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Stone Soup lunch raises money, food for area food pantries

United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Too luncheon, buoyed by a $500 donation from the Fulton Lions Club, raised $951 and collected several bins of food to fill the shelves of local food pantries and help them to meet the increasing demand for food subsidy in Oswego County.  Seated from left are: Dawn Bristol, of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) at Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus and Tim Archer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County. Standing from left are: PTK student Doug LaBreck; PTK Adviser Vita Marie Racko; PTK students Yin Yin Sim Fellows and Chrissy King; and Community volunteers Jan and Tony Rebeor.
United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Too luncheon, buoyed by a $500 donation from the Fulton Lions Club, raised $951 and collected several bins of food to fill the shelves of local food pantries and help them to meet the increasing demand for food subsidy in Oswego County. Seated from left are: Dawn Bristol, of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) at Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus and Tim Archer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County. Standing from left are: PTK student Doug LaBreck; PTK Adviser Vita Marie Racko; PTK students Yin Yin Sim Fellows and Chrissy King; and Community volunteers Jan and Tony Rebeor.

1990 SUNY Oswego grad to emcee Torchlight

Schwartz
Schwartz

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Constance Schwartz, a 1990 graduate of SUNY Oswego with a successful career in marketing and talent management, will serve as mistress of ceremonies for Commencement Eve activities at the college Friday, May 16, including the dinner and traditional Torchlight Ceremony.

Since the 1930s, Oswego alumni have ceremoniously passed the torch of learning to graduating seniors with the charge to “dedicate its bright burning to our memories of the light transferred from our school, through us, to others.”

The Oswego Alumni Association will sponsor this year’s Torchlight Ceremony at 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, under a tent on the north lawn of the Campus Center.

Schwartz is now partner and co-founder of SMAC Entertainment. After earning her bachelor’s degree in marketing at Oswego, she launched her career at the National Football League, where she served as director of programming.

 During her 10 years with the NFL, she also directed the creative and production efforts of NFL Films, securing musical talent for televised events and creating relationships with the music, film and entertainment community.

She went on to Arista Records as vice president of strategic marketing, creating opportunities to market and develop the label’s artists through strategic partnerships with the corporate sector, sports, television and film.

 In 2001, she joined The Firm and led the day-to-day managerial team that oversaw Snoop Dogg’s career. She orchestrated high-profile endorsement deals for such celebrities as Kelly Clarkson and Enrique Iglesias.

Since 2011, Schwartz has worked with long-time friend and colleague Mark Sudack and Michael Strahan — well known as a Super Bowl champion, “Live with Kelly and Michael” host and “NFL on Fox” analyst — running SMAC Entertainment. Together, they are building a multi-dimensional talent management and entertainment company and oversee the careers of Deion Sanders, Tony Gonzalez and Strahan.

On Commencement Eve at SUNY Oswego, the Senior Sing, featuring musical selections from senior members of State Singers and the Oswego State Jazz Ensemble, will begin at 8:30 p.m. The candlelit Torchlight Ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. and Schwartz will read the names of faculty, staff and alumni seated in the inner circle.

 Any SUNY Oswego alumni, faculty, staff and emeriti faculty members who are interested in participating in the Torchlight Ceremony are asked to RSVP to Shaunna Arnold-Plank at shaunna.arnoldplank@oswego.edu in the college’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations by Friday, May 9.

Fulton girls’ lacrosse wins 2, loses 3

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity lacrosse team went 2-3 in its first five games of the season.

East Syracuse Minoa cruised past Fulton, 20-8 March 29. On April 1, Jamesville-DeWitt held off the Lady Raiders, 13-11.

LaFayette knocked off Fulton, 12-6 April 9. On April 14, the Lady Raiders rolled past Whitesboro, 16-4 for their first win of the season and then Fulton topped Chittenango, 16-5 April 16.

In the ESM game, the Spartans jumped out to a 12-5 lead over Fulton during the first half. ESM didn’t let up in the second half, outscoring Fulton, 8-3 to secure the 20-8 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Amelia Coakley with 3 goals and an assist, followed by Casey Shannon and Julia Ludington with 2 goals each. Keara Patterson chipped in a goal. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 3 of ESM’s 23 shots on goal.

In the JD game, the Rams built a 9-3 lead over Fulton during the first half. However, the Lady Raiders battled back, outscoring JD 8-4 during the second half to make things interesting.

But the JD lead proved to be too much to overcome as JD came away with a 13-11 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Keara Patterson with 2 goals and 2 assists, followed by Amelia Coakley with 2 goals and an assist, Julia Ludington and Casey Shannon scored 3 goals each while McKenna Chesbro and Jordan Coulon combined for a goal and an assist. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 10 of JD’s 23 shots on goal.

Against LaFayette, the Lady Raiders again saw an opponent get off to a solid start as the Lancers jumped out to 7-2 lead during the first half.

Fulton was unable to cut into LaFayette’s lead despite a more competitive second half. LaFayette outscored Fulton 5-4 to cruise to a 12-6 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Amelia Coakley with 2 goals and an assist against LaFayette, followed by Casey Shannon with a goal and 3 assists. Gina Babcock had a goal and an assist and McKenna Chesbro and Keara Patterson scored a goal each. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 6 of LaFayette’s 18 shots on goal.

For their first win of the season against Whitesboro, the Lady Raiders built an 8-2 first half lead. Whitesboro has no answers for Fulton down the stretch and Fulton outscored Whitesboro 8-2 during the second half to cap off a 16-4 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders were McKenna Chesbro and Casey Shannon with 4 goals and an assist each. Following Chesbro and Shannon was Julia Ludington with 3 goals and an assist. Gina Babcock had 2 goals and an assist. Jordan Coulon chipped in a goal and an assist. Keara Patterson and Amelia Coakley combined for 2 goals and an assist. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 4 of Whitesboro’s 8 shots on goal.

Against Chittenango, Fulton jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first half. The Lady Raiders put the game out of reach during the second half, outscoring Chittenango, 10-3 down the stretch to come away with a 16-5 win.

Fulton was led by Amelia Coakley with  4 goals and 3 assists, followed by McKenna Chesbro with 4 goals, Keara Patterson with 2 goals and an assist, Gina Babcock and Julia Ludington with a goal and an assist each, Casey Shannon with 3 goals.

Olivia Coakley, Althea Henderson and Julia Velasquez combined for a goal and 2 assists. Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 7 of Chittenango’s 12 shots on goal.

Raynor Ford hopes to expand at new site

By Debra J. Groom

It shouldn’t be long before Fred Raynor Ford in Granby gets the go-ahead to build a new dealership.

Granby Supervisor Ed Williamson said the Raynor project has only one or two meetings left before the town planning board before it can move forward. He expects the project will be approved.

Raynor proposes building a new 21,000 square foot building on a 5-acre parcel on Route 3, not far from where the current Raynor business is located.

The site is at the corner of Route 3 and Airport Road, a bit closer to the Granby-Fulton line than the present dealership. Williamson said the new building would be about double the size of the present Raynor dealership.

Raynor has said in his proposal that he would employ from six to eight more people at the new site.

Williamson said Ford Motor Co. is upgrading many of its sales facilities across the country and Raynor is included in this endeavor. He believes the move not only will help Raynor, but should be a lift for Granby as well.

“I’m working with the state Department of State, division of local government, to apply for a shared services grant,” Williamson said.

What he wants to do is get money to run the sewer line from where it ends at Airport Road down to WalMart to the treatment station at the corner of Hannibal Street and Route 3.

Then the city of Fulton can use part of the money to upgrade the pump station  on Hannibal Street to help take care of the additional sewage moving through the extended sewer line.

Williamson said extending the sewer line down that stretch of Route 3 and upgrading the pump station would allow more businesses to open along that part of Route 3 because they would have sewer access. Now any business along that portion of Route 3 would have to have septic systems.

“We want to do this now so future expansion can hook in so we don’t have to do this again,” Williamson said.

Fred Raynor could not be reached for comment.

Ryan Churchill, the engineer on the project by GYMO Architects, Engineers and Land Surveying in Watertown, said Williamson said Raynor already owns the property for the new site and no zoning changes are needed.

Williamson said Raynor most likely will sell or lease his old dealership building to another business.

He also said the hope is to have the Raynor project approved so construction can begin this year.

FULTON FAMILIES — The whole herd: The Rowlee family’s mark on Fulton

Fulton Dairy Farms began with one cow, shown here with Elon Rowlee at Cannon Hill between North Seventh and North Eighth streets, circa 1919 or 1920. Photo courtesy of Judy Rowlee Howard
Fulton Dairy Farms began with one cow, shown here with Elon Rowlee at Cannon Hill between North Seventh and North Eighth streets, circa 1919 or 1920.
Photo courtesy of Judy Rowlee Howard

Editor’s note: This is the eighth installment of stories about Fulton Families. The monthly series will tell the stories of families that have either lived in Fulton for ages or perhaps only a short while — but the common bond will be they love the city and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. If you know of a family we should highlight, please email Ashley M. Casey, Valley News assistant editor, at acasey@scotsmanmediagroup.com.

By Ashley M. Casey

It began with a cow.

Elon K. Rowlee and his bride, Gertrude Candee, received the small cow from Elon’s parents as a wedding present in 1917. Four years later, that cow inspired the start of the Fulton Dairy Farms Co., which lasted more than four decades. Continue reading

Hilton resigns from Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

By Ashley M. Casey

Beth Hilton abruptly resigned her position as executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce effective April 29. The board of directors has appointed Nate Emmons as interim executive director.

Emmons, of Oswego, previously served as the Chamber’s operations coordinator until about two months ago. He and his wife, Lisa, own the Mother Earth Baby boutique in Oswego.

Emmons could not provide any details about Hilton’s sudden resignation. Hilton had served as executive director since 2009.

“I don’t know the circumstances around it. I wasn’t made privy to anything surrounding her departure,” Emmons told The Valley News.

Emmons said he left his previous job with the Chamber two months ago to focus on opening a second location of Mother Earth Baby in Watertown.

Now that the store’s second location is running smoothly, the board of directors contacted him to take Hilton’s place while they search for a permanent executive director. Emmons could not provide a timeline or any details on the board’s search.

“I enjoy the Chamber. I believe in the Chamber’s mission and the board thought I could advance that mission. I’ll try to make that happen,” Emmons said. “I’m here to do the absolute best job I can for the Chamber, its members and the community. I can’t be concerned with anything else right now.”

The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce recently moved to 106 W. Utica St. in Oswego and also has an office at 12 Canalview Mall in Fulton.

Before becoming chamber executive director, Hilton taught a class for University of Phoenix, was general manager of Tanger Factory Outlets, marketing director for the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce and director of sales and marketing for the Wisp Mountain Resort/Hotel.

City school board candidates announced

The candidates have been announced for school board elections in Fulton and Oswego and for the Fulton Public Library board of trustees.

FULTON: Four seats are open. Running are:

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.

Voters will also select the Fulton Public Library’s board of trustees. Seven seats are open and there are nine candidates:

Kelly Nickerson, Thomas Brown, Nicole Baldwin, Carolyn Mosier, Robert Vayner, Patricia Kush, Ellen Himes, LaVerne DeLand and Dennis Casey.

OSWEGO: Three seats open. Five persons are running. They are:

Thomas Dehm, incumbent John Dunsmoor, Brian Haessig, incumbent Michael McLaughlin and incumbent Samuel Tripp.

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

Nine Mile 2 back on line after refueling

Operators returned Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station Unit 2 to full power today after successfully completing the station’s spring refueling outage that began in late March.

During the planned outage, roughly 2,200 employees and highly-skilled supplemental workers performed thousands of inspections, maintenance activities, tests and technology upgrades while replacing one-third of the reactor’s fuel. Many of the activities performed during the outage cannot be accomplished while the plant is generating electricity and all are designed to ensure continued safe and reliable operations.

“We work hard all year to plan and execute safe and effective refueling outages and this year was no exception,” said Chris Costanzo, site vice president. “I’m proud of our team for executing another safe outage and I’m thankful to the many local residents who supported us during this busy time.”

Unit 1 continued to operate during the Unit 2 outage. Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station is located in Scriba.