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Fulton partners with Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation

The City of Fulton has partnered with the Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation to soon begin a comprehensive restoration project of Lake Neatahwanta. The theme of their project is: “It’s a Great Lake!”
The City of Fulton has partnered with the Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation to soon begin a comprehensive restoration project of Lake Neatahwanta. The theme of their project is: “It’s a Great Lake!”

The City of Fulton has partnered with the Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation to begin a comprehensive restoration project of Lake Neatahwanta, according to Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward.

When completed, it will enhance the area’s tourism, economic development, and recreation opportunities for the community, he said.

“The theme of our project is ‘It’s a Great Lake!’ and we believe it can be fully restored to its former beauty with this project,” Woodward said.

“Once completed, members of the Fulton area will be proud to say that Lake Neatahwanta is part of their community and it will be an even greater draw for a multitude of activities.

“The goal is to make Lake Neatahwanta fully usable again for swimming, fishing, boating, and other events,” he added. “The restoration project will include a systematic hydraulic dredging schedule that will remove layers of sediment that have been accumulating over many years. A short time after we begin dredging, residents will see an immediate improvement in water clarity.

“The sediment that is removed from dredging will be pumped into cylindrical slotted plastic sleeves called Geotubes on the shore,” the mayor continued. “The clean water drains out of the tubes and runs back into the lake and the sediment compacts as it dries. The remaining solids are marketable as a fertilizer. Any returns from the sale of the dewatered sediment will go directly back into the revitalization project.

“All aspects of the project will have DEC approval and overview and it is tentatively scheduled to run from July to October this year and for several years in the future. Our first priority will be to restore beach areas and shore fronts so our community can enjoy these areas and treasure them.”

The Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation is accepting donations for project funding. There are donation levels for every budget, Woodward said, and donors will be acknowledged in a quarterly report that outlines the process, plans, and schedules to meet objectives.

In addition, a brochure was created that outlines the project and answers some frequently asked questions.

For this free brochure and further information on the project, interested persons may call Woodward at 592-7330 or Joseph Fiumara, executive director of Fulton Community Development at 593-7166.

SUNY Oswego president responds to employee e-mail

by Carol Thompson

An e-mail message sent by a SUNY Oswego student to other students in regard to a rally to be held in front of the Oswego County office complex somehow landed in the inbox of Jeff Grimshaw, the director for SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, who in turn forwarded it to Oswego County Administrator Phil Church.

In the April 30 e-mail, Grimshaw wrote to Church, “I thought you would be interested in this activity, (student) is not representing the college in this activity, he is graduating in a couple of weeks, just so you are prepared. He tried to instigate at the governor’s visit as well, don’t know to what extent this will develop or not, he had about 10 -15 students at the governor’s event. Give me a call if you need anything further.”

Church simply responded, “Thanks Jeff” on the same date.

The student’s message contained information in regard to a May 9 rally to protest the appointment of former legislature chairman Fred Beardsley to the position of county treasurer. The rally was intended to protest overall government corruption as well.

The event has been well publicized since mid-April on social media sites and blogs.

Upon learning that Grimshaw may have communicated with Church about the rally, a request was made under the Freedom of Information Law to SUNY Oswego for Grimshaw’s e-mail correspondence.

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley said Thursday that Grimshaw was not acting on behalf of the college and that the college was unaware of the message until the time of the inquiry made by The Valley News.

“Mr. Grimshaw did not communicate with Mr. Church with the knowledge of, at the direction of or on the approval of SUNY Oswego,” Stanley said. “He acted on his own and the college was unaware of the comments he sent to Mr. Church…when your inquiry brought it to our attention.”

As for what Grimshaw wrote in his message, Stanley said, “We do not agree with his characterization of our student. His use of the word ‘instigate’ was completely erroneous and inappropriate and we have advised Mr. Grimshaw accordingly.”

To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s paper

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Fulton UPK open registration night scheduled for June 6

Fulton City School District Universal Pre-Kindergarten student Cali Shaw is all smiles as she finds letter matches and puts Humpty Dumpty back together again at a UPK Family Fun Literacy Night. Pictured with Cali is her older sister Emma, a fourth grade student in the district; her mom, Amy; and UPK teacher Sally Austin.
Fulton City School District Universal Pre-Kindergarten student Cali Shaw is all smiles as she finds letter matches and puts Humpty Dumpty back together again at a UPK Family Fun Literacy Night. Pictured with Cali is her older sister Emma, a fourth grade student in the district.

The Fulton City School District will be holding an open registration night for the district’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program Thursday, June 6.

The event will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Fulton Education Center, 167 S. Fourth St., Fulton, and will feature a free performance by the Twin Magicians as well as complimentary snacks.

The event is open to the public and parents wishing to register their son and/or daughter for the district’s UPK program for the 2013-14 school year.

Teaching staff will also be on hand during the event to answer questions and speak to parents about the UPK program.

The Fulton City School District offers UPK as a two and one-half hour morning or afternoon program at Fairgrieve, Granby, Lanigan, and Volney Elementary Schools.

The program is free for district residents and is coordinated in partnership with Oswego County Opportunities, First Step Universal Pre-K, and the Fulton YMCA. Eligible children must turn four years old on or before Dec. 1, 2013.

The following information is needed to register a child for UPK: original birth certificate (with raised seal), up-to-date immunization record, and proof of residency

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GRB holds annual Bodley’s Got Talent show

2013 Bodley’s Got Talent award winners include G. Ray Bodley High School students: Neal Burke, Audience Favorite Award for his song “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” (kneeling, left); Alex LaRock, Most Unique Award for her “Cup Song” performance (standing, third from right); Shakeemah Hordge and Erica Perwitz, Gave It Their All Award for their song “Daddy’s Little Girl” (standing, far right pair); Angela Paul and Ashley Grey captured third place for their Irish step dance (standing, second and third from left); Justin Purtell, captured second place for his guitar performance of an original song he wrote (kneeling, right); and capturing first place was Julia Fisch for her graceful, athletic and artistic original dance to “Brandenburg” by Black Violin.
2013 Bodley’s Got Talent award winners include G. Ray Bodley High School students: Neal Burke, Audience Favorite Award for his song “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” (kneeling, left); Alex LaRock, Most Unique Award for her “Cup Song” performance (standing, third from right); Shakeemah Hordge and Erica Perwitz, Gave It Their All Award for their song “Daddy’s Little Girl” (standing, far right pair); Angela Paul and Ashley Grey captured third place for their Irish step dance (standing, second and third from left); Justin Purtell, captured second place for his guitar performance of an original song (kneeling, right); and capturing first place was Julia Fisch for her graceful, athletic and artistic original dance to “Brandenburg” by Black Violin.

G. Ray Bodley High School students and staff have talent and they are not afraid to show it.

Nineteen acts took center stage in the school’s annual Bodley’s Got Talent show.

Similar to the hit television show, “America’s Got Talent,” GRB’s showcase featured a diverse blend of performances that included bands, solo musicians, dancers, martial artists, and more.

Teachers Beth Lazarek, Jennifer Reese, and Fred Kent served as judges for the showcase, presenting a first, second and third place award at the show’s conclusion.

Capturing the third place award was the Irish step dance duo of Angela Paul and Ashley Grey; honored with the second place award was guitar soloist Justin Purtell; and capturing first place was Julia Fisch who performed a graceful, athletic, and artistic dance for the audience.

In addition, the following special recognition awards were presented: Audience Favorite Award to Neal Burke for his rendition of “I Just Can’t Wait to be King;” Most Unique Act to Alex LaRock for her “Cup Song” performance; and a Gave It Their All Award to the duo of Shakeemah Hordge and Eric Perwitz for their performance of “Daddy’s Little Girl” by Frankie J.

The HOPE Club sponsored this year’s Bodley’s Got Talent, donating all proceeds from the event to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and Hope for Ariang.

Audience members learned about these benefactors during the showcase’s intermission.

Saturday is Mayberry Day in Fulton

Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward met recently with the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce’s Fulton Project Bloom committee to proclaim today, May 4, 2013 Mayberry Day in the City of Fulton.

Mayberry Day is a beautification project to clean up sand, salt and debris in the city after a long winter.

Local businesses as well as organizations, student groups and private citizens have all participated in this clean-up.

Groups or individuals interested in participating may call Joann at the Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation at 598-3593 to “register” themselves or their group and they will be assigned an area to work or you may request an area.

This helps insure that all area’s needing assistance will be attended to, plus it will provide a meeting spot for clean up and supplies.

Clean up begins today, May 4 at 8 a.m. and ends approximately at noon. A representative from each team can pick up supplies at the chamber office at 12 Canalview Mall, starting at 7:30 a.m. Trash bags will be supplied, with a limited number of safety vests and gloves available. Gloves and brightly colored clothing are recommended.

More information is available by contacting the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 343-7681.

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Lanigan school crowns Battle of the Books champions

The Reading Ninjas clinched a first place win in the level three/four competition of the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Competition. Team members Eli Reynolds (left), Michael Brown (middle), and Nicolas Schremp (right) are pictured above with Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and third grade teacher Becca Wicks, and Principal Robert Briggs.
The Reading Ninjas clinched a first place win in the level three/four competition of the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Competition. Team members Eli Reynolds (left), Michael Brown (middle), and Nicolas Schremp (right) are pictured above with Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and third grade teacher Becca Wicks, and Principal Robert Briggs.

Students at Lanigan Elementary School competed recently for the crowning achievement of being named a Battle of the Books champion and the opportunity to represent their school and the Fulton City School District in a county-wide books battle May 1.

Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literacy program coordinated in Oswego County through the Oswego County BOCES School Library System and at Lanigan Elementary School through Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers.

The program encourages students to read, enhances reading comprehension and promotes teamwork as well as academic excellence.

Students from the elementary school volunteered to participate in this program by committing to read 15 books from a predetermined list.

Somers said, “Our students took on the Battle of the Books challenge on top of their other school work and extracurricular activities.”

Earning top honors in the grade level five/six competition was the team Servants of the Forsaken Orb or SFO consisting of sixth grade students Destiny Schneider, Ryan Barry, and Raiden Hansen.

In second place was team The Book Bros with members Seth Grimshaw, Mark Tallents, and Hayden Sachel.

In third place was The Nerdy Chicks with members Madison Kreinheder, Vita Dean, and Kelly Swatkowski.

The team of Destiny Schneider (left), Ryan Barry (middle) and Raiden Hansen (right) won first place in the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Level Five/Six Competition. Pictured with the team is Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and sixth-grade teacher Maggie Catanzaro, and Principal Robert Briggs.
The team of Destiny Schneider (left), Ryan Barry (middle) and Raiden Hansen (right) won first place in the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Level Five/Six Competition. Pictured with the team is Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and sixth-grade teacher Maggie Catanzaro, and Principal Robert Briggs.

Capturing first place in a field of team teams in the level three/four competition was the Reading Ninjas team consisting of third grade students Nicolas Schremp, Michael Brown, and Eli Reynolds.

Earning second place honors was the Tales of the 4th Grade Readers team consisting of students Ian Summerville, Cuinn Burlingham, and Emily Stacey.

Capturing third place in the level was the The Ready Readers team with team members Jacob Greene, Mary Jane Mullaney, and Samantha Cooper.

First place teams at both levels will travel to the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District on today, May 1 to compete against top teams from across the county and the opportunity to be crowned an Oswego County Battle of the Books champion.

Fulton gears up for 32nd annual Memorial Day Salute celebration

The 32nd annual Fulton Memorial Day Salute celebration — set for Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25 — will be held at the Fulton Community Center on West Broadway.

As in the past years, the event will feature the Saturday morning parade, local and national music groups, a food court, drinks, a magician and rides. All entertainment is offered free to the public.

The theme for 2013 is “America, United We Stand.”

Alfred Myhill, the 2013 Veteran of the Year, will serve as the grand marshal of the Saturday parade.

Friday evening will feature the G. Ray Bodley High School Jazz Band at 5 p.m., the Music of Rick Bush at 6 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. by the sounds of the Beatles with a performance by Magical Mystery Tour, a tribute band.

The group performs a wide range of music spanning the entire career of the Fab Four. The evening will conclude with fireworks over the lake at 10 p.m.

Oswego County’s biggest parade will begin Saturday’s festivities at 10 a.m. and will feature about 10 bands, including the City of Syracuse Highland Pipe Band, the Central New York Fire and Police Band, the Island Band, the Central Square Middle School Marching Band, and the Towpath Volunteers Fife & Drum from Macedon, New York.

At noon, parade bands will be featured in the Community Center on the Fulton Savings Bank Stage. Awards will be given for winning parade entries.

At 2 p.m. performing on the Fulton Savings Bank Stage will be the Magic of Virgil followed by the Fulton Dixieland Band at 3:30 p.m. and the Fulton Community Band at 5 p.m.

At 6 p.m., the musical stylings of Vince Markowsky will round out the Saturday afternoon.

Saturday at 7 p.m., The King of Diamonds, a Neil Diamond tribute band, will perform.

Rob Garrett  has established himself as the world’s most popular and requested Neil Diamond tribute artist, earning the title “King of Diamonds.”

He was the recipient of the “Male Musical Tribute Artist of the Year” award presented by the Entertainment Network in Las Vegas. This marked the first (and only) time that such an award was presented to a Neil Diamond act.

Memorial Day Salute is sponsored by the Fulton Service Clubs: Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, and Sunrise Rotary and the Fulton Veterans‘ Council.

Those seeking information about participation in the Saturday parade or other venues may call the parade chair at Zach Menter at 591-4502.