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.

Granby students persevere

Elizabeth Chrisman and Riley Lunn were among the students selected by their teachers for their exemplary behavior and representation of the month’s behavioral expectation: perseverance. The students selected were treated to a special breakfast with Principal Heather Perry (middle).
Elizabeth Chrisman and Riley Lunn were among the students selected by their teachers for their exemplary behavior and representation of the month’s behavioral expectation: perseverance. The students selected were treated to a special breakfast with Principal Heather Perry (middle).

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

March’s character education trait in the Fulton City School District was perseverance.

Students at Granby Elementary School selected at best representing that character trait were treated to a special breakfast with Principal Heather Perry.

Over a meal of breakfast pizza, fruit cups, cereal and juice, Perry asked students if they could define perseverance.

One student described perseverance as facing many obstacles, but never giving up.

The following students were honored with the breakfast and each received a special certificate: Angelina Ferro, Jadriel Baez, Allison Treneer, Lucian Perkins, Avery Nunez, James Carden, Natalie Mcrae, Lily Mccoy, Zachary Brown, Mylea Calabro, Hannay Mackey, Jeffery Landers, Lyle Cole, Junior Gomez, Hailey Payment, Brielle Sievers, Miguel Sanderson, Daniel Demott-Smith, Savanna Flynn, Dylan Sullivan, Madison McCarty-Castillo, Gabby Farnham, Preston Collett, Nathaniel Sivalia, Adrienne Santos, Skylar Blake, Nicholas Smith, Kaylee Holmes, Elise Morse, Aiden Trude, Adyson Shepard, Jasmine Clew, Donald Gates, Ethan Bardin, Cameron Brown, Aiyanna Kolb-Kee, Rose Mills, Reese Calkins, Nick Mariotti, Riley Lunn, Walter Crofoot, Rebecca Stone, Elizabeth Chrisman, Chloe Bonoffski, Jillian Crandall, Sean Hein, Dominic Berry, Leah Mansfield, Hannah Rice, Montanna Gardinier, Chelsea Redman, Morgan Schuyler, Makayla Nolin and Conner Schneider.

Learn to paint silk scarves

Cindy Schmidt demonstrating the techniques used for Hand Painted Silk Scarves.
Cindy Schmidt demonstrating the techniques used for Hand Painted Silk Scarves.

Anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to make hand-painted silk scarves should take an upcoming class at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego.

The class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 29.

Cindy Schmidt will show how to use the resist and dye method to decorate a silk scarf. Each participant will produce a scarf of their own design. All materials will be provided. There is a class limit of 6 participants.

This is another in the series of educational experiences for adults put on by Lakeside Artisans.

To register for a class, a non-refundable registration fee of $10 is required. The deposit may be delivered to the store or mailed to Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego NY 13126.

The total class fee is $45, which includes the registration fee.

For additional information, call 342-8880, go to  or visit Lakeside Artisans us on Facebook.

Ryan wins Rotary fellowship award


At a recent Rotary Club meeting, Sue Ryan, right, was presented the coveted Paul Harris Fellowship Award by Judy Young, foundation committee member and club secretary of the Fulton Noon Rotary Club. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International, the world’s largest and oldest service organization. Ryan, with her husband Don, are the owners of the Lock III Restaurant where the Fulton Noon Rotary Club conducts its weekly meetings. Sue and Don work closely with the Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions clubs in supporting their service work in our community.

Want to run for Phoenix school board? Get those petitions out now

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Phoenix Central School District is accepting petitions for the board of education.

There are three seats open for election during the vote on May 20. The seats hold three-year terms and there is no salary.

The incumbents are Paul Gilchriest, Debbie St. Phillips and Keith Watkins.

Petitions to nominate candidates for the school board election can be obtained from the District Clerk’s office, located at the 116 Volney St., Phoenix.

Petitions must be signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the Phoenix Central School District and must state the name and address of the candidate. Residential address of each signer must also be provided.

The petitions must be filed with the District Clerk’s office no later than 5 p.m. Monday, April 21. The budget vote and elections will take place May 20.

Jerry’s Journal

I really can’t say what brought it on, this reminiscing/thanking/philosophizing I’m about to share with  you.

Maybe it’s because spring has sprung (so we hope) and with it warm weather and April showers to make things grow again, and Easter and hope for a new day.

I like to believe there’s always something to look forward to!

It began earlier this week after a trip to the local supermarket and I make this astute observations: It costs a lot of money to eat healthy. What’s that you say? One red pepper and one sweet potato came to almost $3. No way!

Yes, way. And I think it’s worth it, too, because we can afford it. But what about people who can’t afford fruits and vegetables and eat mostly junk food, I rambled on to my loving husband, Ed, on our way home from our shopping trip.

Junk food is a lot cheaper; no wonder there’s so much obesity.

Well, okay, dear Readers, who am I to talk — I’m no size 5 myself, not even close — I love my sweets! I do try, however, to put a couple of kinds of vegetables on the dinner table and try to eat as healthy as I can.

One problem with this perfect scenario, though, is that I don’t like to cook! Nope, never did. I had to anyway, when the kids were growing up.

Cooking for two adults and four children day in and day out was just part of my good wife/mother routine and I thought nothing of it. You did what you had to do.

I wasn’t too fond of grocery shopping, either. I was never the dedicated coupon clipper and sale shopper. If something was on sale and I could use it I would buy it. Otherwise, I bought what I needed to get through the week.

We went from paycheck to paycheck, back then, when Mike’s pay came in the mail on Thursday. It was my day off, leave the little darlings at home with a baby sitter day, my day to go grocery shopping, pay the bills and perhaps look around in the stores downtown.

My last stop of the afternoon was to Angelo’s Big M on West First Street to buy our groceries, several bags full, which usually came to about $20. Yes, you remember it well, 20 bucks used to go a long way!

Besides, I sure could stretch out the staples: hamburger, chicken, pot roast, potatoes, carrots, spaghetti, a couple cans of tomatoes (to make the sauce), a few cans of veggies and chicken noodle and  tomato soup, a package of sliced cheese (tomato soup and grilled cheese, yum) a box of oatmeal and a box of cereal (my kids loved their cereal), a couple of loaves of white bread and a big jar of peanut butter and jar of jelly.

An egg lady and a milkman delivered their wares right to our door, and in the summer we had more fresh fruits and vegetables, otherwise they came from the can. My kids just loved canned peaches!

As you can see from my grocery list it wasn’t exactly “healthy eating” and I was no gourmet cook (my kids didn’t know the difference), our diet didn’t vary too much, but our bellies were full.

One week I spent $42 at the grocery store! Mike had overtime pay and we were low on several essentials (you just can’t do without sugar and flour and dish detergent and toilet paper) so I stocked up — two shopping carts full, no less — and they contained no junk food, well, maybe a half gallon of ice cream and one big bottle of soda pop.

Those were special treats for just once in a while. Most of the time, though, my kids were content with popcorn and orange juice for a treat Sunday night while they were watching the Wonderful World of Disney just before they went to bed.

Oh, the good old days! It was a whole different world back then.  It’s the world I sometimes long for, talk about with family and friends, but realize I can’t bring it back, so I try to “live for today,” as they say. It ain’t so bad, you know… .

We still can smile and be glad we have lived here in Fulton, New York — it’s a beautiful part of our country — and remember how good it was growing up in “the Little City of Power and Progress.”

To be sure, we are sad, it’s not as pretty and neat and tidy as it used to be, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to love it to death.

We still can be thankful for the good living and jobs it gave us at Nestle’s, Sealright, Dilts, Armstrong, Niagara Mohawk, the telephone company, the canning factory, the box company, just to name a few, and for the good schools we went to — Oak Street, Erie Street, Phillips Street, State Street, Fairgrieve and Good Old Fulton High.

We can thank God for the friends we made along the way and for a chance to grow old with each other and see each other at Mimi’s, the Blue Moon, the Lock, and other great places to meet and eat here in our hometown. It’s so good we still can laugh and yes, still cry together.

We can be thankful for the amazing Oswego River and the awesome Lake Ontario, and Rudy’s, and for Syracuse, our nearby metropolis, and for its university — go SU (I know their basketball season is over, but I love them anyway. Thanks for a great season!).

I am also grateful I can afford healthy food. I thank God every day for my life I had with Mike Hogan, and now with Ed Kasperek. I am thankful for all our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren…And, I am thankful for all of you, too.

Now here’s my caveat: Readers beware! I write for fun. I am not a historian, nor a reporter. I write from memory and from what others want to share. Sometimes I look things up; sometimes I mess things up.

I hope you have fun reading my stuff. Your comments, additions and corrections are always welcome. You may contact me at 133 Tannery Lane, Fulton, phone 592-7580 or email

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