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Great Bear vandalized

By Debra J. Groom

The Great Bear Recreation Area has been vandalized twice in the last month, officials say.

John Florek, who runs the Fulton water works, said the weekend of May 3-4, the kiosk where people sign in and pick up brochures was kicked in and damaged. The weekend of May 17-18, the light near the kiosk was damaged by a rock.

“We know the people who are doing this are not coming in the front gate, but coming in from the perimeter,” Florek said. “We are talking about putting up a camera there so we can catch these discourteous people.”

Great Bear consists of 275 acres of trails and beautiful scenes that people like to view. Florek said on most weekends at least 50 cars are parked there as people take to the trails.

The property also houses six drinking water wells for the city of Fulton. The city owns the property even though it lies in the towns of Volney and Schroeppel.

Florek said this was the first time in about two years that the area has been vandalized. He said it “would be in the city’s best interest” to prosecute the individuals once they are caught.

Richard Drosse, of Friends of Great Bear, said some of the areas vandalized were Eagle Scout and Cub Scout projects.

Nearly all school budgets in the state pass

Here is news from the New York State School Boards Association:

New York state voters approved 98.3 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 20, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association.

“School districts received a much-deserved pat-on-the-back from voters for their efforts to trim budgets and still maintain momentum on raising academic standards for students,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “Low tax levy increases buoyed by a healthy state aid increase in many districts helped drive success at the polls.”

Initial statewide results gathered by NYSSBA indicate voters passed 652 school district budgets. The number of budgets defeated was 11. NYSSBA was still awaiting results for 13 districts. Continue reading

Meet the Fulton school board candidates

Four seats are open on the Fulton City School District Board of Education. There are five candidates:

Incumbent Barbara Hubbard, Timothy Crandell, incumbent David Cordone, Pamela Parker and Robert Briggs.

The four persons receiving the most votes during the May 20 election will serve three-year terms beginning in July.

Learn more about the five candidates:

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2 more signups this week for Kiwanis baseball

Two final sign up events for the 2014 season have been announced by Fulton Kiwanis Baseball Director Derek Lyons.

Sign ups will be done from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday May 22 at Lanigan Elementary School and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the same night at Granby Elementary School.

Lyons said Kiwanis Baseball will be heading in a new direction this season.

He and his group of supporters will be striving to turn its Kiwanis baseball and softball programs into more of a learning experience. Fulton varsity baseball and softball coaches will be used to help players learn the proper mechanics and throwing, catching, fielding and batting techniques.

Lyons said games will still be held but the program will focus more on skills development.

The 2014 Kiwanis Baseball Season will begin the week of June 30 and end the week of Aug. 4. Participants can expect activities two nights a week, which include a practice session of station work with varsity and junior varsity coaches.

Games will be played following the practice sessions and on another night of the week as well.

This season, Kiwanis will feature five different leagues. They are:

** T-Ball League (eligible to boys and girls ages 4-6)

** Grasshopper Minor League (coaches and umpires pitch in this league which is eligible to boys ages 7-9)

** Grasshopper Major League (eligible for boys ages 10-12).

** Girls Softball Minor, in which coaches and umpires pitch to girls ages 7-9

** Girls Softball Major, girls ages 10-12.

In terms of participation eligibility, the ages indicated are based on how old a player is on June 24.

Fulton police searching for Price Chopper robbery suspect

Robbery Suspect

Fulton Police are investigating a report of an attempted robbery at
Price Chopper located at 12 W. First St. S. in the City of Fulton.

On May 18,  at about 1:20 a.m., officers responded to Price Chopper
and found that an unknown white male entered the business and passed a note to the clerk demanding money. No weapons were observed.

The suspect was last seen leaving the area on foot.
The suspect is described as a white male, 5’7″ – 5’8″ tall, wearing a
tan colored Carhartt jacket, purple ball cap and loose fitting sweat

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to
contact the Fulton Police Department at 598-2007, or at the anonymous Tips Hotline at 593-TIPS.

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