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Pensabene earns degree at Duke

Patrick C. Pensabene graduated from the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, Durham, N.C., in May with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science.

He will continue his studies at Duke in the master of engineering program this fall.

He is the son of Patrick and Gayle Pensabene of Fulton and the grandson of Donald and the late Bonnie Cooper, and Evelyn and the late Patrick D. Pensabene.

He is a 2009 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton.

Smiths announce daughter’s birth

Matthew and Briane (Peterson) Smith of Kailua, Hawaii, proudly announce the birth of their daughter Arya Michelle Smith.

Arya was born at 4:50 a.m. Aug. 9. She weighed just over 8 pounds and was 20 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Roy and Connie Walts of Hannibal. Great-grandparents are Kathy France and Leon France, both of Fulton.

Paternal grandparents are John and Debbie Mabie of Oswego and Jim Smith of Central Square.

Fulton Guard member promoted

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the Adjutant General for New York, announces the promotion of members of the Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

John Strong from Fulton, who serves with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, is promoted to the rank of specialist.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability and development potential.

Students intern at area sites

More than 150 students took part in internships this summer through SUNY Oswego’s Experience-Based Education program, among them several local students. The interns, with their class year and major in parentheses, include:

  • Leah M. Phillips of Fulton: Oswego Hospital in Oswego (senior, human resource management)
  • Elizabeth Rice of Fulton: IBN Financial Services Inc. in Liverpool (senior, business administration)
  • Genna Tripoli of Lycoming: New York State Golf Association in Syracuse (senior, business administration)
  • Jacquelyn M. McGuire of Mexico: Children’s Museum of Oswego in Oswego (junior, business administration)
  • Jeremy T. Pekarek of Minetto: Seward House in Auburn (senior, history)

The Experience-Based Education program at Oswego places students in internships and career awareness opportunities that allow them to earn college credits while garnering valuable life experience.

Last year, more than a thousand Oswego students took part in experiential learning while working at hundreds of businesses, nonprofit agencies and government offices, not counting the hundreds of student teachers working in area schools.

Networking, crowdfunding subject of workshop

The State University College at Oswego Small Business Development Center is holding a free workshop on social networking and crowdfunding Sept. 5 in Sheldon Hall on campus.

Keynote speakers are Krista Neher and Martin Butts.

Neher is a highly rated speaker on social media, Internet marketing, marketing strategy, entrepreneurship and personal branding online.

She is the bestselling author of three books (including one textbook) on social media marketing, an international speaker and the chief executive officer of Boot Camp Digital.

She has helped many companies, including General Electric, Google, Macy’s, General Mills and Remax.  She has also been a featured expert on CNN, NBC, CBS, The New York Times, Fox News, The Associated Press and NPR.

Butts is founder of Small Potatoes, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in working with small scale and start-up food producers. He funded his business using crowdfunding.

Register for the event at Call 312-3492 for more information.

Post Card Club to meet Sept. 10

The Post Card Club of Oswego County will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St. in Oswego.

Among post cards featured by the club is one of the light keeper’s house.

Located near the entrance of Fort Ontario overlooking the Oswego Harbor, the light keeper’s house is the oldest documented building in Oswego.

In 1821, Daniel Warren and William Cobb of Rochester entered into contract to build the house.

It was to be of stone, 34 feet by 20 feet, one story of 8 feet high divided into two rooms and with an entry between.

Orlo Steele was appointed keeper of the light, which was put in operation that year at Fort Ontario and continued until 1838.

Between 1841 and 1868, the building served as Fort Ontario’s post hospital. After this it was occupied by the historic site manager and his family.

For more information, call 695-5089 or 598-9537.

Health coach to discuss hormones

Women business owners need to be at the top of the game to succeed and for their businesses to thrive, according to the Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training.

Julie Fischer, certified holistic health and transformational coach, will discuss how stress can take a serious toll on a woman’s body and throw her hormones out of balance, affecting her health and mood, at the next WNET monthly breakfast meeting, 8 a.m. Sept. 5 at the State University College at Oswego Phoenix Center in the Oswego County Industrial Park, off state Route 481.

During this seminar, attendees will have the opportunity to take a quiz to determine if they have hormone imbalance, learn what the implications of some of the most common imbalances are, discuss steps to determine the cause of the imbalance, and discover some simple steps to help regulate hormones.

Fischer also practices and teaches Reiki.  She recently left a career in the nuclear power industry.

Through networking, presentations and information sharing, WNET provides professional development and personal growth for women business owners.

The seminar includes a light breakfast. Pre-registration is required and may be made by calling Operation Oswego County weekdays at 343-1545 or via e-mail

For more information about WNET, visit Follow WNET on Facebook,

Tourism office provides free publicity for winter events

The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning is compiling a list of events and activities to include in its “Winter in Oswego County” brochure.

The brochure will list events in Oswego County that take place between Nov. 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.

Information should be submitted to the Oswego County Tourism Office at 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego by Aug. 31.

Entry forms have been mailed to businesses and organizations that submitted information in the past.

Information also may be submitted on-line by going to

“This is an excellent opportunity for groups, businesses and organizations all over Oswego County to get free publicity for events they are holding this winter,” said Tourism and Public Information Coordinator Janet Clerkin.

The tourism office will distribute the brochure free of charge at outdoor recreation shows, New York State Thruway and Gateway information centers, chambers of commerce and by mail.

Events also will be listed on the county website at

For information, contact Faith O’Brien at the county Tourism Office by e-mail at, or phone 349-8322 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 8322.