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Oswego Health promotes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The physicians and staff of Oswego Health will take part in activities throughout October that promote national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Perhaps the most important action community members can take is to encourage the women they know to have a mammogram.

Oswego Health Radiology Chief Dr. Mark Franklin recommends most women undergo a yearly mammogram beginning at age 40. Women who are at higher risk of breast cancer should talk with their healthcare provider about whether to have mammograms before the age of 40 and how often to undergo one.

Those at a higher risk for breast cancer include individuals who have a first degree relative — such as a mother or sister — who has had the disease.

Oswego Health radiologists, as part of the interpretation of each woman’s mammography screening, use a risk tool that can be found at U.S. National Institutes of Health web site: www.cancer.gove/bcrisktool.

“A digital mammogram is one of the most important tools physicians have to diagnose breast cancer,” Dr. Franklin said. “Early breast cancer detection through mammography likely results in improved outcomes.”

“Along with having a yearly mammogram, I encourage women to have a clinical breast exam yearly by their healthcare provider,” Dr. Franklin said. “Monthly self-breast exams are also important in the detection of breast cancer.”

In addition to offering digital mammogram services, Oswego Hospital can perform breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), adding one more diagnostic tool in the fight against breast cancer.

A breast MRI is one of the latest technologies available to assist in the detection of breast cancer. This new technology allows radiologists to see abnormalities that sometimes cannot be seen on either a mammogram or ultrasound. Specialized software assists radiologists with the interpretation of the approximately 1,200 images created during a single study.

Dr. Franklin encourages women who are known to be at high risk for breast cancer, or who have a first-degree family member with the disease, to have a breast MRI. Among those at higher risk are women who have had a first degree family member with breast cancer.

“This new technology is another tool for women at risk for breast cancer,” Dr. Franklin said. “A MRI of the breast has been performed for a number of reasons that include the diagnosis of breast implant rupture, surgical planning, staging of breast cancer and treatment planning, post surgical and post radiation follow up, dense breast tissue evaluation and evaluating trouble areas identified through a mammogram or ultrasound.”

Dr. Franklin added a breast MRI is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging, but rather a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities.

The breast MRI takes about 20 minutes and entails the use of an intravenous contrast. A physician referral is required.

Digital mammography appointments can be made in several convenient locations throughout Oswego County, including the Oswego Health Services Center, Fulton Medical Center, the newly opened Central Square Medical Center and at the Pulaski Health Center.

To make a mammography screening appointment in either Oswego or Pulaski, call 349-5540. For appointments in Fulton and Central Square, call 592-3555.

To make an appointment for a breast MRI, call (800) 634-2468.

Oswego Health Offers Breast Cancer Support Group

For residents seeking a breast cancer support group, the caring and sharing breast cancer support group meets the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p. m. in the conference room of the Fulton Medical Center.

Leading the group is Liz Schremp.

“We call breast cancer treatment a journey and our members have all experienced the many emotions you feel during that journey,” said Schremp last year when the group began meeting at the Fulton Medical Center. “Breast cancer for a woman can be very, very overwhelming. There are phases of the journey and we lead each person on a positive route.”

In addition to the support group, its members can provide a facilitator 24 hours a day to those that need support before the next support group meeting. Schremp can be contacted by calling 592-7468.

New Oswego Health ENTs visit senior health fair

Oswego Health’s two new otolaryngologists who treat a variety of ear, nose and throat issues, as well as provide facial plastic surgery, attended state Sen. Patty Ritchie’s Senior Health Fair held earlier this week at the Fulton War Memorial.

Board Certified ENTs Nicholas Groch and Melanie Pence opened an office Oct. 8 in Suite 210 of the Oswego Health Services Center, located next to Oswego Hospital. Contact them by calling 349-5828.

The otolaryngologists have a joint practice providing services such as hearing and balance testing to allergy testing, sinus surgery, pediatric ear infections, snoring and sleep apnea, thyroidectomies, skin cancer excisions and cosmetic procedures.

Both physicians are board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology in head and neck/facial plastic surgery. An audiologist is also expected to join the practice in the upcoming weeks.

The ENTs will host an Ask The Doctor program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the  lower level JPC conference room of the Oswego Health Services Center, next to Oswego Hospital. The program is free and open to the public.

The Oswego Healthcare System includes Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; an urgent care center in Fulton, and health services centers in Mexico, Parish and Phoenix. For more information, call 349-5500 or visit

What’s Happening at the CNY Arts Center?

Author’s Spotlight follows at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 with a spotlight on Susan Peterson Gately’s newest book “Legends and Lore of Lake Ontario.”

Just in time for Halloween and the season of restless spirits, haunted houses and ghost ships, Susan will be reading ghost stories and mysteries from her most recent book, published by History Press.

TH3, a happy new Happy Hour from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in the Arts in the HeART Gallery. Every third Thursday of the month the gallery hosts a Happy Hour, meet and greet the artists in a lighthearted social evening.

Free beverages and food, artwork from more than  25 local artists on display and for sale. Layaway plans available. RSVP number of attendees by calling 598-ARTS or email Arts in the HeART Gallery is located at  47 S. 1st St, Fulton, across from the gazebo.

Pumpkin Carving Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19. This one is for all ages and will take your pumpkin to new heights of intricate carving and helpful techniques.

All ages are welcome; children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own pumpkin.

Hannibal schools chart course for future

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Uniting with a common vision, members of the Hannibal Central School District Plan Committee discussed the district’s blueprint for the future at a meeting Oct. 3.

The newly formed committee, comprised of nearly 30 people from all walks of life, outlined their goals and hopes for the district as it moves forward into the future.

Spending more than two hours brainstorming and bouncing ideas off one another, the meeting was the first of several that will be held throughout the year to help develop a strategic plan to guide the district during the next five years.

Penny Ciaburri, chief executive officer of PLC Associates Inc., the consulting firm contracted to help the district develop the strategic plan, said the initial meeting was a resounding success.

“They’re absolutely on fire,” Ciaburri said of the committee. “They jumped right in. They are having the important conversations, looking to take advantage of best practices.”

Committee members talked about some of the key factors that lead to a successful district.

Ideas ranged from ways to increase student engagement, boost academic achievement and strengthen the family and community connection — all of which will be further addressed by three separate task forces in developing the overall strategic plan.

District superintendent Donna Fountain noted that reaching that benchmark is one of the many goals she envisions the district achieving in the years ahead.

“I think Hannibal can honestly become a shining star, not just in our community, but across the state,” Fountain said. “Hannibal can become a destination district. People can move here for the education that we offer.”

Committee member Jill Rice, who has children enrolled in seventh and eighth grade at Hannibal, believes the district has a solid foundation that can become even stronger through the strategic plan and community involvement.

“It starts at home,” Rice said. “It’s imperative as soon as (students) hit pre-K to let them know that their potential is limitless.”

With educational success and student growth as key components of the plan, committee members also developed a list of advocating and opposing factors facing the district.

“We need to find out what do we have in our favor, what’s holding us back and how strong those forces are,” Ciaburri said. “A huge advocating force is that we, as an organization, have decided to build a strategic plan.”

Fairley Elementary staff member Dawn Thompson reviewed a variety of factors that her group added to its list, ranging from student expectations and strong leadership to resources and socioeconomic issues.

“There have been many impoverished districts that have soared,” Thompson said as she looked over the list where the advocating forces more than doubled the opposing forces. “The good guys get a win.”

Thompson’s optimism was shared by her fellow committee members, as each offered their positive outlook concerning the process in developing the district’s blueprint for the future.

Words like hopeful, inspired, empowered, invigorated, enthusiastic and refreshing were commonly spoken as each member assessed the first meeting.

“In my 16 years here, this is the first time I’ve ever seen a group come together like this with such a definitive and worthy goal,” Fairley principal Jody Musa said.

“A group of ordinary people, if given the right tools, can do some extraordinary things, and that’s what I think you’re going to do,” she told the committee. “It’s a very thoughtful and reflective process that will help put in place a blueprint so that five years from now we’re telling the Hannibal story.”

The next core committee meeting will be held from 4 to 6:15 p.m. Nov. 7 in the district boardroom. Task forces are set to meet Nov. 19.

The anticipated completion date for the overall plan is March 21, followed by a presentation to the school board at 7:15 p.m. April 9.

For more information on the process or to become involved, email internal facilitator Tammy Farrell at or call 564-7900, ext. 3004.

In and Around Hannibal

Can you believe it’s Columbus Day weekend?

We have had some great fall weather, haven’t we? Last weekend, I had the opportunity to drive down to the Southern Tier and into northern Pennsylvania. The colors were breathtaking, especially on the drive back.

We forget what a beautiful state New York is…we are sort of in the flats or rolling hills areas but as you drive south, you find more rolling to the hills as you head into the Appalachians and Endless Mountains.

What a glorious quilt of fields appears as you look across them there hills from 81. Take advantage of what is near you and head out and take in some of the countryside this weekend.

While I’m on the subject of travel — I was lucky to have my Texas family visit me for two-and-a-half days — a rare chance to be with my granddaughter. So we went to the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester. What a delightful place to take your children or grands or even the neighbors.

We didn’t begin to cover it, spending most of our time on Sesame Street and at the Wegmans store. But that just means we’ll have to go back. Might make a good destination for this weekend. It was easy to find even if it is in downtown Rochester.

Upcoming events

Craft Fair at the American Legion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Oct. 12. Contact Sue Souva at for more information.

The Hannibal Homecoming Dance will be 7 to 10 p.m. this evening Oct. 12 at the High School.

School and the Senior Center are closed this Monday for the holiday so hit the road and take in the sites of New York.

Hannibal Senior Dining Center meets at noon for dinner at the Senior Center (Library Building) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Come early for coffee and news or to work on a jigsaw puzzle, play games or just engage in some idle chit-chat. Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation at 564-5471.

The center will be closed this Monday in honor of Columbus Day.

Wednesday, Oct. 16: Chicken and biscuit, mashed potatoes, peas & carrots, juice, fresh fruit

Friday, Oct. 18: Turkey sloppy Joe, rice pilaf, vegetable blend, fruit cocktail

Activities: Wednesday: bingo after lunch; Friday: Music with Deanna

The Hannibal United Methodist Church will be having its annual pie by order sale next week. Ordered pies are to be picked up at the (brick) church, corner of West and Church Street (state Route 3) by 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. To place an order call 564-6690 by Tuesday Oct. 15.

The Friends of the Hannibal Free Library will be holding their Fall Book and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. It will take place in the Hannibal Community Center, next to the library.

There will be hundreds of books,  plus videos, and CD’s for all ages and interests. This year, there also will be many children and teen books. There will also be a wide variety of baked goods for sale. For more information please call Faith at 564-5192.

Remember, this column is about and for the people of Hannibal and the surrounding area. If you have an event that you would like the public to know about, send me an email or give me a quick call. Rita Hooper, 706-3564,


The Hannibal Town Board meets the third Wednesday of the month.

The Hannibal Village Board meets the second Monday of the month.

The Hannibal Planning Board meets the first Thursday of the month.

All meetings are held at the Municipal Building on Cayuga Street at 7 p.m. and are open to the public. Help yourself and your community by attending.

American Legion leaders come to Oswego County

When New York’s American Legion leaders visited Oswego County Oct. 5, they were treated to some Marine Junior ROTC drilling at Mexico Academy and Central School, a glimpse of the War of Independence in a scenic mural, and a reminder to “Support Our Troops” during lunch at Horning-Fournier American Legion Post 418 in Phoenix.

The visit was capped off with dinner at Prior-Stock American Legion Post 1552 in Hannibal, where NY Legion Commander Kenneth Governor spoke of “Service First” and the Department of New York’s refocusing on the core mission to serve men and women in uniform, veterans and families, and community and nation.

He was joined by New York Auxiliary President Barbara Corker and New York Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander John Chang.

Chang spoke of his passion for the National Emergency Fund, which provides financial assistance to Legion families struck by disaster.

Corker expressed her dedication to providing equipment and supplies to wounded warriors through the Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors.

She expressed two reasons why this is important: First, unlike other charities, 100 percent of donations go directly to helping injured service members; and, second, it’s important to “show our warriors our love.”

The leaders visit to Mexico High School featured a demonstration by the Marine Junior ROTC drill team, and a briefing by Senior JROTC Instructor Lt. Col. John Freda (Ret.).

“The instructor emphasized the drill team was not a vehicle to recruit students into the military, but rather a method of instilling teamwork, establish a strong work ethic and all the traits necessary for a successful life,” Governor noted.

The school also is home to the hand-carved woodblock scenic mural, “La Guerre D’Independance.” They got to view the multi-panel mural by French artist Deltel, which depicts scenes from the Revolutionary War.

The only two places where this historic circa-1853 artwork survives in its entirety are the White House in Washington, D.C. and in the oak-paneled upper foyer of Mexico High School.

After enjoying lunch at Post 418 in Phoenix, the state Legion leaders were quick to don “Support Our Troops” T-shirts presented by the Post leaders, Post Commander Ron Smithers, Auxiliary Unit President Anna Goettel and Sons of the American Legion Squadron Commander Shawn Mills.

Women’s conference coming to Fulton Oct. 29

Connections, a day-long conference for women, is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at River Vista Center in Fulton.

The program is being presented by the Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training and SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations.

Women from across the state will gather for the program titled “Connect – Pursue – Advance.” There will be several speakers, networking opportunities, continental breakfast, lunch, a dessert reception, and a women’s marketplace.

Speaker Susan Conklin, Source for Personal and Professional Growth, will present “Chart your course with the Wheel of Life.”

The Wheel of Life is a tool that provides a “helicopter view” of life, to help us assess where we are and envision where we’re going.

Again this year, headshots will be offered by Dayger Photography, with no sitting fee. Hair and make-up touchups will also be available.

New this year, we are featuring Bee-Hive Networking. Each attendee could walk away with an average of 12-20 cards of qualified prospects who want to meet them. Come “catch the buzz” at the Bee-Hive Networking Game. Please be sure to come armed with 100 business cards.

Tickets are $65 and are available through the Tyler Hall Box Office, Those interested also may  download our registration form at and mail it with your check.

For more information, contact Evelyn LiVoti, Connections’ co-chair, at 343-1545 or

New VP named at SUNY Oswego

Dr. Jerald Woolfolk Adley has been named SUNY Oswego vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Adley has been vice president for student affairs, enrollment management and diversity at Mississippi Valley State University since 2011. Previously, she was vice president for student affairs at CUNY’s College of Staten Island.

“Dr. Adley has built a record as a strategic innovator in student affairs who sets clear and high goals and provides the leadership to achieve them,” said SUNY Oswego president Deborah Stanley. “We are delighted to welcome her to SUNY Oswego.”

At Mississippi Valley, Adley led initiatives that significantly increased enrollment, including raising freshman enrollment by 18 percent in one year.

As associate dean of students for residential life at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, she implemented a range of initiatives — academic, security, administrative and marketing — that increased residence hall occupancy from 50 percent to full capacity.

In addition to her accomplishments on her home campuses, Adley is active nationally in her field. She is an accreditation evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Higher education institutions in Delaware, Alabama, North Carolina and Arkansas have retained her as a consultant on accreditation, strategic planning, enrollment management and organizational management.

She received her doctorate in urban higher education from Jackson State University in Mississippi. She began her career as a counselor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff after receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Jackson State and her master’s degree in counselor education from Iowa State University.

The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Oswego, which Adley will oversee, encompasses Admissions, Financial Aid, Auxiliary Services, Residence Life and Housing, Student Conduct and Compliance, Walker Health Center and the Counseling Center, Campus Life, Athletics, Student Advisement, Orientation and Career Services.

Adley succeeds  Dr. Joseph Grant, who retired from SUNY Oswego in 2012.