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Christopher Battles to perform benefit for Literacy Coaltion, July 26

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Oswego native Christopher Battles will be performing from 5-6 p.m., July 26, at the river's end bookstore to raise funds for the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County. Oswego native Christopher Battles will be performing from 5-6 p.m., July 26, at the river's end bookstore to raise funds for the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County.

     Singer-songwriter Christopher Battles will be performing from 5-6 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the rivers' end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., to raise funds for the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County (LCOC). All donations at this performance will go directly to LCOC.

     "We are extremely grateful for Christopher's support for the coalition," said Jon Spaulding, LCOC leadership council president. "Because it's Harborfest weekend, there will be plenty of folks downtown who will want to stop in and hear the music. It's both a nice enhancement to the weekend activities and an aid to LCOC."
     Battles, an Oswego native, has been a professional singer/songwriter since 2009. A decade prior, he began learning guitar and singing, during the same time period earning an all-state timpanist seat and principal musical roles in his native New York State. Putting contemporary music aside in 2006, he chose to become a classically trained percussionist, jazz drummer, and music educator. He earned his Suma Cum Laude Bachelors of Music in 2010. A year before graduation, however, his purpose had been reborn. Deeply enriched by his classical and jazz studies, Battles has developed a unique sound that clearly distinguishes him from all others in the music industry, according to his resume.
     In 2012, he recorded and released his "Miles Upon Miles EP" while spending the year substitute teaching in New York City. Battles' music captures the human experience, which is translated through sound directly into the heart of his audiences.
     The songs: "Oh My God" is an anecdote about pure relief.
     "It is about how the little things build up and sometimes make life seem so impossible that it takes a dramatic moment to snap you back to reality, reframing the important things in life and taking down the small things that divide us," Battles said. "Miles Upon Miles," is Battles' calling card, the song of a journeyman. After two days of riding his bicycle against the wind and across the state of Florida he sat down to pen "Miles upon miles against the wind. Miles upon miles with my face a grin. Miles upon miles against the wind."
     The LCOC is a growing coalition of more than 36 local organizations.
     These organizations work together to address the literacy needs of people of all ages.
     Members of the LCOC Leadership Council include: Alliance Bank; Assemblyman William Barclay 124th District; Cayuga Community College; Chirello Advertising, City of Fulton; City of Oswego; Constellation Energy; Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County; Eastern Shore Associates; Entergy Nuclear Northeast; Fulton City School District; Fulton Family YMCA; Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County; Operation Oswego County; Central Southern Tier Regional Adult Education Network.
     Other Leadership Council supporters include: NYS Education Department; NYS Sen. Patty Ritchie 48th District; Oswego City School District; Oswego County Administrator Phil Church; Oswego County BOCES; Oswego County Federal Credit Union; Oswego County Legislature; Oswego County Opportunities; Oswego County Workforce Development Board; Oswego Family County Family Court Judge Kimberly Seager; Oswego Health; Oswego Public Library; Oswego YMCA; Pathfinder Bank; Pulaski School District; State University of New York at Oswego; The Palladium-Times; United Way of Greater Oswego County; and the Wes Hyde Foundation.
     An estimated 40 to 44 million adults in the United States demonstrate skills in the lowest level of prose, document and quantitative proficiencies. Many are unable to total an entry on a deposit slip, locate the time and place on a meeting form, or identify a piece of specific information in a brief news article (ProLiteracy Worldwide).
     In Oswego County, close to 17,000 adults cannot read above a fifth-grade reading level. With the help of volunteers, donors and advocates, the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County helps adults develop their basic literary skills.
     For more information about The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County, visit www.oswegocounty.com and click on the literacy coalition link.

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