Esther Irland, loved to ‘whoop it up’

Esther Irland passed away quietly on Monday, March 10 at the age of 86.

She had spent that day surrounded by her family and succumbed to complications from a merciless series of health issues.

Esther was predeceased her husband Bruce Irland, who died in 1986.

She is survived by her sons, Gary and Phillip as well as seven grandchildren and 10great grandchildren whom she adored.

Esther was known to ride (fast) on snowmobiles, motorcycles and boats as well as “cutting a mean rug” and whooping it up whenever possible. She was loved by all who knew her and will be sorely missed.

There will be a celebration of Esther’s life on Thursday, March 20 at the I.O.O.B. (International Order of Old Bastards) Club, 1170 Sand Hill Road, Martville, NY starting at 3 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Pictures and stories are welcome.

If you would like to make a contribution in Esther’s name to the Humane Society, she would have liked that.

Oswego native’s photo on display in Caz

McDonald’s Restaurant in Cazenovia is displaying a selection of photographs by Cazenovia College student and Oswego native Brittany Juravich, now through May 1, 2014.

“My work represents thoughts and ideas of my imagination,” said Juravich, a photography major. “I am able to make sense of the inner workings of my mind and create my own fantasy world where anything can happen through photography.”

Sarah Stonefoot, assistant professor and director of the Photography Program at Cazenovia College, has high praise for her student’s artwork.

“Using the photographic medium to its full potential, Brittany’s photographs delve into the world of dreams,” Stonefoot said. “Her strong control over technique makes the viewer ever more eager to believe that the world she presents is the one in which we should believe.”

Cazenovia College’s Studio Art–Photography Program is professionally geared to prepare the next generation of photographic image makers with broad knowledge and experience of photographic techniques and concepts. The photography concentration prepares students for careers in photo journalism, fine art photography, and commercial photography, or for further study in graduate school.

Students enjoy working in Cazenovia’s state-of-the-art photo facilities located in Reisman Hall, and taking studio courses such as Studio Photography, Alternative Processes, Color Photo, On Assignment, and Large Format Photography,  as well as Digital Imaging, Portfolio Preparation, and a Photography Internship.

Salmon River center displays student art

The Salmon River Fine Arts Center in Pulaski will be exhibiting student art work in support of two competitions representing students in Oswego County.

The first– the 2014 Oswego County Student Art Show and Competition — features artwork from students throughout Oswego County, including home-schooled students.

Selected students works representing grades 7 – 12 will be on display throughout the month of April, with opening reception to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6.

Awards to be presented include firt, second, third and honorable mentions in both the junior (grades 7, 8, 9) and senior (grades 10, 11, 12) categories.

Additional awards include Best of Show, Sally Deaton Memorial and Darcy Hilton Memorial Awards; with prizes valued at more than $500.

Simultaneously, — the Fine Arts Center will host the county-level competition for the 32nd Annual Congressional Art Competition – an Artistic Discovery, sponsored by the office of Congressman Richard L. Hanna, R-Barneveld, representing the 22nd Congressional District.

The six winners of this local exhibit will compete in the regional show at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica May 3. The first place winner in the regional competition will have his or her artwork exhibited in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year.

In addition, second- and third-place winners will have their work exhibited in Hanna’s district offices in Binghamton and Utica.

Cash prizes, donated by Hanna, will be awarded to the three finalists.

The Salmon River Fine Arts Center is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching our community by engaging the energy and creativity of local artists, by sharing and displaying fine arts, and by offering programs to enhance creativity and learning for the novice as well as the gifted artist.

Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Call 298-7007 or go to for more information. Also find the center at

Lakeside Artisans offers classes in making Easter egg ornaments

Lakeside Artisans, at 191 W. First St., in Oswego, is offering classes in making glass Easter egg ornaments.

The classes are from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 22 and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday,  April 6.

Instructor Diane Chepko-Sade will bring in egg shaped cut-outs in glass, and decorative elements that students can use to make their own “Ukrainian style” Easter eggs.

After the students create their own designs and glue their decorations in place, the eggs will be fired in the kiln so they become permanently fused. A bale will be glued to the top of the egg so that it can be hung as a decoration to welcome Spring and celebrate Easter.

There is a limit of eight students in each class. Chepko-Sade will accept children more than 6 years old in the class if they are accompanied by an adult.

The class fee, including materials and firing, is $45.

There is a non-refundable registration fee, which will be deducted from the class fee, of $10 to sign up for the class.

For more information on how to register for the class, call 342-8880, go to or visit us on Facebook.

Bodley senior is student artist of the month

The CNY Arts Center Arts in the HeART Gallery is opening its doors to local high school students to be able to display their art work for one full month.

Gallery coordinator Bonnie McClellan has teamed with local high school students to bring these exhibits to the public.

Hannah Jones, a senior at G. Ray Bodley High School, currently has her work on exhibit at the gallery.

When Hannah was about five years old, she knew she loved art. Like most young children, she was interested in painting, drawing and coloring. She loved to paint pictures on rocks she picked up from the shore of Lake Ontario, but her favorite thing to do was color.

She enjoyed drawing and coloring sunsets because they were so fascinating to her. Luckily being artsy has always stuck with her and to this day art is her favorite hobby.

Taking all the art classes G. Ray Bodley offers has made her realize she wants to continue taking art classes throughout college. Her plan is to major in art and minor in psychology in order to pursue a career in art therapy.

Hannah plans to attend Onondaga Community College in the fall.

A career in art therapy is an amazing way to reach out to people and teach them alternative ways of coping with problems, managing stress, fostering self-awareness, and developing social skills.

Many people in a community benefit from art therapy because it is an effective treatment for people experiencing developmental, medical, educational, social or psychological impairment.

Individuals who benefit from art therapy include those who have survived trauma resulting from combat, abuse and natural disaster.  Art therapy helps people resolve conflicts, improve interpersonal skills, manage problematic behaviors, reduce negative stress, and achieve personal insight.

It also provides an opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of making art.

Hannah said she is honored to be the student artist of the month. CNY Arts Center is equally happy to exhibit Hannah’s work. Thank you for sharing your art work with us and the community.

Stop in to see her work at Arts in the heART Gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton.

Anglers sport successful season

The Angler Achievement Awards Program established a new state record for brook trout, state Department of Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said this week.

“Almost 200 entries were submitted into the program in 2013 with more than 75 percent of those qualified under the Catch and Release Category, indicating the sound stewardship ethic of New York’s anglers,” Martens said.

“Not only does the Angler Achievement Awards Program provide deserved recognition to those anglers catching trophy fish, it also provides a useful snapshot of the quality of the state’s freshwater fishery,” Martens said.

Through this program, anglers can enter freshwater fish that meet specific qualifying criteria and receive official recognition of their catch, including a distinctive lapel pin commemorating their achievement. The three categories that make up the program are: Catch & Release, Annual Award (kept fish) and State Record.

One new state record was established for New York’s state fish when Richard Beauchamp of Silver Lake (Hamilton County) caught a 6-pound brook trout using a Lake Clear Wabbler on May 16, 2013. Beauchamp’s catch surpassed the previous state record by two ounces and is the fourth time a new state record brook trout was broken in the past five years.

New York’s most popular sportfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, comprised almost half of the entries received. Among those was an impressive 25½-inch largemouth bass caught and released from a private lake in Sullivan County and a 24-inch smallmouth bass caught and released from the Niagara River.

Additional noteworthy catches from other eligible species included: a 42-inch common carp caught and released from Keuka Lake in Yates County, a 42-inch northern pike caught and released from the Allegheny River in Cattaraugus County, and a 12 pound, 3 ounce walleye caught from Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County.

Bowling News

Deadline to enter Fulton women’s bowling tourney is March 30

The Fulton Women’s Bowling Association 59th Annual Tournament is scheduled for April 5 and 6.

It will be team event only with squad times of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on April 5 and a squad time of 4 p.m. on April 6

The tournament will be at The Recreation Club in Fulton.

Those interested in entering the tournament or needing more information may call Paula Distin at 593-6121. Entries for the tournament close on Sunday March 30.

Bowling Scores

Monday Night

Women’s Michelob/

Shuba 2

Construction League

Bowled at The Recreation Club

Monday March 10, 2014


  • Tamie Allen 623- 205, 197, 221
  • Beth Brownlee 554- 157, 247, 150
  • Paula Distin 534- 178, 163, 193
  • Della Daniels 532- 171, 200, 161
  • Kathy Fitzpatrick 517- 180, 167, 170
  • Chris Wolford 516- 136, 201, 179
  • Sandy Shue 507- 195, 162, 150
  • Sharon Allen 504- 153, 180, 171
  • Annette Cotton 501- 168, 173, 160
  • Michelle Simpson 492- 191, 169, 132
  • Sara Shatrau 469- 140, 132, 197
  • Rhonda Wolfersberger 456- 141, 180, 135
  • Theresa Grinnell 454- 142, 158, 154

Boater safety courses scheduled

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel A. Todd says four Boating Safety Courses will be held beginning in April.

There is no charge for the training. A parent or guardian must accompany any youths ages 10 through 17 to the classroom on the first day of the course to sign a parental permission form.

New York state law requires boaters to hold a safety certificate if:

You wish to operate a personal watercraft and are at least 14 years of age.

You wish to operate a motorboat and you were born on or after May 1, 1996.

You must be at least 10 years of age to take the course.

Although not mandatory, except of personal watercraft operation, adult boating education is strongly recommended.

These courses will be held at the Oswego County Public Safety Center, 39 Churchill Road, Oswego as follows:

  • April 26, 2014: 9 AM to 1 PM
  • April 27, 2014: 12 noon to 4 PM
  • May 3, 2014: 9 AM to 1 PM
  • May 4, 2014: 12 noon to 4 PM
  • May 17, 2014: 9AM to 1 PM
  • May 18, 2014: 12 noon to 4 PM
  • June 7, 2014: 9 AM to 1 PM
  • June 8, 2014: 12 noon to 4 PM

Students must attend both days of their chosen training course to complete the program. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited.

Interested students can register by contacting Kelley Kuhl weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 349-3259.

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