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.
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 “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.
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
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
Actors from three local theater companies join together for the upcoming production of “Romeo and Juliet” at the CNY Arts Center.
The production opens Aug. 15 and runs through Aug. 24 at the center’s location at 357 State St. and Park Street in Fulton. Continue reading
Golfers participating in the 17th Annual St. Luke-Francis Boyce Memorial Charity Tournament could be “one swing away from 20K” thanks to The House Works in Fulton, sponsor of a $20,000 hole-in-one contest. Continue reading