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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.

Legislators to discuss computer pornography behind closed doors

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner said Wednesday that the matter of pornography found in a county highway department employee’s computer will be discussed during a closed-door executive session some time in the near future.

There has been no updates on the issue since the April 11 meeting when County Administrator Phil Church stated that one employee had been disciplined and two other computers were being checked.

he allegation that a highway employee spent time at work viewing pornographic pictures and videos was brought to the attention of Legislator Doug Malone by several highway employees, who claimed their complaints to management went unaddressed.

Malone went to District Attorney Gregory Oakes and requested the allegations be looked into. That resulted in a finding of pornography in the employee’s computer.

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Fulton Area Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club supports CYO

Sporting goods – Members of the Fulton Area Snow Travelers club present Coordinator George Timmins with a donation of sporting goods for the CYO program. From left are Mike Schmidt, Bill Monette, Timmins, Tracey Doyle, and Ken Wheelock.
Sporting goods – Members of the Fulton Area Snow Travelers club present Coordinator George Timmins with a donation of sporting goods for the CYO program. From left are Mike Schmidt, Bill Monette, Timmins, Tracey Doyle, and Ken Wheelock.

The CYO program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County recently received a generous donation of sporting goods supplies courtesy of the Fulton Area Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club.

Catholic Charities was one of several organizations that benefited from the Great Eastern Whiteout, the club’s annual vintage snowmobile show and race held at the Fulton War Memorial. Established in 2000 in Sandy Creek, the event relocated to Fulton in 2010 and draws more than 400 snowmobiles each year.

Strong supporters of the CYO program, Fulton Area Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club have made regular donations to the CYO program including game stations and video games, sports equipment and more.

“Each year, proceeds from our Great Eastern Whiteout are used to benefit the youth of our community,” said Tracy Doyle, Snow Travelers member and owner of Doyle’s Bike Shop. “As a boy, I remember how much I enjoyed going to the CYO program at Catholic Charities. I know that today the kids still love going to CYO after school to be with their friends and they enjoy participating in the many games and activities that CYO offers for both boys and girls.

CYO Coordinator George Timmins said, “We are very appreciative of the donation we received from the Snow Travelers. Their donation included flag football equipment, which the kids have been asking for and are excited that we will add that to our list of activities.”

Open to youth in grades 2-12, Catholic Charities’ CYO program is available Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Activities include basketball, foosball, dodge ball, ping-pong, billiards, computer games, and more.

There are also a number of computers available for youth including several that have computer access to assist them in doing their homework. All activities are free of charge and are supervised by trained staff.

The staff encourages youth involvement in both structured and non-structured activities, and assists all participants as needed to insure that they receive the full benefits of the program as well as help in their physical and mental development.

Phoenix baseball tops Canastota in first round matchup

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity baseball team finished the regular season with an overall record of 8-8, which earned them the number-six seed in the Section III Class B playoffs.

In its opening round game Tuesday, Phoenix escaped with a 1-0 win over 11th seed Canastota to advance to the Sectional Quarterfinals.

The Firebirds were schedule to take on third seed Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Thursday. Phoenix struck the first blow when it took on Canastota.

Phoenix took a 1-0 lead during the bottom of the first inning. Despite having 5 and 1/2 innings to tie the game or possibly take the lead, Canastota came up empty.

Leading the way for Phoenix were Adam Thoryk and Emilio Tassone, who both had a hit. Justin Suttliffe added an RBI for the Firebirds.

On the mound, Tassone earned the win for Phoenix. Tassone finished with five strikeouts while allowing only five hits in six innings of play. In relief of Tassone, Thoryk allowed only one hit in one inning of action.

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Fulton girls lacrosse falls to ES-M in sectional playoffs

Looking for room – Fulton’s Lane Perl makes a move on an East Syracuse-Minoa defender during Wednesdays’s Section III Class B first round game. Perl scored a goal in the 15-3 loss. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty
Looking for room – Fulton’s Lane Perl makes a move on an East Syracuse-Minoa defender during Wednesdays’s Section III Class B first round game. Perl scored a goal in the 15-3 loss.
–Valley News photo by Hal Henty

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team earned a bid to the Section III Class B playoffs with a 7-9 overall record.

The Lady Raiders’ record earned them a sixth seed and a first-round game against number-three seed East Syracuse-Minoa Wednesday. East Syracuse-Minoa got off to a solid start while cruising to an impressive win over Fulton.

East Syracuse-Minoa dealt the Lady Raiders a blow during the first half of their May 22nd Sectional contest. East Syracuse-Minoa took an 8-0 lead into halftime. Unfortunately for The Lady Raiders, East Syracuse-Minoa’s lead only grew during the second half.

The number-three seed outscored Fulton by four goals en route to a 15-3 win over the Lady Raiders. Fulton was led by Kate Myers, who had two goals, and Lane Perl, who scored one goal. Keeper Kayla Pafami saved four shots on goal.

The Lady Raiders’ season concludes with a 7-10 overall record. Fulton bids farewell to Erica Knaub and Kate Rothrock, who spent this past season in the running to set a new school scoring record.

Fulton school budget approved by voters

by Nicole Reitz

The Fulton City School District’s $65.3 million budget received approval from voters Tuesday. The 2013-2014 school budget passed with an unofficial count of 381 to 200 votes.

In addition to the passing of the budget, incumbent board member David Carvey and newcomer Christine Plath were also elected for three year terms. In the unofficial count, Carvey received 489 votes while Plath received 469 votes. Plath will replace Brian Hotaling, whose term expires on June 30. Carvey has already served two years on the board of education.

There was a smaller voter turn out than in years past, but Superintendent Bill Lynch said he is pleased with the outcome and number of voters in favor of the budget. The budget set out what it meant to accomplish.

Since the budget was first introduced, the goal has been to maintain and grow learning opportunities for students of the district. With no staff reductions or cuts to programming, the board feels that this budget achieves that.

Despite a modest tax increase, the 2013-2014 budget relies less on the reserve balance, which puts the district in a positive position for next year, said Lynch.

Since the vote passed, there is no need for the board of education to adopt a contingency budget.

Conflict-of-interest? Another questionable bid surfaces in county

by Carol Thompson

For the third time in less than a year, a vendor competing for business in Oswego County has protested the manner in which county officials conduct the bidding process.

And, as in the past, there appears to be a relationship between the favored vendor and a county official.

The most recent complaint involves a bid for HVAC maintenance for the county’s facilities. During the Nov. 27 meeting of the legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee, a bid award was made to Postler and Jaeckle, the third lowest bidder.

Legislator John (Jay) Martino made the motion to award the bid to Postler and Jaeckel, with Legislator David Holst providing a second to the motion. EMCOR submitted a bid in the amount of $78,887, making the company the lowest bidder. Van Hook Services came in as the second lowest with a bid of $79,423. Postler and Jaeckle submitted a proposal for $82,980.

Although EMCOR and Van Hook were the lowest bidders, the committee rejected the bids claiming, “The reference checks and known past performance of these firms indicate that neither would perform adequately.” There was nothing in the file to indicate that the companies had been vetted.

Building and Grounds Director Bill Malone and then-purchasing director Fred Maxon recommended Postler and Jaeckle receive the bid award based on the past performance of the low bidders.

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