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Fulton CYO gets ready for Summer Recreation Program

Participants in last year’s Catholic Charities’ CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program enjoyed a visit by Education Coordinator Ashlea Vilello of Rosamond Gifford Zoo, who is holding a Honduran Milk Snake. The visit was one of the many presentations and activities offered through the CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program, which begins this year Monday, July 8.
Participants in last year’s Catholic Charities’ CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program enjoyed a visit by Education Coordinator Ashlea Vilello of Rosamond Gifford Zoo, who is holding a Honduran Milk Snake. The visit was one of the many presentations and activities offered through the CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program, which begins this year Monday, July 8.

The CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County will begin Monday, July 8 and will continue through Friday, Aug. 23.

The Summer Drop-in Recreation Program is offered free of charge to children in grades 2-8 in Oswego County and is held Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration Forms can be picked up at the CYO or Main Office of Catholic Charities of Oswego County at the same address Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children enjoy a variety of special events and activities designed to aid them in learning good sportsmanship, how to work as a team, positive interaction with peers and staff, and meeting and making new friends.

Plus, each day the youth engage in structured and non-structured activities that will help them grow both physically and mentally.

Children may attend the CYO Summer Drop-in recreation Program, daily or weekly if they choose too.

Activities in the CYO Summer Drop-in Program include daily recreational activities, special presentations and awareness groups, arts and crafts, and more.

According to CYO Coordinator George Timmins, the CYO Summer Drop-In Recreation Program will have something for all ages and offers youth a wide variety of recreational and educational activities, including themed weeks, tennis instruction courtesy of the USTA Tennis Association, a week with the Girl Scouts, a presentation from the Roseamond Gifford Zoo to be held at the Fulton War Memorial, and other special events at the War Memorial.

Additionally youth will have access to the CYO game room that includes X-Box, Wii games, billiards, basketball, ping pong, foosball, along with other fun activities.

The CYO’s trained staff supervises all activities and assists all participants as needed to ensure that they receive the full benefits of the program as well as help in their physical and emotional development.

Children receive a free breakfast and lunch daily through the USDA Summer Feeding Program sponsored by Oswego County Opportunities or they can bring their own if they wish to.

Those wishing to receive breakfast or lunch are encouraged to confirm the day before that they will be attending the summer program.

Breakfast will be served 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. and lunch will be served noon to 12:45 p.m.

Those seeking more information on the program may call Timmins at 598-3980, ext 254. 

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Lanigan school holds second grade ‘Biography Bonanza’

Makenzie Gardner portrayed accomplished United States figure skating champion Michelle Kwan during the Lanigan Elementary School Second Grade “Biography Bonanza.”
Makenzie Gardner portrayed accomplished United States figure skating champion Michelle Kwan during the Lanigan Elementary School Second Grade “Biography Bonanza.”

Some of the most famous and influential people in United States history gathered in one place last week: Lanigan Elementary School in the Fulton City School District. The gathering was a “Biography Bonanza,” featuring students in the school’s second grade classes.

Second grade students, as aligned with the Common Core State Standards, have been reading more works of fiction and learning about books that are categorized as biographies. Tied to this, the second grade teachers coordinated a “Biography Bonanza” event at the school.

Each second grade student selected a significant and influential person in American history to feature at the biography event. Students spent class time as well as time at home with the support of a family member researching their person and his/her’s historical significance. The students utilized resources from the school’s library as well as online educational resources to gather their information.

Each student also created a display and found or made coordinating props and in some cases a costume for the ‘bonanza.’

On the day of the “Biography Bonanza” students not only dressed as their biography subject, but also assumed their identity.

They introduced themselves to “bonanza” guests and shared facts about his/her’s life and historical significance, giving students an opportunity to practice their public speaking and communication skills.

Highlights from the event included Walt Disney, George Washington, Babe Ruth, Jackie Kennedy, Barack Obama and more.

YMCA to hold summer program for girls

This summer, the Fulton Family YMCA and the Youth 4 Youth Program are collaborating in order to bring a new program, Girls Rock, to young girls.

The Girls Rock program is designed for tween girls to learn values and positive behaviors, in order to make smarter life choices.

They will also explore their unique talents and interests. Girls who are involved with this program will build friendships, self-esteem, confidence and leadership skills through workshops, discussion groups and fun activities.

Girls Rock will be held at the Fulton Family YMCA Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for girls ages 11-14. Participants will do workshops to learn skills, go bowling, have snacks and lunch.

Workshops are different for each program day and will touch on many topics including, nutrition, fitness, body image, social media and much more.

This program is free to members and non-members but pre-registration is required. Those interested can register and receive a full list of workshops at the Fulton Family YMCA.

Girls Rock is an extension of our Youth for Youth program that focuses on adolescent health care, positive decision making and leadership. Youth 4 Youth is a community collaboration of Oswego County Opportunities, the Fulton City School District, Cayuga Community College and the Fulton Family YMCA.

This program is funded through the Department of Health.

Those seeking more information or to register may call the Fulton Family YMCA at 598-9622 or stop in at 715 West Broadway.

Lanigan student rallies his school to help a family in need

A tragic incident a few months ago triggered a chain reaction of support for a local family in need.

Lanigan Elementary School fourth-grade student Noah Horning watched as seven fire departments worked to save his neighbor’s home earlier this year.

The family escaped the fire safely, but lost everything.

Noah knew there was something he could do to help the family and he knew just who could help him – the students and staff at his school.

He spoke to the neighbors following their tragedy to ask what items they are in desperate need of. Then, with his principal’s approval, he sent a letter home with each student at his school asking for toiletry and non-perishable food donations as well as clothing for the family’s young daughter.

Also included in Noah’s letter home was helpful fire safety reminders and precautions that each Lanigan family can take to stay safe including developing and practicing a fire safety plan and escape route.

The response to Noah’s letter was overwhelming and hundreds of donations poured into the school to support the neighboring family in need.

With help from his classroom teacher Shannon Higgins and the Lanigan Elementary School School-Home Liaison Tammy Sheldon, Noah boxed up the donations and personally delivered them to the family during the last week of school.

Church to hold special service for Kimplands

Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years. They have been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.
Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years. They have been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.

Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years.

“Our time in Fulton has been a wonderful blessing full of opportunities, challenges and above all, it’s unlimited potential,” Rev. Kimpland said. “We will forever treasure the relationships, ministries and Fulton’s unique sense of community.”

Rev. Kimpland has been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.

Lynne Kimpland has directed the children and youth ministries at FFUMC. Their two children, Matthew and Lacey, were very active in sports at G. Ray Bodley High School and currently are third grade teachers. Matthew Kimpland is teaching at Volney Elementary School and Lacey Kimpland is teaching at Johnson City Elementary School.

The Fulton First UMC is inviting the community to the Kimplands’ last worship service Sunday June 23rd at 9:30 a.m. A Farewell Come and Go Reception will be held after worship until 1 p.m.

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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.