What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

A new month kicks off with the soft opening today of our new gallery “Arts in the Heart” located at 47 S. First St. in Fulton.

Local artists will have their work on display for browsing and for sale. On your lunch hour, when you take an evening walk, or whenever you’re downtown make time to see what’s new at Arts in the Heart Gallery. Call 216-8790 for gallery hours.

In our main facility located in State Street Methodist Church, 357 State St., classes are still being offered along with theatre productions, and casual group meetings such as Writer’s Café and Artist Meet-up.

Creative Blockbuster starts off with a class May 4 from noon to 3 p.m. Students will learn how to work through creative blocks and get your creative juices going again with a variety of activities.

Oil Painting is also on tap May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bonnie McClellan will guide you to paint a relaxing beach scene and take home a completed painting.

Closing weekend of “Helen Keller” running Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

Sunday’s performance will be signed for the hearing impaired. Those seeking reservations may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Start making plans now for Girls Night Out Thursday, May 9 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. This will be a fun-filled evening between friends. Share a little wine and light snacks while you spruce up your jewelry line, or add a little bling to an old pair of shoes. Bring in an old pair of pumps or plain shoes, even canvas flats. We’ll dazzle them up! Make a necklace or entire set. Treat yourself to some fun and take home something new when you leave.

We need your talent for the third annual Arts Fest Talent Competition to be held June 8 in the War Memorial Ice Rink. Tom Eagan and Christine Tupe will both perform onstage following the Competition offering prizes in several categories.

This event also offers handmade original art and crafts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with over 50 vendors to browse. Talent and vendors can register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

The second annual ARTY Day Camp is open for registration. This summer camp for ages 5-15 will offer instruction in art, writing, dance and theater, lunch provided with group art projects. Lunch and afternoon art projects are free and open to every child in the community age 5 and up during the weeks of camp, July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23. Sponsorships are available for morning classes. CNY Arts Center wants every child to have an art experience this summer.

All arts for all ages and interests at CNY Arts Center with classes, live theatre, festivals, Arty Camp, and an art gallery opening May 1.

CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton.

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 happenings at CNY Arts Center.

Phoenix math teacher joins Dream Team

by Nicole Reitz

Wendy Sachel, a sixth-grade math teacher from Emerson J. Dillon Middle School of Phoenix, has been selected to the 2013 LearnZillion Dream Team.

She is one of only 200 chosen to the highly selective group that will travel on a paid trip to San Francisco next month for TeachFest, an intensive professional development conference.

Sachel’s application was chosen out of a pool of more than 3,000 teachers, instructional coaches and administrators from across the country.

The application process is comprised of two parts. The first asked teachers their reasons for wanting to be on the Dream Team, including their teaching philosophies and thoughts about the Common Core.

The second part asked that applicants complete a lesson set outline of three scaffolded lessons and a sample lesson PowerPoint based on one of the lessons.

Each lesson included extension activities and quizzes to check for understanding.

“I did stop to think once or twice that this was quite a bit of work, given the thousands applying,” said Sachel. “However, as I began the process, I knew that whether I asked to join the Dream Team or not, this work could only help me in the classroom, and it already has.”

Ultimately, Sachel was chosen for the Dream Team for her ability to create high-quality, highly conceptual lessons that are easily understood by students.

“It really is such a huge honor,” said EJD Principal Susan Anderson. “She took on this huge undertaking all on her own. What an incredible example she’s setting.”

Sachel has been with the Phoenix school district for 15 years. With the introduction of the Common Core standards, teachers have had to adapt their teaching methods.

“The curriculum tends to change every so often, but this time the changes are not just related to what we teach at each grade level, but how we teach it,” said Sachel.

To give students a deeper understanding of math, they are using models and pictures to represent real world situations. Students are also working with partners and groups to use mathematical reasoning, which goes beyond the memorizing processes.

Sachel said the new style of teaching in the classrooms takes some getting used to for students, parents and teachers, but believes that students are already reaping the benefits.

It is more interactive learning that brought Sachel to the free online program, LearnZillion, which combines video lessons, assessments and progress reporting.

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Fulton gears up for 32nd annual Memorial Day Salute celebration

The 32nd annual Fulton Memorial Day Salute celebration — set for Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25 — will be held at the Fulton Community Center on West Broadway.

As in the past years, the event will feature the Saturday morning parade, local and national music groups, a food court, drinks, a magician and rides. All entertainment is offered free to the public.

The theme for 2013 is “America, United We Stand.”

Alfred Myhill, the 2013 Veteran of the Year, will serve as the grand marshal of the Saturday parade.

Friday evening will feature the G. Ray Bodley High School Jazz Band at 5 p.m., the Music of Rick Bush at 6 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. by the sounds of the Beatles with a performance by Magical Mystery Tour, a tribute band.

The group performs a wide range of music spanning the entire career of the Fab Four. The evening will conclude with fireworks over the lake at 10 p.m.

Oswego County’s biggest parade will begin Saturday’s festivities at 10 a.m. and will feature about 10 bands, including the City of Syracuse Highland Pipe Band, the Central New York Fire and Police Band, the Island Band, the Central Square Middle School Marching Band, and the Towpath Volunteers Fife & Drum from Macedon, New York.

At noon, parade bands will be featured in the Community Center on the Fulton Savings Bank Stage. Awards will be given for winning parade entries.

At 2 p.m. performing on the Fulton Savings Bank Stage will be the Magic of Virgil followed by the Fulton Dixieland Band at 3:30 p.m. and the Fulton Community Band at 5 p.m.

At 6 p.m., the musical stylings of Vince Markowsky will round out the Saturday afternoon.

Saturday at 7 p.m., The King of Diamonds, a Neil Diamond tribute band, will perform.

Rob Garrett  has established himself as the world’s most popular and requested Neil Diamond tribute artist, earning the title “King of Diamonds.”

He was the recipient of the “Male Musical Tribute Artist of the Year” award presented by the Entertainment Network in Las Vegas. This marked the first (and only) time that such an award was presented to a Neil Diamond act.

Memorial Day Salute is sponsored by the Fulton Service Clubs: Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, and Sunrise Rotary and the Fulton Veterans‘ Council.

Those seeking information about participation in the Saturday parade or other venues may call the parade chair at Zach Menter at 591-4502.

Reapportionment lawsuit expected to be filed Monday

 by Carol Thompson

A press conference is scheduled for Monday at 3:30 p.m. at Fulton city hall to announce the filing of a lawsuit against Oswego County over its recently adopted reapportionment plan.

Approximately 10 Oswego County residents are taking the county to court over the manner in which new legislative district lines were drawn.

Buffalo-based attorney Frank Housh said recently that he is representing the plaintiff’s in the case. “There is no question in my mind that the redistricting itself failed to meet the legal requirements,” Housh said.

Among the allegations that the county failed to take into consideration include the formula accounting for prisoners and that there are towns that were split that should not have been, he said.

“Those are the first two issues that we believe are illegal,” he said.

The third cause of action is related to the manner in which the Republican majority proceeded with re-drawing the district lines.

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Young artists sought for Oswego Mural Project

The Oswego Mural Committee is looking for youth artists who would like to create a piece of artwork in a public space in the city of Oswego with the Springboard Mural Project.

Last year, 17 students completed 20 murals along the river walk.

“Organizers are looking to expand that number this year and to complete even more murals,” said Dawn Metott of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “Thanks to a very generous donation of supplies from Raby’s Ace Home Center, we are set to begin.”

An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at the Oswego YMCA Armory with young artists and their parents.

Anyone who is interested in participating in the mural project is encouraged to attend the May 14 meeting.

Now in its fifth year, the mural project is a youth-focused initiative, with the design concept and implementation being directed by local young people with the support of the Springboard Mural Committee.

Murals are located on West Linear Park near the Utica Street Bridge and were designed and created by local students.

The project was originally a city sponsored community development plan to address graffiti issues.

“Many of the youth artists we have in the group come back year after year to participate,” said Metott. “They love helping out their community and seeing a piece of artwork they created in a public space to be enjoyed by others. Instead of covering the graffiti, the community has come together and invested in something special that reflects the sense of community pride which has made this project successful.”

Those seeking additional information or to participate in this project may contact Metott at the Youth Bureau at 349-3575 or e-mail dmetott@oswegocounty.com.

Carolee Ashby’s family reacts to confession of hit-and-run driver

by Carol Thompson

The cold case that has touched the community was solved with the confession of the driver who hit Carolee Sadie Ashby and drove away as she lay dying in the road on Halloween night in 1968.

For the family, the confession of 62-year-old Douglas Parkhurst does little to ease the pain of losing Carolee.

“If he apologized to me and I don’t even know how I would handle it,” Carolee’s mother Marlene Ashby said Wednesday.

Earlier that day, police issued a press release with the details of the accident as well as the identity of the driver.

For the Ashby family, the confession did not bring conclusion to 44 years of suffering — and the family isn’t convinced they know the entire story.

Parkhurst’s confession came following a Facebook post made by former Fulton Police Lieutenant Russ Johnson, who made an appeal for anyone with information to come forward. That led to a former Fulton resident, now living in Florida, to make contact and tell of how Parkhurst’s mother had asked her to provide an alibi for her son.

The family is angered that Parkhurst waited 44 years to confess and they believe he would have remained silent had the witness not come forward.

“If he’s done it (remained silent) for 44 years, I believe he would have went the rest of his life without coming forward,” said Darlene Ashby McCann, who was with Carolee the night she was struck and killed.

McCann, Carolee and a cousin were walking to the store to buy birthday candles for McCann’s birthday cake. The trio was on their way back home when the driver struck Carolee as she and McCann were crossing the street. The cousin had already crossed.

“It’s very cowardly,” McCann said of Parkhurst’s silence.

Ashby agreed. “He’s not 99 percent a coward — he’s 100 percent a coward,” she said, referring to what she said the police had told her about Parkhurst giving a 99.9-percent confession.

Frank McCann, son of Darlene McCann, said he wasn’t born when Carolee was killed, but he does know the suffering the family has endured over the years. He noted the holidays, especially his mother’s birthday, have been difficult.

“He’s taken away from the grandchildren everything he’s been able to enjoy,” he said.

Another grandchild, Amy Kush, said, “I’m happy we now know who was responsible but I feel there is still the unanswered question of why so many people hid this.”

She added, “It’s the beginning of the end of closure.”

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County Household Hazardous Waste facility opens May 1

Are you wondering what to do with your child’s old chemistry set or that pail of expired pool chemicals?

Oswego County residents will be able to safely dispose of unwanted chemicals, pesticides, and other hazardous waste products beginning Wednesday, May 1 at the Oswego County Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility.

Located at the Bristol Hill Landfill, 3125 N.Y.S. Rte. 3, Volney, the facility will be open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 to 11 a.m. from May through September.

The program is free to Oswego County residents and is sponsored by the Oswego County Legislature and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

“The household hazardous waste collection facility gives residents a convenient way to safely dispose of expired chemical products and unwanted hazardous wastes,” said Frank Visser, Oswego County solid waste director. “This method of household hazardous waste management has proven to be cost-effective and user-friendly. Materials are packaged and stored in a secure area until a sufficient amount has accumulated for shipping.”

Customers should pull their vehicle up to the side of the building, which is located between the transfer station and solid waste offices.

Drivers should remain in their vehicles and wait for materials to be unloaded by the solid waste department staff.

These items are accepted at the collection facility: Acids, adhesives, aerosols, airplane glue, antifreeze, auto batteries, light ballasts (non PCB), brake fluid, cements, charcoal lighters, chemistry sets, chlorine, cleaning fluids, compact fluorescent bulbs, corrosives, degreasers, dioxin pesticides, disinfectants, drain cleaners, dry gas, epoxies, fiberglass resins, and flea products.

Also, fluorescent light bulbs, furniture polish, hair removers, herbicides, hobby chemicals, inks, insecticides, lacquers, lighter fluids, lubricants, mercury containing devices, moth balls and flakes, nail polish and remover, and “no pest” strips.

Also, oil-based paints (no latex paints will be accepted), oven cleaners, paint removers and thinners, permanent solutions, pesticides, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, rat poisons, rubber cements, rug and upholstery cleaners, rust solvents, silvex pesticide, solvents, spot removers, tub and tile cleaners, turpentine, varnish, waste fuels, weed killers, wood preservatives, and wood stains.

Materials should be in their original containers and placed in sturdy cardboard boxes. Leaking containers should be wrapped in newspaper and placed in a clear plastic bag.

Dried latex paint, used motor oil, household batteries, cell phones, computers, electronic equipment, and appliances containing CFC refrigerant are accepted year-round at the transfer stations.

There is no charge for recycling electronic equipment such as computer monitors, microwave ovens, fax machines and televisions.

There is a fee to recycle appliances that contain CFC refrigerant.

Visser requests that, for safety reasons, people do not bring children or pets to the collection site. Smoking is prohibited in the unloading area.

The Solid Waste Department also accepts hazardous wastes from

Oswego County businesses that meet the regulatory requirements.

Business owners should contact the solid waste office to find out if they qualify and to obtain a cost estimate for disposal of materials.

Those seeking more information may call the Oswego County Solid Waste Office at 591-9200 or visit the Department of Solid Waste Web site at www.oswegocounty.com/dsw/index.html.

Fulton softball team wins two of three games

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team recently won games against Oswego and Mexico but lost to Jamesville-DeWitt.

Jamesville-DeWitt scored eight runs during the third and fourth innings of its April 18th game en route to handing Fulton its only loss of the season.

The Lady Raiders responded by doubling up on Oswego. Fulton scored 14 runs during the fourth inning of its April 20th game against Oswego while cruising to a win.

April 23, the Lady Raiders scored five unanswered runs in extra innings to come away with a win against Mexico.

After two scoreless innings, Jamesville-Dewitt scored eight unanswered runs during the third and fourth innings. Jamesville-DeWitt scored another run during the top of the sixth inning to take a 9-0 lead. Jamesville-Dewitt outscored the Lady Raiders during by two runs during the seventh inning to cap off a 12-1 win.

Fulton was led by Cheyenne Laun and Keisha Pierce. They both had two hits. Courtney Parker chipped in with a hit for the Lady Raiders.

Two players saw time on the mound for Fulton. In four innings of work, Cheyenne Laun finished with three strikeouts while allowing eight runs on eight hits.

In relief of Laun, Ashley Cummins struck out one while giving up four runs on five hits in three innings of action.

The Lady Raiders rebounded by topping Oswego in a high-scoring game.

Early on, it didn’t look so good for Fulton. After three innings of play, Oswego had a 7-3 lead over the Lady Raiders.

Fulton turned the tide on Oswego during the fourth inning. Not only did the Lady Raiders rally back but they dealt Oswego a very strong blow.

The Lady Raiders scored 13 runs in the inning to take a nine-run lead at 17-8. Fulton rolled to a 26-13 win.

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