by Rosemary Occhino, Fulton Board of Education member
To all of the 1,256 voters who voted last week in the school budget, please accept my sincere thank you for taking the time to vote
It does sadden me that only 10 percent of Fulton’s population chose to make their opinions known, but am thankful that you did.
The presented school budget and all of the propositions passed with ease. The Library’s quest of added funds made my heart sing with joy, at its passage. As promised, ten hours have already been restored with the Tuesday opening from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The addition of the Monday opening will be forthcoming in the fall.
Once again, I need to thank the 730 voters who are placing their trust in me. I will speak for you as I serve on the school board for the next three years. It is my pleasure to be your voice.
Please know that my mission is to create a positive difference in the lives of our children, community, and fellow educators. I promise you my time, energy, knowledge, and experience in education.
In closing, don’t hesitate to contact me with concerns and questions Remember I want “to be the change…for kids!”
New York State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Fairgrieve Elementary School in Fulton last week after being contacted by sixth-grade student Ariel Stacy.
Stacy wrote Ritchie a letter, asking about her role in state government.
The senator talked with students about being a good citizen and answered questions about being a senator.
Students voiced their concerns about having to take “too many tests.”
In addition, Ritchie visited the residents of Morningstar Residential Care Center in Oswego in honor of National Nursing Home Week.
National Nursing Home Week is an effort sponsored by the American Health Care Association, to honor nursing home residents and staff.
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The New York State Assembly adopted legislation this week to criminalize the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana.
Synthetic marijuana, while sold and marketed as potpourri and incense, provides many of the same effects as marijuana and cocaine.
For Assemblyman Will Barclay, passing this legislation was imperative for protecting the health of children and keeping these dangerous substances out of their hands.
“I am pleased that the Assembly has acted to ban the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana,” said Barclay. “Over the past several months, I have received countless calls and letters from across the state expressing concern over the availability and dangers of this product.”
This bill adds synthetic cannabinoids to the list of controlled substances. The legislation, A09855, bans the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. The bill has advanced to the Senate.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne and Rachel Gernsey have been named the Class of 2012’s valedictorian and salutatorian at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton.
Hawthorne is the son of Dennis and Lucy Hawthorne of Fulton. He will graduate in June with a grade point average of 102.9, having taken six advanced placement courses.
Hawthorne is president of National Honor Society and is a member of the Math Club, chorus, mock trial and Model UN.
He also plays tennis and is actively involved in Quirk’s Players. Hawthorne has been with the high school drama club since the eighth grade. Drama club is where Hawthorne’s fondest memories lie. He said he will always remember the weeks leading up to the school’s musical, the long five to six hour rehearsals, and friends who turned into a family.
“You get really close to people in that time frame because you’re pretty much living with them for a week and a half,” the valedictorian said.
Hawthorne has learned a lot about time management in his senior year since he also works at Struppler’s Shurfine Market for 20 hours a week. He believes that organizing the time that he has will be an important lesson to take with him to college.
Hawthorne will attend Union College in Schenectady and major in chemistry.
He applied to eight schools but chose Union because the students he met seemed to enjoy learning there.
An overnight orientation at Union sealed the deal. “Union is close enough to still get care packages and come home, but far enough that my parents can’t drop in for unexpected visits,” Hawthorne said.
Hawthorne is excited to meet new people and getting involved in some of the research projects available in the science department.
He plans to join the all-male a cappella group and hopes that the college offers a humans versus zombies team.
He looks forward to having more freedom when it comes to class selection and setting his own schedule. “I do look forward not having to wake up at 6:30 every morning for college. Eight a.m. sounds better,” quipped Hawthorne.
He credits his success in his high school career to his parents’ attitude towards learning and his favorite teachers: Susan Ryan, Robert Morse and Jon Fasulo.
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Vivian L. Smith, 87, of Fulton, died Thursday, May 10, 2012 at her home.
She was born in August of 1924 in Mexico to her parents, Homer and Marjorie Ludington. She grew up in Fulton and was a graduate of the Fulton High School.
She lived in Georgia for many years before returning to live in Fulton in 2007.
She was predeceased by her son, Gary Harrington, who died in 2007.
She is survived by her brothers, Ramsey Ludington of Fulton and John Ludington of Thailand and Key Largo, Fla.; a granddaughter, Starr Grolimund, and a great-grandchild, Tristin Roger, of Milford, Pa.; a niece, Marion Ciciarelli; two nephews, Spencer Ludington and David Ludington, all of Fulton; care giver, Adele Sheldon; three nieces; and her companions, Michelob and Bella.
There will be no calling hours. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made to the Fulton Public Library.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The Fulton Music Association presented the 2012 Senior Music Awards during the 15th Celebration of Community Music concert May 19.
G. Ray Bodley High School seniors Nathan Deavers and Nicholas Abelgore each received a $500 Outstanding Senior Music Award. Dallaslyn Lamb received a $300 Special Achievement in Music Award.
Deavers, an accomplished vocalist, will attend SUNY Brockport this fall where he plans to pursue a degree in business administration.
Abelgore, who is proficient on trombone, piano and guitar, will attend Syracuse University where he will major in music performance.
Lamb, a cellist, will attend the Rochester Institute of Technology where she will major in film and video production.
The FMA also helps sponsor Fulton’s summer concert series, said President Steve Chirello said. FMA annually brings special performances to Fulton by the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Div. Band and cooperative programs with SUNY Oswego as part of its ongoing activities.
After living in Fulton for more than 32 years, I now live back in Syracuse not far from the street where I grew up. It’s close enough that I drive past my old street many times a year. And that’s what I do — drive by.
The last time I went that way I decided to take a short detour and drive down Wiman Ave. As I approached my old street I thought of the words of a song: “Who says you can’t go home?” it starts, and continues by saying, “There’s only one place they call you one of their own.”
That last statement may have been true, but only for a few years. There were no familiar faces as I turned the corner and drove down the street. Visiting the neighborhood I grew up and stayed familiar with for another 30 years was a strange thing.
I drove down Wiman Ave., which I had done hundreds of times over the years, and something in me expected to see the same people, doing the same things, the same kids playing in the street, even the same flowers in the same yards.
We who lived on Wiman Ave. always say Ave., not Avenue, (or just plain Wiman) when we call the street by name. I don’t know why — that’s just the way it is. Maybe it’s because it’s easy to pronounce Ave. If you try to pronounce St., the abbreviation for street, it comes out Saint.
Wiman Ave. is a one-block street between two other streets, which start one block from what is now Route 81 and work their way west. When I was young it was always a pleasant tree-lined street. It was far enough from the closest streets that had buses and headed towards downtown that it was a nice quiet place to live.
During my recent visit to Wiman Ave., there were school buses on the street. We never saw school buses on the street when we lived there. When I was in elementary school I walked back and forth twice a day to McKinley School, which was a mile or so away.
Later I walked to Roosevelt Junior High, which was closer, and after that to Valley High School, which was further.
There have been a few changes on Wiman Ave. The most obvious and the one you notice first as you turn on to the street from Newell St. is that Steve Gilbert’s grocery store is gone — not just closed but gone. There is a nice patch of green grass in its place.
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It is the mission of the new Lake Neatahwanta Committee to clean-up and re-vitalize the lake so it can be used by residents of Central New York, visitors and local community.
This mission statement was developed by Jim Karasek, a local resident and legislator representing a portion of Fulton and Granby.
“The little lake near the great lake” so named Neatahwanta is a 750 acre lake that is jointly shared by the Town of Granby and the City of Fulton. In previous times, the lake shared its life as a source of water, fish and recreation. In years hence the lake has turned its face away from those resources due to neglect, abuse and pollution. The lake committee is charged with the task of restoring the health and vitality to Lake Neatahwanta. Recognizing and supporting that the lake is a living breathing element necessary to the communities that share shorelines, the lake committee under-takes the restoration of returning life back to “The little lake near the great lake.”
Please join the committee in its efforts to clean-up the lake.