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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.

To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of The Valley News

Fulton Service Clubs offer the Meaning of Memorial Day

The theme for this year’s Memorial Day Salute Parade is “America, United We Stand.”

Many area individuals, organizations, businesses and industries will try to develop their interpretation of this theme in the vehicles or floats they will enter in the parade today, May 25.

The Fulton Memorial Day Salute is a two-day event that is 32 years old this year, started and carried on by the four Fulton Service Clubs. The present service clubs working on this year’s events are the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary, and the Sunrise Rotary clubs.

The four service clubs have always been assisted by the Fulton Veterans Council in promoting and putting on this event. In years past, the Optimist and the Fulton JayCees were participants. These two clubs have since disbanded.

Several of the men and women who work on the Memorial Day Salute Steering Committee are veterans.

Organizers offered the meaning of Memorial Day: “As we enter the 13 year of the 21st century, our thoughts are with the men and women who protected our freedoms for the 237 years America has existed.

“During the last century, we had many conflicts. World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and The Gulf War come to mind. All in all, over 625,000 brave Americans have died fighting in a U.S. uniform during the 20th century.

“In this century, we have experienced two conflicts, one touching our shores on September 11, 2001, which have lead to conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must keep these brave men and women, who are serving on active duty, in our thoughts and prayers as we experience this Memorial Day.

“How did Memorial Day come to be? The actual birthplace of Memorial Day is the nearby village of Waterloo. Shortly after the Civil War ended, a Waterloo druggist named Henry Welles collaborated with Union General John B. Murray to organize a local tribute for the war dead. The program included processions to and from the cemeteries, military music, speeches, wreaths, crosses, and bouquets.

“Of all the early such remembrances, Waterloo’s 1866 program most closely resembled Memorial Days to come. The pristine village of about 5,300 located only 40 miles from Fulton, in central New York’s Finger Lakes region, still follows its original Memorial Day model. “

In 1966, when Lyndon B. Johnson was President, he proclaimed Waterloo to be the official birthplace of Memorial Day. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Memorial Day, Waterloo opened to the public a 22 room Memorial Day Museum. Waterloo has the glory of officially holding the ‘first’ Memorial Day Program, but in reality, over two dozen communities in both the north and the south have claimed to be the birthplace of Memorial Day.

“The Memorial Day Salute Committee is very aware of the program they are offering to the community. We have never treated it as a celebration, but a program designed to raise the community’s awareness of the importance of this day of remembrance.

“The Fulton Veterans Council has a more traditional program on the Monday (the official Memorial Day) of Memorial Day weekend in which they visit the cemeteries and place American flags on all known veteran’s graves, and honor the deceased veterans at the various monuments around our city. Flowers are set out and a wreath is thrown in the Oswego River to honor those who have died at sea.

“Recently, it was published that the World War II veterans are dying at the rate of nearly 1,000 a day. These men and women are at least 83 years old and most are older. Many newspapers mark the obituaries of veterans with an American flag. This is a very nice thing to do.

“Many years ago, before 1966, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day. This name comes from the fact that by the end of May, even in our northern climate, the flowers were in bloom and it was time to decorate the cemeteries.

“While the high death rate of the American Civil War (1860-65) was the initial reason for starting Memorial Day, this should not be the only reason for this holiday. Today, we should remember our deceased loved ones no matter if they are veterans or not.

“The Fulton Service Clubs and the Fulton Veteran’s Council have established Fulton’s way to remember this most important holiday. In the fall of each year, all of the Veterans’ organizations in the Fulton area choose a Veteran of the Year. This person is the Grand Marshall of the Memorial Day Parade. This year’s Grand Marshall is World War II veteran, Alfred Myhill.”

Memorial Day Salute parade to march on May 24

The Fulton service clubs and the Fulton Veterans Council have completed planning for the 32nd annual Memorial Day Salute to be held May 24 and 25.

The parade committee has been working for several months putting together the area’s largest parade. The parade date is Saturday, May 25 and it will start at 10 a.m.

The Memorial Day parade is the Fulton service clubs’ way of honoring all area veterans. However, the parade is open to all groups and businesses in the area. The theme for this year’s parade is “America, United We Stand.”

The committee will award trophies in several categories for the best representation of the theme.

Last year’s winner of “The Grand Marshall Award” for the most patriotic and interesting group was the Fulton Elks Club Lodge #830 float. Their float was elegantly decorated and gave a very positive patriotic message to the audience and the parade judges.

A parade is music with bands of different sizes and sounds. The “Best Music Trophy” was awarded to the Naples High School Marching Band, under the direction of Phillip Bariteau.

The Fulton Polish Home won the “Theme Trophy.” They had the Salt City Polka Band and a colorful float that contained several of the Polish Legion of America Veterans on it in their full dress military uniforms.

There are always a large number of children’s groups in the parade, so the parade committee awards three trophies in the category of Children’s Groups.  The first place in the “Children Awards” was awarded last year to the Off Broadway Dance Studio.  Their dance routine and their beautiful float was second to none.

Second place went to the Fulton Pop Warner. The Pop Warner boys and girls had a patriot float and an exhibition by their cheerleading members.

Third place went to the Fulton City School District Junior and High School “marching” band.

Three trophies are given by the “Fulton Veteran’s Council” for which veteran’s groups and active military are eligible.  Winning first place in the Veteran’s group was the VFW Post 569 Float.

Winning second place was the 10th Mountain Division marching band out of Fort Drum. Taking third place was the Fulton VFW Post 569 Ladies Auxiliary Cars and VFW Junior Girls.

The parade route is the same as it has been for the past 31 years. The formation of the parade is in the former Nestle’s parking lot and adjacent streets. The parade then starts north on South Fourth Street by Lyons Street to pass by the Oswego Health facility and the Michaud Nursing Home so that the patients who are able to get outside or to their window can see the parade.

The parade proceeds north to Broadway and then west to Recreation Park. The reviewing stand will be positioned at West Broadway and West Third Street, in front of Brewer and Brewer’s Mobil Station. Typically, thousands will line the parade route.

The Fulton Memorial Day Parade tries to be a balanced community based parade. Active military service units, veterans from all services, several color guards, bagpipe bands, youth groups, fire companies, clowns, school bands, adult bands, some vehicles, lots of walkers, business and industries, scouts, street vendors, usually hundreds of balloons, and even cartoon characters will be in this year’s parade.

The Memorial Day Salute Committee feels that this parade mixture makes for a most interesting event and represents and entertains the community.

A grand marshall leads each Memorial Day Parade. The Fulton Veterans’ Council, which is comprised of all the veterans’ organizations in the greater Fulton area, chooses a “Veteran of the Year” each year.

This year’s Veteran of the Year and parade grand marshall is Alfred Myhill.

The Fulton Veterans’ Council provides the leading color guard for this year’s parade.

All of the bands in the parade are sponsored by area businesses and local industries. Several bands, sponsored by Cayuga Community College, that have been in the parade every year are returning this year.

Also, the Fulton School’s music department will have all of their bands in the parade this year as they have had since the beginning of the event.

Many area businesses and industries have entered a float in the parade over the years. Sometimes an employee group or union have dreamed up the idea and built the float.

There is still time to enter a float in this year’s parade by calling Parade Chairman Zach Menter at 591-4502.

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Building 95

Nestle began production in Fulton more than 100 years ago and left the city for good in 2003. Building 95, the last building that Nestle built for the plant, is now being torn down. The complex, assessed at about $5 million, is owned by Phoenix resident Ed Palmer of Carbonstead LLC. Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward said that the multi-story building is being considered for student housing. Woodward also noted that several retailers have expressed interest in relocating to the site. However, at this time no developer is locked in on the property.
Nestle began production in Fulton more than 100 years ago and left the city for good in 2003. Building 95, the last building that Nestle built for the plant, is now being torn down. The complex, assessed at about $5 million, is owned by Phoenix resident Ed Palmer of Carbonstead LLC. Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward said that the multi-story building is being considered for student housing. Woodward also noted that several retailers have expressed interest in relocating to the site. However, at this time no developer is locked in on the property.
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Nutrition Collaboration expands Fulton Community Garden

OCO Nutrition Services Director Amy Roland (left) and Addie Dolbear (right) assemble a garden bed for the Fulton Community Garden. Located at John Lincoln Park, the Fulton Community Garden Project offers Fulton City residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers.
OCO Nutrition Services Director Amy Roland (left) and Addie Dolbear (right) assemble a garden bed for the Fulton Community Garden. Located at John Lincoln Park, the Fulton Community Garden Project offers Fulton City residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers.

Community members interested in enjoying their own garden fresh, homegrown vegetables or the beauty of a fresh flowerbed may take part in this year’s Fulton Community Garden Project.

The Nutrition Collaboration is currently soliciting Fulton city residents interested in participating in the community garden project.

Participants will receive their own garden plot where they can grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers that will be theirs to enjoy.

According to Amy Roland, director of Nutrition Services for Oswego County Opportunities and a member of the Nutrition Collaboration, the project is open to all Fulton community members and that members of Cornell Cooperate Extension will provide support for those who have never tended a garden before.

“The community garden is a great way for Fulton residents to enjoy fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers right from their own garden,” said Roland.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, the City of Fulton, and the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County last year’s Community Garden Project was such a success that they will be adding 12 new garden beds this year, bringing the total number of gardens beds to 24 and allowing more community members the opportunity to participate in the project.

This year we will also be planting one of the raised beds with herbs for the participants to enjoy herbs at their leisure.

Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County meet to build additional garden beds for the Fulton Community Garden Project. From left are Jan Smith, master gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension; Lori Halstead, OCO Nutrition Services; Amy Roland, director of OCO Nutrition Services; Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Catholic Charities of Oswego County Community Services; Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County meet to build additional garden beds for the Fulton Community Garden Project. From left are Jan Smith, master gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension; Lori Halstead, OCO Nutrition Services; Amy Roland, director of OCO Nutrition Services; Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Catholic Charities of Oswego County Community Services; Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

According to Roland, planting at the community garden will begin May 22 at 9 a.m. Fulton city residents interested in participating in the community garden may do so by picking up an application from the Fulton Housing Authority, 1100 Emery Street in Fulton, or by calling Tina at 598-4712, ext. 1805 at Nutrition Services.

Community members may return the completed application to the Fulton Housing Authority or mail to: OCO Nutrition Services, 239 Oneida St, Fulton, NY 13069.

As space is limited, submitting an application does not guarantee a plot in the garden. The Nutrition Collaboration will utilize a lottery system in the event that the requests for plots out number the amount of plots available in the garden.

Sponsors for the community garden project include: Oswego County Nutrition Collaboration, Rural Health Network of Oswego County, Food Bank Of CNY, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Oswego County Department of Social Services, Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation, the Fulton Housing Authority, United Way of Greater Oswego County, and the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County.

Those seeking more information on the community garden project may contact Amy Roland at 598-4712, ext. 1811, or via e-mail at aroland@oco.org.

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.