April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and as part of the “Cherish All Children” ministry at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (Fulton), the Child Advocacy Center has been designated to be the focus for contributions during the month. Art teacher Ben Jerred recruited his students from Volney and Lanigan elementary schools to create these beautifully decorated pinwheels. This “Pinwheel Garden” was planted to help raise awareness to our community of the various types of child abuse and the need for organizations such as he Child Advocacy Center of Fulton and Pulaski and its dedicated staff who work to keep our children safe and happy. Pictured (l to r) are: Dianne Klafehn, Sheri Bush, Margaret Nichols, Brittney Jerred, Alexandra Sorbello, Mary Jerred, and in front, Henry Jerred.
Healthy Kids Day is coming to the Fulton Family YMCA and the Oswego YMCA from 6 to 8 p.m. April 25.
Every family in the area is invited to this free community event that will help families find fun through active play and educational opportunities to improve health and well-being.
Each of our branches of the Y in Central New York has planned a unique event, but they all feature interactive family games that promote exercise and good nutrition, plus lots of great information about healthy activities and resources available in our community.
At some locations, there will be larger-than-life brain games, human foosball, old-school playground games, parent-child gym classes, kid-friendly cooking demonstrations, water slide races, mini triathlons, arts and crafts, face painting, climbing, bouncing and more.
For more details, go to www.ycny.org.
The cities of Fulton and Oswego and their police department were honored Monday by AAA Western and Central New York.
AAA cited the cities and police for their success in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program.
AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is an awards and recognition program for communities of all sizes nationwide that identify and address their local traffic safety issues.
The program considers basic crash statistics, presence of a traffic safety leadership group, projects, and their effectiveness. The awards progress from Honorable Mention to Bronze, Silver, Gold, and to the highest level, Platinum.
Gold Awards, given to communities that implement programs and projects that demonstrate superior effort at addressing local traffic safety issues, were presented to the City of Fulton and the City of Oswego.
“AAA is honored to be recognizing these communities that are making traffic safety a top priority,” said Tony Spada, President and CEO of AAA Western and Central New York. “Their dedication and commitment to this cause deserves to be applauded.”
Fulton is receiving its seventh Gold Award, demonstrating success in addressing: aggressive, distracted, drunk and impaired driving, occupant protection and child passenger safety, bicycle, pedestrian, work zone, school bus and school zone safety and computerized mapping of motor vehicle accidents to identify problem areas and improve safety.
Fulton has participated in the program for 12 years and is the recipient of five Platinum and seven Gold Awards in total.
Oswego was presented with its second Gold Award, having previously participated in 2008. Oswego demonstrated success in addressing speeding, aggressive and impaired driving, occupant protection, and pedestrian and school zone safety.
Only 12 communities in New York State received Platinum honors: Brockport, Camillus, DeWitt, Freeport, Garden City, Liverpool, Manlius, New York City, Northport, Old Westbury, Rye and White Plains.
Participation in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is open to communities of all sizes nationwide.
As Upstate New York’s largest member services organization, AAA provides nearly 860,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services. Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at www.AAA.com or download our mobile app at www.AAA.com/mobile.
Stuart W. Turner, 82, life resident of Phoenix, N.Y., passed away on Tuesday April 8, 2014.
He was born July 27, 1931 to his late parents, Grace E. (Winne) and William H. Turner. He was a graduate of Phoenix High School, class of 1949.
Stuart served in the U. S. Army, Korea.
Stuart was a carpenter. He was a superintendent for Hueber-Brever, Co., Syracuse for many years.
A member of the Phoenix United Methodist Church; Schroeppel Historical Society; a trustee for Phoenix Rural Cemetery Board and organizer of the weekly cemetery volunteers group; a participant of the school “canal days” child educational yearly event on Lock 01; a charter member of the John Deere Two Cylinder Club and member of VFW Post 5540.
He was an accomplished craftsman and enjoyed fine woodworking projects. Stuart also repaired mantle and wall hanging clocks.
Predeceased by his loving wife of 55 years, Ann Marie (Spriggs) Turner on March 26, 2008; and his siblings, Jane, Martha, Bob, and William.
Surviving are his three daughters, Sandra (Ken) Gomez, Sharon Cook, and Judy Turner and her husband Bob O’Connell; a son William Turner; six grandchildren, Erica Gomez, Paul Gomez, Courtney Cook, Kelsey Cook, Jacob Dievendorf and Ann Dievendorf; one sister, Winne (Rod) Bunyea; and Stuart’s companion, Florence Baur.
Calling hours were Friday April 11 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix. Graveside service with military honors was Saturday April 12, in the Phoenix Rural Cemetery, with the Rev. Jeff Hodge officiating.
Contributions in Stuart’s memory to: Phoenix Fire & Emergency Fund, 457 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135
Catherine J. D’Amore Tesoriero, 97, of Oswego, died Sunday April 13, 2014, at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.
Mrs. Tesoriero was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Sam and Adeline (D’Amico) D’Amore.
She was a graduate of the Oswego High School class of 1934, and she received a Professional Secretarial Standard Cerificate from National Secretaries Association.
Mrs. Tesoriero was a member of the National and New York State Association of Educational Secretaries, and a chapter member of Oswego County Educational Secretaries Association and Clerical Association of Oswego City School District.
Mrs. Tesoriero was a member of the senior advisory council for the City of Oswego. She was employed with the City of Oswego for 14 years in various offices, including vital records as a statistical registrar. Mrs. Tesoriero worked for 24 years for the Oswego City School District, retiring in 1979, as the secretary to the Superintendent of Schools.
She was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Oswego.
Mrs. Tesoriero was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Tesoriero, daughter Florence, and her sisters Yolanda Lee, and Isabelle Molinari.
She is survived by her children Anthony (Martha) Tesoriero of OH, Karen (Dale) Connors of Va.; her brother Dr. Patrick D’Amore of Fredonia, NY; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday April 16 (today) in St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Burial will be in All Saints Mausoleum.
Calling hours were Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St. Oswego.
Contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church Preservation Fund.
No one has found the Treasure Fulton Park 2014 Medallion Hunt medallion as of Tuesday afternoon.
So far, two clues have been published in The Valley News to help people find the medallion. Another clue will come out in the newspaper on Wednesday, April 16.
The person who finds the medallion will win $150 — or $250 is he or she is a subscriber to The Valley News.
The contest for collecting stones in 10 of the Fulton parks also continues. Visitors to the parks should collect one of the specially marked colored stones from each of the 10 parks. Those with a collect of all 10 stones from the 10 different parks will be able to get a small prize.
Residents approved the new Water District #4 in voting Monday.
The vote was 25 yes and 5 no.
Construction on the water line extension will begin soon, said Hannibal Supervisor Ronald Greenleaf.