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Last call for ‘Fulton Idol’

The deadline for registration to take part in the “Fulton Idol” vocal music experience is set for tomorrow, Aug. 1.

“Fulton Idol” will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 5–9, at First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St.

“Fulton Idol” is designed for youth ages 10 to 15 as an opportunity to develop and display vocal performance by individuals and by groups.

There is no charge to participate. Qualified voice coaches will work with vocalists.

A performance is scheduled for Friday evening, Aug. 9.

Significant cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. Every participant will receive some reward.

Those seeking to register may contact First United Church at 592-2707 or

This event is sponsored by the Open Doors Neighborhood Center.

MacDougall joins Harmony Financial Services

TeriLynn MacDougall has joined the staff of Harmony Financial Services as an executive assistant.

Prior to joining Harmony Financial, MacDougall worked as billing specialist and office generalist with Eastern Shore Associates.

“I have always been a people person and enjoy helping others. I welcome the challenge of learning the intricacies of the investment field and working with our clients to assist them in meeting their needs,” said MacDougall. T

he announcement was made by Rob Rolfe, financial consultant and owner of Harmony Financial, 131 E. First St., Oswego.

“It is a pleasure to welcome TeriLynn to Harmony Financial Services,” Rolfe said. “Her people skills and her ability to relate to, and successfully communicate with, our clients will make her a valuable asset to our office and the clients that we serve.”

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

With another successful Harborfest mural project wrapping up, CNY Arts Center turns its focus to a great lineup of classes, ARTY Day Camp and “Charlotte’s Web” in August.

The Oil Painting a Western Scene class is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 1, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. with Bonnie McClellan, who will lead students to create a western scene in oils.

Facebook Workshop Promotion for the Arts returns Saturday, Aug. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. Learn step-by-step how to create and manage a Facebook business page.

In today’s market, social networking is a must for any small business — and that includes the arts!

Whether you are an actor, painter, chef or anything in between, this workshop will teach you how to promote your trade on Facebook. Learn how to create an interactive environment between you and your fans and clients by updating statuses, adding pictures and posting events.

All skill levels are welcome, so whether you already have a page or have never used Facebook before, this workshop can help you.

Collage Making — held Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon — is for ages 8 and older. This is a great way to recycle materials around the house and turn them into art. Magazines, newspapers, photos, string, cardboard, fabric — you name it!

Bring your own or use the provided materials to create collages using different techniques. All skill levels are welcome.

Story Time Art for 4- to 7-year-olds continues Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. with Kendra Matott. “Green Eggs and Ham” will have kids create new wacky colored foods! More great titles and fun art projects are bringing summer fun. Don’t miss out. Please pre-register at

Introductory Stained Glass series, Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., is expected to return Aug. 1 for ages 16 and up. Call the office at 592-3373 for updates.

Saturday, Aug. 10, will be day to enjoy your favorite art medium starting with Bonnie McClellan’s Oil Painting “Mountain Reflection” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or another workshop on Collage Making with Kendra Matott from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by her popular Different Ways to Draw class from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Arts in the HeArt Gallery is hosting a Café Exchange for writers, studio artists, actors and culinary artists Sunday, Aug. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 47 S. First St. It is free and open to the public and should be a great night of socializing and sharing the arts. Bring a friend and join us!

“Charlotte’s Web” opens Aug. 16 for three performances only: Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets and reservations for this kids-only cast of more than 30 are available at

ARTY Camp was so much fun in July and more great things are being planned for our next session, Aug. 19–23. There is still time to register your child. Scholarships are available — no child will be turned away. Visit for information.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates.

Michaels receives Red Cross leadership award

Deana Michaels was recognized at the annual Red Cross Volunteer Salute. She received the 2013 Oswego County Volunteer Leadership Award.

This award is given to a person who has sustained superior, outstanding leadership service at the local or beyond the unit level with or on behalf of the American Red Cross.

Michaels has been a volunteer with the Red Cross for 12 years and has just finished serving three years on the Central New York chapter’s board of directors. She has now agreed to serve on the advisory board at the Oswego County branch of the Red Cross.

Michaels has spent many years supporting the annual Heroes for the American Red Cross campaign as the event chairwoman, which required her to recruit many members of the Oswego County community to help raise $1,000 or more. Her leadership led the team to reach its goal. She also played an important role in planning the Arts in Motion fundraiser.

Michaels is branch manager at Fulton Pathfinder Bank.

Kearns named to SU dean’s list

Kali C. Kearns was named to the dean’s list at Syracuse University for both the fall and spring semesters.

Her overall grade point average for the past two years is 3.91. Majoring in public health, she is also a member of the Renee Crown University Honors Program.

In addition, she is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and is the chair for Syracuse University/State University of New York School of Environmental Science and Forestry Relay for Life.

She is the daughter of John and Michelle Kearns and has two sisters, Kassidy and Karly. Her grandparents are Tom Marshall and the late Katie Marshall, and John and Carol Kearns.

Students graduated from Ithaca College

Three local residents were among 1,371 students from Ithaca College who received degrees during the college’s commencement ceremony held in May 2013.

Aileen Razey, a resident of Pennellville, graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Music with a major in music education.

Lucy Hall, a resident of Mexico, graduated from Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications with a major in television-radio.

Chelsea Burnham, a resident of Fulton, graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a major in health sciences.

Cianfarano earns dean’s award at Colgate

Elyse Cianfarano was a recipient of the dean’s award for academic excellence during the 2013 spring term at Colgate University, where Cianfarano is a member of the Class of 2015 and studies sociology and anthropology.

To be eligible for the award, a Colgate student must achieve higher than a 3.30 average while enrolled in at least four courses.

Cianfarano is a graduate of G Ray Bodley High School and lives in Fulton.

Muriel Allerton: Former Fulton mayor, journalist

Muriel Allerton, 93, of Fulton, passed away July 25 at Oswego Hospital.

A native of West New York, N.J., she was the daughter of the late John and Eva Jobst.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University. Muriel was known by many as the “Mother of Fulton” for her many years of volunteer service in the community. These organizations included, but were not limited to, the League of Women Voters, Fulton Historical Society, Fulton Art Association, Oswego Opera Theater, Fulton Soup Kitchen, Fulton American Field Service, Oswego County Council on the Arts, the former Oswego Press Club, Fulton Red Cross, Fulton Salvation Army and Fulton Music Association. She also served on the board of the State University of New York at Oswego. S

he thoroughly enjoyed her contributions to the community. Muriel was elected for two terms as mayor of Fulton, which she considered an honor; she was proud of the experience. She was honored as a New York state Woman of Distinction in 2010 by then state Sen. Darrel Aubertine. In 2002, she was honored in the “Book of Lives & Legacies” of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls.

She worked as a journalist and wrote a column in a local newsletter for many years. Her interests included knitting, sewing, crafts, politics, listening to the news, reading and writing. Muriel was an avid fan of the arts and loved hotdogs and Manhattans and hated exercise.

Muriel is survived by her husband of 69 years, Joseph Allerton of Fulton; her children, Peter (Margo) Allerton of Toronto, Canada, and their daughter, Caelin; Steven Allerton and his friend Jane of Key West, Fla.; Martha Allerton and Michael of California; her cousin, Carol Miller and her in-laws, John (Lee) Allerton and George (Viola) Allerton.

Her beloved son, Paul Allerton predeceased her in 2001.

Memorial services will be held at a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Muriel’s name may be made to the Fulton Salvation Army, 62 S. First St., Fulton, NY 13069 or State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton, NY 13069. Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of arrangements.