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SUNY Oswego alum to perform April 30 in Sheldon Hall ballroom

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos, a 1979 alumnus of SUNY Oswego, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the college’s Sheldon Hall ballroom as the season finale of the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

A member of the Metropolitan Opera roster for more than 27 years, Cokorinos has appeared numerous times in productions of “Tosca,” “Macbeth,” “La Bohème” and many others. His notable roles for the Met have included those of Leporello and Masetto in “Don Giovanni” and the English ambassador in John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles.”

SUNY Oswego music faculty member Juan F. La Manna, Cokorinos’ host, will accompany him on the piano and give a preconcert talk scheduled for 7 p.m.

“Philip has traveled the world singing,” La Manna said. “He studied here and went on the big world. He has come back to help Oswego Opera Theatre a number of times. He is a wonderful guy and a star.”

Cokorinos has performed more than 100 leading roles with eminent companies around the globe. Reviewing his performance in the title role of “Don Pasquale,” the Santa Barbara Independent wrote, “Philip Cokorinos was terrific as the production’s lead, handling his many agitated diatribes and inadvertent duets with aplomb.”

This season at the Met, he performed Benoit/Alcindoro in “La Bohème,” Don Maginifico in “La Cenerentola,” as well as covering the roles of Sacristan in “Tosca” and Mathieu in “Andrea Chenier.”

Tickets for the Philip Cokorinos concert are $15 ($7 for students), and are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 315-312-2141. Patrons with disabilities needing assistance should call 312-2141 in advance of the concert.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket and is available in the employee and commuter lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.

 

Fulton Park of the Day — Saturday, April 19

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Rowlee Beach Park.

Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.

By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones —  one from each of the 10 parks. Bring the 10 stones to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.

Today is the last day of the contest.

Fulton Park of the Day — Friday, April 18

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Patrick Park.

Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.

By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones — one from each park. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.

Fulton Park of the Day — Thursday, April 17

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Quirk Park.

Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.

By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park and people who have collected the most stones (one from each park for a total of 10) will win a small prize.

Oswego Taekwondo America students participate in tournament

Students from the Oswego Taekwondo America martial art school on 133 E. Bridge St., traveled to Monroe Community College in Rochester March 22 to participate in the 19th annual Rochester Super Cup Tournament.

More than 500 students from eight central New York Taekwondo schools, all under Grand Master Kim’s direction, attended the annual event to match their skills against one another in forms competition, sparring, board breaking.

The yearly event is organized by the master instructors of the all three Rochester Sam Kim Martial Arts schools.

Black Belt instructors and students from all the schools contribute and assist while Black Belt judges score the students’ efforts and abilities. Good sportsmanship and friendly competition is the focus of Grand Master Kim’s tournaments and all students, young and older, compete with an emphasis on personal growth and development.

Students of similar age and rank compete against one another, demonstrating theirs skills and abilities at the same time as they develop confidence and pride in themselves.

Competitors, as young as age 4 are matched as closely as possible, according to age, weight and belt rank and all students participating received specially designed medals which had been made and shipped from Korea.

In the morning, participants competed in the new Hamadan Style Creative Poomse Division competition. Students performed a Poomse of their choice in groups of two or more, and scoring was based on synchronicity and creativity.

The standard Poomse Competition followed this new event and students were awarded trophies for their individual accomplishments.

Each students’ execution is judged according to their intensity and accuracy of the standard Taekwondo poomses. The Poomses are a specific series of choreographed blocks, punches, kicks and stances, developed by the Taekwondo Masters of Korea centuries ago.

Poomses have been handed down through the generations and are an integral aspect in the study of any martial art. Poomses are practiced over and over again, reinforcing proper technique, enhancing one’s balance, accentuation and intensity each time they are preformed. Poomses are the foundation of any martial art.

Immediately following the Poomse competition, competitors were able to compete in Board Breaking Competition. Taekwondo means “the art of hand and foot,” and in this event performers are able to show off their power, skill and creativity in still another dimension.

Each competitor broke, or attempted to break, two boards. Creativity, intensity and level of difficulty were considered by the judges as well as technique and power. All students participating received trophies for their achievements

This year’s event featured a new event, Demo Team Competition. Three schools from Rochester participated in this event and inspired viewers and visiting participants and each school has been challenged to enter their own Demo Teams in the next tournament.

Taekwondo America in Oswego already plans to enter a Taekwondo America Demo Team for the Watertown Tournament held in August and this year’s Governor’s Cup, held in October in Rochester.

Sparring competition completed the all day event. Sparring, or “Gyoroogi” matches are single elimination fights between two competitors wearing protective sparring gear. A match consists of at least two one-minute rounds, where points are accumulated when a competitor makes proper contact with their opponent with a properly executed punch or kick, in a specifically designated area on their helmet or chest protector (Hogu).

The culminating sparring performances of the advanced Adult Black Belts topped off the day’s activities.

For more information call Oswego Taekwondo America, call Master Leo Pryor at 342 2470 or visit the website at masterpryorstkda.com

Woman finds Friends of Fulton Parks medallion

Audrey Avery, of fulton, right, found the hidden medallion in the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt contest sponsored by the Friends of Fulton Parks. She found it Wednesday afternoon in Van Buren Park. With her on the left is her daily hunting partner, Donna LeVea.
Audrey Avery, of Fulton, right, found the hidden medallion in the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt contest sponsored by the Friends of Fulton Parks. She found it Wednesday afternoon in Van Buren Park. With her on the left is her daily hunting partner, Donna LeVea.

The Valley News has been notified that the medallion for the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt was found today.

The medallion hunt is now over, so no more clues will be running in The Valley News.

We’ll have more news later.

News in Brief

As of April 30, 2014, The Valley News will only accept classified advertisements for the Wednesday and Saturday print editions.

We will no longer publish classifieds online. To submit a classified ad, call us at 598-6397 or visit our office at 67 S. Second St., Fulton.

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The annual breakfast with the Easter bunny at Palermo United Methodist Church is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 19.

Enjoy an “all you can eat” buffet style breakfast with pancakes, French toast, sausage, biscuits and sausage gravy, hash browns, fruit, scrambled eggs and assorted beverages.

Breakfast will be served in the church dining room in the lower level of the church. Following breakfast at noon will be the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. The egg hunt is available to all children up to age 13. Door prizes will be given away for teens and adults.

The egg hunt will be outdoors (weather permitting) and the children will be divided by age. There is no cost to participate in the egg hunt.

For more information, call the church office at 598-4888. The Palermo Church is located at 11 County Route 35, just north of Palermo Center.

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Holy Week services are set for the the Minetto United Methodist Church.

Maundy Thursday of Holy Week, April 17, will be marked with a service of Tenebrae at 5:30 p.m. This will be a contemporary interpretation of the Last Supper.

The Good Friday service on April 18, will be at 7 p.m., with the Chancel Choir.

A prayer vigil will be kept beginning at sundown on Saturday, April 19, and continuing until Easter Sunday morning. Participants are invited to call 343-3465 to reserve a time.

The prayer vigil is a time of quiet – the candles on the altar will be the only light in the sanctuary – it will be a time for prayer. Sample prayers will be available.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, at 10 a.m., April 20. The service will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The Chancel Choir will perform, Testimony of Life, a cantata written by the popular sacred composer Joseph Martin.

The church is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8 in Minetto. The building is fully handicapped accessible and nursery care is available for infants.

Information may be obtained by calling 343-3465 or viewing the website at: http://www.minettoumc.org/.

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Lakeside Christian Ministries, a new faith-based ministry organization in the Fulton area, is hosting an Easter Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. April 20 in the community room at the Fulton Municipal Building on South First Street.

The service is open to all. There will be light refreshments, a mix of traditional and modern music, and an uplifting message.

Longtime Fulton resident Chuck Copps, one of the organizers of Lakeside Christian Ministries, is finishing up his course work this year through Rockbridge Seminary.

“As the end of my studies draws near, the time has come to put my learning into practice and serve those in need in the greater Fulton area,” he said.

Founded by Chuck, his wife, Betsy, and Jerry and Bridgette Seguin, Lakeside Christian Ministries has a mission of living as Jesus lived, loving as Jesus loved and serving as Jesus served so God may be glorified and those in need may be helped.

Lakeside Christian Ministries recently began holding weekly worship services in members’ homes on Sunday evenings.  They also gather during the week to pray, share meals and strengthen their relationships with other people and with God.

Lakeside Christian Ministries has a Facebook page, LakesideCMFulton. To contact Lakeside Christian Ministries, call 806-9815 or email lakeside4jesus@gmail.com.

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The Granby Center Fire Department will have its annual open house April 26.

There will be a vehicle extrication drill open for the public to view and also a tour of the firehouse. Everyone is welcome to come at no cost!

The event, held in conjunction with the Fire Association of the State of New York’s RecruitNY event, is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fire department at 1400 County Route 8.

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The Sterling Nature Center will help celebrate National Poetry Month with reading from 2-5 p.m. April 27 at the Jensvold Road facility.

Reading will be local author Susan Peterson Gateley, and poets Laura Donnelly, Devon Moore, Tim McCoy, Stephanie Pritchard, Christine Motto, and Steve Smith.

Gateley, is the author of numerous books dealing with Lake Ontario including her most recent book, Legends and Lore of Lake Ontario Two True Fish Stories -a pair of legendary Lake Ontario fish- the biggest longest lived fish in the lake, and the farthest traveled and most improbable fish- one that is considered sacred in Indonesia and was worth 2500 dollars a pound last year in Japan.

Donnelly is the poetry professor at SUNY Oswego, whose book Watersheds will be released this summer.  Motto, McCoy, Moore, Smith, and Pritchard are creative writing instructors at SUNY Oswego and widely published in national poetry journals. The event will also feature an open mic and everyone is urged to bring a poem to read (one they’ve written or one they like). Bring a poem andbring a friend.

There will be poetic refreshments available. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of nature and poetry. For more information contact Charlie Itzin at 947-5522 or the center at 947-6143.

The annual chicken barbecue sponsored By Friends of History in Fulton is set for 11:30 a.m. until sold out Sunday May 4 at the Pavilion at Bullhead Point.

The barbecue benefits the John Wells Pratt House Museum, local history museum, at 177 S. First St., Fulton. Eat in or take out.

For advance sale tickets, call 598-4616.

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Mt. Pleasant Grange at 2825 County Route 45 will have its waffle breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday May 10.

Waffles will be topped with peach and served with the usual breakfast buffet and with sugar-free toppings. Takeouts will be available.

Also upstairs at the Grange, the Treasure Sale will be open from 8 to 11 a.m.