Manors at school functions

by Suezette Dunham, Fulton

When you accuse someone of talking, I would suggest for you to have the decency to address the right person. Last night, I was treated very poorly by a man with no manors. He stood up and looked straight at me and said, “Would you please be quite for the rest of the concert!”

First sir, I was being quiet, and second, there are two ways to address such things and that was not the way. You are very rude and disrespectful. Let me enlighten you in the correct way of doing things.

If someone is annoying you, you turn and very nicely shush them. That is the correct way of doing things. You gave a fine example of what to do if you want to be rude (to the entire school). What a nice lesson for the kids who are already going through a tough time to see.

I am sure that you can tell by the way that I have written this up, I do believe in manners. Too many people do not. If you had looked at me, you would have seen that I was not talking, just watching the orchestra. I do not believe in putting anyone down in public, but since you were so kind to do it to me, I will be glad to return the favor.

Employees allege coworker viewed pornography at work

by Carol Thompson

Several employees of the Oswego County Highway Department have alleged that a co-worker has been using the county computer to view pornographic pictures and videos for approximately two years while on taxpayer time.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, four employees, all whistleblowers, said they have witnessed the employee viewing the x-rated material on many occasions on a computer at the county’s Parish highway garage.

Additionally, they allege that while their coworker spent much time on the computer looking at pictures and watching videos, the coworker also racked up overtime hours each week.

The employees further allege that they brought their concerns to management to no avail, so they turned to a legislator for help in bringing it to an end.

Legislator Doug Malone said he was contacted, and after speaking with the employees, requested Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes look into the matter.

The computer was removed from the premises a few weeks ago, the employees allege, although they are not aware of where it went once it left. The employees claim that Highway Superintendent Kurt Ospelt removed the computer.

Malone said Oakes told him the computer was removed and rather than be examined by the county’s IT Department, it was sent out for inspection.

Malone said that Oakes telephoned him and advised him that pornography was found in the computer, but because it wasn’t child pornography, there would be no criminal charges.

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Dawn Drought, Fulton resident

Dawn M. Drought, 54, of Fulton, died suddenly Thursday, March 28, 2013 at home.

She was predeceased by her mother, Arlene Berry Drought in 2001.

Surviving are her father, Herbert Drought of Fulton; sister, Debbie (Jim) Rogalavich of Liverpool; uncle, Royce (Jeanette) Drought of Camden; aunts, Lenora Drought of Amboy Center and Lorena Wright of Candor; and several cousins.

Calling hours are from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street in Fulton with services immediately following.

Interment will be in Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal at a future date.

Memorials are encouraged to Oswego County SPCA-OCAWL, P.O. Box 442, Fulton, NY 13069.

Joseph McCarthy, Oswego resident

OBITS-McCarthyJosephJoseph “Joe Joe Man” McCarthy, 19 of Oswego, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

He had attended Oswego High School, was an avid basketball player, and also loved playing football with his friends. He loved music, especially the Beatles and Avenged Seven Fold. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his grandfather, Ronald Graham and grandmother, Shirley Scharf McCarthy.

He is survived by his parents, Faith Lynn (Graham) and Timothy McCarthy, Jr.; brothers, Derek Michael (Cara) Schute and Hunter James McCarthy; maternal grandparents, Bonnie (Russell) Keene; paternal grandfather, Timothy McCarthy Sr.; nieces, Aiyana and Aiyva; aunts, Bobbi (Matt) Norton, Andrea (Harry) Bickford and Michelle Waldron; and cousins, Corey, Shania, Chantel, Brooke, Nicole and Briana.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. There are no funeral services.

Mary Bzdula, Fulton resident

Mary Bzdula, 81, of Fulton, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Born in Phoenix, she had lived most of her adult life in Fulton. She was a communicant of The Church of the Immaculate Conception.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph A. Bzdula, Sr.; son, Joseph A. Bzdula, Jr. of Phoenix; and sisters, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, corners of South Third and Rochester streets, Fulton. There are no calling hours.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Barbara Neadle, born in Phoenix

OBITS-NeadleBarbaraBarbara Jean Neadle, 81, a longtime resident of Phoenix and Fulton, died Friday March 29, 2013.

She was born to her late parents, Frances Mason Potts and Caleb H. Potts June 15, 1931 in Phoenix. She attended Phoenix school and later became a homemaker.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick J. Neadle Sr.; a brother, Donald Potts; and three sisters, Dorothy M. Ylitalo, Vivian F. Potts, and Nancy Potts.

Surviving are her son, Frederick J. Neadle, Jr. and his wife, Simodosea of Syracuse; three sisters, Eleanor A. Sedner of Fulton, Wilma K. Sedner of Madison, Va., and Joyce N. Patterson of Fulton; two brothers, Francis “Ralph” Potts of Central Square, and Leonard James Potts of Tunnel Hill, Ga.; four grandchildren, Laurence, Emily, Gillian, and Cora; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be held April 2 in Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Homes followed by a funeral mass in St. Stephen’s Church, both in Phoenix. Burial will be later in the spring in Pennellville Cemetery, County Route 54, Pennellville. Calling hours will be held today, April 1.

Richard Blake, Hannibal resident

OBITS-BlakeRichardRichard E. Blake, 72, of Hannibal, died peacefully Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at his home.

He had owned and operated a farm and logging business for many years. He was an award-winning tractor pull competitor, participating in many central New York events. He collected, owned and was proud of his 12 Minneapolis Moline tractors.

He was the son of the late Ernest and Charlotte (McGlen) Blake and was predeceased by a son, Brian Blake and step-children, Roberta Baldwin and Vicki Sharp.

Surviving are his longtime companion, Dorothy Cooper of Hannibal; children, Amanda Blake and Dylan Blake of Hannibal; granddaughter, Annaleigh; step-children, Cathy Bullock of Honeoye Falls, Barbara Griffith of Port Byron, Gary (Diane) Cooper of Oswego, Steven (Tela) Cooper of Port Byron and Shari (Oliver) VanHorn of Cato; siblings, Diane (Ray) DuBois of Prattsburgh, Barbara Green of Phoenix, Marlene Robinson of Oswego, Jerry (Donna) Blake of Hannibal and Christine (David) Wolford of Fulton; and many step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 4 to 6 p.m. today, April 1 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street in Hannibal. Interment will be in the spring at Hannibal Village Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

Gary Smith U.S. Navy helicopter pilot

OBITS-SmithGaryGary L. Smith, 70, of Fulton, died suddenly Thursday, March 28, 2013 at his home.

He was a graduate of Fulton High School class of 1960 and SUNY at Buffalo class of 1965 where he received his bachelor of science degree in business administration. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and served as a helicopter pilot based at the Naval Station in Lakehurst, N.J.

He had worked as a quality control engineer for P.S.E.&G. in Newark, N.J. for many years as a self-employed commodities trader and truck driver for various trucking companies. He enjoyed music, playing piano, traveling and spending time with his niece and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Everett Smith. Surviving are his mother, Dorothy Waldron Smith of Fulton; a brother, Brian (Sharan Nicola-Smith) Smith of Oakley, Calif.; nephews, Derek, Christopher and Jamison Smith; a niece, Brittney Smith; and several cousins.

Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, April 1 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 356 North Midler Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13206.

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