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Fulton Council Gets Into Holiday Spirit

Written by Jessica M. Naioti
FULTON, NY – At Thursday night’s Fulton Common Council, Mayor Ron Woodward spoke out on several issues facing the city.

The mayor covered topics ranging from the community to the economy and what the solutions to the city’s problems are. Keeping a strong faith and remembering that (Fulton) invented chocolate, being part of that positive solution, he said.

Pictured are: Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward and councilors with Vernon Tryon, Salvation Army advisory board; Bernie Henderson, chair of Salvation Army advisory board; Nancy Close, coordinator of Fulton area kettle drive and Carol Dexter of the advisory board.
Pictured are: Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward and councilors with Vernon Tryon, Salvation Army advisory board; Bernie Henderson, chair of Salvation Army advisory board; Nancy Close, coordinator of Fulton area kettle drive and Carol Dexter of the advisory board.

“I believe there is solutions. We don’t have them all. We need help,” the mayor said when discussing many of the issues campaigners faced during this week’s election.

When discussing current economic status, greatly affected by the loss of Nestles and Birdseye, Woodward said, “We didn’t lose them to China! We lost them to Wisconsin.”

These disheartening losses are due to NYS power costs and workers compensation costs-the costs of running a business in New York State, encouraging community education and action at a state level, according to the mayor.

Serving Human Needs without Discrimination

One of the service proposals to Mayor Woodward was the Oswego County Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Fund drive season, which was officially proclaimed to begin November 15, and run through December 24.

The Salvation Army has been serving human needs without discrimination for more than 100 years.

Mayor Woodward said that he will be volunteering his time to ring the bell this holiday season.

Last year, donations reached about $95,000; and this year they hope to hit even more to support food banks, soup kitchens, and toys for children this holiday season.

Alderman Alan Emerich reminded everyone that this holiday season, we should remember to be kind to those in the community and show gratitude in action by extending a hand to those less fortunate in our community.

Local churches and the Oswego County Salvation Army are doing just that and are prepared to serve up to 300 people from noon to 2 p.m. at the First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St. on November 28 (Thanksgiving).