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Ol’ Man Winter still with us in Oswego County

By Debra J. Groom

Well, another 15.8 inches of white stuff fell in Fulton from Monday through Wednesday.

But believe it or not, the city still is about average when it comes to snowfall for a season, said Paul Cardinali, local weather observer.

“The problem Wednesday was the blowing snow,” he said. “It was a white out.”

The season total for Fulton as of Wednesday is 140.9 inches, Cardinali said. The average for this time of year is 132 inches.

The city of Oswego also saw the snow pile up earlier this week.

Weather observer William Gregway said the Port City received 14 inches from Monday through Wednesday, bringing its seasonal total to 131.6 inches.

The average for this time of year in Oswego is 150 inches.

On Wednesday, Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillen issued a travel advisory in his city to allow Department of Public Works crews the chance to remove snow from roadways. The travel advisory was lifted at 10 a.m. Thursday Feb. 27.

Gregway said it wasn’t so much the amount of snow Oswego saw on Wednesday, but the winds gusting at 30 mph or more, making visibility nonexistent at times.

“It wasn’t constant, though. It would come and go,” Gregway said.

Eight of the county’s nine school districts closed again Wednesday — only Pulaski opened.

Between the snow and frigid cold from the season’s earlier Polar Vortex, most of the school districts have maxed out on their snow days. Only Pulaski has one more snow day to use.

Run for Dennis draws more than 250 participants

More than 250 runners have registered for the third annual Run For Dennis.

The 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for 10 a.m., March 15 to honor the memory of Oswego resident Dennis Pacheco, a victim of bladder cancer at age 51, said Jessica Newson, race director and Pacheco’s daughter.

“There are less than three weeks before the race,” Newson said. “We strongly encourage anyone who’s interested in walking or running the 5K to register as soon as possible.

“The first two years of the race raised more than $26,000 for bladder cancer advocacy and research. And the need is even greater.

There were 72,000 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed in 2013. Bladder cancer is the most expensive cancer to treat on a per patient basis, and no new treatments have been developed in the last 20 years due to lack of funding for research.

“This run/walk will be chip timed and USA Track & Field certified,” Newson said.

Proceeds from the race will benefit The Charles and Mary Haney Fund at Oswego Hospital (which assists cancer patients with medical expenses), Strong Memorial Hospital Urologic Oncology, Rochester, and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. Prizes will be awarded to winners in all age groups — including last place!

“Before learning he had cancer, Dennis was always quick to lend others a helping hand. We would like to honor his giving ways by helping to continue the fight against bladder cancer, the fourth most common type of cancer among men in the US,” Newson said.

“Throughout his three-year fight, Dennis was very proactive in researching bladder cancer trials and treatment,” Newson said. “He was adamant that more could be done to help eradicate this disease. We’re continuing his fight.”

Registration for the race, which begins and ends at Gibby’s Pub on Lake Street, is $25 now and $30 on race day, Newson said. Registration is open at www.EZRaceReg.com. The website for the race is www.runfordennis.com and the event is also on Facebook® at www.facebook.com/runfordennis.

Donations can be made to ‘Run For Dennis’ and sent to Oswego County Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 310, Oswego, NY 13126. Anyone who would like to sponsor or donate goods or services to the race can contact Newson at runfordennis11@gmail.com.

 

Fulton women’s bowling tournament coming in April

The Fulton Women’s Bowling Association 59th Annual Tournament is coming up in April.

It will be a team event only and will be held Saturday April 5 and 6.

Squad times on April 5 are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Squad times on April 6 are 4 p.m.

The event will be held at The Recreation Club in Fulton.

Those interested in entering the tournament or needing more information may call Paula Distin at 593-6121. Entries for the tournament close Sunday March 30.

Fulton Y Speed Demons swimmers continue improving after recent meets

The Fulton YMCA Speed Demons welcomed Watertown and Oneida to the Granby Elementary pool in January.

Graduating Speed Demon swimmers Jake Strauss and Anna Guernsey were recognized at the Watertown meet. Guernsey has been with the team for 14 years and enjoyed swimming butterfly the most. This was Strauss’s eighth year with the Speed Demons and his favorite event was the breaststroke.

Against Watertown, senior swimmer Abbey Zych demonstrated the skill necessary in each stroke as she took time off in the 200 IM (Individual Medley). Jaden Patterson grabbed first in the 100 free.

Several swimmers continue to post personal best times, not in just one event, but all three events entered. Taking a mere second off can mean the difference between first place and last and is more difficult as the season winds down.

Achieving best times against Watertown were:

Breanna Stoutenger (50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Breast)

Mitchell Donaldson (50 Free, 50 Fly, 100 IM)

David Cedar (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free)

Patrice Hudson (50 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Back)

Emily Haines (50 Free, 100 Free, 50 Back)

Olivia Hawthorne (50 Free, 100 IM, 50 Breast)

The team’s sixth meet was against Oneida. Swimmers continued to decrease event times with some of the largest gains of the season.

Nathaniel Archer swam the 200 IM for only the second time, dropping 12 seconds. Gracie Dempsey reduced her 100 free by 19 seconds while Reagan LaPage shaved 27 seconds off her 200 free.

Bryce Rogers had the largest event reduction of the meet, taking 42 seconds off during the 100 free. Cameron Grower demonstrated the backstroke is his strength, swimming to a first place finish in the 50 back against Oneida. Mark Tallents has continued to dominate the Class C boys, taking first place in all three events he swam (50 free, 200 free, 50 breast).

Free fishing programs scheduled for Oswego County

Local author Spider Rybaak announces he’ll conduct his popular, free kids fishing classes again this year.

All bait and tackle will be provided free of charge. Dates and locations are listed below.

For more information, call Spider at 633-1245.

Classes held at Lake Neatahwanta, May’s Point and the Oneida Lake Fish Hatchery will be in partnership with Mike McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services and will include instructions on carp fishing.

May 10:  Oneida Lake Hatchery, NYS Rte. 49, Constantia; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

May 17:  Lake Neatahwanta, State Route  3, Fulton; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

June 14:  Lake Neatahwanta, State Route 3, Fulton; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.;

June 28:  Oneida Lake Hatchery, State Rte. 49, Constantia; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

July 12:  Lake Neatahwanta, State Route  3, Fulton; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

July 19: May’s Point Fishing Access Site, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, State Route 89; 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

Aug. 9:  Lake Neatahwanta, State Route 3, Fulton; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sept. 6: Lake Neatahwanta, State Route  3, Fulton; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Oct. 18:  Lake Neatahwanta, State Route 3, Fulton; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

St. Francis residents keeping fit

The weather may be keeping some people indoors, but at St. Francis Commons the weather hasn’t stopped residents there from getting plenty of exercise!

Thanks to a partnership with SUNY Oswego, Amanda Shultz, a senior majoring in wellness management, is completing an internship at the assisted living residence which focuses on keeping seniors active and healthy.

The internship involves leading two  45-minute “SUNY Fit” classes each week for residents, incorporating movement and stretching to music.

Every Friday afternoon the program is expanded to involve an indoor walking club, volleyball games and even a few new twists on games; recent activities reflect the Winter Olympics.

“My passion is to help people improve the quality of their lives,” said Shultz. “Being able to help the residents be more physically active helps them immensely in performing everyday tasks that can sometimes become more difficult as we age.”

“My goal is simply for the residents to get stronger and feel better while hopefully having a lot of fun,” she said. “So far, I have seen great participation and I am developing a great relationship with each person attending my class.”

Shultz’s internship at St. Francis Commons will continue through the current school semester.

“Everyone understands how important physical activity is for your wellbeing, and everyone likes to make exercise as enjoyable as possible,” said Peg Livoti, director of activities at St. Francis Commons.

“We are excited to have Amanda’s enthusiasm for exercise and healthy lifestyle choices, and are pleased to add this wellness program to compliment all the other activities and events we have available for our residents,” she said.

St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence is the newest phase of development on the St. Luke healthcare campus, located on the east side in the City of Oswego.

The campus also includes St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and Little Lukes Childcare Center.

For more information about St. Francis Commons please call (315) 326-0870, or visit on the web at www.stfranciscommons.com

Novelis wins environmental award

Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling with a plant in Oswego, was honored Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a winner of its Climate Leadership Award for exemplary leadership in reducing carbon pollution and addressing climate change.

Only 15 companies won the honor.

Novelis was honored in the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award) category for publicly reporting and verifying corporate greenhouse gas inventories and achieving aggressive greenhouse emissions reduction goals.

In addition, Novelis was recognized for demonstrating leadership in managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in internal operations and throughout the supply chain, as well as integrating climate resilience into its operating strategies.

Since 2007, the company has reduced its overall greenhouse gas intensity by nearly 12 percent across its U.S. locations, and globally, plans to cut its greenhouse gas contamination in half from 2007 to 2020.

“Novelis has made great strides in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.

“Their commitment to reducing carbon pollution demonstrates that efforts to address climate change are repaid by saving money and energy, while supporting more livable and resilient communities, and a healthier, better protected environment.”

At all Novelis locations, the company has made gains in reducing its greenhouse gases through optimizing its re-melt processes and sharing best practices on the efficient use of lighting and compressed air.

Not only is the company committed to reducing its greenhouse gases, it has also made a commitment to increase the recycled content in its products to 80 percent by 2020, among other goals.

“The EPA’s Climate Leadership Award is recognition that we are making real progress in our sustainability commitment, which we believe will be key to Novelis’ long-term competitiveness,” noted John Gardner, vice president and chief sustainability officer for Novelis.

“We are radically transforming our company to achieve our aggressive sustainability goals and are focused on the work that remains to reduce our carbon footprint, increase our recycled content and operate ethically and responsibly worldwide,” Gardner said.

Closings and cancellations

Be sure to check back here periodically for updates:

** Fulton, Pulaski, Mexico, Hannibal and Sandy Creek schools dismissed early Thursday, Feb. 27.

** All after school and evening activities for the Oswego City School District for Thursday Feb. 27 have been canceled.
** Pulaski has no after school or evening activities. The Family Fun Night at Lura Sharp Elementary has been postponed until March 20 due to the weather.
** Mexico will have no after school activities.
** Hannibal has canceled all after-school activities.