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Malone pulls ahead in election vote total

Absentee ballots and affidavit ballots were counted Tuesday morning at the Oswego County Board of Elections.

In the close 20th legislative district, incumbent Douglas Malone, D-Oswego Town, is now ahead of his challenger Joseph Susino by a vote total of 266 to 263.

Malone was trailing by eight votes after machines votes were counted Election Night and after a recanvass of the machine votes done last week.

In a closer race, Schroeppel town councilman Richard Kline is now 1 vote ahead of incumbent county Legislator John Brandt, R-Schroeppel, in the 12th district, which encompasses parts of Schroeppel and Hastings. After absentees and affidavits were counted, the total was Kline, 371 and Brandt, 370.

As of noon Tuesday, the board of elections has not yet tallied absentees and affidavits in legislative distirct 5 in Constantia. As of Election Night, challenger Roy Reehil was leading incumbent Ronald Sakonyi by a vote of 394 to 350.

The board also counted the absentees and affidavits for the common council race in Ward 4 in Fulton. After they were tallied, the total was James Myers, 109; Ralph Stacy Jr. 107; and Mark Sherman, 91.

For more on the recount, be sure to read Saturday’s Valley News

CYO gets boost from Shineman Foundation

When the Richard S. Shineman Foundation was established, one of its goals was to mirror the deep compassion for community that Mr. Shineman had and improve the quality of life in the counties that it serves.

The CYO program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County proved to be a perfect match for that goal.

For youth in the greater Fulton area, Catholic Charities CYO program is an oasis where they can spend some quality time after school in a friendly environment that encourages positive behavior.

Lauren Pistell, executive director of the Richard Shineman Foundation, said the CYO program provided the foundation with an opportunity to be involved with and enhance a great program.

“Catholic Charities of Oswego County is well known for the many services it provides. When we were considering the type of work we wished to do in our community I recalled speaking with Catholic Charities Executive Director Mary Margaret Pezzella-Pekow and Community Services Program Supervisor, Helen Hoefer.

“I was impressed with their CYO program and the number of youth that it serves in the greater Fulton area,” Pistell said. “As the Shineman Foundation serves all of Oswego County, as well as four other counties in Central New York, the CYO program allowed us to expand our reach beyond just the city of Oswego and become a small part of the good work that Catholic Charities is already doing.”

Established in 2012, the mission of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation is to use its financial resources to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life in Oswego County and Central New York.

“We seek to work with our not-for-profit partners with integrity, honesty, and compassion,” said Pistell.   “We wish to be partners with organizations that we grant and develop a relationship that will last and be mutually beneficial.  We are excited about this grant.  Mary Margaret and Helen were very thoughtful about the grant support they needed.  They were sure it would be the right fit and match our mission and we appreciate that.”

Pistell added that seeing first hand the impact that the Shineman Foundation is having on Oswego County is very rewarding.

“It is a privilege for me to do this job,” she said. “I get to spend my days meeting with organizations such as Catholic Charities that are doing positive work and are dedicated to making good things happen in our community. In today’s world we are often inundated with bad news it is inspiring for me to partner with organizations that are doing that good work If we can play a small role in that we have achieved our goal.”

Hoefer said the grant from the Shineman Foundation would allow the CYO program to host special events for youth and their families and purchase additional games and equipment.

“Our youth look forward to family events such as our Halloween party and our Christmas party,” Hoefer said. “It’s an opportunity for the families to bond and enjoy some time together and meet new friends. Moving forward we will be able to host more of these. We will also be able to increase the variety of games and activities that we offer.”

“The vision of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation is to become a ‘Catalyst for Change,’” added Pistell. “Catholic Charities CYO program provides youth with a fun place to go after school and makes a positive difference in the lives of those children.”

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.  Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

 

Local students receive Clarkson scholarships

The following local students received scholarships at Clarkson University during the 2013-2014 academic year:

Brandon Teetsel of Fulton, a senior majoring in civil engineering, received the Elwyn J. Rodee Endowed Scholarship.

Daniel Wahl of Fulton, a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering, received the John Ben Snow Foundation Endowed Scholarship and the Nancy E. and James F. ‘64 Wood Endowed Scholarship.

Tyler Loveless of Pennellville, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering, received the A. Douglas Burrow ‘31 Endowed Scholarship.

Raymond Bielec of Constantia, a senior majoring in chemistry, received the Frank C. Goodrich Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the John Ben Snow Foundation Endowed Scholarship.

Thomas Haynes of Constantia, a senior majoring in civil engineering, received the Earle E. Towlson ‘27 Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

Joseph Dobiac of Pulaski, a senior majoring in electrical engineering, received the Steve Neely Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

Louis Arena of Mexico, a sophomore majoring in aeronautical engineeringand mechanical engineering, received the Elwyn J. Rodee Endowed Scholarship.

Tyler Virkler of Phoenix, a sophomore majoring in civil engineering, received the NYS Home Bureau-St. Lawrence County Endowed Scholarship and the John Ben Snow Foundation Endowed Scholarship.

Benjamin Ewald of Pennellville, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering, received the John F. Frazier ‘38 and L. K. Sillcox Endowed Scholarship.

Samantha Corcoran of Pulaski, a Clarkson School student majoring in engineering & management, received the Wallace H. Coulter Endowed Scholarship.

 

Literacy Coalition receives Shineman grant

The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County (LCOC), was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation..

“We are extremely grateful to Lauren Pistell, foundation executive director, and to the Shineman Foundation for their support,” said Jon Spaulding, Literacy Coalition president. “This grant will enable LCOC to contract with a research company to undertake a comprehensive survey and analysis that will identify the barriers to increasing literacy in Oswego County.

“For the first time in our county, we will have the data that shows us gaps in current services and recommendations for interventions and resources that can address these barriers.

“I also want to thank LCOC’s Fund Development Committee for their work in developing a Request For Proposal to secure a research company and for applying for the grant,” Spaulding said.

“The goal of The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is to empower our community to build literacy in a collaborative, inclusive and comprehensive manner,” said Spaulding. “The Coalition is dedicated to supporting and expanding literacy services so that people can work, the economy can grow, families can thrive, and our community can prosper.”

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 Fund Development Comittee are: Diane Cooper-Currier, executive director, Oswego County Opportunities; Jeffrey Grimshaw, director, SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations; Melanie Trexler, executive director, United Way of Greater Oswego County; Paul Gugel, director of Adult and Migrant Education, Oswego County BOCES  and Michael Egan, president, Weston T. Hyde Foundation.

Members of the LCOC Leadership Council include: Alliance Bank; Assemblyman William Barclay 124th District; Cayuga Community College; Steve 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; and the Central Southern Tier Regional Adult Education Network.

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. For more information about The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County, visit www.oswegocounty.com and click on the literacy coalition link.

Oswego Hospice reaches out to more veterans

Oswego County Hospice has obtained Level 2 for the We Honor Veterans program.

This program was developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs to better serve our veterans with life limiting illnesses.

Oswego County Hospice uses resources provided by the campaign to integrate the best practices for providing end-of-life care to veterans. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s veterans, Oswego County Hospice is better able to assist veterans and their families toward a more peaceful and dignified death.

Betty Dunsmoor, facilitator of the We Honor Veteran sprogram in Oswego County, said it is the mission at Oswego County Hospice to provide end of life services to the men and women who have served our country that reside within the community.

Dunsmoor said achieving Level 2 of the four-level program means Hospice will be able to do more training, more outreach and more education with other agencies dealing with veterans.

Statistics show about 25 percent of those who die every year in the United States are veterans.

Anyone who would like more information about this program should call Dunsmoor at 349-3480.

Theater group donates to nursing fund

Members of the Oswego Players, a local theatrical group which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, have donated proceeds from their recent performances of Death in the OR to a fund that honors an exceptional Oswego Hospital nurse each year.

The play was written by local physician Dr. Michael Nupuf,  and is based upon the book written by Dr. John Fountain, who relocated from the area several years ago.

Each year, the nurses at Oswego Hospital select an outstanding peer for the annual award, which is named in memory of Jean Carpenter, a licensed practical nurse, who passed away several years ago. 

Royals boys’ homeschool soccer teams wins finals

By Abigail Winheld

The Royals boy’s soccer team finished off an excellent season this year by winning the finals.

On Oct. 26, the Royals played the last game against Corning Christian Academy. Although the temperature was rather cold, the Royals came ready to play.

In the first half, the Royals scored twice and CCA scored twice, making the score 2-2 at half time. At the start of the third quarter, Royals’ Tyler Bouldin made a goal making the score 3-2.

As the game moved along the Royals scored again making the final score 4-2.

This is the third time the Royals have won the finals and the second time in a row. The Royals won 10 games, lost two, and tied two this season.

This year the Royals had 10 players and four of them – Casen Lange, Matthew Wetmore, Tyler Bouldin, and Austin Hixon — are seniors.

Anyone interested in playing for the Royals homeschool girls’ and boys’ soccer, volleyball, or basketball teams contact John at jobrienosw@aol.com .

Harborfest 2014 seeks performers

Harborfest 2014 is seeking performers for appearances at the 27th edition of the festival slated for July 24-27, 2014.

Artists of all types of music interested in appearing at Harborfest 2014 can obtain information and a Performer Application by logging onto the Harborfest website www.oswegoharborfest.com or at the Harborfest office, 41 Lake St., Oswego, weekdays during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There is no application fee, but a clearly labeled CD and a press or information kit must accompany each application.

Applications must be completed and submitted with all requested information to the Harborfest office by no later than Jan. 10, 2014.