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Medallion finder excited with her win

By Debra J. Groom

Audrey Avery of Fulton was out every day, no matter what the weather, looking for the special medallion.

“Tuesday we were out in the rain and snow for an hour and a half at Oswego Falls Park — we looked like the Gorton’s fisherman,” she joked.

Her persistence paid off. At 1:12 p.m. Wednesday, Avery, 45, of South Fourth Street, found the hidden medallion at Van Buren Park.

“My husband pulled in on the Tarvia by the tennis courts,” she said. “He said ‘let’s start here on the left.’ I started to scour the perimeter of trees and went into a pricker bush. I said ‘it’s got to be here.’”

Then she walked a bit further. She looked near another tree.

“I looked and said ‘oh my God, there it is,” she said. “I was so excited. It was tied with a big bread tie.”

The Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt contest began April 9. People had to read all the advertisements in each edition of The Valley News to look for the clue as to where the medallion was hidden.

There were four clues — one to run in the paper April 9, April 12, April 16 and April 19.

There now will be no clue in today’s paper since Avery found the medallion on Wednesday. She hunted every day from April 9 with her friend, Donna LeVea.

Just what made Avery go to Van Buren Park?

“It was the second clue,” she said. That one read “Go for a joy ride with three friends or go alone down the slippery slope.”

“I knew there was a slope at Van Buren behind the tennis courts,” Avery said. “Then today’s (Wednesday’s) clue said something about picnicking rain or shine. Van Buren is one of three parks with pavilions.”

Strangely enough, the “slippery slope” in the clue had nothing to do with the slope Avery said exists at Van Buren.

Kelley Weaver, a member of Friends of Fulton Parks who came up with the idea for the contest, said the slope refers to the slide on the playground equipment.

(See accompanying box for explanation of all four clues, including the one that was never published).

Avery said she enjoyed the contest immensely and the Friends of Fulton Parks succeeded in its goal to get people out to visit all the city’s parks and see what they have to offer.

“I’ve lived in Fulton my whole life,” said Avery, who is very familiar with Voorhees Park near her house. “But Patrick, Lincoln and Quirk parks, I never knew they existed. Now I know where all the park are.”

She took in so much while searching in the parks that she called Weaver to discuss issues she believes should be addressed at various sites.

“I might even get involved” with the parks group, Avery said.

She will receive her prize — a check for $250 from The Valley News — at a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 at Recreation Park. She receives $250 because she is a Valley News subscriber.

If she had not been a subscriber, she would have won $150.

Even though the medallion has been found, the other park contest continues through today.

People visit the Park of the Day (find out which one by visiting valleynewsonline.com) each day to find colorful stones with the park name on them.

People should collect one stone from each of the 10 parks and bring their collection to the ceremony April 22 at Recreation Park. People with the most complete collections will receive smaller prizes.

Avery said she also has been collecting stones and will be back out in the parks to complete her stone collection.

Medallion contest clues explained

April 9, Clue 1: Swingers will be thrilled to play here!

Swingers refer both to the tennis players swinging their rackets, and people swinging on the swingsets.

April 12, Clue 2: Go for a joy ride with three friends or go alone down the slippery slope.

There is a 4-seated bouncer at the park, to “go for a joy ride with 3 friends,” and the “slippery slope” is the slide.

April 16, Clue 3: Have a picnic or a celebration, come rain or shine.

The pavilion provides a place to picnic or have a celebration, with shelter from rain and sun.

April 19, Clue 4: Tennis anyone? Keep your feet on the ground, and look to the trees.

Van Buren Park is the only park with tennis courts. The medallion was tied to a small tree, within easy reach of the ground.

 

Fulton Park of the Day — Saturday, April 19

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Rowlee Beach 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 —  one from each of the 10 parks. Bring the 10 stones to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.

Today is the last day of the contest.

Fulton Park of the Day — Friday, April 18

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Patrick 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 — one from each park. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.

Fulton Park of the Day — Thursday, April 17

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Quirk 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 and people who have collected the most stones (one from each park for a total of 10) will win a small prize.

Woman finds Friends of Fulton Parks medallion

Audrey Avery, of fulton, right, found the hidden medallion in the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt contest sponsored by the Friends of Fulton Parks. She found it Wednesday afternoon in Van Buren Park. With her on the left is her daily hunting partner, Donna LeVea.
Audrey Avery, of Fulton, right, found the hidden medallion in the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt contest sponsored by the Friends of Fulton Parks. She found it Wednesday afternoon in Van Buren Park. With her on the left is her daily hunting partner, Donna LeVea.

The Valley News has been notified that the medallion for the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt was found today.

The medallion hunt is now over, so no more clues will be running in The Valley News.

We’ll have more news later.

News in Brief

As of April 30, 2014, The Valley News will only accept classified advertisements for the Wednesday and Saturday print editions.

We will no longer publish classifieds online. To submit a classified ad, call us at 598-6397 or visit our office at 67 S. Second St., Fulton.

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The annual breakfast with the Easter bunny at Palermo United Methodist Church is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 19.

Enjoy an “all you can eat” buffet style breakfast with pancakes, French toast, sausage, biscuits and sausage gravy, hash browns, fruit, scrambled eggs and assorted beverages.

Breakfast will be served in the church dining room in the lower level of the church. Following breakfast at noon will be the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. The egg hunt is available to all children up to age 13. Door prizes will be given away for teens and adults.

The egg hunt will be outdoors (weather permitting) and the children will be divided by age. There is no cost to participate in the egg hunt.

For more information, call the church office at 598-4888. The Palermo Church is located at 11 County Route 35, just north of Palermo Center.

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Holy Week services are set for the the Minetto United Methodist Church.

Maundy Thursday of Holy Week, April 17, will be marked with a service of Tenebrae at 5:30 p.m. This will be a contemporary interpretation of the Last Supper.

The Good Friday service on April 18, will be at 7 p.m., with the Chancel Choir.

A prayer vigil will be kept beginning at sundown on Saturday, April 19, and continuing until Easter Sunday morning. Participants are invited to call 343-3465 to reserve a time.

The prayer vigil is a time of quiet – the candles on the altar will be the only light in the sanctuary – it will be a time for prayer. Sample prayers will be available.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, at 10 a.m., April 20. The service will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The Chancel Choir will perform, Testimony of Life, a cantata written by the popular sacred composer Joseph Martin.

The church is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8 in Minetto. The building is fully handicapped accessible and nursery care is available for infants.

Information may be obtained by calling 343-3465 or viewing the website at: http://www.minettoumc.org/.

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Lakeside Christian Ministries, a new faith-based ministry organization in the Fulton area, is hosting an Easter Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. April 20 in the community room at the Fulton Municipal Building on South First Street.

The service is open to all. There will be light refreshments, a mix of traditional and modern music, and an uplifting message.

Longtime Fulton resident Chuck Copps, one of the organizers of Lakeside Christian Ministries, is finishing up his course work this year through Rockbridge Seminary.

“As the end of my studies draws near, the time has come to put my learning into practice and serve those in need in the greater Fulton area,” he said.

Founded by Chuck, his wife, Betsy, and Jerry and Bridgette Seguin, Lakeside Christian Ministries has a mission of living as Jesus lived, loving as Jesus loved and serving as Jesus served so God may be glorified and those in need may be helped.

Lakeside Christian Ministries recently began holding weekly worship services in members’ homes on Sunday evenings.  They also gather during the week to pray, share meals and strengthen their relationships with other people and with God.

Lakeside Christian Ministries has a Facebook page, LakesideCMFulton. To contact Lakeside Christian Ministries, call 806-9815 or email lakeside4jesus@gmail.com.

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The Granby Center Fire Department will have its annual open house April 26.

There will be a vehicle extrication drill open for the public to view and also a tour of the firehouse. Everyone is welcome to come at no cost!

The event, held in conjunction with the Fire Association of the State of New York’s RecruitNY event, is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fire department at 1400 County Route 8.

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The Sterling Nature Center will help celebrate National Poetry Month with reading from 2-5 p.m. April 27 at the Jensvold Road facility.

Reading will be local author Susan Peterson Gateley, and poets Laura Donnelly, Devon Moore, Tim McCoy, Stephanie Pritchard, Christine Motto, and Steve Smith.

Gateley, is the author of numerous books dealing with Lake Ontario including her most recent book, Legends and Lore of Lake Ontario Two True Fish Stories -a pair of legendary Lake Ontario fish- the biggest longest lived fish in the lake, and the farthest traveled and most improbable fish- one that is considered sacred in Indonesia and was worth 2500 dollars a pound last year in Japan.

Donnelly is the poetry professor at SUNY Oswego, whose book Watersheds will be released this summer.  Motto, McCoy, Moore, Smith, and Pritchard are creative writing instructors at SUNY Oswego and widely published in national poetry journals. The event will also feature an open mic and everyone is urged to bring a poem to read (one they’ve written or one they like). Bring a poem andbring a friend.

There will be poetic refreshments available. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of nature and poetry. For more information contact Charlie Itzin at 947-5522 or the center at 947-6143.

The annual chicken barbecue sponsored By Friends of History in Fulton is set for 11:30 a.m. until sold out Sunday May 4 at the Pavilion at Bullhead Point.

The barbecue benefits the John Wells Pratt House Museum, local history museum, at 177 S. First St., Fulton. Eat in or take out.

For advance sale tickets, call 598-4616.

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Mt. Pleasant Grange at 2825 County Route 45 will have its waffle breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday May 10.

Waffles will be topped with peach and served with the usual breakfast buffet and with sugar-free toppings. Takeouts will be available.

Also upstairs at the Grange, the Treasure Sale will be open from 8 to 11 a.m.

Paws Across Oswego County event April 27

April 27 is a very big day for Paws Across Oswego County, a local nonprofit animal rescue located in Oswego.

For its ninth year, Paws Across Oswego County is hosting its annual Open House and Rescue Fundraiser.

Paws Across Oswego County’s Open House will be from noon to 5 p.m. at Paws & Effect at 2035 County Route 1 in Oswego. Inquiries regarding event questions or donations can be sent to paoc@twcny.rr.com.

This event is known for bringing local animal rescues together to spread the word about animal adoption and to raise funds for their cause.

There are drawings, a silent auction, food, demonstrations, a bake sale, door prizes and more.

The silent auction includes more than  $5,000 in products donated by local and nationwide businesses for the attendees to bid on. Including baskets and gift certificates, the products offered will be both human and pet related.

The drawings also have brought a lot of attention to the cause this year. Tickets are being sold for items such as a Disney Getaway, a one-year supply of Merrick Dog Food, a one-year supply of Merrick Cat Food, a one-year supply of Whole Earth Farms Dog Food and a 32 GB iPad Air.

The Disney trip includes four one-day Park Hopper Passes to Disney World and a three day-two night stay at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, FL.

The pet food drawings will be presented as 12 gift certificates for bags of food and have been generously provided by Merrick Pet Care.

The iPad Air is a 32 GB model that has been donated by Stella and the Merriam Barrett Guest House.

Tickets for the drawings are available for presale at Paws & Effect and will be sold the day of the event for $5 each, three tickets for $10 or 10 tickets for $20.

Lighthouse Lanes will be supplying barbecued chicken and pulled pork meals for sale. Each meal comes with two sides and will be $10 each.

There also will be small salads for vegetarians. There will be a bake sale and drinks available for purchase, as well.