Category Archives: Fulton News

BOCES students get real-world experience

Learning did not stop at the classroom door for one group of nine BOCES students.

Morningstar Care Center granted a group of nine licensed practical nursing students an opportunity to take their knowledge out of the classroom and relate it to real-world scenarios.

Recently, these students were able to observe and learn from registered nurses at the care center.

“We are mentoring these students in an effort to foster their growth as nurses and broaden their variety of hands on experience by exposing them to a wide array of acute care experiences encompassed in short term rehabilitation and long term care patients,” says Kelly Totman, a regisered nurse at Morningstar.

“We as a healthcare facility believe these students are the future of nursing,” she said.

The learning didn’t stop with the students.

“Students bring a lot of energy to the table and provide a great opportunity for our own staff to interact and teach others about their work,” said Joseph Murabito, care center owner.

“There is no better way to learn than to teach someone else what you know,” he said, noting he gets a lot out of personally interacting with the students.

The family owned business offers an array of medical services including IV therapy, negative pressure wound treatment and care for people with complicated conditions, providing a unique experience for the students.

Murabito and the staff are looking forward to another opportunity like this in the future.

St. Baldrick’s event March 30 in Oswego

The Oswego County Legislature proclaimed March as St. Baldrick’s Month in Oswego County at its monthly meeting.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation works to raise awareness and funding to support childhood cancer research and fellowship. So far this year, more than 170 Oswego County men, women and children have volunteered to shave their heads and raise money to support this cause.

They include the Oswego Minor Hockey Association, Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, the Oswego Firefighters Association, and many other groups and individuals from throughout Central New York.

Last year, their efforts brought in more than $93,000 and this year the goal has been set at $100,000.

Come to the Lake Ontario Conference and Event Center, 26 E. First St., Oswego on Sunday, March 30 to join the drive as the SUNY Oswego athletic department sponsors the 8th annual Oswego St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser. For more information or to volunteer, call 1-800-899-BALD, or contact Dan Witmer at daniel.witmer@oswego.edu. 

Judges named for business plan contest

The panel of judges has been secured for The Next Great Idea 2014 Oswego County Business Plan Competition, said Austin Wheelock, economic development specialist for Operation Oswego County and co-chair of Next Great Idea.

“The Next Great Idea is the result of business and community leaders joining together to launch a competition that encourages entrepreneurs to commit to new business development in Oswego County and offers a $25,000 prize to help make a dream come true,” Wheelock said.

Judges for the event are Jeff Grimshaw of the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations; Adam Gagas of Breakwall Asset Management; Kimberly Steele of the Steele Law Firm; Shane Broadwell of the Broadwell Hospitality Group; John Sharkey IV of Universal Metal; Sue Witmer of Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus; Mike Quenville of Pathfinder Bank; John Fitzgibbons, owner of the Fitzgibbons Agency; Atom Avery, local entrepreneur and owner of Avery Rental Properties & The Beacon Hotel; and Laurie O’Brien, owner of Port City Café & Red Sun Fire Roasting Co.

Judges were selected based on their local business knowledge and expertise in the fields of operations, management, financing, and entrepreneurship.

The first phase of the 2014 NGI Competition is underway and the deadline for submitting business concept proposals is April 11.

The entire competition will consist of three phases that will require semi-finalists selected from the first phase to develop full business plans and, in the third phase, finalists will make their “pitch” in person to the panel of judges.

This panel will determine which proposals will be selected to enter the subsequent phases culminating in the winner being chosen and honored at a luncheon Nov. 13.

Ideas that are not selected will receive written feedback from the judges of how to improve their proposals for the future.

The event web site, www.oswegocounty.org/NGI, includes an overview of the event, a competition timeline, guidelines, details on the $25,000 prize, sponsors, partners and contact information. In addition, the $25,000 can potentially be leveraged to borrow up to $250,000 in partnership with local banks, the Oswego County Industrial Development Agency, the cities of Oswego and Fulton community development offices, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Fulton wrestling prepares for next season

By Rob Tetro

James Bailey and Travis Kemp recently wrestled their final matches in Fulton red and green.

As they move on to the next phases of their lives, they do so while having left their marks on the Fulton Wrestling Program.

Both athletes were four-year wrestlers for the Red Raiders. Varsity wrestling coach Chris Stalker said Bailey and Kemp were great leaders who taught their teammates the importance of hard work, dedication and determination.

As these athletes move toward life beyond high school, Stalker hopes they do so while having learned that hard work pays off. He also hopes Kemp and Bailey move on with the ability to understand what it means to be a part of a successful team — that success isn’t just a part of individual efforts, but rather it’s understanding just how much a team can accomplish when they work together.

While the Red Raiders begin preparing for the 2014-15 season, they do so having been able to get many younger wrestlers some experience at the varsity level this past season.

However, Stalker feels James Bailey’s example could be felt for years to come.

As a junior, Bailey didn’t have as much as success as he hoped he would. Despite the disappointment, Bailey worked hard over the offseason and continued to display his impressive work ethic throughout the season.

The end result was a very successful season, including solid performances in Sectional and State meets.

Stalker said his younger wrestlers know what it takes to succeed at a high level because Bailey led by example and had the success to show for it.

Looking ahead to next season, Stalker is excited about some of the younger athletes making their way up the ranks of the Fulton Wrestling Program.

He said this past season, his team had ninth-grader Travis Race qualify for the State Meet and 11th-grader Mitch Woodworth had a solid performance at the State meet.

Stalker expects these two athletes to serve as key leadership figures next season. He looks forward to seeing these two  lead by example like Bailey and Kemp did with the hopes that they too, will succeed while encouraging others to follow in their footsteps.

Fulton Midgets hockey advance to state championships

Submitted by Anna Clarke

The Fulton Midget hockey team, sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and B&T Sports, topped Mohawk Valley 5-2 in its recent sectional tournament to advance to the Tier III 18U State Championships.

The team also fell to Cortland 2-3 and Valley 1-2.  Here is a recap of the tournament:

Fulton 2, Cortland 3

The Flames dominated early in the game, scoring three times by the end of period one. After a scoreless second period, Raider Nick Meyer took a feed from Matt Billion and netted one from the top of the circle.

With less than a minute on the clock, A.J. Pendell sent the puck over the goalie’s pad, Trae Sheldon assisting.

Keegan Murphy stopped 36 shots in net for Fulton

Fulton 1, Valley 2

Following a scoreless first period, Fulton’s Cameron Clarke scored with a backhand shot, thanks to a passing play between Will Fruce and Kaiden Hotchkiss.

Valley responded with one of their own, to tie. Valley’s goal early in the third stanza was the game winner, handing the Raiders their second one point loss of the tournament.

Murphy turned aside 26 shots for the Raiders.

Fulton 5, Mohawk Valley 2

Adam Croteau lit up the scoreboard for Fulton, skating the puck in and netting it unassisted. The Raiders ended the second stanza with a three-point lead, first with Bryce Knight landing a shot, Sheldon and Croteau assisting, then with Croteau making good on Ryan Ross’s rebound.

Mohawk Valley narrowed the gap by one at the start of the third. Fulton’s Pendell responded with a goal scored on an end to end rush.

Mohawk Valley added one more point before Pendell tallied his third goal of the tournament, Sheldon and Croteau credited with the assist.

Murphy made 38 stops in net for Fulton.

The Fulton Midget hockey team will compete against the Louisville, Great Neck and Mohawk Valley18U teams in the New York State Midget Championships in Amherst March 14-16.

Bodley senior is student artist of the month

The CNY Arts Center Arts in the HeART Gallery is opening its doors to local high school students to be able to display their art work for one full month.

Gallery coordinator Bonnie McClellan has teamed with local high school students to bring these exhibits to the public.

Hannah Jones, a senior at G. Ray Bodley High School, currently has her work on exhibit at the gallery.

When Hannah was about five years old, she knew she loved art. Like most young children, she was interested in painting, drawing and coloring. She loved to paint pictures on rocks she picked up from the shore of Lake Ontario, but her favorite thing to do was color.

She enjoyed drawing and coloring sunsets because they were so fascinating to her. Luckily being artsy has always stuck with her and to this day art is her favorite hobby.

Taking all the art classes G. Ray Bodley offers has made her realize she wants to continue taking art classes throughout college. Her plan is to major in art and minor in psychology in order to pursue a career in art therapy.

Hannah plans to attend Onondaga Community College in the fall.

A career in art therapy is an amazing way to reach out to people and teach them alternative ways of coping with problems, managing stress, fostering self-awareness, and developing social skills.

Many people in a community benefit from art therapy because it is an effective treatment for people experiencing developmental, medical, educational, social or psychological impairment.

Individuals who benefit from art therapy include those who have survived trauma resulting from combat, abuse and natural disaster.  Art therapy helps people resolve conflicts, improve interpersonal skills, manage problematic behaviors, reduce negative stress, and achieve personal insight.

It also provides an opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of making art.

Hannah said she is honored to be the student artist of the month. CNY Arts Center is equally happy to exhibit Hannah’s work. Thank you for sharing your art work with us and the community.

Stop in to see her work at Arts in the heART Gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton.

Students meet reading challenge; giggle at principal’s purple hair

Volney Principal Lisa Garofalo with her purple hair and pajamas takes to the school roof after her students met her reading challenge.
Volney Principal Lisa Garofalo with her purple hair and pajamas takes to the school roof after her students met her reading challenge.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Volney Elementary Principal Lisa Garofalo set a challenge for students at the last school spirit day assembly, read 2,500 books during Read Across America Week and she would sleep on the school roof and dye her hair purple.

The idea came from the book “Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind,” by Judy Finchler and Kevin O’Malley.

In the book, character Principal Wiggins promises to dye his hair purple and spend the night on the school roof if the students read 1,000 books in a school year.

Students recorded their book tally through reading logs, which were then submitted to librarian Sarah Fay. At the close of the week, students had read a total of 3,467 books.

As promised, Garofalo (outfitted in pajamas) got on the school’s snowy roof, her purple hair tucked under a winter cap, and waved goodbye to students at dismissal.

Fairgrieve students read for thousands of minutes

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

A novel idea at Fairgrieve Elementary School in Fulton has translated into reading success within the building, and students recently were rewarded for their efforts.

At the beginning of the school year, Principal Jean Ciesla launched a reading challenge to all the students at Fairgrieve. Each student received a calendar to take home and log their time spent reading.

Once the minutes are recorded, parents or guardians have to sign off on it and then students submit the completed calendar to their teacher.

“We encouraged the students to read at least 15 minutes a day,” Ciesla said. “Our goal was to have the boys and girls read 2,000 minutes by the halfway point, and 4,000 minutes by the end of the year.”

For dozens of students, the 2,000-minute goal was an attainable one, and they earned special recognition during an ice cream social in late February.

“Congratulations everyone for making it to the 2,000-minute mark,” Ciesla said. “You should be very proud of what you accomplished. “

The principal encouraged students to continue reading each night and reminded them another celebration would be held in June if they are able to keep on pace and log another 2,000 minutes.