Category Archives: Fulton News

Rosario Licciardello, lettuce and onion farmer

Rosario Licciardello, a self-employed lettuce and onion farmer, passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at his home.

He was 95.

The son of the late Gaetano Licciardello and Verda Cutuli Licciardello, he was born June 11, 1918 in New York City.

A veteran of WWII, Rosario served his county in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Marie, at home; children, Maria Nazarro and her husband Robert of Pine Bush, Richard Licciardello and his wife Sandra of Fulton, NY, Lauri Quigley and her husband John of Pine Bush, Howard Potter II and his wife Terri of Bath, NY, Scott Porter and his wife Sheila of Albany; sister Vita Chalone and husband Bart of Fulton, NY 16 grandchildren,  six great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Rosario is predeceased by his brother, Michael Licciardello and his sister; Sadie Malone.

Cremation will be private and at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will take place at a later date in the spring.

Arrangements are entrusted to the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc. www.wmgaganfuneralhome.com

Fairgrieve students honored for academic excellence

Fairgrieve Elementary School Principal Jean Ciesla recently recognized 118 students with Academic Excellence Awards.

The students were nominated by their classroom teachers based on their academic standing and outstanding behavior and attitude in the classroom.

The following kindergarten students received the Academic Excellence Award: Cayley Cunningham, William Duso, Benjamin Renfrew, Penelope Taylor, Julia Frataccia-Wavle, Casandra Guillaume, Jada Barnwell, Ayden Cusic, Jared Gardenier, Olivia Nesbitt, Devin Patchen, Kelsey Draughn, Audrina Mendez, Damien Drought, TeeJay Pagliaroli, and Giavonna Spano.

The following first-grade students received the Academic Excellence Award: Mya Carroll, Gabriella Mitchell, Trista Sullivan, Liam Crandall, Monae Fenty, Taylor Hull, Ashlyn Jimenez, Kaylee Mason, Logan Patchen, Deverick Reidell, Abigail Renner, Brookelynn Stewart, Jayce Wornick, Trevor Chappell, Joseph Cortini, Bailey DePoint, Adelaide McEachen, Dawson Reed, and Cristofer Rodriguez Barrios.

Second-graders honored with the Academic Excellence Award were: Richard LaGrow Jr., Ty Nesbitt, Nasir Noelm, Aiden Barriger, Karsen Conn, Ciara Dillingham, Joseph Frausto, Megan Gates, Alexa Halstead, Orissa Elson, Dominick Reidell, Kloe Bryan, Olivia Frataccia, Skyy Smith, Douglas VanSanford, Tristan Kent, Zoey Kerr, Dawson Krause, Andrew Mitchell, Carleigh Patterson, and Rylee Spencer.

The following third-grade students received the Academic Excellence Award: Sabrina Carvey, Trae Mitchell, Mandy Allen, Adon Heaney, Chelsey Latocha, Kayla McCraith, Alexis Pettit, Abigail Price, Ryan Carroll, Braeden DePoint, Nicholas Dunning, and William Patterson.

Fourth-grade students who received the Academic Excellence Award were: Matthew Breton, Caleb Crandall, Annyka Halligan, Rosiline Knoblock, Isabella Cary, Olivia Cunningham, Tiffany Macri, Kaden Reynnells, and Charles Stoutenger.

The following fifth-grade students received the Academic Excellence Award: Olivia Bush, Toni Gates, Kaylee Hutchins, Anthony Lucas, Alexa Patterson, Emily Sohoski, Noah Walter, Emma Weaver, Brandi Carr, Bryce Carroll, Anthony Epolito, Lauren Goss, Olivia Hawthorn, Caitlyn Warne, Braeci Clonch, Aryona DiGregorio, Olivia Forsyth, Kyleigh Halligan, Jaidyn Perry, and Morgan Zukowski.

Sixth-graders receiving the Academic Excellence Award were: Justice Carvey, Samuel Cary, Sean Flynn, Kyle Hotaling, Katie Hull, Alana White, Briana Coakley, JulieAnn Dunning, Alyssa Kurak, Sydney Lawson, Alexis Lighthall, Fiona McInnis, Samantha Perkin, Ronde Wood, Rebecca Bailey, Alexander Blaine, Hannah Bort, Brian Clark, Christopher Cross, Patrice Hudson, Christopher Prosenick, and Nevaeh Tucker.

What’s happening at the CNY Arts Center?

Get your game on in March…learn painting and drawing with local artist Bonnie McClellan.

A series of classes are being offered. They are:

Oil Painting: Lighthouse by the Sea — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 8, $34 (materials included), start with a blank canvas–leave with a finished painting!

Ink Drawing – 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 8, $10, learn the basics of drawing with ink.

Oil Painting: Lakeside Birches — 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, $29 (materials included), start with a blank canvas–leave with a finished painting!

Looking for children’s classes? There are classes and even private lessons. Register on line or at the arts center office. for more information, go to the website at www.cnyartscenter.com

Visit us at Arts in the heART gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton. The art center offices are located on the corner of Park and State Streets in Fulton – use the Park Street entrance.

Call the center at 592-3373.

Poetry Çorner

A Winter Truth, by Jim Farfaglia

 

Only after an Oswego County winter,

after our spirit has been buried deep,

 

can a rabbit hop onto a snow mound

and rise up on its hind legs

 

to nibble from the top branches

of a succulent shrub,

 

enjoying something so life-giving,

like that first sign of spring:

 

long dreamed of, but unreachable

without living through a long hard winter.

Willy Wonka Jr. takes the state March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23

After more than six weeks of rehearsals, the cast of Willy Wonka, Jr. prepares for the musical opening March 14 at CNY Arts Center, located in State Methodist Church at 357 State St. in Fulton.

The production, featuring more than 30 local children, will run for two weekends March 14, 15 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16, 22 and 23 at 3 p.m.

The production is led by theater professionals under the direction of Amy Price, with Adam Schmidtmann as assistant director, Gina Holsopple as music director, Nellica Rave as costume designer and John Gamble is the technical director.

“We’ve assembled the most exciting team of professionals for this production,” said Nancy Fox, executive director, “and audiences will see a spectacular show onstage in every aspect, all in support of these very young performers with limited stage experience.”

“Countless parent volunteers are also helping with everything from lumber and labor to painting and props, to press photography and corporate contributions and will even assist with ‘kid wrangling’ during the performance run ensuring every child has a positive experience,” Fox said. “There is no other way to have a production of this size without the generous help of parent volunteers.”

The junior musical, based on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, the leading producer of children’s versions of popular musicals.

In this junior version, words and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, with stage adaptation by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald, present the same performance material in dialogue and music but accommodates immature voices with appropriate vocal ranges, adapted choreography and overall shorter in length.

Ticket sales are already brisk and reservations are encouraged at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Tickets can also be purchased from any Willy Wonka parent or at Arts in the Heart Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton, or at the Arts Center at 357 State St. church through the Park Street entrance, or call 592-3373 for reservations.

 

Arts group helps local author

Board members of the Best Development of the Arts presented local author Craig Abbott a check to help him toward funding his dream of getting his autobiography published.

Abbott, 24, lives in Fulton, and is thought to be the oldest survivor of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type-1 who is not connected to a ventilator for life support. Doctors originally doubted that he would live past the age of 2.

Abbott and his co-author, Joe Abbate (also of Fulton) have been working for almost three years on the autobiography and are contacting publishers in the hopes that it will receive mass distribution. They are planning a presentation where they will speak and sign books on May 4. The event will take place at the William Michael Center for the Arts, 4 Harold Drive, Fulton. 

Light In The Darkness

“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”  Matthew 25:23

The words, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” are often repeated. Indeed,  it is  the wonderful acclamation any servant of Jesus Christ hopes to hear when his or her labors on this earth are completed.

It is something to strive toward and look forward to hearing. What could be better than to hear Jesus say those words to you?

Few things, indeed. However, as I have meditated upon the verse, I have come to think that the second part of his statement is even more precious.

It hinges upon our walk with him here, of course, but what could be better than to hear Him say, “Enter into the joy of your Lord”?

That joy is not found in isolation somewhere on the backside of the Kingdom. No, Psalm 16:11 tells us that this joy is found, “In His presence!”  It is the fullness of joy.”

To enter into His joy is to be with the one who is the author of joy unfathomable this side of Heaven. A little verse I read recently (author unknown to me) says it well.

“There, in your blissful presence, reigns immortal joy serene; No wintry storms are heard to roar, nor desolation seen. Around you flow unmixed delights, the rivers deep and wide;

While from the ocean of your love, proceeds an endless tide.”

Such reality ought to captivate our heart above all. It ought to fill us with desire for that day to arrive sooner rather than later.

It should cause us to say… no, not simply be able to say but rather to move our hearts to cry out with Paul,  “Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far.” (Phil 1:22-23)

Better by far. When we have passed through the valley of the shadow of death, and are done with all mortal care and grief, the Savior welcomes us home with this joyful invitation, “Enter into the joy of your Lord.”

Thus begins our heavenly joy as we rest with Jesus forever. The joy of heaven is full, satisfying and eternal. It is an ecstatic joy. One writer said that, “It transports the ransomed soul with ineffable delights!”

If your spirit is not as deeply moved by these words as you might wish, do not be too surprised for the joy that awaits us is so far beyond what we can experience here as to sound foreign to our mortal ears.

It is the promise of something which, in this life, we have only the smallest taste. But, oh, what it will be then!

Pastor David M. Grey

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church