Category Archives: Fulton News

News in Brief

As of April 30, 2014, The Valley News will only accept classified advertisements for the Wednesday and Saturday print editions.

We will no longer publish classifieds online. To submit a classified ad, call us at 598-6397 or visit our office at 67 S. Second St., Fulton.

**********

The Class of 1990 from G. Ray Bodley High School 25th Reunion Planning Meeting at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Lakeview Lanes Bar area.

All are welcome to attend.

**********

The H. Lee White Maritime Museum is hosting the second history lecture of the 2014 series at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

The topic will be “Battle Island, July 3, 1756: Ambush on the Oswego River.” Presented by historian Steve Wapen. The program will be held at the museum and is open to the public.

**********

Sterling Nature Center is having an egg dyeing event at 1 p.m. April 12.

See what colors you can get from your pantry just in time for the spring table. Go back to nature with this fun and entertaining program using natural dyes to color your eggs. Please bring your own hard-boiled eggs to dye. An adult should accompany children.

**********

The West Monroe Volunteer Fire Department will be having a pancake breakfast at its fire station form 8 a.m. to noon on Palm Sunday, April 13.

The menu for the breakfast will consist of pancakes, French toast, sausage, ham, eggs cooked to order, toast, tomato or orange juice, coffee, tea, hot cocoa or milk.

The West Monroe Fire Station is located on County Route 11 two-tenths of a mile north of State Route 49 in West Monroe, and can be found on the Web at
westmonroefire.org.

**********

The state Department of Transportation announced a number of road projects that are beginning this spring.

Two are in Oswego County. They are:

1) Route 481 over Bonstead Road and the Oneida River. The northbound and southbound bridges will receive minor rehabilitations. Work elements include pier and abutment concrete repairs, new approach slabs, new joints and thin epoxy deck overlays.

The project work will be staged, with one lane in each direction available at all times. The bridges are located on the border between Onondaga and Oswego counties.

2) Route 3 over the Oswego River (the Broadway bridge in Fulton). The last major portion of work on this project in the city of Fulton will take place during the first half of this construction season.

The new westbound bridge deck will be formed and poured, allowing for the sidewalk, rail and lighting installations.  The new bridge should be fully open to traffic and pedestrians in mid-summer.

In the meantime, one lane of traffic in each direction will be available.

**********

Fulton author Jim Farfaglia will be talking about his book on muck farming at two upcoming events.

The Oswego Town Historical Society will host him at its April meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday April 16 at the Oswego Town Hall, 2320 County Route 7.

He also will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday April 27 at the Volney town hall in Volney Center.

Farfaglia’s book, “OF THE EARTH,” includes interviews with muck farmers in Oswego County and explains the importance of muck farming on the area.

Both events are open to the public.

**********

The Granby Seniors and Friends is sponsoring a trip to Cape Cod May 19 through 23.

A meeting about the trip is scheduled for noon April 17 at the Granby Community Center. For more information, call Joann at 564-5797 or Fran at 343-2381.

**********

For the past 15 years, Oswego’s faithful have gathered in St. Joseph’s Church each Friday in Lent to attend the 11:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross and to participate in the 12:10 p.m. Mass.

The event offers a free luncheon in the parish center. Donations from Canale’s Restaurant, Greene’s Ale House, and Vona’s Restaurant, as well as contributions from those in attendance, create a tasty and varied menu.

Soup, sandwiches, pizza, and salad are offered, as well as beverages provided by St. Joseph’s Church.

**********

Pathfinder Rod and Gun Club and the National Wild Turkey Federation will host the annual Turkey Jamboree for Kids ages 9 to 16 on April 19 at the club.

From 9 to 11:30 a.m., those age 9 through 11 will attend. From noon to 3 p.m., those age 12 to 16 will attend.

There will be a virtual turkey hunt, weather permitting. Be sure to dress for outside activity.

This event is offered free to all boys and girls. For more information, call Tom at 343-4734 or LouAnn at 409-6566.

**********

The town Of Granby is once again planning a town of Granby Family Fun  Day to be held this summer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  June 21.

Included in the festivities will be the recognition of a Granby citizen of the year. The town is seeking nominations from the public to receive this honor.

If you would like to nominate a deserving person or couple from the town of Granby for this tribute, send a letter of recommendation by April 30 to Granby Town Clerk, 820 County Route 8, Fulton, NY 13069.

**********

Lakeside Christian Ministries, a new faith-based ministry organization in the Fulton area, is hosting an Easter Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. April 20 in the community room at the Fulton Municipal Building on South First Street.

The service is open to all. There will be light refreshments, a mix of traditional and modern music, and an uplifting message.

Longtime Fulton resident Chuck Copps, one of the organizers of Lakeside Christian Ministries, is finishing up his course work this year through Rockbridge Seminary.

“As the end of my studies draws near, the time has come to put my learning into practice and serve those in need in the greater Fulton area,” he said.

Founded by Chuck, his wife, Betsy, and Jerry and Bridgette Seguin, Lakeside Christian Ministries has a mission of living as Jesus lived, loving as Jesus loved and serving as Jesus served so God may be glorified and those in need may be helped.

Lakeside Christian Ministries recently began holding weekly worship services in members’ homes on Sunday evenings. They also gather during the week to pray, share meals and strengthen their relationships with other people and with God.

Lakeside Christian Ministries has a Facebook page, LakesideCMFulton. To contact Lakeside Christian Ministries, call 806-9815 or email lakeside4jesus@gmail.com.

**********

A harmonica club in Fulton is looking for new mmbers.

Players can be of any ability.

If interested, call Keith Baker at 592-5608.

**********

The Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary is having its breakfast buffet from 8 to 11 a.m., Sunday April 27 at the Hannibal Fire House, Oswego Street, Hannibal.

This is the last breakfast until September.

**********

Noah’s Christian Nursery School will be holding its spring Open House from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, May 1.

Those attending the event will have an opportunity to visit the classroom, meet the preschool teachers and tour the facilities.

Noah’s Christian Nursery School is located at 1408 State Route 176, within the Fulton First United Methodist Church. This is a non-denominational preschool, which focuses on both the spiritual and educational needs of our children. The school has morning and afternoon classes for three-year-olds and four-year-olds.

For further information, call Sheila Simpson at 592-7347 or 593-3863 (after 3 p.m.)

**********

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is hosting a Quilt in a Day demonstration Saturday, May 10.

Patricia Knoechel, Quilt in a Day Representative, will give a demonstration on the company’s newest publication, Mystery Quilt, and Eleanor Burns’ signature patterns: Honeycomb, Christmas Tree and Wreath, Chimneys and Cornerstones. Double Four Patch, Geese in the garden, Pineapple and Nouveau Wedding Ring,

This program will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Believers Chapel, Route 3 South, Mexico. There is a $5 class fee.

For more information or to register for this workshop, call the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office of Oswego County at 963-7286, ext. 302 by Wednesday, May 7.

**********

The Sterling Nature Center is having a Migratory Dragonfly Short Course from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25.

This course is intended for anyone interested in dragonflies and in contributing to our growing knowledge about dragonfly migration in North America.

Whether you are a novice or a pro when it comes to dragonflies, join us for this fun and informative event to become a volunteer dragonfly monitor and help us explore the amazing but understudied phenomenon of dragonfly migration.

Go to events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e93pfn6of558033d&llr=tnjebhdab for more information and to register.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

**********

The Holy Week services have been announced for the Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54, Pennellville:

Palm Sunday, 11 a.m. Sunday, April 13.

Good Friday, 7 p.m. Friday April 18.

Easter, Sunday April 20, SUNRISE/SONRISE SERVICE, 8 a.m.; breakfast 8:30 a.m. with free will offering, Easter egg hunt and crafts, 9:30 a.m., Easter worship service, 11 a.m.

**********

Looking for information related to projects, educational opportunities and public events related to invasive species?

Look no further! The partners of the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO PRISM), are live on the Internet to help anyone access information about invasive species activities in the eastern Lake Ontario, Tug Hill and St. Lawrence region.

The website also hosts an interactive resource directory for local contacts in your area. Visit the website at sleloinvasives.org for local invasive species information and events.

**********

The Montezuma Audubon Center’s eighth annual Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3 will celebrate Important Bird Areas with activities for all ages.

Games, crafts, music and theatrical performances at the Children’s Theater and Activity Areas will entertain at this year’s festival.

The Montezuma Audubon Center is located at 2295 State Route 89, Savannah.

**********

The Oswego County Autism Task Force  is participating in the local high school scholarship programs for 2014 graduating seniors planning post-secondary education or vocational school this fall.

The task force is offering the Brianna Cahill Scholarship to qualifying seniors. The scholarship is $2,000 in total scholarship money to a student or several students of Oswego County’s nine public high schools based on the following criteria:

Our application must be completed by the student

The recipient must be accepted to a post-secondary or vocational school.

The recipient must be currently diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Applications must be received by the Oswego County Autism Task Force by May 1 for final review and selection by our committee.

Our final selection will be announced to the school by May 25.

For more information, call Tammy Thompson, task force vice president, at 349-3510.

**********

State Sen. Patricia Ritchie is accepting nominations for her “Golden Apple” Award for Teaching Excellence, an honor designed to recognize teachers who go above and beyond to help students succeed.

Last year, Ritchie honored more than 40 educators from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties for their dedication and commitment to education.

Teachers in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties are eligible for nomination. Nomination forms can be found on Ritchie’s website, ritchie.nysenate.gov, or those interested in suggesting an individual for the award may call  782-3418 to have a form mailed to them.

Nomination forms must be received by May 9. All nominees will be recognized at a special event May 30.

**********

The 43rd Annual Spring Tree and Shrub Program through Oswego County Soil & Water Conservation District is underway.

The Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering the following species this year.

DECIDUOUS TREES: Plane tree sycamore, black cherry, Flame Maple, thornless honey locust, old fashion Lilac, red maple, red oak, river birch, sawtooth oak, sugar maple, tulip poplar and white oak.

GROUND COVER: blue lyme grass.

EVERGREENS: Austrian pine, balsam fir, black hills spruce, Fraser fir, Canadian hemlock, majestic blue spruce, and white pine.

FRUITS: Blueberry Bushes: bluecrop and blueray; red raspberries: heritage; strawberries: eclair and Fort Laramie; also offering Bag O’blooms – Strawberry kit.

PERENNIALS: Astilbes glow and bumalda, black eyed susans, daylilies: bellaboo and purple de oro, hostas: patriot and variegated mix, rhododendrons dark purple & pink.

SHRUBS: Arborvitae danica globe and green giant, forsythia lynwood gold, viburnum highbush cranberry.

MISCELLANEOUS CONSERVATION ITEMS: arbor guards, bat boxes, bluebird nesting boxes, wood duck boxes, fertilizer tablets, organic compost tea bags – plant nutrition, organic tree fertilizer spikes, marking flags, mill liqua gel, rain gauges, stump-out decomposes naturally, weedguard plus paper.

To obtain an order form, contact the Oswego County Soil and Water District at 592-9663. The form can also be printed directly from the web at oswegosoilandwater.com or stop by our office at 3105 State Route 3, Fulton.

**********

The Sunshine Community & Child Care Center in Fulton is putting on its Summer Gratitude Gala 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14.

Vendors, activities, tie-dye, arts and crafts, parking lot sale, food, music and nonalcoholic beverages will be available.

There also will be a cutest pet contest, bounce houses and a cutest prince and princess contest.

Vendor registration packets available at Sunshine Center at 561-7861.

Sunrise Rotary inducts Bullard

Dave Bullard was inducted as the newest member of Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club. Bullard is assistant public information officer for the state Department of Agriculture and Markets and manages the public relations and marketing at the Great New York State Fair. Bullard was a founding member in 1999 of the Sunrise Rotary and we welcome him back. Pictured from left are President-elect Dennis Goss, Bullard and President Ed Garrow. The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. every Friday at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.
Dave Bullard was inducted as the newest member of Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club. Bullard is assistant public information officer for the state Department of Agriculture and Markets and manages the public relations and marketing at the Great New York State Fair. Bullard was a founding member in 1999 of the Sunrise Rotary and we welcome him back. Pictured from left are President-elect Dennis Goss, Bullard and President Ed Garrow. The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. every Friday at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.

Custom Taylor Band highlights Memorial Day salute

The good times of summer are not that far away starting with Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute Saturday, May 24.

The entertainment will feature Chris Taylor’s Custom Taylor Band, Central New York’s premier Top 40 country music band.

Brass exchange will also be showcased.

Our festivities include a great Saturday morning parade, carnival rides, talent show by CNY Arts Center, fireworks and an abundance of food and drink provided through Fulton’s service clubs and Veterans’ Council.

Our 2014 theme is “Showing Gratitude to Our Veterans.” Jim Weinhold, honored 2014 Veteran of the Year, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Saturday parade.

Representatives from the Fulton Service Clubs and the Fulton Veterans’ Council organize Memorial Day Salute.

The chairperson of this year’s event is Larry Macner. Mark your calendars for this event to kick off summer 2014 in Fulton.

Humane Society visits Fulton Rotary

Rotarian Charrise Kidd, left, introduced Jo Piersma, a board member and one of the original founders of the Oswego County Humane Society, at a recent Noon Rotary Club meeting. Piersma gave the Rotarians a little history on how the Humane Society came to be in Oswego County.  The road she lives on used to be a popular dumping ground for unwanted pets. Years ago, some dogs were dropped off near her home and she rescued them, but due to the severity of their health issues, they did not make it. She decided that something needed to be done. Piersma talked to many people and organizations seeking help. Most counties in New York state have an animal shelter, but Piersma found out that not having a shelter in Oswego County was a good thing. Shelters can be very expensive and ultimately do not help solve the problem. Spaying and neutering are more effective at decreasing the numbers of abandoned dogs and cats. The Humane Society helps with these costs before the animals are placed in adoptive homes. They also coordinate foster homes for these homeless animals until permanent ones can be found. Her organization also promotes community education on proper pet care. Visit their website oswegohumane.org to watch its video.
Rotarian Charrise Kidd, left, introduced Jo Piersma, a board member and one of the original founders of the Oswego County Humane Society, at a recent Noon Rotary Club meeting. Piersma gave the Rotarians a little history on how the Humane Society came to be in Oswego County. The road she lives on used to be a popular dumping ground for unwanted pets. Years ago, some dogs were dropped off near her home and she rescued them, but due to the severity of their health issues, they did not make it. She decided that something needed to be done. Piersma talked to many people and organizations seeking help. Most counties in New York state have an animal shelter, but Piersma found out that not having a shelter in Oswego County was a good thing. Shelters can be very expensive and ultimately do not help solve the problem. Spaying and neutering are more effective at decreasing the numbers of abandoned dogs and cats. The Humane Society helps with these costs before the animals are placed in adoptive homes. They also coordinate foster homes for these homeless animals until permanent ones can be found. Her organization also promotes community education on proper pet care. Visit their website oswegohumane.org to watch its video.

Join Granby youth in cleaning Fulton lock area

The Granby Youth Group is hosting a cleanup at Lock 0-3 as part of the state’s ninth annual Canal Clean Sweep.

The event will be at 10 a.m. April 26 at Lock 0-3 in Fulton.

More than 150 community organizations, service groups, municipalities and businesses across the New York State Canal System are participating in the Canal Clean Sweep by joining in one of the 100 local clean-up activities in Canal parks, along public promenades and on Canalway Trail segments in their region.

The event is held annually in recognition of Earth Day 2014 and in preparation for the opening of the canal season.

This year is the 190th consecutive navigation season on the New York State Canal System.

People will be out cleaning canal areas during Clean Sweep weekend April 25 to 27.

The Canal Clean Sweep highlights the growing significance of the Canal System and the Canalway Trail System as a recreational and tourism destination across the state and city of Fulton by encouraging communities, nonprofit organizations and volunteers to engage in cleanup and beautification activities along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail.

The New York State Canal System is composed of four historic waterways, the Erie, the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Seneca Canals.

Spanning 524 miles across New York state, the waterway links the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes and the Niagara River with communities rich in history and culture.

Parks and Trails New York is the only statewide not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the health and quality of life of New Yorkers through the use and enjoyment of a growing network of parks, pedestrian and bicycle trails, greenways, and heritage corridors around the state.

For more information on the ninth annual Canal Clean Sweep or to help coordinate an event in your community, visit ptny.org or call James Meerdink with Parks & Trails New York at 518-434-1583 or canalsweep@ptny.org.

Volunteer honored at CAC

Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Oswego County, Karrie Damm (right) and Cheryl Martin-Schroeder, nurse practitioner, (center) present community member Mary Cary (left) with the CAC’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Cary was recognized for her donations of colorful blankets that she and her group, “Kids in Sensitive Situations,” make for the victims of child abuse that the CAC serves. The blankets, themed for both boys and girls, are used during the children’s physical examinations and given to them to keep. For more information on the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County and the services they provide for victims of child abuse and their families you may contact them at 592-4453.
Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Oswego County, Karrie Damm (right) and Cheryl Martin-Schroeder, nurse practitioner, (center) present community member Mary Cary (left) with the CAC’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Cary was recognized for her donations of colorful blankets that she and her group, “Kids in Sensitive Situations,” make for the victims of child abuse that the CAC serves. The blankets, themed for both boys and girls, are used during the children’s physical examinations and given to them to keep. For more information on the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County and the services they provide for victims of child abuse and their families you may contact them at 592-4453.

New business opens in Fulton

To Dye For Salon recently opened their new shop and held an Open House on Saturday, March 26. Owned by Michelle and John Kearns, the salon is at 4 W. First St. N., Fulton (next to The Village Shops). Pictured are, front row from left to right, Carrie Woodworth, stylist/nail and lash specialist; and Michelle Kearns, salon manager/owner; middle row sitting is Kassidy Kearns, salon manager; back row left to right are Mackenzie Duda, stylist; and Coleen Goss, stylist.
To Dye For Salon recently opened their new shop and held an Open House on Saturday, March 26. Owned by Michelle and John Kearns, the salon is at 4 W. First St. N., Fulton (next to The Village Shops). Pictured are, front row from left to right, Carrie Woodworth, stylist/nail and lash specialist; and Michelle Kearns, salon manager/owner; middle row sitting is Kassidy Kearns, salon manager; back row left to right are Mackenzie Duda, stylist; and Coleen Goss, stylist.

Cross Walk, lunch set for April 18

Pictured from left getting ready for the Good Friday Cross Walk are Glenda Abbate, the Rev. David Nethercott, Mary Johnson, Sharon Wheeler, Nancy Allen and Lois Mirabito. Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea
Pictured from left getting ready for the Good Friday Cross Walk are Glenda Abbate, the Rev. David Nethercott, Mary Johnson, Sharon Wheeler, Nancy Allen and Lois Mirabito.
Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

The annual Good Friday Cross Walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 18 in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Parish, Buffalo Street, Fulton.

The cross walk is sponsored by the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches. Walkers will gather for prayer and the singing of hymns as they take turns carrying a large wooden cross in the downtown section of the city of Fulton.

This annual walk returns to and remembers the “way of the cross” that Jesus Christ traveled on his journey within the city of Jerusalem to the place of his crucifixion.

The cross walk concludes about noon at its final destination, First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St.

Everyone who takes part in the walk can partake of a soup and bread lunch provided by the Board of Deacons of First United Church.

Both the cross walk and the lunch are open to the public. There is no cost for the luncheon.

The Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches is made up of those member congregations who support ecumenical programs, including the annual Michaud Memorial Service and the annual fall season CROP WALK, which raises funds for world hunger, and also for local food pantries.

For further information about the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches and the Good Friday Cross Walk, call the Council of Churches President, Rev. David Nethercott at 592-2707 or email him at prairieborn@aol.com).