Community members interested in enjoying their own garden fresh, homegrown vegetables or the beauty of a fresh flowerbed are invited to be a part of this year’s Fulton Community Garden Project.
The Nutrition Collaboration is soliciting Fulton city residents interested in participating in the Community Garden Project.
Participants will receive their own garden plot where they can grow vegetables, herbs or flowers that will be theirs to enjoy.
Amy Roland, director of Nutrition Services for Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) and a member of the Nutrition Collaboration, said the project is open to all Fulton community members, and members of Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide support for those who have never tended a garden before.
“The community garden is a great way for Fulton residents to enjoy fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers right from their own garden!” said Roland.
Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, the city of Fulton and the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County, the Community Garden Project it entering its third growing season and continues to be success.
Since its inception in 2012, the project has more than doubled its number of garden beds and has provided fresh fruits and vegetables to participating families and individuals.
Roland said planting at the community garden will begin in late May. Fulton city residents interested in participating in the community garden may do so by picking up an application from the Fulton Housing Authority, 1100 Emery St., Fulton, or by visiting oco.org, Health and Nutrition Services.
Return the completed application to the Fulton Housing Authority or mail to: OCO Nutrition Services, 239 Oneida St, Fulton, NY 13069. As space is limited, submitting an application does not guarantee a plot in the garden.
The Nutrition Collaboration will utilize a lottery system in the event that the requests for plots out number the amount of plots available in the garden.
Sponsors for the community garden project include: Oswego County Nutrition Collaboration, Rural Health Network of Oswego County, Food Bank Of CNY, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, Oswego County Department of Social Services, Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation, the Fulton Housing Authority, United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County, and Catholic Charities of Oswego County.
For more information on the community garden project contact Amy Roland at 598-4712 ext. 1811, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Ashley M. Casey
The Fulton City School District Board of Education approved the fourth and final draft of the 2014-2015 district budget at its April 23 meeting.
The final budget totals $67,357,685, up 3.22 percent from the 2013-14 budget of $65,259,100.
The proposed tax levy — the amount to be raised by taxes — is $20,142,125, a 1 percent increase from the previous year’s budget. Actual tax rates will be calculated in the summer.
Not included in the total budget amount is a $60,000 proposition to buy two vehicles.
If the proposed budget is defeated twice by voters, the district goes to a contingency budget of $66,871,685. The tax levy would be $19,942,698, the 2013-14 amount.
The contingency budget would remove $30,000 in equipment and would eliminate the restoration of $25,000 to the athletic program, three elementary teaching positions, and the proposed $35,000 for an elementary mental health clinician.
• Director of Instructional Assessment Betsy Conners said the district is applying for several STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) grants for the middle and high school grades.
One such grant would allow seventh- and eighth-grade teachers to participate in a three-day professional development opportunity through BOCES in August. Conners said the interdisciplinary approach of STEM is becoming increasingly important to skilled jobs. The district will hear back about the grant in May.
• Director of Student Support Programs Geri Geitner introduced a “school within a school” model for alternative education students at G. Ray Bodley High School.
Currently, about 85 high school students participate in an alternative program at the Education Center. This would allow alternative students to take elective classes at GRB but maintain their current flexible scheduling and “safety net” of support services in a “pod” or partial wing at the high school.
The program would move four full-time and a handful of part-time alternative teaching positions to GRB. Geitner and GRB principal Donna Parkhurst are aiming to start the new program in September.
“It’s going to take a lot of coordination and individual planning if we move to this model,” Geitner said. “We want to replicate all the components that we believe are effective — and that students are telling us are effective — (and) offer them a broader range of opportunities.”
• Director of Facilities, Operations and Transportation Jerry Seguin updated the board on the 2012 capital project’s progress.
He said crews worked “fast and furious” through the April break to update IT infrastructure and clean power systems at Volney and Fairgrieve elementary schools, as well as asbestos abatement at Fairgrieve and the Education Center.
The district has received state Education Department approval for the replacement of the gym floor at Lanigan Elementary School, part of the 2014-15 capital project. The project will be bid out in May and the renovation will take place over the summer.
The replacement of locksets across the district will extend into the fall of 2014.
Seguin said other summer projects include the replacement of the Volney and GRB roofs, renovations of the Education Center’s auditorium and gym ceiling, and renovations in Volney and Fairgrieve classrooms.
• The board also voted to pass the BOCES administrative budget, which is tentatively calculated at $6,408,434. The school board voted three members to the BOCES board for three-year terms: Eric Behling of the Mexico district, John Shelmidine of Sandy Creek and William “Dave” White of Oswego.
• Petitions for school board and library board candidates are due to the district office by April 30.
• The public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. May 7 at the Junior High School.
• The next regular school board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 13 at the Education Center.
• The budget vote, school board election and library proposition vote will be held May 20 at the elementary schools.
Steve Chirello, owner of Chirello Advertising in Fulton, served as a judge for the 2014 State University of New York Council for University Advancement Award of Excellence category of Community Relations programs.
This is the fifth time Chirello has served as a judge for this competition.
“The SUNYCUAD Awards for Excellence Program rewards the very best efforts of our talented and creative professionals,” said Dan Doyle, director of annual giving for SUNY Albany and SUNY Council for University Advancement awards program chair.
“Awards for Excellence are bestowed annually at the educational conference. Juries with professional experience in institutional advancement determine the winners,” he said.
This year’s conference is June 4-6 in Lake Placid. Chirello was formerly director of Community Relations for Syracuse University. Joining Chirello in judging this category was Joe Della Posta, director of communications and public affairs for Le Moyne College.
All full-time professionals working in university advancement at the 64 SUNY campuses as well as at SUNY System Administration are SUNYCUAD members.
Chirello Advertising celebrates its 18th anniversary this year and offers full service advertising, public relations, and marketing expertise to a variety of industrial, professional, institutional and retail clients throughout Central New York.
The agency, working with in-house staff and outside associates, specializes in public relations planning, graphic design, web design and streaming web video, video production, market research, radio, television and print advertising.
Chirello can be contacted at 592-9778, email@example.com and www.chirello.com.
By Rob Tetro
The Fulton varsity baseball team has lost its last 4 games and now have an overall record of 1-7.
On April 18, the Red Raiders lost both games of a doubleheader against Homer — 11-1 in Game 1 and 14-2 in Game 2.
It didn’t get any easier for Fulton when they took on East Syracuse Minoa in a doubleheader April 19, as the Red Raiders lost 13-1 in Game 1 and 8-7 in Game 2.
In the Homer first game, Homer began building its lead after a scoreless first inning.
By the end of the third inning, Homer had a 4-1 lead over the Red Raiders. Homer then put the game out of reach following a scoreless fourth inning, erupting for 7 runs during the fifth inning to cap off an 11-1 win.
Leading the way for Fulton was Jon Cummins with a hit and an RBI against Homer. Following Cummins was Jeremy Langdon with 2 hits while Michael Bolster, Dan Coant and Kirby LaBeef chipped in a hit each for the Red Raiders.
Fulton was led on the mound by Michael Bolster with 1 strikeout while allowing 8 runs off 10 hits in 4 and 1/3 innings of work.
Nick Summerville pitched in relief of Bolster, throwing a strikeout while allowing 3 runs off 6 hits in 1 and 2/3 innings pitched.
After Homer rolled past the Red Raiders in game 2 of their doubleheader, 14-2, Fulton turned their attention to a doubleheader against ESM.
In Game 1, after a scoreless first inning, ESM jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the second inning. The Spartans put the game out of reach during the third inning, scoring 9 unanswered runs to take an 11-1 lead over the Red Raiders.
ESM added 2 more runs during the seventh inning en route to a 13-1 win.
Fulton was led by Michael Bolster with a hit and an RBI, followed by Peter Ravesi with 2 hits and Charles Alton, Cameron Clark and Dan Coant with a hit each.
Charles Alton led the way on the mound for the Red Raiders. In 3 and 1/3 innings of work, Alton threw 1 strikeout while allowing 4 runs off 7 hits. In relief of Alton, George Lewis allowed 9 runs off 9 hits in 2 and 2/3 innings pitched.
Michael Bolster also got time on the mound for Fulton, allowing 1 hit in an inning of playing time.
The Red Raiders came up short in Game 2 against EMS.
Fulton jumped out to an early lead of 5-2 by the end of the second inning. But ESM wasn’t about to fold.
During the third inning, they cut Fulton’s lead to 5-3. After a scoreless fourth and fifth innings, ESM tied the game, scoring a run in both the sixth and seventh innings.
The game then went to extra innings. The Red Raiders scored 2 runs during the top of the eighth inning to take a 7-5 lead.
But Fulton wasn’t able to keep ESM off the scoreboard down the stretch. They scored 3 runs during the bottom of the eighth inning to escape with an 8-7 win over the Red Raiders.
Leading the way for Fulton was Charles Alton with 3 hits and an RBI. Following Alton was Jeremy Langdon with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Dan Coant, Dillon Guernsey and Kirby LaBeef each had a hit and an RBI. Cody Green and Jake Seymour chipped in a hit each.
On the mound, Dan Coant threw 3 strikeouts while allowing 6 runs off 8 hits in 7 and 1/3 innings pitched. Cameron Clark threw 1 strikeout while allowing 2 runs off 1 hit in 1/3 of an inning of work.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is accepting registration for its Shooting Sports Program.
The program will be conducted as a five-week course concluding with a field day. Each discipline meets once a week at an Oswego County sportsman club.
The schedule is:
- Archery will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Deerslayers Bowmen Association on Route 104 in southwest Oswego.
- Air rifle will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at North Sportsmans Club on County Route 37 in West Monroe.
- Muzzleloading rifle will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Lock Stock and Barrel Club in Volney.
Youth do not need to have previous experience or own firearms to participate in this hands-on learning experience. The Oswego County 4-H Program and instructors, certified New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program, all will provide firearms and necessary equipment. The instructors are volunteers who are chosen for their ability to teach and their skill at relating to youth.
The 4-H Shooting Sports’ courses will meet a minimum of five times beginning the first week of May and end with a field day in early June. A program fee of $30 will be charged to cover the cost of materials and eye and ear protection.
The 4-H Shooting Sports Program is valuable for helping youth develop self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem and sportsmanship. The program also provides a positive experience for youth and promotes firearm safety.
Please note the Oswego County Shooting Sports program is not a hunter safety education program.
Anyone interested in the Oswego County Shooting Sports Program, call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Program for more details and enrollment forms, 963-7286 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities. Contact the office if you have any special needs.
CNY Arts Center officials say vendors can now register for the fourth annual Arts Fest set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 at the Fulton Community Center Ice Rink on Broadway in Fulton.
The event brings artists and crafters together with handmade original art on display for sale along with food vendors, and hands on art.
New at this year’s event will be art demonstrations and sample art classes for all ages along with new outdoor entertainment.
The annual CNY Arts Center community mural will also be completed at this year’s Arts Fest. Previous murals have been created during Harborfest.
The 2014 mural will use recycled bottle caps to create an Alice in Wonderland theme. Festival attendees will help create the mural to be framed and displayed in a prominent Fulton location.
Vendors can register for a 10×10 spot with electricity at the festival. Food vendors are also actively sought.
For online registration and more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.