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Sophie Greene portrays Helen Keller in the compelling story of Helen Keller, and her teacher Anne Sullivan. “Helen Keller” opens April 26 at 8 p.m. The show continues April 27 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m.
Sophie Greene portrays Helen Keller in the compelling story of Helen Keller, and her teacher Anne Sullivan. “Helen Keller” opens April 26 at 8 p.m. The show continues April 27 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m.

The compelling story of a deaf/blind child takes center stage this weekend in this fresh adaptation of the classic story of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan.

“Helen Keller” will preview with a pay-what-you-can final dress rehearsal April 25 at 8 p.m. and then open April 26 at 8 p.m. The show continues April 27 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m. The second weekend starts May 3 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. is Fulton Lion’s Club-sponsored performance night. Helen Keller closes May 5 with a 2 p.m. matinee.

Things around the house — a child’s toy, a favorite cup/spoon, a treasured memory — can become a treasured work of art bringing back memories for years to come with the newest class at CNY Arts Center.

Textured Memories with Ken Blount will teach students to create art using common household items; things you just can’t bring yourself to toss can be turned into art with a little paint and glue. Mementos become treasure keepsakes when displayed as DIY art in this class being offered one day only, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 15 and up.

Tuesday, April 30, the public is invited to join the growing artist community at this event designed to get artists together for the love of art! Bring your portfolio to share, meet other artists of all skill levels, mediums and interests; exchange ideas and feedback; enjoy talking with other artists. Come, bring a friend and hear about the new ARTs in the heART Gallery opening in Downtown Fulton very soon.

Talent is being sought 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.

Registration is open for the second annual ARTY Day Camp. 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.

CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton. “ARTs in the HeART” Art Gallery will be located at 47 S. 1st St in Fulton. Artists can apply for gallery space online.

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.

This is your government

by Cheryl Holmes, Granby

Thursday, April 10 at 9 p.m., the taxpayer’s vote for county treasurer was stymied by a Republican legislature that is self-serving and out of touch with the lawful republic that our government was based on — a government for the people, by the people.

Incumbent legislators who presently own their own business would most likely not have hired Fred Beardsley to work for them. Those legislators that work for public, non-profit corporations, school districts or large companies, don’t care. They are in the habit of wasting money and all they want is more power to place key people into positions to enhance their ability to get re-elected, receive financial perks and advance socially.

Then there are the legislators who want to progress up the ladder of success just like Beardsley. They want the same as the others but they are also new and fearful of their job. They also want to get re-elected and keep building political favor.

These politicians don’t serve the Taxpayer, they woo, please and give the taxpayer free perks through slight of hand.

The politicians take your money and give it back to you through jobs and social programs after extracting their 30-percent share.

Seven legislators voted for the taxpayer and against Beardsley: Republicans Margaret Kastler and Shawn Doyle and Democrats Mike Kunzweiler, Doug Malone, Amy Tresidder, Dan Farfaglia, and Jacob Mulcahey. Republican Jim Karasak abstained because he was running for the treasurer’s position.

Fourteen Republican legislators voted for installing Beardsley: John Martino, Jack Proud, Dan LeClair, Robert Hayes, Linda Lockwood, Jack Brandt, Kevin Gardner, James Oldenburg, Shane Broadwell, Daniel Chalifoux, Terry Wilbur, Morris Sorbello, and Louella LeClair.

Beardsley was not present at the meeting to answer any questions.  The entire legislature was not allowed to question Mr. Beardsley.

Questions that were asked and that could not be answered by any one of the above voting for Mr. Beardsley were:

What is the candidate’s education? Did Beardsley graduate from high school?

Mr. Beardsley sold material to the Town of Hastings. The New York State comptroller reviewed Hastings Town records for years 1993 and 1994 and found Mr. Beardsley, the town supervisor, had a prohibited interest in a contract with the Town of Hastings. The town had purchased $6,728.00 in merchandise from Mr. Beardsley’s hardware store.

The comptroller also found in April 1998 to March 1999 a prohibited interest in certain contracts with the town for $18,464.28 in purchases at Beardsley’s Hardware Store.

The result being all accounts were closed except for the emergency highway account and it being capped at $600 per year as long as Beardsley remained in office.

The town was prohibited from purchasing merchandise from the Beardsley hardware store.

There were questions about bonding Mr. Beardsley as county treasurer that could not be answered. Can Beardsley be bonded?

When Mr. Beardsley left the chairmanship of the county Republican committee in 2011, the funds were severely depleted thousands of dollars were gone.

There was no reason to fill the county treasurer’s position for a period of seven months.

Legislator Margaret Kastler stood and told the legislature that she had spoken to the deputy treasurer Mark See many months previous to the Thursday meeting about handling the office of Treasury until the November of 2013 elections when a new treasurer could be elected by the people. See said there was no problem accepting that responsibility.

Santa Clause is a nice guy.  Would you as a voter put Santa Clause in office and operating your cash register if he had these credentials and this background?

This community has got to wake up and pay attention. Call your legislator. You cannot allow other people to vote for you.  These people are short circuiting our government process and they are cutting the voter – taxpayer out of fair representation.   This has to stop. Do yourself a favor investigate your representative before you vote in November?

Light in the Darkness: April 24, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” — Luke 24:49

For the next several weeks, I will focus on a subject that has been largely neglected in the church with far-reaching consequences.

I refer to the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Oh, we hear much about the gifts and dramatic manifestations of the Spirit but little about His actual work in us; little about the necessity of walking carefully and consistently in the Spirit and even less yet about the holiness He desires to produce in us, though this holiness is the very reason He was sent to us.

This neglect is why we see so little of His power in the church, the body of Christ. It is why so many have fallen into the error of the Galatian believers who Paul said began their new lives in the Spirit, but were now trying to perfect their faith in the flesh.

This general failure in the church is the reason, Samuel Chadwick, writing more than a century ago, concluded that, “The Holy Spirit has been shut out from the province in which He is indispensable. Christianity has been reconstructed without Him.”

The Christian life simply is not possible without the Holy Spirit. Anything we might try to pass off as Christian without Him falls into the category Paul spoke of as having a form of godliness while denying the only power that can produce true godliness in one’s life.

Paul actually said that we should have nothing to do with people who profess to be believers but live that way. (2 Timothy 3:5). Undoubtedly this is so that the world and believers, alike, would not be confused about which life is Christian.

That the believer would have power for holy living is the whole reason for “The Incarnation of the Holy Spirit.”

This phrase may seem strange since you have probably never heard nor even thought of Pentecost in those terms. Neither have many others, evidently, for when I typed that phrase into Google, the only responses that came back related to the Holy Spirit’s role in the incarnation of Jesus Christ.

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North Country gymnasts earn top scores of the season

North Country Gymnastics Level 4 gymnast Ella Smith, pictured here, gave her top performance of the season on uneven bars. Smith also earned personal best scores on floor exercise and beam, taking fourth overall with a 34.4.
North Country Gymnastics Level 4 gymnast Ella Smith, pictured here, gave her top performance of the season on uneven bars. Smith also earned personal best scores on floor exercise and beam, taking fourth overall with a 34.4.

The North Country Gymnastics team recently competed at the Lollipop Classic in Watertown.

Eight teams in the region participated. Level 4 gymnasts Julia Granato, Mary Kate Cloonan, Ella Smith, and Alyssa Wahrendorf, along with Level 5 gymnast Sarah Perkins, earned their highest all around scores this season at the meet.

Level 7: Floor exercise was Ashley Rizzo’s best event, earning her an 8.3 and a second place finish. Rizzo was third overall in the 14-16’s with a 29.5

Level 5: Season’s best scores on uneven bars (8.55) and balance beam (9.2) placed Emma Sanford second in both events.

Placing third on floor, Sanford boosted her score to a 9.05 to earn 34.3 overall and third in the 10 year old age group.  Samantha Perkins saw her top scores to date on floor (8.65/fifth) and bars (8.2/third). Perkins placed seventh overall with a 32.65.

In the 12-15’s Myah Sanford’s tremendous effort on beam (9.6) and floor exercise (9.2) earned her first in both events and first overall with a 35.0.

Sarah Perkins placed first on bars with her best performance of the season, taking second overall with a 33.35.

Level 4: Corinne Clarke earned her top scores to date on beam (8.9/fourth) and floor (8.8/fifth) earning her sixth place overall with a 34.45 in the age 9’s.

Mary Kate Cloonan scored personal bests on bars (7.0/9th), beam (9.2/third) and floor exercises (8.9/fourth) to raise her score to 33.2 and eighth place.

Elena Ruzekowicz refined her floor routine to place second with a 9.0. Ruzekowicz took ninth overall with a 33.15.

In the 10-year-old age group, Ella Smith raised her game on bars (fourth with an 8.4), balance beam (first with a 9.4) and floor (fifth with an 8.4) scoring 34.4 overall and placing fourth.

Kylie Ashline boosted her scores on uneven bars (7.1/seventh) and floor (8.1/sixth) to take sixth overall with a 32.4 in the 11 year old age group.

In the 12-15’s, Kiersten Abbott’s 9.3 personal best on beam earned her second in the event and third overall with a 36.0. Big improvements on floor (8.3/fourth) helped propel Julia Granato to her top overall score of 33.1.

Alyssa Wahrendorf gave a polished performance to earn her best scores on beam (8.8/fourth) and floor (8.1/fifth) to take fifth place and a season’s best all around score of 32.1.

The North Country Gymnastics team is coached by Stephanie DeRocha and Janelle Cordone.

Oswego County Tourism Office to hold photo contest

Photographers and outdoor lovers can have their photos featured in the next Oswego County Visitor Guide, which is due out this summer.

The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning is sponsoring a photo contest for the visitor guide, which will be distributed at trade and travel shows, travel information centers, festivals, events, and businesses over the next two years.

“We’re looking for photos that capture the beauty of Oswego County — our sunsets, history, outdoor recreation, businesses and attractions,” said David Turner, department director. “We want prospective visitors to see photos of people experiencing and enjoying the many great qualities of Oswego County.”

Members of the tourism staff will judge the contest. Photos should be in one of the following categories: history; animals and agriculture; art, music and theater; family fun (including festivals, events, golf, bowling, racetracks, etc); fishing and hunting; more fun in the outdoors (parks, beaches, trails, boating, hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, camping, etc); accommodations (hotels, motels, lodges and b and b’s); dining and restaurants; shopping, flea markets and antiques; and weddings. Tourism-related businesses are encouraged to submit photos of their properties.

All winners will receive a prize and all submitted photos will be featured on the Oswego County Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/visitoswegocounty.

Businesses and attractions who receive first prize in their category will receive a $200 advertising credit, equivalent to the size of a 1/8-page advertisement, in the visitor guide.

The contest is open to residents and non-residents, as long as the photos are taken in Oswego County within the past three years. Each person can submit up to five photos, in color or black and white. Only digital photos will be accepted. Photos must be a minimum of 300 dpi and at least 5 by 7 inches in size.

The deadline for the photo contest is 5 p.m. Friday, May 17. Winners will be notified shortly after.

Those seeking complete rules and entry forms may call the Tourism Office at 349-8322 or visit www.visitoswegocounty.com.

Dr. Uva receives Distinguished Service Award

Several colleagues attended the honoring of Dr. Uva. From left are Oswego Health Medical Staff President Dr. Ivan Proano, President and CEO of Oswego Health Ann Gilpin, Dr. Ronald Uva, Assemblyman Will Barclay and Chair of Oswego Health Board of Directors Thomas Schneider.
Several colleagues attended the honoring of Dr. Uva. From left are Oswego Health Medical Staff President Dr. Ivan Proano, President and CEO of Oswego Health Ann Gilpin, Dr. Ronald Uva, Assemblyman Will Barclay and Chair of Oswego Health Board of Directors Thomas Schneider.

by Nicole Reitz

Dr. Ronald Uva, who has been on Oswego Hospital’s active medical staff for more than 30 years, recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Assemblyman Will Barclay presented Dr. Uva with an Assembly Resolution Friday at Oswego Health. The resolution was presented to Dr. Uva in the company of his close colleagues, hospital administrators, his wife Sarah and their children and grandchildren.

During his years at the hospital, Dr. Uva has taken an active role in his profession and has served on several state medical boards. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Buffalo and attended medical school at the University of Studies of Bologna, in Bologna, Italy. His residency was completed at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

He is the former medical coordinator for the Oswego-Montserrat connection for Partners of the Americas. In this capacity, he taught medical professionals how to incorporate ultrasound and fetal monitoring into obstetrical practices.

Dr. Uva is the current president of Oswego County OB/GYN, PC, which has provided obstetrical and gynecological care to the residents of Oswego County for more than 45 years. The group also provides 24 hour on-site coverage at the Oswego Hospital Maternity Center.

Dr. Uva was elected as vice chair of the New York District of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2011.

In this position, he advocates at both the state and federal levels for universal maternity coverage and for other health issues related to women.

He recently began his second five-year term on the NYS Board for Medicine. He is believed to be the first physician from Oswego Health to be named to the prestigious state board.

He has also been active with the Medical Society of the State of New York and writes semiannual book reviews for the organization.

Closer to home, Dr. Uva writes a monthly column for the Palladium-Times titled, and in 1997 was named Little League Coach of the Year.

Barclay commended Uva on his several accomplishment, and his sustained commitment to excellence.

“Dr. Uva has brought many Oswego County residents into this world,” said Barclay. “Beyond his admirable accomplishments with his many patients, he also works to improve the medical community through his advocacy efforts.

“You know how dedicated a person really is and one that believes in their community when I walk into a room to honor him and the first thing he talks about is some issues that need to be addressed,” added Barclay.

Oswego Health President and CEO Ann Gilpin said that its Dr. Uva’s work outside of his practice and busy family life that makes him such an asset to the hospital and the community.

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Retired police lieutenant’s perseverance leads to confession

Carolee Ashby
Carolee Ashby

by Carol Thompson

Russ Johnson may have retired from the Fulton Police Department, but his mind never retired the hit-and-run case of four-year-old Carolee Ashby.

Johnson’s perseverance is what led to the confession from the driver who killed Carolee on Halloween night in 1968.

There have been many twists and turns in the case over the years, as well as dead-end leads, but Johnson detoured around every dead end, determined to bring closure for the family.

The case was reopened in 1999 and Johnson, who kept a black and white photograph of Carolee taped to his computer tower next to one of his own daughter, began pouring through the thick files searching for clues or anything that may have been overlooked.

He had hoped to solve the case before he retired in 2005, but that didn’t happen.

Johnson went to work for a pharmaceutical company, but the case continued to haunt him. Last year, he reached out to the Fulton community on a Facebook group page dedicated to happy memories of the city.

In his March 17, 2012 appeal, Johnson acknowledged that his post didn’t pertain to a happy memory but asked if anyone could recall anything or had any information that could be helpful.

That post led to a message from a Florida resident, who had lived in Fulton at the time of the accident. The witness came forward and alleged that soon after the accident, the mother of the driver of the car asked her to give an alibi for her son.

She would later give a statement to police, who then questioned the suspect and subsequently received a written confession.

“I’m so happy for them,” Johnson said of the Ashby family. “That family has been suffering for 44 years.”

Johnson commended the Fulton Police Department for the work they did in solving the case.

The confession brings to an end the decades of speculation as to who killed Carolee and the years of torment the family suffered not knowing.

Carolee and her sister, Darlene, were walking to the store with a cousin on Halloween night to buy candles for Darlene’s birthday cake. The trio went into the store, bought the candles and bought Carolee an ice cream cone.

Darlene Ashby McCann recalled that they went to Fay’s Drug Store on South Second Street to get the candles.

“There was no sidewalk and we went to the four corners to cross,” she said. “My cousin ran across the street and I took my sisters hand to cross. I stopped in the middle, facing west, and the next thing I knew my cousin was screaming and I realized my sister had been pulled out of my hand.”

McCann said she didn’t see Carolee; only her ice cream cone laying in the road.

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BREAKING NEWS: 44-year-old Carolee Ashby cold case appears to be solved

Carolee Ashby
Carolee Ashby

by Carol Thompson

For 44 years, Marlene Ashby waited for the day when she would learn the truth about the driver of the car who took the life of her four-year-old daughter.

For Ashby and her family, the wait is apaprently over.

Last Thursday, a City of Fulton resident reportedly confessed to police of being the driver of the car that hit and killed Carolee Ashby as she walked with her sister on Halloween night in 1968.

The Fulton Police Department is not releasing the identity of the driver publicly, according to Marlene’s daughter Darlene McCann, and while the family was allowed to read the confession, they weren’t allowed to have a copy.

The person who confessed to hitting Carolee will not be charged, McCann and Ashby said they were told, His name isn’t being released because he gave only a 99.9 percent confession, they said.

The case was cracked when a Facebook post, written by former Fulton Police Lieutenant Russ Johnson, led a witness to come forward. The witness alleged that she was asked by the driver’s mother to provide an alibi for her son (see related story). The witness said she refused to do it. The mother allegedly had put together that her son had been the driver to hit and kill Carolee.

Ashby and McCann said they were told that two brothers were in the car and both were intoxicated. The driver of the car, who was 19 years old at the time, reportedly told police that he wasn’t sure what he had hit, but knew he had hit something.

And while the wait is over for the Ashby family, the frustration and anger has just begun.

That’s because police had questioned the suspect several days after the accident and let him go, despite evidence against him.

The police report from November 3, 1968 states that the suspect had been questioned and an officer had noted that his story wasn’t consistent with the damage to his car.

“(Suspect) came to the station as his brother went to Tug Hill and had him come home from from a hunting trip,” the police report states. “I checked (suspect’s) car and found damage to the left front fender which he claims happened Oct. 31, 1968 on Route 57 at about 6:45 p.m. as the result of his car striking a guard post.”

The officer continued, “We went to where he claimed this accident took place and in my opinion the damage to his car never happened as he claims. I pointed out to (name redacted) that the paint that was removed from post was about 26 inches from the ground and the damage caused by the impact was close 35 inches from the ground.

The officer, whose name is redacted on the copy given to the Ashby family, stated that the dent in the fender was the size of a person’s head, something the suspect couldn’t explain. The brother of the driver was also questioned and could not tell police where the accident had taken place.

The suspect’s car matched witness descriptions, yielding yet another point of frustration for the Ashby family.

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