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Marc Mero tells students to work hard for goals

Dennis M. Kenney Middle School student Alivia Diefenbacher meets with motivational speaker Marc Mero after a Champion of Choices assembly held Friday in the school cafetorium.
Dennis M. Kenney Middle School student Alivia Diefenbacher meets with motivational speaker Marc Mero after a Champion of Choices assembly held Friday in the school cafetorium.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Former professional wrestler-turned-motivational speaker Marc Mero used his wealth of life experience to inspire Dennis M. Kenney Middle School students during an assembly May 30.

Mero, who gained notoriety as a wrestler with the World Wrestling Federation in the early 1990s and later struggled with addiction and adversity, brought his message of hope to Hannibal students.  Continue reading

Ninth-graders shine at Birdlebough earth science symposium

Cassady Konu earned the Scientific Method Award at the inaugural John C. Birdlebough Earth Science Research Symposium. She presented a research project to a panel of judges about the impact of global warming on hurricanes.
Cassady Konu earned the Scientific Method Award at the inaugural John C. Birdlebough Earth Science Research Symposium. She presented a research project to a panel of judges about the impact of global warming on hurricanes.

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An inaugural Earth Science Research Symposium at Phoenix’s John C. Birdlebough High School featured the research of 42 students from the school’s freshman class.

Earth science honors students from Susan Sharp and Andrea Ackles’ classes started tackling their research project assignments for the symposium back in early October.  Continue reading

Fulton Rotary learns about workforce program

Fulton Rotary Club member, Steve Osborne, right, introduced Chad Whelsky from Workforce New York, at a recent Rotary Club meeting. Whelsky said the purpose of  Workforce New York is to put people to work and keep them in Oswego County. They try to tailor training to what companies in Oswego County need. They train the unemployed, the underemployed and those not happy in their line of work. There are tax dollars available to local private businesses through grants. The tax incentives include people on assistance, veterans, ex-felons and the disabled. Whelsky reported that Workforce New York has many ideas and plans to get people employed. One of the techniques that works very well is the Mock Interview. Once an unemployed person has mastered the techniques of the interview, they are much more at ease when talking to a prospective employer about a job.
Fulton Rotary Club member, Steve Osborne, right, introduced Chad Whelsky from Workforce New York, at a recent Rotary Club meeting. Whelsky said the purpose of Workforce New York is to put people to work and keep them in Oswego County. They try to tailor training to what companies in Oswego County need. They train the unemployed, the underemployed and those not happy in their line of work. There are tax dollars available to local private businesses through grants. The tax incentives include people on assistance, veterans, ex-felons and the disabled. Whelsky reported that Workforce New York has many ideas and plans to get people employed. One of the techniques that works very well is the Mock Interview. Once an unemployed person has mastered the techniques of the interview, they are much more at ease when talking to a prospective employer about a job.

Hoffman, Donnelly receive Rotary excellence awards

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Club president Ed Garrow poses with Peggy Donnelly.

At a recent Fulton Sunrise Rotary Meeting, Rotarian Peggy Donnelly, in the photo above, was presented with the District 7150 Rotarian of Excellence Award.

This award is for Rotarians in good standing,  who have given devoted and valuable service to the club during and after their year as President, furthering the principles and ideals of Rotary. Donnelly has been an active project participant and supporter of the Rotary Club’s community and global projects and represents District 7150 in a way that enhances the image of Rotary in the community, the District, the Zone and Rotary International.

The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. each Friday at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.

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Jerry Seguin poses with Merrill Hoffman.

In the second photo, president of the Fulton Noon Rotary Club, Jerry Seguin awards Merrill Hoffman, right, with this year’s Rotarian of Excellence for his dedicated and faithful service to Rotary for 25 years.

It was noted Hoffman has a quiet presence but is always there when you need him. The members joined Seguin in thanking Hoffman and acknowledging him for his service to Rotary. Hoffman’s wife, Laurna, was present when Hoffman  was given this award.