SUNY Oswego to present puppet wizardry of Cashore Marionettes

Master puppeteer Joseph Cashore brings his lifelike creations to State University College at Oswego’s Waterman Theater Sept. 7 for performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m., launching the college’s 2013-14 Artswego Performing Arts Series.

In addition, programs by the artist are scheduled in three area communities as part of an extended residency.

While the Cashore Marionettes are complex in construction, the veteran puppeteer aims for effects that are stunning in their simplicity.

He has been awarded the UNIMA Citation of Excellence, the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive.

“I try in my work to be as simple and direct as possible, to express the theme of each piece with an economy of means,” Cashore said.

The Saturday evening performance, titled “Life in Motion,” is the Cashore Marionettes’ full-length program for adults.

The show consists of short vignettes covering the full range of human experience from comic to tragic moments, with characters and actions that are convincing and engaging, Cashore said.

Each segment is performed to evocative music by composers from Vivaldi to Strauss and Copland.

The Saturday afternoon show is a shorter program called “Simple Gifts,” designed for families.

Because of the subtlety of movement and expression, the program is best suited for children ages 8 and older.

Advance tickets for the two performances may be purchased at any SUNY Oswego Box Office, online at or by calling 312-2141.

Parking for the Cashore Marionettes’ performances is included in the cost of the ticket, in the employee lots in front of and just east of Culkin Hall, the college’s main administration building off state Route 104.

‘Meet the artist’

Area residents may attend Cashore’s preview presentations at 7 p.m. Sept. 5, at H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego, or at 7 p.m. Sept. 6, at the CNY Arts Center in Fulton.

At both of these “meet the artist” sessions, the puppeteer will explain and demonstrate how he imagines, constructs and performs with his expressive characters.

These illustrated artist talks are geared to adults as well as children age 8 and above.

Adults and art students who wish to pursue Joseph Cashore’s technique in greater depth may register for a marionette master at 2 p.m. Sept. 8, at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center in Pulaski. Call 298-7007 for more information.

The Cashore Marionettes’ community residency is made possible by grants from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by CNY Arts. It also is made possible by the partnering host organizations.

Detailed program information, video clips and ticket links for the two on-campus performances are available online at

Oswego High School Class of 1968 plans reunion

The reunion committee for the Oswego High School Class of 1968 is putting together the final pieces in preparation for its 45th reunion Sept.27 and 28.

The committee has attempted to contact each classmate so he or she will be aware of the festivities.

There will be an informal gathering Sept. 27 at Bridie Manor and a more formal event planned for the Elks Club Sept. 28.

Reservations are required for the Sept. 27 event. Contact Carolyn (Linda) McNamara at 342-2857 or Mary Lou Kritzman at 342-1957 to reserve a spot.

The class would like to invite graduates of Catholic High Class of 1968 to join in the festivities. Also invited are the Oswego High School classes of 1967 and 1969.

Planners need help finding the following classmates: Keith Alexander, Edward Budd, John Callen, Sandy (Curran) Wheeler, Robert Henry Jr., Mary (Mazzoli) Wills, Beverly (McKinstry) Waters, Anthony Meglino, Patricia Miller, Steve Mitchelson, Ann Marie (Perry) Donoghue, Michael Perry, Richard Peterson, Joann (Smith) Mays, Raymond Stone, James Woods, Alice

Musician wins scholarship

This year’s winner of the Alice Clemens Memorial Scholarship award given by the New York State Old Tyme Fiddler’s Association is Aaron Raymer, of Meridian.

Aaron, who is the great-grandson of Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame Inductee Murph Baker, began playing the fiddle at 10 years of age, after his interest was sparked by family trips to Osceola to hear fiddle music.

Today, after years of practice and study with teachers such as Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame inductee Jackie Hobbs, Aaron is an accomplished player who has given many performances around New York state, including playing violin with the Onondaga Civic Symphony.

The Alice Clemens Memorial Scholarship fund was established to honor the memory of Alice Clemens, co-founder of the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association.

Funds for the scholarship are raised by members of the Clemens family through the sale of their CDs and through donations.

This year “Fiddlin’ Future,” NYSOTFA’s youth chapter, donated $250 toward the scholarship fund for Aaron, a fellow chapter member who was its first president and served as the fiddle instructor for youngsters at the 11th Annual Kids’ Kamp this summer.

Aaron also is a concert pianist and won second place in the CNY Music Teachers’ Advanced Students Piano Competition.

He also won the 2013 Merit Scholarship award, a newly created prize through CNYAMT.

This fall Aaron will attend the Crane School of Music, State University College at Potsdam, on scholarship, majoring in instrumental music education.

Masons to serve seafood dinners

Callimachus Lodge 369 F&AM, 451 Main St., Phoenix, will serve fish dinners to the public during September and October.

Dinners will be served 5 to 7 p.m. at the Masonic building.

Dinners will be served Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, as well as Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Fish and seafood dinners will be available. Takeout will be available by calling 695-6222.

Rabies clinic is Sept. 11 in Schroeppel

The Oswego County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic for cats, dogs and pet ferrets from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Schroeppel Town Highway Garage, 69 county Route 57A.

New York state law requires all cats, dogs and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given at 3 months of age.

A second vaccination is required for cats and dogs within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter. Ferrets need to be vaccinated annually.

In order for pets to receive the three-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated and should bring their pet’s last rabies vaccination certificate to the clinic.

The health department suggests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics, but no one will be turned away. Dogs should be leashed and cats and pet ferrets should be in a cage.

Two additional clinics are scheduled for this fall:

Volney: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9, Bristol Hill Landfill, state Route 3.

Scriba: 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6,  County Highway Garage, state Route 104 East.

Any time a person or pet comes in physical contact with a bat or wild animal, especially a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be immediately reported to the County Health Department.

To report a possible exposure, or for more information about rabies, call the Health Department weekdays at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564.

In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department’s answering service at 341-0086.

City’s L.C. Smith gun legacy draws history enthusiasts

By Tracy Kinne

The Pratt House was bustling Friday as antique-gun enthusiasts from throughout the East arrived for the Hunter Arms Homecoming Weekend.

Andy Anderson, who lives west of Kingston, N.Y., wiped the sweat off his face as he set up his display of L.C. Smith shotguns, some of them in mint condition.

He had spent five hours driving. Nearby, Oddvar Skadberg of St. James, on Long Island, peered at closeup photographs of the etching on some of the high-end L.C. Smith guns.

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School to start; tax collection to start

Hannibal Central School District taxes will be collected Sept. 1 to Oct. 2 with no interest and Oct. 3 to Nov. 1 with a 2 percent penalty.

The tax roll will be closed on Nov. 1, and no tax payments received or post-marked after this date will be accepted.

The tax bill must be included with payment. Payments can be made in person 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays or mailed to: Hannibal Central School, attention: tax collector, 928 Cayuga St., Hannibal, N.Y. 13074.

Receipts can be found at or property owners can send a self-addressed stamped envelope with their payment.

All taxes are turned over to their respective counties on Nov. 1.

Lewis seeks second term as justice

Judge Edward J. Lewis plans a second run for Hannibal town justice. As he completes his first term, he would like to make the following statement to Hannibal residents:

“First of all I would like to thank the residents of Hannibal for giving me the opportunity to serve as town justice. I succeeded Judge Luther Dennison and let me say no one could ever replace Judge Dennison. They have been big shoes to fill!

“I had many conversations with Judge Dennison and tried to apply his advice to my own court. For the past four years, my court has been dedicated to applying the law in a fair manner. When punishment is required, my court imposes it!

“At the same time, I always try to design punishment that encourages the guilty to become law abiding residents. The other side of that coin is ‘my court has no tolerance for repeat offenders.’

“I have heard several people say: ‘If you do the crime, you do the time.’ Not only is that overly simplistic, it borders on ignorance of how the judicial system is set up.

“When I went for certification following my election, one of our trainers said that in this country we treasure our personal freedoms. He went on to say that as a judge you have the authority to take that freedom away from people convicted of crimes.

“His advice was ‘Be very careful how you exercise that authority!’ I have never forgotten that. The objectives of my court is to uphold the law and help the guilty become law abiding citizens.”

Judge Lewis also stated that his court is dedicated to maintaining the integrity established by Dennison.

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