Alan Lee (Skip) Todd, 84, died on June 26 in Daytona Beach, Fla., from complications suffered in a fall in April. He was born in Ellenville, N.Y. to Alvin H. Todd and the former Owella Bollin, but resided for the first third of his life in Fulton. He relocated to Port Orange, Fla., in 1984 with his wife Susan, who survives him. His work career began at Nestle in Fulton, after which he worked at General Electric in Syracuse and retired from General Dynamics/Electric Boat in Connecticut as a submarine designer. He remained fond of the memories of growing up in his home town — he remembered it as a good place in which to grow. He was well known locally as an all-around athlete in high school and, afterward, playing football, baseball, softball, swimming and for a limited time the pole vault and high jump. He was also a bowler in Port Orange in his retirement. He graduated Fulton High School in 1948, but did postgraduate work for a year, mostly so he could play his beloved sports. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was married to the former Ruth LaFurney in 1950, and although their union ended in divorce, he was very proud of his children, Mike Todd of Connecticut, Michelle Seubert and Evan (Sandra) Todd of Tennessee, Gary (Darlene) Todd of Texas, Adele Seubert of Fairport, N.Y., and Eric Todd of Fulton. They all survive him, as does his sister Dolores (Paul) Lauricella, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. At his request, there will be no services. His remains will be interred in the Jacksonville, N.Y. cemetery at a later date.
William (Bill) John Whitens, 87, of Fulton passed to his rest on July 14 at Crouse Hospital after suffering a stroke the day before. Bill was born in Hermansville, Mich., where four brothers and other family still reside. He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Conibear) with whom he would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on August 21 of this year; five children, Lori (Gregory) Caracciolo of Chandler, Ariz., Brenda (Robin) Caster of Fulton, Judy Dygert of Fairport, Tim (Nancy) Whitens of Fulton, and Dan of Fulton. He enjoyed immensely his 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was a Korean War Veteran who served in Germany from 1950-52. Bill was a building contractor in the Fulton area for 50-plus years, which included building homes, remodeling and making furniture. He had a wonderful tenor voice and sang in the Fulton Men’s Chorus in the early 1960s and the Hamer Sing-a-long more recently. He attended Fulton First United Methodist Church for the past four years and before that attended Dexterville SDA church. Some of his hobbies included fishing, camping in the Adirondacks every summer and cutting wood. He and his son Tim have owned Willow Creek Farm Alpacas for 14 years. A memorial service will be held on July 18 at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Route 176, Fulton.
Sheri A. Harrington, 47, of Fulton, N.Y., died on Thursday June 18,2015 at Upstate University Hospital after a hard fought battle with cancer. She was born in Oswego and lived in the area most of her life. She was employed by Time Warner in Syracuse. She was a member of the Fulton Alliance Church and enjoyed the fellowship there. Along with others, recently she wrote “Her Story” in a book published by the church this past spring. Sheri was a graduate of G. Ray. Bodley High school and attended Oswego State University with a degree in elementary education. She was a member of Phi Lambda Phi sorority. She was an elementary school teacher in New York and Florida. Prior to teaching she was an airline attendant for American Airlines. She was also employed by the Youth Advocate Program (YAP) in Fulton where she invented and applied a method which is now called “The Sheri Method.” She also received the Youth Counselor of the Year award. Parents and children alike remember her as hard working, kind and generous. A cherry tree was to be planted in her honor by Dave Canfield, the former director of YAP on Saturday, July 11. Sheri loved her family, reading, writing, comedy and football. She always said her most treasured gift was her son Michael. Surviving are her parents, Shirlee and Jerry Schremp; her companion of nine years John Buchanan; her son Michael Buchanan; sister Karrie Schremp; three brothers Ronald J. Harrington Jr., Sean Harrington and Jared Schremp; nephews Jake and Max Harrington; aunts Genie Maxam, Lynda Leigh and Linda Harrington; uncles Bob Leigh,Terry Tolbert; and extended uncles, aunts and cousins of the Schremp, Harrington, Leigh, Maxam, Mucha and Powers families. Funeral services were held at Fulton Alliance Church. Burial was at Mt. Adnah Cemetery June 23, 2015. Contributions may be made to Upstate University Cancer Center, Syracuse. Arrangements were in the care of Harter Funeral Home www.harterfuneralhome.com
Dorothy Durfey, 82; of Fulton will be buried 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 17 at Peck Cemetery, Scriba, N.Y. with the last rite of committal to be given by Rev. Vivian Summerville. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton has care of the arrangements.
Larry F. Sedner, 56, of Fulton passed away Sunday July 5, 2015. Born in Oswego to the late Carl and Adah Henry Sedner, he had lived most of his life in the Fulton area. He is predeceased by two siblings, Kenny Sedner and Pam Kenyon. Larry is survived by his siblings, Dennis M. (Linda) Henry, Linda Sherman, Mary Ann (Moe) Mulvaney, Terry J. Sedner and Holly L. (Jim) Manford and several nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours or services. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.
George F. Matthews Jr., 81, of Fulton died Wednesday July 8, 2015 in St. Luke Health Services, Oswego. He was born in Oswego the son of the late George and Zelma (Blake) Matthews. He worked with the Painter’s Local # 31 Oswego. Mr. Matthews served in the United States Army from 1953 until 1955. He was a former member of the VFW, Elks, American Legion, and the Polish Home. He loved all sports, especially baseball and the New York Yankees. He is survived by his daughters Becky (William) McCarron of Pa., Amy Matthews of Pa., Sarah (David) Soutar of Elmira, and siblings Sharon (John) Huddleston of Alexandria Bay, Mary (Dan) Parrish of Baldwinsville, Frances (Gary) Oakley of Hannibal, Michelle (Walt) Dingman of Alexandria Bay, Kevin Crary of Watertown, Tim Matthews of Fla., Mark Matthews of Fulton, Patrick (Janet) Matthews of Oswego, David Matthews of Baldwinsville, Michael Matthews of Baldwinsville, Judy House of Baldwinsville, and Connie Bertollini of Baldwinsville, and several grandchildren. Graveside services will be Friday, July 17, 2015 at noon in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home 224 W. 2nd St. Fulton.
John Waloven, 91, of Fulton passed away Friday, June 26 at Oswego Hospital, Oswego N.Y. He was born in Fulton, N.Y. to the late Dennis and Magda (Yacura) Waloven. Mr. Waloven has remained a lifetime resident of Fulton. He was a United States Veteran having served in the Army from 1943-1945. Mr. Waloven retired in 1986 from Sealright Co., after 43 years of service. He was a lifetime member of the Fulton VFW and a past communicant of Holy Family Church, Fulton. Mr. Waloven enjoyed performing with his accordion for residents of the local nursing homes. He was a past communicant and council member of Our Lady of the Rosary, Hannibal. He and his wife Shirley were avid volunteers and successfully chaired Our Lady of the Rosary Chicken and Biscuit Dinner Committee for several years. They were also longtime communicants of Holy Trinity Church, Fulton and most recently Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minetto. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Shirley Waloven of Fulton; three children John Waloven Jr. of Oswego, Gregory Waloven of Hannibal, Christopher Waloven of Hannibal; five stepchildren Michael Elhage of LA., Mark Elhage of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Christine Hunter of Kingston, Ontario, Joanne Weldin of Fulton, Linda Johnson of N.C.; son-in-law Daniel Jurenko; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mr. Waloven was pre-deceased by his first wife Ann Waloven in 1977; his daughters Patricia Nappi in 1997, and Ann Jurenko in 2010; stepson Gerard Elhage; three siblings Frank Waloven, Michael Waloven and Torra Waloven. Funeral Services were held June 30 at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Rev. James Schultz. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were conducted June 29 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Oswego County Catholic Charities 365 West 1st St. Fulton, NY 13069.
By Colin Hogan
Fulton school officials will be bringing in an outside consultant to assist the district in its study on class size and staffing equity at its four elementary schools.
Last month, the board authorized a study to determine the best approach to confronting an imbalance in enrollment numbers across the elementary schools, which in turn affects class sizes and, potentially, staffing efficiency.
The study will delve into what options the district has for striking a balance among those class sizes, such as a building realignment — which would adjust which grade levels are taught at each elementary school — or by redrawing the catchment areas, which are the boundaries that outline the households that are assigned to a particular school.
However, the board “isn’t just looking to make a big change,” vice president Dan Pawlewicz was quick to point out during discussion on the matter Tuesday. Board members said they want to make sure they’ve considered every aspect of what a building realignment or changing catchment areas would entail before a decision is reached.
“I would really like to take our time in doing this because once we reach a decision there’s no going back,” said board member Christine Plath.
Should the district eventually decide to pursue a realignment, one of the most likely outcomes would be to consolidate grade levels at sister schools (schools that are on the same side of the river). This would likely result in having one school for grades K-3 and one for grades 4-6 on each side of the river.
Board member Barbara Hubbard said pursuing that kind of solution would bring about several changes in the way those buildings and their staffs operate, all of which the board would need to carefully examine.
“If — and this is a big ‘if’ — we went to a primary/intermediate model on each side of the river there are just so many little pieces of the puzzle that we would have to consider to make that happen,” Hubbard said.
Factors like whether certain buildings would have enough kindergarten-sized classrooms, whether buildings have enough primary classrooms that include bathrooms, special area schedules, teachers’ schedules and moving arrangements were just some of the concerns Hubbard raised.
Hubbard also wondered if redrawing the catchment areas could feasibly be done in a way that would ensure enrollment numbers stay balanced in the future.
“If we did change our catchment areas I would be curious to know the number of students that would be involved, and the feasibility of those being able to sustain themselves over time,” Hubbard said.
Both Plath and board President David Cordone have said they are leery of a realignment adding another building-to-building transition in students’ K-12 experience.
“I know one thing, an extra transition is not advantageous for students,” Plath said.
Cordone said he will “making sure that we’re involving the community” in the decision-making process. He said the board would like to establish a Citizens Advisory Committee comprised of parents, staff, students and other community stakeholders to assist in the process.
Board members said Tuesday that they would like to bring in a consultant to help conduct the study. Superintendent Bill Lynch agreed to research possible candidates and provide the board with a list of names from which to choose..
The district plans to conduct the study over the course of the 2015-16 school year.