World Book Night spreads love of reading

Bill Reilly, river’s end bookstore owner Meg Henderson, Literacy Volunteers Coordinator Beth Kazel and Mindy Reilly are pictured at the river’s end bookstore during the book distribution on April 16.
Bill Reilly, river’s end bookstore owner Meg Henderson, Literacy Volunteers Coordinator Beth Kazel and Mindy Reilly are pictured at the river’s end bookstore during the book distribution on April 16.

Oswego County Opportunities’ Education Services programs participated in the third World Book Night U.S. on April 23.

The event is held to help spread the love of reading. World Book Night promotes reading by providing free books to light or non-readers.   Continue reading

Volney town clerk receives award

Volney Town Clerk Barbara MacEwen and April Scheffler, director of Distirct 5 for the Clerk of the Year Committee, pose with the plaque MacEwen received for being named District 5 Town Clerk of the Year by the state Town Clerks Association. Town officials surprised her with a ceremony on her achievement before the May 8 town board meeting.
Volney Town Clerk Barbara MacEwen and April Scheffler, director of Distirct 5 for the Clerk of the Year Committee, pose with the plaque MacEwen received for being named District 5 Town Clerk of the Year by the state Town Clerks Association. Town officials surprised her with a ceremony on her achievement before the May 8 town board meeting.

By Debra J. Groom

Volney Town Clerk Barbara MacEwen recently was named Town Clerk of the Year for District 5 of the Nw York State Town Clerk Association. Continue reading

Michaud thanks volunteers during Nursing Home Week

Michaud Residential Health Services says “Mahalo” to their dedicated volunteers. “Mahalo”, which means “thank you” in Hawaiian, was shared with all the volunteers of Michaud at a recent luncheon in their honor. Pictured is Julianne Wrolstad, owner of the Hula Hut Polynesian Dance in Ithaca, who performed authentic Hawaiian-style hula dances, lending the “Luau-themed” event a tropical feel. The appreciation luncheon was part National Nursing Home Week celebrations by the healthcare provider.
Michaud Residential Health Services says “Mahalo” to their dedicated volunteers. “Mahalo”, which means “thank you” in Hawaiian, was shared with all the volunteers of Michaud at a recent luncheon in their honor. Pictured is Julianne Wrolstad, owner of the Hula Hut Polynesian Dance in Ithaca, who performed authentic Hawaiian-style hula dances, lending the “Luau-themed” event a tropical feel. The appreciation luncheon was part National Nursing Home Week celebrations by the healthcare provider.

Michaud Residential Health Services said “Mahalo” (thank you in Hawaiian) to its dedicated volunteers as part of National Nursing Home Week celebrations by hosting a tropical “Luau-themed” luncheon in their honor.

The “Luau” inspired event included a menu taken straight from the South Seas, and special guest Julianne Wrolstad, owner of the Hula Hut Polynesian Dance in Ithaca, who entertained those attending by demonstrating authentic Hawaiian-style hula dances. Continue reading

Oswego County unemployment rate falls

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By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County finally posted an unemployment rate in single digits during the month of April.

The county’s jobless rate for April came in at 7.6 percent, a marked improvement over the 10 percent from February.

Still, Oswego County has one of the highest rates in the state. Only the Bronx at 10.3 percent, Essex at 8.2, Hamilton at 8.8, Jefferson at 8.2, Lewis at 8.7 and St. Lawrence at 7.7 have rate higher than Oswego’s. Continue reading

It’s going to be a ‘sweet’ summer in Fulton

Once Sweets is open for the season in a couple of weeks, Cruise Nights will continue on Saturdays. Valley News photo by Ashley M. Casey
Once Sweets is open for the season in a couple of weeks, Cruise Nights will continue on Saturdays.
Valley News photo by Ashley M. Casey

By Ashley M. Casey

Rev up your classic car and get ready for some ice cream — Sweet Inspirations Drive-In is under new ownership.

After spending nearly four years on the market, the Fulton fixture has been purchased by Kevin Niver Sr. His children, Kevin Niver Jr. and Kaitlyn Niver, will help manage the drive-in. The deal closed May 14.

“It’s a Fulton landmark. He didn’t want to see it gone,” Kevin Jr. said of his father’s decision to purchase Sweets, as it’s affectionately nicknamed, from the Freeman family. Continue reading

Florence Eames Wallace, Valley News columnist, Fulton teacher, sold antiques

Florence “Flo” Eames Wallace, 73, of Fair Haven, formerly of Fulton, passed away Sunday, May 11 after a long illness in Tucson, AZ where she spent her winters.

A native of Fulton, she lived in Fair Haven for the past 20 years.

Florence retired after 33 years as an elementary teacher in the Fulton School District and was a substitute high school teacher at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton.

She was the author of a newspaper column for The Valley News many years ago and had owned a seasonal boutique in Fair Haven selling antiques, crafts and books.

Florence had been an avid fan of her daughter Amanda’s basketball career and was a devoted mother and grandmother.

She was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Florence Eames, her sister, Joyce Salisbury and by her beloved daughter, Trooper Amanda Anna, who died in the line of duty in 2012.

Surviving are her devoted husband, Frank Wallace of Fair Haven; a grandson, Ethan Anna of North Syracuse; two step-sons, Vernon and Craig Wallace, both of PA; brother-in-law, Bruce Salisbury; nieces, Tracy Burford and Susan Salisbury; nephew, Daniel Salisbury and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Calling hours were Friday, May 23 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Services are at noon Saturday, May 24 (today) at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Springbrook Cemetery in Fair Haven.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trooper Amanda Anna Fund, P.O. Box 485, Fair Haven, NY 13064.

Ann Elizabeth Gould, thoughtful mother

Ann Elizabeth (Hartenhoff) Gould passed away peacefully at Oswego Hospital after a brief illness.

Born to Henry and Estol Hartenhoff in Fulton in 1936, she lived in the Fulton and Oswego areas.

She was predeceased by her former husband Charles Gould, and is survived by long-time companion Gordon Ware.

She was a loving, thoughtful mother to six children: Cathy Varnum, Janice (Gerald) LaVaute, Patti (William) Rogers, and Doug, Noreen and Jodi Gould.

She was infinitely proud of her children and more than a dozen grandchildren on whom she doted, including Wendy (Michael) Williams, Mandie (Frederick) Lathrop, Ryan Varnum, Matthew (Crystal) LaVaute, Kelly LaVaute, Derek (Hailey) Rogers, Nicholas (Christine) Rogers, Rachel Gould, Kile Green and Zachery (Joelle) Gould.  Her eleven great-grandchildren include Jason, Alec, Baylen, Maddoc, Macade, Talon, Noah, Owen, Quentin, Clare and Mia.

A private family remembrance service is planned.  There are no calling hours.

Donations may be made to United Friends of Homeless Animals, 432 Centerville Road, Richland, NY 13144.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Foster Funeral Home in Fulton.

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