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Fulton Park for Thursday April 10 — Hulett

4-10_FULstoneHULETT Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Hulett 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.

Child Advocacy Center team honored for investigative efforts

Members of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC)’s Multi-Disciplinary Team were recently recognized at the agency’s annual meeting for their investigative efforts.

Over the past year, the CAC served 475 children, provided more than 3,000 therapy sessions, and investigated more than 211 cases.

“Our MDT members participated in more than 200 forensic interviews and contacted our victim advocate and case management personnel more than 2,400 times,” said CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm.

“While our MDT team does a remarkable job on each to its investigations, this group of exceptional individuals was recognized for their extraordinary efforts on a particularly troubling case that required not only collaboration between MDT members, but also law enforcement professionals in another state as well. Their work resulted in a conviction that has placed a dangerous sexual offender behind bars for over 40 years,” Damm said.

Comprised of a cross section of law enforcement investigators, child protective services, medical providers, therapeutic professionals, victim support professionals, the district attorney’s office, and other human services agencies, the CAC’s Multi-Disciplinary Team maintains a coordinated, effective approach to child abuse investigation and prosecution, and service provision to families and individuals affected by child abuse.

Team members share pertinent information regarding the cases, and by following the CAC’s system for monitoring cases, take necessary steps to protect children, reduce the trauma to children and respective family members and pursue positive legal outcomes that meet the best interest of the child victim and their families.

“Our Multi -Disciplinary Team enables us to offer a wide range of services to children who have been physically, sexually, or emotionally abused and their families,” Damm said.

“Its efforts allow us to maintain an effective approach to child abuse investigation and prosecution, and service provision to families and individuals affected by child abuse,” added Damm.

Located at 301 Beech St., Fulton, with a satellite office at 4822 Salina St., Pulaski, the CAC of Oswego County is a nonprofit charitable organization that works to protect and serve children that are victims of sexual and physical abuse.

For more information on the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, call  592-4453.

Fulton baseball faces a challenging schedule

By Rob Tetro

In 2014, the Fulton varsity baseball team is hoping to build off the momentum they built during the final portion of last season.

Coach Kip Harvey said the Red Raiders don’t plan on messing around and instead are working hard to compete for the league championship while qualifying for the Class A, Section 3 Playoffs.

The Red Raiders are considered a young, but fairly experienced team this season. Eight starters return from last year’s team while four sophomores are moving into starting positions.

Harvey said some of his sophomores gained quality experience as starters a year ago. Fulton may have to break in a few new players at certain positions but overall, Harvey feels his team is much more experienced than it was a season ago.

Before practices began in early March, players were encouraged to attend preseason practices held a couple of nights a week. These practices not only aimed to help players get into better physical condition, but they also gave players an opportunity to get their arms ready for the season.

Harvey said these preseason practices helped his team prepare to be throwing the ball six days a week once the season kicks into high gear. Harvey said it’s a positive sign that almost every player took part in these preseason practices.

He said he believes the team is in pretty good physical condition. The Red Raiders are prepared to both throw and run hard this season. Harvey also mentions his pitchers are developing the endurance to pitch a complete game. They practice at a good pace, which is expected to allow their arms to last throughout the season.

Jeremy Langdon and Jon Cummins have been named team captains for Fulton. Captains are selected by their teammates based on the expectations Harvey has for his captains. He said a captain is someone a player can look up to and someone who offers valued support and encouragement because he has earned the respect of his teammates.

The Red Raiders have a challenging schedule ahead of them. On their side of the league, Jamesville-DeWitt returns an experienced team and is expected to be talented. Defending Sectional Champion Cortland is also expected to be impressive with the return of many players from last season’s team.

Teams from Christian Brothers Academy and Bishop Ludden also appear to be in store for solid seasons. On the other side of the league, Fulton will have the challenge of taking on Chittenango for the first time in years. Harvey also expects County Foe Mexico to be as competitive as they have been in recent years.

Fulton’s biggest strength will be found on the mound in 2014. The Red Raiders have many capable pitchers hard at work preparing for solid seasons. Harvey said having depth at the pitcher position could work to his teams’ advantage, especially if they have to play four or five games a week.

Barring injuries, Fulton hopes to have many capable pitchers ready to be competitive, throw strikes while ultimately giving the team a chance to win.

Oswego County BOCES receives insurance award

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Oswego County BOCES was the recipient of the 2014 School Safety Excellence Award from the Utica National Insurance Group.

The honor, presented annually, recognizes safety efforts by school districts and BOCES across New York State to help keep students, staff and visitors safe.

The Utica National School Safety Excellence Awards Program is divided into three levels – titanium, platinum and gold – in which schools have to meet certain criteria in order to earn a certain level of distinction.

Oswego County BOCES earned the highest merit of distinction in the program, the titanium with honors award. Accompanying this prestigious award was a grant in the amount of $500 to further enhance current safety efforts.

“Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” explained Mark Aquino, regional manager in Utica National’s risk management department.

“Districts that go ‘above and beyond’ to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we’re pleased to count Oswego County BOCES among them,” Aquino said.

Utica National officials presented BOCES representatives with the award at the company’s annual school safety seminar in Syracuse on March 31.

Bodley Bulletins

By Julia Ludington

The weather is finally getting warmer, and everyone is beginning to enjoy the sunshine!

Summer is just around the corner.

Last week, girls attending prom and senior dinner dance had a great chance to save quite a bit of money. On April 3, 4 and 5, there was a prom and senior dinner dance dress sale. All dresses were sold for only $25!

It gave many girls hundreds of dollars in savings, as prom and senior dinner dance are becoming more and more expensive each year. Thank you to those who donated their dresses!

Tonight is the famous “Bodley’s Got Talent” at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. There is going to be a lot of variety this year, from singing to dancing to acting and everything in between. Come out and support our very own brilliant and gifted students.

Spring sports teams’ seasons are underway, and many home games are approaching.

Tonight, the girls’ varsity lacrosse team faces LaFayette on the turf at 6 p.m. Tomorrow, the boys’ varsity and JV baseball teams will face Chittenango at home at 4:30.

The JV and varsity boys’ lacrosse teams will also play tomorrow, facing J-D on the home turf at 5 and 7 PM, respectively.

Congratulations to our March PBIS winners! They are Dawn Mabb of the Freshman class, Sabrina Russell of the Sophomore class, Thomas Distin of the Junior class, and Liam Roberge of the Senior class.

I thanked everyone who donated blood last week, but I want to thank all of you again because a grand total of 80 people donated! Thank you so very much.

Have an excellent week and a fantastic spring break.

Fulton Junior High showcases student work

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Students at Fulton Junior High School recently had the opportunity to share their projects and talents with friends, family and the community during a spring showcase.

Presentations were given around the school from the Art Department, Health Department, Family and Consumer Science and Technology Department.

The Music Department’s school chorus, orchestra and band also performed mini-concerts during the four sessions.

Sixth-graders from three of the four elementary schools visited the junior high during the half day, and were given tours of the building by junior high students.

Sixth-graders were introduced to some the clubs and sports the junior high has to offer and were given demos in the art rooms.

In addition to parents and grandparents, special visitors included former Legislator Louella LeClair and residents of Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Friends of Fulton Parks sponsors medallion contest

By Debra J. Groom

Hey, Fultonians.

Do you know where all your city parks are located?

Well, city officials hope a new contest beginning today will get everyone more acquainted with the 14 beautiful parks the city offers.

Called Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt, the contest consists of a medallion being hidden somewhere in one of the city’s parks.

To find the medallion, residents must read The Valley News beginning with today’s edition.

In it somewhere will be an advertisement with the logo for Friends of Fulton Parks (the logo looks like a hand print — see a photo of it on Page 3). Next to the logo will be a clue to where the medallion is hidden.

If no one finds the medallion after Clue 1 in today’s paper, another clue will be published in an ad in the paper coming out Saturday, April 12. If the medallion still is not found, another clue will be found in an ad in the paper of Wednesday, April 16. The final clue will run in an ad in The Valley News on Saturday, April 19.

A photograph of the medallion appears with this news article. To help out, there also is a map showing where all the city parks are located.

The person who finds the medallion will win $150. But, if that person is a Valley News subscriber, he or she will pick up $250.

Kelley Weaver, a member of the Friends of Fulton Parks organization, said she came up with the idea for the contest when she was thinking about all the beauty and fun the parks have to offer.

“People usually know their one park – the one they like or the one in their neighborhood,” she said. “But what about all the others. Let’s think out of the box, people!”

The Fulton parks are scattered throughout the city. Three – Bullhead Point, Recreation Park and Indian Point – are on the water. Ten have playgrounds. One is simply a serene place to sit on a bench and gaze at the garden. One honors our veterans.

“The more I thought about it, I could tell a few things,” Weaver said. “People do care and value these parks but I also found a lot of people don’t know where they all are.”

Friends of Fulton Parks is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit organization. It does not receive funding from the city of Fulton and instead, operates on donations and what is brought in through fundraisers.

“We have an ongoing ‘Five-for-Five’ fundraiser where you can donate $5 to the park of your choice and have your name written on a handprint at that park,” Weaver said. “We also have a big community event coming up April 27 at Tavern on the Lock.”

Weaver said Friends of Fulton Parks has a “good relationship with the city and collaborates with the Department of Parks and Recreation on functions at the parks.

In conjunction with the medallion, Friends of Fulton Parks is running another contest for smaller playground prizes.

Each day, a park will be featured. Check out The Valley News website at valleynewsonline.com to see which park it is.

Go to that park and find a colorful stone with the park’s name on it. There will be a new park featured for 10 days.

Collect all 10 park stones and you can win a prize. There will be 20 stones in each park, so there could be 20 winners.

All prizes — including the large cash award — will be presented at a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park.

Medallion Contest Rules

There is only one medallion.

You do not have to climb anything, dig in the dirt or take anything apart to find the medallion.

You should not have to harm any part of the park to find the medallion.

If you find it, immediately call 402-7431, or email friendsoffultonparks@gmail.com

There will be an awards ceremony for prizes at about 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park.

The person who finds the medallion will win $150 if he or she is not a Valley News subscriber. If the winner does have a Valley News subscription, he or she will win $250.

Keep your eye on The Valley News website (valleynewsonline.com) and The Valley News Facebook page for announcements on whether the medallion has been found.