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CNY Arts Center still seeking artists for Arts Fest

With Arts Fest just a few weeks away, CNY Arts Center is looking for local talent to compete for prizes June 9 at Fulton’s War Memorial Community Center.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories according to age, under 12, 12-20 and 20 and older.

Event co-chair Kiley Casper said, “We want to encourage everyone from the youngest to the oldest to come and share your family-friendly talent, whatever it is. We know the region has many wonderful performing artists. Arts Fest is an annual celebration of all the arts and we hope to draw talent in multiple categories whether it is dance, vocals, musicians or bands, or even drama, storytelling or stand-up comedy.  This is an opportunity to appear before an audience and receive helpful feedback from our judges.”

Casper continued, “We expect this festival to grow each year and become a highlight of the summer. Being in the Community Center at the War Memorial gives us ample space for a stage, featured entertainers and a powerful talent competition along with art and food vendors – all in one accessible location. We hope the community will embrace this celebration of the arts and come out for a day filled with the best and brightest of Central New York.”

The talent competition will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon with prizes awarded by 12:30 p.m. Performers are invited to register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-8812 for more information.

All Saints church to celebrate 175 years

All Saints Episcopal Church, Fulton will be holding a service to rededicate its ministry and commitment to serve the broader community of Fulton June 3.

All Saints Church, originally known as Zion Episcopal Church (1837-1928) is currently celebrating its 175th year of existence.

The rededication service of worship will begin at 9 a.m. June 3 lead by Bishop Gladstone (Skip) Adams III, Celebrant. The Reverend Harold Avery, current interim priest, and Reverend Jeffrey Knox, former rector, will also lead portions of the service.

The congregation is not only celebrating its 175th anniversary of its parish existence, but the 60th anniversary of Rev. Avery’s ordination to the priesthood.

A reception will follow the worship service in the parish hall.

This event is open to the public. The parish will continue to host other events this through the end of this calendar year to celebrate its anniversary.

Valley Viewpoints: Thankful for the support

by Rosemary Occhino, Fulton Board of Education member

To all of the 1,256 voters who voted last week in the school budget, please accept my sincere thank you for taking the time to vote

It does sadden me that only 10 percent of Fulton’s population chose to make their opinions known, but am thankful that you did.

The presented school budget and all of the propositions passed with ease. The Library’s quest of added funds made my heart sing with joy, at its passage. As promised, ten hours have already been restored with the Tuesday opening from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The addition of the Monday opening will be forthcoming in the fall.

Once again, I need to thank the 730 voters who are placing their trust in me. I will speak for you as I serve on the school board for the next three years. It is my pleasure to be your voice.

Please know that my mission is to create a positive difference in the lives of our children, community, and fellow educators. I promise you my time, energy, knowledge, and experience in education.

In closing, don’t hesitate to contact me with concerns and questions Remember I want “to be the change…for kids!”

New York News: May 26, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Fairgrieve Elementary School in Fulton last week after being contacted by sixth-grade student Ariel Stacy.

Stacy wrote Ritchie a letter, asking about her role in state government.

The senator talked with students about being a good citizen and answered questions about being a senator.

Students voiced their concerns about having to take “too many tests.”

In addition, Ritchie visited the residents of Morningstar Residential Care Center in Oswego in honor of National Nursing Home Week.

National Nursing Home Week is an effort sponsored by the American Health Care Association, to honor nursing home residents and staff.

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The New York State Assembly adopted legislation this week to criminalize the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana.

Synthetic marijuana, while sold and marketed as potpourri and incense, provides many of the same effects as marijuana and cocaine.

For Assemblyman Will Barclay, passing this legislation was imperative for protecting the health of children and keeping these dangerous substances out of their hands.

“I am pleased that the Assembly has acted to ban the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana,” said Barclay. “Over the past several months, I have received countless calls and letters from across the state expressing concern over the availability and dangers of this product.”

This bill adds synthetic cannabinoids to the list of controlled substances. The legislation, A09855, bans the sale and possession  of  synthetic marijuana. The bill has advanced to the Senate.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne and Rachel Gernsey have been named the Class of 2012’s valedictorian and salutatorian at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton. Hawthorne will be attending Union College while Guernsey will be attending University at Albany. –Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Class of 2012’s top two students

Nathaniel Hawthorne and Rachel Gernsey have been named the Class of 2012’s valedictorian and salutatorian at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton. Hawthorne will be attending Union College while Guernsey will be attending University at Albany.

by Nicole Reitz

Nathaniel Hawthorne and Rachel Gernsey have been named the Class of 2012’s valedictorian and salutatorian at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton.

Hawthorne is the son of Dennis and Lucy Hawthorne of Fulton. He will graduate in June with a grade point average of 102.9, having taken six advanced placement courses.

Hawthorne is president of National Honor Society and is a member of the Math Club, chorus, mock trial and Model UN.

He also plays tennis and is actively involved in Quirk’s Players. Hawthorne has been with the high school drama club since the eighth grade. Drama club is where Hawthorne’s fondest memories lie. He said he will always remember the weeks leading up to the school’s musical, the long five to six hour rehearsals, and friends who turned into a family.

“You get really close to people in that time frame because you’re pretty much living with them for a week and a half,” the valedictorian said.

Hawthorne has learned a lot about time management in his senior year since he also works at Struppler’s Shurfine Market for 20 hours a week. He believes that organizing the time that he has will be an important lesson to take with him to college.

Hawthorne will attend Union College in Schenectady and major in chemistry.

He applied to eight schools but chose Union because the students he met seemed to enjoy learning there.

An overnight orientation at Union sealed the deal. “Union is close enough to still get care packages and come home, but far enough that my parents can’t drop in for unexpected visits,” Hawthorne  said.

Hawthorne is excited to meet new people and getting involved in some of the research projects available in the science department.

He plans to join the all-male a cappella group and hopes that the college offers a humans versus zombies team.

He looks forward to having more freedom when it comes to class selection and setting his own schedule. “I do look forward not having to wake up at 6:30 every morning for college. Eight a.m. sounds better,” quipped Hawthorne.

He credits his success in his high school career to his parents’ attitude towards learning and his favorite teachers: Susan Ryan, Robert Morse and Jon Fasulo.

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Lady Raiders topple Jamesville-DeWitt 18-6

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls lacrosse team advanced to the next round of the Section III Class A playoffs following after defeating Jamesville-Dewitt 18-6 Tuesday.

The Lady Raiders were effective on both sides of the ball during the second half to turn what was a competitive game early on into a rout.

Though the Lady Raiders were the higher seed, Jamesville-Dewitt Fulton tougher than expected during the first half. Going into halftime, the Lady Raiders had only a three-goal lead at 8-5.

Fulton played like a higher seed during the second half.The Lady Raiders outscored Jamesville-Dewitt by nine goals during the second half en route to the 12-goal win.

Fulton was led by Amelia Coakley, who had six goals and an assist against Jamesville-Dewitt. Julia Ludington scored four goals while Erica Knaub had a goal and two assists.

Kate Rothrock, Andrea Gould, Jordan Rizzo, Alise Tallents, Erika Johnson, Casey Shannon and Alanah McClellan all scored a goal for Fulton.

The Lady Raiders converted upon nearly 80 percent of their shots while Fulton’s Torrie Whelsky saved 11 out of Jamesville-Dewitt’s 17 shots on goal.

Season concluded

The Fulton boys lacrosse team’s season came to an end with a loss to Carthage in the opening round of the Sectional playoffs Wednesday.

Following an impressive second quarter, Carthage took a commanding lead into halftime, which proved to be a deficit Fulton couldn’t overcome.

Despite the Red Raiders’ best efforts to rally during the second half, Carthage cruised to a 14-7 win over Fulton.

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Vivian Smith, FHS graduate

Vivian L. Smith, 87, of Fulton, died Thursday, May 10, 2012 at her home.

She was born in August of 1924 in Mexico to her parents, Homer and Marjorie Ludington. She grew up in Fulton and was a graduate of the Fulton High School.

She lived in Georgia for many years before returning to live in Fulton in 2007.

She was predeceased by her son, Gary Harrington, who died in 2007.

She is survived by her brothers, Ramsey Ludington of Fulton and John Ludington of Thailand and Key Largo, Fla.; a granddaughter, Starr Grolimund, and a great-grandchild, Tristin Roger, of Milford, Pa.; a niece, Marion Ciciarelli; two nephews, Spencer Ludington and David Ludington, all of Fulton; care giver, Adele Sheldon; three nieces; and her companions, Michelob and Bella.

There will be no calling hours. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made to the Fulton Public Library.

Foster Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The Fulton Music Association recently presented the 2012 Senior Music Awards at the 15th Celebration of Community Music concert. G. Ray Bodley High School seniors Nathan Deavers (far left) and Nicholas Abelgore each received a $500 Outstanding Senior Music Award. Dallaslyn Lamb received a $300 Special Achievement in Music Award.

Fulton Music Association presents senior music awards

The Fulton Music Association recently presented the 2012 Senior Music Awards at the 15th Celebration of Community Music concert. G. Ray Bodley High School seniors Nathan Deavers (far left) and Nicholas Abelgore each received a $500 Outstanding Senior Music Award. Dallaslyn Lamb received a $300 Special Achievement in Music Award.

The Fulton Music Association presented the 2012 Senior Music Awards during the 15th Celebration of Community Music concert May 19.

G. Ray Bodley High School seniors Nathan Deavers and Nicholas Abelgore each received a $500 Outstanding Senior Music Award. Dallaslyn Lamb received a $300 Special Achievement in Music Award.

Deavers, an accomplished vocalist, will attend SUNY Brockport this fall where he plans to pursue a degree in business administration.

Abelgore, who is proficient on trombone, piano and guitar, will attend Syracuse University where he will major in music performance.

Lamb, a cellist, will attend the Rochester Institute of Technology where she will major in film and video production.

The FMA also helps sponsor Fulton’s summer concert series, said President Steve Chirello said. FMA annually brings special performances to Fulton by the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Div. Band and cooperative programs with SUNY Oswego as part of its ongoing activities.