Tuesday, January 17

Timothy W. “Hodgie” Hodge Sr.

December 29, 1963 ~ January 7, 2023
 Oriskany Falls-Timothy W. Hodge Sr., 59, affectionately known by all as Hodgie, passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family, following his courageous battle against cancer, early Saturday morning on January 7, 2023. He was born in Utica on December 29, 1963. He was raised by his loving parents James and Joan (Dorety) Nellenbach.  Tim grew up in Bridgewater and was a graduate of Mount Markham High School. He had made his career at Hanson Aggregates. His skills as a loader operator, earned the reputation of being one the safest and best operators at the plant. Tim had also worked at the Utica-Rome Speedway as a member of the track prep crew. He truly loved being at the track and his job of driving the track packer truck, to Tim, it was more fun than work.  Following his diagnosis, Tim made personal goals for himself before cancer took his life. His was able to walk his daughter Dylanne down the aisle to marry her husband, Chad Golas in January of 2022.  Tim was able to celebrate his son Timothy Jr.’s wedding to his wife Alison in October of 2022.  Following the wedding Tim enjoyed traveling with the whole family on Tim Jr’s honeymoon cruise. He was a 27 year member of the Oriskany Falls Fire Department, currently holding the office of Vice President.  He was also a past member of the Bridgewater Fire Department.  He was a member of the Kelley Phillips Post 569, Sons of the American Legion.  He had several passions to include: playing cards, drinks on the front porch, and racing.  He loved summers camping at Lebanon Reservoir Camp Ground and playing shuffleboard.  Tim was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of going to Daytona, FL. Tim was an inspiration to all, his love and caring for all will last us a lifetime. https://www.paulfuneralhome.net/obituary/TimothyW-HodgeSr

Peyton Marie Ponton

May 27, 2020 ~ January 7, 2023
Oriskany Falls-Peyton Marie Ponton
, 2, became one of God’s angels on Saturday, January 7, 2023. She was born in Rome on May 27, 2020, the daughter of Scott and Anna  (Mickle) Ponton.  From her birth, Peyton brought a ray of happiness into everyone’s life.  Her smile would always light up the room.  She was bright, funny, and always inquisitive about the world around her. Peyton adored and looked up to her big brother Bentley.  Her cats, Kiara and Nala were her constant playmates; not to mention chasing Diesel the dog around the house.  She loved the outdoors and feeling the freedom of swinging on her swing set. She also loved to chase the chickens around the yard.  Peyton loved the adventure of traveling in the car, no matter the destination.  The world as we know is now a lesser place, having lost Peyton’s brilliant light and her zest for life. https://www.paulfuneralhome.net/obituary/Peyton-Ponton

Joann M. Stockbridge

  October 21, 1947 ~ January 10, 2023
Joann M. Stockbridge, 75, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on January 10, 2023. She was born October 21, 1947, in Oneida, daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Carroll Beasock.  Joann was united in marriage to Thomas E. Stockbridge on October 17, 1964, at Church of the Annunciation.  They shared over 41 years of love and devotion until his passing on May 3, 2006.  Joann worked at Martin Luther Nursing Home for many years.  Known as “Camper Jo” at Treasure Isle, she shared her annual countdown to the start of camping season.  Joann always looked forward to fishing and spending time with her family and friends.  She loved her animals and enjoyed sitting down with a good book.  https://owenspavlotrogers.com/tribute/details/3024/Joann-Stockbridge/obituary.html#tribute-start

William “Bill” V. Abounader

October 9, 1953 — January 9, 2023
William “Bill” Victor Abounader died peacefully on January 9, 2023 in Utica, NY at the age of 69, after a courageous battle with diabetes. Bill was born on October 9, 1953 in Utica, the son of Marcella C. and Albert A. Abounader. Born and raised Catholic, Bill attended Lady of Lourdes Grammar and Notre Dame High schools. He also attended SUNY at Delhi. Bill was known for his charisma which served him well during his career in sales. His jobs spanned from Florida to New England with companies that included PPG, Winn Dixie, Globe Amerada, and his family’s Sports Utility business. Bill was a passionate, lifelong Yankees and Giants fan and also loved golf. Bill is survived by his mother, Marcella C. Abounader and brothers, Joseph A. Abounader of New York City and Thomas J. Abounader of Utica. He also leaves an abundance of friends across upstate NY including his best friends, Edward “Ted” L. Morris, Jr. and family of Oriskany Falls; and Mike Cline and family of Syracuse. He was predeceased by his father, Albert Abounader. https://www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com/obituaries/william-bill-abounader

Ernest E. Randall

January 31, 1930 ~ January 6, 2023
Ernest E. Randall, 92, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on January 6, 2023. Ernie was born in Englewood, NJ on January 31, 1930, a son of the late Ernest and Gladys (Woods) Randall.  Ernie was united in marriage to Eileen McCormack on December 28, 1953.  The couple shared 54 years of love and devotion until Eileen’s passing on February 27, 2007.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and Dairy Science from Kansas State in 1953. Ernie proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korea Conflict from 1953-1955.    Ernie worked in the dairy industry for many years, moving to Clinton to work for Dairylea from 1960-1967.  He then transitioned to a successful career in banking with Hayes Bank and retired from Chase Bank in 1990. Ernie was devoted to service to his country and his community.  He served on many boards including, Kiwanis Club (President 1969), New Hartford Rotary, United Way, Treasurer for Village of Clinton (1968-1978), Clinton School Board (1971-1975), Oneida BOCES (1975-1995), Clinton Cemetery Association Treasurer, and was a member of Yahnundasis Club and Skenandoa Club.  Ernie and Eileen were longtime members of St. James Episcopal Church. https://owenspavlotrogers.com/tribute/details/3022/Ernest-Randall/obituary.html#tribute-start



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Boston thieves pull off historic Brink’s robbery

“On January 17, 1950, 11 men steal more than $2 million ($29 million today) from the Brink’s Armored Car depot in BostonMassachusetts. It was the perfect crime—almost—as the culprits weren’t caught until January 1956, just days before the statute of limitations for the theft expired. The robbery’s mastermind was Anthony “Fats” Pino, a career criminal who recruited a group of 10 other men to stake out the depot for 18 months to figure out when it held the most money. Pino’s men then managed to steal plans for the depot’s alarm system, returning them before anyone noticed they were gone. Wearing navy blue coats and chauffeur’s caps–similar to the Brink’s employee uniforms–with rubber Halloween masks, the thieves entered the depot with copied keys, surprising and tying up several employees inside the company’s counting room. Filling 14 canvas bags with cash, coins, checks and money orders—for a total weight of more than half a ton—the men were out and in their getaway car in about 30 minutes. Their haul? More than $2.7 million—the largest robbery in U.S. history up until that time.”

To read the full article click here: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/brinks-armored-car-depot-robbery-boston-1950


TEACHER APPRECIATION NIGHT | Waterville Jr./Sr. High School Earth Science teacher Jon Krawiec was honored at the Jan. 11 Mohawk Valley Jugglers hockey game by Waterville students Dalton Eisenhut and Lucas Cornish. The student-athletes nominated Mr. Krawiec for Teacher Appreciation Night for his positive, upbeat personality, dedication and commitment to students, his value of education, and his respect for others. We appreciate all of our teachers!
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