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Osteo Bone Builders program volunteers receive training

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, has announced the addition of 10 master trainers to the Osteo Bone Builders Program.

Six of the newly trained master trainers are osteoporosis (osteo) instructors at Oswego County sites: Rachel Brooks, Ann Hardy, Carol Miller, Carol Simpson, Joan Southwell and Marjorie Flood.

Also trained were Sharon Connor (Onondaga County), Sharon Faudree (Red Creek) and RSVP directors Ellen Wahl (Oswego County) and Nadia Emerson (Brevard County, Florida).

The Osteo Bone Builders Program has been in existence 15 years. As with most RSVP programs, it is designed to help people help themselves.

In this case, RSVP volunteers are trained to help their peers overcome and control the debilitating effects of osteoporosis and, at the same time, have fun doing it.

“Our volunteer instructors don’t necessarily have a background in physical education, but they do have a passion for helping others seek relief — hurting less and enjoying life more,” said Wahl, RSVP’s director.

The Bone Builders exercise regimen is designed to rebuild bone density and improve balance.  Classes are self-paced and can help those just diagnosed and those with advanced osteoporosis.

The Osteo Bone Builders Program was introduced in Oswego County by Virginia “Ginny” Gilbert, then RSVP director of the New York Capital Region. She conducted the first training of RSVP instructors in May 1999.

Gilbert first learned of the Bone Builders Program when she attended an alumni reunion at Syracuse University and reunited with a roommate who told her about the program, which was developed by research scientists at Tufts University.  Gilbert wondered whether lay people could be taught to lead the classes.

Upon Gilbert’s retirement from RSVP, she began her second career as a Bone Builders trainer, traveling the country and teaching the program with great success.

Each year she would return to Oswego County and train another class of 12 or more instructors. Bone Builders is now RSVP’s largest volunteer opportunity, having grown to more than 20 sites and 70 instructors just in Oswego County.

When Gilbert decided to retire a second time, she scheduled her last training session this past fall here in Oswego County, and added a “master trainer” class to assure the program is sustainable.

The class resulted in 10 certified master trainers to continue the tradition, one of whom is Nadia Emerson, RSVP dir.

Certification of Oswego County’s own master trainers means that RSVP will not have to wait until an annual training to install new instructors; it will be an ongoing process.

For more information on teaching the exercise regimen or becoming a participant, contact RSVP at 312-2317 or rsvp@oswego.edu.

RSVP’s new osteo master trainers in Oswego County are:

Rachel Brooks – Palermo site

Ann Hardy – Oswego YMCA

Carol Miller – West Amboy site

Carol Simpson – Scriba site

Joan Southwell – Mexico site

Marjorie Flood – Mexico site

Ellen Wahl, RSVP director

 

 

County health clinic schedule for week of Feb. 10

Submitted by Oswego County

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

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 state Department of Health.

For those who do not qualify, the cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine (the shot) and $43 for the flu-mist (nasal 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 during the week of Feb. 10 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. 11, 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.

Adult ed course catalog available now

A course catalog of the 2014 spring adult educational opportunities at Oswego County BOCES is now available.

The catalog has been mailed to residents in Oswego County and contains information about the literacy and training opportunities catered to adult learners who have been displaced, are considering a career change, are interested in re-entering the workforce and/or who are looking to refine current skills, advance in their field, or increase their employability.

For more information or if you did not receive a copy of the course catalog, visit www.OswegoBOCES.org/AdultEd or contact the Adult Education Office at 963-4256. 

Do something nice the week of Feb. 10

SUNY Oswego is bringing a warm front to the February cold spell and invites the community to celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Week.

From Feb. 10 – Feb. 14, those on SUNY Oswego campus and middle school students in Altmar-Parish-Williamstown, Fulton, Mexico, Oswego, Phoenix and Sandy Creek school districts will be receiving Random Acts of Kindness cards to Go.Do.Good. around the community.

Businesses will receive a page of cards to print for their employees to join in the fun through an Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce email.

A Facebook page, “Oswego Random Acts of Kindness” was created for all Oswego County community members to record the acts of kindness and pay tribute to the Go.Do.Good.-ers.

SUNY Oswego campus good-doers will perform a Random Act of Kindness, fill in their name on the card and leave it at the scene of the good deed with the receiver.

The receiver will fill in their name and a description of the good deed and return the card to one of the designated drop boxes on campus.

Both the giver and receiver will be entered in drawings for to win a prize.

“And the fun doesn’t stop there;” says organizer Tammy Elowsky. “At the drop box, the receiver can pick up a new Random Acts of Kindness card to Go.Do.Good. for someone else.  It’s all about paying it forward and building community.”

Each participating middle school will have its own way of recognizing these good-doing bandits at its school.

The community at large is invited to join in the fun, spread the kindness, and celebrate our community by using the card printed here and just Go.Do.Good.

Then, post the stories in Facebook on “Oswego Random Acts of Kindness” and tell the community where it happened and tag who was responsible.

Spread the kindness fever!

This is an effort by the Office of Business and Community Relations in collaboration with the Counseling Services Center at SUNY Oswego, several Oswego County school districts and the Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce to promote collaboration, trust and the sharing of ideas to spark innovation as a part of the Thrive Community Incubator Initiative.

For more information on Thrive, go to: www.oswego.edu/thrive.

To print your own Go.Do.Good. card to leave at the scene of a random act of kindness, join the Facebook page:  Oswego Random Acts of Kindness and print the image there.

Got a summer event? Contact the county tourism office

Organizations, businesses and groups have until Feb. 19 to submit information for the Oswego County Tourism Office’s 2014 “Summer in Oswego County” brochure.

Events that take place between April and October will be posted on the county tourism Web site and listed in the calendar, which is widely distributed at travel and vacation shows, chambers of commerce, NYS Thruway information centers, businesses and other outlets.

“The brochure typically includes more than 200 events as well as information on fishing tournaments, farm markets, outdoor concerts, and other summer activities,” said David Turner, director of the Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

People can fill out a form online and submit it directly to the Tourism Office at http://visitoswegocounty.com/more-to-see-do/calendar/events-in-oswego-county-entry-form/.

Forms have been sent to those who have submitted information in the past.

For more information, contact the Oswego County Tourism Office weekdays at 349-8322 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 8322, or e-mail fobrien@oswegocounty.com.

Two Maroun Elementary students perform in “Les Miz” in Baldwinsville

Two students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School have roles in Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s musical production of Les Misérables.

Larissa and Lily MacDonald, fourth and second grade students at MAM, were cast during auditions in June. They sang a song from the musical during the audition and both scored a place in the production, despite having never been in a musical before.

Their mother, Kristen MacDonald, heard about the show from Special Education Teacher Justin McArthur, who was also auditioning. MacDonald auditioned as well, and joins the cast as a factory worker.

She hadn’t been on stage since her children were born. The MacDonalds live in Pennellville.

Auditions for the production were elite. Out of the 120 plus who auditioned, only 35 were selected for the cast. The cast also include Phoenix alumni Henry Wilson, Jason Bean and Paul Thompson.

The story chronicles the struggles of Jean Valjean, a French peasant who searches for redemption after serving a prison sentence for stealing bread to feed his family. The musical is entirely sung.

Larissa plays Young Eponine, while Lily is a part of the youth ensemble. The cast is made up of mostly adults — the MacDonald sisters are the youngest of the children.

Singing in all of the chorus parts, Larissa is looking forward to joining chorus as a fifth-grader. She is also involved in gymnastics, Battle of the Books, and the school science fair.

Lily plays piano.

The girls have broken some of the MacDonald’s house rules in order to a part of the production. Play practices close to show time ran up until 11 p.m. some week nights, ending a few hours past their normal bedtimes.

The hard work and long rehearsals have paid off. Each show has sold out, and a Thursday night performance (Feb. 6) has been added.

After the curtain closes, Larissa and her sister hope to continue performing. Larissa recently sang the national anthem at the Winterguard’s first home show at the high school.

Hannibal church celebrates 175 years

The Hannibal United Methodist Church is celebrating the 175th Anniversary.

Under the leadership of David Peckham, the Methodist Church of Hannibal was organized Feb. 26, 1839.

The Certificate of Organization was filed in the Oswego County Clerk’s office March 13, 1839 with 25 charter members.

In 1841 a brick church edifice was erected, which today is the back of the current church building. In 1864, to accommodate the increase in membership,  one third of the church building was removed and a new building was added to the front of the original building.

Over the years, there have been many, many changes and improvements.

An anniversary committee consisting of Wendell Blanchard, Barbara Gifford, Louise Kellogg, Gloria Kempston, Liz George, Judy Tyler, Gloria Simmons and Richard Palen has been formed to work on future activities.

The first event will be a Birthday/Anniversary Celebration to be held March 2 following the 11 a.m. worship service.  All are welcome.

Fulton Memorial Day Salute May 24

Plans are underway for the 33rd Annual Memorial Day Salute event to be held Saturday, May 24 at the Fulton Community Center.

The theme for the celebration will be “Showing Gratitude to Our Veterans.” Jim Weinhold, Veteran of the Year, will serve as Grand Marshal of the Saturday parade. Entertainment for Saturday night will be announced soon. The Saturday entertainment will be followed by fireworks.

The Memorial Day Salute Committee is made up of representatives from the Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Service Clubs, along with the Veterans Council of Fulton. Chairman of this year’s planning committee is Larry Macner.