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Physical Therapist Groff Joins Oswego Health’s Central Square staff

Physical Therapist Deb Groff has recently joined the rehabilitation staff at Oswego Health’s Central Square Medical Center.

“The patients have been great and I really enjoy working in this beautiful, spacious facility that features new equipment, including a state-of-the-art spinal traction table,” Groff said.

Deb Groff

Deb Groff

Groff has more than 25 years of physical therapy experience, working with both adults and children.

She is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy through the McKenzie Institute.

An evidence-based approach, MDT uses effective assessment tools that lead to an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan.

“I have had a lot of success with MDT when treating patients with joint pain and other issues,” Groff said. “This is a very effective method that is focused on finding a direction of motion for the patient that decreases their symptoms. After an extensive MDT assessment and then learning how to move differently, the patients can follow up at home.”

Groff earned her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College and her master’s in education.

She also holds a certificate of advanced placement in disability studies.

In addition, she has taken extensive continuing education courses for a variety of conditions, including issues related to the shoulder, knee, pelvic/sacroiliac, ankle and foot, mobilization and taping.

Her pediatric courses have included toe walking, sensory dysfunction and autism.

The physical therapy department at the Central Square Medical Center is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In addition to physical therapy, the department provides both occupational and speech therapy.

To make an appointment, please call 6680-5230.

The CSMC, located at 3045 East Ave. (Route 49) in the village of Central Square also offers urgent care, laboratory and medical imaging services.

To learn more about those services, call 668-5212.

Deborah Blanchard, 53

FULTON, NY – Deborah Blanchard, 53, of Fulton, died Sunday September 14, 2014, at home.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late John and Mary Brooks and was a life resident of Fulton.

Deborah is survived by three children, Leslie Steele, David Steele and Beverly Sherman all of Fulton; siblings, Mike (Sue) Brooks, John (Barb) Brooks, Mary (William) Vanderhaden and Byron Brooks all of Fulton and Leslie (Connie) Brooks of Ohio; five grandchildren.

There will be no funeral services.

Calling hours will be held noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


Shirts and Skirts Square Dance Club Dance Planned

FULTON, NY – The Shirts and Skirts Square Dance Club will host a free get acquainted dance on September 19 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.

No dancing experience is necessary.

Dress is casual and having a dance partner is not required.

The dance is open to anyone aged 10 and up interested in learning Modern Western Square Dancing; people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 591-0093.

Suicide Prevention Work Aims to Create Open Dialogue, Save Lives

By Assemblyman Will Barclay

America was shocked and saddened when news of Robin Williams’ death hit last month. The iconic actor and comedian that made his fame making others laugh sadly took his own life. Many questions arose following his death and many counselors reminded us that even those with fame and fortune are not immune to suicidal tendencies and the mental illness which often triggers suicide.

Williams suffered from major depression. I wanted to highlight some of the symptoms of major depression, and to provide some resources for readers who want to learn more about preventing suicide with the column this week.

Major depression, according to the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH), is “characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once–pleasurable activities. Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from functioning normally.

An episode of major depression may occur only once in a person’s lifetime, but more often, it recurs throughout a person’s life.”

More information and resources can be found here: https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/booklets/depression.htm

While we can’t bring our loved ones back, we can work to help someone from making the same choice. September is Suicide Awareness Prevention Month.

The month is dedicated to raising awareness about its prevalence, to create an open dialogue about suicide, and encourage people to reach out.

According to the latest data available on the New York State Office of Mental Health’s website, in the last three years: 119 suicides were reported in Onondaga County; 46 were reported in Oswego; and 48 were reported in Jefferson county. In 2011, there was an increase in suicides in both Onondaga and Oswego counties.

According to a recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, death by suicide surpassed death by motor vehicle crashes in 2010.

In 2010, there were 38,364 suicides in the U.S., an average of 105 each day. One is too many. And many, many others attempt suicide.

This fall, local groups are working to raise awareness about suicide’s many effects and provide support to families. Out of the Darkness walk will take place again this year at Long Branch Park in Liverpool. This is sponsored by the Central New York American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and takes place on Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. Another walk will take place on Nov. 22 in Watertown at Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Watertown.

These events help survivors cope with losing a loved one to suicide by letting them connect with others in a similar situation and remember their family and friends together.

To register, visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website’s local chapter at http://www.afsp.org/local-chapters/local-chapters-listed-by-state/new-york/afsp-central-new-york.

In Oswego County, on Sept. 20, several people will collect at the SUNY Oswego Morano Center Food Court through SAVE, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. To register, email oswegoSAVE@gmail.com. Both a walk and a run will be offered and registration starts at 9 a.m.

The New York State Office of Mental Health developed a free app titled “Safety Plan.” It’s designed to remind people to select a coping method which ranges from listening to music to seeking professional help. To download, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/safety-plan/id695122998?mt=8.

The State Office of Mental Health funds the Suicide Prevention Center of New York. Their efforts center around education and training to reduce suicide attempts. They maintain a 24-hour hotline in partnership with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-877-273-TALK. The public may also contact the agency to be connected with the right services locally at 518-402-9122 or visit http://www.preventsuicideny.org

In Oswego County, residents may also call the Oswego Hospital Behavioral Services Division’s 24-hour hotline at (315) 343-8162 for mental health help. In Onondaga County, residents may call (315) 251-0600.

In Jefferson County, that number is 315-782-2327.

You may also contact your doctor’s office for advice or help accessing local services.

If you have any questions or comments on this or any other state issue, or if you would like to be added to my mailing list or receive my newsletter, please contact my office.

My office can be reached by mail at 200 N. Second St., Fulton, NY 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by calling (315) 598-5185.

Food Bank of Central New York Needs Help from Community to Win 60,000 Grant

SYRACUSE, NY – Food Bank of Central New York needs help from the community to win a $60,000 Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Grant from Wal-Mart.

On Monday September 15, people are able to visit an online voting system at www.walmart.com/fighthunger once a day to vote.

Voting ends on October 5.

The top 50 food banks with the most votes at the end of the campaign will receive $60,000.

Wal-Mart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. $60,000 Grant Opportunity intends to drive awareness and engagement for hunger-relief in communities across America through local food bank donations.

Winning food banks are able to keep up to 75% of the funds and are able to distribute at least 25% of the funds to pre-selected member programs.

Food Bank of Central New York has chosen one emergency food partner from each of the 11 counties in their service area to receive a portion of the funds, if they are awarded.

The selected emergency food agencies are:

· Cayuga County – Calvary Food Pantry

· Cortland County – Catholic Charities Cortland

· Chenango County – Roots & Wings Food Pantry

· Herkimer County – Little Falls Food Pantry

· Jefferson County – The Rohde Center

· Lewis County – Lowville Food Pantry

· Madison County – Community Action Partnership

· Oneida County – Town of Verona Food Pantry

· Onondaga County – Brewerton Food Pantry

· Oswego County – Mexico Food Pantry

· St. Lawrence County – Canton Neighborhood Center

Voting occurs from September 15 through October 5 at the online voting portal of www.walmart.com/fighthunger.

The voting system uses Facebook for voter verification purposes only, therefore voters must have a valid Facebook account.

People will be allowed to vote once per day with the system resetting every 24 hours.

For more information about this donation, please contact Lynn Hy at 315-437-1899 x247 or by email at lhy@foodbankcny.org

Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community.

Food Bank serves as the primary food supplier for 252 emergency food assistance programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing 16,074,870 pounds of food last year.

Food Bank of Central New York is a certified member of Feeding America.

Visit www.foodbankcny.org for more information on the agency and its programs.

Cop Logs: Sheriff’s Office 09/15/2014

On 9/09/14 at 8:40 a.m., Noah J. Christian, 28, of CR 15, Lacona, was charged with Speed Over the State Speed Limit and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Third Degree, following a traffic stop on SR 3 in the town of Richland.

Mr. Christian was released on tickets returnable to Town of Richland Court on 9/22/14.

On 9/11/14, Richard O. Kent Jr., 26, of 14002 SR 370, Red Creek, was arrested for Burglary, Third Degree, a class D felony, and Grand Larceny, Fourth Degree, a class E felony.

He is accused of unlawfully entering a town of Hannibal business on or about 8/02/14 and stealing four chain saws valued in excess of $1,000.

Mr. Kent was arraigned before Town of Hannibal Court and remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bail bond.

He is scheduled to return to court on 10/28/14.

On 9/10/14 at 10:41 p.m., Stephanie S. Goutremout, 30, of 3 Barbara Lane, Camillus, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, and Crossed Official/Harzardous Road Markings, after she reportedly drove her 2004 Chevrolet off the east side of CR 8 in the town of Granby and struck a fire hydrant.

The incident reportedly occurred 1/4 of a mile south of Best Drive.

Ms. Goutremout was arraigned before Town of Hannibal Court and released on her own recognizance.

She is scheduled to answer the charges before Town of Granby Court on 9/29/14.

On 9/13/14, Joseph T. Nichols, 29, of 509 S. Fifth St., Fulton, was operating a 2003 Pontiac suburban westbound on Rowlee Road in the town of Volney at 3:57 a.m., when he reportedly drove off the roadway and struck a utility pole 1/10 of a mile west of Distin Road, then struck the residence located at 834 Rowlee Road before coming to rest in a ditch.

He then reportedly left the scene.

A passenger, Amanda L. Allen, 29, was transported by ambulance to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Alcohol and unsafe speed appear to have been contributing factors.

Mr. Nichols was issued tickets for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Second Degree; Reckless Driving; Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident; and Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent.

On 9/13/14, William L. Calkins, 46, of 1153 CR 12, Lot B18, Pennellville, was operating a 1996 Chrysler westbound on CR 12 in the town of Schroeppel at 10:13 a.m. when he collided with a 2005 Buick operated by Michele M. Vargason, 26, of 704 Bear St., Syracuse.

The incident occurred at the intersection of CR 57A when Ms. Vargason reportedly failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign.

Ms. Vargason was subsequently issued a ticket for Failed to Yield the Right of Way at a Stop Sign Intersection.

On 9/13/14, Adam J. Kingsley, 27, of 1226 CR 7, Hannibal, was operating a 2006 Ford southbound on CR 7 in the town of Hannibal at 3:55 p.m. when he reportedly collided with a northbound 1999 Chevrolet driven by Andrew L. Campbell, 31, of 9 Hogsback Road Hastings.

The incident occurred 175 feet south of Stock Road, when, while attempting to make a left hand turn into his driveway, he failed to yield the right of way.

Mr. Kingsley was issued a ticket for Failure to Yield Right of Way, Left Hand Turn.

On 9/13/14, Michele L. Hallock, 48, of 23 Elm St., Camden, was operating a 2005 Chevrolet eastbound on Stone Hill Road in the town of Williamstown at 10:13 p.m. when she lost control 2/10 of a mile west of Ball Road.

The vehicle reportedly veered onto the south shoulder of the roadway into loose gravel and fishtailed as she attempted to gain control.

Reportedly overcorrecting, the vehicle exited the north side of the roadway where it overturned before coming to rest upright facing north.

Ms. Hallock’s passenger, Michael R. Hallock Sr., was transported by ambulance to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Failure to keep right appears to have been a contributing factor in the incident.

Danzer Claims Supermodified Race of Champions, Sitterly Secures Seventh Track Title

OSWEGO, NY – The 2014 Novelis Supermodified season is now in the books at Oswego Speedway, with David Danzer charging to victory in the 75 lap Sunoco Race of Champions finale for his third win of the season worth $3,000 on Sunday afternoon.

Danzer’s victory quite literally book ends the season, as the driver of the No. 52 machine won the first main event of the year back on May 10 to kick off the calendar.

Dan Connors Jr. dominated a large portion of the event in the No. 01 before giving way to newly crowned track champion Otto Sitterly on lap 44.

From there Sitterly, the winner of the 58th annual Budweiser International Classic 200, appeared to be well on his way to another victory in the No. 7.

However, Sitterly slipped in lapped traffic on lap 58, opening the bottom of the Speedway for Danzer to take advantage, and run away from the field over the course of the final 17 laps.

Sitterly held his own for the runner-up position ahead of Joey Payne, Shaun Gosselin, and Randy Ritskes in the top five positions.

Michael Muldoon, Tim Devendorf, Michael Barnes, Brandon Bellinger, and Bobby Haynes Jr. finished the top ten runners.

A total of 29 Novelis Supermodifieds were in the pit area on Sunday, making for the largest car count of the point season.

Bellinger, Connors, and Payne won the Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat races with Lou LeVea Sr. claiming the victory in the ten car consolation.

Brian Sweeney, Joe Chillemi, Mike Barbera, and Keith Shampine failed to qualify for the 25 car starting grid.

Shampine was rendered out for the night during warmups with engine issues in the No. 55.

Barbera took a heavy ride into the first turn wall in the ten lap consi with the No. 45, but walked away from the incident unharmed.

With his second place finish on Sunday, Sitterly officially secured his seventh career Novelis Supermodified championship at the Speedway, and his third consecutive dating back to 2012.

With titles in 2006, 2008-2010, and 2012-2014, Sitterly’s seven championships now tie him all-time with Supermodfied legends Jim Shampine and Bentley Warren.

Despite several issues in the main event, Dave Gruel unofficially held on for second in the track championship battle with Randy Ritskes moving to the third position in the No. 37.

Race of Champions and Mr. Supermodified winner Danzer moved up to fourth in the driver standings with Pat Lavery rounding out the top five.

Payne, Joe Gosek, Barnes, Devendorf, and Muldoon unofficially complete the top ten in the driver standings.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.  Those interested in Speedway video programming online can subscribe to the Speedway’s YouTube Channel, ‘OswegoSpeedwayOnline’.

For more information on Race of Champions Weekend visit online at www.raceofchampions.net.

Oswego Speedway – Oswego, NY

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunoco Race of Champions Weekend

Novelis Supermodified Track Championship


Novelis Supermodifieds

Novelis Supermodified Track Championship (75): 1. 52 – David Danzer, 2. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 3. 99 – Joey Payne, 4. 26 – Shaun Gosselin, 5. 37 – Randy Ritskes, 6. 51 – Michael Muldoon, 7. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 8. 68 – Michael Barnes, 9. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 10. 44 – Bobby Haynes Jr, 11. 21 – Bobby Santos, 12. 01 – Dan Connors, 13. 1 – Shawn Muldoon, 14. 50 – Dave Gruel, 15. 18 – Howard Page, 16. 24 – Jerry Curran, 17. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr, 18. 22 – Pat Lavery, 19. 9 – Stephen Gioia III, 20. 2 – Dave Shullick Jr, 21. 90 – Kody Graham, 22. 66 – Lou LeVea Sr, 23. 75 -  Gene Lee Gibson, 24. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 25. 00 – Joe Gosek

DNQ: Brian Sweeney,Joe Chillemi, Mike Barbera, Keith Shampine

Light House Lanes Hard Charger: #26 – Shaun Gosselin

Light House Lanes Up and Comer: #51 – Michael Muldoon

Radical Racegear Lap Leader: #01 – Dan Connors Jr.

Super Heat #1 (12 laps, 6-qualify): 1. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 2. 37 – Randy Ritskes, 3. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 4. 51 – Michael Muldoon, 5. 44 – Bobby Haynes Jr, 6. 24 – Jerry Curran, 7. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr, 8. 75 – Gene Lee Gibson

Super Heat #2 (12 laps, 6-qualify): 1. 01 – Dan Connors Jr, 2. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 3. 50 – Dave Gruel, 4. 52 – Dave Danzer, 5. 90 – Kody Graham, 6. 68 – Michael Barnes, 7. 45 – Mike Barbera, 8. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 9. 14 – Joe Chillemi

Super Heat #3 (12 laps, 6-qualify): 1. 99 – Joey Payne, 2. 2 – Dave Shullick Jr, 3. 9 – Stephen Gioia III, 4. 22 – Pat Lavery, 5. 21 – Bobby Santos, 6. 1 – Shawn Muldoon, 7. 66 – Lou LeVea Sr, 8. 18 – Howard Page, 9. 3 – Brian Sweeney, 10. 26 – Shaun Gosselin

Super Consi (10 laps, 6-qualify): 1. 66 – Lou LeVea Sr, 2. 75 – Gene Lee Gibson, 3. 26 – Shaun Gosselin, 4. 18 – Howard Page, 5. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr, 6. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 7. 3 – Brian Sweeney, 8. 14 – Joe Chillemi, 9. 00 – Joe Gosek, 10. 45 – Mike Barbera

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Kid’s Create Planned At Terri’s

MEXICO, NY – Terri’s Country Crafts and Books will hold a “Kid’s Create!” Day on September 20.

Bring your preschool or elementary age child to participate in a free autumn art project.

They will have a tent set up on the front lawn of the shop at Terri’s Country Crafts and Books at Carriage House Shoppe, 3291 Main St.

For more information, call 315-806-7011.

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Deborah Blanchard, 53

Deborah Blanchard, 53, of Fulton, died Sunday September 14, 2014, at home.

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Danzer, Schartner Shine at Oswego Season Finale

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Shirts and Skirts Square Dance Club Dance Planned

The Shirts and Skirts Square Dance Club will host a free get acquainted dance on September 19 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St. No dancing experience is necessary. Dress is casual and having a dance partner is not required.

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