Register now for summer youth recreation program

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is opening a new summer youth recreation program for kids in grades kindergarten through fourth grade this summer at the Oswego County Nature Park at Camp Zerbe in Williamstown.

Registration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 30 through Thursday, July 3 at the Camp Zerbe park, 253 State Route 104, Williamstown.

Program directors will be on site to take registrations, answer questions and show the participants what kind of activities they will be doing throughout the summer.

The camp will run Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from July 7 to Aug. 15.  Lunch will be provided to registered program participants.

Pre-registration is required. Spots will be awarded on a first come-first serve basis.

“A waiting list will be created to ensure that as many children as possible have a chance to attend the program,” said Brandon Morey, coordinator of recreation and youth development for the Oswego City – County Youth Bureau.

Camp Zerbe is owned by Oswego County and operated by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau as a day use nature park and recreation facility. The Camp Zerbe recreation program is licensed through the Oswego County Department of Health.  The facility is available to rent between late April and October for use by families, clubs, school groups and other organizations.

Those seeking more information may call the Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or (800) 596-3200, ext.3451 or contact Brandon Morey at 349-3241 or by email at

Jesse “Rex” Yardley, active in Lions Club, veteran, longtime member of State Street UMC


Jesse “Rex” Yardley, 80, of Fulton died June 28 at home surrounded by family.

He was born in Fulton, to the late Jesse and Mildred (Tooley) Yardley.  Jesse has remained a life resident of Fulton.

He was a United States veteran having served in the Navy from 1954 to 1959. He was a Fulton police officer for six years, past employed with Morrill Press, Fulton for 30 years and worked with Menter’Hearse and Ambulance Services for 53 years.

Jesse was an avid volunteer, having been a member of the Fulton Lions Club for 36 years and was the program coordinator for the Eyes and Hearing Program for 25 years.

He was also a past board member with the Fulton Lions Club and the Finger Lakes Eyes and Ears program.

Jesse was a current member of the Fraternal Order of Police, a lifelong member of the State Street Methodist Church, Fulton and he enjoyed hunting, golfing woodworking, gardening and attending all of his grandsons sporting and musical events.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sheila Yardley of Fulton; two daughters,  Ann-Marie (Dennis) Wise of Fulton, Lynn (Bradley) Shirk of Baldwinsville; grandsons, Zacharie, Jacob and Ryan Shirk; brothers-in-law Donald (Mary Ann) Riley of FL, Leonard Fleming of Fulton; sister-in-law June (Gary) Dusharm of Hastings, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

He was pre-deceased by his sister, Ann Fleming.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday July 4 at the State Street Methodist Church, Fulton with the Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan officiating.

Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery where the Fulton VFW Post #569 will bestow military honors.

Calling hours will be conducted from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday July 2 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the State Street Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton, NY 13069 or the Fulton Lions Club 212 S. Fifth St., Fulton, NY 13069.

LaVersa M. Scott, active in Granby Center United Methodist Church

LaVersa M. Scott, 96, of Granby Center, passed away Sunday, June 29 surrounded by her loving family.

A native of Sandy Creek, she lived in Granby Center most of her life.

LaVersa was an active member of the Granby Center United Methodist Church for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband, John Scott, a son, Ellison Scott and by her brothers, Mason and Robert McNeilly.

Surviving are her children, Ann (Robert) Kastler of Fulton, Jean Scott of Sterling, Mildred Flett of Baldwinsville, Linda (Thomas) Leonard of Hannibal and John (Karen) Scott of Redmond, OR; a sister, Freeda Benham of Auburn; nine grandchildren, Laurie Thompson, Rosanne Cornell, Shelly Murphy, Kelly Jett, Aaron Flett, Holly Scott, John Scott, Jr., Scott Leonard and Penny Leonard; 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1 (today) at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 2 at the funeral home with burial at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Granby Center United Methodist Church.

Eleanor M. Reilly, newspaper typesetter

Eleanor M. Reilly, 76, of Hannibal, died Monday June 30, 2014 at Oswego Hospital.

Mrs. Reilly was born in Manhattan, NY, the daughter of the late William and Bedelia Crowley.

Mrs. Reilly was a typesetter for various local newspapers in New Jersey.

She is survived by her children Robert (Julia) Reilly of NJ, Dorian (Gary) Cole of Sterling, her brother Bill (Terry) Crowley of Long Island, and three grandchildren.

Mrs. Reilly was predeceased by her brother, Kevin Crowley.

Funeral services are at 9 a.m. Thursday July 3, 2014 in St. Mary of the  Assumption Church, Oswego. Entombment will be in All Saints Mausoleum.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.


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