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Sewing classes offered for National Sewing Month

September as National Sewing Month is the perfect connection for CNY Arts Center to offer a return to the basics of sewing for a new generation.

Sew You Can classes for ages 6-18 start Saturday, Sept. 28 and run throughout the fall at the Arts Center location at 357 State St. Methodist Church through the Park St entrance in Fulton.

Students will learn how to use a sewing machine, know all the parts of the machine and learn basic stitches.

Each class will create a project and receive a special patch on completion of training. Creative sewing classes with individual sewing projects will be open to those students who have completed training on the sewing machines.

The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “in recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”

Subsequent proclamations signed by President Reagan state that “tens of millions of Americans sew at home. Their efforts demonstrate the industry, the skill and the self-reliance which are so characteristic of this Nation.”

Citing the creative, “therapeutic and calming effects of sewing” at NationalSewingMonth.org, the annual observance is a national effort to sustain the art of sewing in all its many forms with a belief that sewing reduces stress in adults and gives kids a creative edge.

“Since sewing is no longer taught in schools as a basic skill, these classes meet a need for learning and experience many children, and adults, do not have access to,” said Nancy Fox, executive director. “This sewing class series for kids will empower them for a lifetime with the skills they learn and take with them.”

“The art of sewing is a satisfying and limitless skill within the reach of everyone from the basic sewing on a button to creating individual and imaginative works of art. Fiber arts are an exciting part of the textile industry with many new textures and fabrics and threads. Sewing quickly becomes a passion.”

From sewing to culinary to painting, drawing or writing, CNY Arts Center offers all arts for all ages. “Our fall calendar is a feast of options for every artistic palette,” Fox continues. “We look for classes that meet the need for every skill level and interest.”

For more information and to register for classes, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Catholic Charities office in Fulton goes smoke free

Submitted by Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of Oswego County has joined the growing list of area, business, clubs and organizations that have officially become tobacco-free environments.

Using the resources of the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County, Catholic Charities has gone tobacco free both inside and outside of its building.

Mary Margaret Pezzella-Pekow, Catholic Charities executive director, said the assistance she received from the Tobacco Free Network was invaluable in the implementation of the agency’s tobacco free policy.

“Abby Jenkins (coordinator of the Tobacco Free Network) was great,” said Pezzella-Pekow.  “She provided us with informational materials, best practices on introducing the tobacco free policy to our employees and consumers, and signage for inside and outside of building.”

Established in 1999, the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County is a community-based coalition committed to reducing the human and social toll of tobacco use in Oswego County.  Supported by funding from the New York State Department of Health Tobacco Control Program, Tobacco Free Network utilizes local outreach opportunities to:

** Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke
** Decrease the social acceptability of tobacco use
** Reduce tobacco displays in local retail environments
** Create greater access to tobacco-free parks and playgrounds
** Prevent the initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults
** Promote cessation from tobacco use and the NYS Smoker’s Quitline

For more information on the Tobacco Free Network, call Abby Jenkins at 343-2344, ext. 21 or visit, www.tobaccofreenys.org. For more information on Catholic Charities of Oswego County, visit www.ccoswego.com.

CCC Fulton students learn to ‘Arrive Alive’

By Ashley M. Casey

Students at Cayuga Community College’s Fulton campus learned about the dangers of texting or drinking while driving in Arrive Alive’s virtual reality driving simulation on Sept. 17.

UNITE International, a national distracted driving prevention organization, sends the Arrive Alive tour to high schools, colleges and other places around the country.

After answering a survey and signing a “Fight for Life” pledge to not drive distracted, participants took a “spin” in a Kia Soul outfitted with sensors on the steering wheel, brakes and gas pedal while wearing virtual reality goggles that showed a busy road course.

Drivers could choose between a program that simulated the effects of driving while drunk, or a program that allowed them to text using their own phones while attempting to drive.

Once the simulation was over, Arrive Alive team leaders Patrick Sheehy and Marty Burke, both of Myrtle Beach, S.C., presented the driver with a “citation” of his or her infractions, ranging from not driving the posted limit to vehicular manslaughter, and asked them to take a follow-up survey.

For Sheehy, the issue of distracted driving is personal. At the age of 18, Sheehy ran his car off the road into a tree while changing the radio station. He later joined the Arrive Alive campaign to prevent other drivers — especially teenagers and young adults — from making the same mistakes.

“A lot of people don’t realize you’re actually four times more likely to get in an accident while texting and driving (than drinking and driving),” Sheehy explained.

He and Burke spend the school year driving their virtual-reality-outfitted Kia Soul across the country. They also show informational videos on alcohol- and texting-related car accidents and their tragic, lifelong consequences. UNITE compiles the surveys they administer to present to schools and for a nationwide research project.

“When I realized how many people this really needed to reach, that’s when I decided to stick with it and get the word out. It’s an epidemic,” said Burke, who has worked with Arrive Alive for about three years.

A few CCC students who tried the simulation shared their thoughts on the eye-opening experience.

Ricky Colón of Oswego said that he was familiar with the dangers of texting or drinking and driving through safety courses he took while in the Army.

“It’s something that happens way too frequently, so we have to have more severe laws,” Colón said. “It’s a good reminder.”

New York state announced in August that the penalty for texting while driving is five points on one’s license and a minimum $230 fine.

After trying the simulator himself, Devon Thomason of Fulton encouraged his friends and classmates to do the same.

“I’m a new driver as it is. I’m not invincible and I know it,” he said. “I’m not going to put my life at risk to send a text message. It’s stupid.”

Caroline Braley of Oswego vowed to stop texting while driving.

“I knew it was dangerous but I didn’t realize how much more dangerous it is. It was hard to focus on the road, keep my speed, watch out for pedestrians and send a text message all at once,” she said of the simulator.

Arrive Alive also visited CCC’s Auburn campus Sept. 18. This was their first visit to the Fulton campus.

For more information about Arrive Alive and UNITE’s mission to end distracted driving, visit arrivealivetour.com.

Budding authors debut work at Fulton Municipal Building

Fulton Memoirs Writing Project

Participants of Jim Farfaglia’s memoir writing workshop will present “The Stories from Our Past that Inspire Our Future” at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.

Refreshments will be available.

For more information, visit jimfarfaglia.weebly.com or call the Fulton Public Library at 592-5159.

By Ashley M. Casey

Local author Jim Farfaglia teamed up with the Fulton Public Library to get the people of Fulton to share their stories of living in the city through the Fulton Memoirs Writing Project.

More than 40 locals participated, and will read excerpts from their work aloud at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Fulton Municipal Building.

Made possible by a grant from the state Council on the Arts, Farfaglia led a series of writing workshops to draw memories out of his participants for the project, called “The Stories from Our Past that Inspire Our Future.” The memoirs will be collected for a book, the profits of which will benefit the library.

For the rest of this story, pick up the Sept. 14 edition of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

Barbecue fundraiser nets $2,700 for Lake Neatahwanta cleanup

By Tracy Kinne

The Lake Neatahwanta Revitalization Committee raised about $2,700 at a chicken barbecue fundraiser Sept. 7 at Bullhead Point, said Mayor Ronald L. Woodward Sr.

Crystal English, owner of Shannons Hotdogs by Crystal, donated her proceeds from the day to the committee.

Also, core samples taken from the bottom of the lake were analyzed and revealed no substances that would require special disposal, Woodward said.

Woodward, who is a member of the revitalization committee, spoke prior to a special city council meeting Tuesday.

The samples all were “type A,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with them,” Woodward said. “We don’t have worry about how we get rid of it.”

The committee plans to dredge the lake bottom to get rid of sediment, he said.

“Can we take the signs down?” asked Dan Knopp, a committee member, referring to no-swimming signs posted around the lake.

The signs refer to blue-green algae, which can be toxic, so they will have to stay up, Woodward said.

But the goal is clean the lake enough that the algae disappears.

Fulton Senior Dining and Activity Center

 

Sept. 16:

Macaroni and cheese with scalloped tomatoes, vegetable blend

Sept. 17:

Pork chop with gravy, stuffing and cook’s choice vegetables

Sept. 18:

Meatball sub with sauce, along with Italian blend vegetables

Sept. 19:

Chicken and biscuits with mashed potatoes, peas and carrots

Sept. 20:

Program closed

An activity begins daily at 11 a.m.; lunch is served at noon in the community room at the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.

For reservations, call Eileen at 592-3408. Please call 24 hours in advance.

The center is operated by Oswego County Opportunities, a private, nonprofit that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 services throughout 80 locations. For more information, visit oco.org.