Phoenix boys’ varsity hoops makes Section 3 playoffs

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix boys’ varsity basketball team won 2 out of its last 3 games to conclude the regular season with an overall record of 11-7 and a chance to go to the Section 3 playoffs.

On Feb. 6, Phoenix held off Cazenovia, 57-55. The Firebirds cruised past Bishop Grimes, 60-46 on Feb. 7. Marcellus spoiled the last game of the regular season, knocking off Phoenix, 60-51 on Feb. 11.

Last weekend, Phoenix played Skaneateles in the opening round of The Class B, Section 3 Playoffs. Be sure to check out Saturday’s edition to see how The Firebirds fared.

Phoenix jumped out to a 4-point lead over Cazenovia during the first quarter, but Caz quickly cut into the deficit and Phoenix held onto a slim 2-pint lead (30-28) at the half.

The Firebirds expanded on their lead during the third quarter, outscoring the Lakers by 11 points to expand the lead to 13 points. Cazenovia made things interesting during the fourth quarter, outscoring Phoenix by 11. Caz continued to battle, but Phoenix held on for a 2-point win.

The Firebirds were led by Dylan Doupe with 20 points, followed by Connor Haney with 11, Bryce Plante and Brian Sawyer scored 9 points each and Zach Sisera added 8 points.

The Firebirds jumped out to a 6-point lead over Bishop Grimes during the first quarter of their game and then Phoenix blew the game wide open during the second quarter, outscoring the Cobras by 12 points to take a 35-17 halftime lead.

Bishop Grimes battled back during the second half and cut the lead to just 16 points in the third quarter and continued to cut into the lead in the fourth, but the Phoenix lead was too much for them as Bishop Grimes succumbed to the Firebirds by 14 points.

Leading the way for Phoenix was Dylan Doupe with 20 points, followed by Brian Sawyer with 12, Connor Haney with 11  and Zach Sisera chipped in 6 points.

The Firebirds wasted little time getting in gear in the Marcellus game, building a 7-point lead in the first quarter. Then Marcellus quickly began to battle back. Despite being outscored during the second quarter, Phoenix took a 30-24 lead into halftime.

Marcellus continued to cut into the Firebirds lead during the third quarter, outscoring Phoenix by 5 points to come within a point at 41-40. Marcellus’ momentum carried over into the fourth quarter as they outscored the Firebirds by 10 points en route to a 60-51 win.

Phoenix was led by Dylan Doupe with 17 points, followed by Brian Sawyer with 11, Bryce Plante and Zach Sisera with 8 points each and Walker Connoly added 3 points.

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

I hope everyone is enjoying their week off from school.

The Student Senate, FBLA, French Club and Hope Club have all decided to extend the deadline for canned goods collection to Feb. 28.

If you have not already brought in any non-perishable items, or if you would like to bring in more, please plan to when we get back to school. It is for a great cause.

Some teachers are offering incentives for bringing in cans, so make sure to participate. Don’t forget that the Guided Study Hall that collects the most will win a breakfast.

Our FBLA team had a very successful competition recently. The club brought home 12 awards in total. Two first-place awards were won by two of our exchange students, and two other Bodley students also brought home first-place awards.

Our FBLA club always does very well, and we are very proud. Some students even make it to state and national-level competitions. Best of luck for the rest of the year to our fellow GRB students!

On Valentine’s Day, students enjoyed a bit of fun sponsored by the German Club. Students could purchase notes for that special someone or friends and have them delivered to their guided study halls on Friday. The event created a nice atmosphere for the holiday even at the high school.

Students who have signed up for the GRB mentor program should report to their second session Feb. 25.

See you all back at school next week!

Zoo to You brings hands-on experiences to Lanigan Elementary

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Zoo to You visited Lanigan Elementary School in Fulton recently to present an educational program and deliver adoption certificates.

Each fourth-grade class adopted an animal from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. The money was raised from a math-fact-a-thon held earlier in the year during which students studied multiplication facts and collected pledges.

The animals adopted by Lanigan students included a Red Panda, Reticulated Python, Bald Eagle and Snow Leopard.

There are two bald eagles and four snow leopards at the Syracuse zoo.

As a token of the zoos appreciation, each of the four classes received a gift bag filled with fact sheets, adoption certificates, colored photos and a stuffed animal.

Students will take turns bringing the plush animal home with them. Their adventures will be recorded in a traveling journal.

Zoo to You’s goal is to increase awareness of the animal kingdom and encourage students to be environmentally conscious. Each program includes live animals such as birds, reptiles and invertebrates.

Professional Zoo Educator Ashley brought along a Ball Python, Chilean rose hair tarantula and a screech owl.

Students were able to pet Namari the python, and feel how its skin is smooth, not slimy. Namari eats a meal of two dead mice once weekly. He smells with his forked tongue and swallows its prey by unhooking its jaw.

Gerty the tarantula was kept safe in a plastic enclosure. Her job is to eat bugs, and the zoo mimics the diet she would have in the wild.

The Eastern screech owl Pigwidgeon was born in Cato, and was tragically involved in a car accident. Pigwidgeon was blinded in one eye, and experienced some brain damage. For this reason, Pigwidgeon is kept safe behind the scenes at the zoo, and makes frequent classroom visits.

Students learned screech owls live in Central New York. They can be found wherever trees are, and camouflage themselves during the day. The bird of prey is nocturnal, and catches food with its feet.

The fourth-graders also were given a quick math lesson that just so happened to fit into their unit on fractions.

Pigwidegeon can turn his head 270 degrees, or three-fourths around. Humans can only rotate their heads 180 degrees.

 

Marjorie A. Carter, worked for GE and SUNY Oswego

Marjorie A. Carter, 82, of Hannibal, passed away Monday, Feb. 10 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

A native of Boonton, NJ, she resided in Hannibal most of her life. Marjorie retired from SUNY Oswego after 17 years in the custodial maintenance department and previously worked at General Electric in Liverpool.

She was a member of the Hannibal United Methodist Church. Marjorie was a very kind and loving mother to her children, and a gracious woman with a vivacious laugh.

Surviving are her children, Roger (Joyce) Carter Sr., Floyd (Mary Beth) Carter III and Linda (James Pangborn) Remig, all of Hannibal, Gail Fetterly of Oswego, and Susanne Carter of Chittenango; four grandchildren, Barclay Remig, Roger Carter Jr., Michael Sokol and Derek Carter; two brothers, William DeGraw of Long Branch, TX and Roger DeGraw of Boonton, NJ, and several nieces and nephews.

Marjorie was predeceased by her sisters, Shirley Clark and Diane Norris.

Services will be held 11 a.m. on Monday, April 28, at Hannibal United Methodist Church, 320 Church St., Hannibal with graveside services to follow at Hannibal Village Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association CNY Chapter, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204 or to Hannibal United Methodist Church, PO Box 89, Hannibal, NY 13074.

Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal, has care of arrangements.

Anthony Miller, enjoyed music and spending time with family, friends

Anthony Miller, 46, of Phoenix, NY, died tragically Monday, Feb. 3 at his Phoenix home.

Mr. Miller was born in Syracuse, NY and he previously lived in Tennessee before returning to Phoenix, NY.

He enjoyed listening to music and spending time with his amazing friends and loving family.

Mr. Miller is survived by his four siblings, Fred Miller, Jr., Ed Miller, Thomas Miller and Lulia Brown; two step-siblings Marion Brosteck and Gerald Kimball;  and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday Feb. 18 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., with the Rev. Peter Williams officiating.

Burial will be held privately. Calling hours also were Tuesday in the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

George H. Woods, carpenter, Vietnam veteran

George H. Woods, 67, of Fulton, died Wednesday Feb. 12 in Oswego Hospital, Oswego.

Mr. Woods was a lifetime resident of Fulton. He was a United States veteran having served during the Vietnam War in the Air Force.

Mr. Woods retired from the Oswego Carpenter’s Union Local #747 after several years of service.  He was a past member of the Pathfinder Rod and Gun Club and the Hannibal American Legion Post #1552.

Mr. Woods was pre-deceased by his first wife Anne C. Woods in 1981, and second wife Sylvia Woods in 1993.

He is survived by his longtime companion of more than 20 years Virginia Richardson-Faehl; step-son Gary Nichols; sister Kay (Jack) Farley of AZ; granddaughter Brandi (Len) Keener; and 2 great grandchildren Peyton, Collin Keener and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was Saturday in the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton, with the Rev. Moritz Fuchs.

Burial was held privately Monday in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego. Calling hours were Saturday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc.

Aubrey Elizabeth Smith, infant

Aubrey E. Smith, infant daughter of Robert and April Boardway Smith, passed away Saturday Feb. 15.

Besides her parents, Aubrey is survived by her grandparents, Mary Smith, Richard Felt, and Bonnie Boardway; aunt, Amanda (Joseph Holcomb) Felt; uncles, Lance Smith and Charles Boardway.

Services will be private. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are entrusted to Foster Funeral Home in Fulton.

Big changes in store for Oswego County BOCES CTE program

By Ashley M. Casey

With a $35 million renovation of the Oswego County BOCES complex on the agenda for this summer and some new programs on the way, the Career and Technical Education branch of BOCES is undergoing some big changes for the 2014-15 school year.

CTE Principal Marla Berlin, who took the helm in September 2013, presented an update on the programs’ progress at the Feb. 11 Fulton Board of Education meeting. This academic year, 123 of the county’s 704 CTE students come from the Fulton district.

Berlin, who previously taught business at Mexico High School, said CTE is introducing a STEM academy, two business education programs and “Career Connections,” an effort aimed at disengaged 10th graders.

Career Connections is a half-day exploratory career program that lets 10th graders who are in danger of dropping out of high school experience the various programs CTE has to offer. Berlin said the program’s goal is to “try to hook them into learning” and “bring back that joy of learning.” Although enrollment numbers are not yet final, Berlin said she expects up to 40 students to participate.

Next year, CTE will also eliminate the Floral Design and Greenhouse Technology programs.

“It really was not self-sustaining and not supported by local labor markets,” Berlin told the Fulton school board.

Berlin told The Valley News that current 11th-graders in those programs can continue in different CTE programs next year. She said one student who is interested in opening a floral shop one day may take the new business program, and another botany-minded student may continue in the new STEM academy.

The STEM academy will use scientific inquiry to solve real world problems. Berlin said BOCES has acquired 3-D printers for use in the digital media, STEM and motor sports fabrication programs. Students are using the 3-D printers to design and create objects. She said one of BOCES’ non-3-D printers has a broken component that is no longer made by the printer’s manufacturer.

“Our students are working with CAD and 3-D printers to design … and replicate that part,” Berlin said.

She said BOCES is also looking into buying a 3-D printer that uses chocolate and hard candy for the culinary arts students to create their own confections.

“The kids here think out of the box,” Berlin said. She recalled one student who suggested that BOCES build a mini-fire station for CTE public safety students to practice. “It says a lot about the innovative and creative thinking that kids are inspired to do while they’re here.”

CTE’s programs align with New York state’s new Common Core Learning Standards, which have an emphasis on hands-on, project-based learning and real-world application.

“That’s how they learn, that’s what excites them, and that’s what keeps them in school so they graduate,” Berlin said.

Students in CTE programs are held to industry standards and participate in internships with local companies.

“The success of our internship placement really depends on community support,” Berlin said. “We have excellent rapport (and we’re) making sure our students are knowledgeable, prepared and appropriate for those placements.”

CTE works with Oswego County and the state Department of Labor to keep a finger on the pulse of the county’s job market and place students in fields in which they can find jobs upon graduation.

“It’s not just about placing students just to place them somewhere,” Berlin said. “We truly want to help them move forward in their career path.”

Recently, Oswego’s CTE students won 32 awards in the regional SkillsUSA competition at Morrisville State College. Oswego took the top three spots in collision repair. Many students will go on to the state conference in April at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

Despite the whirlwind five months of hard work her new position has brought, Berlin said it has been rewarding.

“It’s all about the kids, watching them learn and their experiences the instructors give them,” she said. “Whenever I get bogged down with paperwork, I walk through the programs. That just makes me smile. They’re looking at their future.”

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