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Mayor proclaims December Tree Growth and Care Month

On October 30, 2013, Members of the City of Fulton Tree Committee planted four trees along West Fourth Street in front of the city’s west-side water tower as part of their 2013 commitment to beautify our neighborhoods, city parks, waterways and main street corridors.

The City of Fulton has planted a total of 40 trees this year and was awarded an Urban and Community Forestry Grant allowing the city the opportunity to perform a comprehensive street and park tree inventory.

Mayor Ronald Woodward has proclaimed the month of December 2013 as Tree Growth and Care Month in Fulton as part of the City of Fulton’s Arbor Day 2013 celebration.



Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

By Julia Ludington

I hope that everyone is enjoying their Thanksgiving recess thus far and is looking forward to their holiday.

We had a very exciting event take place at GRB library this past week. On the 18th, senior Amelia Coakley signed her letter of intent to attend Binghamton University to play Division I lacrosse.

A small gathering of family, friends, and fellow lacrosse players were present to watch Amelia make it official. Cake and refreshments were served as Amelia was interviewed. I have had the honor of playing with Amelia and know that she will be a great contribution to the Binghamton team. Congratulations, we are all very proud of you!

On the 13th, students participated in the second Oswego County Academic Youth League competition of the year. I am proud to say our very own team won first place out of seven teams from other Oswego County school districts.

The task was challenging and required a lot of creativity. The students had to create their very own high school.

The curriculum of the high school had to be of New York state standard, but they were free to come up with 7.5 credits worth of electives for students that attended the high school.

The students had to specify if the electives were full or half-year courses, how many credits they were worth, and describe the material taught in the class as well as what activities would take place.

In addition, the team had to perform an infomercial encouraging students to attend their school, come up with a mission statement, and create a brochure. The team was very proud of their finish, as the projects took a lot of hard work.

Our winter sports teams continue to be hard at work. The girls’ varsity and JV basketball teams have their first game Dec. 3  against JD. The JV game starts at 5:30, and the girls will be playing at JD high school. Come support!

Elks donate dictionaries to Oswego elementaries

Submitted by Oswego schools

Dictionaries and the Oswego Elks’ Lodge 271 go hand-in-hand.

Once again the Oswego Elks’ Lodge 271 representatives brought boxes of dictionaries to  Oswego  elementary schools and continued support of area youth.

For the eleventh consecutive year the local fraternal organization has rallied to assist education with the donation of hundreds of student dictionaries to third graders throughout the Oswego City School District.

Oswego Elk’s representative Jan Pashley  distributed the dictionaries at  Charles E. Riley, Frederick Leighton, Kingsford Park, Fitzhugh Park and Minetto elementary schools.

Nearly 400 Oswego third graders are the beneficiaries of the nationwide “Dictionary Project”.

Pashley said, “This is a very worthwhile project that we have been involved in for several years. This is a great learning resource for these students and we are happy to be brining this program to our schools. “

The excitement was evident as the Elks’ members journeyed from classroom to classroom presenting each student with their new book.  Immediately after receiving their new books the students proudly put their names on their newest possession.

Students busily thumbed through their new books and discovered a variety of subjects that they didn’t know were in the dictionary.  This project provides for learning and organizing dictionary skills that are beneficial for all students to improve writing, comprehension and grammar.

The “Dictionary Project” has been supported by the Oswego Elks’ Lodge. It originated in 1995 as Mary French of Charleston, South Carolina, created the program to distribute dictionaries to as many third graders as possible.

In the last 18 years French, her board of directors and a network of volunteers, had raised enough money to put a dictionary in the hands of every public school third grader in South Carolina. The Elks’ have adopted this effort in New York State.

Currently the “Dictionary Project” has been implemented in all 50 states and the Oswego Elks’ Lodge once again displayed its dedication and commitment to Oswego’s children with the generous donation.

Author shares tips with Fulton students about how to tell a good tale

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Author/Illustrator Peter Catalanotto recently visited Granby and Fairgrieve Elementary schools to talk with kindergarten through second-grade students about his stories and where they originate.

The acclaimed author explained how some of the stories he writes are true, while others are make-believe. Ideas for his stories come partly from his own life, with added bits from his imagination.

All stories must have two essential elements; a character that wants something and an obstacle or problem they must solve to get what they desire.

To use his own work as an example, in Ivan the Terrier, Ivan the dog wants his own story. After interrupting three separate classic fairytales, the narrator gives up and starts a tale about a dog named Ivan.

Students in the audience giggled in delight when Catalanotto showed an illustrated page of Ivan’s hind end, leaving his own story to catch a nap.

In Dylan’s Day Out, a story of a bored Dalmatian that sneaks outside, Catalanotto uses his imagination. While the author does own a dog who always wants to be let out, his dog in real life never tended goal in a soccer game with penguins.

Catalanotto encouraged students to try looking at things in a new way. In the story Dylan’s Day Out, he used black and white animals with colorful backgrounds, something he’d never seen done in a dog book before.

Catalanotto also showed students the process in which he illustrates a story. First he mocks up a storyboard and quickly jots down ideas. He circles words that he’s misspelled, that will need attention later.

A storyboard does not look like a book, but it’s a visual aid for an author to see what he or she has already written. It also allows Catalanotto to see his best ideas.

He also illustrates in pencil in the rough or dummy copy, which makes elements on the page easier to alter.

Catalanotto drew a Dalmatian about to be hit by a soccer ball for the student audience to see. He first works in light pencil, and traces over his lines more firmly once he’s satisfied with the page.

Catalanotto showed off some of his own tricks students can use in their next work of art.

For instance, instead of drawing lines around a soccer ball to show movement, Catalanotto uses an eraser to blur a pencil line. In doing so, the eraser becomes dirty with smudge marks. To clean the eraser, Catalanotto “drew” with it, making a spot on the dog’s nose.

Letters to the editor

Dunsmoor looks forward to term

I would like to give a big thank you to the people that took the time to case their vote for me for my second term as town of Volney Highway Superintendent.

My first term was a great experience and there is much more to learn. when you have a team of highway workers that Volney has, the next two years should be ever better.

Roger Dunsmoor,

Volney highway superintendent


Myers thanks voters

I would like to thank everyone who voted in the recent 4th Ward election for councilor.

I appreciate you putting your faith in my hands for the next two years. I look forward to working with the mayor and rest of the Common Council and will do the best job I can.

I would also like to thank my Democrat opponent Mr. Ralph Stacy. He ran a clean campaign and was a gentleman both during and after the election. He congratulated me on my win and pledged his help if I needed it.

Ralph did have some ideas I agreed with and hope to include them with my own. I hope he stays involved in helping to move the city forward.

I wish I could say the same thing about the third-party opponent. He resorted to low-level tactics instead of sticking to the issues. I put my confidence in the voters to see through that kind of negative campaigning. The people of this city don’t go for those kind of shenanigans.

Lastly I would like to point out once again, as I did after the Primary Election, how important it is for everybody to exercise their right to vote. Two of the primary races were decided by a single vote and this general election was decided by just two votes between Mr. Stacy and me. Nobody should think that their vote doesn’t matter because it does.

Once again, thank you to all who voted and especially those who supported me, I truly appreciate it.

Jim Myers

Councilor-Elect 4th Ward


Lyons thanks Granby voters

Heartfelt thanks to my supporters in the Town of Granby.

It makes me humble to think that so many people came out on Election Day and voted for me. Thank you so much.

Lynn Lyons


Honor rolls at Fulton Junior High Schools

Fulton Junior High has announced its high honor roll and honor roll for the first quarter.

Grade 7 High Honor Roll

Alice Allen, Dustyn Arroway, Joshua Austin, Dani Avery, Collin Baker-LaBreck, Jada Ballard, Ryan Barry, Maddison Baum, Rachel Bedford, Selene Belrad, Joseph Benavidez, Collin Bennett, Alessandro Berner, Michael Boak, Haley Bort, Holly Bourgeois, McKenna Bourgeois, Caleb Bowen, Nicholas Brown, Wendy Burch, Haley Calkins, Kaleb Carreon, Nicholas Cary, Kelly Caza, Shaylee Cealie, Caleb Clarke, Liam Clary, Montanah Coe, Felicity Couch, Isaac Crandall, Kaitlyn Crandall, Jasmine Criswell, Abigail Cuyler, Aaron Dedich, Andrew Dedich and Anthony DeMasi.

Also: Dylan Demauro, Ryan Denson, Cory Dexter, Kathryn Distin, Alexander Dombroski, Jacob Ely, Abigail Everts, Sarah Fisch, Victor Fischel, Cloe Gagnon, Michael Gilbert, Michaela Grant, Jacob Gugula, Katie Hall, Raiden Hansen, Roy Harvey-Studer, Justin Hatch, Mackenzie Hayden, Emily Hilton, Zachary Hobby, Caleb Hogan, Jenna Hood, Bailey Hourihan, Jacob Hughes, Leah Hulett, Andrew Hyde, Jadelyn James, Domonique Johnson, Devan Ketcham, Luke Kimball, Nora Kingsbury, Evan Kistner, Jacquline Knoblock and Jason Knopp.

Also: Jordan Knopp, Cassady LaBarge, Nathaniel Lindsey, Corey Maher, Kacey Markarian, Katelin Matthews, Jonathan McCann, Lindsay McCraith, Ryan Michaels, Courtney Miner, Taylor Miner, Charles Mitchell, Darian Monaghan, Montana Myhill, Michael Newton, Nicholas Noel, Hailey Nugent, Jacob Parkhurst, Keara Patterson, Aidan Percival, Lane Phillips, Kelsey Pickard, Kyle Ranieri, Haylee Rivera, Elizabeth Roik and Kelsey Rosenbarker.

Also: Killian Rowlee, Elisabeth Russell, Jenna Ruzekowicz, Trevor Schleicher, Destiny Schneider, Christopher Schreck, Katelynn Serio, Faith Sharkey, Eric Shear, Sierra Sheldon, Emily Smith, Ana Snyder, Morgan Stacey, Camille Stevenson, Ean Stevenson, Quynn Sweeney, Chayton Sykes, Steven Thompson, Brendan Todt, Katie Tyrrell, Hayley Vann, Carter Vashaw, Erin Waloven, Conner Ware, Kaylee Waugh, Gage White, Connor Wilde, Cody Wright and Caitlin Zupancic.

Grade 8 High Honor Roll

Olivia Abrams, Marissa Allen, Alfred Arduini, Gabriella Bailey, Zachary Barker-McLain, Justin Barney, Katelynn Belson, Addison Billion, Matthew Borrow, Maura Botsford, Zoie Bowering, Devin Boyce, Gabrielle Boyce, Lillian Bray, Jade Brien, Elizabeth Brown, Gillian Brown, Hannah Burlingham, Jahnyne Carey, Alicia Carroll, Hailey Carroll, Calinda Ceterski, Mckenna Chesbro, Julia Cieszeski, Jenna Coakley, Tyler Coant, Joshua Compson, Sheenvia Conley, Cole Cotton, Jordan Coulon, Breanna Debiew, Kaitlyn Dexter and Nicholas Dingman.

Also: Paige Drake, Hunter Dudley, Ernest Ferro, Austin Fleming, Makayla Florczyk, Meghan Foster, Devon Frank, Morgan French, Jacob Geitner, Michael Gerth, Hannah Gigliotti, Meredith Grimshaw, Julia Guarrera, Megan Guernsey, Abigail Gugula, Jordan Hagan, Brooke Halstead, Cody Hartle, Kira Hartnett, Cassandra Hartranft, Samantha Heywood, Kayleigh Hotaling, Nicholas Hughes, Dustin Huller, Charles Hyland, Jasmine James, Megan Johnson, Nolan Johnon, Mallori Kitts, Tessa Kunath, Ryan Lalik, Madison Lang, Savannah LaPage, Amber LaRosa, Bradley Martin, Jordyn Mason, Caitlyn McAfee, Ana Mendez-Rodriguez, Elver Merida, Annamarie Michels and Alyssa Mt. Pleasant.

Also: Morgan Murphy, Christopher Newton, Erin Nicholson, Anthony Noce, Alexus Pagan, Collin Parker, Cole Parkhurst, Dustin Parkhurst, Courtney Paro, Olivia Pawlewicz, Alexis Phelps, Aricka Phelps, Katerina Porcari, Celeste Raponi, Ethan Raponi, Destiny Rose, Mason Rowlee, Eliza Runeare, Tyler Ruttan, Anthony Salerno, Robert Salerno, Jeremy Samson, Alexander Semchenko, Jessie Sharkey, Ryan Sheffield, Dylan Sheldon and Valentina Shue.

Also: Emily Simpson, Zion Skipper, Cara Smith, Hailey Smith, Tucker Smith, Jesse Smithers, Shannon St. Andrews, Ariel Stacy, Alexander Stoutenger, Nathan Summerville, Maxwell Sunday, Austin Szymanski, Marissa Tanner, Samantha Tanner, Christopher Tetro, Brian Trombly, Andrew Trumble, Janeda Vasquez, Kenneth Verdoliva, Keegan Wallace, Nicholas Wallace, Karina Whitten, Jacob Willcox, Madison Wilson and Andrew Woodruff

Grade 7 Honor Roll 

Owen Ayotte, Taylor Babbitt, Alex Ball, Derrick Bort, Emily Bowers, Bethany Brummett, Jeffrey Button, Kaleb Calkins, Kyler Cashel, Damion Chevier, Joseph Cocozza, Allison Collins, Nathan Collins, Kayla Contois, Rylie Cotton, Chloe Davis, Adam DeMauro, Gage Doyle, Olivia Duca, Maya Ende, Mardivina Escalante-Rodriguez, Jacob Gibbs, Marguerite Grosvent, Ryan Gugula, Timothy Hall, Michael Hartmann, Dorothy Henopp, Thomas Hughes and Korbin Hyde.

Also: Samantha Jodway, Jasmine Malave, Molly Metcalf, Hannah Muckey, Emily Munger, Preston Netzloff, James Norton, Taylor Osborn, Mona Otvos, Alexis Paul, Cody Pittman, Adrieanna Rinn, Ariana Rivera, Kayla Ryder, Makaylee Schmeer, Ethan Serow, Paige Seymour, Brooke Shuster, Jonathan Simpson, Everett Stacy, Abigale Tanner, Emeraldlee Tanner, Kory Tyler, Isaiah Williams

Grade 8 Honor Roll

Ethean Akins, Julia Allen, Coby Anderson, Stephanie Boland, Brandon Brooks, Logan Brooks, Savannah Castle, Michael Cayer, Dominic Conn, Dedrah Crowson, Emily Dana, Mya Decker, Samantha Diezel, James Freeman, Dakota Gilchrist, Cole Green, Brooke Greenier, Brianna Grinnell, Brianna Gugula, Hunter Hall, Mitchell Haskins, Marissa Hayward, Heather Heywood, Mark Hoyt, Randy Huller and Emily Kelly.

Also: Mariah Kenyon, Brittany Kimber, Dylan Kress, Alexis Kurak, Arron LaBeef, Gage LeBlanc, Allison Loomis, Bobbi-Jo Mathews, Jacob May, Reed Mellen, Nicholas Merlino, Trinity Mills, Tayler Miner, Keely Morrison, Mariah Nolin, Nathaniel Paro, Jonathan Parrish, Harlea Perry, Zenia Petrie, Corey Pipher, Julie Piscitelli, Michael Ross, Kaitlynn Ryan, Daronda Scott, Jason Southworth, Kali Spaulding, Austyn Stoughtenger, Matthew Trapasso-Fowler, Joshua VanHorn, James Ward, Kameron Whipple and Annya Yeh.

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Debra J. Groom

Managing editor

I would be remiss on this day before the holiday if I didn’t wish all Valley News readers a pleasant and thankful day.

If you are gathering for a great meal with relatives and friends, you are truly blessed.

If you are alone, don’t despair. There are many places to go in the area for companionship and a tasty dinner. Many restaurants are open and a good number of churches or other organizations are putting on community Thanksgiving feasts.

If you have the time and money, stop into a nursing home to drop off some goodies for the hard-working staff or a gift or flowers for a resident. Nursing home residents often cannot leave for holiday festivities, so seeing someone drop in to say hi or “Happy Turkey Day” will really put a smile on their faces.

Share your good fortune by dropping off some doughnuts or bagels to others who work every holiday — namely police, firefighters, ambulance personnel and medical personnel at Oswego Hospital. They are putting in their time to ensure we all are safe and well so we can share this day with our loved ones.

And last but not least, say a little prayer or blessing for all the farmers in Oswego County and Central New York. Without them, none of us would have that fantastic turkey or squash or mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie to gouge ourselves with on Thanksgiving.

While the holiday is a day off for many, a day to eat ‘till you drop and a day for football and parades on TV, remember the day is called “Thanksgiving.” The best thing we all can do is take a moment between complaining about the lumps in the gravy or how that stupid quarterback fumbled that snap, and think about what we are really thankful for this year.

Personally, I am thankful to be back to work. Thankful I am making a paycheck again and don’t have to sell my house. Thankful that Scotsman Media Group gave me a chance at this job.

And I’m thankful to be back in Oswego County again. Having worked here for about six years before losiing my previous job, I am very happy to be back. The people here are one-in-a-million.

The weather, well, that’s another story. Not really excited about all the snow. But hey, maybe it will be a mild winter.

I’d be very thankful for that. (As long as it doesn’t hurt the snowmobile industry up north)

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving.

Preparations ready for Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Representatives of several Fulton Churches and The Salvation Army are busy planning the eighth annual dinner.

Financial donations  are still  needed for this year’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner to be held from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 at the First United Church of Fulton at 33 S. Third St., Fulton.

The free sit down dinner is open to everyone, and features a complete Thanksgiving Dinner and an opportunity for good food and fellowship.

Checks can be sent to the First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton, 13069.

The menu includes turkey, potatoes, vegetables, rolls anand homemade pies. Food has been provided by Plainville Turkey Farm, Sysco, Hudson’s Dairy,  Mimi’s Drive In, Renzi Brothers, and Kathy’s Cakes.

There is off-street parking and the church and the facility is handicapped accessible.