Phoenix senior athletes recognized

Here are the Phoenix seniors playing winter sports who have been recognized for their achievements:

 

Boys Basketball

  • Bryce Plante
  • Austin Furco
  • Emilio Tassone
  • Nick Tassone
  • Dylan Doupe
  • Brian Sawyer
  • Brandon Wood

 

Girls Basketball

  • Kimberly Holbrook
  • Alexandra Wilson

 

Boys Indoor Track

  • Anthony Brienza
  • Ralph Casillo
  • Mike Girard
  • Eric Hillpot
  • Mike Leach
  • Andy Padula
  • Billy Stone
  • Dylan Switzer

 

Girls Indoor Track

  • Meghan Lentz
  • Nichole Marr
  • Stephanie Seever
  • Destiny Teel
  • Haylie Virginia

 

Wrestling

  • Jason Nipper
  • Brian Stafford
  • Billy Ostrander
  • Austin Dristle
  • Ryan Pinzer
  • Cody Corso
  • Derrick Powell

BOCES students practice their skills

Clients pampered at BOCES

Oswego Industries clients recently were treated to hand and nail treatments at the cosmetology class at Oswego County BOCES.

Clients were given manicures and paraffin hand dip treatments.

The program provides the 85 students the chance to practice what they have learned.

The students learn about chemistry, electricity, anatomy and physiology and business planning sanitation sterilization, professional image.

Cookin’ up a storm

Students in the culinary arts program at Oswego County BOCES served up a special breakfast buffet to the Oswego County Counselors group following their meeting at the BOCES campus. 

The culinary students put their skills to the test when they provided a buffet featuring bagels, English muffins, French toast, sausage, bacon, eggs, fruit, pastries, and an omelet station where made to order omelets were prepared.

The students also practiced their customer service skills as they provided table service to the district representatives on hand.

The counselors were guidance counselors from the nine component school districts in the county.

For more information about the culinary arts program at Oswego County BOCES, contact Marla Berlin, Career and Technical Education Principal at 963-4433.

Fairgrieve students receive honors

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Outstanding students from each class, kindergarten through grade six, were selected to receive the Fairgrieve Elementary School Principal’s Award.

Principal Jean Ciesla presents the awards quarterly to recognize role model students for regularly upholding the school’s following four behavioral expectations: be respectful, be responsible, be safe, and be a problem solver; which are part of the district-wide PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) initiative.

Fairgrieve Elementary School’s Principal’s Award winners for second quarter of the 2013-14 school year are:

Kindergartners Penelope Taylor, Jared Gardenier and Kiernan Percival

First-graders Bailey DePoint, Mya Carroll and Logan Patchen;

Second-graders Carleigh Patterson, Skyy Smith, McKenna Lawson and Brandi Weindl.

Third-graders William Patterson, Cassidy Duso and Mandy Allen

Fourth-graders Alexandra Coakley, Molly Williams and Charles Stoutenger

Fifth-graders Toni Gates, Lauren Goss and Jaidyn Perry

Sixth-graders Samantha Perkins, Kyle Hotaling and Devanee Sabin.

Applications due for county GENIUS Olympiad

Central Square’s Paul V. Moore High School has launched a hydroponics project supported by its prize from last year’s Oswego County GENIUS Olympiad.

Paul V. Moore students and other high schools right now are preparing to enter the second annual GENIUS competition, set for Earth Day April 22 at SUNY Oswego.

Online registration deadline is March 17 for the environmental-science competition organized by the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations. The competition is open to all Oswego County students in grades 9 through 12.

“At least one group of students I know is planning to enter this year,” said Audrey Sauer, science chair at Central Square. She plans to encourage others  to enter.

Sauer expressed her admiration for Paul V. Moore High School student Parker Wells, whose project, “The Onondaga Lake Watershed,” won the inaugural Oswego County GENIUS (Global Environmental Issues — United States) Olympiad last year.

The $2,000 first prize went to the Central Square School District, and Sauer and her department drew  on it to construct and supply a set of hydroponic gardens built by the school’s technology department.

The first hydroponics experiment (growing plants without soil) features cilantro, onion and sage.

“We will do plant studies through the rest of the school year and beyond,” Sauer said. “The three hydro units are movable and can go right into the classroom.”

GENIUS steppingstone

The Oswego County competition is in conjunction with SUNY Oswego’s GENIUS Olympiad, in its fourth year as a premier environmental competition for high school students from around the world interested in science, art, photography, creative writing, design and music.

The winner at the Oswego County level receives an automatic invitation to the global competition, as Wells did.

Tammy Elowsky, assistant director of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, said for years, Oswego County high school students needed to travel to Onondaga or other counties to compete in science fairs.

She spoke of a new partnership that will provide added benefit to those entering and attending the April 22 competition.

“We are partnering with the college’s sustainability coordinators,” Elowsky said. “They are going to bring fun and value-added exhibits and information to Earth Day and our Oswego County GENIUS competitors.”

Elowsky said high school students would display their posters and demonstrations along the corridor that connects the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation with the adjacent School of Education buildings. The college’s sustainability exhibits will join them.

Jamie Adams, sustainability coordinator, and Michael Lotito, sustainability engineer, said they intend to engage the competitors and interested campus and community members with Earth Day displays,, including stationery bicycles generating electricity.

The Oswego school district and Oswego Children’s Museum each will receive one of the bikes.

Another display will feature “upcycled” products — items that formerly might have been discarded but which have been converted to other uses.

For more information on Oswego County GENIUS, visit the left-hand column of the college’s civic engagement web page at oswego.edu/civic, email civic@oswego.edu or call Elowsky at 312-3492.

Volney students hope to read 2,500 books; send principal up to the roof

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Volney Elementary School students attended a spirit assembly Feb. 28 in recognition of their positive behavior and for being role models.

Principal Lisa Garofalo gave certificates to one student from each classroom who exemplified the character trait of honesty.

In addition to the classroom role models, 22 students were awarded certificates for being “On A Roll” models.

The monthly classroom role models were Aiden Grant, Ethan Clark, Kyle Stuber, James DeCare, Tyler Budd, Abbigail Gist, Keira Scott, Caitlin Roberts and Ashley Huller.

Also: Caiden Taber, Marissa Bowering, Lydia Gigliotti, Alexis Ingersoll, Grace Esposito, Emma Brewster, Nick Miceli, Nick Smith, Cassandra Seaton, Chloe Hurlbut and Jessica Hyman.

Students earning recognition as the monthly “On a Roll” models included Adriana Raymond, Caleb Turner, Gavynn Krick, Valerie Nichols, Brayden Moshier, Caleb Clark, Parker Ellis, Hailey Ward, Amber Dumas and Cory Hyman.

Also: Tylyn Boshart, Brad Currier, Shane Gouterngout- Reynolds. Tesa Galvin, Mason Firenze, Lilly Dumas, Sarah Gigliotti, Emily Grant, Rain Frank, Sabastion Lauckarn, Tyler Emeterio and Jayce Gibides.

After the awards presentation, Garofalo read aloud Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind by Judy Finchler and Kevin O’Malley.

In the book, character Principal Wiggins promises to dye his hair purple and sleep on the school roof if the students read 1,000 books in a school year.

With March 3 being the 17th annual Read Across America Day, Garofalo decided to put out a challenge to her school: read 2,500 books in one week.

If students meet the challenge, Garofalo, like the principal in the story, agreed to spend the night on the roof and dye her hair purple.

Students could hardly contain their enthusiasm, and went home for the weekend fired up to read.

Program helps people with chronic health problems

Oswego Health is offering free workshops for community members who want to better manage their chronic conditions.

The free, six-week program developed by Stanford University will be held Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to noon beginning March 14 at Springside at Seneca Hill.

A similar program was held recently in Oswego and participants remarked the provided materials offered successful strategies to improve their health status.

“This program provides participants with the knowledge and skills that truly empower them to make lifestyle changes to improve their chronic disease management,” said registered nurse Rachel Baglia

Baglia, along with registered nurse Sue Callaway, will lead the program

This program is designed to help those with arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis or diabetes improve their health status through its living healthy workshops.

The workshops will cover nutrition and exercise, as well as how to get support, deal with pain and fatigue and talk with your physician and family members about your condition. Participants will learn goal setting techniques and establish a step-by-step plan to improve their health.

Those taking part in the program will be provided a free workbook and healthy snacks at each class session.

To register, or if you have questions, call 349-5513.

News in Brief

Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego will be serving an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday March 8.

The menu includes your choice of French toast, waffles or pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee or tea.

Extra sides may be purchased as well.

Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 45 E. Utica Street (corner of East Fourth at Utica Street) in Oswego.

For more information, call the church at 343-1715.

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The Montezuma Audubon Center is proud to welcome WOWEE Wildlife and their live animals from 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 8.

During this family friendly indoor program, participants will meet some native animals up close! A bobcat, fox and other wild creatures will be on display during an informative and captivating presentation.

Bring your cameras and be ready to enjoy WOWEE Wildlife. A fee will be charged. Space is limited and registration is required by calling 365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org to register.

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The Sons of the American Legion Post 1552 in Hannibal will have its monthly buffet breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., Sunday, March 9 at the post on Rochester Street.

A full menu will be offered.

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The Evangel University Concert Choir will appear in concert at Port City Faith,      Oswego, at 10:45 a.m., March 9, the Rev. Sebastian Foti has announced.

The EU Concert Choir is a 36-member vocal ensemble that is currently touring through Ohio, Virginia, New York and Connecticut.

During the past 30 years, the choir has toured in the 48 contiguous states, Canada, the Bahamas, Cuba and 15 countries in Europe.

The repertoire of the Concert Choir ranges from classical to contemporary sacred literature. The program is as varied and energetic as the 36-member choral ensemble. CDs will be available for sale after the concert.

Evangel University is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the National Association of Schools of Music and the Council on Social Work Education.

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There will be a chili, soup and salad luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday March 13 at the Oswego Center United Methodist Church.

The church is on County Route 7 in Oswego.

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Halters, saddles, clothes and much more will be for sale at bargain prices at the annual Oswego County 4-H Tack Sale from 10 a.m. to noon March 15 at Central Square Middle School, Route 11.

The benefits of the sale support the 4-H educational horse programs held throughout Oswego County.

Anyone who loves a bargain and is looking for equine related items, this sale is for you.

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Registration for Canal Clean Sweep events ends in two weeks.

If you haven’t done so already, please register your event by March 15.

The state Canal Corp. and Parks and Trails New York once again need your help for the annual Canal Clean Sweep.

Last year’s Clean Sweep resulted in more than 150 communities, civic groups, businesses and social clubs completing nearly 100 cleanup and beautification events along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail.

This year’s event will take place Friday-Sunday, April 25-27.

Like last year, the 2014 Canal Clean Sweep will be held in recognition of Earth Day 2014, and in advance of the upcoming navigation season, the 190th consecutive season on the New York State Canal System.

Local woman helps kick off proposed law against synthetic drugs

Teresa Woolson of Oswego joined state lawmakers Tuesday to push for the ban of synthetic drugs.

Woolson’s son Victor, a Mexico High School graduate, died from injuries suffered as a result of synthetic drug use.

He drowned in Lake Ontario while swimming at Flat Rock. His friends who were with him told police he had purchased a synthetic marijuana, called “K-2 Avalanche,” at Xtreme Underground in Oswego right before going swimming.

He purchased the drug after the state and federal ban of synthetic drugs was in place.

“I came to Albany today to help prevent another family feeling the pain and destruction these poisons can cause,” Woolson said.

“This legislation, when passed, will help us stay one step ahead of the criminals and help keep these poisons off store shelves, ultimately saving lives.  I want to thank everyone here in attendance for your concern about this important issue,” she said.

Assemblyman Will Barclay, R-Pulaski, state Sen. Patricia Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, Assemblyman Robert Oaks, R-Macedon, and other state Senate and Assembly members and Upstate Poison Control officials said at a press conference March 4 that banning synthetic drugs has been a challenge because New York and the federal government outlaw drugs based on their chemical compounds.

Because these drugs are synthetic, manufacturers have been able to slightly change their chemical composition so they are no longer on the state’s controlled substance list and therefore no longer illegal.

In addition, synthetic drugs are often mislabeled and sold as products other than drugs (i.e., bath salts, shoe deodorant and incense). However, the seller and the purchaser realize that the intended use of the synthetic drug is to provide a high for the user.

The legislation announced Tuesday addresses mislabeling, chemical swapping and creates penalties for possessing and selling synthetic drugs equivalent to their “street drug” counterpart.

The bill contains two key provisions:

** Broader power is given to the Commissioner of Health to add synthetic drugs and their chemical compounds to the controlled substance list, rather than having the legislature act to add to the controlled substance list; and

** Stores will be penalized for selling mislabeled products when they are clearly intended to be used as drugs.

In addition, pursuant to this legislation, if a person believes a store is selling synthetic drugs, they can file a complaint with the Attorney General. Based on evidence, the Attorney General can act and make an application to the court requesting a special procedure, to issue an injunction to stop selling the product.

If it is determined by the court that the store violated the law of mislabeling synthetic drug for a minor to purchase, those individuals could be charged with a felony.

By expanding the Department of Health commissioner’s powers to add these substances to the controlled substance list, action can be taken immediately to put these dangerous items on the banned substances list, eliminating the need for the Legislature to revisit this issue each time a new chemical compound is introduced.

“This legislation helps us to take the next step when it comes to putting an end to the use of these dangerous substances that as we’ve seen, have the potential to cause violence, crime and even death,”  said state Sen. Patricia Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, who sponsors the legislation in the Senate.

Oaks, who represnts western Oswego County, said the push for change in the law to end easy access to dangerous synthetic drugs must continue until people can no longer obtain them at all.

“We’ve banned the products from retail stores, but that’s not enough. Now, we need to urge the rest of our colleagues and leaders in Albany to take this important issue up once again. We need to prevent our youth from obtaining these drugs underground, while at the same time, imposing harsh penalties for those who continue to sell these substances,” said Oaks.

“The scariest thing about these drugs is people don’t know what’s in it. The compounds keep changing and the packaging is designed to be attractive even to young children,” said Lee Livermore, public education coordinator for the Upstate New York Poison Control Center.

“Some packages even have statements that the product is legal, but don’t list the actual ingredients,” Livermore said.

Brian Colombo, the owner of Xtreme Underground, the store where Victor Woolson is reported to have purchased his “K-2 Avalanche,” will be in Oswego City Court March 19.

He is charged with two misdemeanors stemming from selling unbranded synthetic drugs at the store.

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