Over eighty volunteers from St. Luke Health Services gathered in the Riverview Room Thursday at St. Luke for a luncheon hosted in their honor. Pictured from left are long-time volunteer Ruth Woodworth, St. Luke Volunteer Coordinator Debra Robillard, and volunteer Brooke Greenier.

St. Luke Health Services honors more than 80 volunteers

Over eighty volunteers from St. Luke Health Services gathered in the Riverview Room Thursday at St. Luke for a luncheon hosted in their honor. Pictured from left are long-time volunteer Ruth Woodworth, St. Luke Volunteer Coordinator Debra Robillard, and volunteer Brooke Greenier.

Over eighty volunteers from St. Luke Health Services gathered in the Riverview Room Thursday at St. Luke for a luncheon hosted in their honor.

The theme for the event, “Thanks For The Memories” acknowledged the many contributions volunteers of all ages make on behalf of St. Luke residents throughout the year.

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Violet Hotchkiss, resident of Fulton

Violet Smith Hotchkiss, 73, of Fulton, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

She was born in Waterloo and lived most of her life in Mexico and Fulton. She graduated in 1956 from Fulton High School. She was employed at Crouse Hinds for 15 years and A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital for 25 years before retiring in 1997.

She was a Girl Scout Leader from 1969 through 1972 at Oak Street School. She also enjoyed bingo and playing cards with her family and friends.

She is predeceased by her son, Edward McGibbon Hotchkiss; mother, Viola Jerome Smith Martin; father, Arthur W. Smith; and 3 brothers, Arthur S. Smith, Edward J. Smith, and Charles L. Smith.

Surviving are her husband of 56 years, Raymond; daughters, Cynthia (Richard) Turner of Westerly, RI; Wendy (Lynn) Dayger of Canterbury, Conn.; son, Dustin (Bonnie) Hotchkiss of Fulton; one brother, Harold (Betty) Smith of Greenville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Kerry (John) Heinz of Dunlap, IL; Austin (Stephanie) Dayger of Plainfield, Conn.; Alecia Dayger of Sommerville, Mass.; Nicole Lastra of Fulton; Jennifer Hotchkiss of Minetto; and Kadin and Cheyenne Hotchkiss of Fulton; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life service was held Sunday, at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Anatomical Gift Program, 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, New York, 13210 where she has donated her body for the advancement of medical education and research.

CCC to host second annual Peace Festival April 28 in Fulton

The Cayuga Community College Student Activities Board and student organizations will host a Peace Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Fulton Campus, 806 W. Broadway. The event is free and open to the public.

“Last year, everyone loved the games, especially the dunk booth and the balloon artist Haley Watts,” said event organizer Angela Wornick, student activity coordinator at the Fulton Campus. “These fun activities will be back again this year.”

In addition to the dunk tank and carnival games, the festival will feature tie-dying T-shirts for sale. People of all ages can also participate in a range of “inflatable activities,” including a bounce house and slide.

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Arts in Motion: Heroes for the American Red Cross

CNY Arts Center will be joining the American Red Cross to recognize their heroes in an open gala Saturday, April 28 at the Thunder Island Oasis, 21 Wilcox Rd., Fulton.

“Arts in Motion: Heroes for the American Red Cross” will be a culminating event that will give acknowledgement to those who have been donating and raising funds during the Red Cross’s recent Hero campaign.

The purpose of the gathering is not only to recognize these heroes, but to also bring their actions and accomplishments to life through art.

Through this, the organizations hope to get exposure for the heroes and for the local artists as well.

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Laughing Through Life: ‘The Others’

Andrew Henderson

by Andrew Henderson

I did it. I have crossed over to the dark side. I’m ashamed of who I am now. I have become what I used to despise. I am not myself anymore.

After many years of putting up a fight, I have finally been struck down. Sigh…

I am now an eater of vegetables. And after standing my ground for so many years, I have no say in the matter. Apparently, my wife wants me to be around for a long, long time.

Yes, I now eat vegetables. It still sounds funny to me as I say that.

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At The Fencepost: April 25, 2012

Karen Abbott

by Karen Abbott

I tried and tried, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I had planned to take down the Christmas tree over the weekend. I warned my daughter ahead of time:

“Now when you come back, the tree’s going to be down.”

“But you said we wouldn’t take down the tree until we move!”

“I don’t want to leave it to the last minute,” I replied stoically.  Then, more honestly, “Plus, it’s going to be sad for me and I want my last night here to be happy, not sad.”

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Valley Viewpoints: Regents Reform Agenda

by William Lynch, Fulton Superintendent of Schools

I am writing to provide our community members with a new update about the changes occurring in our classrooms and schools across the Fulton City School District as we implement the New York State Regents Reform Agenda, which is aligned with the federal Race to the Top Plan.

The New York State Board of Regents has made significant changes in what our students are learning in school and how their learning  is assessed.

The goal of the Board of Regents initiative is that upon graduation from high school all of our students will be better prepared for college level course work and they will be ready for a career in the work place.

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Six players score in Fulton boys lacrosse win over Whitesboro

by Rob Tetro

Unselfish play was the key in the Fulton boys lacrosse team’s win over Whitesboro Friday.

Six players scored for Fulton in the 12-6 win. The Raiders also tallied seven assists in the game.

Fulton didn’t waste any time making its presence felt on both sides of the ball. By the end of the first quarter, it had built a 4-1 lead over Whitesboro.

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