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masterworks_chorale_maureen_mccauleyMasterWorks Chorale was founded as Marcellus Chorale in 1965 by Dr. Joseph Centrone, the Chorale’s first conductor. Dr. Centrone formed a chorus from four church choirs in Marcellus, New York. The present conductor, Maureen McCauley, assumed leadership in 1977.

Throughout the years, Chorale has presented a wide variety of performances. Christmas concerts have ranged from cabarets with choreography and costumes, to joint concerts with local choirs, high school groups, and handbell choirs. Original productions of popular choral arrangements with choreography, dialogue, and costuming were presented for many years. Marcellus Chorale performed jointly with other community choral groups, including the Oneida Area Civic Chorale, Endwell Community Chorus, Oswego Festival Chorus, and Mt. Carmel Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

MasterWorks Chorale, Inc.
PO Box 27
Marcellus, NY  13108

Posted: Sunday, December 21st, 2008 @ 8:23 am by Curt
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I want to keep you up to date on Jill’s new book Sharing the Medicine of Love. It was released in November. Everyone who has read it has loved it. I’ve been told it is the perfect Holiday gift and will be especially appreciated by women.

I’ve included a book critic’s comments, press release and the web address: www.medicineoflove.com if you would like to order a copy.

Please send this e-mail to everyone on your e-mail list so the entire world may become a happier place. More love and caring will be the order of the day.

Have a beautiful, love filled Christmas season.

Ed Little


Posted: Saturday, December 6th, 2008 @ 9:18 am by Curt
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SU Chancellor Emeritus Pens Supplement to ‘The Intentional Leader’

The challenges of leadership are many: motivating and inspiring others, resolving conflicts, leading groups, making effective decisions, maintaining high ethical standards, developing the leadership skills of others. And, finally, knowing when to step down.

These are among the topics discussed in “The Intentional Leader – 2009 Supplement” by Skaneateles resident Kenneth A. “Buzz” Shaw, Chancellor Emeritus and University Professor at Syracuse University. The book was published Dec. 1 by Syracuse University Press.

“The Intentional Leader,” first published by SU Press in 2005, has sold more than 2,200 copies and is widely used as a college text. Rather than publishing a second edition, Shaw decided to take a more novel approach—playing off the original.

“In this day of thinking green, why not save a few trees and find a way to make the best use of what is available?” he writes, in explaining his rationale. “Why not give loyal readers of the first and only edition an inexpensive way to keep up-to-date?”

Part One contains additional information and observations following chapters and topics as they appear in the original. Included are articles on leadership written by Shaw for the Central New York Business Exchange, materials used in Shaw’s leadership classes, student summaries of “The Leader’s Voice” by Clarke and Crossland, and additions to the Selected Readings list.

Part Two, Learning Leadership Through Movies, encompasses the study of 31 titles. “[Movies] influence us in many ways—both good and bad,” Shaw writes. “But we can learn a great deal from them, particularly about leadership, if our viewing is purposeful and if there is a structure to keep us on track.” Short summaries are provided for each movie, followed by a series of questions that reinforce leadership principles and skills.

As a companion to the supplement, 10 videos—featuring Shaw’s graduate students and illustrating ways to manage conflicts and lead groups—are available on his website, http://whitman.syr.edu/shaw/.

Shaw, who earlier this year was named a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, the state’s highest honor, served as a campus or system president for 27 years—at Southern Illinois University, the University of Wisconsin System and, from 1991 to 2004, at Syracuse University. The recipient of eight honorary degrees, he has served as a consultant to numerous educational, governmental and private-sector organizations.

“The Intentional Leader – 2009 Supplement” is available for $11.95 at local bookstores or at http://www.syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu/spring-2009/intentional-leader-2009-supplement.html.

Posted: Saturday, December 6th, 2008 @ 8:42 am by Curt
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About Mary Shelley

My folk art americana art work is entirely carved in white pine and then painted with acrylics. Each piece is a unique original. I am untaught and untrained as a visual artist. I learned a number of useful skills during my work in the trades as a signpainter and carpenter. I was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in 1950. I have  lived in Ithaca, New York ever since I graduated from Cornell ’72 with a major in creative writing. While at Cornell, I wanted to be a writer. 

Contact me at My Studio…
Mary Michael Shelley
109 Park Place
Ithaca, NY 14850
607 272 5700 phone
607-273-2312 fax

Posted: Friday, May 16th, 2008 @ 12:03 pm by Curt
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Tom Seeley 

This one we found on Word Press from Tom Seeley at the Law Offices of Milford, Lynch & Shannon

“Welcome to Milford, Lynch & Shannon’s WordPress blog page.  Milford, Lynch & Shannon is Skaneateles’ oldest and most respected law firm.  We have been serving Skaneateles and the surrounding Finger Lakes communities for more than 50 years.  On this site, you will find a complete history of our firm, profiles of our attorneys and posts relating to topics of interest in our Hot Topics section.  If there is anything you would like to see on this site, please feel free to contact us!”

About Tom:


is an Associate with the firm. Mr. Seeley focuses his practice in the area of Real Estate Law, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Corporate and Business Law and Civil Litigation. (more…)

Posted: Saturday, April 19th, 2008 @ 6:57 pm by Curt
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