Fulton Lions Club Returns To Clean Up Oswego Falls Park

Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently worked on everything from clearing trees and brush to removing the chain link mesh from a backstop recently as part of a clean-up project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park on S. First St., said David Guyer, Fulton Lions Club president. This is the second consecutive year that the club has made work at the park one of its annual projects.

Members of the Fulton Lions Club worked on everything from clearing trees and brush to removing the chain link mesh from a backstop recently as part of a clean-up project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park on S. First St. Here Lions members show the “trophy” stump they removed along the park’s northern perimeter. From left: Brett Tallents, Dakota McGraw, Fred Aldrich, Charles McIntyre, Project Co-Chair Bob Weston, Len Kellogg, Project Co-Chair Steve Chirello and (kneeling) Ronica Sivers.

“The Fulton Lions Club, working in cooperation with the City of Fulton Parks and Recreation Dept., tackled removing heavy layers of brush, trees, vines and stumps that had overgrown the park’s north end fence and riverside perimeter,” Guyer said. “ We are grateful to Tyson McIntyre and TCM Construction who donated the use of their ‘Bobcat’ on this project. Members also worked to remove an old and worn chain mesh backstop that Fulton City Parks and Recreation will replace.”

Fulton Lion Bob Weston, left, and Dakota McGraw, son of Lion John McGraw, clip away brush from a park backstop.

“This project was very fulfilling for our members and it was a pleasure to help a community park become even more inviting to children and families.”

Lions who participated in the project were: Steve Chirello and Bob Weston, project co-chairs; Charles McIntyre, Brett Tallents, Fred Aldrich, Len Kellogg, David Dingman, and G. Ray Bodley High School senior Dakota McGraw, son of Lion John McGraw. Assisting from Fulton Parks and Recreation were Director Barry Ostrander, Jerry Schremph, Don Merritt and Ronica Sivers.

The Fulton Lions Club is part of Lions Club International (LCI), which was founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. It is the largest service club in the world with over one million members in more than 170 countries. The Fulton club, with 50 members, is one of the largest and most active Lions clubs in Central New York.

Fulton Lion Charles McIntyre uses his Bobcat to remove a tree stump.

Lions Clubs are committed to sight and hearing projects. Fulton Lions have joined with LCI to support Campaign Sight First II to help prevent blindness worldwide. Fulton Lions provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids. During the past year, Fulton Lions have paid for more than $8,000 in eye exams, hearing aids and eyeglasses for Fulton residents.

In addition, the Fulton club collects used eyeglasses for refurbishment and redistribution at Waby Opticians, Empire Vision Center, Wal-Mart, PathFinder Bank and The Medicine Place. The Fulton club also supports the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program that trains Seeing Eye dogs for the blind, and the Finger Lakes Lions Hearing Foundation.

Fulton Lion Fred Aldrich removes brush from Oswego Falls Parks’ northern perimeter fence.

Anyone interested in membership in the Fulton Lions Club, or seeking more information can visit the club’s web site at   www.fultonlionsclub.org. Correspondence can be mailed to Fulton Lions Club, c/o Steve Chirello, P.O. Box 727, Fulton, NY 13069.

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