Cardiologist speaks during Heart Month

As part of Oswego Health’s heart-healthy activities during February, board-certified cardiologist Thomas Grady Jr., will be the guest speaker at an Ask the Doctor presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.

His presentation will be held in the lower level JPC conference room of the Oswego Health Services Center, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital.

During this latest Ask the Doctor program, Grady will discuss how to be heart healthy and the importance of a cardiac rehab program for those who have had a heart event.

Grady’s past programs on heart-related issues have been very informative and educational.

An accomplished physician in his specialty and affiliated with SJH Cardiology Associates, Grady is providing care to Oswego Hospital patients and has office hours for community members in suite 270 of the Oswego Health Services Center. He can be reached at 349-5752.

Grady earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine.

At Tufts, he was presented several major awards, including the Zarren Family Award for Excellence in Clinical Cardiology and the Hewlett Packard Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine.

He also served as president of Alpha Omega Alpha, an honor society for medical students and was the college’s representative to the American Heart Association.

Following medical school, he served in the U.S. Navy where he completed his first internship. After his honorable discharge, Grady completed his internship and residency training at Duke University Medical Center.

He fulfilled his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

“This was a great experience where I worked alongside cutting-edge technology and individuals who were the best in their fields,” Grady said.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

The Ask The Doctor Forum is a free presentation sponsored by the Oswego Health Community Development Office.

The Ask The Doctor Forum is designed to create an open dialogue between health care providers/professionals and interested members of the greater Oswego County community.

For more information on the forum,  call 349-5500.

Students see the ugly truth behind cigarette smoking

If vanity will prevent local students from smoking, staff members from Oswego Health are ready to demonstrate some ugly facts.

Oswego Health’s Susan Callaway and Rachel Baglia, both registered nurses and community educators, showed seventh-graders at Fulton Junior High School firsthand how smoking could change their appearance, if they smoked into their 60s.

The nurse educators first discussed the dangers of smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

They also shared advertising tactics used by tobacco companies to encourage youths to smoke and discussed the cost of cigarettes, which at about $10 a pack, could add up to $3,000 during a year.

But it was special age-progression software that sent the students the biggest message.

Using this software on loan from the Rural Health Network of Oswego County, a picture was taken of a student in each class. On a computer screen the students were shown how their classmate would look if he/she smoked to age 65.

When the students were shown how unattractive their fellow student would look if he/she smoked until their mid-60s, most were quite surprised.

This is the second year that Oswego Health’s nurse educators have visited the seventh-grade health classrooms of Dan Stadtmiller and Dan Gilmore.

“When our students walk out into the real world, they tend to forget the dangers of smoking and this helps them have a lasting impression,” said Dan Stadtmiller.

He added that last year’s program was very well received by the students.

“I can pull any of our eighth graders from the hallway today and they will say they remember this program from last year,” Stadtmiller said.

He also shared that the smoking cessation program was the student’s favorite outside presentation last year. “They remembered it and it stuck with them and I think that’s the most important thing,” he said.

The nurse educators are expected to provide similar programs later this year to junior-high age students in both the Hannibal and Oswego City school districts.

 

‘Safe haven’ meeting set for Feb. 11 in Fulton

By Ashley M. Casey

The Catholic Daughters of America, Court Pere LeMoyne #833, are holding an informational meeting about the “Safe Haven” program at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Fulton Municipal Building.

Timothy Jaccard, founder of the AMT Children of Hope, will present a program and answer questions about an anonymous, safe drop-off system for unwanted infants.

In July 2010, New York state updated the 2000 Abandoned Infant Protection Act to remove criminal liability for parents who surrender unwanted infants to a “safe location,” usually a hospital, fire station or police department.

A person may drop off an infant less than 30 days old — no questions asked  — as long as the child does not show any sign of being abused or harmed.

Patty Mancino, regent of the local Catholic Daughters of America chapter, saw Jaccard speak at a statewide Catholic Daughters of America conference last April.

After Catholic Daughters of America Program Coordinator Teresa Kempston contacted Jaccard with questions about his Safe Haven program, Jaccard offered to come speak in Fulton.

Jaccard sent promotional materials, and Catholic Daughters of America has been spreading the word across the area through decals on Menter Ambulances.

“He’s the one that has worked so hard into making the law,” Mancino said of Jaccard.

In January 2011, Liverpool police found a newborn girl who had suffocated to death in a Dumpster.

The child’s mother was sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter in her daughter’s death.

Safe Haven programs, which are available across the country, have been instituted to give parents a legal alternative to abandoning and risking the lives of their infants.

“Upstate, it hasn’t caught on like it has in other parts of the state,” said Fulton Mayor Ronald L. Woodward Sr.

He said the meeting would serve to educate local agencies about the “Safe Haven” program and how agencies and organizations can  become a safe drop-off location.

Mancino said Kempston has invited area fire departments, local legislators and the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches to the Feb. 11 meeting.

“You can’t just leave a baby on a step or a porch. It’s not safe,” Mancino said. “There’s got to be some help out there to save these lives.”

Mancino said the idea has piqued the interest of several local fire departments. The general public is invited as well.

“The more you sit at the dinner table and discuss these controversial topics is how you get them out there,” she said.

“I think it’s good that people are educated, and young girls know they have an alternative,” Woodward said. “We’d certainly feel very, very bad if something like that happened in this community when there were other alternatives.”

Mancino acknowledged that training Oswego County agencies to be Safe Haven locations is a big endeavor.

“It’s got to start someplace. Baby steps,” she said.

For more information about the Safe Haven informational meeting, call Catholic Daughters Regent Patty Mancino at 598-9748.

 

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Need help?

To find the Safe Haven location nearest to you, call AMT Children of Hope’s anonymous, confidential hotline at 877-796-HOPE (4673).

To learn about safe drop-off locations under the Abandoned Infant Protection Act, call 866-505-SAFE (7233).

Visit the New York state Office of Children and Family Services website at ocfs.ny.gov for more resources.

 

CNY Arts Center hires technical director

John Gamble is the new technical director for theater productions at the CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton.

As technical director, Gamble will oversee set building, painting and prop design for productions in rehearsal, including Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve, and Willy Wonka, Jr.

Other productions are planned throughout the year.

“We are thrilled to add John to our artistic staff,” said Nancy Fox, executive director. “This is a hugely important role in theatre and demands close attention to safe and cost effective construction techniques.

“John not only has training and experience in set and prop construction, he also has a deep passion for the challenge of finding creative solutions,” Fox said. “A tree made of cardboard and burlap comes to life in John’s hands, a hefty looking rock is actually soft and spongy when applying techniques for building safe but realistic looking everyday items.”

Gamble, a graduate of SUNY Oswego’s theater department, quickly moved into professional theatre after graduation. He has theater credits with New York Stage and Film in Poughkeepsie, Mac-Hayden Theater in Chatham and in Dubai helping set a world record for the largest fireworks display for Grucci Family Fireworks.

After returning to Oswego to be near family, John was recommended to CNY Arts Center through a mutual acquaintance.

“We found his skills and dedication to his craft to be a great asset and a perfect fit for our needs,” Fox said. “He immediately took on both productions scheduled back to back and has EDEN almost performance ready with the show opening Feb. 14.

“He will jump right in to Willy Wonka Jr. and lead teams of parent volunteers in a huge set build involving painted backdrops, waterfalls, factory machinery with moving parts, and all the demands of the familiar story,” Fox said.

“For his part, John has expressed excitement for the prospects of a professional theater in Oswego County where he can work and continue to live close to family,” Fox said.

“It is the desire of many artists who must choose between sacrificing artistic pursuits in favor of employment to stay in the area near family or move away and sacrifice family connections to pursue employment and artistic outlets in more urban areas,” Fox said.

Common Council discusses insurance overruns

By Ashley M. Casey

The Common Council’s budget workshop, scheduled for today, Feb. 8, has been canceled.

Mayor Ronald L. Woodward discussed the workshop’s only agenda item — the 2013 health insurance overrun — at the Feb. 4 Common Council meeting.

Woodward told The Valley News the city’s spending on health insurance ran over by $512,000 last year.

“It put us into deficit spending,” he said. “We’ve got to go through the accounts and cover that spending.”

The mayor said the city’s financial consultants predicted a surplus of $500,000 in October 2013.

“Two months later, we ended up with a deficit,” Woodward said. “You can’t predict who’s going to get sick.”

Bodley students inducted into National Honor Society

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

G. Ray Bodley High School in the Fulton City School District recently inducted 40 new members in the Joseph Campolieta Chapter of the National Honor Society in a ceremony held at the High School.

National Honor Society promotes the recognition of students, juniors and/or seniors, based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, character, and service.

Scholarship is based on academic achievement and students must have an average of at least 89.5 percent to be considered for membership.

In addition to academic eligibility, potential candidates should also be involved in school and/or community related activities, be responsible, dependable, resourceful, and uphold principals of morality and ethics.

Students from the Women’s Choir sang the National Anthem and Alma Mater. Betsy Conners, director of instruction and assessment, congratulated the inductees and wished them well on the path to their future careers.

Chapter officers conducted the ceremony, inducting the new members with readings on the four precepts of National Honor Society and listed the new members’ accomplishments and achievements, including their record of community service.

The inductees are community minded students, having volunteered for organizations such as the Salvation Army, the Oswego County SPCA, Fulton Figure Skating Club, Locks of Love and their local churches.

The 2013/2014 inductees included: Alexia Abelgore, Jacob Belcher, Robert Borrow III, Kara Bricker, Karli Bricker, Brett Campolieta, MaKenna Cealie, Kennedie Coyne, Jacob Cuyler, Amanda Deavers, Thomas Distin, Kimberly Edwards, Katelyn Ely, Abigail Field, Emma Harvey, Brian Hudson, Kylie Jacklett, Thomas Kerfien III, Angeline Kimbrell, Kaitlyn Kinney, Jennah Lamb and Alexandra LaRock.

Also: Dominique Lockwood, Makenzie Loomis, Bailey Lutz, Geoffry Michaels, Erica Pawlewicz, Jessica Race, Justina Race, Nicholas Reitz, Amanda Rice, Madden Rowlee, Jacob Seymour, Courtney Smith, Taylor Smithers, Grace Trepasso, Kendra Tryniski, Julia Velasquez, Erika Wallace and Michaela Whiteman.

The new inductees joined senior members: James Bailey, Alexandra Boyce, Savannah Bray, Seth Britton, Nattalie Castellano, Amelia Coakley, Seth DeLisle, Courtney DeLong, Meriah Dishaw, MacKenzie Fanciulli, Kristyn Garrison, Sophia Giovannetti, MacKenzie Grow, Anna Guernsey, Sarah Halstead, Austin Haskins, Paige Havener, Erin Hayden, Kari Holbrook, Michael Holcomb and Jenna Hudson.

Also: Emily Hyde, Samantha Ingersoll, Jeremy Langdon, Tessa LiVoti, Julia Ludington, James Martin, Ashley McCann, Maureen McCann, Konner Myers, Matthew Nelson, Angela Paul, Keisha Pierce, Derek Prosser, Paul Reynoso, Alissa Robinson, Taylor Rose, Danielle Rupert, Anthony Semeraro, Casey Shannon, Abigail Shatrau, Tevin Simard, Noah Sorbello, Jordyn Stone, Nicholas Summerville and Mariah Whipple.

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

The second half of the year has officially begun.

Students who have had 95 percent attendance, 95 percent on time to school, no major referrals, and no grades below a 70 percent will receive VIP status.

The official VIP celebration will take place this Friday. It is a great way to recognize those who have put their best foot forward this past quarter.

Honor Roll assemblies will take place next week for students who have earned either honor roll or high honor roll status. The assemblies will take place during Guided Study Hall, and students will receive a certificate and will have their picture taken.

The freshman class assembly will be next Monday, sophomores will be next Tuesday, juniors will be on Wednesday, and finally seniors will be on Thursday.

Students who will be playing a spring sport who have not yet received a physical can schedule one in the nurse’s office. Make sure to schedule one soon, spots fill up quickly.

Terracycling is still going on for the GRB Environmental Club, so if you have any empty shampoo or conditioner bottles, cream cheese tubs, applesauce containers, or yogurt containers, please bring them in!

 

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