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Winners announced for Oswego County Student Art Competition

Grade 10-12th winners, from left, Holly Griffith, show chairperson; third place Caleb Lacson;, second place Kathy Pittorf; first place Carrie Gilbert; best of show Brenna Riley.
Grade 10-12th winners, from left, Holly Griffith, show chairperson; third place Caleb Lacson;, second place Kathy Pittorf; first place Carrie Gilbert; best of show Brenna Riley.

The student art work in the annual Oswego County Student Art Competition and Show was better than ever this year.

The variety and degree of skill in the 275 pieces of art in this show demonstrates the talent in the area’s high schools.

Awards were presented in two categories: Grades 7-9 and Grades.

The award for Best of Show — the Vernon E. Snow Award, went to Brenna Riley, Oswego High School, for “Oliver.” Melissa Martin is her teacher.

The awards for Grades 7-9 were:

First place — Ethan Murakumi-Hamm, Dillon Middle, Phoenix, for “Paintbox; second place — Brandi Maynes, Mexico Middle School, for “Hearts That Love;”  third place — Tom McDonald, Mexico Middle School, for “Angry Pablo.”

Honorable mentions for grades 7-9 were:

Allayna Frank, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Junior/Senior High; Bryson russell, Mexico Middle; Madelyne Cortright and Jessica Godden, Oswego Middle School; Marissa Familo-Bennett and Mikayla Trepaso, Oswego High School; Victoria Dievendorf, Corinne Januszka, Breanna Mitchel, Haley Stellingwerf and Leila wooding, Dillon Middle in Phoenix; Ciera Bell and Chloe Koegel, John C. Birdlebough High in Phoenix; Ruth Van Der Heide, McKenna Moonan and Jenna Norton, Pulaski Junior/ Senior High School.

 Grade 7-9 honorable mentions, from left: Allayna Frank, APW; Jessica Godden, Oswego; Leila Wooding, Phoenix; McKenna Moonan, Pulaski; and Ruth van der Heide, Pulaski.
Grade 7-9 honorable mentions, from left: Allayna Frank, APW; Jessica Godden, Oswego; Leila Wooding, Phoenix; McKenna Moonan, Pulaski; and Ruth van der Heide, Pulaski.

The awards for Grades 10-12 were:

First place — Carrie Gilbert, Oswego High School, for “Clarinet;” second place — Kathy Pittorf, Hannibal High School, for “Still Life with Skull;” third place — Caleb Lacson, home schooled, for “Speckles of Youth.”

Honorable mentions for grades 10-12 were:

Brianna Logee, Pennellsville, homeschooled; Katelyn Metzger, Paul V. Moore High School, Central Square; Erika Brinkerhoff, Samantha Moody, Allison Sharkey, Carolina Nicol, Hans Reichow and Erin Sly, Hannibal High School; Katie Bradshaw, Danielle Boyzuck, Makayla Carson, Aviriana Follet, Carrie Gilbert, Sarah Hoefer, Morgan Knoop, Rebecca North, Teo Patty and Kayla Volkomer, Oswego High School; and Sarah Clark and Alaura Gonzolez, Pulaski High School.

The Sally Deaton Memorial Award went to Mikayla Trepasso, Oswego High School, for “Poison Blueberry” in the grade 7-9 category; and to Jessica Jones, Birdlebough High in Phoenix, for “A Walk Through the 100-Acre Wood.”

The Darcy Hilton Award went to Victoria Dievendorf, Dillon Middle School, Phoenix, for “Portrait of My Brother.”

Judges for this show were professional artists Ingrid Aldrich and Amanda Muto. The show is open until April 26.

The Salmon River Fine Arts Center, Pulaski, is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching our community by engaging the energy and creativity of local artists, by sharing and displaying fine arts, and by offering programs to enhance creativity and learning for the novice as well as the gifted artist.

Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Call 298-7007 for more information or go to www.SalmonRiverFineArtsCenter.com or www.facebook.com/SalmonRiverFineArtsCenter

Fulton urgent care turns 5 years old

Dr. Martin Weitzel, Medical Director of Oswego Health’s urgent care center, is pictured with a patient at the healthcare facility, which is celebrating its fifth year.
Dr. Martin Weitzel, Medical Director of Oswego Health’s urgent care center, is pictured with a patient at the healthcare facility, which is celebrating its fifth year.

Oswego Health is celebrating its fifth anniversary of introducing urgent care services to the Fulton community.

The Oswego Health facility, now known as the Fulton Medical Center, has provided urgent care services to more than 116,000 individuals since its opening in late April 2009.

The urgent care center located at 510 S. Fourth St., always has a board-certified physician on site and is conveniently open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. including weekends and holidays.

At the urgent care center, minor illness and injuries can be treated, including respiratory ailments, cuts or wounds that may require stitches, sprains, strains or deep bruises, mild to moderate asthma attacks, ear infections, sore throats insect bites and rashes, among others.

When the urgent care first opened five years ago, it also has minimal other services such as laboratory and X-ray. Today, as the Fulton Medical Center, which officially opened two years ago, it offers complete medical imaging, laboratory, occupational and physical therapy departments that are technologically advanced, patient comfortable and attractive.

Among the medical imaging services offered at the Fulton Medical Center are Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), DEXA scans, Fluoroscopy and general x-rays.

This department also features a separate and more private area for those needing digital mammography, bone density or ultrasound screenings.

The imaging department has the electronic capacity to take a patient image in real time and make it immediately available for the radiologist to read. The images can also be sent to a physician’s office or the Oswego Hospital emergency room through the Picture Archiving Communications System.

For community members needing blood work, the Fulton Medical Center offers a three-station lab draw area for quick and convenient testing.

The physical therapy suite is located off the Park Street entrance and offers physical, occupational and speech therapy. A 1,300-square-foot gym will be equipped with the latest in rehabilitation tools.

Oswego Health celebrates Laboratory Professionals Week

Oswego Hospital will celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 20 through 26. Pictured are some of the more than 80 professionals who are laboratory staff members. Seated from the left in front are Pat Main, administrative director; pathologist Dr. Ahmad Al-Salameh; and Ed Hale, assistant laboratory director. The six men in the back row are Daryl Osborne, Neal Gustafson, John McCoy, Daniel Wild, Leon House and Michael Mannise. The second row starting with the man on the left are Patrick Fasulo, Marian Pulis, Ashley Mervine, Tracy Seeber, Jill Gilbert, Brenda Hewitt, Patricia Johnson, Gail Dodski, Heather Hughes, Penny Hockey, Cheri Giamartino, Carol Foster, Carla Salisbury.
Oswego Hospital will celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 20 through 26. Pictured are some of the more than 80 professionals who are laboratory staff members. Seated from the left in front are Pat Main, administrative director; pathologist Dr. Ahmad Al-Salameh; and Ed Hale, assistant laboratory director. The six men in the back row are Daryl Osborne, Neal Gustafson, John McCoy, Daniel Wild, Leon House and Michael Mannise. The second row starting with the man on the left are Patrick Fasulo, Marian Pulis, Ashley Mervine, Tracy Seeber, Jill Gilbert, Brenda Hewitt, Patricia Johnson, Gail Dodski, Heather Hughes, Penny Hockey, Cheri Giamartino, Carol Foster, Carla Salisbury.

Oswego Health’s more than 80 laboratory employees, who often work behind the scenes performing more than two million tests each year, that assist physicians in determining a patient diagnosis, are celebrating National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 20 through 26.

The theme of the week has been designated as “Laboratory Professionals Gets Results,” referring to the important role lab workers have in keeping their community healthy.

“We are very proud of the diagnostic work we do for our physicians and their patients in the community,” said Dr. Ahmad Al-Salameh, who oversees the lab and its employees.

“The staff is highly trained and works many hours to ensure our patients receive exceptional care,” he said.

The lab is accredited by the state Department of Health and Joint Commission.

Oswego Health’s main lab is located at Oswego Hospital and is a full-service clinical laboratory. The department provides testing in hematology, general chemistry, blood gases, urinalysis, coagulation, therapeutic drug monitoring, endocrinology, microbiology, blood banking, histology, cytology and pathology.

Common patient blood tests may include a complete blood count (CBC), cholesterol, glucose and a test that monitors blood thinning therapy.

Other testing may include a urinalysis, throat culture or blood typing. After a surgery, the pathology department may be called upon to examine tissue sections.

All departments work together to help the physician diagnose disease and treat conditions.

The department that community members may be most familiar with is the blood bank department.

The hospital works with the American Red Cross to constantly have an adequate supply of all blood types on hand.

The hospital also partners with the Red Cross and hosts four blood drives each year, with the next drive being from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 29.

More than 1.2 million specimens were processed through the laboratory’s Central Receiving Department in 2013.

The specimens arrive at Oswego Hospital’s main lab, which was recently renovated and features state of the art equipment such as an automated track system that delivers specimens to various analyzers.

Each lab department is dedicated to performing specialized testing that assists in the diagnosis of various diseases.

Community members can utilize one of Oswego Health’s nine convenient lab draw stations located throughout Oswego County, including the Oswego Health Services Center, the Central Square and Fulton Medical Centers, the Mexico, Oswego, Parish, Pulaski and Phoenix Health Centers, as well as Port City Family Medicine in Oswego.

For more information, including hours, please visit oswegohealth.org

Diabetes Walk set for April 26

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Oswego County BOCES Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club is hosting a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Kids Walk for Type 1 Diabetes at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at the Mexico High School outdoor track.

The inspiration behind the walk comes from fifth-grader Teresa Thompson, a student at Fitzhugh Park Elementary in Oswego and Deaf Club member. Thompson lives with Type 1 Diabetes.

There is a $5 fee for the walk, or $20 donation for a team of five. Registration opens at the track at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the walk.

Those interested in donating to the cause may visit kidswalk.jdrf.org or contact Oswego County BOCES Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher Tammy Seymour at tseymour@oswegoboces.org.

Murphy’s Automotive celebrates grand opening

Murphy’s Automotive Solutions celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, April 9. Pictured, from left, are Brian Murphy, master technician and co-owner; Jennifer Toothaker; Jim Hayes, representing state Sen. Patty Ritchie’s office; Andy Rockwood; Jayne and Tim Murphy, co-owners; Al Clark, owner of the Fulton NAPA Auto Parts store; Victoria Mullen, Oswego Town supervisor; Terri Richardson of Pathfinder Bank; John Halleron, SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center; Mike Treadwell, executive director at Operation Oswego County, and Jackie Thorpe, Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. The new automotive repair and maintenance business occupies 3,300 square feet on a 1.75 acre site at 21 Fred Haynes Blvd. in the town of Oswego. The business employs five. Financial assistance was provided by Pathfinder Bank and the County of Oswego IDA.
Murphy’s Automotive Solutions celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, April 9. Pictured, from left, are Brian Murphy, master technician and co-owner; Jennifer Toothaker; Jim Hayes, representing state Sen. Patty Ritchie’s office; Andy Rockwood; Jayne and Tim Murphy, co-owners; Al Clark, owner of the Fulton NAPA Auto Parts store; Victoria Mullen, Oswego Town supervisor; Terri Richardson of Pathfinder Bank; John Halleron, SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center; Mike Treadwell, executive director at Operation Oswego County, and Jackie Thorpe, Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. The new automotive repair and maintenance business occupies 3,300 square feet on a 1.75 acre site at 21 Fred Haynes Blvd. in the town of Oswego. The business employs five. Financial assistance was provided by Pathfinder Bank and the County of Oswego IDA.

Tourism training session set for May 19 in Oswego

In an effort to increase the tourism and hospitality knowledge of Oswego County’s front-line employees, a free four-hour training program is being offered at the Lake Ontario Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday May 19.

This training is offered at no cost to participants. Early registration is encouraged.

The program will begin with a one hour familiarization presentation consisting of key facts of the region, points of interest, upcoming events and activities, as well as local resources for more information.

Following a short break there will be guided tours of the new Lake Ontario Conference Center expansion.

After the brief tours, keynote speaker Lynn “Spike” Herzig, from the Herzig Group in Geneva, will give a two-hour presentation covering hospitality training and the quality of the visitor’s experience.

“Our goal with this program is to educate our frontline employees and to encourage cross business promotion. This not only gives a better experience to our county’s visitors but it also supports our locally owned businesses and points of interest in our communities,” said Christopher Jones, of Cre8 Studios and Broadwell Hospitality Group.

“Most people don’t know that you can rent a bike in downtown Oswego and if your front line employees don’t know that then they can’t sell it,” he said. “You can’t promote what you haven’t experienced for yourself which is why this is not just an educational program but an incentive program as well.”

Businesses are encouraged to register employees who are in direct contact with the public. As a participant in the May program employees will become ‘Tourism Ambassadors’ and will receive a designation lapel pin, card as well as opportunities to tour sites and receive discounts from local businesses so they can share their own experiences with visitors.

Businesses that pariticpate or have employees attend will receive a certificate of participation.

The training program is presented through the cooperative efforts of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, Cre8 Studios, Broadwell Hospitality Group, the Oswego History Collaborative and the Herzig Group.

Red Cross thanks its ‘heroes’

Nine Mile Point Community Council members Lisa Doran and Jill Lyon selling tickets for a prize drawing to support this year’s Heroes campaign for the American Red Cross.
Nine Mile Point Community Council members Lisa Doran and Jill Lyon selling tickets for a prize drawing to support this year’s Heroes campaign
for the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross and its chapter in Oswego  are in the midst of the Heroes for the American Red Cross Campaign.

The fundraising effort is on now and runs through May 30.

One of the ‘heroes’ for the local chapter is Exelon Generation. The company has partnered again this year to be the presenting sponsor for the Heroes for the American Red Cross Campaign.

The campaign is a grassroots fundraising effort that encourages individuals or organizations and businesses in the community to become “heroes” by raising $1,000 or more for the American Red Cross.

In addition to its sponsorship, Exelon will also be selling tickets for a drawing to win its lottery board.

All proceeds will go directly to supporting the services the Red Cross provides in the community.

“Exelon Generation, the operator of Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station in Oswego, proudly invests in organizations, like the American Red Cross, that improve the quality of life in our communities and protect the basic needs of individuals,” said Jill Lyon, spokeswoman for Nine Mile One and Two.

“We’d like to commend the American Red Cross for the work they do to bring us together here and their efforts to help those in need every day,” she said.

If you are interested in being a hero, contact Oswego County Manager, Danielle Hayden, at 343-0967.

You may also visit the Red Cross online at www.crowdrise.com/oswegocounty to make a donation to the fundraising campaign.

Oswego County Clerk going to Russia

4-19_OSbackusOswego County Clerk Michael C. Backus will visit Russia for 12 days in May as part of an international exchange program organized by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The American Council of Young Political Leaders manages political exchanges for young American political leaders between the ages of 25 and 40.

The program is designed to reflect the broad diversity of the United States and includes equal numbers of Republicans, Democrats and Independents. Backus is the youngest county clerk in New York state and the Oswego County Republican Committee chair.

He was invited to participate in a seven-member delegation that will leave from Washington, D.C. for Moscow on May 8.

“I am honored to receive this invitation,” said Backus. “As a delegate to Russia, I will be provided with the unique opportunity to meet with elected officials at the national, regional and local levels, as well as policy makers, business, and community leaders, and Russian alumni who travelled to the US on an ACYPL program.”

Backus will be representing New York state along with Oswego County while in Russia.  He plans to share information about Oswego County fishing and manufacturing, along with state tourism opportunities like the Baseball Hall of Fame.

SUNY Oswego, Le Moyne College and Syracuse University will also be topics of discussion for Backus as he plans to also promote Central New York as a leader in higher education.

“ACYPL and our program partner in Russia, the Youth Public Chamber, will work together to design a unique exchange for this delegation,” said Libby Rosenbaum, vice president of programs and communications.

“Delegates are provided with opportunities to strengthen their personal leadership and public diplomacy skills and enhance their understanding of international relations,” she said.

The American Council of Young Political Leaders was founded in 1966 as a way to promote cooperation and understanding around the world.

Program alumni include Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and more than 40 current members of the House of Representatives.