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Simpson runs for highway chief

Sean Simpson, a fresh face in the town of Hannibal, is a candidate for the town highway superintendent.

Although he is a relatively new resident, he is confident he would have a positive impact as the new superintendent. Simpson said he is committed to meeting the roadway and travel needs of Hannibal’s residents.

Simpson grew up in Fulton. His qualifications began during his time in the city.

In Fulton, Simpson worked for the Police Department for several years. Additionally, he owned and operated a snowplowing business for 10 years.

He is extremely familiar with the treacherous weather conditions that plague Oswego County for much of the year, as well as their subsequent impact on the roadway conditions and the lives of residents.

Simpson also has worked in the construction business for 30 years and has been involved in all facets of the business, including roadwork.

He has worked in both union and non-union construction throughout his career.  For the past 18 years, Simpson has worked through the Laborers Locals 214 and 633 and has served as a union steward for the past 22 months.

This position has allowed him to understand the unique perspectives of both management and employees.

In addition, he has a class A license and a pesticide license. As an avid driver, Simpson said he has taken the time to drive all of Hannibal’s roads and has seen first-hand many needs for improvement.

He said he would work diligently to make Hannibal’s roadways safe and enjoyable to travel upon.

In and Around Hannibal

Rita Hooper 

706-3564

Twohoops2@juno.com

Ah the kids are back to school and life is back to normal … we can go back to work knowing our children are safe and sound, being educated in a safe school and getting lunch and maybe breakfast.

We are once again free to clean out the closets and hang the clothes out without interference. We can even enjoy meeting the “girls” for lunch.

But that is not the case for a number of women in this county and throughout the nation.

As most of my faithful readers know, I was away for three weeks this past June on a mission trip to Appalachia in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Appalachia is a large geographic area running along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania to Georgia.

While there, we visited food pantries and community centers, a children’s hospital and orphanage; we met with people involved in repairing homes — volunteers and lawyers who work on a volunteer basis to help the poor.

Wherever we went, we heard about the sequester cuts and how they were hurting people, especially those least able to take care of themselves. Among those, children, elderly, disabled and the working poor.

Plenty of primary races in county Sept. 10

By Debra J. Groom

The primary election is set for noon to 9 p.m Sept. 10.

There are a number of primaries in Oswego County, from county legislature seats to town council members and highway superintendents. Parties having primaries are Republican, Conservative and Independence.

Here is the list of primaries:

County Legislature 

District 5, Constantia districts 1 to 4, Republican primary, Ronald E. Sakonyi; Roy Reehil

District 12, Hastings district 5 and Schroeppel districts 4 and 5, Republican, John W. Brandt; Richard P. Kline

District 12, Hastings district 5 and Schroeppel districts 4 and 5, Conservative, John W. Brandt; Richard P. Kline

District 14, Scriba districts 3, 4 and 6 and Volney district 2, Republican, Bradley T. Coe; Stephen M. Walpole

District 20, Oswego town, Conservative, Douglas Malone; Joseph Susino.

Fulton 

Councilor Ward 1, Republican, Bradley J. Warner; Thomas G. Kenyon

Councilor Ward 4, Republican, James R. Myers; Mark Sherman

Councilor Ward 4, Independence, James R. Myers; Ralph Stacy Jr.

County Committee, Ward 3 District 1, Republican, Timothy Crandell; Jeffrey Kinney; Mark Sherman

Albion 

Supervisor, Republican, Carl Anson Jr.; David Aaron Walter

Council member, Republican, Randy Mattison; Lonny Mattison; Richard Mullin; Nancy Sheeley

Amboy 

Council member, Republican, Susan D. Halbritter; Bruce E. Stone; Edmund J. Lescenski

Council member, Independence, Susan D. Halbritter; Bruce E. Stone; Lawrence C. Rayder

Highway superintendent, Republican, Jonathon E. Granger; Franklyn Sampson; John Perkins III

Boylston 

Town clerk, Republican, Doreen Macklen; Paulette Skinner

Council member, Republican, Jimmy J. Walker; Dale McNitt; James Macklen

Granby

Council member, Conservative, Eric Clothier; Mike French; Brenda Frazier Hartle

Hannibal 

Justice, Republican, Jack Beckwith Jr.; Edward Lewis; Eugene Hafner

Justice, Conservative, Jack Beckwith Jr.; Edward Lewis; Eugene Hafner

Highway superintendent, Republican, George Ritchie; Sean Simpson

Highway superintendent, Conservative, George Ritchie; Sean Simpson; Daniel Mahaney

Hastings 

Highway superintendent, Republican, Robert Clark; Linwood Woody Hall

Mexico 

Justice, Republican, Jon Moretti; Douglas Horton

Parish 

Town clerk, Conservative, Mary Ann Phillips; Kelly I. Reader

Sandy Creek 

Highway superintendent, Republican, Tim Crast; Michael Kastler Jr.

Mayor (only for village of Sandy Creek district 3), Republican, Steven J. Washburn; Grant J. Rohrmoser

Schroeppel 

Supervisor, Republican, Patrick J. Nugent; Lynett Greco

Council member, Republican, Timothy J. Dunnigan; Suzanne M. Duquette; Stephen Hutchins

Scriba 

Highway superintendent, Republican, Roger S. Myers; Michael J. Barry

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

September’s off and running with our third annual outdoor Arts Market 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 with nearly 50 vendors in the old Nestle parking lot.

Shoppers will find original handmade art, crafts, vintage items, yard sale treasures, Christmas gifts and a great shopping experience with plenty of room to stroll among the vendors in Fulton’s largest outdoor market.

Drama Club for seventh- and eighth- graders begins Sept. 16, meeting Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Arts Center.

This great new activity is free and open to all seventh- and eighth-grade students in the area regardless of school or home school affiliation. A commitment to the entire 10 weeks is the only requirement.

This group will work throughout the fall to develop a new theater group for teens with a production scheduled for mid-November. The club will meet at CNY Arts Center at State Street United Methodist Church.

Auditions for the Christmas production of Little Women will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19, from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Arts Center.

Ages 15 and older are invited to audition for the beloved classic, which will premiere Dec. 13 to 22.  For more information about the production, visit CNYArtsCenter.com.

Kids Onstage for all kids ages 7 to 18 will start Sept. 21 and meet from 5 to 7 p.m. for eight Saturdays at the Arts Center.

This drama class will develop skills and techniques for stage presence, creative problem solving, team building, and character development.

Children who complete Kids Onstage classes will be allowed to audition for the spring all youth production. Kids Onscreen will start in early October. This is the great film class where kids develop a short script that is filmed and edited by the class instructor.

More new classes on tap for the fall include sewing classes for all skill levels,  popular culinary adventures, a writing critique workshop and capturing memories in story and in collage; story time art, oil painting, pumpkin carving and more all take place at the center in the church.

Get all the latest news and updates at CNYArtsCenter.com. Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out.

Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit CNYArtsCenter.com for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates.

Remember, we bring all arts for all ages at two separate locations. Classes, Writer’s Café, Author Spotlight, live theater and Arty Camp are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Arts in the HeART Gallery is located at 47 S. First St. in downtown Fulton across from the gazebo for local artists who want to display their artistry. Artists can apply for gallery space online at CNYArtsCenter.com.

Writing class focuses on school memories

The river’s end bookstore in Oswego is offering the next in its series of programs for writers and those interested in becoming writers.

“School Days, School Ways: Recalling How and What We Learned” will explore the memories we have related to our school years: favorite teachers, best friends, embarrassing classroom moments, first crushes, etc.

The class begins Sept. 12.

“We have so much emotion stemming from our school years,” said Jim Farfaglia, writing instructor.

“It was a time when our minds and bodies were rapidly developing and we were learning new things — both in and out of the classroom,” he said. “By tapping into our school-related memories, we can discover how those years continue to inform who we are today — and we can have a little fun remembering.”

Class time will be spent participating in activities to rekindle memories and inspire writing.

Each week, the class will focus on a different aspect of school and participants will have the opportunity to share the stories they have written. No previous writing experience is necessary.

The class will be held at the bookstore, West Second and Bridge streets in Oswego, and will run for six Thursdays, beginning Sept. 12 and continuing through Oct. 17.

Class time will run from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. There is a fee for the class.

For more information, or to register, contact the river’s end bookstore at 342-0077, or visit Farfaglia’s website at jimfarfaglia.weebly.com and click on “Writing Classes.”

Calling all amateur ham radio operators

Fulton Amateur Radio Club is pleased to announce another free amateur radio entry level technician course starting 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in the County Building, Fulton, across from Mimi’s.

The only cost to students will be the purchase of the study guide.

The technician class license is designed for beginning level hams. This is where you will open the door and go inside to the exciting world of Ham Radio and learn more about Amateur Radio as you progress. It authorizes you all ham radio privileges above 30 Megahertz (MHz).

1500 watts of power and these privileges include the very popular 2-meter band. Many technician licensees enjoy using small 2-meter hand-held radios to stay in touch with other hams in their area or operate from just about any vehicle, boat, etc.

Imagine sending live TV in real time over the air or just still pictures over the air! Technician class Hams may operate FM voice, many digital modes including packet (computers), television, single-sideband voice and several other interesting modes.

As a technician class ham radio operator, you can even make international radio contacts via ham radio satellites, and actually communicate directly to hams aboard the International Space Station using relatively simple and inexpensive equipment.

Imagine the thrill of talking to the astronauts, many of whom are licensed ham radio operators, aboard the space station, talking directly to ham radio satellites in space that relay your signals to earth far beyond your horizon, or just around the block or around the world using your own licensed station and equipment!

Using the computer and ham radio, you can “talk” using your voice or the keyboard to ham friends or make new ones literally around the world using less power than a 100 watt light bulb! Hams know how to do this!

Our goal is to provide comprehensive, regular training for the ham radio community around Oswego County. We primarily conduct licensing courses, but we seek ideas for other types of training as well.

If you would like to become a licensed amateur radio operator, contact Fred Koch at 652- 8441 or Rick Boutell at 963-3814 to register.

Quilting in the woods weekend retreat starts Oct. 11

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County announces the eighth annual Quilting in the Woods Retreat to be held at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center.

This retreat will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and run through noon Oct. 13.

Whether a participant is an experienced quilter who has been making quilts for years or is just discovering the rewards of quilting, this retreat is perfect.

It’s packed full of great projects, quilting instruction, good food and lots of fun.

Saturday evening is social time with games and prizes. Participants will make new friends while spending the weekend quilting with people who share the same interests and love for quilting.

Workshops for the weekend include: Trade Winds (pinwheel), Piece of Cake, Zig a Zag table-runner or bed scarf from Quilt in a Day; and Take Five Quilts the Takes a Tumble pattern.

The weekend will end on Sunday with a mini-workshop including continuous bias binding, and measuring for borders.

Quilting in the Woods Retreat also includes a break from the sewing machine with a nature walk on the trails at Amboy with an environmental educator.

If they are unable to attend the whole weekend, quilters can attend individual workshops. Registration deadline with payment is Sept. 23. Materials lists will be sent after registration and payment are received.

For more information, or to register,  call the Oswego County 4-H office at 963-7286, ext. 302 or email mmm65@cornell.edu.

Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

CNY Arts Center’s Arts Market returns

It has become a popular event for vendors, crafters, flea market enthusiasts, and early Christmas shoppers and it’s here again.

CNY Arts Center’s third annual Arts Market is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 in the old Nestlé parking lot on Fay Street in Fulton.

“We’re getting a record response from vendors this year with nearly 50 booths already reserved,” said Nancy Fox, director.

“We have a great variety of handmade original art, crafts, food, jewelry, pottery, household goods, vintage items, pet products,” she said. “We will have prize baskets of items donated from each of the vendors, typically a $200 to $300 value, available for raffle.

“There are several food merchants lined up and with such a big parking lot, there’ll be plenty of room for shoppers to stroll among the vendors in the biggest annual outdoor market in Fulton. We will have an area for children to have fun with sidewalk art and bubble fun,” Fox continued.

“One vendor will have face painting and we’re even anticipating a sidewalk artist whose work was seen in the recent Syracuse Sidewalk Art Festival to come and share his unique art with us,” she said.

The annual event raises funds to support the multi-arts nonprofit organization with programming in studio and fine arts, writing arts, culinary arts and performing arts.

The center offers classes in all arts for all ages. Writer’s Café, Author Spotlight, live theater and Arty Camp are held in CNY Arts Center, in the lower level of State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton.

CNY Arts Center also maintains an art gallery in downtown Fulton. Arts in the HeART Gallery is located across from the gazebo at 47 S. First St.

It exhibits the work of nearly 30 local artists with a featured artist every month and Artist Meet-up on the last Tuesday of every month inviting local artists to meet and exchange techniques and ideas.

For more information on the group’s  events and activities, visit CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.