Michael E. Novak

Novak OBMichael E. Novak, 78, of Phoenix, N.Y., passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Sunday December 7, 2014. He was born on January 16, 1936 to his mother, Virginia (Terramiggi) and his late father, Edward Novak in Fulton, N.Y.  A graduate of Fulton High School on the west side, he served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956.

Mike was a master carpenter and the owner/operator of Novak & Sons Home Builders Co., Phoenix. He was a member of the Carpenter’s Union Local 12, Oswego, and the Local 747, Syracuse. Mike was a life member of Phoenix Memorial Post, VFW Post 5540; Phoenix Rod & Gun Club; and an avid golfer.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 49 years, Kathleen F. (Milligan) on May 31, 2008; his son, Charles A. Novak on July 5, 1981; his sister, Katherine Geswaldo in March of 1988; and his brother John E. Novak on Nov. 9, 2014. Surviving are his three children, Michael J. “Micky” and daughter-in-law Gretchen (Gang) Novak of Phoenix, his twins Mary Ann and son-in-law David Quintal of Pennellville, and Martin J. Novak of Phoenix; five grandchildren, Jessica Novak, Nicholas Novak, and Nathan Novak, Steven Quintal and Katrina Quintal; one great-granddaughter, Brook Quintal; his mother, Virginia (Terrimiggi) Novak Albino of Syracuse; a brother-in-law, Louis Geswaldo of Syracuse; his sister-in-law, Gloria Novak of Liverpool; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many close friends. Mike was so very proud of his family as a whole, especially his children, grandchildren,and great-granddaughter.

Services were Thursday at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, with Deacon Frank Forish officiating. Burial followed in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St. Memorials to: Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P. O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

Frank Barilla

Frank (Francis) Joseph Barilla, 80, Oswego, passed away on December 7, 2014 after battling a long illness.Barilla OB

Frank was born February 11, 1934 in Elmira, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine of 60 years; his five children Deborah (Thomas) Akers, Donna (Michael) Weigelt, Diane (Thomas) Putnam, Darlene (Rick) Favata, Frank (Caryn) Barilla; three sisters Carmella VanRensellaer, Theresa Witchtowski, Rose Moshier; 10 grandchildren Joey, Angela, Josh, Karissa, Brianna, Rachel, Gavin, Garrett, Isabella and Jacob;  and four great-grandchildren Judah, Lydia, Luella and Lyla.

He was the owner and operator of Barilla’s Auto Service, as well as many properties in Oswego alongside his wife Lorraine, from 1958 until he was no longer able to work due to his illness.

Frank was also active in local politics, serving as Third Ward Alderman and chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Most importantly, Frank can be remembered as a hardworking and loving husband, father, and grandfather to his family. “I Love You More!”

Private, family services will be held. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

Doris J. Leonard

Doris J. Leonard, 94, of Hannibal, went to be with the Lord Saturday at Crouse Hospital. Born in Auburn, she had lived in the Hannibal–Martville area for more than 60 years. She had many friends through the New York State Christmas Tree Growers Association as well as from the Martville United Methodist Church. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul D. Leonard, who passed away June 22, 2003. Doris is survived by her twin daughters, Charlotte (Raul) Herrera of Webster and Sharon (Bob) Koch of Palmyra; two sons, Tom (Linda) and John (Colleen) Leonard, both of Hannibal; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Services were Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Spring burial will be at Bethel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Doris’s family suggests contributions to Martville United Methodist Church, c/o Donald Hass, 13609 Ira Station Road, Martville, 13111.

Fulton kicks off Christmas season

By Colin Hogan
A dense crowd of local children eagerly greeted Santa Claus upon his arrival in front of city hall Thursday for the 11th annual Fulton Tree Lighting Jubilee.

Local children rush to greet Santa and Mrs. Claus upon their arrival at the Fulton Tree Lighting Jubilee Thursday evening. Colin Hogan photo
Local children rush to greet Santa and Mrs. Claus upon their arrival at the Fulton Tree Lighting Jubilee Thursday evening.
Colin Hogan photo

Coordinated each year by the city and run by teams of volunteers and sponsors, the event serves as Fulton’s official Christmas season kick-off with Santa, himself, on hand to flip the big switch.
“It’s really great to see all these kids here, and for them to be able to see Santa,” said city councilor Tom Kenyon. “This is the kind of thing we as the city need to keep going each year, because it’s so important. When you see these kids’ eyeballs light up when Santa arrives, it’s worth it.”
Before Santa’s arrival at 7 p.m., visitors filled both the parish house at All Saints Episcopal Church, where they were able to make all sorts of arts and crafts as part of “Santa’s Workshop,” and the city’s community room, where a full slate of local musicians provided live entertainment up until the lighting. Performers included Robin Whiting, Kathy Lowmaster, Rachel Salvetti, Aliana DeMott, Classic Touch Barbershop Quartet, Briana Simmons, Gina Holsopple, Allison Parker, Joshua Bastone, Stacia DeMott, the Bridge Church Worship Team, Jordan Van Bouden and Clarissa Traub.

Joshua Bastone, 18, of Fulton, performs “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music for a full room of listeners before the tree lighting.  Colin Hogan photo
Joshua Bastone, 18, of Fulton, performs “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music for a full room of listeners before the tree lighting.
Colin Hogan photo

“This has turned out to be such a good, positive night for everyone,” said city councilor Norman “Jay” Foster. “You can see all these kids having a good time, we’ve had some really great entertainment going on. We’re very blessed today.”
After he lighted the tree, the crowd followed Santa back to the community room, where families patiently waited in line for a photo with the jolly couple, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and several of Santa’s helpers.
Fulton Parks and Recreation Superintendent Barry Ostrander said, while this year’s turnout was lower than previous years’, the event still drew a “good-sized” crowd that was “very manageable” and filled with satisfied children. He noted that the event received less publicity this year than it had previously.

Five-year-old Kristy Richardson of Fulton meets Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer as she awaits Santa’s arrival. Colin Hogan photo
Five-year-old Kristy Richardson of Fulton meets Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer as she awaits Santa’s arrival.
Colin Hogan photo

“We’re probably missing a good one-third of the crowd we normally get,” Ostrander said, “but if you look at this line here, it doesn’t seem like there are any less pictures with Santa being taken this year.”
Ostrander praised the many volunteers, sponsoring businesses and groups that had a hand in the event.
“This is all run by volunteers and local businesses, and we couldn’t do it without them,” Ostrander said.

Fulton native earns Supermarket Sweep-style contest

By Nicole Shue
A Fulton native recently won the chance of a lifetime, which spared him the trouble of having to do his Christmas shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
Lucas Sachel got the best deal of all this holiday shopping season — free presents for everyone on his Christmas list.
Sachel, who today lives north of Buffalo, sells FiOS TV and Internet for Verizon Wireless. Through his employer, he recently earned a shopping spree in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The contest was based on employees’ sales for one quarter. Those with the highest sales in the district were flown to Minneapolis for the shopping extravaganza. Sachel was among 12 Verizon employees chosen for the trip, out of nearly 700 sales representatives in his district.

Lucas Sachel (right), a 2005 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School, sits with three fellow Verizon Wireless employees moments before the shopping spree of a lifetime. Photo provided
Lucas Sachel (right), a 2005 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School, sits with three fellow Verizon Wireless employees moments before the shopping spree of a lifetime.
Photo provided

After spending a night at the world famous Mall of America, Sachel was brought to what looked like an abandoned warehouse. Inside, the warehouse was filled with every item you could imagine, from electronics to name brand jewelry.
Sachel was given a map and 15 minutes to scope out the warehouse. Each Verizon employee developed his or her own route. Sachel planned to hit the gaming systems first, followed by the jewelry counter for his girlfriend Beth.
Contestants were given only a few rules. Each person was given 90 seconds to go up and down the aisles, and the chance to grab one of each item per aisle bay. Some of the more popular items were placed multiple times throughout the warehouse. At the end of 90 seconds, the contestant could keep whatever was thrown in the cart. However, any item that fell out of the cart could not be claimed.
Sachel described the 90 seconds as a free for all. He grabbed items frantically from the left to the right side of the aisle, picking up whatever he could get his hands on.
“I honestly don’t remember half of what I grabbed, it was all a blur,” Sachel said.
His grab-and-go strategy paid off. His haul included an Xbox One, one 32-inch and one 19-inch television, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, a Dyson cordless vacuum, Beats headphones, a 3D Blue-ray player, a smoker, a skillet, a mixer, Rachel Ray cookware, and a Ninja Mega kitchen system.
In Sachel’s estimation, his swag totaled over $5,000.
“If I was in better shape I might have done even better,” quipped Sachel. “The only thing I would do differently is maybe snatch another television, but that’s just me being greedy.”
Sachel still cannot fathom that he soon will be the owner of these shiny new items. He said UPS is scheduled to deliver the prizes this week.

Clifford  W. “Pa” Casler

12-10 Casler OBClifford  W. “Pa” Casler, Sr., 81, of Phoenix, NY, passed away on Friday November 28, 2014. Born in Oswego, N.Y. to his parents, William and Hazel (Ostrander) Casler on Jan. 16, 1934, he was a self-employed laborer and had worked at General Electric, Syracuse. Clifford attended the Phoenix Nutrition Site at 43 Bridge Street, Phoenix, N.Y. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Dolores (Longo) Casler; two sons, Clifford W. “Butch” and his wife Beth Casler, Jr. of Phoenix, and David Casler of Pennellville; one daughter, Bonnie J. and her husband, Peter Marino of Rochester, N.H.; a brother, W. Joe Casler of N.C.; a sister, Ella Mae Fraser of Brewerton; ten grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many close friends.  Calling hours and services were on Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014 at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY.

Memorials may be to the Phoenix Area Food Pantry, 43 Bridge St., Phoenix, NY 13135.

Oscar W. Canfield

12-10 Canfield OBOscar W. Canfield, 90, formerly of Fulton, N.Y., died Dec. 4, 2014, in Ephrata Manor, Ephrata, Pa. Born in Altmar, N.Y., he was a son of the late Floyd B. and Huldah (March) Canfield. Oscar was a 1951 graduate of Robert Wesleyan College. He was a WWII Army veteran serving with 793rd Military Police Battalion and a member of VFW Post 569, Fulton, N.Y. He retired after 39 years with Nestle Chocolate, Fulton, N.Y. A member of Fulton Alliance Church, he enjoyed family travels and woodworking. Surviving is his wife of 63 years, Dorothy M. (Mead) Canfield, Sebring, Fla.; a son, William (Susana) Canfield, Croton on the Hudson, N.Y.; daughters, Linda (Donald) Bitterman, Havre, Mont., and Sandra Canfield, Fulton, N.Y.; granddaughter, Sandi Bitterman; nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Loraine (Joe) Maietta, Fulton, N.Y. Brothers Douglas, Harold and Fenton predeceased him. Private services will be held by the family with inurnment in Florida.

Burst pipe leaves Pratt House with extensive water damage

Pratt House Display Manager Alec Seymour points out one of the many areas of flooring in need of complete replacement after a burst pipe recently left the museum with extensive water damage.  Colin Hogan photo
Pratt House Display Manager Alec Seymour points out one of the many areas of flooring in need of complete replacement after a burst pipe recently left the museum with extensive water damage.
Colin Hogan photo

The John Wells Pratt House, one of Fulton’s most revered historic sites and the home of countless archived local relics, is recovering from extensive water damage after a pipe recently burst inside.

Leaders of Friends of History in Fulton, which runs the museum, say they believe the pipe bust sometime Saturday, Nov. 22, and the flooding was discovered the following Monday.

According to Pratt House Director Sue Lane, a valve in the building’s water heater that governs how much water to send throughout the system malfunctioned, over-pressurizing the pipes and radiators on the upper floors to the point that some burst.

“We basically had a swimming pool on half of the second floor,” she said.

But it could have been a lot worse, Lane is quick to point out. The flooding was discovered Monday by the museum’s cleaning lady, who had actually come in a day early to do her work.

“It’s like these things happen for a reason. The lady who does our cleaning wasn’t scheduled to come in, but came in anyway, and she was the one who caught it,” Lane said. “She saw the ceilings and the walls running with water, so she called me right away. When I got there I started calling everybody and their brother to come get started with mops, buckets, shop vacs or whatever we could use.”

After volunteers got the situation under control, professionals were brought in to begin the cleaning and recovery process.

The flooding has left several rooms in need of serious restoration. Walls, ceilings and floors throughout the museum, including those in the exhibit rooms, will need to be completely removed, cleaned inside, and replaced. In such an old historic building, Lane is certain it will be a complicated process that requires special workmanship and attention to detail.

“It’s hard because, we don’t want to change anything, but we have so much that needs to be replaced now. We have ceilings that need to be redone, walls that need to be stripped down and put back up, all the wood floors upstairs are going to have to be pulled up and replaced because they’re completely ruined,” Lane said, “so we’re going to need find a special carpenter who’s worked with old houses and knows how these things need to be done.”

Among the hundreds of items damaged are relics from Fulton’s old factories, antiquated newspaper clippings, photographs and volumes of historic documents, to name only some. The water also damaged an entire room full of historic clothing items, which FOH is working with a Syracuse-based dry cleaner to have restored.

However, in a seemingly miraculous stroke of good luck, none of the flooding reached the rooms that currently house the 18 decorated Christmas trees on display for the organization’s annual Parade of Trees. Lane said this year’s event, which will continue to run in spite of the damages, marks the most trees the museum has ever had on display.

“The one bright note is that the water didn’t touch any of the trees for the Parade of Trees, and we were able to do enough cleaning that it won’t interfere with that,” Lane said. “It was kind of like Mrs. Pratt put her hand out and said ‘you can ruin this side of the house, but not this side.'”

Despite the mess, FOH leaders are still counting their blessings that there wasn’t more damage.

“I keep saying, while it’s certainly bad, it could have been a lot worse,” Lane said.

The Parade of Trees continues until Friday. Lane said she plans to wait until it’s finished to begin holding fundraisers or other events to help with the restoration.

“With all that’s happened, we’re trying to make the Parade of Trees a priority. The organizations that do the trees have done such a wonderful job, and this is the most we’ve ever had. So even though all this is going on, we certainly don’t want to take away from all of their hard work. We’re going to be positively focused on the Parade of Trees for now, then get focused on the house.”

The museum can be found on S. First Street in Fulton, and has been on the National Register of Historic Places for 15 years.

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