Fulton Board of Education looks to fill $550,000 budget gap

Master of strings – Fulton students performed at the Education Center for members of the Fulton Board of Education Tuesday night as part of Music In Our Schools Month. -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

by Nicole Reitz

Audience members heard more of the same during Tuesday’s meeting of the Fulton Board of Education.

The school district is looking to fill $556,384 in its budget and is waiting for additional state aid.

The first draft of Fulton’s 2012-2013 budget shows an increase of 3.37 percent or a $2 million change from the current year’s spending plan.

If Fulton were to keep programming and services as they are now, it would create a deficit of more than $2.5 million.

The district has proposed to use $2 million from its reserves, but it’s not enough, according to Superintendent of Schools Bill Lynch.

The deficit of more than $500,000 must either be met through additional state aid or through cuts.

“To make further reductions will cause us to have to take some things away,” said Lynch. “As we look at our operations, we look at how we bargain and we’re continuing to look at that.”

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Hodgepodge: March 17, 2012

Roy Hodge

by Roy Hodge

My mother always kept good track of us when we were kids. There wasn’t much traffic on our street and she didn’t mind us playing in the street using the paved road for games of touch football in the fall, and our version of hockey without skates during the winter months.

Since we, along with our neighborhood friends, played outside most of the time, she gave us a free hand – but there were rules.

She didn’t want us to play too close to the corners of the street where the drivers might not see us right away. “Let me know if you are going off the street,” she said. “Stay out of the neighbors’ yards,” “Don’t be sassy to the neighbors,” and “Don’t do a lot of screaming,” she would tell us.

We owned the best yard on the street to play in. “Just keep your stuff picked up,” she would say.

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Mr. & Mrs. Herbert (Bertha Tallman) Guyer

Valley Viewpoints: Re-dedicate park

Mr. & Mrs. Herbert (Bertha Tallman) Guyer

For those of you who may not know, Herbert Guyer was one of the city’s most beloved alderman back in the day. Pretty much everyone knew “Mr. Guyer” and his brother in-law, Vernon “Chick” Tallman.

But perhaps if you asked anyone today who Herbert Guyer was, you would only get your answer from the elderly or an historian.

This may not have been the case if my great-great-grandfather’s park was still on the corner of Ontario and Fourth streets. Unfortunately, today, that corner hosts another vacant lot.

Some of you may recall my grandmother, Barbara Jones, writing a letter to the editor about the city’s dedication to my great-great-grandfather June 27th, 1968.

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Champion Hockey Team

Fulton Bantam hockey team captures league title

League champions – The Fulton Bantam hockey team were named Snowbelt League champions, winning its division in the JAM tournament. Pictured are members of the team.

The Fulton Bantam hockey team was named Snowbelt League champions after it won its division in the JAM tournament.

Anton Porcari, Caleb Zehr, Evan Beckwith and Cameron Clarke achieved playmakers during the tournament while Austin Beckwith scored a hat trick.

Fulton 8, Salmon River 0: Raider Austin Beckwith opened scoring early in the first period, accepting a pass in front of the net from Evan Beckwith.

Fulton’s Ben Nelson netted one, William Fruce assisting, before Clarke scored on a slap shot, thanks to a passing play between Evan Beckwith and Porcari.

In period two, Porcari sent a cross-ice pass to Carr who skated it in to score. Austin Beckwith flipped the puck in over the goalie’s shoulder, Clarke and Evan Beckwith assisting, to close the period. Clarke opened the third period accepting a pass from Michael Welch and netting a slap shot.

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Valley Viewpoints: A home run

Talented young people prevailed this past week on stage with the production of “Damn Yankees” by the Quirk Players.

Counting the 23 cast members, 38 in the ensemble, 19 in the orchestra, a production staff of over 100 individuals — including students, teachers, parents, technicians, sponsors and friends of the theater — all played an integral part in a most successful production.

The audience at the Saturday matinee that we attended with our seven-year-old grandson Kaden was most receptive to the dialogue, songs and dances done so well.

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Anderson Monty, resident of Fulton

Anderson David Monty, 83, of Fulton, died Monday, March 12, 2012 at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Syracuse.

Mr. Monty was born in Mariah, N.Y. to the late Anderson J. and Mildred (LaRock) Monty. He has been a resident of Fulton since 2000. Mr. Monty retired from OCRA, Onondaga County after 11 years of service.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Florence Monty, who died in October 2009, and his sons,  Michael Monty in September 2009  and Richard Monty in April 1984.

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, From left are daughter-in-law Lyn Cornell, Anthony Cornell and his daughter, Joyce Murphy. Standing from the left are son Ron Cornell, godson Anthony Roe, and Tom Weatherup, a family friend.

Manor resident celebrates 101st birthday

From left are daughter-in-law Lyn Cornell, Anthony Cornell and his daughter, Joyce Murphy. Standing from the left are son Ron Cornell, godson Anthony Roe, and Tom Weatherup, a family friend.

With a special party that included family members and fellow residents of The Manor at Seneca Hill, Anthony (Tony) Cornell celebrated his 101st birthday Feb. 22.

Cornell was a well known resident of the Hastings/Parish area where he owned Cornell’s Garage, located on County Route 38 in Hastings.

In addition to owning a local business, he was active in the community. He was one of the original members of the Hastings Volunteer Fire Department, which was founded in 1953.

He served as fire chief for many years, and was an active member for nearly 58 years.

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