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Fulton woman receives presidential proclamation for first responders

Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr., left, and Beverly Belton pose with the proclamation honoring first responders sent from and signed by President Barack Obama.
Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr., left, and Beverly Belton pose with the proclamation honoring first responders sent from and signed by President Barack Obama.

By Debra J. Groom

Beverly Belton was a bit curious when a postal service worker came to her door a week ago.

“He handed me an envelope and on the front it said ‘The White House,’” Belton said. I stumbled, I was shaking. I couldn’t get it open. I said, oh my God, oh my God.”

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Swing 4 Service Golf Tourney Aug. 16

This is the fifth year for the Swing for Service Classic Golf Tournament, organized by the four local service organizations in Fulton: Fulton Lions, Fulton Rotary, Fulton Kiwanis and Sunrise Rotary. It is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16 at Emerald Crest Golf  Club in Palermo. Last year, the groups were able to invest more than $13,000 from the tournament back into the local community. Pictured from left are Lori Greeney - Fulton Rotary; Brenda Niver - Kiwanis; Roberta Dunn - Kiwanis and co-chair; Ron Browning - Lions Club; Regina Lunkenheimer - chief operating officer of Eastern Shore Associates; Bridgette Seguin - Eastern Shore; Jerry Stanard - Kiwanis; Nancy Kush Ellis - Fulton Rotary; and Don Ciciarelli - Kiwanis. Eastern  Shore Associates is the tournament’s major sponsor. Money raised during the tournament in the past have heped support Kiwanis basebal, Kamp Kiwanis, Fulton Police D.A.R.E. program, Fulton youth basketball, hockey and soccer, Fulton Wrestling Club, ARC of Oswego County, OCO, Friends of History, Success by Six, Make-A-Wish, Golisano Children’s Hospital, area food pantries and numerous scholarships.  Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea
This is the fifth year for the Swing for Service Classic Golf Tournament, organized by the four local service organizations in Fulton: Fulton Lions, Fulton Rotary, Fulton Kiwanis and Sunrise Rotary. It is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16 at Emerald Crest Golf Club in Palermo. Last year, the groups were able to invest more than $13,000 from the tournament back into the local community. Pictured from left are Lori Greeney – Fulton Rotary; Brenda Niver – Kiwanis; Roberta Dunn – Kiwanis and co-chair; Ron Browning – Lions Club; Regina Lunkenheimer – chief operating officer of Eastern Shore Associates; Bridgette Seguin – Eastern Shore; Jerry Stanard – Kiwanis; Nancy Kush Ellis – Fulton Rotary; and Don Ciciarelli – Kiwanis. Eastern Shore Associates is the tournament’s major sponsor. Money raised during the tournament in the past have heped support Kiwanis basebal, Kamp Kiwanis, Fulton Police D.A.R.E. program, Fulton youth basketball, hockey and soccer, Fulton Wrestling Club, ARC of Oswego County, OCO, Friends of History, Success by Six, Make-A-Wish, Golisano Children’s Hospital, area food pantries and numerous scholarships.
Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

News in Brief

The Park Attendant program will be returning to the city of Oswego.

AmeriCorp’s Members Cynthia Emrich and Erin Chetney will be providing equipment in conjunction with Oswego County Youth Bureau and the City of Oswego for games and activities for youth in Oswego  city parks.

The summer schedule has begun and ends Aug. 22. Children less than age 12 are recommended to have an adult with them.

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Donors needed to prevent blood shortage

The American Red Cross asks blood and platelet donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve in July and August.

With blood and platelet donation appointments currently lower than what is needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.

The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. This can be challenging during the summer months of June, July and August, when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need.

This seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive the rest of the summer.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Kay E. Schwartz, CEO, Red Cross New York- Penn Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to find a nearby blood donation opportunity or schedule an appointment.

Here are some upcoming blood drives in Oswego County:

** 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 16, Oswego Industries, Fulton

** 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 19, Walmart, Granby

** 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 22, Eastern Shore Associates, Fulton.

** 1 to 6:30 p.m., July 22, school board room, Hannibal High School

** 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 2, Mexico United Methodist Church

** 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 2, Brennan’s Beach

NYC kids come to Central New York for some ‘fresh air’

Debra Green, her daughter Trinity, 14, and Aissata Samake, 15, of the Bronx, relax after lunch at Maroun Elementary School last week. Samake has been spending weeks with the Green family through the Fresh Air Fund program.
Debra Green, her daughter Trinity, 14, and Aissata Samake, 15, of the Bronx, relax after lunch at Maroun Elementary School last week. Samake has been spending weeks with the Green family through the Fresh Air Fund program.

By Debra J. Groom

Aissata Samake is back in Pennellville for more fun-filled weeks with the Green family.

Samake, 15, if a Fresh Air kid, up in Central New York from her home in the Bronx. This is her fourth summer with the Greens.

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Kiwanis kicks off another season of baseball

Fulton City School District Superintendent William Lynch is pictured during the Fulton Kiwanis Baseball Opening Day Ceremony July 2. The season has been dedicated to the late Margaret Beckwith, a long-time leader with the Fulton Booster Club who died in January. Lynch told those at the gathering about the impact Beckwith had on the Fulton Booster Club.
Fulton City School District Superintendent William Lynch is pictured during the Fulton Kiwanis Baseball Opening Day Ceremony July 2. The season has been dedicated to the late Margaret Beckwith, a long-time leader with the Fulton Booster Club who died in January. Lynch told those at the gathering about the impact Beckwith had on the Fulton Booster Club.
Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. gives his remarks during the opening ceremonies. He also talked about Margaret Beckwith and formally dedicated the Kiwanis season to her.
Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. gives his remarks during the opening ceremonies. He also talked about Margaret Beckwith and formally dedicated the Kiwanis season to her.
vocalists Betsy and Charles Copps of Fulton are pictured performing the National Anthem during the Fulton Kiwanis Baseball Opening Day Ceremony July 2 at Kiwanis Kidhaven in Fulton.
vocalists Betsy and Charles Copps of Fulton are pictured performing the National Anthem during the Fulton Kiwanis Baseball Opening Day Ceremony July 2 at Kiwanis Kidhaven in Fulton.

This is the 83rd season for Kiwanis baseball in Fulton. The 2014 Kiwanis baseball season continues through the end of the week of Aug. 4. There are five different leagues.

The T-Ball League (eligible to boys and girls ages 4-6), the Grasshopper Minor League (Coaches and Umpires pitch in this league which is eligible to boys ages 7-9) and the Grasshopper Major League (eligible for boys ages 10-12).

Girls softball will have two leagues. In the Minors, coaches and umpires pitch in this league to girls ages 7-9. Girls ages 10-12 are eligible to participate in the Major League.

Photos by Rob Tetro

Play about ‘The Great Rope’ to be performed Aug. 2 in Oswego

The Great Rope carry was  part of the Oswego Independence Day Parade July 6. The story of the carry will be presented in a play to be performed Aug. 2 at Fort Ontario.
A reenactment of the Great Rope carry was part of the Oswego Independence Day Parade July 6. The story of the carry will be presented in a play to be performed Aug. 2 at Fort Ontario.

Submitted by Oswego County Tourism

More than 40 years ago, Rosemary Nesbitt penned a play about a 12-year-old boy involved in the War of 1812.

The play, in which Oswego settlers played a major role, is called “The Great Rope,” and it is scheduled to be presented in August as part of the War of 1812 200th anniversary commemoration.

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