Spring has sprung and the students in Oswego County BOCES’ Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Operations program are ready to work in the dirt!
The curriculum for the program is aligned with the National Utility Contractors Association, and provides adult education students an opportunity to prepare for careers in the commercial and/or residential construction industry through classroom and hands-on training.
Pictured above are students Leroy Rayner, left, and Dan Kidd participating in one such hands-on exercise. The pair are utilizing a transit level to measure the depth of a path dug by a classmate operating a dozer during a grading and level exercise. For more information about the program or other programs offered through the Adult Education Department, visit www.OswegoBOCES.org or call 963-4256.
This year’s ARISE & Ride for Ramps is scheduled for May 31 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.
The event will be bigger and better than ever this year, with a new location and more features thanks to Oswego Speedway.
ARISE & Ride for Ramps features a motorcycle ride, 5K run and the chance for kids to ride their bikes at Oswegoe Speedway.
There will be a chicken barbecue, along with other food, lots of activities for the whole family, and items to be won during drawings.
All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase construction materials to help Oswego County families regain access to their home.
ARISE & Ride for Ramps is the largest fundraiser for ARISE’s Oswego County Ramp Program. This is the only program in Oswego County providing ramps for people who cannot afford them.
For people who suddenly develop mobility impairments, their home can quickly change from being a source of comfort to feeling like a prison. And, for those currently living in a nursing facility, a ramp can be the missing link that allows them to return home.
“Without easy and safe access into their house, many people are unable to be safely discharged from nursing facilities,” said Jim Karasek, ARISE’s manager of independent living services in Oswego.
“The accessible ramps we provide not only mean that people are able to come home, it also restores their sense of independence and reunites them with their families,” he said.
There is already a waiting list for ramp construction this building season and more applications come in every day.
Support for the ARISE Oswego County Ramp Program is provided solely through donations from individuals and businesses.
The ramps are built by volunteers so the funds raised pay for materials.
Last year, ARISE built a ramp for a couple who had been unable to leave their home for more than two years.
And more than 30 families have stories to share of the freedom to come and go that they experienced just last year thanks to the program.
To register or learn more about the program or event, visit http://rideforramps.org.
ARISE & Ride for Ramps is supported by Oswego Speedway, Lighthouse Lanes, Murdock’s Bicycles & Sports, G & C Foods, NewsChannel 9 WSYR, Precision Sign and Graphics and Zink Shirts.
ARISE is a nonprofit Independent Living Center organized and directed by people with disabilities.
The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with about 4,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities.
ARISE has offices in Oswego, Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison and Seneca counties.
Girls from throughout the 26-county region of the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways have earned the highest awards in Girl Scouting, the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.
The prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.
In order to earn the award, girls must complete Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and demonstrate their leadership abilities by spending at least 80 hours working on a Gold Award Take Action project that creates a sustainable impact on their extended communities.
Oswego County girls earning the Gold Award are Kaitlyn Crobar and Samantha Stewart of Central Square and Katelyn Clary and Emily Mills of Oswego.
The Silver Awards are the highest award for Girl Scouts in grades six thorugh eight. To earn this, a girls complete a Cadette Journey, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, gain leadership skills and then spend at least 50 hours working on a community service project.
Oswego County girls receiving the Silver Award are: Dakota Gillete of Hastings; Dana Bova, Elizabeth Choquette, Sarah Stevenson and Jeanette Stewart of Central Square; and Claudia Chetney, Morgan Familo, Lauren Jones, Desire Myers and Lauren Samson, all of Oswego.
The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Junior. To earn the award, girls must learn leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project on which they spend at least 20 hours making a positive impact on their communities. Girls can work within their troops to earn this award.
Oswego County girls earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award are: Zoe Eisel, Abby Jordan, Alice Weigel and Katie Woods from troop 10031 in PUlaski and Lacona; Allison Griffin, Angelina Guarrera, Sarah Jones, Zeida Olson, Morgan Samson, Melanie Solano and Maya Upcraft from troop 10434 in Oswego and Scriba; Kaitlyn Czerow, Katherine Fierro, Clare Hook, Cecile Laundre, Caitie Lilly and Julia Roman from troop 10461 in Oswego; Laura Cummings, Allison Lizotte, Amelia Rastle, Samantha Terpening and Cassidy Woodward from troop 10580 in Oswego and Fulton;
The Gold Awards will be presented May 3 at the Young Women of Distinction Luncheon at Onondaga Community College. Girls that have earned the Girl Scout Silver and Bronze awards will be recognized at a dessert reception on May 18 at Camp Hoover in Tully.
The state on Thursday announced it is providing $40 million to help local governments make necessary repairs to highways and bridges following this year’s exceptionally harsh winter.
This funding, passed as part of the 2014-15 state budget, is a special one-time allocation to compliment the $438 million in existing State support for local transportation infrastructure.
All counties, cities, towns and villages will receive capital assistance through the program.
Localities will be able to use this money on capital projects to repair and improve infrastructure and to complement their core construction programs. To help brace for future storms, longer lasting roadway surfacing and overlay projects are eligible expenses.
Here are amounts for Oswego County and its cities, towns and villages:
Oswego County $289,598.09
New Haven $10,097.00
Oswego Town $10,949.81
Sandy Creek $12,332.61
West Monroe $9,604.68
Central Square $2,158.20
Mexico Village $4,352.19
Parish Village $971.87
Sandy Creek Village $416.99
SAM North America LLC, a member of the SAM Group based in Seoul, South Korea, is bringing in customers from around the world April 9 and 10 to their recently dedicated Extrusion Technology Center at the Oswego County Industrial Park in Phoenix for a tour and demonstration.
More than 50 attendees are anticipated to attend during the two days to learn about the capabilities of the newest coextrusion coating, laminating and film casting system available for contract product development in flexible packaging converting in North America.
The system offers a unique combination of technologies of keen interest to converters and consumer product companies anxious to develop the next generation of flexible packaging products; from in-line solution coating and surface treatment to 14 layer coextrusion. This system provides the capabilities with resin drying and blending and unique extruder feedscrew designs to evaluate new materials in new combinations to extend product shelf life or reduce package thickness or introduce bio-based materials into package design for more sustainable packaging.
Submitted by Oswego County BOCES
Oswego County BOCES was the recipient of the 2014 School Safety Excellence Award from the Utica National Insurance Group.
The honor, presented annually, recognizes safety efforts by school districts and BOCES across New York State to help keep students, staff and visitors safe.
The Utica National School Safety Excellence Awards Program is divided into three levels – titanium, platinum and gold – in which schools have to meet certain criteria in order to earn a certain level of distinction.
Oswego County BOCES earned the highest merit of distinction in the program, the titanium with honors award. Accompanying this prestigious award was a grant in the amount of $500 to further enhance current safety efforts.
“Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” explained Mark Aquino, regional manager in Utica National’s risk management department.
“Districts that go ‘above and beyond’ to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we’re pleased to count Oswego County BOCES among them,” Aquino said.
Utica National officials presented BOCES representatives with the award at the company’s annual school safety seminar in Syracuse on March 31.
Destiny Teel recently signed a letter of intent to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla.
Teel, a senior at John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix, will attend the school and participate on the track team.
Teel, a standout in the pole vault for Birdlebough’s indoor and outdoor track seasons, also runs sprints and hurdles.
Born in Tulsa, Okla., Teel is excited to go “back home.” An excellent student as well as an exceptional athlete, Teel has also been nominated for the university’s Quest Whole Person Scholarship.
She will interview with the selection committee this month to find out whether she will receive a scholarship of up to $20,000 per year to the prestigious university.
The scholarship program recognizes students who demonstrate the following: Christian world view, lifestyle of service, academic achievement, leadership ability, vision to make a life-changing impact on others and a healthy lifestyle.
While at Oral Roberts, Teel plans to major in biology.
Andy Lewis, who was her track coach for three years, called Teel, “a good kid who has come a long ways, especially in pole vault. She did a lot of extra work above and beyond to better herself,” he said.
A leader on the field and in the classroom, Teel was co-captain of the indoor team for the past two years.
Teel finished second in the pole vault in sectionals during the indoor season and jumped a personal record of 8 feet 6 inches earlier this year.
She also was named Field Most Valuable Player during the indoor track season and looks forward to the start of the outdoor season soon, providing weather and field conditions cooperate.