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Bucs jayvee girls’ basketball team capture tourney title

OSWEGO, NY – The jayvee girls’ basketball team captured a tournament title at Waterloo this past weekend while the boys’ varsity hockey team qualified for the title game at Baldwinsville and the girls’ varsity basketball team split in tourney action.

Meanwhile, wrestlers and the boys’ varsity basketball teams were also in action.

Lady Bucs Split in Tourney

The Oswego High jayvee girls’ basketball team captured the Waterloo Tournament title. Back row from left are: Jenna McManus, Cassidy King, Clara Culeton, Adeline Benjamin, Kelly Skinner, and Madison Rahn. In front row from left are: Makayla Mesec, Michele Lavery, Mariah Galetta, Olivia Dowdle, Brianna Stenz, Haley Baker.

The Oswego High jayvee girls’ basketball team captured the Waterloo Tournament title. Back row from left are: Jenna McManus, Cassidy King, Clara Culeton, Adeline Benjamin, Kelly Skinner, and Madison Rahn. In front row from left are: Makayla Mesec, Michele Lavery, Mariah Galetta, Olivia Dowdle, Brianna Stenz, Haley Baker.

The Oswego varsity girls’ basketball team will open the home portion of its schedule on Tuesday when it hosts Nottingham at 6:30 p.m. in Powers Gymnasium at Leighton Elementary School.

The Bucs are 1-2 through their first three games. Oswego lost its season-opening contest 54-43 at Whitesboro. The Bucs then dropped a 60-42 decision to Pittsford Southern in the Waterloo Tournament, and beat Aquinas 45-43 in the consolation game.

Here are recaps of each game.

Whitesboro 54, Oswego 43: Whitesboro came out on fire and built a 16-9 first-quarter lead. Oswego closed to within 24-20 at halftime. McKenna Brooks came off the bench and scored nine first-half points to spark the Bucs.

Whitesboro scored the first couple of baskets to start the second half. The Bucs’ Erica Atkins hit a trey, and Reilly Patrick hit a basket to close the gap. Whitesboro then sank a couple of 3-pointers to open a nine-point lead. Marguerite Dillon hit a trey and Bella Winklestine made a basket to pull

Oswego to within 36-33 with 15 seconds left in the third quarter. Patrick hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the score at 36-36. With time running out in the third quarter, Whitesboro made a 3-pointer for a 39-36 lead.

Whitesboro extended to a 10-point lead in the fourth. Dillon scored a couple of baskets to make it 47-40 with 2:30 left. Oswego went into full-court pressure, but Whitesboro broke the press for a layup and cruised from there.

“We got out rebounded and outhustled the entire game,” Oswego coach Michael Palmitesso said. “We will have to work on that in practice.”

Dillon topped the Bucs with 11 points, while Brooks and Patrick finished with 10 each. Also contributing points were Atkins (7), Madelyn Muckey (3), and Winklestine (2).

Pittsford Southerland 60, Oswego 42: In the semifinals of the Waterloo Tournament, Pittsford Southerland defeated the Bucs as Liz Greendyke poured in 27 points. This put her over 1,000 points for her career.

Brooks led Oswego with 17 points, eight rebounds, and five blocked shots.

Also getting points for the Bucs were Atkins (10), Dillon (6), Winklestine (4), Patrick (3), and Brenna Riley (2).

Pittsford Southern’s pressure man-to-man defense forced the Lady Bucs into 30 turnovers, which was the difference in the game, Palmitesso said.

“We shot the ball pretty well, but we need to make better passes if we are going to compete against the teams in our division,” the coach said.

Oswego 45, Aquinas 43: In the consolation game of the Waterloo Tournament, Oswego prevailed led by Brooks’ 15 points, seven blocked shots, and six steals. She was selected to the all-tournament team.

Dillon contributed 10 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Atkins had five points and excelled on defense, Palmitesso said.

Others scoring points for the Bucs were Riley (4), Patrick (3), Katie Knopp (3), Muckey (3), and Winklestine (2).

Hockey Runner Up

The Baldwinsville Hockey Tournament saw the Oswego Bucs finish second to Syracuse after falling 4-0 in the finals.

In the championship game Buc goalie Donovan Roy stopped 31 shots as the Syracuse squad was on the offensive throughout.

On Friday, the Bucs defeated Fulton 6-2 in the first round game.

Oswego held a 1-0 lead after one and 3-2 after two before exploding for three third period red lighters.

Bentley Brosch had two goals while adding one each were Zach Zerrahn, Jake Oleyourryk, Brandon Tracz and Noah Lee. Zerrahn also added three assists while Sean Mooney had three assists.  Brosch and Oleyourryk also had one assist.

In net Roy had 14 saves.

Varsity Bucs at B’Ville

The Oswego High School varsity boys’ basketball team lost two games in the Baldwinsville Tournament.

Oswego lost 68-56 to the host school in the first round as the Bucs got behind early and despite a second half rebound found the deficit too much to overcome.

Ryan Lavner scored 23, Zach Gillard 13 and Steve Kunelius 11 to lead Oswego.

The Bees jumped on top 23-5 after eight minutes and held a 40-14 lead at intermission. The Bucs scored well in the second half.

Also scoring for Oswego were Matt Giudilli with four, Tyree Varner three and Josh Lazzaro two.

Oswego lost the consolation game to Auburn 61-52.

After one quarter it was 13-13, but in the second quarter the Maroons outscored the Bucs 19-11 to take a 32-24 lead into the locker room.

Giudilli finished with 18 and Lavner 11 for the lone double figure scorers.  Kunelius and Gillard had six each, Lazzaro three while scoring two points apiece were Mylek Hoyt, Garrett Skinner, Ryan Kearns and Varner.

Wrestling Team at Andersen

Oswego competed in the Cicero-North Syracuse Andersen Wrestling Tournament during the past weekend.

Two Bucs captured consolation finals  victories to finish in third place were 113 pounder Austin Coleman pinned Chris Valasquz of Amsterdam in 3:23 while 220 pounder Jacob Rodriguez decisioned  Andrews Anoceto of CNS 5-0.

Eric Doviak lost to 285 pound Jared West of CNS in the consolation finals.

In questerfinal action Coleman pinned Kyle Snyder of South Jefferson in 1:47.  At 220 Rodriguez lost to Anoceto 4-3 while at 285 Doviak fell to Vitale Gurman of Spencerport 9-3.

In semifinal action Coleman was shutout 9-0 by Audey Ashkar of Liverpool.

Fulton captured the crown in the 21 team tournament with 175 points while the Bucs finished in 16th with 57 points.

Championship Jayvee Effort

It was another title for the Oswego jayvee girls’ basketball team as it returned to Waterloo and repeated what it had accomplished a year ago…winning the annual tournament.

Oswego scored a 55-17 win over Pittsford Southerland in the first round and 64-13 over Waterloo for the title.

Coach Jessica Burridge said, “The Bucs were unstoppable with their team play. We used a full court pressure which made it difficult for either of the teams to get the ball past half courst. It was a genuine team effort as everyone contributed.”

On Friday Brianna Stenz scored 12 and Jenna McManus 11 while Cassidy King had nine and Haley Baker seven.

In the title game King and McManus had 10 each while Michele Lavery and Clara Culeton each had eight. Kelly Skinner and Stenz had seven each for the 3-0 Bucs.

Also playing and contributing were Adeline Benjamin, Madison Rahn, Makayla Mesec, Mariah Galetta and Olivia Dowdle.

Oswego Kartway Racers Contend at NYS Indoor Karting Championships, Chris Natoli Qualifies for Pro-4 Main Event

OSWEGO, NY – More than 150 kart racers converged on the New York State Fairgrounds on Saturday to compete in the annual NYS Indoor Karting Championships, and once again Oswego Kartway was well represented in the nationally known contest.

A dozen plus entries were filed from Kartway competitors on Saturday including current and former track champions DJ Shuman, Takota Jacobson, Dick Dann, and Josh Ostrander as well as many time feature winners Chris Natoli and Nick Demling and even Novelis Supermodified competitor Dave Cliff.

The usual highlight of the NYS Indoor Karting Championships is the Pro-4 Cycle division, featuring some of the best indoor racers in the entire northeast.

This year a total of 27 competitors, from four different states including one Canadian province, all took a shot to make the event which starts only the best twelve racers.

At the end of four rounds of qualifying Kartway regular Chris Natoli, of Baldwinsville, qualified his No. 33 MBR Speed Shop, Slack Axiom into the show in the eighth position for the 25-lap main.

Natoli went on to complete the entire distance in the event with a finish of ninth out of the twelve qualified drivers.

St. Johnsville, NY pilot Ryan Swartz would drive to the $500 victory in Pro-4 Cycle behind the wheel of his No. 63 SpeedTech Tire Solutions racer.

Swartz competed at the Kartway twice in 2013 claiming the Stock Light King of the Kartway crown, also finishing 6th in the inaugural RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy 100 at the Bullring.

Natoli also qualified for the Stock Heavy main event, which saw 17 total entries, after claiming the victory in the division’s B-Main.

Shuman, the 2013 Clone Super Heavy champion at the Kartway, competed in three divisions over the weekend with a best finish of second in the Stock Super Heavy class. The Pennsylvania native, now residing in Mattydale, NY, also went on to a fourth place finish in Clone Light along with a ninth in Clone Heavy.

Shuman’s teammate, Ricky Pritchard of Oswego, also contended in Clone Light driving to a fine fifth place finish after qualifying third in the field of 12 racers.

Oswego Kartway Classic champion Nick Demling, of Oswego, fielded two karts over the weekend, one for himself and another for Speedway Supermodified driver Dave Cliff.

Demling wheeled his way to a podium position in Clone Heavy with a finish of third.  Unfortunately, issues dropped Demling out of the running in Clone Light after qualifying on the outside of the front row.

Demling’s teammate Cliff did not fare as well in the Flathead divisions, as he failed to qualify for stout fields in Stock Heavy and Pro-4 Cycle.

The RJ Kart Sales team was once again in action over the weekend with drivers Matt Fay, Ostrander, and Quillon Dann.

Dann was behind the wheel of the No. 3 machine as a relief driver for Chris Knight, who was injured during Friday night hot laps.  Knight was at the track on Saturday however to help his team over the course of the day.

Dann, of Central Square, drove Knight’s No. 3 to a 6th place effort in Clone Light behind Shuman and Pritchard.

Fay, of North Syracuse, took eleventh in Clone Heavy driving the same machine.

Oswego Kartway Junior Driver of the Year Ostrander, of Parish, finished sixth in Gold Plate driving the No. 41J.

The Kartway’s Clone Light champion, Takota Jacobson of Parish, competed in Junior Blue Clone indoors and finished second in the No. 34.

Former Kartway champion, Dick Dann of Pulaski, drove his No. 86 to a terrific second place finish in Clone Heavy.

For more information on Oswego Kartway visit online at www.oswegokartway.com, LIKE on Facebook, or FOLLOW on Twitter.

To speak with a Kartway representative call the Oswego Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.

Alice Agnes Freeborn, 96

OSWEGO, NY – Alice Agnes Freeborn, 96, a resident of New Haven, passed away Sunday December 8, 2013, at Upstate Hospital in Syracuse.

Born in Sittingbourne, England, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Harriett (Rogers) Freeborn.

Alice worked at Sayers Grocery Store, Marathon Paper Co., and retired as a Teletype Operator at Alcan.

She was in the women’s bowling hall of fame.

She enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Surviving are her niece, Jacqueline (William) Rombough; great-nieces and great-nephews, Brad and Michael Rombough, and Susan Rombough; 8 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and 10 great-great-great nieces and great-great-great-nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Grace Cochrane.

A calling hour will be held 1-2 p.m. Friday, with a service to follow, at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego.

Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com

Catholic Charities Community Based Mentoring Benefiting Area Youth

Fulton, NY – When it comes to providing services to children diagnosed with a mental health issue Catholic Charities of Oswego County provides several programs that are delivered in a way that is unique not only to Oswego County but also to most of New York State.

The agency’s Children Mental Health Services incorporates four unique programs that collaboratively provide children with a mental health diagnosis a range of services that benefit the children and their families.

Ann Marie Ellis, a mentor with Catholic Charities’ Community Based Mentoring program and her mentee, Jennifer, enjoy some quality time at the park.  Designed to help young people reach their potential, the Community Based Mentoring Program is currently recruiting adults to assist young people ages 8 through 17 in developing the confidence and character they need to succeed in life, and become productive members of the community.  For information on the program contact Christine Williams at 315-598-3980 ext. 227 or visit www.ccoswego.com

Ann Marie Ellis, a mentor with Catholic Charities’ Community Based Mentoring program and her mentee, Jennifer, enjoy some quality time at the park. Designed to help young people reach their potential, the Community Based Mentoring Program is currently recruiting adults to assist young people ages 8 through 17 in developing the confidence and character they need to succeed in life, and become productive members of the community. For information on the program contact Christine Williams at 315-598-3980 ext. 227 or visit www.ccoswego.com

One of these is Community Based Mentoring.

Established in direct response to a request from the Oswego County Department of Mental Hygiene, it is the only program of its kind in Oswego County.

Program coordinator Christine Williams said, “We developed Community Based Mentoring to meet a specific need.  It has proven beneficial in helping young people succeed in life and contribute to society as they develop trusting relationships with adults who inspire and serve as role models.”

Youth 8 through 17 with a mental health diagnosis are referred to the Community Based Mentoring program through Oswego County’s Mental Health Single Point of Access Process.

Once the youth’s needs and goals are established they are paired with a mentor based on personalities, likes and dislikes, and other similarities.

The two meet three to four times a month for a total of 12 hours.  Mentors provide support, counsel, friendship, and constructive reinforcement by spending quality time with them and engaging them in activities, or just talking and sharing their life experiences.

Williams, who also serves as a mentor for 12-year-old girl, truly enjoys the experience.

“I have all boys at home, so it’s nice to be able to spend some quality time with a nice girl such as Destiny,” said Williams.

While the two have enjoyed a number of outings including trips to the library, lunch at the lake, and shopping at the mall, it’s the family gatherings that mean the most.

“I incorporate Destiny into our family activities. It’s nice for her to experience a different kind of family life and feel she is a part of our family too,” explained Williams.

According to program supervisor, Gail Cooper, Williams’ experience as a mentor is a good representation of the feedback she receives from the mentors.

“Our mentors say it is a very satisfying experience for them. They become attached to their youth and develop a trusting and nurturing relationship. Many of our youth are from one-parent homes or living with relatives. Being able to bond with an adult and see the world through different eyes is a tremendous benefit, and making a positive impact on a young person’s life is an achievement our mentors never forget,” said Cooper.

Ann Marie Ellis, now in her third year as a mentor with the program, discovered the Community Based Mentoring program after reading an article about the program.

Currently serving as mentor to a 12-year-old girl, Ellis is impressed with the program and how much it benefits the youth that are involved.

“This program truly makes a difference. It is a very mutually rewarding relationship that we develop. For me it’s a heartwarming experience to spend time with youth that I have mentored. I enjoy spending time with them. Whether I am assisting them with learning skills; sharing some quality time with them at the park or participating in other fun activities; or helping them enhance life skills and social skills, it is a wonderful experience for both of us,” said Ellis.

“They really do become a part of our family. We celebrate birthdays, and Christmas with them, have had their family over for dinner, and with the consent of their parents or guardians we stay in contact after our time together has ended,” added Ellis.

“We are proud of our Community Based Mentoring program,” said executive director Mary Margaret Pezzella-Pekow. “It is a unique program that makes families stronger, children stronger, and our community stronger.”

For more information on Catholic Charities’ Community Based Mentoring program, contact Williams at 315-598-3980 ext 227 or visit www.oswego.com

Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Tis The Season To Help Pets

Dear Readers,
Well, #GivingTuesday has come and gone and we let it go by without a lot of Hoo! Ha!, because, quite frankly, we thought, why should we harangue all you good people about giving on one day of the year when you all do so much all year long.

But . . . in the spirit of creating “#days” just because we can, we have decided that today is #GivingThanksFriday. (If it’s not Friday when you read this column, don’t worry about it, we write it on Fridays and we had to pick a day.)

On #GivingThanksFriday, we give thanks to and celebrate YOU!

YOU foster animals for us, a difficult and sometimes heartbreaking job, but one that is the foundation of our rescue and adoption program. YOU volunteer hours every week in our spay/neuter clinic, helping us move closer every year to our mission to end abandonment and homelessness for pets. YOU help us get our mailings out, organize our special events, hold your own fundraiser events with your friends and colleagues, all of which enables us to function and provide services on a bare bones budget.  OU call us when you find an animal in distress and then go out of your way to help us help that animal. YOU adopt our animals and get your friends to do the same so that we can help even more animals.  Then, after doing all of that, YOU help us with your financial support.

YOU are the Oswego County Humane Society!

And in that spirit, here is one more thing YOU can do.

The Humane Society has lots of handsome, elegant, interesting and cats available for adoption. You can see them at www.oswegohumane.org

For the entire month of December, adopt one cat over six months old and the adoption fee is only $50.

Adopt another best buddy for him or her and the  adoption fee is only $25 for the second cat.

The adoption fee for all cats over one year old is only $25, not because they’re worth less, but only because they need homes more.

Speaking of being a part of the  Humane Society, bring a bag of scoopable litter or a bag of dry cat or kitten food (or $5) to the American Foundry on December 21 from 7 to 11 p.m. for the Third Annual Holiday fundraiser for the Oswego County Humane Society.

Featuring the Billionaires with Tom Ciappa. A party for the animals with the party animals!

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: (315) 207-1070.

Email: ochscontact@hotmail.com

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because people and pets are good for each other!

Potish Family Celebrates 70th Wedding Anniversary

Victor and Margaret Potish recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Assemblyman Barclay presented the couple with a State Assembly Resolution commemorating the family milestone.

70th Wedding Anniversary

70th Wedding Anniversary

The resolution states: “Whereas, their love, devotion, caring, sensitivity and responsiveness to their family, friends and all who know them are their hallmark and tradition.”

The Sandy Pond couple celebrated the occasion with their family.

Pictured are Margaret and Victor Potish in front.

In back pictured with Assemblyman Barclay are daughters Nancy Ridgeway, Peggy Manchester and Vicki Affinati.

Absent from the photo is Paulette Lindsey.

Gratitude Gala Huge Success

Written by Jessica M. Naioti
FULTON, NY – The Small Business Gratitude Gala on November 30 was a big day for local businesses in Upstate New York, especially Oswego County.

The gala was primarily sponsored by the only Drop In Child Care Center in Oswego County, Sunshine Community and Child Care Center.

The Sunshine Center provides high quality On-Call child care services, a Youth Group, as well as, reasonable free memberships for parents in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and to children who have lost a parent.

The gratitude gala was developed in order to encourage local business and quality of life in Fulton.

It was hosted by Sunshine Center owner Jessica Naioti.

Approximately 50 individuals, including Oswego County Clerk, Michael Backus; Fulton alderman, Alan Emrich; and Fulton Planning Committee member, Ralph Stacy.

City Hall was decorated with beautiful items from Lakeview Manor.

Music was performed by singer/songwriter, Christopher Battles, from 5 – 10 p.m.

Professional comedian Nick Marra performed at 8 p.m. and pulled the drawing for the 50/50 raffle.

The raffle winner was Ellen Barbagallo.

An exquisite dinner of sirloin and Ahi tuna steaks, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salads, breads and dessert was provided with help by 1881 Steakhouse and Lodging and Canale’s in Oswego, as well as The Sausage Shack and Tavern on the Lock in Fulton.

The dinner was staffed by Sunshine Youth Group leaders, Taylor Simpson, Dennis Dingman, Ruth Brown and friends.

The Small Business silent auction included massage therapist Amanda Taylor LMT.; Monica Thorpe stylist and  hair dresser; Friends of Fulton Public Library; Strupplers Big M; Mary’s Cookies; Blue Moon Grill; Sunshine Community and Child Care Center; Art by Dick Johnson; a water filter by Casters Water Supply; some fine jewelry and more.

The event was intended to be self supporting with Titanium ($500+) from Oswego County Today and Lakeview Manor, Gold ($250+) from Canale’s Restaurant, Tavern on the Lock and 1881 Steakhouse and Lodging, and Silver ($100) The Sausage Shack, in-kind sponsorships and through ticket prices.

Once the event became self supporting, at 50 paid guests, the door price was waived and attendees could come in for free.

The dinners were shared with Fulton Police Department.

The next Gratitude Gala is planned for the last weekend in February.

Venues, speakers, hosts, and attendee’s that are interested in participating, please contact Jessica Naioti at (315)561-7861 or jessicanaioti@yahoo.com

Oswego County Today.com Intern Ready For ‘The Real World’

By Christine Peets, December 2013 SUNY Oswego Graduate
Everyone is probably familiar with the term senioritus. But, it’s not until your senior year of college that one can truly know the symptoms that accompany the transition from college to the workforce.

All you can hope is that college prepared you well.

A SUNY Oswego student prepares for graduation.

A SUNY Oswego student prepares for graduation.

The realization, at least for me, happened about four weeks into my last semester at Oswego State, which is the current semester I am enrolled in.

At that moment, a rush of anxiety mixed with anticipation overtook me. It hasn’t gone away.

I anticipate the symptoms will dissipate by my Dec. 14, graduation date. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t bet on it, Christine).

For about 530 Oswego students, including myself, the senior semester is a time to finalize projects and papers you have been putting off.

It is also a time to get resumes and recommendations ready for the perilous job search you have been warned about since your first day of college.

For most, the job search can be tedious and extensive. For some students at Oswego, it can be quickly rewarding.

Megan Haufe, a business student at Oswego will be moving to Philadelphia to begin her full-time job with Frito-Lay; a company she interned for during the summer of ’13.

“I am thrilled to begin my career under the PepsiCo organization, and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for me,” said Haufe.

Haufe’s educational preparations have helped her hone business skills such as confidence and public speaking.

“I remember back in high school I was terrified of speaking in front of the class,” Haufe said. “However, almost every business course involves a project and presentation.”

Alyssa O’Bryan, a human development major at Oswego, said she was led down the right path by service learning courses and internships.

O’Bryan will begin her career with Liberty Resources where she will serve kids with intellectual disabilities as a youth specialist.

As for me, I am a journalism major (currently interning with Oswego County Today.com)  who started the job search early. I believe it would have paid off, if I weren’t moving to Boston in Feburary.

People say it’s all about who you know, and I’d say that’s true.

My luck struck while I was a cashier at the Home Depot in Rochester.

It was hot – 90 degrees out – and I was stuck on a nine-hour shift in the garden department. It is safe to say that I, in no way, looked “news ready.”

Long story short, an account executive at NBC approached me in line and gave me her contact information.

From that moment I followed up and networked.

The night before my second interview with NBC, I was informed by my boyfriend and successful May ‘13 business graduate of Oswego, that he was accepted as a frozen manager at Wegmans in Boston.

The thought of starting a life in a state I adore, with the person I love, is enough of a reason for me to know that I am making the right choice.

Everyone’s path to the workforce may be different, but success stories such as O’Bryan’s and Haufe’s prove that it is possible.

With hard work and a lot of dedication, jobs are waiting.

The moral of the story is, Oswego has given me and others the tools to succeed accompanied by a serious case of senioritus.

So, I congratulate the estimated 530 students who will be graduating this semester and I commend the strength and commitment it takes to not crack under the pressure.

We did it, almost…

A webcast of the Dec. 14 ceremony in the Campus Center arena will stream live, with a link available from the www.oswego.edu home page.

Alan J. Crandell, 75

FULTON, NY – Alan J. Crandell, 75, of Fulton, passed away peacefully, Saturday December 7, 2013, at the VA-Hospice Unit in Syracuse with his family by his side.

He was a member of the Fulton Elks #830, Fulton V.F.W. Post 569 and the Fulton Polish Home.

Alan J. Crandell

Alan J. Crandell

Alan loved camping, being outdoors and his bonfires.

He also enjoyed horseshoes, fishing, bowling, carpentry, playing cards, NASCAR racing and watching sports with his family and friends.

Alan was a very friendly, well-known and active member of his family and was always willing to lend a hand.

He will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife of 48 years, the former Monica Mileskey; a son, Barry (Diane) Crandell; daughters, Lisa (Danny) Elmer and Carol (Terry) Larrabee; a brother, Robert (Gwen) Crandell; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 13 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

The family wishes to extend their sincerest appreciation to the VA Medical Center for the phenomenal care received and requests contributions in memory of Alan be made to the Syracuse VA Medical Center, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, 13210.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.

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