BOCES Deaf/Hard of Hearing Club welcomes Dan Farfaglia

Oswego County BOCES Deaf/Hard of Hearing Club Member Char Purchas from the Mexico Academy and Central School District introduces special guest Daniel Farfaglia during a recent club meeting. Purchas invited Farfaglia to speak to a group of her peers and parents about closed captioning devices that enable movie-goers who are deaf or hearing impaired to enjoy an evening at the cinema.
Oswego County BOCES Deaf/Hard of Hearing Club Member Char Purchase from the Mexico Academy and Central School District introduces special guest Daniel Farfaglia during a recent club meeting. Purchas invited Farfaglia to speak to a group of her peers and parents about closed captioning devices that enable movie-goers who are deaf or hearing impaired to enjoy an evening at the cinema.

If a person is deaf or hearing impaired, taking in a movie at the local cinema may not be the most ideal way to spend an evening.

Many deaf and hearing impaired movie-goers, such as the members of the Oswego County BOCES Deaf/Hard of Hearing Club, find that closed-captioned showings are offered at non-peak hours or are not offered for every movie in the theater, limiting their movie selection.

That is until club member Char Purchase from the Mexico Academy and Central School District introduced her fellow club members to Daniel Farfaglia at a recent meeting.

Purchase invited Farfaglia to speak to the group about new closed captioning glasses that allow a deaf or hearing-impaired person such as himself to read captioning during a movie.

A product of SONY, Farfaglia explained how the glasses stream the movie’s dialogue onto the lenses and that the glasses are currently available at Regal theaters in the central New York area.

The Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing Club is in its third year at OCB. OCB staff members consisting of teachers of the deaf, interpreters, speech/language therapists, counselors, and audiologists provide professional support during club meetings and special guests, such as Farfaglia, are invited to share essential resources and information to support the growth and independence of youth who are deaf or hearing impaired.

The club provides student-members with an opportunity to socialize with their peers, organize outreach projects that benefit their local communities, and participate in fun and educational-based learning activities.

For parent-members, the club gives them an opportunity to engage in open conversations about the joys, successes, and challenges of raising a child who is deaf and/or hard of hearing.

In and Around Hannibal: April 6, 2013

by Rita Hooper 

Sorry folks – it’s just the news this week. It’s been one of those weeks where you’re behind on Monday and it just gets worse from there.

Hope those of you who had the week off, had a good one. Those of us who were home while you were gone enjoyed the time to get caught up – except for those of us who got behind!

Granby Center United Methodist Church will have a chicken barbecue this Sunday, April 7 from noon until sold out. You may eat in or take-out. The church is on County Route 3, one mile west of Fulton.

Hannibal Dollars for Scholars is hosting a pulled pork barbecue Sunday, April 7 at the Hannibal American Legion on Rochester Street in Hannibal. The barbecue will run from noon until 3:30 p.m. or until sold out. The dinner includes pulled pork with a kaiser roll, coleslaw, salt potatoes, baked beans and dessert. Take-out dinners will be available. Pre-sale tickets are available. Visit the chapter website at hannibal.dollarsforscholars.org and e-mail one of the chapter contacts, or phone 564-5630.

All proceeds from the dinner will be used to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from Hannibal High School. In 2012, the chapter provided thirteen scholarships of $500 each to Hannibal students.

Hannibal Dollars for Scholars is a chapter of the national organization Dollars for Scholars.

The Senior Nutrition Program meets at the Senior Center, next to the library on Oswego Street, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Lunch is served at noon but they are open by 10 a.m. for coffee, news and games. Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation now at 564-5471.

Monday, they will be serving meatloaf and Wednesday, they will be serving meatball subs. Friday, they will be serving pork chops and gravy. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dominoes will be available and on Wednesday Bingo. Words with Friends will also be available!

The Elderberries will resume meeting at 6 p.m. this Tuesday evening. All senior citizens in the area are invited to join them for a covered dish dinner at the Community Center (Library Building). Please bring your own place setting and a dish to pass.

Snowbirds are beginning to return from the south so it will be good to see some faces we haven’t seen in a long time.

And Snowbirds – don’t believe anything you might have heard about us having snow April Fool’s Day — it was just a joke (a bad one at that) played by Mother Nature. You can come home now!

The Hannibal Boy Scouts are selling “Camp Cards” as a fund-raiser. One half of the selling prices goes to the local Scout unit and is great way for Scouts to earn their way to camp. Those seeking more information may call Mr. Prosser at 564-5630.

Cabin 3 invites you to the S.O.S. FEST “Big Meeting” Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. at God’s Vision Christian Church, 326 Church St., Hannibal. All churches, youth groups, mission groups, youth sports teams, clubs, organizations, troops, boosters, vendors, and crafters are welcome to attend this informational meeting.

This will be the third year of the S.O.S. FEST. It is a three-day Christian music festival held at the Hannibal Firemen’s Field on July 19-21. Camping is available! Youth groups are encouraged to attend!

The Sterling Valley Community Church will be having its annual Men’s and Boy’s Dinner Friday April 19 at 6 p.m. The menu will be Italian with homemade pies for dessert. The program will be presented by The Friends of Fort Ontario. Please call Judy at 564-5386 with your reservations.

The Friends of the Hannibal Free Library will be holding its spring book and bake sale Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will take place in the Hannibal Community Center, next to the library.   There will be hundreds of books,  plus videos, and CD’s  for all ages and interests. This year, there will be many vintage (pre-1950’s) books. There will  also be a wide variety of baked goods for sale.

Local photographers Jack Pope, Judith Chillson and Harrison Wilde will be displaying their work at a photo show to be held Monday, April 22 at the Hannibal Municipal Building on Cayuga Street in Hannibal. The photos will be on display from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This free show is sponsored by the Hannibal Historical Society.

The Friends of the Library have another raffle basket, this time a “Gardening Basket” full of needed supplies. Drawing April 27 at the library.

The Hannibal Community Yard Sale Day is being held Saturday, May 4. A master list of participants’ addresses is being prepared for public distribution and will be available at the Hannibal Community Center (library), located across from the fire department, the day of the event. Those interested in holding a yard sale May 4 and would like the address of your sale published on the master list, may call Barb or Carl at 564-6410 by Sunday, April 28.

Another side to the story

by Ruth Dattler, Clay

There was a Valley Viewpoint regarding drivers taking plows to their residences. Here’s another opinion on this.

Plow trucks need drivers as these trucks can’t drive themselves if drivers can’t get to them.

Snow squalls off Lake Ontario can drop two inches in one area and maybe two feet a mile away.

Road plowers are out in all kinds of weather day and night, often sacrificing holidays, so fire trucks and ambulances can have access to homes and businesses.

They’re concerned for people’s protection and I commend them for having immediate access to plows so people can get to work or, better yet, to their homes if they are from them.

You might do well taking your concerns to Mother Nature.


Self-defense workshop held for local women

Retired Oswego County Sheriff’s Deputy Tracie Pluff-Gioia puts a choke hold on a young girl during Monday’s self-defense event at the Fulton First United Methodist Church. By pulling down Pluff-Gioia’s forearm, the young woman was able to create breathing room and protect her trachea.
Retired Oswego County Sheriff’s Deputy Tracie Pluff-Gioia puts a choke hold on a young girl during Monday’s self-defense event at the Fulton First United Methodist Church. By pulling down Pluff-Gioia’s forearm, the young woman was able to create breathing room and protect her trachea.

by Nicole Reitz

“Don’t be lured into thinking that nothing ever bad happens in Fulton,” said Fulton Police Department Investigator Aimee May.

She gave this message to women that attended a self-defense event held Monday at the Fulton First United Methodist Church.

May, along with Ann Beaupre of the Syracuse Police Department, spoke to a group of women about victimization profiling and the warrior mindset. The event, organized by Ellen Russell Marshall of Off Broadway Dance Studio and Sheila Simpson of Noah’s Christian Nursery School, was held in light of the murder of Liverpool woman Lori Bresnehan.

“Violent crimes happens here, it just doesn’t happen on the frequency that Syracuse sees,” said May. As a Police Officer for the City of Fulton, she has answered homicides, forcible rapes and drug issues. “We are a small community, and with that comes a false sense of security. This is a good community, but it doesn’t mean that we’re excluded from crime.”

May discussed ways to lessen the likelihood of being made a victim. Some factors that make people potential victims include flashing a lot of money at the check out or ATM, walking alone, wearing expense jewelry and having poor posture. “Criminals look for women who are easier to overcome,” said May.

Perpetrators most often target people whose walk lacks organized movement and flowing motion. Also those who are not aware of their surroundings. May suggested that runners think twice about listening to music through earbuds, since a person cannot hear if a attacker is approaching. Women, especially young girls, should avoid texting while walking.

May recommended pepper spray attached to a keychain as one tool to be used against an attacker. Carrying pepper spray is legal, but it cannot be used unlawfully against another person.

Beaupre suggested carrying a Maglight flashlight in a car’s glove compartment, which is heavy enough to seriously hurt someone.

Another way to avoid being a victim is to not let strangers stop you, either by asking for the time or directions. “As soon as you stop and engage them (a criminal), now they have their opportunity,” said May. “We tell our kids all the time don’t talk to strangers, but somewhere along the line we forget that.”

The biggest piece of advice May gave women was to always project confidence; make brief eye contact with those around you without staring or looking scared.

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County Conservatives have new chairman

by Andrew Henderson

Ron Greenleaf was elected to be the new chairman of the Oswego County Conservative Party by unanimous vote of the executive committee.

Greenleaf replaces Len Schick, who retired after 13 years of service.

“Len led by example with strong conservative values and insights on the Conservative Party platform,” said Robert Dilts, a member of the executive committee. “Ron has pledged to continue to uphold these values.”

Greenleaf is supported by executive committee members Jim Maryinuk, John Capenos, Sil Johnson, Dilts, Patty Heath, Robert Heath, Mike Lupa, and Jeff Wallace.

The county Conservatives will celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. The party continues to grow in number.

The annual spring dinner will be May 7 at Lakeview Lanes Banquet Hall in Fulton. Those seeking more information may call Dilts at 564-3194.

Sustainability Fair to feature ‘Before the Lights Go Out’ author

Maggie Koerth-Baker, science editor of popular group blog Boing Boing and author of “Before the Lights Go Out,” will headline SUNY Oswego’s 2013 Sustainability Fair Wednesday, April 17.

Free and open to the public, the fair and its sustainability symposium will run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Campus Center, concurrent with Quest, the college’s annual daylong celebration of scholarly and creative activity.

Koerth-Baker will make a presentation at 2 p.m. in Room 114 of the Campus Center.

In the arena, the fair will feature electric vehicles, student sustainability projects and vendor demonstrations, from farming techniques to windmill developers, from reclaimed-lumber products to initiatives at Destiny USA.

Koerth-Baker and the other symposium presenters also will speak with visitors to the fair.

Student groups represented at the fair will include SUNY Oswego Eco Reps and the college’s Actively Collaborating Toward Solutions program, one of 10 winners of SUNY’s inaugural Small Grant Sustainability Competition. ACTS seeks to involve college and K-12 students in sustainability projects, from composting to controlling invasive species.

Emphasis will shift toward enterprising ways students, area residents and the rest of the world can contribute to sustainability, from what to do with old tires to raising money for AIDS research by recycling, according to Mike Lotito, engineering coordinator, and Jamie Adams, program coordinator, for SUNY Oswego Facilities Design and Construction’s sustainability office.

The new symposium — all three presentations will be in Room 114 of the Campus Center — will kick off at 11 a.m. with founders of The Crash Pad talking about how three men under 30 supported their lifestyle of hiking, climbing and biking by designing and building a LEED Platinum hostel in Chattanooga, Tenn.

At noon, Jim Strickland and Laurie Freeman will make a presentation about their decision to live off the grid in the Adirondack Mountains and what it has taken to be energy independent since 2000.

The grid plays a leading — and very fallible — role in Koerth-Baker’s 2012 book, “Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us.”

She takes readers from the system’s start in 1882 through the historic 2003 Northeast blackout and out the other side to today. She focuses on practical, achievable steps for all Americans to shape the nation’s energy future — preferably before any next national energy emergency.

“We’re excited and fortunate to have a world-renowned speaker like Maggie come to campus,” Lotito said. “Her insight and understanding of how our electrical infrastructure works and where we’re headed as a society with regard to energy production, efficiency and transmission are invaluable. This offers our students a unique opportunity to participate in a dialogue about a complicated issue that affects us all.”

Koerth-Baker’s appearance is in conjunction with this year’s Osw3go.net alternate-reality game, moderated annually by Ulises Mejias of the communication studies department.

This year’s theme is “Fracking,” exploring the issues around the hydrofracking technique for extracting natural gas from shale.

Parking is free April 17 for visitors to Quest, when hundreds of talks, panel discussions, demonstrations and concurrent events will take place largely in the Campus Center and nearby Lanigan and Snygg halls.

Virginia Simmons, telephone operator

OBITS-SimmonsVirginiaVirginia M. Simmons, 85, of Hannibal, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

A native of Minetto, she was a life resident of the Hannibal and Oswego areas. She had worked as a telephone operator for Oswego County Telephone Company in Fulton.

She was known by her family and friends as “Aunt Gina” and was loved by her family, grandchildren and the many children who she watched and nurtured over the years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul C. Simmons, in 2010. Surviving are her children, Nancy (Keith) Kyle and David (Bethany) Simmons, all of Hannibal; a brother, Mack (Mary) Stock of Hannibal; ten grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton with services 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Oswego Town Rural Cemetery in the spring.

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