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Deadline May 3 to register for MASH Camp

Learning how to suture at last year’s Oswego Hospital MASH Camp was Megan Lagoe, of Oswego. Offering his expertise is Oswego Hospital Surgeon Aleksandr Sokolovsky, D.O. The goal of the two-day camp is to introduce healthcare careers to students entering eighth and ninth grades. The application deadline is May 3.
Learning how to suture at last year’s Oswego Hospital MASH Camp was Megan Lagoe, of Oswego. Offering his expertise is Oswego Hospital Surgeon Aleksandr Sokolovsky, D.O. The goal of the two-day camp is to introduce healthcare careers to students entering eighth and ninth grades. The application deadline is May 3.

Area students entering the eighth or ninth grade in the fall can learn more about healthcare careers this July at Oswego Hospital’s MASH Camp.

While July may be a few months away, the application deadline is May 3.

This year’s MASH Camp (Medical Academy of Science and Health) at Oswego Hospital will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 and 31.

During the camp, students have the opportunity to take part in hands-on activities, such as learning how to suture, which is taught by the hospital surgery center staff.

There will also be tours of many departments, providing the students with a behind-the-scenes look at the hospital and the variety of jobs offered in a healthcare setting.

All campers will receive hospital scrubs to wear each day at camp, breakfast and lunch, a T-shirt and education materials. The camp fee is $30 per student.

The camp is coordinated by the Central New York Area Health Education Center, which also offers scholarships to those students who need help paying the fee.

Space is limited to 20 students at M.A.S.H. Camp and applications will be reviewed by a selection process. Students can access the online application by visiting the CNYAHEC website at www.cnyahec.org.

PORKY & BUDDY: Shoes not a chew toy for black lab

Screen shot 2014-04-01 at 10.22.40 AMDear Porky and Buddy,

I just adopted Barney, a nine-month old black lab.

We have been going to training classes and he is dong very well.  He is house trained and really just a perfect companion and I am so happy to have him in my life.

But there is one thing. Several times in the last month I have come home from work to find that he has destroyed the heel of one of my shoes.  I love Barney, don’t get me wrong, but I love my Jimmy Choos too.  I keep them in a closet, but he actually opens the door to the closet!

What can I do to correct this behavior?

 Chelsea

 

Dear Chelsea,

We are thinking that they are called Jimmy “Choos” for a reason. Get it???

Think about it — nice leather, wrapped around what for all intents and purposes looks like a Nylabone. Of course he has figured out how to open the closet door to get at them.

Remember that chewing is a natural behavior for dogs, as they use their mouths to investigate the environment. It also helps them keep their teeth clean and strong and exercises their mouth and jaw muscles.

Dogs who seem to be chewing too much, however, especially if it mostly happens when they are home alone, may be  simply bored or lonely or anxious.

Does Barney have a crate that he can stay in when you are at work? That would lessen his anxiety, especially if he has a couple of real chew toys in there with him to keep him occupied.

If crating is not an option, you really need to “chew proof” your house, or at least that part of the house where he stays when you are away.

Lock those expensive shoes up high somewhere that he really can’t open.  What else does he chew inappropriately?  The TV remote? Magazines?  Your sunglasses?

Be very careful that all of these chew toy-sized accessories are way out of his reach.

The Jimmy Choos are probably harmless, but he can seriously hurt himself by swallowing thinks like sharp plastic pieces or electronic parts.

At the same time, where ever he is in the house when you are gone, make sure  he has great, indestructible, meant to be chew toys available to him. He is going to be a big strong boy, so you need  to look for things like Boomer balls, Nylabones, Kongs, or Tug-a-Jugs.

Some of them are made with cavities that you can fill with small treats so they are even more fun for him.

When you do get  home, spend a lot of time with Barney. Take him for walks. Play Frisbee with him (with an indestructible Kong Frisbee).

Give him lots of  cuddle and play time, so that when you do have to leave again, he will nap happily, waiting for your return. He is always going to be way more fun than a pair of shoes!

Speaking of things that pets eat — Could you donate some dry Purina cat or kitten food to the Humane Society?

We use a lot of it for our foster cats.  You could just drop it off any time in our outer office at 265 W. First St., Oswego, or call us at 207-1070 and we will make arrangements. Thanks!

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Phone is 207-1070. Email is ochscontact@hotmail.com. Website is  www.oswegohumane.org

Fulton students learn ‘who grew the soup’

Lynne Field’s first-grade class at Fairgrieve Elementary School listen to Ag Literacy Week volunteer Erica Schreiner read them the story “Who Grew My Soup” by Tom Darbyshire. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County coordinated Ag Literacy Week activities at the school as a way to get students thinking about where their food comes and what food is grown and harvested in Oswego County.
Lynne Field’s first-grade class at Fairgrieve Elementary School listen to Ag Literacy Week volunteer Erica Schreiner read them the story “Who Grew My Soup” by Tom Darbyshire. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County coordinated Ag Literacy Week activities at the school as a way to get students thinking about where their food comes and what food is grown and harvested in Oswego County.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Where does food come from?

That’s the question first-graders at Fairgrieve Elementary School in Fulton talked about during Ag Literacy Week.

Erica Schreiner, a volunteer coordinated through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, stopped at the school during the state-wide literacy campaign to read to students the book “Who Grew My Soup” by Tom Darbyshire.

The students munched and crunched on healthy carrot snacks as she talked to the classes about eating healthy. They all then played a ‘Let’s Make Soup” game in which she got the students thinking about where their food comes from and what items are grown and harvested in Oswego County.

Ag Literacy Week is a New York state Agriculture in the Classroom initiative celebrated the week of March 17 through 21. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County coordinates the educational outreach program for the Fulton City School District, organizing a literacy volunteer to stop by classrooms to discuss the importance of agriculture.

As part of the Ag Literacy Week program, the Fairgrieve Elementary School Library receives a free copy of the program’s featured book to keep in circulation for the students to sign out at their leisure.

Scotsman employee to conduct book signing

Elizabeth Marie Fortune poses with her newly released book, “Shhh, Quiet, Listen: What Do You Hear When You Listen for God?”  Photo by Elizabeth Stassi
Elizabeth Marie Fortune poses with her newly released book, “Shhh, Quiet, Listen: What Do You Hear
When You Listen for God?”
Photo by Elizabeth Stassi

By Ashley M. Casey 

Oswego native Elizabeth Marie Fortune will be signing copies of her first children’s book, “Shhh, Quiet, Listen: What Do You Hear When You Listen for God?” at the Connection Point in Oswego on April 5.

The picture book follows a little girl named Faith and her journey to listen to God in everyday life, whether she is at school with her friends or spending time with her grandparents.

Fortune,  a customer service representative with the Scotsman Media Group’s  commercial printing department, now lives in Camillus with her husband, William, and their 7-year-old daughter, Erin. She published the book through Inspiring Voices, an Indiana-based publishing company that specializes in spiritual literature.

Fortune began writing the book in 2009 while at home with Erin and found that many of the books she read to her daughter lacked a spiritual message.

“I started reading books and I saw there was a need for this type of book,” Fortune said. “As Erin was getting older, that’s when the concept came about because I saw how kids are really busy.”

Fortune said part of the book’s message is to take time from one’s busy day to be thankful.

“I’m also hoping that the book will open up a dialogue with parents and their children to start talking about God and how important it is to think about God each day,” she said. “Hopefully, the book will help children connect with God.”

Fortune said the process of creating the book was “really exciting.”

“When you see it, you just see your manuscript on two pages of paper. It’s so exciting to finally see it come together,” she said. Fortune worked closely with an illustrator from Inspiring Voices to create the finished product.

“Every page on the book is directed by me — every scene, color schemes … That was exciting, to see your vision come to life.”

The hardest part of the process for Fortune was time management, balancing life as a working mother with writing the book. She said her husband and daughter both have been involved in the process.

“He’s been so supportive regarding time management. He’s actually helping me with marketing my book (and) handling the business end of things. So therefore it’s a family endeavor,” Fortune said.

Fortune is looking to expand distribution of “Shhh, Quiet, Listen,” and the book is available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. “I’m working on plans now, reaching out to different outlets for the book, not just locally, but regionally and nationally,” Fortune said.

She added she plans to write a series of religious children’s books to follow “Shhh, Quiet, Listen.”

Fortune will be signing copies of “Shhh, Quiet, Listen” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Saturday, April 5, at the Connection Point, 198 W. First St., Oswego. The Connection Point will have copies of the book for sale during and after Saturday’s book signing. To learn more about the Connection Point, call 216-6455 or visit theconnectionpt.com and facebook.com/theconnectionpoint.

Group out to kill invasive species giant hogweed in Oswego County

Giant hogweed plant
Giant hogweed plant

Partners of the SLELO-PRISM (St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario – Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) will again be busy controlling giant hogweed plants in the eastern Lake Ontario region.

More than 61 sites spread across five counties — including Oswego County — are scheduled to be treated. Counties included in this effort are St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and cswego Counties.

“Giant Hogweed poses a serious threat to anyone who comes into contact with the sap from the plant,” said Rob Williams, PRISM coordinator. “The sap, combined with sunlight, creates a photosensitive reaction on human skin which can cause serious burns and blisters and eventual scarring.”

“Due to the biology of this plant, we believe it is still possible to eradicate local populations of Giant Hogweed,” Williams said. “Since the beginning of the program in 2011 we have achieved a 33 percent reduction in active hogweed sites.”

Techniques used to control this plant include cutting the root of the plant just below the ground surface, applying herbicides and removing the flowering seed head just before seed drop.

The main stem/stalk of the giant hogweed plant with identifying purple blotches and white hairs
The main stem/stalk of the giant hogweed plant with identifying purple blotches and white hairs

The group’s work takes place primarily on public property and rights-of-way. The most effective and “safe” way for landowners to control this plant on private property is to apply over-the-counter herbicides in accordance with their labels.

Invasive species of plants, animals, insects and microorganisms are among the most serious threats to native species, habitats and ecosystems within the five-county areas that define the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario (SLELO) region.

Invasive species interfere with many types of outdoor recreation. They reduce crop yields and interfere with harvest operations on local farms.

Along public roads and highways, invasive plants restrict visibility and create roadside hazards. Invasive insects and diseases kill trees in forested areas as well as along community streets.

The economic impact of invasive species in the United States alone has been estimated at 120 billion annually.

Local communities have been challenged with controlling invasive species or remediating their impacts at costs ranging from several thousand to millions of dollars.

For more information on Giant Hogweed, visit the SLELO website at sleloinvasives.org.

To report a sighting call the Giant Hogweed Hotline at 845-256-3111.

Triathlon donates money to youth training program

Last week, members of the Tri-Oswego Triathlon Steering Committee presented  $5,000 to the Oswego YMCA for the creation of a new youth training program.

The donation will fully fund a program geared towards preparing youth between 11-15 years old for entry in to the Tri-Oswego Splash & Dash held in Oswego June 14.

The USA Triathlon-sanctioned Splash & Dash is a youth aquathlon consisting of a timed 200-yard indoor swim followed by a 1.6 mile run where youth athletes will run side-by-side with adult triathletes to the event’s finish line in Breitbeck Park.

Holding the big donation check at the YMCA are Christopher Jones, assistant race director for the Tri-Oswego Triathlon; Shane Broadwell, race director; Karen Allen Turner, program coach; Sheri Morey, program coach; and Trish Levine, director of health and wellness at the Oswego YMCA.
Holding the big donation check at the YMCA are Christopher Jones, assistant race director for the Tri-Oswego Triathlon; Shane Broadwell, race director; Karen Allen Turner, program coach; Sheri Morey, program coach; and Trish Levine, director of health and wellness at the Oswego YMCA.

The Oswego event is part of the USAT Splash & Dash Series, making it one of only 50 events of its kind being held in the United States this year.

“We are excited to see new programs and clubs created since the inception of the Tri-Oswego Triathlon and we want to see this carry through the years by building the next generation of Multisport athletes,” said Christopher Jones, Tri-Oswego assistant race director.

“Seeing our local YMCA create a Tri Club and it’s accompanying training program last year encouraged us to reach out to them to take the lead in this new program,” he said.

Youth must pre-register for the new training program at the Oswego YMCA. Training will be held at 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays and alternate between swim and run sessions.

The cost of the 10-week training is $20 per person. This is not a learn to swim program, and youth must be able to swim the length of the pool freestyle.

For more information about this program, contact the Oswego YMCA at 343-1981.

“We all need to focus on the health, wellness, and quality of life of our children. Our mission with the Oswego County Sunset Group is to fund programs exactly like this one,” said Tri-Oswego Race Director Sshane Broadwell.

“Whenever we can create new and exciting programs for the youth of our community we should rally behind it,” he said.

Registration for the Tri-Oswego Splash & Dash race is open to children ages 11-15 years old.

The $25 registration includes a required One-Day USAT membership, race shirt, finisher’s medal, and race swag.

Visit tri-oswego.com for more details.

Mexico man dies in crash

Harry L. Bartlett Jr., 31, of Mexico, died in a one-car crash Wednesday March 19 in the town of Richland.

Oswego County Sheriff’s deputies said Bartlett was driving west on State Route 13 about 11:25 Wednesday night and the car left the road, struck a fence and became airborne. It then overturned and hit a tree and then came to rest in a field.

Deputies said Bartlett was ejected from the car. They also said slippery roads and imprudent speed were factors in the crash.

Ringgold Fire Department out of Pulaski assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

Maroun students help homeless at Easter

Michael A. Maroun Elementary School art teacher Ashley Myers shows off the bunny basket third-grader John McDonald created for the Hikers for Homeless outreach project. The project gave students an opportunity to practice some of their drawing and design skills and the baskets will be filled with personal care items children and staff at the school are collecting. The baskets will be delivered to homeless people in the community Easter Sunday.
Michael A. Maroun Elementary School art teacher Ashley Myers shows off the bunny basket third-grader John McDonald created for the Hikers for Homeless outreach project. The project gave students an opportunity to practice some of their drawing and design skills and the baskets will be filled with personal care items children and staff at the school are collecting. The baskets will be delivered to homeless people in the community Easter Sunday.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The students and staff at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School in the Phoenix Central School District are coordinating a project to help the homeless population in their community.

The school has teamed with Hikers for the Homeless, a Phoenix-based non-profit organization, to help create more than 100 Easter baskets for people in the district’s community who do not have a permanent residence.

Students in third grade have been working with art teachers Kathy Lambert and Ashley Myers to create homemade baskets for the project.

The students put into practice some of the art and drawing techniques that they have been learning about in class to create baskets with unique patterns, designs, and festive bunny faces.

The paper baskets will be filled with personal care items that the school is in the process of collecting.

Items being collected by Maroun students and staff include: washcloths, travel-sized toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, powder, and deodorant, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, small first aid kits or first aid supplies, sewing kits, clean cotton or wool socks, plastic baggies (any brand and any size), low-value gift cards and coupons to fast-food restaurants, pens, small notebooks, playing cards, small games and individually wrapped Easter candies.

Those wishing to support the Maroun children in their community service project to help the homeless population in the community can drop off donations of any of the above items to the main office of the elementary school on or before April 11.