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Child Advocacy Center team honored for investigative efforts

Members of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC)’s Multi-Disciplinary Team were recently recognized at the agency’s annual meeting for their investigative efforts.

Over the past year, the CAC served 475 children, provided more than 3,000 therapy sessions, and investigated more than 211 cases.

“Our MDT members participated in more than 200 forensic interviews and contacted our victim advocate and case management personnel more than 2,400 times,” said CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm.

“While our MDT team does a remarkable job on each to its investigations, this group of exceptional individuals was recognized for their extraordinary efforts on a particularly troubling case that required not only collaboration between MDT members, but also law enforcement professionals in another state as well. Their work resulted in a conviction that has placed a dangerous sexual offender behind bars for over 40 years,” Damm said.

Comprised of a cross section of law enforcement investigators, child protective services, medical providers, therapeutic professionals, victim support professionals, the district attorney’s office, and other human services agencies, the CAC’s Multi-Disciplinary Team maintains a coordinated, effective approach to child abuse investigation and prosecution, and service provision to families and individuals affected by child abuse.

Team members share pertinent information regarding the cases, and by following the CAC’s system for monitoring cases, take necessary steps to protect children, reduce the trauma to children and respective family members and pursue positive legal outcomes that meet the best interest of the child victim and their families.

“Our Multi -Disciplinary Team enables us to offer a wide range of services to children who have been physically, sexually, or emotionally abused and their families,” Damm said.

“Its efforts allow us to maintain an effective approach to child abuse investigation and prosecution, and service provision to families and individuals affected by child abuse,” added Damm.

Located at 301 Beech St., Fulton, with a satellite office at 4822 Salina St., Pulaski, the CAC of Oswego County is a nonprofit charitable organization that works to protect and serve children that are victims of sexual and physical abuse.

For more information on the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, call  592-4453.

BOCES nursing students welcome 2 guests

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Adult Education students enrolled in the Practical Nursing program at Oswego County BOCES spend 40 weeks or 1,170 hours learning the skills needed to perform hands-on patient care.

A combination of classroom lectures, labs and clinical experiences prepares students for immediate employment opportunities in such places as home care agencies, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, hospitals, and healthcare clinics.

As the Practical Nursing students begin to enter the final weeks of their class, instructors invited two special guests to speak to students about the world of work and how to provide the best possible patient care.

Dr. Alfredo Lopez and registered nursee Kim Flomerfelt work at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse and took a break from their busy schedules to share their own professional journeys, what led them to their current positions and also provided students some sound career advice.

Lopez, the son of a migrant worker who migrated to the United States as a child, and Flomerfelt, the daughter of a family that grew up living off the land in Alaska, might have grown up in two very different worlds, but their message was the same: Take care of yourself and you will be able to provide patients with the best possible care.

“You have committed to taking care of other human beings, that is a very special thing,” Lopez said. He encouraged the students to always remember why they choose the medical profession as their career path in the first place.

Oswego County BOCES offers adult students the opportunity to take advantage of several healthcare, trades and technology career training opportunities.

To learn more about these training opportunities, visit: wwwOswegoBOCES.org/AdultEd or call the Adult Education Department at 963-4256.

Friends of Fulton Parks sponsors medallion contest

By Debra J. Groom

Hey, Fultonians.

Do you know where all your city parks are located?

Well, city officials hope a new contest beginning today will get everyone more acquainted with the 14 beautiful parks the city offers.

Called Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt, the contest consists of a medallion being hidden somewhere in one of the city’s parks.

To find the medallion, residents must read The Valley News beginning with today’s edition.

In it somewhere will be an advertisement with the logo for Friends of Fulton Parks (the logo looks like a hand print — see a photo of it on Page 3). Next to the logo will be a clue to where the medallion is hidden.

If no one finds the medallion after Clue 1 in today’s paper, another clue will be published in an ad in the paper coming out Saturday, April 12. If the medallion still is not found, another clue will be found in an ad in the paper of Wednesday, April 16. The final clue will run in an ad in The Valley News on Saturday, April 19.

A photograph of the medallion appears with this news article. To help out, there also is a map showing where all the city parks are located.

The person who finds the medallion will win $150. But, if that person is a Valley News subscriber, he or she will pick up $250.

Kelley Weaver, a member of the Friends of Fulton Parks organization, said she came up with the idea for the contest when she was thinking about all the beauty and fun the parks have to offer.

“People usually know their one park – the one they like or the one in their neighborhood,” she said. “But what about all the others. Let’s think out of the box, people!”

The Fulton parks are scattered throughout the city. Three – Bullhead Point, Recreation Park and Indian Point – are on the water. Ten have playgrounds. One is simply a serene place to sit on a bench and gaze at the garden. One honors our veterans.

“The more I thought about it, I could tell a few things,” Weaver said. “People do care and value these parks but I also found a lot of people don’t know where they all are.”

Friends of Fulton Parks is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit organization. It does not receive funding from the city of Fulton and instead, operates on donations and what is brought in through fundraisers.

“We have an ongoing ‘Five-for-Five’ fundraiser where you can donate $5 to the park of your choice and have your name written on a handprint at that park,” Weaver said. “We also have a big community event coming up April 27 at Tavern on the Lock.”

Weaver said Friends of Fulton Parks has a “good relationship with the city and collaborates with the Department of Parks and Recreation on functions at the parks.

In conjunction with the medallion, Friends of Fulton Parks is running another contest for smaller playground prizes.

Each day, a park will be featured. Check out The Valley News website at valleynewsonline.com to see which park it is.

Go to that park and find a colorful stone with the park’s name on it. There will be a new park featured for 10 days.

Collect all 10 park stones and you can win a prize. There will be 20 stones in each park, so there could be 20 winners.

All prizes — including the large cash award — will be presented at a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park.

Medallion Contest Rules

There is only one medallion.

You do not have to climb anything, dig in the dirt or take anything apart to find the medallion.

You should not have to harm any part of the park to find the medallion.

If you find it, immediately call 402-7431, or email friendsoffultonparks@gmail.com

There will be an awards ceremony for prizes at about 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park.

The person who finds the medallion will win $150 if he or she is not a Valley News subscriber. If the winner does have a Valley News subscription, he or she will win $250.

Keep your eye on The Valley News website (valleynewsonline.com) and The Valley News Facebook page for announcements on whether the medallion has been found.

 

News in Brief

As of April 30, 2014, The Valley News will accept classified advertisements only 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.

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The  Art Association of Oswego and the SUNY Oswego Art Department are sponsoring a benefit dinner for Bill Demott to help defray medical costs  from his recent cardiac surgery.

Demott is an adjunct professor in the art departments at SUNY Oswego and at Cayuga Community College. He is a talented artist and the event coordinator for the Art Association of Oswego.

The benefit will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Oswego Foundry. There will be a chicken barbecue, live music and a silent auction for a variety of art work and baskets donated from artists at SUNY Oswego and the Art Association.

There also will be a drawing for prizes, including a Labor Day getaway to New York City.  Live music will be provided by the Cortini Brothers, the Billionaires and Canvas Moon.

Tickets for dinner and the drawing may be purchased at the rivers end Bookstore in Oswego, the Oswego YMCA and also will be available at the door the evening of the event. Takeout orders for the chicken barbecue are available.

For further information regarding dinner and drawing ticket costs, visit the Art Association website at www.oswegoarts.org.

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Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego will be serving an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday April 12.

This will be the last one until fall. The menu includes your choice of French toast, waffles, or pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee or tea.

Extra sides may be purchased as well.

Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 45 E. Utica St., (corner of East Fourth at Utica Street) in Oswego.

For more information you may call the church at 343-1715.

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The Class of 1990 from G. Ray Bodley High School will have a 25th Reunion planning meeting at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Lakeview Lanes Bar area.

All are welcome to attend.

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Port City Faith will introduce a series titled “He Still Moves Stones” during its two Easter Services at 9 and 10:45 a.m. April 20.

The series will address many of the concerns and obstacles people in our community face: depression, anxiety, emotional disorders, relational struggles and many more applicable issues.

“There is a solution to these heartbreaking life struggles, I challenge you to join us for these services and find out what the answer is!” said Pastor Sebastian Foti.

This is the first time the church will present two Sunday services in order to accommodate the growth of the congregation as well as the holiday surplus in attendance.

Port City Faith has an upbeat style of service with contemporary worship and relevant preaching. Its intricate children’s church program is offered to grades pre-kindergarten through six, and nursery is also offered for those less than four years of age.

For additional information, visit www.portcityfaith.com or the church’s Facebook page.

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Heather Snyder, director of medical and scientific operations for the national Alzheimer’s Association, will present at DEMENTIACARE2014 on May 7 at the Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Syracuse.

Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, this third annual conference welcomes individuals caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia for a day of learning and empowerment.

Admission to the conference is $75 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments and a resource guide.

Registration can be completed online at www.alz.org/cny, or by phone at 596-4016, extension 108 in Oswego County.

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A full day of events is planned at North Volney Methodist Church May 10.

There will be a used book sale from 9 a.. to 4 p.m. at the church with all kinds of books available to purchase. In additon to books, there also will be church and choir music, old sheet music, jigsaw puzzles, magazines and DVDs

Lunch will be available to those who get hungry and there is a bake sale for those who have a sweet tooth. Also, there will be a plant sale to help you get ready for summer in your yards.

A free gospel concert will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Groups scheduled to appear are The Misfits and Lake Effect Bluegrass.

The concert is a mix of country, traditional, bluegrass and contemporary gospel. The musicians donate their time to this event, but a free will offering will be taken to help them with expenses.

This is a one-stop event to fill your mind with good reading, your heart with good music, your stomach with good food and your yard with beautiful flowers.

North Volney Methodist church is located at the corners of County Routes 4 and 6 in the town of Volney.

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The Volney Farmers’ Market will reopen for the season June 3.

The market will be open 3 to 6 p.m. each Tuesday from June 3 through the end of September at the Volney Highway Department on State Route 3.

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The New Haven Farmers’ Market will reopen for the season June 2.

The market will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. each Monday from June 2 through the end of September.

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The Mt. Adnah Preservation Foundation, Inc. has established a memorial brick walkway at the site of the Case Memorial Chapel in Mt. Adnah Cemetery located on East Broadway, Fulton.

During the past several years, more than 215 inscribed memorial bricks have been placed in the walkway and there is room for several hundred more.

This is a loving way to remember your deceased loved ones and the public is invited to purchase memorial bricks for installation in this walkway, whether your loved one is buried in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, or elsewhere.

Each brick may contain a total of 18 characters and spaces on each of three lines. Bricks must be ordered by May 15 to be installed by Memorial Day.

The Foundation has been adding plantings to the garden at the Case Memorial Chapel site and there is a bench at the site for the public to use as a place for reflection and remembrance.  You are invited to visit the site while at the Cemetery.

For further information about the Memorial Bricks, call Brian Guyer at 592-2523 or email him at tigguy@twcny.rr.com.

Letters can be addressed to the Foundation at P. O. Box 715.Fulton, N. Y. 13069.

Future of Fulton Public Library rests on May 20 vote

By Ashley M. Casey

Voters in the Fulton City School District will have two decisions to make concerning the fate of the Fulton Public Library in the May 20 election: how it’s funded and who runs it.

The library is putting forth two propositions for next month’s elections. One would make  the library a school district library — solely funded by a tax that the district collects, eliminating the city of Fulton’s responsibility. The other puts the election of the board of trustees up to the voters as well. Currently, the city appoints trustees to the board. Continue reading

AmeriCorps donates fleece blankets to families in need

Submitted by Oswego County

Oswego County AmeriCorps members recently donated more than 40 fleece blankets to the Oswego County Health Department’s Maternal Child Health Program for families in need.

The blankets were created by AmeriCorps members as a special project in recognition of Martin Luther King Day.

AmeriCorps Program Assistant Carrie Victory and Program Coordinator Kathy Andolina assisted with the project.

“Currently we have more than 20 AmeriCorps members serving throughout Oswego County, providing mentoring or  fitness education and nutrition activities,” said Andolina.

“Several more members recently started in our new Economic Opportunity grant. These members provide financial literacy and housing services to qualified individuals through the Department of Social Services, Oswego County Opportunities, and Catholic Charities,” she said.

Oswego County AmeriCorps is accepting applications for the summer AmeriCorps program. Members will provide fitness education and nutrition activities to youth around Oswego County.

Summer members serve 300 hours, receive a living allowance of $2,113 and an education award of $1,175.

For more information, contact the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3451.

 

Phoenix student signs with Oral Roberts University

Destiny Teel recently signed a letter of intent to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla.

Teel, a senior at John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix, will attend the school and participate on the track team.

Teel, a standout in the pole vault for Birdlebough’s indoor and outdoor track seasons, also runs sprints and hurdles.

Born in Tulsa, Okla., Teel is excited to go “back home.” An excellent student as well as an exceptional athlete, Teel has also been nominated for the university’s  Quest Whole Person Scholarship.

She will interview with the selection committee this month to find out whether she will receive a scholarship of up to $20,000 per year to the prestigious university.

The scholarship program recognizes students who demonstrate the following: Christian world view, lifestyle of service, academic achievement, leadership ability, vision to make a life-changing impact on others and a healthy lifestyle.

While at Oral Roberts, Teel plans to major in biology.

Andy Lewis, who was her track coach for three years, called Teel, “a good kid who has come a long ways, especially in pole vault. She did a lot of extra work above and beyond to better herself,” he said.

A leader on the field and in the classroom, Teel was co-captain of the indoor team for the past two years.

Teel finished second in the pole vault in sectionals during the indoor season and jumped a personal record of 8 feet 6 inches earlier this year.

She also was named Field Most Valuable Player during the indoor track season and looks forward to the start of the outdoor season soon, providing weather and field conditions cooperate.

Tie-flying competitions, film festival coming to Altmar

Submitted by Oswego County Tourism

The Tailwater Lodge will host a fly-tying competition and IF4 film festival Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12.

The event opens with social time and viewing video segments in the Tailwater’s lounge Friday evening.

Starting at noon Saturday, April 12, spectators can watch 20 fly-tiers produce four special flies each, one per hour, from a grab bag of materials and hooks valued at more than $50.

There are still a few openings available for fly-tiers. Materials are donated by Fly Men, JP Ross and Mad River.

Registration for fly-tiers is $99 and includes one night’s overnight lodging, the grab bag of materials, admission to the traveling Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) and access to the hospitality suite on the day of the event.

Tom Fernandez, director of business development for the Woodbine Group, encourages spectators to watch the tie-off event and stay for the film festival. Drawings and awards will begin at 5 p.m. that day, followed by the opening of IF4, a traveling Fly Fishing Film Festival, at 7:30 p.m.

Admission to just the Tie-Off and IF4 is $15. Tickets are available online at https://www.ticketriver.com/event/10371.The IF4 showing is limited to 100 people.

“Tailwater is offering a special discounted room rate of $99 for both Tie-Off participants and spectators,” said Fernandez. “Guests also receive access to fish the Salmon River on the property.”

Guests should use the code “WKND” when booking.

More information is available by contacting the Tailwater Lodge at 298-3434 or Tom Fernandez  at tom@tailwaterlodge.com or 569-7413.