Downtown Fulton – Pictured is Cayuga Street South, long before urban renewal was in full swing. Back then, Cayuga Street’s business block had three-story high buildings, hotels and theatres as well as retail stores.

Jerry’s Journal: March 31, 2012

Downtown Fulton – Pictured is Cayuga Street South, long before urban renewal was in full swing. Back then, Cayuga Street’s business block had three-story high buildings, hotels and theatres as well as retail stores.

by Jerry Kasperek

Correction No. 1: Bob Weston called to say that he was not the manager of the A&P as I reported in my last column but manager of the old Grand Union market.

It was on South Second Street in the City of Fulton across from the phone company about where a strip mall takes up space today.

Bob worked there from 1962 to 1967. But after five years of long hours away from home and a young family, he decided to leave the grocery business behind.

As luck would have it, there was an opening to buy a franchise to sell Pepperidge Farms Bread and Thomas Muffins.

Ironically, his delivery truck route, from Mattydale to Mexico, gave Bob long hours as well. He was up before the crack of dawn until mid afternoon when his workday was done.

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Valley Viewpoints: Girls basketball

by Chris Hansen of Fulton

The girls travel basketball season has ended for the Fulton 5/6 and 7/8 grade girls and we had a very successful season.

I wanted to especially thank Dan Gilmore who coached both teams with the help of Al Smith for the littles and Joe Pappalardo for the big girls.

Dan teaches at the Fulton Junior High School but lives out of the area. He gives up a lot of family time to coach our girls outside of school work and school teams and we all thank him for that.

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Esther Serwadda-Lubinga, MD

Family physician to open Fulton office

Esther Serwadda-Lubinga, MD

Family practice physician Esther Serwadda-Lubinga has joined the Oswego Health active medical staff and will open an office at 20 Canalview Mall in Fulton in early April.

Dr. Lubinga is board certified in family practice medicine and most recently provided care in Manitowoc, Wis.

She recently returned to the area with her husband, Anesthesiologist Stanley Lubinga, MD, who has been providing care in Oswego Hospital’s seven-suite surgery center since September.

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Five vendors vie for Oswego County data management contract

by Carol Thompson

Five vendors have submitted proposals in an effort to secure a contract for data imaging for the Oswego County Clerk’s office.

During Wednesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee, County Administrator Phil Church said that the bids were received Friday and that it had been the most number of proposals ever received in the history of the contract.

He said the next step will be to have a panel of five review the proposals once the names of the vendors have been redacted. He added that the vendors will each receive a confirmation letter that their proposals have been received.

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‘Still Life with Skull’ by Hannibal sophomore Ryan Huff

Annual high school art show winners announced

‘Still Life with Skull’ by Hannibal sophomore Ryan Huff

The Fulton Art Association announced the winners of the sixth annual High School Invitational Art and Photography Show.

Eighty-six students from high schools in Fulton, Hannibal, Oswego, and Phoenix school districts submitted 108 pieces of artwork in 12 different categories.

The show was created to help provide encouragement and guidance to high school artists and provide them a venue to display their talent and artwork.

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Kenneth Smithers Jr., Solvay resident

Kenneth C. Smithers Jr., 52, of Solvay, died Friday, March 23, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

He was predeceased by his parents, Flora and Kenneth Smithers Sr.

Surviving are his sister, Flora (Martin) Long of Fulton; brothers, Perry (Maryann) Draper of Syracuse and Thomas Draper of Oswego; his girlfriend, Jennifer Brinkman and her daughter, Hailey Loucks; and several nieces and nephews.

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Kathleen Brennan, Clear Sound owner

Kathleen R. Brennan, 54, of Fulton, died Saturday, March 24, 2012 in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

She was raised in East Syracuse, the daughter of John and Florence Raulli.  She owned and operated Aimi’s Bridal Boutique for 14 years.

Most recently, she owned and operated Clear Sound Hearing in Fulton for six years.

She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Fulton and was also a member of the Oswego Yacht Club.

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Valley Viewpoints: Your debt

by Steve Balcom of Pulaski

You are an average American family, but, over a few years you have acquired a large debt. So, you hire a financial consultant to help you get out of debt.

After three years, your debt has increased by 50 percent and is still rising. Do you continue to hire the consultant? Absolutely not. My message here is plain and simple.

Why on earth, would you still want Obama on the payroll?

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