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Earth Week cleanups in Oswego County set for April 25 through May 4

Oswego County Earth Week 2014 is scheduled for April 25 through May 4.

People, schools, organization and groups are asked to participate in a litter and debris cleanup in their community that week. Whether it’s a town park, road, empty lot or river bank, every bit of cleaning will help.

According to the study by “Keep American Beautiful,” litter costs in resources more than $11 billion each year. Plastic litter has increased by 165 percent since 1969 and litter contributed to polluting soils and water.

Other projects that can be done during Earth Week include planting trees to improve ground cover and remove pollutants from the air. Rain gardens also can be planted to help prevent erosion and protect rivers and streams.

Trash bags for those conducting or helping in a cleanup during Earth Week are available through the Oswego County Department of Buildings and Grounds. A supply of safety vests also are available for those doing road work.

A limited supply of work gloves are available through a donation from Novelis.

Also as part of Earth Week, the 9th Annual Canal Clean Sweet is scheduled for April 25-27 throughout New York. For more information on this, go to www.ptny.org/canalway/sweep and find out how to help clean up along the canals here in Oswego County.

And new this year, the Oswego County Environmental Management Council will be holding a drawing for gift certificates donated by businesses across the county.

To register for the drawing, please complete the participation form link at:  http://www.oswegocounty.com/earthweek.html

Then, simply email us an event photo with your group, location and contact information to: rdrosse@twcny.rr.com.

You also can use the hashtag  #OswegoCountyEarthWeek with photos on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

For detailed information on the clean up and contest, go to www.oswegocounty.com/earthweek.html

Frances L. Dennison, proud to be farmer’s wife and daughter

3-29_OBITdennisonFrances L. Dennison, nee Frances Louise Perkins, 95, of Hannibal, passed away Sunday, March 23 at Oswego Hospital after a brief illness.

She was the daughter of the late, Earl and Rhona French Perkins and wife of the late, Robert Dennison.

Frances was the most proud to be a farmer’s wife and farmer’s daughter.

She had been a very active member of the Hannibal Center United Methodist Church, board member of the Hannibal Center Cemetery Association and enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, reading and family geneology.

Frances, along with her husband Bob, raised several foster children.

She was predeceased, in addition to her husband and parents, by a daughter, Louise and son-in-law, Richard Godfrey; grandson, Richard Godfrey; great-grandson, Stephen Perras; foster daughter, Ramona Hedges; daughter-in-law, Amy Lovejoy and siblings, Norine Blodgett, Florence Kyle, James Perkins, Harry Perkins, Margaret Robinson and Harriet Michalski.

Surviving are her two daughters, Roberta (Arlen) Kinville of Fulton and Sandra (Richard) Griffin of Oswego; son, Harold Lovejoy of Weedsport; grandchildren, Arlene Cole, Kary Wilcox, Gayle Hyde, James Kinville, John Kinville, Sue MacDonald, Amy Klein, Justin Griffin, Jason Griffin and Kenneth White; 20 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Wednesday, March 26 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal with services immediately after.

Burial will be at a later date at Hannibal Center Cemetery in Hannibal.

The family requests donations be made to Hannibal Center United Methodist Church, c/o Diane Whitcomb, 531 County Route 21, Hannibal, NY 13074 or to Hannibal Center Cemetery Association, c/o Roberta Kinville, 988 County Route 8, Fulton, NY, 13069.

Zumbathon raises about $800 for ALS

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A Zumbathon at the Hannibal Village Tavern Wednesday night raised about $800 for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). About 30 people participated. The participants dined on apples from Ontario Orchards, water from the Hannibal IGA and the site was decorated with balloons from Travis Floral. Village Tavern donated the use of the room for the Zumbathon. According to the ALS Association website, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord. When these cells die, voluntary muscle control and movement dies with them. Patients in the later stages of the disease are totally paralyzed, yet in most cases, their minds remain sharp and alert. Every day, an average of 15 people are newly diagnosed with ALS — more than 5,600 people per year. As many as 30,000 Americans may currently be affected by ALS. Annually, ALS is responsible for two deaths per 100,000 people. The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is two to five years from time of diagnosis.

Valley News sales exec McManus honored

Allyson McManus
Allyson McManus

By Ashley M. Casey

Longtime Valley News sales consultant Allyson McManus will receive the Sales and Marketing Excellence Award (SMEA) at the Central New York Sales and Marketing Executives’ Crystal Ball banquet in April.

McManus, a lifelong Fultonian, has been with The Valley News for 21 years and is the publication’s senior salesperson. She is one of 12 SMEA recipients from across the region.

SMEA awardees are nominated by their respective places of employment and must meet criteria that include understanding the customer and the market, representing a company in a positive light and getting involved in the community. A Central New York Sales and Marketing Executives (CNYSME) committee carefully reviews each nominees’ credentials to ensure that the chosen winners are experts in their field.

“Not only has Allyson exhibited a very high level of professionalism and steadfast tenacity, she has been a true team player,” said Rich Westover, associate publisher of sales for the Scotsman Media Group, which owns The Valley News.

Westover said McManus has been instrumental in training new sales staff members and generating “new ways for The Valley News to better serve its readers.” McManus originated the idea of the newspaper’s monthly Fulton Families series, which highlights prominent families from around the city.

“We’re very proud of Allyson,” Westover added. “Her award underscores the quality of specialists working at The Valley News and Scotsman Media Group.”

McManus will accept her award at the 38th annual Crystal Ball, held April 10 at the Syracuse/Liverpool Holiday Inn.

The banquet will also honor 2014 Crystal Ball recipient Howard Dolgon, who is owner, president, CEO and team governor of the Syracuse Crunch hockey team.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Crystal Ball, call 876-1868 or email info@cnysme.org.

 

BOCES CTE teacher wins teaching honor

Cisco Networking Academy recently presented Oswego County BOCES Career and Technical Education Instructor Mark Ellis with the Instructor Excellence Award.

Presented to him by Cisco Networking Academy Vice President Harbrinder S. Kang, the award recognizes Ellis as an Advanced Level Instructor and acknowledges his achievements as one of the top 25 percent of instructors globally.

Ellis has been part of Oswego County BOCES’s Career and Technical Education team since 2001, teaching the Computer Systems and Networking A+ and Computer Systems and Networking Cisco programs.

Hannibal runner takes weird turn, ends up in states

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

After nonstop training, which included running 36 miles per week, Hannibal indoor track star Ben Slate thought he had finished his senior season just shy of his goal: a state qualifying time.

However, thanks to a twist of fate, he found himself lacing up a borrowed pair of spikes for one final race with a state berth in his sights, and he made the most of his opportunity.

Slate said he was in the right place at the right time when he got his second chance.

Dressed in street clothes, the team captain was cheering on a teammate during the state qualifying meet at Onondaga Community College when race officials asked if anyone wanted to run in the 1,000-meter event to fill out the field since an athlete was ill.

Without spikes, a jersey or other gear, Slate improvised. He borrowed a teammate’s jersey, a pair of spandex from a friend and spikes – two sizes too small – from a Jordan-Elbridge athlete.

Although the spikes weren’t ruby slippers, they were magic for Slate, who crushed his personal best in the 1,000-meter by six seconds and qualified for the state meet in the process.

“I just had a great race,” Slate said. “I worked hard in cross country, did everything my coach wanted me to and it paid off.”

With the qualifying time under his belt, Slate joined other Section 3 athletes to form a team in the 1,000-meter relay. In the state tournament March 1, they finished 10th in the intersectional relay.

Now, with the indoor track season completed, Slate, son of Stacy and Jerry Slate of Hannibal, will turn his focus to outdoor track — his final sports season of his high school career — before making the transition into college athletics and, more importantly to him, academics.

“I haven’t decided which college yet, I know I’ll definitely be running,” Slate said. “I want to focus on my academics and continue my running, but I’m looking more for academics.”

The standout runner noted Hannibal Coaches Dom Pike and Dan Pawlewicz helped mold him into the person he is today.

“Mr. Pike and Mr. Pawlewicz, they both pushed me and helped shape my work ethic,” Slate said. “They said, ‘You can be the best runner, but you have to have the grades too.’ And ever since I heard that I’ve been working hard.”

That hard work has translated into an 88 average and two academic scholarships, which Slate hopes to take to either Niagara University or Utica College.

He is planning on pursuing a degree in biology before moving on to medical school.

If Slate continues his hard work at the next level, he would become the first person in his family to graduate from college. From there, he would add the initials “M.D.” after his name.

“Everyone in my family is just supporting me,” Slate said. “They have encouraged me to do what I want to do and have told me to not let anyone change my mind. That’s how I see it.”

For Coach Pike, Slate’s efforts have not gone unnoticed.

“He’s just a great kid and a great representative of the Hannibal community,” Pike said. “He works hard and it’s nice to see him have the success he’s experienced.”

Hannibal school district updates website

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Months of dedicated efforts among the Hannibal Central School District’s technology department, administrators and staff have culminated with the successful launch of a new website.

The site, which can still be found at www.hannibalcsd.org, experienced a significant overhaul and was unveiled recently.

It addresses some of the flaws that users ran into with the previous version. It also is much more user-friendly, said district director of technology, Matt Dean.

“From what I’ve gathered from the people who have provided feedback, (the new site provides) ease of access, it’s cleaner, all the information is centrally located,” Dean said.

In addition to being streamlined and easier to navigate, Dean said that instead of stock photos, the website creates a feeling of Purple Pride, as district students are featured prominently throughout the site.

“We’ll do what we can to make sure you have updated information and pictures right at your fingertips,” he said.

With access to information and school news at the top of the priority list, the district has also added a YouTube channel and joined Twitter as other communication tools.

To follow the district on Twitter, search for the handle “HannibalSchools,” or click on the Twitter icon at the top of the district’s home page.

Hannibal food services receives an A-plus grade

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Students in the Hannibal Central School District are not the only ones who are subject to testing, as the Food Service Department recently passed its semiannual inspection.

The department, under the leadership of manager Debbie Richardson, receives a full examination from the Oswego County Health Department twice a year.

Each school undergoes a comprehensive inspection that checks for sanitation problems, safety violations, storage issues and a plethora of other potential hazards.

“They come in and they inspect Part 14 of the health code, which entails a little bit of everything,” Richardson said. “They check the temperatures of the foods and make sure everything is sanitary.”

Richardson said cold foods must be kept below 45 degrees while hot foods must be held at 140 degrees. Anything in between the 45 degree and 140 degree range is known as a danger zone and food can’t be in that zone for more than two hours.

“But we are stricter than that, we’re extra careful with what we do,” Richardson said. “We have a driver and we temp the food before the driver takes it and again when it arrives at the other site.”

For Richardson, the fact that the district received no major violations during its inspections speaks to the efficiency and commitment of her employees.

“We have a head cook in each building who ensures day-to-day operations run smoothly and on time. We have a driver and other food service employees who all work together and make our operations successful,” Richardson said.

“My staff here is so unique; yes they come for a paycheck, but that’s not the only reason,” she said. “They really care about the students. They want to make sure we are giving the students what they want within the regulations and that they are happy with it.

“We’ve got some good foundation as far as years of experience and dedication,” Richardson said.

The food service department is much more than workers dishing up meals to the district’s students each day, Richardson said. She noted the department is responsible for “anything and everything” that needs to be done with food service, from ordering and preparing food to ensuring sanitation guidelines are met on a daily basis.