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Cancer screening program secures five-year grant

One of Oswego County Opportunities’ most vital health programs, the Cancer Services Program Partnership received some good news recently when it was notified that the program has secured funding for the next five years.

The program provides uninsured men and women aged 40 to 64 with a range of cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams, and colorectal screenings.  The funding announcement ensures that the program will continue offering these services.

In addition to the state Departmen of Health funding, Program Coordinator Carolyn Handville announced that the program secured a grant from the Susan G. Komen foundation of Central New York.

According to Handville, the state grant, coupled with the Komen grant, will allow the program to screen more women for breast cancer, regardless of age, and assist with eliminating all barriers women may face to obtaining annual cancer screenings.

“We are excited to continue our efforts in the fight against cancer in Oswego County,” Handville said. “We will offer free screenings all year long as we have in the past; however, our new funding will make it possible for us to host four screening events throughout the county.

“These screening events will offer a one-stop shop for women to obtain their annual cancer screenings along with non-traditional appointment hours as well as transportation and daycare opportunities as needed.  We will increase our outreach throughout the county promoting these events and, once again, conduct our annual Human Pink Ribbon Campaign in honor of breast cancer awareness month in October,” she continued.

While the program has served hundreds of county residents, there are many more eligible individuals who have yet to take advantage of the free screenings.

“When it comes to winning the fight against cancer, early detection is the best protection,” Handville said. “Regular cancer screenings make a difference. To date, more than 250 individuals have received free cancer screenings, with 75 percent of those receiving all cancer screenings they were eligible for. I cannot stress enough the importance of having regular cancer screenings. Early detection can save lives.”

To schedule a screening or for more information, call 592-0830.

Group to sew dresses for Appalachian girls

North Volney United Methodist Church has set the date of Aug. 15 for the sewing bee to make pillowcase dresses.

Sewing will commence at 6 p.m. at the church, county Routes 4 and 6.  The finished dresses will be sent to Hope 4 Women International, based in Tempe, Ariz. From there, the dresses will be sent to Appalachia, where there is a large number of people on limited incomes.

If you are not familiar with this project, you take an ordinary pillowcase and follow the pattern to turn it into a dress. Depending on the size of the pillowcase, you can make a dress to fit a toddler or an older child. For even teenage girls, it can be used as a top to go with pants or shorts.

Everyone who plans to sew must bring his or her own sewing machine. If you have pillowcases, either new or gently used, you can donate them. Once the dress is made and given, it may be the only dress that girl a has, so it needs to last for a while. Leftover fabric can be used ,as it only takes a yard or two to make a garment.

The Rev. Tammie Nipper has promised pizza for all in attendance. If you would like more information or want to donate pillowcases to this project, contact Beverly at 593-6825 or Rosalie at 598-3906.

Booths available at All Saints fest; All Saints menu

All Saints Episcopal Church is hosting a festival 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 9 and noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 10.

This is a change of dates from the ones previously listed in August.

A garage sale will be included Sept. 10.  All events will take place at Academy and South First streets in Fulton.

The festival will include pulled pork sandwiches, jams and preserves, along with baked goods. Farm-fresh maple syrup, honey and eggs also will be featured along with demonstrations. Rides and/or bouncy houses will be available to entertain the young, along with various games.

Church members are reaching out to all churches and service organizations in the area to give them the opportunity to join the festival. Booths are available for arts, crafts, food, entertaining children, information and more.

Proceeds from booth rentals will be put toward church programs and outreach, including the Tuesday Night Free Community Dinner, which has served thousands of free dinners to Fultonians since 2009.

Feel free to spread the word of this program for those who are in need of a warm meal. Tell them to drop in on Tuesdays between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. for dinner.

To reserve booth space or for details, call Sonja Shoen-Delong at 378-3744, Marilou Santoro at 343-0172 or Lynn Bullard at 598-9535.

Tuesday night All Saints’ menu

Here is the menu for August and September for the All Saints Episcopal Church Tuesday night free community dinners:

  • Aug. 13: Fritatta with sausage, green beans
  • Aug. 20: Egg salad sandwich, pasta salad, applesauce
  • Aug. 27: Hamburgers and macaroni salad
  • Sept. 3: Soup, toasted cheese sandwich, salad
  • Sept. 10: Chicken and biscuits, vegetable
  • Sept. 17: Spaghetti and meatballs, salad
  • Sept. 24: Cheeseburger casserole, green beans, pasta salad.

The menus are subject to change.

Feel free to inform others who are need of a warm meal about the program. Drop in between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays for dinner.

Local residents awarded SUNY Oswego scholarships

The State University College at Oswego has awarded $6,000 Deans’ Scholarships to a select group of students who are starting at the college this fall. They include:

  • Courtney MacEwen of Fulton, John C. Birdlebough High School
  • Jeremy Willcox of Fulton, G. Ray Bodley High School
  • Karly Hotaling of Phoenix, John C. Birdlebough High School.

Merit scholarships

SUNY Oswego has awarded $3,000 Merit Scholarships to a select group of students who are starting at the college this fall.

  • Shelby Roach of Fulton, Mexico Academy and Central School
  • Christopher Prell of Hannibal, Hannibal Central School
  • Samantha Decker of Pennellville, John C. Birdlebough High School
  • Madison Beckley of Phoenix, Charles W. Baker High School

SUNY Oswego honored more than 600 incoming students with merit scholarships. Outstanding first-year students are offered Presidential Scholarships $18,800 ($4,700 a year for up to four years), Deans’ Awards ($1,500 a year for up to four years) or $3,000 Merit Awards ($750 a year for up to four years).

Transfer students

SUNY Oswego also bestowed $1,000 Merit Awards on a select group of transfer students starting at the college this fall. Local residents receiving the awards, with their last school include:

  • Bryan M. Apa of Fulton, Cayuga Community College
  • Sarah Bunnell of Fulton, Cayuga Community College
  • Jessica A. Gilbert of Fulton, Buffalo State College
  • Joann R. Lacey of Fulton, Cayuga Community College
  • Mary Lenhart of Fulton, Herkimer Community College
  • Evelyn E. Schwartz of Fulton, Cayuga Community College
  • Andrew Best of Hannibal, Onondaga Community College
  • Andrew R. Kyle of Hannibal, Onondaga Community College

Oswego’s merit awards recognize students’ past academic achievements and potential for success. A select group among the more than 700 transfer students received the awards. The awardees have a collective college grade-point average of 3.6 on the 4.0 scale.

The awards are part of about $4 million in merit scholarship money offered at SUNY Oswego. These funds are in addition to the more than $80 million in need-based grants, loans, work-study and scholarship awards that SUNY Oswego students receive annually.

CCC unveils new student orientation

Cayuga Community College will hold four fall 2013 orientation sessions for new and transfer students and their families this month at its campuses in Auburn and Fulton.

For Fulton Campus students, the orientation program will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 22 and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 29 at 11 River Glen Drive.

For Auburn Campus students, the orientation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 30 at 197 Franklin St.

“Orientation is important to get students acquainted with the overall college environment and assist them adjust to academic life,” said Norm Lee, director of student activities and orientation director. “Studies have shown that those students who attend college orientation programs are more likely to succeed at the institution than others who don’t attend, which could indirectly affect attrition levels.”

All participants will receive an introduction to the people and services at Cayuga, and will receive guidance on a range of issues, including how to use the online student portal, how to choose classes, how to understand financial aid and what to expect from the college experience. They also will have the opportunity to obtain their college identification cards.

“Students will gain valuable knowledge on all the campus resources and services available to them at Cayuga that will help them be successful at the College,” Lee said. “They will also have the opportunity to meet some of Cayuga’s faculty and staff and interact with fellow students.”

Lunch will be provided to all students who pre-register. To register, visit

Special sessions will be held on veteran services, the nursing program and various degree programs.

The College also developed an online “encore orientation” so students can review the information presented at orientation or follow up on something they might have missed. That information can be accessed by visiting

CCC crafts plan to support troubled students

For months, Cayuga Community College faculty members within the Centers for Student Engagement and Academic Advisement have been working to formalize a process to address the needs of at-risk and distressed students. The result of their work is the creation of the Behavioral Intervention Team.

The team draws on the expertise of several faculty and staff members to help serve students who are exhibiting signs of distress, including financial, personal, physical, emotional or academic concerns.

These signs can range from unresolved financial aid issues to romantic relationship difficulties to withdrawing from campus and social activities to aggressive behavior in class.

“At Cayuga, faculty and staff members often get to know students on an individual basis,” said Julie White, director of the Centers for Student Engagement and Academic Advisement. “Because of these close ties, they recognize when an individual might be calling out for help through changes in his or her behavior. The employees are our frontline in identifying these students so that we can intervene and get the students connected to the assistance they might need.”

To help with this process, the team has created an online form that employees can fill out to refer students who might need additional support.

Once a referral is received, the team collects and reviews the facts, then determines the level of risk based on a nationally recognized assessment tool. Based on that assessment, the team develops a plan of action.

“Our students have many stresses placed on them, as many are trying to balance family, work and school with limited financial means,” White said. “Others may not have adequate access to health care or social services. We’re hoping that with the help of college employees, the team can intervene earlier to work with distressed students, get them through whatever crisis they’re facing, and back on track toward a successful future.”

CSEA lawsuits charge layoffs unconstitutional

CSEA has filed federal lawsuits against the state Thruway Authority and Canal Corp., charging that last spring’s layoff of union members working at the agencies was unconstitutional.

The suits claim the state violated CSEA-represented employees’ constitutional rights to freedom of speech, freedom of association, due process and equal protection of the law when it let go CSEA-represented workers while sparing all management employees and political appointees.

“The fact that only union members were targeted proves the layoffs were meant to punish them,” said CSEA president Danny Donohue. “If the layoffs were truly financially necessary, wouldn’t it make sense to get rid of at least one highly paid manager or appointee?”

The CSEA lawsuits quote statements made at a Thruway Authority and Canal Corp. board meeting, held seven days before the layoffs took place, that the agencies were “in solid shape financially” and “doing very well this year.”

The union contends that management used the layoffs to try to unfairly influence the outcome of negotiations by attempting to pressure union representatives to succumb to management demands. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s negotiator, Joseph Bress, is representing the Thruway and Canal management at the bargaining table.

Poetry Corner

Camp Nurse

By Jim Farfaglia


Looking back

she must’ve been fresh out of college,

sporting a camp T-shirt and shorts

– no starched whites and cap for her –

as she checked each of us in

with her free-flowing smile.


At the first campfire

I found out she liked to sing,

and to my restless ears

she had the sweetest contralto,

offering Baez and Dylan

over flickering flames…


Which is why,

more than a few nights that season,

I faked illness right around bedtime.

She’d check my temperature,

run through her questions,

then – like the wise nurse she was becoming –

she’d offer the perfect remedy

in song.