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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.
Photo courtesy

Fundraiser for ARISE ramp program set for May 31

This year’s ARISE & Ride for Ramps is scheduled for May 31 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.

The event will be bigger and better than ever this year, with a new location and more features thanks to Oswego Speedway.

ARISE & Ride for Ramps features a motorcycle ride, 5K run and the chance for kids to ride their bikes at Oswegoe Speedway.

There will be a chicken barbecue, along with other food, lots of activities for the whole family, and items to be won during drawings.

All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase construction materials to help Oswego County families regain access to their home.

ARISE & Ride for Ramps is the largest fundraiser for ARISE’s Oswego County Ramp Program. This is the only program in Oswego County providing ramps for people who cannot afford them.

For people who suddenly develop mobility impairments, their home can quickly change from being a source of comfort to feeling like a prison. And, for those currently living in a nursing facility, a ramp can be the missing link that allows them to return home.

“Without easy and safe access into their house, many people are unable to be safely discharged from nursing facilities,” said Jim Karasek, ARISE’s manager of independent living services in Oswego.

“The accessible ramps we provide not only mean that people are able to come home, it also restores their sense of independence and reunites them with their families,” he said.

There is already a waiting list for ramp construction this building season and more applications come in every day.

Support for the ARISE Oswego County Ramp Program is provided solely through donations from individuals and businesses.

The ramps are built by volunteers so the funds raised pay for materials.

Last year, ARISE built a ramp for a couple who had been unable to leave their home for more than two years.

And more than 30 families have stories to share of the freedom to come and go that they experienced just last year thanks to the program.

To register or learn more about the program or event, visit

ARISE & Ride for Ramps is supported by Oswego Speedway, Lighthouse Lanes, Murdock’s Bicycles & Sports, G & C Foods, NewsChannel 9 WSYR, Precision Sign and Graphics and Zink Shirts.

ARISE is a nonprofit Independent Living Center organized and directed by people with disabilities.

The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with about 4,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities.

ARISE has offices in Oswego, Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison and Seneca counties.

Oswego County Girl Scouts win awards

Girls from throughout the 26-county region of the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways have earned the highest awards in Girl Scouting, the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

The prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

In order to earn the award, girls must complete Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and demonstrate their leadership abilities by spending at least 80 hours working on a Gold Award Take Action project that creates a sustainable impact on their extended communities.

Oswego County girls earning the Gold Award are Kaitlyn Crobar and Samantha Stewart of Central Square and Katelyn Clary and Emily Mills of Oswego.

The Silver Awards are the highest award for Girl Scouts in grades six thorugh eight. To earn this, a girls complete a Cadette Journey, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, gain leadership skills and then spend at least 50 hours working on a community service project.

Oswego County girls receiving the Silver Award are: Dakota Gillete of Hastings; Dana Bova, Elizabeth Choquette, Sarah Stevenson and Jeanette Stewart of Central Square; and Claudia Chetney, Morgan Familo, Lauren Jones, Desire Myers and Lauren Samson, all of Oswego.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Junior. To earn the award, girls must learn leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project on which they spend at least 20 hours making a positive impact on their communities. Girls can work within their troops to earn this award.

Oswego County girls earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award are: Zoe Eisel, Abby Jordan, Alice Weigel and Katie Woods from troop 10031 in PUlaski and Lacona; Allison Griffin, Angelina Guarrera, Sarah Jones, Zeida Olson, Morgan Samson, Melanie Solano and Maya Upcraft from troop 10434 in Oswego and Scriba; Kaitlyn Czerow, Katherine Fierro, Clare Hook, Cecile Laundre, Caitie Lilly and Julia Roman from troop 10461 in Oswego; Laura Cummings, Allison Lizotte, Amelia Rastle, Samantha Terpening and Cassidy Woodward from troop 10580 in Oswego and Fulton;

The Gold Awards will be presented May 3 at the Young Women of Distinction Luncheon at Onondaga Community College. Girls that have earned the Girl Scout Silver and Bronze awards will be recognized at a dessert reception on May 18 at Camp Hoover in Tully.

Fulton Park for Friday April 11 is Voorhees Park


Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Voorhees 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 man charged with attempted rape



A Fulton man has been charged with four felonies stemming from an investigation by the Fulton Police Department.

Earl C. Dedeaux, 41, of West Second Street, was arrested April 7 and charged with:

Att. to Commit Crime/Rape 1st Class C Felony

Strangulation 2nd Class D Felony

Assault 2nd Class D Felony
Unlawful Imprisonment 1
st Class D Felony

Dedeaux is accused of attempting to forcibly engage in sexual intercourse with the victim. During the course of the assault, Dedeaux hit the female victim several times about the face, neck, and chest, and also choked the victim, restricting her breathing. According to the New York State Sex Offender Registry, Dedeaux is listed as a Level 2 sex offender.

Dedeaux was arraigned by Fulton City Court Judge Hawthorne on April 7 and sent to the Oswego County Correctional Facility without bail.