Poetry Corner

Daffodils, by Jim Farfaglia

I like them best when they appear

in the ditches of rural roads,

hugging the trunks of apple trees

or lined up along neighborhood homes.

 

I like them best when they cluster,

as if someone from down below

broke through an endless winter

to hand us a bouquet all aglow.

 

I like them best when just opened,

their pale yellow abeckoning,

their delicate petals forming a cup,

where we drink in the birth of spring.

Classes available at CNY Arts Center during spring break

A number of classes are coming up at the CNY Arts Center during next week’s spring recess April 14 through 17.

** Digital Photography — $30 plus $1 material cost, 9 to 10:30 a.m. M-F,  ages 10-18, room 103. Instructor: Kendra Mattot. Students should plan to attend all sessions.

** Painting/Drawing $7.50/session

Monday — Acrylics on paper; Tuesday — drawing with pencils and ink; Wednesday — water colors on water color paper; Thursday — acrylics on wood. 9 to 11 a.m. Ages 4-1. Room 105. Instructor: Bonnie McClellan

** Story Time Art $7.50/session

M-TH, 11 a.m. to noon, ages 4-7. Room 103. Instructor: Kendra Mattot

Take one class or all

** Painting/drawing, $7.50 per session, Monday – acrylics on albums; Tuesday oil painting on canvas paper; Wednesday – drawing with pencils and ink; Thursday – acrylics on sheet music. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., ages 11-18. Room 105. Instructor: Bonnie McClellan

** Kids culinary, $13 includes materials, 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, ages 5 and up. Room is downstairs kitchen. Instructor: Diane Sokolowski

** Beginning Guitar, $7.50, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Room 103. Instructor: Gina Holsopple

** Glee Club $7.50/session, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Room 103, ages 10 and up. Instructor: Gina Holsopple

** Theatre Improv, $7.50, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, ages 6-10. Room Theatre. Instructor: Jessica Tetro

** Theatre Improv, $7.50, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, ages 11-14. Room Theatre. Instructor: Jessica Tetro

All classes are held at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St. Methodist Church in Fulton through the Park Street entrance. Please visit www.CNYARtsCenter.com to pre-register or call 592-3373.

‘Percussion Wizard’ and guitarist take Oswego Music Hall stage

A show featuring “Percussion Wizard” Jeff Haynes & Co., including award-winning guitarist Sean Harkness, is coming to the Oswego Music Hall at 8 p.m. April 19.

When these passionate and talented artists perform together, they create a chemistry that is as wonderful to see as it is to hear, so catching them live — on stage — will be a special musical treat.

Grammy award winning percussionist and producer Haynes brings a sound to today’s music scene that takes percussion beyond “technique” and “tradition.”

New York City guitarist Sean Harkness, an award winning musician in his own right, garnered the Outstanding Instrumentalist of 2011 Backstage Bistro Award, and a MAC Award for his NYC solo shows.

When Jeff and Sean play together, there’s an intimate conversation happening with every beat of the drum and expression of percussive colors, with every chord of the guitar and melodic inflection.

In recorded and stage performances, Haynes moves effortlessly from varied and subtle textures, to grooving in the pocket or anchoring the rhythm section. He has toured and recorded for 15 years with Cassandra Wilson, and toured with numerous other musicians, including Al Jarreau, Lizz Wright, Harry Belafonte and Peabo Bryson.

His chops can be heard on more than 100 CDs, reflecting many kinds of music, from R&B to jazz to new age. Haynes was also a producer of his recent release, Pete Seeger The Storm King, the Grammy® nominee spoken word CD that Pete Seeger set to multi-genre music from over 50 musicians.

Harkness describes himself as a guitarist-for-hire. He lives in New York City, where he composes music for solo guitar, performs solo shows and is the go-to guitarist for duets and ensemble work with singers from Broadway and television as well as national and international productions.

Each year, Harkness performs in concert halls around the country with other Windham Hill artists such as Liz Story, Will Ackerman, Barbara Higbie and Jim Brickman.

Besides featuring Harkness on the cover of their 2011 product catalog, Walden Guitars is releasing a “Sean Harkness Signature” 12-string guitar.

Along with numerous compilations, TV, and film soundtracks, Harkness now has five commercial releases: Aloft [Windham Hill] -1999; Trio Of One [independent release] -2001; Urakaji solo guitar [Rinken Records, Japan, USA] -2004; Harkness Knight w/saxman Eric Knight and great drummers -2009 and brand new: H2 Flights: Volume One w/fab Canadian trumpeter Mike Herriott on Canadian Brass‘ label ODEG -2011

Check out these gifted and multi-faceted musicians at http://jeffhaynesmusic.com/Home.html and http://seanharkness.com/ and then see for yourself the enthusiasm and commitment they bring to their performances April 19. The Oswego Music Hall is in the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego.

Tickets can be purchased on line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Os

Repeal of SAFE Act fails in Assembly

Assemblyman Will Barclay, R-Pulaski, reported today that the Assembly has failed to repeal the SAFE Act, the gun control law that went into effect in 2013. .

Here is his statement:   “The Majority controlled Assembly Codes Committee stopped all efforts to repeal the SAFE Act this week. They ensured that this repeal would not make it to the floor for a full Assembly vote. The message was clear: they do not care about our right to bear arms or the questionable constitutionality of the SAFE Act,” said Barclay. “Instead, our laws remain unnecessarily hostile toward law-abiding citizens. It was my hope that we could have at least changed more aspects of the law this session if a complete repeal was not possible. Unfortunately, those efforts too were stopped short in committee. With Remington (Arms, a gun factory in Ilion, Herkimer County) choosing to expand out of New York, this ill-conceived SAFE Act proved bad for gun owners as well as our economy.”

 

Sheats, Burns join insurance firm

Cheryl Sheats
Cheryl Sheats, personal lines account manager

Cheryl Sheats was hired recently as a personal lines account manager and Carol Burns was hired as a commercial lines account manager at Eastern Shore Associates Insurance.

Sheats will be based in ESA’s North Syracuse office and Burns will be in the Camden office.

“We are so pleased to welcome Carol and Cheryl to ESA,” said President Martha Murray. “In fact, in Cheryl’s case it’s welcome back. She worked at our Fulton and Oswego offices in the late 90s.”

Sheats has worked in the insurance industry for more than 24 years for firms in Oswego, Onondaga and Jefferson counties. She holds the Accredited Customer Service Representative certification and resides in Mexico with a son, 5, and a daughter, 14.

Carol Burns
Carol Burns, commercial lines account manager

Burns has more than 29 years in the insurance industry and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) certification. She has worked exclusively in commercial lines for agencies in Oneida and Rome, and she is a member and former vice president and secretary for the Utica CPCU chapter. She is also a member of the Insurance Professionals of the Mohawk Valley.

She resides in Lee with her husband, Tom. She has a son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

Headquartered in Fulton, Eastern Shore Associates is a Trusted Choice® agency and employee stock owned company. ESA offers a full range of business and personal insurance, including property, liability, automobile, boat, farm, recreational vehicle, workers compensation, and bonds. In addition, they offer financial planning and risk management services.

Eastern Shore Associates Insurance has offices in Fulton, Pulaski, Phoenix, Camden, Waterloo, Rochester, North Syracuse and Walworth. Call the Fulton office at 598-6000.

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