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Light In The Darkness

By the Rev. David M. Grey 

“It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to search them out in order to discover them.”

Proverbs 25:2

During the past couple of weeks I have been pointing out some things that God has “concealed” in order to reveal the spiritual lesson He has hidden therein.

We have been looking specifically at the way God uses various numbers to both represent and express spiritual truths.  Today, I want to consider the number 12.

This number, as God uses it in scripture, refers to His chosen people and His relationship to them. As such, it also refers to perfection of government, since all government is from God and is a key to how He relates to His people.

Twelve is the number of the people of God, the church, both in the Old Covenant Church of Israel and the New Covenant Church we know today.

 

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

Senior News

Volney seniors enjoy state fair trip

By Alma Bowering, Volney Senior Citizens

Our first meeting of September was a beautiful sunny day and 46 of us made it to our meeting at noon.

As usual, there were so many dishes of food and they were all so good.

We have four new members: Carolyne Shoults, Gladys Daniels, Cindy Garrett and John Haney. Welcome aboard, folks.

Our birthday folks are Gladys Daniels, Pete Falanza and Jim Secor. Pete and Barb Falanga celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary this month. Great job, kids!

Madelyn Williams won the 50-50 drawing.

The trip to the State Fair was a super day. There is so much to see, and the food is great, especially the bloomin’ onion.

The shows in the Coliseum are fun to watch. The animals are all in top-notch shape. They just shine.

Sept. 19 we have a trip to the Cortland Country Music Park to see Loretta Lynn and Charlie Pride, performed by Donna Minnoe, Terry Grimes and the Mystics.

Rachel Baglia from the Oswego Health Center was here to educate people about falling.

If you fall, you should get up very slowly, if you can get up at all.

Did you know more than half of all falls occur in the home? Among older adults, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence and injury deaths. So take care and do not have any falls.

Nov. 20 will be our Thanksgiving dinner at Bristol Hill Church at noon. See you there.

A person can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.

Granby Center Seniors plan chicken barbecue, share laughs

By Emma Martin, Secretary of Granby Center Seniors

We had a beautiful day for our Sept. 5 meeting. We had 42 members.

It seemed so good to see our many friends. Kathy Wood won cards.

Pat Fontano won our 50-50 drawing. Our chaplain, Ruth Sheldon, said our prayer and we all pledged allegiance to our beautiful flag.

We had a delicious luncheon with awesome desserts! I still think we should eat the desserts first while we still have room for them instead of before eating the good food.

President Larry Flora opened the meeting with a couple of cute jokes. It was nice to have a good laugh.

Carrie Palmer, membership lady, read birthdays and anniversaries. She is recuperating from another fall. We told her to try to keep her feet under her.

Secretary Martin had to apologize for not having past reports straightened up to read them. Treasurer Estelle Holmes read the treasurer report.

President Flora talked about our chicken barbecue Oct. 3. You have to sign up and pay before then. We will have an entertainment of music for our Sept. 19 meeting. We hope our seniors can make a good showing!

Kitchen committee for Sept. 19 will be Kathy Wallace, Sandy Palmeteso, Joyce Gleason, Nancy and Larry Flora.

On Oct. 3, the kitchen committee will be Carrie Palmer, Augie Loomis, Percy Marcino, Joan Taylor and Marge Walsh.

Church to show new movie

On one Sunday each month, First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., continues to show, free of charge, full-length movies.

Many are newly released. At 2 p.m. Sept. 15 the church will show a movie well suited to older adults. Families also are welcome to this PG rated flick. Popcorn and soda are provided free of charge.

Copyright restrictions do not allow First United to publicize the title of the movie or the leading characters.

It is a prequel to the classic movie based on the novel by L. Frank Baum. It begins in the Midwest in black-and-white and then falls to a “Technicholor Neverland” in the eye of a twister.

In this place of garish, unnatural wonders and exotic fauna the bewildered magician is swept off his feet by not one, but three magnificent witches.

For further information, contact the Rev. David Nethercott at 592-2707 or prairieborn@aol.com.

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 ccoswego.com.

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.