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CCC Board of Trustees declares financial exigency

During its monthly meeting on July 17, the Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees passed a resolution in an 8 to 1 vote declaring financial exigency.

The declaration follows the board’s approval of a conservative budget of $30.32 million last month. That budget goes before Cayuga County Legislature for approval July 23.

In declaring financial exigency, the college may lay off employees to close the gap between projected revenues and projected expenditures.

“After all the cuts and reductions made thus far, we must turn to our personnel costs in order to balance the budget,” said President Daniel P. Larson. “Depending upon enrollment, we’ll know how much needs to be done.”

Personnel costs represent nearly 80 percent of college expenditures. In order to find sufficient budgetary reductions, the college will have to decrease expenditures in that area.

Some savings can be found in retirements, attrition, and modifications of part-time hours. For example, if the college has fewer students, it will not need to hire as many adjunct professors. Layoffs are another possibility.

With seven weeks before the start of the fall semester, enrollment data indicates that the college is currently at 80.9 percent of fall 2012 final full-time equivalent and 1.16 percent below where enrollment was at the same time last year.

These numbers will continue to change until the final fall FTE numbers are recorded for late-start courses.

“We will keep our students and our educational mission at the heart of our decisions,” Larson said. “Our goal remains to deliver the highest quality education and support to our diverse student body population as we move forward in righting the fiscal challenges facing the college.”

Earlier this year, the college announced it needed to reduce expenditures of its $32.36 million operating budget by approximately $1.5 million before the end of the fiscal year on Aug. 31 to help make up for an unexpected five percent enrollment decrease.

Approximately 90 percent of college revenue is tied to student enrollment, so dramatic fluctuations in enrollment have a significant impact on the budget.

Last fall, senior leaders and budget managers identified more than $778,000 in savings through employee retirements, operating budget reductions, cuts to travel, and reductions in part-time employee hours.

In spring, three of the four bargaining units at the College as well as managerial and confidential employees, executive staff, and the president accepted furlough days and helped close the budget gap for this year. While gains have been made in closing the budgetary gap for 2012-13, there is still a gap of approximately $400,000.

The college will honor the agreements that they reached with three of the bargaining units: Maintenance and Custodial Group, Educational Support Professionals, and the Administrative Professionals Group.

Those agreements guarantee no layoffs of the groups’ employees through Dec. 31.


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Fulton baseball team qualifies for state all-star tournament

Fulton Seniors Team1by Rob Tetro 

The Fulton Senior Little League baseball team recently won the District 8 All-Star Championship to qualify for the New York State All-Star Tournament.

Fulton will now travel to Long Island for the New York State All-Star Tournament, which starts July 24.

Fulton cruised to an 8-2 win over Seneca River North to clinch its third championship of the season.

The team also captured the division and playoff championships.

Fulton takes a 16-1 record into the New York State All-Star Tournament following its win over Seneca River North.

However, paying for the trip to Long Island might be even more challenging than earning the trip was.

Anyone who wants to make a donation or has a fund raising suggestion may call Coach Dave Webber at 532-2598.


Mexico Point Park to hold Severin Bischof art show

Art show in Mexico – Friends of Mexico Point Park are hosting an art show featuring Severin Bischof’s watercolors and wood cuts. Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. will be opening night with a wine and dessert gala. There will be an admission fee. The show will continue Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. There is an admission price as well.
Art show in Mexico – Friends of Mexico Point Park are hosting an art show featuring Severin Bischof’s watercolors and wood cuts. Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. will be opening night with a wine and dessert gala. There will be an admission fee. The show will continue Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. There is an admission price as well.

Friends of Mexico Point Park are hosting an art show featuring Severin Bischof’s watercolors and wood cuts.

Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. will be opening night with a wine and dessert gala. There will be an admission fee.

The show will continue Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. There is an admission price as well.

This is a fund-raiser for the maintenance and restoration of Casey’s Cottage. Those seeking reservations may call 963-7657 or email Betty at

Bischof, a master painter, was born in 1893 in Germany where he apprenticed and began is art career. He learned to restore religious paintings and worked in the great cathedrals in Europe.

He also learned the art of cutting glass and was a decorative painter of furniture.

In 1928, Bischof was an art student at Syracuse University, and later worked for Syroco, an ornamental woodworking company.

While at Syracuse University, he met Dr. William Casey and began what became a lifelong friendship.   Dr. Casey, a sociology professor at Columbia University, summered at Mexico Point Park.

The unused carriage house at Mexico Point was transformed into Casey’s Cottage by the two close friends. Casey provided the means and Bischof provided the designs.

The art show will feature the artwork of Bischof including his woodcuts and pastels of his vision for transforming the carriage house into Casey’s Cottage.

According to John Bischof, the artist’s son, “The cottage was a work of love, a place of beauty, friends, companionship and good conversation only.”

Loop Around the Lake and Kids Fun Run registration set

The Fulton Family YMCA’s annual “Loop around the Lake” is approaching.

This race is comprised of a 15 kilometer run, a 5 kilometer run, and a 5 kilometer walk. These three races cater to every one of all levels of physical fitness.

The YMCA offers three different races to help with encouraging everyone to participate. The YMCA’s goal is to include people who have never run a road race before. The objective is to defeat the stigma that road races are just for competitive runners.

The Loop’s 15K/5K Run and 5K Walk, start at 8:30 a.m. at the Fulton War Memorial Saturday Aug. 24.

The 15K loops around Lake Neatahwanta, offering some flat roads as well as some challenging hills.

The 5K has a more scenic route, winding through local roads and neighborhoods.

In addition to the road races, the YMCA will also be hosting a Kids’ Fun Run. The fun run is geared for children ages 4-12.

The YMCA wants to make this event a fun day for the entire family to enjoy.

Race Applications are available at or by logging onto the Fulton Family YMCA’s website at

High Dive

by Jim Farfaglia

My brother and I pedal like mad,

leaving behind our quiet country road

and weaving through the city’s busy life.


A dime buys us a locker key,

we slip on our bathing suits

– bare feet tiptoeing on cold concrete –


and enter the West Side Pool,

with its endless playful waters

to splash away our summer sweat.


Later, sunning myself on a towel,

I watch the brave ones climb each rung,

triumphantly reaching the top,


then effortlessly diving into the water’s arms…

When would I climb my stairway of growing up?

How would I ever break the surface of my fear?

North Volney UMC to hold car show

The North Volney Methodist Church will hold a classic car show Aug. 3  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church grounds with free admission.

Registration for car owners starts at 10:30 a.m.; there is an entry fee for car owners.

Those attending the show will have the chance to vote on their favorite car and be eligible to win a door prize.

In addition, there will be music, a bake sale to satisfy your sweet tooth, as well as food and drinks available for those who get hungry.

Those seeking more information may call Beverly at 593-6825.

The North Volney Methodist Church is located on the corners of Co. Routes 4 and 6 in the Town of Volney.

‘Fulton Idol’ seeks youth voices

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

“Fulton Idol” has been described as “a star making experience.”

It is designed for youth ages 10-15 as an opportunity to develop and display vocal performances by individuals and by groups.

There is no charge to partcipate. Highly qualified voice coaches will work with vocalists with a performance of songs scheduled for Friday evening, Aug. 9.

Significant cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries.

Registrations are due to Thursday, Aug. 1. Those seeking to register my call First United Church at 592-2707 or e-mail

This event is sponsored by the Open Doors Neighborhood Center, a ministry of the First United Church of Fulton.

Library exhibit to showcase Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse

The Oswego Public library exhibit showcasing the Oswego West Pierhead Light house will be in place until Aug. 5.

A reception will be held Monday, July 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. to  meet the current keeper, Ted Panayotoff, and enjoy  refreshments.

Panayotoff has extensively researched the West Pierhead  Lighthouse and will be available to answer any questions.

The City of Oswego was awarded the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse  by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2009. The city is now obligated, as specified in the deed, to restore and preserve this unique National  Historic Place.

The city is to develop, in partnership with the H. Lee White Marine Museum, programs for public education and historic interpretation and public access to the lighthouse.

The Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse is the fourth lighthouse serving the mariner entering Oswego Harbor and sailing along Lake  Ontario.

Its rich history continues the traditions of the earlier  lighthouses and the lighthouse keepers that served at them.

The library exhibit serves as a brief introduction to those  predecessor lighthouses and outlines the history of the present lighthouse from the beginning of the port expansion in 1931, through its construction, to the start of its operation in 1934.

Operation of the lighthouse under the US Lighthouse Service until

1939 and subsequent operation under the US Coast Guard until its acquisition by the City of Oswego is covered. Today, it is still an active aid to navigation maintained by the Coast Guard, although the structure is owned by the City of Oswego.

The exhibit introduces lighthouse restoration, what is it and why  do it, and illustrates the restoration accomplishments to date at  the lighthouse.

Community involvement, a key element to a  successful lighthouse restoration is introduced and participation  from the city in the form of individuals, organizations and  businesses is solicited.

Future restoration projects in the very near term are outlined as are the more extensive future ones specifically, the exterior  restoration project.

The exhibit concludes with an illustration of  the final vision of the lighthouse as an integral part of Oswego’s vibrant historic waterfront and a première cultural attraction for the City of Oswego.