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Mary K. Miller: Dedicated mother, homemaker

Mary Katherine Miller, 69, of Granby died Aug. 15 at her home after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Miller was born in Clarion, Penn., and was a resident of Fulton most of her life.

She worked in the deli department at the Hannibal I.G.A.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Miller in 2010, and was predeceased by her parents Robert Gifford, Katherine Ferringer and stepfather Arnold Ferringer.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and dedicated homemaker.

She enjoyed her many trips to the casino.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her children Suzanne (Brett) Law of Florida, and Jason (Michelle) Miller of Hilton, her sister Bobbi Heeter of Clarion, Penn., and grandchildren Alayna, Braden, James, Mallory and Addison.

Funeral services will be private. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Natoli Alfano: Served as Franciscan friar

Natoli Alfano, 80, of Granby died Aug. 15 in the Cortland Medical Center.

He was born in Fulton, the son of the late Benedict and Mary (Piersall) Alfano.

He was a Franciscan friar with the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart.

He was predeceased by his sisters Sarah Sperbeck and Nancy Dana.

Mr. Alfano is survived by his brothers Vincent, Paul, Peter, Thomas, Robert, Joseph Alfano, and sister Josephine Acome, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Friends and family gathered Aug. 20 at First United Church, Fulton, for fellowship.

The arrangements are in the care of Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Timothy M. Merritt Sr.: Was auto body technician

Timothy  M. Merritt Sr., 48, of state Route 48, Fulton passed away Aug. 12 in Syracuse.

He was a graduate of J. C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix. Tim was an auto body technician.

He was predeceased by his brother, James L. Merritt on Nov. 29, 2004.

Surviving are his two sons, Timothy M. Merritt Jr. of Parish, and Anthony Merritt of Liverpool; his father, Richard L. Merritt Jr. of Fulton; his mother, Jane (Wilson) Parker of North Carolina; one sister, Mary Ann Merritt; and two granddaughters.

Services were Aug. 17 at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, with the Rev. Richard H. Scheffler officiating.

Shirley M. Phelps: Worked at Tops, Nestle

Shirley M. Phelps, 75, of Oswego, passed away Aug.14 at Oswego Hospital.

She had worked at Tops Friendly Markets and Nestle Co. in Fulton, as well as Comstock Foods in Red Creek.

Shirley was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Manly Eric Phelps, in 2012 and a son, Thomas Phelps, in 2009.

Surviving are her children, Rhonda (John) Wheeler, Melissa (Ken) Myers, Eric (Kathy) Phelps and Benjamin Phelps; a brother Bill Shoults and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services were Aug. 17 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was at Hannibal Center Cemetery.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

Charlotte’s Web is a great memory now. August Arty Camp is in full swing this week and we turn our attention to the wrap-up of summer classes and events.

A very special author, Mary Slimmer, will share her newest book, “The Lighthouse in Grove Park School,” during Author Spotlight at 7 tonight, Aug. 21.

Slimmer, a retired teacher and administrator in the Oswego City School District, has written her first novel for young adults. This adventuresome story follows a group of elementary school friends through some challenging and scary events.

“The characters in the book are fictional,” says Slimmer, “but they were inspired by the many children I worked with over the years.” Mary also is teaching a writing class for Arty Camp.

Michael Lynne launches a great new class tomorrow, Painting Fundamentals I, Aug 22, 29 and Sept. 5 Classes run from 6 to 9 p.m. This class will brighten your use of color, explore color mixing approaches, experiment with layering color and share Lynne’s expertise for controlling the use of edges.

Jim Farfaglia offers a one-day workshop for aspiring authors, Working through Writer’s Block, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 24. This workshop provides an overview of positive and affirming activities to help writers move through challenges in their writing.

Story Time Art, for 4-year-olds to 7-year-olds, returns from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug 27 for the last class with Kendra Matott. Our book title, “Good Night, Moon,” will have your little artist sketching his or her own room full of things to say goodnight to! Please pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com

Our summer session wraps up with Artist Meet-up at the Gallery, 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 27.  Join the growing artist community at this event designed to get us all together for the love of art! Bring your portfolio to share, meet other artists of all skill levels, mediums and interests; exchange ideas and feedback; enjoy talking with other artists. Come and bring a friend! This event is open to the public and held at Arts in the Heart Gallery, 47 S. First St., in Fulton.

September will bring a special night to experience the artistry of the Cashore Marionettes, our popular outdoor Arts Market, and a brand new slate of classes for the fall. Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit www.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 www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Poetry Corner

By Jim Farfaglia

College Bound

 

The night air streams in,

car windows wide open,

feeling the fullness of summer

 

and breathing in the beauty

that Seals and Crofts are singing;

treasuring it, for our tomorrows…

 

Old enough to know this endless fun will end.

Young enough to wonder

how we’ll learn to leave it all behind…

 

No one says a word; the song on the radio

playing like a gentle breeze,

soothing the ache that’s closing in.

Final concert tonight

The eighth and final concert in the Oswego Summer Sunset Concert Series will be 7 p.m. today, Aug. 21 at Breitbeck Park.

These concerts are provided free to the public by the city of Oswego and the Musicians Union of Oswego County.

The 17 piece jazz ensemble, under the direction of Stan Gosek, will perform. Popular selections from all eras of Big Band music will be featured.

The public is invited to bring lawn chairs or relax in a car and enjoy the music and the Oswego sunset.

Visser named CNY Arts Center Volunteer of the Month

The CNY Arts Center has selected Mary Jane Visser as  July Volunteer of the Month.

The Arts Center, which was founded in 2011, is dedicated to providing quality arts programming for people of all ages and relies on volunteers to reach its goals.

The volunteer awards program was created to acknowledge the work of those who have made contributions.

“Volunteers are involved with all aspects of the Arts Center,” says Alice Lamb, program coordinator and volunteer recognition coordinator for the center. “They often bring in new ideas and then provide the energy to carry those ideas out.”

Visser aptly fits the description of a typical CNY Arts Center volunteer. As one of the founding members of the center, she has shared her background as a studio artist as well as a multi-talented crafter.

“Mary Jane has been with us since the first Arts Fest, has faithfully attended our weekly meetings and taken charge of almost all of our children’s art projects,” says Nancy Fox, the center’s director. “She is always on the hunt for the next most unique art project for all age levels, and then gathers supplies to create the finished project, using recycled items as often as possible.”

Her volunteering can be seen both behind the scenes and in the activities themselves. She takes care of keeping supplies inventoried, organized and accessible; she has been a familiar face at the center’s open houses and holiday events.

In addition, Visser has become an invaluable resource for feedback on numerous issues as the Arts Center grows.

CNY Arts Center is proud to honor Visser as the latest Volunteer of the Month. The center’s home is at the State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State. St., Fulton.

For more information about the center, visit www.cnyartscenter.com or call 592-3373.