Remember Mother’s Day, 1996?

Last week’s story about the winter that just ended and the amount of snow and cold the area saw got some folks digging through their old photos. A reader sent in this photo of her house on West Third Street showing the snow cover from May 12, Mother’s Day, 1996. Local weather observers said that is the latest the Fulton area has seen snow.
Last week’s story about the winter that just ended and the amount of snow and cold the area saw got some folks digging through their old photos. A reader sent in this photo of her house on West Third Street showing the snow cover from May 12, Mother’s Day, 1996. Local weather observers said that is the latest the Fulton area has seen snow.

Square dancing club celebrates 60th anniversary

Bob Rice, Vivian Rice, Karen Eno, David Eno (caller), Pal Eno (caller) and club presidents Paula and Ray Schumacher, pose after the event.
Bob Rice, Vivian Rice, Karen Eno, David Eno (caller), Pal Eno (caller) and club presidents Paula and Ray Schumacher, pose after the event.
Pat Whaley and Ross Pickreign cut a rug during the dance.
Pat Whaley and Ross Pickreign cut a rug during the dance.

The Fulton Shirts ‘n Skirts Square Dancing Club celebrated its 60th anniversary with a special dinner and dance last weekend. The group had a dinner at Springside at Seneca Hill April 26 and enjoyed an afternoon of dancing April 27 at the Fulton Municipal building.

The dance was open to its 70 club members and visiting square dancers from across the region. Shirts ‘n Skirts square dance every Friday in the community room at the Fulton Municipal Building.

For more information, search Fulton Shirts ‘n Skirts on Facebook. Club members said square dancing means “fun, socializing with good people, laughter, smiles, good times and good food and exercise.”

FULTON FAMILIES — The whole herd: The Rowlee family’s mark on Fulton

Fulton Dairy Farms began with one cow, shown here with Elon Rowlee at Cannon Hill between North Seventh and North Eighth streets, circa 1919 or 1920. Photo courtesy of Judy Rowlee Howard
Fulton Dairy Farms began with one cow, shown here with Elon Rowlee at Cannon Hill between North Seventh and North Eighth streets, circa 1919 or 1920.
Photo courtesy of Judy Rowlee Howard

Editor’s note: This is the eighth installment of stories about Fulton Families. The monthly series will tell the stories of families that have either lived in Fulton for ages or perhaps only a short while — but the common bond will be they love the city and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. If you know of a family we should highlight, please email Ashley M. Casey, Valley News assistant editor, at acasey@scotsmanmediagroup.com.

By Ashley M. Casey

It began with a cow.

Elon K. Rowlee and his bride, Gertrude Candee, received the small cow from Elon’s parents as a wedding present in 1917. Four years later, that cow inspired the start of the Fulton Dairy Farms Co., which lasted more than four decades. Continue reading

Hilton resigns from Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

By Ashley M. Casey

Beth Hilton abruptly resigned her position as executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce effective April 29. The board of directors has appointed Nate Emmons as interim executive director.

Emmons, of Oswego, previously served as the Chamber’s operations coordinator until about two months ago. He and his wife, Lisa, own the Mother Earth Baby boutique in Oswego.

Emmons could not provide any details about Hilton’s sudden resignation. Hilton had served as executive director since 2009.

“I don’t know the circumstances around it. I wasn’t made privy to anything surrounding her departure,” Emmons told The Valley News.

Emmons said he left his previous job with the Chamber two months ago to focus on opening a second location of Mother Earth Baby in Watertown.

Now that the store’s second location is running smoothly, the board of directors contacted him to take Hilton’s place while they search for a permanent executive director. Emmons could not provide a timeline or any details on the board’s search.

“I enjoy the Chamber. I believe in the Chamber’s mission and the board thought I could advance that mission. I’ll try to make that happen,” Emmons said. “I’m here to do the absolute best job I can for the Chamber, its members and the community. I can’t be concerned with anything else right now.”

The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce recently moved to 106 W. Utica St. in Oswego and also has an office at 12 Canalview Mall in Fulton.

Before becoming chamber executive director, Hilton taught a class for University of Phoenix, was general manager of Tanger Factory Outlets, marketing director for the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce and director of sales and marketing for the Wisp Mountain Resort/Hotel.

8th annual wildlife festival to be held at Montezuma Audubon Center

There will be something for everyone at the Montezuma Audubon Center’s 8th Annual Wildlife Festival in Savannah, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3 (today).

The Institute for Environmental Learning, Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and WOWEE Wild Lifewill deliver animal programs throughout the day that will feature owls, hawks, “Liberty the Bald Eagle,” a wolf, fox and other mammals. The non-releasable animals will be on display during the programs that will focus on their wild characteristics, rehabilitation and conservation.

Everyone will have a chance to get a picture taken with “Liberty”.

Another highlight of the festival will be the Children’s Theater and Activity Tent where award-winning entertainer Lydia Adams Davis will perform nature-related puppet shows and Lois Sprague will entertain with balloon animals. Children will also enjoy the huge bounce house, making nature crafts and stained glass art, building a bluebird box, and answering wildlife trivia. Wildlife enthusiasts can fish their way to the backyard bass game and then fly over to see the dragons from the pond.

The cost to attend the festival is $4 for adults, $2 for children 5 years and older, FREE for children under 5.  For more information, call 365-3588 or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma

March of Dimes walk today in Oswego

Breitbeck Park will be the site today (May 3) for local families and business leaders to join in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies — the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

This year’s Oswego March for Babies Family Teams Chairs, Jason and Jennifer Goodberry of Team Walk for Grace, are walking for their second child, Grace — born stillborn at 37 weeks.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. The 2-mile walk begins at 11 a.m. There also will be music, face painting, Kid Zone provided by Lowe’s, a picnic lunch and more.

To register for an event in your community, visit www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in New York help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

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