BOCES students get real-world experience

Learning did not stop at the classroom door for one group of nine BOCES students.

Morningstar Care Center granted a group of nine licensed practical nursing students an opportunity to take their knowledge out of the classroom and relate it to real-world scenarios.

Recently, these students were able to observe and learn from registered nurses at the care center.

“We are mentoring these students in an effort to foster their growth as nurses and broaden their variety of hands on experience by exposing them to a wide array of acute care experiences encompassed in short term rehabilitation and long term care patients,” says Kelly Totman, a regisered nurse at Morningstar.

“We as a healthcare facility believe these students are the future of nursing,” she said.

The learning didn’t stop with the students.

“Students bring a lot of energy to the table and provide a great opportunity for our own staff to interact and teach others about their work,” said Joseph Murabito, care center owner.

“There is no better way to learn than to teach someone else what you know,” he said, noting he gets a lot out of personally interacting with the students.

The family owned business offers an array of medical services including IV therapy, negative pressure wound treatment and care for people with complicated conditions, providing a unique experience for the students.

Murabito and the staff are looking forward to another opportunity like this in the future.

Porky and Buddy discuss what a cat should eat

Dear Porky and Buddy,

I have been feeding my new kitten, Ebenezer, regular dry and canned kitten food and he seems to be doing OK, but I keep reading the ingredient lists and they are, to be honest, sort of gross.

I mean, “chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, animal liver flavor, pyridoxine hydrochloride.”

What’s that all about? So I am considering switching him to a home cooked diet with real ingredients that I can actually pronounce. What do you think?

Scott

Dear Scott,

Our thanks to you for being so attentive to Ebenezer’s diet.  (But whatever happened to cats named Fluffy?)

Anyway, we consulted with some of our human friends at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. (Know that they can be a little long-winded sometimes but they are very interesting and they know their stuff!)

Here is what we learned.

Cats are “obligate carnivores,” which means that they are strict carnivores, and rely on nutrients in animal tissue to meet their specific nutritional requirements.

In their natural habitat, cats are hunters and consume prey high in protein with moderate amounts of fat and minimal amounts of carbohydrates.

Cats also require more than a dozen nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids, some of which are not necessarily present in the correct amounts in home cooked diets.

The important thing to remember about these nutrients, particularly vitamins and minerals, is that Ebenezer needs the right amount of these nutrients, but no more.

It is possible to have “too much of a good thing” when it comes to vitamins and minerals; the use of supplements not only is unnecessary when you are using a commercially formulated cat food, but also can be potentially dangerous to your pet’s health.

Cats are neither small dogs nor people. Because of their unique metabolism, what might be good for you might be detrimental to Ebenezer.

A high-quality cat food assures an adequate supply of vitamins and minerals in his diet in the right proportions; supplements should never be used without a veterinarian’s approval.

Making your own cat food is a difficult and time-consuming process. Also, the nutrients in the formula may not be available in the right quantities and proportions to be beneficial to Ebenezer.

Talk to your own vet about this, but we suspect he will recommend that you use a commercial nutritionally balanced product. There are recipes available for home-cooked cat food, but, please, don’t go on the Internet looking for them.

If your vet is supportive, ask him for a recipe formulated by veterinarians certified in animal nutrition.

Or better yet, choose a kitten food diet recommended by your vet, ignore the ingredient list, and go buy more toys for Ebenezer. He wants toys more than he wants tuna casserole. (Actually, we all do.)

Speaking of cat food — Could you donate some dry Purina cat or kitten food to the Humane Society? We use a lot of it for our foster cats.

You could just drop it off any time is our outer office at 265 W. First St., Oswego, or call us at 207-1070 and we will make arrangements. Thanks!

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Phone is 207-1070. Email is ochscontact@hotmail.com. Website is www.oswegohumane.org.

St. Baldrick’s event March 30 in Oswego

The Oswego County Legislature proclaimed March as St. Baldrick’s Month in Oswego County at its monthly meeting.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation works to raise awareness and funding to support childhood cancer research and fellowship. So far this year, more than 170 Oswego County men, women and children have volunteered to shave their heads and raise money to support this cause.

They include the Oswego Minor Hockey Association, Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, the Oswego Firefighters Association, and many other groups and individuals from throughout Central New York.

Last year, their efforts brought in more than $93,000 and this year the goal has been set at $100,000.

Come to the Lake Ontario Conference and Event Center, 26 E. First St., Oswego on Sunday, March 30 to join the drive as the SUNY Oswego athletic department sponsors the 8th annual Oswego St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser. For more information or to volunteer, call 1-800-899-BALD, or contact Dan Witmer at daniel.witmer@oswego.edu. 

Judges named for business plan contest

The panel of judges has been secured for The Next Great Idea 2014 Oswego County Business Plan Competition, said Austin Wheelock, economic development specialist for Operation Oswego County and co-chair of Next Great Idea.

“The Next Great Idea is the result of business and community leaders joining together to launch a competition that encourages entrepreneurs to commit to new business development in Oswego County and offers a $25,000 prize to help make a dream come true,” Wheelock said.

Judges for the event are Jeff Grimshaw of the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations; Adam Gagas of Breakwall Asset Management; Kimberly Steele of the Steele Law Firm; Shane Broadwell of the Broadwell Hospitality Group; John Sharkey IV of Universal Metal; Sue Witmer of Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus; Mike Quenville of Pathfinder Bank; John Fitzgibbons, owner of the Fitzgibbons Agency; Atom Avery, local entrepreneur and owner of Avery Rental Properties & The Beacon Hotel; and Laurie O’Brien, owner of Port City Café & Red Sun Fire Roasting Co.

Judges were selected based on their local business knowledge and expertise in the fields of operations, management, financing, and entrepreneurship.

The first phase of the 2014 NGI Competition is underway and the deadline for submitting business concept proposals is April 11.

The entire competition will consist of three phases that will require semi-finalists selected from the first phase to develop full business plans and, in the third phase, finalists will make their “pitch” in person to the panel of judges.

This panel will determine which proposals will be selected to enter the subsequent phases culminating in the winner being chosen and honored at a luncheon Nov. 13.

Ideas that are not selected will receive written feedback from the judges of how to improve their proposals for the future.

The event web site, www.oswegocounty.org/NGI, includes an overview of the event, a competition timeline, guidelines, details on the $25,000 prize, sponsors, partners and contact information. In addition, the $25,000 can potentially be leveraged to borrow up to $250,000 in partnership with local banks, the Oswego County Industrial Development Agency, the cities of Oswego and Fulton community development offices, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SUNY Oswego students invited to participate in War of 1812 writing contest

SUNY Oswego students are invited to participate in the War of 1812 research paper competition in conjunction with the fourth annual Oswego War of 1812 Symposium Friday, April 4 to Sunday, April 6.

The symposium will be held at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, 26 E. First St., Oswego.

The contest involves SUNY Oswego students writing and presenting their findings on any aspect of the War of 1812. All SUNY Oswego students are welcome to participate.

Students interested in competing must follow the requirements for the contest. The topic of the paper must be on some aspect of the War of 1812. There is no length requirement for the papers, but they must be able to be presented for at least 10 minutes.

All papers must be submitted by Monday, March 24 and several papers will be chosen to be presented Friday evening, April 4 at the symposium. Students whose papers are chosen to be presented at the symposium will have the chance to win up to $150.

SUNY Oswego students who register with Richard Weyhing of the History Department a week prior, will have the registration fee covered to the symposium.

“Students are the future of our history. It’s superb the history department at SUNY Oswego took a leadership role in making Oswego a heritage tourism destination by engaging in cooperative programming with other community organizations,” said Paul Lear, superintendent of Fort Ontario State Historic Site and chair of the Oswego War of 1812 Steering Committee.

“While the action at the new Lake Ontario Conference Center during the 1812 Symposium won’t approach that at the Carrier Dome during basketball season, students and other attendees will rub elbows with the legends of history and be at center court for their often intense differences of opinions on the activities and actions of the armies, navies, and individuals who fought in our own backyard.”

Richard Weyhing, an assistant professor of history at SUNY Oswego, is coordinating the contest with SUNY Oswego students.

“This is going to be a great event that brings together SUNY Oswego students, the local community, and a slate of outside scholars to explore Oswego’s and New York’s place within the broader history of the War of 1812,” he said.

For more information regarding the contest or to submit your paper, please contact Weyhing at Richard.weyhing@oswego.edu

Hot air balloon fest coming to Oswego County

A hot air balloon festival is coming to Oswego County in June.

Hot air balloons will take to the skies over the Sandy Creek Fairgrounds June 6, 7 and 8 at the Oswego County Balloon Festival. The event opens at 3 p.m. Friday, June 6, and closes with music by Frostbit Blue Sunday night, June 8.

There also will be plenty of action on solid ground with music, a petting zoo, crafts and vendors.

At least 10 hot balloons in a variety of styles are scheduled to fly, with balloon launches Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday morning, and Saturday and Sunday nights, weather permitting. After the sun sets Saturday evening, spectators will be treated to the sight of glimmering hot air balloons in flight during the “balloon glow” from 9 to 10 p.m.

The event is being organized by All Over Events of Pulaski, NY.

Fulton wrestling prepares for next season

By Rob Tetro

James Bailey and Travis Kemp recently wrestled their final matches in Fulton red and green.

As they move on to the next phases of their lives, they do so while having left their marks on the Fulton Wrestling Program.

Both athletes were four-year wrestlers for the Red Raiders. Varsity wrestling coach Chris Stalker said Bailey and Kemp were great leaders who taught their teammates the importance of hard work, dedication and determination.

As these athletes move toward life beyond high school, Stalker hopes they do so while having learned that hard work pays off. He also hopes Kemp and Bailey move on with the ability to understand what it means to be a part of a successful team — that success isn’t just a part of individual efforts, but rather it’s understanding just how much a team can accomplish when they work together.

While the Red Raiders begin preparing for the 2014-15 season, they do so having been able to get many younger wrestlers some experience at the varsity level this past season.

However, Stalker feels James Bailey’s example could be felt for years to come.

As a junior, Bailey didn’t have as much as success as he hoped he would. Despite the disappointment, Bailey worked hard over the offseason and continued to display his impressive work ethic throughout the season.

The end result was a very successful season, including solid performances in Sectional and State meets.

Stalker said his younger wrestlers know what it takes to succeed at a high level because Bailey led by example and had the success to show for it.

Looking ahead to next season, Stalker is excited about some of the younger athletes making their way up the ranks of the Fulton Wrestling Program.

He said this past season, his team had ninth-grader Travis Race qualify for the State Meet and 11th-grader Mitch Woodworth had a solid performance at the State meet.

Stalker expects these two athletes to serve as key leadership figures next season. He looks forward to seeing these two  lead by example like Bailey and Kemp did with the hopes that they too, will succeed while encouraging others to follow in their footsteps.

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