All posts by Debbie Groom

Fulton Park for Thursday April 10 — Hulett

4-10_FULstoneHULETT Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Hulett 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 to win a small prize.

New company in Phoenix welcomes worldwide visitors April 9 and 10

SAM North America LLC, a member of the SAM Group based in Seoul, South Korea, is bringing in customers from around the world April 9 and 10 to their recently dedicated Extrusion Technology Center at the Oswego County Industrial Park in Phoenix for a tour and demonstration. 

More than 50 attendees are anticipated to attend during the two days to learn about the capabilities of the newest coextrusion coating, laminating and film casting system available for contract product development in flexible packaging converting in North America. 

The system offers a unique combination of technologies of keen interest to converters and consumer product companies anxious to develop the next generation of flexible packaging products; from in-line solution coating and surface treatment to 14 layer coextrusion.  This system provides the capabilities with resin drying and blending  and unique extruder feedscrew designs to evaluate new materials in new combinations to extend product shelf life or reduce package thickness or introduce bio-based materials into package design for more sustainable packaging.  

Child Advocacy Center team honored for investigative efforts

Members of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC)’s Multi-Disciplinary Team were recently recognized at the agency’s annual meeting for their investigative efforts.

Over the past year, the CAC served 475 children, provided more than 3,000 therapy sessions, and investigated more than 211 cases.

“Our MDT members participated in more than 200 forensic interviews and contacted our victim advocate and case management personnel more than 2,400 times,” said CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm.

“While our MDT team does a remarkable job on each to its investigations, this group of exceptional individuals was recognized for their extraordinary efforts on a particularly troubling case that required not only collaboration between MDT members, but also law enforcement professionals in another state as well. Their work resulted in a conviction that has placed a dangerous sexual offender behind bars for over 40 years,” Damm said.

Comprised of a cross section of law enforcement investigators, child protective services, medical providers, therapeutic professionals, victim support professionals, the district attorney’s office, and other human services agencies, the CAC’s Multi-Disciplinary Team maintains a coordinated, effective approach to child abuse investigation and prosecution, and service provision to families and individuals affected by child abuse.

Team members share pertinent information regarding the cases, and by following the CAC’s system for monitoring cases, take necessary steps to protect children, reduce the trauma to children and respective family members and pursue positive legal outcomes that meet the best interest of the child victim and their families.

“Our Multi -Disciplinary Team enables us to offer a wide range of services to children who have been physically, sexually, or emotionally abused and their families,” Damm said.

“Its efforts allow us to maintain an effective approach to child abuse investigation and prosecution, and service provision to families and individuals affected by child abuse,” added Damm.

Located at 301 Beech St., Fulton, with a satellite office at 4822 Salina St., Pulaski, the CAC of Oswego County is a nonprofit charitable organization that works to protect and serve children that are victims of sexual and physical abuse.

For more information on the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, call  592-4453.

Fulton baseball faces a challenging schedule

By Rob Tetro

In 2014, the Fulton varsity baseball team is hoping to build off the momentum they built during the final portion of last season.

Coach Kip Harvey said the Red Raiders don’t plan on messing around and instead are working hard to compete for the league championship while qualifying for the Class A, Section 3 Playoffs.

The Red Raiders are considered a young, but fairly experienced team this season. Eight starters return from last year’s team while four sophomores are moving into starting positions.

Harvey said some of his sophomores gained quality experience as starters a year ago. Fulton may have to break in a few new players at certain positions but overall, Harvey feels his team is much more experienced than it was a season ago.

Before practices began in early March, players were encouraged to attend preseason practices held a couple of nights a week. These practices not only aimed to help players get into better physical condition, but they also gave players an opportunity to get their arms ready for the season.

Harvey said these preseason practices helped his team prepare to be throwing the ball six days a week once the season kicks into high gear. Harvey said it’s a positive sign that almost every player took part in these preseason practices.

He said he believes the team is in pretty good physical condition. The Red Raiders are prepared to both throw and run hard this season. Harvey also mentions his pitchers are developing the endurance to pitch a complete game. They practice at a good pace, which is expected to allow their arms to last throughout the season.

Jeremy Langdon and Jon Cummins have been named team captains for Fulton. Captains are selected by their teammates based on the expectations Harvey has for his captains. He said a captain is someone a player can look up to and someone who offers valued support and encouragement because he has earned the respect of his teammates.

The Red Raiders have a challenging schedule ahead of them. On their side of the league, Jamesville-DeWitt returns an experienced team and is expected to be talented. Defending Sectional Champion Cortland is also expected to be impressive with the return of many players from last season’s team.

Teams from Christian Brothers Academy and Bishop Ludden also appear to be in store for solid seasons. On the other side of the league, Fulton will have the challenge of taking on Chittenango for the first time in years. Harvey also expects County Foe Mexico to be as competitive as they have been in recent years.

Fulton’s biggest strength will be found on the mound in 2014. The Red Raiders have many capable pitchers hard at work preparing for solid seasons. Harvey said having depth at the pitcher position could work to his teams’ advantage, especially if they have to play four or five games a week.

Barring injuries, Fulton hopes to have many capable pitchers ready to be competitive, throw strikes while ultimately giving the team a chance to win.

Oswego County BOCES receives insurance award

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Oswego County BOCES was the recipient of the 2014 School Safety Excellence Award from the Utica National Insurance Group.

The honor, presented annually, recognizes safety efforts by school districts and BOCES across New York State to help keep students, staff and visitors safe.

The Utica National School Safety Excellence Awards Program is divided into three levels – titanium, platinum and gold – in which schools have to meet certain criteria in order to earn a certain level of distinction.

Oswego County BOCES earned the highest merit of distinction in the program, the titanium with honors award. Accompanying this prestigious award was a grant in the amount of $500 to further enhance current safety efforts.

“Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” explained Mark Aquino, regional manager in Utica National’s risk management department.

“Districts that go ‘above and beyond’ to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we’re pleased to count Oswego County BOCES among them,” Aquino said.

Utica National officials presented BOCES representatives with the award at the company’s annual school safety seminar in Syracuse on March 31.

Bodley Bulletins

By Julia Ludington

The weather is finally getting warmer, and everyone is beginning to enjoy the sunshine!

Summer is just around the corner.

Last week, girls attending prom and senior dinner dance had a great chance to save quite a bit of money. On April 3, 4 and 5, there was a prom and senior dinner dance dress sale. All dresses were sold for only $25!

It gave many girls hundreds of dollars in savings, as prom and senior dinner dance are becoming more and more expensive each year. Thank you to those who donated their dresses!

Tonight is the famous “Bodley’s Got Talent” at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. There is going to be a lot of variety this year, from singing to dancing to acting and everything in between. Come out and support our very own brilliant and gifted students.

Spring sports teams’ seasons are underway, and many home games are approaching.

Tonight, the girls’ varsity lacrosse team faces LaFayette on the turf at 6 p.m. Tomorrow, the boys’ varsity and JV baseball teams will face Chittenango at home at 4:30.

The JV and varsity boys’ lacrosse teams will also play tomorrow, facing J-D on the home turf at 5 and 7 PM, respectively.

Congratulations to our March PBIS winners! They are Dawn Mabb of the Freshman class, Sabrina Russell of the Sophomore class, Thomas Distin of the Junior class, and Liam Roberge of the Senior class.

I thanked everyone who donated blood last week, but I want to thank all of you again because a grand total of 80 people donated! Thank you so very much.

Have an excellent week and a fantastic spring break.

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.