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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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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.