Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents committed to civic responsibility and community engagement, has named SUNY Oswego junior Garrison Kingston winner of a 2014 Newman Civic Fellows Award.
Kingston, a broadcasting and mass communication major, was among 197 student leaders from colleges and universities in 36 states and Washington, D.C., that Campus Compact honored for commitment to “creating lasting change in communities throughout the country.”
For four semesters, including the last year as leader of a 10-student team, Kingston has participated for SUNY Oswego with the Oswego City School District Mentor-Scholar Program, working one-on-one with middle school students at risk of dropping out before finishing high school.
“With a strong passion for education and dedication to social justice, Garrison Kingston has taken initiative to improve the mentoring programs offered through SUNY Oswego,” the Campus Compact said in a citation.
Patricia Waters, the college’s interim director of experiential learning, said Kingston has been “just remarkable” since she first met him as a new mentor seeking college credit for working with city youngsters who need academic and social guidance.
“Garrison never hesitates to jump in and move above and beyond his required commitment,” said Waters, who nominated Kingston.
For example, Waters said, Kingston volunteered for Skype sessions with a class of third-graders, and helped greet them when the students came to campus April 9 for Quest, SUNY Oswego’s annual daylong celebration of scholarly and creative activities.
The Campus Compact citation said Kingston’s leadership role this year “has enabled Garrison to put into practice the skill he naturally possesses for positively motivating and influencing those around him.”
Kingston, a resident of Geneseo, said Mentor-Scholar really hit home from him when a boy he mentors wrote in a “heroes and leaders” letter about how much Kingston’s scholastic and social guidance meant to him.
“I was touched. It affected me,” Kingston said. “I felt I was doing something good to help someone.”
A resident adviser in Scales Hall, Kingston plans to be a community assistant in the Village on campus, a Laker Leader again at this summer’s new-student orientation sessions and he continues to work with young man who regards him as a “hero and leader.”
Kingston also belongs to the Shaun Cassidy Fan Club, an improv comedy troupe on campus, and has had internships with the Oswego YMCA and the college’s communication studies department.
To learn more about service learning and community service opportunities at SUNY Oswego — named to the Carnegie Foundation’s prestigious Community Engagement Classification — visit www.oswego.edu/academics/opportunities.
By Rob Tetro
The Phoenix varsity softball team won 3 out of its last 6 games and now has a 3-7 overall record.
The Lady Firebirds cruised past Hannibal in both games of an April 17 doubleheader. Weedsport knocked off Phoenix, 7-0 April 21. On April 22, the Lady Firebirds held off Skaneateles, 10-8.
Jordan-Elbridge topped Phoenix, 13-7 in Game 1 of an April 26 tournament. In Game 2, county foe Mexico tripped up the Lady Firebirds, 8-3.
In the first Hannibal game, the Lady Firebirds jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and the pulled ahead in the second inning, scoring 15 unanswered run en route to a 16-0 win.
The Lady Firebirds rolled past Hannibal in Game 2, 25-2.
Hannibal was led by Malana Scott with a hit against Phoenix. Kurstin Hammond led the Lady Warriors on the mound, allowing 16 runs off 8 hits in 2 innings of work.
Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds were Megan Brown and Cheyenne Wilson with 2 hits and 2 RBI each, followed by Skyler Mace with 2 hits and an RBI and Alicia Midlar and Jada Jackowski with a hit and RBI each. On the mound, the Lady Firebirds were led by Megan Brown, who had 7 strikeouts and allowed 1 hit in 3 innings of play.
In the Weedsport game, Weedsport jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. After a scoreless second inning, Weedsport scored during the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.
The score remained the same until the sixth inning, when Weedsport scored 5 runs to cap off a 7-0 win.
The Lady Firebirds were led by Megan Brown and Jada Jackowski with a hit each. Cheyenne Wilson pitched 3 innings, striking out 2 while allowing 2 runs off 4 hits. In relief, Megan Brown threw 5 strikeouts while allowing 5 runs in 3 innings of work.
The Lady Firebirds took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning against Skaneateles. After Skaneateles stormed ahead, Phoenix scored to cut the lead to 4-2 during the bottom of the third inning. Skaneateles maintained a 2-run lead after both teams scored 3 runs each during the fourth inning.
The Lady Firebirds pulled ahead during the fifth inning, scoring 3 runs to take a 9-7 lead over Skaneateles. Both teams scored a run each during the sixth inning but Skaneateles was unable to get any closer as Phoenix escaped with a 10-8 win.
Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds was Megan Brown with 3 hits and an RBI. Following Brown was Jada Jackowski with 2 hits and an RBI, Cheyenne Wilson had 3 hits, Shannon Dolan chipped in 2 hits and Taylor Chesbro, Gabrielle Esposito and Skyler Mace combined for 2 hits and an RBI.
Megan Brown pitched a complete game for the Lady Firebirds, throwing 17 strikeouts while allowing 8 runs (4 earned) off 2 hits.
In the Jordan-Elbridge game, the teams were scoreless after the first inning. The the Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second.
After a scoreless third inning, Phoenix answered back, outscoring J-E 4-1 during the fourth inning to cut the lead to 5-4. The Lady Firebirds went on to tie the game at 5 during the fifth inning.
Then J-E put the game out of reach in the sixth inning, outscoring Phoenix 8-1 to take a 13-6 lead. Phoenix was able to score once more during the seventh inning but that was as close as they could get as J-E won 13-7.
The Lady Firebirds were led by Shannon Dolan with 2 hits and 2 RBI, followed by Megan Brown with 2 hits and an RBI, Skyler Mace with a hit and an RBI, Isabella Garofalo with 2 hits and Alicia Midlar and Kimberly Holbrook with 1 hit each.
On the mound, Phoenix was led by Cheyenne Wilson who threw 7 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings pitched, while allowing 9 runs (4 earned) off 9 hits.
Megan Brown pitched in relief of Wilson with 2 strikeouts while allowing 4 runs (3 earned) off 1 hit in 1 2/3 innings of work.
In the Mexico game, the Lady Tigers took a 2-0 lead over Phoenix in the second inning. Following a scoreless third inning, Mexico added to its lead in the fourth, scoring 3 more runs to take a 5-0 lead.
Phoenix cut into Mexico’s lead during the fifth, outscoring Mexico 2-1 to cut the lead to 6-2. But Mexico put the game away down the stretch, outscoring Phoenix 2-1 during the sixth to come away with a 8-3 win.
Leading the way for Mexico was Kendra Harter with 2 hit, followed by Victoria Lee, Brooke Wills and Brianne Jessmore with a hit each. Kennedy Lamb pitched a complete game for Mexico with 3 strikeouts while allowing 5 runs off 3 hits.
Phoenix was led by Jada Jackowski with a hit and an RBI, followed by Megan Brown, Taylor Chesbro, Skyler Mace and Alicia Midlar with a hit each. On the mound, Megan Brown pitched a complete game, throwing 10 strikeouts while allowing 8 runs off 5 hits.
Phoenix began its season 0-4, with losses to Solvay 19-0, Westhill 20-9, Bishop Ludden 8-4 and Skaneateles 5-1.
In the Solvay game, Solvay jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and then kept piling it on for the 19-0 win. Kimberly Holbrook, Garbrielle Esposito and Megan Brown led Phoenix with a hit each. Megan Brown and Cheyenne Wilson pitched.
Westhill already was leading by 11-0 in the third inning in its game against Phoenix. The Lady Firebirds began to battle back in the fifth and sixth innings, but could not overcome Westhill.
Leading Phoenix were Jada Jackowski, Cheyenne Wilson and Skyler Mace. Wilson also pitched.
The Lady Firebirds built an early lead over Ludden, but then Ludden scored 8 unanswered runs and Phoenix couldn’t overcome the lead. Taylor Chesbro, Skyler Mace, Shannon Dolan, Kimberly Holbrook and Jada Jackowski led the Lady Firebirds while Megan Brown threw a complete game.
Against Skaneateles, the Lakers led after four innings and didn’t look back. Megan Brown had the lone hit against the Lakers and she also pitched a complete game, with 17 strikeouts.
As the spring soccer season is underway for many area youth, so begins the second season for children with special needs at the Richard Benjamin Soccer Complex in Oswego.
What started out last year as a Girl Scout Silver Project by then seventh-grader Claudia Chetney, has now taken off under the direction of Chetney, many other young soccer players and coaches affiliated with Oswego Youth Soccer Association.
“Giving these kids the opportunity to enjoy the game of soccer was the plan when I started this last year,” Chetney said. “But what I realized was that my teammates, friends and adults who helped each week were having as much fun as the participants so that it was just easy to say let’s keep this program going.”
The same rules apply to this year’s soccer session. “We don’t worry so much about rules, regulations, penalties, winning or losing, we just have fun,” Chetney said.
Last year’s program saw about 30-40 children each week, where they participated in small scrimmages, fun soccer games and even wheelchair soccer play.
The soccer session is just one part of a program called “Doing it Our Way,” organized out of the Parents of Special Children Office in Fulton.
The program was developed to allow special needs individuals tp participate in sports and other organized activities.
“Doing it Our Way” also provides opportunities for kids of all ages and abilities to play basketball, baseball, dance and be a cheerleader.
With the continued support of the Oswego Youth Soccer Association board of directors, which has made its facilities available, and the help of many adult coaches, and youth soccer players, children of all ages and abilities will be able to participate once again in soccer this spring.
The six-week session begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Richard Benjamin Sports complex located behind the Oswego Middle School.
Anyone interested in signing their child up for the upcoming soccer session may contact the Parents of Special Children office at 598-7672.
Volunteers are still needed to help with coaching and providing help to children on the field. Email Chetney at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
By Leon Archer
When I was 16, no one in New York state that I knew talked about hunting wild turkeys unless they were referring to the Pilgrims and Indians.
Wild turkeys no longer gobbled in the forests of our state, and had not done so for a long time before I was born. Early New Yorkers had killed them all off by the mid-1800s.
If anyone had told me when I was in high school that we would be hunting wild turkeys in Oswego County in my lifetime, I would have thought they were more than a bit daft.
It hadn’t always been that way. When the early colonists came to the New World, turkeys were abundant. Those early immigrants called the big birds turkeys, probably because they resembled another bird they were familiar with back in the Old Country, the turkey fowl.
The turkey fowl was a bird that had been imported from Turkey, thus the name. Colonists quickly dropped the fowl part of the name and they became simply turkeys.
There were no seasons, and turkeys were hunted and eaten year round. Eventually this practice reduced the substantial turkey population to a small remnant all across the Eastern United States.
It was fortunate that in states to our south a few scattered flocks had managed to hold out in inaccessible areas. States like Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and others, protected the remnant flocks and in the early 1950s, they hit upon the idea of trapping and transferring birds to areas in their state where they had historically existed.
It worked even better than the biologists and wildlife managers had dared to hope. The transferred birds thrived and quickly expanded their range on their own once they were given the opportunity.
Turkeys began to wander across the Pennsylvania border into the Alleghany and Catskill areas of New York state in the mid 1950s, and from the flocks established by those feathered colonizers, our present day flocks were also established through an ambitious program of trap and transfer.
It has been an astonishing transformation, and a welcome one to sportsmen and New Yorkers in general. Who doesn’t enjoy seeing our magnificent wild turkeys?
I suppose most people are familiar with the story that Benjamin Franklin wanted our national bird to be the Wild Turkey instead of the bald headed eagle. It’s not just a story, it’s actually true.
He wrote about it, and the written record of his suggestion remains. He felt while the turkey was colorful, wild, useful, wary, and industrious, and in many ways reflected the American people and spirit, the eagle was, after all, a scavenger, and therefor hardly worthy to represent us as a nation. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on one’s view, the eagle won out.
Turkey hunting has become a very popular sport in New York state, as it has in almost every state in our nation today. Whether one gets a turkey or not, being out in the fields and woods this time of year is rewarding in itself – at least it is to me.
Everything is so fresh and alive. Wildlife abounds and there is a multitude of songbirds preparing to nest and raise their young. I hate getting up early in the morning, but a morning afield in search of a big tom makes getting out of that warm bed while others are still asleep all worthwhile.
I hope all you turkey hunters appreciate what you have today. Enjoy the world around you and the chance to harvest a wonderful bird.
Some of you have no doubt already taken a bird, or perhaps you have taken two and ended your spring season, but successful or not, it’s a great time to be alive and afield.
Remember to give thanks.
By Rob Tetro
The Fulton girls’ varsity lacrosse team went 2-3 in its first five games of the season.
East Syracuse Minoa cruised past Fulton, 20-8 March 29. On April 1, Jamesville-DeWitt held off the Lady Raiders, 13-11.
LaFayette knocked off Fulton, 12-6 April 9. On April 14, the Lady Raiders rolled past Whitesboro, 16-4 for their first win of the season and then Fulton topped Chittenango, 16-5 April 16.
In the ESM game, the Spartans jumped out to a 12-5 lead over Fulton during the first half. ESM didn’t let up in the second half, outscoring Fulton, 8-3 to secure the 20-8 win.
The Lady Raiders were led by Amelia Coakley with 3 goals and an assist, followed by Casey Shannon and Julia Ludington with 2 goals each. Keara Patterson chipped in a goal. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 3 of ESM’s 23 shots on goal.
In the JD game, the Rams built a 9-3 lead over Fulton during the first half. However, the Lady Raiders battled back, outscoring JD 8-4 during the second half to make things interesting.
But the JD lead proved to be too much to overcome as JD came away with a 13-11 win.
Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Keara Patterson with 2 goals and 2 assists, followed by Amelia Coakley with 2 goals and an assist, Julia Ludington and Casey Shannon scored 3 goals each while McKenna Chesbro and Jordan Coulon combined for a goal and an assist. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 10 of JD’s 23 shots on goal.
Against LaFayette, the Lady Raiders again saw an opponent get off to a solid start as the Lancers jumped out to 7-2 lead during the first half.
Fulton was unable to cut into LaFayette’s lead despite a more competitive second half. LaFayette outscored Fulton 5-4 to cruise to a 12-6 win.
The Lady Raiders were led by Amelia Coakley with 2 goals and an assist against LaFayette, followed by Casey Shannon with a goal and 3 assists. Gina Babcock had a goal and an assist and McKenna Chesbro and Keara Patterson scored a goal each. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 6 of LaFayette’s 18 shots on goal.
For their first win of the season against Whitesboro, the Lady Raiders built an 8-2 first half lead. Whitesboro has no answers for Fulton down the stretch and Fulton outscored Whitesboro 8-2 during the second half to cap off a 16-4 win.
Leading the way for the Lady Raiders were McKenna Chesbro and Casey Shannon with 4 goals and an assist each. Following Chesbro and Shannon was Julia Ludington with 3 goals and an assist. Gina Babcock had 2 goals and an assist. Jordan Coulon chipped in a goal and an assist. Keara Patterson and Amelia Coakley combined for 2 goals and an assist. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 4 of Whitesboro’s 8 shots on goal.
Against Chittenango, Fulton jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first half. The Lady Raiders put the game out of reach during the second half, outscoring Chittenango, 10-3 down the stretch to come away with a 16-5 win.
Fulton was led by Amelia Coakley with 4 goals and 3 assists, followed by McKenna Chesbro with 4 goals, Keara Patterson with 2 goals and an assist, Gina Babcock and Julia Ludington with a goal and an assist each, Casey Shannon with 3 goals.
Olivia Coakley, Althea Henderson and Julia Velasquez combined for a goal and 2 assists. Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 7 of Chittenango’s 12 shots on goal.
The fourth annual Brian Dick Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 14.
People can sign up now to participate. All proceeds go towards the Brian Dick Memorial Scholarship at John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix.
The tournament is captain and crew format with four-person teams. The cost is $75 a person or $300 a team. This includes green fees, cart, hot dog, beverage at the turn, dinner after at Tavern on the Lock, skins, red tee, mulligan and extra putt (each player gets one extra putt to use during the round).
The event will be at Emerald Crest Golf Course, Palermo.
For information, call Nicole “Coco” Doty at 532-8489 or Gordy Dick at 561-9046 by June 1.