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Clean up Fulton on ‘Mayberry Day’

Volunteers clean up the shores of Lake Neatahwanta during a previous Mayberry Day in Fulton. This year’s Mayberry Day is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3. Call the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce for more information at 343-7681.
Volunteers clean up the shores of Lake Neatahwanta during a previous Mayberry Day in Fulton. This year’s Mayberry Day is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3. Call the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce for more information at 343-7681.

The Fulton Project Bloom Committee is coordinating its annual Fulton Mayberry Day Saturday, May 3.

Mayberry Day was started about four years ago as a way to organize local business owners and Fulton citizens to remove winter debris from the main highways and retail areas of Fulton or in public areas cleaning up trash and leaves.

Volunteers can pick up bags, safety vests and gloves outside RealtyUSA in Canalview Mall beginning at 7:30 a.m. May 3 and return vests and gloves by noon.

Please bring your own tools — rakes, brooms, etc.

Volunteers and groups should call the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 343-7681 to register.

‘Neighbors Project’ seeks memories of WWII refugee center

Located near Fort Ontario, the Safe Haven Museum tells the story of the Jewish refugees who came to Oswego during World War II.
Located near Fort Ontario, the Safe Haven Museum tells the story of the Jewish refugees who came to Oswego during World War II.

If you or someone in your family has memories of the 1944-1946 Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter located in Oswego, N.Y., then the Safe Haven Museum wants to hear from you.

Museum board members and SUNY Oswego students have launched a project called “The Neighbors Project” to collect and catalogue these stories.

SUNY Oswego student Tuqa Youssef explains “we are interested in any of the stories of Oswego residents who interacted with the refugees, or who were in any way involved with the camp.”

The group is collecting memories for the 70th reunion of the camp June 19-22.

“We value the remembrances of the Oswego residents who are such an important part of the history of the shelter,” said Judy Coe Rapaport, board president of Oswego’s Safe Haven Museum and Education Center.

“As we plan this 70th anniversary, we want to make sure their stories are heard,” she said.

The Safe Haven Museum and Education Center is located at 2 E. Seventh St. near Fort Ontario in Oswego.

It commemorates the lives of the 982 European refugees from the Holocaust who were welcomed into the camp in 1944.

It is the only one of its kind in the United States.

A number of events to mark the anniversary and celebrate the reunion are being planned as well.

Youssef and Rapaport want to encourage interested residents to participate in the Neighbors Project.

Contact Professor Denise DiRienzo at 312-2022 or through email at

Please use the subject “Neighbors” and be sure to leave a name and phone number.

Fulton school board delays approving budget

By Ashley M. Casey

The 2014-15 Fulton City School District budget will have to wait another few weeks before board approval.

Superintendent Bill Lynch and Director of Finance Kathy Nichols presented drafts three and four at the board’s April 8 meeting, and the board is expected to accept the fourth draft at the April 23 meeting.

According to this fourth draft, the budget will total $67,357,685, up 3.22 percent from the 2013-14 year’s $65,259,100. Continue reading

Fulton Park of the Day, Saturday April 12 — Lincoln Park


Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Lincoln 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.


Winners announced for High School Invitational Art and Photography Show

Best of Show award
Best of Show award by Mike Edwards of Oswego High
Viewers' Choice award
Viewers’ Choice award by Meghan Lentz of Birdlebough High

The Fulton Art Association has announced the winners of the eighth annual High School Invitational Art and Photography Show.

Eighty-eight students from high schools in Fulton, Hannibal, Oswego and Phoenix school districts submitted 103 pieces of artwork in fourteen different categories.

The show was created to help provide encouragement and guidance to high school artists and provide them a venue to display their talent and artwork.

Marsha Wheeler Marcarian, Arts-In-Education Coordinator for Oswego County BOCES, and Carolyn House Mosier, long-time FAA member and instructor at Cayuga Community College, Fulton, judged the show this year, which was held at the Fulton Municipal Building March 1 and 2.


Best of Show

Mike Edwards, an Oswego High junior,  for his Computer Graphic Art entry entitled Self Portrait, which included the Oswego Lighthouse reflected in his sunglasses.


Laurelann Easton (senior, Oswego) took first place with her metalwork entry entitled Violate Text Bracelet.

Molly Brown (junior, Oswego) took second place with her jewelry entry, Geared to Fly along with Leah Shay Jones (junior, Oswego) for her Release Text Bracelet. Honorable Mention went to Childhood Memory, Metal by Aviriana Follet (senior, Oswego).


First place went to Maria Musemeci (junior, Phoenix) for her portrait painting, Fia. Second place was shared by Gianna Girafalo (senior, Phoenix) for her Black Bear canine painting and Brenna Riley (junior, Oswego for Sundae. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Nicole Fitzgerald (junior, Phoenix) for Weaping Tree and Taylor Simpson (senior, Fulton) for Aboriginal Original.


Aviriana Follet (senior, Oswego) won first place for her Volcanic Safehaven entry. Two second place were granted to Cassondra Orr-Savage (senior, Fulton) for Life Through Henna and Hans Reichow (senior, Hannibal) for his Waldgeist.

Honorable Mentions were given to Jessica Allen (10th gr – Phoenix) for Clay Shark, Morgan Butterfield (12th gr – Oswego) for Silver Geared Teapot, Courtney Johnson (12th gr – Oswego) for Steam Punk Teapot, Emily Leonard (12th gr – Fulton), Elizabeth Reitz (12th gr – Fulton) for Animal Kingdom, Seth Rogers-Miller (12th gr – Fulton) for Tesselate, and Emily Schneider (11th gr – Phoenix) for Cookie Jar and Nesting Bowls.

Digital photography 

First place went to Christian Knox (senior, Hannibal) for Marsh Reflections. Two second place were granted to Dylan Cummins (senior, Hannibal) for Bum and Bailey Milliken (junior, Hannibal) for Trace of Light.

Honorable Mentions were given to McKayla Long (sophomore, Hannibal) for Glowsticks and Lindsey Wheeler (junior,  Hannibal) for Autumn Breeze.

Drawing A (pencil, graphite, charcoal) 

First place went to Allie Henderson (junior, Oswego) for her pencil drawing, Masquerade. Second place was awarded to Meghan Anderson (junior, Oswego) for Silence and Carolina Nicole (senior, Hannibal) for Tree Study.

Honorable Mentions were given to Katie Bradshaw (sophomore, Oswego) for Tranquility Before the Storm, Carrie Gilbert (senior, Oswego) for Spilt Soup, and Marissa Martin (senior, Phoenix) for Baby Willow.

Drawing B (colored pencil, Prismacolor)

First place went to Reilly Patrick (junior, Oswego) for Time Will Tell. Second place was shared by Reilly Patrick for Rusted Workshop and Carolina Nicol (senior, Hannibal) for Vintage.

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Meghan Anderson (junior, Oswego) for Does It Snow in Heaven, Katie Bradshaw (sophomore, Oswego) for In the Eye of the Beholder, Christian Cabanlig (sophomore,  Oswego) for Anonymous Gift, Makala Carson (junior, Oswego) for Feathers, and Meghan Rowe (sophomore, Phoenix) for Grandpa.

Drawing C (markers, pastels, pen/ink)

First place was awarded to Carolina Nicol (senior, Hannibal) for Rolling Forms, second place to Kathy Pittorf (junior, Hannibal) for Pastel Abstraction, and an Honorable Mention to Darian Stobart (junior, Phoenix) for Angel.

Painting Mixed Media

Honorable Mention was given to Jessica Morgan (freshman, Oswego) for her Steeple at Night.


Two Honorable Mentions were given to Morgan Haynes (freshman, Oswego) for Harings Hersheys and Michael Leach (senior, Phoenix) for Discombobulation.


First place was awarded to Meghan Lentz (senior, Phoenix) for Jay Walk in the Woods. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Isabela Gonzalez (senior, Fulton) won second place.

All students in the four districts (including LEAH and Oswego Co BOCES students from those districts) are able to participate in the High School Invitational competition. Students also can join the Fulton Art Association and participate in its annual show that takes place in May. For information, contact President Kathryn Mihalek at 532-3803.

Oswego Public Library has poetry reading

The Oswego Public Library will hold a reading of favorite poems on Thursday, April 24.

The event will begin with Mayor Tom Gillen reading at 1:30 p.m. Let the library know your favorite poem and we’ll print it out and post it to one of the pillars in the main reading room during National Library Week from April 13-19.

People can drop a printed copy off with their name on it and can read it on April 24 or library staff will select from the poems and read them to the audience.

Watch for a video of the poetry reading on the library website at

The Oswego Public Library is at 120 E. Second St., phone 341-5867.

During National Library week:

Sunday, April 13 – First drawing for a “Timer” Bookmark. One will be given away each day in the Children’s Room.

Monday, April 14 – Chess Club 10:30 to noon in the Library Learning Center computer lab. Also Charlotte’s Big Dream will be read in the Children’s Room at 1 p.m. by author Connie Evans.

Tuesday, April 15 – Photoshop Elements for Young Adults 10 a.m. to noon in in the computer lab. Also bookmarks will be made in the Children’s Room from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16 – Computer Gaming 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Library Learning Center computer lab.  Also regular story hours at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Stories, a craft, and snacks with the theme of Rabbits.

Thursday, April 17 – Introduction to Coding, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the computer lab.  Also book plates made in the Children’s Room 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friday, April 18 – Chess Club 10:30 a.m. to noon in the computer lab. Easter Story Hour in the Children’s Room at 10:30 a.m..

Call the Library, 341-5867, to register for any of the Library Learning Center activities.

Historical Fulton, NY

Foster Brothers Knife Works was a well-known manufacturing company on West First Street in Fulton from 1878 to 1979. At its peak, more than 135 people churned out all types of knives at the factory. Employment dwindled to 19 people by 1977. The company was started by brothers Frank and Allie Foster, who had developed a method for tempering steel for machine knives used in paper mills. The knives earned a local reputation for being of good quality and farmers started using them on their hog carcasses. Then other people started using the knives for other purposes. Younger brothers J.A. and C.F. Foster expanded the business into other types of knives. At one time, the company made knives of 500 different sizes, shapes and styles. The largest was a 4-foot-long splitting knife used by meat packers. The smallest (no size was specified) was used to dress poultry. Handles were made of wood from Panama and Nicaragua and rosewood and ebony from South America and Africa. J.A. Foster from the company went on to become Fulton’s first mayor. This photo shows workers at the plant in 1904. Information supplied by the Friends of History at the Pratt House.
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