What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

We’re headed out of the building for a few weeks with our float in the Memorial Day parade. United We Stand for our country, our community and the arts! Look for us in our best patriotic costumes and smiles on our faces.

The following week, 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, will be held. Come visit, take a walk through, enjoy Marcella Slater on the harp from 2 to 4 p.m., and see the display of some of the finest art in the heart of CNY.

The official ribbon cutting will be held 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 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours are subject to change.

The third annual Arts Fest will be held June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the War Memorial Community Center Ice Rink. There will be crafters and artists, entertainment, a talent competition, art projects for kids, food, and prizes. There will be more than vendors to browse.

Talent is still being sought for the talent competition to be held during Arts Fest from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.

A six-week Digital Photography 101 class will be making a return to the center June 4 at 6 p.m. Students can take one or all six classes and learn the basics of taking photographs with a digital camera. A single lens reflex 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.

une 4 is another Ink Class with Bonnie McClellan from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Students will work on buildings and scenery, using Fulton’s history as models.

June 9 brings the monthly Writer’s Café from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 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.

A new class is coming June 15, Woodworking for Beginners, for 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.

The center is located in the lower level of State Street Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a 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.

Fulton Community Theatre to present ‘Alone Together’ in June

Love and marriage and the nuclear family take a comic turn this June as Fulton Community Theatre proudly presents Lawrence Roman’s “Alone Together.”

The play, part of FCT’s 23rd season, will run weekends June, 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Curtain times for the Saturday night performances are at 8 p.m.; the Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets may be obtained by calling 598-7840.

The comedy, directed by Michael A. Bolio, explores the problem of what are parents to do when their baby birds fly back into the nest? This is the dilemma facing George and Helene Butler Dreams of carefree days and passion-filled nights are quickly shattered when oldest son Michael, quickly followed by middle brother Elliot, return home and take up residence in the bedrooms of their youth.

Add to the mix college freshman Janie, who shows up seeking temporary lodging, and Helene and George have a real situation on their hands.

The youngest son, Keith, was the last to leave. Will he also be the last to return?

Featured in the cast are the talents real life husband and wife Robbie and Brenda Brown as George and Helene Butler.

The rest of the cast includes Donald Crowe as Michael, Jacob Louria and Elliott, Mark Parry and Keith, and Marlina Beebe as Janie.

“Alone Together” is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The play contains some mature content and language that may not be suitable for all audiences.

Those seeking more information may visit FCT’s website at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net.


Recognizing Oswego County honors food services and nutrition

Four local nutrition programs were selected by Recognizing Oswego County as Community Champions for the month of May. Pictured from left are Andrea Nagle of United Healthcare, Carrie Victory of AmeriCorps, Kerrie Pratt of Cornell Cooperative Extension, ROC member Inga Back, Lori Healstead of Oswego County Opportunities, Pat Powers-Burdick of Cayuga Community College and Abby Jenkins, ROC co-founder and Program Coordinator of the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County.
Four local nutrition programs were selected by Recognizing Oswego County as Community Champions for the month of May. Pictured from left are Andrea Nagle of United Healthcare, Carrie Victory of AmeriCorps, Kerrie Pratt of Cornell Cooperative Extension, ROC member Inga Back, Lori Healstead of Oswego County Opportunities, Pat Powers-Burdick of Cayuga Community College and Abby Jenkins, ROC co-founder and Program Coordinator of the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County.

by Nicole Reitz

Recognizing Oswego County, a local organization, committed the month of May to finding individuals and groups that work to improve the community in the area of summer food services and nutrition.

The community champions selected were Oswego County Opportunities’ Summer Food Service Program, AmeriCorps, Cornell Cooperative Extension Nutrition Program and the Food Bank of CNY.

Each month, ROC uses this recognition effort as a platform for emphasizing the good work that is happening in Oswego County to promote the health and wellness of its children, families and adults.

“We had four incredible nominations this month and selecting just one to honor was too difficult,” said Abby Jenkins, ROC co-founder and program coordinator of the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County.

The OCO Summer Food Service Program is funded through the New York State Education Department and provides free meals to all children 18 years and under. Their goal is to provide good nutrition to children during the summer months.

The program provides healthy meals to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition needed to learn, play and grow. Meals are available at local sites, like parks, recreation centers, schools, summer camps, libraries and places of worship.

OCO employee Lori Halstead said that last year’s program reached 11 sites and this year the program hopes to be at 13.

Oswego County AmeriCorps is also committed to being part of the ongoing battle of childhood obesity in America through its fitness and nutrition objective.

Through this program, AmeriCorps members develop fitness and nutrition activities for children at recreation programs and promote the value of a healthy lifestyle within local libraries and after-school programs.

Catholic Charities Emergency Services Program Supervisor Helen Hoefer will be working with an AmeriCorps member on the community garden in Fulton.

The AmeriCorps member will help to maintain the garden throughout the summer.

Some of the produce from the garden will be given to the food pantry at Catholic Charities, where clients will be able to enjoy fresh vegetables.

The AmeriCorps member will also create recipes that clients of the pantry can use to make a complete meal.

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How We Used To Get Around

by Jim Farfaglia

How We Used To Get Around


The first of us to travel on Fulton soil

did so through the simple act

of putting one foot in front of the other,

getting places one step at a time.


In the 1700s, canoes got us moving,

and they rapidly caught on.

It was easy-going one way,

not so much the other.


By the 1800s, horse-drawn trolleys

lifted us above river waters,

finally connecting our town’s two sides –

and we were sitting pretty.


At the turn of the 20th century,

bicycles spun into fashion,

and they took off like a road race –

by 1908, we sported four bike shops!


When ambulances first arrived on the scene

they got where they had to go, lickety-split.

Most came with a warning bell

and a few even had brakes.


Along came automobiles and buses,

taxis and motorcycles,

snowmobiles and 4-wheelers –

faster and faster; easier and easier…


So why is it that the best days, it seems,

are when I dust off my comfortable shoes,

and slowly resurrect that fine art

of walking through Fulton.

New life for former Red’s Video site

by Nicole Reitz

It was announced during Tuesday’s Fulton Common Council meeting that a childcare center will be coming to 113 Schuyler Street in Fulton.

Local Entrepreneur Jessica Naioti is in the process of turning the former Red’s Video into a childcare center named Sunshine Community and Child Center. The business is scheduled to open June 23.

According to Naioti, the mission is to create an environment of love and faith while teaching self sustainability. The center will provide drop in child care, school aged summer programs, and a place for recreation, community ties and social unity.

The center will also offer free parental education classes, trainings to make people more employable, a youth center lounge and a nursery.

Scholarships will also be available as well as a community office for members to “buy in” and have their small business supported and working for them.

Naioti said that it’s her personal goal not to turn away a family or child. She knows firsthand how expensive childcare is, having a son of her own.

“This center has a creed a friend of mine, Sue Parisian, taught me long ago — that we will never turn anyone away,” she said. “We provide parents a simple place to volunteer and/or work for membership, fair priced and high quality child care, participation in our rules and regulations by attending open monthly board meetings, and free training and opportunities to become self sufficient.”

Naioti will hire less than 10 employees and have up to 25 volunteers.

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Memorial Day service to beheld at Rural Cemetery

As has been tradition for many years, Oswego Town will present a special Memorial Day service at the town’s Rural Cemetery Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m.

The Reverend Richard Sivers, an Oswego Town native and now of the Dryden United Methodist Church, will be the guest speaker.

His topic will be “Echoes Through the Smokes of War. The names of many of the town’s deceased war veterans will be read.  Wreaths will be placed by the Walker-Spencer Tent Daughters of Union Veterans on the graves of Dr. Mary E,Walker, Elmina Spencer and Captain James Lee.

Both Walker and Lee are recipients of the Medal of Honor.

Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs. The cemetery is located off Route 104 West on Cemetery Road in Fruit Valley or off County Route 20 near Oswego Center.

The service is sponsored by the Oswego Town Historical Society.

Quo warrento proceeding requested to remove Beardsley as county treasurer

by Carol Thompson

An appeal has been made to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requesting a quo warrento proceeding to remove Fred Beardsley from the position of county treasurer.

Beardsley was appointed to the position by the county legislature April 11.

For 90 minutes, legislators debated the appointment, questioning Beardsley’s qualifications and education.

Last week, as the legislature was in session, residents were outside protesting the appointment.

Democrats proposed allowing the county’s chief accountant, Mark See, carry out the duties of the treasurer until the end of the year.

See said he would only request an additional five hours of pay per week, saving the county approximately $70,000 in salary and benefits.

The Republicans, with the exception of legislators Shawn Doyle and Margaret Kastler, rejected the idea.

The quo warrento is requested based on the claim that County Clerk Michael Backus failed to file the appropriate notice of vacancy upon the Feb. 27 retirement of John Kruk.

State law mandates that “within ten days after any vacancy occurs as prescribed by section thirty of the public officers law, the county clerk shall give notice thereof to the governor when the power of appointment is vested in the governor and to the board of supervisors when the power of appointment is vested in said board.”

According to the complaint, filed by Legislator Dan Farfaglia, the governor’s office did not receive the notice of vacancy, nor was one filed with the legislature clerk.

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Alive at 25 program Comes to Oswego County

The Oswego County District Attorney’s Office has joined forces with the National Traffic Safety Council to bring the Alive at 25 Program to Oswego County.

This four-hour driver’s awareness course is designed to educate younger drivers.

“Drivers in this age group are more inexperienced, tend to travel in groups and may be more likely to engage in dangerous behavior behind the wheel,” said Oswego County District Attorney Gregory S. Oakes. “Tragically, this can lead to traffic accidents involving multiple fatalities.

“We want to do better for the young people of our county, so we have started this program to raise awareness about safe driving practices.”

The program follows established protocols to reach younger drivers. Participants will gain awareness and develop strategies to stay safe on the road through the defensive driving classroom curriculum.

They will also learn decision-making and responsibility-taking through interactive media, workbook exercises, role-playing and class discussions.

The Alive at 25 Program is designed to educate younger drivers; however, it is not a point-reduction course.

Oakes said, “From this point forward, if a driver between the ages of 16 and 24 receives a ticket for certain moving violations, they will be required to complete the course in order to be eligible for a ticket reduction. Most importantly, we would like to reach drivers who participate in dangerous behaviors that put themselves, their passengers, and other motorists at risk of serious injury or death. This includes cell phone, texting, and speeding offences.

“Because the program is recognized statewide, drivers can attend any Alive at 25 Program throughout New York to meet this requirement,” added Oakes. “However, we will also offer two courses here in Oswego County every month as well.”

After a driver completes the “Alive at 25” program, they are issued a certificate of completion, which they need to bring to the district attorney’s office. Once they show the certificate, the office will issue a reduced ticket.

“I am pleased to announce that the Oswego County courses will be taught by Ralph Scruton, a retired lieutenant of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department,” said Oakes. “With 27 years in law enforcement and nine years as a senior deputy coroner, Mr. Scruton brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.”

Classes for the Alive at 25 Program have been scheduled through the summer.

Wednesdays, June 5, July 10 and August 7, a class will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Rich Hall on the SUNY Oswego campus.

Saturdays, June 22, July 20, and August 24, a class will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SUNY Oswego extension site in Phoenix.

Drivers can register for the Alive at 25 Program online at www.safetycouncilny.org, by e-mail at info@safetycouncilny.org, or by phone at 1-800-255-1300, ext. 13. There is a cost for each class and drivers must pre-register and prepay.

Those seeking more information may call the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office at 349-3200.

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