Local Notable Bob Comenole writes for Skaneateles Journal
MasterWorks 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.
Sharing the Medicine of Love presents original ceremonies and daily practices of expressing love to children, family and friends. Based on Native American ritual, the ceremonies begin with ‘Moontime’ for young pubescent girls; others give solace to the grieving and depressed; the types of ceremonies are limitless. In addition, techniques are discussed to encourage easy dialogue in our daily lives, leading to open communication where there may have been none.
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.
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. One year after graduating my father gave me a painted wood carving he had made of me at the farm where I grew up (my father’s work). I soon tried my hand at visual artwork as well, and soon had stopped writing and was only doing visual art. I am commonly referred to as a folk artist, although I feel