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Historical Fulton, N.Y.: Sealright

This photo from fultonhistory.com shows the old Sealright Co. factory along with a collection of some of the bottle caps made at the plant through the years. Sealright was founded in 1883 by Forrest Weeks as the Oswego Falls Pulp and Paper Co. in Fulton. One of its early major products was newsprint for newspapers. Then, when the company acquired the rights to a new cylindrical paper container with sanitary properties that could be used for dairy products like cottage cheese and ice cream, the ‘Sealrights’ were born. This line of products was so successful that Oswego incorporated a subsidiary of the company called Sealright in 1917. In 1921, the company introduced its first milk container. In the 1940s, it became a publicly traded company and in the 1960s it became associated with Phillips Petroleum. It was purchased by Huhtamaki in 1998. Photo courtesy fultonhistory.com
This photo from fultonhistory.com shows the old Sealright Co. factory along with a collection of some of the bottle caps made at the plant through the years. Sealright was founded in 1883 by Forrest Weeks as the Oswego Falls Pulp and Paper Co. in Fulton. One of its early major products was newsprint for newspapers. Then, when the company acquired the rights to a new cylindrical paper container with sanitary properties that could be used for dairy products like cottage cheese and ice cream, the ‘Sealrights’ were born. This line of products was so successful that Oswego incorporated a subsidiary of the company called Sealright in 1917. In 1921, the company introduced its first milk container. In the 1940s, it became a publicly traded company and in the 1960s it became associated with Phillips Petroleum. It was purchased by Huhtamaki in 1998.
Photo courtesy fultonhistory.com

In and Around Hannibal: More about Hannibal Methodist Church

This Sunday marks the 175th Anniversary of the Hannibal Methodist Church.

The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. at Firemen’s Field on Rochester Street with an old fashioned revival meeting. Following there will be a picnic. Dress as you might have 175 years ago for church.

The day promises to be one filled with music and fun for everyone. Join them as they celebrate this milestone in the Hannibal Community. I hope to be there! Continue reading

Poetry Corner: ‘Crayola Sunrise’ by Jim Farfaglia

Crayola Sunrise

By Jim Farfaglia

Somebody’s been up early,

coloring with the orange, waking

the eastern corner of our sky.

They’ve added some yellow,

which brings to light

the promise of this new day.

Trading their black for blue,

they shaded a starkness into joy,

filling in spaces with possibility.

Up above, here and there,

they’ve drawn patches of white,

so dreams can float and ponder.

Then, off in the west

goes a silver star, a reminder

of where we’ve come from

and where it is we’re heading.

State Senate Report: Summer Reading Program

By state Sen. Patricia Ritchie

As the school year winds down, students are itching to get out of the classroom and dreaming of days spent having fun in the sun.

However, while the season might mean time off from school, it shouldn’t mean a break from the books.

It’s so important that throughout the summer months, students keep their minds sharp to avoid what’s commonly called “learning loss.” Helping to ensure students stay on track is the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program.   Continue reading