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Norma Eleanor Freeden, 87

FULTON, NY – Norma Eleanor Freeden, 87, of Fulton, passed away after a brief illness on Friday March 22, 2013, at her home with her children by her side.

Norma was born on April 30, 1925, to the late Claude and Harriet Edly Lewis and had graduated from Fulton High School.

Norma Eleanor Freeden

Norma Eleanor Freeden

Norma was predeceased by her husband, Edward R. Freeden, in 1987.

She is survived by their children, Mark E. Freeden of Fulton and Claudia J. (Aaron) Karppala of Sandy Creek; a sister, Shirley and brother-in-law Ray Cotton of Northport, Fla. and their son, Gary; two grandchildren, Matthew Smith and Patricia DeVeau; and a great-grand daughter, Riley DeVeau.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 26 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, with services to immediately follow at 6 p.m.

Interment will be at Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton, in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


Oswego County Farmers Converge on Albany to Grow NY Farms

Albany – Farmers from Oswego County took important time away from their farms to visit with their lawmakers in Albany recently to make the case for new legislation that will help grow farms and in turn grow the economy in Oswego County.

Agriculture generates more than 200,000 jobs on the farm and off in New York State. Studies have shown if you have healthy farms, you have a healthy economy. In these days of high costs of farm production and the high land tax burden in New York, it is imperative state lawmakers pass legislation that supports local family farms.

From left to right: Leroy and Leon Hurlbut from Ashley Lynn Winery and Oswego County Farm Bureau members Eric and Lori Behling.

From left to right: Leroy and Leon Hurlbut from Ashley Lynn Winery and Oswego County Farm Bureau members Eric and Lori Behling.

From capping skyrocketing agricultural land assessments at 2% to raising the threshold for the estate tax to match the federal $5 million mark for agriculture, these farm friendly bills will help keep the land in farming for the next generation.

Additional priorities include the establishment of tax deferred Farm Savings Accounts to use as a risk management tool to combat severe weather impacts or extreme price downturns.

Farmers also opposed a hike in the minimum wage to contain already high labor costs, as well as advocated for a new training wage for workers 18 and younger who hold seasonal employment during the summer months. Plus, they are supporting a state tax credit for donations of locally grown food by farmers to Food Banks.

New York farmers last year donated more than 8 million pounds of food to NY Food Banks.

While in Albany, Senator Patty Ritchie, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, unveiled a package of “Grown in New York” bills in support of New York Farm Bureau’s efforts that will reduce taxes, curtail unreasonable regulations, expand market opportunities for farm products and improve farm safety.

Assemblyman Bill Magee, chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee, also spoke to the NYFB delegation offering his backing and full support on a number of bills important to the state’s farmers.

Both were among the hundreds of lawmakers and staff who attended the Taste of NY Reception on March 4 that showcased the diverse array of food and farm products made in New York.

In addition, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed several new initiatives while NYFB was at the Capitol including new funding for his FreshConnect Farmers’ Markets Program, expansion of programs to help farmers contain energy costs and protect water quality and launching a one stop shop to provide a single point of contact for New York’s wine, beer and spirits industry.

“Oswego County Farm Bureau is committed to improving conditions in this state for every farmer, and we appreciated the great support shown to us by the many lawmakers in Albany. It is a reflection of our strong grassroots effort to preserve our farms for the next generation and provide the people of this great state healthy, local food,” said Nancy Weber, Oswego County Farm Bureau president.

‘Lucky 13’ Raffle Helps Support Services for the Homeless

Fulton, NY – Oswego County Opportunities is offering a chance to win some exciting prizes while supporting a worthy cause: Helping the homeless.  The “Lucky 13” Raffle is part of the organization’s annual Bowl-A-Fun fund raiser, which takes place on April 13 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

Betsy Copps (left) and Diane Wood, members of OCO’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun Committee, are shown promoting two of the exciting prizes that will be awarded to winners in the “Lucky 13” Raffle that will help raise funds for homeless services. First prize is $450 worth of camping gear and goodies; second prize (shown) is an overnight stay and buffet dinner and Vernon Downs Casino; third prize (shown) is a three-hour dinner cruise on your choice of the Erie Canal or Skaneateles Lake. Call 598-4717 for more information.

Betsy Copps (left) and Diane Wood, members of OCO’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun Committee, are shown promoting two of the exciting prizes that will be awarded to winners in the “Lucky 13” Raffle that will help raise funds for homeless services. First prize is $450 worth of camping gear and goodies; second prize (shown) is an overnight stay and buffet dinner and Vernon Downs Casino; third prize (shown) is a three-hour dinner cruise on your choice of the Erie Canal or Skaneateles Lake. Call 598-4717 for more information.

“We have three wonderful prizes,” said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier. “First prize is a wagonload of camping gear and goodies, contributed by OCO Residential Services employee Chris Minor. Second prize is a getaway overnight stay at Vernon Downs Casino; complete with a Jacuzzi room and sumptuous buffet dinner. Third prize is a relaxing, scenic three-hour dinner cruise on your choice of the Erie Canal or Skaneateles Lake, courtesy of Mid-Lakes Navigation.”

In keeping with the ‘13’ theme, tickets are priced at $5 each or three for $13. Also, only 413 raffle tickets will be sold, making the odds of winning much more favorable. Tickets are available by calling 598-4717 or 342-7532.

Drawing for all three prizes will take place April 13 at the Bowl-A-Fun.

Slots remain available for five-person teams on both flights of bowling, noon – 2:30 p.m. and 3 – 5:30 p.m.

Slots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Registration forms are available at the OCO main office, 239 Oneida St., Fulton; the Midtown Plaza office on East Bridge and First streets, Oswego; and online at www.oco.org

Proceeds will benefit OCO homeless services. These services assist a variety of individuals in the community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. These people do not have stable, fixed, and permanent housing.

“Homelessness continues to be a problem throughout Oswego County, and it impacts consumers of every service we provide,” Cooper-Currier said. “OCO helps homeless individuals and families find safe and affordable housing, and provide opportunities to establish themselves in their own residence.”

In addition to support for existing services, OCO will set aside a percentage of the Bowl-A-Fun proceeds to build financial resources for the future.

“There is a vision for a homeless shelter in Oswego County,” Cooper-Currier said. “As the community action agency for Oswego County, we strongly support this vision because it aligns perfectly with OCO’s mission.”

For registration or sponsor information, to obtain raffle tickets, or to donate a door prize, contact OCO at 598-4717 or visit the agency’s website at www.oco.org

Help strike back against homelessness by supporting Oswego County Opportunities’ “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun and “Lucky 13” Raffle.

Oswego AmeriCorps Members Recognized Across Oswego County

OSWEGO – Several organizations across Oswego County recognized the works of AmeriCorps members during AmeriCorps Week, March 9 through 15.

The annual event provides an opportunity to salute AmeriCorps members for their impact on the lives of children they serve and to thank community partners who make AmeriCorps possible.

At Fort Ontario State Historic Site, two AmeriCorps members funded by the Friends of Fort Ontario are familiar faces providing children’s programming and living history projects.

AmeriCorps members Ian Mumpton (left) and Peter Sterbak are familiar faces at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. They are among the many AmeriCorps members who serve at sponsoring organizations across Oswego County.

AmeriCorps members Ian Mumpton (left) and Peter Sterbak are familiar faces at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. They are among the many AmeriCorps members who serve at sponsoring organizations across Oswego County.

“Our AmeriCorps members have always been an invaluable asset,” said Paul Lear, superintendent of Fort Ontario State Historic Site. “Their enthusiasm, creativity and hard work have enabled us to share the story of the past with new audiences.”

Ian Mumpton is currently serving his third term of service.

“Serving with AmeriCorps at Fort Ontario gives me the unique opportunity to positively impact people of all ages and backgrounds, both in my immediate community and from much further afield,” said Mumpton.

Peter Sterbak is serving his fourth term – the maximum allowed.

He has found that “being an AmeriCorps member has been an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s great to see just what an important impact history can make here and now.”

“AmeriCorps members in Oswego County certainly fulfill the national motto of ‘Getting Things Done,’” said Kathy Andolina, Oswego County Ameri-Corps program coordinator with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “In the past program year, members mentored 170 youth for an hour a week during the school year and provided classroom assistance to 1,100 students, more than 5,300 youth participated in fitness activities, more than 2,900 youth participated in nutrition activities, and 956 youth and adult volunteers contributed 5,600 hours of service to their community.”

Members serving this program year in the Oswego County AmeriCorps Program are:

Kayleigh Adsitt, Leighton Elementary School; Morgan Batchelor, Mexico Elementary School; Jennifer Blanchard, Oswego Public Library; Jamie Colvin, Oswego Community Christian School; Katelyn Cusimano, Hannibal High School; Michael DeMassey, APW Elementary School; Jessie Joss, APW Elementary School; Kathryn Justus, Fulton Public Library; Barbara Kelly, Palermo Elementary School; Anne Knutson, Hannibal High School; Aaron Lehman, APW Elementary School; Matthew McLaughlin, Oswego Youth Court; Kelly Mayer, Leighton Elementary School; Ian Mumpton, Fort Ontario; Melissa Parkhurst, Mexico Elementary School; Niki Raymond, Palermo Elementary School; Sara Sheffield, Oswego YMCA; Joseph Shepard, APW Elementary School; John Snow Jr., Hannibal High School; Nicole Snyder, Fulton Family YMCA; Peter Sterbak, Fort Ontario;  Rachel Verdoliva, New Haven Elementary School; Gabrielle Vono, Lanigan Elementary School; and Karen Wing, New Haven Elementary School.

AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides opportunities for more than 85,000 Americans to give back to their community and country each year.

Since 1994, more than 775,000 AmeriCorps members have given one billion hours of service, mobilizing tens of millions of volunteers, and impacting the lives of countless citizens.

For more information on Oswego County AmeriCorps, contact Andolina at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-593-3200, ext. 3451 or go to http://www.oswegocounty.com/youth/Americorps.html

Pastor Terry E. Plaugher

OSWEGO, NY – Pastor Terry E. Plaugher went to be home with the Lord on Friday morning, March 22, 2013.

Terry was born on July 11, 1951, in Peoria, Ill., the son of the late Paul and Nola Plaugher.

Pastor Terry E. Plaugher

Pastor Terry E. Plaugher

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Hannah; and three children, Elizabeth, Tim and Nathan. Also surviving are his two sisters, Hope Rydberg and Sandra Potthoff; and nieces and nephews.

Terry was a graduate of Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, and received a Masters Degree from Pensacola Christian College.

He had taught at North Love Christian School in Rockford, Ill., and had been administrator of Christian Schools in Brandon, Fla., and Indianapolis, Ind.

He pastored First Baptist Church of Fernwood for 17 years and was currently pastor of Southwest Oswego Baptist Church.

Family and friends may attend visitation at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego, on March 26 from 4-7 p.m.

His home going services will be on March 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Southwest Oswego Baptist Church, 7682 State Route 104, Oswego, with Pastor Dan Smith of Buckley Road Baptist Church officiating.

Spring burial will be in Lewis Grove Cemetery, Lima, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Southwest Oswego Baptist Church.

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

Legislature Chairman Presents State Of The County Address

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego County Legislature Chairman Fred C. Beardsley presented his state of the county address at the March meeting of the legislature.

Chairman Fred C. Beardsley presented his state of the county address

Chairman Fred C. Beardsley presents his state of the county address

He began by thanking legislators and county department heads for working together to adopt a budget with neither an increase in the property tax levy nor an increase in the generic tax rate.

He addressed some of the day-to-day concerns that affect many county departments, including the County Clerk’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Highway Department, Buildings and Grounds, Solid Waste Department and Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

He also discussed various projects and issues that the county has faced in the last year, such as the asbestos abatement project, the E-911 tower project, laws regulating synthetic drugs, fraud investigations, and the continued trend of unfunded mandates.

Adult Comedy Night Set At Foundry

Trinity Catholic School presents Tom Anzalone for an Adult Comedy Night at The American Foundry on April 26.

This is the first of what may become an annual event.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Hors D’oeuvres will be served at 7 p.m., and the Comedy Show starts at 8 p.m.  A cash bar will be available before and after the show.

Anzalone is an international musical comedy star.

He began as an opening act for many popular comedians like Jay Leno, Dennis Miller and Ray Romano. He’s headlined comedy clubs, casino’s, colleges, military bases and cruise ships throughout America, Canada and the Caribbean.

He’s been on ShowTime; America’s Funniest People, The Comedy Channel and featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” for his original music and comedy program for children called “Songflowerman.”

With his guitar, bag of props, wide range of impressions and off beat sense of humor, Anzalone can entertain any kind of audience.

All funds raised will be used to provide scholarships.

Tickets are $15 per person, or you can reserve a table for 8 people for $170. Reserved tables are limited and must be reserved by April 24, so hurry if that is what you’d like.

All tables will be recognized at the event.

To purchase your tickets or get more information, please call the school at 343-6700 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 529-0656 or 297-6560 anytime.

We anticipate a big crowd, so get your tickets early.

Thank you for your support.

‘Clean Slate’ exhibition aims to empower survivors of sexual abuse

OSWEGO — The SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse will showcase student artwork starting April 4, as part of the six-college “Clean Slate Diaries” project, which raises awareness about survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

The multimedia display will run through May 31 at the Metro Center, 2 Clinton Square. “Clean Slate Diaries” founder Renee DeVesty, herself a survivor, will speak during a free public reception for the artists at 1 p.m. April 13.

The Oswego students and those from other area colleges will display their art at 7 p.m.  April 27, at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena as part of free “events of empowerment” for the Clean Slate Diaries project, according to DeVesty’s website.

The third annual event also will feature music, dance and spoken stories.

Cynthia Clabough, Oswego’s art department chair, said SUNY Oswego students would exhibit their artwork digitally.

“The students will be displaying videos that incorporate static imagery as a sequential slideshow, as well as experimental and documentary video,” Clabough said. “Their work will be displayed on five iMacs, and a culmination video will be displayed on the main stage as part of the performance.”

In addition to SUNY Oswego, Clean Slate Diaries’ participating colleges include Onondaga Community College, Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, Colgate University and Cazenovia College.

The SUNY Oswego Metro Center exhibition fits with other SUNY Oswego events throughout the year that focus on sexual violence and its prevention, such as “The Vagina Monologues” and the annual Take Back the Night rally.

The “Clean Slate Diaries” exhibition also will appear April 17 on SUNY Oswego’s main campus during Quest, the college’s annual day to celebrate student and faculty research and creativity.

“The reason we wanted to display it on campus is that college is a time when people might be experiencing sexual abuse or violence, or they might be dealing with something they experienced at a younger age,” Clabough said. “It’s a good time to open these topics up for discussion.”

Lakeside Artisans plan framing, matting demonstration

OSWEGO, NY – The final in a series of demonstrations for Lakeside Artisans’ Anniversary Celebration will take place at its 191 W. First St. location on March 30 at 1 p.m. with special guest Mary Lou Bjorkman, owner of the framing shop, Picture Connection.

Mary Lou Bjorkman of Picture Connection with her display of framing samples.

Mary Lou Bjorkman of Picture Connection with her display of framing samples.

Bjorkman will discuss the criteria she considers when choosing appropriate matting and framing for artwork.

She will bring a selection of matt and frame samples to use in her demonstration.

These demonstrations at Lakeside Artisans are free and open to the public.

Heroth Seeks Improvement in Oswego Small Block Title Defense

OSWEGO, NY – After blowing an engine last July during Oswego Speedway’s Race of Champions Weekend, Fort Plain, NY, driver Kreig Heroth appeared a long shot for the Pathfinder Bank SBS Series track championship behind the wheel of his Hedger chassis No. 04 machine.

Down 38-points to 2011 champion Mike Bond, Heroth managed to rebound in spectacular fashion over the final three weeks of the season, picking up consecutive feature victories to end the year and overcome the odds to claim his first career track championship by a mere six points over Bond.

Kreig Heroth looks to become the first repeat Oswego Speedway Small Block champion since Russ Brown from 2005-2007. (Mike "Pinner" Johnson photo)

Kreig Heroth looks to become the first repeat Oswego Speedway Small Block champion since Russ Brown from 2005-2007. (Mike “Pinner” Johnson photo)

While many would look at Heroth’s misfortune in July as a potential write off for a championship bid, Heroth took the disappointment and turned it into a positive.

“The more I think about it, I think it helped out,” said Heroth. “It really helped to ease my mind, because I was really hyped up over the final four or five shows knowing that there was a possibility that we could become the champions. It made me relax and just sit back and say the championship is a ways off now, let’s just touch all of our bases and be as simple as possible. So, we just stayed out of trouble, won a couple races and it was incredible that we were able to overcome that deficit.”

Heroth’s consistency throughout the season is what kept him in the championship hunt, after failing to start the Race of Champions main event last July. With eight top five finishes and eleven top ten finishes in twelve races, the 2008 Oswego SBS Rookie of the Year staked his claim as a yearly championship contender, and there is already plenty in the works at an attempt to repeat as champion.

“We’re really trying to stay ahead of the game,” said Heroth, who is looking to become the first repeat SBS champion since Russ Brown from ’05-’07. “There are a hundred little things that can make something really big. We’ve made some changes with our suspension package for this season, done a lot of motor research, and also made some body changes. I feel like there is still a lot to be gained with aerodynamics in the car.”

While Heroth and his Won 4 Racing team, owned by Doug Soucy and father Dwayne Heroth, are fully prepared to do what it takes to claim a second track title, they realize that it will be a tall order against the growing competition that the SBS class has to offer at Oswego.

“It comes up in our shop all the time,” said Heroth. “We want to win races and contend for a championship, but honestly a perfect season for me would be a top five finish every week. We were pretty close last year; we got eight out of twelve. That would be great you know because an average finish of five or better gives you great odds of staying in the top three in the championship. We made a huge step with our program last year and everyone else is making that step this year, so we are really researching on our program to keep up with everyone because the competition is only getting better.”

Some say the true mark of a champion is never settling for anything.

While Heroth currently stands as the man to beat in the SBS division, he still feels as though there is plenty of room for growth.

“There is always room for improvement,” said Heroth. “Obviously we did really well; we had a brand new team at the start of 2012, but I think there are definitely parts of the season where our team can grow. We can certainly grow in our spares department and also grow as far as our collaboration together as a team. While everything looked perfect as champions with a couple wins, we can definitely learn more and add to our team.”

While a host of top five finishes and another run at the SBS championship stands as the immediate goals of Kreig Heroth, like many other SBS pilots Heroth hopes that one day a chance at Novelis Supermodified racing at Oswego will come his direction.

“The SBS class has afforded me and others a chance to race at Oswego Speedway,” said Heroth. “I live two hours away but I grew up coming to Oswego Speedway and taking in the history and I have always wanted to run a Supermodified. The SBS division has given me my chance and hopefully allowed me to make a name for myself and to learn, so that if I get the chance to move up I will be a better more rounded driver at the Speedway.”

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com, follow on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway, or like on Facebook at facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

For more information on Kreig Heroth you can follow him on Twitter @kherothracing.

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