Police: Watch out for school buses

by Andrew Henderson

Members of the Fulton Police Department will join other law-enforcement officers around the state in Operation Safe Stop — a school bus safety initiative set for Wednesday, April 18.

During Operation Safe Stop, police officers in marked patrol units will be enforcing the New York State Traffic Law, which requires all vehicles to stop for stopped school busses with their red lights flashing.

Communication between the Fulton Police Department and the transportation department of the Fulton City School District has identified the times and locations where vehicles passing school busses have been found to be the most frequent and these areas will be the focus of the enforcement efforts.

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Fulton school budget includes 1.9 percent tax levy increase

by Nicole Reitz

After four months of meetings and reviewing the school district’s spending habits, Fulton Board of Education members unanimously approved the tentative budget for the 2012-2013 school year.

Superintendent Bill Lynch and Business Administrator Kathy Nichols outlined the spending plan, which includes a 1.9 percent tax levy increase.

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Junior and seniors to lead Fulton track and field team

by Rob Tetro

According to Fulton boys varsity track and field Coach Dave Wilson, the goals that the team has for the season apply to both the athletes as individuals and as a team.

Wilson pointed out that his athletes can’t control the climate in which they compete in but they can control how they perform in terms of time, height and distance.

He hopes that each athlete can develop as the season progresses. For the team to succeed overall, it is imperative that players can establish and then re-establish personal bests in the events that they take part in, he said.

With only 29 athletes participating, Fulton is a comparatively smaller team. However, like previous seasons, the expectations they have for the season as a team remain the same.

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Congressman Owens continues fight to save rural post offices

by Carol Thompson

Rep. Bill Owens has joined with approximately 100 colleagues to encourage the restructuring of the U.S. Postal Service without the closure of 3,600 or more rural post offices nationwide.

Oswego County’s rural setting leaves many residents to rely on their local post office to avoid the drive to the cities of Fulton or Oswego.

Postal officials announced a plan in February to proceed with closing or consolidating at least 223 processing centers in the coming years in hopes of saving billions of dollars.

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Literacy in Oswego County – Beth Kazel (left), director of Oswego County Opportunities’ Education Services, meets with Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County tutor and trainers Kathleen Mantaro (center) and Regina Setikas (right). Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County has joined the extensive list of human services programs that OCO provides for Oswego County residents.

Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County joins OCO

Literacy in Oswego County – Beth Kazel (left), director of Oswego County Opportunities’ Education Services, meets with Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County tutor and trainers Kathleen Mantaro (center) and Regina Setikas (right). Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County has joined the extensive list of human services programs that OCO provides for Oswego County residents.

Beth Kazel, director of Oswego County Opportunities Education Services, has announced that Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County has joined the extensive list of human services programs that OCO provides for Oswego County residents.

Established in 1985 as a non-profit community–based educational organization, Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County has provided tutoring in basic literacy skills and conversational English.

According to Kazel, LVOC’s mission of being a leader in providing adult learners the English communication and literacy skills they need to reach their full potential as individuals, parents, workers and citizens coincided with OCO’s mission of building partnerships that improve the quality of life and create successful communities.

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Fulton Speedway holds Test and Tune

On a picture perfect weather day, a large contingent of fans and race cars opened the gates for the first time to kick off the 2012 season at the Fulton Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Around 50 race teams hit the high banks to see if their winter’s worth of work paid off in the two-hour test and tune session.

Chuck Hebing, Bryan Howland and local favorite Shawn Donath all said they wanted to get a jump on what expects to be a huge field of Sprint Cars Saturday being the first 360 race of the season in New York State and for our neighbors to the north in Ontario.

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Oswego County legislators consider giving support to full casino gaming

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature will consider a resolution in support of full casino gaming when lawmakers meets tonight.

The resolution would be sent to state officials, who are considering a change to the state constitution to allow gaming at New York State facilities.

During last month’s meeting of the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee, representatives of the Western New York Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation made a presentation on the benefits of gambling.

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‘Titanic’ to be shown on anniversary

The award winning film “Titanic” will be shown, free of charge, Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton.

This movie will be shown with an intermission due to its length.

On the night of April 14, 1912, the ship Titanic on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City hit an iceberg.

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