Monday, January 23

Francis A. Novak, Jr.

July 16, 1943 ~ January 12, 2023
Francis A. Novak, Jr, 79, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2023. He was born in Utica on July 16, 1943, a son of the late Francis A. and Adele Novak Sr.  Frank retired from CNY Psychiatric Center and worked at House of Good Shepherd following his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Novak; a son, four daughters and their families, Francis A. Novak III, Gretta Schuler, Katrina Kubit, Nina Lewis, and Alycia Rotondo; fifteen grandchildren; a great-grandchild; stepsons, Joseph O’Donnell and David Emmerick; a sister Jean Davis; two brothers, David Novak and Richard Novak; and his nieces and nephews.

Harold W. Ingraham

March 6, 1936 ~ January 14, 2023
Harold Wayne Ingraham, 86
, of Smyrna, NY passed away on January 14, 2023 at the Crouse Community Center in Morrisville, NY. He was born on March 6, 1936 in Johnson City, NY a son of Leon and Mary Maple Ingraham. He was a graduate of Vestal High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He was a veteran of the NY State Army National Guard. On December 27, 1958, Harold married Patricia Carol Rivenburg in Maine, NY. She predeceased him on December 30, 2021. Harold had worked in the accounts department of Texaco; was a case worker for Chenango County for a few years; taught in the Earlville Elementary School for four years and served on the Council on Alcoholism for Chenango County. Above all, he worked the land on the 225 acre homestead. Harold was active in his community as a Cub Scout leader; a member of the YMCA in Norwich, the Sherburne Music Society and the Smyrna Civic Club. He was an avid gardener and trout fisherman.

Robert D. Peckham

  June 15, 1931 ~ January 14, 2023 
Madison-Robert D. Peckham , 91, passed away peacefully at the Abraham House, on Saturday, January 14, 2023. Bob was a lifelong resident having been born on June 15, 1931 at the family home in Solsville.  He was the son of the late Harry S. and Lula Mae Buckley Peckham. He graduated from Madison High School Class of 1951.  Following high school, Bob proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Also in 1952, he married Norine Thompson. Together, they raised their family in Solsville and lived happily, until Norine’s passing in 1993. Bob had worked for Mohawk Containers for 40 years.  He had started there as a production laborer, and worked his way up to management.  He retired as Senior Logistics Manager.   He was a member of the Madison American Legion. On April 12, 2008, at the Madison United Methodist Church, Bob married Donna Stowell.  He was very active in the Madison Community. Bob had served as a Town of Madison Councilman.  He was deeply devoted to the Madison United Methodist Church.  He held positions to include: Trustee, Lay Minister, Sunday School Teacher, and Sunday School Superintendent.  He was also a member of the Pleasant Valley Grange.  Most of all, Bob was a cornerstone or the rock of the family, not only to his children, but to many of his nieces and nephews and other members of the Peckham and Hayduke families.  Bob will be missed by all.


October 11, 1947 ~ January 11, 2023
Vernon-Mrs. Denise Rose Mondi, passed away early Wednesday morning January 11, 2023 in St. Luke’s Healthcare Center with her loving family at her side. She was born on October 11, 1947 a daughter of the late Donald B. and Victoria J (Rosemarino) Stevens. Denise graduated from Holy Rosary Catholic High School in Syracuse and then attended Marywood University, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scranton, PA. Denise spent time working as a receptionist at Mohawk Airlines; she was a secretary for Agway Co. as well as an executive secretary at General Electric in Syracuse. In 1970, she married Tony Mondi and the couple has shared a loving relationship of fifty-two years together. Being her husband’s profession was harness racing Denise took interest in horseback riding, learning both english and dressage and spent many wonderful years enjoying her passion of riding her favorite horse Handsome. Denise was a faith filled communicant of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and cherished attending mass celebrated by their Pastor Rev. Edmund Castronovo.  She was a loving mother and grandmother who cherished any time being with her family and friends. In her spare time she enjoyed outings with her two best friends Jackie VanDreason and dear sister-in-law, Anita Stevens.

David Peskowitz

October 1, 1955 ~ January 10, 2023
David Peskowitz, 67
, of Clinton, formerly of Schuyler, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at his home. He was born October 1, 1955 to the late Jerome and Lorraine Peskowitz of Hunter, NY.  David was half owner of D & D Wholesale, Inc., flower distributors for over 20 years and recently retired.  He loved gardening and his flowers.  He also enjoyed watching Syracuse basketball games in his chair.  David was an easy man to love and he really loved his spouse, Vaseah.  David is survived by his longtime partner, Vaseah McMichael; his former wife, Susan Peskowitz; his daughter, Sara Peskowitz; his sons, Aaron Peskowitz and Robert McMichael; his granddaughters, Isabella and Kayla Ogden; his brothers, Barry Peskowitz and Michael Peskowitz; his sister, Joanne Peskowitz; his God children, Ajaia, Artemis and Azaria Mayo; his sisters-in-law, Brenda Mayo, Andrea McMichael and Yvonne McMichael; his good friend, Sheila Holliman; and his brother-in-law, Ronnie McMichael.  He was also loved by his friend and physician, Dr. Jerry Love.



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Toy company Wham-O produces first Frisbees

“On January 23, 1957, machines at the Wham-O toy company roll out the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs—now known to millions of fans all over the world as Frisbees. The story of the Frisbee began in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where William Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company in 1871. Students from nearby universities would throw the empty pie tins to each other, yelling “Frisbie!” as they let go. In 1948, Walter Frederick Morrison and his partner Warren Franscioni invented a plastic version of the disc called the “Flying Saucer” that could fly further and more accurately than the tin pie plates. After splitting with Franscioni, Morrison made an improved model in 1955 and sold it to the new toy company Wham-O as the “Pluto Platter”–an attempt to cash in on the public craze over space and Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).”

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An old picture from the 2018 Blog Post, makes me wish it was as sunny today as it was back in this picture!
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The Village DPW crew have made a lot of progress on the new playground equipment at Babbott Park. The playground will remain closed until spring.

The price of gas today.

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