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Fulton Park of the Day — Thursday, April 17



Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Quirk Park.

Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.

By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park and people who have collected the most stones (one from each park for a total of 10) will win a small prize.

Oswego Taekwondo America students participate in tournament

Students from the Oswego Taekwondo America martial art school on 133 E. Bridge St., traveled to Monroe Community College in Rochester March 22 to participate in the 19th annual Rochester Super Cup Tournament.

More than 500 students from eight central New York Taekwondo schools, all under Grand Master Kim’s direction, attended the annual event to match their skills against one another in forms competition, sparring, board breaking.

The yearly event is organized by the master instructors of the all three Rochester Sam Kim Martial Arts schools.

Black Belt instructors and students from all the schools contribute and assist while Black Belt judges score the students’ efforts and abilities. Good sportsmanship and friendly competition is the focus of Grand Master Kim’s tournaments and all students, young and older, compete with an emphasis on personal growth and development.

Students of similar age and rank compete against one another, demonstrating theirs skills and abilities at the same time as they develop confidence and pride in themselves.

Competitors, as young as age 4 are matched as closely as possible, according to age, weight and belt rank and all students participating received specially designed medals which had been made and shipped from Korea.

In the morning, participants competed in the new Hamadan Style Creative Poomse Division competition. Students performed a Poomse of their choice in groups of two or more, and scoring was based on synchronicity and creativity.

The standard Poomse Competition followed this new event and students were awarded trophies for their individual accomplishments.

Each students’ execution is judged according to their intensity and accuracy of the standard Taekwondo poomses. The Poomses are a specific series of choreographed blocks, punches, kicks and stances, developed by the Taekwondo Masters of Korea centuries ago.

Poomses have been handed down through the generations and are an integral aspect in the study of any martial art. Poomses are practiced over and over again, reinforcing proper technique, enhancing one’s balance, accentuation and intensity each time they are preformed. Poomses are the foundation of any martial art.

Immediately following the Poomse competition, competitors were able to compete in Board Breaking Competition. Taekwondo means “the art of hand and foot,” and in this event performers are able to show off their power, skill and creativity in still another dimension.

Each competitor broke, or attempted to break, two boards. Creativity, intensity and level of difficulty were considered by the judges as well as technique and power. All students participating received trophies for their achievements

This year’s event featured a new event, Demo Team Competition. Three schools from Rochester participated in this event and inspired viewers and visiting participants and each school has been challenged to enter their own Demo Teams in the next tournament.

Taekwondo America in Oswego already plans to enter a Taekwondo America Demo Team for the Watertown Tournament held in August and this year’s Governor’s Cup, held in October in Rochester.

Sparring competition completed the all day event. Sparring, or “Gyoroogi” matches are single elimination fights between two competitors wearing protective sparring gear. A match consists of at least two one-minute rounds, where points are accumulated when a competitor makes proper contact with their opponent with a properly executed punch or kick, in a specifically designated area on their helmet or chest protector (Hogu).

The culminating sparring performances of the advanced Adult Black Belts topped off the day’s activities.

For more information call Oswego Taekwondo America, call Master Leo Pryor at 342 2470 or visit the website at

Woman finds Friends of Fulton Parks medallion

Audrey Avery, of fulton, right, found the hidden medallion in the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt contest sponsored by the Friends of Fulton Parks. She found it Wednesday afternoon in Van Buren Park. With her on the left is her daily hunting partner, Donna LeVea.
Audrey Avery, of Fulton, right, found the hidden medallion in the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt contest sponsored by the Friends of Fulton Parks. She found it Wednesday afternoon in Van Buren Park. With her on the left is her daily hunting partner, Donna LeVea.

The Valley News has been notified that the medallion for the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt was found today.

The medallion hunt is now over, so no more clues will be running in The Valley News.

We’ll have more news later.

News in Brief

As of April 30, 2014, The Valley News will only accept classified advertisements for the Wednesday and Saturday print editions.

We will no longer publish classifieds online. To submit a classified ad, call us at 598-6397 or visit our office at 67 S. Second St., Fulton.


The annual breakfast with the Easter bunny at Palermo United Methodist Church is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 19.

Enjoy an “all you can eat” buffet style breakfast with pancakes, French toast, sausage, biscuits and sausage gravy, hash browns, fruit, scrambled eggs and assorted beverages.

Breakfast will be served in the church dining room in the lower level of the church. Following breakfast at noon will be the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. The egg hunt is available to all children up to age 13. Door prizes will be given away for teens and adults.

The egg hunt will be outdoors (weather permitting) and the children will be divided by age. There is no cost to participate in the egg hunt.

For more information, call the church office at 598-4888. The Palermo Church is located at 11 County Route 35, just north of Palermo Center.


Holy Week services are set for the the Minetto United Methodist Church.

Maundy Thursday of Holy Week, April 17, will be marked with a service of Tenebrae at 5:30 p.m. This will be a contemporary interpretation of the Last Supper.

The Good Friday service on April 18, will be at 7 p.m., with the Chancel Choir.

A prayer vigil will be kept beginning at sundown on Saturday, April 19, and continuing until Easter Sunday morning. Participants are invited to call 343-3465 to reserve a time.

The prayer vigil is a time of quiet – the candles on the altar will be the only light in the sanctuary – it will be a time for prayer. Sample prayers will be available.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, at 10 a.m., April 20. The service will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The Chancel Choir will perform, Testimony of Life, a cantata written by the popular sacred composer Joseph Martin.

The church is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8 in Minetto. The building is fully handicapped accessible and nursery care is available for infants.

Information may be obtained by calling 343-3465 or viewing the website at:


Lakeside Christian Ministries, a new faith-based ministry organization in the Fulton area, is hosting an Easter Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. April 20 in the community room at the Fulton Municipal Building on South First Street.

The service is open to all. There will be light refreshments, a mix of traditional and modern music, and an uplifting message.

Longtime Fulton resident Chuck Copps, one of the organizers of Lakeside Christian Ministries, is finishing up his course work this year through Rockbridge Seminary.

“As the end of my studies draws near, the time has come to put my learning into practice and serve those in need in the greater Fulton area,” he said.

Founded by Chuck, his wife, Betsy, and Jerry and Bridgette Seguin, Lakeside Christian Ministries has a mission of living as Jesus lived, loving as Jesus loved and serving as Jesus served so God may be glorified and those in need may be helped.

Lakeside Christian Ministries recently began holding weekly worship services in members’ homes on Sunday evenings.  They also gather during the week to pray, share meals and strengthen their relationships with other people and with God.

Lakeside Christian Ministries has a Facebook page, LakesideCMFulton. To contact Lakeside Christian Ministries, call 806-9815 or email


The Granby Center Fire Department will have its annual open house April 26.

There will be a vehicle extrication drill open for the public to view and also a tour of the firehouse. Everyone is welcome to come at no cost!

The event, held in conjunction with the Fire Association of the State of New York’s RecruitNY event, is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fire department at 1400 County Route 8.


The Sterling Nature Center will help celebrate National Poetry Month with reading from 2-5 p.m. April 27 at the Jensvold Road facility.

Reading will be local author Susan Peterson Gateley, and poets Laura Donnelly, Devon Moore, Tim McCoy, Stephanie Pritchard, Christine Motto, and Steve Smith.

Gateley, is the author of numerous books dealing with Lake Ontario including her most recent book, Legends and Lore of Lake Ontario Two True Fish Stories -a pair of legendary Lake Ontario fish- the biggest longest lived fish in the lake, and the farthest traveled and most improbable fish- one that is considered sacred in Indonesia and was worth 2500 dollars a pound last year in Japan.

Donnelly is the poetry professor at SUNY Oswego, whose book Watersheds will be released this summer.  Motto, McCoy, Moore, Smith, and Pritchard are creative writing instructors at SUNY Oswego and widely published in national poetry journals. The event will also feature an open mic and everyone is urged to bring a poem to read (one they’ve written or one they like). Bring a poem andbring a friend.

There will be poetic refreshments available. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of nature and poetry. For more information contact Charlie Itzin at 947-5522 or the center at 947-6143.

The annual chicken barbecue sponsored By Friends of History in Fulton is set for 11:30 a.m. until sold out Sunday May 4 at the Pavilion at Bullhead Point.

The barbecue benefits the John Wells Pratt House Museum, local history museum, at 177 S. First St., Fulton. Eat in or take out.

For advance sale tickets, call 598-4616.


Mt. Pleasant Grange at 2825 County Route 45 will have its waffle breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday May 10.

Waffles will be topped with peach and served with the usual breakfast buffet and with sugar-free toppings. Takeouts will be available.

Also upstairs at the Grange, the Treasure Sale will be open from 8 to 11 a.m.

Paws Across Oswego County event April 27

April 27 is a very big day for Paws Across Oswego County, a local nonprofit animal rescue located in Oswego.

For its ninth year, Paws Across Oswego County is hosting its annual Open House and Rescue Fundraiser.

Paws Across Oswego County’s Open House will be from noon to 5 p.m. at Paws & Effect at 2035 County Route 1 in Oswego. Inquiries regarding event questions or donations can be sent to

This event is known for bringing local animal rescues together to spread the word about animal adoption and to raise funds for their cause.

There are drawings, a silent auction, food, demonstrations, a bake sale, door prizes and more.

The silent auction includes more than  $5,000 in products donated by local and nationwide businesses for the attendees to bid on. Including baskets and gift certificates, the products offered will be both human and pet related.

The drawings also have brought a lot of attention to the cause this year. Tickets are being sold for items such as a Disney Getaway, a one-year supply of Merrick Dog Food, a one-year supply of Merrick Cat Food, a one-year supply of Whole Earth Farms Dog Food and a 32 GB iPad Air.

The Disney trip includes four one-day Park Hopper Passes to Disney World and a three day-two night stay at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, FL.

The pet food drawings will be presented as 12 gift certificates for bags of food and have been generously provided by Merrick Pet Care.

The iPad Air is a 32 GB model that has been donated by Stella and the Merriam Barrett Guest House.

Tickets for the drawings are available for presale at Paws & Effect and will be sold the day of the event for $5 each, three tickets for $10 or 10 tickets for $20.

Lighthouse Lanes will be supplying barbecued chicken and pulled pork meals for sale. Each meal comes with two sides and will be $10 each.

There also will be small salads for vegetarians. There will be a bake sale and drinks available for purchase, as well.

SUNY Oswego professors honored

Dr. Barry A. Friedman, professor of management in SUNY Oswego’s School of Business and author of more than 35 peer-reviewed articles on topics as diverse as corporate reputation and parents’ school satisfaction, is this year’s recipient of the college President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.

The college Provost’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity, recognizing research excellence within the recipient’s first six years at the college, goes to another School of Business faculty member, Dr. Hong Wan, assistant professor of accounting.

Barry A. Friedman

A faculty member in the School of Business since 2003, Friedman drew praise from colleagues near and far for his research productivity and quality, leadership in creating a culture of scholarship in the School of Business, influence in the classroom and in mentored partnerships encouraging student research, expertise in statistical analysis and the broad impact of his work in human resource management, economics, psychology and higher education.

Dean Richard Skolnik wrote in support of the award that Friedman “has been a catalyst for enhancing scholarship in the school and the college.”

Skolnik pointed out Friedman co-chairs the college’s Human Subjects Committee, overseeing rigorous ethical standards for research; has chaired the School of Business’ Intellectual Contributions Committee, encouraging and assisting research among colleagues; and serves as editorial board member of the Business Research Consortium — comprised of institutions accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — where Friedman has “encouraged wide participation within the School of Business and across the region.”

Ashraf M. Attia of the management and marketing faculty, who wrote the letter of nomination, noted Friedman’s publications have come in such respected journals as Journal of Applied Business and Economics, Industrial Relations and Business Communications Quarterly, and among his 19 conference presentations are those at the Academy of Management.

A past recipient of the campus President’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Friedman teaches courses in organizational behavior as well as human resource management.

He has mentored — and sometimes co-authored with — many student researchers, and serves as adviser to the student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management.

Friedman has 25 years of industry experience in human resources development and management with ExxonMobil, Xerox and Harris Interactive.

He also has taught in Singapore, Turkey and Japan, and collaborated with researchers across the globe. He has doctoral and master’s degrees in industrial and organizational psychology from Ohio State University.

Hong Wan

Wan joined the Oswego faculty in 2008 and has eight refereed publications in respected journals. He is the current chair of the business school’s Intellectual Contributions Committee.

With research interests spanning initial public offerings, the statistical mechanics of financial processes and the effects of power relationships on corporate governance, Wan has researched and written or co-authored articles on what drives the underpricing of IPOs backed by venture capital, analysis of stock liquidity and “earnings smoothing,” and exploring executive compensation following IPOs in relation to the power of executives such as Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs.

“While building his impressive research portfolio, Dr. Wan has made himself into a highly valued colleague at SUNY Oswego,” Dean Crawford, professor of accounting, wrote in nominating Wan for the award.

“He is one of the best-loved finance instructors in the School of Business and receives consistently high ratings from students,” Crawford said.

Wan has given invited talks and seminars in his native China and across the United States. His and co-authors’ research presentations include appearances at more than 20 economic and finance association conferences, from Chinese cities Pingyao to Shanghai, Denver to Chicago and Bangkok to Cape Town.

“In addition to his scholarship, Dr. Wan has been very supportive of students and other faculty,” wrote Skolnik in support of Wan’s award. “He has been the faculty host for a number of visiting scholars, which has resulted in two co-authored, peer-reviewed journal articles. He has mentored 12 students for Quest research presentations and has advised students for the Charter Financial Analyst research challenge.”

Wan received his doctorate in finance at the University of South Florida and his MBA from Virginia Tech.

Chiropractors help out United Way

Area chiropractors will offer Patient Appreciation Day April 26 in support of the United Way. Shown getting ready for the event are Dr. Richard Falanga, Dr. Brent Tallents, Dr. Beth Dubois, Lois Luber, Dr. Richard Tesoriero, Dr. Casey McCaffrey, Dr. Dustin Wahrendorf, and Dr. Jason Cunningham.  Absent from photo are; Dr. Franklin Perkins II, Dr. Michael Soucy, Dr. Ryan Barker, Dr. Anthony Licatese. All proceeds go to the United Way.
Area chiropractors will offer Patient Appreciation Day April 26 in support of the United Way. Shown getting ready for the event are Dr. Richard Falanga, Dr. Brent Tallents, Dr. Beth Dubois, Lois Luber, Dr. Richard Tesoriero, Dr. Casey McCaffrey, Dr. Dustin Wahrendorf, and Dr. Jason Cunningham. Absent from photo are; Dr. Franklin Perkins II, Dr. Michael Soucy, Dr. Ryan Barker, Dr. Anthony Licatese. All proceeds go to the United Way.

Chiropractors throughout Oswego County will host a special Patient Appreciation Day in support of the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

On Saturday, April 26, participating chiropractors will offer chiropractic treatments for current and former patients, as well as examinations for new patients in exchange for a $20 donation to the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

“Patient Appreciation Day is a wonderful opportunity for health conscious individuals to receive an important examination and valuable information at a very affordable price,” said Melanies Trexler, executive director of the United Way. “You really can’t afford not to take advantage of this rare opportunity.”

All proceeds from the day will benefit United Way of Greater Oswego County and the many member agency programs that the United Way supports.

Chiropractors participating in Patient Appreciation Day include:

Falanga Family Chiropractic 

Oswego – 343-2961

Dr. Beth Dubois

Dr. Richard F. Falanga

 Family Chiropractic Office

Fulton – (315) 593-7555

Dr. Brett R. Tallents

McCaffrey Chiropractic

Oswego – (315) 342-3877

Dr. Casey McCaffrey

Perkins Chiropractic

Hannibal – (315) 564-7022

Dr. Franklin L. Perkins II

Tesoriero Chiropractic

Oswego – (315) 343-5713

Dr. Richard Tesoriero

Licatese Chiropractic

Oswego – (315) 342-6300

Dr. Anthony Licatese

Dr. Ryan Barker

Active Chiropractic – Oswego 

Dr. Jason Cunningham (315) 383-9614

Dr. Dustin Wahrendorf (315) 591-1091

Advanced Wellness Chiropractic 

Mexico – (315) 963-8700

Dr. Michael Soucy

Those interested in Patient Appreciation Day are urged to call the participating chiropractor of their choice and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

For more information, call one of the chiropractors or the United Way at 593-1900.