Margaret Isham Maxam, 70, of Phoenix, N.Y., passed away peacefully with her husband and family at her side on Thursday morning Nov. 20, 2014. She was born to her late parents, Eva M. (Thompson) and Charles H. Isham, on May 21, 1944. Margaret was a graduate of J. C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix, class of 1962. She furthered her studies at Central City Business School, Syracuse.
Margaret was a supervising secretary for Coopers and Lybrand Co., Syracuse, for 35 years. In 1988 she received the “Living the Cooper and Lybrand Commitment Award.” As a life member of Phoenix United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday School for 35 years, was president of the U.M.W. for 20 years, a volunteer at the Teen Center inside the church, and she volunteered at the Phoenix Area Food Pantry, as well. Margaret’s love for children and family and friends was shown by her and her husband, Dennis, by hosting many family reunion gatherings; the P.U.M. Church Sunday School Rally Day and Fishing Derby at their home.
Besides her mother, Eva, who died in 1992, and her father, Charles, who died in 2009, she was predeceased by her brother, Charles Wayne Isham, in 1995. Surviving are her loving husband of 46 years, Dennis M. Maxam; her daughter and her son-in-law, Peggy D. Maxam Farr and Patrick Farr of N.C.; her sons, Marc E. Maxam and Kirk C. Maxam, both of Phoenix; her three grandchildren, Tyler P. Farr, Amanda M. Farr and MacKenzie S. Maxam; her sister Carlene and brother-in-law Chuck Gorman of Granby; her brother-in-law and his wife, Leo F. and Sandy (Cronk) Maxam of Syracuse; sister-in-law, Gloria Isham of Phoenix; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and many friends. Calling hours were Monday in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135. The funeral service was held Tuesday in the Phoenix United Methodist Church, 49 Jefferson St., Phoenix, with the Rev. Marion Moore-Calgan as presiding pastor, and the Rev. Susan Townsend. Burial followed in Chase Cemetery, 9450 State Route 48, Phoenix. Margaret’s motto was “Live to Love.” She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her. Contributions in Margaret’s memory may be made to: Phoenix United Methodist Church for either the Sunday School Program, United Methodist Women, or the Teen Center. Also, contributions can be made to Phoenix Area Food Pantry, 43 Bridge St., Phoenix, NY 13135.
Debra Jean LaQuire Prosenick, 36, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 21 after a hard fought battle with leukemia. She is survived by her husband, Adam; 13-year-old-son, Christopher; 11-year-old daughter, Jennifer; parents, Vincent and Betty Giles LaQuire; sister, Melissa L. (Terry) Royce; honorary sister and cousin, Angela R. LaQuire; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Tammy Prosenick; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with a funeral service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.
Scores of Fultonians gathered at the city’s veterans park Tuesday where, beneath a big American flag suspended from the ladder of a firetruck, the community paid tribute to its military veterans.
As the sound of nearby church bells marked the 11th hour of the day, the ceremony began with a prayer by Fr. Moritz Fuchs, a U.S. Army veteran. In his remarks that followed, Fuchs urged everyone to give thanks for those who serve, and their willingness to do so in the name of American ideals.
“As we honor veterans on this day, we remember the armistice that ended World War I, the so-called Great War, that was followed by World War II and the Vietnam War, Korean War and the disasters of Iraq and Afghanistan. A lot of our men and women served with honor in these conflicts. So we today honor them and thank God for their willingness and determination to stand up for the freedoms that are ours in America,” Fuchs said.
Fuchs’ remarks were followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Jim Weinhold, the Fulton Veterans Council’s 2014 Veteran of the Year, and the singing of the national anthem by Bonnie Fauler.
Several local dignitaries delivered words in the ceremony, including Mayor Ron Woodward Sr., and state Assemblyman Will Barclay, who each stressed the importance of honoring those who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
“Our veterans live the words ‘honor,’ ‘loyalty,’ ‘duty’ and ‘nation’. It is fitting that we take this time to reflect upon those ideals,” Woodward said. “There is no better way to honor these men and women than to try our best to exemplify these characteristics for which they gave their service to their country.”
“We should never forget the sacrifices of our veterans,” said Barclay. “Our nation would not exist if not for the sacrifices of our veterans. Today, more than ever, please take time to thank a vet.”
Garry Visconti of the Fulton Veterans Council, who emceed the event, took a moment during the ceremony to reflect on the life of Harold Blake of Fulton – one of the last living local veterans to have fought in the Battle of the Bulge, who passed away on Nov. 2. Visconti stressed the importance of teaching younger generations to appreciate the sacrifices of men like Blake.
“As I reflect on the loss of (Blake), I have thought about a lot of the seasoned veterans we have who are still alive today, and who have a lot to say about our history. And with all these young children here, we need to get the word to them about the history of this great county — about everything these veterans have done so that these children have the right to live in a free country,” Visconti said. “I think that’s something that’s lost quite a bit here lately, and I think that it’s time for us to start reinstating that with them.”
In other remarks, veteran Alan DeLine gave Visconti a ray of hope on the subject. DeLine was part of group of about 50 veterans who recently toured elementary schools throughout the county, where children in grades K through 4 sang medleys of patriotic songs from memory – a display he found to be quite impressive.
“They sang about five or so patriotic songs that they had memorized. Now, we’re talking about kindergarten through fourth grade, and they had memorized them,” DeLine said. “So I’m glad to see that our kids here are coming along all right.”
Tuesday’s event also included a ceremonial laying of a wreath in front of the veterans monument as Fauler sang “An Old Irish Blessing;” a three-volley salute by by members of the Futon VFW Honor Guard, followed by the playing of “Taps;” the singing of “God Bless America; remarks by Ray Caprin of the Fulton Elks Lodge; and a closing prayer by Fr. Fuchs.
Before the ceremony finished, Visconti took a moment to thank those in attendance.
“I really, really, from the bottom of my heart, thank everyone of you in the community for being here to support our veterans. You wouldn’t believe how much this crowd means to me and all the veterans standing here,” Visconti said.
Fulton Veterans Council Director Donna Kestner called the event’s attendance “fabulous,” and thanked all of the community leaders who helped make it possible, including the mayor’s office, the police and fire departments, county legislators, and members of the Fulton VFW, American Legion, Masonic War Veterans and the Marine Corps League.
The event continued with luncheon at the VFW sponsored by the Fulton Veterans Council.
By Nicole Shue
The Fulton Veterans Council has named John Young, Commander at the American Legion Post 587, its 2015 Veteran of the Year.
Young grew up in Gouverneur, about two hours north of Fulton. He had six uncles who were WWII veterans, but initially hadn’t given much thought to his own career path. That is, until a friend casually asked him to join the Air Force.
“We were at a county fair with our girlfriends and my buddy said hey let’s go sign up for the Air Force, I’ll pick you up in the morning,” Young said.
Young attended college for one year before starting basic training in San Antonio, Texas. From there, he attended a 12-week radar operator school in Mississippi.
Joining “Charlie Crew,” Young was a part of a 40-person team that controlled the border from a radar station in West Germany. At the height of the Cold War, searching the skies made for a highly strenuous job.
Young remembers the day his crew was put on high alert following the shooting of President John F. Kennedy.
“I was in the barracks playing cards when the sirens went off,” said Young. “We grabbed our weapons and headed to the NATO Operations Center.”
Communication during the 1960s was much different than what it is in the military today.
“There were a lot of unknowns,” said Young.
It was a few days before his crew learned the details surrounding the president’s death.
Young returned home after three years in West Germany, and began working for General Motors. He retired from Goulds Pumps Incorporated in Auburn.
Young has held the title of Commander at Post 587 for the past five years. He is also the Service Officer for the Fulton Veterans Council. He is responsible for ordering the flags for the city’s local VFW and American Legion. The flags placed on the grave markers of veterans, laid to rest in Fulton’s seven cemeteries, are also Young’s work.
In his spare time, Young has also given people rides to the VA Medical Center for their appointments, and helped deliver Christmas gifts to the families of hospitalized vets.
Young was surprised at the honor of being nominated Veteran of the Year, having only been a resident of the county for a decade.
“There are a great group of veterans in this city. I wish that more of our community shared in our ceremonies for veterans,” said Young. “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about that place and those guys.”
By just three votes, residents living within the proposed Water Service Area 6A in Granby have chosen to move forward with the endeavor, which will provide water service to hundreds of homes in the southern end of the town.
Votes were cast Thursday in a special referendum organized by the town and held solely for property owners within the proposed district. The count showed that 159 people voted in favor of the endeavor, while 156 opposed it.
Granby Town Supervisor Ed Williamson said he was pleased to see the matter passed by the voters, but understands that it was a close tally that is bound to leave many disappointed.
“I was very pleased that it passed, though I have a lot of sympathy for those who don’t want water and now have to pay for it,” Williamson said.
Town officials say grant funds could cover up to $750,000 of the estimated $2,859,000 project, but the town will have to borrow the difference with what will likely be a 38-year loan at an anticipated interest rate of 2.75 percent, which is subject to vary.
Williamson said because the project doesn’t create a contiguous district, it is now being called Water Service Area 6A.
Property owners within the service area, whether they are receiving water or not, can expect to pay roughly $490 per year toward the loan repayment as a separate line item on their annual property tax bills. Town officials say that figure is only approximate and subject to change, depending the actual project costs. That amount was estimated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency.
Homeowners who choose to hook into the water service will pay a quarterly water bill based on usage. Town officials estimate that the average usage for a family of four would cost about $313 per year, or $78.25 per quarter. Property owners would also need to pay the costs of hooking into the system.
Prior to the vote, Granby officials stressed that the town government stood to gain nothing financially by implementing the water service area.
“Some people think the town is pushing this because its going to make money, but everything that comes in on that line item goes directly toward the loan. It’s illegal for the town to make any money on this,” Town Clerk Janet Ingersoll said.
Williamson said the town will likely put the project out for bid in late March or early April 2015. He said he hopes it won’t take longer than a year or so beyond that time to complete.
“It took about two years for Water District 3 to be complete, but that was many times bigger than this. I’m hoping this can be completed within a year,” Williamson said.
Oswego County voters have chosen James K. Eby (R,C,I) to fill the county’s new family court judge seat, according to unofficial results released by the Oswego County Board of Elections.
Eby garnered 16,254 votes (60.05 percent) in Tuesday’s election, topping opponent Lou Anne Rucynski Coleman (D,WF), who received 10,786 (39.85 percent).
None of the tallies released Tuesday include absentee ballots, which board of elections officials said they will begin counting on Nov. 12. Results will then be made official upon certification the first week of December.