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Fulton, Oswego Ys put on Healthy Kids Day April 25

Healthy Kids Day is coming to the Fulton Family YMCA and the Oswego YMCA from 6 to 8 p.m. April 25.

Every family in the area is invited to this free community event that will help families find fun through active play and educational opportunities to improve health and well-being.

Each of our branches of the Y in Central New York has planned a unique event, but they all feature interactive family games that promote exercise and good nutrition, plus lots of great information about healthy activities and resources available in our community.

At some locations, there will be larger-than-life brain games, human foosball, old-school playground games, parent-child gym classes, kid-friendly cooking demonstrations, water slide races, mini triathlons, arts and crafts, face painting, climbing, bouncing and more.

For more details, go to www.ycny.org.

Fulton, Oswego honored by AAA

The City of Fulton receives AAA’s Gold Community Traffic Safety Program Award. Pictured (L to R) are: Mayor Ronald Woodward, Sr., Police Chief Orlo Green, and AAA Assistant Vice President John Sansone.
The City of Fulton receives AAA’s Gold Community Traffic Safety Program Award. Pictured (L to R) are: Mayor Ronald Woodward, Sr., Police Chief Orlo Green, and AAA Assistant Vice President John Sansone.

The cities of Fulton and Oswego and their police department were honored Monday by AAA Western and Central New York.

AAA cited the cities and police for their success in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program.

AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is an awards and recognition program for communities of all sizes nationwide that identify and address their local traffic safety issues.

The program considers basic crash statistics, presence of a traffic safety leadership group, projects, and their effectiveness. The awards progress from Honorable Mention to Bronze, Silver, Gold, and to the highest level, Platinum.

Gold Awards, given to communities that implement programs and projects that demonstrate superior effort at addressing local traffic safety issues, were presented to the City of Fulton and the City of Oswego.

“AAA is honored to be recognizing these communities that are making traffic safety a top priority,” said Tony Spada, President and CEO of AAA Western and Central New York.  “Their dedication and commitment to this cause deserves to be applauded.”

Fulton is receiving its seventh Gold Award, demonstrating success in addressing: aggressive, distracted, drunk and impaired driving, occupant protection and child passenger safety, bicycle, pedestrian, work zone, school bus and school zone safety and computerized mapping of motor vehicle accidents to identify problem areas and improve safety.

Fulton has participated in the program for 12 years and is the recipient of five Platinum and seven Gold Awards in total.

Oswego was presented with its second Gold Award, having previously participated in 2008. Oswego demonstrated success in addressing speeding, aggressive and impaired driving, occupant protection, and pedestrian and school zone safety.

Only 12 communities in New York State received Platinum honors: Brockport, Camillus, DeWitt, Freeport, Garden City, Liverpool, Manlius, New York City, Northport, Old Westbury, Rye and White Plains.

Participation in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is open to communities of all sizes nationwide.

As Upstate New York’s largest member services organization, AAA provides nearly 860,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services.  Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at www.AAA.com or download our mobile app at www.AAA.com/mobile.

Fulton Parks medallion contest continues

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No one has found the Treasure Fulton Park 2014 Medallion Hunt medallion as of Tuesday afternoon.

So far, two clues have been published in The Valley News to help people find the medallion. Another clue will come out in the newspaper on Wednesday, April 16.

The person who finds the medallion will win $150 — or $250 is he or she is a subscriber to The Valley News.

The contest for collecting stones in 10 of the Fulton parks also continues. Visitors to the parks should collect one of the specially marked colored stones from each of the 10 parks. Those with a collect of all 10 stones from the 10 different parks will be able to get a small prize.

 

 

Fulton Park of the Day, Tuesday April 15 — Oswego Falls

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Oswego Falls 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 to win a small prize.

 

Felix Schoeller in Richland to expand

The Felix Schoeller plant just outside Pulaski is going to expand, the governor’s office announced Monday.

Felix Schoeller, a German-based global producer of specialty paper, negotiated a new contract with a major manufacturing company, resulting in the relocation of a paper conversion operation from out of state to the existing Felix Schoeller facility in Richland, just outside Pulaski.

The expansion project doubles the Pulaski facility output, and has retained and created 290 full-time and contract positions. 

“Over the last three years, my administration has worked to make New York the best state in the country to start or grow a business,” Cuomo said. “This commitment by Felix Schoeller not only creates jobs – it speaks volumes about the business community’s confidence in central New York and our ability to be globally competitive.”

Felix Schoeller transitioned from a papermill to a converting company about seven years ago, and at that time, the company had ceased all major operations in Pulaski and only focused on converting papers that are made at other Felix Schoeller locations outside of the U.S. The company has since been successful in growing its business significantly, but market dynamics in the North American photo paper market have made it difficult to continue expansion.

The new contract provides significant growth to the company’s business and employment in Pulaski, and secures the existing jobs. In addition, the ability to accommodate future, new contract business will solidify Schoeller’s existence in Central New York.

Empire State Development is providing Felix Schoeller with more than $650,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits to assist the company with the purchase of machinery and equipment and other project-related costs required to accommodate the new paper converting contract, and to help offset out-of-state incentives. As of today’s announcement, the company has actually exceeded the state’s required number of jobs created in order to receive the Excelsior tax credits. 

Fulton Park of the Day, Monday April 14 — Van Buren Park

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Van Buren 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 to win a small prize.

 

Fulton girls’ track looks for depth

 

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity track and field team for 2014 is looking to improve this season and Coach Gary LaGrou wants all of its athletes to be ready to contribute from the start.

He also wants the Lady Raiders to improve their times and distances and become an even more challenging opponent.  His hope is to have athletes competing in some of the season ending events such as Sectional and state Qualifying Meets.

This season, Fulton has the tough task of replacing 12 seniors from last year’s team.

Led by just a few seniors, the Lady Raiders are expected to be an inexperienced team in 2014. LaGrou said the younger athletes on the team come with a lot of potential.

With most of its players competing on the varsity indoor track team this winter, Fulton was in pretty good physical condition when practices began in early March.

LaGrou said the team worked hard to develop its endurance during the first few days of practice. He said it’s important for his athletes to be on pace to be in their best physical condition during the mid to late portion of the season with the hope of being even more successful down the stretch.

LaGrou said his team still has adjustments to make, especially when it comes to competing outdoors. The climate has kept Fulton’s preparation mostly indoors.

Instead of naming captains formally, LaGrou usually allows senior athletes for each event to serve as leadership figures. He hopes his senior athletes will be a source of encouragement for younger athletes in their events.

LaGrou said Fulton will be challenged in almost every meet this season.

The Lady Raiders traveled to Cortland April 9 for a double dual meet against Cortland and Fowler. On April 16, Fulton will host a double dual meet against Chittenango and Jamesville-DeWitt and then have a double dual meet against Mexico and Homer April 30 at Mexico.

This season, Fulton will have to replace a few distance runners lost to graduation. However, the Lady Raiders will still have a number of strengths.

LaGrou said there are many impressive younger distance runners joining the team, making Fulton stronger in distance events this season.

LaGrou said the younger hurdlers who joined the team have lot of potential. The Lady Raiders are expected to have a new high jumper at one point in the season. Now, she is recovering from an injury.

LaGrou said his team will feature a few throwers from last year’s team. He’s  hopeful his throwers can build off of the experiences they had last season.

Fulton will also welcome Jessica Race back to the team at shotput following a brief hiatus. What excites LaGrou the most is the number of athletes he has and working to help all of these athletes contribute to give the team more depth for every event of a meet this season.