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Fulton parks lookin’ good after Sparkle a Park event

Submitted by Kelley Weaver
Friends of Fulton Parks

What is Earth Week?

In 1969, at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.

A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held April 22, 1970.

In Fulton, N.Y., from April to May 2014 is a celebration of community and an opportunity to work outside together for the common good.

It is about our earth, and about the people who share it with us.

Among the Earth Week events were the Sparkle-a-Park activities, coordinated by Friends of Fulton Parks and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Businesses, organizations, families, churches, youth, senior citizens, college students and individuals banded together to make a huge difference in our community parks this Earth Week.

Steve Ives and John Kardash used their chainsaw mastery to fell some trees and clear some brush at Rowlee Beach Park.

When asked why he volunteered, Ives replied, “This park was the center of life when I was growing up.” Kardash answered, “I want to make amends for the trouble I caused this city when I was young.”

The Bradley Warner family cleaned up litter from sections of Lincoln Park while Another Level Youth group, led by Chris Green, worked on more litter at the park.

Knowing that it is a sound practice to plant a tree if you cut one down, several students from the Cayuga Community College planted trees at Recreation Park. Price Chopper employees showed their concern for Recreation Park by raking and disposing of litter on Earth Day.

Walmart Personnel Director Michelle Sherman brought her granddaughters to “sparkle” Foster Park. Hailee shared her strong opinion about litter: “This litter is gross! Why don’t people throw trash in the garbage can?”

Her sister Alison stopped to smell the flowers. 

Mike Hardesty, Walmart Supercenter Manager, and several employees and families showed their appreciation of Foster Park by cleaning up litter and raking debris.

Del and Cherie Lenhart said “we love this park and want to help keep it clean.”

David Ryan, DJR Landscaping, offered his expertise and skill to perform a horticultural makeover at Schenck Park. He donated his materials and time for this project. Enjoy it as you pass by, or take a load off and sit on the nearby bench to enjoy.

Oswego Industries personnel and participants picked up litter at Van Buren Park. They enjoyed it so much, they want to help out during the summer also.

The Doug Chapman family “sparkled” Bullhead Point because “it is a place that is special to our hearts.”

Members of Fulton Alliance Church removed litter from Veterans Park and the Towpath Trail as their annual participation in Canal Clean Sweep.

On May 10 (today), Dental Health Solutions will be working at Patrick Park and Another Level Youth will be working at Quirk Park. Feel free to join them!

Everyone who helped to beautify the city also helped to inspire or encourage others to take pride in our small piece of the earth.

Fulton Bike Rodeo returns May 31

By Ashley M. Casey

The annual Fulton Bike Rodeo, sponsored by the Fulton Police Department, will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31 at the Fulton Community Center.

The long-running event, which is geared toward children, features a bicycle obstacle course, bounce house and a bicycle giveaway for kids in need.

The city of Fulton is donating abandoned bikes to be sold as scrap metal to benefit the Bike Rodeo. Oswego Health, Dunkin Donuts and the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County are also sponsors. Continue reading

1 SUNY Oswego student dead from heroin overdose

A SUNY Oswego student died overnight from a heroin overdose, according to local police.

Oswego City Police and University Police at SUNY Oswego are investigating three suspected heroin overdoses that occurred overnight, two in the city of Oswego and one on the college
All three victims are students at SUNY Oswego. The campus victim died. The other two were treated and are recovering at Oswego Hospital.

Relatives of all of the involved students have been

Oswego City Police and University Police are working together to determine the circumstances surrounding the incidents.

While the investigation continues, both police departments are cautioning everyone regarding the potential that heroin circulating in the area in extremely lethal.

SUNY Oswego issued the following message via the NY Alert messaging system around 8:15 a.m. Saturday: “Danger: Oswego heroin may be lethal. One person is dead; two are hospitalized. Please
beware! Please call police with any information.”

Anyone with information about these incidents, should call SUNY Oswego Police or Oswego City Police at the following number:
Oswego City Police: 343-1212
SUNY Oswego Police: 312-5555

Fulton mayor says Aldi project still a go

By Ashley M. Casey

Mayor Ron Woodward dispelled rumors that Aldi’s plan to develop the former Nestlé property on Fourth and Fay streets had fallen through at the May 6 meeting of the Fulton Common Council. Demolition activity at the site has ceased to allow for asbestos abatement in the buildings.

Ralph Stacy Jr. of the city’s planning commission addressed the mayor and the council during the public forum, saying that several people had approached him after hearing that Aldi’s proposal was “in jeopardy.”

“People have noticed that the demo activity has halted at the plant and people are concerned and they want to know what’s going on,” Stacy said. Continue reading

2 injured in trolley bus vs. pedestrian accident

Two people were injured Friday night in a motor vehicle-pedestrian accident at West Bridge Street and West Seneca Street in Oswego.

The Oswego Police Department said when they arrived at the scene, a 22-year-old male from Suffern and a 21-year-old female from Fairport, Monroe County, were found to have been struck by a trolley bus. The male was airlifted to Upstate University Hospital for possible internal injuries and is listed in good condition.
The woman was treated for minor leg injuries and released.

The investigation is ongoing and as of this release no charges have been filed.  Oswego Police were assisted by the Oswego Fire Department and the U.S. Border Patrol.

Mental health expo today at War Memorial

Catholic Charities is hosting a Mental Health Awareness Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday May 10 (today) at the Fulton War Memorial.

Mary-Margaret Pezella Pekow of Catholic Charities said the event is free and open to the public.

“We wanted to host this event to educate, fight stigma and improve awareness of mental health topics and services in our county,” she said. “There will be representatives from Oswego County service providers at the event to give out information and educate the public on services that are available in our county.”

Catholic Charities was founded in 1930 and has expanded its agency with many programs and services that have touched thousands of children, families and individuals throughout Oswego County.

Generous gifts and donations to Catholic Charities have supported more than 160,000 children, woman and men in need.

For more information, contact Mary-Margaret Pezella-Pekow at or 598-3980.

2 events set for Saturday, May 10

If you’re looking for something to do Saturday, here are a couple of ideas.
First, Derby Hill Bird Observatory just off NYS Route 104B in Mexico, is having its annual bird festival. Come from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and spot the annual migration of our feathered friends. Enjoy a full day of family fun with food, activities and more! Learn about hawk identification and join in a silent auction. Admission and parking are free.
Also, learn about the Battle of Oswego during a walking tour at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. At 1:45 p.m. at the tunnel entrance to the fort, Site Manager Paul Lear will take participants on a walk explaining where the British came ashore, where the Americans were stationed and what happened during the battle on May 5 and 6, 1814.


Fulton boys’ lacrosse beats Cortland, Whitesboro

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity lacrosse team lost 4 of its first 6 games of the season.

On March 28, East Syracuse Minoa slipped past Fulton, 8-7. New Hartford knocked off the Red Raiders 10-6 April 1.

On April 3, Fulton topped Cortland, 11-6 for its first win of the season. Westhill cruised past the Red Raiders 8-2 April 5.

On April 8, Fulton rolled past Whitesboro 12-6. Jamesville-DeWitt came away with an impressive 15-4 win over the Red Raiders April 10.

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