Diabetes day to be held Sept. 30

Community members with diabetes or those who provide care to people with the disease can learn more about diabetes, its prevention and ways to manage the disease during Oswego Health free diabetes day Sept. 30.

This community event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Springside at Seneca Hill.

Among the presenters will be two Oswego Health physicians and the health system’s director of physical therapy. A pharmacist and diabetes-related vendors will also be available to answer questions.

Oswego Health encourages anyone with diabetes, those caring for someone with the disease, or anyone interested in learning about its process and management, to attend.

The featured physician speakers will be cardiologist Dr. Thomas Grady Jr., who will speak at 10 a.m. and endocrinologist Dr. Francis Clifford Arce, who will talk at 11:30 a.m. In addition, Oswego Health Physical Therapist Jason Pratt will speak.

For those who cannot make the diabetes day, Oswego Health offers two monthly support groups.

The Oswego group meets the third Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. in the Oswego Health Services Center’s lower level conference room, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital.

The second diabetes support group meets the first Thursday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Springside at Seneca Hill.

Oswego Health’s Certified Diabetes Educators provided outpatient diabetes counseling to 394 individuals and care to 187 inpatients during 2012. Through programs outlined in its state-required Community Service Plan, Oswego Health is striving to reduce the number of residents with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Lois Kimball, of Schroeppel, dies Sept. 8

Lois M. Kimball, 81, of state Route 49, Schroeppel passed away at home Sept. 8.

She was born in Lysander to her late parents, Cassie (Dennison) and Walter Bower on Feb. 27, 1932.

She graduated from Phoenix schools and took business courses for two years at Oswego State. She was accountant at Oswego Industries, Fulton, retiring in 1984.

Lois lived with her daughter LaVaun and husband, Mike, for 28 years.

She was predeceased by a son, John Kimball Jr., in 1952, and a brother, Walter F. Bower, in 1997.

Surviving are her two sons, Lonnie L. and James S.; three daughters, LaVaun M. (Mike) Barker of Fulton, Rene D., and Patricia M.; three sisters, Barbara Hunkins, Marcia Bracy and Mary Ann Pitcher; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. today, Sept. 14 in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St., with the Rev. Isaiah Mackey officiating. Reception will follow at the Pennellville Fire Station, county Route 54.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, has charge of arrangements.

Cardiologist to speak at ‘Ask the Doctor’

Oswego Health’s board-certified cardiologist Thomas Grady Jr. returns as the guest speaker at an Ask the Doctor presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.

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 his latest Ask the Doctor program, Dr. Grady will discuss how to improve cholesterol levels effectively through lifestyle changes and medications. Dr. Grady’s past two programs on heart-related issues have been very informative and educational.

An accomplished physician in his specialty and affiliated with SJH Cardiology Associates, Dr. 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.

Dr. 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, Dr. Grady completed his internship and residency training at Duke University Medical Center. He fulfilled his fellowship at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

“This was a great experience where I worked alongside cutting-edge technology and individuals who were the best in their fields,” Dr. 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 and 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, call 349-5500.

City population grows by three

Name: Victoria Lynn Hull

Date of birth: Sept. 5, 2013

Gender: Girl

Mom: Amanda Vona

Dad: Elijah Hull

Vital statistics: 6 pounds, 13 ounces

Home: Fulton

Name: Aubrianna Jefferson

Date of birth: Sept. 6, 2013

Gender: Girl

Mom: Christen Jefferson

Vital statistics: 7 pounds, 14 ounces, 20 inches long

Home: Fulton

Name: Baby Rivera

Date of birth: Sept. 3, 2013

Gender:     Girl

Mom: Alicia Rivera

Dad: Alex Rivera

Vital statistics: 6 pounds, 9 ounces, 19.75 inches

Home: Fulton

Threatening skies fail to cancel 9/11 remembrance

By Tracy Kinne

Skies were threatening, thunder rumbled in the distance and a few stray, light raindrops blew in the breeze at Henley Park in Phoenix a little after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The village’s annual Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony was due to start in less than 30 minutes, and the National Weather Service had issued a severe storm watch.

“It’s going to go around us,” said Dan Dunn, a chief officer of Phoenix Enterprise Fire Co. No. 1.

Other firefighters raised a flag between ladder trucks from the Phoenix and Moyers Corners fire departments.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Phoenix post, lined up along the Oswego Canal. Members of Boy Scout Troop 750 scurried around.

Young people handed out red, white and blue helium-filled balloons to spectators, who were setting up lawn chairs.

For the rest of this story, pick up the Sept. 14 edition of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

Sushereba promoted

Michael R. Sushereba has been promoted to the rank of senior airman in the Air Force.

Sushereba is an instrument and flight controls journeyman assigned to the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base, Del.  The senior airman has served in the military for three years.

He is the son of Tracy Lee of Park Avenue, and Greg Sushereba of South Third Street, both of Fulton.

Sushereba graduated in 2009 from G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton.

Laine Krause turns 1


Laine Krause of Camillus celebrated her first birthday on Sept. 12. She is the daughter of Allison and Chuck Krause of Camillus and the grand-daughter of Terry Merritt and Nancy Sullivan of Fulton.

Line enjoys playing with blocks, climbing and putting on a show.

Okoniewskis celebrate 50th wedding anniversary


Thomas and Patricia Okoniewski of Fulton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a weeklong vacation to Virginia Beach with their family.

They were married Aug. 31, 1963 at Immaculate Conception Church, Fulton by Father Lagoe.

Children and grandchildren include Anne and Ted, Sophie and Grace Kush of Skaneateles; Robert “Bobby O” of Guam; Karen and Gary, Malia,  Vincent and Owen Holliday of Lewiston; and  Steve, Steven and Olivia Okoniewski of Baldwinsville.
Tom is retired and Pat is semi-retired. They enjoy spending time with their children and seven grandchildren.

They spend their winters in Sarasota, Fla.

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