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Anthony J. Baum, 22

SCRIBA, NY – Anthony J. Baum, 22, a resident of Hilltop Trailer Park in Scriba, died Tuesday morning Dec. 22, 2009, at his home.

Anthony J. Baum

Anthony J. Baum

He was born in Oswego, and grew up in Florida.

He returned to Oswego four years ago.

He was a full-time student at Cayuga Community College.

He was employed as a production coordinator with the Burger King Restaurant in Oswego.

Tony always worked hard at anything he did.

He loved to travel, especially to visit amusement parks.

He was dearly loved by all of his family members and friends.

He is survived by his mother, Tammy (Baum) Vega of Oswego; his maternal grandmother, Nancy Wright of Oswego; his girlfriend, Gina Mazzoli of Scriba; his father, Joseph Reynolds of Fulton; and several aunts and uncles.

Services will be private.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home in Oswego.

Public Hearing: Highway Improvements On Route 104 Between Kocher Road And Maiden Lane, Town Of Scriba

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will conduct a public hearing on the design of a highway safety improvement project on State Route 104 between Kocher Road and Maiden Lane in the town of Scriba, Oswego County. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Scriba Justice Center, located at 45 Creamery Road in Scriba, NY.

Representatives from the Department of Transportation will be available at 7:00 p.m. to answer project related questions. The public hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m., consisting of a technical presentation on the project details, a discussion of property acquisition and a schedule update. The hearing will also include a comment period, where those wishing to express their views on the project will have their comments entered into the project record. Written comments will also be accepted until December 17, 2009.

Copies of the design report are available for public inspection at the Town of Scriba Clerk’s office (42 Creamery Road, Oswego, NY 13216); the Oswego Public Library (120 East Second Street, Oswego, NY 13216); the NYSDOT Oswego County Residency (5846 Scenic Avenue, Mexico, NY 13114) or at the NYSDOT Regional Director’s Office (333 East Washington Street, Syracuse, NY 13202). Written comments should be addressed to the Regional Director’s office.

This meeting location is handicapped accessible. If a sign language interpreter, assistive listening system or other accommodations will be required to facilitate participation in this public hearing, contact person is Barbara Corey by phone, at (315) 428-4354, or by e-mail at bcorey@dot.state.ny.us.

Anna Maria Michalski, 86

Anna Maria Michalski

Anna Maria Michalski

Anna Maria Michalski, 86, of the Town of Scriba passed away November 13, 2009 after a long illness. Anna Maria was born in Palermo, Sicily, the daughter of Angelo and Angelina (Montabano) Carrara. Anna Maria served as a nurse during World War II in St Marks Church, a makeshift Hospital in Palermo Sicily; where was wounded in an air raid that killed her brother Giuseppe a member of the Italian Navy. She was a graduate of Madam Santan’s Rosalie School of dress design in Naples, Italy. Anna Maria met her husband, Frank Michalski, in Naples while swimming in the Bay of Naples. He was stationed in the United States Navy on the USS Macon.

Anna Maria came to the United States in 1946, and was naturalized in 1955.

After coming to the United States she worked as a seamstress and dress maker for many years she worked at Osted’s dress manufacturing company, Alma Foundations, and SUNY Oswego before retiring in 1980. Anna Maria made many wedding gowns for brides throughout Oswego County. She was a sports fan and an avid hockey fan. She traveled all over the county with her grandsons and sewed for many Oswego Minor Hockey teams. She was a member of ILGW Union and a communicant of St. Mary’s Church. She was a member of the American Legion, and St. Johns Ladies Auxiliary. She was sorority mother to Alpha Mu Delta Sorority. Anna Maria and her husband Frank traveled all over the world in their retirement and they returned to her home in Sicily several times.

Anna Maria was predeceased by her husband Frank in 2003; her sisters Dora,

Maria, Pauline and Rosa all of Italy; and one brother, Giuseppe of Italy.

Anna Maria is survived by 4 children, her devoted daughter, Victoria
(Charles) Mullen, Town of Oswego; Gerald (Maria Vono) Michalski, Town of Oswego; Peter (Lianne) Michalski, Clarence, NY; Frank (Joann) Michalski, Hampton, VA; her daughter-in-law, Suzanne E. Michalski of Cary NC; one brother, Salvatore Carrara of Torino Italy; 11 Grandchildren: Joseph (Megan) Mullen, of New Gosford, Australia. Patrick James Mullen of Atlanta, Georgia

Adam (Darcy) Michalski, Oswego, New York, Amanda (Chris) Gosek, Clayton, North Carolina; Benjamin ( Melanie Melker) Michalski of Cary, North Carolina; Shawn (Karen) Michalski, of North Tonawanda, New York; Jeremy (Rebecca) Michalski, of Salisbury, Maryland; Aaron (Kelly) Michalski, Charlotte, North Carolina; Private Michael (Joelle) Michalski, *Stationed in Iraq, and Alicia and Daniel Michalski of Hampton, Virginia. and great-grandchildren, Adam Jr., Anna and Isaac Michalski, Brydie and Hunter McQuaid, Stella Mae Gosek, Morgan Rae Michalski, and Lucas Alexander Michalski. Anna Maria is also survived by many nieces and nephews throughout Italy.

Funeral services will be held Wed. 8:30AM from the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home and at 9:00AM in St. Mary’s Church. Entombment will be in All Saints Mausoleum, St. Peter’s Cemetery. Calling hours Tuesday 4-7PM at the funeral home.

Vote For Change In Scriba Highway Dep’t.

Dear Scriba Taxpayers;

I recently saw that Brad Coe had a letter in another forum, and had the opportunity to read his campaign website as well and was rather disturbed to find that a lot of the information he offers has the best spin put on them that there could be. Do I expect the people employed by my town to be honest and forthright? You bet I do! It is very difficult for me to trust someone to handle millions of our dollars if they aren’t honest and forthright. First, he claims there are personal attacks on him. I have yet to see anything personal said about HIM. I have however, seen attacks on HIS DECISIONS AND PRACTICES. If any namecalling and slurs have been done, they have come from him regarding the highway workers and others who are finally blowing the whistle on him. There are several of his claims/points I’d like to make based on foiled information as well as my own personal research, on best practices in highway departments.

A. He recently purchased ANOTHER brand new truck because the one Mr. Mulcahey (one of only two men in the department who supports Mr. Coe) was supposedly dying. Why then, as of at least one after its delivery is Mulcahey still driving the old truck?

B. Mr. Coe claims to have all kinds of experience in running a highway department, as well as lots of certifications for this and that. 1st, most of those certifications I myself could get just by sitting there for a day or two like he did. 2nd, the majority of them were gained at taxpayer expense, and on town time (during his work hours) 3rd, how many days does Mr. Coe actually supervise his employees if he’s off to conventions, seminars, etc. all the time? Incidentally, how can he claim increased supervision? Has he delegated that to the deputy? If so, exactly what is Mr. Coe’s job?

C. Sealing cracks in roads is not considered best practices for preserving road integrity, it just puts off the inevitable. It looks nice, and is a temporary fix, but in the long run water still gets in under the seal and undermines the surface under the asphalt. When that happens, the repairs when the road is repaved require much more work and prep to put the new paving in correctly. In this case, if Mr. Coe is re-elected, it will be after he retires when we all have to pony up for miles and miles of repaving roads all at one time, rather than a little at a time. His claim is that budgets have been cut and that’s why he is not paving….I really wonder where all the CHIPS money has gone? For new trucks and one used one that required thousands of dollars in repairs?

D. Claiming the highway department was behind the times is not a good enough excuse for all his spending. Not only is it a HUGE insult to the men who have served us in good faith as superintendent in the past, it’s an insult to us…as if throwing money and technology at things is actually saving us money? It might be, but at what future expense, and why are our roads in worse shape today than in the past?

E. Mr. Coe’s supposed “Better scheduling of current employees” sounds like he has done wonders in that department. It’s not like he took a job with a high turnover rate and diminished the turnover. The same guys who have worked there through the last two superintendents are still there. You do not need new employees when you have 9 seasoned veterans to do the work. We in fact now have more men “on-call”/per diem than we have ever had.

F. Brad Coe had no more DIRECT experience than Roger Myers did when he was elected to run our highway department. And he hasn’t worked out real well in my opinion. In fact, despite all of Brad Coe’s experiential claims, Roger has more years of experience supervising employees as well as experience running the equipment his men will have to run, and I bet HE wouldn’t spend thousands of dollars on a used truck only to find it would require thousands of dollars to keep it running. Why? Because if you haven’t ran a piece of equipment, how could you possibly know what to look for when buying one?

G. As for integrity and leadership? When you leave out necessary paperwork requested for an audit of your books, that may or may not be considered fraud. On the other hand, it does put your integrity into question. Regardless of his feeling of being vindicated, he has not been. HE himself screwed up the paperwork whether it was intentional or not. A leader is someone who LEADS, not drags people around according to his own interests and needs…and works with his people, not isolates themselves. Is he really a leader? I’m thinking he’s not.

As I have stated before, the information is all there for you folks, all you need to do is look at it. Call up a Myers supporter or Myers himself and ask to see it. Personally for me, this is all about getting people into office who do a great job. If they aren’t, they need to go and we can give someone else a try….that’s what you do when your employee isn’t working out.

Kelly Rhinehart-Harris

DEC Announces Settelment for Natural Resource Damages at Novelis Aluminum Plant



New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis today announced that Novelis Corporation will pay $220,000 to settle natural resource damages claims centering on the company’s aluminum manufacturing facility adjacent to Lake Ontario in Scriba. The settlement relates to polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination in several areas bordering the Novelis facility, including natural and man-made wetlands, man-made ponds and a stream.

“As trustee of New York State’s natural resources, DEC is responsible for collecting damages and implementing restoration projects whenever natural resources have been injured,” Commissioner Grannis said. “I have made it a priority to maintain a comprehensive statewide Natural Resources Damages program, and the settlement with Novelis provides an opportunity for DEC and the public to work together to develop a plan that will enhance the habitat and wildlife near the Lake Ontario shoreline.”

PCBs are chemicals used as flame-retardants, coolants in industrial processes, and in electrical transformers. An on-site sampling program and file search determined that fire resistant hydraulic fluids containing PCBs had been used by the Alcan Sheet and Plate Company in the 1960s and 1970s and were the source of the contamination. As the current site owner, Novelis is currently implementing a cleanup plan under a separate agreement with DEC to address this pollution.

DEC biologists also determined that the sediments in the pond, marsh, and tributary areas contain levels of PCBs that could affect the growth and survival of sediment-dwelling macroinvertabrates and bioaccumulate in fish and wildlife. This can result in the potential for reduced availability of food for forage species and in reproductive effects in fish, terrestrial wildlife and birds. DEC then began discussions with Novelis to cooperatively resolve its natural resource damages concerns. DEC and Novelis reached an agreement that compensates the state for the negative impacts to the area’s natural resources resulting from the operations at Alcan.

DEC will use $200,000 from the settlement to plan and implement an ecological restoration project. Working with the public and other involved stakeholders, DEC will determine what restoration project or projects will be necessary to compensate for natural resource injuries. An example of an appropriate restoration project could be the creation or purchase and preservation of wetland and other habitat similar to that which was injured. The remaining $20,000 will go towards the administration of DEC’s Natural Resources Damages program.

For more information on NRD and DEC’s NRD program, please visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2411.html .

Oswego County Health Department Will Hold Rabies Clinic Nov. 4

SCRIBA – Oswego County residents have one more chance this year to have their pets vaccinated at a rabies clinic. The County Health Department will hold the final rabies clinic of 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the County DPW Garage on State Route 104 East, Scriba.

Dogs must be leashed and cats or ferrets must be enclosed in a crate. The health department suggests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the clinic.

To report a possible exposure, and for more information about rabies, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564. In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department’s answering service at 341-0086.

Scriba Highway Superintendent Responds To “Lies And Vicious Attacks”

Brad Coe, in a photo from his website.

Brad Coe, in a photo from his website.

To the Editor:

In an effort to present the facts to the residents of the Town of Scriba, I would like to provide a record of the highway department’s accomplishments with my leadership over the last four years as Highway Superintendent.  The main focus is and always has been the safety and well-being of Scriba residents and the traveling public.  Specifically, the department has accomplished under my leadership:

*Submission of highway budgets with < 3% increases per year, while cost of living increases have averaged 7% – a typical property valued at $100,000 had a total increase of $3.00 per year, while salt, fuel and steel prices have increased significantly;

*A 20-year rolling stock replacement policy.  4 years ago much of our fleet was old and rundown. Repair costs were astronomical and unreliability of machinery was causing us to waste time and labor. This policy spreads the replacement cost of equipment uniformly so taxes do not increase.

*Purchasing multi-functional, year-round equipment and phasing out old and unused equipment that can only be used seasonally.  This has resulted in reduced insurance costs along with lower operational costs.

*Implementing a road maintenance program that reduces the need to repave roads.  Rather than scaling back paving due to lack of funding, we are sealing road cracks at $1,000 per mile versus paving at $100,000 per mile; *Better scheduling of existing employees during their shifts with increased supervision has prevented the need for new, full-time hires and kept the lid on payroll.

*Use of computerized spreader controls to provide uniform coverage of spreading of sand and salt by our town trucks during the winter. This will reduce the cost of spring clean up, reduce the cost of mining and stockpiling sand with the added benefit of a cleaner town and your vehicles.

Naysayers will claim things are not the way they were. I agree, things are changing for the betterment of the town of Scriba. Better use of staff, safer roads, all with lower costs for the taxpayers.

This is just a short list of our accomplishments.  Time and space prevent me from going into greater detail but I welcome suggestions and would be happy to discuss any issue with you at any time. My commitment has always been to do the best job for you, and to do it as thoroughly and economically as possible. The safety of the residents of Scriba and the travelling public are foremost in my priorities. I have the necessary experience and background to continue to make this all happen, and with your vote, we can continue the excellent operation of the Town of Scriba Highway Department.

After the primary, I took a few weeks to think about this upcoming election. Many residents have called or written encouraging me to stay in the race. Most importantly, I have spoken with my family who have been the most impacted by the lies and vicious attacks on my character. What I came to realize is the negative campaigning was most unfair to the residents of my township, and it would not be fair to you to let these go unchallenged.

The release of the County report clearly showed no wrong doing on my part. It is clear to me that I must continue my run for Re-Election – I feel the voters deserve the opportunity to choose experience, integrity and leadership, which is lacking in my opponent. I refuse to allow my opponent’s campaign of personal attacks and negative campaigning to decide this election. Scriba needs to keep moving forward, not backward, and with my experience, I am the best person for the job of Highway Superintendent.

I am encouraged, invigorated and excited to announce my campaign for Re-Election as Highway Superintendent for the Town of Scriba. From now until election day, it will be my goal to reach out to every household in ourtownship. If you have any questions before that, please feel free to call or email me at 343-7924 or BCoe@BradCoe.net, and please honor me with your vote on election day.

Brad Coe
Highway Superintendent
Town of Scriba

Barbara A. Corbett, 65

Barbara A. Corbett

Barbara A. Corbett

Barbara A. Corbett, 65, a resident of Co Rt. 1, Scriba, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Watertown, NY, she was the daughter of the late Ralph R. and Florence I. (Franklin) Hogaboom.

Barbara was a retired Teacher’s Assistant of Special Education at Riley Elementary, Oswego.

She enjoyed gardening, traveling in her RV, bluegrass festivals and spending time with family and friends at the lake.

Barbara was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Charles “Chip” Corbett of Scriba; two daughters, Valerie (Joe) Raffa of New Haven and Virginia (Warren) Vandish of Palermo; two sons, Scott (Peggy Ann) Corbett of Fulton and Joseph (Tammy) Corbett of Oswego; four brothers, Keith Hogaboom of Colorado; David Hogaboom of Florida; Ret. Capt Salvation Army, Larry Hogaboom of Michigan and Leroy Hogaboom of Oregon; one sister, Beverly Ahern of Florida; eleven grandchildren, Patricia (Brad) Taylor, 1st Lt. USAF Joe (Angela) Raffa, Nicolas Raffa, Jared Raffa, Kristen Corbett, Aaron Corbett, Brett Corbett, Alida Ann Corbett, Caleb Joseph Corbett, Lindsey Rose Vandish and Emily Rose Vandish; three great-grandsons, Isaiah Taylor, Gideon Taylor and Uriah Taylor; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

She was pre-deceased by two brothers, Norman Hogaboom and Gary Hogaboom.

A Celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, Co Rt. 45, Volney, with family friend, Pastor David Grey officiating.

Burial will be in North Scriba Union Cemetery immediately following the Service.

Calling hours will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Friday at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Oswego County Hospice, St. Jude’s Children Hospital or the Oswego Salvation Army.

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

Billy Joe ‘BJ’ Haines, 46, 10/01/2009

SCRIBA, NY – Billy Joe “BJ” Haines, 46, a resident of the Goodwin Drive in the Town of Scriba, passed away at home Thursday Oct. 1, 2009, in the arms of his loving wife and mother and surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Oswego, the son of Myrtle (Boardway) Haines, and the late Harry Haines.

He was a life resident.

Billy Joe 'BJ' Haines

Billy Joe 'BJ' Haines

He had been employed, for more than 10 years, as the crew leader of recycling with the Novelis Corp. in Oswego.

BJ was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.

He enjoyed all sports and played on many local softball teams, including this season’s Cheap Seats team.

He was an enthusiastic New York Yankees fan.

He especially loved being with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Griffin) Haines of Scriba; his mother, of Scriba; a son, Eric Haines of Scriba; a daughter, Rebecca Haines of Scriba; two brothers, Harry P. Haines Jr. of Oswego and Craig (Lorie) Haines of Scriba; a sister, Virginia Vasquez of Scriba; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, 112 E. Second St., Oswego.

Funeral services will be private

Family and friends are invited to gather at BJ and Mary’s home on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. to continue sharing stories and celebrating BJ’s life.

Contributions can be made to the Rebecca Lynn Haines Education Trust, c/o 36 Goodwin Drive, Oswego, NY 13126.


Lucy M. DeRousie, 91, 10/01/2009

OSWEGO, NY – Lucy M. DeRousie, 91, a former resident of Route 104 East in the town of Scriba, passed away Thursday Oct. 1, 2009, at Seneca Hill Manor.

Mrs. DeRousie was born in Oneida, NY, the daughter of the late Salvatore and Josephine (Mondello) Sansone.

Lucy M. DeRousie

Lucy M. DeRousie

She had lived in Oswego for many years.

She was the wife of the late George F. DeRousie, who died in 1989.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed in Oswego as a sales clerk with Green’s Department Store and also with Key’s Drug Store and Fay’s Drug Store.

She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, and a former communicant of St. Louis’ Church.

She is survived by three sons, George (Karen) DeRousie Jr. of Pennellville, Joseph DeRousie of Benton City, Washington, and John (Beth) DeRousie of Oswego; three grandchildren, Joseph, William, and Daniel; four great-grandchildren, Zoe, Luke, Rayne, and Lilliana; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a grandson, David DeRousie, who died in 2008.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, in St. Mary’s Church.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, 112 E. Second St., Oswego.

Contributions can be made to Catholic Charities of Oswego County, 365 W. First St., Fulton, NY 13069.


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