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.

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

Fulton Bike Rodeo returns May 31

By Ashley M. Casey

The annual Fulton Bike Rodeo, sponsored by the Fulton Police Department, will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31 at the Fulton Community Center.

The long-running event, which is geared toward children, features a bicycle obstacle course, bounce house and a bicycle giveaway for kids in need.

The city of Fulton is donating abandoned bikes to be sold as scrap metal to benefit the Bike Rodeo. Oswego Health, Dunkin Donuts and the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County are also sponsors. Continue reading

Fulton mayor says Aldi project still a go

By Ashley M. Casey

Mayor Ron Woodward dispelled rumors that Aldi’s plan to develop the former Nestlé property on Fourth and Fay streets had fallen through at the May 6 meeting of the Fulton Common Council. Demolition activity at the site has ceased to allow for asbestos abatement in the buildings.

Ralph Stacy Jr. of the city’s planning commission addressed the mayor and the council during the public forum, saying that several people had approached him after hearing that Aldi’s proposal was “in jeopardy.”

“People have noticed that the demo activity has halted at the plant and people are concerned and they want to know what’s going on,” Stacy said. Continue reading

FULTON FAMILIES — The whole herd: The Rowlee family’s mark on Fulton

Fulton Dairy Farms began with one cow, shown here with Elon Rowlee at Cannon Hill between North Seventh and North Eighth streets, circa 1919 or 1920. Photo courtesy of Judy Rowlee Howard
Fulton Dairy Farms began with one cow, shown here with Elon Rowlee at Cannon Hill between North Seventh and North Eighth streets, circa 1919 or 1920.
Photo courtesy of Judy Rowlee Howard

Editor’s note: This is the eighth installment of stories about Fulton Families. The monthly series will tell 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

It began with a cow.

Elon K. Rowlee and his bride, Gertrude Candee, received the small cow from Elon’s parents as a wedding present in 1917. Four years later, that cow inspired the start of the Fulton Dairy Farms Co., which lasted more than four decades. Continue reading