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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.

Fitzpatrick honored with adviser award

Craig Fitzpatrick will be honored as a 2013 top adviser of Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc., a broker/dealer based in Syracuse.

Of more than 900 advisers associated with Cadaret, Grant, Fitzpatrick was among the 20 percent who qualified for the prestigious award.

Fitzpatrick has been serving clients at Pathfinder Investment Services, a division of Pathfinder Bank, based in Oswego, since 2010. He will work with new and existing client portfolios to implement information received from the conference.

“I am grateful to have had a successful year, but I am most honored to work with people and clients who make my job so rewarding,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick will attend the company’s annual top advisers conference, this year located in Southampton, Bermuda, May 1-4, where he will be awarded for his outstanding achievement.

Cadaret, Grant, a privately owned broker/dealer headquartered in Syracuse, supports nearly 900 registered representatives in more than 400 branch offices nationwide. The company provides service, advanced technology, effective marketing tools, and a supportive business environment for financial advisers.

Pathfinder Bank is a New York state chartered savings bank headquartered in Oswego, whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The bank has eight full-service offices located in Oswego, Fulton, Mexico, Lacona, Central Square, and Cicero.

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.