Oswego County Youth Court seeks new members

The Oswego Youth Court program will hold a training program for new members from July 14 to 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oswego City Hall.

Students in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to apply for the Youth Court training.

Applications can be obtained at any Oswego County school district guidance office, at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, or by going online to www.oswegony.org/DEPT_youth.html.

Completed applications should be mailed to Oswego Youth Court, c/o Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, 13126.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday July 9.

The Oswego Youth Court Program is a Family Court diversion program designed to create a “new pathway” for troubled youth.

Youth Court hears real cases of youthful offenders who are referred by local law enforcement agencies or schools for first time minor offenses. Offenders are then sentenced by their peers.

“Students are trained to be judges, defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys and court clerks. Members conduct hearings related to their cases and decide on the outcome and punishment for each case,” said Dawn Metott, city youth coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “This program provides a valuable experience for its members.”

“This experience was one of the best I have ever had,” said Matthew McLaughlin, an Oswego City Youth Court member. “You get to experience real cases and have a chance to help out your community. This program helped me improve my public speaking skills and writing skills.”

Oswego Youth Courts are sponsored by the City of Oswego, the County of Oswego, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, and the Office of Children and Family Services.

For more information about the Oswego Youth Court program, contact Dawn Metott, by calling 349-3575 or email youthcourt@oswegocounty.com.

Fulton Memorial Day Salute schedule set

The 33rd annual Fulton Memorial Day Salute celebration on Saturday, May 24 will be held at the Fulton Community Center on West Broadway.

As in the past years, the event will feature the biggest and the best Saturday morning parade, local music groups, a great food court, drinks, rides and fireworks. All entertainment is offered free to the public.

The theme is “SHOWING GRATITUDE TO OUR VETERANS.”  Jim Weinhold, honored 2014 Veteran of the Year, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Saturday parade.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will feature about 10 bands, including the City of Syracuse Highland Pipe Band, The Central New York Fire and Police Band, The Island Band, the Central Square Middle School Marching Band, The Original Yanks Drum & Bugle Corp and Naples High School Marching Band.

At noon, parade bands will be featured in the Community Center on the Fulton Savings Bank Stage. Awards will be given for winning parade entries.

At 2 p.m., on the Fulton Savings Bank Stage, CNY Arts Center will entertain children and adults alike with a talent show.  At 4, Brass Exchange, a high energy horn band, will round out a not-to-be missed Saturday afternoon. At 7, Memorial Day Salute presents “The Custom Taylor Band,” Central New York’s premier Top 40 country music band, on our stage. The evening concludes with fireworks over the lake at 9:30.

Local team results from the Tully Spring Invitational track meet

Boys’ and girls’ track and field teams from Hannibal, Phoenix, Mexico and Pulaski took part in the Tully Spring Invitational April 21.

The Hannibal girls’ varsity track and field team had an impressive day. The Lady Warriors came away with first place finishes in several events. Continue reading

Oswego County health clinics for the week of May 19

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The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.  Continue reading

Possibility Scholars start scientific careers debt free

Presenting research -- SUNY Oswego Possibility Scholar K.C. VerHage, right, discusses his summer research on the bog buck moth with chemistry faculty member Fehmi Damkaci. One of the first recipients of Oswego’s competitive Possibility Scholarships, VerHage is scheduled to graduate May 17. Possibility Scholarships offer a debt-free education in science-related disciplines to talented but financially disadvantaged students.
Presenting research — SUNY Oswego Possibility Scholar K.C. VerHage, right, discusses his summer research on the bog buck moth with chemistry faculty member Fehmi Damkaci. One of the first recipients of Oswego’s competitive Possibility Scholarships, VerHage is scheduled to graduate May 17. Possibility Scholarships offer a debt-free education in science-related disciplines to talented but financially disadvantaged students.

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Advancing understanding of how microbes can help clean up soil after an oil spill, identifying effective methods to survey and track mammal populations, and developing a user-friendly online education platform are just some of the ways the first recipients of SUNY Oswego’s Possibility Scholarship, all from Syracuse, are making a difference in the world.

 Nicole VanDeuson, a zoology major; K.C. VerHage, a biology and psychology major; and Sean Willson, a computer science major, are set to graduate May 17 at the 9 a.m. ceremony of the college’s 153rd Commencement.

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National Labor Relations Board finds Novelis violated labor laws at Oswego plant

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) charged aluminum producer Novelis with violating labor laws in its response to workers’ efforts to organize a union at its Oswego, facility.

Novelis, which also has other unfair labor practice charges pending before the NLRB related to its interference in the effort to unionize its 600 hourly workers, is charged with illegally threatening job loss, plant closure, wage reductions and with providing benefits to employees in order to dissuade them from voting to join the USW. 

In addition, the company is accused of manipulating documents to make it appear that the union was behind a plan to rescind those benefits.

USW District 4 Director John Shinn said Novelis has engaged in clear-cut, illegal, union-busting behavior.  

“It’s unfortunate that it has come to this, but this company has proven that it will stop at nothing to keep workers from gaining a voice on the job,” Shinn said. “The workers and their families deserve better than this, and the best way for them to improve the situation is through collective action.”
“The USW would never deprive hard-working people of the benefits they deserve,” Shinn said. “We believe the actions we’ve taken are the best way to achieve the goal of a better workplace and better community for all.”

USW attorney Brad Manzolillo said that, due to the particularly outrageous behavior of Novelis management, the NLRB may ultimately compel Novelis to recognize the USW as the bargaining representative of Novelis-Oswego employees without holding a new election. 

“The NLRB only seeks these orders when an employer’s illegal conduct is so egregious and extreme that it makes it impossible to have a fair election,” Manzolillo said. “Despite the claims Novelis has made to the contrary, this is far from a ‘typical’ case. Novelis has committed extremely serious violations, and the board is seeking the strongest remedies available to it under the law.”

The USW also represents workers at Novelis plants in Indiana, West Virginia and Ontario. The Oswego workers sought to unionize after the company imposed unilateral benefit cuts. The union fell just 14 votes short in a February election despite unprecedented interference by Novelis. 
The USW is the largest industrial union in North America, representing workers in a range of industries including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, oil refining, health care, security, hotels, and municipal governments and agencies.

Summer jobs available for youths

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Oswego County Youth  Works is available to help students ages 16 to 20 find summer work.

The Oswego County Youth Works Program is recruiting for the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The program runs from July 7 to Aug. 15 — most will work  25 hours per week.

Orientations have already been scheduled and the search has begun for interested youth throughout Oswego County.

SYEP is a grant-funded summer employment program intended to provide county youth with paid work experience and valuable job readiness skills in order to help build a foundation for entering the workforce.

Youth who participate  not only earn money, but also build a resume, accrue professional references and acquire both soft and hard work skills.

Since SYEP is considered a needs-based program, certain income eligibility guidelines must be met to participate.

For example, a family of four could earn up to $47,700 and still potentially be eligible. There are a limited number for placements this year reserved for youths up to age 24, who meet specific eligibility guidelines.

Each youth’s eligibility will be determined one-on-one when they attend an orientation session. If the youth is determined to be eligible they will be invited to a Work Readiness Workshop, where they will learn more about the expectations of the world of work.

For more information on the SYEP Program, contact a Youth Works team member at 591-9000 or visit their website at www.yourcareerconnection.org.

The SYEP program is coordinated by Oswego County Workforce New York. The One-Stop Center is located at 200 N. Second St. (Route 481) in Fulton.

Oswego High School inducts new Honor Society members

Oswego High School’s National Honor Society held induction ceremonies recently.

As families, friends and faculty, along with some members of the Board of Education, gathered at the Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts, nearly 33 Oswego High School students were inducted.

Addressing the students and audience, Oswego Superintendent of Schools Benjamin Halsey congratulated the newest inductees and expressed appreciation to family, teachers and community for the support  provided over the years. 

He reminded the students they are leaders, but with that comes responsibility. He recognized them for scholarship, leadership, service and character which are the four pillars of the Oswego chapter of the National Honor Society.

“Inductees, your accomplishments, coupled with your commitment and characters makes us all very proud. I encourage you to take time to reflect upon your journey to this point,” Hartwell said.

“Your accomplishments are a compilation of many years of education and certainly a proud day for all of us,” said Oswego High Principal Brian Hartwell.

“It is vital, however, to remember that the first teachers you ever had are your parents who have devoted their lives to you. They were your first teachers and your teachers for life,” Hartwell said.

Chapter had a key part in the ceremony as President Madison Collins, Vice President Allison Moshier, along with Secretary Mallory Gordon were joined on stage by Treasurer Kerrigan Cummins.

 The officers introduced the newest inductees.

 Included as the newest members of the National Honor Society were Ana Alcasid, Victoria Armet, Jenna Ballard, Katie Bradshaw, Trevor Bradshaw, Ayla Busch, Michaela Callen, Amber Canbek, Jordan Crapser, Sean Dain, Maia Delaney, Clare Donovan, Olivia Dowdle, Olivia Flint, Jacob Gerber, Alexander Haessig and Evan James.

 Also inducted were  John Khamis, Sydnie LeRoy, Roman Madlangbayan, Mariah Metcalf, Natasha Mezza, Brooke Morrisseau, Kyra O’Gorman, Emily Oldenburg, Elaina Rando, Kristie Reitz, Claire Richardson, Kelly Skinner, Kelci Somers, Mark Taormina, Christopher Van Gorder and Monica Wilson.

Hartwell praised the academic achievements of the students and stated “our community and eventually your nation will look to you and those like you to lead us deeper into the 21st Century. 

“The commitment and character that you have demonstrated will serve you well as you continue your journey,” he said.

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