All posts by Ashley M. Casey

Ashley M. Casey is the assistant editor of The Valley News. Previously, she was the associate editor of Today's CNY Woman magazine. She has also written for The Finger Lakes Vacationer. She graduated from Le Moyne College in 2012 with a degree in communications and Spanish.

Strong winds, storms beat through Oswego County

The screen at the Midway Drive-In took a beating during the storm July 8.
The screen at the Midway Drive-In took a beating during the storm July 8.
Trees down in a front yard on Route 48 near Minetto. Both photos by Rick Grosvent of Fulton.
Trees down in a front yard on Route 48 near Minetto. Both photos by Rick Grosvent of Fulton.

By Ashley M. Casey

A severe storm Tuesday evening caused power outages and damages throughout Oswego County, including the destruction of the projection screen at the Midway Drive-In Theatre in Minetto.

National Grid estimated nearly 10,000 people lost power in Oswego County Tuesday night. As of Wednesday morning, almost 7,000 people were still waiting for their electricity to come back on. Volney customers were hit the hardest with 1,568 still without power Wednesday.

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Fulton school board looks at ‘school within a school’ model for alternative education

By Ashley M. Casey

The Fulton City School District is one step closer to revamping its alternative education program for high schoolers.

The school board heard from Director of Student Support Programs Geri Geitner at its July 8 meeting about a “school within a school” model for alternative education students in grades 9 through 12.

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FULTON FAMILIES — Music Men: The Cortini Brothers

All smiles – Kimo and Joe Cortini pose with their mother, Cecilia, in this recent photograph. Cecilia lives in Oswego. Photo courtesy of Joe Cortini
All smiles – Kimo and Joe Cortini pose with their mother, Cecilia, in this recent photograph. Cecilia lives in Oswego. Photo courtesy of Joe Cortini

This is the 10th edition of Fulton Families, a monthly series which tells the stories of families that have either lived in Fulton for ages or perhaps only a short while — but their common bond is they love the city and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

By Ashley M. Casey

Fulton is familiar with the Cortini Brothers from head to toe.

Your ears have probably caught their musical stylings at the Fulton Jazz Fest or Tunes in June, and your feet may have stepped into a pair of shoes Joe Cortini has repaired or sold.

The Cortinis have seen Fulton change over the course of more than a century. Although Kimo Cortini moved away three years ago, Joe Cortini and his son still call the city home. Through Cortini Shoe Store and the Cortini Brothers’ band, the family’s ties are still laced to Fulton. Continue reading

‘Fulton Family’ driver injured in Route 481 crash

The front of the tour bus is ripped to shreds after being hit by a tractor-trailer truck Saturday night. The bus driver had just dropped off the Pawlewicz family at the Cayuga Community College parking lot and was exiting the lot when the bus was hit.  Photo by Dan Pawlewicz
The front of the tour bus is ripped to shreds after being hit by a tractor-trailer truck Saturday night. The bus driver had just dropped off the Pawlewicz family at the Cayuga Community College parking lot and was exiting the lot when the bus was hit.
Photo by Dan Pawlewicz

By Ashley M. Casey

The tour bus that collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 481 Saturday night had just dropped off the Pawlewicz family (featured in October in the Valley News’ “Fulton Familes”) from its fourth annual trip to see a New York Yankees game, Dan Pawlewicz confirmed to The Valley News.

The tour bus was turning left onto Route 481 from the Cayuga Community College driveway when the tractor-trailer, heading north, hit it about 11 p.m. Continue reading