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‘It Is amazing what you have accomplished!’

As the year draws to a close, and as director of CNY Arts Center, I get to reflect on all that has happened in a year that ended on an upswing!

We have a new partnership with Cayuga Community College, a brand new stage and beautiful gallery with lots of parking and easy access.

We have a treasured relationship with downtown business folks that have kept us going in lean times and continue to support our efforts to have an arts presence there.

We’ve had two fantastic Kids Onstage productions with the brightest and best kids of Central New York and their hard-working parents, having an impact on more than 75 children.

We’ve been honored to have some of the finest local theater professionals grace our stage and three theater companies came together to bring Shakespeare to life last summer.

We have nurtured new artists and new authors and new relationships among artists.

We saw new faces in Arty Camp and added winter and spring recess to our Arts Education programming.

We jumped on board to help nurture the Community School and launched an Art Club.

We hosted local recording artists to give them an outlet to promote their music.

And just last week, we were awarded a grant to pursue still more dreams and visions.

But behind every success was an ever-evolving army of volunteers.

In our move to the new facility, volunteers spent days, weeks, sorting and packing, taping and labeling.

Still others came and moved us – in the rain!

More volunteers arrived to help vacuum and set up the new space, build shelves, build the new stage, paint everything (with donated paint, thank you!), and create a beautiful space out of what has been so generously loaned to us.

And the parents of both Wonka and Oz casts stepped up, donated time and materials and encouragement to build and paint sets, make costumes and props and coach young actors on their lines, sell tickets and promote the show and ensure a rousing success for their children, and for us – CNY Arts Center.

Countless hours and dedication are credited to key members whether it is coordinating the gallery or writing grants or keeping the books or raising funds, or just showing up with coffee to keep us all going.

And once a week, we still meet like we’ve done since the very first letter to the editor almost four years ago.

New people come from time to time, the regulars continue to plan events and step up to volunteer for whatever needs doing.

I am humbled and grateful more than I can express for the passion and encouraging participation of this community.

It’s my privilege to acknowledge the heart and commitment of an army of volunteers who continue to show up!

And I say with the utmost sincerity – thank you! It’s amazing what you have accomplished!

Nancy Fox,
Executive Director,
CNY Arts Center

Kiplinger’s Names SUNY Oswego A 2015 Best Value College

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2015. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.

Technology professor Donna Matteson works with students in a new lab at SUNY Oswego.

Technology professor Donna Matteson works with students in a new lab at SUNY Oswego.

“Choosing the right college is a daunting task for many students and can be stressful for the whole family. Affordability and value are near the top of most students’ lists of what’s important to them,” said Dan Griffin, admissions director at SUNY Oswego. “Naturally we feel our tuition, quality of programs, amazing facilities and experiential learning opportunities make us a great choice. That such a reputable source as Kiplinger’s agrees by naming us a ‘Best Value’ is a gratifying vote of confidence.”

Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to metrics that include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate.

Cost criteria include sticker prices, financial aid and average debt at graduation.

“Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today’s economy, which is why Kiplinger’s rankings are such a valuable resource,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds.”

SUNY Oswego’s distinctive Oswego Guarantee, which holds a student’s cost for room and meal plans constant for four consecutive years, helps keep costs down for families over four years.

The Kiplinger rankings, however, are based on first-year costs alone and do not figure in this aspect of Oswego’s cost advantage.

Under the pioneering Oswego Guarantee, the college also pledges that: necessary classes will be available to complete a baccalaureate degree in four years or the college will enroll the student in the needed additional courses tuition-free; the college will make small classes available all four years to encourage discussion and interaction between students and faculty; and students who complete their degree in four years or less will receive a $300 return on investment (ROI).

The complete Kiplinger rankings, including the top schools overall as well as the best values in public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges, are available online at kiplinger.com/links/college. The rankings will also appear in the February issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands Jan. 6.

Web visitors will find special features, including a tool that lets readers sort schools by admission rate, average debt at graduation and other criteria, plus by in-state and out-of-state costs for public universities and information about the ranking methodology.

About SUNY Oswego

Admission to SUNY Oswego is competitive. U.S. News Media Group counts SUNY Oswego among the top public regional universities in the North for 2015, and the Princeton Review includes Oswego in its 2015 college guidebook “The Best Northeastern Colleges,” as well as its latest list of “best value” colleges and universities nationally.

A 153-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls about 8,000 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education.

About Kiplinger

Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the Kiplinger organization has reported on personal finance and business forecasting for nine decades. In 1947, Kiplinger created the nation’s first personal finance magazine.

Holiday History Shop Extended to Dec. 24

OSWEGO – The Holiday History Shop is located in the SUNY Oswego Downtown Store on the corner of West First Street and Bridge streets.

Customers at the shop can find souvenirs and memorabilia from museums and historical societies from around the county.

Customers at the shop can find souvenirs and memorabilia from museums and historical societies from around the county.

The shop features items from the H. Lee White Maritime Museum, Fort Ontario, Richardson-Bates House Museum, Oswego Railroad Museum, Scriba Historical Society and more.

The hours are noon – 5 p.m. from now until Christmas Eve with the exception of Sunday when the shop is closed.

The shop offers souvenirs and memorabilia from museums and historical societies from around the county.

Items sold at the Holiday History Shop make great gifts and the proceeds benefit the museums and organizations that preserve and present Oswego County’s rich history to its residents and visitors.

Each purchase supports these groups as they work to promote Oswego County’s significant role in commercial, industrial, farming and military history.

The historical societies and museums would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to SUNY Oswego for providing the space used to house the Holiday History Shop.

For more information about the shop visit hlwmm.org or call 315-342-0480.

William Andrew Malone, 50

FULTON, NY – William A. Malone, 50, of Phoenix, passed away Friday December 19, 2014, at University Hospital in Syracuse.

William Andrew Malone

William Andrew Malone

A native of Hannibal, Bill had lived in the Phoenix area for 27 years.

Bill had worked for Oswego County for more than 25 years and was the current Buildings and Grounds Superintendent.

He enjoyed camping and working on his farm.

Bill will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife, Kim; children, Joshua and Emily; parents, Maurice and Theresa Malone; sisters, Christine Malone and Jennifer Nosko; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Stephen’s Church, 469 Main St., Phoenix.

Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

In memory of Bill, contributions may be made to Upstate Cancer Center, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, 13210.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Travel Is The Perfect Gift

Last week I asked: What makes a perfect gift?

The gift of travel.

Syracuse Stage

Syracuse Stage

We all have people who are very difficult to find the perfect gift for be it a grandchild or an adult.

There are those people who seem to have everything.

Gifting travel creates unforgettable memories.

At first thought it may seem like travel is an expensive gift but it doesn’t have to be.

There are inexpensive gifts of travel and the more expensive ones can be affordable if people/family make it a group gift.

Keep in mind that off season travel is usually much less expensive.

Genesee Grande

Genesee Grande

Unused air miles or points at a hotel can be used to create a special gift at little expense.

We were gifted with three nights at the Venetian in Vegas with points from our son-in-law.

It was wonderful.

Many times our children have given us theater tickets which were much appreciated and enjoyed.

Most places offer gift certificates so the gift of travel can be used any time.

If a gift certificate is not available then a gift certificate can be created on the computer.

Travel does not have to take place immediately.

Anticipating travel in the months to come is always something to look forward to.

For the hard to buy for person consider creating a package with tickets to an SU game or theater tickets for a play at the Landmark or Syracuse Stage with an overnight at the Genesee Grande or Skyler Hotel.

Both are close to the Dome and Syracuse Stage.

Parking is free.

Erie Canal boat rides

Erie Canal boat rides

Make it even more special with a dinner at the Genesee Grande or another Syracuse fine dining establishment.

For those who enjoy the theater another package idea would include tickets for Merry-Go-Round Theater possibly with an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn in Auburn or dining at a local establishment.

I love the Erie Canal and a gift that includes a day on the canal with Mid-Lakes is an excellent opportunity for people to relax and learn about the canal while traveling in the slow lane; and, tickets are reasonable with some including a meal.

The speed limit on the canal is five miles an hour.

Another great water trip is aboard one of

Merry-Go-Round Theater

Merry-Go-Round Theater

Tours include stop at the castles, there are two – the well-known Boldt Castle and Singer Castle which is completely furnished.

A great anniversary or wedding gift could be a night at the Best Western Plus Captains Quarters in Oswego where their King Suite has an in-room whirlpool spa.

This would be great for a couple with children if it was accompanied a promise to babysit making it the perfect romantic getaway without going far from home.

As a high school graduation gift for our grandson we gifted him with a trip to Cleveland.

He was majoring in music, so he really enjoyed the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in the evening we took him to dinner at Nighttown which included great jazz music.

Uncle Sam’s Boat Tours.

Uncle Sam’s Boat Tours.

Before heading home we had lunch at the Hard Rock Café.

We enjoyed it as much as him because we did things that we would not have done if he had not been with us.

There are a multitude of travel experiences that make great gifts.

Need to get a gift for a snowmobiler or a cross-country skier?

How about a night at Tailwater in Altmar and include dinner?

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Think local: keep in mind that the gift of travel helps the economy.

Trivia Tease™: What famous battle started on December 23, 1814?

Look for the answer next week.

Sandra and her husband, John, have been exploring the world for decades, always on the lookout for something new and unique to experience. We have sailed down the Nile for a week on a felucca, stayed with the Pesch Indians in La Mosquitia, visited schools in a variety of countries, and — to add balance to our life — stayed at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Let the fun continue!

Youth Outreach Geared Against Synthetics

Youth Outreach Geared Against Synthetics is an informational program put together by Farnham Family Services and the Victor Orlando Woolson Foundation, Inc., to help raise awareness of drugs, specifically synthetic drugs, to area youth.

Youth Outreach Geared Against Synthetics

Youth Outreach Geared Against Synthetics

The program was recently presented to after-school groups by Penny Morley (Farnham Family Services prevention director), Teresa Woolson and Sarah Gauger (VOW Foundation members).

With the help of a grant from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the NYS Office of Children and Family Services, information was provided to the students in an effort to bring awareness and spread the word about the deadly poisons that make up synthetic drugs, also known as designer drugs, along with influences that affect the makeup of a person, including the choices they make.

Groups from the Fulton High School, Mexico High School, Oswego High School and Hannibal High School were very welcoming and attentive.

Bringing the local story about Victor Woolson and his death due to synthetic marijuana helped to make the information real for the students.

Education and awareness is valued as a very important factor in preventing drug addiction.

Almost 70% of teens surveyed in Oswego County reported that they have used alcohol, tobacco and/or marijuana before age 15.

Studies show that people who use these substances before the age of 15 are much more likely to experience a problem with addiction in their future.

Penny and Teresa are members of the Coalition to Combat Adolescent Substance Abuse in Oswego County. Community members are urged to join the Coalition, to help take action to make Oswego County a Drug Free Community.

For information on the coalition, substance abuse, addiction and/or synthetic drugs, contact Morley at (315) 342-4489.

Marie T. Scanlon Poprawski, 58

OSWEGO, NY – Marie T. Scanlon Poprawski, 56, of Livonia, NY, died Thursday December 18, 2014, in Highland Hospital, Rochester, NY, after a brief illness.

She was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Joseph and Barbara (Lynch) Scanlon.

Marie T. Scanlon Poprawski

Marie T. Scanlon Poprawski

Marie was a machinist at Southco, Honeoye Falls, NY.

She was a graduate of SUNY Brockport.

Marie is survived by her loving husband and family: Daniel Poprawski and their children, Jessica (Ronald) Warner and Daniel (Merica) Poprawski.

Marie was the proud and loving grandmother of her three grandchildren: Riyen, Ronnie and Jace.

In addition, she is survived by her siblings: Joe (Patti) Scanlon of Oswego, Beth Scanlon of Oswego, Jay (Kathy) Scanlon of Oswego, her twin brother, Shawn (Theresa) Scanlon of Oswego, Paul (Beth) Scanlon of Florida, Katrina (Gary) Ludwigsen of Oswego, Alice (Tom) Benjamin of Oswego and Patty (Fred) Sweeney of Pennsylvania; brother-in-law, Gary (Mary) Poprawski; and sisters-in-law, Cindy (Richard) Hughes and Pam (Kenny) Poprawski; several nieces and nephews.

Marie enjoyed being outdoors especially camping and spending time with her family and friends.

Friends may call on Sunday from 3 -6 p.m. at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., 21 Big Tree State Route 15 and 20A Livonia, NY, where services will be held on Monday at 10 a.m.

Burial will be Richmond Center Cemetery Honeoye, NY.

Marie’s arrangements are in the care of her sister-in-law of the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Local Man Charged With Sexual Abuse

OSWEGO, NY – On Tuesday (December 16), the Oswego City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division began an investigation into an allegation of sexual abuse involving a child that had occurred within the city of Oswego.

Joshua D. Chase

Joshua D. Chase

As a result of the investigation, Joshua D. Chase, 31, formerly of 169 E. Sixth St., Oswego, was arrested and criminally charged with the following today (December 19):

Sexual abuse in the 1st degree – subjects person to sexual contact and the other person is less than 11 years old –  Class D Felony

Course of sexual conduct against a child in the 2nd degree – subjects a person to sexual conduct over a period of not less than three months in duration and engages in two or more sexual conducts with a child less than 11 years old –  Class D Felony

Forcible touching – Class A Misdemeanor

Endangering the welfare of a child – Class A Misdemeanor

It is alleged that the defendant subjected a victim less than 11 years of age to sexual contact on several different occasions between May 2014 and December 2014.

Chase was arraigned in Oswego City Court by Judge Roman and released on $2,500 cash bail.

He has a return court date of January 22 at 9:30 a.m.

As always, The Oswego City Police Department asks that anyone with information regarding this or any other illegal activity to contact them at 315-342-8201.

Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oswego City Police Department’s tip-line at 315-342-8131, or by email at crimewatch@oswegony.org

Oswego Police Announce Narcotic Arrests

OSWEGO, NY – In the month of November 2014, the Oswego Police Department’s Anti-Crime Team began investigating several juvenile overdoses believed to have been a result of consumption of synthetic cannabinoids in and around the Oswego city area.

Proactive details were established by ACT investigators with the intent of removing these drugs from the street and arresting those in possession of such.

On Tuesday (December 16), at approximately 6:17 p.m. the Anti-Crime Team was working one of these proactive details when investigators observed a 2003 Mitsubishi, with three occupants, fail to stop at a stop sign and further fail to signal a turn.

A traffic stop was conducted of the vehicle at State Route 104 at Judson Street.

As a result of the continuing investigation one of the occupants, Shawn F. Smith, 35, of 199 Seymore St., Auburn, was discovered to be in possession of 44 packets of synthetic cannabinoids, of various brands and weight, as well as $1,180 in US currency, according to police.

Smith was taken into custody under the Oswego County Law prohibiting sale or possession of psychoactive herbal incense (synthetic cannabinoids)- unclassified Misdemeanor.

The driver of the above listed vehicle, Joshua D. Barnello, 18, of 260 S. Fourth St., Fulton, was found to allegedly be in possession of approximately 1gram of marihuana and arrested for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.

He was issued an appearance ticket and released with a court date of January 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Another passenger of the vehicle, a 17-year-old boy (who will not be named due to his age), was found to allegedly be in possession 5 packets of synthetic cannabinoids and $1,88 in US currency.

This passenger was arrested for violation of Oswego County Law prohibiting sale or possession of psychoactive herbal incense ( synthetic cannabinoids)- unclassified Misdemeanor.

He was released on an appearance ticket returnable to Oswego City Court on January 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Upon further investigation into the traffic stop and discovery of the synthetic cannabinoids, investigators from the Anti-Crime Team went to a residence located within the city of Oswego and made contact with Shelby L. Dillingham, 18, of homeless.

Investigators reportedly seized 14 packets of synthetic cannabinoids from Dillingham and she was charged with the Oswego County Law prohibiting sale or possession of psychoactive herbal incense (synthetic cannabinoids) – unclassified Misdemeanor.

Through investigation of this case, it is alleged that Shawn Smith had further provided synthetic cannabinoids to a person under the age of 17, who due to their age will remain unnamed.

Smith was further charged with endangering the welfare of a child- Class A Misdemeanor.

Smith was held pending arraignment and on December 17, was arraigned in Oswego City Court where he was released on his own recognizance with a return court date of January 7.

The total street value of the seized synthetic cannabinoids is approximately $1,160.

As always, Oswego City Police are asking anyone with information regarding this or any other illegal drug activity to contact them at 315-342-2283.

Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oswego City Police Department’s tip-line at 315-342-8131, or email crimewatch@oswegony.org

Red Cross Assists 24 After Three Fires in Three Days

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross of Central New York provided assistance to 24 people from five families who were displaced from their homes by three fires this week in Oswego, Onondaga and Cayuga counties.

On Thursday, Red Cross volunteers provided food, clothing and lodging at an area hotel to six adults and four children from three families who were displaced by an electrical fire at their multi-family home on County Route 17 in Williamstown (Oswego County).

On Wednesday night, Red Cross volunteers provided food, clothing, seasonal garments and lodging at an area hotel to six adults and two children who were displaced from their home on Hixon Avenue in Syracuse (Onondaga County).

And on Tuesday, Red Cross volunteers provided food, clothing, seasonal garments and lodging at an area hotel to six adults who were displaced by a fire at their home on Victory Road in Red Creek (Cayuga County).

The Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the families for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during their recovery.

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