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DOT: Broadway Bridge work to be complete by end of September


The rehabilitation of the Broadway Bridge in Fulton should be wrapping up by the end of September, according to the state Department of Transportation

The estimated $12.2 million project, which began a little more than two years ago, was originally expected to be finished by the end of 2013. Transportation department officials say once it’s complete, the rehabilitated bridge, coupled with improvements made to the intersection of state routes 3 and 481 in 2012, will ensure an easy flow of traffic through the city for years to come.

On Friday, DOT spokesperson Gene Cilento said construction should be done by Sept. 30.

The project has entailed replacing the bridge’s entire super-structure, including the steel support beams and concrete deck. Significant repairs its sub-structure, such as the concrete piers and abutments, have also been made. Other parts of the project include the replacement of the short arch span on the bridge’s west side with a pre-cast box unit, new curbing and sidewalks, and a new decorative railing.

When the work is complete, the rehabilitated bridge will consist of two 12-foot travel lanes with two-foot shoulders in each direction, and six-foot-wide sidewalks on each side.

Work still to be done, as of Friday, included curbing and sidewalk installations on the south side of the bridge and the approaches; paving; painting road markings; the removal of the temporary walkways; setting and cleaning the drainage structures; and laying topsoil and grass seed on the embankments and roadside, Cilento said.

According to the DOT, the cost of the project remains mostly on-budget, totaling $12,273,371.

State Street UMC receives grant toward roof repair

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The State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton will be receiving some additional funds to help replace its roof and repair one of its bell towers thanks to the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

The conservancy announced last week that the church will be one of 22 across the state to receive the latest round of Sacred Sites Grants, which are awarded exclusively to historic religious properties.

 “Religious institutions anchor their communities,” Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy stated in a release on the grant. “They remind us of our history and provide vital social service and cultural programs today.”

The conservancy awarded State Street UMC the Robert W. Wilson Sacred Sites Challenge Grant of $35,000 to go toward the roof and towers project. This marks the second Sacred Sites Grant the church has received for the project, after being awarded another for $2,250 last spring.

The roof and tower project was born out of a three-year $250,000 capital campaign church officials launched around a year-and-a-half ago. In addition to the roof and towers, the campaign aims to raise funds for things like brick work and repairs to stained glass windows. Lately, though, church officials have found there is more urgency in getting the roof repaired.

“The one bell tower has rotten wood around the windows. It’s imperative that it be repaired. It doesn’t have to be replaced, only repaired. The roof is bad, too. Shingles are being blow off in every wind that we have,” said Barbara Camic, who helps coordinate the campaign. “Last fall, we repaired some leaks for emergency reasons, but there’s still a lot to do.”

Church officials estimate the roof and tower project on its own will cost around $190,000. This week, contractors will be returning bids that will give a more certain figure, Camic said. Of the $190,000, she estimates $70,000 would have to go toward the bell tower. The goal, Camic says, is for the church to line up a contractor quickly and have that work completed by winter.

Raising the money to cover the roof and tower project remains an ongoing effort. The capital campaign kicked off as a private effort among the church and members of its congregation. Camic said parishioners have been making pledges and donations since it all started a year-and-a-half ago. In May, however, church officials went public with the campaign, asking local officials to help publicize the endeavor, and hosting fundraisers to benefit the roof fund.

“State Street has a long history here and has been a pivotal place in this community,” Camic said. “We feel an obligation to fight for this not just for us, but for the community itself.”

Completed in 1894, the church has served a number of roles to the community over the years, Camic said. It was the first to launch a soup kitchen, which has since been taken over by the Salvation Army. In 1918, when a devastating flu epidemic struck the area, leaving the hospitals overwhelmed, State Street UMC opened its doors and began offering beds.

So far, between contributions from the congregation, local fundraising efforts and grant funds, a little more than half of what is needed to get the roof repaired has been raised. But a lot more help is needed, Camic said.

Upcoming roof fund benefits include a hair cutting/bake sale event Thursday beginning at 3 p.m., and a barbecue chicken fundraiser on Sept. 7. beginning at noon. Both events will be held at the church, 357 State St., Fulton.




Family, friends holding benefit in honor of Dylan Blair

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Dylan Blair lost his life in a car accident on June 17, 2014. A fundraiser is planned in hopes of offsetting some of the family’s funeral expenses. There will be a chicken BBQ for a cost of $10 per dinner. The even will be held from 12 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Fulton Polish Home. There will also be raffles and a bake sale. Live entertainment will be provided by solo artist Tiger Vickery, Mike MacDonald and DJ Jason Hansmore of CNY Fusion. Chicken dinners will be provided by Fricken Chicken and Dennis Mayo. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Fulton Polish Home.

Fulton council clears way for lake dredging project


Accompanied by a round of applause from local residents last week, the Fulton City Council and Mayor Ron Woodward cleared the way to move forward with the Lake Neahtahwanta Revitalization Project.

The council passed a motion in its regular meeting Tuesday Aug. 5 authorizing the mayor to sign all documents pertaining the bids on dredging the lake, which were to be opened the following Friday.

The 750-acre lake is one of many in the region under swimming and other recreational restrictions due to a high presence of blue-green algae. Officials say between eight and 12 feet of silt have built up in the lake’s basin over the years, blocking the flow of cold freshwater from the springs that feed it and leaving the water stagnate.

By dredging the silt, officials say they can restore the water’s flow rate and temperature to a level that would mitigate the algae’s growth.

Fulton has received $100,000 in state grant funding to advance the project. Unlike Granby, which is commissioning its own dredging barge and doing the work itself, Fulton plans to contract the work out, at least in the short term. Woodward previously said that if the city doesn’t get the ball rolling on the project soon, it runs the risk of losing that money.

Officials had to hold off on moving the project forward during the early part of the summer, as the state will only allow dredging after July 15, which is considered the end of fish spawning season.

Woodward said once the project has been started by professionals, the city will look into having its own dredging barge built so it could potentially take over the work.

When blue-green algae blooms, it releases toxins into the air – known as cynotoxins – which pose a threat to people, pets and wildlife. Last month, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed a strong presence of the algae in the lake. However, at that time, the toxin level was below what is considered a serious health threat.

The city has already received the necessary permit from state regulators to do the project. The permit allows for dredging to take place over the next 10 years.

Thirteen bids were put out for the project. They were to be received that Friday evening. Woodward said no bids would be awarded though until early this week.

Upon reading the motion, around a half-dozen residents in attendance burst into applause showing support for the endeavor.



Debra A. Scherer, supervisor at Syracuse Plastics, Oneida Plastics

Debra “Deb” A. Scherer, 52, of Granby, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, July 29.

She had resided in the Fulton area most of her life. Deb worked as a supervisor at Syracuse Plastics in Fayetteville and Oneida Plastics in Phoenix.

She was a member of Oswego Alliance Church in Oswego and Harmony Riders Horseback Riding Club.

Deb was predeceased by her father, Charles Phillips.

Surviving are her husband, David Scherer of Granby; four children, Marie, Michelle, Michael and Melissa; her mother, Rosemary Phillips; siblings, John (Tammy), Cherie (John), Dolores, Charles and Dale; 14 grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at the funeral home with burial at Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton.


Nearly 60 children participate in Fulton basketball camps

From boys’ basketball camp, left to right, Fulton Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach Matt Kimpland, camp award winners Mikey Doney, Nolan Dexter, Sammy Cary and Fulton Boys’ Junior Varsity Basketball Coach Sean Broderick.
From boys’ basketball camp, left to right, Fulton Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach Matt Kimpland, camp award winners Mikey Doney, Nolan Dexter, Sammy Cary and Fulton Boys’ Junior Varsity Basketball Coach Sean Broderick.
From girls’ basketball camp, from left to right, camp counselors Jeremy Langdon, Jake McDermott, Tyler Shaw and Michelle Gorea.
From girls’ basketball camp, from left to right, camp counselors Jeremy Langdon, Jake McDermott, Tyler Shaw and Michelle Gorea.

By Rob Tetro

For the first time in five years, Fulton varsity basketball coaches Matt Kimpland (boys) and Derek Lyons (girls) held separate basketball camps. 

Each camp consisted of fourth-graders through eighth graders and ran for three hours each day from July 7 through July 11 at the Fulton War Memorial. Continue reading

Fulton Kiwanis baseball games continue

Venera Bonanno, volunteered at A.L. Lee Hospital and Michaud nursing home


Venera “Anna” Bonanno, 92, of Fulton, died Monday July 28, 2014 in Seneca Hill Manor.

Mrs. Bonanno was born in Fulton, the daughter of the late Joseph and Angelina (Laspina) Fichera.

Mrs. Bonanno was a volunteer at A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital and at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton.

She was predeceased by her husband, Vincent Bonanno in 1998, her daughter, Margaret Knight in 2007, and her brother, Nunzio Ficher in 1993.

Mrs. Bonanno was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Tom) Grimes of E. Amherst, NY, Teresa (Stephen) Wallenfels of Richland, WA, Susan (Steven) Barber of Lake View, NY; son-in-law George Knight of Utah; sister Mary (Alfred) Stancampiano of Oswego; grandchildren Jeffrey and Christine Barber, Amy and Katie Grimes and Michael Wallenfels; great grandson Henry Wallenfels.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday July 31 from the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, and 11:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday July 30 at the funeral home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Catholic Charities, Fulton, or University Dialysis Center, 1127 E. Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13210