Albert Wygant

Albert Wygant, 88, of Oswego died Monday December 1, 2014 in University Hospital, Syracuse. He was born in Oswego the son of the late Scott and Maude (Richmond) Wygant. He was predeceased by his son Michael Wygant in 2009. Mr. Wygant worked as a furnace technician for Babcock Oil, Fulton, in addition he also worked at Nestle’s Fulton and General Electric in Syracuse. Mr. Wygant served in the United States Navy during World War II. Mr. Wygant was a member of the Barbershop Society, and St. Mary’s Men’s Choir for 16 years. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Ruth Wygant of Oswego, and their children Susan (Donald) Crofoot of Martville, Diane (David) Ferris of Oswego, Peggy (Roderick) Longo of Phoenix, Steven (Nancy) Wygant of Oswego, his sisters Pearl Babiarz of Fulton, Ruth Ketchen of Syracuse and grandchildren Wendy, Christina, Shawn, Jeremy, Sara, Brad, and great-grandchildren Catherine, Dalton, Ethan, and Nicholas. A Memorial Mass will be held in the spring of 2015. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

Dale R. Emmons

Dale R. Emmons, 56, of Hannibal, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at Florida Hospital in Zephyrhills, Fla.

Dale was born in Fulton to the late Myrle and Bessie (Crouch) Emmons. He worked at the Nestle Corporation for 26 years as a machine operator.

Dale spent many years working on various race teams at the Oswego Speedway, and was also an avid NASCAR fan.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dawn (Barney) Emmons, of Hannibal; three daughters, Constance (Jared) Pritchard, of Hannibal; Stephanie Emmons, of Sterling; and Catherine Emmons, of Hannibal; two grandchildren, Curtis and Annabelle Pritchard, of Hannibal; two brothers, Gary Emmons, of Houston, Texas, and Albert Emmons of Hannibal; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Cayuga Street, Hannibal.

James D. Raney         

James D. Raney, 44, of Oswego died Thursday November 27, 2014 in University Hospital. He was born in Athens, Al., the son of the late William and Ruby (Davis) Raney. James has been a resident of Oswego for the past five years. He was a former member of the Order of the Masons in Mexico, N.Y., and he always enjoyed playing a joke and making people laugh. In addition to being predeceased by his parents he was predeceased by his sister Pamela Minnick. James is survived by his wife Kathleen Raney of Oswego; children Brittany, Ashley, and Sean Raney, all of Alabama; and his stepchildren Shawn, Mark, Brandon, and Tyler Washer, all of Oswego; his brothers Frankie and William Raney, and sisters Davie Smith and Sarah Higginbotham; and grandson Braydon and step grandchildren Emily and Sophia. Calling hours were Wednesday at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

Judson L. Oot

Judson L. Oot, 35, of Sterling, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, November 26 at his home. Born in Oswego, N.Y., June 20, 1979, he spent the majority of his life in the Martville, N.Y. area and a few years in Ira, N.Y., and had attended Hannibal and Cato high schools. For a very proud but brief time he was a member of the Ira Fire Department.Oot OB

Judson always said he learned everything about “wrenching” from his dad when he was a young boy. He had been employed over the years with several automotive service companies, starting at age 13 at Baker auto parts yard in Red Creek and was able to fix anything with a motor. Even worked for John Deere in Florida.

After a serious accident in 2007 in Florida left him with a TBI, he started his own small engine service. Known for a kind heart, he was always willing to help those in need.

Surviving are his partner and soulmate Barbara Hadcock of Sterling; his parents James and Juanita Oot of Ira, N.Y.; one brother, James Oot II of Ira, N.Y.; two nephews, Jacob and Cilas Oot of Ira, N.Y.; three uncles, Richard Oot of Albuquerque, N.M., Guy Osborn of Fla., and Roger Osborn of North Carolina; two aunts, Doris Mansfeld of Decator, Alabama and Lori Landford of Texas; many cousins, and some very best friends, Tom, Eric, Donny and Steve.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, William and Frances Oot, and maternal grandparents, Guy and Virginia Osborn and an uncle, Dale Osborn.

Calling hours and a memorial services were Wednesday at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal.

Doris S. Perkins

Perkins OBDoris S. Perkins, 68, of Hannibal, passed away on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at home. She was born March 2, 1946, a daughter to the late Norman H. and Laura A. Beckley Starr. Along with her parents, Doris was predeceased by her husband, Timothy in 2013, two sisters, Arlene VanVorst and Rose Hammond and one brother, Robert Starr.

She is survived by her four children, Norman Merrill of Hannibal, Maxine Merrill-Hines of Fulton, Raymond Merrill of Volney and Michael Merrill of Hannibal; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Maxine (Tom Blowers) Barrett of Oneida; brother-in-law Paul (Marge) Goodwell of Williamson and as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and a funeral service were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St. Fulton.

Amy Jo “Missy” Conner

Conner OBAmy Jo “Missy” Conner, 48, of Middletown and formerly of Fulton, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Born in Syracuse, she had lived in the Fulton area for many years before moving to Middletown in 2007. Missy had worked at DDA for more than 10 years. She enjoyed music, singing and spending time with her family and friends. She was predeceased by her son, Justin Michael, who passed away in 1985. Missy will be greatly missed and forever loved by her long time love, Jimmy Hasher; children, Jeramiah (Dana), Jessica (Eric) and Jennifer (TJ); parents, Phyllis and Tracy Wood; several brothers and sisters; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Mathew, Victoria, Kailey, Gabriella, Madaylnn, Cayden and Emerie; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Missy’s memory be made to American SIDS Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, Florida 34110 or

State St. UMC holding Christmas Bazaar

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State Street United Methodist Church will be holding its Christmas Bazaar and Auction, along with a cafe lunch on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a live auction at 2 p.m. One of the items featured in the auction will be this quilt that was sewn at Robin’s Nest Quilt Shop by participants in the Oswego Industries life program. The quilt was originally made and raffled off to benefit Friends of Fulton Parks. The winner, Ann King, gave it to her friend Janet Sellars, who then donated it to State Street church for its auction. The church is located at 357 State St., Fulton.

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CNY Arts Center celebrates new CCC location, partnership

By Colin Hogan

Following months of anticipation and preparation, the CNY Arts Center Friday formally celebrated the opening of its new location within Cayuga Community College’s Fulton campus.

Representatives from both organizations gathered for ribbon cutting at the campus Friday morning to officially commemorate the new partnership, which leaders from both sides say will be mutually beneficial.

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“The exciting thing about this is that we’ve entered into a partnership for collaboration,” said CNY Arts Center Director Nancy Fox. “Their space, for us, is an expansion from our current space, and will help us offer more to our artists. And we bring the accoutrements of theater and galleries and all that we do, so hopefully that can enhance opportunities for their students, too.”

Fox said having the arts center on campus will help CCC achieve one of it’s own goals: “to bring the community to the college.”

“This will be another reason for people who might not normally visit the college to go and see all they have to offer,” Fox said. “(The college) made a determination that they wanted to really bring in the community aspect, and that’s our promise to them — to bring the community to the college. Our hope is that the people who have been patronizing the arts center will also get involved with the college.”

Other key things Fox said the center gains from the new partnership are a more visible spot in the community, better access to its facilities and parking for visitors.

While the arts center remains grateful for its last space, which was provided by the State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton, Fox said the new facilities provide an environment that will help both accommodate, and recruit, more artists.

“Our last space was wonderful, and we were very grateful to have it,” Fox said. “They (the church) really gave us a chance to grow, but with all we’ve been able to do, we started to outgrow that space. And State Street (UMC) is such an icon in the community and doing big things, so they really needed the space back, too.”

The first CNY Arts Center endeavor to debut in the new facilities will be its upcoming Kids Onstage production of “Wizard of Oz,” which Fox said is one of the bigger events the organization coordinates each year.

“Kids Onstage is our biggest program,” Fox said. “We have 35 kids in the production for the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ which is huge, and everyone’s excited about this new opportunity.”

Following that show, which runs the weekend of Dec. 12, the center will begin working on its spring program. Fox said the center has lots of interesting endeavors on tap for early 2015, which include cabarets, open mic nights, the family-oriented “Snow Day” event, classes and galley exhibits.

“We’re going to be able to both do more programs, and improve the programs we have been doing,” Fox said. “The new location will enable us to accommodate some programs that just didn’t work out at the previous space. There’s just tremendous potential in all of this.”

In addition to the gallery space at the CCC location, CNY Arts Center will continue operating its Arts in the HeArt Gallery in downtown Fulton.

To keep up on what’s happening at both locations, Fox said people should regularly visit the center’s website,

“We’re unique in that we are a multi-arts organization — writing, visual, performances — so to really keep track of what we have going on in all of those different aspects, people can go to the website, which we are going to try to keep up-to-date with everything we’re doing,” Fox said.

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