Farmers’ market expands healthy food choices for seniors

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced more than $1.8 million to provide low-income senior New Yorkers with access to farmers’ markets across New York.

The funding will provide over 100,000 seniors with access to healthy food at 470 farmers’ markets through the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. New York State operates one of the largest such programs in the nation.

“The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is an important resource that provides New Yorkers with access to fresh, locally grown produce while also supporting the local economies and agricultural sector,” Cuomo said. “Through this program, we are connecting more than 100,000 low-income seniors across the state with affordable, healthy food options in their communities and providing a boost to local farmers bringing their products to market in every region of the state. I encourage all eligible New Yorkers to take advantage of this program and see what New York’s farmers have to offer.”

More than 100,000 booklets consisting of five $4.00 checks are being distributed, and can be used to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables from 950 farmers vending at 470 community farmers’ markets across the state.

Locally, the Fulton Farmers’ Market is held Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Canalview Park & Shop lot, South Second Street.

The New Haven Farmers’ Market is held Mondays at the town hall from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Oswego Farmers’ Market is held Thursdays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. between Bridge and West Oneida streets.

The Phoenix Farmers’ Market is held Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Three Rivers Shopping Plaza, Route 57.

The Volney Farmers’ Market is held Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. at the town hall, 1445 Co. Rt. 6, Fulton.

The program is administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in cooperation with the New York State Office for the Aging, New York State Department of Health Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Checks can be used at participating farmers markets through Nov. 30, 2013.

Hilda R. Muscalino, local woman

Hilda R. Muscalino died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

She was pre-deceased by her husband John F. Muscalino and is survived by her children, Nancy Hammond and her husband Larry; John O. Muscalino; Tom Muscalino and his wife Dorothy; and Fr. Dan Muscalino; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today, July 27 at St. Francis Xavier Church, 1 W. Main St., Marcellus, with a private burial in Fulton.

There are no calling hours.

Donations may be made to the Loretto Foundation, 700 Brighton Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13205.

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of her arrangements.

Edith Havens O’Toole, home health aide

Edith Havens O’Toole, 66, of Hannibal passed away July 20 at home.

She had graduated from Hannibal High School, moved to California and returned to the Hannibal area nearly five years ago.

She was a home health aide for many years and was a very loving and caring person.

She is survived by her husband, Steve O’Toole; son, Chris O’Toole; brothers, Rex and Lee; sister, Tammy; uncle, James Havens; dear friend, Judy Chillson; two grandchildren.

A gathering was held July 26 at the Hannibal American Legion.

Jennifer Beyrau: Loved animals and photography

Jennifer M. Beyrau, 42, of Volney, passed away July 21.

She  was born in Syracuse, a daughter to Kathleen Ling and the late Joseph Beyrau.

Jennifer loved her animals and photography. She was a member of Believer’s Chapel in Fulton.

In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her grandparents, Dorothy and Francis Lydon.

She is survived by lifelong companion, Kenneth F. Darling III of Volney; her son, Dakota R. Beyrau of Volney; her mother and stepfather, Kathleen and Frederick Ling of Fulton; a brother, James Beyrau of Lyons; a sister, Lisa (Shawn) Wadsworth of South Onondaga; aunt and uncle, Richard and Marcia Lydon of Skaneateles Falls; twin nieces, Abigail and Morgan Wadsworth; niece, Stephanie Cira; a nephew, Anthony Cira.

Funeral services were July 25 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Volney.

Calling hours were July 24 at the funeral home, 910 Fay St.

Friends may visit the guest book at

Clara E. Fadden Coniff, clinical therapist

Clara E. Fadden Coniff died Saturday, June 8, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, N.C., after a lengthy illness.

Clara was born October 3, 1955 in Fulton, NY, the daughter of late James R. Fadden and Bernice F. Maas Fadden. She was a graduate of Hannibal Central High School, Hannibal, N.Y.; received an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Design from SUNY College at Alfred, N.Y.; a Bachelor’s Degree in Education specializing in Industrial Arts from SUNY College at Oswego, N.Y.; and a Masters of Social Work from East Carolina State University in Greensville, N.C.

Upon receiving her Masters of Social Work, Clara was employed as a clinical therapist in Sampson, Duplin, Pender, and Onslow Counties, N.C., specializing in children and families. She also worked in Crisis Counseling. Her work allowed her to take her compassion and caring for others and make a difference in their lives.

Clara is survived by three sisters and four brothers: Ellen (Albert) Zaranka of Durham, N.C.; Robert (Marilyn) Fadden of Seattle, Wash.; Peter (Irene) Fadden of Walworth, N.Y.; Charles (Karen) Fadden of Hannibal, N.Y.; Phillip (Cathy) Fadden of Rockford, Ill.; Mary (Gregory) Mayotte of East Fishkill, N.Y.; and Alice (Marta Sloper) Fadden of Homer, N.Y. Clara leaves 11 nieces and nephews and 8 grand-nieces and nephews. Clara is also survived by her stepsons John, Edward and William Coniff and a step-granddaughter, Syriana.

Clara lived her life as she wanted and exited this world into God’s arms as she wished. She was intelligent, interesting, loving of all, compassionate to those in need, and giving beyond reason.

Calling hours will be 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 20, with a service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Burial will be at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal. Contributions in Clara’s name may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego or The Manor at Seneca Hill, 20 Manor Drive, Oswego, 13126.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.

Cayuga County Legislature okays CCC budget, tuition increase

The Cayuga County Legislature approved Cayuga Community College’s 2013-2014 budget Tuesday night. The budget includes a tuition increase of $140 for students this fall. Cayuga Community College has a campus in Fulton.

The 2013-14 annual tuition will be $4,090 for full-time students and the part-time rate will be $165 per credit. The $30.32 million budget represents a 6.3-percent decrease over last year’s $32.36 million budget and is based on an enrollment goal of 2,900 full-time equivalents, which represents an approximately 7.5 percent decrease in the actual FTE number of 3,137 in 2012-13. It maintains the county’s direct contribution at $2.9 million.

“The college and the board of trustees invested a lot of time and thought in the development of this fiscally conservative budget,” said President Daniel P. Larson. “We’re pleased that the Legislature supported the budget, and we expect that this budget will enable the college to restore a sound financial footing.”

In creating this year’s budget, college leaders asked budget managers to work from a zero-based budgeting model, requiring justification and approval of every expenditure and making no assumptions of a baseline budget based on previous years’ expenditures, said Larson.

SUNY community colleges were created on the model of one-third funding each from New York State, the local sponsor, and students. Last year, the state restored $150 per full-time equivalent in funding, increasing the rate from $2,122 to $2,272 per FTE. This year, SUNY requested $37.3 million for a base aid increase of $260 per FTE in support of SUNY’s Five-Year Plan to return State funding to one third of applicable Community College operating costs.

In its 2013-14 enacted budget, the state restored an additional $150 per FTE for a total of $2,422 per FTE. In April, the board approved slight increases to several student fees, which are as follows:

• Fitness Center Fee $15 per course

• Nursing Fee $20 per credit hour

• Records Fee (12 or more credit hours) $10 per semester

• Records Fee (1-11 credit hours) $4 per semester

• Science lab fee $25 per course with an accompanying lab

• Technology Fee (over 19 credit hours) $100 per semester

• Technology Fee (12-19 credit hours) $90 per semester

• Technology Fee (1-11 credit hours) $9 per credit hour

• SUNY Learning Network Fee $10 per credit hour

The budget will now be sent on to the State University of New York.


by Leon Archer

If you are under the age of 70, you have probably known people who were adults during the Great Depression, and if you are very much older than 70 you actually experienced at least the end of it. The Depression created an excessive number of hoarders, and you may have chuckled about the things they would save and squirrel away besides just money.

There have always been hoarders; it’s just a natural thing, and a little of it is good. We all like to put a little something away for a rainy day, but hoarders put away things for a rainy decade or more.

I have recently come to realize that I am a hoarder. No, I don’t save balls of string and rubber bands, bent nails, rusty washers, years of newspapers and magazines, worn out clothes, and all the other things the hard core hoarders hold onto, but I’m a hoarder just the same. I just have a hard time parting with my own kind of items.

A lot of animals are hoarders. Squirrels, mice, and many other rodents gather and store nuts and seeds for the winter, but they usually end up putting away a lot more than they can actually use. That’s the way a lot of trees in the forests got their start. Then there are pack rats; they haul away and store all sorts of items that they don’t need and have no real use for

I guess that’s why some of us are called pack rats. Sweet Thing and I have been cleaning house and getting rid of things we have stored without using sometimes for decades. Man, I am a pack rat. The funny thing about all of this is that there are a lot of items that I sort out into piles for various methods of removal from our premises, about which I can’t help thinking, “I might need that.”

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Fulton native Bellinger creates tequila brand

Fulton native and race car driver Brandon Bellinger has created 21 Tequla, the newest member of the Eagle Beverage portfolio. This tequila features a smooth easy to drink liquid made with 100 percent agave premium Tequila, according to Eagle Beverage.

“It’s hard to find good tequila. Most people think tequila and they think taking bad shots,” Bellinger said. “I wanted to make tequila that was good, to get people over the hurdle of bad tequila. This is one of the good ones.”

Bellinger started the process two years ago in North Carolina when the race car crew he was working on folded. “It started out as a dumb idea. I was jobless and thought creating a tequila can’t be that hard. Two years later I’ve finally sold my first case,” he said. O

July 12 at Discount Liquors in Fulton, Bellinger’s first case of 21 Tequila sold. Right now the tequila is only available in New York state. Bellinger is working on getting the product approved in other states as well.

“When Brandon approached us with this product we felt it was a win-win,” said Dan Dorsey, Jr. Eagle Beverage co-owner. “Here we have a local guy that people know from racing selling a great product. We were happy to help get the brand registered with the state and are proud to be distributing a product with local roots.”

21 Tequila stands out from other tequilas just sitting on the shelf. The bottle is made from stainless steel and offers two pour options. The smaller top is designed for easy pouring or attaching a pour spout, and the larger opening makes it easy for mixing or reusing. This tequila is priced to sell with other high end tequilas and is good straight up or mixed.

“Good tequila can be mixed better and 21 Tequila is good tequila. I’m excited to start this venture in Fulton,” said Bellinger, who noted he hopes to make the product available everywhere. “Go big or go home.”

21 Tequila is available at: Discount Liquors in Fulton, Bames Wine and Liquor, Pauras Liquor and Andrew’s Wine Cellar in Oswego, Lighthouse Lanes, The Front Door Tavern, Thunder Road, The Press Box, LaGraf’s Pub, Chester’s, Battle Island, Hazzy’s, and The Riverside Inn. Eagle Beverage has locations in Oswego and Jefferson counties. It sells Anheuser-Busch, North American, Diego and several local craft beers along with wine and liquor.

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