Hastings receiving money to upgrade sewer plant

The town of Hastings in Oswego County is receiving a Farm Bill grant of $981,000 to help make wastewater treatment plant upgrades.

The grant was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of its celebration of Earth Day. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack announced grants and loans for 116 projects that will improve water and wastewater services for rural Americans and benefit the environment.

“Having reliable, clean and safe water is essential for any community to thrive and grow,” Vilsack said. “I am proud that USDA helps build rural communities from the ground up by supporting water infrastructure projects like these. I am especially proud that we can help communities that are struggling economically and those that have urgent health and safety concerns due to their failing water systems.”

Today’s announcement is USDA’s largest Earth Day investment in rural water and wastewater systems. Nearly $387 million is being awarded to 116 recipients in 40 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Department is providing $150 million in grants through the 2014 Farm Bill plus $237 million in loans and grants from USDA’s Water and Environmental Program.

Fulton Jr. High names honor rolls

Seventh grade high honor roll

Alice Allen, Dustyn Arroway, Dani Avery, Collin Baker-LaBreck, Ryan Barry, Rachel Bedford, Selene Belrad, Joseph Benavidez, Haley Bort, Holly Bourgeois, McKenna Bourgeois, Nicholas Brown, Wendy Burch, Haley Calkins, Kaleb Carreon, Nicholas Cary, Kelly Caza, Shaylee Cealie, Caleb Clarke, Liam Clary, Montanah Coe and Kaitlyn Crandall.

Also: Jasmine Criswell, Abigail Cuyler, Aaron Dedich, Andrew Dedich, Anthony DeMasi, Adam Demauro, Dylan Demauro, Cory Dexter, Kathryn Distin, Alexander Dombroski, Jacob Ely, Abigail Everts, Sarah Fisch, Cloe Gagnon, Michael Gilbert, Michaela Grant, Jacob Gugula, Katie Hall, Raiden Hansen, Roy Harvey-Studer, Justin Hatch, Mackenzie Hayden and Emily Hilton.

Also: Zachary Hobby, Jenna Hood, Bailey Hourihan, Leah Hulett, Andrew Hyde, Jadelyn James, Domonique Johnson, Devan Ketcham, Nora Kingsbury, Jacquline Knoblock, Jason Knopp, Nathaniel Lindsey, Corey Maher, Katelin Matthews, Jonathan McCann, Lindsay McCraith, Ryan Michaels, Taylor Miner, Darian Monaghan, Montana Myhill, Nicholas Noel, Jacob Parkhurst and Keara Patterson.

Also: Aidan Percival, Lane Phillips, Kyle Ranieri, Haylee Rivera, Elizabeth Roik, Kelsey Rosenbarker, Killian Rowlee, Elisabeth Russell, Jenna Ruzekowicz, Destiny Schneider, Katelynn Serio, Faith Sharkey, Eric Shear, Sierra Sheldon, Ana Snyder, Morgan Stacey, Camille Stevenson, Ean Stevenson and Quynn Sweeney.

Also: Brendan Todt, Katie Tyrrell, Hayley Vann, Carter Vashaw, Erin Waloven, Conner Ware, Kaylee Waugh, Gage White and Connor Wilde.

Seventh grade honor roll

Joshua Austin, Owen Ayotte, Alex Ball, Misty Bardin, Maddison Baum, Collin Bennett, Michael Boak, Derrick Bort, Caleb Bowen, Bethaney Brummett, Damion Chevier, Rylie Cotton, Felicity Couch, Isaac Crandall, Ryan Denson, Gage Doyle, Olivia Duca, Mardivina Escalante-Rodriguez, Bianca Gaiter and Marguerite Grosvent.

Also: Ryan Gugula, Timothy Hall, Michael Hartmann, Caleb Hogan, Jacob Hughes, Thomas Hughes, Luke Kimball, Evan Kistner, Cassady LaBarge, Kamrin Ledger, Jasmine Lomonaco, Dominique Malcott, Kacey Markarian, Courtney Miner, Charles Mitchell, Katlyn Moon, Emily Munger, Michael Newton and Hailey Nugent.

Also: Taylor Osborn, Kelsey Pickard, Kayla Ryder, Trevor Schleicher, Makaylee Schmeer, Brooke Shuster, Jonathan Simpson, Emily Smith, Emeraldlee Tanner, Steven Thompson, Fisher Whittier, Isaiah Williams and Caitlin Zupancic.

Eighth grade high honor roll

Marissa Allen, Alfred Arduini, Gabriella Bailey, Zachary Barker-McLain, Justin Barney, Addison Billion, Matthew Borrow, Maura Botsford, Zoie Bowering, Gabrielle Boyce, Lillian Bray, Jade Brien, Elizabeth Brown, Hannah Burlingham, Jahnyne Carey, Hailey Carroll, Calinda Ceterski, Mckenna Chesbro and Julia Cieszeski.

Also: Jenna Coakley, Tyler Coant, Sheenvia Conley, Dominic Conn, Cole Cotton, Jordan Coulon, Kaitlyn Dexter, Nicholas Dingman, Paige Drake, Hunter Dudley, Ernest Ferro, Makayla Florczyk, Devon Frank, Jacob Geitner, Michael Gerth, Hannah Gigliotti, Brooke Greenier, Meredith Grimshaw, Julia Guarrera, Megan Guernsey and Brianna Gugula.

Also: Jordan Hagan, Brooke Halstead, Cody Hartle, Kira Hartnett, Cassandra Hartranft, Marissa Hayward, Samantha Heywood, Kayleigh Hotaling, Charles Hyland, Jasmine James, Megan Johnson, Nolan Johnson, Emily Kelly, Mallori Kitts, Jessica Kleiman, Ryan Lalik, Madison Lang, Amber LaRosa, Bradley Martin, Jordyn Mason and Jacob May.

Also: Caitlyn McAfee, Ana Mendez-Rodriguez, Elver Merida, Nicholas Merlino, Annamarie Michels, Tayler Miner, Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Morgan Murphy, Erin Nicholson, Anthony Noce, Alexus Pagan, Cole Parkhurst, Dustin Parkhurst, Courtney Paro, Olivia Pawlewicz and Zenia Petrie.

Also: Aricka Phelps, Katerina Porcari, Celeste Raponi, Destiny Rose, Mason Rowlee, Eliza Runeare, Kaitlynn Ryan, Anthony Salerno, Robert Salerno, Jeremy Samson, Alexander Semchenko, Jessie Sharkey, Dylan Sheldon, Valentina Shue, Emily Simpson, Cara Smith, Hailey Smith and Tucker Smith.

Also: Shannon St. Andrews, Ariel Stacy, Alexander Stoutenger, Nathan Summerville, Maxwell Sunday, Brian Trombly, Andrew Trumble, Janeda Vasquez, Kenneth Verdoliva, Keegan Wallace, Nicholas Wallace, Jacob Willcox, Madison Wilson and Andrew Woodruff.

Eighth grade honor roll

Olivia Abrams, Julia Allen, Coby Anderson, Alexis Andreotta, Devin Boyce, Logan Brooks, Gillian Brown, Dakota Burgess, Alicia Carroll, Joshua Compson, Dedrah Crowson, Emily Dana, Breanna Debiew, Samantha Diezel, Meghan Foster, Morgan French, Cole Green, Brianna Grinnell, Abigail Gugula and Hunter Hall.

Also: Mitchell Haskins, James Hill, Jonathon Hollenbeck, Nicholas Hughes, Dustin Huller, Randy Huller, Dylan Kress, Savannah LaPage, Angelina Marotta, Christopher Newton, Mariah Nolin, Dakota Ouderkirk, Kiersten Papin, Jonathan Parrish, Harlea Perry and Alexis Phelps.

Also: Ethan Raponi, Michael Ross, Ryan Sheffield, Zion Skipper, Jesse Smithers, Kali Spaulding, Luke Stoutenger, Austin Szymanski, Samantha Tanner, Christopher Tetro, Matthew Trapasso-Fowler, Joshua VanHorn, Gabriel Webb and Karina Whitten.

SUNY Oswego grad to perform April 30

4-19_A&EcokorinosMetropolitan Opera bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos, a 1979 alumnus of SUNY Oswego, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the college’s Sheldon Hall ballroom as the season finale of the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

A member of the Metropolitan Opera roster for more than 27 years, Cokorinos has appeared numerous times in productions of “Tosca,” “Macbeth,” “La Bohème” and many others.

His notable roles for the Met have included those of Leporello and Masetto in “Don Giovanni” and the English ambassador in John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles.”

SUNY Oswego music faculty member Juan F. La Manna, Cokorinos’ host, will accompany him on the piano and give a preconcert talk scheduled for 7 p.m.

“Philip has traveled the world singing,” La Manna said. “He studied here and went on the big world. He has come back to help Oswego Opera Theatre a number of times. He is a wonderful guy and a star.”

Cokorinos has performed more than 100 leading roles with eminent companies around the globe. Reviewing his performance in the title role of “Don Pasquale,” the Santa Barbara Independent wrote, “Philip Cokorinos was terrific as the production’s lead, handling his many agitated diatribes and inadvertent duets with aplomb.”

This season at the Met, he performed Benoit/Alcindoro in “La Bohème,” Don Maginifico in “La Cenerentola,” as well as covering the roles of Sacristan in “Tosca” and Mathieu in “Andrea Chenier.”

Tickets for the Philip Cokorinos concert are $15 ($7 for students), and are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 312-2141. Patrons with disabilities needing assistance should call 312-2141 in advance of the concert.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket and is available in the employee and commuter lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.

Winners announced for Oswego County Student Art Competition

Grade 10-12th winners, from left, Holly Griffith, show chairperson; third place Caleb Lacson;, second place Kathy Pittorf; first place Carrie Gilbert; best of show Brenna Riley.
Grade 10-12th winners, from left, Holly Griffith, show chairperson; third place Caleb Lacson;, second place Kathy Pittorf; first place Carrie Gilbert; best of show Brenna Riley.

The student art work in the annual Oswego County Student Art Competition and Show was better than ever this year.

The variety and degree of skill in the 275 pieces of art in this show demonstrates the talent in the area’s high schools.

Awards were presented in two categories: Grades 7-9 and Grades.

The award for Best of Show — the Vernon E. Snow Award, went to Brenna Riley, Oswego High School, for “Oliver.” Melissa Martin is her teacher.

The awards for Grades 7-9 were:

First place — Ethan Murakumi-Hamm, Dillon Middle, Phoenix, for “Paintbox; second place — Brandi Maynes, Mexico Middle School, for “Hearts That Love;”  third place — Tom McDonald, Mexico Middle School, for “Angry Pablo.”

Honorable mentions for grades 7-9 were:

Allayna Frank, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Junior/Senior High; Bryson russell, Mexico Middle; Madelyne Cortright and Jessica Godden, Oswego Middle School; Marissa Familo-Bennett and Mikayla Trepaso, Oswego High School; Victoria Dievendorf, Corinne Januszka, Breanna Mitchel, Haley Stellingwerf and Leila wooding, Dillon Middle in Phoenix; Ciera Bell and Chloe Koegel, John C. Birdlebough High in Phoenix; Ruth Van Der Heide, McKenna Moonan and Jenna Norton, Pulaski Junior/ Senior High School.

 Grade 7-9 honorable mentions, from left: Allayna Frank, APW; Jessica Godden, Oswego; Leila Wooding, Phoenix; McKenna Moonan, Pulaski; and Ruth van der Heide, Pulaski.
Grade 7-9 honorable mentions, from left: Allayna Frank, APW; Jessica Godden, Oswego; Leila Wooding, Phoenix; McKenna Moonan, Pulaski; and Ruth van der Heide, Pulaski.

The awards for Grades 10-12 were:

First place — Carrie Gilbert, Oswego High School, for “Clarinet;” second place — Kathy Pittorf, Hannibal High School, for “Still Life with Skull;” third place — Caleb Lacson, home schooled, for “Speckles of Youth.”

Honorable mentions for grades 10-12 were:

Brianna Logee, Pennellsville, homeschooled; Katelyn Metzger, Paul V. Moore High School, Central Square; Erika Brinkerhoff, Samantha Moody, Allison Sharkey, Carolina Nicol, Hans Reichow and Erin Sly, Hannibal High School; Katie Bradshaw, Danielle Boyzuck, Makayla Carson, Aviriana Follet, Carrie Gilbert, Sarah Hoefer, Morgan Knoop, Rebecca North, Teo Patty and Kayla Volkomer, Oswego High School; and Sarah Clark and Alaura Gonzolez, Pulaski High School.

The Sally Deaton Memorial Award went to Mikayla Trepasso, Oswego High School, for “Poison Blueberry” in the grade 7-9 category; and to Jessica Jones, Birdlebough High in Phoenix, for “A Walk Through the 100-Acre Wood.”

The Darcy Hilton Award went to Victoria Dievendorf, Dillon Middle School, Phoenix, for “Portrait of My Brother.”

Judges for this show were professional artists Ingrid Aldrich and Amanda Muto. The show is open until April 26.

The Salmon River Fine Arts Center, Pulaski, is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching our community by engaging the energy and creativity of local artists, by sharing and displaying fine arts, and by offering programs to enhance creativity and learning for the novice as well as the gifted artist.

Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Call 298-7007 for more information or go to www.SalmonRiverFineArtsCenter.com or www.facebook.com/SalmonRiverFineArtsCenter

Fulton urgent care turns 5 years old

Dr. Martin Weitzel, Medical Director of Oswego Health’s urgent care center, is pictured with a patient at the healthcare facility, which is celebrating its fifth year.
Dr. Martin Weitzel, Medical Director of Oswego Health’s urgent care center, is pictured with a patient at the healthcare facility, which is celebrating its fifth year.

Oswego Health is celebrating its fifth anniversary of introducing urgent care services to the Fulton community.

The Oswego Health facility, now known as the Fulton Medical Center, has provided urgent care services to more than 116,000 individuals since its opening in late April 2009.

The urgent care center located at 510 S. Fourth St., always has a board-certified physician on site and is conveniently open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. including weekends and holidays.

At the urgent care center, minor illness and injuries can be treated, including respiratory ailments, cuts or wounds that may require stitches, sprains, strains or deep bruises, mild to moderate asthma attacks, ear infections, sore throats insect bites and rashes, among others.

When the urgent care first opened five years ago, it also has minimal other services such as laboratory and X-ray. Today, as the Fulton Medical Center, which officially opened two years ago, it offers complete medical imaging, laboratory, occupational and physical therapy departments that are technologically advanced, patient comfortable and attractive.

Among the medical imaging services offered at the Fulton Medical Center are Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), DEXA scans, Fluoroscopy and general x-rays.

This department also features a separate and more private area for those needing digital mammography, bone density or ultrasound screenings.

The imaging department has the electronic capacity to take a patient image in real time and make it immediately available for the radiologist to read. The images can also be sent to a physician’s office or the Oswego Hospital emergency room through the Picture Archiving Communications System.

For community members needing blood work, the Fulton Medical Center offers a three-station lab draw area for quick and convenient testing.

The physical therapy suite is located off the Park Street entrance and offers physical, occupational and speech therapy. A 1,300-square-foot gym will be equipped with the latest in rehabilitation tools.

Oswego Health celebrates Laboratory Professionals Week

Oswego Hospital will celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 20 through 26. Pictured are some of the more than 80 professionals who are laboratory staff members. Seated from the left in front are Pat Main, administrative director; pathologist Dr. Ahmad Al-Salameh; and Ed Hale, assistant laboratory director. The six men in the back row are Daryl Osborne, Neal Gustafson, John McCoy, Daniel Wild, Leon House and Michael Mannise. The second row starting with the man on the left are Patrick Fasulo, Marian Pulis, Ashley Mervine, Tracy Seeber, Jill Gilbert, Brenda Hewitt, Patricia Johnson, Gail Dodski, Heather Hughes, Penny Hockey, Cheri Giamartino, Carol Foster, Carla Salisbury.
Oswego Hospital will celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 20 through 26. Pictured are some of the more than 80 professionals who are laboratory staff members. Seated from the left in front are Pat Main, administrative director; pathologist Dr. Ahmad Al-Salameh; and Ed Hale, assistant laboratory director. The six men in the back row are Daryl Osborne, Neal Gustafson, John McCoy, Daniel Wild, Leon House and Michael Mannise. The second row starting with the man on the left are Patrick Fasulo, Marian Pulis, Ashley Mervine, Tracy Seeber, Jill Gilbert, Brenda Hewitt, Patricia Johnson, Gail Dodski, Heather Hughes, Penny Hockey, Cheri Giamartino, Carol Foster, Carla Salisbury.

Oswego Health’s more than 80 laboratory employees, who often work behind the scenes performing more than two million tests each year, that assist physicians in determining a patient diagnosis, are celebrating National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 20 through 26.

The theme of the week has been designated as “Laboratory Professionals Gets Results,” referring to the important role lab workers have in keeping their community healthy.

“We are very proud of the diagnostic work we do for our physicians and their patients in the community,” said Dr. Ahmad Al-Salameh, who oversees the lab and its employees.

“The staff is highly trained and works many hours to ensure our patients receive exceptional care,” he said.

The lab is accredited by the state Department of Health and Joint Commission.

Oswego Health’s main lab is located at Oswego Hospital and is a full-service clinical laboratory. The department provides testing in hematology, general chemistry, blood gases, urinalysis, coagulation, therapeutic drug monitoring, endocrinology, microbiology, blood banking, histology, cytology and pathology.

Common patient blood tests may include a complete blood count (CBC), cholesterol, glucose and a test that monitors blood thinning therapy.

Other testing may include a urinalysis, throat culture or blood typing. After a surgery, the pathology department may be called upon to examine tissue sections.

All departments work together to help the physician diagnose disease and treat conditions.

The department that community members may be most familiar with is the blood bank department.

The hospital works with the American Red Cross to constantly have an adequate supply of all blood types on hand.

The hospital also partners with the Red Cross and hosts four blood drives each year, with the next drive being from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 29.

More than 1.2 million specimens were processed through the laboratory’s Central Receiving Department in 2013.

The specimens arrive at Oswego Hospital’s main lab, which was recently renovated and features state of the art equipment such as an automated track system that delivers specimens to various analyzers.

Each lab department is dedicated to performing specialized testing that assists in the diagnosis of various diseases.

Community members can utilize one of Oswego Health’s nine convenient lab draw stations located throughout Oswego County, including the Oswego Health Services Center, the Central Square and Fulton Medical Centers, the Mexico, Oswego, Parish, Pulaski and Phoenix Health Centers, as well as Port City Family Medicine in Oswego.

For more information, including hours, please visit oswegohealth.org

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