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.
Together again – The Hudson family poses in 2012. All four of Henry and Beverly Hudson’s sons still live in Fulton. Their daughter, Holli Bacon, lives in Connecticut. From left to right: Dan, Holli, David, Beverly, Henry, Eric and Doug.

FULTON FAMILIES — A Country Boy Can Survive: The Hudsons

This photo, circa 1968, shows Henry and Beverly Hudson’s five children. Back row: Holli Hudson Bacon, Doug and Eric Hudson; front row: David and Dan Hudson.
This photo, circa 1968, shows Henry and Beverly Hudson’s five children. Back row: Holli Hudson Bacon, Doug and Eric Hudson; front row: David and Dan Hudson.

Editor’s note: This is the ninth installment of stories about Fulton Families. The monthly series tells the stories of families that have either lived in Fulton for ages or perhaps only a short while — but the common bond will be they love the city and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. If you know of a family we should highlight, please email Ashley M. Casey, Valley News assistant editor, at acasey@scotsmanmediagroup.com.

By Ashley M. Casey  |  Photos courtesy of the Hudson family

“Can’t take the farm out of a country boy.”

That’s what Doug Hudson says about staying close to his roots.

Doug, who owns Hudsons’ Dairy, left Fulton only long enough to go to college. He and his three brothers, Dan, Eric and David, all returned to the city — or, more accurately, just outside it — to be close to their parents and help out on the farm in Granby.

fulton familiesTheir sister, Holli Bacon, is the only one of Henry and Beverly Hudson’s children who moved out of Fulton. She now lives in Wethersfield, Connecticut.

“We’re lucky all the boys are around us,” Beverly says.

Through the Hudsons’ dairy business, community connections and deep roots, it seems that Fulton is lucky to have them around.

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More on the Aldi project

By Ashley M. Casey

Even if the Nestlé location doesn’t work out, the show will go on for a proposed Aldi store in Fulton.

Mayor Ron Woodward Sr. told The Valley News that he spoke to Lew Kibling, a regional real estate director for Aldi based in Tully. Woodward said Kibling told him that Aldi was having difficulties dealing with Carbonstead LLC president Ed Palmer, who owns the property on Fourth and Fay streets. Continue reading

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