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Fulton Y offering prenatal yoga class

The Fulton Family Y now is offering a Prenatal Yoga class from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays.

Y officials say it is important for both mother and baby for mom to stay fit during pregnancy. Prenatal yoga classes provide a wonderful space for expectant mothers to attune to the child in class and in their lives; to revel in this time of growth and joy and to meet and share with other expectant mothers.

Each class begins with 5-10 minutes of centering and breathing, followed  by warm-ups, yoga pose practice, cool-down, relaxation and a final centering.

Certified instructor Karen Haas, who is a registered yoga teacher with 200 hours of training, will offer options for poses so students can adapt their practice for their level of fitness and experience.

Here are some questions people often have about yoga during pregnancy:

Are there styles of yoga that aren’t recommended for pregnant women?

There are many different styles of yoga — some more strenuous than others. Prenatal yoga and hatha (gentle) yoga are the best choices for pregnant women. If they’re not an option, talk to the instructor about your pregnancy before starting any other yoga class.

Be careful to avoid Bikram yoga, commonly called hot yoga, which involves doing vigorous poses in a room heated to 100 to 110 F (38 to 43 C). Bikram yoga may raise your body temperature too much, causing a condition known as hyperthermia. In addition, ashtanga and other types of power yoga may be too strenuous for women who aren’t experienced yoga practitioners.

Are there special safety guidelines for prenatal yoga?

· Talk to your health care provider before you begin a prenatal yoga program to ensure you have his or her OK.

· Set realistic goals. For most pregnant women, at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity is recommended on most, if not all, days of the week. However, even shorter or less frequent workouts can help you stay in shape and prepare for labor.

· Pace yourself. If you can’t speak normally while you’re doing prenatal yoga, you’re probably pushing yourself too hard.

· Stay cool and hydrated. Practice prenatal yoga in a well-ventilated room to avoid overheating. Drink plenty of fluids during prenatal yoga to keep yourself hydrated.

· Avoid certain postures. When doing poses, bend from your hips — not your back — to maintain normal spine curvature. Avoid lying on your belly or back, doing deep forward or backward bends, or doing twisting poses that put pressure on your abdomen.

· Don’t overdo it. As you do prenatal yoga, pay attention to your body and how you feel. Start slow and avoid positions that are beyond your level of experience or comfort. Stretch only as far as you would have before pregnancy.

Call the YMCA at 598-9622 to sign up for classes or find out more about the classes we offer by logging onto our website at

Those interersted also can also connect with the Y on Facebook to get updated information on what the Y has to offer.


Meeting on state Common Core educational standards set for Nov. 18

The minority members of the state Assembly education committee are putting on a discussion on the Common Core education standards at 4:30 p.m. Monday Nov. 18 at Charles W. Baker High School, East Oneida Street, Baldwinsville.

Assemblymen Will Barclay (R-Pulaski), Robert C. Oaks (R-Macedon) and Gary D. Finch (R-Springport) will join education leaders to discuss  the implementation of curriculum based on the Common Core standards and other relevant educational topics.

In addition to Barclay, Oaks and Finch, Assemblyman Ed Ra, ranking minority member on the Education Committee and Assemblyman Al Graf, education committee member will attend.

The forum will last about two hours.

Concert features work by SUNY Oswego alum

SUNY Oswego pianist and music faculty member Robert Auler will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom, playing a repertoire that will include a work by 2007 alumnus and classical composer George N. “Nick” Gianopoulos.

Gianopoulos was an 18-year-old freshman from Baldwinsville when he took an introductory music course and his first-ever piano lessons at SUNY Oswego — events that helped propel him, now at age 28, to a career as a Los Angeles composer and pianist.

He is composer-in-residence for the LA-based Symbiosis Chamber Ensemble.

Auler will play “Theme and Variations” by Gianopoulos; “Distant Voices,” by Gao Ping, a Chinese composer and friend of Auler’s; a Beethoven piece, “Opus 81A”; and “ Allegro de Concert” by Spanish composer Enrique Granados.

A crescendo for Gianopoulos’ young career came this summer when his “Thirteen Haiku for Singers and Piano” — set to novelist and poet Jack Kerouac’s series of 13 of the vivid, Japanese-style short poems — was commissioned by and performed at a Wolf Trap Opera Company residency program in Vienna, Va., for emerging professionals.

“As a teacher, you hear about a lot about goals and career plans, and you encourage those,” Auler said. “It’s rare to see someone follow through on something so passionately.”

 Alum achiever

On his professional website, Gianopoulos credits Auler for encouraging him to teach, and by his senior year Gianopoulos had developed a 12-student piano studio and worked as a church pianist and organist.

Since graduation, world premieres of his classical works have been performed in Israel and Greece, and the Glendale Philharmonic commissioned his “Sonata for Two Celli.”

Auler said the young composer will be on hand to discuss the work.

“It’s really cool to see what Nick has done,” Auler said, citing Liszt and Rachmaninoff as two key influences for the young composer.

“Nick has added some modern sensibilities to it,” Auler said. “He hasn’t copied the past, he has added his own talents and ideas to make people sit up and say, ‘That’s beautiful.’”

Tickets for this and other performances in the SUNY Oswego music department’s Focus on Faculty Series are $8 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students), and are available at the college’s box offices, online at and by calling 312-2141.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket and is available in the faculty and commuter lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall. People with disabilities needing assistance should call 312-2141 in advance.

2 youth productions set for Nov. 22 and 23

CNY Arts Center announces the debut of two youth productions onstage Nov. 22 and 23 with Drama Club and Kids Onstage.

Both groups have been meeting weekly since mid-September and will present to parents, family and friends in separate performances. Both presentations are Pay-What-You-Can performances open to the public in lieu of tickets and take place at 357 State St. Methodist Church in Fulton. Please use the Park Street entrance.

At 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, Drama Club will present more than 20 students with prepared monologues, skits and some original work. With a generous grant from Shineman Foundation, CNY Arts Center launched a Drama Club for seventh- and eighth-graders in collaboration with the school district.

Students have been studying all aspects of theater from acting to costume design and more. The group will reconvene in January to audition and rehearse a complete play for performance in April.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, the next Kids Onstage production will premiere “Ben and the Magic Paintbrush” for one performance only.

The short play is the culmination of the eight-week children’s theater program and welcomes newcomers Sophie Neveu and Meli Preston alongside returning veterans Griffin Marriner, Kyra Baker, Charlie Stoutenger and Ben Norton.

The adaptation of a Chinese folk tale was written by Bathsheba Doran and tells the tale of orphan siblings peddling for money as a sidewalk artist and living statue. The brave duo fall victim to a corrupt socialite in possession of a magic paintbrush and the adventure begins. The play is presented by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc at

This is the first production for second-grader Sophie Neveu, who plays the title role of Ben, a sidewalk artist, alongside Meline Preston, also a second-grader, as a statut whose challenge is to stand still.

Returning Kids Onstage members include Griffin Marriner, as the henpecked husband Harold, with several productions to his credit including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and most recently Charlotte’s Web where he played Mr. Zuckerman.

Kyra Baker, plays Harold’s pushy wife Cynthia, and is another veteran Kids Onstage member who has been with CNY Arts Center from the beginning. She was seen first in Yes, Virginia…The Musical, followed by The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Helen Keller, and most recently as Fern, in Charlotte’s Web.

Ben Norton, the bumbling policeman, is also in his fourth production with CNY Arts Center having been seen in Yes, Virginia, the Musical, as Sidney in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and most recently as Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web.

Charles Stoutenger rounds out the veterans in the cast as Pierre Robelinsky, a French artiste. Charlie shared the stage in Yes, Virginia…The Musical as a newsie and as Huck Finn in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Kids Onstage will resume in January with a full length production expected in April. For more information on either group or presentation, visit or call 592-3373.

Kenney Middle School students build ’em’ and then knock ’em down

Kenney Middle School in Hannibal fielded 13 teams at the annual “Build ‘Em and Bust ‘Em” bridge building competition held Nov. 9 at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology.

About 600 students from local elementary, middle and high school students competed.

Working during study halls and after school, student teams designed and built balsa wood bridges in the Kenney Middle School Technology Education classroom under the direction of technology teacher Gregory Bailey.

There were specific competition guidelines that all students had to follow to build the balsa wooden bridges. The winning bridges at the event were based on their efficiency, determined by the mass of the bridge divided into weight the bridge could support before failure.

This hands-on activity takes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education outside the class, with an emphasis on teamwork and design.

Hannibal’s Kenney Middle School students competed in two categories. Twenty-one students made up the eight teams representing Kenney in category I. These teams competed against 115 other teams of of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.

The teams were; The Bridge Busters – Bradley Wiggins, Jake Kelly and Logan Hayden 90th place; The Unstoppable Warriors – Faith Smith, Mackenzie Stienbrecher and Tory Pavo 70th  place; The Pretty Little L’s – Kelly Loveland, Alexis Lindsley and Miranda Lindsley 65th place; The Creators  – Matthew Thompson Ayden Cleary 57th place; The Camo Kings  – Joey Cerillo and Ryan Whitcomb Hunter Dumas 56th  place; Awesome A Cutizie #3- Alivia Diefenbacher and Alyssa Emmons 47th  place;  the Golden Gate Bridge Builders – Blake Donhauser and Phillip Nosko 27th  place; And the highest placing category 1 team, placing 7th  was The Bridge Builders team of Noah Kuc, Ryan Nosko and Zach Shortslef.

Kenney Middle School had five teams competing in Category II, grades 7 and 8, against 58 other teams.

The teams were: The Purple Twinsies – Christina Thompson & Nora Kingsbury 44th place; The  Rainbow Zebras -Brayden Lambry and  Jon Mills 43rd place;  The Crusher – Colby Pavo and Andrew Huller 35th place;  The Galloping Gertie Repair Crew – Hunter Donhauser and Zachery Williams 22nd place.

The highest placing category II team placing 21st  was The Piggy Bank Bridge Crushers team of Stephen McCombie & John Ruggio.

A Sportsman’s World, by Leon Archer

By Leon Archer

I couldn’t help myself; after writing last week about my memories of the deer camp itself, I had to follow up with the other things that flooded into my mind.

While the physical deer camp itself was a part of the lure for me and my friends to hunt in Deposit, N.Y., one has to remember the overarching purpose was to hunt deer.

We were young and inexperienced and we expected we would see a deer behind every tree and come home with a big buck at the end of our stay.

It seldom worked out that way even though we hunted long and hard from morning until the last light of day. We spent a lot of time walking and not much time sitting.

It’s hard for a boy of 16 or 17 to sit for very long hoping for a deer to walk by; our system just isn’t wired that way. Fifteen to 20 minutes always seemed to be sufficient to convince us we were sitting in the wrong place, and a better hunting spot was probably one more hill or valley away.

I spent a lot of time looking for that perfect location.

We actually got a little better with time. We learned to efficiently drive a section of woods with watchers placed in logical spots for deer to use when fleeing the drivers.

The amazing thing is that sometimes we got it right. Dale got a spike horn buck one morning on his watch, and Rex got a nice 8-point one afternoon. He always had the patience to sit for hours at a time, and if you were driving towards his stand, you could be confident that he would be there when you arrived.

The first year I hunted at the camp, I blew a chance at a 4-point one afternoon when I was still hunting by myself.

I had just reached the top of one of the Catskill foothills, and looking at a steep angle into the ravine below I saw this magnificent deer, and he had no idea I was there. I was hunting with a 35 Remington lever action. I was sure that deer was dead meat.

I drew the bead into the rear crotch sight and placed it on his shoulder. I expected that when I pulled the trigger, he would drop like a rock.

The woods reverberated with the blast, but the deer still stood unharmed. I racked another shell into the chamber and aimed even more carefully if that was possible.

When I fired the second shot, the deer began looking around, no doubt wondering where those shots were coming from, but he was none the worse for my efforts.

As a relatively new hunter, I figured the deer was too far away and that I should raise my sights. My next shot was aimed about two inches above his shoulder, the next about 6 inches and the fifth and final shot was launched with my aiming point about a foot above his body.

He finally realized that he might possibly be in danger and trotted out of sight. I couldn’t believe what had just transpired. I reloaded my rifle, and walked down to where the deer had been standing in hopes of finding blood, but it was in vain. I had missed five shots at a standing target.

Later that evening as I recounted my tail of woe back at the camp, three things happened.

First, Rex took out his knife and cut off the bottom of my shirt tail and nailed the piece on the wall. Next he asked me what I had the rifle sighted in at. I told him a hundred yards. Third, he asked me where I had held on the deer. I described my efforts in detail and as I did, a smile grew on his face.

Rex explained what I had done wrong. Basically it was this; when one shoots uphill or downhill over a fair distance he needs to hold low. Shooting more closely to parallel with the pull of gravity has a much different effect on the flight of a bullet than when shooting perpendicular to the pull.

In recognition of gravity, a rifle is sighted in so the barrel is actually pointed at a spot above where the sight is pointed. The bullet ends up dropping over the distance of its travel in order to arrive at the aiming point of the sights.

I guess I had a blank look on my face when he was talking, because he finally tore up a paper bag and drew an illustration to show what he meant. It took a little while for that to sink in, but learning it has helped me put venison in the freezer a number of times over the years.

I didn’t get a deer that year, but I could hardly wait for the next season to roll around and give me another chance. I knew the deer camp would be waiting.

Fulton Midgets hockeys tops Salmon River, falls to Valley

The Fulton Midget hockey team, sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts and B&T Sports, beat Salmon River 6-1 in dual contests but came up short against Valley in a 5-3 loss on the road.

In game one against Salmon River, A.J. Pendell got scoring started for the Raiders late in the first period. Fulton tallied two in a row early in the second stanza, first with Trae Sheldon scoring off a feed from Nick Meyer, then with Matt Billion scoring off the face off.

Salmon River spoiled a shut out with a goal soon after. Pendell picked up a rebound from Billion before Fulton’s Bryce Knight took the puck through the Storm defense, and set up teammate Adam Croteau for a point.

Early in the third period, Sheldon sunk a shot from the boards, Meyer assisting, to tally the final for Fulton.

Goalie Brandon Ladd shut out two periods and stopped 23 shots for the Raiders.

On the road versus Valley, Fulton’s opponents came up with two goals in the first and one goal in the second period.

The Raiders rallied in period three, first with Pendell scoring off a passing play between Billion and Seth DeLisle, then with Croteau netting a shot, Mike Keller and Will Fruce assisting.

Ross accepted a pass from DeLisle to score the equalizer. Valley netted their go-ahead goal plus one in the final minutes of the game, handing the Raiders their first loss of the season.

Fulton’s Keagan Murphy had a stellar performance in net, making 47 saves.

In Fulton’s second contest with Salmon River, neither Fulton nor Salmon River scored. Fulton took control mid-second period, first with an upper corner shot from Croteau, then with Mike Keller’s puck finding the back of the net, Kaiden Hotchkiss assisting.

Knight then scored two in a row for the Raiders, one at the close of the period off a feed from Croteau, and another to open the third stanza, Pendell assisting.

The Storm scored a single goal before DeLisle sealed a win for Fulton with two points for his team, one off a rebound from Croteau and another assisted by Sheldon.

Fulton goalies split duties in net with Murphy stopping 13 shots and Ladd blocking 10.

The Fulton Midget hockey team is coached by Larry King and assistants R.J. DeLisle, Steve Walker and John Murphy.

Close elections in Oswego County

By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County is the place to look if you want evidence that every vote counts.

The 12th district in the county legislature is being decided by one vote. The 20th district leader is up by only three votes. The 4th ward Common Council seat in Fulton came down to just two votes.

Absentee and affidavit ballots were counted beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 12. It was a very meticulous procedure, checking to ensure all the ballots were filled out correctly and envelopes were sealed when they came in.

Democratic Elections Commissioner Dick Atkins said all those who submitted absentee or affidavit ballots were verified as being registered to vote before the ballots were opened.

wen the dust settled, inbument Legisltor Douglas Malone was on top by three votes in the 20th legislative district. He tallied 266 to challenger Joseph Susino’s 263.

“This is the closest election I’ve ever had,” Malone said. “It’s the closest I ever want to have.”

Malone said even though the vote total is in his favor now, he still is looking into problems he believes occurred at the Oswego Town Hall polling place on Election Day. He said up to nine people who should have been voting in district 20 for either him or Susino were placed in district 21 instead.

“I want to make sure every vote is counted and everyone gets the chance to vote,” he said. He still is considering going to court, but he said he wants to obtain all the information on what happened before making a final decision.

Atkins said only one voter was involved in the mixup in district 20 at the Oswego Town Hall polling place.

He said nine people who were supposed to vote in district 20 were placed in district 21 instead. He said one man who showed up to vote about 10:30 a.m. wanted to vote for Malone, but Malone wasn’t on his ballot.

Atkins said he went to the polling site at 11 a.m., saw the error and moved the nine people back into district 20. But since this man had already voted, he could not revote in district 20.

He said it isn’t know if the other eight people ever showed up to vote llater in the day, but if they did, they voted in the correct district 20.

Atkins said the problem occurred due to the redistricting of the 25 legislative districts. He said in all, about 74,000 people were moved to new districts and of that number, there were only 10 voters who ended up in the wrong districts on Election Day.

Susino was ahead of Malone by eight votes as of Election Night.

In the 12th district, Schroeppel town councilman Richard Kline, who ran on the Conservative line, came out ahead of incumbent Legislator John Brandt by one vote after the absentees and affidavits were counted.

The vote total was 371 for Kline and 370 for Brandt, who ran as a Republican.

“The people made a decision, but it’s a tight decision,” Kline said after the votes were tallied. “That shows how important it is to get people out to vote.”

All vote totals are unofficial until they are certified by the Board of Elections later this month.