 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.

Calling hours were Tuesday Nov. 19 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday (today) at the Fulton Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, Route 48 South, Fulton with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Parkinson Disease Assoc., Inc., 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305.

Raymond W. Powers, lifelong Scriba resident and avid outdoorsman

Raymond W. Powers, 448 Myers Road, Oswego, a lifelong resident of Scriba, passed quietly at Seneca Hill Manor, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

Ray was born on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26, 1931 at his parents’ home in Scriba. He was not a college graduate – he was a simple, honest, loyal family loving man who valued his family and the acquired friendships of those he admired and appreciated.

Those who knew Ray respected his no-nonsense purposeful ideals, his practical down-to-earth methods of dealing with everyday life.

Rays onset of health problems started early in life but did not deter him from his real loves and ambitions. His family came first, but secondly he was a lifetime sportsman and outdoorsman.

From a very early age his parents, his uncles and his friends instilled in Ray a love for the majestic mountains, the quiet gentle forests, the cool sparkling streams, the cold lake waters, and the deep swift flowing rivers.

He didn’t kill for sport, only for food. The older men taught him to respect all living things – the rabbit, the quail, the patridge (as Ray called partridge), the wapiti (deer), the fish – that provided nourishment for his family.

As a young man Ray worked on numerous muck lands for the local farmers, including the Marano family and for Ken Sheldon. He also worked as a stock boy at The Woolsworth 5 cent and 10 cent department store in Oswego. A week after graduating from Oswego High School, he went to work for The Nestle Co. in Fulton as a laborer.

Raymond married the former Betty Crandall from Hannibal and in a span of five years the couple were joined by four adorable sons: Garry Raymond, Dan Thomas, Scott Wilburt and Patrick Lee.

After 15 years at Nestle, seeking a much different work environment with much improved benefits, Ray obtained employment with The Alrall Company, later called Alcan Aluminum Corp., in Scriba, where he worked for 25 years.

He retired in August 1989, from his team leader position on the 72-inch high-speed cold rolling mill. His coworkers endearingly nicknamed him Dad – he was the oldest man on his crew and senior man as well.

Ray was a past member of the United Methodist Church of Scriba and a member of the United Baptist Church, Route 104, of Scriba. He had served with the Scriba Volunteer Fire Department and the Alcan Emergency Squad.

Ray served as sexton at Peck Cemetery, Scriba and for several years as a dog warden in Scriba. Ray was a member of Nicks Lake Rudland Gun Club in Old Forge, in the Adirondacks, and a member of The Butterfly Waterfowl Club, Scriba and for more than 60 years was a member of The Spikehorn Camp in Brantingham.

I’d like to close with this reflection because of his love for western books and movies. Ray has now seen his last sunset, answering the call to the final round-up. His spirit will be with us forever and always.

I am confident we will meet again at the campfire in the sky. Lord, hear our prayers as his life on earth has changed but it has not ended – Ray journeys on with the Great Spirit, may he rest in eternal peace. The passing of time will never heal our hearts completely but those of us remaining have to go on – there will be new horizons to see and live through.

Ray was predeceased in death by his first wife, Betty; his beloved parents, Harold and Emma Raymond Powers; his brother, Jacky; and his sister, Norma Powers Cronk.

Remaining to cherish his memory is his wife of 21 years – Nan Wright Powers; his four sons, Dan T. Powers and wife, Judy of Fulton, Garry R. Powers and wife, Deborah, Patrick L. Powers, and Scott W. Powers, all of Oswego; 12 grandchildren, Stephanie, Tammy, Amanda, Jade, Shannon, Kimberly, Christopher, Rachel, Joshua, Nicholas, Andrew and Jeremy; 19 great grandchildren, Jeffrey, Derrick, Olivia, Lillian, Cayley, Maxamus, Terry (T), Bentley, Trayton, Emma, Lochlyn, Makennah, Kamdyn, Nathan, Ella, Ava, Ewan, Tennyson and Rowan.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Nelson funeral home from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, followed by funeral services with Rev. Vivian Summerville, at the funeral home 11 W. Albany St. Oswego.

Burial will be in the Powers’ family plot, Peck Cemetery, County Route 4 (Hall Road), South, Scriba, NY.

Expressions of sympathy may directed in his memory to The Scriba Christmas Project, which his parents, Emma and Harold Powers, originally organized on Klocks Corners Road at their home, or to an organization of your choice.

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Hannibal girls’ varsity basketball hopes to return to playoffs

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls’ varsity basketball team has two goals for the 2013-14 season.

Hannibal will be looking to build off of last season’s five wins effort and achieve their ultimate goal — returning to The Sectional Playoffs.

Hannibal comes into the season with a very experienced team, with eight returning players and seven of which are seniors. Coach Justin Enirght said senior leadership will provide the Lady Warriors with the stability any team needs to endure the ups and downs of a long season.

Enright compares the high school basketball season to a marathon. With this in mind, when practice begins, he expects his players to be physically prepared for what can be a long, strenuous season. Nearly all of Enright’s players took part in fall sports such as soccer or cross country, so most of his players begin the season in solid physical condition.

Seniors Gabby Griffin and Devin Sorell have been named team captains. This is the first time in Enright’s tenure as coach that he has named captains for the season. Usually, he names captains for each game while rotating captains throughout the season based on performance and leadership.

But, he considers Griffin and Sorell natural leaders as they have experienced the ups and downs the program has endured during the past few seasons. Griffin and Sorell also were also key parts to Hannibal’s sectional championship team two seasons ago.

“They know what it takes to make a run this year,” Enright said.

While assessing the schedule that awaits his team, Enright doesn’t pull any punches. He considers the Lady Warriors slate of opponents to be quite challenging. “The Class B girls’ basketball league is extremely competitive, but we look forward to the challenge.”, Enright said.

The most exciting aspect to Hannibal’s girls’ varsity basketball team is its depth. Enright said this is one of the deepest teams he’s ever had at Hannibal. However, he also likes how his younger players compliment his eight seniors.

One drawback is the Lady Warriors appear to lack height, which is a conflict Enright has dealt with before. “Like we have in past years, we will have to rely on our speed, quickness and good guard play to make up for our overall lack of height.”, he said.

Locals remember day Kennedy was shot 50 years ago

What were you doing 50 years ago Friday?

It is one of those moments that each generation seems to have — a moment when time stood still.

It is a moment when most everyone remembers where they were, what they were doing and how they felt when they heard the news.

For people age 80 and older, that day could be the attack on Pearl Harbor. For the younger generation today, it most like is 9/11.

But for many people, from seniors to baby boomers, what happened 50 years ago Friday, Nov. 22, will always be a part of their psyches. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated that day while visiting Dallas, Texas. It happened about 1:30 p.m. our time, and news quickly spread across Central New York, the nation and the world.

Like that year, Nov. 22 falls on a Friday again in 2013. Unlike 1963, people will not be fixated on every word and picture they see on the television for four days straight. — see all the preparations for the funeral, the long lines of people waiting to see the president’s casket, waiting to hear if the police caught the assassin, then two days later seeing him get killed on live TV.

Here is what some Fulton and Oswego folks remember about that day:

Ellen Kane, 70, president of the Women’s Club of Fulton:

“I was in college, D’Youville College in Buffalo. I don’t remember actually hearing about it. But  I remember people saying ‘get down to the lounge. Get down to the lounge.’ It was the only place with a TV. I remember the room was full of totally unbelieving people sitting in total silence watching. How could somebody do this? He was so young, had so much charisma. He was like a shining star.”

Ronald Woodward Sr., 64, Fulton mayor:

“I was in shop class, I was a freshman at Fulton High School. I remember the teachers crying and all the media blitz when I got home. I was sad — he was a very popular president.”

Thomas Gillen, 64, Oswego mayor:

“I was a freshman at Oswego Catholic High School. It was Friday afternoon and we were having a pep rally in the gym because the basketball team was going to be playing that night. They had already started the pep rally and there was an announcement that the president had been shot. They they came back with the announcement that he had died. I remember going back to homeroom and a lot of people were crying. I remember one girl was weeping. We didn’t play the game that night. And Sunday was always the day we would go out tot he turkey farm to ge our Thanksgiving turkey. I was watching TV and Oswald was shot. I remember thinking ‘I just saw someone killed on TV.’”

John DeRousie, 55, public relations professional, Fulton:

“Like everyone else alive at that time, I do remember it well. I was in first grade at St. Mary’s School in Oswego. Our teacher told us that the president had been shot. We were asked to close our books, and say a prayer for him. We were then dismissed and asked to leave quietly in single file. I also remember watching the funeral procession at home with my Mother. I felt a little nervous. I was too young to really grasp the magnitude of the situation, but I could tell from the nuns’ reactions and my parents’ reactions that this was a very bad thing. I realized it more when I watched the funeral procession and I distinctly remember seeing John Jr. salute as the casket went by.

Reuel Todd, 66, Oswego County sheriff:

“I was a sophomore sitting in study hall at Oswego HIgh School when they broke in with an announcement that President Kennedy had been shot. They broke in later to say he had died at the hospital and that they were making preparations to swear in Lyndon Baines Johnson. Even for us as kids, death to us wasn’t really real, but this affected everyone. I was watching everything I could on TV.”

Debbie Groom, 57, Valley News
managing editor:

“I was sitting in my second-grade class at Main Street Elementary School in North Syracuse. The principal, Mr. Miller, came over the loud speaker telling us the president had been shot. Doing something that probably wouldn’t be allowed today, he asked us all to pray. My teacher had a shocked look on her face. But she turned it into a teaching moment. She pulled down one of those rolled up maps that hung on the wall and showed all of us where Texas was and where Dallas was. A little while later, Mr. Miller came on the loud speaker again and told us the president had died and asked us to pray again. It was a day you’ll always remember.


Fulton modified football ends season at 3-3

 By Rob Tetro

After losing to Cortland and Cazenovia to begin the season, the Fulton modified football team went 3-1 to close out the seaon.

Coach Jeff Waldron said Fulton showed steady improvement throughout the season. After Cazenovia rolled past the Red Raiders, Fulton made a lot of adjustments.

Defensive coordinator Joe Meeks installed a new defense while offensive coordinator Harry Meeker made a few adjustments on offense.

Fulton’s adjustments quickly paid off. After starting 0-2, the Red Raiders earned wins over Jamesville-DeWitt, Chittenango and East Syracuse Minoa and then lost a heartbreaker to Christian Brothers Academy in their last game of the season. The Red Raiders scored what would have been the game winning touchdown with just a little time remaining. However, a block to the back penalty nullified Fulton’s touchdown allowing Christian Brothers Academy to hold on for the win.

The Red Raiders finished the season with a 3-3 record.

Coaches said  there were 46 players on the team this season, all of whom showed great work ethic. Overall, Fulton was a young, inexperienced team with only a handful of returning eighth-graders.

It was quite the opposite a season ago. Waldron came into the season with the tough task of replacing numerous eighth-graders who went on to have great seasons at the junior varsity level this season. In fact, players such as Travis Rice and Jarred Crucitti were a few freshmen that ended up playing at the varsity level this season.

Looking ahead, Waldron said if his team can remain as cohesive of a unit as they were this season, a bright future lies ahead.

Waldron points out that many coaching changes have been made within the program during the last few seasons. However, he feels very strongly that these coaches are determined to improving the program from top to bottom.

Waldron said Fulton Pop Warner Football is now on the same page with the schematics that are being developed with modified, junior varsity and varsity players. He suggests that connecting concepts with Fulton football players, Pop Warner on up, can lead only to good things down the road.

“I think that when all of the levels are working toward the same goal, it can only strengthen the program.”, Waldron said. “There is still a lot of work to do, but we are moving in the right direction.”

Heroin use on the rise in Oswego County

By Ashley M. Casey

Heroin accounts for the majority of Oswego County’s drug cases, according to the county district attorney’s office.

“It has skyrocketed. It is out of control,” said Jeff Kinney, an investigator for the DA. Kinney retired as a lieutenant from the Fulton City Police Department. “It’s a complete switch from last year,” he added. Previously, most of the county’s drug offenses involved crack cocaine, marijuana and alcohol.

Kinney cited many reasons for the increase in heroin abuse within the county.

“The potency of heroin in the last decade or so has increased, so you don’t have to inject as much,” he said. Kinney said heroin is cheaper and more widely available than other drugs.

Oswego County Undersheriff Gene Sullivan said that heroin used to be a “boutique drug,” available only to those who could afford expensive narcotics.

“Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, heroin was really expensive and really hard to get,” Sullivan said. “You just didn’t see it around here.”

Kinney also pointed to the recent painkiller addiction epidemic as a catalyst for heroin’s popularity. Heroin, like highly addictive painkillers such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, is an opiate drug.

David Guyer, resource coordinator for Oswego County’s Drug Treatment Court, made the prescription-street connection as well. He said some doctors may prescribe opioid painkillers “too liberally.”

“The addiction starts out as a legitimate opiate prescription from a doctor, or (the addict) takes someone else’s,” Guyer said.

He said people might sell excess pills, or teenagers might raid their parents’ medicine cabinet. Once the pills run out, heroin is a cheaper alternative for a similar high.

A study from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that prescription opiate addicts aged 12 to 49 are 19 times more likely than others in their age group to become addicted to heroin.

Guyer also said people with “unaddressed mental health reasons” may use illegal drugs such as heroin to self-medicate. “The heroin makes them feel better,” he said.

People of all types can become heroin users. Kinney said he could see no pattern in the demographics of heroin addicts involved in the cases he’s worked on.

“Based on our experience, it’s crossing all aspects of life. Race doesn’t matter. Occupation doesn’t matter,” Kinney said. “I think the trend is younger people are using it, but we know of older people using it too.”

Guyer said while the heroin cases he oversees are also a mix, there is somewhat of a socioeconomic pattern.

“Generally, I would say the people I deal with are of lower socioeconomic status,” he said. “However, I’ve seen people that come from more means that (use as well).”

A recent Post-Standard article reported that Onondaga County has already attributed 20 deaths to heroin overdose in 2013. That number is up tenfold from four years ago.

As of June 2013, no heroin deaths had been reported in Oswego County.

Kinney said he did not have figures on how many heroin overdoses Oswego County may have seen this year.

“Sometimes law enforcement isn’t called, and it’s found out later it was an opiate overdose,” he said.

Sullivan said that the heroin problem in Onondaga County has had a “ripple effect” on Oswego County. He said that people travel back and forth to Syracuse more often than they did in previous generations, and they may be bringing new drug trends back with them.

“For us, it almost ends up like a preview (of) things to be aware of,” Sullivan said. He added that this has made Oswego County law enforcement more “proactive” in tackling the county’s drug cases.

As for what can be done about the county’s growing heroin problem, there are many resources in place for addicts.

“From our perspective, we try through the drug court program … (to) divert more people into treatment,” Guyer said. He added that law enforcement officials have been “very supportive” of this plan.

Oswego County DA’s office to purchase equipment for local police agencies

The state is providing nearly $700,000 in grants so local law enforcement agencies can either purchase equipment for the first time or upgrade existing systems that allow them to video record interrogations, a practice widely recognized as enhancing the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.

In Oswego County, $11,708 will go to the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office for use with the Fulton, Oswego, Phoenix and Pulaski police departments and Oswego County Sheriff’s Office.

“With these grants, New York State is giving local law enforcement the resources they need to enhance the integrity, fairness and effectiveness of our criminal justice system,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “The practice of video recording interrogations helps prevent wrongful convictions and at the same time, protects investigators from false allegations. These grants will provide an important and recognized tool to law enforcement agencies that will help better protect our communities.”

District Attorneys’ offices in 29 counties across the state will use the grants to purchase or upgrade equipment for 150 agencies, including police departments and sheriffs’ offices, bringing the number of agencies that will use the technology statewide to about 400. There are more than 500 police departments and sheriffs’ offices in New York.

Of those 150 agencies, 55 are receiving grants from the state for the first time. With these grants, each of the state’s 62 counties will have agencies that video record interrogations.

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