Category Archives: Fulton News

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.

 

Future of Fulton Public Library rests on May 20 vote

By Ashley M. Casey

Voters in the Fulton City School District will have two decisions to make concerning the fate of the Fulton Public Library in the May 20 election: how it’s funded and who runs it.

The library is putting forth two propositions for next month’s elections. One would make  the library a school district library — solely funded by a tax that the district collects, eliminating the city of Fulton’s responsibility. The other puts the election of the board of trustees up to the voters as well. Currently, the city appoints trustees to the board. Continue reading

Walter E. Everson, Army veteran, worked for many local companies

Walter E. Everson, Sr., 83, of Fulton, passed away Thursday evening April 3 at home with his family by his side.

He was born in Bundyville, a son to the late Wilbur and Irene Everson.  Walt lived in Michigan for several years before moving to Syracuse and eventually returning to Fulton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Walt worked at Syracuse China, MacCordy Machine, Tool and Die Corp. and Foster Bros. Cutlery, Inc. Also, he was a truck driver for several local companies.

In addition to his parents, Walter is predeceased by his first wife, Cora Everson; two sons, Walter Everson, II and James Everson; three sisters, Vivian, Peggy and Marion Everson; two brothers, Wesley and William Everson.

Walter is survived by his wife of 48 years, Susan Potter Everson of Fulton; four children, Sonja Jane (Art) Holtzinger of Indiana, Brian (Penny) Everson of Fulton, Rose (Don) Benjamin of Watkins Glen,Vicki Mayer of Florida and Michael (Katrina) Everson of South Carolina; a sister, Virginia Dennison of Fulton; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Tuesday, April 8 with services following at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Everson may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Ronald March, Army veteran, carpenter

Ronald M. March, 80, of Fulton, passed away Tuesday April 1 at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Lacona, NY, a son to the late Moses and Mae March.

Ron graduated from Cato-Meridian High School in 1951 and enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1953, where he served his nation until his honorable discharge in 1955.

Ron was a carpenter with the Carpenter’s Local #12, Syracuse.

He was a life member of the Fulton V.F.W. #569 and the B.P.O.E. Lodge #830, Fulton. Ron enjoyed bowling and spending time on his farm.

He is predeceased by a son, Michael, who died Dec. 21, 1957.

Ronald is survived by his wife of 22 years, Mary M. March of Fulton; four children, Judith White of Pulaski, Timothy March of Red Creek, Thomas March of Fulton and Jeffrey March of Fulton; three step-children, Robert Hines of Fulton, Joseph Hines of Mexico and Sherry Hines of Fulton; a brother, Ralph March of Oswego; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.

There are no calling hours or funeral services. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Fulton Home Show coming April 12

Booths and exhibits from building suppliers, home repair specialists and financial institutions will fill the Fulton War Memorial for the eighth consecutive year when the Fulton Area Home Show returns Saturday, April 12.

A true sign of spring, the free home show is an opportunity for local homeowners and potential homebuyers to get a glimpse of the many services available for buying, selling, renovating and sprucing up a home.

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features a variety of different vendors from financial institutions offering help on mortgages to contractor’s offering ideas on improvements.

The highly successful venue is being sponsored by Fulton Savings Bank, and the event itself being sponsored by Burkes Home Center. The Home Show is presented by the City of Fulton and the Fulton Community Development Agency.

In addition to the more than 40 exhibits, the Home Show will again emphasize “Curb Appeal” this year, said Joe Fiumara, executive director of the Fulton Community Development Agency.

“This year’s show will feature more vendors from the landscaping and exterior trades as we did last year,” Fiumara said. “We know from experience that what gives everyone the nice inviting sense from a perspective buyer to a neighbor visiting is ‘Curb Appeal.’ So we anticipate our vendors to be offering tips and efficient ideas to achieve this”

Fiumara explained the idea of the Home Show was in response to many comments from residents and homeowners who didn’t know where to go for certain information, were not aware of certain services in the community, or were looking for a place where they could ask questions without being under any obligation to buy something or sign up for something.

“Regardless of income, people are looking for certain things and were not sure where to get them,” he said. “The Home Show will be an ideal place for people looking to buy a home, as well as people who own a home and are looking to make some improvements.”

The show will feature more than 40 local exhibitors, as well as on-going demonstrations by local contractors, building supply companies, and landscapers.

“Exhibitor spaces for the Home Show are sold out, but we are compiling a waiting list for next year,” Fiumara noted.

“We have been pleased with the response by the business community so far,” he said. “This is such a good opportunity for our community to see what’s available to them and to look forward to the spring and summer home improvement and landscaping months.”

More information on the show, including exhibitor information, is available at the Fulton Community Development Agency, 125 West Broadway, Fulton, phone 593-7166 or e-mail fultonhousing@windstream.net