Thelma DeForest, 82, of Fulton, died Monday, April 23, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.
Born in Victory, she had lived in the Fulton and Hannibal areas since 1954. She had worked Birdseye Foods and Oswego Growers and Shippers.
She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and spending time with her family and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, William DeForest, and daughter, Shirley Hobby.
She is survived by her children, William of Hannibal, Richard of Fulton, and Patricia Irland of Fulton; two grandchildren, Jessica and Justen; and one great-grandson, Lane.
Calling hours and services were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial was in Hannibal Center Cemetery.
Rita A. Scott, 91, of Oswego, died Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Oswego Hospital.
Mrs. Scott was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Gaetano and Mary Louise (Gentile) DePasquale. Mrs. Scott was a former employee of Breneman Hartshorn and she worked as an LPN at Oswego Hospital.
Mrs. Scott was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, where she sang in the choir from 1949 until 2003 when she began singing in St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Churches Resurrection Choir.
Carl Loyal Andrews, 88, died March 21, 2012.
He was born Jan. 17, 1924 to Carl and Golda Andrews in Ashtabula, Ohio. He graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1941.
He served in World War II and in Korea and received his BA degree in 1960 from Kent State University in Ohio, taught history and social studies in New York State and Maine and moved from Fulton to spend the last 26 years of his life in Dewey, Ariz. at the Orchard Ranch RV Resort.
He was an amateur radio operator (W8UQC) and an avid photographer, documenting a memorable bicycle trip through Europe as well as his tour of duty in Korea.
Shirley Morrell, 75, of North Richland Hills, Texas, died Friday, April 20, 2012 at a local hospital.
She was born Jan. 5, 1937 in Fulton to Winfield and Loretta Kyle in Fulton. She retired in 2000 from Sealright. She and her husband, Stan, moved to North Richland Hills seven years ago to be closer to their son and granddaughter.
She was a fun-loving person who loved traveling and cooking for her family.
Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Stan Morrell; son, Michael Morrell of Colleyville, Texas; siblings, Duane and Phil Kyle, and Betty Morrell, all of Sterling Valley; granddaughter, Morgan Morrell of Colleyville; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park at a later date.
by Andrew Henderson
The Fulton and Oswego police departments will be accepting unused and expired prescription medications today, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
“This is a great program that keeps expired and unused medications out of the wrong hands — be it children or adults,” said Assemblyman Will Barclay. “It helps protect the environment and helps reduce the chance of overdose and accidentally ingesting the wrong medications.”
Local residents may take their unused or expired prescription drugs to the Fulton Police Department at 141 S. First St., and the Oswego Police Department at 169 W. 2nd St.
According to studies, Prescription drug abuse has increased. Some reports estimate it has grown to take more lives than car accidents.
According to the New York State Attorney General’s web site, the number of prescriptions for all narcotic painkillers has also increased by six million — from 16.6 million in 2007 to nearly 22.5 million in 2010.
A state-wide computerized prescription tracking system was recently instituted so it’s harder for people to fraudulently write prescriptions if they obtain a prescription pad at a doctor’s office, said Barclay.
by Andrew Henderson
The New York State Senate recently passed a bill co-sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie that would make it easier for senior citizens to renew their Enhanced STAR property tax savings each year.
The measure (S.1920) would allow most seniors to use a simplified renewal form, rather than the current, longer form that is used by all STAR applicants, including those under 65 who qualify for the Basic STAR program.
“When just about everything is becoming more expensive, the property tax savings provided by STAR make a real difference to many seniors who are struggling to get by on fixed incomes,” said Ritchie. “We shouldn’t make them jump through hoops each year to get the property tax savings they need and deserve.
Oswego County Department of Social Services staff detected 117 cases of attempted fraud last year, saving county taxpayers $566,916 in avoided costs, Oswego County Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley said.
Beardsley said the cases involved attempts by people to collect benefits while living in other states, filing for duplicate benefits, not reporting income, and attempting to collect benefits while incarcerated in a correctional facility.
In addition, eight people were arrested over the past few weeks and charged with welfare fraud and grand larceny. The arrests involve the alleged theft of more than $35,000 in overpayments.
by Rob Tetro
The Fulton varsity softball team got off a quick start against Syracuse West Friday.
The Lady Raiders scored four runs during the game’s first two innings en route to a 9-0 shutout of Syracuse West.
Fulton took a 1-0 lead during the bottom of the first inning. Following another scoreless at bat for Syracuse West, the Lady Raiders added three more runs during the bottom of the second inning. They added another run during the bottom of the fourth inning, which brought the score to 5-0.