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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 http://rideforramps.org.

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

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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

 

Dedeaux
Dedeaux

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.  

State provides money to fix roads damaged by harsh winter

The state on Thursday announced it is providing $40 million to help local governments make necessary repairs to highways and bridges following this year’s exceptionally harsh winter.

This funding, passed as part of the 2014-15 state budget, is a special one-time allocation to compliment the $438 million in existing State support for local transportation infrastructure.

All counties, cities, towns and villages will receive capital assistance through the program.

Localities will be able to use this money on capital projects to repair and improve infrastructure and to complement their core construction programs. To help brace for future storms, longer lasting roadway surfacing and overlay projects are eligible expenses.

Here are amounts for Oswego County and its cities, towns and villages:

Oswego County  $289,598.09

Fulton $33,490.12

Oswego $50,578.72

Albion $14,401.27

Amboy $9,024.27

Boylston $6,104.27

Constantia $16,496.90

Granby $15,829.89

Hannibal $15,539.90

Hastings $14,483.91

Mexico $18,622.88

Minetto $2,243.99

New Haven $10,097.00

Orwell $10,834.53

Oswego Town $10,949.81

Palermo $10,865.92

Parish $12,923.89

Redfield $8,244.69

Richland $16,781.46

Sandy Creek $12,332.61

Schroeppel $14,157.51

Scriba $11,530.22

Volney $16,590.23

West Monroe $9,604.68

Williamstown $7,247.50

Central Square $2,158.20

Cleveland $3,583.06

Hannibal $1,681.16

Lacona $1,186.33

Mexico Village $4,352.19

Parish Village $971.87

Phoenix $5,020.25

Pulaski $4,048.17

Sandy Creek Village $416.99

Oswego,Subtotal $661,992.48

Do these photos belong to you?

This photo has writing on the back stating it is a first grade from St. Mary’s in Fulton in April 1948. It also lists the names of some of the children in the photo.
This photo has writing on the back stating it is a first grade from St. Mary’s in Fulton in April 1948. It also lists the names of some of the children in the photo.

A couple of photographs were found this week in the Valley News archives and we would like to return them to their rightful owners.

We’re hoping there are folks still here in town that either know who the people are in the photos or know who the photographs belong to.

If you have any information, call us at 598-6397.

This photo has no names or date written on it. It shows two dapper military men enjoying a laugh.
This photo has no names or date written on it. It shows two dapper military men enjoying a laugh.

Fulton Park for Thursday April 10 — Hulett

4-10_FULstoneHULETT Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Hulett 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.

New company in Phoenix welcomes worldwide visitors April 9 and 10

SAM North America LLC, a member of the SAM Group based in Seoul, South Korea, is bringing in customers from around the world April 9 and 10 to their recently dedicated Extrusion Technology Center at the Oswego County Industrial Park in Phoenix for a tour and demonstration. 

More than 50 attendees are anticipated to attend during the two days to learn about the capabilities of the newest coextrusion coating, laminating and film casting system available for contract product development in flexible packaging converting in North America. 

The system offers a unique combination of technologies of keen interest to converters and consumer product companies anxious to develop the next generation of flexible packaging products; from in-line solution coating and surface treatment to 14 layer coextrusion.  This system provides the capabilities with resin drying and blending  and unique extruder feedscrew designs to evaluate new materials in new combinations to extend product shelf life or reduce package thickness or introduce bio-based materials into package design for more sustainable packaging.