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Little Lukes Celebrates Renovation of Closed Restaurant into New Child Care Center

Officials cut the ceremonial ribbon at Little Lukes child care center in Fulton.  From left: Little Lukes Executive Director Darci Powers; Ed Alberts, Little Lukes owner; Little Lukes Fulton facility director Dawn Koelsch; Holly Carpenter, representative for State Sen. Patty Ritchie; Jennifer Cook, representative for Assemblyman Will Barclay; Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward; and Operation Oswego County Executive Director L. Michael Treadwell.
Officials cut the ceremonial ribbon at Little Lukes child care center in Fulton. From left: Little Lukes Executive Director Darci Powers; Ed Alberts, Little Lukes owner; Little Lukes Fulton facility director Dawn Koelsch; Holly Carpenter, representative for State Sen. Patty Ritchie; Jennifer Cook, representative for Assemblyman Will Barclay; Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward; and Operation Oswego County Executive Director L. Michael Treadwell.

Little Luke’s dedicated its third Oswego County facility with tours of its new Fulton center.

Owner Ed Alberts said 30 people will work at the center, which was a Golden Corral restaurant before sitting empty for about six years.  It cost more than $700,000 to turn the building from a restaurant into a daycare center.

“Seems great to have you open up,” said city Common Council member Daryl Hayden, who noted that he used to be a regular customer of the restaurant.  “It’s a great improvement for our city. We’re overdue for a little good news for our city and you’re the first good news we’ve had in some time.”

“I don’t know what would be a better use of this facility,” said Operation Oswego County Executive Director Mike Treadwell. “What you are doing helps the workers [of the county].  It helps people who are employed to have a place to take their kids.”

The 7,400 square foot building features five classrooms — one for infants, one for toddlers and three for preschoolers.  Half of the approximately 55 preschool slots are reserved for children with special needs.  The center employs speech and physical therapists to work with those students and has a therapy gym.  An outdoor, fenced-in playground was built behind the center.

“We are a place that engages children in a way that makes them love learning,” said Meg Kellogg, program director of Little Lukes’ Radisson facility.  Fulton becomes the fifth Little Lukes site, after Oswego, Pulaski, Radisson and Dewitt.  The company employs 330 people and serves more than 400 children.

Sandy Weston peeks into a toy cabinet in a preschool room at Little Lukes as Fulton Alderman Jay Foster looks on.
Sandy Weston peeks into a toy cabinet in a preschool room at Little Lukes as Fulton Alderman Jay Foster looks on.
Officials get a tour of the Little Lukes facility, stopping in the classroom for toddlers.
Officials get a tour of the Little Lukes facility, stopping in the classroom for toddlers.
The playground behind the new Little Lukes.
The playground behind the new Little Lukes.

Interview with Meg Kellogg, program director of Little Lukes, Radisson.

Video of the opening ceremony. Main speaker is Ed Alberts, owner of Little Lukes.