Local doctor gains certification in obesity medicine

Dr. Rajeev Saini recently passed the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) Certification Exam for Obesity Medicine Physicians and became certified in the subspecialty of obesity medicine.

Physicians certified in obesity medicine are able to positively impact all systems of the body by incorporating weight management into traditional models of medical practice. Specifically, this subspecialty requires competency in and a thorough understanding of the treatment of obesity and the genetic, biologic, environmental, social and behavioral factors that contribute to obesity.

Dr. Saini was among only 191 physicians nationally who successfully completed this year’s exam. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents in this country are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

“In New York state, the prevalence of adult obesity is about 25 percent.” said Dr. Saini. “I am interested in being part of the solution to this medical epidemic by locally helping patients affected by obesity who seek access to non-surgical treatment options. It is amazing to see as people lose weight, we are able to cut down or even stop their medications for various medical conditions.”

Dr. Saini has been in practice for the last 17 years. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and has offices in Fulton and Baldwinsville. He went to medical school at AIIMS, India and did his residency in Internal Medicine at Upstate Medical University.

Since its founding in January 2012, ABOM has sought to further the accreditation of a sub-specialization of medical practice: obesity medicine.

The ABOM offers a certification examination to assist physicians in attaining competency in this increasingly important and universally relevant aspect of medical care.

News in brief

The Winona Forest Recreation Association 4th Annual Stone Wall 5K Snowshoe Race will be held Sunday, Jan. 19 at the CCC Camp, Winona Forest, Mannsville.

Snowshoeing has been growing by leaps and bounds as a healthy recreational activity in the forest. The Stone Wall Snowshoe Race attracts avid snowshoers from across the region to participate in this popular race, which has grown from a few participants to this year’s 80-plus entries.

The race start at 10:30 a.m. with registration from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Details of the race are at http://www.winonaforest.com/uploads/1/0/3/5/10359334/2014_winona_stome_wall_snowshoe_race.pdf


A free will breakfast buffet is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 19 at the Owego Masonic Lake City Lodge 127 in Oswego.

The menu includes pancakes, French toast, sausage, home fries, coffee, tea,orange juice and more.

Donations will be accepted but are not expected.


A one-hour presentation on owls will be given at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah.

Call 365-3588 for more information.


A workshop for learning how to make a rag quilt is being held Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 at Oswego County Cooperative Extension.

The cost is $8 and pre-registration must be done by Jan. 27. Both classes must be attended to finish the workshop.

The classes are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. both days.


“Registrations for the upcoming 2014 season for Fulton Little League Baseball & Softball will be taking place at the Fulton War Memorial from 8 a.m. to noon today; noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1.

All boys or girls who reside in, or attend school in, the Fulton and Hannibal school districts are eligible to play Fulton Little Baseball or Softball.  A child must be 4 years old before May 1, 2014 for the T-Ball program. A girl cannot be 17 on Dec. 31, 2013 and a boy cannot be 17 on April 30, 2014 to play in their respective Senior Divisions of play.

All participants should present a birth certificate at the time of registration. A late fee will be assessed for any player registered after Feb. 1.

Anyone with questions can call John Florek at 591-4993 or Dave Webber at  532-2598.


The Halfway to Harborfest Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Gibby’s Irish Pub.

It will include a chicken barbecue fundraiser featuring Gibby’s famous chicken.

Proceeds benefit Harborfest. The menu includes chicken, corn, salt potatoes and a roll.

Paul Vandish will be playing after the Syracuse University basketball game.

Pre-sale tickets must be purchased by Jan. 22. Tickets are available at the Harborfest Offices in the McCrobie Building and at Gibby’s Irish Pub.


The Hannibal Fire Deaprtment Auxiliary is putting on a breakfast buffet from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 26 at the firehouse.

The firehouse is on Oswego Street.


A class to learn how to make cute and useful zippered pouches is being offered at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswgo from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30.

Instructor Kathy Fenlon will demonstrate how to make three different styles of a zippered pouch and three different easy ways to put in a zipper.

Students will select from a variety of fabric and make the pouches. Each pouch will have a different way to install a zipper. Students may make their pouches any size they wish.

Students also will learn different ways to embellish the pouches. These are very practical and can be used for a variety of things such as jewelry, make-up, a mini-wallet, photos, camera or cell phones.

The class fee of $45 includes all supplies. There is a non-refundable deposit of $10 per participant.


A breakfast buffet to benefit the Oswego High School girls’ softball team is set for 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 at the Oswego Elks Club.

Tickets can be purchased from any softball team member or at the door. The menu includes French toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, assorted juices, and coffee..


If you hold a radio operator technician license and would like to upgrade to general, a 10-week class beginning Jan. 27 will help in that endeavor.

The class starts at 6:30 p.m. at the county building across from Mimi’s in Fulton. The class is free.

The FCC General Class Amateur Radio Operator enjoys the privilege of operating his or her “Ham Radio” station, contacting other stations around the world. These privileges come with the FCC General Class License. This class will prepare holders of the FCC Technician Class License to take the General Class examination, and to use their new privileges.

This 10 week course will cover the advanced knowledge needed to understand the requirements and to be able to pass a 35-question written examination.

Contact Redd, AI2N, for more information at ai2n@twcny.rr.com


Parents of Special Children, Inc. will host a free workshop on “Understanding Diploma and Credential Options” for parents and guardians of students of disabilities.

This training is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Parents of Special Children headquarters at 2 Tower Drive., Fulton.

The program will provide families with important information to help them understand these options to become an active participant in the transition planning process.

Topics to be discussed include the current graduation/diploma options in New York state, the current credential/exiting options in the state and the importance of career development occupational studies.

A light lunch will be provided.


A class on fused glass is being offered from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 1 at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego.

“Say it with Class; Say it with Glass!” will allow attendees to make fused glass ornaments that can be hung on a window or wall. They are perfect for a homemade Valentine’s gift.

Diane Chepko-Sade is the instructor. The class is limited to eight students, which may include children 10 and older as well as adults.

The registration fee is $10. For more information, contact Lakeside Artisans at 342-8880 or lakesideartisans@gmail.com or visit us at Facebook and our website, www.lakesideartisans.com .


A benefit for Fulton native Amy Arden Finch is scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at he Timber Tavern, outside Baldwinsville.

Event organizers Dave Finch and Tina Shinya said the event is being held to encourage community involvement and support to help Amy work through the financial and emotional burden of her fight with breast cancer.

She has gone through eight chemo treatments, is scheduled for a double mastectomy in February and then radiation treatments to follow. She has continued to work as it helps her personally focus on something else and keeps her spirits up.

The benefit will include food, drinks, music, raffles and prizes.


Free literacy classes available through Oswego BOCES

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Adults seeking to improve their literacy skills can do so through a free series of classes offered by Oswego County BOCES.

The classes provide valuable skills for adults who are looking to earn a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma. Openings are available in Mexico and Pulaski.

In Mexico, the course takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at BOCES (179 County Route 64).

The Pulaski class runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Pulaski Junior/Senior High School (46245 Salina St.)

Other courses, with limited openings, are held in Central Square and Oswego, with a distance learning option available as well.

To participate in the distance learning class, students must be at least 21 years old, have a reading level of sixth grade or above and be able to work well independently.

The course is designed to teach students essential skills to prepare them for the new HSE exam, which went into effect Jan. 1.

Students who took the former GED exam between 2002 and 2013 and received passing subtest scores but did not pass all five sections of the exam will be able to keep the passing scores and just work on the areas that need improvement through Dec. 31, 2015.

In addition to the general literacy courses, BOCES also provides an English reading, writing and speaking class for speakers of other languages.

Students age 16 and older, of all levels of English proficiency, are welcome to attend the course.

Classes are held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Oswego Public Library Community Room.

For more information or to enroll in the classes, call 963-4256.

New 4-H robotics club excels at first competition

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County has begun a robotics 4-H Club that is seeing great success.

The TaskMasters 4-H Club participated in the Hudson Valley Regional FIRST Technology Challenge and scored enough points to place seventh out of 24 teams.

As a rookie team, this was quite an accomplishment; they outscored numerous veteran teams of high schoolers.

The FIRST Technology Challenge, FTC, is a student-centered activity that focuses on giving students a unique and stimulating experience.

Each year, teams participate in a new game that requires them to design, build, test and program autonomous and driver-operated robots that must perform a series of tasks.

This year’s game, Block Party, required the teams to move yellow blocks into goals and bins. The teams work with another team as an alliance to score more point than their opponents.

FTC participants develop a greater appreciation of science and technology and how they might use that knowledge to impact the world around them in a positive manner.

They also cultivate life skills such as:

** Planning, brainstorming and creative problem-solving

** Research and technical skills

** Collaboration and teamwork

Appreciation of differences and respect for the ideas and contributions of others.

The TaskMasters 4-H Club used Tetrix and NXT kits to build their robot and National Instrument’s LabView to program it.

The 4-H Club’s members — Nate Kraus, Eric Davis, Dante LaVergne and Liam Gnadt — are extremely grateful for all the mentors that assisted the club in preparing for the tournament: Bob Davis, Bill Gnadt, Christine Gnadt, Trevor LaVergne and Tim Kraus.

The TaskMasters 4-H Club meets on Thursday nights and its membership is open to sixth-graders and older. They will be participating in Oswego County 4-H’s Public Presentation Program before they return to learning and working with robots.

To receive information about the Oswego County 4-H and its Robotics Program,  contact Linda Brosch, 4-H team coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, at 963-7286, ext. 400.

Health department sets clinic schedule

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

Walk-in influenza clinics are held weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, for people age 19 and older.

No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

Children’s flu vaccine is available for children who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicaid or Managed Medicaid, who qualify for the Vaccine for Children Program.

Children who meet these criteria may receive flu vaccine Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

Patients with private insurance, Managed Medicaid, Managed Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Part B should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic.

No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The following services will be offered during the week of Jan. 21 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

County offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King Day.


Adult Influenza Clinic: Tuesday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., walk-in clinic.

Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.

Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

HIV Counseling and Testing Service:  Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.


Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 9 to 11 a.m., walk-in clinic.

Immunization clinics are held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

For more information about public health services, contact the County Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.

Third annual Run for Dennis set for March 15 in Oswego

The third annual Run For Dennis 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 15 in Oswego.

The event honors the memory of Oswego resident Dennis Pacheco, who died of bladder cancer at age 51, said Jessica Newson, race director and Pacheco’s daughter.

“The first two years of the race raised more than $26,000 for bladder cancer advocacy and research,” Newson said.

“And the need is even greater. There were 72,000 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed in 2013. Bladder cancer is the most expensive cancer to treat on a per patient basis, and no new treatments have been developed in the last 20 years due to lack of funding for research,” she said.

Registration for the race, which begins and ends at Gibby’s Pub on Lake Street, is $20 per person by Feb. 21, $25 after that date, and $30 on race day, Newson said.

Registration is open at EZRaceReg.com.

The website for the race is runfordennis.com and the event is also on Facebook at facebook.com/runfordennis.

Newson can be contacted at runfordennis11@gmail.com.

“This run/walk will be chip timed and USA Track & Field (USATF) certified,” Newson said.

Proceeds from the race will benefit The Charles and Mary Haney Fund at Oswego Hospital (which assists cancer patients with medical expenses), Strong Memorial Hospital Urologic Oncology, Rochester, and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. Prizes will be awarded to winners in all age groups.

“Before learning he had cancer, Dennis was always quick to lend others a helping hand,” Newson said. “We would like to honor his giving ways by helping to continue the fight against bladder cancer, the fourth most common type of cancer among men in the U.S.

“Throughout his three-year fight, Dennis was very proactive in researching bladder cancer trials and treatment. He was adamant that more could be done to help eradicate this disease.

“We’re continuing his fight. On behalf of Dennis and my family, we’re asking folks to support this race to ensure that a cure can be found for bladder cancer, so that other families get to enjoy their loved ones for years to come,” Newson said.

Newson said her father enjoyed motorsports, woodworking, hunting and all types of music. He also coached soccer and baseball teams while his children were growing.

Dennis Pacheco is survived by his wife, Jane (Kleinbach) Pacheco; and children, Jessica (Robert) Newson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Kristin (David) DeGroff of Royal Oak, Mich., Nathaniel Pacheco of Oswego; daughter-friend, Jennifer Cushman of Fredericksburg, Va.; and grandchildren, Cole and Allison Newson.

Donations can be made to ‘Run For Dennis’ and sent to Oswego County Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 310, Oswego, NY 13126.

Anyone who would like to sponsor or donate goods or services to the race can contact Newson at runfordennis11@gmail.com.

Sponsors lined up so far are Auyer Race Timing, Oswego; Top Stitch; Fleet Feet Sports, Syracuse; Chobani; Chirello Advertising; and RoadID.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

As January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, now is the ideal time to learn what you can do to detect and prevent cervical cancer by scheduling an annual gynecologic exam with your health care provider, according to health care workers with Oswego County Opportunities.

“This is an excellent time for women to learn about the risks of, and get screened for, cervical cancer,” said Carolyn Handville, coordinator of the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County.

“With regular screening and follow-up care, cervical cancer is avoidable, and, if caught early, curable,” she said.

According to the state Department of Health, cervical cancer is almost always caused by persistent infection of the human papillomavirus (HPV).

There usually are not any symptoms of cervical cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. That’s why having a regular Pap test is the key to prevention.

In the United States, the Pap test has reduced cervical cancer rates by more than 70 percent, according to the health department.

“All women are at risk for cervical cancer,” said Handville. “It is especially important for women who have not had a Pap test within the past five years to get screened because six out of 10 cervical cancers occur in women who have never received a Pap test or have not had one in the past five years.”

It also is important to continue getting a Pap test, even if you think you are too old to have a child, or are not having sex anymore.

“Talk with your health care provider to schedule your pelvic exam and Pap test today. If you are uninsured and 40 to 64 years of age, call 592-0830 to schedule a free cervical cancer screening,” Handville said.

Administered through Oswego County Opportunities, the Cancer Services Program Partnership offers a number of cancer screening services including: clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams and colorectal cancer screenings for men and women.

These screenings are available year round, free of charge, and play an important part in maintaining good health.

For more information, or for eligibility requirements on the Cancer Services Program Partnership, call Carolyn Handville at 592-0830.

For more information on Oswego County Opportunities, go oco.org.

Fulton-Oswego Faith Partnership receives grant for backpack program

Fulton-Oswego Faith Partnership, consisting of churches in Fulton and Oswego, recently received a $5,000 “Lutheran Community Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need”  challenge grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.

The funding was awarded to the “Blessings in a Backpack” Program, based on its effectiveness in addressing physical, emotional and/or spiritual needs in the local community based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: 35-36.

For every dollar raised from donors by March 31 for “Blessings in a Backpack,” the foundation will provide an additional 50 cents — up to $5,000 — in support of the organization’s ministry.

Donations for the Program can be sent to any of the partnership churches.

The “Blessings in a Backpack” program helps children from low-income famlies have food to eat on the weekends throughout the school year.

Working with the schools to identify those in need, the Faith Partnership is providing healthy weekend meals for 100 students in Fulton and Oswego.

“Many families whose children receive reduced or free lunches in school may need assistance with meals on the weekends,” said the Rev. Richard Klafehn. “Our Blessings in a Backpack program provide 50 children in Oswego and 50 children in Fulton with additional food so that they may enjoy healthy meals over the weekend.

“The Blessings in a Backpack program is another way in which we reach out to the youth of our community to help them reach their true potential,” Klafehn said.

Fulton-Oswego Episcopal-Lutheran Faith Partnership includes Prince of Peace Lutheran in Fulton, Grace Lutheran Church and the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Oswego.

Klafehn, and assistant pastor, the Rev. Anne Wichelns, share ministerial duties at the three churches.

Founded in 1982, the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation is a private foundation that operates exclusively for charitable, educational and religious purposes.

Grants are provided for projects and missions that reflect Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ charitable interests.

The primary charitable interest of the foundation is assisting nonprofit organizations and those they serve in achieving economic security and sustainability.

To learn more about the foundation and its programs, visit: thrivent.com/foundations.

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