FULTON FAMILIES: There’s no place like Fulton for the Farfaglias

Isodore and Antonia Farfaglia
Isodore and Antonia Farfaglia

Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment of stories about Fulton Families. The monthly series will tell the stories of families that have either lived in Fulton for ages or perhaps only a short while — but the common bond will be they love the city and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. If you know of a family we should highlight, please email Debbie Groom, Valley News managing editor, at dgroom@scotsmanmediagroup.com.

 

By Ashley M. Casey  |  Photos courtesy of Dan Farfaglia

Growing up in a large family in Fulton was like a movie for Dan Farfaglia.

“It was the Italian version of ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding,’” Dan recalled.

Since their arrival in the early 20th century, the Farfaglias have been active in the Fulton community. In addition to serving as a county legislator for Fulton and Granby, Dan is active with the Rotary Club.

His cousin, Jim, is an author who writes the “Poetry Corner” in The Valley News and teaches writing classes. And, of course, the family is well known for its participation in the Fulton Wrestling Club.

Although they are a bit more spread out now, the Farfaglia family has deep roots in, and deep pride for, the city of Fulton. Continue reading

Step One Creative sponsors motorsports group

Step One Creative has been named the primary sponsor of the Proud Motorsports #54 Chassis and driver Camden Proud for the upcoming 2014 racing season at the Oswego Speedway.

“We are very excited about Step One Creative coming on board as the primary sponsor for our inaugural season,” said Camden Proud.

“It has been great to have a full-service advertising design and public relations firm like Step One as our major sponsor, not only because of their strong reputation in the Central New York community, but because of their support and willingness to help with various facets of our team.”

Step One Creative, located at 317 W. First St., in the Stevedore Lofts in Oswego, New York, offers full-service advertising design, brand development, public relations, copywriting, web design, and media planning/placement to organizations and businesses throughout Central and Upstate New York.

Proud Motorsports is a small-block supermodified team owned by Tim and Debbie Proud of Oswego.

Their 15-year-old son, Camden, is a former USAC Quarter Midget Champion, and will race this upcoming season in the Proud Chassis that his father built for 2014.

They have been racing in the Quarter Midget circuit for nine years and this will Camden’s first year in the small-blocks at the Oswego Speedway.

Both, Camden’s father Tim, and his uncle, Chris, have also raced previously at Oswego.

“Step One Creative is thrilled to be a part of the Proud Motorsports team,” said agency president Shane Stepien. “The commitment and enthusiasm that Camden and his family have for racing is incredible, and our agency wanted to share in that excitement.”

Course helps drivers taking medications

The Oswego County Traffic Safety Board is offering a new program to help drivers who may be affected by medications.

Medications can make a person sleepy, but do you know exactly what your  prescriptions are doing to your response time, your alertness, your ability to think clearly — all skills you need for driving?

The new program utilizes a web search created by AAA of medications and their potential effects on your ability to drive.

If your group or organization is interested in the course, call Billie Crandall Brady, at 343-2344 extension 22, or email Brady at bcbrady@cnymail.com.

Fort Ontario, Oswego featured in War of 1812 documentary

Fort Ontario State Historic Site and its superintendent, Paul Lear, will be featured in a documentary titled “Losing Ground: The Race to Preserve War of 1812 Battlefields in New York State,” at 9 p.m. Feb 10 on WCNY.

The documentary was produced by WCNY Public Television of Syracuse and brings together some of the nation’s foremost War of 1812 experts to reflect on preserving War of 1812 sites for future generations.

The program re-airs at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 on WCNY, 2 p.m. Feb. 17 on WCNY, 7 p.m. Feb. 17 on World, and 9 p.m. Feb. 23 on World.

“Lake Ontario was the main theater of action during the War of 1812 and Oswego was a major forwarding point for supplies and ordnance used to support the fleet at Sackets Harbor and army operations on the Niagara frontier,” said Lear, who chairs the Oswego County War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee.

The footage of Fort Ontario was filmed last September when Lear led a walking tour of the battlefield and described the British attack on Fort Ontario during the spring of 1814.

That topic will be explored in depth April 4 through 6 at the fourth annual Oswego War of 1812 Symposium to be held at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, 26 E. First St., Oswego.

The public television documentary is hosted by Timothy Davis-Reed, a veteran of more than 150 episodes of series television, including six seasons on the Emmy-winning hit “The West Wing” and two seasons on “Sports Night.”

Now 200 years later, celebrations across New York state and Canada commemorate the veterans and battlefields of the War of 1812. But with each passing year, there is less and less physical evidence of this significant part of New York history.

As the population grows and unchecked development expands, preservationists worry that the lands that played a vital role in U.S. history are disappearing at an alarming rate. Once they are gone, so too are the opportunities of enrichment for generations of future Americans.

The program features top battlefield archaeologists as they walk through the hollowed grounds of 1812 sites from Oswego to Plattsburgh, and Ogdensburg to Sackets Harbor.

Experts include Dr. Alan Taylor, historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author; James Lighthizer, president, Civil War Trust; Keith Herkalo, author, historian and president of the Battle of Plattsburgh Association; Matthew Kirk, archaeologist and New York Council for the Humanities speaker; and Constance B. Barone, site manager, Sackets Harbor Battlefield Historic Site.

For registration information on the Oswego War of 1812 Symposium, contact Paul Lear at 343-4711.

Oswego Health celebrates Heart Month

Community members can learn more about being heart healthy in February as part of Oswego Health’s celebration of National Heart Month and National Wear Red Day.

In keeping with its tradition of supporting Wear Red Day, Oswego Health employees are encouraging community members to join them in wearing the color red Friday, Feb. 7, to help raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women.

The goal of this national initiative is to alert women about their risk for heart disease and motivate them to take steps to lower their risk.

Cardiovascular disease kills more than 435,000 women each year, which is about one every minute.

To reduce the chance of a heart attack for both women and men, registered nurse Kathleen Whitney of Oswego Health’s Lakeside Heart Center recommends regular exercise, a low-fat diet and yearly blood work that checks cholesterol level.

She also encourages people to learn the risk factors, signs and symptoms of heart disease.

National Wear Red Day has an easy dress code. Participants should wear  their favorite red clothes or accessory — a red blouse, handbag or sport a red tie and red socks.

Oswego Health Heart Month Activities

Joining Oswego Health in its Wear Red initiative on Feb. 7 is the Hannibal Village Market IGA, located at 409 Fulton St. in the village.

On National Wear Red Day, Oswego Health will be offering free screenings including blood pressure, as well as educational materials on heart-related topics at the Hannibal store from 2 to 6 p.m.

Oswego Health staff will also provide bone density screenings and assist customers with nutrition label reading.

Another initiative will be an Ask The Doctor program presented by Oswego Health Cardiologist Dr. Thomas Grady Jr., at 6 p.m.  Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Oswego Health Services Center, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital.

An accomplished physician in his specialty and affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Cardiology Associates, Grady, an active medical staff member of Oswego Hospital, is providing care to hospital patients and has office hours for community members in suite 270 of the Oswego Health Services Center.

Another Oswego Health heart-related program, the Lakeside Heart Center, located at 177 W. Fourth St., in Oswego, provides cardiac rehabilitation and adult fitness classes to community members that have recently experienced a cardiac event.

This department will be marking National Cardiac Week Feb. 9  to 15.

Looking ahead, staff members from Oswego Health will take part in the Heart Walk to be held March 22 on the campus of Onondaga Community College.

SUNY Oswego a “Best Value” again

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

For the third consecutive year, the Princeton Review and USA Today have named SUNY Oswego one of 150 “Best Value” colleges and universities in the nation.

The list of 75 public and 75 private institutions appears in “The Best Value Colleges: The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What It Takes to Get In,” to be published by Random House and Princeton Review.

“SUNY Oswego is an outstanding college and value for our students, and it is particularly rewarding when a reputable source such as the Princeton Review agrees,” said Dan Griffin, interim director of admissions at Oswego.

“It speaks to our commitment to our students’ education, their development and the amazing variety of in-demand majors and experiences we offer. Particularly as higher education costs seem to escalate each year, to be recognized as a ‘Best Value’ means a lot to our students and their families,” he said.

Based in part on school-reported cost and other data for 2013-14 and on-campus interviews conducted in 2012-13, the book’s report on SUNY Oswego includes a “bottom line” section quoting one student who said the college provides “a great education for the money” and citing the Oswego Guarantee.

The guarantee states, in part, that a student’s room and board expenses on campus will remain constant for four consecutive years.

Last fall, President Deborah F. Stanley said the college sweetened the pledge, adding an Oswego Graduation ROI that provides a $300 return on a student’s investment for graduating in four years or less if they meet basic conditions.

SUNY Oswego also offers about $84 million annually in merit scholarships, need-based grants, loans, work-study and other scholarship awards.

Opportunities galore

In the Princeton Review’s section titled “Why students love State University of New York-Oswego,” those surveyed reported there is a “friendly and helpful” atmosphere on a campus that’s devoted to promoting multiculturalism on its “gorgeous” lakeside site.

Students say the nearly 200 clubs and organizations offer networking, socializing, activities and involvement opportunities galore, the publication reported.

Among the 13 SUNY comprehensive colleges, Geneseo and Purchase joined Oswego on the best-value list.

The Princeton Review and USA Today ranked the top 10 public colleges, with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as the best value and SUNY’s Binghamton University at No. 10; among private colleges, Williams College in Massachusetts was tops, followed by Harvard, Swarthmore and Yale.

For more information, visit bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com.

County legislature considers extending nurses’ incentive program

By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County is moving ahead with continuing a program to retain and recruit registered and licensed practical nurses.

Legislator John Proud, R-Mexico, chair of the County Legislature’s health committee, said the committee this week approved a measure to add about $39,000 for the retention and recruitment program.

He said the program began about five years ago to help the county keep its nurses, who work in various programs through the county health department.

“We were losing nurses to places that offer higher salaries,” Proud said. “We had to look for ways to keep these nurses.”

He said one nurse who was ready to be promoted in her Oswego County job left for a hospital job where she was going to be paid $10,000 more than she was making in her county job.

“You can’t hate them for that,” Proud said.

The money is used to provide incentives to nurses already working for the county at the beginning of each year. The money also is paid to new nurses coming onboard with the county once they finish their probationary period.

Only full-time nurses are eligible for the incentives, said Carol Alnutt of the county Personnel Office.

Proud said there is only one nursing position open and officials have been working to fill the position for a few weeks.

There are 20 full-time nurses and five part-time with the health department and three full-time at the sheriff’s department.

They work in areas such as skilled nursing and home health work and provide “with skilled care and supportive health services in a safe, secure home-based environment. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” according to the county nursing website.

Proud said the program seems to be working well as “we have a stable, permanent staff right now.” When the program was started, though, the county was going through a bad patch in which “we had lost staff and we were stretched very thin,” he said.

But the county doesn’t want to just assume the program is working well.

Proud said the personnel department will be doing a five-year history review of staffing for nurses and the incentives program “to see whether it has worked.”

He said this report will come to his health committee toward the end of February.

The measure to continue the incentive program for this year passed the health committee this week and will be taken up by the finance committee next week and then the full legislature will vote on it Feb. 13.

Fulton Mites hockey team plays Onondaga, Oswego

The Fulton Mite hockey team, sponsored by B&T Sports and Dunkin Donuts, recently hosted Onondaga as well as the Oswego B & C teams.

Scoring goals for the Raiders were Cameron Shutts, Reese Calkins and Simon Bradshaw. Daniel Devendorf gave a tremendous performance in net, assisted by defenders Kaiden McNabb, Jordan Devendorf, Eryca DeRocha and Kaiden Jardin.  Aiden Tetro, Zoey DeRocha and Cassie Clarke showed good improvement on offense.

The Fulton Mites are led by head coach Jerry Devendorf and assistant Mike Tetro.

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