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AAA recognizes Fulton for traffic safety success

The City of Fulton received AAA’s Platinum Community Traffic Safety Program Award last week. From left are Lt. Jason Delano, Mayor Ronald Woodward, Chief Orlo Green, and AAA Assistant Vice President John Sansone.
The City of Fulton received AAA’s Platinum Community Traffic Safety Program Award last week. From left are Lt. Jason Delano, Mayor Ronald Woodward, Chief Orlo Green, and AAA Assistant Vice President John Sansone.

AAA Western and Central New York recognized the Fulton Police Department for its continued success in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program.

AAA’s Platinum Award was presented to Police Chief Orlo Green, Lieutenant Jason Delano and Mayor Ronald Woodward last in Fulton.

AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is an awards and recognition program for communities of all sizes nationwide that identify and address their local traffic safety issues.

The program considers basic crash statistics, presence of a traffic safety leadership group, programs, projects, and their effectiveness. The awards progress from Honorable Mention to Bronze, Silver, Gold, and to the highest level, Platinum.

Fulton received a Platinum Award, given to communities that not only demonstrate outstanding success in addressing local traffic safety issues, but show a clear trend of improvement over five years and/or provide data that is substantially better than the statewide data for communities of similar size.

Fulton has participated in the program for 11 years and is the recipient of five Platinum and six Gold Awards.

“AAA is pleased to recognize the great efforts that make our communities safer, and we applaud the leadership that advances the cause of traffic safety,” said Wally Smith, vice president of AAA Western and Central New York. “Fulton’s Platinum achievement is evidence of their commitment to traffic safety success.”

Fulton demonstrated success with programs and projects addressing drunk and impaired driving; aggressive, unsafe and distracted driving behaviors; speeding; occupant protection and child passenger safety; school bus and school zone safety; pedestrian and bicycle safety; and computerized mapping of motor vehicle accidents to identify problem areas and improve safety.

Additionally, Fulton met the criteria for Platinum with their statistics for vehicle occupant fatalities and seat belt usage.

Only nine communities in New York State received Platinum honors: Brockport, Camillus, Fulton, Liverpool, Manlius, New York City, Old Westbury, Tuckahoe, and White Plains.

Participation in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is open to communities of all sizes nationwide.

Hannibal Town officials urge people to stay off the roads

Hannibal Town officials are asking people to avoid driving on town roads for at least four hours until the lake effect snow band lets up and highway crews can plow the roads.

The Hannibal Town Hall has been closed for the day.

The lake effect band has been sitting over Hannibal for several hours this morning and highway crews are having a difficult time keeping the roads plowed, town Supervisor Ron Greenleaf said.

Visibility conditions are very poor and driving conditions are treacherous.

Members of the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club participated in the 2012 “OCO Bowl O’Gold” as the “Rockin’ Rotarians,” and received a Team Spirit Award for their enthusiasm. This year’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun is set for Saturday, April 13 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

OCO’s ‘Lucky 13 Bowl-A-Fun set for April 13

Members of the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club participated in the 2012 “OCO Bowl O’Gold” as the “Rockin’ Rotarians,” and received a Team Spirit Award for their enthusiasm. This year’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun is set for Saturday, April 13 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.
Members of the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club participated in the 2012 “OCO Bowl O’Gold” as the “Rockin’ Rotarians,” and received a Team Spirit Award for their enthusiasm. This year’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun is set for Saturday, April 13 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

Oswego County Opportunities will hold its 12th annual bowling tournament fund-raiser Saturday, April 13, at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

“This year’s event was dubbed the ‘Lucky 13’ Bowl-A-Fun because it is taking place Saturday, April 13, 2013,” said Diane Cooper-Currier, OCO’s executive director.

The Lucky 13 Bowl-A-Fun takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton. Registration opens Feb. 1 for five-person teams with choice of flights: noon to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 5:30 p.m. (first come, first served).

Businesses and individuals may donate door prizes for the raffles and silent auction, and major sponsors are being solicited as well.

“We chose the theme Lucky 13 Bowl-A-Fun because of the date, 4-13-13,” Cooper-Currier explained. “Participants will see the number 13 used in a variety of ways at the event!”

OCO holds this fund-raiser every spring to help support its programs and services.

“This year’s proceeds will benefit services for the homeless,” Cooper-Currier stated. “Homelessness is a growing concern in Oswego County, and this problem touches consumers of every service we provide.

“No home means no address, and without an address, it’s impossible to open a bank account, receive mail, apply for a job, or enroll a child in school – activities most of us take for granted,” she continued. “OCO strives to help people obtain a safe, affordable place to live and develop some stability, which is essential to overcoming poverty.”

In addition to support for existing services, OCO will set aside a percentage of the Bowl-A-Fun proceeds to build financial resources for the future.

“There is a vision for a homeless shelter in Oswego County,” Cooper-Currier said. “As the community action agency for Oswego County, we strongly support this vision because it aligns perfectly with OCO’s mission. We are an anti-poverty agency, and we fight poverty in many forms: lack of funds, lack of education, lack of resources to care for self or family; no job, no transportation, no health care; inability to afford or prepare nutritious meals, or find a safe place to live.

“Our communities have an increasingly important role to play in shaping the course of this future,” Cooper-Currier added. “Government funding continues to decrease while jobs continue to leave Central New York. We’re encountering more people in need, and we’re striving to meet those needs with fewer resources.”

Those seeking registration or sponsor information, or to donate a door prize, may call OCO at 598-4717 or visit the agency’s website at www.oco.org.

Fulton Little League registration dates set

The Fulton Little League program will hold registrations Saturday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon; Feb. 2 from noon to 4 p.m.; and Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration will be held at the Fulton War Memorial. Little League includes both baseball and softball.

Registration is open to boys and girls ages 4 through 16 who reside within the Fulton or Hannibal school district.
To be eligible for the upcoming season, a child must be at least four years old and cannot be 17 years old before May 1.

Those seeking more information may call John Florek at 591-4993.

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program this season will staff tax-assistance sites. From left are RSVP tax aides Fred Wall, Betty Talamo, Al Mosier, Julie Birtle, Bill Waters, John Lyons, Joanne Gardner, John Smith and Ellen Wahl, who is director of SUNY Oswego’s RSVP and coordinator of AARP in Oswego.

RSVP and Oswego’s School of Business to offer tax assistance

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program this season will staff tax-assistance sites. From left are RSVP tax aides Fred Wall, Betty Talamo, Al Mosier, Julie Birtle, Bill Waters, John Lyons, Joanne Gardner, John Smith and Ellen Wahl, who is director of SUNY Oswego’s RSVP and coordinator of AARP in Oswego.
SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program this season will staff tax-assistance sites. From left are RSVP tax aides Fred Wall, Betty Talamo, Al Mosier, Julie Birtle, Bill Waters, John Lyons, Joanne Gardner, John Smith and Ellen Wahl, who is director of SUNY Oswego’s RSVP and coordinator of AARP in Oswego.

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program this season will staff tax-assistance sites in the cities of Oswego and Fulton and offer help by appointment in the villages of Constantia and Phoenix.

RSVP supervises the annual program in cooperation with the AARP, the IRS and the state Department of Taxation and Finance. Personal income tax counseling sessions are available for all, with special attention to those 60 and older.

Oswego County residents may seek income tax preparation assistance on the following schedule:

Constantia: Thursdays from Feb. 7 to April 11, by appointment at St. Bernadette’s Bistro. Call 623-9803 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays to schedule. Lunch is optional.

Fulton: Wednesdays from Feb. 6 to April 10, on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 141 S. 1st St.

Oswego: Tuesdays from Feb. 5 to April 9, on a walk-in basis from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St.

Phoenix: Weekdays from Feb. 1 to April 15, by appointment. Call to schedule: 695-2553 (Fred Wall), 458-1465 (Bill Waters) or 934-4333 (Betty Talamo).

SUNY Oswego’s School of Business, through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program also offers free tax aide services in cooperation with RSVP:

Fulton: Tuesdays from Feb. 5 to April 9 (closed March 19), 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Workforce Development Building, State Route 57 across from Mimi’s.

Oswego: Thursdays, Feb. 7 and 21, March 7 and 28, and April 11, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hamilton Homes on Hamilton Street.

SUNY Oswego: Saturdays, from Feb. 2 to April 13 (closed March 16 and 23), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rich Hall on campus.

Those seeking more information may call 312-2317 or email rsvp@oswego.edu.

Nancy Carlson takes input from students on what should be included in her doodle of her popular character Harriet. Harriet is based loosely on many of the experiences in Carlson’s own life.

Author visits Fairgrieve Elementary School

Nancy Carlson takes input from students on what should be included in her doodle of her popular character Harriet. Harriet is based loosely on many of the experiences in Carlson’s own life.
Nancy Carlson takes input from students on what should be included in her doodle of her popular character Harriet. Harriet is based loosely on many of the experiences in Carlson’s own life.

World famous children’s book author, Nancy Carlson, was a recent guest at Fairgrieve Elementary School.

Carlson, who has authored 63 books including her popular Harriet series of books, spoke to the students about her writing process, inspiration, and illustrating.

Her visit was coordinated through the Oswego County BOCES Arts-in-Education program.

Carlson began her career 33 years ago when she was asked to illustrate her first book “Halloween,” written by Joyce K. Kessel. She enjoyed that so much that she continued to illustrate other author’s books and then decided to writer her own.

She told the students that they possessed the same important tool that she has, an imagination, and encouraged the students to use their imagination every day in creative writing or drawing.

She encouraged the students to doodle every day just like she does and several students in the room had followed Carlson’s daily doodles for some time to the delight of the author.

During her presentation, Carlson created several doodles using some of her characters and adding others at the prompting of the audience.

At the end of her visit, she answered questions from the students. Before she left, she presented her completed doodles to the teachers for them to display in their classrooms.

Carlson also took time to personally autograph copies of her books for the library and Fairgrieve students.

Fulton police issue travel advisory

Fulton Police urge caution for motorists traveling in and around the City of Fulton.

In recent hours, steady snowfall combined with blowing snow have made travel and visibility on city streets treacherous.

The snowfall is expected to continue the rest of today into the evening hours.

City Department of Public Works crews are in the process of clearing main streets, however, it may take several hours before side streets can be cleared.

Fulton Police recommend no unnecessary travel in and around the City of Fulton.

Police also remind persons in the city of Fulton that on-street parking is prohibited from 1:30AM to 5:30AM.  Violators will be towed