Charles Melvin Peet, worked at BirdsEye, Red Creek Canning

Charles  Melvin  Peet, 89, of Oswego, passed away at the Pontiac Care and Rehab Center on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

He was born to his late parents, Emma (Blount) and Ellsworth Peet, Jan. 2, 1925.

He was a graduate of  Mexico Academy. Charlie had been a farm hand in Palermo, Volney, and Phoenix areas much of his life. He also was employed at BirdsEye, Fulton and Red Creek Canning factory, as well as working in a sawmill.

He retired from the J. Martin Co., Lake City, Fla. in 1990.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, George Peet in 2006; and his close friends, Homer L. Eastman in 2000 and Velma Ruth Eastman in 2004.

Surviving are his two sisters, Ethel Gleason of Mexico, NY, and Edith J. House of Phoenix, NY;  several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services were Feb. 24 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, with Pastor Barb Ouderkirk Pepper officiating. Spring burial in Pennellville Cemetery, Schroeppel.

Calling hours were Feb. 24 prior to the service in the funeral home.

Deborah Germon, served in U.S. Navy

Deborah A. Germon, 62, of Mexico died Wednesday Feb. 19, 2014 in the Oswego Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Germon was born in Syracuse, the daughter of the late Wallace and Helen Grant.

She served in the United States Navy from 1980 until 1984.

Mrs. Germon is predeceased by her brother, Eric Grant.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Franklin Germon of Mexico; siblings Valerie Braden of Mexico, Frank Grant of Ct., Jessica Gordon of Pulaski, and Walley Grant of Oregon.

Funeral services and burial will be private.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St. Oswego.

SUNY Oswego music faculty to perform March 9

Three SUNY Oswego faculty members will perform works of Enesco, Copland, Brahms and others at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in Sheldon Hall ballroom as part of the music department’s Focus on Faculty series.

Pianist Robert Auler, trumpeter Terrance Caviness and clarinetist Trevor Jorgensen will present a concert titled “Musical Journey.”

The performance will showcase Georges Enesco’s “Legend,” Henry Purcell’s “Sonata,” Halsey Stevens’ “Sonata,” Aaron Copland’s “Concerto” and Johannes Brahms’ “Sonata No. 2.”

As the musicians explore the works of these historically significant artists, the audience will experience the innovative literature of compositions that have delighted listeners with their construction and beauty, organizers said.

Jorgensen said the Focus on Faculty Series is both fine community entertainment and an important teaching tool for the music department.

“Although Rob and I perform nationally and internationally in various venues each year, these concerts are perhaps the most important pedagogically,” Jorgensen said. “It is vital for our music students to hear us play in order to put into context what we ask each of them to accomplish weekly in their own applied studio lessons.”

Tickets are $8 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students), and are available at all college box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu, or by calling 312-2141.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket, and is available in the lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.

Fulton resident exhibits art at Oswego Public Library

With wonderful tracery and depth, the art of Sandy Clift is on display until April on the lowest level of the Oswego Public Library.

Her unique work includes many fine details and expands in one’s mind the longer it is enjoyed.

She recently exhibited at the River Walk Artists First Annual National and International Juried Exhibition in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

Sandy (Elizabeth) Clift is a retired elementary school teacher who resides in Fulton. After her retirement in 2000, she returned to SUNY Oswego to pursue a life-long ambition to study art.

Since beginning to show her art, her work has been displayed at many local and regional shows as well as national shows in Oregon, Texas, Arkansas, Georgia and Massachusetts.

She has been a visiting artist at Onondaga Community College and Syracuse University.  Presently her work is exhibited at True North Gallery in Hamilton, Massachusetts and Lakeside Artisans in Oswego.  Her work is online at www.fineartamerica.com.  For more information email eoclift@twcny.rr.com.

Guitarist Richard Smith and cellist Julie Adams coming to Oswego Music Hall

Finger-picking guitar virtuoso Richard Smith and starlit cellist Julie Adams are coming to the Oswego Music Hall from Nashville to perform at 8 p.m. March 8.

The stage will be alive with their special “mix of music from the Beatles to 30s music to Bach to fiddle tunes to fingerpicking tunes.”

Smith — the 2001 national fingerstyle champion — says that he and his wife, Julie, love performing “a whole mish-mash of music. We have a lot of fun on stage.”

Richard Smith’s life has often seemed to revolve around Chet Atkins. As a youngster in England, he picked up a guitar at age 5 after seeing his father play an Atkins tune.

A child prodigy, when Smith was 11 he was invited to play alongside his idol and country music legend during Atkin’s show in London (available on YouTube, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfzDltcAbFQ).

His performance stunned the audience and wowed Atkins. Smith seemed to have a photographic musical memory, in addition to physical dexterity; often with one hearing, he could pick up a new piece.

In 1999, he met his future wife, the cellist Julie Adams, at a Chet Atkins Appreciation Society gathering in Nashville.

Over the years, Smith has toured the world and performed with his brothers and many world-renowned players, including Nato Lima of los Indios Tabajaras, Tommy Emmanuel, sax legend Boots Randolph, Thom Bresh, Bela Fleck, Muriel Anderson and others.

When he and Julie moved to Nashville, Smith founded the Hot Club of Nashville, a jam band with a varying lineup of high-profile session musicians. Smith’s flawless technique, quickly switching between fingerpicking and flatpicking, has earned him the admiration of his peers and numerous awards.

In 2001 at his first and only participation in the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, Smith came out on top. The National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame named him Thumbpicker of the Year in 2008 and inducted him into the Hall of Fame in 2009.

Julie Adams is one of the most diverse cellists on the music scene today. Growing up in Ohio, she was classically trained at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Cincinnati Conservatory.

She performed widely and was chosen to play the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Cincinnati Conservatory in 1996. Adams branched into folk music, worked with the well-known fingerstyle guitarist Muriel Anderson, and toured with her as a duo throughout the US.

They released a CD together titled “Theme for Two Friends.”

After marrying Smith, Julie and Richard released “Living Out a Dream.”  Audiences in the U.S. and around the world delight in the eclectic mix of Julie’s lyrical style and Richard’s flawless technique.

They are truly soul mates – in life and in music!

What other guitarists/critics say:

Chet Atkins called Smith “the most amazing guy I know on guitar. … He (Richard) can play anything I know, only better.”

“Strings of gold on guitar met strings of pearls on cello … Richard Smith and Julie Adams rang the satisfaction chime at 20, on a scale of one to 10.”

[Jean Bartlett, The Pacifica Tribune, Pacifica/CA]

Check out Smith’s fretwork fireworks  and Adam’s lyrical style online at http://www.richardsmithmusic.com/duo

The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Desserts, snacks, popcorn and beverages are available for purchase.

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

Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.

Ticket prices are $14 if purchased in advance and $16 at the door. Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 are free.

The Music Hall’s next concert, March 22, will feature an acoustic music duo, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.

For more information call 342-1733 or access the Music Hall website: http://oswegomusichall.org/

Pathfinder Bank net income down in 2013

Pathfinder Bancorp, Inc., headquartered in Oswego, posted net income of $550,000 for the last three months of 2013.

This compares to net income of $729,000 for the same period of 2012.

Company officials say the decrease in net income was principally due to the $277,000 increase in personnel expenses driven by wage increases and increased health insurance expenses under the company’s self-insurance program.

Additionally, a $190,000 increase in other expenses was due, in part, to an additional $53,000 related to fraud losses from a December 2013 merchant security breach of a pool of debit cards.

Net income for the entire year 2013 was $2.4 million, compared to $2.6 million in the full year of 2012.  This decrease in net income was due principally to an increase in personnel expenses, other expenses, and the provision for loan losses.

Basic and diluted earnings per share were 22 cents for the fourth quarter of 2013 as compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of 26 cents for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Basic and diluted earnings per share for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, 2013 were 96 cents and 95 cents, respectively, as compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of 88 cents and 87 cents, respectively, for the comparable period in 2012.

Total loans were $341.6 million at Dec. 31, 2013, compared to total loans of $333.7 million at Dec. 31, 2012. Growth between these two time periods was impacted by the sale of residential mortgage loans in the second quarter of 2013 in the amount of $8.8 million.

Child safety seat check March 17

A child safety seat installation check is set for 9 a.m. to noon March 17 at the Pulaski Volunteer Fire Department.

The department is partnering with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, Oswego County Traffic Safety Board and WIC to provide assistance for families in need of help with installing their child’s car seat in the safest and best way.

New York state law requires that children be in the appropriate child restraint until age 8.

Trained and nationally certified child passenger technicians will be on hand to teach parents and caregivers on choosing and installing the correct seat for their child’s age, weight, height, and development.

No appointment is necessary. For more information, or to host a child passenger safety seat check, call Billie Crandall Brady, Coordinator at 343-2344 ext. 22.

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