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Library to present Fulton Memoir Project on Sept. 19

The Fulton Public Library has announced the date for its presentation of a summer-long writing program that inspired local residents to write a short memoir about Fulton.

The presentation will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Fulton Municipal Building’s Community Room.

“The Memoir Project was offered to Fultonians and those who have been involved with the Fulton community,” said Betty Maute, the library’s director.

“We kicked off the project with a series of informative presentations to local service clubs,” she said. “After registering people for the project, Jim Farfaglia, the project’s writing instructor, guided participants through a series of classes. The classes were held at our library, at Towpath Towers and the Mill Apartments.”

“This project really took on a life of its own,” Farfaglia said. “During our classes, people were uncovering amazing stories about their time in Fulton and fascinating details about how Fulton helped them succeed in life. We ended up with nearly 40 memoirs and each one offers a unique perspective on what makes Fulton a great place.”

The presentation will begin with an introduction by Mayor Ronald L. Woodward Sr. and feature several of the memoir writers, who will read excerpts from their stories.

Those in attendance will be treated to some never-heard-before stories about Fulton and will get to hear about some well-known Fultonians in a new way.

Maute and Farfaglia will talk about what will happen next with the memoirs, as well as future writing events.

The Memoir Project was made possible through a grant from the state Council on the Arts.

The presentation is free and refreshments will be served. No registration is necessary, but those interested in more information may contact the library at 592-5159.


Catholic Charities increases Step By Step hours

Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Step By Step Wellness Program has established new hours for the fall that will make it easier for community members to access its services.

“With the interest we have seen from our consumers for our different programs, activities and groups we have found it necessary to adjust our hours so that our consumers have more opportunities to participate and be a part of the Step By Step Wellness Program,” said program coordinator Pam Peeling. “Our new hours also makes the program more accessible to community members that would like to discover Step By Step but were unable to visit us during our previous schedule.”

Located inside Catholic Charities offices at 365 W. First St. in Fulton, the Step By Step Wellness Program is now available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Step By Step Wellness Program uses a wellness recovery model that provides services to adults diagnosed with a mental illness.

The Step By Step Wellness Program offers a variety of programming to support clients with their recovery, promote wellness, and combat the stigma of mental illness. The programs help individuals increase their self-esteem, establish group affiliations, and maintain independence in the community.

Additionally, a peer generalist provides person-centered recovery-services for clients through individual and group-based support and serve as an advocate for clients by assisting with the access of appropriate services and with communication between clients and other service providers who may help them achieve their goals

“The Step By Step program fills a definite need in our community,” added Peeling. “The program provides clients with a place to go where they are welcomed and appreciated. This program is for them, they get to meet new friends, share their experiences and work together to reach their individual goals.”

To serve clients in the northern part of Oswego County, the Step By Step Wellness program is available weekly on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rural and Migrant Ministries, 15 Stewart St. in Richland. Workshops and other programs are open to all clients.

For more information on the Step By Step Wellness program, or learn about becoming a participant, contact Pam Peeling at 315-598-3980, or visit Catholic Charities’ website at

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

City swears in two new police officers

At a recent meeting of the Fire and Police Commission, two new police officers were appointed to the Fulton Police Department.

The officers, Thomas Yawger and Thomas Pappa, are filling vacancies.

The new officers began a weeklong orientation with Fulton Police Sept. 3. They began police academy training Sept. 9.

The officers are scheduled to attend the Mohawk Valley Police Academy in Utica for approximately 20 weeks.

At the conclusion of the police academy training, the officers will return to the Fulton Police Department, where they will receive 12 weeks of field training before they are eligible to begin solo patrol.

Bodley Bulletins

By Julia Ludington

I hope everyone enjoyed their first few days of school! I know that routine is a nice thing once we all get acclimated to the many new things going on.

Listen for when club meetings are! Students can hear when and where these meetings are over the announcements or during their Guided Study Hall period.

Clubs are a lot of fun and are a great way to get involved in the community, as well as in our very own school.

Environmental Club does the recycling for the entire school every Friday to make sure GRB continues to be as green as possible.

For the rest of this story, pick up the Sept. 11 edition of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

Smaller, less expensive water project on tap in Granby

By Scott Allardice

Efforts to expand Granby’s public water system are continuing, but now the effort has a new service area, a new name and a new price, said Supervisor Ed Williamson.

The proposed Granby Water District No. 6 was defeated in March by a vote of 102 to 79.

Now just six months later, the town is back with a new plan.

“We took out the roads of the people who don’t want water,” Williamson said.

This means the new proposal would bring water supplied by the Onondaga County Water Authority to the residents of Wybron Road, Sharp Road (north end), LeoMar Drive, Merritt Road, county Route 8 (south from Bowens Corners), South Granby Road (portion only) and county Route 55 (south from King Road).

For the rest of this story, pick up the Sept. 11 edition of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

Accordionist Klocek to highlight Polish Fest

Jasiu Klocek and his accordion will perform at Fulton Polish Fest at the Fulton Polish Home noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 21.

Klocek will be strolling through the crowd playing Polka favorites.

He began playing the accordion at age 7 and at age 15 formed his first Polka band called “Jasiu Klocek and His Polka Band.”

In the mid ‘70s the name was changed to “Jasiu Klocek and the Salt City Brass.” The band has played together for more than 40 years.

Both groups have played in Central New York at locations such as the Mattydale Veterans of Foreign Wars post, numerous weddings, church festivals, concerts in parks, at the Fireside Restaurant for three years, and from 2008 to 2010 every Wednesday at Vernon Downs.

The Salt City Brass primarily plays Polka music but also enjoys playing rock and roll and Latin American music.

In 1980, the group recorded a compact disc titled “Polkas with Class by the Salt City Brass,”  which is still available for purchase.

For the past 10 years, Klocek has played in a Polka band in Florida called  “The Florida Honky Polka Band” and most recently played on the Polish Home float at the 2013 Fulton Memorial Day Parade.

Klocek and his wife, Sue, have been married 40 years and have two children and two grandchildren.

Fulton Polish Fest will run noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Fulton Polish Home, 153 W. First St. S. (Route 48) and will feature Polish and American food.

Admission is free. For more information, call the Fulton Polish Home at 593-2875.

Volney will host “Scrapbook Corner”

The town of Volney History Center is hosting “Scrapbook Corner” at the town hall at state Route 3 and county Route 6.

The History Center has 35 scrapbooks; 19 books are indexed and cross referenced by name and item (such as obituary, wedding, honors, disasters).

The scrapbooks cover many and various years, especially the war years including pictures of the men and women who fought for our country.

The scrapbooks will be available for geneology and general reading 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5.

For more information, contact Florence McDougall, Volney historian, at 593-2293 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need a JavaScript-enabled computer to view it.

Sherman seeks Fourth Ward seat

Mark Sherman has announced his candidacy for Fourth Ward councilor in Fulton.

Sherman has a bachelor of science in business adminstration from State University College at Oswego and is the owner and operator of Letters Signs & Specialties on Route 481 in the Fourth Ward.

He served two terms on the council, from 1998 to 2001.

A city resident since 1991, Sherman said he wants to focus on the financial problems facing Fulton and its taxpayers.

“Recognizing the main problem for the city of Fulton, we have the second highest tax rate in the state of New York, making it amongst the highest taxed locations in the country and still we have financial problems,” he said.

“Many candidates do not want to address fiscal problems,” he added.

Residents want business brought back to Fulton, Sherman said.

“Unfortunately, the reality to that concern is not a good one,” he said. “Corporate business people are savvy. They look at numbers and when they see the cost for property taxes and fees, they move on.”

Sherman said budgetary cuts need to be made.

“We need to take positive action now and in the next couple years to prepare for the possibility of more lost jobs and lost tax base,” he said.

“If we do this, we can then take the steps to improve infrastructure and neighborhoods. Getting our fiscal house in order will set a strong foundation,” he continued.

“We need to make some cuts and move money around in the budget to get a lowering of the costs required to run the city, which in turn will make it more attractive for people to return and businesses and  jobs will follow.”