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OCO fights hunger with ‘Retro Bowl’


WIC Program Coordinator Cindy Palamar (l), and Sharon Deland (r) display one of WIC’s educational pieces highlighting the importance of a healthy diet and proper nutrition for pregnant mothers and children. WIC is one of many OCO programs that fight hunger in Oswego County.
WIC Program Coordinator Cindy Palamar (l), and Sharon Deland (r) display one of WIC’s educational pieces highlighting the importance of a healthy diet and proper nutrition for pregnant mothers and children. WIC is one of many OCO programs that fight hunger in Oswego County.

It’s one of Oswego County’s most pressing issues, yet the vast majority of community members are not aware of how serious the issue is.

That’s why Saturday’s Retro Bowl put on by Oswego County Opportunities is so important.

“Hunger is a pervasive issue in our county. As an anti-poverty agency combating hunger and improving nutrition are keystones of our mission,” said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier.

“Our Retro Bowl fundraiser is an opportunity for community members to come together for an afternoon of fun, that in the long run, will help fight against hunger and put food in the bowls of those that hunger right here in Oswego County.”

Proceeds from the Retro Bowl event will be used to assist the food subsidy efforts of each of OCO’s programs and services and help build a reserve for the future.

For OCO, hunger in Oswego County is something the agency is well aware of and takes very seriously. Every program in the agency’s Crisis and Development Services and Nutrition Services, in some way, addresses the issue of hunger.

Crisis and Development Services includes a variety of prevention, intervention and care management services including:

  • Street Outreach, which operates drop-in centers and helps connect youth to other resources and services
  • PATH, a transitional living program for homeless youth 21 and under offers tips for eating nutritionally, food budgeting, and preparing meals
  • Homeless Services that provides supportive services to stabilize households and facilitate the transition from homelessness to permanent housing
  • Services to Aid Families (SAF) that provides residential and non-residential services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, elder abuse and stalking.

“Hunger has been and always will be one of OCO’s priorities,” said Eric Bresee, director of OCO Crisis and Development Services. “Whether it’s emergency assistance from our food pantry or helping individuals and families access other food pantries and resources such as WIC, or SNAP benefits, OCO is a leader in the fight against hunger in Oswego County.”

Bresee said OCO Crisis and Development Services provided more than 1,456 emergency meals and 9,759 ongoing meals to its consumers last year. More than 3,400 of those meals were for youth 16 and under.

Also, OCO partners with drop-in centers at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fulton and Our Lady of the Rosary in Hannibal to provide them with support for their food pantry and provide their visitors with assistance in connecting to other resources.

“The number of people we are providing food for increased dramatically in 2010.  While that number has leveled off, it has unfortunately not gone down,” Bresee said.

Brian Coleman, coordinator of OCO Homeless Services, and Cristy King, coordinator of OCO Intervention Services, which includes, the Crisis Hot Line, SAF and Homeless Services, echoed those thoughts.

“All of the services I oversee have maintained a high level of need. Fortunately we have been able to find a way to meet the hunger issues that our consumers need, but it remains a challenge,” said King.

King said both the number of individuals accessing services and the average length of stay in the SAF program is significantly greater that it was just few years ago.

“We are seeing an average of 15 to 20 SAF house residents a month. The average length of stay, which use to be 15 days, has risen to 45 to 50 days and continues to remain there,” said King.

Each of these residents receive breakfast, lunch and dinner during the length of their stay. While much of that is paid for through the state, OCO does provide additional emergency food for SAF residents from its modest food pantry.

“Our food pantry is strictly for emergency food supplies. We are not a full service food pantry like others in the county,” Coleman said.

“Our food pantry generally provides enough food to hold a family over until they can make arrangements to access one of the larger food pantries that exist in the county,” Coleman said. “We provide them with the resources and assistance to be able to do that.”

In regards to newborns and small children, the WIC program ensures that expectant mothers and new mothers that meet WIC income guidelines receive the proper nutrition they and their children need.

A supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children, WIC provides healthy food such as milk, formula, whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables; nutrition counseling; and referrals to health care for women who are pregnant, post-partum up to 6 months, breast feeding up to one year, and infants and children up to the age of 5.

Program Coordinator Cindy Palamar said WIC is a valuable service.

“WIC offers much more than just nutritious supplemental food. It is a patient-centered program that focuses on healthy lifestyles,” she said.

“WIC’s educational aspect includes facilitated discussions where participants can share their concerns and experiences as well as one-on-one nutritional counseling services. Our staff includes several nutritionists who help participants plan healthy meals for their family, give advice on infant feeding, children’s dietary needs, and the dietary needs of pregnant and breastfeeding women,” said Palamar.

“What happens today affects what happens in the future. Healthy lifestyles lead to healthy outcomes,” she said.

To ensure that OCO will be able to continue to do so in the future the agency has dedicated its fundraising efforts to eliminating hunger in the county.

OCO’s Retro Bowl fundraiser will be noon to 6 p.m. April 5 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton. Registration is open for five-person teams, with choice of flights: noon to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m.

For registration or sponsor information, or to donate a door prize, contact OCO at 598-4717 or visit the agency’s website at

Police Report

Oswego County Sheriff’s Office

John M. Goff, 22, of 5240 US Route 11, Apt. 20, Pulaski, was arrested March 25 for third-degree burglary, a felony, third-degree criminal mischief, a felony and a misdemeanor count of petit larceny following the investigation into an incident at a business in the town of Richland. Deputies charged Goff with entering the business unlawfully and taking some loose change and bottles of liquor. He will be back in Richland town court April 3.

Fulton Police Department

Sheryl Lynn Hammond, 53, of Division Street, Fulton, was arrested March 20 for second-degree assault, a felony, criminal possession of a weapon third- and fourth-degree and conspiracy sixth-degree. Police say she conspired with two co-defendants to hit a person in her head at least two times with a glass beer bottle, causing a head injury, neck strain, bleeding in her eye and pain.

Randi L. Stoltz,  17, North Fourth Street, Fulton, was arrested March 21 for grand larceny, a felony, and making a punishable false written statement. Police said sometime between Feb. 1 and Feb. 27, she and another person stole four long guns, (a 20-gauge Mossberg pump shotgun, a 16 gauge shotgun, a 12 gauge double barrel shotgun, and a Winchester model 1892 .38-40 caliber lever action) from the victim. The defendant and co-defendant sold the guns to another person. Police say she also provided a written statement stating she did not steal the guns.

Timothy A. Bauerfeind, 25, of Rochester Street, Fulton, was arrested for first-degree criminal contempt, a felony, and harassment, a violation. Police said he intentionally violated a duly served order of protection on March 21 by standing close to the victim and threatening the victim in a loud voice, causing the victim to be harassed and alarmed. This order of protection prohibits him from committing any criminal offense against the protected party. Oswego City Police

Amy E. Davis, 33, of Byer Road, Oswego, and Robin L. Holcomb, 26, of Dublin Street, Oswego were arrested by Oswego city police on drug charges.

Davis is charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance fourth degree and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance fifth degree, all felonies. Police say during 2013, Davis sold 20 Hydrocodone tablets to an undercover Oswego police officer in exchange for cash on state Route 104 east in Oswego and on a separate date in 2013, Davis sold 50 Hydrocodone tablets to an undercover officer in exchange for cash at 84 Byer Road in Oswego.

Holcomb is charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance third degree; two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance third degree; one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance fourth degree; one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance fifth degree; and one county of criminal possession of a controlled substance fifth degree. All the charges are felonies.

Police said Holcomb sold 20 Alprazolam tablets to an undercover Oswego officer in 2013 in exchange for cash on Liberty Street, across from Oswego High School. They say she also sold 40 Oxycodone tablets this year to an undercover officer in exchange for cash at 36 Dublin St. and also sold nine Oxycodone tablets to an undercover officer in exchange cash at 36 Dublin St.

OCO launches its ‘Bling, Fling and Swing’

Oswego County Opportunities is launching its “Bling, Fling and Swing” drawing with three prizes: a diamond/sapphire ring; an overnight getaway for two to Vernon Downs Casino; and Canyon Combo tickets for two from Wonderworks at Destiny USA.

Proceeds raised benefit OCO services and programs that address hunger needs in Oswego County.

“The first day of ticket sales will be Saturday, April 5, during the OCO Retro Bowl fundraiser,” said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier.

“Every ticket sold that day, before the end of the Retro Bowl festivities, earns the ticket holder an entry into a special early-bird prize drawing to be held that day, at the end of the Retro Bowl. One lucky winner will receive a lottery ticket board,” she said.

The name ‘Bling, Fling & Swing’ helps describe the prizes. First prize is a sapphire and diamond ring, donated by Bridge Street Jewelers in Oswego.

Second prize is an overnight getaway for two at Vernon Downs Casino, donated by Vernon Downs Casino.

Third prize is two Canyon Combo tickets donated by Wonderworks at Destiny USA, redeemable for one canyon climb and admission to the Wonderworks experience.

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Only 300 tickets will be sold. They are available at the OCO Main Office, 239 Oneida St., Fulton, and at the Midtown Plaza Office, lower level (next to Jo-Ann Fabrics), Oswego, starting Monday, April 7, during regular office hours.

Drawing for all prizes takes place at noon Thursday, May 15, at the OCO Main Office, 239 Oneida St., Fulton.

After the first- and second-prize drawings, the winning tickets are returned to the hat for the next prize drawing.

“This means you have more than one chance to win,” Cooper-Currier stated.

Ticket holders need not be present to win. Winners will be notified by phone or email. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

“There is a real need to help the hungry in Oswego County,” Cooper-Currier said.

Granby boy donates hair to Locks of Love

Marc Barnhart, of Granby, before his hair was cut Saturday at Carla’s Hair Fashions in Fulton. He donated his hair to Locks of Love to be made into wigs and hairpieces for children suffering from medical hair loss. He found out few men and boys donate their hair by watching a segment on the “Today Show.”
Marc Barnhart, of Granby, before his hair was cut Saturday at Carla’s Hair Fashions in Fulton. He donated his hair to Locks of Love to be made into wigs and hairpieces for children suffering from medical hair loss. He found out few men and boys donate their hair by watching a segment on the “Today Show.”

By Ashley M. Casey

Ten-year-old Marc Barnhart of Granby finally has some weight off his shoulders — 11 inches of bright red hair, that is.

Last weekend, Patti Mancino of Carla’s Hair Fashions in Fulton snipped two ponytails’ worth of hair from Marc’s head to send to Locks of Love, a Florida-based charity that provides wigs to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

Marc’s hairy journey began in late summer of 2012, when he and his grandmother, Carrie Fellows, saw a “Today Show” segment about men who had lost their hair to cancer.

“I saw it on the news that the men didn’t want to wear (wigs made of) girls’ hair, so they wanted boys to do it,” Marc said.

With his grandmother’s permission, Marc began to grow out his hair. For the last year-and-a-half, Marc has endured teasing, stares and comments from classmates and teachers alike at Kenney Middle School in Hannibal, which he and his four siblings attend.

Marc said his classmates have hurled insults at him such as “you girl,” but his family told him, “Words are words and remember what good you’re doing.”

“I just ignore it,” he said.

Marc’s siblings have borne some of the unkind words as well.

“Everyone in my grade kept saying, ‘Don’t you have two sisters?’ and I say, ‘No, my brother’s growing his hair for a great cause,’” said Matthew, 11. “It’s really sad that they have to pick on him and get satisfaction from talking to me.”

Matthew said one of their aunts died of cancer, another reason for Marc’s donation.

Cailynn, Marc’s twin sister, said that she and her other brothers tried to grow their hair to donate too, but gave up. Jeffrey, 13, said his effort to grow his hair “did not work out.”

Hairstylist Patti Mancino, of Carla's Hair Fashions, snips the first of two ponytails from Marc Barnhart's hair.
Hairstylist Patti Mancino, of Carla’s Hair Fashions, snips the first of two ponytails from Marc Barnhart’s hair.

Cailynn said other children at school have donated their hair as well.

“It’s not really nice because they’ve done it too, and no one picked on them,” Cailynn said.

The Barnhart children and their grandparents said their former bus driver and teachers have made comments to Marc as well.

Marc’s grandmother Carrie said one teacher said to Marc, “Hey kid, you need a haircut, you look like a girl.”

Marc said the school has held anti-bullying events, but he doesn’t think that makes a difference to students.

Kenney Principal Dee Froio said the school has hosted various anti-bullying events, including Jared Campbell’s “Blue Project” and a “bully-away spray” skit through Merry-Go-Round Playhouse’s “Echoes” program.

Froio added the school has not been notified about a student being bullied for growing their hair, but they would follow up any report of bullying.

Fortunately for Marc, not all the feedback has been negative.

“My art teacher this year did it two times, so she’s proud of me doing it,” Marc said.

Carrie, an adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego, brought Marc to one of her classes and shared his story. The students gave him a standing ovation.

“He made the decision to do it and he’s stuck with it,” said grandfather Jeff Fellows. “He has taken a lot of razzing the last year or so … When you explain to people why he’s doing it, they change their view.”

Marc Barnhart with his new look
Marc Barnhart with his new look

Hairstylist Patti Mancino has cut Marc’s hair since he was a baby. She said he is her only male client who has donated his hair to Locks of Love, but she has had many female clients donate to that organization and to a similar one, Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

“Sometimes I talk somebody into it if they want a new hairstyle. If you have enough, why not donate it?” Mancino said. “For a young man to do it is special because a lot of girls do it.”

After the big chop, Marc opted for a super short style. His brother Jeremy, 11, said he was glad that Marc did it, but “I’ll wake up to a stranger in the morning.”

“I got so used to Marc with long hair,” Matthew said.

As for the man with the mane, he said he plans to grow it out again for Locks of Love in the future, perhaps after the summer.

“Now I don’t have to wear my ponytail for tech,” he said.

To learn more about donating hair, visit or and click on “Ready, set, grow: pony up!”

Poetry workshop planned at Fulton library

April is National Poetry Month and the Fulton Library is having a celebration.

In partnership with local writer Jim Farfaglia, the library will offer a four-week class titled “Celebrating Poetry!” This free program will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the four Saturdays in April: April 5, 12, 19 and 26.

“We are excited to offer this program for poets and for those who are interested in learning more about poetry,” said Betty Mauté, director of the Fulton Library.

“The program, planned by Jim, is designed to be welcoming and relaxed. There is no previous writing experience needed to participate. We’ve even scheduled each class to run through the lunch hour and are encouraging participants to bring a bagged lunch.

“While sharing a meal (the library will provide beverages), Jim will share poetry and encourage the class to explore their thoughts and feelings about a variety of poems,” she said.

“I want this class to inspire people who normally might not consider poetry, including both the more classically famous, as well as some of the newer nontraditional poets,” said Farfaglia. “I also want to encourage people to try their hand at writing and to know that there are no hard-and-fast rules in poetry. It’s just about listening to your heart.”

The class is being provided at no cost due to the success of last year’s Fulton Memoir Project.

“The book sales from the collection of 41 memoirs written by Fultonians have given the library a fund to provide writing programs such as Celebrating Poetry,” added Mauté.

Participants should be 18 years or older or a teenager accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited and those interested should call 592-5159 for more information and to reserve your spot.

Pratt House opens for season today

The Pratt House in Fulton is open for the 2014 season.

During the winter, a remarkable job was done transforming the first floor of the Pratt House Museum, located at 177 S. First St., Fulton, into a toy store of sorts. Toys from the 1800s up to about 1970 are on display.

Visitors will be transported back to a time when fun was careening down a hill on a “gravity racer,” playing a board game with friends, or pretending you were a mama tending to her baby. This is a wonderful display, filled with a lot of love.

Who among us wouldn’t like to go back to a time when the only worry we had was what we were going to play with when the sun came up!

The Pratt House is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday beginning today, April 2 through December 2014. Call if you want to come in on a Saturday. For more information or to arrange a tour, call 598-4616.

Fulton girls’ softball team wants a sectional championship

 By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity softball team is preparing to begin its season with great expectations.

After playing in the sectional quarterfinals and semifinals the last two seasons, not only do the Lady Raiders want to qualify for sectional play but they want to win a Sectional championship.

Coach Derek Lyons said his team has been playing together for a long time. With the improvement that they have shown along the way, he hopes to see his team qualify for the state playoffs.

Fulton is expected to be amongst the most experienced teams in Section 3 this season. The team will feature seven seniors and two juniors who have seen a lot of playing time over the past few seasons.

Lyons said his nine experienced players know what it takes to have a successful season. The seniors are Maureen McCann, Hannah Jones, Anna Guernsey, Mikayla Guernsey, Caitlin Chrisman, Kassidy Kearns and Keisha Pierce.

The juniors wth experience are Cheyenne Laun and Courtney Parker. These players are joined by fellow juniors Jessica Marvin and Katelyn Ely along with sophomore Casey Jones.

The Lady Raiders began practice in early March. Lyons expected them to be in pretty good physical condition when practices began and his team obliged.

Lyons said most of his players were in good physical condition because they took part in winter sports.

But Lyons said softball is a sport that relies on reaction a lot more than other sports. Developing reaction time was a big part of the first couple weeks of practice.

The players who didn’t participate a winter sport prepared for the season by taking part in open gyms and working hard in the weight room. Lyons feels every player could run the bases in a solid time.

However, the climate has limited the team’s outdoor training time. Lyons said even though his team appears to be in good shape, they will still be challenged when the time comes to adjust to running outdoors.

Fulton won’t have captains in a traditional sense this season. For the most part, Lyons expects to recognize his nine experienced players as leadership figures on a rotating basis. These players will be recognized based their work ethic and how they handle adversity and Lyons hopes the  Lady Raiders benefit from the experienced players’ ability to lead by example.

The Lady Raiders will face a challenging schedule this season. A team they beat last season, Jamesville-DeWitt, is expected to be equally as tough this season.

Lyons hopes his team can continue to build off of the experience of winning against such a good team. East Syracuse Minoa is expected to be equally as challenging for Fulton.

Both Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse Minoa are expected to benefit from strong pitching this season. Lyons also said Mexico, Cortland and Homer will be solid teams this season and be tough outings for the Lady Raiders.

The biggest strength Fulton expects to have this season is the leadership abilities that its experienced players bring to the table. The Lady Raiders also hope to get on base at a solid percentage. There are six players with .400 averages in hitting.

Fulton expects to have a fast and aggressive offense. Lyons said a hard-hitting offense equates to a lot of wins. He also expects the returning pitchers to be ready to preserve a lead their hard hitting teammates create.

Oswego County fishing is focus of TV show

Submitted by Oswego County Tourism

“Outdoor Passion” television host and producer Ray Carignan’s enthusiasm for fishing is contagious, and viewers will get a glimpse of the phenomenal brown trout fishing Carignan experienced in Oswego County on “The Early Summer Brown Trout Run in Oswego County” airing in April on the World Television Network.

Carignan, host of the Montreal-based “Outdoor Passion” weekly television series, fished with Capt. Kevin Keller of Fishchopper Charters last June out of Mexico Bay.

The episode will air on the World Fishing Network at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5; at noon and 9 p.m.  Thursday, April 10; and at 2 a.m. Friday April 11.

“If you love early summer brown trout fishing, you must watch this show,” said Carignan. “Fishing for big brown trout is a challenge. They are smart.”

The group caught their limit both days trolling for mid-depth brown trout with  Keller off Mexico Bay.

“This world class fishery is full of excitement and fun – a great family outing,” said Keller.

Carignan and his cameraman, Claude Roulleau, also visited the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, Salmon River Falls and Sandy Island Beach on their visit to Oswego County, where they were hosted by Wally and Cheryl Kimmel, owners of Catfish Creek Fishing Camps.

“Outdoor Passion” has received numerous awards, including eight “Golden Moose” awards for best outdoor series in North America.

For additional information on the show, visit

For Oswego County fishing conditions and visitor information, go to or call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386).