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Zonta Club, Girl Scouts ready to celebrate International Women’s Day

The Zonta Club of Oswego is partnering with Girl Scouts from NYPENN Pathways to host a celebration of International Women’s Day at 3 p.m. March 8 at the SUNY Oswego Newman Center.

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. The event will feature displays, presentations and stories about women and girls around the globe.

Sabine Ingerson, chair of Zonta’s Legislative Advocacy and Awareness Committee, describes her vision of the event as an opportunity to connect women’s groups in the community and to learn about some of the unique experiences of women all over the world.

“We invite women and girls in the Oswego community to join us to celebrate this special day,” Ingerson said.

Zonta will collect donations at the event for birthing kits, which provide essential items to women who give birth at home in developing countries.

According to the World Health Organization, nearly 300,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth each year. Most of these deaths occur in developing countries.

Supplies for birthing kits include: bar soap 1 to 2 ounces; 2-inch gauze; latex gloves; one edge razor blades; 3 foot by 3 foot plastic sheeting 4 milliliters thick; cotton string; gallon size resealable bags; and receiving blankets 30 inches by 30 inches or 32 inches by 32 inches (no fleece please).

“Having the right supplies and a clean area when giving birth can help increase the chance that the mom and baby will survive,” Ingerson said.

For more information about the Zonta Club of Oswego or to participate in the International Women’s Day Celebration on March 8th, visit their Facebook Page or contact Inga Back at inga.back@oswego.edu.

Fulton girls’ hoops ousted from playoffs

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity basketball team fell to top seeded Jamesville-DeWitt on Feb. 18 in the quarterfinal of the Class A, Section 3 Playoffs.

The score was 59-34.

Fulton’s season comes to an end with a 7-13 overall record.

J-D built a 9-point lead during the first quarter. Fulton became more competitive in the second quarter and was down by 10 at the half.

But J-D pulled away during the second half, outscoring the Lady Raiders by 7 points in the third quarter and then another 8 points i the fourth quarter to win by 25 points.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Nicole Hansen with 9 points, followed by Sydney Gilmore and Michaela Whitman with 7 points each, Mallory Clark scored 5 and Courtney Parker chipped in 4 points.

Lanigan students celebrate, learn about Chinese new year

With the Chinese New Year in full swing, students in Terry Merritt’s class at Lanigan Elementary School in Fulton were able to take part in the celebration with the help of local restaurateur Annie Chen.

Chen, the owner of Dragon City Chinese Restaurant in Fulton, visited her son’s classroom recently to discuss the holiday and offer a sampling of food from her dining establishment.

With help from her son, Charlie, the pair showed pictures that depicted Chinese culture. They also discussed the differences between their New Year celebration and the Jan. 1 celebration that is embraced by other cultures throughout the world.

Students learned that 2014, the year of the horse, began Jan. 31 with a cleansing process.

“In China the new year starts with everyone cleaning the house,” Annie Chen said. “It symbolizes a fresh start.”

In addition to starting off 2014 with a clean slate by scrubbing the house from top to bottom, the New Year celebration also revolves around family and food, Annie Chen said.

Since she is a professional when it comes to Chinese food, students had an opportunity to get a real taste of Chinese culture by indulging in sweet and sour chicken, lo Mein and sugary treats for dessert.

Although not every student was able to master their chopsticks, each walked away with a full belly and a better appreciation for Chinese culture.

DEC says 2013 was a safe hunting season

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that 2013 New York hunting season had the lowest number of hunting related shooting incidents on record.

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said New York’s hunting incident rate (incidents per 100,000 hunters) has fallen by more than 70 percent since the 1960s. The past five-year average is down to 4.3 incidents per 100,000 hunters, compared to 19 per 100,000 in the 1960s.

The total incidents for 2013 was 19, down from 24 in 2002. Two of the 2013 hunting accidents were fatalities. Fourteen were self inflicted.

“Gov. Cuomo recognizes all the benefits the sporting community brings to New York’s economy and commends sportsmen and women for setting a record in hunting safety,” Martens said.

“Sportsman education is an essential background to have in the field and teaches future sportsmen and sportswomen how to be safe, responsible and ethical hunters and trappers,” he said.

Accident investigations are completed by trained DEC officers. The findings are used to improve New York’s Hunter Education Course to ensure that the most common causes of accidents are addressed and emphasized during instruction.

These declining statistics prove New York has a safety-conscious generation of hunters, in great thanks to the committed efforts of more than 2,500 volunteer Sportsman Education Instructors.

These trained instructors, who are DEC-certified, teach safe, responsible and ethical outdoor practices and the important role of hunters and trappers in conservation. All courses are free.

While hunting is safer than ever, accidents happen and it is important to remember that every hunting related shooting incident is preventable. Many, if not all of these incidents could have been prevented, if only the shooter or victim had followed the primary rules of hunter safety to:

** treat every firearm as if it were loaded;

** keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction;

** identify your target and what lies beyond;

** keep finger off the trigger until ready to fire; and

** wear hunter orange.

Local students named to dean’s list, achieve honors at colleges

A number of Oswego County students have received various honors at colleges.

They are:

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Daniel Fancher, Lacona, dean’s list, majoring in ustainability studies. Dean’s List recognizes full-time students who maintain grade-point averages of a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 with no grades below “C.”

Northern Michigan University

Stephanie Arnold, Fulton, received her bachelor in fine arts, design degree, cum laude

Rochester Institute of Technology

Dean’s list — Christopher Abbott, Fulton, junior majoring in chemical engineering; Shelby Acome, Fulton, a fifth-year student majoring in industrial engineering program; Brent Aguilar, Pulaski, senior majoring in illustration; Ryan Drake,  Pulaski, sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering; Kirsten Francis, Fulton, enior majoring in visual media; Katelyn Hohmann, Constantia, junior majoring in ASL-English interpretation; Richard Jester, Phoenix, senior majoring in software engineering; Nikki King, Fulton, sophomore majoring in molecular bioscience and biotechnology; Matthew Lees, Cato, senior majoring in film and animation; Zachary Lehman, Sandy Creek, sophomore majoring in chemical engineering; Jarrod Manwaring, Pulaski, sophomore majoring in networking and systems administration; Robert Matson, Hannibal, senior majoring in graphic design; Brandon Mc Grath,  West Monroe, a fifth-year student majoring in chemical engineering; Cortney Myers, Constantia, senior majoring in visual media; Marisa Nowodworski, Hastings, senior majoring in fine arts studio; Ashlynn Palmitesso, Fulton, sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering; Marissa Raponi, Martville, senior majoring in diagnostic medical sonography; Alexis Semeraro, Fulton, senior majoring in film and animation; Karen Soule, Pulaski, a fifth-year student majoring in chemical engineering; Selena Spencer, Fulton, senior majoring in illustration; Danielle Stone, Fulton, senior majoring in electrical engineering; Jacob Van Wormer, Pennellville, senior majoring in journalism. To make Dean’s List, students must have a grade point average equal to or greater than 3.4; no “Incompletes,” “Ds” or “Fs”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dean’s list — Darcy Matthews, Hannibal; Alexis Pawlewicz, Fulton; Adrienne Shortslef, Sterling and Taylor Zacharewski, West Monroe.

To make dean’s list, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 score.

DeSales University

Therese C. O’Loughlin, Pulaski, nursing major, made dean’s list.

Le Moyne College

Dean’s list — Eric Belair, Fulton, senior majoring in communications; Daniel Bolster, Fulton, sophomore majoring in environmental science systems; Jeffrey Brewster, Pennellville, senior majoring in communications; Chelsea Claflin, Lacona, freshman majoring in undeclared-nursing; Shannon Doss, Phoenix, senior majoring in nursing; Alyssa Fruce, Fulton, junior majoring in biology; Susan Hillenbrand, Pulaski, sophomore majoring in sociology; Christina Pompo, Phoenix, sophomore majoring in chemistry; Skye Rode, Phoenix, senior majoring in mathematics; Eden Rudd, Lacona, senior majoring in nursing; Adellynne Studer, Bernhards Bay,  freshman majoring in biology; Daniel Summerville, Fulton, junior majoring in biology; Macy Teifke, Mexico, sophomore majoring in political science; Amanda Trombly, Fulton, freshman majoring in environmental science systems; Gregory Verwey, Hannibal, junior majoring in biology; Megan Wilckens, Constantia, junior majoring in environmental science systems; Brian Wilson, West Monroe, freshman majoring in chemistry; Johnny Santiago, Central Square, senior majoring in business administration: management and leadership; Grace Simpson, Cleveland, sophomore majoring in accounting; Darci Sorbello, Fulton, junior majoring in accounting; Elizabeth Peters, New Haven, sophomore majoring in business administration, marketing; Anthony Lalone, Phoenix, sophomore majoring in business administration, finance.

SUNY Delhi

Andrea Sonnacchio, West Monroe, named a member of SUNY Delhi’s Architecture Club for the 2013-2014 academic year. Sonnacchio is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Design and Building.

 

Soldier from Oswego promoted

A National Guard member from Oswego has been promoted.

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, announced the promotion of Christian Dias, from Oswego, to private.

Murphy promoted a number of Army National Guard soldiers in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Dias is with the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov or www.1800goguard.com.