Bodley donated to food pantry

HOPE Club adviser Cathy Cronk and club members Jon Noeller and Shakeemah Hordge prepare to send boxes full of nonperishable food to the Fulton Salvation Army Food Pantry. The items were collected during a recent school-wide food drive.
HOPE Club adviser Cathy Cronk and club members Jon Noeller and Shakeemah Hordge prepare to send boxes full of nonperishable food to the Fulton Salvation Army Food Pantry. The items were collected during a recent school-wide food drive.

With its mission geared toward lending a hand to those in need, members of G. Ray Bodley High School’s HOPE Club recently joined forces with other school groups to hold a food drive benefiting the Salvation Army Food Pantry.

The HOPE Club, Helping Other People Everywhere, teamed up with the Future Business Leaders of America, the Student Senate and the French Club to collect nonperishable food items during the month of February. Despite several days lost due to school cancellations, the drive yielded more than 600 items.

“Every little bit makes a difference,” HOPE Club adviser Cathy Cronk said. “The Salvation Army Food Pantry can use this to distribute to those in need.”

Cronk noted that Katherine Marshall’s guided study hall students donated 122 items, which was the most in the school and netted the class a pizza party.

Granby seeks Citizen of Year

The town Of Granby is once again planning a town of Granby Family Fun  Day to be held this summer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21.

Included in the festivities will be the recognition of a Granby Citizen of the Year.

Town official are seeking nominations from the public to receive this honor.

If you would like to nominate a deserving person or couple from the town of Granby for this tribute, please send a letter of recommendation to:

Granby Town Clerk, 820 County Route 8, Fulton, NY 13069.

Please send letters so they arrive no later than April 30.

Sign up now for Head Start Pre-K

Head Start Pre-K is accepting enrollment applications for the 2014-2015 school year.

In Fulton, Head Start Pre-K is available at three different locations. Classes are 3 ½ hours in length, with morning and afternoon sessions.

The program’s goal is promoting school readiness through hands-on learning experiences, active play, and nutritious meals and snacks.

All teachers have either master’s degrees or bachelor’s degrees in education.

Staff also includes teaching assistants, classroom aides, family advocates, cooks and nurses.

Families may apply for enrollment by attending “Application Day” from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 7 at the Fulton Municipal Building, South First Street, Fulton.

Families also may call 598-7689 or 598-4711 to schedule an application time.

Waiting lists are maintained for openings that may occur throughout the school year.

Head Start Pre-K enrolls 3- and 4-year-old children and is provided at no cost to families that meet income eligibility guidelines.

Head Start is the longest running national school-readiness program in the United States.

In Oswego County, Head Start Pre-K enrolls 224 children at seven centers located throughout the county.

Oswego County Opportunities, Inc operates the Head Start program. OCO is a non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. It is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency. Visit oco.org for more information.

Rotary donates to All Saints

Rotarian LaVerne Deland, left, recently presented a check from Fulton Sunrise Rotary to Lynne Field, representing All Saints Church in Fulton. This donation was in memory of Sunrise Rotarian Sharon Foster, who volunteered so much of her time to the church’s community dinners, which are held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday. The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. each Friday at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.
Rotarian LaVerne Deland, left, recently presented a check from Fulton Sunrise Rotary to Lynne Field, representing All Saints Church in Fulton. This donation was in memory of Sunrise Rotarian Sharon Foster, who volunteered so much of her time to the church’s community dinners, which are held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday. The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. each Friday at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.

Veteran of the Year to be Fulton’s Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal

Each fall, the Fulton Veterans’ Council chooses a Veteran of the Year from among the membership of several Fulton veterans’ organizations. This year, Jim Weinhold, center, was named Veteran of the Year and is seen with Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward (right) and Memorial Day Salute Chairman Larry Macner (left). Weinhold will be the Grand Marshal for the Memorial Day Salute Parade May 24. The parade is sponsored by the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Sunrise Rotary service clubs, in cooperation with the Fulton Veteran’s Council.
Each fall, the Fulton Veterans’ Council chooses a Veteran of the Year from among the membership of several Fulton veterans’ organizations. This year, Jim Weinhold, center, was named Veteran of the Year and is seen with Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward (right) and Memorial Day Salute Chairman Larry Macner (left). Weinhold will be the Grand Marshal for the Memorial Day Salute Parade May 24. The parade is sponsored by the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Sunrise Rotary service clubs, in cooperation with the Fulton Veteran’s Council.

Jim Weinhold, of Fulton, has been named Veteran of the Year and will be the grand marshal of Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute Parade May 24.

Weinhold, 83, has lived in Fulton for 31 years, coming here from Seneca Knolls outside Baldwinsville.

He is on his fourth year as commander of the Fulton VFW, is past commander of the Fulton American Legion, is a member of the Fulton Veterans’ Council and is captain of the VFW Color Guard, which presides at military funerals in the area.

Weinhold said he served seven years in the Navy and 15 years in the Air National Guard with the 174th “Boys from Syracuse.”

From 1953 to 1954, he served on a Navy ship near the 38th parallel just off Korea as the Korean War was winding down.

He was a radarman and petty officer third class in the Navy.

In the Air Guard, he was in the supply field and retired as a master sergeant.

Weinhold worked for Western Electric for years and after retiring, worked as a custodian for the Fulton school district at G. Ray Bodley High School, Volney Elementary School and the Education Center.

“I am very humbled to be named Veteran of the Year. I’m very appreciative,” he said. “This is not just about me, but about all veterans alive and deceased.”

Zone changes reduce nuisances in Fulton

By Ashley M. Casey

At the March 18 meeting, the Fulton Common Council approved two public hearings for residential zone changes in the Fifth Ward.

Properties enclosed within North Sixth, Ontario, Erie and North Seventh streets, and North Third, Oneida, Seneca and North Fourth streets block are both currently zoned as Residential R-2, which allows multi-family units.

The city seeks to change the zones to R-1A, which requires more than 50 percent of the properties to be single-family units.

Mayor Ronald S. Woodward Sr. told The Valley News the zone change will eliminate disturbances that occur in multi-family rental properties, which have contributed to the “deterioration of certain neighborhoods.”

Woodward said most of these problem properties are located in the Fifth and Sixth wards on the east side of the city.

“They generate a lot of police calls, a lot of ambulance calls, a lot of fire calls,” Woodward said.

“When one of these calls is generated, first responders have to stay until the ambulance comes. … If you’ve got somewhere else where the emergency services are needed, they’re tied up,” he said.

Woodward said city first responders received 69 calls from one resident in this area alone in 2013, and the person has called 17 times already this year.

The mayor said once more homes are filled with “working families,” the problems associated with these renters will go away. But he stressed it will take time.

“They weren’t (created) overnight, and they won’t go away overnight,” Woodward said.

Of the 33 properties between the two blocks in question, nine contain two or more families. After the zone change, these homes will be grandfathered in.

If a multi-family residence becomes vacant for more than a year, however, the property must be converted to a single-family unit or demolished.

The hearings will be held at the next Common Council meeting, at 7 p.m. April 1 in the Common Council chambers at the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.

 

Other business

• The Common Council struck a discussion of the East Side Pool from the agenda.

Mayor Woodward said even if Fulton applied for a grant to cover the cost of the engineering study, the city would not be able to match the funds required.

“The council is not going to vote for that study because they know there’d be a 25 to 50 percent match that they’d have to bond for, and they’re not going to do that,” Woodward told The Valley News. “We’ve got to just quit spinning our wheels over it.”

Woodward said at the council meeting that the city has asked New York state’s Financial Restructuring Board about alternative funding sources for the pool study.

• A public hearing for a proposed local law that would prohibit feeding wild animals and waterfowl on public property will be held at the next council meeting, April 1.

“We’ve had quite a problem downtown with people feeding seagulls,” Woodward told the council.

He said the seagulls have made messes on cars and a mural on the Fulton Savings Bank building on South First Street.

Feral cats have been an issue, and people have been feeding geese at Stevenson Beach as well.

“The DEC frowns upon it. They claim if the feeding stops, the waterfowl will seek more remote areas for wild feeding,” Woodward said.

• Carolyn Mosier has been appointed to fill the Fulton Public Library Board of Trustees position vacated by Elizabeth Mirabito.

Mosher’s term will expire Dec. 31, 2015.

Army Jazz Ambassadors coming to Oswego

Jazz and patriotism -- The Jazz Ambassadors, an acclaimed ensemble of the U.S. Army Field Band, will play the work of jazz legends as well as patriotic music in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in Hewitt Union ballroom at SUNY Oswego. The free general-admission tickets are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 312-2141.
Jazz and patriotism — The Jazz Ambassadors, an acclaimed ensemble of the U.S. Army Field Band, will play the work of jazz legends as well as patriotic music in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in Hewitt Union ballroom at SUNY Oswego. The free general-admission tickets are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 312-2141.

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

The Jazz Ambassadors, an ensemble of the U.S. Army Field Band, will appear at SUNY Oswego in a free, ticketed concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Hewitt Union ballroom.

The band will deliver its message of patriotism and goodwill through jazz and other swing-related music.

The 19-member ensemble performs in a wide range of musical genres in addition to jazz. These include big band swing, bebop, Latin contemporary jazz, standard, popular tunes, Dixieland and patriotic.

Members of the ensemble compose or adapt much of the group’s music. The repertoire at SUNY Oswego will include selections from a wide variety of jazz greats, plus patriotic favorites and a salute to veterans.

At the Hewitt Union concert, three students will perform one selection with the Jazz Ambassadors, said Trevor Jorgensen of Oswego’s music department faculty.

The ensemble’s members will provide master classes for students from both the college and local high school jazz ensembles.

The Jazz Ambassadors’ current concert tour began March 11 and ends April 16 — with only five days of rest — taking them to SUNY schools, high schools and theaters. The ensemble’s reputation and demanding tour schedule have earned it the nickname “America’s Big Band.”

The group has played in well-known venues such as the Toronto and Newport jazz festivals, and often has performed joint concerts with regional orchestras that include the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic and the former Syracuse Symphony.

Army Field Commander Maj. Hal Gibson created the ensemble in 1969 as the Studio Band. Its name changed a decade later to the Jazz Ambassadors, and members have lived up to the title by performing over the years in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India and throughout Europe.

Candidates for the group come from leading conservatories, universities and the professional ranks, and undergo a highly competitive audition process. Many of the current members have extensive experience in civilian performance.

Tickets — all general admission — are available at SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 312-2141.

There is a $3 processing fee for online orders for the otherwise free tickets.

Parking for those attending this concert is available in the lot in front of Culkin Hall, the rear half of the lot behind Hart and Funnelle residence halls and in the adjacent commuter lot. Doors to the ballroom will open at 7 p.m.

For more information about the Jazz Ambassadors, visit the U.S. Army Field Band’s site at www.armyfieldband.com. Information about SUNY Oswego arts events is available at www.oswego.edu/arts.

Fulton UPK teachers collaborate

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) teachers in the Fulton City School District’s four elementary school buildings participate in quarterly joint collaboration meetings with the District’s Director of Literacy and UPK, Carri Waloven.

The team collectively discuss progress through the curriculum, content objectives and instructional strategies that they have found to be successful.

The most recent collaboration session focused on preparing for the full integration of the common core curriculum in the pre-kindergarten classrooms beginning September 2014.

Teaching staff worked with Lynnette DePoint, the district’s kindergarten through grade eight math coach, to discuss techniques teachers at the higher grade levels have found to be successful that UPK teachers could adopt in their classrooms.

One such technique they discussed is something called the “snap response.” Quite simply, “snap response” requires a teacher to ask a question – For example: What number comes after six?

The teacher asks the class to think about the answer, put the answer in their hand (figuratively speaking), and raise their hand when they have they answer. The teacher counts to three, snaps his/her fingers and the students say the answer out loud. This technique practices the students’ fluency skills as well as helps teachers gauge each student’s ability to process through a question. In addition, the technique appeals to students who have a tendency to be reluctant to call out an answer – “students feel safe to say what they want,” DePoint said.

Waloven spoke about the importance of mirroring successful techniques and instructional strategies from the higher elementary school grade levels to help pre-kindergarten students transition to kindergarten and through higher elementary grade levels more seamlessly.

The Fulton School District offers UPK programs at Fairgrieve, Granby, Lanigan, and Volney Elementary Schools in conjunction with partnerships with the YMCA, Pinnacle Preschool, Oswego County Opportunities and First Step Universal Preschool.

For more information about the UPK program, including how to register a child for the program for the 2014-15 school year, visit www.Fulton.cnyric.org.

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