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Budding authors debut work at Fulton Municipal Building

Fulton Memoirs Writing Project

Participants of Jim Farfaglia’s memoir writing workshop will present “The Stories from Our Past that Inspire Our Future” at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.

Refreshments will be available.

For more information, visit jimfarfaglia.weebly.com or call the Fulton Public Library at 592-5159.

By Ashley M. Casey

Local author Jim Farfaglia teamed up with the Fulton Public Library to get the people of Fulton to share their stories of living in the city through the Fulton Memoirs Writing Project.

More than 40 locals participated, and will read excerpts from their work aloud at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Fulton Municipal Building.

Made possible by a grant from the state Council on the Arts, Farfaglia led a series of writing workshops to draw memories out of his participants for the project, called “The Stories from Our Past that Inspire Our Future.” The memoirs will be collected for a book, the profits of which will benefit the library.

For the rest of this story, pick up the Sept. 14 edition of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

Barbecue fundraiser nets $2,700 for Lake Neatahwanta cleanup

By Tracy Kinne

The Lake Neatahwanta Revitalization Committee raised about $2,700 at a chicken barbecue fundraiser Sept. 7 at Bullhead Point, said Mayor Ronald L. Woodward Sr.

Crystal English, owner of Shannons Hotdogs by Crystal, donated her proceeds from the day to the committee.

Also, core samples taken from the bottom of the lake were analyzed and revealed no substances that would require special disposal, Woodward said.

Woodward, who is a member of the revitalization committee, spoke prior to a special city council meeting Tuesday.

The samples all were “type A,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with them,” Woodward said. “We don’t have worry about how we get rid of it.”

The committee plans to dredge the lake bottom to get rid of sediment, he said.

“Can we take the signs down?” asked Dan Knopp, a committee member, referring to no-swimming signs posted around the lake.

The signs refer to blue-green algae, which can be toxic, so they will have to stay up, Woodward said.

But the goal is clean the lake enough that the algae disappears.

Fulton Senior Dining and Activity Center

 

Sept. 16:

Macaroni and cheese with scalloped tomatoes, vegetable blend

Sept. 17:

Pork chop with gravy, stuffing and cook’s choice vegetables

Sept. 18:

Meatball sub with sauce, along with Italian blend vegetables

Sept. 19:

Chicken and biscuits with mashed potatoes, peas and carrots

Sept. 20:

Program closed

An activity begins daily at 11 a.m.; lunch is served at noon in the community room at the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.

For reservations, call Eileen at 592-3408. Please call 24 hours in advance.

The center is operated by Oswego County Opportunities, a private, nonprofit that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 services throughout 80 locations. For more information, visit oco.org.

Tempers flare at Fulton school board meeting

446 people sign petition opposing changes brought about by conflict of interest policy; Egan appointed Volney principal

By Tracy Kinne

The Fulton board of education Tuesday night appointed a former superintendent as interim principal at Volney Elementary School, a few hours after a petition with 446 signatures was presented to the district saying, “We want our principal back!”

The petition, which makes reference to  the Volney school, says former Principal Jeff Hendrickson was forced into switching to a different school and that students are devastated by the change.

It suggests that teachers be moved instead of principals, says the switch in administrators is a change that the signers do  not want and says, “Save our principal.”

For the rest of this story, pick up the Sept. 14 edition of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

Senior News

Volney seniors enjoy state fair trip

By Alma Bowering, Volney Senior Citizens

Our first meeting of September was a beautiful sunny day and 46 of us made it to our meeting at noon.

As usual, there were so many dishes of food and they were all so good.

We have four new members: Carolyne Shoults, Gladys Daniels, Cindy Garrett and John Haney. Welcome aboard, folks.

Our birthday folks are Gladys Daniels, Pete Falanza and Jim Secor. Pete and Barb Falanga celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary this month. Great job, kids!

Madelyn Williams won the 50-50 drawing.

The trip to the State Fair was a super day. There is so much to see, and the food is great, especially the bloomin’ onion.

The shows in the Coliseum are fun to watch. The animals are all in top-notch shape. They just shine.

Sept. 19 we have a trip to the Cortland Country Music Park to see Loretta Lynn and Charlie Pride, performed by Donna Minnoe, Terry Grimes and the Mystics.

Rachel Baglia from the Oswego Health Center was here to educate people about falling.

If you fall, you should get up very slowly, if you can get up at all.

Did you know more than half of all falls occur in the home? Among older adults, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence and injury deaths. So take care and do not have any falls.

Nov. 20 will be our Thanksgiving dinner at Bristol Hill Church at noon. See you there.

A person can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.

Granby Center Seniors plan chicken barbecue, share laughs

By Emma Martin, Secretary of Granby Center Seniors

We had a beautiful day for our Sept. 5 meeting. We had 42 members.

It seemed so good to see our many friends. Kathy Wood won cards.

Pat Fontano won our 50-50 drawing. Our chaplain, Ruth Sheldon, said our prayer and we all pledged allegiance to our beautiful flag.

We had a delicious luncheon with awesome desserts! I still think we should eat the desserts first while we still have room for them instead of before eating the good food.

President Larry Flora opened the meeting with a couple of cute jokes. It was nice to have a good laugh.

Carrie Palmer, membership lady, read birthdays and anniversaries. She is recuperating from another fall. We told her to try to keep her feet under her.

Secretary Martin had to apologize for not having past reports straightened up to read them. Treasurer Estelle Holmes read the treasurer report.

President Flora talked about our chicken barbecue Oct. 3. You have to sign up and pay before then. We will have an entertainment of music for our Sept. 19 meeting. We hope our seniors can make a good showing!

Kitchen committee for Sept. 19 will be Kathy Wallace, Sandy Palmeteso, Joyce Gleason, Nancy and Larry Flora.

On Oct. 3, the kitchen committee will be Carrie Palmer, Augie Loomis, Percy Marcino, Joan Taylor and Marge Walsh.

Church to show new movie

On one Sunday each month, First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., continues to show, free of charge, full-length movies.

Many are newly released. At 2 p.m. Sept. 15 the church will show a movie well suited to older adults. Families also are welcome to this PG rated flick. Popcorn and soda are provided free of charge.

Copyright restrictions do not allow First United to publicize the title of the movie or the leading characters.

It is a prequel to the classic movie based on the novel by L. Frank Baum. It begins in the Midwest in black-and-white and then falls to a “Technicholor Neverland” in the eye of a twister.

In this place of garish, unnatural wonders and exotic fauna the bewildered magician is swept off his feet by not one, but three magnificent witches.

For further information, contact the Rev. David Nethercott at 592-2707 or prairieborn@aol.com.