Medallion finder excited with her win

By Debra J. Groom

Audrey Avery of Fulton was out every day, no matter what the weather, looking for the special medallion.

“Tuesday we were out in the rain and snow for an hour and a half at Oswego Falls Park — we looked like the Gorton’s fisherman,” she joked.

Her persistence paid off. At 1:12 p.m. Wednesday, Avery, 45, of South Fourth Street, found the hidden medallion at Van Buren Park.

“My husband pulled in on the Tarvia by the tennis courts,” she said. “He said ‘let’s start here on the left.’ I started to scour the perimeter of trees and went into a pricker bush. I said ‘it’s got to be here.’”

Then she walked a bit further. She looked near another tree.

“I looked and said ‘oh my God, there it is,” she said. “I was so excited. It was tied with a big bread tie.”

The Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt contest began April 9. People had to read all the advertisements in each edition of The Valley News to look for the clue as to where the medallion was hidden.

There were four clues — one to run in the paper April 9, April 12, April 16 and April 19.

There now will be no clue in today’s paper since Avery found the medallion on Wednesday. She hunted every day from April 9 with her friend, Donna LeVea.

Just what made Avery go to Van Buren Park?

“It was the second clue,” she said. That one read “Go for a joy ride with three friends or go alone down the slippery slope.”

“I knew there was a slope at Van Buren behind the tennis courts,” Avery said. “Then today’s (Wednesday’s) clue said something about picnicking rain or shine. Van Buren is one of three parks with pavilions.”

Strangely enough, the “slippery slope” in the clue had nothing to do with the slope Avery said exists at Van Buren.

Kelley Weaver, a member of Friends of Fulton Parks who came up with the idea for the contest, said the slope refers to the slide on the playground equipment.

(See accompanying box for explanation of all four clues, including the one that was never published).

Avery said she enjoyed the contest immensely and the Friends of Fulton Parks succeeded in its goal to get people out to visit all the city’s parks and see what they have to offer.

“I’ve lived in Fulton my whole life,” said Avery, who is very familiar with Voorhees Park near her house. “But Patrick, Lincoln and Quirk parks, I never knew they existed. Now I know where all the park are.”

She took in so much while searching in the parks that she called Weaver to discuss issues she believes should be addressed at various sites.

“I might even get involved” with the parks group, Avery said.

She will receive her prize — a check for $250 from The Valley News — at a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 at Recreation Park. She receives $250 because she is a Valley News subscriber.

If she had not been a subscriber, she would have won $150.

Even though the medallion has been found, the other park contest continues through today.

People visit the Park of the Day (find out which one by visiting each day to find colorful stones with the park name on them.

People should collect one stone from each of the 10 parks and bring their collection to the ceremony April 22 at Recreation Park. People with the most complete collections will receive smaller prizes.

Avery said she also has been collecting stones and will be back out in the parks to complete her stone collection.

Medallion contest clues explained

April 9, Clue 1: Swingers will be thrilled to play here!

Swingers refer both to the tennis players swinging their rackets, and people swinging on the swingsets.

April 12, Clue 2: Go for a joy ride with three friends or go alone down the slippery slope.

There is a 4-seated bouncer at the park, to “go for a joy ride with 3 friends,” and the “slippery slope” is the slide.

April 16, Clue 3: Have a picnic or a celebration, come rain or shine.

The pavilion provides a place to picnic or have a celebration, with shelter from rain and sun.

April 19, Clue 4: Tennis anyone? Keep your feet on the ground, and look to the trees.

Van Buren Park is the only park with tennis courts. The medallion was tied to a small tree, within easy reach of the ground.


Fulton Junior High students excel at academics

Here is a list of students at Fulton Junior High School who made the high honor roll and honor roll for the third marking period:

Seventh grade high honor roll

Alice Allen, Dustyn Arroway, Dani Avery, Collin Baker-LaBreck, Ryan Barry, Rachel Bedford, Selene Belrad, Joseph Benavidez, Haley Bort, Holly Bourgeois, McKenna Bourgeois, Nicholas Brown, Wendy Burch, Haley Calkins, Kaleb Carreon, Nicholas Cary, Kelly Caza, Shaylee Cealie, Caleb Clarke, Liam Clary, Montanah Coe and Kaitlyn Crandall.

Also: Jasmine Criswell, Abigail Cuyler, Aaron Dedich, Andrew Dedich, Anthony DeMasi, Adam Demauro, Dylan Demauro, Cory Dexter, Kathryn Distin, Alexander Dombroski, Jacob Ely, Abigail Everts, Sarah Fisch, Cloe Gagnon, Michael Gilbert, Michaela Grant, Jacob Gugula, Katie Hall, Raiden Hansen, Roy Harvey-Studer, Justin Hatch, Mackenzie Hayden and Emily Hilton.

Also: Zachary Hobby, Jenna Hood, Bailey Hourihan, Leah Hulett, Andrew Hyde, Jadelyn James, Domonique Johnson, Devan Ketcham, Nora Kingsbury, Jacquline Knoblock, Jason Knopp, Nathaniel Lindsey, Corey Maher, Katelin Matthews, Jonathan McCann, Lindsay McCraith, Ryan Michaels, Taylor Miner, Darian Monaghan, Montana Myhill, Nicholas Noel, Jacob Parkhurst and Keara Patterson.

Also: Aidan Percival, Lane Phillips, Kyle Ranieri, Haylee Rivera, Elizabeth Roik, Kelsey Rosenbarker, Killian Rowlee, Elisabeth Russell, Jenna Ruzekowicz, Destiny Schneider, Katelynn Serio, Faith Sharkey, Eric Shear, Sierra Sheldon, Ana Snyder, Morgan Stacey, Camille Stevenson, Ean Stevenson and Quynn Sweeney.

Also: Brendan Todt, Katie Tyrrell, Hayley Vann, Carter Vashaw, Erin Waloven, Conner Ware, Kaylee Waugh, Gage White and Connor Wilde.

Seventh grade honor roll

Joshua Austin, Owen Ayotte, Alex Ball, Misty Bardin, Maddison Baum, Collin Bennett, Michael Boak, Derrick Bort, Caleb Bowen, Bethaney Brummett, Damion Chevier, Rylie Cotton, Felicity Couch, Isaac Crandall, Ryan Denson, Gage Doyle, Olivia Duca, Mardivina Escalante-Rodriguez, Bianca Gaiter and Marguerite Grosvent.

Also: Ryan Gugula, Timothy Hall, Michael Hartmann, Caleb Hogan, Jacob Hughes, Thomas Hughes, Luke Kimball, Evan Kistner, Cassady LaBarge, Kamrin Ledger, Jasmine Lomonaco, Dominique Malcott, Kacey Markarian, Courtney Miner, Charles Mitchell, Katlyn Moon, Emily Munger, Michael Newton and Hailey Nugent.

Also: Taylor Osborn, Kelsey Pickard, Kayla Ryder, Trevor Schleicher, Makaylee Schmeer, Brooke Shuster, Jonathan Simpson, Emily Smith, Emeraldlee Tanner, Steven Thompson, Fisher Whittier, Isaiah Williams and Caitlin Zupancic.

Eighth grade high honor roll

Marissa Allen, Alfred Arduini, Gabriella Bailey, Zachary Barker-McLain, Justin Barney, Addison Billion, Matthew Borrow, Maura Botsford, Zoie Bowering, Gabrielle Boyce, Lillian Bray, Jade Brien, Elizabeth Brown, Hannah Burlingham, Jahnyne Carey, Hailey Carroll, Calinda Ceterski, Mckenna Chesbro and Julia Cieszeski.

Also: Jenna Coakley, Tyler Coant, Sheenvia Conley, Dominic Conn, Cole Cotton, Jordan Coulon, Kaitlyn Dexter, Nicholas Dingman, Paige Drake, Hunter Dudley, Ernest Ferro, Makayla Florczyk, Devon Frank, Jacob Geitner, Michael Gerth, Hannah Gigliotti, Brooke Greenier, Meredith Grimshaw, Julia Guarrera, Megan Guernsey and Brianna Gugula.

Also: Jordan Hagan, Brooke Halstead, Cody Hartle, Kira Hartnett, Cassandra Hartranft, Marissa Hayward, Samantha Heywood, Kayleigh Hotaling, Charles Hyland, Jasmine James, Megan Johnson, Nolan Johnson, Emily Kelly, Mallori Kitts, Jessica Kleiman, Ryan Lalik, Madison Lang, Amber LaRosa, Bradley Martin, Jordyn Mason and Jacob May.

Also: Caitlyn McAfee, Ana Mendez-Rodriguez, Elver Merida, Nicholas Merlino, Annamarie Michels, Tayler Miner, Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Morgan Murphy, Erin Nicholson, Anthony Noce, Alexus Pagan, Cole Parkhurst, Dustin Parkhurst, Courtney Paro, Olivia Pawlewicz and Zenia Petrie.

Also: Aricka Phelps, Katerina Porcari, Celeste Raponi, Destiny Rose, Mason Rowlee, Eliza Runeare, Kaitlynn Ryan, Anthony Salerno, Robert Salerno, Jeremy Samson, Alexander Semchenko, Jessie Sharkey, Dylan Sheldon, Valentina Shue, Emily Simpson, Cara Smith, Hailey Smith and Tucker Smith.

Also: Shannon St. Andrews, Ariel Stacy, Alexander Stoutenger, Nathan Summerville, Maxwell Sunday, Brian Trombly, Andrew Trumble, Janeda Vasquez, Kenneth Verdoliva, Keegan Wallace, Nicholas Wallace, Jacob Willcox, Madison Wilson and Andrew Woodruff.

Eighth grade honor roll

Olivia Abrams, Julia Allen, Coby Anderson, Alexis Andreotta, Devin Boyce, Logan Brooks, Gillian Brown, Dakota Burgess, Alicia Carroll, Joshua Compson, Dedrah Crowson, Emily Dana, Breanna Debiew, Samantha Diezel, Meghan Foster, Morgan French, Cole Green, Brianna Grinnell, Abigail Gugula and Hunter Hall.

Also: Mitchell Haskins, James Hill, Jonathon Hollenbeck, Nicholas Hughes, Dustin Huller, Randy Huller, Dylan Kress, Savannah LaPage, Angelina Marotta, Christopher Newton, Mariah Nolin, Dakota Ouderkirk, Kiersten Papin, Jonathan Parrish, Harlea Perry and Alexis Phelps.

Also: Ethan Raponi, Michael Ross, Ryan Sheffield, Zion Skipper, Jesse Smithers, Kali Spaulding, Luke Stoutenger, Austin Szymanski, Samantha Tanner, Christopher Tetro, Matthew Trapasso-Fowler, Joshua VanHorn, Gabriel Webb and Karina Whitten.


SUNY Oswego alum to perform April 30 in Sheldon Hall ballroom

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos, a 1979 alumnus of SUNY Oswego, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the college’s Sheldon Hall ballroom as the season finale of the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

A member of the Metropolitan Opera roster for more than 27 years, Cokorinos has appeared numerous times in productions of “Tosca,” “Macbeth,” “La Bohème” and many others. His notable roles for the Met have included those of Leporello and Masetto in “Don Giovanni” and the English ambassador in John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles.”

SUNY Oswego music faculty member Juan F. La Manna, Cokorinos’ host, will accompany him on the piano and give a preconcert talk scheduled for 7 p.m.

“Philip has traveled the world singing,” La Manna said. “He studied here and went on the big world. He has come back to help Oswego Opera Theatre a number of times. He is a wonderful guy and a star.”

Cokorinos has performed more than 100 leading roles with eminent companies around the globe. Reviewing his performance in the title role of “Don Pasquale,” the Santa Barbara Independent wrote, “Philip Cokorinos was terrific as the production’s lead, handling his many agitated diatribes and inadvertent duets with aplomb.”

This season at the Met, he performed Benoit/Alcindoro in “La Bohème,” Don Maginifico in “La Cenerentola,” as well as covering the roles of Sacristan in “Tosca” and Mathieu in “Andrea Chenier.”

Tickets for the Philip Cokorinos concert are $15 ($7 for students), and are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at and by calling 315-312-2141. Patrons with disabilities needing assistance should call 312-2141 in advance of the concert.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket and is available in the employee and commuter lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.


Evan Michael Taylor joins the world

Name: Evan Michael Taylor4-19_MILEtaylorbaby

Birthdate: April 8, 2014

Gender: Boy

Mother: Caitlin Cordner

Father: Michael Taylor

Statistics: 8 pounds 4 ounces, 20 inches long

Hometown: Oswego

Born in: Oswego Hospital

Grandparents: (Mom’s side) Stephanie Goutremout and Jeff Aflreds (from Onondaga County) and (Dad’s side) Jonathan and Geneen Taylor of Fulton

Fulton Park of the Day — Saturday, April 19



Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Rowlee Beach 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 —  one from each of the 10 parks. Bring the 10 stones to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.

Today is the last day of the contest.

Fulton Park of the Day — Friday, April 18



Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Patrick 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 — one from each park. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.

Fulton Park of the Day — Thursday, April 17



Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Quirk 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 and people who have collected the most stones (one from each park for a total of 10) will win a small prize.

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