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Fulton, Oswego honored by AAA

The City of Fulton receives AAA’s Gold Community Traffic Safety Program Award. Pictured (L to R) are: Mayor Ronald Woodward, Sr., Police Chief Orlo Green, and AAA Assistant Vice President John Sansone.
The City of Fulton receives AAA’s Gold Community Traffic Safety Program Award. Pictured (L to R) are: Mayor Ronald Woodward, Sr., Police Chief Orlo Green, and AAA Assistant Vice President John Sansone.

The cities of Fulton and Oswego and their police department were honored Monday by AAA Western and Central New York.

AAA cited the cities and police for their success in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program.

AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is an awards and recognition program for communities of all sizes nationwide that identify and address their local traffic safety issues.

The program considers basic crash statistics, presence of a traffic safety leadership group, projects, and their effectiveness. The awards progress from Honorable Mention to Bronze, Silver, Gold, and to the highest level, Platinum.

Gold Awards, given to communities that implement programs and projects that demonstrate superior effort at addressing local traffic safety issues, were presented to the City of Fulton and the City of Oswego.

“AAA is honored to be recognizing these communities that are making traffic safety a top priority,” said Tony Spada, President and CEO of AAA Western and Central New York.  “Their dedication and commitment to this cause deserves to be applauded.”

Fulton is receiving its seventh Gold Award, demonstrating success in addressing: aggressive, distracted, drunk and impaired driving, occupant protection and child passenger safety, bicycle, pedestrian, work zone, school bus and school zone safety and computerized mapping of motor vehicle accidents to identify problem areas and improve safety.

Fulton has participated in the program for 12 years and is the recipient of five Platinum and seven Gold Awards in total.

Oswego was presented with its second Gold Award, having previously participated in 2008. Oswego demonstrated success in addressing speeding, aggressive and impaired driving, occupant protection, and pedestrian and school zone safety.

Only 12 communities in New York State received Platinum honors: Brockport, Camillus, DeWitt, Freeport, Garden City, Liverpool, Manlius, New York City, Northport, Old Westbury, Rye and White Plains.

Participation in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is open to communities of all sizes nationwide.

As Upstate New York’s largest member services organization, AAA provides nearly 860,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services.  Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at www.AAA.com or download our mobile app at www.AAA.com/mobile.

Fulton Parks medallion contest continues

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No one has found the Treasure Fulton Park 2014 Medallion Hunt medallion as of Tuesday afternoon.

So far, two clues have been published in The Valley News to help people find the medallion. Another clue will come out in the newspaper on Wednesday, April 16.

The person who finds the medallion will win $150 — or $250 is he or she is a subscriber to The Valley News.

The contest for collecting stones in 10 of the Fulton parks also continues. Visitors to the parks should collect one of the specially marked colored stones from each of the 10 parks. Those with a collect of all 10 stones from the 10 different parks will be able to get a small prize.

 

 

Fulton Park of the Day, Tuesday April 15 — Oswego Falls

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Oswego Falls Park.

 

Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.

 

By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.

 

Fulton Park of the Day, Monday April 14 — Van Buren Park

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Van Buren Park.

 

Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.

 

By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.

 

Allan L. Button Jr., loved Taekwondo, racing, camping, spending time with family, friends

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Allan L. Button, Jr., 40, of Fulton passed away Friday, April 11, 2014.

Born in Oswego, Allan had been a life resident of the area.

He had worked at Reymore Chevrolet in Central Square and was currently enrolled in college for business management.

Allan enjoyed Tae Kwon Do, working out, racing, camping, music concerts, and spending time with his family and many, many friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Allan L. Button, Sr., and brother, Todd Button.

Allan will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife, Faith Seeber Button; son, Logan Button; his mother, Bettyjean Reynolds; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 Tuesday April 15 with a service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241.

Fulton Storm girls’ hoops finish season with 107 wins

Mallori Kitts goes up for a layup in a Fulton Storm game. the other Fulton girls in the photo are No. 24, Mackenzie Smith, and the girl on the left with her number blocked is Madison Gilmore.
Mallori Kitts goes up for a layup in a Fulton Storm game. the other Fulton girls in the photo are No. 24, Mackenzie Smith, and the girl on the left with her number blocked is Madison Gilmore.

Submitted by Dan Gilmore

The Fulton Storm girls’ basketball teams officially started practice in September after a lot of summer work preparing for the long season ahead.

There was great interest in the program this year. There were two fifth-sixth grade teams, three seventh-eighth grade teams and even one third-fourth-grade team that played in games and tournaments.

All the Fulton teams focused on the basic fundamentals of basketball, such as shooting, ball-handling, passing and defense. These along with basic offensive and defensive concepts will give the student athlete the skills and knowledge necessary to be competitive at the high school level.

All the Fulton teams combined earned a record of 107-38. Fulton won 13 tournaments and had good showings at all of the tournaments the teams entered.

The girls showed steady improvement as the travel season went on, even though the girls had to balance school, school basketball and other activities. The Fulton Storm is proud of all the girls for working hard, being dedicated and being team players.

A special thanks to all the coaches, parents, sponsors, and Jerry Schremp for making this season and the Fulton Tournament a success.

Fulton’s home tournament had 15 teams participate this year, up from last year. It hopes to grow again next year.

Fulton took home first place in the fifth-sixth and seventh-eighth divisions.

The Fulton Storm always is looking to grow and is focused on the development of each individual player.

Once again some talented eighth-graders will be moving on next year. Those players are Mckenna Chesbro, Mallori Kitts, Alexandra Mosquesda, Erin Nicholson, Cara Smith and Brianna Squier.

Fulton girls’ young lacrosse team faces tough schedule

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity lacrosse team has the tough task of developing newer players after losing several players to graduation over the last couple of seasons.

With this in mind, coach Drew White said allowing players to gain quality experience on this field this season will be a key goal for his team.

If The Lady Raiders are to succeed in 2014, their younger players will have to grow and develop into contributors throughout the course of the season.

Fulton will have six seniors on the team this season, all of which are returning players. Seniors Casey Shannon, Julia Ludington, Julia Lee, Isabela Gonzalez, Jenna Hudson and Alexis Lastra will be relied upon to be key contributors this season.

When practices began in early March, White expected his players to be physically prepared to handle the work ahead of them. Players were encouraged to take part in off-season weight lifting programs. To White’s approval, most of his players were able to actively participate in these workouts and had the physical conditioning to show for it.

Unfortunately, the Lady Raiders have had limited time preparing outdoors for the season. White said in their quest to continue developing their conditioning, his players will benefit from the challenges they face while adjusting to outdoor preparation and competition.

White said his newer players still continue to adjust to the speed of varsity lacrosse. However, not only does he expect his younger players to make the necessary adjustments, White also believes they will be physically able to play more and more as the season goes on.

Amelia Coakley, Casey Shannon and Julia Ludington will serve as team captains for the Lady Raiders this season.

The schedule Fulton will face this season is a tough one. White said the league they play in is challenging and gets stronger every year.

He expects perennial power Christian Brothers Academy to be just as impressive as they have been in the past. Rival East Syracuse Minoa is expected to have a solid season as well.

The Lady Raiders tough league schedule aside, White also expects the non-league opponents his team will face this season will be equally as challenging.

Despite trying to fill many voids due to graduation, Fulton expects to have numerous strengths this season. One of the most notable strengths is in the middle of the field.

Captains Coakley, Shannon and Ludington all return for their fourth season starting at Midfield. Led by them, Fulton expects to be able to successfully control the middle of the field on the offensive end.

White also points out that expectations are high for sophomore Goalie Kaylin Pafumi headed into the season.

Fulton girls’ track looks for depth

 

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity track and field team for 2014 is looking to improve this season and Coach Gary LaGrou wants all of its athletes to be ready to contribute from the start.

He also wants the Lady Raiders to improve their times and distances and become an even more challenging opponent.  His hope is to have athletes competing in some of the season ending events such as Sectional and state Qualifying Meets.

This season, Fulton has the tough task of replacing 12 seniors from last year’s team.

Led by just a few seniors, the Lady Raiders are expected to be an inexperienced team in 2014. LaGrou said the younger athletes on the team come with a lot of potential.

With most of its players competing on the varsity indoor track team this winter, Fulton was in pretty good physical condition when practices began in early March.

LaGrou said the team worked hard to develop its endurance during the first few days of practice. He said it’s important for his athletes to be on pace to be in their best physical condition during the mid to late portion of the season with the hope of being even more successful down the stretch.

LaGrou said his team still has adjustments to make, especially when it comes to competing outdoors. The climate has kept Fulton’s preparation mostly indoors.

Instead of naming captains formally, LaGrou usually allows senior athletes for each event to serve as leadership figures. He hopes his senior athletes will be a source of encouragement for younger athletes in their events.

LaGrou said Fulton will be challenged in almost every meet this season.

The Lady Raiders traveled to Cortland April 9 for a double dual meet against Cortland and Fowler. On April 16, Fulton will host a double dual meet against Chittenango and Jamesville-DeWitt and then have a double dual meet against Mexico and Homer April 30 at Mexico.

This season, Fulton will have to replace a few distance runners lost to graduation. However, the Lady Raiders will still have a number of strengths.

LaGrou said there are many impressive younger distance runners joining the team, making Fulton stronger in distance events this season.

LaGrou said the younger hurdlers who joined the team have lot of potential. The Lady Raiders are expected to have a new high jumper at one point in the season. Now, she is recovering from an injury.

LaGrou said his team will feature a few throwers from last year’s team. He’s  hopeful his throwers can build off of the experiences they had last season.

Fulton will also welcome Jessica Race back to the team at shotput following a brief hiatus. What excites LaGrou the most is the number of athletes he has and working to help all of these athletes contribute to give the team more depth for every event of a meet this season.