Each month, the Fulton Noon Rotary Club invites two high school seniors to attend one of their luncheon meetings.
For the month of February, the student guest were Kate Rothrock and Mitchell Lalik. The students were introduced to the club by Rotarian Nancy Kush Ellis.
Both seniors are members of the National Honor Society. They have been active in school clubs, taken advanced placement courses, and performed in music and drama activities, and helped community groups.
Rothrock has played soccer, volleyball and lacrosse, works part-time, is active in her church and community.
She has also participated in the New Visions Program in the health field. She also writes a column called “Bodley Bulletins” in The Valley News.
She plans on attending college to study to be a nurse practitioner. Her choices for college are either Nazareth or Niagara universities.
Lalik has been a member of the student senate, the H.O.P.E. club, the yearbook staff, science, spanish and drama clubs.
In sports, he has played soccer, indoor track, cross country and tennis.
He has also held leadership roles in every activity he has participated in. After graduation, Lalik plans on attending a college in the Rochester area to major in marketing and advertising.
With the need for food subsidy increasing and food pantries throughout Oswego County being hard pressed to meet the growing demand, the United Way of Greater Oswego County is doing its part to raise awareness of the food shortage in Oswego County and encourage the community to help fill the shelves of area food pantries.
Tuesday, March 19, the United Way of Greater Oswego County will hold their fifth annual Stone Soup Too luncheon in Fulton. Hosted by Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, the United Way’s luncheon will draw upon the agency’s theme of “It’s Our Community…and It’s Personal” as the United Way invites community members to come together to break bread, warm their hearts, gather with friends, and enjoy a lunch of Stone Soup.
“This is our fifth year for our Stone Soup Too luncheon,” said Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County. “It is the effort of our volunteers and committee members and most importantly the strong support we receive from the community who return year after year to enjoy great food and fellowship that makes our Stone Soup Too luncheon such a success.”
To date a number of caring local businesses have come forward to donate the food and beverages necessary for the Stone Soup Luncheon. The United Way’s ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon is open to the public and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The United Way is accepting donations per person. All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to support area food pantries.
Attendees are also encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food as the United Way will be collecting donations for area food pantries including the Salvation Army of Oswego County, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and Human Concerns.
Those unable to attend the luncheon but would like to donate food items may call Helen Hoefer, director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Emergency Services program at 598-3980 for information on where to drop off non-perishable food donations throughout Oswego County.
Families who have a child with a mental health diagnosis may enjoy an afternoon of free bowling on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Lakeview Lanes, Route 3 in Fulton.
The event is sponsored by Family Education and Partnership program. Complimentary pizza and soda will be provided.
A program of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, the Family Education and Partnerships program offers support and information to parents, caregivers, and siblings of children and adolescents with a mental health, or emotionally disturbed diagnosis.
The Family Education and Partnerships program provides families with a number of resources such as educational sessions, skill building exercises, guest speakers, and activity nights.
The focus of the program is to reduce stress on the families involved by supporting and empowering parents and caregivers, and families.
According to program Supervisor Gail Cooper, the Family Education and Partnership program does more than provide information and access to resources.
“The personal touch that the Family Education and Partnership provides is what makes the program so effective,” said Cooper. “Our family activity events and our group meetings offer parents, caregivers, and siblings the opportunity to meet other families who share the same concerns and discuss their experiences.
“It’s an important part of the program as it may be the only chance that families with children or adolescents with a mental health, or emotionally disturbed diagnosis have to network with each other,” added Cooper.
The bowling day will offer families the opportunity to learn more about the program and how it may enhance the quality of their life.
“Our staff will be there to welcome families, make them feel comfortable, and discuss the details of the program,” said Cooper. “We also welcome input from each family as to what their needs are and what issues they would like to see addressed.
“We are looking forward to meeting families, discovering their needs and receiving their input as to what issues they would like to see the Family Education Partnerships program address,” added Cooper.
Reservations are required for the Family Education and Partnerships Program’s Bowling Day no later than Monday, Feb. 18 and may be made by calling Gail Cooper or LouAnn Collins-Warren at 598-3980, ext. 249.
The Fulton Police Department has a message for pedestrians attempting to walk across the Broadway (Route 3) bridge: Don’t do it.
According to the police department, the Broadway bridge is currently completely closed to all pedestrian traffic.
“This includes the sidewalk and the roadway,” a release from the police department states. “Pedestrian traffic is prohibited due to safety concerns. The sidewalk cannot be safely maintained during the winter months and the bridge surface is not wide enough to safely accommodate pedestrians. Violators may be ticketed.”
Pedestrians can use a shuttle bus service during the weekdays, which is in operation from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Saturdays, the shuttle will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are no shuttle service Sundays.
So far, most of the bridge work has been done on the southern portion. New steel beam replacements were added to the bridge in the fall.
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Oswego County Treasurer John Kruk has announced he will step down from his position effective Feb. 28.
He announced his intention to retire during Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee.
Now, the legislature will determine if the vacancy will be filled by a governor appointment or if they will appoint.
Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley and Legislator James Karasek have both expressed interest in the position.
New York State County Law, Section 400, states a vacancy is to be filled by the governor.
Kruk’s term was to expire at the end of this year and will be on the ballot in the November election. The position of treasurer is elected every four years.
Kruk served as the executive assistant to the mayor of the City of Fulton until his election as the county treasurer in 2001. He narrowly defeated James Bryant for the position in a Republican primary race.
Kruk also served as the Oswego County Republican Committee treasurer and currently serves as the acting treasurer. He told the committee that he was exhausted and wanted to spend more time with his family in announcing his decision.
“This will be my last Finance and Personnel Committee meeting,” he said.
Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he will be in contact with the governor’s office to determine how the vacancy is to be filled. Should it be a governor’s appointment, the Democrat caucus will likely select Kruk’s successor as the governor is a Democrat and traditionally vacancies are filled with a person of the same party affiliation as the governor.
Kunzwiler gave no indication of who that person would be should he make the recommendation to the governor.
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.
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.