Mitchell’s expands to include signs

Mitchell’s Speedway Press has launched Speedway Sign & Design, a new division manufacturing wide-format printing and custom full color signs.

Speedway  Sign & Design offers customer consultation, custom graphic design and incredible print quality for many custom printed products — trade show graphics, banners, yard signs, conference signage, vehicle wraps, window graphics, wall graphics, floor graphics, clothing, magnets and more.

Speedway Sign & Design prints in high resolution on vinyl, adhesive mesh, fabric and canvas, along with many other materials including aluminum, up to 5 feet wide to any length.

Durable, finished signs are cut to shape and size, with industrial-grade lamination to weatherize the signs for at least five years. Hanging mesh and adhesive vinyl are also available for easy, professional window displays.

“A trade show display can have a dozen different types of large, custom-printed signs,” said Speedway Press third-generation owner John Henry. “From free-standing double-sided banners, retractable displays, to feather flag banners, Speedway Sign & Design can print them all. We can print car wraps, a custom wrap for your mailbox, or even graphics that adhere to the floor.”

“This will allow our clients to print their corporate identity on virtually any medium, ensuring a uniform corporate brand,” he said.

Speedway’s art department consults with clients to design and format their wide-format printing projects.

“We have three incredible designers on staff who will work personally with you to give your project life, all done in house and a telephone consultation away,” Henry said. “If you have your design all ready, our online order system makes it effortless to click and print any large format project, any time of day or night, and our turnaround time is second to none”.

Speedway Sign and Design prints all materials at its green-friendly plant in Oswego,  using full color eco-solve inks, including white and chrome.

“Chrome ink can be used to simulate gold, silver and other metallic colors, or add a mirror finish, really making the project pop,” Henry said. “Unlike many other sign shops, we added a 68” laminator, so every piece, no matter how large, can be laminated for years of use.”

Speedway Press is a nationwide printer who serves the race track industry, nonprofits and businesses nationwide.

John Henry announced the expansion was in line with the company’s continued growth.

“We had a great year, and we were able to invest this good fortune in wide format equipment, including a state of the art 64-inch Mimaki printer,” he said.

“We’re delighted to bring our printing expertise, stellar designers, and phenomenal customer care to the large format arena, turning out spectacular custom-printed projects, limited only to the extent of our client’s imagination,” he said.

Speedway can be reached through their website, www.speedwaypress.com, or in person at 343-3531.

Novelis workers vote down union; Steelworkers file charges

By Ashley M. Casey

Employees of the Novelis plant in Scriba voted last week not to join the United Steelworkers Union (USW). Of 560 employees polled over Feb. 20 and 21, 273 voted yes to joining USW and 287 voted no.

Jim Ridgeway, a local representative for USW, said USW has already filed charges against Novelis for unfair labor practices including threats and coercion toward employees. Continue reading

Kasper promoted at Scotsman Media Group

The Scotsman Media Group has appointed Courtney Rae Kasper as associate publisher of editorial as well as editor-in-chief of Today’s CNY Woman, effective Feb. 12.

An award-winning writer and editor, Kasper brings more than eight years of professional print media experience to the company. Most recently, she served as senior editor for Today’s CNY Woman in Syracuse,  and previously as associate editor for Dance Teacher magazine, New York, N.Y.

Kasper’s work also has appeared in national publications such as Time Out New York.

In addition to overseeing editorial content and design of all the company’s media products, Kasper will be responsible for maintaining the profitability of Today’s CNY Woman, while supporting advertising efforts for all of the company’s publications.

“Courtney Kasper has been an integral part of the Scotsman Media Group for more than two years,” said Scotsman Media Group President William Veit. “With Courtney’s drive, talent, and experience, we are certain our Scotsman Media Group readers and advertisers will be well served under her leadership.”

Kasper reports she will focus on continuing the growth of Today’s CNY Woman with a renewed focus on community events, and will work with focus groups to better understand the needs of the women in the Central New York community.

Under Kasper’s leadership, the editorial team for The Valley News will continue the publication’s long tradition of serving the Fulton community with quality community journalism, including a continuation of its monthly Fulton Families series, city of Fulton and Oswego County government, school sports and other community news coverage.

Kasper received her master of arts degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Kasper was selected for the 2013 Rising Stars program through the Association of Free Community Papers where she will serve as a mentor for young communications professionals and participate in annual symposiums for the following two years.

Kasper resides with her husband, Don Kasper, in Auburn.

The Scotsman Press, Inc., incorporated in 1954, today is doing business as the Scotsman Media Group, which publishes the award-winning, community-focused publications The Valley News, Today’s CNY Woman, The Finger Lakes Vacationer and other specialty publications. The company also serves hundreds of other publications through its commercial printing services to customers throughout Central New York.

The Scotsman Press, Inc. is currently owned by John J. Badoud, Jr. of Virginia. On Jan. 24, 2014, it was announced that the company signed a definitive agreement to sell the company to its current president, William G. Veit. The sale of the company is expected to close on or about March 31, 2014.

For more information, please visit www.scotsmanpress.com

 

Man sentenced to 20 years on rape conviction

Joseph A. Stefanovich, 43, of Liverpool, on Friday was sentenced to 20 years in state prison, along with 5 years post-release supervision, based upon his conviction for rape in the first degree.

District Attorney Gregory Oakes said Stefanovich was convicted of rape 1st Nov. 22, 2013, after a week long jury trial in which Stefanovich testified on his own behalf. The conviction is based upon an allegation that Stefanovich forcibly raped a woman in Phoenix July 30, 2005.

It was alleged that Stefanovich grabbed the victim from behind, put her in a chokehold, and dragged her into a wooded area, where the offense was committed.

Oakes said Stefanovich was linked to the case due to a DNA hit that occurred in 2006.  Stefanovich’s DNA was on profile due to a prior sexual offense conviction.  In fact, he had already pleaded guilty to sexual abuse 1st and was pending sentence when this offense took place, Oakes said.

He was sentenced in Onondaga County Court Aug. 1, 2005 to 10 years probation and thereafter was required to register as a sex offender and provide a DNA sample.

At trial, Stefanovich claimed that his DNA appeared in the rape kit because he had a consensual encounter with the victim on the day of the offense, Oakes said.  He told the jury that another person must have raped her later that same day.

The victim testified that she did not know Stefanovich and had never voluntarily engaged in intercourse with him.  The victim disclosed the rape to law enforcement immediately afterward, and police promptly took her to the hospital for treatment.  At trial, the treating ER physician testified about the injuries he observed on the victim that night, which he believed were consistent with a forcible assault.

The Village of Phoenix Police Department initially investigated the case, but the investigation was transferred to the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department in March of 2010.  A sheriff’s investigator ultimately located Stefanovich in December of 2012, at which time Stefanovich denied knowing the victim or ever engaging in sexual acts with her.

“I want to commend the victim for having the strength to come forward and the courage to testify at trial.  Our community is now safe from this predator because of her bravery and fortitude.  It was an honor to stand up and fight for her in court,”  Oakes said. “While I thank all of the officers involved in this case, I want to give particular recognition to Officer Donald Duzak (retired) and Investigator Carmen Rojek for their outstanding work in bringing this monster to justice.”

News in Brief

A book launch party is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday Feb. 22 at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center.

The Visionary Book Launch Party and book signing will celebrate the launch for Alyshia Hull’s latest novel: The Visionary, a mystery for young adults. Hull will have copies available for purchase, she will provide autographs and there will be photo props to have your picture taken with her.

A small reception will be held in her honor, with gold/black themed balloons and light refreshments.

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The Minetto United Methodist Church will host a free dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.

The menu will be meat loaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable and dessert. Donations are not expected but will be accepted.

A collection shed has recently been placed in the parking lot at the back of the church for usable clothing items that can be recycled. Acceptable items include: all clothing, shoes, sneakers, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys.

The building is fully accessible and is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8, one block south of the Stewarts Shop, midway between Oswego and Fulton, in the village of Minetto.

For more information about programs and services call 343-0613 or visit our website at MinettoUMC.org.

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The Oswego Valley ATV Club is having its eighth annual NASCAR chicken barbecue from noon until sold out Feb. 23 at the Hannibal American Legion.

The dinner consists of a half chicken, baked beans, potatoes, macaroni salad and a dinner roll.

The dinner is eat in or take out. There also will be 50/50s and club members will be taking information for club registration from ATV owners.

For more information, go to the website at www.oswegovalleyatvclub.com

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A program about maple syrup is set for 3 p.m. Sunday Feb. 23 at the Arts in the HeART Gallery in downtown Fulton.

Rich Finzer, of Ira, Cayuga County, will talk about his book “Maple On Tap,” which tells the novice how to tap those maple trees and make delicious syrup.

The program will also include a talk on how to use maple syrup in cooking.

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On Monday, Feb. 24, New Haven Senior Citizens will meet at noon at the Congregational Church for a shared meal, brief business meeting, followed by a program with Sheriff Reuel Todd.

All seniors are welcome, just bring  a dish to share and table service.

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CNY Arts Center ushers in National Arts Education Month with a showcase of Young Performers, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at The Arts Center, 357 State St. in Fulton.

With a generous grant from the Shineman Foundation, CNY Arts Center will spotlight several talented young people making their marks in the performing arts.

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The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. Saturday March 1 at the First Universalist Church of Central Square.

Anyone 17 years of age or older, you can give the gift of life by donating blood.  Call 1-800-RED-CROSS, (1-800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment.

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The Red Creek Westbury United Methodist Church is planning a prayer service at 2 p.m. March 7 as part of the World Day of Prayer 2014 celebration.

The prayer service, written by women in Egypt, calls about attendees to look for “streams in the desert.”

The church is at 6837 Church St., Red Creek.

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The Callimachus Masonic Lodge on Main Street in Phoenix is having fish dinners and seafood dinners throughout Lent.

The dinners will be from 5 to 7 p.m. March 7, 14, 21, and 28 and April 4, 11 and 18.

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The Oswego Democratic Committees (both City and County) announce the first Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. March 14 at Bridie Manor in Oswego.

The dinner is named after United States Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Thomas  Jefferson is credited for forming the modern Democratic Party and Andrew Jackson was the first Democratic Party President, serving from 1829 to 1837.  There have been 15 Democratic Presidents.

The celebration will feature state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. There also will be a launch of the “Grow Oswego” campaign.

Guests will dine on a menu of roast beef, roast chicken, seafood newburg, Italian roast potatoes, chef salad, pasta with sauce, bread and butter, coffee and tea. Tickets are $25 along with a cash bar and can be purchased from any of the Committee Members or reserved by calling 439-2040.

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The SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse will offer programs on two Thursdays in March designed to help participants learn how to better use communication skills to be more successful and effective in personal and work relationships.

The programs — “Cultivating Positive Attitudes and Emotions” on March 6 and “Relationship Building Through Assertive Communication” on March 17 — will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Metro Center, 2 Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse.

Mike Mullins, who will lead the interactive sessions, is a trainer who helps participants gain insights and real skills that can be used immediately.

The programs will utilize mindfulness techniques that will help people become more aware of how they interact with and react to people and will show them how they can be more assertive to get more out of their relationships.

Each program is $100. To learn more, visit oswego.edu/success or call the SUNY Oswego Metro Center at 399-4100.

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The Alzheimer’s Association is having caregiver support groups in Oswego County in March and April.

They will be at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Divine Mercy Parish Center (St. Michael’s), 592 S. Main St., Central Square and at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Manor at Seneca Hill, 20 Manor Dr., Minetto.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County in collaboration with Oswego County Soil and Water, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the United State Department Of Agriculture Farm Service Agency is sponsoring a workshop for agriculture producers on how each of these agencies can assist them when everything doesn’t go to plan.

The four agriculture agencies that serve the farmers and residents in Oswego County will be together from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union Community Room, 5828 Scenic Ave, Mexico.

The day is geared toward beginning and experienced farmers alike who are looking for information on how to improve or expand their agriculture businesses.

Federal and state programs will be discussed including some cost-share programs.

The goal is to improve the awareness of agriculture agencies that are available to address the challenges faced by agriculture producers in Oswego County.

There is no cost to attend but registration for lunch is needed by noon Tuesday, Feb. 25 by calling Brenda at 963-7286, ext. 201.

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The Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville, will be having a roast beef dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday March 8.

The menu will consist of roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter.  You may choose from a wide selection of homemade pies and other desserts.  Coffee, tea, cool aid and water will also be available.  The dinner is served family style.

Music will be provided while you wait to be seated. There also are crafts, goodies and books for sale.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County will host a workshop to help new owners and veterans get acquainted with their sewing machines from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, located on Main Street in Mexico.

During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to clean, oil and maintain their personal appliance.  Attendees should bring their sewing machine with its manual, foot control, and attachments with them.

Workshop cost is $8 per person.  To register for this class or to learn more about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, call 963-7286, ext. 301 by Thursday, March 13.

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