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What’s happening at the CNY Arts Center?

What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

During the next several weeks the following classes are being offered:

Multi-Arts Workshop 

Jim Farfaglia, Kendra Matott and Diane Sokolowski will offer this class from 9 a.m to noon, Saturday April 12. The cost is $15.

In this whatever ART Workshop for adults, students will spend the first hour exploring writing, culinary and studio arts. Then they can choose which art to work in for the remainder of class.

Topics will include using art to inspire writing, mixing medias in visual art and Easter themed goodies in culinary.

Photoshop Demonstration 

Kendra Matott offered this class from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 26. The cost is $15.

Digital Mixed Media artist Matott will provide a demonstration using Adobe Photoshop to edit and manipulate images with the software. Watch and learn as she covers topics such as image size, levels and the lasso tool, as well as demonstrate different ways to combine images using layer modes and masks.

Students will be able to watch the instructor use Photoshop and may be able to take turns trying different techniques. Great as an introduction to the program or, for the advanced user, a new perspective!

Facebook: Promotion for the Arts 

This workshop will be presented by Kendra Matott from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26. The fee is $15.

Learn step by step how to create and manage a Facebook business page. In today’s market, social networking is a must for any small business — and that includes the arts!

Whether you are an actor, painter, chef or anything in between, this workshop will teach you how to promote your trade on Facebook.

Learn how to create an interactive environment between you and your fans/clients by updating statuses, adding pictures and posting events. All skill levels are welcome, so if you already have a page or if have never used Facebook before, this workshop can help you!

Pre-registration is appreciated.

We also offer children’s classes and private lessons.

Visit our web site at www.cnyartscenter.com or call 315-592-3373 and be sure to visit Arts in the heart Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton.

‘Searching for Eden’ returns for an encore

CNY Arts Center announces the return of’ Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve’ for an encore weekend April 4, 5 and 6 at the Arts Center located at 357 State St. Methodist Church, (Park Street entrance) in Fulton.

The romantic comedy written by James Still and starring Peter and Kelly Mahan in the roles of Adam and Eve will be presented for three performances only, at 7:30 p.m. April 4 and 5 and at 3 p.m. April 6.

The performances will be presented as dessert theatre where desserts are included in the ticket price of $15.

“This production was well received by audiences who saw it in February as part of our Date Night Dinner Theatre on Valentine’s Day and we felt strongly we should bring it back for a limited run,” said Nancy Fox, director.

“We heard audience members tell us ‘Every couple should see this play’ and ‘More people need to see this play.’ It is very gratifying to get such vocal support from the audience and with the winter we’ve had and the distractions of the holiday weekend it first played, we felt it was a great kick-off to our spring season,” she said.

This is the first time Peter and Kelly Mahan have worked together as the only characters in a play and their personal relationship as husband and wife lends credibility to the play based on Mark Twain’s original Diaries of Adam and Eve.

By Act Two Adam and Eve are imagined in contemporary society caught up in all too familiar busy lives and annoying cell phones. Drawn to revisit Eden, now a resort called “E,” the couple struggles to rekindle the innocence of their beginnings in the garden when everything was an simple.

“The play is a wonderful portrayal of relationships, the sweet innocence of discovering the special person created just for you, “ Fox said.

“Peter and Kelly lead us through those moments of realizing you’re incomplete without the relationship you were created for which suddenly makes personality differences worth the confusion,” she said. “The play has rich moments of humor and tenderness. It’s a healthy look at what’s important in all relationships.”

Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve runs April 4-6 at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St. Methodist Church in Fulton. Tickets can be reserved and purchased online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

For reservations and more information, call 592-3373.

Brindsley “Brin” McCann, retired from Sealright

Brindsley “Brin” McCann, 85, died Friday March 21, 2014 in University Hospital, Syracuse.

Mr. McCann was born in Volney, the son of Myron and Gertrude McCann.

Mr. McCann worked for Sealright Co. for 45 years before his retirement.

He served in the United States Army from 1950 until 1952.

He was a member of the Volney seniors and a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.

Mr. McCann was predeceased by his wife Mary F. McCann in 2014, and his siblings Fred, Richard, Maurice, Donald, Worden, Louis McCann and Eileen Mileskey, Dorothy Miller, Eleanor Lachut, and Gertrude Craw.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Spring burial will be in New Haven Cemetery. There are no calling hours. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Bodley donated to food pantry

HOPE Club adviser Cathy Cronk and club members Jon Noeller and Shakeemah Hordge prepare to send boxes full of nonperishable food to the Fulton Salvation Army Food Pantry. The items were collected during a recent school-wide food drive.
HOPE Club adviser Cathy Cronk and club members Jon Noeller and Shakeemah Hordge prepare to send boxes full of nonperishable food to the Fulton Salvation Army Food Pantry. The items were collected during a recent school-wide food drive.

With its mission geared toward lending a hand to those in need, members of G. Ray Bodley High School’s HOPE Club recently joined forces with other school groups to hold a food drive benefiting the Salvation Army Food Pantry.

The HOPE Club, Helping Other People Everywhere, teamed up with the Future Business Leaders of America, the Student Senate and the French Club to collect nonperishable food items during the month of February. Despite several days lost due to school cancellations, the drive yielded more than 600 items.

“Every little bit makes a difference,” HOPE Club adviser Cathy Cronk said. “The Salvation Army Food Pantry can use this to distribute to those in need.”

Cronk noted that Katherine Marshall’s guided study hall students donated 122 items, which was the most in the school and netted the class a pizza party.

Granby seeks Citizen of Year

The town Of Granby is once again planning a town of Granby Family Fun  Day to be held this summer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21.

Included in the festivities will be the recognition of a Granby Citizen of the Year.

Town official are seeking nominations from the public to receive this honor.

If you would like to nominate a deserving person or couple from the town of Granby for this tribute, please send a letter of recommendation to:

Granby Town Clerk, 820 County Route 8, Fulton, NY 13069.

Please send letters so they arrive no later than April 30.

Sign up now for Head Start Pre-K

Head Start Pre-K is accepting enrollment applications for the 2014-2015 school year.

In Fulton, Head Start Pre-K is available at three different locations. Classes are 3 ½ hours in length, with morning and afternoon sessions.

The program’s goal is promoting school readiness through hands-on learning experiences, active play, and nutritious meals and snacks.

All teachers have either master’s degrees or bachelor’s degrees in education.

Staff also includes teaching assistants, classroom aides, family advocates, cooks and nurses.

Families may apply for enrollment by attending “Application Day” from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 7 at the Fulton Municipal Building, South First Street, Fulton.

Families also may call 598-7689 or 598-4711 to schedule an application time.

Waiting lists are maintained for openings that may occur throughout the school year.

Head Start Pre-K enrolls 3- and 4-year-old children and is provided at no cost to families that meet income eligibility guidelines.

Head Start is the longest running national school-readiness program in the United States.

In Oswego County, Head Start Pre-K enrolls 224 children at seven centers located throughout the county.

Oswego County Opportunities, Inc operates the Head Start program. OCO is a non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. It is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency. Visit oco.org for more information.

Veteran of the Year to be Fulton’s Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal

Each fall, the Fulton Veterans’ Council chooses a Veteran of the Year from among the membership of several Fulton veterans’ organizations. This year, Jim Weinhold, center, was named Veteran of the Year and is seen with Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward (right) and Memorial Day Salute Chairman Larry Macner (left). Weinhold will be the Grand Marshal for the Memorial Day Salute Parade May 24. The parade is sponsored by the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Sunrise Rotary service clubs, in cooperation with the Fulton Veteran’s Council.
Each fall, the Fulton Veterans’ Council chooses a Veteran of the Year from among the membership of several Fulton veterans’ organizations. This year, Jim Weinhold, center, was named Veteran of the Year and is seen with Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward (right) and Memorial Day Salute Chairman Larry Macner (left). Weinhold will be the Grand Marshal for the Memorial Day Salute Parade May 24. The parade is sponsored by the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Sunrise Rotary service clubs, in cooperation with the Fulton Veteran’s Council.

Jim Weinhold, of Fulton, has been named Veteran of the Year and will be the grand marshal of Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute Parade May 24.

Weinhold, 83, has lived in Fulton for 31 years, coming here from Seneca Knolls outside Baldwinsville.

He is on his fourth year as commander of the Fulton VFW, is past commander of the Fulton American Legion, is a member of the Fulton Veterans’ Council and is captain of the VFW Color Guard, which presides at military funerals in the area.

Weinhold said he served seven years in the Navy and 15 years in the Air National Guard with the 174th “Boys from Syracuse.”

From 1953 to 1954, he served on a Navy ship near the 38th parallel just off Korea as the Korean War was winding down.

He was a radarman and petty officer third class in the Navy.

In the Air Guard, he was in the supply field and retired as a master sergeant.

Weinhold worked for Western Electric for years and after retiring, worked as a custodian for the Fulton school district at G. Ray Bodley High School, Volney Elementary School and the Education Center.

“I am very humbled to be named Veteran of the Year. I’m very appreciative,” he said. “This is not just about me, but about all veterans alive and deceased.”

Zone changes reduce nuisances in Fulton

By Ashley M. Casey

At the March 18 meeting, the Fulton Common Council approved two public hearings for residential zone changes in the Fifth Ward.

Properties enclosed within North Sixth, Ontario, Erie and North Seventh streets, and North Third, Oneida, Seneca and North Fourth streets block are both currently zoned as Residential R-2, which allows multi-family units.

The city seeks to change the zones to R-1A, which requires more than 50 percent of the properties to be single-family units.

Mayor Ronald S. Woodward Sr. told The Valley News the zone change will eliminate disturbances that occur in multi-family rental properties, which have contributed to the “deterioration of certain neighborhoods.”

Woodward said most of these problem properties are located in the Fifth and Sixth wards on the east side of the city.

“They generate a lot of police calls, a lot of ambulance calls, a lot of fire calls,” Woodward said.

“When one of these calls is generated, first responders have to stay until the ambulance comes. … If you’ve got somewhere else where the emergency services are needed, they’re tied up,” he said.

Woodward said city first responders received 69 calls from one resident in this area alone in 2013, and the person has called 17 times already this year.

The mayor said once more homes are filled with “working families,” the problems associated with these renters will go away. But he stressed it will take time.

“They weren’t (created) overnight, and they won’t go away overnight,” Woodward said.

Of the 33 properties between the two blocks in question, nine contain two or more families. After the zone change, these homes will be grandfathered in.

If a multi-family residence becomes vacant for more than a year, however, the property must be converted to a single-family unit or demolished.

The hearings will be held at the next Common Council meeting, at 7 p.m. April 1 in the Common Council chambers at the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.

 

Other business

• The Common Council struck a discussion of the East Side Pool from the agenda.

Mayor Woodward said even if Fulton applied for a grant to cover the cost of the engineering study, the city would not be able to match the funds required.

“The council is not going to vote for that study because they know there’d be a 25 to 50 percent match that they’d have to bond for, and they’re not going to do that,” Woodward told The Valley News. “We’ve got to just quit spinning our wheels over it.”

Woodward said at the council meeting that the city has asked New York state’s Financial Restructuring Board about alternative funding sources for the pool study.

• A public hearing for a proposed local law that would prohibit feeding wild animals and waterfowl on public property will be held at the next council meeting, April 1.

“We’ve had quite a problem downtown with people feeding seagulls,” Woodward told the council.

He said the seagulls have made messes on cars and a mural on the Fulton Savings Bank building on South First Street.

Feral cats have been an issue, and people have been feeding geese at Stevenson Beach as well.

“The DEC frowns upon it. They claim if the feeding stops, the waterfowl will seek more remote areas for wild feeding,” Woodward said.

• Carolyn Mosier has been appointed to fill the Fulton Public Library Board of Trustees position vacated by Elizabeth Mirabito.

Mosher’s term will expire Dec. 31, 2015.