Fulton council OKs $769,000 in projects

By Tracy Kinne

The Fulton Common Council approved issuing $769,000 in bonds for seven capital projects at a brief special meeting Monday night.

The biggest chunk of money – $200,000 – will be used to remove asbestos from and demolish four or five vacant, dilapidated houses that the city has seized in tax foreclosure proceedings.

Although 10 or 11 buildings need to be demolished, the city won’t have enough money to tear down all of them, said Mayor Ronald L. Woodward Sr.

The structures are beyond repair, the roofs on two of them are caving in, and there was a fire in one of the buildings, he said.

Asbestos in the siding and other building materials contributes to the bulk of the cost, he said. The city isn’t certified to remove asbestos, a carcinogen, and must hire an outside firm to do that work, he said.

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Groomer publishes tale about plucky pup

By Ashley M. Casey

When Connie Evans met her puppy Charlotte, she couldn’t even tell what color the sickly little dog was.

Charlotte, then estimated to be 9 or 10 months old, was suffering from severe demodectic mange, yeast and bacterial infections on her skin.

Evans, co-owner of Dayle’s Dog Grooming in Fulton, responded to a call from Granby dog control about a very ill rescue dog. Upon meeting the mixed breed puppy, she could not resist taking the animal home.

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Bowlers sought

Bowlers are being sought for the adult and junior league that bowls at 9:45 a.m. Sundays at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton. The league begins Sept. 8.

Bowlers are needed for many other leagues. For information, call Lakeview Lanes at 593-8070.

All Saints hosts Blessing of the Backpacks Sept. 1, 8

The “Blessing of the Backpacks” will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, South First and Academy streets, Fulton, Sept. 1 and Sept. 8 immediately following the 9 a.m. service.

Each backpack will hold the physical tools for learning. However, hidden among those tools are a lot of hopes and dreams of and for that student.

The hope that the year will be full of promise and fresh starts.

The hope that friendships with classmates and colleagues will be strong.

The hope that there will be mutual respect for each student and educator.

The hope that the student will feel safe.

The hope that there will be challenges to call upon his or her best efforts and enough accomplishments to satisfy and delight him or her.

The hope he or she grows in knowledge and becomes a lifelong learner.

All students in the community are invited to bring their backpacks for a blessing as they begin a new school year.

All Saints Sunday school resumes Sept. 8

The Sunday School at All Saints Episcopal Church, South First and Academy streets, Fulton, will resume Sept. 8.

The program will start with children of all ages gathering together in the parish house from 9 to 10:30 a.m. to embrace a program entitled Taste the Bread, which will explore the sacraments.

Children in the Episcopal church have been receiving communion at whatever age deemed appropriate to their parents.

A four-week program, Taste the Bread, is based on understanding Bible verses; understanding words heard in church and developing faith.

This will be accomplished through storytelling, remembering games, crafts (stoles, clay) and breadmaking, along with other multi-sensory lessons. All Saints will present the program in four Sunday morning segments.

On Oct. 6 the church school will meet and divide into elementary, intermediate and high school classes  immediately following church. Nursery is offered each week during worship.

For more information, contact the church office at 592-2102 and leave a message. Someone will return the call.

Three churches sponsor holiday worship at gazebo

The greater Fulton community is invited to participate in Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 1 at Fulton’s downtown gazebo.

The service is sponsored by three congregations: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, State Street United Methodist Church and First United Church of Fulton.  The service will include communion.

Everyone is invited to bring a food offering for the Salvation Army Food Pantry.

Communion will be served.

Coffee, cookies and cold drinks will be shared following the service.  It is recommended that participants bring a lawn chair.

In case of inclement weather, the service will take place at First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St.

Each congregation directly engaged in presenting this worship service is amember of The Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches.

The Council of Churches hosts a number of shared events each year, including the 27th annual Fulton Crop Walk scheduled for Oct. 6.

For further information, and for updated related to weather conditions, contact the Rev. David Nethercott at church at 592-2707, by cellphone at 415-2408 or by email at prairieborn@aol.com.

District prepares to implement state Common Core standards

By Tracy Kinne

The Fulton school board heard several reports Tuesday night, including some on the district’s progress implementing the new Common Core State Standards, and listened to residents concerned about a conflict of interest policy and toxic fragrances in schools.

Elizabeth Conners, executive director of instruction and assessment, handed board members two approximately 3-inch thick binders and told them the material represented guidelines for teachers for the new state standards through Nov. 1.

The district spent $5,000 printing them, she said. She said each staff member will receive 12 hours of guided instruction in the new requirements. Every member will have been trained by the end of summer 2014, she said.

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