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Fulton Junior High showcases student work

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Students at Fulton Junior High School recently had the opportunity to share their projects and talents with friends, family and the community during a spring showcase.

Presentations were given around the school from the Art Department, Health Department, Family and Consumer Science and Technology Department.

The Music Department’s school chorus, orchestra and band also performed mini-concerts during the four sessions.

Sixth-graders from three of the four elementary schools visited the junior high during the half day, and were given tours of the building by junior high students.

Sixth-graders were introduced to some the clubs and sports the junior high has to offer and were given demos in the art rooms.

In addition to parents and grandparents, special visitors included former Legislator Louella LeClair and residents of Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

BOCES nursing students welcome 2 guests

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Adult Education students enrolled in the Practical Nursing program at Oswego County BOCES spend 40 weeks or 1,170 hours learning the skills needed to perform hands-on patient care.

A combination of classroom lectures, labs and clinical experiences prepares students for immediate employment opportunities in such places as home care agencies, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, hospitals, and healthcare clinics.

As the Practical Nursing students begin to enter the final weeks of their class, instructors invited two special guests to speak to students about the world of work and how to provide the best possible patient care.

Dr. Alfredo Lopez and registered nursee Kim Flomerfelt work at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse and took a break from their busy schedules to share their own professional journeys, what led them to their current positions and also provided students some sound career advice.

Lopez, the son of a migrant worker who migrated to the United States as a child, and Flomerfelt, the daughter of a family that grew up living off the land in Alaska, might have grown up in two very different worlds, but their message was the same: Take care of yourself and you will be able to provide patients with the best possible care.

“You have committed to taking care of other human beings, that is a very special thing,” Lopez said. He encouraged the students to always remember why they choose the medical profession as their career path in the first place.

Oswego County BOCES offers adult students the opportunity to take advantage of several healthcare, trades and technology career training opportunities.

To learn more about these training opportunities, visit: wwwOswegoBOCES.org/AdultEd or call the Adult Education Department at 963-4256.

Friends of Fulton Parks sponsors medallion contest

By Debra J. Groom

Hey, Fultonians.

Do you know where all your city parks are located?

Well, city officials hope a new contest beginning today will get everyone more acquainted with the 14 beautiful parks the city offers.

Called Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt, the contest consists of a medallion being hidden somewhere in one of the city’s parks.

To find the medallion, residents must read The Valley News beginning with today’s edition.

In it somewhere will be an advertisement with the logo for Friends of Fulton Parks (the logo looks like a hand print — see a photo of it on Page 3). Next to the logo will be a clue to where the medallion is hidden.

If no one finds the medallion after Clue 1 in today’s paper, another clue will be published in an ad in the paper coming out Saturday, April 12. If the medallion still is not found, another clue will be found in an ad in the paper of Wednesday, April 16. The final clue will run in an ad in The Valley News on Saturday, April 19.

A photograph of the medallion appears with this news article. To help out, there also is a map showing where all the city parks are located.

The person who finds the medallion will win $150. But, if that person is a Valley News subscriber, he or she will pick up $250.

Kelley Weaver, a member of the Friends of Fulton Parks organization, said she came up with the idea for the contest when she was thinking about all the beauty and fun the parks have to offer.

“People usually know their one park – the one they like or the one in their neighborhood,” she said. “But what about all the others. Let’s think out of the box, people!”

The Fulton parks are scattered throughout the city. Three – Bullhead Point, Recreation Park and Indian Point – are on the water. Ten have playgrounds. One is simply a serene place to sit on a bench and gaze at the garden. One honors our veterans.

“The more I thought about it, I could tell a few things,” Weaver said. “People do care and value these parks but I also found a lot of people don’t know where they all are.”

Friends of Fulton Parks is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit organization. It does not receive funding from the city of Fulton and instead, operates on donations and what is brought in through fundraisers.

“We have an ongoing ‘Five-for-Five’ fundraiser where you can donate $5 to the park of your choice and have your name written on a handprint at that park,” Weaver said. “We also have a big community event coming up April 27 at Tavern on the Lock.”

Weaver said Friends of Fulton Parks has a “good relationship with the city and collaborates with the Department of Parks and Recreation on functions at the parks.

In conjunction with the medallion, Friends of Fulton Parks is running another contest for smaller playground prizes.

Each day, a park will be featured. Check out The Valley News website at valleynewsonline.com to see which park it is.

Go to that park and find a colorful stone with the park’s name on it. There will be a new park featured for 10 days.

Collect all 10 park stones and you can win a prize. There will be 20 stones in each park, so there could be 20 winners.

All prizes — including the large cash award — will be presented at a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park.

Medallion Contest Rules

There is only one medallion.

You do not have to climb anything, dig in the dirt or take anything apart to find the medallion.

You should not have to harm any part of the park to find the medallion.

If you find it, immediately call 402-7431, or email friendsoffultonparks@gmail.com

There will be an awards ceremony for prizes at about 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park.

The person who finds the medallion will win $150 if he or she is not a Valley News subscriber. If the winner does have a Valley News subscription, he or she will win $250.

Keep your eye on The Valley News website (valleynewsonline.com) and The Valley News Facebook page for announcements on whether the medallion has been found.

 

News in Brief

As of April 30, 2014, The Valley News will accept classified advertisements only 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.

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The  Art Association of Oswego and the SUNY Oswego Art Department are sponsoring a benefit dinner for Bill Demott to help defray medical costs  from his recent cardiac surgery.

Demott is an adjunct professor in the art departments at SUNY Oswego and at Cayuga Community College. He is a talented artist and the event coordinator for the Art Association of Oswego.

The benefit will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Oswego Foundry. There will be a chicken barbecue, live music and a silent auction for a variety of art work and baskets donated from artists at SUNY Oswego and the Art Association.

There also will be a drawing for prizes, including a Labor Day getaway to New York City.  Live music will be provided by the Cortini Brothers, the Billionaires and Canvas Moon.

Tickets for dinner and the drawing may be purchased at the rivers end Bookstore in Oswego, the Oswego YMCA and also will be available at the door the evening of the event. Takeout orders for the chicken barbecue are available.

For further information regarding dinner and drawing ticket costs, visit the Art Association website at www.oswegoarts.org.

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Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego will be serving an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday April 12.

This will be the last one until fall. The menu includes your choice of French toast, waffles, or pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee or tea.

Extra sides may be purchased as well.

Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 45 E. Utica St., (corner of East Fourth at Utica Street) in Oswego.

For more information you may call the church at 343-1715.

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The Class of 1990 from G. Ray Bodley High School will have a 25th Reunion planning meeting at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Lakeview Lanes Bar area.

All are welcome to attend.

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Port City Faith will introduce a series titled “He Still Moves Stones” during its two Easter Services at 9 and 10:45 a.m. April 20.

The series will address many of the concerns and obstacles people in our community face: depression, anxiety, emotional disorders, relational struggles and many more applicable issues.

“There is a solution to these heartbreaking life struggles, I challenge you to join us for these services and find out what the answer is!” said Pastor Sebastian Foti.

This is the first time the church will present two Sunday services in order to accommodate the growth of the congregation as well as the holiday surplus in attendance.

Port City Faith has an upbeat style of service with contemporary worship and relevant preaching. Its intricate children’s church program is offered to grades pre-kindergarten through six, and nursery is also offered for those less than four years of age.

For additional information, visit www.portcityfaith.com or the church’s Facebook page.

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Heather Snyder, director of medical and scientific operations for the national Alzheimer’s Association, will present at DEMENTIACARE2014 on May 7 at the Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Syracuse.

Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, this third annual conference welcomes individuals caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia for a day of learning and empowerment.

Admission to the conference is $75 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments and a resource guide.

Registration can be completed online at www.alz.org/cny, or by phone at 596-4016, extension 108 in Oswego County.

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A full day of events is planned at North Volney Methodist Church May 10.

There will be a used book sale from 9 a.. to 4 p.m. at the church with all kinds of books available to purchase. In additon to books, there also will be church and choir music, old sheet music, jigsaw puzzles, magazines and DVDs

Lunch will be available to those who get hungry and there is a bake sale for those who have a sweet tooth. Also, there will be a plant sale to help you get ready for summer in your yards.

A free gospel concert will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Groups scheduled to appear are The Misfits and Lake Effect Bluegrass.

The concert is a mix of country, traditional, bluegrass and contemporary gospel. The musicians donate their time to this event, but a free will offering will be taken to help them with expenses.

This is a one-stop event to fill your mind with good reading, your heart with good music, your stomach with good food and your yard with beautiful flowers.

North Volney Methodist church is located at the corners of County Routes 4 and 6 in the town of Volney.

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The Volney Farmers’ Market will reopen for the season June 3.

The market will be open 3 to 6 p.m. each Tuesday from June 3 through the end of September at the Volney Highway Department on State Route 3.

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The New Haven Farmers’ Market will reopen for the season June 2.

The market will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. each Monday from June 2 through the end of September.

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The Mt. Adnah Preservation Foundation, Inc. has established a memorial brick walkway at the site of the Case Memorial Chapel in Mt. Adnah Cemetery located on East Broadway, Fulton.

During the past several years, more than 215 inscribed memorial bricks have been placed in the walkway and there is room for several hundred more.

This is a loving way to remember your deceased loved ones and the public is invited to purchase memorial bricks for installation in this walkway, whether your loved one is buried in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, or elsewhere.

Each brick may contain a total of 18 characters and spaces on each of three lines. Bricks must be ordered by May 15 to be installed by Memorial Day.

The Foundation has been adding plantings to the garden at the Case Memorial Chapel site and there is a bench at the site for the public to use as a place for reflection and remembrance.  You are invited to visit the site while at the Cemetery.

For further information about the Memorial Bricks, call Brian Guyer at 592-2523 or email him at tigguy@twcny.rr.com.

Letters can be addressed to the Foundation at P. O. Box 715.Fulton, N. Y. 13069.

Shelly Schumaker Iorizzo, excellent cook, generous to others, devoted mother

Shelly Schumaker Iorizzo started her new life on April 1, 2014.

Shelly was 47 years old, survived by a loving family: her husband, Lou; their children, Tyler and Monica; stepchildren, Vanessa, Luciano III (Dana) and their two children Daniel and Lydia.

Shelly is also survived by her parents, Gary and Joy Schumaker; her sister, Sherry (Jim) Best; brother Wayne (Sarah) Schumaker and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

First and foremost, Shelly was a devoted mother. Her love was unconditional and gave her the determination to face terminal illness, enduring treatments willingly to give her one more month, week, day or minute with her children.

Shelly was all about relationships. Her sharp wit and laughter attracted many friends, especially her husband. Together, they built their life and family, making lasting relationships in New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Arizona and Virginia.

Shelly will be deeply missed for her passion for life and compassion for others. She was an excellent cook, the life of any party and overwhelmingly generous. Her selfless nature was present throughout her life.

Her final gift was the gift of sight through the donation of her corneas so that others may see life through her eyes.

There was a service held in Williamsburg, Va. Sunday, April 6.

Family and friends will also celebrate Shelly in her hometown of Hannibal, NY Thursday, April 10 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Calling hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. with service to follow.

Shelly’s lifelong love of music can be honored through memorial contributions to the Williamsburg Music Club, P.O. Box 1808, Williamsburg, VA  23187.

View from the Assembly

By state Assemblyman Will Barclay

The 2014-15 New York state budget passed again on time for the fourth year in a row and we kept state operating spending at under 2 percent growth.

The $137.9 billion spending plan contains some good news for New Yorkers, but did fall short on other aspects.

The budget restores $602 million of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) for school districts. I was glad to see this in the final budget bill, as this allocation directly benefits our local schools.

A $2.7 billion funding cut to schools took place in 2011 when our state spending continued to be higher than  revenues following the recession. Since then, the funding has gradually increased but this year, we made a big step towards getting more funds to schools and increased school aid by $1.12 billion.

In addition, I was pleased libraries saw an increase of $1 million more than last year and the  proposed funding cut that was in the Executive’s budget was rejected. Instead, libraries are funded at $86.6 million.

This budget enacted tax cuts for manufacturers. We also raised the estate tax exemption amount from $1 million to be $5.25 million by 2017; by 2019, New York will be in line with the federal level.

Though I would have liked to have seen these changes be effective immediately, I’m glad we’re making these significant policy changes with this budget and will eventually subject fewer people to the estate tax.

Estate tax cuts are especially significant for farmers, as this reduction makes inheriting property easier.

Manufacturing tax cuts will make our state more competitive when attracting and keeping business in our region as businesses consider taxes as part of their overall cost of doing business; if these are lower, it makes it New York more attractive.

We also were  able to phase out 18-A, the energy assessment utilities pay, which is passed down to all consumers. Though this wasn’t eradicated entirely this year, it is on schedule to be in 2017.

Localities in Central and Northern New York will directly benefit from a $40 million winter recovery fund. This is a new allocation created in this budget to help localities cover expenses related to pothole repair. This is on top of a $75 million increase we saw last year to (Consolidated Highway Improvement Program) CHIPs.

This budget provides $27 million for local agricultural assistance programs. This too was welcome news, as the Governor’s proposed budget contained cuts to many agricultural programs.

Through negotiations, we were  able to not only restore that funding but also to increase it from  $21 million that was allocated year. Funding for apple growers, maple producers, berry growers and dairy groups was restored.

Changes to Common Core were also codified in the budget. While we were not able to pass a moratorium on Common Core as I and many had hoped, we were able to put into law many of the changes proposed by the Regents and prohibit standardized testing for grades K-2.

The legislature also passed student data protection measures and required the Commissioner of Education to put in place standards and regulations that would limit time devoted to state testing in the classroom.

Finally, this budget enacts much-needed reforms to public assistance. I have pressed for these sensible measures for years and this budget finally puts limitations on how electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards are used.

Recipients will no longer be allowed to use them at liquor stores, casinos or adult-entertainment establishments. Penalties were instituted for such businesses who accept the cards.

Unfortunately, however, no penalties were instituted for recipients.

The spending plan passed in 10 separate budget bills. I voted “yes” on 8 out of the 10 bills, but could not support any form of publicly-financed campaigns or commitment to funding the Affordable Care Act, which was supposed to be self-sustainable.

Although the budget did not contain the governor’s outrageous proposal to publicly finance all state races, it did contain a compromise: This year, the State Comptroller’s race will involve public dollars.

I oppose publicly-financed campaigns in any form. I fear too that this concession will pave the way for others.

I also voted against an allocation of $24 million for the Affordable Care Act. This was supposed to be self-sustainable.

Unfortunately, the budget passed with this measure included and now New Yorkers will be paying for the botched federal mandate.

The budget also fails to provide mandate relief. At the same time that the state required localities to stick to a 2 percent tax cap, which was a good measure, we have not given them the tools to do so by cutting state mandates such as Medicaid, costs associated with early intervention, public assistance, and indigent defense.

If you have any questions or comments or if you would like to be added to my mailing list or receive my newsletter, contact my office by mail at 200 N. Second St., Fulton, New York 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or call 598-5185.

Walter E. Everson, Army veteran, worked for many local companies

Walter E. Everson, Sr., 83, of Fulton, passed away Thursday evening April 3 at home with his family by his side.

He was born in Bundyville, a son to the late Wilbur and Irene Everson.  Walt lived in Michigan for several years before moving to Syracuse and eventually returning to Fulton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Walt worked at Syracuse China, MacCordy Machine, Tool and Die Corp. and Foster Bros. Cutlery, Inc. Also, he was a truck driver for several local companies.

In addition to his parents, Walter is predeceased by his first wife, Cora Everson; two sons, Walter Everson, II and James Everson; three sisters, Vivian, Peggy and Marion Everson; two brothers, Wesley and William Everson.

Walter is survived by his wife of 48 years, Susan Potter Everson of Fulton; four children, Sonja Jane (Art) Holtzinger of Indiana, Brian (Penny) Everson of Fulton, Rose (Don) Benjamin of Watkins Glen,Vicki Mayer of Florida and Michael (Katrina) Everson of South Carolina; a sister, Virginia Dennison of Fulton; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Tuesday, April 8 with services following at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Everson may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Ronald March, Army veteran, carpenter

Ronald M. March, 80, of Fulton, passed away Tuesday April 1 at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Lacona, NY, a son to the late Moses and Mae March.

Ron graduated from Cato-Meridian High School in 1951 and enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1953, where he served his nation until his honorable discharge in 1955.

Ron was a carpenter with the Carpenter’s Local #12, Syracuse.

He was a life member of the Fulton V.F.W. #569 and the B.P.O.E. Lodge #830, Fulton. Ron enjoyed bowling and spending time on his farm.

He is predeceased by a son, Michael, who died Dec. 21, 1957.

Ronald is survived by his wife of 22 years, Mary M. March of Fulton; four children, Judith White of Pulaski, Timothy March of Red Creek, Thomas March of Fulton and Jeffrey March of Fulton; three step-children, Robert Hines of Fulton, Joseph Hines of Mexico and Sherry Hines of Fulton; a brother, Ralph March of Oswego; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.

There are no calling hours or funeral services. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.