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Fulton Lions Club makes improvements at Oswego Falls Park

Fulton Lions Club members Bob Weston (left) and Len Kellogg spread mulch under a jungle gym. Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently worked on clearing trees and brush recently as part of a cleanup project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park.
Fulton Lions Club members Bob Weston (left) and Len Kellogg spread mulch under a jungle gym. Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently worked on clearing trees and brush recently as part of a cleanup project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park.

Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently spread new mulch and cleared trees and brush recently as part of a cleanup project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park on South First Street, said David Dingman, Fulton Lions Club president.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the club has made work at the park one of its annual projects.

“The Fulton Lions Club, working in cooperation with the City of Fulton Parks and Recreation Department, tackled removing heavy layers of brush, trees, vines and stumps that had overgrown the western perimeter,” Dingman said. “We also spread new mulch under the swing set, slide and other playground equipment.

“During the past four years, the Fulton Lions Club has resealed the basketball court, painted the basketball backboards and added new nets,” he added. “We’ve also cleared brush from the northern perimeter chain link fence, removed stumps, removed an old chain link backstop, and filled in lawn ruts and depressions with topsoil.

“This project was very fulfilling for our members and it was a pleasure to help a community park become even more inviting to children and families,” he concluded.

Lions who participated in the project were  project co-chairs Steve Chirello and Bob Weston, Len Kellogg, Dr. Brett Tallents, Kevin Michaels, Don LaBarge, Roberta Boteler, and Dingman.

The Fulton Lions Club is part of Lions Club International, which was founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. It is the largest service club in the world with over one million members in more than 170 countries.

The Fulton club, with more than 40 members, is one of the largest and most active Lions clubs in Central New York.

Lions Clubs are committed to sight and hearing projects. Fulton Lions have joined with LCI to support Campaign Sight First II to help prevent blindness worldwide.

Fulton Lions provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids.

In addition, the Fulton club collects used eyeglasses for refurbishment and redistribution at Waby Opticians, Empire Vision Center, Wal-Mart, PathFinder Bank and the Medicine Place.

The Fulton club also supports the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program that trains Seeing Eye dogs for the blind, and the Finger Lakes Lions Hearing Foundation.

Anyone interested in membership in the Fulton Lions Club, or seeking more information may visit the club’s web site at http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php.

Correspondence can be mailed to Fulton Lions Club, c/o Steve Chirello, P.O. Box 727, Fulton, NY 13069. 

GRB Class of 1983 to hold 30th year reunion

G. Ray Bodley High School’s graduating class of 1983 is having its 30th year reunion celebration Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20.

The Reunion Committee is looking for lost classmates.

The reunion weekend kicks off at Tavern on the Lock located at 24 South First Street at 6 p.m. Friday and the highlight of the weekend will be held at Battle Island Clubhouse at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Other activities planned include a golf tournament at Battle Island Saturday afternoon, bowling and more.

Those seeking more information may visit www.g-raybodley83.com.

The events are also open to any of friends and family of the Class of 83, regardless of what year they graduated.

Those seeking more information or tickets may call Beth Pappalardo at 240-5501.

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Top storytellers take the stage in Fulton

Level 1 gold medal winners from each elementary school in the Fulton City School District showcased their storytelling talents at a recent District Wide Storytelling Festival. From left are Hanna Miller of Volney, Molly Williams of Fairgrieve, Lauren Kingsley of Granby, Jessica LaPage of Volney, Noah Horning of Lanigan, Hannah Hobby of Granby, Elizabeth McDermott of Lanigan, and Annyka Halligan of Fairgrieve.
Level 1 gold medal winners from each elementary school in the Fulton City School District showcased their storytelling talents at a recent District Wide Storytelling Festival. From left are Hanna Miller of Volney, Molly Williams of Fairgrieve, Lauren Kingsley of Granby, Jessica LaPage of Volney, Noah Horning of Lanigan, Hannah Hobby of Granby, Elizabeth McDermott of Lanigan, and Annyka Halligan of Fairgrieve.

The top storytellers from each elementary school in the Fulton City School District were honored last week at a district-wide storytelling festival at the Fulton Education Center.

Participants shared folklores, fairytales, legends, and fables that ranged from spooky to downright hysterical and many even included a useful moral lesson that provided a bit of advice to audience members.

The festival was the culmination of a storytelling event that began in each elementary school in late March.

Students in grades three through six competed for the honor to represent their school by progressing from classroom-level competitions to grade-level competitions to a building-level competition and then finally the opportunity to represent their school and tell their stories at the district festival in front of a large audience.

Level 2 gold medal winners from each elementary school in the Fulton City School District showcased their storytelling talents at a recent District Wide Storytelling Festival. In front from left are Camille Stevenson of Granby, Jasmine Criswell of Lanigan, Briana Coakley of Fairgrieve, Jessican Hyman of Volney, MacKenzie Hayden of Volney, and Dani Avery of Granby. In second row are Zachary Hobby of Granby, Alexander Blaine of Fairgrieve, Raiden Hansen of Lanigan, and Justin Hatch of Fairgrieve.
Level 2 gold medal winners from each elementary school in the Fulton City School District showcased their storytelling talents at a recent District Wide Storytelling Festival. In front from left are Camille Stevenson of Granby, Jasmine Criswell of Lanigan, Briana Coakley of Fairgrieve, Jessican Hyman of Volney, MacKenzie Hayden of Volney, and Dani Avery of Granby. In second row are Zachary Hobby of Granby, Alexander Blaine of Fairgrieve, Raiden Hansen of Lanigan, and Justin Hatch of Fairgrieve.

The goals of the storytelling program are to increase self-esteem, develop poise and confidence in public speaking, enhance listening and memorization skills, strengthen language development and heighten the students’ appreciation of literature.

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Final OCAY League competition takes flight

The Fulton City School District received gold medals for first place in the final competition of the school year. Pictured are team members Jacob Batchelor, Katelyn Caza, Patrick Fink, Hannah Geitner, Michael Holcomb, Kyle Loftus, Nick Reitz, Noah Sorbello, Jordyn Stone and Mary West. The team is coached by Sue Ryan.
The Fulton City School District received gold medals for first place in the final competition of the school year. Pictured are team members Jacob Batchelor, Katelyn Caza, Patrick Fink, Hannah Geitner, Michael Holcomb, Kyle Loftus, Nick Reitz, Noah Sorbello, Jordyn Stone and Mary West. The team is coached by Sue Ryan.

Titled “Fight and Flight,” the fourth and final Oswego County Academic Youth League competition was set in an historic venue.

Located at Oswego’s historic Fort Ontario, the competition featured two main tasks, each executed in two different ways.

The first task involved the construction of two kites, one focused on performance and functionality, and the other on aesthetics.

The second task, broken into two sections involved touring the Fort Ontario Museum and grounds to complete a museum challenge and a scavenger hunt.

In the construction of a performance kite, students followed provided guidelines for kite construction and could elect to build a more difficult design and add to their scoring options by adding on difficulty such as a line climber.

Student teams later demonstrated their kite’s flying ability in front of judges who scored the teams based on a rubric. The teams were also judged on the construction of their aesthetic kites and could score additional points if their kite could also fly.

The museum challenge and scavenger hunt sent students on self-guided tours of the fort and its grounds in search of answers and clues to earn their team points in the competition.

In the end, the team from Fulton received the gold medal for first place. Team members included Jacob Batchelor, Katelyn Caza, Patrick Fink, Hannah Geitner, Michael Holcomb, Kyle Loftus, Nick Reitz, Noah Sorbello, Jordyn Stone and Mary West. The team is coached by Sue Ryan.

Silver medal winner was the team from Mexico, with members Elizabeth Becker, Mattea McDonald, Jonathan Sheets, Joshua Bouck, James Gowans, Austin Moore, Hannah West, Benjamin Daley, Madeline Galvin, and Sydney Ryan.

The team was coached for this competition by Shannon Bigelow, when Coach Bill Coughlin was unable to attend the event due to a prior engagement.

Third place bronze medal winner was the Pulaski team, coached by Melissa Osborne, who was also honored for her dedication to the OCAY League. Osborne will be retiring at the end of this school year and she was presented with a plaque in appreciation for her involvement in the league.

Members of the Pulaski team included: Nick Allen, Kelly Bushell, Miranda Edick, Joe Falciatano, Emily Fellers, Kyle Glenister, Alyssa Kingsley, Julia Kuehner, Randy Novak, and Erik Oakes.

Following the medal presentations, the Fulton City School District was named overall champion for the season.

The team received a large traveling trophy which will be displayed in their district for the coming season.

OCAY League was organized in the spring of 1997 with the idea that academics merit a standing comparable to athletics. Students’ academic skills are challenged and showcased in a wide variety of competitive events that emphasize scholastic excellence, team building, leadership and creativity.

A particular strength of the league is its emphasis on cooperative problem solving. OCAY League is coordinated through Oswego County BOCES’ Instructional Support Services as part of the Gifted and Talented Programs cooperative services.

Free shuttle bus service for Hope Fest 2013

Hope Fest 2013 is fast approaching with three evenings of Christian outreach at the Fulton War Memorial June 7-9.

To help those without transportation and also for those who do not want to have to park far away, the Hope Fest Committee is partnering with Oswego County Opportunities to provide free shuttle bus service each night.

The bus is wheelchair accessible. The bus will be identified by bright yellow signs that say, “Hope Fest Shuttle.”

Transportation to the War Memorial: There will be two runs to pick up passengers and bring them to the War Memorial. The first run starts at 5:30 p.m. and the second run starts around 6:10 p.m. The schedule and times for the pickup stops during each run is as follows:

First Stop: Main Office Gilbert’s Grove, Pathfinder Courts – Emery St., 5:35 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Second Stop: Senior Buildings G-K, Pathfinder Courts – E. Broadway, 5:39 p.m. and 6:19 p.m.

Third Stop: Fulton Education Center/Park Area – South 4th St. between Buffalo and Rochester streets., 5:43 p.m. and 6:23 p.m.

Fourth Stop: Towpath Towers – 100 Rochester St., 5:48 p.m. and 6:28 p.m.

Fifth Stop: Fulton Mill Apartments – Riverside Ave. off West 1st St., 5:54 p.m. and 6:34 p.m.

Sixth Stop: Chateau West Apartments – W. 11th St., 6:01 p.m. and 6:41 p.m.

Arrive at War Memorial: Dropping off outside main entrance; 6:05 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

There will be return-trip bus runs at the end of each evening. Each night’s activities are expected to end around 10 p.m. The schedule for dropping off passengers on the return trips is as follows:

First Stop: Main Office Gilbert’s Grove, Pathfinder Courts – Emery St.

Second Stop: Senior Buildings G-K, Pathfinder Courts – E. Broadway.

Third Stop: Fulton Education Center/Park Area – South 4th St. between Buffalo and Rochester streets.

Fourth Stop: Towpath Towers – 100 Rochester St.

Fifth Stop: Fulton Mill Apartments – Riverside Ave. off West 1st St.

Sixth Stop: Chateau West Apartments – W. 11th St.

After first return-trip run, bus returns to War Memorial for second and final run.

For those who need transportation in the Fulton area but cannot get to the bus stops, there will be mini vans available (not wheelchair accessible) that are driven by volunteers. Please call 315-226-3378 by 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 to arrange for pickup.

Hope Fest 2013 is a free Christian community outreach event on Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9. Doors open at 5 pm with the event beginning nightly at 7 p.m. Live music, guest speakers, preaching, prayer, and testimonies.

Those seeking more information may visit www.hopefest2013.com or call 226-3378.

Fulton police to hold annual bike rodeo Saturday

The Fulton Police Department’s annual bike rodeo will be held June 1 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Fulton Community Center.

This free event is focused on youth bicycle education and safety and there will be other information and attractions including air hop rides and food and drinks.

The event will be held rain or shine. Weather permitting it will be in the Fulton Community Center/War Memorial Parking Lot located on West Broadway.

In the event of bad weather, it will be held inside the Community Center’s ice rink area. Children can complete an obstacle course with the assistance of a Fulton Police Bicycle Officer. Children can bring their own bike or use one provided by the Department.

For those who bring their bikes, they can register them with the Fulton Police and have a safety inspection done by Doyle’s Bike shop. Bicycle safety educational material will be given out to all children.

There will be a bicycle raffle sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and Menter Ambulance. Representatives from Oswego Health will be present to fit and give away helmets which have been purchased with a grant from the New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

Other organizations scheduled to be present are the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, who will be making child identification cards; Menter Ambulance will have an ambulance present for children to tour; and the Fulton Fire Department will have a fire truck present to tour also.

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Fulton Public Library offer summer reading programs

Library fun – The Fulton Public Library is offering a variety of summer programs for children and families, beginning with Every Child Ready To Read, a program designed for prekindergarten children and families. Pictured is Kim Raabe as “Mamapajamas” as she leads children and their families in a fun, music activity at a recent program.
Library fun – The Fulton Public Library is offering a variety of summer programs for children and families, beginning with Every Child Ready To Read, a program designed for prekindergarten children and families. Pictured is Kim Raabe as “Mamapajamas” as she leads children and their families in a fun, music activity at a recent program.

The Fulton Public Library is introducing “Every Child Ready To Read,” a program designed for prekindergarten children and families.

“We’re excited to add Every Child Ready To Read,” Director Betty Maute said. “The program works with children from birth to age 5 in a free, exciting workshop series that will help prepare children with the skills they will need to learn to read before they start school.”

The program will be offered June 11, 18 and 25, and July 2, 9 and 16. Children ages 3-5 years workshops are at 10 a.m. and sessions for children under 3 years are at 3:30 p.m.

The morning session will be conducted by Cathy King, author of several books on craft projects that can be used by libraries during children’s story hour. Sallyann Danforth, president of the Friends of the Fulton Public Library, will lead the afternoon session.

“Workshops will include a fun story time, and make-and-take games for children and grown ups so parents can continue to work with their children at home,” said Maute. “This program is made possible by a grant from the Oswego County Youth Bureau.”

Registration for the library’s summer reading program, “Dig Into Reading,” begins June 28. The summer reading program offers awards and incentives to participants for keeping up with reading through the summer.

To kick-off the program June 28, the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology will present “Dig Into Dirt.” Aug. 2, at the conclusion of the summer reading program, the MOST returns with “Water Filtration,” a hands-on workshop that is limited to 25 children.

The library will also be offering a one-week summer writing camp for children ages 8-13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 29 through Aug. 2. It’s entitled: “What Do Your Words Say About You” and the instructors are Jim Farfaglia and Karen Burke.

“This series is for you if you: love to write and want to get better; want to learn to edit your work and prepare it for an audience; and are ready to share your work but aren’t sure how,” Maute said. “Seating is limited to 12. All those interested should call 592-5159 to register. Your name will be added to a lottery to be drawn July 12 when participants will be selected randomly.”

Among the library’s regular programs are Story Hour, every Wednesday at 10 a.m. with a craft or activity, Maute said.

“We also have eight personal computers available to the public with internet access,” she noted. “All you need is a library card or to stop by the front desk to find out about other options. We also offer free Wi-Fi for your laptop, smart phone, or tablet device.”

Meetings of the library’s board of trustees are at noon on the third Tuesday of each month. They are open to the public. Friends of the Fulton Public Library meet the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. and anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend, Maute said.