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Kline Announces Candidacy For Reelection, Oswego County 12th Legislative District

Richard Phillip Kline, (R), Oswego County Legislator, 12th District, town of Schroeppel, has announced his candidacy for reelection. Kline owns and operates his family farm in the Sandridge area.

Richard Phillip Kline

Richard Phillip Kline

A Pennellville native, Kline served an eight-year term as town of Schroeppel councilman and he has also been Schroeppel’s deputy town supervisor.

He has received endorsements from the Oswego County Democratic Party and the Oswego County Conservative Party.

“Over my past term as a county legislator, I’ve dedicated myself to addressing the issues facing my constituents and finding solutions,” Kline said. “I’ve attended 100 percent of all county legislature and the Economic Development and Public Safety committees on which I serve. In addition, I’ve attended all Government Affairs committee meetings.

“I’ve attended more than 85% of Schroeppel Town Board meetings during my term, plus town budget and planning meetings, and I serve on the town’s Water Committee working for adequate service and fire protection.

“I’ve also attended Village of Phoenix and Town of Hastings board meetings, the Phoenix School District 2015-16 School Budget Hearing, and the 2015 Oswego County Youth of The Year Awards at the Phoenix VFW.

“In addition, I regularly attend meetings of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and I’ve nearly completed my certification through NYSAC’s Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute.

“It’s important for my constituents to know that my opponent in the upcoming Sept. 10 primary, John Brandt, has had limited attendance at these meetings. A representative cannot effectively serve his constituents if he’s not present at these meetings and active in these discussions.”

Among the issues Kline focused on during his term were accessibility of county waste transfer stations, the county’s 911 Center, efforts to reduce duplication of anti-poverty services and to promote redevelopment of old schools, churches and properties that have been off the tax roll.

“I believe we need to keep our waste transfer stations open and accessible to residents because not all towns have town-wide trash pickup,” he said. “My support also includes advocating for the transfer station imprinted trash bags for residents as an alternative to the punch card system. This is especially helpful to the elderly.

“I’ve supported a uniform fee of $3.60 per year for all county cell phone users to support our 911 center. At present, only property owners and landline owners pay a fee that supports 911, and it is not fair for them to shoulder this cost alone.

“I introduced and promoted Local Law Number One (now 485A) for rescuing and redeveloping school buildings and churches that are no longer in service. I helped establish the language of 485A so that an entity that purchases a school or church building for rehabilitation will receive tax incentives during the first ten years of ownership. This will encourage economic development and allow them to recover part of their investment while revitalizing our local heritage.

“I believe that our county government is too big and I support redistricting and reducing the size of county government in general.”

Kline attended Central Square and Phoenix schools, and he earned a Math and Science degree from Onondaga Community College. During his 26 years at UPS, Kline said he honed valuable skills that will serve his constituents well: “As a loss prevention supervisor, it was my responsibility to minimize loss and maximize efficiency over a large geographic area that included Albany, Syracuse and the Hudson Valley. I also taught supervisors basic skills in integrity and diversity training.

“I’ve brought all I’ve learned home to Oswego County and I want to continue to use my experience, abilities and skills to represent the best interests of the 12th legislative district. As a farmer who works our land I live by the credo: ‘When God wanted to get things done, He created farmers.'”

Ernest J. Lynch, 55

Ernest J. Lynch

Ernest J. Lynch

Ernest J. Lynch, 55, of Pennellville lost his battle with Primary CNS Lymphoma, Thursday at home.

Born in Syracuse, he was a resident of Norfolk, Virginia until moving to Pennellville six months ago to be with his family. Ernie was a Navy veteran serving over 20 years reaching the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. He had served on the USS Nimitz, Kitty Hawk and Theodore Roosevelt. He had also served a tour of duty in Rota, Spain. Ernie was a member of the American Legion in Norfolk, VA.

He was predeceased by his father, William Lynch, who died November 14, 2008.

Surviving: his wife of 31 years, Elaine D. Lynch; twin daughters, Dianna Lee and Dawn Marie Lynch of Pennellville; mother, Nettie Lynch; granddaughter, Jamie Elizabeth Pergrem; four sisters; five brothers; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a 1 p.m. service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Following services the family would like to invite everyone to the Phoenix American Legion for a reception.

The family would like to thank the Phoenix American Legion Post 418 for the contributions and benefit for Ernie.

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Patricia A. Finch, 71

Patricia A. Finch

Patricia A. Finch

Patricia A. Finch, 71, of Pennellville, died Thursday at home.

Born in Syracuse she was a resident of the Pennellville area for over 40 years. Patricia had retired from Syroco in Baldwinsville after 30 years as a press operator. She had enjoyed bowling, bingo, playing cards, crocheting, painting, ceramics, bird watching and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband of 31 years, Donald D. Finch, who died December 13, 2009; parents, Adrian and Marge Hiscock; birth mother, Tessie Orton; brother, Adrian Thomas Hiscock, who died in 2010.

Surviving: children, Colleen (Dan) Bergman of Fulton, Gary (Jessie Sue) Smart of Fulton and Bobbie Jo (Dan) Bowman of Pennellville, Julie (Rodney) Hillerich of Florida and Lori (Kenny) Watson of Florida; 14 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; brother, Herbert Hiscock of Michigan; sisters, Sharon Mapstone of Liverpool, Kathy Zepp of Camilus, Linda Orton and Pamela Walts both of Fulton; several nieces and nephews.

Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours are Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the funeral home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, 13057 or to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, 13126.

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Michael Leigh Bowerman, 67

Michael Leigh Bowerman, 67, of Peter Scott Rd., Pennellville, NY, died peacefully at Francis House, Syracuse.

Born in Buffalo, NY to his late parents, Stanleigh Earl and Elsie Agnes (Metz) Bowerman on March 5, 1943. After graduating high school he furthed his studies as a U.S. Navy medic, attached to U.S.M.C. unit. Mike later worked 37 years for United Airlines as a customer service agent in Syracuse. He was a member of National Rifle Association, and an avid sportsman.

Surviving are his loving wife of 25 years, Elizabeth (Swanson) Bowerman; two sons, Michael Bowerman of Toms River, NJ and David Bowerman of Pennellville; two daughters, Julie Szczublewski of Orchard Park, NY and Dona Bowerman of Pennellville; two step-sons Mathew Barron of Lakewood, NY, and Mitchell Barron of Baldwinsville; one step-daughter Michelle Worden of Pennellville; one sister, Marcia Austin of Bethel, ME; nine grandchildren; two nephews.

Calling hours are from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday May 29, with the service at 3 pm at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135.  Contributions to Francis House 108 Michaels Dr., Syracuse, NY 13208.


Brent Charles Varney, 21

Brent Charles Varney

Brent Charles Varney

Brent Charles Varney, 21, of Co. Rt. 10, Pennellville, died on Sunday, April 11, 2010.

He was born in Syracuse. Brent graduated from J.C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix, NY class of 2007. He was a route driver for CINTAS Co., Syracuse.

Surviving are his mother, Deirdre L. “Dee Dee” Varney of Pennellville; his father, Albert H. Varney of Brewerton; his brother, Brandon J. Varney and Megan Cannon of Liverpool; his maternal grandfather, Fredric R. Burtch of Lysander; his girlfriend, Jessika Pickreign of Oswego; several aunts, uncles, cousins; and more friends than one can count.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 pm on Friday and 9 to 11 am on Saturday, with a funeral service to follow at 11am all at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St. Phoenix, NY 13135.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made directly to the family.

“For every ray of sunshine, for every drop of rain, you will be missed.”

Rest in peace, “Copper Top”.

Pennellville Man Killed in Crash in Onondaga County

From the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department

Town of Clay, New York – Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that deputies are investigating a one-car crash that claimed the life of a Pennellville man.

Saturday night at approximately 11:15 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to a single car crash that claimed the life of Brent Varney, 21, of 680 County Route 10, lot 39. Deputies investigating the crash report that Varney was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer and traveling north on Morgan Road when he apparently drifted into the southbound lane and then off the west side of the roadway before crashing into a utility pole at the intersection of Oak Orchard Road.

A passing motorist discovered the heavily damaged SUV and immediately called for police. Rescue crews arriving at the scene raced to free Varney from the wreckage. Varney sustained multiple injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Members of the Sheriff’s Accident Investigation Team were called to conduct a complete investigation and will rely on a final autopsy to help determine the cause of the crash. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Dean’s List: Binghamton University Honors Area Students

The following students are on the Dean’s List for their outstanding academic achievement for the Fall 2009 semester from the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

The criteria for the Dean’s Honors list is a minimum grade point average of 3.5.

Christopher Marnell Mohr — Pennellville
Joseph T. Troia — Phoenix

Binghamton University is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York. Known for the excellence of its students, faculty, staff and programs, Binghamton enrolls approximately 14,800 students in programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Its curriculum, founded in the liberal arts, has expanded to include selected professional and graduate programs.

Donald D. Finch, 64

Donald D. Finch

Donald D. Finch

Donald D. Finch, 64, of Pennellville, died Sunday at home.

Born in Syracuse, he was a resident of the Pennellville area for over 40 years. Don retired from Syroco in Baldwinsville after 40 years of service as a trouble shooter. Don loved gardening and growing flowers. He also enjoyed bowing and golfing. Don was predeceased by his parents, George and Blanche Finch as well as 11 siblings.

Surviving: his wife of 31 years, Patricia Finch: children, Julie (Rodney) Hillerich of Florida, Lori (Kenny)Watson of Florida, Colleen (Dan) Bergman of Fulton, Gary (Jessie Sue) Smart of Fulton and Bobbie Jo (Dan) Bowman of North Syracuse; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Pearl Harp of Solvay and Midge Lane of North Rose.

Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, 13057.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.

Ron W. Matzke, 63

After a long illness, Ron W. Matzke, 63, of Pennellville, NY, passed away on Monday November 16, 2009. He was surrounded by his caring family. Ron was born in Baldwinsville. He served in the US Army 1966-67. Ron worked for O.C.O., Fulton for 11 years; previously employed by Ryder Truck Rental for 18 years.

Pre-deceased by his mother and father, Geraldine (Sperbeck) and John P. Matzke, Jr.; and his brother, Jack Matzke.

Surviving his loving wife of 43 years, former Patricia Cullen; two daughters, Christy Matzke (Jim Lawson) of Solvay, and Janet Matzke (Rob Cottrell) of Pennellville; three sisters, Connie (Reg) Horner of Phoenix, NY, Anne (Jim) Wyman of Bracey, VA;, Heidi (Kendall) Waldron of Fulton; one brother Thayer (Dawn) Matzke of Bridgeport; two grandchildren, Jessica Lawson, Anthony Lawson; several aunts, nieces, and nephews.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 pm Friday Nov. 20, at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St. Phoenix. Services are at 7 pm with the Rev. Caroline Simmons officiating. Military honors will be offered as well.


Barbara Parkhurst, 62

Barbara Parkhurst, 62, of Pennellville passed away Thursday at home surrounded by her family.

Born in Watertown, she had lived in the Pennellville area for many years. Barb retired from SYROCO in Baldwinsville in 2005 after more than 25 years. She cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Dave; children, David, Jr., of Central Square, Melissa (Joe) Griffin of Phoenix and Kimberly (Jim) Marlowe of Constantia; her mother, Clarissa Withrow of Carthage; two sisters, Linda Lytle and Ann DiStefano; a brother, Robert Withrow; her mother-in-law, Pearl Evans of Phoenix; two grandchildren, Austin Marlowe and Veronica Griffin; several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Pennellville Cemetery, Co. Rte. 54, Pennellville. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.

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