The Granby Youth Group is hosting a cleanup at Lock 0-3 as part of the state’s ninth annual Canal Clean Sweep.
The event will be at 10 a.m. April 26 at Lock 0-3 in Fulton.
More than 150 community organizations, service groups, municipalities and businesses across the New York State Canal System are participating in the Canal Clean Sweep by joining in one of the 100 local clean-up activities in Canal parks, along public promenades and on Canalway Trail segments in their region.
The event is held annually in recognition of Earth Day 2014 and in preparation for the opening of the canal season.
This year is the 190th consecutive navigation season on the New York State Canal System.
People will be out cleaning canal areas during Clean Sweep weekend April 25 to 27.
The Canal Clean Sweep highlights the growing significance of the Canal System and the Canalway Trail System as a recreational and tourism destination across the state and city of Fulton by encouraging communities, nonprofit organizations and volunteers to engage in cleanup and beautification activities along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail.
The New York State Canal System is composed of four historic waterways, the Erie, the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Seneca Canals.
Spanning 524 miles across New York state, the waterway links the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes and the Niagara River with communities rich in history and culture.
Parks and Trails New York is the only statewide not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the health and quality of life of New Yorkers through the use and enjoyment of a growing network of parks, pedestrian and bicycle trails, greenways, and heritage corridors around the state.
For more information on the ninth annual Canal Clean Sweep or to help coordinate an event in your community, visit ptny.org or call James Meerdink with Parks & Trails New York at 518-434-1583 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Good Friday Cross Walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 18 in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Parish, Buffalo Street, Fulton.
The cross walk is sponsored by the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches. Walkers will gather for prayer and the singing of hymns as they take turns carrying a large wooden cross in the downtown section of the city of Fulton.
This annual walk returns to and remembers the “way of the cross” that Jesus Christ traveled on his journey within the city of Jerusalem to the place of his crucifixion.
The cross walk concludes about noon at its final destination, First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St.
Everyone who takes part in the walk can partake of a soup and bread lunch provided by the Board of Deacons of First United Church.
Both the cross walk and the lunch are open to the public. There is no cost for the luncheon.
The Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches is made up of those member congregations who support ecumenical programs, including the annual Michaud Memorial Service and the annual fall season CROP WALK, which raises funds for world hunger, and also for local food pantries.
For further information about the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches and the Good Friday Cross Walk, call the Council of Churches President, Rev. David Nethercott at 592-2707 or email him at email@example.com).
The Fulton Project Bloom Committee is coordinating its annual Fulton Mayberry Day Saturday, May 3.
Mayberry Day was started about four years ago as a way to organize local business owners and Fulton citizens to remove winter debris from the main highways and retail areas of Fulton or in public areas cleaning up trash and leaves.
Volunteers can pick up bags, safety vests and gloves outside RealtyUSA in Canalview Mall beginning at 7:30 a.m. May 3 and return vests and gloves by noon.
Please bring your own tools — rakes, brooms, etc.
Volunteers and groups should call the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 343-7681 to register.
If you or someone in your family has memories of the 1944-1946 Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter located in Oswego, N.Y., then the Safe Haven Museum wants to hear from you.
Museum board members and SUNY Oswego students have launched a project called “The Neighbors Project” to collect and catalogue these stories.
SUNY Oswego student Tuqa Youssef explains “we are interested in any of the stories of Oswego residents who interacted with the refugees, or who were in any way involved with the camp.”
The group is collecting memories for the 70th reunion of the camp June 19-22.
“We value the remembrances of the Oswego residents who are such an important part of the history of the shelter,” said Judy Coe Rapaport, board president of Oswego’s Safe Haven Museum and Education Center.
“As we plan this 70th anniversary, we want to make sure their stories are heard,” she said.
The Safe Haven Museum and Education Center is located at 2 E. Seventh St. near Fort Ontario in Oswego.
It commemorates the lives of the 982 European refugees from the Holocaust who were welcomed into the camp in 1944.
It is the only one of its kind in the United States.
A number of events to mark the anniversary and celebrate the reunion are being planned as well.
Youssef and Rapaport want to encourage interested residents to participate in the Neighbors Project.
Contact Professor Denise DiRienzo at 312-2022 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please use the subject “Neighbors” and be sure to leave a name and phone number.
By Ashley M. Casey
The 2014-15 Fulton City School District budget will have to wait another few weeks before board approval.
Superintendent Bill Lynch and Director of Finance Kathy Nichols presented drafts three and four at the board’s April 8 meeting, and the board is expected to accept the fourth draft at the April 23 meeting.
According to this fourth draft, the budget will total $67,357,685, up 3.22 percent from the 2013-14 year’s $65,259,100. Continue reading