Hannibal Senior Band to premiere ‘For Those First Called’

The Hannibal Senior Band will premier “For Those First Called,” in honor of first responders, by Syracuse composer Kevin Mixon June 4.

Mixon is an accomplished composer and arranger with several works for band and orchestra published by Carl Fischer, Kendor Music, and Alfred Publishing.

In addition, he is a National Board Certified Teacher, was an instrumental music teacher for several years, and is currently the director of fine arts for the Syracuse City School District.

He is in frequent demand as a conductor and clinician for festivals and conferences, such as the International Society for Music Education Convention, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, National Association for Music Education events, and state and regional music conferences.

He is author of “Reaching and Teaching All Instrumental Music Students” and co-author of “Teaching Music in the Urban Classroom.”

This composition commissioned by the senior band is dedicated to the memory of past Music Booster President Ed “Skeeter” Carvey, whose died in a tragic accident in 2011.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hannibal High School Lockwood Auditorium with the Jazz Band.

Graduating seniors Nicole McMahon, Ashley Moberg and Brooke Zapanta will be honored by the Hannibal Senior Band as well as foreign exchange students, Jakub Schinko and Monica Kollar in this send-off celebration.

As is tradition, alumni and friends will be invited to join the band on the final two selections, “Lexington March” and “A Tribute to Neil Diamond.”

A reception sponsored by the Hannibal Music Boosters will take place in the cafeteria following the performance.

What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

A new month brings lots of weekend events, starting with the very first Saturday of the month. June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an open house for our new gallery “Arts in the Heart” located at 47 S. First St., Fulton. Come visit, take a walk through, enjoy Marcella Slater on the harp from 2 to 4 p.m.; see the display of some of the finest art in the heart of CNY. Get a free “ARTs in the HeART” bracelet while supplies last. The public is also invited to the official Ribbon Cutting set for June 5 at 11 a.m. just before Tunes in June.

We’ll also be open during Farmer’s Market every Saturday so stop by when you’re at the market, on your lunch hour during the week or whenever you’re downtown.

Make time to see what’s new at Arts in the HeART Gallery open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours are subject to change.

The second Saturday finds the third annual Arts Fest June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the War Memorial Community Center Ice Rink. This annual event is growing in popularity each year. Crafters and artists, entertainment, a talent competition, art projects for kids, food, prizes, and family fun. With more 50 vendors to browse, this event will offer the best local handmade original art and crafts. Make it a day to celebrate the arts in CNY.

We still need performers for the talent competition to be held during Arts Fest from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Butler-Sheehan Irish Step Dancers are scheduled to perform during judges deliberations.

Lois Dixon and the Olives and Tom Eagan will each perform onstage following the Competition which awards prizes in three age categories plus a new category for bands just added. And there is still room for vendors. Talent and vendors can register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Our focus is on kids the third Saturday, June 15 from noon to 2 p.m. with sign-up for our summer play “Charlotte’s Web.” The play is open to all children from ages 5-15 and we’ll find a part for everyone. There is no charge to participate.

The play will run Aug. 16-18 at the Arts Center located in the 357 State Street church. Children should be prepared to tell their favorite story or sing a song. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Digital Photography 101 series kicks off our class schedule June 4 and you can attend any or all of the six classes meeting on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Learn the basics of taking photographs with a digital camera. A single lens reflex (SLR) digital camera is recommended, but not required. The class is taught by Kendra Matott, studio arts coordinator and Featured Artist of the Month at Arts in the HeART Gallery.

Sunday, June 9 brings our monthly Writer’s Café from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the center. This informal gathering for local writers and people who enjoy writing is the perfect place to share your writings and enjoy the work of others like yourself. All genres welcome. Contact Jim Farfaglia at 402-2297 or sjimf903@twcny.rr.com.

Three great classes are on the calendar for Saturday, June 15 with Woodworking for Beginners, ages 10 and up from 1 to 5 p.m. Students will make a flower box and learn about proper tool safety and woodworking techniques. All materials and tools are provided.

Textured Memories with Kenneth Blount will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’re going to love this one using things around the house…a child’s toy, a favorite cup/spoon, a treasured memory that becomes a treasured work of art bringing back memories for years to come. Bring items to make a collage. Please pre-register.

Oil Painting with Bonnie McClellan returns from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This class will paint “Abandoned Cabin” full of colors! All materials are provided and students will leave with a completed painting.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and look for us here every week with the latest classes and events.

Poppies – Late May

by Jim Farfaglia

Poppies – Late May


For weeks they were only green furry eggs,

each sitting atop a slim stalk,

defying gravity.


Yesterday, they offered a peek of their promise,

blushing like school boys

at their first spring dance.


And today – right on time –

three burst open,

revealing their colorful cries of joy:


for the coming of summer,

for the particular beauty of red,

for the gift of things worth noticing.

Fulton YMCA offers summer soccer camp with Syracuse Silver Knights

The Fulton Family YMCA and the Syracuse Silver Knights are teaming up to offer a summer soccer camp. 

The Silver Knights camp offers personalized instruction from professional Silver Knight’s players, coaches, and other highly qualified coaches.

The camp is designed to provide kids of all ages the opportunity to learn technical and tactical skills all while enjoying a fun and safe environment.

The Silver Knights have coached camps at all levels across New York State.

The Fulton YMCA’s Summer Soccer Camp will be held July 15-19 at Fulton’s G. Ray Bodley Soccer Fields.

Those seeking to register for the camp may call the Syracuse Silver Knights at 303-7261 or email at silverknights@scyracusesilverknights.com.

Registration forms are available at the Fulton Family YMCA and on the web site at www.fultonymca.com or on the Silver Knights Webpage at http://syracusesilverknights.com/camps.cfm.

School year coming to a close

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

The weather wasn’t as nice as we all would have liked it but I hope everyone still enjoyed their vacation. The parade and fireworks were a great way to spend Memorial Day weekend.

The year is officially wrapping up! June will be here soon and before we know it, school will be over.

Although summer vacation is approaching, it is extremely important for students to work hard these last few weeks. Regents and final exams are right around the corner.

Most teachers, if not all, hold regents review classes after school. They are a great way to prepare for the regents!

Summer Driver’s Education applications are available in the Guidance Office and due by today, May 30.

Registration for fall golf is now taking place; see Mr. Ascenzi in the guidance office to sign-up!

Good luck to any students taking the SAT exam this Saturday, June 1.

Next week is a busy week! Monday, June 3 is the G. Ray Bodley Academic Awards Ceremony; Tuesday, June 4 is the Senior Athlete Banquet; Wednesday, June 5 is Battle of the Athletes; and Thursday, June 6 is the High Honors Graduate Banquet!

Seniors don’t forget to buy your Senior Dinner Dance tickets by June 6!

It is time to return library materials. Please return all books to the library by Monday, June 3.

If seniors have any lost materials they must be paid for before they can receive their cap and gown at rehearsal.

Have a great week!

Simmons finally breaks through for elusive Oswego SBS win

Jason Simmons has been racing around Oswego Speedway for seven years and Saturday night he finally took his D&S Landscaping No. 98 machine to victory lane.
Jason Simmons has been racing around Oswego Speedway for seven years and Saturday night he finally took his D&S Landscaping No. 98 machine to victory lane.

Jason Simmons has been racing around Oswego Speedway for seven years and Saturday night he finally took his D&S Landscaping No. 98 machine to victory lane.

Simmons and early race leader Mike Bruce swapped the lead on a couple different occasions with Simmons eventually locking down the race lead at lap 22 to go onto the Tony White Memorial win over Bruce, Dalton Doyle, Russ Brown, JJ Andrews, Mike Bond, Jon Tesoriero, Tim Gareau, Kreig Heroth, and Jack Patrick.

“It feels great, finally,” said Simmons. “Seven years it has taken, and it’s too long. My guys have been busting their butts for years with me: Brian Dana, Mikey O’Connor. You know, these guys have never left my side, they believed in me, and we finally put it together.”

Simmons went on to explain how the night unfolded, including his tremendous battle with Mike Bruce for the race win in lapped traffic.

“We were fast in the first warm-up, but we struggled in the second warm-up and in the heat,” said Simmons. “The guys hit it on the money in the feature. I didn’t want to tear my car up in lapped traffic; I was trying to be cautious.

“I saw him (Bruce) out there and I was racing him hard, but I knew I was faster,” he added. “I was a little discouraged when he got by, but I knew we would get back by him, and we did it and that’s all that mattered.”

The evening’s Nice Price Auto Sales “Up & Comer” award recipient and the winner of the Sherwood Racing Wheels “Lap Leader” award was Jason Simmons.

The D&S Landscaping “Hard Chager” award went to Jeremy Pitcher, in the TNT Motorsports No. 14, for the second week in a row.

The White’s Car Care “4th place” award, given in honor of Tony White each week at the Speedway, was won by Russ Brown.

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race wins were awarded to Kreig Heroth, Mike Bond, and Tim Gareau.

Bond will be credited as the first driver to unofficially clock a lap of under 19 seconds in an SBS machine with a lap of 18.939 seconds on the way to his heat race win.

No driver in the history of the division has ever scored a lap under 19 seconds on the AMB transponder scoring system at Oswego Speedway.

Oswego Speedway will next be in action Saturday, June 1.

Grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Farm bill should not be approved

by Nancy Weber, President Oswego County Farm Bureau

Farming in New York is under attack once again by people who have never set foot on a farm, but think they know best how a farm should operate.

The New York Assembly, led by New York City lawmakers, passed the unnecessary Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act.

There is already a long list of state and federal protections that over see everything from workplace housing to health and safety standards to wages.

The Farm Labor Bill is also pushing for mandatory overtime on an individual eight-hour work day and collective bargaining. These may work for a factory, not a family farm.

If employees should choose to strike during a critical week of harvest, a year’s livelihood could be lost. Our dairy cows in need of milking would also be put in harm’s way.

Mother Nature dictates the work schedule, not the farmer.  Overtime will force many farmers to limit workers to eight hour shifts and seek other employees to fill in the gap. The migrant farm workers who choose to come to this country to work hard for a given-season would be shortchanged.

Other farmers may simply choose to grow less labor intensive row crops, giving up on planting fresh fruits and vegetables. The legacy and landscape of agriculture in New York will undoubtedly change.

In the end, farmers treat their employees well because it is not only the right thing to do, but because the farmers depend on their workers for important jobs.

If an employee was treated unfairly, they would simply find work elsewhere or not return the following year.

I would like to thank Assembly Member Will Barclay and Bob Oaks who stood up for farms and farm families by voting “no” on this bill.

We encourage you to write or call Governor Cuomo and your state Senator and explain that if this bill should pass, farmers and farm employees will be hurt. Sincerely,

Legislature chairman names new committees

by Carol Thompson

Newly elected Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Garnder has changed some of the committee assignments — much to the ire of some of the Democrat legislators.

Gardner removed Legislator Doug Malone from the Finance and Personnel Committee and moved him to Economic Planning and Development.

“It’s punishment,” Malone said when he learned he had been removed from what is considered by some as the most prestigious committee.

Malone said he feels he is being punished for reporting the allegations that there may be pornography in some of the county highway department computers.  Malone reported three incidences and so far, one of the allegations has been proven.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he was not pleased that he was not consulted in regard to the changes prior to them being made.

Traditionally, the majority and minority leaders are consulted for committee assignments.

Gardner did not return a telephone message left at his office Thursday afternoon and when contacted late Friday morning, it was stated that he had left for the day.

The county offices were closed Monday for Memorial Day.

There were no changes made to the Government, Courts and Consumer Affairs Committee and the Health Committee remained unchanged.

Legislator Milferd Potter was moved to the Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology Committee. Kunzwiler said Potter requested the move.

Legislator David Holst was named as vice chairman of the committee, replacing Gardner, who as chairman no longer serves a committee.

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