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Beverly Deacons Owens, Fulton High grad, retired from Oswego County Employment and Training

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Beverly Deacons Owens, 74, of State College, Penn., died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at The Hearthside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, State College.

Born Sept. 6, 1939, in Fulton, NY, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Dora Arlene Tilton Wells.

On March 2, 1996, she married Danny Owens, who preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 2014.

She is survived by one son, Clarence J. Deacons and his wife, Jan, of Fulton, NY and one daughter, Wendy Deacons Steele and her husband, Richard, of Millsboro, Del.; three grandchildren, Tabor Deacons, Dean Miller and Hailey Steele; three great-grandchildren.

Beverly was a 1957 graduate of Fulton High School in New York.

She retired in 1995 from the Oswego County Employment and Training Office.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.

Hannibal girls’ softball ready to tackle tough season

By Rob Tetro

David Meeker inherited a relatively inexperienced team when he was named interim Hannibal girls’ varsity softball coach.

Fully grasping the state of his team, Meeker feels it’s important for his team to have simple goals for the upcoming season.

A key goal the Lady Warriors have this season is to become more of a fundamentally sound team, especially when it comes to base running. It’s also important to Meeker and his team to learn how to play together.

Perhaps most importantly, Hannibal hopes to be a team that benefits from a strong work ethic in 2014.

The Lady Warriors are a young team this season, with only a few players returning from last season’s team. However, Meeker said the younger players on his team have a lot of potential.

Hannibal’s softball team features numerous multi-sport athletes. Given how active his team has been throughout the school year, Meeker feels that his team was in decent physical condition when practices began in early March.

He wanted to dedicate a lot of time developing softball related skills in preparation for the season. Meeker was pleased his players were physically able to handle all the developmental work that was expected of them.

Meeker said his team did a nice job of handling some of the adjustments that come with being an athlete who competes in winter and spring sports. Developing softball fundamentals often involves the development of arm strength and hand-eye coordination for hitting.

Though his team needed to work on each area at the beginning of practices, Meeker credits his team for being able to handle the adjustments that come with going from a sport such as basketball to softball.

Currently, most of the players are physically prepared to begin the season. Meeker does point out that a few of his younger players aren’t as physically prepared for the season as his more experienced players.

Seniors Samantha Bowers, Malana Scott and sophomore Megan Norris will serve as the Lady Warriors team captains this season.

Hannibal softball will have a challenging time of it this season, playing in a league with powerhouse teams from like Westhill and Solvay. Also, Meeker expects to see many weeks throughout the season where his team plays three or four games a week.

The Lady Warriors return an impressive pitcher in junior Hailey Dunsmoor, but Meeker suggests she won’t be able to do it all alone. It will be key for Hannibal to build depth behind Dunsmoor in order to handle such a challenging workload.

It is possible the Lady Warriors could take a few lumps this season, but Meeker feels the experiences they have in 2014 will be good for them in the long run.

Meeker expects to have a team that will have many strengths to build off of. First and foremost, his team is dedicated to developing its fundamental skills. Led by Dunsmoor, Meeker feels his teams’ pitchers and catchers have a lot of potential.

He also said he expects the top of the lineup to do a decent job at getting on base and into scoring position this season.

SUNY Oswego names new extended learning dean

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Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Veteran continuing education administrator Jill Pippin has joined SUNY Oswego as dean of extended learning.

Oswego’s Division of Extended Learning serves a wide array of part-time students and working adults interested in pursuing degrees, career-specific coursework and professional development opportunities in Oswego, Syracuse and Phoenix and online.

Pippin comes to SUNY Oswego from Jefferson Community College in Watertown, where she was dean for continuing education and a member of the senior academic leadership team responsible for innovative and community-oriented programs for adult and nontraditional students.

In her new position, Pippin takes charge of programs at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse, offering graduate courses in business, education, mental health counseling and other fields as well as professional development workshops, contract training and noncredit courses.

She also will be in charge of the SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center and its management consulting and professional development programs; the college’s summer and winter sessions; and a variety of other programs and initiatives to serve nontraditional students.

“What I really get excited about in terms of extended learning is I like to serve those under-served populations — the part-time student, adult student, evening student, online student — in ways that allow us to be flexible so that they can continue their education,” Pippin said.

“We offer the gamut, from our high school programs for students who are ready to take on the challenge of a college class all the way through to the person who already has a master’s degree and comes back for some professional development to hone a skill.

“We are trying to address the different, the nontraditional, audiences — the veterans audience, the international and English as a second language audience, folks more physically or geographically bound. It’s about being innovative, flexible and responsive,” Pippin said.

At Jefferson Community College, Pippin managed several associate’s degree programs, an office at Fort Drum, military and veterans’ services, a high school program, summer and winter course offerings on campus, online and at offsite locations, and Jefferson Express noncredit, workforce development and contract course programs.

She developed and cultivated the Jefferson Higher Education Center from its inception, proposed and administered more than $2.15 million in grants, and increased revenue and enrollment during her eight-year tenure at the community college.

Her earlier career spanned both academic and business positions in roles such as director for graduate services and enrollment, business adjunct instructor, director of operations, and major accounts manager.

Pippin earned a master’s degree in business administration at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego in communication studies with an emphasis in interpersonal communication.

She received the Continuing Education Association of New York’s Outstanding Continuing Educator Award for 2013 and the 20 Under 40 Award from the Watertown Daily Times in 2009.

POMCO donates to OCO Retro Bowl event

Oswego County Opportunities Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier, center, accepts a donation for the OCO Retro Bowl event from left Janice Webb, POMCO account manager, and right Vanessa Flynn, POMCO vice president of client services. POMCO donated $1,000.
Oswego County Opportunities Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier, center, accepts a donation for the OCO Retro Bowl event from left Janice Webb, POMCO account manager, and right Vanessa Flynn, POMCO vice president of client services. POMCO donated $1,000.

POMCO Group, one of the nation’s largest benefits administrators, made a donation of $1,000 to support Oswego County Opportunities’ annual Retro Bowl fundraising event, which took place on Saturday April 5 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton. 

OCO has partnered with POMCO Group since 2006 for the administration of its self-funded employee benefits plan. Each year, POMCO Group has supported OCO’s annual fundraiser and Retro Bowl event, which raises awareness and funding for the programs OCO offers to Oswego County and its community members.

“Oswego County Opportunities does tremendous work in Oswego County, particularly in the areas of health and nutrition services and education,” said Vanessa Flynn, vice president of client services at POMCO Group.

“Since the health and wellness of our community is a value that we share with OCO, and because it is, and has been, an important business partner to POMCO Group over the past eight years, it is important to us to support its fundraising efforts,” she said.

The money raised in 2014 from OCO’s annual Retro Bowl fundraising event will focus on ways to reduce and eliminate hunger in Oswego County.

OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier said every level of support from businesses and members of the community helps to make a difference.

“We are grateful for the ongoing support that we have received from POMCO Group in helping us to meet our fundraising goals. We value the support of our business partners as we strive to make a difference in our community.”

 

Hannibal Democrats plan chicken barbecue

The Hannibal Democratic Committee’s annual chicken barbecue will be held from noon to 3 p.m. (or until the chicken is gone) Sunday May 4  at the Hannibal American Legion on Rochester Street in Hannibal. Take outs are available. Advance sale tickets are available and recommended. For information or tickets call: 564-5658 or 564-5630. Preparing for the upcoming chicken barbecue in Hannibal are, pictured from left to right, standing Dan Mahaney, town highway superintendent and Gordon Prosser, committee chair;  seated Rita Hooper, Judy Prosser and Becky Corvick.
The Hannibal Democratic Committee’s annual chicken barbecue will be held from noon to 3 p.m. (or until the chicken is gone) Sunday May 4 at the Hannibal American Legion on Rochester Street in Hannibal. Take outs are available. Advance sale tickets are available and recommended. For information or tickets call: 564-5658 or 564-5630. Preparing for the upcoming chicken barbecue in Hannibal are, pictured from left to right, standing Dan Mahaney, town highway superintendent and Gordon Prosser, committee chair; seated Rita Hooper, Judy Prosser and Becky Corvick.

Parks stone collection contest continues through today

Michael and Katie Gerth found three of the colored stones hidden in various Fulton Parks as part of the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt. People who find the most of the colored stones in the parks will win smaller prizes in the contest. The special medallion was found Wednesday and that person will win cash from The Valley News. While the medallion has been found, the stone collection part continues through the end of today.
Michael and Katie Gerth found three of the colored stones hidden in various Fulton Parks as part of the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt. People who find the most of the colored stones in the parks will win smaller prizes in the contest. The special medallion was found Wednesday and that person will win cash from The Valley News. While the medallion has been found, the stone collection part continues through the end of today.

Maroun Elementary students help make Easter baskets

Galena Ojiem, of Phoenix, founder of Hikers for the Homeless, shows off some of the toiletry items and other merchandise collected to fill Easter baskets made by third-graders from Maroun Elementary in Phoenix. The baskets will be given at shelters and to homeless in Syracuse on Easter morning.
Galena Ojiem, of Phoenix, founder of Hikers for the Homeless, shows off some of the toiletry items and other merchandise collected to fill Easter baskets made by third-graders from Maroun Elementary in Phoenix. The baskets will be given at shelters and to homeless in Syracuse on Easter morning.

Hikers for the Homeless has partnered with Maroun Elementary in Phoenix and Catholic Charities in Syracuse to brighten Easter for some of Syracuse’s poorest residents with an Easter basket giveaway.

The third-graders at Maroun Elementary made paper Easter baskets and also collected items to be placed in the baskets.

Hikers for the Homeless will fill the baskets with washcloths, soap, shampoo, lotion, wipes/tissues, chapstick, toothbrushes, toothpaste and, of course, candy and Easter treats.

The 123 baskets will be passed out on Easter morning at two Catholic Charities shelters in Syracuse – one that houses women and one for women and children.

The 76 residents here will also be receiving multicolor carnations. The remaining baskets will be given to John Tomino with In My Father’s Kitchen to be passed out when he distributes lunches to those living under bridges in Syracuse.

Any remaining will be given to refugees during his April 26 giveaway.

Sponsors of the event are Guignard’s Flowers, Adirondackmama.com blog and Sandy Pratt Photography.

Maroun Elementary collected more than 1,200 items pictured below and Hikers collected $365 in donations from 12 individual donors, which was used to purchase additional supplies for the baskets.

Hannibal Dollars for Scholars to have pulled pork barbecue dinner

Kathy Gilbert, Sue Bartoszewski and Louis Gilbert prepare for barbecue to raise money for the Hannibal Dollars for Scholars
Kathy Gilbert, Sue Bartoszewski and Louis Gilbert prepare for the barbecue to raise money for the Hannibal Dollars for Scholars
Hannibal Dollars for Scholars is hosting a pulled pork barbecue from noon to 3:30 p.m. (or until sold out) Saturday May 10 at the Hannibal American Legion on Rochester Street in Hannibal.  
The barbecue will include pulled pork with a kaiser roll, cole slaw, salt potatoes, baked beans and dessert.  Take-out dinners will be available.  Pre-sale tickets are available. Visit the chapter website at hannibal.dollarsforscholars.org and email one of the chapter contacts, or phone 564-5630.
 
All proceeds from the dinner will be used to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from Hannibal High School.  In 2013 the chapter provided thirteen scholarships of $500 each to Hannibal students.  
 
Hannibal Dollars for Scholars is a chapter of the national organization Dollars for Scholars. Dollars for Scholars, a program of Scholarship America, is a national umbrella program that includes over 1,100 locally-based, volunteer-driven chapters in nearly 3,500 communities across the United States. Dollars for Scholars partners with nearly 500 colleges, universities and technical schools to help maximize the impact of financial aid from our organization.  Many have matching fund agreements, allowing our locally raised dollars to be doubled for students attending these schools.