Donation made for teen driving safety

Amanda Austin, right, from Sigma Delta Tau sorority, SUNY Oswego, lost someone special in her life to a car crash. She suggested to her sorority that they host a volleyball tournament to raise money for teen driving safety in honor of her friend, age 18, a passenger in the vehicle.  The tournament, held on campus April 27, was a huge success, with 16 teams participating and netting more than $500. Diane Oldenburg, left,  a board member from the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board, accepts the donation. Young women in the sorority attended the Jacy Good presentation on distracted driving, held at the college last March, and were inspired to choose the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board to help with their outreach to teen drivers and passengers. “ We are happy to know that this donation will be going toward safe teen driver and passenger awareness and will help to remind young people to hang up and drive,” Austin said. The sorority plans to make the tournament an annual event.
Amanda Austin, right, from Sigma Delta Tau sorority, SUNY Oswego, lost someone special in her life to a car crash. She suggested to her sorority that they host a volleyball tournament to raise money for teen driving safety in honor of her friend, age 18, a passenger in the vehicle. The tournament, held on campus April 27, was a huge success, with 16 teams participating and netting more than $500. Diane Oldenburg, left, a board member from the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board, accepts the donation. Young women in the sorority attended the Jacy Good presentation on distracted driving, held at the college last March, and were inspired to choose the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board to help with their outreach to teen drivers and passengers. “ We are happy to know that this donation will be going toward safe teen driver and passenger awareness and will help to remind young people to hang up and drive,” Austin said. The sorority plans to make the tournament an annual event.

Morningstar seniors keep fit while sitting

Residents at Morningstar Residential Care Center enjoy an arm exercise during their new Sit and Be Fit exercise class.  One of the many activities options available to Morningstar residents, Sit and Be Fit is a fun way for residents to reap the benefits of regular exercise.  From left are: Bernice Worden, Barbara Burke, Lois Getty, and Hank Racine.
Residents at Morningstar Residential Care Center enjoy an arm exercise during their new Sit and Be Fit exercise class. One of the many activities options available to Morningstar residents, Sit and Be Fit is a fun way for residents to reap the benefits of regular exercise. From left are: Bernice Worden, Barbara Burke, Lois Getty, and Hank Racine.

Residents at Morningstar Residential Care Center filled the community room recently for their first Sit and Be Fit exercise class.

Lively music and a variety of chair exercises kept feet tapping and hands moving as the residents followed an exercise regime that was both challenging and fun. Continue reading

Sheriff stresses need to teach children to keep themselves safe

Every day life brings potential threats to the safety of our children and children have a right to know what potential threats lurk about and what to do if they feel threatened.

“Talking to children about certain dangers to their personal safety makes many adults uneasy,” said Oswego County Sheriff Reuel A. Todd. “However, as adults, it is our obligation to talk to our children to teach them how to protect themselves.” Continue reading

Reptiles visit pre-kindergartners at Lanigan

Grace and Glory Reptiles of Oswego recently visited Sally Austin’s UPK class at Lanigan Elementary School in Fulton. The visit followed a Common Core unit on reptiles and mammals. Head Zookeeper Dan Oosdyk of G & G Reptiles shared with students how he cares for the rescued reptiles, educated them on their habitats and brought a few along to show the class. Pictured is Oosdyk with preschooler Danato Raponi, who volunteered to hold a (plush) 12-foot Boa constrictor.
Grace and Glory Reptiles of Oswego recently visited Sally Austin’s UPK class at Lanigan Elementary School in Fulton. The visit followed a Common Core unit on reptiles and mammals. Head Zookeeper Dan Oosdyk of G & G Reptiles shared with students how he cares for the rescued reptiles, educated them on their habitats and brought a few along to show the class. Pictured is Oosdyk with preschooler Danato Raponi, who volunteered to hold a (plush) 12-foot Boa constrictor.

Baseball videoconference hits homer for learning math skills

Minetto Elementary students Joshua King and Makensie Sinclair stand in front of a display in the school library depicting all the places students have connected with during videoconferences this school year.
Minetto Elementary students Joshua King and Makensie Sinclair stand in front of a display in the school library depicting all the places students have connected with during videoconferences this school year.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Fifth-grade students at Minetto Elementary School took a virtual trip to Cooperstown on Monday, where they got a glimpse of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and learned how basic mathematics skills are applied on the diamond. Continue reading

K9 officers show off their skills for Oswego County BOCES students

Trained to search for narcotics, K9 Mandin signals to his partner, New York State Trooper Mark Bender, that he has found such a substance in the filing cabinet. The demonstration was coordinated for students in the Oswego County BOCES Public Safety and Justice program, giving them an opportunity to learn about the New York State Police K9 Unit.
Trained to search for narcotics, K9 Mandin signals to his partner, New York State Trooper Mark Bender, that he has found such a substance in the filing cabinet. The demonstration was coordinated for students in the Oswego County BOCES Public Safety and Justice program, giving them an opportunity to learn about the New York State Police K9 Unit.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Students enrolled in the Public Safety and Justice Program at Oswego County BOCES met two very special four-legged members of the New York State Police K9 Unit and learned that the phrase, “man’s best friend” is no cliché.

Mark Bender, the students’ instructor and a full-time New York State Trooper, brought his canine partner, Mandin, into the class. They were joined by fellow Trooper Kevin Conners, who brought his canine partner, Lynde.

Mandin, a Czech shepherd, is a patrol dog trained to search for narcotics and trained in handler protection, criminal tracking and apprehension.

Lynde is part of the New York State Police Bloodhound Team and is a trained scent-specific trailing dog.

Troopers Bender and Conners talked to students about the training program they completed with their respective K9 partners and how their K9 partner assists them in various on-the-job situations.

The two troopers and their partners staged a few typical scenarios, giving students an opportunity to see how K9s assisted in trailing and apprehending a criminal.

Instructors for the Public Safety and Justice Program are highly-trained professionals currently working in the field, allowing the program to stay current and better prepare its students for today’s workforce.

Bender is in his 12th year at Oswego County BOCES and his 20th year with the New York State Police.

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