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Learn to save energy at Nov. 12 workshop

Oswego County Cooperative Extension is holding a program to teach low-cost no-cost ways to save on home energy bills.

The Save Energy Save Dollars Program is free to the public and each household receives a package of items to take home to begin the energy savings.

The next Save Energy Save Dollars Program will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Mexico Public Library, 3269 Main St., Mexico.

Pre-registration is required to ensure there is enough energy saving kits for everyone. Call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 963-7286 ext. 401 to register for this workshop.

Save Energy Save Dollars workshop is sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension and NYSERDA.

Volunteers, sponsors needed for abandoned, retired and abused horses

Kate Starr always had a love for horses, especially those who were mistreated, forgotten, abandoned.

So a few years ago, she decided to do something to help these horses.

“I needed a purpose,” she said. “So I decided to help find homes for these horses.”

In 2001, Starr founded Sunshine Horses Inc., a nonprofit that takes in these abused, ready-to-retire or no longer needed horses. The organization became an official nonprofit in 2003.

Right now, 28 horses are being cared for by Sunshine Horses at the Little Apple Stables on County Route 12 just west of Central Square. Starr has a waiting list and wants to increase her fold to 40 horses.

But first, she needs more volunteers. The entire organization is run by volunteers – she herself volunteers and takes no salary.

“We have about 100 volunteers on our list and about 25 to 30 are active,” Starr said. “But we need more.”

Volunteer Coordinator Nila Frerrand has been working at Sunshine Horses for four years. She has been involved with horses for years and both she and her husband Jack wanted to get involved in their retirement.

“It just warms my heart to see these horses run in the pasture,” Frerrand said.

She said she needs six volunteers for each shift in order to get all the work done. “This gives us enough to take care of the horses ad not kill ourselves,” she said.

On this particular morning, only two volunteers showed up. “The more we have, the better off we are,” she said.

There are two shifts. Volunteers are needed in the morning from about 8 or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and in the evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Starr said volunteers do whatever they feel comfortable doing. Chores that need to be done include feeding, cleaning stalls, ensuring all water buckets are filled, moving horses from stalls to pasture and back again and horse training.

And people who don’t have time to actually volunteer at the stables still can get involved by sponsoring a horse. Starr said it costs $150 a month to fully take care of a horse’s needs and all sponsors get their photos posted at the stables.

If a person cannot afford the entire $150 to care for a horse, he or she can pitch in what they can or combine with someone else for one sponsorship.

The horses at Sunshine Horses Inc. come from all walks of life.

Some are former race horses that either can’t race anymore due to injury or age or that weren’t fast enough and were being sold off.

Some of the horses were owned by people who were elderly and couldn’t care for them anymore. Some were overworked on farms. Others were being sent to the slaughterhouse.

“We never know when they are coming to us, but we know we have to help them,” Starr said. She tries to get the horses adopted to new families.

Anyone interested in volunteering at Sunshine Horses or sponsoring a horse, call or email Kate Starr, president and founder, at 729-7016 or

Forum on aging set for Nov. 12

SUNY Oswego and Menorah Park will co-host “Aging in Focus — a Geriatric Mental Health Forum” from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Crowne Plaza in Syracuse, focusing on the roles mental health and mental illness play in the lives of the elderly.

The event is free and open to the public.

“Whether you’re a health provider, social worker, caregiver, clergy member or someone who volunteers or is paid to assist senior citizens in some way, your involvement in this forum will be rewarding,” said Active Aging and Community Engagement Center Director Kimberly Armani of SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse.

“We all stand to benefit from starting this conversation — family and friends, providers, the community and seniors who will ultimately lead more rewarding and enjoyable lives through early recognition and treatment of depression and anxiety as well as the development of a community network for dealing with these issues more holistically.”

Dr. Stephen Bartels, keynote speaker for the Aging in Focus forum, is a psychiatrist and nationally recognized researcher who has focused on aging and the intersection of physical and mental disorders.

He is the Herman O. West Professor of Geriatrics, Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, and Professor of Health Policy at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Bartels areas of expertise include health care management, health promotion interventions for obesity in adults with mental disorders, integration of mental health and primary care, self-management, applied use of telehealth technology for co-occurring physical and mental health disorders, shared decision-making, community-based implementation research and evidence-based geriatric psychiatry.

Kick-starting collaboration

Discussion will focus on costs the region and citizens are paying because of untreated or undertreated mental health conditions and a lack of prevention; therapeutic and preventative services; identifying barriers to service and the challenges of accessibility, quality and capacity; and exploring new forms of effective assessment and intervention that can be developed regionally for positive change.

The forum aims to kick-start community development of a regional collaborative infrastructure, as well as methods and strategies for service provision, workforce development, translational research and its application, and holistic integration of mental and physical health systems, said Institute at Menorah Park for Applied Research on Aging Director Judith Huober.

Potential for change

Geriatric psychiatrist Nanette Dowling also will speak at the event. Dowling, an attending psychiatrist and associate professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University’s department of psychiatry, will summarize preliminary findings of the collaborative’s ongoing geriatric mental health needs assessment for Central New York.

A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will feature Dowling and local experts Robert Long, Onondaga County mental health commissioner; Judy Bliss Ridgeway, president of NAMI Syracuse; Chris Tanchak, executive director of Loretto’s Daybreak adult medical day program; and, Kimberly Langbart, a licensed clinical social worker and director of ARISE Mental Health Services.

SUNY Oswego professor and psychotherapist Terrance O’Brien is encouraged  the event could result in real change.

“Many people think it’s normal to be depressed or have less energy as we age,” O’Brien said. “That’s not the case. We are just older, but there’s no reason we should not be happy and enjoy life just as much as we did when we were younger.”

To register for Aging in Focus, visit

SUNY Oswego students chosen to work on statewide study

Two SUNY Oswego students will join six others from across the State University system as Student Fellows to work on helping to shape the 64-campus system’s use of big data, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced Oct. 29.

SUNY Oswego’s Erika Wilson, a junior from Ontario, N.Y., majoring in applied mathematics, and Eyub Yegen, a senior from Schwaebisch, Germany, majoring in both finance and applied mathematical economics, joined peers from University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, Cayuga Community College, Cornell University and Old Westbury for the announcement at a conference in New York City titled “Building a Smarter University: Big Data and Ingenuity.”

They will work on the project for the next year.

“The ability to manage and accurately analyze data is a skill that is increasingly important in today’s marketplace,” said Zimpher. “Learning from experts from across the globe at this week’s conference, the SUNY student fellows will play a critical role in helping SUNY to educate and prepare future generations of students for this challenge.

“Selected by their campus provosts for this designation, our student fellows have each shown an interest in and capacity for using big data to enhance their academic and professional pursuits, and we are proud to partner with them as we determine the best uses for Big Data in the future of higher education,” Zimpher said.

Wilson, who minors in applied statistics, hopes to attend Columbia University to obtain her master’s degree in statistics following graduation from SUNY Oswego.

She has participated in several undergraduate research projects at the college, including image restoration and cupola model fitting. She won the spring 2013 Emmet C. Stopher Calculus Award.

Yegen, who minors in applied statistics, also is a part-time student at Harvard University’s Extension School. A 2013 Financial Management Association Collegiate Fellow, his goal is to pursue a doctorate in finance to develop an in-depth understanding of how to use financial tools to solve socioeconomic problems.

Yegen is a senator-at-large for the Student Association at Oswego, president of three clubs on campus and serves on the School of Business Student Advisory Council.

Last summer, he was invited to become a financial and statistical research intern at the Turkish Grameen Microfinance Program, where he assisted the organization by analyzing their big-data set. Yegen also worked on social business projects with students from Brown University and Cambridge University.

FULTON FAMILIES: Hayden family still sweet on Fulton

This photo from April 11, 1970, shows the Hayden clan at a family wedding. Top row: Daryl, Dawson (the groom), Russell, Bernie Jr; middle row: Teresa, Dolores, Helen, Debra, Cheryl; front row: parents Bernard Sr. and Margarete Hayden.Photo courtesy of the Hayden family
This photo from April 11, 1970, shows the Hayden clan at a family wedding. Top row: Daryl, Dawson (the groom), Russell, Bernie Jr; middle row: Teresa, Dolores, Helen, Debra, Cheryl; front row: parents Bernard Sr. and Margarete Hayden.
Photo courtesy of the Hayden family

By Ashley M. Casey

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of stories about Fulton Families. The monthly series will tell the stories of families that have either lived in Fulton for ages or perhaps only a short while — but the common bond will be they love the city and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. If you know of a family we should highlight, please email Debbie Groom, Valley News managing editor, at


When asked what her favorite memory of growing up in Fulton is, Brenda Sullivan’s answer is one common to many city residents: “smelling chocolate when it was going to rain.”

Brenda, who co-owns Crowning Glory Hair Fashions, is the daughter of Daryl and Sharon Hayden. While Daryl is known for his stint as mayor and Fourth Ward councilor, the Hayden family has been a fixture in Fulton life for nearly nine decades.

Whether it’s the Hayden Hill Races of the early 1980s, Russell Hayden’s Santa sleigh, Daryl and Russell’s turns on the Common Council, or the numerous Haydens at the old Nestlé Co., it’s likely that most people in Fulton have met a Hayden or two. Continue reading

Fulton girls’ soccer ends season with playoff loss

 By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity soccer team won 2 out of its last 3 games of the season, but its season came to an end with a loss to Jamesville-DeWitt in the quarterfinals of the Class A, Section 3 playoffs Oct. 24.

Prior to the Lady Raiders sectional quarterfinal loss, Fulton earned wins against Homer Oct. 17 and Carthage Oct. 22.

The Lady Raiders topped Homer 3-1. Fulton got off to a solid start, building a 2-0 lead during the first half. However, Homer refused to allow The Lady Raiders to expand their lead during the second half. Both teams scored a goal each down the stretch as Fulton but Homer couldn’t overtake Fulton.

Leading the way for Fulton was Hailey Carroll with 2 goals. Kara Bricker scored a goal and Sydney Gilmore is credited with 2 assists. Goalkeeper Hunter Hartranft saved 8 out of Homer’s 9 shots on goal.
Fulton held off Carthage in the opening round of the Class A, Section 3 playoffs Oct. 22.

After a competitive first half, the Lady Raiders had just a 2-1 lead over Carthage. Like Homer, Carthage wasn’t about to let Fulton add to its lead during the second half. Unfortunately, like Homer, Carthage wasn’t able to cut into the Red Raiders lead either. Both teams scored 2 goals each down the stretch as Fulton held on for the 4-3 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Jordan Coulon with 2 goals. Hailey Carroll had a goal and an assist, while Sydney Gilmore added a goal and Callie Beckwith was credited with an assist. Goalkeeper Hunter Hartranft saved 4 out of Carthage’s 7 shots on goal.

Jamesville-DeWitt cruised past Fulton in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

After a hard fought first half, the game was tied at 1 headed into halftime. J-D took over during the second half, scoring 4 unanswered goals down the stretch en route to a 5-1 win.
Leading the way for Fulton was Hailey Carroll with a goal. Goalkeepers Hunter Hartranft and Maddie Lang combined to save 13 out of J-D’s 18 shots on goal.

The Fulton girls’ varsity soccer program bids farewell to six seniors — Lena Pawlewicz, Christine Hotaling, Amelia Coakley, Julia Lee, Meriah DiShaw and Sarah Halstead.

Fulton football season comes to an end

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity football team’s season came to an end with a loss to Indian River in the Class A, Section 3 playoffs Oct. 25.

Fulton was behind and cut the deficit to 13-7 during the first quarter, but Indian River pulled away from there and won 44-17

It didn’t take long for Indian River to get onto the scoreboard. Early in the first quarter, Dustin Sharrit ran for a 23-yard touchdown to give Indian River a 7-0 lead.  Later in the first quarter, Sharrit struck again. This time, he scored on a run from 60 yards out to expand Indian River’s lead to 13-0.

Fulton cut into the lead before the first quarter ended when Quinton Jackson ran for a 20-yard touchdown to bring The Red Raiders within 6 points at 13-7.

Indian River took over during the second quarter. Quarterback Densel Barnes tossed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Franklin to give Indian River a 19-7 lead. Later in the second quarter, Sharrit scored his third touchdown of the game.on a run from 15 yards out to give Indian River a 25-7 halftime lead.

To The Red Raiders credit, their efforts would not be deterred. Early in the third quarter, Jon Cummings made a 25-yard field goal to cut Indian River’s lead to 25-10.  Indian River then put the game out of reach during the remainder of the third quarter when quarterback Densel Barnes scored on a run from a yard out to give Indian River a 32-10 lead. Before the third quarter ended, Deondre Grier ran for a 17-yard touchdown to expand Indian River’s lead to 38-10.

Indian River capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter. Jakese Crockett scored on a run from 8 yards out to give Indian River a 44-10 lead. Fulton battled until the final whistle blew on their season. Late in the game, the Red Raiders cut the lead to 44-17 when Mark Pollock ran for an 18-yard touchdown. But then time ran out on Fulton’s season.

The Red Raiders season with a final record of 1-7.

View from the Assembly, Will Barclay

According to the State Health Department, breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in New York state.

Each year in New York, more than 14,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and almost 2,700 women die from the disease. It is estimated that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her life.

There has been a lot of awareness centered on educating women who are busy taking care of families, managing careers and households, to take time out for regular check ups for early detection. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink ribbons indicate awareness and local fundraisers and walks have been held–all in honor of loved ones who succumbed to breast cancer and help prevent deaths to cancer.

These are all positive steps toward raising awareness and decreasing cancer deaths. Early detection saves lives. The cause of breast cancer is still not well understood. Scientists agree there are factors that increase a person’s risk of developing breast cancer, such as personal history, age, family history, hormonal factors, not breastfeeding and personal behavior among others.

Another risk may be environmental and scientists are still studying environmental risks.

This year,the state Legislature passed a bill that will enable state funding to support breast cancer mapping. I voted for this in the Assembly.

State funds can now be used to investigate geographic variations in breast cancer incidents. The state has a Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund, which is used to conduct research, seek causes of breast cancer and screen and treat breast cancer. The latest law, A1935A, signed by the governor, will enable those funds also to be utilized for breast cancer mapping as well.

Dense Breast Tissue
Last year, I was pleased to support a bill in the Assembly that is helping to improve breast cancer detection and prevent late-stage diagnoses.  This was signed into law last summer.

It concerns “dense breast tissue.” Those performing mammograms are required to inform patients if they have dense breast tissue, to explain what this means, and to encourage the patient to check with their doctor for additional screenings.

Studies show that cancer is more likely to occur in women who have dense breast tissue. Mammograms often miss early signs when dense breast tissue is a factor. One study shows 71 percent of all breast cancer occurs in women with dense breast tissue.

With this law, if a patient has dense breast tissue, the physician can require additional testing with sonograms and other diagnosing methods. Technology and research has advanced to develop better tools to detect cancer. Our laws should reflect these advancements. I was happy to support this legislation in the Assembly.

A similar law passed in Connecticut in 2009 and reports there indicate that, with a follow-up ultrasound, nearly double the amount of cancers were found after further screening.

Free cancer screenings are still available. In Oswego County, residents without health insurance may call 592-0830. In Onondaga County, residents may call 435-3653. In Jefferson County, residents may call (877) 449-6626.

Those who have been recently diagnosed and need emotional support may call the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline at (800) 877-8077. Treatment options and information about referrals is also available.

If you have any questions or comments on this or any other state issue, or if you would like to be added to my mailing list or receive my newsletter, contact my office by mail at 200 N. Second St., Fulton, by email or by calling 598-5185.  You can also friend me, Assemblyman Barclay, on Facebook.