OCO welcomes new board members

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Executive Director of Oswego County Opportunities Diane Cooper Currier (right) welcomed incoming members of OCO ’s Board of Directors at the agency’s Annual Meeting held April 24 at Springside at Seneca Hill. From left are: Karen Paterniti, chief financial officer, Northern Oswego County Health Services (NOCHSI); Gidget Stevens, director of assistance programs for Oswego County Department of Social Services; John Zanewych of Big John’s Sales; Holly Carpenter of the Fulton Housing Authority; and Carissa Seaton of the Head Start Policy Council.

Memorial Day poster contest winners announced

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The 33rd annual Memorial Day Salute Committee recently announced the winners of the poster contest held to create a patriotic poster in keeping with “Showing Gratitude To Our Veterans”. Taking first place as the winner of this year’s poster contest is Ashley Marlatt. Second place is Stephanie Taplan and third place is Melissa Frank. From left are Larlatt, Taplan and art instructor Mary Pierce, holding the third-place poster. Frank is not pictured. The winners are art students at Cayuga Community College. All posters will be displayed at the event May 24 at the Fulton Community Center.

Tickets on sale now for OCO “Bling, Fling and Swing”

Get your tickets now for OCO’s “Bling, Fling & Swing” drawing. Pictured here are OCO employees Candy Fox, left, holding the sapphire-diamond ring, and Debra French, with a poster about the “Bling, Fling & Swing” event. For more information call OCO at 598-4717.
Get your tickets now for OCO’s “Bling, Fling & Swing” drawing. Pictured here are OCO employees Candy Fox, left, holding the sapphire-diamond ring, and Debra French, with a poster about the “Bling, Fling & Swing” event. For more information call OCO at 598-4717.

Oswego County Opportunities is holding a “Bling, Fling and Swing” drawing with three exciting prizes, and the name “Bling, Fling & Swing” helps describe them.

First prize is a sapphire and diamond ring, donated by Bridge Street Jewelers in Oswego. Second prize is an overnight getaway package for two at Vernon Downs Casino, donated by Vernon Downs Casino.

Third prize is two Canyon Combo tickets donated by Wonderworks at Destiny USA, redeemable for one canyon climb and admission to the Wonderworks experience.

The sapphire and diamond ring is worth more than $200. “We are grateful to Bridge Street Jewelers for their donation of this beautiful ring, which can be sized to fit the hand that will be graced by it,” said Diane Cooper-Currier, OCO’s executive director.

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Only 300 tickets will be sold. They are available at the OCO Main Office, 239 Oneida St., Fulton, and at the Midtown Plaza Office, lower level (next to Jo-Ann Fabrics), Oswego, during regular office hours.

 Drawing for all prizes takes place at noon Thursday, May 15, at the OCO Main Office, 239 Oneida St., Fulton. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win. The winners will be notified by phone and/or email to claim their prize. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

“There is a real need to help the hungry in Oswego County,” said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier said.

“As the community action agency for Oswego County, we strongly support this purpose because it aligns perfectly with OCO’s mission: to inspire partnerships and provide services that empower people, support communities and change lives,” Cooper-Currier said.

Valley Viewpoints

Girl Scout thank-you

Thank you for saying Yes to Girl Scouts!

Thank you for opening your hearts and wallets to Girl Scouts who asked you to buy cookies and support their Cookie Program goals.

Your simple business transaction with a Girl Scout is helping her to build a lifetime of real world skills including money management, decision making, goal setting, business ethics and communications.

All funds earned stay local. Each troop determines how to spend their cookie profits and many will travel and experience camp together. And they’ll be investing in the community.

Troops use cookie dollars to complete community service projects like planting gardens. Individually, Girl Scouts decide how to spend their own cookie proceeds.

This summer, many Girl Scouts will pay their way to camp using cookie earnings.

Because you said yes, Girl Scouts from throughout the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways sold 1,809,755 boxes of cookies!

Thank you for understanding the value of investing in Girl Scouts and knowing your purchase is an investment in a girl’s future.

Can a box of cookies change the world? We think so. According to the Girl Scout Alumnae Impact Study, 70 percent of professional women are Girl Scout alums. Girl Scouts matter to our community, our country and indeed the world.

Girl Scouting works because of selfless volunteers. Thank you to the Girl Scout families and volunteers who dedicated countless hours making the Cookie Program an overwhelming success. Together, we will get her there.

Again, thank you for your support. By saying yes to Girl Scout cookies you are giving girls the opportunity to learn, grow and become leaders who can change the world.

Because that’s what Girl Scouting is – a place where girls gain courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.

Pam Hyland

CEO

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc.

Police report

From the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office

Meggan A. Gauger, 24, and Shane Thomas Dowling, 25, both of James Road, Hannibal, and Devin M. Gauger, 26, of Keller Road, Hannibal, charged with burglary and criminal mischief, both felonies. Charges stem from the investigation of a break-in at a Granby business in May 2011 and the theft of radiators from tractors and chain saws. Property also was damaged.

Gauger, Dowling and Devin Gauger were arraigned in Granby town court and will return to court May 8.

Mark A. Sikes, 35, of Cedar Circle, Liverpool, charged with felony DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation first degree, a felony, and crossing road hazard markings following a one vehicle car accident on Route 104 in the town of Hannibal.

Deputies said Sikes was reportedly traveling south and the 2005 Pontiac he was operating exited the west side of the roadway and collided with a caution sign then went down an embankment before coming to rest.

Sikes was arraigned in Hannibal town court and will return to court May 27.

Meggan A. Gauger, 24, of James Street, Hannibal, charged with grand larceny, a felony.

The charge stems from an investigation into a February 2014 incident in Hannibal in which she allegedly stole the victim’s credit card and used it for making purchases in Cato and Hannibal totaling more than $800.

Gauger was arraigned in Granby town court and will be back in Hannibal court May 13.

Fulton Police Department:

Brandon M. Chace, 19, of County Route 6, Fulton, charged with criminal mischief, a felony.

Police say he operated a motor vehicle through the Northbay Campbrounds on April 5, spinning his tires in the damp lawns on the campsites creating several ruts in the property. Damage estimate was $3,158.

Juan A. Colon Jr., 25, of Airport Road, Fulton, charged with being a fugitive from justice.

Police say  on April 26, Colon was arrested as a fugitive from justice on a felony parole warrant issued by California.

Extradition was requested by the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino.

From the Oswego Police Department:

Joshua M. Sprague, 31,  and Wendi M. Czirr-Sprague, 38, both of State Route 104, Mexico, were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance third degree with intent to sell, a felony and criminal possesion in the fifth degree with intent to sell, a felony.

Police said they possessed various prescription tablets and anabolic steroids.

View from the State Assembly

By state Assemblyman Will Barclay

New York is home to more than 900,000 veterans, and some estimates indicate that as many as 72 percent have seen combat.

Additionally, New York is home to about 30,000 active duty military personnel, as well as 30,000 National Guard and Reservists.

Many returning vets choose to start up their own small businesses upon return. In fact, New York has the fourth highest number of veteran-owned small businesses in the country.

The state Legislature recently passed the “Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” and it was signed by the governor. The goal is to increase participation of service-disabled veteran-owned business and award up to 6 percent of all state contracts to such businesses.

I was pleased to vote in support, and in fact, I co-sponsor a similar measure called NY Jobs for Heroes. I was pleased many aspects of that measure were integrated into the governor’s program bill and signed into law.

This law contains one of the more meaningful reforms New York has made to help veterans in recent years.

The new state law is similar to legislation passed in more than 40 other states. It also mirrors federal legislation that includes a goal to award up to 3% of federal contracts to veteran-owned businesses.

Every year, the state procures billions of dollars in goods and services which benefit New Yorkers. Each state agency does its own contracting.

The new law creates a division of service-disabled veterans’ business development within the Office of General Services. In order to qualify, the businesses will have to go through a certification process and the division will create and maintain a directory of qualified service-disabled veteran-owned businesses and assist state agencies in promoting the use of these businesses.

I was pleased this measure passed. This dovetails on some of the improvements that were signed into law last year, including a tax credit for employers who hire veterans.

Beginning in 2015, those who hire a veteran who has been discharged on or after Sept. 11, 2001 will receive a tax credit equal to 10 percent of each veteran’s salary or $5,000, whichever is less.

The credit increases to 15 percent for the employer if the veteran is disabled. A Veteran’s Employment Portal was added recently as well. This offers a one-stop career priority service to veterans and their eligible spouses, which can be accessed at http://www.veterans.ny.gov/.

If you have any questions or comments on this or any other state issue, or if you would like to be added to my mailing list or receive my newsletter, please contact my office.

My office can be reached by mail at 200 N. Second St., Fulton, New York 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by calling 598-5185. You can also friend me, Assemblyman Barclay, on Facebook.

Local students honored at colleges

The following local students have received honors at their colleges:

Herkimer County Community College – Xavier Goins of Lacona and Karintha Myslivecek of Redfield were inducted into the Upsilon Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

SUNY Oneonta — David Stanton, a business economics major from Parish, was one of 24 SUNY Oneonta students inducted into the college’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Cornell College — Steven Maynard of Pulaski has been accepted to Cornell College, a private liberal arts college located in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Maynard was also awarded the Founders Scholarship.

College of St. Rose – Amelia Jacobs of Constantia, received the Outstanding Senior in History Award and recognition for publication of an article in the College’s Journal of Undergraduate Research. Outstanding Senior Awards are presented to graduating seniors who have at least a 3.50 grade-point average and who meet other criteria specified by the departments in which they study.

SUNY Oswego — David Downum of Central Square, Evelyn Schwartz of Fulton, Alex Bateman of Fulton, Makenzie Laws of Hastings, Chad Grevelding of Hastings, Jason Snider of Mexico were inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

St. Lawrence University — Sarah R. Argersinger of West Monroe, a junior, has been inducted into the Irving Bacheller Society, the St. Lawrence University English Department’s honorary society.

Rochester Institute of Technology – Brandon McGrath of West Monroe, a fifth-year student in chemical engineersing, and Shaemus Spencer of Fulton, a third-year student in illustration, were named 2013-2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars.

Nazareth College – Andrew Francis, of Fulton, was named to the Honor Society of Omicron Delta Epsilon. He is studying  finance, economics and business administration.

Morgan Ross, of West Monroe, was initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at Nazareth

Meghan Palmer, of Phoenix, appeared in the recent production of “The Cherry Orchard” at Nazareth.

Heidelberg University – Meghan Yost of Mexico, a junior majoring in history and political science, participated in the Model UN of the Far West Conference as part of Heidelberg University’s delegation.

Paul Smith’s College — Richard DeLong, junior, of Mexico, swimming and woodsmen’s teams and Brandon Morey, junior, of West Monroe, rock climbing team, were named to the Winter National All-Academic Team.

Jessica Lord, of Phoenix and Jason Mattice of Fulton recently received scholarships to Paul Smith’s by competing in the Presidential Scholarship Competition.

Lord is receiving $1,000 while Mattice is receiving $5,000.

Binghamton University — Kara Pafumi, women’s lacrosse, biology major, from Fulton, and Nicholas Tighe, wrestling team, of Phoenix, named to the fall 2013 Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

Cazenovia College — Nick Bonacorsi, of Oswego, freshman criminal justice and homeland security studies major; Michael Gill, of Oswego, sophomore studio art/photography major; Brittany Juravich, of Oswego, junior studio art/photography major;  Patricia Talamo, of Oswego, freshman studio art/photography major; and          Logan White, of Pulaski, junior criminal justice and homeland security studies major, all named to dean’s list for fall 2013 semester.

Ithaca College — Brenna Merry, of Fulton, a speech, language pathology and audiology major in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ithaca College, was recently inducted into the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

 

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