What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

A brand new roster of classes for July and August has just been created for summer art fun.

A brand new class for 4-7 year olds, Story Time Art, will start meeting Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. July 2 with Kendra Matott.

Each week children will listen to a story then create an art project inspired by the story.

The first class will read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and construct a book of things we can see.

Over the seven week series, “Harold and the Purple Crayon” will help children imagine and see what they can make with a magic purple crayon.

The popular “Fancy Nancy” will get children designing their own Fancy outfits and “Where the Wild Things Are” will guide the children to draw their own “Wild Thing” to take home! These and more great titles and fun art projects are bringing summer fun for children in an age group often overlooked! Don’t miss out. Please pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Also starting Tuesday, July 2 is the first of Bonnie McClellan’s painting classes with acrylics painting a wetlands crane from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

More classes to come with McClellan include oil and ink drawing – a class every other week throughout the summer.

Leslie Paice will start a six-week series with Introductory Stained Glass Thursdays, July 11 through Aug. 29 for ages 16 and up.

Coming July 23 is a new class for kids ages 8 to 15, Art of Heroes: Learning to draw Super Heroes.

In addition to the monthly Artist Meet-up at the new Arts in the HeART Gallery at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month, a new open studio will be offered at the center July 11 and Aug. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. All skill levels are welcomed to join other artists to practice life drawing/painting from still life. Bring your own materials or use some of ours. An artist facilitator will be on site. Artists can get practice drawing/painting from life and go home with a finished work.

New writing programs are on tap with Showing and Telling from Carol Thompson meeting selected Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. starting June 25 or 27 (call the office for latest details, 592-3373).

This class will teach writers how to begin, plot and end a novel by showing and telling, while avoiding tense confusion and disruption of flow. Bring any work in progress or finished. Be prepared for class interaction and lots of learning fun! This class starts this week. Get registered right away!

Brittney Jerred offers Journal Entries – On a Personal Note as a one-time workshop July 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. while Jim Farfaglia takes Writers on the Road July 20 with a one day class open to all writers to explore how artwork can inspire and prompt our work.

The program will take place at CNY Arts Center’s “Arts in the Heart” Gallery, located at 47 South First Street in downtown Fulton. Instruction will be provided to guide participants as they write short pieces inspired by the artwork on display at the Gallery.

Writer’s Café July 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. is open to all writers to come and share their work.  Author Spotlight July 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. will introduce Jim Farfaglia’s newest book “People, Places & Things, the Powerful Nouns of My Life.”

As CNY Arts Center’s writing coordinator, Farfaglia will share excerpts from his latest book of poetry; will talk about his process of writing and will also work with those in attendance to create a “group poem.”

Exciting things are also planned for August.

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.

Moon Moment

by Jim Farfaglia

Moon Moment


At my first glimpse of you –

just a comma in the evening sky –

I pause,


my clouded vision

my rainy-day blues

my skyful of regrets   vanishing


with just the illumination

of your slim, but undeniable truth:

How everything that holds me down


crumbles, when you lift me up.

Syracuse Shock will not return to Fulton this summer

by Rob Tetro

The Syracuse Shock has announced that it will not be playing its home games at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton this summer.

In a move that will allow its players to play closer to home, the Syracuse Shock will be playing its home games at Liverpool High School this season.

Following the conclusion of the 2012 season, offensive linemen Jamie Hantke, also known as 95X Radio Personality Big Smoothie, announced his retirement. However, shortly after his announcement, Hantke was named one of the Shock’s assistant coaches under head coach Ken Anderson.

However, Anderson recently resigned as head coach of the Syracuse Shock. Hantke quickly opted to do the same.

Currently, the Syracuse Shock is searching for a head coach for the 2013 season.

Former Syracuse University running back Robert Drummond has joined the Shock’s coaching staff. Though the entire coaching staff is yet to be completed, Drummond is considered a candidate to replace Anderson.

The Shock has home games against Glens Falls July 6, Watertown July 13, Plattsburgh Aug. 24 and Northeast Pennsylvania Sept. 14.

All games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.


Leighton’s solar paintings featured in upcoming exhibition

Preparing for an exhibition to open Friday, July 12 at Oswego State Downtown, Oswego artist Bert Leighton displays “Such Joy” (2012), one of her watercolor artworks made utilizing the sun’s power to rapidly evaporate water. The exhibition will run through Sept. 14 at the SUNY Oswego store and gallery at the corner of West First and Bridge streets in Oswego.
Preparing for an exhibition to open Friday, July 12 at Oswego State Downtown, Oswego artist Bert Leighton displays “Such Joy” (2012), one of her watercolor artworks made utilizing the sun’s power to rapidly evaporate water. The exhibition will run through Sept. 14 at the SUNY Oswego store and gallery at the corner of West First and Bridge streets in Oswego.

The solar paintings of Oswego artist Bert Leighton will shine in a free exhibition July 12 to Sept. 14 at Oswego State Downtown.

An opening artist’s reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 12 at the SUNY Oswego store and gallery at the corner of West First and Bridge streets.

The exhibition, titled “It’s Only Natural,” will feature watercolor artwork Leighton calls solar painting, a technique she learned from others that harnesses the sun’s power to speedily evaporate water.

“These are created by laying watercolor paper in a large tray covered with a small amount of water,” said Michael Flanagan, assistant director of SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery. “Then natural items such as twigs, leaves, vines and so on are arranged on the paper. Watercolor paint is dripped, poured and spattered over the natural objects. On a good sunny day when the tray is placed in direct sunlight, the water will evaporate in 6 to 10 hours leaving the images ‘painted by the sun’.”

Leighton showed her paintings at the View, formerly the Old Forge Art Center, in spring 2012. She has lived in Oswego most of her life, and is a 1949 graduate of SUNY Oswego. She was a founding member of the Oswego Art Guild in 1960.

Oswego State Downtown is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday during Oswego Farmers Market season, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Those seeking more information may call 216-4985.


Lanigan school holds second grade ‘Biography Bonanza’

Makenzie Gardner portrayed accomplished United States figure skating champion Michelle Kwan during the Lanigan Elementary School Second Grade “Biography Bonanza.”
Makenzie Gardner portrayed accomplished United States figure skating champion Michelle Kwan during the Lanigan Elementary School Second Grade “Biography Bonanza.”

Some of the most famous and influential people in United States history gathered in one place last week: Lanigan Elementary School in the Fulton City School District. The gathering was a “Biography Bonanza,” featuring students in the school’s second grade classes.

Second grade students, as aligned with the Common Core State Standards, have been reading more works of fiction and learning about books that are categorized as biographies. Tied to this, the second grade teachers coordinated a “Biography Bonanza” event at the school.

Each second grade student selected a significant and influential person in American history to feature at the biography event. Students spent class time as well as time at home with the support of a family member researching their person and his/her’s historical significance. The students utilized resources from the school’s library as well as online educational resources to gather their information.

Each student also created a display and found or made coordinating props and in some cases a costume for the ‘bonanza.’

On the day of the “Biography Bonanza” students not only dressed as their biography subject, but also assumed their identity.

They introduced themselves to “bonanza” guests and shared facts about his/her’s life and historical significance, giving students an opportunity to practice their public speaking and communication skills.

Highlights from the event included Walt Disney, George Washington, Babe Ruth, Jackie Kennedy, Barack Obama and more.

Senator Ritchie reflects on 2013 legislative season

by Andrew Henderson 

The New York State 2013 legislative season is now in the books.

Senator Patty Ritchie recently offered some highlights of the legislation that was approved this season.

“As state senator, my top priority has been making Central and Northern New York a better place to live and work, and this year’s session continues our progress,” she said. “With the adoption of a middle class-friendly state budget, we once again held the line on state spending, and provided urgently needed tax relief for the middle class.”

The senator also noted that the state continued to invest in jobs by approving a third round of Regional Economic Development grants.

“We increased our commitment to public education with the largest school aid package in four years, one that was weighted to rural and upstate schools and provides $25 million more than last year in education aid to districts in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties,” she said.

Ritchie noted that agriculture was a top priority this legislative season.

“The state budget included key elements from my ‘Grown in New York’ plan, including restored funding for vital marketing and research programs from apples to dairy and maple,” she noted.

“The legislature adopted my bill to finally rein in runaway agriculture land tax assessments, and an innovative new plan to increase sales of locally grown foods, and the Senate advanced my ideas, like estate tax relief and Farm Savings Accounts, to help save family farms and encourage more young people to choose agriculture as a career,” she continued.

According to the senator, highlights of 2013 Senate session included:

• Helping New York’s middle class by maintaining middle class tax rates that are the lowest in 60 years and approving $350 Family Tax Relief rebates that will begin in 2014.

Also, there was record investment in STAR property tax relief program and the state cut electric bills by phasing out of the 2009 energy surcharge.

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Jean Arena, gardener at Arena’s Eis House

Jean Marie Arena, 71, of Fulton, died unexpectedly at her home Saturday, June 22, 2013.

She was born May 5, 1942 in Port Byron to the late Thomas and Raffaela “Mary” Guidone. She graduated from Port Byron High School and Powelson Business School.

She was predeceased in death by her husband of 26 years, Louis, in 1989.

She worked side by side with her husband at both Arena Farms in Fulton and later at Arena’s Eis House Restaurant in Mexico from the 1960s through the 1980s.

For over two decades, she meticulously tended the gardens at the Eis House until her passing.

She loved to play golf and was active with various social service initiatives, as well as providing compassion and understanding to those in need.

She is survived by three sons, John D. of Newark, N.J., Robert T. of Boulder, Colo., and Paul A. of Mexico; her daughter-in-law, Sarah; two grandchildren, Louis Ross and Marteen Rose; three siblings, Anthony (Sandy) Guidone, Cathy (Tony) Tucci and Mary (Les) Deemer; her sister-in-law, Rae Arena; brother-in-law, Dr. Angelo Arena; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 27 at Holy Trinity Church, corner of Rochester and South Third streets in Fulton. Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton.

Contributions may be made in Jean’s name to Unity Acres, P.O. Box 153, Orwell, NY 13426 or Camp Good Days, 356 North Midler Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13206.

Lorraine Warner, retired nurse’s aide

Lorraine Warner, 71, of Oswego, died Sunday, June 23, 2013 in Oswego.

Mrs. Warner was born in Carthage, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Eunice (Ellsworth) Trumble. She was a retired nurse’s aide for Sunrise Nursing Home.

Mrs. Warner was predeceased by her husband, Daniel Warner, in 1981.

She is survived by her children, Robert Wetherwax of Texas, Scott Warner of Oswego and Daniel (Laurie) Warner of South Wales, N.Y.; her sister, Joyce Austin of Harrisville, N.Y.; and ten grandchildren.

Services and burial will be private. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

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