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.

Fulton woman ‘steps out’ for scleroderma awareness

Dawn Erikson died of complications from scleroderma in 2005. Her family started the "Forever Dawn" team at Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma in her name.
Dawn Erikson died of complications from scleroderma in 2005. Her family started the “Forever Dawn” team at Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma in her name.

By Ashley M. Casey

Like many people, Eleanor Single had never even heard of scleroderma until her daughter, Dawn Erikson, was diagnosed with the condition, a connective tissue disorder that causes scar tissue to build up and harden in the skin and other organs.

Since Dawn’s death from scleroderma complications, Single has worked to raise awareness and funds for the autoimmune disorder through the “Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma” walk.

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Novelis unveils five-year employees recognition plan

By Ashley M. Casey

The Novelis plant in Scriba has unveiled a new five-year plan for its employees and future job growth, the company announced May 22.

The plan promises to increase benefits to Novelis workers and create 250 jobs by 2019, but the United Steelworkers are questioning Novelis’ timing. The National Labor Relations Board recently charged the plant with unfair labor practices after the plant’s workers voted not to join USW in February. Continue reading

Seton Hall University doctoral student wants to study Fulton schools

By Ashley M. Casey

At the May 27 meeting of the Board of Education, Fulton City School District Superintendent Bill Lynch informed the board that Dola Deloff, a doctoral candidate from Seton Hall University, wants to do a study of the Fulton school district.

Deloff, former assistant principal of Mexico Middle School, is pursuing an Executive Ed.D degree in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy.

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It’s going to be a ‘sweet’ summer in Fulton

Once Sweets is open for the season in a couple of weeks, Cruise Nights will continue on Saturdays. Valley News photo by Ashley M. Casey
Once Sweets is open for the season in a couple of weeks, Cruise Nights will continue on Saturdays.
Valley News photo by Ashley M. Casey

By Ashley M. Casey

Rev up your classic car and get ready for some ice cream — Sweet Inspirations Drive-In is under new ownership.

After spending nearly four years on the market, the Fulton fixture has been purchased by Kevin Niver Sr. His children, Kevin Niver Jr. and Kaitlyn Niver, will help manage the drive-in. The deal closed May 14.

“It’s a Fulton landmark. He didn’t want to see it gone,” Kevin Jr. said of his father’s decision to purchase Sweets, as it’s affectionately nicknamed, from the Freeman family. Continue reading

Fulton annexes Granby wastewater treatment plant

By Ashley M. Casey

The state Supreme Court Appellate Division has ruled in favor of the city of Fulton’s petition to annex the Granby wastewater treatment plant.

The decision was announced May 9 and the annexation was made official May 15.

Three appellate judges upheld state Supreme Court Justice James McCarthy’s May 2013 ruling that the annexation is “in the public interest.” Continue reading

Research shows Fulton Public Library lags in funding

fulton public library

By Ashley M. Casey

The Fulton Public Library lags behind two similar libraries in the North Country Library System in funding for its staff members, according to data from the 2012 New York State Bibliostat report.

Library Director Betty Maute said Fulton serves a population similar to the Ogdensburg Public Library and the Canton Free Library with less money.

“What they pay for staff alone is our entire budget,” Maute told The Valley News. “There’s a big discrepancy between us and other libraries serving the same (size) population in the North Country Library System.” Continue reading