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Felix Schoeller in Richland to expand

The Felix Schoeller plant just outside Pulaski is going to expand, the governor’s office announced Monday.

Felix Schoeller, a German-based global producer of specialty paper, negotiated a new contract with a major manufacturing company, resulting in the relocation of a paper conversion operation from out of state to the existing Felix Schoeller facility in Richland, just outside Pulaski.

The expansion project doubles the Pulaski facility output, and has retained and created 290 full-time and contract positions. 

“Over the last three years, my administration has worked to make New York the best state in the country to start or grow a business,” Cuomo said. “This commitment by Felix Schoeller not only creates jobs – it speaks volumes about the business community’s confidence in central New York and our ability to be globally competitive.”

Felix Schoeller transitioned from a papermill to a converting company about seven years ago, and at that time, the company had ceased all major operations in Pulaski and only focused on converting papers that are made at other Felix Schoeller locations outside of the U.S. The company has since been successful in growing its business significantly, but market dynamics in the North American photo paper market have made it difficult to continue expansion.

The new contract provides significant growth to the company’s business and employment in Pulaski, and secures the existing jobs. In addition, the ability to accommodate future, new contract business will solidify Schoeller’s existence in Central New York.

Empire State Development is providing Felix Schoeller with more than $650,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits to assist the company with the purchase of machinery and equipment and other project-related costs required to accommodate the new paper converting contract, and to help offset out-of-state incentives. As of today’s announcement, the company has actually exceeded the state’s required number of jobs created in order to receive the Excelsior tax credits. 

Allan L. Button Jr., loved Taekwondo, racing, camping, spending time with family, friends

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Allan L. Button, Jr., 40, of Fulton passed away Friday, April 11, 2014.

Born in Oswego, Allan had been a life resident of the area.

He had worked at Reymore Chevrolet in Central Square and was currently enrolled in college for business management.

Allan enjoyed Tae Kwon Do, working out, racing, camping, music concerts, and spending time with his family and many, many friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Allan L. Button, Sr., and brother, Todd Button.

Allan will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife, Faith Seeber Button; son, Logan Button; his mother, Bettyjean Reynolds; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 Tuesday April 15 with a service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241.

Fulton Park of the Day, Saturday April 12 — Lincoln Park

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Lincoln 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 to win a small prize.

 

Winners announced for High School Invitational Art and Photography Show

Best of Show award
Best of Show award by Mike Edwards of Oswego High
Viewers' Choice award
Viewers’ Choice award by Meghan Lentz of Birdlebough High

The Fulton Art Association has announced the winners of the eighth annual High School Invitational Art and Photography Show.

Eighty-eight students from high schools in Fulton, Hannibal, Oswego and Phoenix school districts submitted 103 pieces of artwork in fourteen different categories.

The show was created to help provide encouragement and guidance to high school artists and provide them a venue to display their talent and artwork.

Marsha Wheeler Marcarian, Arts-In-Education Coordinator for Oswego County BOCES, and Carolyn House Mosier, long-time FAA member and instructor at Cayuga Community College, Fulton, judged the show this year, which was held at the Fulton Municipal Building March 1 and 2.

 

Best of Show

Mike Edwards, an Oswego High junior,  for his Computer Graphic Art entry entitled Self Portrait, which included the Oswego Lighthouse reflected in his sunglasses.

Three-Dimentional

Laurelann Easton (senior, Oswego) took first place with her metalwork entry entitled Violate Text Bracelet.

Molly Brown (junior, Oswego) took second place with her jewelry entry, Geared to Fly along with Leah Shay Jones (junior, Oswego) for her Release Text Bracelet. Honorable Mention went to Childhood Memory, Metal by Aviriana Follet (senior, Oswego).

Acrylics

First place went to Maria Musemeci (junior, Phoenix) for her portrait painting, Fia. Second place was shared by Gianna Girafalo (senior, Phoenix) for her Black Bear canine painting and Brenna Riley (junior, Oswego for Sundae. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Nicole Fitzgerald (junior, Phoenix) for Weaping Tree and Taylor Simpson (senior, Fulton) for Aboriginal Original.

Ceramics 

Aviriana Follet (senior, Oswego) won first place for her Volcanic Safehaven entry. Two second place were granted to Cassondra Orr-Savage (senior, Fulton) for Life Through Henna and Hans Reichow (senior, Hannibal) for his Waldgeist.

Honorable Mentions were given to Jessica Allen (10th gr – Phoenix) for Clay Shark, Morgan Butterfield (12th gr – Oswego) for Silver Geared Teapot, Courtney Johnson (12th gr – Oswego) for Steam Punk Teapot, Emily Leonard (12th gr – Fulton), Elizabeth Reitz (12th gr – Fulton) for Animal Kingdom, Seth Rogers-Miller (12th gr – Fulton) for Tesselate, and Emily Schneider (11th gr – Phoenix) for Cookie Jar and Nesting Bowls.

Digital photography 

First place went to Christian Knox (senior, Hannibal) for Marsh Reflections. Two second place were granted to Dylan Cummins (senior, Hannibal) for Bum and Bailey Milliken (junior, Hannibal) for Trace of Light.

Honorable Mentions were given to McKayla Long (sophomore, Hannibal) for Glowsticks and Lindsey Wheeler (junior,  Hannibal) for Autumn Breeze.

Drawing A (pencil, graphite, charcoal) 

First place went to Allie Henderson (junior, Oswego) for her pencil drawing, Masquerade. Second place was awarded to Meghan Anderson (junior, Oswego) for Silence and Carolina Nicole (senior, Hannibal) for Tree Study.

Honorable Mentions were given to Katie Bradshaw (sophomore, Oswego) for Tranquility Before the Storm, Carrie Gilbert (senior, Oswego) for Spilt Soup, and Marissa Martin (senior, Phoenix) for Baby Willow.

Drawing B (colored pencil, Prismacolor)

First place went to Reilly Patrick (junior, Oswego) for Time Will Tell. Second place was shared by Reilly Patrick for Rusted Workshop and Carolina Nicol (senior, Hannibal) for Vintage.

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Meghan Anderson (junior, Oswego) for Does It Snow in Heaven, Katie Bradshaw (sophomore, Oswego) for In the Eye of the Beholder, Christian Cabanlig (sophomore,  Oswego) for Anonymous Gift, Makala Carson (junior, Oswego) for Feathers, and Meghan Rowe (sophomore, Phoenix) for Grandpa.

Drawing C (markers, pastels, pen/ink)

First place was awarded to Carolina Nicol (senior, Hannibal) for Rolling Forms, second place to Kathy Pittorf (junior, Hannibal) for Pastel Abstraction, and an Honorable Mention to Darian Stobart (junior, Phoenix) for Angel.

Painting Mixed Media

Honorable Mention was given to Jessica Morgan (freshman, Oswego) for her Steeple at Night.

Printmaking

Two Honorable Mentions were given to Morgan Haynes (freshman, Oswego) for Harings Hersheys and Michael Leach (senior, Phoenix) for Discombobulation.

Watercolor

First place was awarded to Meghan Lentz (senior, Phoenix) for Jay Walk in the Woods. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Isabela Gonzalez (senior, Fulton) won second place.

All students in the four districts (including LEAH and Oswego Co BOCES students from those districts) are able to participate in the High School Invitational competition. Students also can join the Fulton Art Association and participate in its annual show that takes place in May. For information, contact President Kathryn Mihalek at 532-3803.

What kind of cloud is that?

Students in Exceptional Education at Oswego County BOCES recently created a display of wind and cloud systems as part of a science unit. Students researched types of cloud formations and illustrated altocumulus and cirrocumulus clouds using cotton balls. Poems were written from weather related words like hail and sleet. Pictured from Mary Ryan’s class are Austin Quinn, Antonio Tassone, Floyd Haywood, Luis Piscitelli and Cheyanna Dorr.
Students in Exceptional Education at Oswego County BOCES recently created a display of wind and cloud systems as part of a science unit. Students researched types of cloud formations and illustrated altocumulus and cirrocumulus clouds using cotton balls. Poems were written from weather related words like hail and sleet. Pictured from Mary Ryan’s class are Austin Quinn, Antonio Tassone, Floyd Haywood, Luis Piscitelli and Cheyanna Dorr.

Celebrating music at Fulton Junior High

Orchestra student Collin Bennett (foreground) laughs as Principal Ryan Lanigan plucks the violin during a guest solo.
    Orchestra student Collin Bennett (foreground) laughs as Principal Ryan Lanigan plucks the violin during a guest solo.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Fulton Junior High School’s Music Department recently held a spring concert as part of Music In Our Schools Month.

The seventh-grade orchestra, under the direction of Danielle Delfanian, performed the “Bushwascker Stomp”, “The Bachaneer” and “Guest Soloist.” Principal Ryan Lanigan was invited to “play” the violin, amusing both the student musicians and audience.

The eighth-grade orchestra performed “MacPherson’s Lament”, Irish folk song “Fiddle-me-oo-re-i-re-a” and “Chant, Chorale and Dance.”

The seventh-grade chorus, under the direction of Stephanie Almeter and accompanied by Cathy Chirello, sang “Rejoice in the Music”, “ I’ve Got the Music in Me,” and “Lift Me Up.” The last song featured soloists Courtney Miner, Luis Pagan, Kacey Markarian and Nick Brown.

The eighth-grade chorus sang “I Have To Sing”, “Cups” and traditional spiritual “Swing Down Ezekiel.” The second song featured soloist Alexis Phelps. Olivia Abrams, Mikahala Horning, Ariel Stacy, Julia Allen and Madison Wilson made up the rhythm section.

The seventh-grade band, under the direction of Debra Farden, performed two songs, “American Spirit March” and “Year of Dragon.” Eighth-graders performed “The Rowan Tree” and “John Williams: Movie Adventures.” Parents and community members hummed along to familiar movie theme songs, from E.T. to Star Wars.

Throughout the evening, students read short narratives, expressing what music meant to them.

“Without music, my life would be dull,” said one student. Another said music was a way to express her feelings.

 

Oswego Public Library has poetry reading

The Oswego Public Library will hold a reading of favorite poems on Thursday, April 24.

The event will begin with Mayor Tom Gillen reading at 1:30 p.m. Let the library know your favorite poem and we’ll print it out and post it to one of the pillars in the main reading room during National Library Week from April 13-19.

People can drop a printed copy off with their name on it and can read it on April 24 or library staff will select from the poems and read them to the audience.

Watch for a video of the poetry reading on the library website at oswegopubliclibrary.org

The Oswego Public Library is at 120 E. Second St., phone 341-5867.

During National Library week:

Sunday, April 13 – First drawing for a “Timer” Bookmark. One will be given away each day in the Children’s Room.

Monday, April 14 – Chess Club 10:30 to noon in the Library Learning Center computer lab. Also Charlotte’s Big Dream will be read in the Children’s Room at 1 p.m. by author Connie Evans.

Tuesday, April 15 – Photoshop Elements for Young Adults 10 a.m. to noon in in the computer lab. Also bookmarks will be made in the Children’s Room from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16 – Computer Gaming 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Library Learning Center computer lab.  Also regular story hours at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Stories, a craft, and snacks with the theme of Rabbits.

Thursday, April 17 – Introduction to Coding, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the computer lab.  Also book plates made in the Children’s Room 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friday, April 18 – Chess Club 10:30 a.m. to noon in the computer lab. Easter Story Hour in the Children’s Room at 10:30 a.m..

Call the Library, 341-5867, to register for any of the Library Learning Center activities.