CNY Arts Center offering a variety of classes in January, February

By Ashley M. Casey

Those who are interested in dabbling in different forms of art are in luck in January and February.

CNY Arts Center is holding a class series called “The Art of Self-Expression,” featuring writing, cooking and studio art.

Local author and CNY Arts Center Writing Coordinator Jim Farfaglia will be teaching the writing portion. Culinary Arts Coordinator Diane Sokolowski will be teaching cooking and Studio Arts Coordinator Kendra Matott will lead the studio art section.

The first session, to be held Jan. 4, will present a 40-minute introduction to each section. After that, participants may choose one or two of the three sections to pursue for the next three sessions.

“We’re looking at this as a way to build their artistic muscle,” Farfaglia said. He likened the program to New Year’s resolutions, a way to delve into something new.

“A lot of people say they want to try art, but they’re unsure of what genre to try,” he said. “We’re trying to get them to at least try it and see if they like it.”

Farfaglia said his writing assignments would include a short story based on a picture and memories of school and vacations.

Matott said her studio art sessions would include a mix of traditional and unconventional techniques. She said she would teach still-life drawing basics, but her students will also draw with their feet and their non-dominant hands.

There also will be a basic Photoshop demonstration.

“It’s a really great opportunity for people to dabble in different types of art,” Matott said. “This is a great opportunity for someone who’s interested in trying a whole bunch of things in a welcoming environment.”

The Art of Self-Expression will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 4, 8, 11 and 25 at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton. There will be a February session as well. The class costs $40 per person.

“Gift bags” for the class series are available for sale at the ARTs in the HeART Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton. You may also sign up at cnyartscenter.com or call 592-3373.

Showcase your work

The next CNY Open Mic Night will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the ARTs in the HeART Gallery. Artists of all genres are welcome to display their talents for the community.

“We hope that the people who take our classes will decide to share at that event,” Jim Farfaglia said of the event.

Jean M. Sweet, retired from ALLTEL

Jean M. Sweet, 86, of Fulton, died Monday Dec. 16, 2013.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late Fred and Louise LaPierre Sweet and resided in Fulton all her life.

Ms. Sweet retired in 1989 from ALLTEL New York, Inc. in Fulton as a directory supervisor where she worked for 39 years.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Sweet was predeceased by three brothers, George, Harry and Frederick Sweet.

There are no calling hours or funeral services.

Burial will be in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Valley Viewpoints

Who is fooling whom?

Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice, shame on me. We all have heard this saying many times. Well the Oswego County Legislature has fooled the general public for two years now with the county budget.

In November at the full Legislation meeting the Legislators voted to save the tax payers over $200,000 dollars by cutting the YAP program out of the 2014 budget. Then in the same meeting they voted to buy the sheriffs’ department 12 new patrol cars at a cost of over $200,000 dollars. The money for the cars came out of one of the rainy day funds.

Now I’m not saying the cars weren’t needed, but they should have been in the 2013 budget because they knew the cars were going to be needed in 2013. (Fool me once) The sheriff’s department generates over $400,000 in revenues every yr. why didn’t they put 10 percent aside each year for the past five years so they wouldn’t have to rob Peter to pay Paul. In the 2013 budget I heard that there was money taken out of at least one of the rainy day funds in order to balance that budget (if you’re taking money out of your savings account to balance a budget you’re not really balancing the budget). At some point in time common sense should kick in.

The 2014 county budget was passed on Dec. 12. This was a budget that again had monies coming out of at least one rainy day account. Please don’t take money out of the savings account each year to make ends meet and tell me we are doing fine.(Fool me twice) The County Administrator should have either put in a tax rate increase or cut the budget enough so we wouldn’t have to take monies out of any rainy day accounts. Now the county Legislature doesn’t want to increase the taxes because they want everyone to think that everything is just fine. We are all big boys and girls and we can handle the truth. The fact is you (Legislators) may not like the outcome. Has common sense started to kick in yet?

Sometime in 2014 the decision on the reassessment of the nuclear plants will come to be fact. When it does we will have to pay back all the monies we have collected that we shouldn’t have. That money will come out of a rainy day account. This is what rainy day accounts are for. Common sense used.

Now the problem with taking money out of rainy day accounts now so there wouldn’t be any tax rate increase may not be felt for a while, but when it does come to be fact the legislature in office at that time will look like they didn’t do their jobs when in fact it was the past legislators that caused the problem. Wake up Oswego county tax payers

The taxpayers of the Cities of Fulton and Oswego know now just what will happen when you rob Peter to pay Paul for far too long. Get ready Oswego County your day will come if common sense doesn’t kick in real soon.

Legislators: 1. Start looking at the 2015 budget now. 2. Start putting 10 percent away now out of the sheriffs’ department revenue for new patrol cars in five yeras.  3. Start using the rainy day accounts for rainy days not for items that should have been in the budget to start with. 4. (Here is the big one) Start using common sense. 5.Fool me no more, please.

Frank Castiglia Jr.(County Legislator Elect)

Fulton

Fulton athletes receive academic honors

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has recognized eight Fulton fall athletic teams through the Scholar/Athlete Team Award Program.

To receive this award, the team average must be 90 percent or higher during the season.

The 2013 fall teams and the individual athletes receiving the award are:

Boys’ Cross Country:  Jacob Belcher, Jacob Belcher, Keegen Condon, Jacob Cuyler, Jonathan Earl, Mike Holcomb, Bailey Lutz, Jimmy Martin, Geoffry Michaels, Nathan Shaw and Augusto Siega.

Girls’ Cross Country: Johnelle Dishaw, Victoria Eckhard, Jenna Hudson, Aneisia Kauffman, Cheyanne Laun, Marisa LiVoti and Amanda Rice.

Football: James Bailey, Seth Britton, Jon Cummins, Seth Delisle, Logan Diefenbacher, Emilio Garcia, Cody Green, Brian Hudson, Chris Jones, Matt Marshall, Nick Reitz and Liam Roberge.

Boys’ Golf: Nick Abbott, Nolan Johnson, Matthew Kitts, Nick McIntyre, Jacob Seymour, Daniel Shatrau, Nathaniel Shatrau and Jacob Strauss.

Boys’ Soccer: Robert Borrow, Logan Carvey, Ian Devendorf, Kristopher Grow, Jeremy Langdon, Jared Marden, Derek Prosser, Paul Reynosso, Garet Roik, David Tallents, Carson Vono, and Austin Wilde.

Girls’ Soccer: Callie Beckwith, Kara Bricker, Karli Bricker, Hailey Carroll, McKenna Chesbro, Amelia Coakley, Olivia coakley, Shawna Cooper, Jordan Coulon, Amanda Deavers, Meriah Dishaw, Sydney Gilmore, Sara Halstead, Hunter Hartranft, Maddie Lang and Madden Rowlee.

Girls’ Tennis: Savannah Bray, MaKenna Cealie, Sophia Giovannetti, Anna Guernsey, Angeline Kimbrell, Julia Ludington, Maureen McCann, Casey Shannon and Courtney Smith.

Girls’ Volleyball: Alexia Abelgore, Donna Aiken, Monica Falanga, Samie Miller, Tracie Murphy, Erica Pawlewicz, Taylor Smithers and Jordyn Stone.

The district would like to congratulate these athletes and their coaches; Joel Carroll (boys’ cross country), Gary LaGrou (girls’ cross country), Jeff Rothrock, Craig Halladay, Bob Galini (football), Dante Ascenzi (boys’ golf), Nate Murray (boys’ soccer), George Beckwith (girls’ soccer), Matt Goodnough (girls’ tennis) and Caroline Richardson (girls’ volleyball).

Fulton girls win 1, lose 2 in basketball

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity basketball team went 1-2 in its first 3 games of the season.

On Dec. 3, Fulton fell to perennial power Jamesville-DeWitt 58-30, lost to Cortland 59-42 on Dec. 6 but then beat Fowler 55-40 on Dec. 10.

Perennial power J-D built an 11-point lead in the first quarter of its game with the Lady Raiser and added to its lead during the second quarter.

They outscored the Lady Raiders by 4 points to take a 23-8 lead into halftime. J-D put the game out of reach during the third quarter, outscoring Fulton by 17 points to extend their lead to 32 points.

Fulton battled back and cut into Jamesville-DeWitt’s lead in the fourth quarter. But the lead Fulton faced proved to be insurmountable as J-D won.

Fulton was led by Nicole Hansen with 11 points, followed by Mallory Clark and Micheala Whiteman with 6 points each. Sydney Gilmore added 5 points and  Kwadaysha Coney chipped in 2 points.

In the Cortland game, after a competitive first quarter, Cortland had a 6-point lead and then expanded its lead during the second quarter, outscoring Fulton by 4 points to go into halftime with a 30-20 lead.

The third quarter proved to be the most competitive quarter of the game. Cortland outscored the Lady Raiders by only a point to extend its lead to 11 points. Cortland put the game out of reach during the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Raiders by 6 points down the stretch to cap off a 59-42 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Sydney Gilmore with 13 points. Nicole Hansen had 11 points. Courtney Parker scored 8 points, Micheala Whiteman scored 7 points and Jennah Lamb and Hunter Hartranft combined to score 3 points.

Fulton’s first win came when they jumped out to a 6-point lead against Fowler in the first quarter.

After a hard fought second quarter, Fulton was able to maintain its 6-point advantage while taking a 27-21 lead into halftime.

The Lady Raiders pulled away during the third quarter, outscoring Fowler by 9 points to expand its lead to 15 points. Despite a respectable effort during the fourth quarter, Fowler was unable to cut into the deficit they faced as Fulton rolled to a 55-40 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Micheala Whiteman with 12 points, followed by Sydney Gilmore and Nicole Hansen with 10 points each, Courtney Parker scored 9 points and Jennah Lamb, Kate Myers and Kwadaysha Coney scored 4 points each.

Hannibal boys’ basketball searches for first win

By Rob Tetro

After three games, Hannibal’s boys’  varsity basketball team is still searching for its first win of the season.

On Dec. 4, Hannibal came up short against Bishop Grimes 57-53. County foe Phoenix stormed past the Warriors 51-40 on Dec. 6. On Dec. 12, Syracuse-ITC rolled past Hannibal on December 12th.

In the Bishop Grimes game, Grimes ha an 11-point lead over Hannibal after an impressive first quarter. They added to their lead during the second quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 3 points to take a 32-18 lead into halftime.

The second half proved to be a much different story. Hannibal outscroed Grimes  to cut into their lead and they continued to cut into the deficit during the fourth quarter.

Hannibal outscored Bishop Grimes by 9 points down the stretch to cut their lead to 4 points. But time ran out on the Warriors as they lost the close contest.

Hannibal was led by Billy Skipper and Trevor Alton who scored 18 points each against Grimes. Following Skipper and Alton was Sam McCraith with 10 points.

Phoenix and Hannibal fought a competitive first quarter, with the Warriors posting a 3-point lead over Phoenix. Hannibal expanded its lead during the second quarter, outscoring the Firebirds by 2 points to take a 23-18 lead into halftime.

But Phoenix came back in the second half, outscoring Hannibal by 14 points during the third quarter to take a 9-point lead. The Firebirds capped off a solid win  by outscoring the Warriors 33-17 during the second half.

Leading the way for Phoenix was Dylan Doupe with 17 points, followed by Walker Connoly with 10, Bryce Plante with 8 points and Zach Sisera and Connor Haney with 5 points each. Austin Furco added 4 points.

Hannibal was led by Trevor Alton with 18 point, followed by Austin Mattison and Sam McCraith with 8 points each. Corey Cardinali chipped in 4 points.

Syracuse-ITC outscored Hannibal by 14 points during the first quarter of its game with the Warriors. Syracuse-ITC added to its lead during the second quarter and led 35-20 at the half.

The Warriors proved to be far more competitive during the second half. They outscored Syracuse-ITC during the third quarter to cut into the lead, but the lead Syracuse-ITC had built was too much.

Leading the way for Hannibal Trevor Alton with 26 points, followed by Billy Skipper with 12 and Austin Mattison with 11.

A Sportsman’s World, by Leon Archer

By Leon Archer

Just as most outdoorsmen are getting their ice fishing gear in order and enjoying the new snowmobiling season, a cadre of diehard water fowlers are preparing for the late duck and goose season.

In the western zone of the state, ducks and geese become legal game again from Dec. 28 until Jan.12.

Lake Ontario and the largest Finger Lakes provide hot hunting on very cold days. Open streams can be great producers of puddle ducks, but the lakes will host considerable numbers of diving ducks. Those hunters who love to hunt divers are willing to put up with rotten weather, bitter cold and iced up decoys, just to bring home a few bluebills, canvasbacks, and redheads.

The Niagara River is another diving duck magnet, and so has an equally strong attraction for the cold weather hunters who pursue those hardy birds. The Niagara gets a big influx of canvasbacks, and there are hunters who wait all year for this short opportunity to match wits and skills with the reputed king of waterfowl. All the other divers are represented there, but it really is the cans that lure the hunters.

Other hunters will still be looking for Canada geese and snow geese, and a stubble field with a light dusting of snow is attractive to both hunters and geese. Mallards may also swing into a big corn field to feed. Hunters drag their layout blinds and decoys far away from roads to set up early before the birds have started to fly.

Geese usually keep a safe distance between themselves and roads. The goose hunters can get up a little later than their open water brethren, because very few geese get into the air before the sun is well up. Flights of geese may move only for a few hours in the morning, but many days they will trade from field to field most of the day.

I have hunted hunkered down in snow covered fields, and I have hunted from ice covered blinds overlooking the dark gunmetal waters of big lakes. There is a thrill and a challenge to such activity that is hard to describe or understand. I have asked myself on more than one occasion, “What the heck am I doing here?”

But when a big flock of geese swing into the wind with their feet down, talking to the decoys below, and loom huge with their wide wingspread, it all seems to become worthwhile.

At that moment, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world. The cold that had been creeping into my body disappears as I sit up and swing the barrel of my shotgun out in front of a goose clawing for altitude.

I have set decoys from a boat being rocked by waves on water that could bring on hypothermia in short order. Wearing a life jacket was a necessity on water like that, but it also helped to be just a little crazy. It also helps to be putting out decoys while it is still dark out; you don’t get a full picture of just how foolish you are being.

On the other side of the equation, late season water gunning can be some of the fastest, most challenging shooting there is. Passing shots are the rule rather than decoying birds, and unless the duck drops dead at the shot, a wounded bird can give a hunter a merry chase, out on those waves where he would rather not be.

Fortunate is the man who has a retriever he can depend on to do the job for him. But for all the discomfort and potential danger, such days will probably remain fresh and fond in a hunter’s memory as long as he lives – mine have.

For those guys who just can’t get enough, snow goose season is open until April 15. I have never shot a snow goose, and spending much of my winter in Florida does not make it likely that I ever will, but I’d sure like to have the chance at least once. You diehards will have to take a few for me.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Host families needed for foreign exchange program

The Greenheart of Cultural Exchange, a locally-run organization which promotes cultural understanding, academic development, environmental consciousness and world peace, is in need of good host families for students in January.

LindaJo Germain is the director of the program. Germain also is looking to expand the number schools which host foreign exchange students as well. For more information, contact Germain at 561-1068.

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