Category Archives: Fulton News

Valley Viewpoints: Step up for youth soccer

To the Editor:

Fulton Youth Soccer has started its 36 consecutive year of play.

We had some sour weather early on, but we pushed through and are off to a great start. This year we had a situation arise that we have never encountered before and I want to explain the reason for that.

Starting last year we put a cap on the number of players each team can have.  We set that number at twice the number of players on the field, plus a goalie.

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Valley Viewpoints: Pierce questions library vote

To the Editor:

The May 20 school budget vote will include a proposition regarding the Fulton Public Library.

With this proposition, the library trustees are asking to change the library to a “School District Public Library.” They are also asking voters to approve an annual budget of $350,000 a year for five years, which totals $1.75 million.

This proposition can be very misleading if not read completely before voting on it. Continue reading

Sunrise Rotarians learn benefits of massage

At a recent Sunrise Rotary meeting, Rotarian Linda Rossiter, left, introduced Donna DuBois-Taylor, a registered nurse and licensed massage therapist. DuBois-Taylor works for the Oswego County Health Department as an RN and in her Fulton business as a massage therapist. She described various methods of massage and how very important therapeutic massage can be to most people. She studied oncology massage and works on occasion with Hospice patients. She can be reached at 402-0111. The Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. each Friday at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.
At a recent Sunrise Rotary meeting, Rotarian Linda Rossiter, left, introduced Donna DuBois-Taylor, a registered nurse and licensed massage therapist. DuBois-Taylor works for the Oswego County Health Department as an RN and in her Fulton business as a massage therapist. She described various methods of massage and how very important therapeutic massage can be to most people. She studied oncology massage and works on occasion with Hospice patients. She can be reached at 402-0111. The Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. each Friday at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.

Historical Fulton, N.Y.

This adorable photo shows the former Falley Seminary sometime in the 1890s. According to research done by the Friends of History at the Pratt House in Fulton, the school opened in 1836 as Fulton Female Seminary and was run by the Presbyterian Church. In 1842, it allowed boys to attend and changed its name to Fulton Academy. In 1849, the Presbyterians sold it so the Methodists and it was renamed Falley Seminary after a well-to-do Fultonian, George Falley. He gave the Methodists $4,000 to buy the building. The school was at its height of glory in the 1860s. In 1869, a man named Mr. Gilmour became the principal there and remained until the school closed in 1883. His wife, Mrs. Gilmour, lived there until she died in 1901. The building was torn down in 1922. The seminar, a boarding school, was on the site of the present Education Center on Fourth Street. This photo shows some children putting on a mock wedding with the old seminary building as a backdrop.  Photo courtesy of fultonhistory.com
This adorable photo shows the former Falley Seminary sometime in the 1890s. According to research done by the Friends of History at the Pratt House in Fulton, the school opened in 1836 as Fulton Female Seminary and was run by the Presbyterian Church. In 1842, it allowed boys to attend and changed its name to Fulton Academy. In 1849, the Presbyterians sold it so the Methodists and it was renamed Falley Seminary after a well-to-do Fultonian, George Falley. He gave the Methodists $4,000 to buy the building. The school was at its height of glory in the 1860s. In 1869, a man named Mr. Gilmour became the principal there and remained until the school closed in 1883. His wife, Mrs. Gilmour, lived there until she died in 1901. The building was torn down in 1922. The seminar, a boarding school, was on the site of the present Education Center on Fourth Street. This photo shows some children putting on a mock wedding with the old seminary building as a backdrop.
Photo courtesy of fultonhistory.com

Fulton senior dining center menus

Here are the Fulton Senior Dining and Activity Center menus for lunch for the next two weeks:

  • Monday, May 19 – Open faced turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies
  • Tuesday, May 20 – Soup and sandwich
  • Wednesday, May 21 –Turkey sloppy Joe, baked beans
  • Thursday, May 22 –Lemon chicken breast with mushrooms, rice pilaf and veggies
  • Friday, May 23 – Swedish meatballs with egg noodles, vegetable blend
  • Monday, May 26 – Program closed for Memorial Day holiday
  • Tuesday, May 27 – Beef stew with vegetables
  • Wednesday, May 28 –Macaroni and cheese with stewed tomatoes and vegetable blend
  • Thursday, May 29 – Barbecue chicken picnic style lunch (Reservation needed)
  • Friday, May 30 – Spanish rice with vegetables

All meals include milk and dessert. Lunch is served at noon.

Activities daily at 11 a.m.

For reservations, call Eileen 24 hours in advance at 592-3408.

The Fulton Senior Wii Bowlers are once again undefeated. Both of the Fulton senior teams won their conferences. They competed for seven weeks of virtual play and came out on top and are the 2014 Senior League Conference Champions. Pictured left to right are: back row,  Randy Williams, Allen Clark, Bob Calderwood and Joe Wolcik. Seated left to right are: Tom Bergman and Fred Bolio. Missing from the picture are Elsie Tucci and Gordon Haskins.
The Fulton Senior Wii Bowlers are once again undefeated. Both of the Fulton senior teams won their conferences. They competed for seven weeks of virtual play and came out on top and are the 2014 Senior League Conference Champions. Pictured left to right are: back row, Randy Williams, Allen Clark, Bob Calderwood and Joe Wolcik. Seated left to right are: Tom Bergman and Fred Bolio. Missing from the picture are Elsie Tucci and Gordon Haskins.

The dining and activity center is a program of Oswego County Opportunities.

OCO, Inc is a private, nonprofit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.

For more information, visit oco.org.

Fulton parks lookin’ good after Sparkle a Park event

Submitted by Kelley Weaver
Friends of Fulton Parks

What is Earth Week?

In 1969, at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.

A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held April 22, 1970.

In Fulton, N.Y., from April to May 2014 is a celebration of community and an opportunity to work outside together for the common good.

It is about our earth, and about the people who share it with us.

Among the Earth Week events were the Sparkle-a-Park activities, coordinated by Friends of Fulton Parks and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Businesses, organizations, families, churches, youth, senior citizens, college students and individuals banded together to make a huge difference in our community parks this Earth Week.

Steve Ives and John Kardash used their chainsaw mastery to fell some trees and clear some brush at Rowlee Beach Park.

When asked why he volunteered, Ives replied, “This park was the center of life when I was growing up.” Kardash answered, “I want to make amends for the trouble I caused this city when I was young.”

The Bradley Warner family cleaned up litter from sections of Lincoln Park while Another Level Youth group, led by Chris Green, worked on more litter at the park.

Knowing that it is a sound practice to plant a tree if you cut one down, several students from the Cayuga Community College planted trees at Recreation Park. Price Chopper employees showed their concern for Recreation Park by raking and disposing of litter on Earth Day.

Walmart Personnel Director Michelle Sherman brought her granddaughters to “sparkle” Foster Park. Hailee shared her strong opinion about litter: “This litter is gross! Why don’t people throw trash in the garbage can?”

Her sister Alison stopped to smell the flowers. 

Mike Hardesty, Walmart Supercenter Manager, and several employees and families showed their appreciation of Foster Park by cleaning up litter and raking debris.

Del and Cherie Lenhart said “we love this park and want to help keep it clean.”

David Ryan, DJR Landscaping, offered his expertise and skill to perform a horticultural makeover at Schenck Park. He donated his materials and time for this project. Enjoy it as you pass by, or take a load off and sit on the nearby bench to enjoy.

Oswego Industries personnel and participants picked up litter at Van Buren Park. They enjoyed it so much, they want to help out during the summer also.

The Doug Chapman family “sparkled” Bullhead Point because “it is a place that is special to our hearts.”

Members of Fulton Alliance Church removed litter from Veterans Park and the Towpath Trail as their annual participation in Canal Clean Sweep.

On May 10 (today), Dental Health Solutions will be working at Patrick Park and Another Level Youth will be working at Quirk Park. Feel free to join them!

Everyone who helped to beautify the city also helped to inspire or encourage others to take pride in our small piece of the earth.

Fulton Bike Rodeo returns May 31

By Ashley M. Casey

The annual Fulton Bike Rodeo, sponsored by the Fulton Police Department, will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31 at the Fulton Community Center.

The long-running event, which is geared toward children, features a bicycle obstacle course, bounce house and a bicycle giveaway for kids in need.

The city of Fulton is donating abandoned bikes to be sold as scrap metal to benefit the Bike Rodeo. Oswego Health, Dunkin Donuts and the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County are also sponsors. Continue reading

Fulton mayor says Aldi project still a go

By Ashley M. Casey

Mayor Ron Woodward dispelled rumors that Aldi’s plan to develop the former Nestlé property on Fourth and Fay streets had fallen through at the May 6 meeting of the Fulton Common Council. Demolition activity at the site has ceased to allow for asbestos abatement in the buildings.

Ralph Stacy Jr. of the city’s planning commission addressed the mayor and the council during the public forum, saying that several people had approached him after hearing that Aldi’s proposal was “in jeopardy.”

“People have noticed that the demo activity has halted at the plant and people are concerned and they want to know what’s going on,” Stacy said. Continue reading