Monday, December 4

Mark R. Klausner

April 26, 1955 ~ December 2, 2023
He was born in Utica on April 26, 1955, a son of the late Bernard and Pauline (Williams) Klausner.  Mark was raised in Clinton and attended Clinton Schools.  He enlisted in the United States Army serving in Germany as a drummer with the military band.  He was united in marriage to Carol Gaffney on August 31, 1979, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Utica.  Mark served the City of Utica for 20 years with the Utica Fire Department, retiring as a Lieutenant.  He worked for La Galerie Rouge for many years and was a special part of the Owens-Pavlot & Rogers Funeral Home family.  Mark was community-minded and loved his hometown of Clinton.  He was a devoted member of Clinton United Methodist Church, where he was the current Chair of the Church Council and their drummer for Sunday services.  Mark was a past Assistant Chief and proud member of Clinton Fire Department. He looked forward to volunteering at the Country Pantry on distribution days. Mark bowled in leagues for many years, loved to watch hockey and the Buffalo Bills, and meeting the guys for coffee club.  He was a strong-willed man with a soft heart and great sense of humor.  Animals held a special place in his heart, and he would have given a home to every stray cat or baby crow if he could.  Mark was a talented craftsman and a fussy painter. He loved music – especially old country music, not this new stuff. He had a passion for history and was a stickler for grammar and the whole system and structure of language.  Mark’s greatest joy was being “Big Papa” to his grandkids.



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Food Bank of CNY December Food Sense Menu:

Waterville Methodist Church:

Waterville Baptist Church:

Waterville Pop Warner:

2023 Awards Ceremony and the season is officially a wrap! We couldn’t be more proud of this group of amazing, hard-working, and talented young athletes.

Oriskany Falls Fire Department:

4 Corners Food Co-op:

North Brookfield Firehall:

Brookfield Artisans are having a Christmas Craft Fair at North Brookfield Firehall, Dec 2nd from 10-2. Please come support your local crafters. And please share this post. Thank you!

First Baptist Church of Brookfield:

Brookfield Artisans & Friends Christmas Craft Fair Saturday, December 9, 10 am – 3 pm. The fair will be in the Fellowship Hall. Local Artisans and friends will be selling their homemade crafts. We will have an Artisans Cafe with popcorn balls available.

Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society:

Hostage Terry Anderson freed in Lebanon

“On December 4, 1991, Islamic militants in Lebanon released kidnapped American journalist Terry Anderson after 2,454 days in captivity. As chief Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press, Anderson covered the long-running civil war in Lebanon (1975-1990). On March 16, 1985, he was kidnapped on a west Beirut street while leaving a tennis court. His captors took him to the southern suburbs of the city, where he was held prisoner in an underground dungeon for the next six-and-a-half years. Anderson was one of 92 foreigners (including 17 Americans) abducted during Lebanon’s bitter civil war. The kidnappings were linked to Hezbollah, or the Party of God, a militant Shiite Muslim organization formed in 1982 in reaction to Israel’s military presence in Lebanon. They seized several Americans, including Anderson, soon after Kuwaiti courts jailed 17 Shiites found guilty of bombing the American and French embassies there in 1983. Hezbollah in Lebanon received financial and spiritual support from Iran”

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Trees in the Park!

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Debbie Conway, president of the Historical Society introduced musician Mark Barnes who entertained our guests with several Christmas carols which were thoroughly enjoyed by all! The tables were so pretty with centerpieces of fresh greens made by Sue Fryc. Thank you to Fred Ashforth and Diana Marsh for the wonderful Victorian dancing demonstration. We also learned a little history on the dances they did. Fred is a great dancer and gives lessons!

The price of gas today.
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