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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.

Library to present Fulton Memoir Project on Sept. 19

The Fulton Public Library has announced the date for its presentation of a summer-long writing program that inspired local residents to write a short memoir about Fulton.

The presentation will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Fulton Municipal Building’s Community Room.

“The Memoir Project was offered to Fultonians and those who have been involved with the Fulton community,” said Betty Maute, the library’s director.

“We kicked off the project with a series of informative presentations to local service clubs,” she said. “After registering people for the project, Jim Farfaglia, the project’s writing instructor, guided participants through a series of classes. The classes were held at our library, at Towpath Towers and the Mill Apartments.”

“This project really took on a life of its own,” Farfaglia said. “During our classes, people were uncovering amazing stories about their time in Fulton and fascinating details about how Fulton helped them succeed in life. We ended up with nearly 40 memoirs and each one offers a unique perspective on what makes Fulton a great place.”

The presentation will begin with an introduction by Mayor Ronald L. Woodward Sr. and feature several of the memoir writers, who will read excerpts from their stories.

Those in attendance will be treated to some never-heard-before stories about Fulton and will get to hear about some well-known Fultonians in a new way.

Maute and Farfaglia will talk about what will happen next with the memoirs, as well as future writing events.

The Memoir Project was made possible through a grant from the state Council on the Arts.

The presentation is free and refreshments will be served. No registration is necessary, but those interested in more information may contact the library at 592-5159.

 

City swears in two new police officers

At a recent meeting of the Fire and Police Commission, two new police officers were appointed to the Fulton Police Department.

The officers, Thomas Yawger and Thomas Pappa, are filling vacancies.

The new officers began a weeklong orientation with Fulton Police Sept. 3. They began police academy training Sept. 9.

The officers are scheduled to attend the Mohawk Valley Police Academy in Utica for approximately 20 weeks.

At the conclusion of the police academy training, the officers will return to the Fulton Police Department, where they will receive 12 weeks of field training before they are eligible to begin solo patrol.

‘It’s Cool 2B in School’ seeks to raise awareness of absenteeism

By Ashley M. Casey

Last school year, students in the Fulton City School District missed 48,576 instruction days – that’s an average of 14 absences per student. To combat the absenteeism epidemic, the school district has joined Attendance Works, a national campaign to boost attendance rates.

As part of this campaign and Attendance Awareness Month, the district is hosting “It’s Cool 2B in School: Every Day Counts Celebration” Sept. 15. The event will feature children’s games and activities, contests, food vendors and presentations for parents from community organizations.

The goal of this campaign, said Geri Geitner, director of student support programs, is to “raise awareness in the community that attendance is a critical issue.

“We need students to be in school on time and to stay in school all day, every day,” Geitner added.

Geitner said that although missing a couple of days a month may not seem like a big deal, an accumulation of absences negatively affects a student’s learning and social development.

For the rest of this story, pick up the Sept. 11 edition of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

Smaller, less expensive water project on tap in Granby

By Scott Allardice

Efforts to expand Granby’s public water system are continuing, but now the effort has a new service area, a new name and a new price, said Supervisor Ed Williamson.

The proposed Granby Water District No. 6 was defeated in March by a vote of 102 to 79.

Now just six months later, the town is back with a new plan.

“We took out the roads of the people who don’t want water,” Williamson said.

This means the new proposal would bring water supplied by the Onondaga County Water Authority to the residents of Wybron Road, Sharp Road (north end), LeoMar Drive, Merritt Road, county Route 8 (south from Bowens Corners), South Granby Road (portion only) and county Route 55 (south from King Road).

For the rest of this story, pick up the Sept. 11 edition of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

Councilors hear concerns about traffic, pedestrians

By Tracy Kinne

Pedestrians crossing busy Route 481, a warehouse expansion, bridge projects and proclamations supporting The Salvation Army and School Attendance Awareness month were among the topics taken up by the Fulton city council Tuesday night.

Frank Castiglia spoke to the council about a scene he witnessed at South Second Street, or Route 481 and Seneca Street. A child was crossing the busy roadway, lost her flip-flop and ran into traffic to get it.

“My wife and I were cringing,” he said, afraid they would witness the girl being struck by a vehicle. The girl made it to the curb safely, he said.

But he wondered if the city could place a yellow sign in the roadway reminding drivers to yield to pedestrians.

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