‘Searching for Eden’ on stage this weekend


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.

Fulton woman charged with DWI while children are in the car

Dedich, Valeri


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. 

Forecast calls for fun, learning at Fairley Elementary

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

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.


Run for Dennis raises more than $10,000

More than $10,000 was raised by more than 450 participants in the third annual Run For Dennis 5K Run/Walk.

The event, held March 15, honors the memory of Oswego resident Dennis Pacheco, who died of bladder cancer March 17, 2011, at age 51.

“The event was a tremendous success and a wonderful day to remember my Dad,” said Jessica Newson, race director and Pacheco’s daughter.

“We have raised a total of $36,000 over the past three years and have donated it to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, the Oncology unit at Oswego Hospital, and Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.”

“It’s another way we’re continuing my Dad’s fight to find a cure for bladder cancer and give comfort to families who are dealing with it,” she said.

The 2015 Run For Dennis is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 14.

For more information, contact Newson at runfordennis11@gmail.com.

Entrepreneur SUNY Oswego’s honors convocation speaker

Tracy Higginbotham
Tracy Higginbotham

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

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.

Role models

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.

Deadline May 3 to register for MASH Camp

Learning how to suture at last year’s Oswego Hospital MASH Camp was Megan Lagoe, of Oswego. Offering his expertise is Oswego Hospital Surgeon Aleksandr Sokolovsky, D.O. The goal of the two-day camp is to introduce healthcare careers to students entering eighth and ninth grades. The application deadline is May 3.
Learning how to suture at last year’s Oswego Hospital MASH Camp was Megan Lagoe, of Oswego. Offering his expertise is Oswego Hospital Surgeon Aleksandr Sokolovsky, D.O. The goal of the two-day camp is to introduce healthcare careers to students entering eighth and ninth grades. The application deadline is May 3.

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.

PORKY & BUDDY: Shoes not a chew toy for black lab

Screen shot 2014-04-01 at 10.22.40 AMDear Porky and Buddy,

I just adopted Barney, a nine-month old black lab.

We have been going to training classes and he is dong very well.  He is house trained and really just a perfect companion and I am so happy to have him in my life.

But there is one thing. Several times in the last month I have come home from work to find that he has destroyed the heel of one of my shoes.  I love Barney, don’t get me wrong, but I love my Jimmy Choos too.  I keep them in a closet, but he actually opens the door to the closet!

What can I do to correct this behavior?



Dear Chelsea,

We are thinking that they are called Jimmy “Choos” for a reason. Get it???

Think about it — nice leather, wrapped around what for all intents and purposes looks like a Nylabone. Of course he has figured out how to open the closet door to get at them.

Remember that chewing is a natural behavior for dogs, as they use their mouths to investigate the environment. It also helps them keep their teeth clean and strong and exercises their mouth and jaw muscles.

Dogs who seem to be chewing too much, however, especially if it mostly happens when they are home alone, may be  simply bored or lonely or anxious.

Does Barney have a crate that he can stay in when you are at work? That would lessen his anxiety, especially if he has a couple of real chew toys in there with him to keep him occupied.

If crating is not an option, you really need to “chew proof” your house, or at least that part of the house where he stays when you are away.

Lock those expensive shoes up high somewhere that he really can’t open.  What else does he chew inappropriately?  The TV remote? Magazines?  Your sunglasses?

Be very careful that all of these chew toy-sized accessories are way out of his reach.

The Jimmy Choos are probably harmless, but he can seriously hurt himself by swallowing thinks like sharp plastic pieces or electronic parts.

At the same time, where ever he is in the house when you are gone, make sure  he has great, indestructible, meant to be chew toys available to him. He is going to be a big strong boy, so you need  to look for things like Boomer balls, Nylabones, Kongs, or Tug-a-Jugs.

Some of them are made with cavities that you can fill with small treats so they are even more fun for him.

When you do get  home, spend a lot of time with Barney. Take him for walks. Play Frisbee with him (with an indestructible Kong Frisbee).

Give him lots of  cuddle and play time, so that when you do have to leave again, he will nap happily, waiting for your return. He is always going to be way more fun than a pair of shoes!

Speaking of things that pets eat — Could you donate some dry Purina cat or kitten food to the Humane Society?

We use a lot of it for our foster cats.  You could just drop it off any time in our outer office at 265 W. First St., Oswego, or call us at 207-1070 and we will make arrangements. Thanks!

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Phone is 207-1070. Email is ochscontact@hotmail.com. Website is  www.oswegohumane.org

Phoenix, APW color guards place first

Eight Oswego County color guards participated in the Mid-York Color Guard Circuit championships March 29 at Shenendahowa High School in Clifton Park, Saratoga County.

The Phoenix Junior guard placed first in the SRA class with a score of 81.71. Central Square JV took second with an 81.63 and Mexico placed seventh with 74.87.

In the SA3 class, APW placed first with a score of 78.98. In the SA1 class, Phoenix Senior placed second with 87.17 and Oswego Varsity took fifth with 82.98 points.

In Independent A class, Central Square Varsity came in second with 83.58 points. In the IRA class, Tapestry color guard out of Orwell placed sixth with a score of 70.43.

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