All posts by Andrew Henderson

On the RISE – Tasked with encouraging and enabling undergraduate student research and creative projects, SUNY Oswego earth sciences faculty member Diana Boyer (center), director of the college’s year-old Office of Research and Individualized Student Experiences, talks in a Snygg Hall laboratory with senior biochemistry majors Ryan Cotroneo (left) and Adam Szymaniak, who worked this summer with Fehmi Damkaci of chemistry on a project to synthesize a compound library.

SUNY Oswego creates new office

On the RISE – Tasked with encouraging and enabling undergraduate student research and creative projects, SUNY Oswego earth sciences faculty member Diana Boyer (center), director of the college’s year-old Office of Research and Individualized Student Experiences, talks in a Snygg Hall laboratory with senior biochemistry majors Ryan Cotroneo (left) and Adam Szymaniak, who worked this summer with Fehmi Damkaci of chemistry on a project to synthesize a compound library.

SUNY Oswego has established an office to provide support and pique student interest in hands-on, faculty-mentored work.

Dr. Diana Boyer, an earth sciences faculty member and director of the Office of Research and Individualized Student Experiences, said the office aims to encourage and enable student scholarly work, internships and conference travel.

Personal experience tells Boyer this will pay dividends in student engagement, research and other academic skills, graduate school readiness and appeal to employers, she said.

“When I was in high school, I was given an amazing opportunity to work with a faculty member at Penn State, where I’m from,” said Boyer, who had a budding interest in paleontology. “I did a research project. I went out into the field, collected fossils, did the lab work, presented at a regional conference — and from that moment on I was hooked.”

RISE, headquartered in the SUNY Oswego Campus Center, can help students start a mentored research or artistic project, assist with funding and research travel through the college’s Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee and search for outside funding.

To read the rest of the story, pick up the latest copy of The Valley News. You may also subscribe to the paper by calling 598-6397

In and Around Hannibal: Sept. 15, 2012

by Rita Hooper 

I have an early deadline this weekend so hope I haven’t missed any news. If I have, look for it next week in The Valley News.

Tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 16, Oswego County Democrats will be holding their annual steak bake and corn roast at Scott’s Pond.

There will be a county golf tournament preceding the picnic.  You can call Judy or Bill Walsh (564-5657) or Judy Prosser, (564-5630) and see if there is still an opening.

Steaks had to be pre-ordered but come anyway and eat off the menu. Several Democrat candidates or their reps will be on hand to meet and greet you.

The Hannibal Senior Meals program will meet this Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon for lunch.  Most of the folks come earlier for cards and games, conversation and coffee.

This week’s menu features beef stroganoff over egg noodles with brownies for dessert Monday; open-face hot turkey sandwiches Wednesday; and fish clippers Friday.

To read the rest of the story, pick up the latest copy of The Valley News. You may also subscribe to the paper by calling 598-6397

County Clerk George Williams dies at age 77

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Clerk George Williams died yesterday. Williams, 77, had been reportedly ill for some time and been hospitalized in recent weeks, according to county employees.

Williams also served as a past chairman of the Oswego County Republican Committee.

Oswego County Republican Committee Chairman Michael Backus said the news of Williams’ death will be met with heartfelt sympathy by those who knew him.

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Oswego County Clerk George Williams,” Backus said. “George made an indelible mark on our community and served this county for over 30 years.”

Backus added, “My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Norma (Williams’ wife) and the family.”

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he too was sad to hear of Williams passing.  “He served the public for many years,” he said.

County employees were notified of his death this morning.

The governor will name a replacement for Williams. In the meantime, Deputy Clerk Georgiana Mansfield will oversee the office.

images

Ammonia spill contained at Birds Eye plant

A release of an undermined amount of ammonia from the closed Fulton Birds Eye plant was contained and isolated by emergency personnel Aug. 30.

A precautionary evacuation of several nearby residents took place, Fulton Fire Department Acting Chief Paul Foster said.

The leak was reported about 8:22 p.m. Chief Foster said the leak occurred in a 1 1/4 inch return pipe of the refrigeration system and was located, isolated and contained by on-site maintenance.

The Oswego County Hazardous Materials Team, the Oswego County Health Department and the State Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response also responded to the scene with the Fulton Fire Department.

As a precaution, residents in the area of Jerome and Gansvoort streets in Fulton were evacuated. The Oswego County E-911 Communications Center and Fulton Police Department notified nearby residents.

Foster said any ammonia remaining in the surrounding atmosphere may be an irritant to residents and those experiencing any irritation may wish not to stay at home tonight.

Displaced residents may go to the War Memorial or the Community Room at the Fulton Municipal Building.

The plant is owned by Pinnacle Foods.

Dorothy Volotta, resident of Hannibal

Dorothy I. Volotta, 94, of Hannibal, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident of the Fulton and Hannibal areas.

She was predeceased by her companion, Roland Byam, who died in 2003.

Surviving are a daughter, Michelle (Dennis) Chillson of Hannibal; and two grandchildren, Brian Chillson of Lewisburg, Pa. and Charlene Chillson of Boston, Mass.

Calling hours and service were held Saturday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial was in Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

Sheriff’s deputies: Missing Granby person found

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office announced this afternoon that Joseph T. Steadman has  been located.  Mr. Steadman was reported missing, last seen in the Granby area  July 5.

Reportedly, at approximately 10:10 a.m. today, Steadman was recognized from his description and photograph while on the lakeshore at Marsh Road in the Town of Sterling. 

Officers responded to the scene and identified Steadman, who was subsequently transported to the Oswego Hospital for an evaluation. 

Members of the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office also responded and located Steadman’s vehicle at the end of Marsh Road.