Felix Schoeller in Richland to expand

The Felix Schoeller plant just outside Pulaski is going to expand, the governor’s office announced Monday.

Felix Schoeller, a German-based global producer of specialty paper, negotiated a new contract with a major manufacturing company, resulting in the relocation of a paper conversion operation from out of state to the existing Felix Schoeller facility in Richland, just outside Pulaski.

The expansion project doubles the Pulaski facility output, and has retained and created 290 full-time and contract positions. 

“Over the last three years, my administration has worked to make New York the best state in the country to start or grow a business,” Cuomo said. “This commitment by Felix Schoeller not only creates jobs – it speaks volumes about the business community’s confidence in central New York and our ability to be globally competitive.”

Felix Schoeller transitioned from a papermill to a converting company about seven years ago, and at that time, the company had ceased all major operations in Pulaski and only focused on converting papers that are made at other Felix Schoeller locations outside of the U.S. The company has since been successful in growing its business significantly, but market dynamics in the North American photo paper market have made it difficult to continue expansion.

The new contract provides significant growth to the company’s business and employment in Pulaski, and secures the existing jobs. In addition, the ability to accommodate future, new contract business will solidify Schoeller’s existence in Central New York.

Empire State Development is providing Felix Schoeller with more than $650,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits to assist the company with the purchase of machinery and equipment and other project-related costs required to accommodate the new paper converting contract, and to help offset out-of-state incentives. As of today’s announcement, the company has actually exceeded the state’s required number of jobs created in order to receive the Excelsior tax credits. 

Fulton Park of the Day, Monday April 14 — Van Buren Park

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Van Buren Park.

 

Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.

 

By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.

 

Allan L. Button Jr., loved Taekwondo, racing, camping, spending time with family, friends

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Allan L. Button, Jr., 40, of Fulton passed away Friday, April 11, 2014.

Born in Oswego, Allan had been a life resident of the area.

He had worked at Reymore Chevrolet in Central Square and was currently enrolled in college for business management.

Allan enjoyed Tae Kwon Do, working out, racing, camping, music concerts, and spending time with his family and many, many friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Allan L. Button, Sr., and brother, Todd Button.

Allan will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife, Faith Seeber Button; son, Logan Button; his mother, Bettyjean Reynolds; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 Tuesday April 15 with a service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241.

Fulton Storm girls’ hoops finish season with 107 wins

Mallori Kitts goes up for a layup in a Fulton Storm game. the other Fulton girls in the photo are No. 24, Mackenzie Smith, and the girl on the left with her number blocked is Madison Gilmore.
Mallori Kitts goes up for a layup in a Fulton Storm game. the other Fulton girls in the photo are No. 24, Mackenzie Smith, and the girl on the left with her number blocked is Madison Gilmore.

Submitted by Dan Gilmore

The Fulton Storm girls’ basketball teams officially started practice in September after a lot of summer work preparing for the long season ahead.

There was great interest in the program this year. There were two fifth-sixth grade teams, three seventh-eighth grade teams and even one third-fourth-grade team that played in games and tournaments.

All the Fulton teams focused on the basic fundamentals of basketball, such as shooting, ball-handling, passing and defense. These along with basic offensive and defensive concepts will give the student athlete the skills and knowledge necessary to be competitive at the high school level.

All the Fulton teams combined earned a record of 107-38. Fulton won 13 tournaments and had good showings at all of the tournaments the teams entered.

The girls showed steady improvement as the travel season went on, even though the girls had to balance school, school basketball and other activities. The Fulton Storm is proud of all the girls for working hard, being dedicated and being team players.

A special thanks to all the coaches, parents, sponsors, and Jerry Schremp for making this season and the Fulton Tournament a success.

Fulton’s home tournament had 15 teams participate this year, up from last year. It hopes to grow again next year.

Fulton took home first place in the fifth-sixth and seventh-eighth divisions.

The Fulton Storm always is looking to grow and is focused on the development of each individual player.

Once again some talented eighth-graders will be moving on next year. Those players are Mckenna Chesbro, Mallori Kitts, Alexandra Mosquesda, Erin Nicholson, Cara Smith and Brianna Squier.

Fallen DEC officer honored

The state Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Law Enforcement this week hosted a graveside memorial ceremony in honor of Samuel S. Taylor, the first environmental officer killed in the line of duty in New York state.

Taylor, a game protector (now called environmental conservation officers), was fatally shot at the age of 38 on April 5, 1914, after attempting to apprehend a duck hunter while patrolling the banks of the Mohawk River.

In recognition of Game Protector Taylor’s unwavering sacrifice, DEC created an award in his honor. Started in the 1990s, DEC awards environmental conservation officers who, by a conspicuous act of valor, courage, integrity, resourcefulness and bravery in the protection of natural resource or public safety, have clearly set themselves apart in performing their duties.

In addition to this honor, Game Protector Taylor’s name will finally be added to the fallen officer’s memorial wall in Albany during the Police Officers Remembrance Ceremony May 6, 100 years after his passing.

This distinction was previously denied, however DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement fought persistently for this well-deserved tribute.

Attending the graveside service for Taylor were Maj. D. Scott Florence, DEC Division of Law Enforcement Acting Director; DEC Deputy Commissioner Chris Walsh; DEC regional law enforcement captains; state Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida; state  Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, past  Samuel Taylor award recipients; and local DEC officers.

The service was April 9 in Woodlawn Cemetery, Hamilton, Madison County.

Bowling scores

The following are the results/standings of the 59th Annual Fulton USBC Women’s Bowling Association City Tournament   April 5 and 6 at the Recreation Club in Fulton.

  • We Need A Name 2411
  • Mid-Crisis 2408
  • The Go-Getters 2404
  • APFW Law 2353
  • Up Your Ace 2344
  • Wild Wine-O’s 2311
  • Brown Clowns 2263
  • Alley Cats 2247
  • Lupien’s Girls 2226
  • Slick Chicks 2221
  • A-Tom-Mik 2216
  • Pin Pals 2201
  • UnPredictables 2164
  • Splits & Giggles 2131
  • Kayden’s Krew 2129
  • Distin’s 2 + 2 2123
  • Four Muskateers 2052

 

Winning Edge Women’s League
Bowled at Lakeview Lanes, Wednesday April 9, 2014

  • Paula Distin          615- 185, 245, 185
  • Kathy  Pipher        563- 189, 187, 187
  • Jackie Coon        515- 174, 158, 183
  • Chrissy Morrison  513- 170, 167, 176
  • Sherry Timm         511- 164, 168, 179
  • Della Daniels        498- 177, 161, 160
  • Kathy Barkley       494- 170, 163, 161
  • Linda Yager          494- 179, 161, 154
  • Sharon Kells         492- 162, 145, 185
  • Kelly Guernsey     483- 168, 151, 174
  • Ginny Ostness      478- 162, 139, 177
  • Anne Candee        469- 147, 137, 185
  • Tricia Hines           456- 152, 148, 156
  • Dawne Hartranft    451- 152, 152, 147
  • Christine Kingsley 451- 168, 171, 112

The Sportsman’s World: Time for Turkeys Near

By Leon Archer

We are only 18 days away from the opening of turkey season, and for many hunters, this is the most popular hunting season of the year.

About 100,000 hunters take to the woods in search of the big toms during the month of May, and I’m one of them.

Next spring, my grandson, Nathaniel, will be 12 and a legal hunter; I’m going to try to infect him with the bug as well.

Now that the weather has warmed up, I’m sure hunters are starting to check the fields and woods to see where they may want to be when the sun comes up May 1.

Last year, hunters in Oswego County harvested 532 turkeys during the spring season, but the harvest was greater in a number of other counties.

The largest recorded number of turkeys taken in Oswego County came in 2008. Hunters bagged 995 of the big gobblers that spring. That may sound like a lot, but hunters in Steuben County took home 1,543 birds in the 2008 season while Chautauqua County took the crown with a total of 2,016 bearded turkeys.

The year 2008 was also a big year for total spring harvest statewide. A total of 32,936 turkeys were taken in the spring of that year, compared with 21,515 taken in 2013.

While recent numbers have been lower than in the peak years, they appear to be edging back up from the low of 18,738 in 2011.

It remains to be seen what this spring will bring after our snowy winter and bitter cold. Turkeys fare pretty well during the winters as long as they can locate food enough to sustain them.

I would be very interested in hearing from turkey hunters on their observations and the results of their time in the field. I would especially like to know the relative number of turkeys you heard and saw as compared to other years.

If you have a good story, share it with me. My email address is lfarcher@yahoo.com and I really like to hear from readers. I got several responses to my request for information from trappers. They have been cruising the last two years. I envy them.

If you have a youngster who wants to hunt, I can’t think of a better way to start them out than on a spring turkey hunt; although a fall squirrel hunt after the leaves have fallen is pretty high on my list of beginning hunter activities.

Take a youngster with you, even if they aren’t old enough to actually hunt yet. As Yogi Berra once said, “you can learn a lot by watching.”

Keep me posted, and if you have a picture you would like me to use, send it with your email.

I heard from a fishing buddy a few days ago. He said the small streams in Oswego County were pretty much unfishable on the opener, but that the streams in Onondaga were reachable and water levels were fishable, but cold.

The trout weren’t biting all that well, but if one kept at it long enough it was possible to catch a fish or two. I guess it would probably have been better to just fish Salmon River for the steelhead.

I like catching fish, but I am exhilarated by just being out on the stream. It may be cold and the fish may be reluctant, but what a beautiful, vibrant scene greets one’s eyes.

Anyone who comes home disappointed by their day if they caught no fish, doesn’t understand fishing. Have a great spring, and think turkeys.

Fulton girls’ young lacrosse team faces tough schedule

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity lacrosse team has the tough task of developing newer players after losing several players to graduation over the last couple of seasons.

With this in mind, coach Drew White said allowing players to gain quality experience on this field this season will be a key goal for his team.

If The Lady Raiders are to succeed in 2014, their younger players will have to grow and develop into contributors throughout the course of the season.

Fulton will have six seniors on the team this season, all of which are returning players. Seniors Casey Shannon, Julia Ludington, Julia Lee, Isabela Gonzalez, Jenna Hudson and Alexis Lastra will be relied upon to be key contributors this season.

When practices began in early March, White expected his players to be physically prepared to handle the work ahead of them. Players were encouraged to take part in off-season weight lifting programs. To White’s approval, most of his players were able to actively participate in these workouts and had the physical conditioning to show for it.

Unfortunately, the Lady Raiders have had limited time preparing outdoors for the season. White said in their quest to continue developing their conditioning, his players will benefit from the challenges they face while adjusting to outdoor preparation and competition.

White said his newer players still continue to adjust to the speed of varsity lacrosse. However, not only does he expect his younger players to make the necessary adjustments, White also believes they will be physically able to play more and more as the season goes on.

Amelia Coakley, Casey Shannon and Julia Ludington will serve as team captains for the Lady Raiders this season.

The schedule Fulton will face this season is a tough one. White said the league they play in is challenging and gets stronger every year.

He expects perennial power Christian Brothers Academy to be just as impressive as they have been in the past. Rival East Syracuse Minoa is expected to have a solid season as well.

The Lady Raiders tough league schedule aside, White also expects the non-league opponents his team will face this season will be equally as challenging.

Despite trying to fill many voids due to graduation, Fulton expects to have numerous strengths this season. One of the most notable strengths is in the middle of the field.

Captains Coakley, Shannon and Ludington all return for their fourth season starting at Midfield. Led by them, Fulton expects to be able to successfully control the middle of the field on the offensive end.

White also points out that expectations are high for sophomore Goalie Kaylin Pafumi headed into the season.

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