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Ann Mahaney named Hannibal Woman of the Year

Ann Mahaney was named the Hannibal Free Library’s Woman of the Year during a ceremony Saturday at the Community Center in Hannibal.
Ann Mahaney was named the Hannibal Free Library’s Woman of the Year during a ceremony Saturday at the Community Center in Hannibal.

by Terri DiGregorio

Ann Mahaney was named the Hannibal Free Library’s Woman of the Year during a ceremony Saturday at the Community Center in Hannibal.

Librarian Shelly Stanton started the tradition five years ago as a way of recognizing outstanding women in the community.

“I thought it would be a nice way to honor someone and it ties in perfectly with Women’s History Month,” said Stanton.

Mahaney grew up in Hannibal and attended school local schools. She is a teaching assistant at Oswego County BOCES.

She and her husband, Dan, have a daughter Kara, who is now a dancer in New York City.

While she was growing up, Mahaney began volunteering at Kara’s activities.

“I helped out with whatever my daughter was involved in like nursery school, Girl Scouts and I volunteered at our church,” she said.

She is now a member of the Hannibal Historical Society, Friends of the Library and the Community Park Committee. She also chaired the Winter Fest this year.

When presenting Mahaney with a Certificate of Recognition from the Oswego County Legislature, Legislator Terry Wilbur said, “We’d all like to thank Ann for her participation in various organizations — and I say various because the list just goes on and on.”

Hannibal Mayor Fred Kent added, “For as long as I’ve been mayor, Ann has been volunteering and heading up committees, always giving generously of her time.”

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Moody McCarthy to headline Fulton Lions Club comedy night

The Fulton Lions Club has announced that it will be hosting its first “Roar With Laughter” comedy night with nationally known comedian Moody McCarthy Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. Comedians Matt Wayne and Matt Rohr will also perform.
The Fulton Lions Club has announced that it will be hosting its first “Roar With Laughter” comedy night with nationally known comedian Moody McCarthy Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. Comedians Matt Wayne and Matt Rohr will also perform.

The Fulton Lions Club will be hosting its first “Roar With Laughter” comedy night with nationally known comedian Moody McCarthy Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. at the Fulton Polish Home, said David Dingman, Fulton Lions president.

“In addition to Moody McCarthy, we’ll also have comedians Matt Wayne and Matt Rohr in what is sure to be a fun, entertaining night for all,” Dingman said. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Advance sale tickets may be purchased at Devine Designs, Fulton, the Fulton Medicine Place, or by calling Gail Holmes at 592-4245.

Tickets will be available at the door.

“Our host is Matt Rohr, who actually lived in Fulton for a few years as a youngster,” Holmes said. “Come see if you still recognize him. Matt first performed comedy in Rochester where he was emcee of the Comedy Block Party. He tours clubs and colleges all over the country and always reminds people to tip the wait staff. He now shares a New York City apartment with his wife and an unknown number of mice.

“Our second comic, Matt Wayne, is originally from Buffalo and has performed all over the country. He resides in New York City where he hosts a popular monthly show. Matt has performed at famous comedy venues like Caroline’s on Broadway and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB).

“He has also been featured in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Ore.,” she added. “Matt can be seen in the up coming web series, Guy’s Guide, alongside Iron Chef Marc Forgione.

“Moody McCarthy, our headliner, has performed on David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing and Star Search, He grew up in Syracuse and now lives in New Your City with his wife and step-dog.

“After six years upstate, McCarthy moved to New York City where he was told by his fans that he’d be a star in no time. After more than 20 years honing his craft, he steadily gained the respect of his peers and audiences everywhere.”

He’s known for unpredictable material, a disarming presence, and in-the-moment chops where he thrives in any venue from pubs to country clubs.

The Fulton Lions Club, also known for its Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.

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Oswego AmeriCorps members recognized across Oswego County

AmeriCorps members Ian Mumpton (left) and Peter Sterbak are familiar faces at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. They are among the many AmeriCorps members who serve at sponsoring organizations across Oswego County.
AmeriCorps members Ian Mumpton (left) and Peter Sterbak are familiar faces at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. They are among the many AmeriCorps members who serve at sponsoring organizations across Oswego County.

Several organizations across Oswego County recognized the works of AmeriCorps members during AmeriCorps Week, March 9 through 15.

The annual event provides an opportunity to salute AmeriCorps members for their impact on the lives of children they serve and to thank community partners who make AmeriCorps possible.

At Fort Ontario State Historic Site, two AmeriCorps members funded by the Friends of Fort Ontario are familiar faces providing children’s programming and living history projects.

“Our AmeriCorps members have always been an invaluable asset,” said Paul Lear, superintendent of Fort Ontario State Historic Site. “Their enthusiasm, creativity and hard work have enabled us to share the story of the past with new audiences.”

Ian Mumpton is currently serving his third term of service. “Serving with AmeriCorps at Fort Ontario gives me the unique opportunity to positively impact people of all ages and backgrounds, both in my immediate community and from much further afield,” said Mumpton.

Peter Sterbak is serving his fourth term — the maximum allowed. He has found that “being an AmeriCorps member has been an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s great to see just what an important impact history can make here and now.”

“AmeriCorps members in Oswego County certainly fulfill the national motto of ‘Getting Things Done,’” said Kathy Andolina, Oswego County AmeriCorps program coordinator with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “In the past program year, members mentored 170 youth for an hour a week during the school year and provided classroom assistance to 1,100 students, more than 5,300 youth participated in fitness activities, more than 2,900 youth participated in nutrition activities, and 956 youth and adult volunteers contributed 5,600 hours of service to their community.”

Members serving this program year in the Oswego County AmeriCorps Program are Kayleigh Adsitt, Leighton Elementary School; Morgan Batchelor, Mexico Elementary School; Jennifer Blanchard, Oswego Public Library; Jamie Colvin, Oswego Community Christian School; Katelyn Cusimano, Hannibal High School; and Michael DeMassey, APW Elementary School.

Also, Jessie Joss, APW Elementary School; Kathryn Justus, Fulton Public Library; Barbara Kelly, Palermo Elementary School; Anne Knutson, Hannibal High School; Aaron Lehman, APW Elementary School; Matthew McLaughlin, Oswego Youth Court; Kelly Mayer, Leighton Elementary School; Ian Mumpton, Fort Ontario; Melissa Parkhurst, Mexico Elementary School; and Niki Raymond, Palermo Elementary School.

Also, Sara Sheffield, Oswego YMCA; Joseph Shepard, APW Elementary School; John Snow Jr., Hannibal High School; Nicole Snyder, Fulton Family YMCA; Peter Sterbak, Fort Ontario;  Rachel Verdoliva, New Haven Elementary School; Gabrielle Vono, Lanigan Elementary School; and Karen Wing, New Haven Elementary School.

AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides opportunities for more than 85,000 Americans to give back to their community and country each year.

Since 1994, more than 775,000 AmeriCorps members have given one billion hours of service, mobilizing tens of millions of volunteers, and impacting the lives of countless citizens.

Letha Pelkey, Phoenix resident

OBITS-PelkeyLethaLetha Pelkey, 86, a lifetime Phoenix resident, died March 20, 2013.

She was born Nov. 15, 1926. She retired from Owens-Illinois in the Town of Volney. After her retirement, she enjoyed tending to her flowers in her yard. She especially enjoyed going out to lunch with her friends. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 5540, Phoenix Memorial Post.

She is survived by her sister, Evelyn Perry of Phoenix; two sons, Larry (LuAnn) Dobson of Baldwinsville and James Dobson of Wilmington, N.C.; a granddaughter, Star Dobson; two grandsons, Scott Marong, and Dalton Dobson; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces, and nephews.

Services will be in the spring in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St., Phoenix, NY 13135. There are no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to Oswego County Humane Society, 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY 13126.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, has charge of arrangements.

F. Brooks West, World War II veteran

OBITS-FBrooksWestF. Brooks West, 86, of Fulton, died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

A native of Baldwinsville, he had resided in Fulton since 1960. He was a 1944 graduate of Baldwinsville Academy and Syracuse University class of 1951 where he received his bachelor’s degree in English.

He retired as advertising manager of The Fulton Patriot newspaper and had previously worked at Fulton Urban Renewal and Sealright Packaging Company. He was a U.S. Army Medical Corps veteran of World War II, serving in postwar Japan.

He was an avid fisherman, bridge player, golfer and member of Beaver Meadows Golf Club and B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge #830 in Fulton.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Mary C. West of Fulton; children, Frank Brooks West Jr. of Fulton, Louise Ritchey (Allan) of Kirkville, Mark West (Terri) of Brewerton, Mary Ellen West (Tim Davis) of Rochester and Timothy West (Marcellina) of Clay; grandchildren, Gregory Robinson of Sterling, Va., Jeffrey Robinson of Liverpool, Henry and Harrison Davis of Rochester and Benicio West of Clay; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be today, March 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Contributions may be made to Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027.

Beverly Peters, Syracuse resident

OBITS-PetersBeverlyjpgBeverly Jean Peters, 68, of Syracuse, died Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Loretto.

She was born in Syracuse, a daughter to Mary Kelley and the late Harold Kelley Sr. She was a member of the Westvale Seventh Day Adventist Church. She loved God, Jesus and attending church. She enjoyed music and loved her cats, especially “Tiger.”

In addition to her father, she was predeceased by a brother, David Kelley.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Andrew M. Peters of Syracuse; her mother, Mary Kelley of Syracuse; four children, David Parkis of Watertown, Carol, Beverly and Rosa; three sisters, Marie (Robin) Kelley, Mary and Wanda, all of Syracuse; three brothers, Harold Kelley, Jr., Patrick Kelley and Daniel Kelley, all of Syracuse; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling and services will be held  today, March 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Loomis Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Westvale Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2511 W. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13219-1549.

Mary Judd, former Pennellville resident

OBITS-JuddMaryMary Irene Judd, 85, of Waterford, Maine and formerly of Pennellville, died in Lewiston, Maine Friday March 22, 2013.

She was born in on June 25, 1927 to her late parents, Doris F. (Duggleby) and Russell C. Wilson in Oneonta.

She was a 1945 graduate of Oneonta High School. She was a singer for the radio station WGY in Schenectady. Later, she worked for the Phoenix Central School District.

She was an active member of Oxford County United Parish in Bethel, Maine and a former member of several churches throughout her life.

She was predeceased by her husband, Rollin L. Judd Sr., in 2000; a daughter, Teresa Joan Hood in 1991; and a brother, Russell Wilson.

Her survivors include her children, Linda J. Kellogg of Pennellville, Rollin L. (Deborah) Judd Jr. of Fulton, Steven R. (Patricia) Judd of Camden, N.C.; her sisters, Beverly Graves of Oneonta, Sandra (John) Wilson-Stalker of Pennellville, and Joann (George) Lanty of East Syracuse; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and her companion, Vernon R. Vincent of Waterford, Maine.

Visitation only will be held Wednesday, March 27 in the Pennellville United Methodist Church from 2 to 6 p.m. Contributions may be made to this church in Mary’s memory.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, has care of arrangements.

Norma Freeden, Fulton High School graduate

OBITS-FreedenNormaNorma Eleanor Freeden, 87, of Fulton, died after a brief illness Friday, March 22, 2013 at her home with her children by her side.

She was born April 30, 1925 to the late Claude and Harriet Edly Lewis and had graduated from Fulton High School.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward R. Freeden in 1987 and is survived by their children, Mark E. Freeden of Fulton and Claudia J. (Aaron) Karppala of Sandy Creek; a sister, Shirley and brother-in-law Ray Cotton of Northport, Fla. and their son, Gary; two grandchildren, Matthew Smith and Patricia DeVeau and a great-granddaughter, Riley DeVeau.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton with services to immediately follow at 6 p.m. Interment at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton will be in the spring.

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

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