Horowitt appearance to launch ‘innovation ecosystem’ in Oswego

As part of SUNY Oswego’s community incubator initiative, National Grid on Tuesday, April 9, will co-sponsor an appearance of venture capitalist Greg Horowitt to launch the project, called “Thrive.”

Horowitt, co-author of “The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley,” will participate in a free public “innovation rainforest launch” for Oswego County at 7 p.m. in SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom.

The program is the first part of a yearlong series of workshops to be held in the county on creating an “innovation ecosystem” with Global CONNECT, an applied research and technical assistance consultancy Horowitt co-founded at the University of California-San Diego, focused on the development and growth of innovation clusters.

Horowitt is founding partner and managing director of T2 Venture Capital, a seed and early-stage venture fund for entrepreneurial businesses focused on high-impact innovation in the technology and health care sectors.

Global CONNECT has grown to encompass one of the world’s largest networks of innovation hubs, including more than 40 programs in 20 countries intent on accelerating global technology commercialization.

Other partners of Thrive include NBT Bank, Operation Oswego County, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation and Beacon Hotel.

Parking for the April 9 program will be provided in lots E-15 and C-15 across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall; E-27 adjacent to Sheldon’s east side; and E-23 north of Rich Hall.

Those seeking more information may contact the SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations at obcr@oswego.edu or 312-3492.

To participate in building Oswego County’s innovation ecosystem, register online at oswego.edu/obcr/events or call 312-3492.

A Technicolor Memory

by Jim Farfaglia

A Technicolor Memory

 

Nowadays you’ll find it on a tiny disc

and you can play it anywhere, anytime.

Back then, though, you planned ahead

so as not to miss its once-a-year

TV spectacular…

 

We’d gather at our cousins’ house,

our aunt popping us a bowlful,

our tiny hands grabbing fistfuls,

anxious to be swept away by every scene:

 

The open door shifting her world

from black and white to color,

the witch tossing that fireball

to the fragile and frightened scarecrow,

the Great and Powerful spooking that coward

right through a window…

 

Today we fast-forward through boring parts

or replay endless enchanted moments –

but remember when our only choice

was to store them within?

 

Then, when we’d returned

to our black and white world,

there’d be no need to search for rainbows,

 

no, they would be right here

– home –

in our hearts.

Republicans tap Beardsley for county treasurer

by Carol Thompson

With the fate of the Oswego County Treasurer’s vacancy still unknown, the Oswego County Republican Committee selected Legislator Fred Beardsley for the appointment.

Beardsley, who serves as the chairman of the legislature, faced a challenge from Legislator James Karasek for the position.

According to several committee members present at the Thursday night meeting, there were quite a few abstentions.

The county legislature intends to appoint Beardsley to the position next month. The office of Governor Andrew Cuomo has said it is their appointment.

Oswego County Democrat Chairman Mike Kunzwiler said he has passed along the name of the county’s chief accountant, Mark See, to hold the position until the end of the year.

See has agreed to accept the position for an additional pay of five hours each week.

Prior to the Republican Committee vote, Town of Granby residents Cheryl and Les Holmes sent out a letter to committee members outlining Beardsley’s history as the Town of Hastings supervisor. Beardsley had been cited twice by the New York State Comptroller’s office for having the town do business with his own business.

The vacancy occurred when John Kruk announced in January that he would be retiring Feb. 27.

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Ann Mahaney named Hannibal Woman of the Year

Ann Mahaney was named the Hannibal Free Library’s Woman of the Year during a ceremony Saturday at the Community Center in Hannibal.
Ann Mahaney was named the Hannibal Free Library’s Woman of the Year during a ceremony Saturday at the Community Center in Hannibal.

by Terri DiGregorio

Ann Mahaney was named the Hannibal Free Library’s Woman of the Year during a ceremony Saturday at the Community Center in Hannibal.

Librarian Shelly Stanton started the tradition five years ago as a way of recognizing outstanding women in the community.

“I thought it would be a nice way to honor someone and it ties in perfectly with Women’s History Month,” said Stanton.

Mahaney grew up in Hannibal and attended school local schools. She is a teaching assistant at Oswego County BOCES.

She and her husband, Dan, have a daughter Kara, who is now a dancer in New York City.

While she was growing up, Mahaney began volunteering at Kara’s activities.

“I helped out with whatever my daughter was involved in like nursery school, Girl Scouts and I volunteered at our church,” she said.

She is now a member of the Hannibal Historical Society, Friends of the Library and the Community Park Committee. She also chaired the Winter Fest this year.

When presenting Mahaney with a Certificate of Recognition from the Oswego County Legislature, Legislator Terry Wilbur said, “We’d all like to thank Ann for her participation in various organizations — and I say various because the list just goes on and on.”

Hannibal Mayor Fred Kent added, “For as long as I’ve been mayor, Ann has been volunteering and heading up committees, always giving generously of her time.”

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Moody McCarthy to headline Fulton Lions Club comedy night

The Fulton Lions Club has announced that it will be hosting its first “Roar With Laughter” comedy night with nationally known comedian Moody McCarthy Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. Comedians Matt Wayne and Matt Rohr will also perform.
The Fulton Lions Club has announced that it will be hosting its first “Roar With Laughter” comedy night with nationally known comedian Moody McCarthy Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. Comedians Matt Wayne and Matt Rohr will also perform.

The Fulton Lions Club will be hosting its first “Roar With Laughter” comedy night with nationally known comedian Moody McCarthy Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. at the Fulton Polish Home, said David Dingman, Fulton Lions president.

“In addition to Moody McCarthy, we’ll also have comedians Matt Wayne and Matt Rohr in what is sure to be a fun, entertaining night for all,” Dingman said. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Advance sale tickets may be purchased at Devine Designs, Fulton, the Fulton Medicine Place, or by calling Gail Holmes at 592-4245.

Tickets will be available at the door.

“Our host is Matt Rohr, who actually lived in Fulton for a few years as a youngster,” Holmes said. “Come see if you still recognize him. Matt first performed comedy in Rochester where he was emcee of the Comedy Block Party. He tours clubs and colleges all over the country and always reminds people to tip the wait staff. He now shares a New York City apartment with his wife and an unknown number of mice.

“Our second comic, Matt Wayne, is originally from Buffalo and has performed all over the country. He resides in New York City where he hosts a popular monthly show. Matt has performed at famous comedy venues like Caroline’s on Broadway and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB).

“He has also been featured in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Ore.,” she added. “Matt can be seen in the up coming web series, Guy’s Guide, alongside Iron Chef Marc Forgione.

“Moody McCarthy, our headliner, has performed on David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing and Star Search, He grew up in Syracuse and now lives in New Your City with his wife and step-dog.

“After six years upstate, McCarthy moved to New York City where he was told by his fans that he’d be a star in no time. After more than 20 years honing his craft, he steadily gained the respect of his peers and audiences everywhere.”

He’s known for unpredictable material, a disarming presence, and in-the-moment chops where he thrives in any venue from pubs to country clubs.

The Fulton Lions Club, also known for its Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.

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Oswego AmeriCorps members recognized across Oswego County

AmeriCorps members Ian Mumpton (left) and Peter Sterbak are familiar faces at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. They are among the many AmeriCorps members who serve at sponsoring organizations across Oswego County.
AmeriCorps members Ian Mumpton (left) and Peter Sterbak are familiar faces at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. They are among the many AmeriCorps members who serve at sponsoring organizations across Oswego County.

Several organizations across Oswego County recognized the works of AmeriCorps members during AmeriCorps Week, March 9 through 15.

The annual event provides an opportunity to salute AmeriCorps members for their impact on the lives of children they serve and to thank community partners who make AmeriCorps possible.

At Fort Ontario State Historic Site, two AmeriCorps members funded by the Friends of Fort Ontario are familiar faces providing children’s programming and living history projects.

“Our AmeriCorps members have always been an invaluable asset,” said Paul Lear, superintendent of Fort Ontario State Historic Site. “Their enthusiasm, creativity and hard work have enabled us to share the story of the past with new audiences.”

Ian Mumpton is currently serving his third term of service. “Serving with AmeriCorps at Fort Ontario gives me the unique opportunity to positively impact people of all ages and backgrounds, both in my immediate community and from much further afield,” said Mumpton.

Peter Sterbak is serving his fourth term — the maximum allowed. He has found that “being an AmeriCorps member has been an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s great to see just what an important impact history can make here and now.”

“AmeriCorps members in Oswego County certainly fulfill the national motto of ‘Getting Things Done,’” said Kathy Andolina, Oswego County AmeriCorps program coordinator with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “In the past program year, members mentored 170 youth for an hour a week during the school year and provided classroom assistance to 1,100 students, more than 5,300 youth participated in fitness activities, more than 2,900 youth participated in nutrition activities, and 956 youth and adult volunteers contributed 5,600 hours of service to their community.”

Members serving this program year in the Oswego County AmeriCorps Program are Kayleigh Adsitt, Leighton Elementary School; Morgan Batchelor, Mexico Elementary School; Jennifer Blanchard, Oswego Public Library; Jamie Colvin, Oswego Community Christian School; Katelyn Cusimano, Hannibal High School; and Michael DeMassey, APW Elementary School.

Also, Jessie Joss, APW Elementary School; Kathryn Justus, Fulton Public Library; Barbara Kelly, Palermo Elementary School; Anne Knutson, Hannibal High School; Aaron Lehman, APW Elementary School; Matthew McLaughlin, Oswego Youth Court; Kelly Mayer, Leighton Elementary School; Ian Mumpton, Fort Ontario; Melissa Parkhurst, Mexico Elementary School; and Niki Raymond, Palermo Elementary School.

Also, Sara Sheffield, Oswego YMCA; Joseph Shepard, APW Elementary School; John Snow Jr., Hannibal High School; Nicole Snyder, Fulton Family YMCA; Peter Sterbak, Fort Ontario;  Rachel Verdoliva, New Haven Elementary School; Gabrielle Vono, Lanigan Elementary School; and Karen Wing, New Haven Elementary School.

AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides opportunities for more than 85,000 Americans to give back to their community and country each year.

Since 1994, more than 775,000 AmeriCorps members have given one billion hours of service, mobilizing tens of millions of volunteers, and impacting the lives of countless citizens.

Letha Pelkey, Phoenix resident

OBITS-PelkeyLethaLetha Pelkey, 86, a lifetime Phoenix resident, died March 20, 2013.

She was born Nov. 15, 1926. She retired from Owens-Illinois in the Town of Volney. After her retirement, she enjoyed tending to her flowers in her yard. She especially enjoyed going out to lunch with her friends. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 5540, Phoenix Memorial Post.

She is survived by her sister, Evelyn Perry of Phoenix; two sons, Larry (LuAnn) Dobson of Baldwinsville and James Dobson of Wilmington, N.C.; a granddaughter, Star Dobson; two grandsons, Scott Marong, and Dalton Dobson; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces, and nephews.

Services will be in the spring in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St., Phoenix, NY 13135. There are no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to Oswego County Humane Society, 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY 13126.

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

F. Brooks West, World War II veteran

OBITS-FBrooksWestF. Brooks West, 86, of Fulton, died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

A native of Baldwinsville, he had resided in Fulton since 1960. He was a 1944 graduate of Baldwinsville Academy and Syracuse University class of 1951 where he received his bachelor’s degree in English.

He retired as advertising manager of The Fulton Patriot newspaper and had previously worked at Fulton Urban Renewal and Sealright Packaging Company. He was a U.S. Army Medical Corps veteran of World War II, serving in postwar Japan.

He was an avid fisherman, bridge player, golfer and member of Beaver Meadows Golf Club and B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge #830 in Fulton.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Mary C. West of Fulton; children, Frank Brooks West Jr. of Fulton, Louise Ritchey (Allan) of Kirkville, Mark West (Terri) of Brewerton, Mary Ellen West (Tim Davis) of Rochester and Timothy West (Marcellina) of Clay; grandchildren, Gregory Robinson of Sterling, Va., Jeffrey Robinson of Liverpool, Henry and Harrison Davis of Rochester and Benicio West of Clay; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be today, March 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Contributions may be made to Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027.

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