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Oswego Town honors Medal of Honor recipient in Memorial Day service

The grave of James H. Lee in Oswego Town.
The grave of James H. Lee in Oswego Town.

James H. Lee, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient, will be remembered and honored at the annual Oswego Town Memorial Day Service at 10 a.m., Monday, May 26 at Oswego Town Rural Cemetery, Cemetery Road.

Lee was in the battle when the USS Kearsarge destroyed the Confederate ship Alabama off France Jan. 19, 1864. For his bravery and valor, he was presented the nation’s highest military award.   Continue reading

Oswego men honored for work at ARISE

Glen Suckling and Scott Pecoy, both of Oswego, were honored at ARISE’s annual Special Appreciation Event in Syracuse. 

Both men are dedicated volunteers of the ARISE Oswego County Ramp Program.

“We are so grateful for Glen and Scott’s energy, insight and continued desire to assist people in need in Oswego County,” said Sabine Ingerson, director of the ARISE Oswego County office.

“Thanks to their continued support, families have stayed together and people have maintained or regained their independence,” she said.

As a member of Oswego First United Methodist Church, Suckling first started the ramp program. Not only did he design the drawing concepts, he also created templates to build the sections that are still in use today. 

Suckling has served as a mentor for the volunteers and has been a great partner in the church’s collaboration with ARISE.

Pecoy has been involved with the ramp program at Oswego First United Methodist Church for many years and is now a team leader. Every year, Scott is raring to go. Just recently he recruited a men’s group from a church in Minetto. 

Volunteers and donations are always needed. Because volunteers help construct the ramps, all donations received in support of the program go directly towards purchasing lumber and other construction materials needed for the ramps. 

You can come show your support for the Ramp Program at the ARISE & Ride for Ramps event on Saturday, May 31 Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego. 

There will be a 5K run, motorcycle ride, chicken barbecue and more. For more information, visit ariseinc.org/ramps or call 342-4088.

Matteson joins Steele Law Firm

Cindy Matteson has joined the  Steele Law Firm, P.C. as manager of offices. 

Matteson joins the Oswego-based law firm after many years in the banking and residential real estate lending field as well as experience as a team leader and manager in various small businesses in Upstate New York. 

“We are honored that Ms. Matteson chose to bring her talents to our organization,” said Kimberly Steele, law firm owner. “Ms. Matteson’s experience, work ethic, business sense and passion compliment our talented team as we enter into new markets, and grow professionally with our clients and individually as members of our community.” 

Matteson volunteers for a local animal welfare organization and is a supporter of Humane Farm Animal Care’s Certified Humane Raised and Handled® Program. 

She lives with her family in the Oswego City area. 

The Steele Law Firm, P.C. is a multi-jurisdictional practice with offices throughout the United States that represents clients in commercial litigation, commercial transactions, real estate, construction law and suretyship. 

The Steele Law Firm, P.C. is a New York State Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. 

For additional information on The Steele Law Firm, P.C., contact 216-4721 or visit the website at www.thesteelelawfirm.com. 

SUNY Oswego professor named distinguished teaching professor

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Dr. Tracy K. Lewis, widely praised for his 30 years inspiring students of Spanish and Portuguese at SUNY Oswego, has earned the rank of distinguished teaching professor, one of the State University of New York system’s highest honors.

“Dr. Lewis is revered among legions of current and former students, many of whom teach Spanish and Portuguese in schools and universities around the world,” wrote SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley, recommending the rank for Lewis, professor in the department of modern languages and literatures.

“He sets a fine example for others through tireless international service, award-winning performance as a master teacher, advisor and mentor, and his sometimes unconventional yet highly effective approach to teaching that consistently challenges and engages students to whom he is devoted,” Stanley wrote.

Renowned and decorated for his scholarship on the languages and literature of Paraguay, lecturing there and in Brazil and Argentina, Lewis received numerous letters support for his elevation to distinguished rank, conferred May 14 by the SUNY Board of Trustees. 

Among the backers are a well-known Paraguayan poet and a university president in the South American country, colleagues at Oswego and other campuses, and current and former students.

 “I enrolled in an intermediate level Spanish class to simply get my general education requirement completed,” wrote Spanish teacher Mary Ann Reitano. “The professor of that class was Dr. Tracy Lewis and my life would forever be changed.”

SUNY Oswego senior Brianna Carnevale, who aims to be a Spanish teacher, provided vivid examples: “Whether it is ‘walking down the runway’ to practice clothing vocabulary or ‘completing tasks around the classroom’ to practice daily chores, the learning that takes place isn’t copying notes from the board but instead, becoming part of the lesson.”

 ‘Lively, charismatic’

Juan Manuel Marcos, president of Universidad del Norte in Paraguay and a close friend and colleague of Lewis, said, “In his teaching, as I have directly observed it in innumerable classes and lectures in the United States, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, Dr. Lewis is a well-prepared, lively, charismatic instructor who not only never bores his students, but also has the capacity to move them to the point of tears.”

As an undergraduate Spanish major at Dartmouth College, Lewis had scarcely given any thought to being a teacher when he became influenced by Dr. John Rassias, now a famous proponent of the Dartmouth Intensive Language Model. 

With the added influence of Robert Russell, another member of Dartmouth’s Spanish faculty, Lewis found himself on a career path with a set of ideas for teaching that encouraged active participation in the languages.

 Constantly experimenting and eager to use theatrical twists, Lewis seeks to create a highly charged classroom atmosphere that gives students the opportunity to create, for example, a mini-society in “the Kingdom of Lewislandia,” a metaphorical approach that immerses students in Spanish or Portuguese as they create provinces and share cultures and viewpoints.

Also a noted scholar, translator and poet, Lewis in 2012 received the Albert Camus Prize, the highest medal bestowed by Paraguay’s Ministry of Education, for his decades-long efforts to focus attention on the country as it made its way out of dictatorship to parliamentary democracy. 

His publications include a highly regarded translation of Marcos’ “El invierno de Gunter” (“Gunter’s Winter”) and books of poetry in Spanish and Guarani, the only indigenous language of the Americas whose speakers include a large proportion of non-indigenous people.

Lewis, whose doctorate is from Brown University, is a past recipient of the college President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

More than 1,600 graduate from SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley addresses graduation candidates of Oswego’s School of Education on Saturday, in the third of three sessions of commencement at the Campus Center arena and convocation hall. Seated in the red robe, Dr. Linda Clement, 1971 alumna of SUNY Oswego and vice president of student affairs at University of Maryland, served as commencement speaker for education. As the college conferred degrees on more than 1,600 undergraduates and master’s candidates, Peter Bocko, class of 1975 and chief technology officer for Corning Inc.’s Glass Technologies Group, spoke at commencement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Mark Baum, a 1981 Oswego graduate and senior vice president of industry relations and chief collaboration officer for the Food Marketing Institute, addressed candidates in the School of Business and the School of Communication, Media and the Arts. To read the text of the commencement speakers’ remarks, visit oswego.edu/academics/commencement.
SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley addresses graduation candidates of Oswego’s School of Education on Saturday, in the third of three sessions of commencement at the Campus Center arena and convocation hall. Seated in the red robe, Dr. Linda Clement, 1971 alumna of SUNY Oswego and vice president of student affairs at University of Maryland, served as commencement speaker for education. As the college conferred degrees on more than 1,600 undergraduates and master’s candidates, Peter Bocko, class of 1975 and chief technology officer for Corning Inc.’s Glass Technologies Group, spoke at commencement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Mark Baum, a 1981 Oswego graduate and senior vice president of industry relations and chief collaboration officer for the Food Marketing Institute, addressed candidates in the School of Business and the School of Communication, Media and the Arts. To read the text of the commencement speakers’ remarks, visit oswego.edu/academics/commencement.

Rotary learns about Fresh Air Fund

Representatives from The Fresh Air Fund were guests of Oswego Rotary recently where they presented information on the Fresh Air program. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Each summer two or three buses head to the Oswego County area, with 30-40 children per bus, to spend a week or more with a host family. Children are hosted by families in 13 states currently giving inner city children an experience they will never forget. For more information on the program contact Kathy Froio at 695-5502 or Kathy.froio@friendlytown.org.  Picture are, left to right, Kathy Froio and Liz Claycomb from the Fresh Air program and Oswego Rotary President Sue Witmer
Representatives from The Fresh Air Fund were guests of Oswego Rotary recently where they presented information on the Fresh Air program. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Each summer two or three buses head to the Oswego County area, with 30-40 children per bus, to spend a week or more with a host family. Children are hosted by families in 13 states currently giving inner city children an experience they will never forget. For more information on the program contact Kathy Froio at 695-5502 or Kathy.froio@friendlytown.org. Picture are, left to right, Kathy Froio and Liz Claycomb from the Fresh Air program and Oswego Rotary President Sue Witmer