Fulton Y Speed Demons swimmers continue improving after recent meets

The Fulton YMCA Speed Demons welcomed Watertown and Oneida to the Granby Elementary pool in January.

Graduating Speed Demon swimmers Jake Strauss and Anna Guernsey were recognized at the Watertown meet. Guernsey has been with the team for 14 years and enjoyed swimming butterfly the most. This was Strauss’s eighth year with the Speed Demons and his favorite event was the breaststroke.

Against Watertown, senior swimmer Abbey Zych demonstrated the skill necessary in each stroke as she took time off in the 200 IM (Individual Medley). Jaden Patterson grabbed first in the 100 free.

Several swimmers continue to post personal best times, not in just one event, but all three events entered. Taking a mere second off can mean the difference between first place and last and is more difficult as the season winds down.

Achieving best times against Watertown were:

Breanna Stoutenger (50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Breast)

Mitchell Donaldson (50 Free, 50 Fly, 100 IM)

David Cedar (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free)

Patrice Hudson (50 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Back)

Emily Haines (50 Free, 100 Free, 50 Back)

Olivia Hawthorne (50 Free, 100 IM, 50 Breast)

The team’s sixth meet was against Oneida. Swimmers continued to decrease event times with some of the largest gains of the season.

Nathaniel Archer swam the 200 IM for only the second time, dropping 12 seconds. Gracie Dempsey reduced her 100 free by 19 seconds while Reagan LaPage shaved 27 seconds off her 200 free.

Bryce Rogers had the largest event reduction of the meet, taking 42 seconds off during the 100 free. Cameron Grower demonstrated the backstroke is his strength, swimming to a first place finish in the 50 back against Oneida. Mark Tallents has continued to dominate the Class C boys, taking first place in all three events he swam (50 free, 200 free, 50 breast).

Free fishing programs scheduled for Oswego County

Local author Spider Rybaak announces he’ll conduct his popular, free kids fishing classes again this year.

All bait and tackle will be provided free of charge. Dates and locations are listed below.

For more information, call Spider at 633-1245.

Classes held at Lake Neatahwanta, May’s Point and the Oneida Lake Fish Hatchery will be in partnership with Mike McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services and will include instructions on carp fishing.

May 10:  Oneida Lake Hatchery, NYS Rte. 49, Constantia; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

May 17:  Lake Neatahwanta, State Route  3, Fulton; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

June 14:  Lake Neatahwanta, State Route 3, Fulton; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.;

June 28:  Oneida Lake Hatchery, State Rte. 49, Constantia; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

July 12:  Lake Neatahwanta, State Route  3, Fulton; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

July 19: May’s Point Fishing Access Site, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, State Route 89; 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

Aug. 9:  Lake Neatahwanta, State Route 3, Fulton; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sept. 6: Lake Neatahwanta, State Route  3, Fulton; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Oct. 18:  Lake Neatahwanta, State Route 3, Fulton; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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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