Gordon M. Sheldon, 78, of Granby, passed away Sunday, at Oswego Hospital.
He was born in Syracuse and had resided most of his life in Granby.
Gordon owned and operated a dairy farm in Granby.
He was an Army veteran, serving from 1953-1956.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa of Granby; a son, Gordon J. (Mina) of Marietta, Calif.; a daughter, Camille J. (Douglas) Elkins of Liverpool; a brother, Robert (Ruth) Sheldon of Granby; two granddaughters, Alexandra and Katherine Elkins; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours were April 1 with a service to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.
Burial in the spring will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.
Contributions in memory of Gordon may be made to Catholic Charities, 365 W. First St. S., Fulton, 13069.
Karrie Damm, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, said Jennifer Delles and Jamie Butler have been accepted as interns at the CAC.
Delles, a graduate student at SUNY Oswego, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Nazareth College and is pursuing a master’s degree in mental health counseling and certification in play therapy.
Butler, also a graduate student at SUNY Oswego, earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from SUNY Brockport and is studying for her master’s degree in mental health counseling and certification in trauma studies.
For Delles, her love of children made the CAC an easy choice for an internship.
“I always enjoyed working with children. I like everything about them; their energy, their enthusiasm, and the fact that they are so resilient. When my professor recommended the CAC for an internship I knew it would be a good fit for me,” said Delles.
While at Nazareth College Delles also served as an intern at the EquiCenter, a therapeutic horseback riding facility in Rochester.
At the EquiCenter, she worked with children with developmental delays and physical disabilities through the use of horses in a therapeutic setting.
“It was interesting to see them interact with the horses. I worked with them on grooming the horses, basic riding and horsemanship skills, games and other activities,” she said.
“It was cool to watch their progress and to see them transition from the ground to the horse. Once they were on the horse they sat up straight and lit right up, they loved being with the horses!” said Delles.
For Butler, her love of art and her concern for children came together quite naturally.
While working as an Ameri-Corps member at a school in Arizona, Butler was involved in program planning and events for children and their families. One of the experiences she had at the school had a significant impact on her.
“One young girl I worked with had several disabilities and found it difficult to connect with other people. When one of the other teachers realized this girl and I both shared a love of art she began sending her to my room,” Butler said.
“ She was very shy and had only drawn with pencils. I brought her some cool stuff to use and a sketchbook and we began spending time drawing together. She eventually warmed up to me and spoke to me about her family,” she said.
“I really enjoyed working with her and it inspired me to go into the mental health field. I hope to incorporate art into what I do and eventually be certified in art therapy,” said Butler.
As interns at the CAC, Delles and Butler are involved with intakes and will be working closely with children, siblings and their parents.
They will assist in providing therapeutic intervention regarding all types of child abuse and their effects, safety and prevention education, and support to children during their recovery from the experience.
The opportunity to work with entire family unit is as an aspect of the CAC that greatly appealed both of them.
Delles and Butler began their practicum in January and will continue with their internships through the next three semesters. Damm added the pair are a welcome addition as each brings with them their own unique strengths and talents.
“We are happy that Jennifer and Jamie will be serving their internship with us. Their past experiences, their willingness to learn, and the compassion they have for the children and families we work with will serve them well,” said Damm.
Located at 301 Beech St., Fulton, the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County provides a wide range of free services to children who have been physically or sexually abused and provides a safe, child-friendly site for the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse.
For more information on the CAC you may contact them at 315-592-4453, visit their website at www.oswegocac.org, or follow them on Facebook.
Adam (Peter Mahan) claims his territory from Eve (Kelly Mahan) in this scene from Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve returning for one weekend only, April 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m., and April 6 at 3 p.m. at CNY Arts Center located at the 357 State St. Church in Fulton. Innocence and discovery, grief and forgiveness, joy and frustration are explored in the course of two becoming one in this romantic comedy by James Still. For tickets and reservations, visit CNYArtsCenter.Com or call 592-3373. Ticket price will include dessert.
Valeri R. Dedich, of Bakeman Street, Fulton, has been charged with driving while intoxicated while she had children in her car.
Fulton police said Dedich admitted to drinking alcohol and failed several field sobriety tests. the children were all under the age of 15 — one was in the front passenger seat, with the two others seated as rear passengers. The children were turned over to another adult who responded to the scene.
Dedich is charged with driving while intoxicated with a child, a felony; driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor; driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol count more than 0.08 percent, a misdemeanor; and failure to keep right, a violation.
Dedich was arraigned by Fulton City Court Judge David Hawthorne and released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to return to court at 9 a.m. April 16.
As winter draws to a close in Oswego County, fourth-graders at Hannibal’s Fairley Elementary School recently met with meteorologist Jim Teske to learn about the factors that contribute to the lake-effect snow that has blanketed the region all season long.
The TV weatherman delivered a presentation to nearly 100 students as they gained a better understanding about different weather phenomena.
From tornados to blizzards, the fourth-graders received information about what causes such events to occur.
They viewed weather maps, videos and even conducted their own weather experiment to demonstrated atmospheric changes.
With the assistance of fourth-grader Mackenzie Astle, Teske set a cotton ball on fire, dropped it into a glass bottle and set a hard-boiled egg on the top of the bottle. The burning cotton ball heated the air inside of the bottle and created some airflow between the top of the bottle and the egg. Once the flame was extinguished, the bottle cooled and a partial vacuum was created, sucking the egg into the bottle.
“When you have high pressure and you move to low pressure, you create air flow,” Teske explained. “The air inside the bottle was low pressure and outside was high pressure. Something has to give.”
In addition to the experiment demonstrating pressure fluctuations, students learned that lake-effect snow is caused by cool air traveling over a warm body of water such as Lake Ontario. Combine those factors with winds out of the north or northwest and the situation is prime for a lake-effect snow event, Teske said.
Armed with the knowledge of the lesson, the students said they would know what to look for when it comes to forecasting the weather.
Living her passion every day fuels Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham, a 1986 SUNY Oswego graduate who will be the featured speaker at the college’s Honors Convocation.
The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. April 11 in the Campus Center’s arena and convocation hall.
When Higginbotham addresses the 115 honors recipients and their supporters that Friday, she will speak about her own experiences, and she will encourage audience members, no matter what their goals, majors or ages, to find the nexus of their personal and corporate passions.
“I believe that we are most fulfilled, and our contributions to society are most effective, when we work in a profession that fits that overriding passion,” Higginbotham says.
Founder and president of Women TIES (Women Together Inspiring Entrepreneurial Success), Higginbotham helps female small business owners expand their economic opportunities by connecting with and supporting one another.
The group serves 300 members with 60 volunteers in six regional districts of New York state.
“My corporate mission is the same as my personal mission,” she says. “I have been constant in my beliefs and in my advocacy for women entrepreneurs.”
As a small business owner herself for 15 years — she founded an events management company, Five Star Events, in 1995 — Higginbotham knows firsthand the needs of her colleagues.
By 2005, she says, she embraced her passion for helping other women entrepreneurs and created her second company, Women TIES, to foster larger and stronger economic networks among women across the state.
Higginbotham, eldest of eight siblings, says her advocacy for women stems from her early observations of successful women who were close to her. Her mother and an aunt were both small business owners, and a 1931 SUNY Oswego alumna, the late Olive Brannan Spargo, served as an important mentor to Higginbotham in her late teens.
“I had such strong women to guide me that I developed love and respect for women who are engaged in interesting ventures,” Higginbotham says. “My mother and aunt were each in business in the 1960s, a time when women were just emerging in such roles.”
Spargo, who had been a public school teacher and active Oswego volunteer, lived in Rome, Oneida County, where Higginbotham grew up.
“She tapped me on the shoulder when I was 16 to take a leadership role greeting potential SUNY Oswego students in our hometown, and she was a great influence on me from that time on,” Higginbotham said.
Spargo was instrumental in bringing Higginbotham back to the SUNY Oswego family after she graduated to work for the Alumni Relations Office and in encouraging her to serve as one of the youngest members of the Oswego Alumni Association board of directors.
“Women have helped me,” Higginbotham says. “They have been inspirational and practical in their assistance. It is my intention to carry this help forward.”
Her professional success in small business and leadership has been recognized extensively, including two awards, in 2005 and 2011, from the New York State Small Business Administration.
Amid her busy professional life, she still makes her affiliation with SUNY Oswego a priority.
“I wanted to be involved in everything at SUNY Oswego from the moment I got there,” says Higginbotham, who lives with her husband and two sons in Central New York.
“It’s natural for people to love their alma maters, but I am impressed that Oswego had so much to offer. I’ll always be grateful for my education there and for the people I’ve met along the way.”
Higginbotham graduated from SUNY Oswego with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
She continued with graduate studies in business management and now serves on the advisory board of Oswego’s School of Business in addition to several other board memberships in Central New York.
Area students entering the eighth or ninth grade in the fall can learn more about healthcare careers this July at Oswego Hospital’s MASH Camp.
While July may be a few months away, the application deadline is May 3.
This year’s MASH Camp (Medical Academy of Science and Health) at Oswego Hospital will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 and 31.
During the camp, students have the opportunity to take part in hands-on activities, such as learning how to suture, which is taught by the hospital surgery center staff.
There will also be tours of many departments, providing the students with a behind-the-scenes look at the hospital and the variety of jobs offered in a healthcare setting.
All campers will receive hospital scrubs to wear each day at camp, breakfast and lunch, a T-shirt and education materials. The camp fee is $30 per student.
The camp is coordinated by the Central New York Area Health Education Center, which also offers scholarships to those students who need help paying the fee.
Space is limited to 20 students at M.A.S.H. Camp and applications will be reviewed by a selection process. Students can access the online application by visiting the CNYAHEC website at www.cnyahec.org.