Category Archives: Fulton News

Public hearing Oct. 1 to discuss zone change

The Fulton city council approved holding a public hearing 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the municipal building, 141 S. First St. regarding a zone change proposal for a block bounded by Highland Street, South Third Street, East Broadway and Park Street.

The zoning would change from R-2 residential to R-1A. Essentially, the zoning would change from two-family homes to single-family homes, councilors said.

“It is a long-term strategy to try to return the neighborhoods to single-family, owner-occupied homes,” Mayor Ronald L. Woodward said. “It’s a good law.”

Warm food, warm welcome at All Saints’ free dinners

By Tracy Kinne

It was 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, and about a half dozen people sat in the dining room at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fulton.

“She likes to come,” one man said, motioning to his companion. Between them, a baby slept in a carriage.

“It helps a little,” another man said.

A few feet away, a representative from Oswego County Opportunities’ homeless services program sat near a table, ready to help anyone who might be homeless — or in danger of becoming so.

This is the weekly free Tuesday night community dinner put on by All Saints members, volunteers from other area churches and community volunteers.

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All Saints festival Sept. 13


All Saints Episcopal Church in Fulton will host a festival with food, handmade crafts, wooden items, jewelry, baked goods, canned goods, face painting and children’s amusements.

The festival will open 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at the church, on South First and Academy streets, and continue with a garage sale at 8 a.m. Sept. 14, booths at 10 a.m. and a rodeo at noon.

Proceeds benefit the church missions, including the free Tuesday night dinner.

Accordionist Klocek to highlight Polish Fest

Jasiu Klocek and his accordion will perform at Fulton Polish Fest at the Fulton Polish Home noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 21.

Klocek will be strolling through the crowd playing Polka favorites.

He began playing the accordion at age 7 and at age 15 formed his first Polka band called “Jasiu Klocek and His Polka Band.”

In the mid ‘70s the name was changed to “Jasiu Klocek and the Salt City Brass.” The band has played together for more than 40 years.

Both groups have played in Central New York at locations such as the Mattydale Veterans of Foreign Wars post, numerous weddings, church festivals, concerts in parks, at the Fireside Restaurant for three years, and from 2008 to 2010 every Wednesday at Vernon Downs.

The Salt City Brass primarily plays Polka music but also enjoys playing rock and roll and Latin American music.

In 1980, the group recorded a compact disc titled “Polkas with Class by the Salt City Brass,”  which is still available for purchase.

For the past 10 years, Klocek has played in a Polka band in Florida called  “The Florida Honky Polka Band” and most recently played on the Polish Home float at the 2013 Fulton Memorial Day Parade.

Klocek and his wife, Sue, have been married 40 years and have two children and two grandchildren.

Fulton Polish Fest will run noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Fulton Polish Home, 153 W. First St. S. (Route 48) and will feature Polish and American food.

Admission is free. For more information, call the Fulton Polish Home at 593-2875.

Volney will host “Scrapbook Corner”

The town of Volney History Center is hosting “Scrapbook Corner” at the town hall at state Route 3 and county Route 6.

The History Center has 35 scrapbooks; 19 books are indexed and cross referenced by name and item (such as obituary, wedding, honors, disasters).

The scrapbooks cover many and various years, especially the war years including pictures of the men and women who fought for our country.

The scrapbooks will be available for geneology and general reading 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5.

For more information, contact Florence McDougall, Volney historian, at 593-2293 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need a JavaScript-enabled computer to view it.

School is in session: Fulton students and teachers foresee excitement and challenges.

By Ashley M. Casey

With the implementation of the new Common Core state educational standards and a shuffling of elementary school principals, the 2013-14 school year is bound to be a challenging one for the Fulton City School District. But students and staff alike are diving into their routine with an unquenchable optimism.

Students at Granby Elementary School, Volney Elementary School, Lanigan Elementary School, Fulton Junior High School and ninth graders at G. Ray Bodley High School began the year on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Sophomores, juniors and seniors returned to Bodley on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Granby Elementary School invited the Valley News to its first day back.

“I’m most excited for the kids to come back,” said Heather Perry, principal of Granby Elementary School. “We’ve worked all summer and that’s what we’ve worked for.”

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Sherman seeks Fourth Ward seat

Mark Sherman has announced his candidacy for Fourth Ward councilor in Fulton.

Sherman has a bachelor of science in business adminstration from State University College at Oswego and is the owner and operator of Letters Signs & Specialties on Route 481 in the Fourth Ward.

He served two terms on the council, from 1998 to 2001.

A city resident since 1991, Sherman said he wants to focus on the financial problems facing Fulton and its taxpayers.

“Recognizing the main problem for the city of Fulton, we have the second highest tax rate in the state of New York, making it amongst the highest taxed locations in the country and still we have financial problems,” he said.

“Many candidates do not want to address fiscal problems,” he added.

Residents want business brought back to Fulton, Sherman said.

“Unfortunately, the reality to that concern is not a good one,” he said. “Corporate business people are savvy. They look at numbers and when they see the cost for property taxes and fees, they move on.”

Sherman said budgetary cuts need to be made.

“We need to take positive action now and in the next couple years to prepare for the possibility of more lost jobs and lost tax base,” he said.

“If we do this, we can then take the steps to improve infrastructure and neighborhoods. Getting our fiscal house in order will set a strong foundation,” he continued.

“We need to make some cuts and move money around in the budget to get a lowering of the costs required to run the city, which in turn will make it more attractive for people to return and businesses and  jobs will follow.”

Catholic Charities hosts picnic for family services program

Participants in Catholic Charities’ Family Education, Family Support Services and Relatives Raising Relatives programs were recently treated to a group picnic at Scriba Town Park.

Twenty-nine families gathered for a day of fun and networking.

“It was a great day,” said Jonathan Gilmore, program supervisor for the Relatives Raising Relatives program.

“The children enjoyed an afternoon of swimming and playing outside while family members and caregivers had the chance to get to know each other,” he said. “It was a excellent way for them to share their experiences, realize that they are not alone and develop a support system for themselves.”

Catholic Charities’ family services programs offer information, resources and education that allow parents, caregivers and family members to develop the skills necessary to build strong family relationships and effectively meet challenges.

Gail Cooper, supervisor for the Family Education and Partnership program, said that while these programs focus on reducing the stress on families by supporting and empowering parents, caregivers and families, they offer much more than information and access to resources.

“The personal touch that our family services programs provide is what makes them so effective,” Cooper said.

Cooper said the Family Education Partnership’s combination of family activity nights and group meetings offer parents, caregivers and siblings the opportunity to meet other families who share the same concerns and discuss their experiences.

“It’s an important part of the program as it may be the only chance that families with children or adolescents with a mental health or emotionally disturbed diagnosis have to network with each other,” said Cooper.

Working primarily in the home with whole family units, Catholic Charities’ Family Support Services strives to improve families living environment by strengthening family relationships and assisting in the development of an outside support system.

Education groups that utilize a strength-based approach to provide parents and caregivers with the tools they need to function as a healthy family unit compliment the program.

Catholic Charities’ Relatives Raising Relatives program serves caregivers who have taken on the responsibility of raising their relative’s children.

Through educational groups and recreational outings, the program provides participating families with the support they need to strengthen their family bond and provides them with the opportunity to interact with and share their experiences with other families.

“It’s an effective program that has seen continued growth and provided positive results for the participating families,” said Jonathan Gilmore, supervisor for the Relatives Raising Relatives program.

“These programs are an invaluable resource to dozens of families. The support and knowledge that they provide is helping to develop stronger and healthier families throughout Oswego County,” added Cooper.

For information the programs, contact Catholic Charities at 598-3980 or visit

Catholic Charities serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for local programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.