Sheats, Burns join insurance firm

Cheryl Sheats
Cheryl Sheats, personal lines account manager

Cheryl Sheats was hired recently as a personal lines account manager and Carol Burns was hired as a commercial lines account manager at Eastern Shore Associates Insurance.

Sheats will be based in ESA’s North Syracuse office and Burns will be in the Camden office.

“We are so pleased to welcome Carol and Cheryl to ESA,” said President Martha Murray. “In fact, in Cheryl’s case it’s welcome back. She worked at our Fulton and Oswego offices in the late 90s.”

Sheats has worked in the insurance industry for more than 24 years for firms in Oswego, Onondaga and Jefferson counties. She holds the Accredited Customer Service Representative certification and resides in Mexico with a son, 5, and a daughter, 14.

Carol Burns
Carol Burns, commercial lines account manager

Burns has more than 29 years in the insurance industry and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) certification. She has worked exclusively in commercial lines for agencies in Oneida and Rome, and she is a member and former vice president and secretary for the Utica CPCU chapter. She is also a member of the Insurance Professionals of the Mohawk Valley.

She resides in Lee with her husband, Tom. She has a son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

Headquartered in Fulton, Eastern Shore Associates is a Trusted Choice® agency and employee stock owned company. ESA offers a full range of business and personal insurance, including property, liability, automobile, boat, farm, recreational vehicle, workers compensation, and bonds. In addition, they offer financial planning and risk management services.

Eastern Shore Associates Insurance has offices in Fulton, Pulaski, Phoenix, Camden, Waterloo, Rochester, North Syracuse and Walworth. Call the Fulton office at 598-6000.

Gagas named to Pathfinder Bank board

Adam Gagas
Adam C. Gagas

Adam C. Gagas has been elected to the board of directors of Pathfinder Bank, said  Chris R. Burritt, chairman of the board.

The election was effective as of the March 17 Pathfinder Bank board meeting.

Gagas is founder and chief executive officer of Breakwall Asset Management, LLC, a New York State registered investment advisor located in Oswego, New York.

“We are very pleased to announce the election of Adam to our Board of Directors,” said Burritt. “He provides our board with more than 15 years of experience in global financial markets, as well as expertise in asset management and property development.”

“Adam and the Gagas Family have been instrumental in the growth of Pathfinder Bank for decades, and we value the commitment they have always maintained for our Bank’s mission and strategic direction,” Burritt said.

Adam’s father, Chris Gagas, previously served as the bank’s president and CEO, as well as chairman of the board for 18 years.

Prior to establishing Breakwall Asset Management, Gagas was an analyst on teams managing multi-billion dollar portfolios at Skandia Asset Management and Principal Global Investors in New York City.

He was awarded an Alfa Fellowship and completed a yearlong professional placement as an institutional investment analyst at Alfa Capital in Moscow, Russia. He is also the owner/operator of Gagas Realty Corp., a multi-property commercial real estate holding company.

In addition, he is an adjunct instructor of corporate finance in the SUNY Oswego School of Business.

Gagas, who resides in Oswego, earned a bachelor’s degree from Hobart College with majors in economics and Russian studies, and a master’s of business administration degree with a concentration in finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

His extensive community involvement includes serving as treasurer of Oswego Health, chair of that organization’s audit and investment committees, and as a member of the executive committee.

Gagas is also a board member of Oswego’s historic Riverside Cemetery, and has previously held leadership positions with the Oswego YMCA and Oswego Opera Theater.

Pathfinder Bank is a New York State chartered savings bank headquartered in Oswego, whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pathfinder Bancorp, Inc. The bank has eight full-service offices located in Oswego, Fulton, Mexico, Lacona, Central Square and Cicero.

Hannibal resident cleans teeth in Ghana

Donna Blake cleans a child’s teeth during a medical mission to Ghana.
Donna Blake cleans a child’s teeth during a medical mission to Ghana.

Oswego County BOCES Board Member Donna Blake, who represents the Hannibal school district on the BOCES board, recently returned from Ghana after an 11-day medical mission trip.

Blake works for Northeast Dental Group and splits her time between four offices in Onondaga and Oswego County.

Blake heard about the trip from a friend who had gone on a medical mission to India with Americans Serving Abroad Project (ASAP).

Blake attended an ASAP meeting, met with the founder, Lauri Raupracht (RN) of Syracuse, and decided to volunteer. Blake was one of 12 who travelled to Ghana to offer healthcare services to remote populations.

During the course of five days, the group visited five villages and provided service to 1,000 people.

Blake served as the only dental hygienist; the other volunteers were nurse practitioners, registered nurses and social workers.

Without electricity, Blake hand-cleaned the teeth of 250 children ranging in age from 2 to 14. She worked alongside a public health nurse from Ghana, who also helped with interpreting.

“Children’s teeth were not clean, having never owned a toothbrush, and yet there wasn’t a lot of decay,” said Blake. Their diets consist mostly of carbohydrates, very little protein and no processed sugar.

Each child learned about dental hygiene and received a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Blake described the children as polite, appreciative and eager to learn.

After work, Blake spent some time with the children, teaching them the Itsy Bitsy Spider, going on evening walks and playing with bubbles.

Kindness spreads at Oswego Middle

 

“Random Acts of Kindness” have been recognized recently at Oswego Middle School. Principal Mary Beth Fierro and Assistant Principal Robyn Proud have been supportive of  promoting positive actions of their students. Throughout the year, students and staff have been recognized for assisting others. Student Alec Caroccio was recently recognized by Proud (left), Physical Education teacher Steve Carbone and Fierro.
“Random Acts of Kindness” have been recognized recently at Oswego Middle School. Principal Mary Beth Fierro and Assistant Principal Robyn Proud have been supportive of promoting positive actions of their students.
Throughout the year, students and staff have been recognized for assisting others. Student Alec Caroccio was recently recognized by Proud (left), Physical Education teacher Steve Carbone and Fierro.

BOCES students raise money to fight Type 1 diabetes

Oswego County BOCES student Charlene Purchas (Mexico) stands by a thermometer monitoring the progress of a Type 1 diabetes fundraising initiative. Students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club are hosting a benefit walk at 9 a.m. April 26 at Mexico High School.
Oswego County BOCES student Charlene Purchas (Mexico) stands by a thermometer monitoring the progress of a Type 1 diabetes fundraising initiative. Students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club are hosting a benefit walk at 9 a.m. April 26 at Mexico High School.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Students at Oswego County BOCES kicked off a fundraising initiative March 28 by learning a bit more about Type 1 diabetes, a chronic condition they hope to eliminate by raising money for a cure.

The efforts were spearheaded by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club to support one of its own members, an 11-year-old hard-of-hearing student who also battles Type 1 diabetes.

Teresa Thompson, of Oswego, was diagnosed with the disease two years ago and her peers and BOCES personnel have rallied behind her to raise funds for JDRF, (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) the leading global organization for Type 1 diabetes research.

“We do a community service project with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club every year,” said Nancy Cooper, a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing at Oswego County BOCES. “It’s nice to be able to give back to a cause that directly impacts one of our students.”

As part of the kickoff event, students in exceptional education, public safety and justice, and multi-occupations programs had an opportunity to view a presentation about the two forms of diabetes. JDRF development assistant and Kids Walk coordinator Katie Mauro was on hand to explain more about the less common Type 1 diabetes.

“Type 1 is not contagious … and you can’t get it from eating too much sugar. It is an autoimmune disease where your pancreas does not produce insulin,” she said. “It never goes away.”

Although there is no cure today, Mauro noted there are continuous advancements in the treatment of the disease and fundraisers like the one sponsored by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club are major contributors to fund the groundbreaking research.

Students at Oswego County BOCES will conduct a smaller-scale walk at the Mexico campus at 9 a.m. April 11. The public Kids Walk will take place at 9 a.m. April 26 at Mexico High School.

For more information or to make a donation, visit kidswalk.jdrf.org or contact  Oswego County BOCES Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher Tammy Seymour at tseymour@oswegoboces.org or 591-0657.

Buc Bulletin launches website

Patrick Baer, Buccaneer Bulletin managing editor, shows off the new website launched April 1.
Patrick Baer, Buccaneer Bulletin managing editor, shows off the new website launched April 1.

Buccaneer Bulletin, the official newspaper of Oswego High School, has begun a new website.

The website can be accessed at buccaneerbulletin.com and opened for public access April 1.

“This has been a fun collaboration between the people at iHeart Oswego and the staff at Buc Bulletin,” said Rachel Purtell, webmaster of the new Buccaneer Bulletin website.

“We wanted a site that we could access, make changes to every day and had relevancy to the student body. iHeart helped make that happen for us,” she said.

“They donated their services, expertise and time to create an up-to-date, eye appealing website that offers the flexibility we needed. Students can access a gallery of photos taken by the staff, sports and clubs announcements, lunch menus and current weather conditions.”

“In addition you will be able to view the live feed from our Facebook page.” said Editor-in-Chief Tara Stacy. “We feel the new website will give our peers instant access to our content and will allow us to better adapt to the ever-changing world of journalism.”

The website will feature both current and past issues back to 2005. the staff wants people who are more comfortable with online reading to be able to check out the newspaper from their computer, phone or tablet.

The online version will also offer additional advertising opportunities for businesses and organizations.

For more information about the Buccaneer Bulletin, call 341-2200 and ask for Room 129 and visit us at BuccaneerBulletin.com.

Cosmetology students shave heads for St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Oswego County BOCES cosmetology student Anna Phelps shaves Eric Zerrahn’s head during the St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser March 30 at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center. Zerrahn is a seven-year shavee and was recognized as one of the five honorary members of the Knights of the Bald Table.
Oswego County BOCES cosmetology student Anna Phelps shaves Eric Zerrahn’s head during the St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser March 30 at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center. Zerrahn is a seven-year shavee and was recognized as one of the five honorary members of the Knights of the Bald Table.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Students enrolled in the Oswego County BOCES cosmetology program took their classroom knowledge to the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center March 30 for the St. Baldrick’s Day head-shaving fundraising tradition.

The annual event aims to generate money for childhood cancer research, with participants collecting donations and then getting their heads shaved in solidarity.

With more than 200 people lining up to have their heads shaved, a 21-person team from Oswego County BOCES helped keep the line moving.

“(Our team) shaved about 100 heads in donation of our time,” said BOCES cosmetology instructor Rose Hartman.

Hartman said there were all types of people who had their heads shaved – males, females, high school seniors and senior citizens.

Hair longer than 12 inches was placed into a ponytail and then cut. Hartman said the 25 ponytails that were collected will be donated to Wigs for Kids and Locks of Love.

In addition to donating their time, the BOCES cutting crew chipped in $250. Roughly $150 of that amount was raised during a Cut-a-Thon held March 21 at the Mexico BOCES campus.

During that event, cosmetology students cut family members’ hair, colored hair and did manicures for a donation to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

College students honored, cited

A number of local college and high school students have been honored.

Paul Smith’s College

One hundred high school students earned scholarships to Paul Smith’s College after competing in the Presidential Scholarship Competition Feb. 22. Recipients include Jessica Lord of Phoenix, a $1,000 scholarship; and Jason Mattice of Fulton, a $5,000 scholarship.

Contestants participated in a pair of group problem-solving challenges as part of the competition. Scholarship awards ranged between $1,000 and full tuition. Recipients who choose to attend Paul Smith’s are eligible to receive the scholarships annually for as long as they are enrolled.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Matthew Lees of Cato, is studying abroad in Rome, Italy, during Spring Semester 2014. Lees is a third-year-year film and animation major in Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Also: Ashlynn Palmitesso of Fulton, a sophomore on the women’s basketball team, is among the honorees named to the Liberty League All-Academic Team. Palmitesso is in RIT’s biomedical engineering program. The Liberty League’s winter championship sports include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s squash, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving. To be recognized as a member of the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20.

SUNY New Paltz

The following local residents were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester.

Bella Degelorm, Fulton, biology major; Jared Loperfido, Fulton, digital media production major.

Dean’s List designation is reserved for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade point average in a semester with a full-time course load.

SUNY Potsdam

Casey Chase, Central Square, is one of 23 SUNY Potsdam student-athletes to earn a spot on the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Commissioner’s List for the Fall 2013 semester. Chase is a sophomore member of the SUNY Potsdam volleyball team. Players named to the Commissioner’s List have a minimum of a 3.3 GPA based on three semesters at Potsdam.

Also: Kartina Sheats of Pulaski is in the cast of “Suor Angelica” and “Angelique,” being performed this month by the Crane Opera Ensemble, part of the Crane School of Music.

Nazareth College

Morgan Ross of West Monroe has been initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at Nazareth College. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors qualify.

SUNY Geneseo

Eric Naioti of Fulton was recently inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society during an induction ceremony on campus. Juniors or seniors with a grade point average that places them in the top 15 percent of their class are eligible for membership.

Clarkson University

Erik R. Vandermark of Lacona received a master of science degree in basic science from Clarkson University on Dec. 31, 2013.

Elmira College

Elmira College has released its Dean’s List for Academic Achievement for the Fall 2013 Term. The Dean’s List recognizes students that have a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

Named are: Abigail Waldron, Williamstown, studying biology and chemistry; Brandon Payne, Hastings, studying history; Dylan Zink, Cato, studying English literature; Emily Warchol, Pulaski, studying international studies; and Kara Yakel, Fulton, studying nursing.

Ithaca College

Brenna Merry, Fulton, 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.

University of Rochester

Hannah Geitner, Fulton, a freshman majoring in architecture, technology and historical structures,  has been named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement for the fall 2013 semester. She is the is the daughter of Matthew Geitner and Geri Geitner.

 

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