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.

 

Pinwheels for Prevention in Oswego

Oswego elementary students gathered with a pinwheel garden. Gathering around the “garden” were Kayla Beall, Meghan Albright, Abby Reith, Jenna Bradshaw, Emilee Munger, Caeden Ross, Travis Sova and Eve Hibbert.
Oswego elementary students gathered with a pinwheel garden. Gathering around the “garden” were Kayla Beall, Meghan Albright, Abby Reith, Jenna Bradshaw, Emilee Munger, Caeden Ross, Travis Sova and Eve Hibbert.

Submitted by Oswego schools

In conjunction with Child Abuse Prevention Month the Oswego City Schools will be conducting a “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign during the month of April.

Donations will be accepted and paper pinwheels sold throughout the month, and pinwheel gardens will be planted in front of the schools as well as at the Education Center.

Not only does this project bring awareness to the issues of child abuse, but will raise money for the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County.

A nonprofit organization, the Child Advocacy Center works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, therapy providers and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve children that are victims of sexual and physical abuse. In 2013 the center served 475 children and families in Oswego County, a 42 percent increase from 2012.

For more information on the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, people may contact them at 592-4453.

Solving mysteries with DNA

The interest and focus of DNA testing was quite obvious as Oswego Middle School students Sierra Buske and Jarreau Hoskins prepare to test their samples.
The interest and focus of DNA testing was quite obvious as Oswego Middle School students Sierra Buske and Jarreau Hoskins prepare to test their samples.

Submitted by Oswego schools

It is always a thrill to see students excited about learning experiences and one of those moments recently occurred at the Oswego Middle School.

Oswego Middle School Science Teacher Catherine Celeste saw her students become totally immersed in a class project.

“I am fortunate to have had Cornell University professor Dr. Laurel Southard come to visit my classroom to do an all-day DNA Fingerprinting lab with some of our students on the Seven South Team,” Celeste said.

Dr. Southard contributed not only expertise, but something else.

“Dr. Southard brought almost $20,000 worth of gel electrophoresis equipment so the students could perform the same forensic test that is used for heinous crime scenes around the world,” Celeste said.

Students created gel, extracted real DNA, loaded it into wells and ran the test.

The concentration and focus of the students were quite evident as they placed their samples into the diagnostic machines.

“While they waited for the results they were able to collect their own DNA and make it visible through the use of florescent lights,” Celeste said.

When their original test in seeking the “criminal” was determined they discovered whether a suspect had actually committed a crime.”

The Oswego Middle School seventh graders thoroughly enjoyed this unique genuine learning experience and remained focused throughout the day as they worked to complete their portion of the project.

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