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Wheelock obtains developer designation

Austin Wheelock, economic development specialist and property manager for Operation Oswego County, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer.

This designation is a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

The exam for the designation was administered by the International Economic Development Council March 22 and 23 in Alexandria, Va.

“With eight years of economic development experience at Operation Oswego County, Austin has been a major team player in helping to attract companies and expand businesses, encouraging entrepreneurism and providing oversight over the many properties that OOC and the County of Oswego IDA have developed to promote and encourage economic development and job creation,” said L. Michael Treadwell, executive director of Operation Oswego County and chief executive officer of the Oswego County Industrial Development Agency.

“Some examples include the attraction of K&N’s Foods USA, Champlain Valley Specialties and SAM North America, spearheading the Next Great Idea Business Plan Competition, coordinating activities at the Oswego County Business Expansion Center and the former Oswego County Start-Up Facility (small business incubators) and the development of a series of comprehensive site profiles for critical industrial sites in the county,” Treadwell said.

“We want to congratulate Austin on achieving the CEcD designation,” Treadwell said. “It adds tremendously to the professional credibility that OOC demonstrates in the economic development arena.”

The Certified Economic Developer designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of excellence within the profession.

Candidates must pass a rigorous and comprehensive three-part, two-day examination, which tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the key areas of economic development, including  business retention and expansion, marketing, finance, workforce development, community development, real estate, strategic planning, tech-led economic development, and management.

As highly competent economic development practitioners, Certified Economic Developers work with public officials, business leaders and community members to create leadership to build upon and maximize the economic development sector.

Excellence in the economic development profession improves the well being, quality of life and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities.  There are 1,046 active
Certified Economic Developers in the United States.

Nuke plant employees help Hospice

Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, owned and operated by Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, is once again sponsoring the 15th annual Oswego County Hospice Cup Regatta & Walk/Run for Hope, which takes place Saturday, June 7 at the Oswego Yacht Club/International Marina.

The Friends of Oswego County Hospice is a nonprofit organization that provides financial support and relief to hospice patients at a time when they need it most.

In 2013, the organization raised nearly $27,000 and during the past 14 years, the Regatta has raised more than $275,000 to defray costs of non-medical expenses for patients and families, supported the hospice volunteer program and allowed for continued operation of Camp Rainbow of Hope, a free bereavement program for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

“Nine Mile Point is proud of our many employees who volunteer as firefighters and sports coaches, in parent-teacher organizations and a host of other capacities unaffiliated with the company,” said Nine Mile Point Site Vice President Chris Costanzo.

“Volunteerism and contributing to worthy causes are an integral part of the culture at Nine Mile Point,” Costanzo said.

The Nine Mile Community Council evaluates and responds to requests for aid from our surrounding community, focusing primarily on local needs.

Oswego Community Christian School auction to feature themed baskets; online bidding

Oswego Community Christian School students are doing their part to support the school’s 7th Annual Auction.

Students in each grade have been busy preparing themed baskets that will be up for bid during the auction. Each basket will be filled with an array of goodies that pertain to a unique theme.

Sue Bakos, planning committee chair, said the classroom baskets are one of the high points of the auction and generate a tremendous amount of excitement for auction goers.

“The students are enthused about making the baskets and enjoy selecting the items to be included.  They are really being creative and having fun putting their baskets together.  It’s nice to see them put so much thought into it,” said Bakos.  Themes for the baskets include: a Day at the Beach, Gardening, Family Time Basket, Cooking, Camping Basket, and Gift Card.

Oswego Christian Community School’s 7th Annual Auction will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Oswego Elks Lodge #271, corner of West Fifth and Bridge streets in Oswego.

The event, which serves as the school’s largest fundraiser, will feature a Silent Auction, a Live Auction featuring Corrina Paulding of McEwen Auction Co. in Oswego, and for the first time, online bidding.

Prior to and during the Live Auction, community members will be able to bid on items online by visiting the McEwen Auction Company website mcewenauctioncompany.com, click on the link to the OCCS Auction, and follow the instructions to register for online bidding and to view auction items.

Bidders will need a credit card to register, but can pay cash upon pick-up.

In addition there will be a bake sale and the Elks famous chicken barbecue.

The themed baskets will be a welcome addition to the extensive list of items up for bid, including: a polished granite bench, an overnight stay at Geneva on the Lake, a two-week camping experience in New Hampshire, and two rototillers, and much more.

Photos of many of the items available for bid can be found on the school’s website, myoccs.org, and its Facebook page.

The event, which boasts about $25,000 in items up for bid, will also include the popular Oswego Community Christian School’s annual prize drawing. For a donation of $10, individuals will have the opportunity to win one of three great prizes including: a 5 Day/6 Night stay at Disney World or $1500 Visa Card; an iPad Air; or a $250 Gas or Grocery Gift Card.

A limited number of tickets will available these prize drawings.

“Tickets for the drawing as well as pre-sale tickets for the chicken barbecue are $10 and are available at the school office, 400 E. Albany St., in Oswego,” added Bakos.

Proceeds will be used for the continued improvement of the quality of education offered to the students at Oswego Community Christian School.

For more information on The Oswego Community Christian School’s 7th Annual Auction, or to donate an item for the auction, call the school at 342-9322 or Sue Bakos at 342-6939.

BOCES graduates medical assisting students

Pictured are Oswego County BOCES Medical Assisting students prior to their March graduation ceremony. Seated, left to right, are: Lauren Pepper, Shaina Eusepi, Pamela Margetin, Suezette Dunham, Tina Winnie, and Judy Campany. Standing, left to right, are: Oswego County BOCES Director of Adult and Migrant Education Paul Gugel, BOCES Medical Assisting Instructor Shelly Spencer, Stephanie Razavi, Andrea Ball, Grace Paige, Marissa Laun, Dalores Bowering, Tara Stoddard, Barbara Kowanes, Venus Waters, BOCES Board of Education President John Shelmidine and BOCES District Superintendent Christopher J. Todd.
Pictured are Oswego County BOCES Medical Assisting students prior to their March graduation ceremony. Seated, left to right, are: Lauren Pepper, Shaina Eusepi, Pamela Margetin, Suezette Dunham, Tina Winnie, and Judy Campany. Standing, left to right, are: Oswego County BOCES Director of Adult and Migrant Education Paul Gugel, BOCES Medical Assisting Instructor Shelly Spencer, Stephanie Razavi, Andrea Ball, Grace Paige, Marissa Laun, Dalores Bowering, Tara Stoddard, Barbara Kowanes, Venus Waters, BOCES Board of Education President John Shelmidine and BOCES District Superintendent Christopher J. Todd.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Adult Education Program at Oswego County BOCES hosted a ceremony in late March to honor graduates completing the 730-hour Medical Assisting class.

Director of Adult and Migrant Education, Paul Gugel, served as the emcee for the ceremony, congratulating the graduates on their academic achievement and thanking those in the audience for their support during the students’ time in the program.

“When an adult goes back to school, so does his or her family,” Gugel said, recognizing the sacrifices an entire family makes to support a mom, dad, spouse or significant other returning to the classroom.

Also invited to speak was the BOCES Board of Education President John Shelmidine, who concurred with Gugel’s sentiments and talked about the skills that characterize a person who decides to reenter the classroom as an adult student.

“It requires skill, dedication and perseverance as well as a high level of courage and determination,” Shelmidine said.

Shelmidine went on to talk about the importance of the medical profession and the vital role medical assistants play in a hospital or medical practice and in each patient’s life.

“You are the glue which holds the medical profession together,” he said.

Sharing the stage for the ceremony with Gugel and Shelmidine was former Oswego County BOCES Medical Assisting graduate Brandi LeBeau.

LeBeau shared her professional journey following graduation and said the BOCES program gave her a good foundation and opened her eyes to see her full potential.

LeBeau works as a certified medical assistant with the Cardiology PC practice in Syracuse and has returned to school to pursue her registered nursing degree.

Graduates of the Medical Assisting program earning recognition at the ceremony include: Andrea Ball, Dalores Bowering, Judy Campany, Suezette Dunham, Shaina Eusepi, Barbara Kowanes, Marissa Laun, Pamela Margetin, Grace Paige, Lauren Pepper, Stephanie Razavi, Tara Stoddard, Venus Waters and Tina Winnie.

Special awards were presented during the ceremony. Valedictorian distinction went to Judy Campany and salutatorian distinction to Andrea Ball.

In addition, the following students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society: Andrea Ball, Dalores Bowering, Suezette Dunham, Shaina Eusepi, Pamela Margetin, Stephanie Razavi and Tara Stoddard.

For more information about the Medical Assisting program or other programs offered through the Adult Education Department at Oswego County BOCES, visit OswegoBOCES.org or call 963-4256.

Chicken, biscuits on menu for next Salvation Army Guest Chef Dinner

Steve Cook will be cooking the next Salvation Army Guest Chef Dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1.

He will prepare chicken and biscuits and tossed salad, and desserts and beverages.    The dinner will be at the Salvation Army Citadel, 73 W. Second St., Oswego. Carryout dinners will be available.

Cook was born and raised in Oswego where he grew up in an Italian home. He was always interested in foods and cooking and is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, in Montpelier, Vt.

He presently serves as chef at the Oswego County Salvation Army in Oswego and at O’Connor’s Main Street Pub in Fair Haven. He previously was chef at the Raging Rivers Barbecue in Oswego.

The Guest Chef dinners are organized by the Advisory Board and offered to the community to raise funds for support of the services of the Army throughout Oswego County.

Future dinners are scheduled on Tuesdays for June 3 by Vona’s Restaurant; August 5, roast beef, by the Oswego Zonta Club; October 7 by Press Box; and November 4, arrangements pending.

The Oswego County Salvation Army Corps provides fresh-cooked meals in both Fulton and Oswego and many other services are provided to individuals and families in need throughout Oswego County.

Information about The Salvation Army or about serving as a volunteer is available at 343-6491 or at the office at 73 W. Second St., Oswego.

Oswego man, family break records to raise money for family devastated in car crash

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rom left to right, Guinness World Records Official Adjudicator Michael Empric, David Bourdon with future record holder Ledger Natoli Bourdon, Bob Natoli and Bobby Natoli.

 

 

Six Guinness Fitness World Records were shattered in an hour Saturday by Bob Natoli’s “First Family of Fitness” to help the Patterson family of Liverpool, whose lives were recently shattered in a head-on collision caused by a drugged driver.

Muscles bulged and hearts pounded as Bob Natoli, of Oswego, led his son Bobby (the youngest ever Guinness Strength and Fitness World Record Holder from a chin-up record in 2008), and son-in-law David Bourdon in breaking six records.

Lance Patterson, who lost his wife Meaghen in the crash, was at the event. Also on hand was Guinness Record Adjudicator Michael Empric and a large crowd of supporters.

The Natoli “First Family of Fitness” team was inspired by now 11-time Guinness Fitness World Record holder Bob Natoli to raise money and awareness for the Pattersons.

“When I read about an entire family that was devastated in such a way I thought we might be able to help the Pattersons. Sort of like one family helping another” Bob said.

During the event, the Natoli family proceeded to defeat record holders from the UK, Ireland and right here in the US.

“I am very proud of both my son Bobby and my son-in-law David Bourdon. They trained very hard for this event and it showed in their results” said Bob.

The records attained:

1.    Bob Natoli – Most Step-ups in One Minute Carrying a 100 Pound Pack (38). Crushing the previous record held by England’s Paddy Doyle by 7.

2.    Bob Natoli – Most Step-ups in One Minute Carrying an 80 Pound Pack (41). Routing another Paddy Doyle Guinness World Record by 7.

3.    Bob Natoli – Most Weight Lifted by Dumbbell Rows, with one arm, in One Minute, (4,356 lbs.). Demolishing the previous record held by Ireland’s Eamonn Keane by more than 1,230 lbs.

4.    Bobby Natoli – Most Knuckle Pushups in One Minute (58). Shattering the previous record held by USA’s Michael Chang (an Internet fitness guru) by 13.

5.    Bobby Natoli – Most Pull-ups in One Minute Carrying a 40 Pound Pack (23) dominating another record previously held by USA’s Michael Chang by 10..

6.    David Bourdon – Most Pull-ups in One Minute (42). Attaining his first Guinness Strength and Fitness World Record, exceeding the previous record held by USA’s Ronald Cooper Jr. by 1.

After successfully breaking all records attempted, the Natolis urged the audience and public to assist the Patterson Family by any means possible.

Lance Patterson then accepted a personal donation of $5,000 from Bob Natoli. Many attendees were so touched by the Patterson cause and event they too made immediate donations directly to Patterson.

Donations to the Pattersons can be made online via the YouCaring.com website, by email at: pattersonfamilytrust13@gmail.com or by mail: The Patterson Family Trust, P.O. Box 63, Syracuse, NY 13201.

 

Bowling raises money for youth programs

The United Way of Greater Oswego County will host its inaugural Hole in One Bowl from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the various youth programs that the United Way helps sponsor.

United Way Resource Development Director Lois Luber said the Hole in One Bowl is way for families to get together and engage their children in an afternoon of fun and bowling.

“For a $15 donation, participants will receive two hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soda, and a youth size T-shirt.  Weather permitting we will also have outdoor activities for the children as well,” said Luber.

Luber said United Way is welcoming businesses and individuals interested in helping to sponsor the event.

“We invite those wishing to support our mission to improve lives and make a difference to make an investment in our children.  Sponsorships are available on three levels:

** Hole in One Sponsor ($150) that provides the sponsor with signage on a bowling lane during the event, three tickets to the Hole in One Bowl, and a 24” x 18” tee box sign at the United Way’s Annual Golf Tournament to be held July 14 at the Oswego Country Club

** Ticket & T-Shirt Sponsor ($100) that includes signage on a bowling lane during the event, three tickets to the Hole in One Bowl, and logo or sponsor name printed on 100 youth shirts that will be distributed at the event.

** T-Shirt Sponsor ($50) that includes signage on a bowling lane during the event and logo or sponsor name printed on 100 youth shirts that will be distributed at the event.

For more information on the United Way Hole in Own Bowl, call Lois Luber at 593-1900 or via e-mail at loisunitedway@windstream.net.

Tickets to the event are available at Cakes Galore, 40 W. Seneca St., Oswego.

Oswego man wins $1 million

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John Spotswood, right, holds up the ‘big check’ with Lottery spokeswoman Yolanda Vega on Tuesday.

John Spotswood wasn’t too surprised when his sister gave him a birthday card with three Lottery scratch-off tickets in it when he turned 50 Feb. 7.

He said it’s a tradition in his family to give Lottery tickets.

So, he read the card Friday, Feb. 7 and left the tickets to scratch on Saturday.

And that’s when all the excitement began.

“I won $25 on the first one,” he said. “The next one, nothing. Then I looked at the third one and I saw it said jackpot and I saw the coin for jackpot.”

The Jumbo Bucks ticket said he won $1 million. But he still wasn’t quite sure, wondering if his sister could have sent him a phony ticket.

He took a photo of it and texted his sister and she said “wow, you won a million dollars.” His girlfriend looked at it and said “it looks like you won a million dollars.”

“It was just like opening presents on Christmas morning,” Spotswood said.

The nuclear power plant technician is taking the one-time payment, which nets him $555,912. He claimed the prize early Monday morning Feb. 10 at the Lottery office in Syracuse.

“Then I knew it was real,” he said.

Spotswood doesn’t plan to quit his job In fact, he said the half million will help him be more secure so he can “retire at a decent age” instead of having to work until he’s 80.

He also said he might take a trip next year and “maybe buy a new pair of shoes.”

Spotswood buys his own Lottery scratch-off tickets “about four or five times a month” and wins off and on.

Spotswood’s winning ticket was purchased at KTM Mini Mart at 2203 County Route 1 in Scriba, just outside the Oswego city line.

Lottery officials said Spotswood is the 12th Oswego County Lottery player to win a top prize of $1 million or more.

Other recent winners include Debra Noyes of Fulton who won $1 million on the Silver 6’s scratch-off game in 2010 and Charlene Hopkins of Palermo who won $1 million on the New York Poker scratch-off game in 2010.

The New York Lottery contributed nearly $34 million in Lottery Aid To Education money to school districts throughout Oswego County during fiscal year 2012-13.