Naomi Durfey: Always sent birthday cards

Naomi Durfey, 82, of Fulton, passed away Aug. 1 at Morningstar Residential Care Center in Oswego.

Naomi was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late Raymond and Anna Kerfien and she lived all her life in the Fulton-Volney area.

She had worked at Comstock Foods and Birdseye Foods before becoming a homemaker.

Naomi always sent birthday cards to her family and this is a tradition that will be dearly missed.

She was a member of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church and active with the women’s groups. Naomi was an avid bingo player and a former member of the Mount Pleasant Grange.

She was predeceased by three daughters, Norma in 1960, Irene in 1972 and Betsy in 1998; two sons, George in 1967 and Lawrence in 2003; and by her husband, Steven A. Durfey, who died in 1994.

Naomi is survived by her daughter, Della (Scott) Daniels of Fulton; siblings, Dianna Reynolds of Tennessee, Alton Kerfien of Fulton, Sheila Schliecher of Fulton and Linda (Daniel) Jodway of North Carolina; seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren along with several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Calling hours were Aug. 4 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Funeral services were Aug. 5 at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, Volney. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Naomi may be made to the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 2996 county Route 45, Fulton, NY 13069.

OCO Community Service Center to host Mexico Farmers Market

Residents in Mexico and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to enjoy the goodness of fresh fruit and vegetables as Oswego County Opportunities’ Community Service Center, 5871 Scenic Ave., will host the Mexico Farmers Market.

An initiative of the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County, the Mexico Farmers Market will be held 4 to 7 p.m. today, Aug. 7.

According to Amy Roland, director of OCO Nutrition Services and a member of the Nutrition Collaboration, a variety of vendors will be offering a selection of in-season local produce. Nonprofits will display their services and Garafalo’s food truck will be on hand.

“We are excited to be bringing a Farmers Market to Mexico,” said Roland.  “The Nutrition Collaboration has been working on the concept of a farmers market in Mexico for more than year. Making fresh fruits and vegetables readily available fits nicely with the Nutrition Collaboration’s mission of promoting proper nutrition.

“The focus of the Nutrition Collaboration is to increase individuals’ knowledge of nutrition and educate them so that they may make informed decisions about proper nutrition for themselves and their families,
Roland continued.  “Our members work together to positively affect nutrition, wellness and hunger in Oswego County.”

The Mexico Farmers Market will promote local agriculture and the many types of produce and products that are grown and harvested in Oswego County.

In addition to the variety of vendors, the market will host food tasting and demonstrations during each market and the committee is currently planning on having entertainment on hand as well.

For more information on the Mexico Farmers Market or how to join the market as a vendor, contact Roland at 598-4712, ext. 1811.

Port City Roller Derby to host Black Diamond Dames

Port City Roller Derby, sporting a four-game winning streak, will look to keep the momentum rolling at its next home bout, Aug. 17, against the Black Diamond Dames’ Dolls of Destruction in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a 6 p.m. whistle for the fourth home bout in the league’s third season.

In its most recent competition, Port City’s Breakwall Bombshells traveled to Canada for a 245-160 win over a Kingston Derby Girls Disloyalists squad, ranked in the top 40 Canadian Travel/B teams.

Port City has never faced the Dolls of Destruction, comprised of skaters from Northern Pennsylvania and New York’s Southern Tier.

A portion of proceeds will support the Stuff A Bus program that helps children in Oswego County who need school supplies. Attendees are encouraged to bring new school supplies as well to bolster the effort.

Advance tickets, available from any league member, cost $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, with children 4 and under admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door but will cost $12 for adults. Attendees interested in trackside seating are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

Port City Roller Derby is produced by Oz Roller Girls Inc., a member-run nonprofit organization dedicated to athletic competition, empowerment and supporting its community.

The group always seeks skaters, referees and other volunteers for its adult (18 and over) and juniors (ages 10 to 17) teams, and will provide training.

For more information, visit www.portcityrollerderby.org or email portcityrd@gmail.com.

Primaries set in Fulton, Hannibal, Granby, Schroeppel

By Debra J. Groom

Editor’s note: 

There were two mistakes in the story “Primaries set in Fulton, Hannibal, Granby, Schroeppel,” published on Saturday, Aug. 3.

The City of Fulton primary for councilor, Ward 4, Independence, should have listed James R. Myers and Ralph Stacy Jr.

There will be no primary for the race of legislator, District 12, Hastings, Independence.

The Valley News regrets these errors. 

This year’s primary election is set for noon to 9 p.m Sept. 10.

There are a number of primaries in Oswego County, from county legislature seats to town council members and highway superintendents.

Here is the list of primaries:

County Legislature

  • District 5, Constantia districts 1-4, Republican primary, Ronald E. Sakonyi; Roy Reehil
  • District 12, Hastings district 5 and Schroeppel districts 4 and 5, Republican, John W. Brandt; Richard P. Kline
  • District 12, Hastings district 5 and Schroeppel districts 4 and 5, Conservative, John W. Brandt; Richard P. Kline
  • District 12, Hastings district 5 and Schroeppel districts 4 and 5, Independence, John W. Brandt; Richard P. Kline
  • District 14, Scriba districts 3, 4 and 6 and Volney district 2, Republican, Bradley T. Coe; Stephen M. Walpole

City of Fulton

  • Councilor, Ward 1, Republican, Bradley J. Warner; Thomas G. Kenyon
  • Councilor, Ward 4, Republican, James R. Myers; Mark Sherman
  • Councilor, Ward 4, Independence, James R. Myers; Ralph Stacy Jr.
  • County Committee, Ward 3 District 1, Republican, Timothy Crandell; Jeffrey Kinney; Mark Sherman

Town of Albion

  • Supervisor, Republican, Carl Anson Jr.; David Aaron Walter
  • Council member, Republican, Randy Mattison; Lonny Mattison; Richard Mullin; Nancy Sheeley

Town of Amboy

  • Council member, Republican, Susan D. Halbritter; Bruce E. Stone; Edmund J. Lescenski
  • Council member, Independence, Susan D. Halbritter; Bruce E. Stone; Lawrence C. Rayder
  • Highway superintendent, Republican, Jonathon E. Granger; Franklyn Sampson; John Perkins III

Town of Boylston

  • Town clerk, Republican, Doreen Macklen; Paulette Skinner
  • Council member, Republican, Jimmy J. Walker; Dale McNitt; James Macklen Town of Granby
  • Council member, Conservative, Eric Clothier; Mike French; Brenda Frazier Hartle

Town of Hannibal

  • Justice, Republican, Jack Beckwith Jr.; Edward Lewis; Eugene Hafner
  • Justice, Conservative, Jack Beckwith Jr.; Edward Lewis; Eugene Hafner
  • Highway superintendent, Republican, George Ritchie; Sean Simpson
  • Highway superintendent, Conservative, George Ritchie; Sean Simpson; Daniel Mahaney

Town of Hastings

  • Highway superintendent, Republican, Robert Clark; Linwood Woody Hall

Town of Mexico

  • Justice, Republican, Jon Moretti; Douglas Horton

Town of Parish

  • Town clerk, Conservative, Mary Ann Phillips; Kelly I. Reader

Town of Sandy Creek

  • Highway superintendent, Republican, Tim Crast; Michael Kastler Jr.
  • Mayor (only for village of Sandy Creek district 3), Republican, Steven J. Washburn; Grant J. Rohrmoser

Town of Schroeppel

  • Supervisor, Republican, Patrick J. Nugent; Lynett Greco
  • Council member, Republican, Timothy J. Dunnigan; Suzanne M. Duquette; Stephen Hutchins

Town of Scriba

  • Highway superintendent, Republican, Roger S. Myers; Michael J. Barry

Applications to register to vote in the primary must be postmarked by Aug. 16 and received by the board of elections by Aug. 21. People can register at the Board of Elections at 185 E. Seneca St., Oswego.

United Way’s Harborfest Breakfast cooks up $3,000 for Stuff-A-Bus

Dozens of community members and visitors filled the Clubhouse Tavern for the United Way’s eighth annual Harborfest Breakfast.

Committee members and volunteers kept busy cooking and serving breakfast all morning as those eager to support Stuff-A-Bus gathered to enjoy breakfast and support a worthwhile project. Partnering with more than 20 business and organizations, as well as school districts throughout Oswego County, United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign collects donations of school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.

“Each year Oswego County school districts experience an increase of students who do not have the means to purchase the supplies necessary to begin the school year. Our Stuff-A-Bus program looks to address that situation and provide as many children as possible with school supplies,” said Executive Director of the United Way Melanie Trexler.

In Oswego County, almost one quarter of children live in poverty, according to statistics compiled by the New York State Community Action Association.

Planning Committee Chairperson Dan Dorsey, of co-sponsor Eagle Beverage, was impressed with the support the event received from the community and praised the committee members and the many volunteers for make the breakfast possible.

“The support we received from both community members and the many visitors who were in town for Harborfest was tremendous,” he said. “Thanks to the generosity of those who attended, we raised more than $3,000 to benefit the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign. The genuine concern that was expressed for our youth is a wonderful example of community helping community.”

For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign, contact the United Way at 315-593-1900, Melanie Trexler.

Ready to serve –  United Way held its eighth annual Harborfest Breakfast July 27 at the Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego.  The event raised $3,000 in support of the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign that collects school supplies for children in need in Oswego County.  From left are volunteer cooks Patrick Barry and Bernie Coe.
Ready to serve – United Way held its eighth annual Harborfest Breakfast July 27 at the Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego. The event raised $3,000 in support of the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign that collects school supplies for children in need in Oswego County. From left are volunteer cooks Patrick Barry and Bernie Coe.

Sale of paper buses to support Stuff-A-Bus school supply drive

In an effort to support the United Way Stuff-A-Bus campaign, area businesses will be selling paper buses to help raise money to purchase school supplies for students in Oswego County who are in need for the upcoming school year. Working in collaboration with school districts throughout Oswego County, United Way is looking to Stuff-A-Bus with school supplies.

“Every year, hundreds of children in Oswego County will enter school without the necessary school supplies and hundreds more will run out of the necessary supplies before the school year is over,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way.

“The goal of the Stuff-A- Bus campaign is to prepare children in Oswego County for a successful school year by ensuring they have the school supplies they need. Last year’s campaign served approximately 1,600 families in Oswego County and we are hopeful to serve even more this year,” she added.

The money raised from selling the paper buses will go to purchase items that are less likely to be donated, such as backpacks and scientific calculators. Paper buses are available at the following businesses for a donation in support of the Stuff-A-Bus campaign. All Pathfinder Bank locations in Oswego County. Key Bank in Oswego.

“We are hoping to get even more companies and individuals involved in our Stuff-A-Bus campaign as we are looking to fill eight buses with school supplies this year,” added Trexler.

The highlight of the “Stuff-A-Bus” campaign will be the collection day on Aug. 14 when school buses will be at the following local sites from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accept donations of school supplies from pens and pencils to notebooks and backpacks.

  • Wal-Mart on Route 3, Granby
  • Wal-Mart on Route 49, Central Square
  • Wal-Mart on Route 104, Oswego 
  • Kinney Drugs at 17 South 1st St., Fulton 
  • Kinney Drugs at 3318 Main St., Mexico 
  • Village Market IGA on Route 3, Hannibal 
  • Fulton Savings Bank parking lot on Route 57, Phoenix

For more information, call the United Way at 593-1900.

Paper buses – Carol Shannon (left), administrative assistant for branch administration at Pathfinder Bank, purchases a paper bus from Executive Director of the United Way, Melanie Trexler. Pathfinder Bank is supporting the Annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign by selling Paper Buses at all of the bank’s Oswego County locations to raise money for school supplies for Oswego County children in financial need.
Paper buses – Carol Shannon (left), administrative assistant for branch administration at Pathfinder Bank, purchases a paper bus from Executive Director of the United Way, Melanie Trexler. Pathfinder Bank is supporting the Annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign by selling Paper Buses at all of the bank’s Oswego County locations to raise money for school supplies for Oswego County children in financial need.

Oswego backpack donation sites

Human Concerns, Oswego’s emergency food pantry, is joining area businesses and organizations in collecting back to school items in support of the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign.

As part of his community project, AmeriCorps member Evan Oustrich, who is working with Human Concerns, has organized a drive to collect backpacks for distribution to children in need throughout Oswego County.

Aug. 5 through 13 Oustrich will accept donations of new and gently used backpacks at the Human Concerns Center, 85 E. Fourth St. Hours are noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Backpack donations also will be accepted during regular business hours at the following locations:

  • Oswego YMCA, 265 W. First St.
  • the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego
  • Mexico Public Library, 3269 Main St.
  • Paul’s Big M, 275 W. First St., Oswego

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