Diane Marie Kimball, enjoyed gardening, crafts

Diane Marie Kimball, 61, of Oswego passed away Tuesday Nov. 26 at home surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born in Camp LeJeune, N.C., a daughter to Joan Lavey and the late, Robert Barker and was a life resident of Oswego.

Diane was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, crafts and spending time with her family.

In addition to her father, she was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Aubrey Buxton Borrow, who died Sept. 25, 2013.

Diane is survived by her husband of 20 years, Bruce Kimball; four children, William (Laurie) Buxton of Fulton, Tracy (Cory) Jones of Sterling, Christine (Jordan) Eells of Hannibal and Brian Buxton of Mexico; her mother, Joan (Paul) Lavey of Oswego; one sister, Kathy Lavey of Oswego; three brothers, Robert (Joanne) Barker of Florida, Timothy (Shelley) Barker of Oswego and Richard (Tammy) Barker of Charlotte, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; one great granddaughter as well as several nieces and nephews.

A calling hour and services were held Dec. 2 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Gordon Chappell, longtime employee of the Fulton Traffic Division

Gordon D. Chappell, 79, of Fulton died Friday Nov. 22 at home.

Mr. Chappell was born in Chateaugay, NY to the late Victor and Nellie (Pickeron) Chappell.

He retired from the City of Fulton Traffic Division after 30-plus years of service.

Mr. Chappell loved to walk. He would walk more than 5 miles every day.

Mr. Chappell is survived by his wife Darlene Chappell of Auburn, NY; three children, Victor Gordon Chappell of Fulton, Christopher (Kelly) Chappell of Fulton, and Nicole (Douglas) Finley of Auburn, NY; one  brother, Maynard (Betty) Chappell of SC; 13 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral service.  Burial will be held privately.

Calling hours were Saturday Nov. 30 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Janette L. Hubbard, potato farmer

Janette  L. Hubbard, 58, of Granby passed away Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse.

Born in Syracuse to her late mother, Beverly (Landers) Cramer and her surviving father, Cyril Cramer on Feb. 15, 1955.

She was a graduate of the J. C. Birdlebough High School class of 1973 in the Phoenix Central Schools, Phoenix.

Janette was a potato farmer. She and her husband Tom, raised potatoes on their many acres of land and for many years at their farm in Granby.

Janette enjoyed gardening and country life with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a son, Heath G. Hubbard, 1977.

Surviving are her husband of 38 years, Thomas G. Hubbard; her son, Colton Hubbard; her daughter and son-in-law, Meghan and Jerry Boothe; her father, Cyril Cramer; two grandchildren, Isabelle Boothe and Madeline Boothe; several brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, cousins.

A calling hour will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday Dec. 4 (today) followed by a 12:01 p.m. service with the Rev. Terrence E. Millbyer officiating, at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY.

Charles E. Harris, owned and operated Harris Drywell in Oswego

Charles E. Harris, 88, of Seneca Hill, Oswego, died the morning of Friday Nov. 29 in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

Mr. Harris was born in Fulton the son of the late Charles and Ethel (Wells) Harris.

Mr. Harris owned and operated Harris Drywell in Oswego for many years until his retirement in 1997. He was predeceased by his daughter Suzanne Monroe in 1998, his brother Ward Harris, and his sister Evelyn Woodard.

He is survived by his wife Madalyn A. Harris of Seneca Hill, Oswego; his daughter Roxanne Falise of Colorado; son-in-law Phil Falise of Colorado; sisters Madalon Howland of Oswego and Charlotte Porter of Fulton; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

A celebration of Mr. Harris’s life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7 at Mimi’s in Fulton.

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

Richard Shortslef, worked for Sealright for 44 years

Richard D. “Smiley” “Shorty” Shortslef, 77, of Fulton, passed away Monday Nov. 25 at the Manor at Seneca Hill.

He was born in Oswego, grew up in Sterling and graduated from Hannibal High School. Richard worked at Sealright for 44 years, retiring in 2001.

He was a fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants.

Richard was predeceased by a daughter, Sheila, who died April 25, 2006; a brother, Donald Shortslef; two sisters, Mary Ellen O’Connor and Margaret Jane Jetty.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elaine Shortslef; a son, James (Shelley) Shortslef of Amboy; a daughter, Brenda (Darren) Roth of Fulton; a brother, Leigh (Pat) Shortslef of  Sterling; three grandchildren, Jesse Roth, Courtney Roth and Seth Perrin Shortslef; one great granddaughter, Ryleigh Mae Indick.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Church of the Nazarene, 914 Utica St., Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

CNY Arts Center explore new facility

By Debra J. Groom

CNY Arts Center has an opportunity to put all of its locations under one roof and expand its space to provide more arts events to the city.

But, it needs money.

Executive Director Nancy Fox said a building has been donated to the center, but directors need about $35,000 to gain title to the building and probably another $170,000 to make needed renovations.

Arts center officials  put out a call for donations last week when it mailed its membership renewals for 2014.

Fox said it’s also the end of the year when many individuals and organizations made donations.

“We want to take title and we want to be sure we can afford this building,” Fox said. “Now with people making end-of-the-year giving, we thought it wa a good time to get this news out.”

The former Rite Aid pharmacy located at 503 S. Second St., Fulton has been vacant for nearly two years and the owner has offered to donate it to CNY Arts Center. The building has 14,000 square feet of space.

A notice on the CNY Arts Center website states “just think — 150-seat theatre, 1,250 square foot art gallery, classrooms, coffee bar, dance studio, movie screen, conference room, graphics lab and more!”

“We couldn’t be more excited about the potential of this location, right at the southern entrance to the city on Route 481 with great visibility, parking and access,” Fox said.

“It offers us room to bring all our services together under one roof including theater, an art gallery, a coffee bar, classrooms. a dance studio and more.”

“Of course, it comes with a hefty price tag for renovations and updating so we’re  investigating our options and resources,” Fox said.

Right now, the center’s main site is in the basement of the State St. Methodist Church. She said this site has parking challenges along with accessibility difficulties because it is down stairs.

“The State St. Methodist Church has been wonderfully patient and supportive while we took our first baby steps as an organization,” Fox said. “We’ve grown and learned and we now know what our real needs are.

“The possibility of putting down roots for the arts center all on one level where everyone can easily find us and with ample parking is worth exploring,” she said.

Grants through NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) and the federal government are available, but Fox said the center must take title to the building first. That’s why the first $35,000 for the taxes and the architect rendering and feasibility study is needed.

“This is scary but very exciting,” Fox said. “Even though we’re aware of the longevity a project like this can take, we’re launching several events and fundraisers to meet the first costs for engineering assessment and architectural renderings.”

Once the initial $35,000 for the taxes and study are obtained, center officials will apply for government grants and appeal to local governments and businesses for donations.

“This arts center will have an economic impact on the community with potential jobs and countless opportunities for art entrepreneurs,” Fox said. “Once we are in one location, they’ll get in the habit of coming out.”

One of the first fundraisers is the Gifts of the Season Dinner Cabaret,  set for 6 p.m. Dec. 14 in the current Arts Center at 357 State St. Methodist Church in Fulton.

An elegant dinner serenaded by harpist Marcella begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by an evening of musical entertainment from a variety of local performers.

Tickets are limited and available online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com. No tickets will be available at the door.

The CNY Arts Center is just three years old, having been founded in early 2011  by Fox. She had written a letter to the editor of The Valley News discussing her love for the arts and wondering if anyone else in the Fulton area shared her love.

“Fourteen people showed up for the first meeting,” she said. “I think people want the arts and they are really passionate about having it here.”

To contribute to a building fund or for more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or  call 592-3373.

It’s holiday concert time in Fulton schools

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle to enjoy the beautiful sounds of the season at one of the following Fulton City School District holiday concerts:

Dec. 3: Volney concert – 6:30 p.m. at the GRB Auditorium

Dec. 3: Lanigan concert – 6:30 p.m. at the Lanigan Cafeteria

Dec. 4: Granby concert – 6:30 p.m. at the Granby Cafeteria

Dec. 11: Fulton Junior High School concerts – Seventh Grade at 6:30 p.m.; Eighth Grade 8 p.m. at the FJHS

Dec. 12: Fairgrieve concert – 6:30 p.m. in the Fairgrieve Gymnasium

Dec. 12: G. Ray Bodley High School Choruses concert – 7:30 p.m. at the GRB Auditorium

Dec. 16: Bodley High School Bands Concert – 7:30 p.m. at the GRB Auditorium

Dec. 17: Bodley High School Orchestras Concert – 7:30 p.m. at the GRB Auditorium

The concerts are open to the public and admission is free.

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