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Ferro interns at Chirello agency

Sarina R. Ferro, a senior marketing major at SUNY Oswego, has joined Chirello Advertising this spring as an intern, it was announced by Steve Chirello, owner.

Ferro, a native of Greece, NY, will be working on research, writing and production for advertising campaigns dealing with newspapers, magazines, TV commercials, brochures, video production, and web design. Within the marketing realm, Ferro will be working on advertising and marketing tactics as well as publicity.

“Sarina will be involved in market research for our clients in financial and retail arenas, copywriting, and assisting with advertising, marketing, public relations planning and operations,” Chirello said. “We are delighted to have her passion and enthusiasm for public relations and marketing here at Chirello Advertising.”

At SUNY Oswego, Ferro is a member of the American Marketing Association, and through it works with social media, promotional events, local businesses, faculty and student involvement, and club awareness on campus and throughout Oswego.

Since starting at Chirello Advertising, Ferro had the opportunity her first day as an intern to travel to the Channel 9 television station in Syracuse to be in one of Oswego County Federal Credit Union’s TV commercials.

“I never realized all the little details that went into creating a 30-second commercial and I could not believe that they wanted me to be the girl in the “Pod of Gold,” prize vault to catch as much play money as I could in thirty-seconds,” Ferro said. The commercial is a part of a current membership referral campaign.

Following completion of her bachelor’s degree at SUNY Oswego in May, Ferro plans to begin an internship in Rochester, Baltimore and Texas with Frito-Lay, owned by PepsiCo., this summer.

“After completing the 12-week program in sales and marketing, interns are often offered full-time employment,” Ferro said.

Located in Fulton, Chirello Advertising celebrates its 18th anniversary in 2014. The firm offers full service advertising, public relations, and marketing expertise to a variety of industrial, professional, institutional and retail clients throughout Central New York.

The agency, working with in-house staff and outside associates, specializes in public relations planning, web design, streaming video, video production, television, radio, print advertising and collateral material.

Chirello can be contacted at 592-9778 or visit the website at www.chirello.com.

Huyhn joins Harmony Financial Services in Oswego

Hahn Huyhn has joined Harmony Financial Services in Oswego as an intern.

A senior at SUNY Oswego majoring in business administration, Huyhn discovered Harmony Financial Services while visiting the SUNY Oswego website, www.oswego.edu/laker_leads for internship opportunities.

“I was looking for a chance to work with a business that would be a good match for my career interests,” she said. “When I noticed Harmony Financial Services and read the synopsis of Mr. Rolfe’s business and his commitment to customer service, I knew it would be a good fit for me.”

Harmony is owned by Rob Rolfe.

Huynh has a passion for business and a willingness to help others. In addition to assisting with product and market research, Huynh will be involved with the planning of customer appreciation events and other customer service related projects, including the creation of a customer personal interest survey.

“I’m really enjoying the work I am doing,” said Huynh.  “I am also an intern at SUNY Oswego Career Services where I help students with resumes, cover letters and serve as a tutor in the accounting department.  I enjoy helping others.  My internship with Harmony Financial Services meets my values, fulfills my goals and is a great experience,” she said.

Rolfe said Huynh has proven to be a valuable asset.

“Hanh’s work ethic, passion for learning, and willingness to help others is remarkable. She is a welcome addition to our staff,” he said.

Huynh, a native of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, had previously studied at the Vietnamese International University before attending SUNY Oswego.

“It is much different from learning in the classroom. It is interesting to see how the theories we learn apply in an actual work environment,” she said.

“It’s exciting to learn new things and gain new knowledge. Working with Rob and Teri Lynn is a good chance for me to develop myself professionally.  It will make the transition from college to working life easier.  What you learn is one thing; how you apply it is another.  I feel fortunate to have this opportunity.”

Located at 31 E. First St., Oswego, Harmony Financial Services offers a complete range of financial products including mutual funds, annuities, retirement income planning, long term care insurance, life and disability income insurance, college savings plans, IRAs, Roth IRAs and 403bs.

For more information on Harmony Financial Services contact Rob Rolfe at 216-4052 or visit www.harmonyfinancialservices.com.  Securities and Insurance offered through Cadaret, Grant, & Co., Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC.

Guitarist Richard Smith and cellist Julie Adams coming to Oswego Music Hall

Finger-picking guitar virtuoso Richard Smith and starlit cellist Julie Adams are coming to the Oswego Music Hall from Nashville to perform at 8 p.m. March 8.

The stage will be alive with their special “mix of music from the Beatles to 30s music to Bach to fiddle tunes to fingerpicking tunes.”

Smith — the 2001 national fingerstyle champion — says that he and his wife, Julie, love performing “a whole mish-mash of music. We have a lot of fun on stage.”

Richard Smith’s life has often seemed to revolve around Chet Atkins. As a youngster in England, he picked up a guitar at age 5 after seeing his father play an Atkins tune.

A child prodigy, when Smith was 11 he was invited to play alongside his idol and country music legend during Atkin’s show in London (available on YouTube, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfzDltcAbFQ).

His performance stunned the audience and wowed Atkins. Smith seemed to have a photographic musical memory, in addition to physical dexterity; often with one hearing, he could pick up a new piece.

In 1999, he met his future wife, the cellist Julie Adams, at a Chet Atkins Appreciation Society gathering in Nashville.

Over the years, Smith has toured the world and performed with his brothers and many world-renowned players, including Nato Lima of los Indios Tabajaras, Tommy Emmanuel, sax legend Boots Randolph, Thom Bresh, Bela Fleck, Muriel Anderson and others.

When he and Julie moved to Nashville, Smith founded the Hot Club of Nashville, a jam band with a varying lineup of high-profile session musicians. Smith’s flawless technique, quickly switching between fingerpicking and flatpicking, has earned him the admiration of his peers and numerous awards.

In 2001 at his first and only participation in the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, Smith came out on top. The National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame named him Thumbpicker of the Year in 2008 and inducted him into the Hall of Fame in 2009.

Julie Adams is one of the most diverse cellists on the music scene today. Growing up in Ohio, she was classically trained at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Cincinnati Conservatory.

She performed widely and was chosen to play the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Cincinnati Conservatory in 1996. Adams branched into folk music, worked with the well-known fingerstyle guitarist Muriel Anderson, and toured with her as a duo throughout the US.

They released a CD together titled “Theme for Two Friends.”

After marrying Smith, Julie and Richard released “Living Out a Dream.”  Audiences in the U.S. and around the world delight in the eclectic mix of Julie’s lyrical style and Richard’s flawless technique.

They are truly soul mates – in life and in music!

What other guitarists/critics say:

Chet Atkins called Smith “the most amazing guy I know on guitar. … He (Richard) can play anything I know, only better.”

“Strings of gold on guitar met strings of pearls on cello … Richard Smith and Julie Adams rang the satisfaction chime at 20, on a scale of one to 10.”

[Jean Bartlett, The Pacifica Tribune, Pacifica/CA]

Check out Smith’s fretwork fireworks  and Adam’s lyrical style online at http://www.richardsmithmusic.com/duo

The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Desserts, snacks, popcorn and beverages are available for purchase.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.

Ticket prices are $14 if purchased in advance and $16 at the door. Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 are free.

The Music Hall’s next concert, March 22, will feature an acoustic music duo, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.

For more information call 342-1733 or access the Music Hall website: http://oswegomusichall.org/

Pathfinder Bank net income down in 2013

Pathfinder Bancorp, Inc., headquartered in Oswego, posted net income of $550,000 for the last three months of 2013.

This compares to net income of $729,000 for the same period of 2012.

Company officials say the decrease in net income was principally due to the $277,000 increase in personnel expenses driven by wage increases and increased health insurance expenses under the company’s self-insurance program.

Additionally, a $190,000 increase in other expenses was due, in part, to an additional $53,000 related to fraud losses from a December 2013 merchant security breach of a pool of debit cards.

Net income for the entire year 2013 was $2.4 million, compared to $2.6 million in the full year of 2012.  This decrease in net income was due principally to an increase in personnel expenses, other expenses, and the provision for loan losses.

Basic and diluted earnings per share were 22 cents for the fourth quarter of 2013 as compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of 26 cents for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Basic and diluted earnings per share for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, 2013 were 96 cents and 95 cents, respectively, as compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of 88 cents and 87 cents, respectively, for the comparable period in 2012.

Total loans were $341.6 million at Dec. 31, 2013, compared to total loans of $333.7 million at Dec. 31, 2012. Growth between these two time periods was impacted by the sale of residential mortgage loans in the second quarter of 2013 in the amount of $8.8 million.

Child safety seat check March 17

A child safety seat installation check is set for 9 a.m. to noon March 17 at the Pulaski Volunteer Fire Department.

The department is partnering with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, Oswego County Traffic Safety Board and WIC to provide assistance for families in need of help with installing their child’s car seat in the safest and best way.

New York state law requires that children be in the appropriate child restraint until age 8.

Trained and nationally certified child passenger technicians will be on hand to teach parents and caregivers on choosing and installing the correct seat for their child’s age, weight, height, and development.

No appointment is necessary. For more information, or to host a child passenger safety seat check, call Billie Crandall Brady, Coordinator at 343-2344 ext. 22.

Mitchell’s expands to include signs

Mitchell’s Speedway Press has launched Speedway Sign & Design, a new division manufacturing wide-format printing and custom full color signs.

Speedway  Sign & Design offers customer consultation, custom graphic design and incredible print quality for many custom printed products — trade show graphics, banners, yard signs, conference signage, vehicle wraps, window graphics, wall graphics, floor graphics, clothing, magnets and more.

Speedway Sign & Design prints in high resolution on vinyl, adhesive mesh, fabric and canvas, along with many other materials including aluminum, up to 5 feet wide to any length.

Durable, finished signs are cut to shape and size, with industrial-grade lamination to weatherize the signs for at least five years. Hanging mesh and adhesive vinyl are also available for easy, professional window displays.

“A trade show display can have a dozen different types of large, custom-printed signs,” said Speedway Press third-generation owner John Henry. “From free-standing double-sided banners, retractable displays, to feather flag banners, Speedway Sign & Design can print them all. We can print car wraps, a custom wrap for your mailbox, or even graphics that adhere to the floor.”

“This will allow our clients to print their corporate identity on virtually any medium, ensuring a uniform corporate brand,” he said.

Speedway’s art department consults with clients to design and format their wide-format printing projects.

“We have three incredible designers on staff who will work personally with you to give your project life, all done in house and a telephone consultation away,” Henry said. “If you have your design all ready, our online order system makes it effortless to click and print any large format project, any time of day or night, and our turnaround time is second to none”.

Speedway Sign and Design prints all materials at its green-friendly plant in Oswego,  using full color eco-solve inks, including white and chrome.

“Chrome ink can be used to simulate gold, silver and other metallic colors, or add a mirror finish, really making the project pop,” Henry said. “Unlike many other sign shops, we added a 68” laminator, so every piece, no matter how large, can be laminated for years of use.”

Speedway Press is a nationwide printer who serves the race track industry, nonprofits and businesses nationwide.

John Henry announced the expansion was in line with the company’s continued growth.

“We had a great year, and we were able to invest this good fortune in wide format equipment, including a state of the art 64-inch Mimaki printer,” he said.

“We’re delighted to bring our printing expertise, stellar designers, and phenomenal customer care to the large format arena, turning out spectacular custom-printed projects, limited only to the extent of our client’s imagination,” he said.

Speedway can be reached through their website, www.speedwaypress.com, or in person at 343-3531.

Novelis workers vote down union; Steelworkers file charges

By Ashley M. Casey

Employees of the Novelis plant in Scriba voted last week not to join the United Steelworkers Union (USW). Of 560 employees polled over Feb. 20 and 21, 273 voted yes to joining USW and 287 voted no.

Jim Ridgeway, a local representative for USW, said USW has already filed charges against Novelis for unfair labor practices including threats and coercion toward employees. Continue reading

Kasper promoted at Scotsman Media Group

The Scotsman Media Group has appointed Courtney Rae Kasper as associate publisher of editorial as well as editor-in-chief of Today’s CNY Woman, effective Feb. 12.

An award-winning writer and editor, Kasper brings more than eight years of professional print media experience to the company. Most recently, she served as senior editor for Today’s CNY Woman in Syracuse,  and previously as associate editor for Dance Teacher magazine, New York, N.Y.

Kasper’s work also has appeared in national publications such as Time Out New York.

In addition to overseeing editorial content and design of all the company’s media products, Kasper will be responsible for maintaining the profitability of Today’s CNY Woman, while supporting advertising efforts for all of the company’s publications.

“Courtney Kasper has been an integral part of the Scotsman Media Group for more than two years,” said Scotsman Media Group President William Veit. “With Courtney’s drive, talent, and experience, we are certain our Scotsman Media Group readers and advertisers will be well served under her leadership.”

Kasper reports she will focus on continuing the growth of Today’s CNY Woman with a renewed focus on community events, and will work with focus groups to better understand the needs of the women in the Central New York community.

Under Kasper’s leadership, the editorial team for The Valley News will continue the publication’s long tradition of serving the Fulton community with quality community journalism, including a continuation of its monthly Fulton Families series, city of Fulton and Oswego County government, school sports and other community news coverage.

Kasper received her master of arts degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Kasper was selected for the 2013 Rising Stars program through the Association of Free Community Papers where she will serve as a mentor for young communications professionals and participate in annual symposiums for the following two years.

Kasper resides with her husband, Don Kasper, in Auburn.

The Scotsman Press, Inc., incorporated in 1954, today is doing business as the Scotsman Media Group, which publishes the award-winning, community-focused publications The Valley News, Today’s CNY Woman, The Finger Lakes Vacationer and other specialty publications. The company also serves hundreds of other publications through its commercial printing services to customers throughout Central New York.

The Scotsman Press, Inc. is currently owned by John J. Badoud, Jr. of Virginia. On Jan. 24, 2014, it was announced that the company signed a definitive agreement to sell the company to its current president, William G. Veit. The sale of the company is expected to close on or about March 31, 2014.

For more information, please visit www.scotsmanpress.com