St. Francis residents keeping fit

The weather may be keeping some people indoors, but at St. Francis Commons the weather hasn’t stopped residents there from getting plenty of exercise!

Thanks to a partnership with SUNY Oswego, Amanda Shultz, a senior majoring in wellness management, is completing an internship at the assisted living residence which focuses on keeping seniors active and healthy.

The internship involves leading two  45-minute “SUNY Fit” classes each week for residents, incorporating movement and stretching to music.

Every Friday afternoon the program is expanded to involve an indoor walking club, volleyball games and even a few new twists on games; recent activities reflect the Winter Olympics.

“My passion is to help people improve the quality of their lives,” said Shultz. “Being able to help the residents be more physically active helps them immensely in performing everyday tasks that can sometimes become more difficult as we age.”

“My goal is simply for the residents to get stronger and feel better while hopefully having a lot of fun,” she said. “So far, I have seen great participation and I am developing a great relationship with each person attending my class.”

Shultz’s internship at St. Francis Commons will continue through the current school semester.

“Everyone understands how important physical activity is for your wellbeing, and everyone likes to make exercise as enjoyable as possible,” said Peg Livoti, director of activities at St. Francis Commons.

“We are excited to have Amanda’s enthusiasm for exercise and healthy lifestyle choices, and are pleased to add this wellness program to compliment all the other activities and events we have available for our residents,” she said.

St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence is the newest phase of development on the St. Luke healthcare campus, located on the east side in the City of Oswego.

The campus also includes St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and Little Lukes Childcare Center.

For more information about St. Francis Commons please call (315) 326-0870, or visit on the web at www.stfranciscommons.com

Novelis wins environmental award

Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling with a plant in Oswego, was honored Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a winner of its Climate Leadership Award for exemplary leadership in reducing carbon pollution and addressing climate change.

Only 15 companies won the honor.

Novelis was honored in the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award) category for publicly reporting and verifying corporate greenhouse gas inventories and achieving aggressive greenhouse emissions reduction goals.

In addition, Novelis was recognized for demonstrating leadership in managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in internal operations and throughout the supply chain, as well as integrating climate resilience into its operating strategies.

Since 2007, the company has reduced its overall greenhouse gas intensity by nearly 12 percent across its U.S. locations, and globally, plans to cut its greenhouse gas contamination in half from 2007 to 2020.

“Novelis has made great strides in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.

“Their commitment to reducing carbon pollution demonstrates that efforts to address climate change are repaid by saving money and energy, while supporting more livable and resilient communities, and a healthier, better protected environment.”

At all Novelis locations, the company has made gains in reducing its greenhouse gases through optimizing its re-melt processes and sharing best practices on the efficient use of lighting and compressed air.

Not only is the company committed to reducing its greenhouse gases, it has also made a commitment to increase the recycled content in its products to 80 percent by 2020, among other goals.

“The EPA’s Climate Leadership Award is recognition that we are making real progress in our sustainability commitment, which we believe will be key to Novelis’ long-term competitiveness,” noted John Gardner, vice president and chief sustainability officer for Novelis.

“We are radically transforming our company to achieve our aggressive sustainability goals and are focused on the work that remains to reduce our carbon footprint, increase our recycled content and operate ethically and responsibly worldwide,” Gardner said.

Closings and cancellations

Be sure to check back here periodically for updates:

** Fulton, Pulaski, Mexico, Hannibal and Sandy Creek schools dismissed early Thursday, Feb. 27.

** All after school and evening activities for the Oswego City School District for Thursday Feb. 27 have been canceled.
** Pulaski has no after school or evening activities. The Family Fun Night at Lura Sharp Elementary has been postponed until March 20 due to the weather.
** Mexico will have no after school activities.
** Hannibal has canceled all after-school activities.

Travel advisory issued in Oswego

As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, a travel advisory has been issued for the city of Oswego.

Mayor Thomas Gillen said the advisory is issued due to the heavy snow accumulation and white-out conditions.

The advisory means there should be no unnecessary travel on city streets. There also is no parking on city streets between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Motorists are asked not to park on city streets, during non-parking ban hours, to assist Department of Public Works crews in snow removal.

The travel advisory is in effect until further notice, Gillen said.

 

 

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