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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.


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.


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:


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


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.


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.


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

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.

Chiropractors help out United Way

Area chiropractors will offer Patient Appreciation Day April 26 in support of the United Way. Shown getting ready for the event are Dr. Richard Falanga, Dr. Brent Tallents, Dr. Beth Dubois, Lois Luber, Dr. Richard Tesoriero, Dr. Casey McCaffrey, Dr. Dustin Wahrendorf, and Dr. Jason Cunningham.  Absent from photo are; Dr. Franklin Perkins II, Dr. Michael Soucy, Dr. Ryan Barker, Dr. Anthony Licatese. All proceeds go to the United Way.
Area chiropractors will offer Patient Appreciation Day April 26 in support of the United Way. Shown getting ready for the event are Dr. Richard Falanga, Dr. Brent Tallents, Dr. Beth Dubois, Lois Luber, Dr. Richard Tesoriero, Dr. Casey McCaffrey, Dr. Dustin Wahrendorf, and Dr. Jason Cunningham. Absent from photo are; Dr. Franklin Perkins II, Dr. Michael Soucy, Dr. Ryan Barker, Dr. Anthony Licatese. All proceeds go to the United Way.

Chiropractors throughout Oswego County will host a special Patient Appreciation Day in support of the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

On Saturday, April 26, participating chiropractors will offer chiropractic treatments for current and former patients, as well as examinations for new patients in exchange for a $20 donation to the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

“Patient Appreciation Day is a wonderful opportunity for health conscious individuals to receive an important examination and valuable information at a very affordable price,” said Melanies Trexler, executive director of the United Way. “You really can’t afford not to take advantage of this rare opportunity.”

All proceeds from the day will benefit United Way of Greater Oswego County and the many member agency programs that the United Way supports.

Chiropractors participating in Patient Appreciation Day include:

Falanga Family Chiropractic 

Oswego – 343-2961

Dr. Beth Dubois

Dr. Richard F. Falanga

 Family Chiropractic Office

Fulton – (315) 593-7555

Dr. Brett R. Tallents

McCaffrey Chiropractic

Oswego – (315) 342-3877

Dr. Casey McCaffrey

Perkins Chiropractic

Hannibal – (315) 564-7022

Dr. Franklin L. Perkins II

Tesoriero Chiropractic

Oswego – (315) 343-5713

Dr. Richard Tesoriero

Licatese Chiropractic

Oswego – (315) 342-6300

Dr. Anthony Licatese

Dr. Ryan Barker

Active Chiropractic – Oswego 

Dr. Jason Cunningham (315) 383-9614

Dr. Dustin Wahrendorf (315) 591-1091

Advanced Wellness Chiropractic 

Mexico – (315) 963-8700

Dr. Michael Soucy

Those interested in Patient Appreciation Day are urged to call the participating chiropractor of their choice and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

For more information, call one of the chiropractors or the United Way at 593-1900.

Seniors hear tips on not getting scammed

Todd speaks to residents at Bishop's Commons.
Todd speaks to residents at Bishop’s Commons.

Residents at Bishop’s Commons welcomed Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd who presented tips to help seniors avoid falling victim to “scams” or consumer fraud.

“There are many aggressive and creative ways con artists use to attempt to steal your money and obtain personal information, whether it is through a telephone conversation or an e-mail,” warned  Todd.

The Internet alone accounts for billions of dollars in fraudulent activity each year. One of the biggest crimes involves identity theft, usually when an unsuspecting victim provides their name and social security number.

The sheriff warned that consumer fraud is not just happening in other places, but has occurred right here in Oswego County.

“If you receive a phone call where the caller is asking you for personal information,” Todd said, “just hang up; don’t confirm your name or social security number”.

The best way to avoid becoming a victim is to avoid giving out personal information over the phone or by responding to emails from unfamiliar sources.

Porky and Buddy discuss sick, dirty, smelly pets at a store

Dear Porky and Buddy,

I was out shopping a few days ago with my granddaughters who are nuts (in a good way) about animals.

So, on a whim really, I took them into a pet store to see the puppies for sale. I would never actually buy a puppy from a pet store because I know about the problem of puppy mills, but I thought it would be fun for them.

Boy, was I wrong!  There were 10 puppies in a pen in the store. They looked terrible, as though they all had colds or something with runny crusted eyes and runny noses and the pen was dirty and stinky.

I had no idea what to do, so I just hustled my granddaughters out of the store and told them we should not be around sick animals.

But what should I have done about the puppies? I keep thinking about them.


Dear Irene,

New York State has what is known as the Puppy Lemon Law.

Under Article 35-D of the General Business Law, if you purchase a sick dog or cat and a veterinarian certifies the animal as unfit within 14 days of a sale, you  have the right to a refund, exchange or reimbursement of veterinary costs up to the cost of the pet.

You are not a purchaser, thank goodness, but the Department of Agriculture and Markets regulates pet dealers and takes complaints about observations of unhealthy conditions at pet stores and other pet dealers even if you did not purchase.

You can find the online complaint form right here:

There is also a printable form here that you can download and mail in:

The New York State Attorney General also had an Animal Protection Initiative and takes and investigates complaints about pet stores and pet dealers. You can call toll free, (888) 697-3444.

The law is designed to safeguard the public and to ensure the humane treatment of dogs and cats by requiring pet dealers to guarantee the good health of any such animal sold by a pet dealer to a consumer.

A pet dealer is a pet store or breeder who engages in the sale of more than nine dogs or cats a year for profit to the public. Dealers must post a notice of consumer rights in a manner clearly visible, and at the time of sale, must also provide written notice of the same to the consumer.

Under “Article 26-A of the Agriculture and Markets Law pertaining to the licensing of pet dealers, they are also required to provide appropriate veterinary care to their “merchandise,” something that this pet store was apparently not doing.

You can find out the details of the Pet Lemon Law and the laws and regulations pertaining to the care of animals by pet dealers at

Irene, we really encourage you to make your observation known to both agencies by filing and calling. Concerned animal lovers like you are the best defense against sub-standard conditions leading to  unhealthy pets in pet stores.

And if you would like to adopt a healthy pet that has received great vet care, go to

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Phone is 207-1070. Email is Visit the website at

Hazardous waste collection site opens May 3

Submitted by Oswego County

Oswego County residents will be able to safely dispose of unwanted chemicals, pesticides and other hazardous waste products beginning Saturday, May 3, at the Oswego County Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility.

Located at the Bristol Hill Landfill, 3125 State Route 3, Volney, the facility will be open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 to 11 a.m. from May through September.

Managed by the Oswego County Department of Solid Waste, the program is free to Oswego County residents.

The household hazardous waste disposal program is sponsored by the Oswego County Legislature and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

“The household hazardous waste collection facility gives residents a convenient way to safely dispose of expired chemical products and unwanted hazardous wastes,” said Frank Visser, Oswego County Solid Waste Director.

“This method of household hazardous waste management has proven to be cost-effective and user-friendly. Materials are packaged and stored in a secure area until a sufficient amount has accumulated for shipping,” Visser said.

Customers should pull their vehicle up to the side of the building, which is located between the transfer station and solid waste offices.

Drivers should remain in their vehicles and wait for materials to be unloaded by the solid waste department staff.

These items are accepted at the collection facility:

Adhesives, aerosols, antifreeze, auto batteries, light ballasts (non PCB), brake fluid, cements, degreasers, disinfectants, dry gas, flea products, fluorescent bulbs, gasoline, hobby chemicals, household cleaners, insect repellants,  lacquers, lighter fluids and  lubricants.

Also: mercury containing devices, oil-based paints (no latex paints will be accepted), paint removers and thinners, pesticides, pool chemicals, rat poisons, rug and upholstery cleaners, solvents, turpentine, varnish, weed killers, and wood stains.

A complete list of materials is listed on the solid waste department web site at

Materials should be in their original containers and placed in sturdy cardboard boxes. Leaking containers should be wrapped in newspaper and placed in a clear plastic bag.

Dried latex paint, used motor oil, household batteries, cell phones, computers, electronic equipment, and appliances containing CFC refrigerant are accepted year-round at the transfer stations.

There is no charge for recycling electronic equipment such as computer monitors, microwave ovens, fax machines and televisions. There is a $15 fee to recycle appliances that contain CFC refrigerant.

Visser requests that, for safety reasons, people do not bring children or pets to the collection site. Smoking is prohibited in the unloading area.

When lines are long, cars may be turned away so that materials can be processed prior to facility closing.

The Solid Waste Department also accepts hazardous wastes from Oswego County businesses that meet the regulatory requirements. Business owners should contact the Solid Waste Office to find out if they qualify and to obtain a cost estimate for disposal of materials.

For more information, call the Oswego County Solid Waste Office at 591-9200, or visit the Department of Solid Waste Web site at