Craig Malcott

Craig Malcott, 64, of Fairdale, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was a life resident of the Sterling-Hannibal area. Craig enjoyed pitching horseshoes and following the New York Yankees (major league baseball in general). He previously owned and operated taverns in Fairdale and Fulton.
He is survived by longtime partner Desirah Beck; his son, Burgess (Rachel); his daughter, Rachel Franklin; his granddaughters, Kathryn Franklin and Caroline Malcott; mother of his children, Debora Malcott; Desirah’s son, Ron Gilman and daughter, Clue Gilman; four sisters, Donna Malcott, Sue (Jim) Geers, Robin (Ken) Houghtaling and Holly Malcott; six brothers, Pete, Brian (Tina), Jeff (“Jake” & Cindy) Chris, Scott (Lisa) and Les Malcott; his uncle, Roger Malcott; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Donald in 1999, his mother Shirley in 2002 and his brother Douglas in 2006.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of his life from 1-4 p.m. today at his home, 1218A county Route 3, Hannibal, NY 13074.
Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice 34 East Bridge St., Suite 202 P.O. Box 102 Oswego, NY 13126 or online at Please sign the guestbook at

Florence Morrison

Florence Mary Taylor Morrison, 86, of Statesville died Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Gordon Hospice House.
She was born August 1, 1929, in Syracuse, New York, and was the daughter of the late Harold Thompson and Myrtle Stanard Taylor. She balanced several jobs over the years in order to provide for her disabled husband and children, and she retired as a teller with the New York Off Track Betting Agency. She was a former member of State Street United Methodist Church and the Fulton Senior Citizens’ Club in New York.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death on February 12, 1999, by her husband, James Phillip Morrison; and by three sisters, Sharon Salls, Irene Goman, and Nancy Bartlett.
She is survived by a daughter, Vicki (Michael) Gaffney of Statesville; a son, James P. Morrison II of Marlboro, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Timothy Morrison, Eric Morrison, Patrick (Kerri) Gaffney, Sean Gaffney (Jessica Cline), and Kary (Sara) Gaffney; seven great-grandchildren; a former daughter-in-law, Anne Morrison of Ulster Park, NY; a former granddaughter-in-law, Joy Price, of Naples, Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial service celebrating Florence’s life was held Saturday, August 22, 2015, in the Westmoreland Chapel of Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home. The family spoke with friends immediately following the service. Condolences may be sent to the family online at
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gordon Hospice House 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.
Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Mary C. Smith

Mary C. Smith, 43, of Fulton passed away Saturday, August 29.  She was an amazing and caring mother and grandmother.  She was predeceased by her father, Gary Smith.  Mary will be greatly missed and forever loved by her fiancé of 19 years,  Scott Bowman; sons, Brandon Lane and Scott Bowman; daughters,  Dezirae Smith, Jerrica Smith and Kristina Bowman; parents, Nora and Duane Graves; brothers, David, John, Joe and Aaron Smith; granddaughter, Taylor Kingsley.
Calling hours are noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.  A graveside service will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, county Route 45, Volney.

Donald F. “Dumper” Woodard Jr.

Donald F. “Dumper” Woodard Jr., 71, of Fulton passed away peacefully Monday at home surrounded by family. He was born in Santa Barbara, Calif. to the late Donald F. and Evelyn (Harris) Woodard. He has been a resident of Fulton all of his life. Mr. Woodard retired in 1999 from Niagara Mohawk as a chief maintenance foreman where he had 34 years of service. After retirement he owned and operated DW Bodee’s Bar and Restaurant, Fulton for eight years.  Mr. Woodard was a member of the Hannibal American Legion Post #1552, and the Hannibal American Legion Riders. He enjoyed his motorcycle and loved to ride. He was also an avid pool player, skier and hunter. Mr. Woodard helped begin the livestock/farm program with Fr. McVey at Unity Acres which allowed the residents to have a self-sustained food supply within their establishment, allowing them further independence from outside sources. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Sandra (Thompson) Woodard of Fulton; three children, Denise (Terry) Carr of Phoenix, Timothy (Joanne) Woodard of Oswego, Donald (Tammy) Woodard III of Va.; three sisters, Evelyn (Gordon) Infantine of Rensselaer Falls, N.Y., Rosemary Woodard of Fulton, and Beatrice (David) Lathrop of Lacona, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren, Stephanie, Samantha, Sean, Courtney and Jessica,Shannon, and Timmy and Sara, Julie, and Donald; eight great-grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m. today at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. James Schultz. Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.  Calling hours were Friday in the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 West Second St. S. Fulton.  Contributions: Hannibal American Legion Post #1552 or the Hannibal American Legion Riders, 226 Rochester Street, Hannibal, NY 13074.

Lynch to retire from FCSD next year

Superintendent Bill Lynch speaks at a budget hearing earlier this year.
By Colin Hogan

Fulton City School District Superintendent Bill Lynch will be retiring from his position at the end of the 2015-16 school year, district officials confirmed Wednesday.
Lynch, who has served as superintendent for more than a decade, recently announced his plan to retire to the district’s staff via email. Board of Education President David Cordone said Wednesday that Lynch will continue in his role through the end of his current contract, which ends June 30, 2016.
Cordone, who has served on the board for most of Lynch’s tenure with the district, praised Lynch for the level of stability his leadership has provided over the last 11 years, noting that many districts struggle to keep superintendents in place for that long.
“We’re very fortunate to have had the same superintendent in place for that length of time. He really brought a level of stability to the district,” Cordone said. “We’ve appreciated his leadership.”
The board has begun putting wheels in motion to find Lynch’s successor, Cordone said. In an executive session Tuesday, board members reviewed qualifications of consulting firms recommended by the New York State School Boards Association that specialize in such matters. Cordone said the board has narrowed its list to three candidates, and will officially make its selection in a special meeting on Sept. 3.
Once a consultant is lined up, the board will begin tailoring a search and hiring plan that fits the district’s specific needs. Cordone called the act of hiring a superintendent “one of the most important decisions a school board makes,” and said the board plans remain transparent and seek community input through the process.
“Right now, we’re looking to fine tune and tailor a plan that looks at what the district and community need in the next superintendent,” Cordone said.
Cordone said once the plan has been worked out with the consultant, residents can expect to see an online survey posted on the district’s website that seeks input for the superintendent search. The board also intends to schedule either site-based or general public gatherings to hear feedback from the community, the details of which will be announced as the process unfolds, he said.
Cordone noted that, unlike neighboring Hannibal Central School District — which saw its superintendent retire this summer and had to find an  interim replacement within about month’s time — Fulton has the benefit of a full school year to work through the process.
“We’re fortunate that we will have the whole school year to work this out,” he said.
Lynch, who was away on vacation this week, was not reachable for comment as of press time Thursday.

Granby officials debate plow options

By Matthew Reitz

Officials in Granby are in disagreement on how to deal with the town’s aging fleet of snowplows.
Councilor Lori Blackburn expressed concern over the town’s lack of a viable backup vehicle in a work session Wednesday, and the board struggled to come up with a plan to address the issue.
At a previous meeting, officials discussed a snow truck analysis report prepared by DeLong Enterprises, which lead Town Supervisor Ed Williamson to suggest the town put two of its aging snowplows and a wood chipper on the website Auctions International. In the same meeting, the board began weighing options for a backup snowplow, including the possibility of renting a vehicle from the county.
Blackburn said she spoke with Oswego County Highway Superintendent Kurt Ospelt, and he told her that he couldn’t guarantee a truck would always be readily available to the town. She conveyed that the town should be looking to the county strictly in the case of an emergency, and should have its own backup truck.
“You can’t rent a snowplow from the county for the year or for the month,” Blackburn said. “The only option we have if one of our trucks break down is, if they have a vehicle available—because they serve 22 towns—then we could go up and get it.”
Blackburn said this wasn’t a viable option, because it could cause interruptions in snow removal that create hazardous road conditions and school delays.
“We’ll have a real mess on our hands if we don’t have a backup on site,” Blackburn said. “We can’t run a fleet without a backup.”
Councilor Matt Callen said he had “heard horror stories” about the town’s oldest truck and said they would need a new truck, or some other alternative, to get through the winter. Blackburn said the town could put a down payment on a new truck by moving forward with the sale of the two aging snow plows and delaying what she called “unnecessary” purchases of furniture for the town offices.
Williamson said the town should look into how much it would cost to make one of the two trucks it currently plans to sell operable. Blackburn said “it’s not fiscally responsible to invest in a vehicle that old and in that much disrepair.” Highway Superintendent Robert Phillips and Deputy Highway Superintendent Mike Longo appeared to agree with Blackburn’s assessment.
Councilor Brenda Frazier-Hartle said she wasn’t against purchasing a new truck, but stressed that she was against purchasing one this year. Williamson said there was no money in the budget for a new vehicle, and suggested “intelligently working it into the budget (next year).”
Longo said he received a quote for a new truck, which would cost the town $216,000 and could be bought with payments delayed until next year. Blackburn said the town could purchase a new truck now and work the cost into next year’s budget. She said that would give the town a safe, reliable fleet to get through the coming winter, and the necessary time to plan for the expense.
“This is absolutely reasonable and attainable,” Blackburn said. “We have to be forward thinking about this.”
The board unanimously approved the sale of the two aging trucks, but took no action on replacing them. Williamson asked Longo to bring a representative from the snowplow company to speak with the board next month to further explore the possibility of purchasing a vehicle and the financing options available.
Following the debate over the snowplows, the board discussed a project that will replace the floors, paint the walls and bring new furniture to two town offices at a cost of nearly $8,000.
Blackburn questioned whether the furniture for both offices was urgent.
“I don’t think we think the process through very well,” Blackburn said. “When you say we don’t have money, we have money—it’s what we choose to spend it on.”
Williamson said the money was coming out of the town’s buildings fund, and the costs are “way under budget.” A divided board hesitantly approved the project with Frazier-Hartle and Callen approving the measure, and Blackburn opposing it.

Construction underway on Hannibal water extension

By Matthew Reitz

Crews have broken ground on the extension of a Water Service Area 3 in Hannibal, which will bring the service to about 70 more homes.
The project is being called Water Service Extension 4, and will cover the balance of Stock Road that is not currently serviced, Fowler Road and Sixty Six Road from Durbin Road to the other side of Dunham Road, according to Town Supervisor Ron Greenleaf.
Greenleaf announced at a recent meeting that the construction project was underway, with crews beginning to lay pipe and do what he called “pushes under the creeks,” where flexible pipe is needed as opposed to solid pipe.
“Our water project is going well,” Greenleaf said. “They were probably two weeks later than they said getting in here, but they’ll make that up in no time.”
The project is expected to be finished sometime this fall. Greenleaf estimated a mid-October completion.
“They have 100 days from last month,” Greenleaf said. “I really think they’re going to fly through on the main lines.”
He said the extension includes 22,000 feet of pipe, and will service approximately 79 additional parcels and 70 homes. Residents in the service area will have the option to hook in to the water service at their own cost. Voters approved the project in a referendum in 2013.
The entire project will cost approximately $1.457 million, according to Greenleaf. A $682,000 grant will come from the USDA Department of Rural Development, and the town will receive a low-interest loan for the remaining $775,000. Highlander Construction of Memphis, N.Y. is managing the installation.
Public hearing for
zoning laws set
The town board established a public hearing to discuss upcoming changes to the town’s zoning law before the September meeting, which will be held at 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 16. The board previously had a public hearing regarding its zoning laws in combination with a new set of regulations on dog boarding and breeding facilities, but Greenleaf said the it had to deal with the two issues separately.
“We have to separate them, and there’s some verbiage that needed to change,” Greenleaf said. The biggest change will take the responsibility of enforcement away from the planning board and place it with the code enforcement office.
Contention over
mileage payments
The board went into an executive session to discuss mileage claims made by the town’s dog control officer that one councilman deemed excessive.
Councilman George Ritchie brought the matter to the attention of the town board, and asked Greenleaf if mileage was paid from the town line or from the dog control officer’s home. Gary Thompson, a candidate for town council, has scrutinized past mileage claims and believes the dog control officer is improperly calculating mileage from her home in Scriba, rather than the town line.
Greenleaf said the board would discuss the issue in an upcoming workshop, and would likely set new, more specific regulations on how mileage is recorded and compensated.

Thomas Robert Seawell

Thomas SeawellThomas Robert Seawell passed away August 28, 2015, in his home in Sterling, N.Y.
He was born March 17, 1936, in Baltimore, Md., to Robert James Seawell and Cynthia Edith Bass. He spent his childhood in Columbia, S.C., and moved to St Louis in 1948. He received his art education at Washington University, St. Louis and Texas Christian University. He taught for two years at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. In 1963 he was hired by SUNY Oswego to establish a fine art printmaking program for the art department. He taught there until his retirement in 1992. During his tenure at Oswego, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, the SUNY system’s highest form of recognition for teaching. In 1992 he moved to Commerce, Texas where his wife, Barbara Frey, teaches ceramics at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Thereafter, they spent the academic year in Texas and summers in Sterling, N.Y. From 1992 through spring 2014, he taught screen printing and beginning printmaking classes as an adjunct instructor at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Thomas Seawell is particularly well known for his screen prints and collagraphs and has been recognized as one of the earliest practitioners of the collagraph medium.  His work is defined by a variety of noteworthy series including Family Album, States and Provinces, The Streets, Empty Centers, Variations on Themes of Jacques Callot, the Art Doors project, and a series of images of stock exchanges and trading floors commissioned by Geldermann, Inc. of Chicago.
Thomas Seawell’s work can be found in many public, private and corporate art collections. His work is archived in the Artist Printmaker Research Collection at The Museum of Texas Tech University.
During his long career as an artist and teacher, Thomas Seawell demonstrated an unwavering passion for art and love for teaching. He has touched many lives through the art he has created and has inspired numerous students in their quest to become artists and teachers of art. He will be remembered for his zest for life, his devotion to art, his love of music and travel, his wide repertoire of great stories, and his sense of humor and wit.
Thomas Seawell is survived by his wife, Barbara Louise Frey of Commerce, Texas, and their son, Jay Turner Frey Seawell of Washington, D.C. He is survived by three sons from his previous marriage to Eva Jo Bradford: James Bradford Seawell of Cambridge, Mass.; Lee Thomas Seawell of Syracuse, N.Y.; and Gustin Charles Seawell of St Louis, Mo. He is also survived by his dear sister, Nancy Jo Brown of Longmont, Colo., and nieces Cindy Poinsett, Cara Frihauf, Jana Schulder, and nephew David Brown.
The Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home of Oswego, N.Y. has care of the arrangements. There will not be a funeral. A memorial will be scheduled for a future date. Share condolences at www.sugarscanlonfuneralhome.

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