CNY Arts Center – Arts in the heART Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton has another great student showing her art work for the month of April.
Cassondra Alexis Orr-Savage, 18, is an honor roll student at G. Ray Bodley High School.
In junior high, she noticed she enjoyed and understood art a lot more than many of her school mates. She gets some of her inspiration from her older sister, who is also loves art — visual arts and performing arts as well.
Seeing the beautiful pictures her sister created made Orr-Savage want to be better at art.
Sara Koblentz is the reason Orr-Savage has enjoyed art in high school these past few years.
Koblentz was the high school art teacher who retired last year. This almost discouraged Orr-Savage from continuing with her senior year in art.
She completed every art class offered by the high school and now is in independent study for art. This shows the need and desire to have art in schools and outside school as well.
Koblentz pushed Orr-Savage into getting out of her comfort zone and exploring new avenues in art.
“She will always be my most honest critic, whether she hates what I am doing and tells me to trash it and start over or that she loved what I was doing and how to make it better, said Orr-
“I enjoy doing realistic watercolor paintings and portrait, but recently I’ve enjoyed doing bright abstract colored pieces,” she said.
Much of her inspiration for her art work is due to a very nasty break up, which has changed everything about her artwork. She has even had her work recognized by state Sen. Patricia Richie in the North County Art Council Celebrating Local Artists.
Orr-Savage takes her studies very seriously. As a senior, not only is she a high honor student but she is also involved in New Visions Law and Government Honors program through Oswego County BOCES.
For years she was raised primarily by her mother; her father was never in the picture. For the last several years she has been raised by her mother and her mother’s wife, who adopted Orr-Savage in June 2013.
Now her future is focused; she is following in her brother’s footsteps and joining the military. After high school she will be entering the Air Force working in security.
She hopes to continue to work on her art in her downtime. Her goal is to retire when she is 38, get her own art studio in her house and continue what she loves to do – ART!
Orr-Savage’s paintings can be seen at Arts in the HeART Gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-ARTS (2787) for more information.
David LaClair Sr., 78, of Fulton, died Friday April 18 at Morning Star Care Center, Oswego.
Mr. LaClair was born in Fulton to the late Edmund and Angeline (McNally) LaClair. He remained a life resident of Fulton.
Mr. LaClair was a United States veteran having served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from General Electric after 30 years of service.
He was pre-deceased by his daughter Kathryn LaClair and grandson David Earl.
Mr. LaClair is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean LaClair of Fulton; three children, Tammy (Daniel) Bullard, Jane LaClair, and David (Kelly) LaClair Jr., all of Fulton; sister Beatrice LaClair of Liverpool; seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
Mr. LaClair’s final wish was to donate his body to science. His gift was made to the Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY.
There will be a funeral service at the convenience of the family. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements.
The Oswego County Counselors Association (OsCCA) in conjunction with SUNY Oswego conducting an evening college fair from 6 to 8 p.m. April 28 in the SUNY Oswego Campus Center.
Lisa Roman, Oswego High School counselor and president of the Oswego County Counselors Association, said she is “excited to partner with SUNY Oswego to offer our families in Oswego County an opportunity to talk with college admissions representatives. “
“We are hoping that providing an evening college fair in Oswego County will encourage students and their parents to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about colleges of interest,” she said.
Every October, the Oswego County Counselors Association organizes a daytime college fair for students hosted by Cayuga Community College.
Each high school in Oswego County buses students to Cayuga Community College’s Fulton campus, where college representatives meet with interested students.
However, this spring event hosted at SUNY Oswego will be the first evening college fair in the immediate Oswego County area.
Dan Griffin, director of admissions at Oswego State, feels the timing is right for students beginning their college search.
“Now more than ever higher education is a family affair,” he said. “Hosting this event in the evening will hopefully provide the opportunity for families to begin the process together.”
To that end, all age groups are welcome to attend.
More than 60 colleges and universities are expected to be in attendance at College Night April 28, with college admissions representatives available to answer questions from students and their families.
In addition, two 30-minute information sessions will be offered giving advice on how to navigate the college application process, and a financial aid table will be staffed by SUNY Oswego financial aid experts.
For more information, including the latest list of participating colleges, visit www.oswego.edu/collegenight.
Welcome back, students! I hope that everyone had a lovely spring break.
We are starting to get into the busiest time of the year, with AP tests and Regents rapidly approaching, along with many more school activities.
The Junior Prom is on May 3, and many students are making their last preparations and adjustments for their big night. We wish you all the best and hope you all have a great time.
Mark May 17 on your calendars, as this will be the annual G. Ray Bodley Spring Clean-Up. Students can come to the high school at 9 a.m. (it’s for a good cause, you can get up!) to help plant flowers and clean up the grounds.
It is a lot of work but it always a lot of fun and is very rewarding. Those who stay the whole time are given pizza at the end!
The Spring Clean-Up can also be used for community service hours, so National Honor Society students should take note!
Our Bodley’s Got Talent show was an enormous success and raised $2,000 for charity. Congratulations to the first place winner, MyKenzie Finch, and to all those who participated. We admire your bravery!
On April 28, the class of 2017 will be holding a fundraiser at the local restaurant Blue Moon. A total of 10 percent of the proceeds from all purchases will go towards 2017 funding for prom and other expenses.
Class members will also be selling Raider apparel to help raise money. Please support our freshman class!
Much is happening in sports action this week. The varsity and JV girls’ lacrosse teams will face Oswego this Saturday at home at 1 and 2:30 p.m., respectively.
The varsity softball team hosts Christian Brothers Academy tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., as does varsity boys’ baseball. Boys’ lacrosse faces New Hartford on the home turf Friday, at 5 and 7 p.m., respectively.
Please try to make it to one of these events, your support is always greatly appreciated.