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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.”
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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
National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, Saturday, May 11.
Community residents are asked to fill the Price Chopper bag with non-perishable food item and place it by their mailboxes before your mail delivery Saturday.
Letter carriers will pick up the donations and deliver it to your local food bank.
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.
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.