High school art show’s Viewers’ Choice Award presented

The Viewers’ Choice Award, determined by the public’s vote during the Fulton Art Association’s 2013 High School Invitational Art & Photography Show held March 2-3, was tallied at the end of the competition. The winner was Jeff Rusaw, a senior from G. Ray Bodley High School, for his 3D Metal eagle, with a 4’ wing span, entitled “Free Bird,” which also won first place in the 3D category.
The Viewers’ Choice Award, determined by the public’s vote during the Fulton Art Association’s 2013 High School Invitational Art & Photography Show held March 2-3, was tallied at the end of the competition. The winner was Jeff Rusaw, a senior from G. Ray Bodley High School, for his 3D Metal eagle, with a 4’ wing span, entitled “Free Bird,” which also won first place in the 3D category.

The Viewers’ Choice Award, determined by the public’s vote during the Fulton Art Association’s 2013 High School Invitational Art & Photography Show held Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, was tallied at the end of the competition.

All individuals who attended the high school show were provided the opportunity to vote for their favorite art or photography entry in the show.

The winner of the Viewers’ Choice Award for 2013 receives a ribbon comparable to Best of Show and a check for $50 sponsored by Fulton Savings Bank.

The winner of the Viewers’ Choice Award for the 2013 high school show was awarded to Jeff Rusaw, a senior from G. Ray Bodley High School, for his 3D Metal eagle, with a 4’ wing span, entitled “Free Bird,” which also won 1st place in the 3D category.

The artwork with the second highest number of votes was “Disney,” a pencil drawing by Karly Hotaling, a senior at Phoenix.

Third place tally was Nikki Baker-Lanning, a junior at Fulton, for her ceramics entry, “Jack & His Hill.” Fourth place was taken by William Hollis, a Fulton senio for his computer graphic art entry entitled “Galaxy.”

Fifth place was a five-way tie:  Kayla Volkomer, an Oswego sophomore for her mixed media painting called “Birds in Winter”; Ashley Pitters, an Oswego senior for his drawing pencil entry, “CATastrophe,” which took the judges’ Best of Show Award; Jake Baker, a Fulton senior for his 3D metal entry, “Crush”; and Allie Dennison, a Hannibal junior, for her oils painting titled “Daisy.”

Florida winter

Leon Archer
Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

We have had sort of a reverse winter in Florida and, as I write this column, we are only about 10 degrees colder than Fulton. December and January were beautiful, almost steamy at times, and February was just about perfect, but March has been a really cool month.

March brought some freezes and frosts, but mostly just north of Barefoot Bay. We had one frost that did a number on my tomatoes and beans, but that was it.

On the other hand, we have had 15 nights that the temperature dipped below 40 compared to less than half that number total for December through February.

So I guess I won’t have a problem adjusting to the Fulton temperatures.

Sweet Thing and I expect that we’ll be back in our old digs before the middle of April. As much as we love getting out of the New York State winters, we always look forward to getting back home in the spring. One thing I know, the fishing has to be better than it has been down here.

The poor fishing and cold days have forced me to look for things to do other than outdoor pursuits. I have been making Sweet Thing very happy, because our Barefoot Bay residence has been getting a bit of sheet rock work done that has been hanging fire for some time and painting of every room in the house.

I have enough other updating jobs to keep me busy until we leave, so I could care less right now what the weather does, providing we don’t have a tornado.

Next season, I may start fishing fresh water instead of salt. We have great bass and crappie fishing all around us, and plenty of catfish too.

Stick Marsh, which is just west of us, has a great reputation and many fishermen come from quite a distance to fish it. I only have to drive about eight miles.

Another big area is going to be added to Stick Marsh as nearby marginal land is allowed to flood. That should become a really hot piece of fishing water in a year or two.

To read the rest of the column, pick up a copy of The Valley News or subscribe today by calling 598-6397

Fulton City School District asked to do more with less aid

by Nicole Reitz

The Fulton Board of Education is once again asked to do more with less.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the district was looking at a $807,000 gap in the proposed $65.4 million budget.

The board was in a holding pattern as they waited for the state legislature to finish their work. Superintendent Bill Lynch said that the legislature had agreed to the framework of the budget and the budget language.

Shortly after the meeting, figures were supplied by the office of state Senator Patty Ritchie. Schools in Oswego County received increases in aid from $131,000 to $474,000 above the governor’s original proposal.

The extra aid will help fill a gap created several years ago by the state when it created the Gap Elimination Adjustment.

This year’s Gap Elimination Adjustment is smaller than in years past. State officials say they plan to phase it out as the economy recovers, but the lost revenue is a significant reason why districts are draining their reserve funds in an attempt to avoid further layoffs and program cuts.

Fulton is still looking at a $400,000 to $440,000 budget gap.

During Tuesday’s meeting, board member Brian Hotaling questioned what was the district’s “Plan B” if the state didn’t fill the gap in the budget.

Lynch said that the options left were to cut expenses, reduce spending at the schools, or borrow more from the reserve fund balance.

Lynch added that as he and other administrators put the budget together, their goal was to not use more than $1.5 million in reserves or increase the local tax levy above 1.5 percent.

To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of The Valley News or subscribe today by calling 598-6397

Self-defense demonstration, Q&A session to be held Monday

Off Broadway Dance Center and Noah’s Christian Nursey School are holding a self-defense demonstration and question and answer session with police officials Monday, April 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

It will be held at the Fulton First United Methodist Church, located across from the Fulton Junior High School.

The church’s Fellowship Hall will be the site of the self defense demonstration where attendees may learn moves that could be used in many types of situations. There will also be a question and answer session with Fred Ling, a retired defensive tactics FBI instructor, and Tracie Pluff-Gioia, a retired Oswego County sheriff’s deputy.

In the church sanctuary, there will be a discussion featuring Aimee May of the Fulton Police Department and Ann Beaupre of the Syracuse Police Department.

They will talk about victimization profiling, “Warrior Mentality,” and verbal judo. Pluff-Gioia and Ling will perform some de-escalation scenarios, verbal judo, and minimal contact move demonstrations.

Both areas will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. and participants are welcome to come and stay the whole time, or drop in at their convenience. There is no need to register for this event.

The event is free, but organizers will accept donations for Noah’s Christian Nursery School and a book that will be donated to Volney School in Fulton in honor of Lori Bresnehan.

In and Around Hannibal: March 30, 2013

Rita Hooper 


Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, which is the day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It is the highest of Holy Days in the Christian world, even of more importance than Christmas which celebrates the birth of Christ.

I have refrained for the many years I have written this column from talking about religion, but for some reason I’m compelled to break that rule for this one column.

I came to Hannibal in 1975. The churches were by no means full even on special occasions. Ecumenically, we shared in Holy Week services and usually in a Lenten Study once a week during this special time of year. It was really a nice way to get to know people in a small group setting. Many churches are struggling now.

Most churches have Sunday Schools and other youth activities even though the majority of church members are older adults. Churches are working hard to transform the church of yesterday into the church of tomorrow while remaining true to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is disheartening to see how few people attend church even on special occasions. Even many of our own children have left the church – we hope they have just “gotten out of the habit” and will someday return. Many folks today have never attended church even as children. A number of children coming to church are bought there by their grandparents or great-grandparents.

The mission of the church hasn’t changed in 2000 years: to tell the story of Jesus Christ through thought, word and deed. We don’t believe doing good will get us to Heaven but we try to do good in response for all the good things God has done for us.

We know the church is full of sinners but so is the rest of the world. Those in church acknowledge that they have done wrong and want to do better.

We have all heard why folks don’t come to church even the children of Israel turned away from God and followed their own desires. Yet God, by His grace, kept a remnant for Himself.

There were always some, a few, who chose to be faithful to God. I sometimes feel like I am part of the remnant. I am not afraid to admit that I sometimes need the ‘crutch’ of church, much as I needed a crutch when my knee was replaced and I once needed a cigarette!

I also admit that sometimes I’m weak – but even the strongest among us has broken under pressure! I don’t know many “perfect people” in church with the possible exception of Me!  But then as they say – “God isn’t finished with me yet!”

So what’s the point of all of this?

I see people who supposedly have it all but they don’t seem very happy. I see people who work around the clock with little time for family or friends or to enjoy their hard earned wealth. I see folks with the latest gadgets and the largest collections of things – but they aren’t satisfied.

I see folks who are lonely with few visitors or friends. I see folks who have lots of friends but no one to share their inner thoughts with. I see people whose world seems to be falling apart.

If you find yourself thinking that something is missing in your life – if going it alone hasn’t worked so well for you, why not give going to church a try?

How could it hurt? Come in and sit a spell, enjoy the peace and quiet of the sanctuary (or the loud boom boom of a rock band), the joy of the praises to God in word and song, the tradition of prayer, the fellowship of the people.

I hope you will find a warm welcome. If not remember the church is full of sinners and we are all working our way through life. Come more than once – it may be like eating vegetables when you were a child – take a no thank you portion and it might just grow on you. Hope to see you there!

*  *  *  *  *

Congratulations to Ann Mahaney for her selection as Hannibal Library’s Woman of the Year.  This was a well deserved honor – sorry to have missed the celebration but understand it went very well.

*  *  *  *  *

God’s Vision Christian Church will hold Easter service at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary.

The Hannibal Methodist Church will hold its Easter Sunrise service on the steps of the Church at 7 a.m.

Martville Methodist will hold Easter worship at 9:30 a.m.

Hannibal and Granby Center Methodist Churches will worship together in Hannibal at 11 a.m.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday of spring break, the Hannibal United Methodist Church will be serving a free lunch to any Hannibal Central School student who wishes to attend. Games will also be offered from noon until 2 p.m. Please come and “hang out” with your friends and have lunch. Remember this will be Monday, April 1; Wednesday, April 3; and Friday, April 5 from noon until 2 p.m.

The Senior Nutrition Program meets at the Senior Center, next to the Library on Oswego Street on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation now at 564-5471. Can you believe Monday is April Fool’s Day? The center will be serving soup and sandwich that day and that’s a no foolin’. Wednesday will be barbecued pork ribs and baked beans and Friday, Santa Fe rice and black beans.

Also Monday, they will be having their Easter celebration – you just might want to make yourself a bonnet for this special occasion and on Wednesday, Bingo will be breaking out and on Friday, Rosemary will have an art project for those who care to take part.

Hannibal  Dollars for Scholars is hosting a pulled pork barbecue on Sunday, April 7 from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Hannibal American Legion on Rochester Street in Hannibal. The dinner includes pulled pork with a kaiser roll, cole slaw, salt potatoes, baked beans and dessert. Take-out dinners will be available.  Pre-sale tickets are available. Visit the chapter web site at and e-mail one of the chapter contacts, or phone 564-5630.

Cabin 3 invites will hold a S.O.S. FEST meeting Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. at God’s Vision Christian Church, 326 Church St., Hannibal. S.O.S. FEST is a three-day Christian music festival held at the Hannibal Firemen’s Field July 19-21. Camping is available!

The Friends of the Library have another raffle basket — this time a “Gardening Basket” full of needed supplies. Drawing April 27 at the library.

First United Church of Fulton will be holding a Mission Fair Saturday, April 27 featuring some of the mission activity of our local Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery. There will be a spaghetti dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. to benefit your columnist’ mission trip to Appalachia in June. I do hope to see you there.

Start cleaning out your closets, garage and cubby holes – the Hannibal Community Yard Sale will be May 4! The Salvagins have once again agreed to receive information on your sale and print up the list of locations.  They are in the phone book so give them a call! This is one of the good things and a great way to meet your neighbors!

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

A brand new slate of classes and events are taking off in April with an exciting spring season planned.

Kids Onscreen, the only local film class for kids ages 6 and up launches April 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. This six-week class will help children create a script for a 10-15 min. short film, and then shoot the film together. Students will learn and enjoy basic scriptwriting process, acting, and the experience of filming a movie to produce a finished DVD to take home.

Oil painting and Ink Drawing classes with Bonnie McClellan will also take place April 6. The oil painting class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will guide students to paint a “Cape Cod Lighthouse” while the ink drawing class from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. will teach students techniques for drawing wildlife.

Introduction to Writing, a class for beginning writers, joins the April roster with a monthly class looking at basic elements of all types of writing from fiction to memoirs to poetry. No writing experience is necessary for this class that meets April 6, May 4 and June 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. with Jim Farfaglia.

A Critique Workshop for Writers will take place on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month starting April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. and the next Writer’s Café, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. will spotlight the work of Art Tirrell and his book “The Wind from Entouhonoron,” an adventure set on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. Writer’s Café is open to the public.

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” our first all-youth production produced by Kids Onstage will run for two performances only: April 12 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m.

“Helen Keller” follows two weeks later April 26-28 and May 3-5.

Much more than classes and theatre are taking place at CNY Arts Center with the announcement of an Art Gallery opening early May in downtown Fulton.

This great opportunity for artists will create exhibit space and a new audience for a variety of art work from drawings, ink work, mixed media, paintings, photography, charcoal, glass, pastels, wood, fabric, to sculpture.

Coupled with an art exhibit in Cicero, art on display in offices around the region, and work begun on the Community Mural Project,   CNY Arts Center’s commitment to artists is playing out in a variety of ways. Artists are encouraged to find out how they can participate in these great opportunities at

Artists and Crafters can register for the third annual Arts Fest to be held June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the War Memorial Ice Rink.

This event offers handmade original art and crafts and promotes the performing arts with a talent competition featuring prizes in several categories. Register online at

Time is drawing to a close to register for Harborfest Showcase Oswego through CNY Arts Center where vendors can receive a member’s only discount. Booths must be prepaid by April 5 to take advantage of this offer.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Visit  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and look for us here every week with the latest classes and events.


Oswego County to receive funding for road improvements

55843001by Andrew Henderson

Oswego County is targeted to receive more than $5 million in state funding for highway maintenance and repairs, according to Senator Patty Ritchie.

The State Senate started passing major budget bills this past Sunday. One of the bills includes a plan to invest hundreds of millions of dollars for road and bridge construction projects across Central and Northern New York.

The legislation also includes  the first increase in five years in state funding for local highway maintenance and repairs.

The transportation budget bill (S.2604-E) includes a $75 million increase in funding under the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs), which funds projects on local roads across the region.

Separately, the budget bills include $3.4 billion in funding for state and federally funded highway projects, including at least $150.2 million for specific projects in the region that includes Oswego County.

In Oswego County, projects to be funded in the 2013-2014 budget year include:

• $2.43 million for intersection improvements at Route 481 and County Route 45 in Volney;

• $750,000 for improvements at the intersection at Route 176 and County Route 7 in Hannibal;

• $750,000 for work on Route 3 between County Route 3 and West Fifth St. in Fulton;

• $2.28 million for work on Route 69 in Mexico;

• $670,000 for the Salmon River Greenway Trail and Streetscape in Pulaski;

• $1.6 million for work at County Route 156 in Sandy Creek

• $800,000 for work on Route 13 between County Routes 30A and 22.

For the 2014-2015 budget, projects include:

• $2.69 million for intersection improvement on Route 481 at Churchill Road and County Route 57;

• $1.04 million for bridge replacement on County Route 41A over Grindstone Creek;

• $550,000 for work on Phillips Street at Tannery Creek in Fulton; and

• $260,000 for bridge rehabilitation at North Sixth St.

“Investing in critical road and bridge repairs, construction and improvements not only helps make our economy stronger, but also supports tens of thousands of good jobs in design and construction and maintenance that we need right now,” Ritchie said.

To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of The Valley News or subscribe today by calling 598-6397

Richard Pierce, DC, retired chiropractor

Richard F. Pierce, DC, 90, of Oswego and formerly of Fulton, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Rosewood Heights Health Center in Syracuse.

He was born in Volney, a son to the late Harold and Ruth Pierce. He was a chiropractor for 30 years in Fulton and then in Palermo. Retiring in 1979, he moved to Geneva and lived there for several years before settling in Oswego.

He was the New York District Director of the Chiropractic Association from 1962 to 1963; a member and past president of the Kiwanis; and a member of the Masonic Lodge, Shrine Media Temple, Elks, Lions and the American Legion.

He was also a past member of the Palermo Planning Board and the Palermo Assessors Board.

He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth, who died April 18, 2010; and brothers, Paul and Raymond Pierce.

He is survived by a daughter, Karen Ruth Pierce, of Syracuse; five sons, Steven R. (Mary) Pierce, of Oswego, Jan H. (Laurie) Pierce of Mexico, Eric S. Pierce of Indianapolis, Ind., Thomas C. (Bonnie) Pierce of Edgarton, Mass., and James E. (Patsy) Pierce of Mt. Wolf, Pa.; two step-sons; John (Jamie) Wilson of Oswego and Cecil Wilson of Forest Port, N.Y.; a step-daughter, Lois (John) Totterdale of Oswego; sister-in-law, Natalie Pierce of Fulton; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 1 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, CNY Chapter, 441 West Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204.

Your hometown. Your news.