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The Citizen, Auburn, New York
Alan C. Drennen
penter. He was a Boy Scout
leader, volunteered with
the Calvary Food Pantry,
and a member of the VFW
Post 6575 Owasco.
Alan is survived by his
children, Robert H. Strong
II (Cloe), of Florida, Scott
Drennen (Cynthia), of
Sennett, Dana D. Mitteer (Brian), of Moravia,
Michael Drennen (Patricia), of Skaneateles Falls,
Rita Drennen, of Owasco,
and Janis Paz (Joseph), of
Maine, N.Y.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-greatgrandchild.
Alan was predeceased
by his beloved wife, Patricia C. Curran Drennen
in 2000; his son, Gary
Drennen in 2006; his siblings, Dora Moe, Josephine
Bryson, Ruth Barber, J.
William “Bill” Drennen,
and Mieriam Drennen.
Services will be held
privately at the convenience of the family. Burial
will be in Soule Cemetery,
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Alan
C. Drennen may be made
to the Calvary Food Pantry
CNY, 90 Franklin St., Auburn, NY 13021 or Hospice
of the Finger Lakes, 1130
Corporate Drive, Auburn,
NY 13021.
Arrangements are with
W h i te C h a p e l Fu n e ra l
Home Inc., 197 South St.,
Frances W. Hubbard
Arlene M. Miller
LEICESTER | Frances W.
Hubbard, of Leicester, N.Y.,
passed away peacefully on
Aug. 10,
2014, at
the age of
94 with
family by
her side.
S h e
is survived by
her sons,
George (Martha) and Chuck
(Cris), of Rochester and
Marty (Debbie), of Skaneateles. She was blessed
with nine grandchildren
and 17 great-grandchildren. Frances was predeceased by her grandson
Peter, age 19, in 1985, her
husband Roy, of 49 years,
in 1988 and her son Leonard “Zeke,” age 70, in 2011.
The family would like
to extend our special appreciation to the staff of
grandchildren; three great
grandchildren; one brother, Paul Crouch, of Groton;
one sister, Ella Swearingen,
of Groton; several nieces,
nephews, and in-laws.
He was predeceased by
a brother, Robert, and two
granddaughters, Chelsea
and Lindsey Crouch.
A memorial service will
be held at 3 p.m. Friday,
Aug. 15, 2014 in Christ
United Methodist Church,
36 Church St., Moravia.
Interment will be in Indian
Mound Cemetery at a later
date. A reception will follow the memorial service
on Friday in the church fellowship hall.
Memorial contributions can be made to Christ
United Methodist Church
or Alzheimer’s Association.
Arlene M. Miller, of Martinsburg, W. Va., formerly
of Aub u r n ,
a w a y
peacefully with
family by
her side
on Sunday, Aug.
10, 2014 at Berkley Medical
Arlene was the daughter of the late Emmett and
Mary Smith Porter. She was
a loving mother, grandmother, and cherished the
times she had with the
She survived by five
sons, Raymond Grant, of
Auburn, John Grant, of Auburn, Robert Grant and his
wife, Roxanne, of Auburn,
Willis Grant, of Martinsburg, W. Va., and Gordon
Miller, of Auburn; daughter, Arlene Grant, of Martinsburg, W. Va.; brother,
Lawrence R. Porter and
his wife, Cindy, of Auburn;
sister-in-law, Laura Porter,
of Auburn; 20 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Arlene was predeceased by her husband,
Gordon S. Miller, who died
on Oct. 9, 1998; a brother,
Charles Porter, and grandsons, Robert Grant Jr. and
Willis Grant Jr.
Visitation will be held
from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday,
Aug. 17, 2014 at the Brew
Funeral Home, 48 South
St., Auburn. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at
the Brew Funeral Home.
Interment will be in Fleming Rural Cemetery.
Rochelle, and Mel Kelly, all
of Maple Hill, N.C.; daughter, Kim Foy, of Richlands,
N.C.; father, Ralph Black
(Mavis), of Weedsport;
brothers, Scott Black (Susan), of Weedsport, and
Stacey Black (Joylene), of
Groton, N.Y.; sister, Kelly
Thompson (John), of Boston, N.Y.; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were
held at noon on July 7, 2014
in Jones Funeral Home
Chapel, Jacksonville, N.C.
with Pastor Ernie King and
Onslow County Sheriff Ed
Brown officiating. Interment is in the Arthur Davis
Family Cemetery with honors.
A memorial service will
be held to commemorate
the life of Mr. Steven James
Black starting at noon Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at
Trolley Park, 8892 South
St., Weedsport.
Memorial contributions
may be made to the Steven
J. Black Memorial Fund, c/o
Onslow County Sheriff’s
Department, 717 Court St.,
Jacksonville, NC 28540.
Conesus Lake Nursing
Home where she spent her
last four years. Frances was
always proud of her four
boys and their families. She
will be deeply missed. Her
caring and giving ways will
live on as an inspiration
The family will receive
guests at the Leicester
Presbyterian Church an
hour prior to the 11 a.m.
service on Saturday, Aug.
16. A reception will follow
at the Genesee River Hotel,
Mt. Morris, N.Y.
Memorial donations
may be made to the Leicester Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements are being
handled by the John W.
Martin Funeral Home, 37
Chapel St., Mt. Morris,
N.Y. Memories and condolences can be shared at
John Alfred ‘Al’ Crouch Sr.
MORAVIA | John Alfred
“Al” Crouch Sr., 80, of
Moravia, died Monday,
Aug. 11, 2014 at Robert
Packer Hospital, of Sayre,
Pa., after a long illness.
Al was born Jan. 13, 1934
in Sherwood, N.Y., a son
of John H. and Elsie Cleo
Crouch. He had been a resident of Moravia most of his
life. He had been employed
at Smith-Corona Mfg. at
the Groton and Cortland
plants until his retirement.
He was a member of Christ
United Methodist Church
of Locke and Moravia, and
the Moravia Senior Citizens.
Al is survived by his wife
of 60 years, Jean Nelson
Crouch; a daughter, Darleen
(Phil) Armstrong, of Genoa;
son, John Crouch Jr.; three
Steven James Black
Steven James Black, 57,
passed away on July 1, 2014
in Jacksonville, N.C.
Steven was born in Auburn, and raised in Weedsport, the son of Ralph Black
and the late Virginia Taylor
Black. He was a deputy for
the Onslow County Sheriff
Department, N.C. and was
also a retired veteran of the
United States Marine Corps.
Steven is survived by his
wife, Esther Davis Black, of
Maple Hill, N.C.; sons, Joe
Rochelle, Dwayne Rochelle,
Jimmy Rochelle, Michael
Death notices
Obituaries on the following notices may be published in the next edition of The Citizen. Death notices are printed without charge.
GREEN Sr., Robert
A., 89, of Owasco, died
Aug. 11, 2014 at Loretto
Health and Rehab Center,
Syracuse. Calling hours
from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at
the White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South
St., Auburn. Service at
11 a.m. Saturday at the
funeral home. In lieu of
flowers, donations may
be made to the Owasco
Fire Department.
11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14
in St. Alphonsus Church,
KELLEY, Nancy A. , Genesee St. Auburn.
81, of Northbrook Heights,
and formerly of Forest Hill
Drive, died on Sunday, L. “Sput,” 85, of Auburn,
Aug. 10, 2014 at Univer- passed away Sunday, Aug.
sity Hospital, Syracuse. 10, 2014. A Mass of ChrisCalling hours 4 to 7 p.m. tian burial at 11:30 a.m.
(today) Wednesday, Aug. (today) Wednesday, Aug.
13, 2014 at White Chapel 13, 2014 in St. Mary’s
Funeral Home, 197 South Church. Burial will be in
St., Auburn. Services at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
New ethics rules for counselors
Associated Press
ALBANY | New York state’s
Division of Veterans’ Affairs
established new ethics rules
following an investigation
showing two counselors
received large inheritances
of cash and property from
vets they helped both at
work and outside of it.
Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott concluded in a report Tuesday that
those are ethical lapses,
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AUBURN | Alan C. Drennen,
93, of Boyle Center, formerly East Lake Road, Owasco,
a w a y
June 26,
M r .
Drennen was
born in
on March
21, 1921; he was the son of
the late Joseph and Elizabeth Curry Drennen. Alan
served in the U.S. Navy
Seabees during World War
II as a carpenter’s mate first
class; he was a recipient of
the Bronze Star. After serving his country, Alan was a
self-employed master car-
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
citing inadequate supervision and a faulty conflictof-interest policy that was
recently revised.
“Counselors should
not be using their position to enrich themselves
with money or gifts from
veterans, but must provide
services to veterans with
competence and diligence,”
Scott said.
One counselor accepted
gifts including a $23,000
car. She was given access to
the World War II vet’s bank
accounts to help manage
his affairs, though she also
used them to pay $2,500
of her own bills, the report
said. The counselor inherited his house and stocks
after he died in 2010, which
the veteran’s family contested, though the will was
New York law prohibits
state workers from receiving
gifts of more than nominal
Lauren Bacall dies at 89
Lauren Bacall
arrives at Elle
14th annual
Women in
tribute Oct.
15, 2007 in
Los Angeles.
Bacall, the
actress and
partner off and
on the screen,
died Tuesday.
She was 89.
Associated Press
NEW YORK | Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultryvoiced actress who created on-screen magic with
Humphrey Bogart in “To
Have and Have Not” and
“The Big Sleep” and offscreen magic in one of
Hollywood’s most storied
marriages, died Tuesday
at age 89.
Bacall, whose long career brought two Tonys
and a special Oscar, died
in New York. The managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, Robbert J.F. de Klerk, said that
Bacall died at home, but
declined to give further
details. Bacall’s son Stephen Bogart confirmed
his mother’s death to de
She was among the
last of the old-fashioned
Hollywood stars and her
legend, and the legend of
“Bogie and Bacall” — the
hard-boiled couple who
could fight and make up
with the best of them —
started almost from the
moment she appeared on
screen. A fashion model
and bit-part New York
actress before moving to
Hollywood at 19, Bacall
achieved immediate fame
in 1944 in her first film,
“To Have and Have Not.”
She was less than half
Bogart’s age, yet as wise
and as jaded as him. Her
sly glance, with chin down
and eyes raised, added to
her fame; she was nicknamed “The Look.” Bogart and Bacall married
amid headlines in 1945,
and they co-starred in
three more films, “The
Big Sleep” (1946), “Dark
Passage” (1947) and “Key
Largo” (1948). Their marriage lasted until his death
from cancer in 1957.
Bacall was always a
star. With her lanky figure
and flowing blonde hair,
she was seemingly born
for checked suits and silk
dresses. On television
talk shows, she exhibited
a persona that paralleled
her screen appearances:
She was frank, even blunt,
with an undertone of sardonic humor.
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ies, school building leader,
school district leader, and
also holds professional school district business
leader categories.
Powers also has a master’s degree in geography
education from SUNY
implement an extended
learning plan. If Auburn
accepts that money, will
it be committed to following through with the grant,
Evelyn wondered.
“If we accept the planning funding does it formally commit the district
to fulfill the grant,” Evelyn
The $10,000 would
cover the cost of technical assistance for the grant
The ensuing discussion
was “too casual” for board
member Dia Carabajal,
who requested the board
take another look at the
grant parameters initially
reviewed in October when
the application was made.
Board members requested that meetings
with the community take
place before any decisions
are made.
“I think it’s important to
bring this to the community,” said Kathleen Rhodes,
board vice president. “Because it wll change their
student’s day.”
Last, Chief Information Officer Tim Moon reported that he and Evelyn
attended a symposium this
summer at the New York
City offices of Google.
There, the educators
learned about cost-efficient applications and
technologies, such as
Google Classroom, that
would facilitate instruction.
Moon updated the board
on the computer updates
his staff is implementing
at all school buildings. He
mentioned that a switch
to more Google products,
such as Google Chromebook computers that update automatically, could
save the district money.
Carabajal questioned
the corporate marketing
motives of Google, expressing concern for the
privacy of student and faculty users.
“Google tracks behavior,” she said. “Will they be
tracking writing samples?
We do have a responsibility for privacy. ... That’s
where they gain market
While Moon mentioned the district has
used Google advertisingfree applications for years,
nevertheless “it’s a certainly a concern of mine.”
isn’t an intent to injure the
person, but injuries can
certainly happen if a driver
buzzes too close — as Stewart did, Axton said.
“I know Tony didn’t
mean to hurt anybody,” he
said. “Nonetheless, I do
think he tried to buzz the
kid. It’s a bad situation for
The Ontario County
Sheriff’s Office is probing the altercation, looking
into evidence to see if there
was criminal intent. Sheriff
Philip Povero said on Sunday that criminal charges
have not yet been ruled out.
However, to blame what
happened on poor visibility
in the middle of an August
night — Ward was wearing a black jumpsuit — or
what’s been described as
slick track conditions is just
not true, Axton believes.
Drivers are kept informed with team coordinators through consistent
radio communication. Coordinators inform racers of
what’s going on with the
track, such as conditions
and wrecks, he said.
“Everybody knew there
was a problem on turn two,”
Axton said, referring to the
course layout.
When Stewart struck
Ward, drivers were notified
by a red flag to stop immediately. At that point, Axton
— who did not know that
Ward left his vehicle — surmised that the 20-year-old
driver might have suffered
injuries from the crash.
He said he knew it was
much more serious than
that when drivers were
prompted to vacate the
Axton and Ward were
members of the same
sprint car racing club, Em-
pire Super Sprints. Axton
considered Ward a friend,
saying he was “a good kid,
not a hothead.” Members
of the Empire Super Sprints
club plan to honor Ward’s
memory by wearing orange,
Ward’s color, and through
thematic racing decals, Axton said.
“It’s just a really tight,
tight-knit group, which
makes it hurt even more,”
he said of the club.
Axton also knows Stewart from racing with him.
He said Stewart has always
treated the other drivers
“as equals” and “we’ve enjoyed having him.”
This tragedy will resonate with both families,
and the racing community,
for a considerable amount
of time, he said.
“There’s nobody that
comes out of this better
than the other,” Axton said.
“Even us (drivers). It’s going to be in our minds forever.”
The effects of Saturday’s
tragedy are already being
seen locally, Axton said. On
Monday, Brewerton Speedway and Fulton Speedway
instated new rules that
mandate for drivers to remain in their vehicles unless there is an emergency,
like a fire.
Exiting a vehicle would
result in a red flag signaling the race to stop, and
unauthorized evacuation
could result in a fine and
suspension, among other
Axton believes the new
rules at Fulton and Brewerton are signs of what’s to
“It’s a sad thing that
it takes a 20-year-old’s
death for us to learn a silly
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swim teams with the three
School board members
discussed the extension of
time needed to implement
the $1.7 million extended
learning time grant awarded to Auburn Junior High
School. Statewide, nine
districts were awarded the
grant and all were notified
of the awards in July, but
anticipated hearing about
them in January.
The district requested
an extension from the state
of the three-year grant for
time to consider planning
and implementing an extended learning strategy.
Evelyn relayed an extension could take three
possible forms. The district could begin the plan
in September, as indicated
in the original award. If the
district begins an extended
learning plan in January or
September 2015, the monetary award would be prorated, she said.
The rub is the additional $10,000 that comes
with the grant to help
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doesn’t feel the need.
The former Cayuga
County legislator has been
a race-car driver for more
than 30 years. At times
during his career, Axton
has been in a similar situation a few dozen times.
He’s been in Ward’s
shoes — furious when his
hopes of winning a race are
dashed from another’s maneuver. He’s been Stewart
— the offender who knows
what, or whom, might be
waiting for him one lap
later after such a stunt.
“It goes back as long as
racing,” he said of the road
Axton said he was “right
behind” Ward’s car when it
was initially wrecked. The
driver then lagged behind
when racing officials threw
up a caution flag, prompting racers to slow down to,
Axton said, about 20 to 30
miles per hour.
He didn’t see Stewart
strike Ward. For his own
sake, he’s grateful for it.
Regardless, Axton knows
what Stewart was trying to
do when tragedy struck.
While he doesn’t believe
Stewart intended to hurt
Ward, Axton believes he
intended to do something
else — something that’s
been around racing for decades.
It’s called buzzing, Axton said.
When Ward left his
car and gestured toward
Stewart, Axton believes
that Stewart was trying to
back off the 20-year-old
by “buzzing” his car close
to Ward.
When buzzing, there