Residents to receive batteries for tone-alert weather radios

Submitted by Oswego County

Replacement batteries have been mailed to county residents who have an emergency planning tone-alert weather radio from the Oswego County Emergency Management Office.

Director Dale A. Currier said replacement batteries are mailed to residents on an annual basis to ensure proper operation of these radios.

The tone-alert weather radios are provided to homes within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone surrounding the nuclear power plants that are out of hearing range of emergency sirens.

The radios are part of the Oswego County Radiological Emergency Preparedness Plan’s prompt notification system and are the property of Oswego County.

The battery distribution is part of the on-going maintenance program sponsored by the Emergency Management Office in conjunction with the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, a division of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, and Entergy Nuclear to allow for prompt notification of the public during an emergency.

Any resident who has a tone-alert weather radio and has not received a new battery by March 14 should contact the Emergency Management Office at 591-9150.

Letters have been mailed to residents in the Emergency Planning Zone who are eligible to receive a free radio but who have not been issued one.

“If you’ve received the letter and would like a tone-alert radio, please call our office,” Currier said. “If you either have a radio issued by our office or do not wish to receive one, please fill out and return the form included with the letter to us.”

Residents receiving a new battery are reminded that batteries are recyclable in Oswego County.

Currier emphasized that, upon hearing either the siren or tone-alert radio signal, people should tune their AM/FM radio or television to an Emergency Alert System station for further information and instructions.

EAS stations are listed in the 2014 Public Emergency Response Information Calendar; the yellow pages of the telephone book; on posters placed in public areas; and on the EMO page on the county website.

The calendar can be found on the county website at www.oswegocounty.com/emo.

Sirens are tested quarterly and a full-scale simultaneous activation of all sirens takes place once a year. The tone alert radios are tested every Wednesday, generally between 11 a.m. and noon.

Any resident who has a question concerning any aspect of emergency planning may call the Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or (800) 962-2792.

Applications being accepted for Camp Hollis Counselor-in-Training positions

Submitted by Oswego County

Applications are now being accepted for Counselor-in-Training positions at Camp Hollis.

Youth aged 15 or 16 years old may apply to be accepted into this training program. Camp Hollis will accept up to four 15-year-old participants and up to four 16-year-old participants.

Those who are 15 years old participate in the program June 22 through July 18 on a voluntary basis. Those 16 years old participate in the program from June 22 to Aug. 15 and receive a stipend.

Residency for both age groups is required from Sunday afternoon through Friday evening each week, with weekends off during the summer.

Camp Hollis is a children’s residential camp located in the town of Oswego on the shore of Lake Ontario with a strong focus on outdoor recreation and nature.  Children ages 8 to 14 attend camp for one week and participate in a variety of summer camp activities.

“The 15-year-old counselors-in-training shadow rotating counselors during the day to see what it is like and what it takes to work at a summer residential camp,” said Brandon Morey, coordinator of youth development and recreation for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

“The 16-year-old counselors-in-training either shadow rotating counselors during the day and take a more involved role of the supervision and programming aspect of a residential camp, or work in the kitchen to help prepare meals for the campers while performing cleaning duties required to maintain camp standards.”

Camp Hollis is owned by Oswego County and operated by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau as a residential camp. The facility is also available to rent from the beginning of May through October for use by families, clubs, school groups and other organizations.

Camp Hollis is located at 40 Health Camp Road, off Lakeshore Road in the town of Oswego.

Those seeking more information may call the Youth Bureau at 315-349-3451 or (800) 596-3200, ext.3451 or contact Morey at 349-3241 or by email at bmorey@oswegocounty.com.

Rosario Licciardello, lettuce and onion farmer

Rosario Licciardello, a self-employed lettuce and onion farmer, passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at his home.

He was 95.

The son of the late Gaetano Licciardello and Verda Cutuli Licciardello, he was born June 11, 1918 in New York City.

A veteran of WWII, Rosario served his county in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Marie, at home; children, Maria Nazarro and her husband Robert of Pine Bush, Richard Licciardello and his wife Sandra of Fulton, NY, Lauri Quigley and her husband John of Pine Bush, Howard Potter II and his wife Terri of Bath, NY, Scott Porter and his wife Sheila of Albany; sister Vita Chalone and husband Bart of Fulton, NY 16 grandchildren,  six great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Rosario is predeceased by his brother, Michael Licciardello and his sister; Sadie Malone.

Cremation will be private and at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will take place at a later date in the spring.

Arrangements are entrusted to the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc. www.wmgaganfuneralhome.com

Bodley Bulletins

By Julia Ludington

School has definitely been scarce the past few weeks!

However, Bodley students are still hard at work at their various activities.

Spring sports players are becoming excited as the season fast approaches. The first official day of practices will be March 10. Make sure you have gotten your physical and are all set to play.

Coaches will be giving their players “red sheets.” These are to record any injuries or health problems players may have.

Athletes are required to fill them out every year for the nurse. Players should make sure to get these in on time. It is very important that the nurse and trainer have your information in case of an emergency.

Our athletic department has begun to take concussions much more seriously in the past few years, so athletes should also be expecting to take a concussion test at the beginning of their respective seasons.

The test measures reaction time and recognition of shapes, words, and numbers, among many other things.

If a player gets a concussion, he or she will have to take the same test again. The trainer will compare both tests and determine if any further action needs to be taken.

No need to fret! It sounds scary, but if you take the right precautions, a concussion should be nothing to worry about. Always make sure you have the proper equipment. If you suspect you may have a concussion, be sure to tell your coach right away.

Do not forget about our upcoming musical (“Curtains”) this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! Evening performances take place on each day at 7:30 p.m., as well as a matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m. We hope you can make it!

School finance forum set for March 12

Stakeholders from 33 school districts will converge on West Genesee High School in Camillus on Wednesday, March 12, to draw attention to the ongoing fiscal crisis facing public schools.

Those attending also will develop a firm understanding of the key issues and learn how to be effective advocates for their children, schools and communities.

The event, “Our Kids, Our Schools…Our Future!,’’ has been organized to bring community members of all backgrounds together for an informative and inspiring forum that will let them know what is at stake if state leaders do not eradicate the Gap Elimination Adjustment and provide adequate, equitable and sustainable funding for our schools.

This forum originally was scheduled for Feb. 5, but was canceled due to snowy weather.

“The snow got us on our first attempt on Feb. 5, but the goal of this re-scheduled forum remains the same,’’ said Charles Borgognoni, executive director of the Central New York School Boards Association.

“Our focus is to inform the public about the state of the public education fiscal crisis and how it equates to lost opportunities for our children and communities. The 2014-15 state budget being hammered out in Albany is nearing completion,” Borgognoni said.

“It’s not too late to stand up for our kids and be heard. We are on a mission to inspire people to contact their state legislators and express their concerns about education spending,” he said.

The March 12 program will start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. West Genesee High School is located at 5201 W. Genesee St., Camillus.

The featured presenter for the forum is Rick Timbs, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium.

Timbs will address the need to repeal the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA -– a state fiscal gimmick that for the past four years has withheld billions of dollars in legally entitled state aid from districts across the state — that includes more than $350 million deducted from the 33 schools districts participating in this forum.

The forum is being coordinated by the Central New York School Boards Association in partnership with the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison and Oswego County BOCES on behalf of the students, families, and community members in the districts that make up the two BOCES regions.

Fairgrieve students honored for academic excellence

Fairgrieve Elementary School Principal Jean Ciesla recently recognized 118 students with Academic Excellence Awards.

The students were nominated by their classroom teachers based on their academic standing and outstanding behavior and attitude in the classroom.

The following kindergarten students received the Academic Excellence Award: Cayley Cunningham, William Duso, Benjamin Renfrew, Penelope Taylor, Julia Frataccia-Wavle, Casandra Guillaume, Jada Barnwell, Ayden Cusic, Jared Gardenier, Olivia Nesbitt, Devin Patchen, Kelsey Draughn, Audrina Mendez, Damien Drought, TeeJay Pagliaroli, and Giavonna Spano.

The following first-grade students received the Academic Excellence Award: Mya Carroll, Gabriella Mitchell, Trista Sullivan, Liam Crandall, Monae Fenty, Taylor Hull, Ashlyn Jimenez, Kaylee Mason, Logan Patchen, Deverick Reidell, Abigail Renner, Brookelynn Stewart, Jayce Wornick, Trevor Chappell, Joseph Cortini, Bailey DePoint, Adelaide McEachen, Dawson Reed, and Cristofer Rodriguez Barrios.

Second-graders honored with the Academic Excellence Award were: Richard LaGrow Jr., Ty Nesbitt, Nasir Noelm, Aiden Barriger, Karsen Conn, Ciara Dillingham, Joseph Frausto, Megan Gates, Alexa Halstead, Orissa Elson, Dominick Reidell, Kloe Bryan, Olivia Frataccia, Skyy Smith, Douglas VanSanford, Tristan Kent, Zoey Kerr, Dawson Krause, Andrew Mitchell, Carleigh Patterson, and Rylee Spencer.

The following third-grade students received the Academic Excellence Award: Sabrina Carvey, Trae Mitchell, Mandy Allen, Adon Heaney, Chelsey Latocha, Kayla McCraith, Alexis Pettit, Abigail Price, Ryan Carroll, Braeden DePoint, Nicholas Dunning, and William Patterson.

Fourth-grade students who received the Academic Excellence Award were: Matthew Breton, Caleb Crandall, Annyka Halligan, Rosiline Knoblock, Isabella Cary, Olivia Cunningham, Tiffany Macri, Kaden Reynnells, and Charles Stoutenger.

The following fifth-grade students received the Academic Excellence Award: Olivia Bush, Toni Gates, Kaylee Hutchins, Anthony Lucas, Alexa Patterson, Emily Sohoski, Noah Walter, Emma Weaver, Brandi Carr, Bryce Carroll, Anthony Epolito, Lauren Goss, Olivia Hawthorn, Caitlyn Warne, Braeci Clonch, Aryona DiGregorio, Olivia Forsyth, Kyleigh Halligan, Jaidyn Perry, and Morgan Zukowski.

Sixth-graders receiving the Academic Excellence Award were: Justice Carvey, Samuel Cary, Sean Flynn, Kyle Hotaling, Katie Hull, Alana White, Briana Coakley, JulieAnn Dunning, Alyssa Kurak, Sydney Lawson, Alexis Lighthall, Fiona McInnis, Samantha Perkin, Ronde Wood, Rebecca Bailey, Alexander Blaine, Hannah Bort, Brian Clark, Christopher Cross, Patrice Hudson, Christopher Prosenick, and Nevaeh Tucker.

BOCES celebrates 100th day of school

 Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The 100th day of school is more than just a milestone worth noting – it’s the perfect time to have fun with the number 100.

Robyn Yorker’s Blue Team at Oswego County BOCES Stepping Stones Day Program participated in 100-day activities that provided opportunities for the students to practice English  language arts and math skills.

Students made as many words as they could out of the word ‘hundred’ and created addition and subtraction sentences that equaled 100. The students also sharpened their observational skills during a science experiment that required them to predict the level that 100 drops of water would fill a cup.

The day wrapped up with students listening to the story “100th Day Worries” by Margery Cuyler, about a teacher who gives an assignment for his students to bring in 100 items for the 100th day of class.

 

What’s happening at the CNY Arts Center?

Get your game on in March…learn painting and drawing with local artist Bonnie McClellan.

A series of classes are being offered. They are:

Oil Painting: Lighthouse by the Sea — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 8, $34 (materials included), start with a blank canvas–leave with a finished painting!

Ink Drawing – 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 8, $10, learn the basics of drawing with ink.

Oil Painting: Lakeside Birches — 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, $29 (materials included), start with a blank canvas–leave with a finished painting!

Looking for children’s classes? There are classes and even private lessons. Register on line or at the arts center office. for more information, go to the website at www.cnyartscenter.com

Visit us at Arts in the heART gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton. The art center offices are located on the corner of Park and State Streets in Fulton – use the Park Street entrance.

Call the center at 592-3373.

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