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H. Lee White Marine Museum receives grant for educational project

The H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego is one of 10 grant recipients to fund education and preservation projects along the Erie Canalway.

The Erie Canalway Natonal Heritage Corridor is investing $65,530 in grants, which will be matched by $478,000 in private and public project money raised by grant recipients.

The grants are aimed at inspiring people to learn more about New York’s legendary canals and further explore the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

The H. Lee White museum will use its $4,000 for an Oswego Canal Photo Essay, “Then and Now.” The museum will develop a photo essay documenting changes in the Oswego Canal and adjacent landscape using historical and current day images.

The exhibit will travel to multiple Oswego Canal communities for display.

U.S. labor secretary visits Fulton Cos. in Richland

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez visited the Fulton Cos. in Richland Wednesday to announce the availability of about $150 million in grants to prepare and place those facing long-term unemployment into good jobs.

The Ready to Work Partnership grant competition will support innovative partnerships between employers, nonprofit organizations and America’s public workforce system to build a pipeline of talented U.S. worker.

The partnership also will help those experiencing long-term unemployment gain access to employment services that provide opportunities to return to work in middle- and high-skill jobs.

About 20 to 30 grants ranging from $3 million to $10 million will be awarded to programs focused on employer engagement, individualized counseling, job placement assistance, and work-based training that facilitate hiring for jobs where employers currently use foreign workers on H-1B visas.

Perez made the grant announcement at Fulton Cos. headquarters. The company, a  global manufacturer of industrial and commercial heating systems, has developed strong training partnerships with area organizations to help its workforce, thanks in part to federal funding from the multi-agency Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge.

Fulton Cos. partners with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the Manufacturers Association of Central New York, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems.

Together, they were able to develop the local workforce Fulton needed to expand the manufacturing capacity of their Pulaski plant to better serve the North American and overseas markets.

“These grants (announced Wednesday) are part of President Obama’s call to action to help ensure that America continues to be a magnet for middle-class jobs and business investment,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “We need to do everything we can to help employers expand and grow while at the same time remembering that those who have been out of work through no fault of their own deserve a fair shot.”

Programs funded through Ready to Work Partnership grants will use on-the-job training, paid work experience, paid internships and Registered Apprenticeships to provide employers the opportunity to train workers in the specific skill sets required for open jobs.

Programs will have to recruit those who have been out of work for six months or longer and will incorporate a strong up-front assessment, allowing for a customization of services and training to facilitate re-employment.

As a pre-condition to be considered for funding, at least three employers or a regional industry association must be actively engaged in the project. The grants are financed by a user fee paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the United States under the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to view additional online resources at http://www.doleta.gov/readytowork. Any organization that meets the requirements of the solicitation may apply. The Solicitation for Grant Applications, which includes information about how to apply, is available at http://www.grants.gov/.

Informational meeting for prospective adoptive, foster parents set for March 6

The Oswego County Department of Social Services will sponsor an informational meeting from  6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Department of Social Services, 100 Spring St., Mexico, for people who are interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.

Oswego County also needs Hispanic foster parents.

The Department of Social Services is looking for people who would like to become foster parents, particularly for children ages 8 and up who may have special needs for supervision.

All children available for adoption through the Department of Social Services have been in foster care for a period of time. The children are typically ages 10 and older and have special needs.

Attendance at the informational meeting is required in order to enroll in the 10-week preparation program.  Single and two-parent families may apply to foster or adopt. Both parents in a two-parent household must attend the training.

For more information contact Lois O’Connor, phone 963-5018 or Patricia Pennock, phone 963-5382 or e-mail patricia.pennock@dfa.state.ny.us

County health department clinic schedule for the week of Feb. 24

Submitted by Oswego County

The Oswego County Health Department has scheduled a number of health clinics for the week of Feb. 24.

They are:

Walk-in influenza clinics are held weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego for people age 19 and older. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

Children’s flu vaccine is now available every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

The children’s flu vaccine is available at no cost to all children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program provided by the New York State Department of Health. For those who do not qualify, the cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine.

Patients with private insurance, Managed Medicaid, Managed Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Part B should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic.  No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The following services will be offered the week of Feb. 24 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

OSWEGO:

** Adult Influenza Clinic: Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.

** Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

** HIV Counseling and Testing Service:  Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment

Immunization clinics are held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 70 Bunner St, Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

For more information about public health services, contact the Oswego County Health Department, weekdays at 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.

Porky and Buddy discuss canine parvovirus

Dear Porky & Buddy,

My next door neighbor came home with a new puppy a few weeks ago that she had gotten from a “free to good home” ad.

I use the word “free” advisedly because a week after the puppy arrived he was at the veterinary hospital with parvo and almost didn’t make it. Now $2,300 later, he is home and I guess OK, but should I be worried?

My kids were playing with him and I have my own (fully vaccinated) dog.

 

Ben

 

Dear Ben,

Ah, the horrors of “free to good home” adoptions.

Many humane societies and rescue organizations are happy to take unwanted  litters of puppies, keep them isolated until their health status can be verified, and then find them good safe homes.

That puppy was lucky that he ended up with someone who could afford the care he needed.

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can be life-threatening, especially for puppies. It can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s feces.

The virus can live in the environment for months, and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors.

Because of this, you will want to take extra care if the puppy was in your house or yard. Some things are easier to clean and disinfect than others — and even with excellent cleaning, parvovirus can be difficult to eradicate.

Parvo is resistant to many typical disinfectants. A solution of one part bleach to 32 parts water can be used where organic material is not present. The infected dog’s toys, food dish and water bowl should be properly cleaned and then disinfected with this solution for 10 minutes.

If not disinfected, these articles should be discarded. You can also use the solution on the soles of your shoes if you think you’ve walked through an infected area. Areas that are harder to clean (grassy areas, carpeting and wood, for example) may need to be sprayed with disinfectant, or even resurfaced if there is any chance that a susceptible dog will be in that area.

The general symptoms of parvo are lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite and bloody, foul-smelling diarrhea that can lead to life-threatening dehydration.

Puppies, adolescent dogs and canines who are not vaccinated are most susceptible to the virus. (Thank goodness, it cannot be transmitted to people.)

But if you ever notice your dog experiencing severe vomiting, loss of appetite, depression or bloody diarrhea, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Even if your dog is protected from parvo, those are serious symptoms.

The most important thing for pet owners to remember is that you can protect your dog from this potential killer by making sure he’s up-to-date on his vaccinations, and because you have done that you should be OK.

Parvovirus should be considered a core vaccine for all puppies and adult dogs. Consult with your veterinarian about how often your dog will need to be revaccinated.

As your friend found out the hard way, dogs infected with parvovirus need intensive treatment in a veterinary hospital, where they receive antibiotics, drugs to control the vomiting, intravenous fluids and other supportive therapies.

This can result in  considerable expense — the average hospital stay is about 5-7 days. Sadly, treatment is not only expensive, it is not always successful — so it’s especially important for everyone to make sure their dogs are vaccinated.

For a safe adoption, see the Oswego County Humane Society’ pets online at www.oswegohumane.org.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Phone is 207-1070. Email is ochscontact@hotmail.com  Check out our website at www.oswegohumane.org

Oswego Reading Initiative chooses book for its ‘summer read’

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

The Oswego Reading Initiative at SUNY Oswego has chosen 2012 National Book Award-winning “The Round House” — Louise Erdrich’s “haunting, powerful” novel about a Native American boy’s search for justice for his mother — as this year’s summer read for the incoming class and the rest of campus and community members who wish to participate.

“Using the quiet, reflective voice of a young boy forced into an early adulthood following a brutal assault on his mother, Erdrich has created an intricately layered novel that not only untangles our nation’s history of moral and judicial failure, but also offers a portrait of a community sustained by its traditions, values, faith and stories,” the award citation reads.

This is ORI’s 13th annual book selection, among them last year’s “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl.” To accompany the selection, faculty are encouraged to integrate the book into the curriculum and a series of programs, including cultural events and talks, are planned to facilitate discussion and involvement around the title.

SUNY Oswego anthropology faculty member Kevin White, who specializes in American studies and has familial ties to the Mohawks, expressed excitement with the choice.

“With a gripping narrative, Erdrich crafts a story filled with human emotion, legal questions and violence against Native American women in a coming-of age-story with all too common repercussions and outcomes among native women and communities,” White said.

“Far too often these issues are not known to the American public, and Native American women, families and communities must deal with these issues as best as they can,” he said.

Search for justice

ORI rarely chooses so-called coming-of-age books, because first-year college students often have read them already, said Associate Provost Rameen Mohammadi, chair of the committee.

Yet “The Round House” is far more nuanced than many others and illuminates Ojibwe life and longstanding Native American concerns, among them jurisdictional issues that most Americans rarely hear about and don’t understand, he said.

The committee “goes through a pretty rigorous process,” Mohammadi said. “We survey the campus and do a lot of reading and discussing. As we’ve done in the past, the committee believes this book has enough connections to the curriculum that many faculty would feel comfortable bringing it in to their plans.”

He called the New York Times bestseller — which some reviewers called “a Native American ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’” — fascinating and revealing of what life would be like on a reservation, in this case an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota.

The novel recounts the story of 13-year-old Joe, who grows frustrated with the official investigation of the beating and rape of his mother, Geraldine Coutts, who was left traumatized and reluctant to relive what happened.

Joe sets out to find answers on his own, with his friends Cappy, Zack and Angus.

Mohammadi said the book’s twists, intrigue and unique voice should hold readers to the end, ready to discuss the text in classes and events. He said the committee reached out to Erdrich, but learned that the novelist is not traveling and does not plan to appear on campus as some past ORI authors have done.

Erdrich, whose heritage is Ojibwe as a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa, has written 14 novels, including the bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Plague of Doves,” as well as volumes of poetry and short stories and a memoir of early motherhood.

Some of her other novels from Harper Collins are “The Bingo Palace,” “The Beet Queen” and “Four Souls.”

New York B.A.S.S. Nation wins conservation award

New York B.A.S.S. Nation has won the 2013 Berkley Conservation Award.

The Berkley Conservation Institute  announced the award, worth $2,000 in cash, Monday and will present it at the B.A.S.S. Conservation Awards banquet Feb. 22 in Birmingham during the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.

“The New York B.A.S.S. Nation is a role-model for other organizations to follow,” said Jim Martin, Berkley Conservaton Institute Conservation Director.

“Their members are making a difference. They have a great plan, are organized and dedicated. The Ramp Monkeys concept is something that every state B.A.S.S. Nation should emulate,” he said.

:Getting youth involved in conservation efforts is vital to the future of our aquatic resources. I salute the New York B.A.S.S. Nation for their commitment to the principles that the Berkley Conservation Institute holds dear,” Martin said.

In winning the Conservation Award, the New York B.A.S.S. Nation took a multi-pronged approach to battling invasive species in the Empire State.

State Conservation Director Barb Elliott worked with New York B.A.S.S. Nation youth clubs to form “Ramp Monkeys.” These groups attend area bass tournaments and first remove plant debris from launch areas, then as anglers pull their rigs out, the Ramp Monkeys use kid-power to “Clean, Drain and Dry” each boat and trailer.

The operation is an opportunity for outreach to anglers and boaters and an educational experience for the youth members.

The New York B.A.S.S. Nation members also continued to battle invasive water chestnuts by physically removing the plants from lakes, canals and rivers and worked with state agencies, lake associations, universities and watershed alliances to distribute educational/outreach materials to increase awareness of invasive species.

“The New York B.A.S.S. Nation is honored to receive this award,” said President Fred Blom. “I am proud of the accomplishments of the whole organization. We are all working hard to make a difference.”

Berkley Conservation Institute is a division of the Pure Fishing Co., the world’s largest tackle company headquartered in Columbia, SC.

The brand names of Pure Fishing include Abu Garcia, All Star Rods, Berkley, Fenwick, Mitchell, Penn, Pflueger, Shakespeare, Spiderwire and Stren.

NYS offering lifetime licenses for hunting, fishing, visiting NY parks

The state last week introduced the New York State Adventure License Series, providing New Yorkers and visitors the opportunity to purchase lifetime licenses to fish, hunt and visit New York State Parks.

The state also unveiled New York’s Outdoor Adventure License Plates, which features nine new plate designs – including the I [love] NY HUNTING, I [love] NY FISHING, and I [love] NY PARKS license plates – available for free exclusively to those buying new lifetime hunting, fishing, or parks licenses in 2014.

In addition, New York residents who secure lifetime licenses will have the opportunity to receive an Adventure License, which allows them the option of consolidating all their recreation licenses and benefits onto their New York State Driver’s License, an initiative first introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address last month.

The Adventure License and plates are available on the state’s revamped online licensing portal: http://licensecenter.ny.gov/nys-adventure-license.

To promote these latest offers, the state will launch a direct mail campaign and send one million letters to notify current short term recreational license holders.