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Teashop Mystery Series comes to Oswego Public Library Nov. 14

Tasty Reads at the Oswego Public Library will feature the “Teashop Mystery Series” by Laura Childs at 6 p.m. Thursday Nov. 14.

Anyone who enjoys novels that include culinary references and recipes will enjoy this series. A discussion of the book series will be led by Carol Fitzsimmons.

Haven’t read any of the books? No problem! Join us to get some insights and a jump on delving into this excellent series.

The discussion will be followed by a reception featuring tea and finger foods made using recipes from the books.

The full series of books is available for checkout through the North Country library system.

For more information, contact Carol Fitzsimmons at 561-1039 or email cfitzsi1@twcny.rr.com.

The Oswego Public Library is located at 120 E. Second St.,  Oswego. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oswego Public Library and is free and open to the public.

2 SUNY Oswego students put on thesis exhibition

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Two SUNY Oswego master’s candidates in graphic arts will open an MA Thesis Exhibition titled “Instill” on Friday, Nov. 22, in Tyler Art Gallery on campus.

Bachelor of fine arts candidates will open a companion display, and participate in the free public artists’ reception that day from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery. Bachelor of arts degree recipients also will hold an exhibition in a gallery in Room 201 and elsewhere around Tyler Hall. The free exhibitions will run through Dec. 13.

For his part in “Instill,” Jeffrey Newell of Liverpool will display more than 15 large prints of black-and-white portraits and one film.

“The portraits capture human beings in an unsuspecting state while their faces are at rest, while the film shows natural processes put in motion from a unique perspective,” Newell said.

Justin Mastrangelo, a native of Savannah, explores digital culture through the lens of design. His work presents personal, public and professional design, with an emphasis on image and language relationships.

Bachelor of fine arts candidates, each choosing a concentration in a studio art or in graphic design, include Amanda Auwarter of Binghamton, Stephanie Barkley of Syracuse, Rachel Brennan of Binghamton, Breanna Busch of East Aurora, Shelby Demers of Syracuse, Gracie Dreher of Troupsburg, Joshua Garguilo of Clifton Park, Anne Greco of West Islip, Joseph Ostrom of Sterling, Corbin Roberts of Liverpool, Colin Sixt of Rochester, Rebecca Townsend of Greene, Roddy Wahl of Binghamton, Zachary Wilson of Binghamton and John Woodworth of Hudson Falls.

SUNY Oswego’s undergraduate studio art disciplines include ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

MA and BFA candidates need to display their work as part of degree requirements; the Bachelor of Arts Exhibition is voluntary.

Tyler Art Gallery is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Parking for those without a current campus parking sticker is $1; see www.oswego.edu/administration/parking for more information.

‘Weighty’ learning at Fairley Elementary

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Using a scale to measure 1 kilogram of rice into Ziploc bags, students in Deb Kenney’s third-grade class at Fairley Elementary School learned about partitioning, decomposing and illustrating various problems during a lesson Nov. 7.

“This is one of many hands-on activities in the Common Core math modules that supports our students’ concrete understanding that will be the foundation of future learning,” said Lynnette DePoint, Hannibal school district’s kindergarten through eighth-grade mathematics coach.

Students were divided into small groups tasked with measuring 1 kilogram of rice. Once they completed that, they had to illustrate their thought process on a worksheet.

“When you’re illustrating your answers, you’re explaining it to somebody who wasn’t here to see what you did,” Kenney said. “You have to illustrate and explain every little step.”

As part of the project, students divided the bag into 10 equal parts using a 10-frame diagram so they could visually examine the weight and consider the impact that adding or subtracting a partition would have on the sum.

“(The lesson helps) solidify their understanding of metric weight and the relationship between a kilogram and a single gram,” DePoint said.

For students, Thursday’s hands-on activity proved to be effective, as third-grader Alexis Hull noted the biggest lesson she took away from the module.

“I learned that 1,000 grams equals 1 kilogram,” Hull explained, saying it was a bit difficult to get the bag to weigh exactly 1 kilogram.

Hull said the activity was a different way of learning and challenging at times, but “it was fun.”

Reflections Hair Salon donates to OCO Services to Aid Families

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Reflections Hair Salon, 608 S. Fourth St., Fulton recently donated  $1,300 of hair products to Oswego County Opportunities Services to Aid Families Program for distribution to program clients.

Services to Aid Families provides crisis intervention and support to local survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other related crimes, such as stalking. The program offers many services, which include 24-hour Abuse and Assault Hotline, 365 days a year; victim advocacy; counseling; information and referral to community resources; and temporary housing for women and children who are escaping domestic violence or experiencing a crisis.

To volunteer for the program or make a donation, call 342-1544. 

10th Mountain Division Band to perform in Fulton Nov. 16

The U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division Band from Fort Drum and the Fulton Community Band will perform a free concert in honor of Veterans Day, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium.

The event is sponsored by the Fulton Music Association.

The Fulton Community Band and the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division Band will perform two separate programs and combine for several numbers. Sections scheduled for performance by the 10th Mountain Band include: The Star-Spangled Banner, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, I Knew You Were Trouble, Get Out Da Way, Thrift Shop, Jackson 5 Medley, When You’re a Soldier and Battle Hymn of the Republic.

The Fulton Community Band will perform: As All the Heavens Were a Bell, American Riversongs, songs by Benny Goodman, American Flourish, and Americans We.

The 10th Mountain and Fulton Community Band will together perform: Colonel Bogey March, Armed Forces on Parade, Warrior Ethos and Stars and Stripes Forever.

Based out of Fort Drum outside Watertown, the 10th Mountain Division Band is commanded by Chief Warrant Officer Two Daniel P. Wood.

Since 9/11, the band has provided musical and operational support while being deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation KFOR, Pakistan for support in response to the earthquake that rocked the area in 2005, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and three deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

These professional solider-musicians are trained and ready to deploy anywhere in the world.

The musicians of the 10th Mountain Division Light Infantry Band provide a wide range of musical support for the soldiers, as well as the citizens, of the North Country.  In addition to Matching and Ceremonial Band, the 10th Mountain Division Band also can field an array of diverse musical groups, such as Rock Band, Jazz Combo, Brass Quintet and many other smaller ensembles.

The Fulton Music Association is dedicated to promoting music in our schools and community. For further information, call Carol Fox at 591-3392 or visit www.facebook.com/10thMtnDivBand.

Cook names administrative assistant at Child Advocacy Center

Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County Karrie Damm announces Norene Cook has joined the staff as an administrative assistant.

Cook, who previously worked as a human resources coordinator and administrative assistant at the Miller brewery in Fulton, most recently worked in the customer service department at Kohl’s Department Store.

She welcomes the opportunity to return to the field of administrative assistant and is happy to be a part of the CAC staff.

“I have always enjoyed helping children and families. Karrie and the staff of the CAC do such wonderful work and I am pleased to be able to assist them,” said Cook.

Located at 301 Beech St. in Fulton, the CAC of Oswego County is a nonprofit charitable organization providing a safe, child-friendly site for the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse.

The CAC also has a satellite office located at 4822 Salina St., Pulaski.

For more information on the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, call 592-4453.

Malone pulls ahead in election vote total

Absentee ballots and affidavit ballots were counted Tuesday morning at the Oswego County Board of Elections.

In the close 20th legislative district, incumbent Douglas Malone, D-Oswego Town, is now ahead of his challenger Joseph Susino by a vote total of 266 to 263.

Malone was trailing by eight votes after machines votes were counted Election Night and after a recanvass of the machine votes done last week.

In a closer race, Schroeppel town councilman Richard Kline is now 1 vote ahead of incumbent county Legislator John Brandt, R-Schroeppel, in the 12th district, which encompasses parts of Schroeppel and Hastings. After absentees and affidavits were counted, the total was Kline, 371 and Brandt, 370.

As of noon Tuesday, the board of elections has not yet tallied absentees and affidavits in legislative distirct 5 in Constantia. As of Election Night, challenger Roy Reehil was leading incumbent Ronald Sakonyi by a vote of 394 to 350.

The board also counted the absentees and affidavits for the common council race in Ward 4 in Fulton. After they were tallied, the total was James Myers, 109; Ralph Stacy Jr. 107; and Mark Sherman, 91.

For more on the recount, be sure to read Saturday’s Valley News

CYO gets boost from Shineman Foundation

When the Richard S. Shineman Foundation was established, one of its goals was to mirror the deep compassion for community that Mr. Shineman had and improve the quality of life in the counties that it serves.

The CYO program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County proved to be a perfect match for that goal.

For youth in the greater Fulton area, Catholic Charities CYO program is an oasis where they can spend some quality time after school in a friendly environment that encourages positive behavior.

Lauren Pistell, executive director of the Richard Shineman Foundation, said the CYO program provided the foundation with an opportunity to be involved with and enhance a great program.

“Catholic Charities of Oswego County is well known for the many services it provides. When we were considering the type of work we wished to do in our community I recalled speaking with Catholic Charities Executive Director Mary Margaret Pezzella-Pekow and Community Services Program Supervisor, Helen Hoefer.

“I was impressed with their CYO program and the number of youth that it serves in the greater Fulton area,” Pistell said. “As the Shineman Foundation serves all of Oswego County, as well as four other counties in Central New York, the CYO program allowed us to expand our reach beyond just the city of Oswego and become a small part of the good work that Catholic Charities is already doing.”

Established in 2012, the mission of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation is to use its financial resources to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life in Oswego County and Central New York.

“We seek to work with our not-for-profit partners with integrity, honesty, and compassion,” said Pistell.   “We wish to be partners with organizations that we grant and develop a relationship that will last and be mutually beneficial.  We are excited about this grant.  Mary Margaret and Helen were very thoughtful about the grant support they needed.  They were sure it would be the right fit and match our mission and we appreciate that.”

Pistell added that seeing first hand the impact that the Shineman Foundation is having on Oswego County is very rewarding.

“It is a privilege for me to do this job,” she said. “I get to spend my days meeting with organizations such as Catholic Charities that are doing positive work and are dedicated to making good things happen in our community. In today’s world we are often inundated with bad news it is inspiring for me to partner with organizations that are doing that good work If we can play a small role in that we have achieved our goal.”

Hoefer said the grant from the Shineman Foundation would allow the CYO program to host special events for youth and their families and purchase additional games and equipment.

“Our youth look forward to family events such as our Halloween party and our Christmas party,” Hoefer said. “It’s an opportunity for the families to bond and enjoy some time together and meet new friends. Moving forward we will be able to host more of these. We will also be able to increase the variety of games and activities that we offer.”

“The vision of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation is to become a ‘Catalyst for Change,’” added Pistell. “Catholic Charities CYO program provides youth with a fun place to go after school and makes a positive difference in the lives of those children.”

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.  Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.