‘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.

Gagas named to Pathfinder Bank board

Adam Gagas
Adam C. Gagas

Adam C. Gagas has been elected to the board of directors of Pathfinder Bank, said  Chris R. Burritt, chairman of the board.

The election was effective as of the March 17 Pathfinder Bank board meeting.

Gagas is founder and chief executive officer of Breakwall Asset Management, LLC, a New York State registered investment advisor located in Oswego, New York.

“We are very pleased to announce the election of Adam to our Board of Directors,” said Burritt. “He provides our board with more than 15 years of experience in global financial markets, as well as expertise in asset management and property development.”

“Adam and the Gagas Family have been instrumental in the growth of Pathfinder Bank for decades, and we value the commitment they have always maintained for our Bank’s mission and strategic direction,” Burritt said.

Adam’s father, Chris Gagas, previously served as the bank’s president and CEO, as well as chairman of the board for 18 years.

Prior to establishing Breakwall Asset Management, Gagas was an analyst on teams managing multi-billion dollar portfolios at Skandia Asset Management and Principal Global Investors in New York City.

He was awarded an Alfa Fellowship and completed a yearlong professional placement as an institutional investment analyst at Alfa Capital in Moscow, Russia. He is also the owner/operator of Gagas Realty Corp., a multi-property commercial real estate holding company.

In addition, he is an adjunct instructor of corporate finance in the SUNY Oswego School of Business.

Gagas, who resides in Oswego, earned a bachelor’s degree from Hobart College with majors in economics and Russian studies, and a master’s of business administration degree with a concentration in finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

His extensive community involvement includes serving as treasurer of Oswego Health, chair of that organization’s audit and investment committees, and as a member of the executive committee.

Gagas is also a board member of Oswego’s historic Riverside Cemetery, and has previously held leadership positions with the Oswego YMCA and Oswego Opera Theater.

Pathfinder Bank is a New York State chartered savings bank headquartered in Oswego, whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pathfinder Bancorp, Inc. The bank has eight full-service offices located in Oswego, Fulton, Mexico, Lacona, Central Square and Cicero.

Hannibal resident cleans teeth in Ghana

Donna Blake cleans a child’s teeth during a medical mission to Ghana.
Donna Blake cleans a child’s teeth during a medical mission to Ghana.

Oswego County BOCES Board Member Donna Blake, who represents the Hannibal school district on the BOCES board, recently returned from Ghana after an 11-day medical mission trip.

Blake works for Northeast Dental Group and splits her time between four offices in Onondaga and Oswego County.

Blake heard about the trip from a friend who had gone on a medical mission to India with Americans Serving Abroad Project (ASAP).

Blake attended an ASAP meeting, met with the founder, Lauri Raupracht (RN) of Syracuse, and decided to volunteer. Blake was one of 12 who travelled to Ghana to offer healthcare services to remote populations.

During the course of five days, the group visited five villages and provided service to 1,000 people.

Blake served as the only dental hygienist; the other volunteers were nurse practitioners, registered nurses and social workers.

Without electricity, Blake hand-cleaned the teeth of 250 children ranging in age from 2 to 14. She worked alongside a public health nurse from Ghana, who also helped with interpreting.

“Children’s teeth were not clean, having never owned a toothbrush, and yet there wasn’t a lot of decay,” said Blake. Their diets consist mostly of carbohydrates, very little protein and no processed sugar.

Each child learned about dental hygiene and received a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Blake described the children as polite, appreciative and eager to learn.

After work, Blake spent some time with the children, teaching them the Itsy Bitsy Spider, going on evening walks and playing with bubbles.

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