Fulton council clears way for lake dredging project

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Accompanied by a round of applause from local residents last week, the Fulton City Council and Mayor Ron Woodward cleared the way to move forward with the Lake Neahtahwanta Revitalization Project.

The council passed a motion in its regular meeting Tuesday Aug. 5 authorizing the mayor to sign all documents pertaining the bids on dredging the lake, which were to be opened the following Friday.

The 750-acre lake is one of many in the region under swimming and other recreational restrictions due to a high presence of blue-green algae. Officials say between eight and 12 feet of silt have built up in the lake’s basin over the years, blocking the flow of cold freshwater from the springs that feed it and leaving the water stagnate.

By dredging the silt, officials say they can restore the water’s flow rate and temperature to a level that would mitigate the algae’s growth.

Fulton has received $100,000 in state grant funding to advance the project. Unlike Granby, which is commissioning its own dredging barge and doing the work itself, Fulton plans to contract the work out, at least in the short term. Woodward previously said that if the city doesn’t get the ball rolling on the project soon, it runs the risk of losing that money.

Officials had to hold off on moving the project forward during the early part of the summer, as the state will only allow dredging after July 15, which is considered the end of fish spawning season.

Woodward said once the project has been started by professionals, the city will look into having its own dredging barge built so it could potentially take over the work.

When blue-green algae blooms, it releases toxins into the air – known as cynotoxins – which pose a threat to people, pets and wildlife. Last month, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed a strong presence of the algae in the lake. However, at that time, the toxin level was below what is considered a serious health threat.

The city has already received the necessary permit from state regulators to do the project. The permit allows for dredging to take place over the next 10 years.

Thirteen bids were put out for the project. They were to be received that Friday evening. Woodward said no bids would be awarded though until early this week.

Upon reading the motion, around a half-dozen residents in attendance burst into applause showing support for the endeavor.

 

 

Richard A. Spencer, loved life, spread cheer, worked at Oswego Industries

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Richard A. Spencer, 73, of 299 E. River Road, Oswego, and formerly of Canastota, passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego, where he has resided for the past 17 years.

He was born on March 5, 1941, in Penn Yan, the son of George and Retha Stucker Spencer.

Richard spent his early years in Canastota, and has lived in Oswego most of his adult life.

He worked at Oswego Industries for many years, and later volunteered at St. Luke Health Services.

Richard enjoyed life to the fullest. He was proud of his accomplishments and enjoyed spreading cheer wherever he could. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a large smile. He often made others feel good by complimenting them.

He liked to shop, use an iPad, listen to music, watch television, listen to his police scanner, and enjoy a good meal. All of these, he enjoyed doing with others (especially with “his girls”).

He had no known survivors. His caregivers at St. Luke Health Services remember him fondly.

Funeral services are at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the J. Homer Ball Funeral Home, Inc., 201 James St., Canastota, with the Rev. Donna Chapman of the Whitelaw Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial was with his parents in Lenox Rural Cemetery, Canastota.

Calling hours are from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Debra A. Scherer, supervisor at Syracuse Plastics, Oneida Plastics

Debra “Deb” A. Scherer, 52, of Granby, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, July 29.

She had resided in the Fulton area most of her life. Deb worked as a supervisor at Syracuse Plastics in Fayetteville and Oneida Plastics in Phoenix.

She was a member of Oswego Alliance Church in Oswego and Harmony Riders Horseback Riding Club.

Deb was predeceased by her father, Charles Phillips.

Surviving are her husband, David Scherer of Granby; four children, Marie, Michelle, Michael and Melissa; her mother, Rosemary Phillips; siblings, John (Tammy), Cherie (John), Dolores, Charles and Dale; 14 grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at the funeral home with burial at Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton.

 

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Little Utica United Methodist Church will have a free kids’ dinner and movie night at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1.

The dinner menu consists of hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and pizza. There will also be chips and dip and cookies for dessert.

Following dinner will be a popular G rated movie that the kids will enjoy.

Little Utica United Methodist Church is located on Lamson Road, heading west off Route 48, just past the intersection of Lamson Road and East Mud Lake Road.

For more information, call the church at 678-2270 or visit the church’s website at littleuticaumc.org or their Facebook page.

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The Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego will serve a barbecue chicken dinner from noon until sold out Saturday, Aug. 9.

Each chicken dinner includes a barbecued chicken half, buttery salt potatoes, baked beans, tossed salad, rolls and butter, beverage and a dessert.

Dinners will be served in the dining room or fixed to take out. You may call ahead to reserve a chicken dinner.

Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 45 E. Utica St., (corner of East Fourth at Utica Street) in Oswego. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a local charity.

 For more information, call the church at 343-1715.

Nearly 60 children participate in Fulton basketball camps

From boys’ basketball camp, left to right, Fulton Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach Matt Kimpland, camp award winners Mikey Doney, Nolan Dexter, Sammy Cary and Fulton Boys’ Junior Varsity Basketball Coach Sean Broderick.
From boys’ basketball camp, left to right, Fulton Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach Matt Kimpland, camp award winners Mikey Doney, Nolan Dexter, Sammy Cary and Fulton Boys’ Junior Varsity Basketball Coach Sean Broderick.
From girls’ basketball camp, from left to right, camp counselors Jeremy Langdon, Jake McDermott, Tyler Shaw and Michelle Gorea.
From girls’ basketball camp, from left to right, camp counselors Jeremy Langdon, Jake McDermott, Tyler Shaw and Michelle Gorea.

By Rob Tetro

For the first time in five years, Fulton varsity basketball coaches Matt Kimpland (boys) and Derek Lyons (girls) held separate basketball camps. 

Each camp consisted of fourth-graders through eighth graders and ran for three hours each day from July 7 through July 11 at the Fulton War Memorial. Continue reading

Archery club offering classes

Deerslayer Bowmans Archery club at 8100 state Route 104, Oswego will hold archery classes for all ages starting at 5 years old. 

The class will start Tuesday Aug. 5 and will be every Tuesday night through Aug. 26. 

The fee for the 4 week class is $10 per participant. 

For more information or to sign up, call 806-1613.

Taekwondo America students achieve black belts

Pictured with Master Leo Pryor: (back row, left to right) Ryan Yates, Shane Guernsey, Michael Cali, Robin Goodhardt, Amanda Cali and Trevor Schleicher. Front row, left to right, Tyler Bieganowski, Amanda DeRyke, MJ Lilly, Troy Lilly and Caitie Lilly, who tested for her Black Belt last February.
Pictured with Master Leo Pryor: (back row, left to right) Ryan Yates, Shane Guernsey, Michael Cali, Robin Goodhardt, Amanda Cali and Trevor Schleicher. Front row, left to right, Tyler Bieganowski, Amanda DeRyke, MJ Lilly, Troy Lilly and Caitie Lilly, who tested for her Black Belt last February.

On June 14, several of Oswego’s Taekwondo America black belt students traveled to Watertown to participate in the 2014 Winter Black Belt Test. Continue reading

Fulton Kiwanis baseball games continue

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