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Paws Across Oswego County Open House and Fundraiser 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.

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.