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.

Fulton boys’ basketball team focusing on one game at a time

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity basketball team this season wants to focus on one game at a time.

And by doing so, it hopes to win eight games.

Fulton coach Matt Kimpland says the Red Raiders can reassess their goals if they earn those eight wins.

But, Kimpland mentions his team has goals for activities off the court as well. Fulton is striving to be a team that has every player earning at least a 3.5 GPA (grade point average) while missing very little school at the same time.

This season, the Red Raiders will feature five starters with limited playing time at the varsity level.

Kimpland considers sophomore Cody Green the only returning starter from last season’s team and he was able to play only half of the season.

Mark Pollock, Seth Britton and Austin Haskins also return from last year’s team.

All 11 players showed tremendous involvement in the summer tournaments in which Fulton participated.

They played against teams from Oswego, Red Creek, North Rose-Wolcott and Phoenix to name a few. The team played in 25-30 games from June through August.

The Red Raiders came away with the St. Bonaventure Team Tournament Championship, but lost to Jamesville-DeWitt by 15 points in the semifinals of another tournament.

Fulton began in-season practice Nov. 11. An open gym was held during the two weeks leading up to the start of practice. The Red Raiders used those open gym sessions to develop the conditioning needed for basketball participation.

Despite having many players who were physically able to take part in fall sports such as football and soccer, the team struggled during the first few days of practice to make the adjustment to the conditioning needed for basketball.

Currently, Kimpland feels that the conditioning of his team is about 85 percent to 90 percent of what it needs to be. The Red Raiders begin the season following Thanksgiving and were expected to have met Kimpland’s conditioning goals by that time.

Fulton has not yet named captains for the upcoming season. Kimpland points out the individuals he selects for the job will display strong leadership abilities and be able to encourage teammates to step up during moments of adversity.

While assessing the schedule for the upcoming season, Kimpland suggests the Red Raiders will be challenged early and often. Fulton will participate in a Watertown tournament followed by games against Central Square, Camden, Jamesville-DeWitt, Bishop Ludden and Christian Brothers Academy.

Kimpland feels this will allow his team to become battle tested rather quickly. He said the tough early schedule his team faces will allow them to be a tougher team during the second half of the season.

Kimpland said his team is excited to take on some of the best teams Section 3 offers. He suggests this team could be one of the most skilled teams Fulton has had in a long time. Many of the players consider basketball their favorite sport to play and have the skills to show for it.

The Red Raiders will be a team with a great desire to compete and succeed. Fulton will also be a team that plays with poise and intensity regardless of the circumstances they may face this season.

The team also will have offensive versatility. Shooters like Cody Green and Brian Hudson will help Fulton stretch the floor, while big men like Chris Jones and Seth Britton will be able to keep opposing defenses honest with their presence down low.

Fulton school board appoints new principal, math coach

By Debra J. Groom

The Fulton school district hired a new principal for Volney Elementary School at its meeting Tuesday night.

Lisa Garofalo, who has worked for many years in the Syracuse City School District, will begin as the new Volney principal on Jan. 6. She will earn $91,500 a year.

Superintendent William Lynch said Garofalo is new to the Fulton district and previously was assistant principal at the West Side Academy in Syracuse. She also worked at Seymour Elementary and was an assistant principal at Ed Smith Elementary in Syracuse. She was principal of special education and pre-kindergarten at Herkimer County BOCES and taught math in the Whitesboro school district in Oneida County.

She received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo, her master’s in special education from the College of St. Rose in Albany and her certificate of advanced study from SUNY Cortland.

The previous Volney principal Jeff Hendrickson was moved to the principal job at Lanigan Elementary at the beginning of the year due to a new policy that states spouses cannot work at the same school.

Former Superintendent Michael Egan has been filling in a interim principal.

In other business Tuesday night, the school board had the first reading of the new fragrance policy for the district. Lynch said the policy was studied and went through two months of discussion in the board’s policy committee before coming to the full board.

He said the policy sets a statement about fragrances in the district and “what factors impact people’s health.” He said the policy contains voluntary compliance and is primarily one to raise awareness amongst staff and students on items that could be offensive to some people.

The policy came about when science teacher Colleen O’Brien told the district she suffers from multiple chemical sensitivity and was bothered by various fragrances in school. She told the school board at a previous meeting that students would deliberately spray fragrances in front of her classroom to trigger an attack of her illness.

O’Brien has said in the past she supports the district enacting a fragrance-free policy for its buildings.

The policy will have its second reading and will be voted on at the school board’s Dec. 10 meeting.

Also Tuesday night, the board hired a teacher who will work as an instructional coach for math teachers in grades kindergarten through eight.

Lynnette DePoint, who currently works in the Hannibal school district, will help teachers deal with Common Core requirements in math. She will be paid a base salary of $56,765 a year and a stipend of $5,000.

Fulton Pee Wees hockey wins one, loses one

The Fulton Pee Wees hockey team, sponsored by Cargill, Inc., Foster Funeral Home and Pathfinder Bank, competed in two games this past weekend — beating Ithaca 4-1 but dropping a hard-fought contest to Camillus 4-3.

The action started when the Pee Wees traveled to Ithaca Saturday.

The Pee Wees began the first period strong with an early goal by #35 Eric Shear that was assisted by #25 Sidney Bradshaw. Ithaca countered that goal with one of their own that ended the first period in a tie 1-1.

The second period saw the most activity with an initial goal from #71 Chayton Sykes that was assisted by #35 Eric Shear. Shear ended the period with two more unassisted goals putting Fulton in the lead 4-1 going into the third period.

The third period saw some exceptional defensive and offensive play from #48 Andrew Hyde, #88 Calexander Connolly and #10 Madison Lewis along with the rest of their teammates. The Pee Wees held off Ithaca throughout the 3rd period ending the game with a win 4-1.

Fulton’s goalie #20 Nathaniel Lindsey saved 11 goals.

Hitting home ice on Sunday Nov. 24, Fulton faced off against Camillus 1.

Fulton blazed through the first period earning the first goal of the game with an over-the-shoulder netter by #35 Eric Shear, assisted by #00 Jadon Lee and #86 Johnathan McCann.

Camillus tied it up by the end of the first period and took control in the second period netting two more against Fulton.

In the third period, Camillus garnered themselves a fourth goal.

Pulling themselves up and back into action, Fulton’s #35 Eric Shear netted two more goals that were assisted by #25 Sidney Bradshaw and #2 Jarred Willis, Jr.

Pulling their goalie for the last few seconds of play, the Pee Wees including #15 Derek Carter and #32 Lane Phillips gave their all in an effort to try to tie up the game.

In the end, they weren’t able to pull it off and Camillus won 4-3.

Fulton’s goalie #20 Nathaniel Lindsey saved 28 goals.

There’s still time to view art of Michael Lynne

There is still time to see this month’s featured artist Michael Lynne at the CNY Arts Center Arts in the heART Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton.

Lynne has many accomplishments in his career as an artist:

** Featured in the CNY Arts Center Arts in the heART gallery

** Several juried exhibitions including 2013 “Ordinary Everyday Objects,” Still Point Art Gallery Brunswick, Maine, national online exhibit, 2012 International Society of Acrylic Painters Fourth annual online exhibition

** Participated in the 2010 “Oklahoma Friendly” a national juried exhibition

Lynne retired as a high school art instructor in 2006 and since has been working on his paintings and entering his work in art exhibitions.

For the past few years, he has been exploring the world of color and seeking a looser style of applying paint to canvas.

He works in both acrylic and oil and with an occasional work in watercolors.  He teaches a workshop for beginning and intermediate artists called Painting Fundamentals, which explores the “how” of beginning a painting and enriching color.  His classes have been offered at the CNY Arts Center in Fulton.

A Sportman’s World, by Leon Archer

By Leon Archer

My brother, Warren, was five years older than me.

He had his own older friends who weren’t interested in my hanging around with them, and in all honesty, I had no desire to hang around with him and his friends either.

There were only two exceptions to that mutually acceptable separation – hunting and fishing. I fished with Warren whenever he gave me the opportunity, but it wasn’t until I was nearly a teen that he went out of his way to take me with him.

Hunting was a little different story. When I was about 9 or 10, I got the chance to go with Warren and my father as they hunted together. I had to walk behind my father, but I didn’t care, and I did get to take my BB gun with me.

It was all so exciting for me, especially when they would shoot at a rabbit or partridge, or even a grey squirrel in the limbs high above us.

I got the job of carrying whatever they shot. It wasn’t child abuse, it was a labor of love. Warren became a pretty good shot during the two years that he apprenticed with my father, and once he was 16, dad let him go hunting on his own, confident that he would be fine.

My father was not a big time small game hunter; although, when the time arrived, he came out of retirement long enough to get me through my two years of being a junior hunter.

I was especially fortunate that none of Warren’s friends were all that interested in hunting, so when he started hunting on his own he often took me with him. My job was to jump on all the brush piles the farmers had made in the fields. Back then, just about every third pile of brush could be counted on to have a cottontail hiding in it.

I also took it upon myself to walk through big clumps of low juniper bushes which were fairly consistent rabbit holders as well. Warren knocked off a good percentage of the fleeing cottontails, so I often found myself carrying three or four rabbits by the time we headed for home.

My best memories are of the times that Warren would bring down a partridge. To my way of thinking, the Ruffed Grouse was (and still is) the premier game bird, even more so than the gaudy ring necked pheasant that I also love to hunt.

I had the greatest admiration for my brother’s shooting ability when it came to grouse. I was present many times when he quickly zeroed in on a rapidly disappearing bird with a load of sixes.

I can close my eyes and picture a spot that my brother and I never failed to check out for birds when we were hunting in the fields and woods in back of our house in Sandy Creek. The lots and the adjoining woods belonged to a dairy farmer, Mr. Allen, who had no objection to our hunting there as long as we didn’t disturb his herd of Guernsey cows, and we took full advantage of the opportunity.

The spot I am writing about was at the edge of the fields that comprised Mr. Allen’s pasture. On one side there was a stand of new poplar saplings that jutted out into the field.

Walking farther west after clearing the thicket of saplings (which itself often concealed grouse or wood cock) we would come to what is my favorite grouse spot of all time. There had been an apple orchard there countless years before, and a couple of long untended trees still managed to survive. They continued to bear well year after year, and the fruit was a magnet for every partridge living in the big woods beyond.

My brother took his share of unlucky grouse from that locale each year he hunted, and I followed suit in the years after he moved away. I have many memories of that tiny portion of my world, but the best is of the first time my brother shot a partridge there.

It had thundered out from underneath one of the apple trees as we approached, putting leaves and apples between himself and my brother. Warren had been tracking the bird even as he brought the gun up to his shoulder.

He shot quickly, directly through the leaves that pretty much obscured the bird, but instinctively targeting the spot where the bird should be.

A moment later, I could hear a putt, putt, putt sound. I did not know what it was then, but like most every other grouse hunter, I have learned it indicates a successful hunt.

It is the sound of wings still reflexively beating, in their diminishing futile attempt to carry the now dead bird to safety. Running underneath that apple tree, I found the bird about 30 feet beyond, while its wings still jerked spasmodically. In moments; however, all movement ceased as I clutched the limp, beautiful warm bird in my hands.

I admired the exquisite brown patterned feathers of its back, the black ruff around its collar, and the long, barred feathers of the tail fan. The breast feathers were darkly barred over a creamy white.

As I held that bird, exulting in the feat I had observed, and feeling  that somehow I was at least a small part of it, for some reason I was drawn to smell of its warm body. I can still smell it today.

It was the wild smell of the woods, the fallen leaves and the ripe apples, yet that poor description does not truly do it justice. Over the years I have shot many grouse, but I have never failed to bury my nose in the feathers of each and breathe in that day once more.

I would give a great deal to be able to hunt grouse just once more with my brother on a warm October day, and match skill and wits with those magnificent birds. Perhaps there will come a day.

Who knows? I for one have no problem with the American Indians’ description of Heaven as the Happy Hunting Grounds, but if it exists, it must contain Heavenly wild apple trees and celestial grouse.

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