Parks medallion contest winner picks up her prize

Audrey Avery, fourth from left, holds the envelope with a check from The Valley News for $250 for being the winner of the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt contest. She found the medallion in Van Buren Park April 16. The award ceremony was April 22 in Recreration Park. Children and adults who collected the colored rocks in all the parks also received their prizes that day. Shown in the photo from left are Bob Weston of Friends of Fulton Parks; Kelley Weaver, Friends of Fulton Parks and creator of the medallion contest; Charles Avery; Audrey Avery; Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr; and Dan Knopp, Fulton Common Council president. The person who found the medallion after reading clues hidden in The Valley News would receive $150 if he or she wasn’t a Valley News subscriber and $250 if he or she was a Valley News subscriber.
Audrey Avery, fourth from left, holds the envelope with a check from The Valley News for $250 for being the winner of the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt contest. She found the medallion in Van Buren Park April 16. The award ceremony was April 22 in Recreration Park. Children and adults who collected the colored rocks in all the parks also received their prizes that day. Shown in the photo from left are Bob Weston of Friends of Fulton Parks; Kelley Weaver, Friends of Fulton Parks and creator of the medallion contest; Charles Avery; Audrey Avery; Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr; and Dan Knopp, Fulton Common Council president. The person who found the medallion after reading clues hidden in The Valley News would receive $150 if he or she wasn’t a Valley News subscriber and $250 if he or she was a Valley News subscriber.

Sign up now to be in Memorial Day Salute parade

The 33rd Annual Fulton Service Clubs’ Memorial Day Salute Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24.

The parade theme this year is “Showing Gratitude to Our Veterans.”

The Memorial Day Salute Committee feels our community has many heroes who are serving or have served in the present conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as veterans who have served their country over the years. These men and women ask for nothing from their fellow American citizens, so it is time to honor them on this Memorial Day weekend.

Therefore, this year‘s parade is in honor of all those who have served their country.

For the past 33 years, the four service clubs in Fulton — Kiwanis, Lions, Sunrise Rotary and Rotary — have chosen to honor our heroes and veterans by featuring them in the annual parade.

Fulton’s “Veteran of the Year” for 2014 is Jim Weinhold. He served seven years in the Navy and 15 years in the Air National Guard with the 174th “Boys of Syracuse.”

Weinhold will serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s parade.

The Fulton Memorial Day parade traditionally features children and bands.   Many children’s groups have already signed up for the parade this year. There is always room for more groups, businesses and individuals to be in the parade.

Anyone who belongs to a group that wants to be in this year’s parade, should sign up now. Zach Menter is the parade chairman and his phone number is 591-4502. Call him if you have questions about the parade, or wish to be in it.

The Memorial Day Salute Committee so far has nine bands signed up for this year‘s parade. They are our own Fulton Marching Band along with The Central New York Police and Fireman’s Band, City of Syracuse Highland Pipe and Drums, Pembrooke High School Marching Band, Central Square Middle School Band, The Original Yanks Drum & Bugle Corp and Naples High School Marching Band.

The fun loving Island Band, which won the best parade band award last year, is back this year as well, and we also have the Fulton Gauchos Alumni Band marching in the parade this year.

Several businesses and groups are working on floats to place in the parade.  Whether you are interested in planning a float, a marching group or want to show off an unusual vehicle, now is the time to act.

Call Menter at 591-4502 and he will send you a parade application form.

Church plans rummage, bake sale

Bowen’s Corners United Methodist Church is preparing for its Annual Spring Rummage Sale and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 at the church at 758 State Route 176, just west of Fulton. Featured will be a wide array of clean, wearable clothing, books, toys and household items along with a variety of home baked goods. On Saturday, shoppers may fill a bag for $2. Shown preparing for the event are Belva Beck, Wilma Ware and Faye Besaw.
Bowen’s Corners United Methodist Church is preparing for its Annual Spring Rummage Sale and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 at the church at 758 State Route 176, just west of Fulton. Featured will be a wide array of clean, wearable clothing, books, toys and household items along with a variety of home baked goods. On Saturday, shoppers may fill a bag for $2. Shown preparing for the event are Belva Beck, Wilma Ware and Faye Besaw.

Apply now to participate in Fulton Community Garden

Employees of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield volunteered their time to help the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County build additional garden beds for last year’s Fulton Community Garden Project. Located at John Lincoln Park, the Fulton Community Garden Project offers Fulton City residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs or flowers. For information on this year’s Fulton Community Garden call Amy Roland at 598-4712, ext. 1811. Kneeling from left are: Rachel Sgroi, Michelle Mushock, Ieva Doyle, Daryl Shultz, Alecia Ryznik, and Jen Soule-Parrish. Standing from left are: Jan Smith of Cornell Cooperative Extension; Geovanni Ballog, Bridget Marion, Renee France, Jacqueline Iacovelli, Michelle Simpson, Dale Miller, Brittany Taylor, Rachel Gleason; Amy Roland, Oswego County Opportunities; Dr. Arthur Vercillo;  and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Employees of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield volunteered their time to help the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County build additional garden beds for last year’s Fulton Community Garden Project. Located at John Lincoln Park, the Fulton Community Garden Project offers Fulton City residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs or flowers. For information on this year’s Fulton Community Garden call Amy Roland at 598-4712, ext. 1811. Kneeling from left are: Rachel Sgroi, Michelle Mushock, Ieva Doyle, Daryl Shultz, Alecia Ryznik, and Jen Soule-Parrish. Standing from left are: Jan Smith of Cornell Cooperative Extension; Geovanni Ballog, Bridget Marion, Renee France, Jacqueline Iacovelli, Michelle Simpson, Dale Miller, Brittany Taylor, Rachel Gleason; Amy Roland, Oswego County Opportunities; Dr. Arthur Vercillo; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Community members interested in enjoying their own garden fresh, homegrown vegetables or the beauty of a fresh flowerbed are invited to be a part of this year’s Fulton Community Garden Project.

The Nutrition Collaboration is soliciting Fulton city residents interested in participating in the Community Garden Project.

Participants will receive their own garden plot where they can grow vegetables, herbs or flowers that will be theirs to enjoy.

Amy Roland, director of Nutrition Services for Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) and a member of the Nutrition Collaboration, said the project is open to all Fulton community members, and members of Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide support for those who have never tended a garden before.

“The community garden is a great way for Fulton residents to enjoy fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers right from their own garden!” said Roland.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of  Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, the city of Fulton and the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County, the Community Garden Project it entering its third growing season and continues to be success.

Since its inception in 2012, the project has more than doubled its number of garden beds and has provided fresh fruits and vegetables to participating families and individuals.

Roland said planting at the community garden will begin in late May. Fulton city residents interested in participating in the community garden may do so by picking up an application from the Fulton Housing Authority, 1100 Emery St., Fulton, or by visiting oco.org, Health and Nutrition Services.

Return the completed application to the Fulton Housing Authority or mail to: OCO Nutrition Services, 239 Oneida St, Fulton, NY 13069. As space is limited, submitting an application does not guarantee a plot in the garden.

The Nutrition Collaboration will utilize a lottery system in the event that the requests for plots out number the amount of plots available in the garden.

Sponsors for the community garden project include: Oswego County Nutrition Collaboration, Rural Health Network of Oswego County, Food Bank Of CNY, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, Oswego County Department of Social Services, Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation, the Fulton Housing Authority, United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County, and Catholic Charities of Oswego County.

For more information on the community garden project contact Amy Roland at 598-4712 ext. 1811, or via email at aroland@oco.org.

SUNY Oswego goes smoke free, tobacco free

SUNY Oswego will go smoke free and tobacco free everywhere on its premises starting Jan. 1, President Deborah F. Stanley announced on Earth Day, April 22. A slideshow-style video titled “’Stache the Ash” on the website of the college’s Tobacco Free 2015 campaign shows some of the numerous reasons many students choose not to light up.
SUNY Oswego will go smoke free and tobacco free everywhere on its premises starting Jan. 1, President Deborah F. Stanley announced on Earth Day, April 22. A slideshow-style video titled “’Stache the Ash” on the website of the college’s Tobacco Free 2015 campaign shows some of the numerous reasons many students choose not to light up.

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley announced April 22 that the college will become smoke free and tobacco free on Jan. 1, 2015.

“In our efforts to support the educational mission of the college and to provide a safe, clean and healthy working, living and learning environment, the college will provide cessation assistance and resources to members of the campus community who wish to stop smoking or using tobacco in any form,” Stanley said in her Earth Day announcement.

“We’ll also support exercise and nutritional changes to help all of us enjoy the vitality and freedom that a smoke- and tobacco-free lifestyle affords,” Stanley said.

Starting with 2015, tobacco use in all its forms will be prohibited everywhere on college premises, including in any vehicle on college property.

SUNY Oswego will join more than 800 other colleges and universities in the United States that have adopted fully tobacco-free policies and nearly 1,200 that are smoke free.

SUNY Cortland, Cayuga Community College and the 24-campus City University of New York, among several other New York institutions, are tobacco free.

SUNY Upstate Medical University, University at Buffalo, Broome Community College and several other campuses in the state system are smoke free.

The SUNY board of trustees, acting on Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher’s recommendation, passed a June 2012 resolution supporting legislation to make all SUNY campuses tobacco free.

The system has actively encouraged remaining members of its 64 campuses to move in that direction even without a law.

SUNY Oswego’s Clean Air Committee launched a website — oswego.edu/OzQuits — to help the faculty, staff and students find cessation resources online, learn how the upcoming new policy on tobacco use developed, find links to research, answers to frequently asked questions and an online form for expressing their ideas.

College-wide support

The committee, chaired by Dr. Jerald Woolfolk, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, includes student members as well as representatives of such cross-campus constituencies as the employee unions CSEA and United University Professions.

“This is about a healthier, cleaner and more vital college,” Woolfolk said. “But it is also about respect for all campus citizens — smokers and non-smokers alike. We are not asking anyone to quit smoking or using tobacco, but we do intend for the new policy to provide the motivation and the means to encourage it.”

A 2012 survey of more than 1,200 faculty, staff and students conducted by the committee reported that 16 percent of students said they used tobacco in the last 30 days. Only 7.1 percent of the surveyed faculty and staff said they use tobacco on a daily basis.

Donna Jerrett, a Clean Air Committee member and registered nurse at the college’s Mary Walker Health Center, announced the start of an educational and promotional campaign for Tobacco Free 2015 during an Earth Day afternoon celebration to mark the announcement.

Student and employee supporters handed out brochures and buttons bearing the “OzQuits!” nickname for the campaign and provided information about cessation opportunities, adverse health effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke, and environmental impacts.

Fulton school board approves budget

By Ashley M. Casey

The Fulton City School District Board of Education approved the fourth and final draft of the 2014-2015 district budget at its April 23 meeting.

The final budget totals $67,357,685, up 3.22 percent from the 2013-14 budget of $65,259,100.

The proposed tax levy — the amount to be raised by taxes — is $20,142,125, a 1 percent increase from the previous year’s budget. Actual tax rates will be calculated in the summer.

Not included in the total budget amount is a $60,000 proposition to buy two vehicles.

If the proposed budget is defeated twice by voters, the district goes to a contingency budget of $66,871,685. The tax levy would be $19,942,698, the 2013-14 amount.

The contingency budget would remove $30,000 in equipment and would eliminate the restoration of $25,000 to the athletic program, three elementary teaching positions, and the proposed $35,000 for an elementary mental health clinician.

Other business

• Director of Instructional Assessment Betsy Conners said the district is applying for several STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) grants for the middle and high school grades.

One such grant would allow seventh- and eighth-grade teachers to participate in a three-day professional development opportunity through BOCES in August. Conners said the interdisciplinary approach of STEM is becoming increasingly important to skilled jobs. The district will hear back about the grant in May.

• Director of Student Support Programs Geri Geitner introduced a “school within a school” model for alternative education students at G. Ray Bodley High School.

Currently, about 85 high school students participate in an alternative program at the Education Center. This would allow alternative students to take elective classes at GRB but maintain their current flexible scheduling and “safety net” of support services in a “pod” or partial wing at the high school.

The program would move four full-time and a handful of part-time alternative teaching positions to GRB. Geitner and GRB principal Donna Parkhurst are aiming to start the new program in September.

“It’s going to take a lot of coordination and individual planning if we move to this model,” Geitner said. “We want to replicate all the components that we believe are effective — and that students are telling us are effective — (and) offer them a broader range of opportunities.”

• Director of Facilities, Operations and Transportation Jerry Seguin updated the board on the 2012 capital project’s progress.

He said crews worked “fast and furious” through the April break to update IT infrastructure and clean power systems at Volney and Fairgrieve elementary schools, as well as asbestos abatement at Fairgrieve and the Education Center.

The district has received state Education Department approval for the replacement of the gym floor at Lanigan Elementary School, part of the 2014-15 capital project. The project will be bid out in May and the renovation will take place over the summer.

The replacement of locksets across the district will extend into the fall of 2014.

Seguin said other summer projects include the replacement of the Volney and GRB roofs, renovations of the Education Center’s auditorium and gym ceiling, and renovations in Volney and Fairgrieve classrooms.

• The board also voted to pass the BOCES administrative budget, which is tentatively calculated at $6,408,434. The school board voted three members to the BOCES board for three-year terms: Eric Behling of the Mexico district, John Shelmidine of Sandy Creek and William “Dave” White of Oswego.

Coming up

• Petitions for school board and library board candidates are due to the district office by April 30.

• The public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. May 7 at the Junior High School.

• The next regular school board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 13 at the Education Center.

• The budget vote, school board election and library proposition vote will be held May 20 at the elementary schools.

McCormick named liberal arts dean

4-26_MILEmccormickDr. Adrienne McCormick will become dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at SUNY Oswego on July 11, college President Deborah F. Stanley announced.

McCormick has served SUNY Fredonia as interim associate provost for curriculum, assessment and academic support since last fall. A longtime professor of English at Fredonia, she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Faculty Service in 2012.

“I have a deep commitment to the importance of public education in the liberal arts and sciences,” McCormick said.

Noting Oswego’s “strong examples of global, interdisciplinary and experiential teaching and learning evident across the campus,” she said she is looking forward to “telling the story of the great work going on at Oswego.”

At Fredonia, McCormick previously served a year as interim assistant provost for special initiatives, which included oversight of the Community Engagement Task Force and a task force on implementation of online course evaluations. She chaired the English department for five years and was director of the women’s studies program for five years before that.

She joined Fredonia’s English faculty as an assistant professor in 1998 after receiving her doctorate in literature in English and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from the University of Maryland at College Park.

She completed her master’s degree with a creative thesis in poetry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature and dramatic arts and sciences from Queens University of Charlotte.

McCormick is the author of book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals on contemporary women poets, filmmakers and dramatists. She has presented at national conferences and scholarly gatherings in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Her most recent work in her discipline includes writing an essay for a forthcoming book, developing an online course on poetry, teaching a study abroad course called “Women Writing London” and speaking at an interdisciplinary conference on “London in Literature.”

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