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Sandra Scott Travels: Cebu – Some Great Mangos and So Much More

Last week I asked: What place claims to have the best mangos?

Cebu, Philippines.

Plantation Bay Resort pool

Plantation Bay Resort pool

Several years ago, John and I visited Cebu and loved the mangos which were sweet and had the consistency of cling peaches.

When we were there we stayed one night at Plantation Bay Resort and never forgot the massive pools so we decided to return this year to see if it was as wonderful as we remembered.

It was.

Once again we used our United frequent flyer miles so the flight cost $43 for the two of us from Bangkok to Manila.

We then booked Air Asia round trip to Cebu.

Plantation Bay picked us up which was included in the price, which we appreciated.

horse and carriages ride

Horse and carriages ride

The resort was even more wonderful than we remembered.

Their three saltwater pools total an amazing 5.6 acres and there are four freshwater pools, plus a small beach.

The first time we stayed we were only there one night so I didn’t know about all the activities that were available many of which are free.

Our room was on one of the freshwater pools that was like a quiet oasis.

Most of the rooms are on or near the water with some it is possible to step off the porch into the water.

Plantation Bay is huge and set up like a village with free shuttle service around the clock and most days there is also free horse and carriages rides.

rock climbing.

rock climbing.

We spent most of the day enjoying the pools but one day we went snorkeling right in front of the resort.

It is best when the tide is high.

I saw a bright blue starfish.

Another day John went to the shooting range and fired an M16 with amazing accuracy considering it had been many decades since he had fired anything.

He followed that up with rock climbing.

I am more interested in the sublime things of life so I went to the spa.

I even convinced John to join me.

The spa is large with a Zen ambiance – they even have spa accommodations.

The spa has four Jacuzzi-type pools: hot and cold, salt and freshwater; and that doesn’t include the small pool with a waterfall.

Relax at the spa

Relax at the spa

Breakfast was included in our rate.

It was typical of Asian breakfast: massive and provided something for every palate.

Each morning the breakfast buffet featured a different ethnic group: American, Italian, Filipino, Asian, French and Mexican.

Americans never have a problem dining in Asia; oddly, the Asians have trouble dining in America because they love rice at all meals and rice is seldom on American menus unless it is an Asian restaurant.

One day my objective was to swim in all the fresh water pools.

On the way to discovering the fourth pool I saw a pig being barbecued.

Called lechon, it is served at all important celebrations, festivals, and holidays in the Philippines.

 lechon - barbecued pig

lechon – barbecued pig

It was being prepared for their Filipino Themed Dinner.

Most evenings there was a themed buffet dinner.

We made reservations for dinner and got there early so we could watch the chef carve the pig and, most importantly, to get a good seat for the show.

A soloist started out the evening.

Then we were invited to visit the buffet after which there was a great show displaying Filipino culture.

People were encouraged to come up on stage and learn the coconut dance and bamboo stick dance called tinikling.

the best mangos

The best mangos

They say “It is more fun in the Philippines.”

Trivia Tease™:  Where can you see a hanging nearly every day?

Look for the answer next week.

Sandra and her husband, John, have been exploring the world for decades, always on the lookout for something new and unique to experience. We have sailed down the Nile for a week on a felucca, stayed with the Pesch Indians in La Mosquitia, visited schools in a variety of countries, and — to add balance to our life — stayed at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Let the fun continue!

Youth Basketball Champs Crowned

OSWEGO, NY – Members of the OYBA Police team celebrate winning the Oswego Youth Basketball Association, Senior league (grades 6-8) championship for 2015.

Basketball Champs

Basketball Champs

Pictured in the front row from left are: Jason Purtell, Dylan Munger, Jerry Sliwa and Jackson Stephens.

Pictured in the back row from left are: coach Ben Richardson, Chris Sugar, Jack Warren, Dane Richardson, Sam Woods and  assistant coach Sam Sugar.

Missing are : Joey Alfieri, Andrew Gentile, & Brandon Demling.

James ‘Jim’ Painter

FULTON, NY – On Thursday April 23, 2015, James Edward Painter, 77, with the love of his family near him, joined his sister, Jean.

When Jim finished serving his country in the United States Army, he came home to Fulton.

James ‘Jim’ Painter

James ‘Jim’ Painter

Jim worked construction and painting all his life.

He was retired from Laborers’ Local 214 in Oswego.

Jim was predeceased by his brothers, Bill and Kenneth Painter; sisters, Mildred, Beverly, Alice, Joann and his other half, Jean.

He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Dayle A. Painter; children, Renee (Bill) Crandall, William B. Painter, Bart E.(Valerie) Painter, Lynn (Steven) Kopp, Rachel (Thomas) Broedel, Karen Painter and Willow Painter; sister, Donna Woodworth (Charles Woodworth II); brother, Keith Painter; grandchildren, Cynthia Crandall, Matthew Crandall, John Painter, Michelle Comerford, Jessica Painter, Michael Dalere, Joel Gonzalez, Steven Gonzalez, Teresa Gonzalez, Alexandra Gonzalez, Amanda Broedel, Kaitlyn (Charlee) Broedel, Shepard Steadman and Elijah Steadman; great-grandchildren, Liberty Jean, Kearstine, Brianna and Devyn Comerford, Eliza, Corbin and Gabriel.

James did not wish for there to be any funeral services.

He wants us to come together as a family to share our grief, hopes and most important, laughter.

James legacy lives on through all of us, the family he served so well.

In lieu of flowers, please send all donations to: Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 75851 Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


Three Ceremonies, Three Speakers For Oswego’s 154th Commencement

OSWEGO — Speakers at SUNY Oswego’s three 154th Commencement ceremonies May 16, will be the U.S. commissioner for patents, a leader in technology literacy and the founding dean of the college’s newest school.

Margaret A. Focarino

Margaret A. Focarino

At the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ceremony at 9 a.m., Margaret A. Focarino, commissioner for patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will speak.

Yvonne Spicer, a vice president of the National Center for Technological Literacy, will speak at the School of Education ceremony at 1 p.m.

Fritz Messere, dean of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts, will speak at the combined ceremony for his school and the School of Business at 4 p.m.

Before delivering her address, Focarino will receive an honorary doctor of science degree from the State University of New York.

Focarino was appointed commissioner for patents in 2012, leading an organization she joined after graduating from SUNY Oswego with a degree in physics in 1977. While deputy commissioner, she received the U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal for leadership in 2010.

She received American University’s School of Public Affairs Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership in 2010 and was named to Managing Intellectual Property’s 2012 list of the “most influential people” in the world of intellectual property. In 2013, the Partnership for Public Service named her a finalist for the Service to America Medal in the category of management excellence.

Yvonne Spicer

Yvonne Spicer

Spicer is vice president of advocacy and educational partnerships at the National Center for Technological Literacy based at Boston’s Museum of Science. She is a national and international speaker and advocate for pre-college science, technology, engineering and math education.

Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology honored her as one of 10 “Women to Watch.”

She directs the Gateway Project, which originated in Massachusetts and is being replicated across the United States as a model to build leadership capacity for technological literacy.

She earned her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oswego.

Formerly chair of Oswego’s communication studies department, Messere was named founding dean of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts in 2010.

Fritz Messere

Fritz Messere

He is an expert on broadcasting regulation and telecommunications. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oswego and did post-graduate work at Cornell University.

He is the co-author of five books on electronic media and communication, including “Broadcasting, Cable, the Internet and Beyond.” He has served as external assistant to FCC Commissioner Mimi Wayforth Dawson, as senior fellow of the Annenberg Washington Program in Communication Policy, and on the Rural Policy Research Institute’s National Experts Panel on Telecommunications.

Admission to commencement is by ticket, with six allotted to each graduate.

The ceremonies will also be shown live and free on Time Warner Cable channel 96 in Oswego and streamed online at oswego.edu/academics/commencement/webcast.html.

Faculty Recital On May 3 To Feature Violin, Piano Sonata Duos

OSWEGO — Violinist Jon Shallit and pianist Howard Spindler will perform at 3 p.m. May 3, in SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom in a recital titled “The Evolution of the Violin and Piano Duo Sonata from the Early Classical Period to the Romantic Period.”

Sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Luigi Boccherini will comprise the repertoire for Shallit, concert violinist and professor of music at Oswego, and Spindler, a concert pianist who teaches in the Eastman Community Music School of the University of Rochester.

Composed within a 50-year period that roughly defines the Classic Era in music history, the pieces will include Sonata in B flat major Opus 5 number 1 by Boccherini, Mozart’s Sonata in B flat major K. 378, Schubert’s Sonata in A major D. 547 and Beethoven’s Sonata in C minor Opus 30 No. 2.

Tickets for the recital are $8 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students). They are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 312-2141.

Patrons needing assistance should call 312-2141 in advance.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket, and is available in employee and commuter lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.

Half-Shire Historical Society News – April 24, 2015

As reported in the last column, we received delivery of our new oversized bed scanner and began working on projects.

The scanner cost was advanced by a friend of the society while we await word on a grant we have applied for to cover the cost.

Kevin Stewart spent the week of April 13 working from the John Ben Snow Room at the Snow Memorial Building in Pulaski, scanning the 600-page Pulaski cemetery ledger book.

By the time this column appears on the 24th, the book will be finished.

Kevin has done an amazing job scanning the huge book and formatting the pages for best viewing.

The data will be transferred to a thumb drive and loaded on computers at the Pulaski Village Office, The library, Pulaski and Half-Shire Historical Society and the town historian’s office.

This project will greatly aid in the Pulaski cemetery book being compiled by Julie Litts Robst with Half-Shire, which is due out by 2016.

An earlier transcription of the book has assisted us all over the years but there are mistakes to be found due to the transfer of lots from one family to another and some burials made with only first names listed.

Special thanks to Jonathon and Elizabeth Snow of the John Ben Snow Foundation for allowing us to use the Snow Office in order to keep the book within the village complex.

With the cemetery book done the scanner will move to the second floor of Half-Shire where it will be set up to work next on the Camden Church ledgers on loan from Historian Tim Nichols.

We had begun to copy these 200 year and later books in a joint project on our copier.

In talking with Tim and others involved we decided it would be best to scan these records for posterity and ease of research.

When these are completed the Camden Historian and Half-Shire will each have a set of digital images and hard copies for better access to researchers.

Celia Potter of Redfield, our volunteer who scans photos, is working on a large collection of old negatives given to us by Glenna Gorski, some from the late Roberta Cleveland.
We are anxious to see the fruit of Celia’s work, which is always very detailed!

Volunteer Mark Wallace was in town on April 17 to offer advice and help on a couple of projects upstairs.

Mark is another Entergy employee like Celia Potter and assists us with grant monies for his service.

Mark was instrumental in the work to restore the SW classroom a few years back, installing the new ash flooring.

With better weather we have had several researchers call ahead with their plans to visit this summer.

Longtime member Linda Babcock of Colorado texted the other day to tell us she would be up for the Lester/Minot reunion and plans to work at Half-Shire several days on her genealogy.

Another researcher in Endicott expects to visit us.

When we have such advance notice we are better able to prepare files for our guests.

The new Jon Southwell memorial research room will place our general research out in a more organized manner and enable faster access to files.

This past winter we have marked the sad passing of many of our close friends and fellow researchers.

On April 25, Julia Hutchens Howard and Roberta Edick Cleveland will be laid to rest.

Roberta had been a member for more than 20 years and was a key donor of research material.

Roberta and husband, Tom, facilitated and assisted with the very important concrete work last year that began the Southwell room project.

Our meeting on Saturday the 25th, will move back to 11 a.m. to allow those interested in going to Vermillion for Roberta’s burial.

On May 9 we will partner with Parish Town Historical in putting on a luncheon for the family and friends of the late Don Merrritt.

Don was a regular attendee of our meetings and will be missed.

We await work on the burial plans for Stanley Nemier of Boylston and Endicott, NY.

Stanley passed away a few weeks ago and had been working closely with us on his genealogy, donating many valuable research books.

Half-Shire can be reached at halfshire@hotmail.com or on our website www.halfshire.org

The website is still under construction; however the section of historic maps is very detailed and informative thanks to the work of Roger Pape.

As we continue to upgrade we will be rotating other digital collections and an inventory of research materials.

This spring we are open normally Monday through Saturday, normally from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with some exceptions.

Call ahead to ensure we are there, 315-298-2986.

Cop Logs: Sheriff’s Office 04/24/2015

On 4/22/15 at 11:50 a.m., Frederick Mitchell Jr., 45, of 313 Cole Road, Fulton, was arrested at his residence based on an arrest warrant issued out of the City of Syracuse.
Mr. Mitchell was turned over to the City of Syracuse Police Department for further processing.

On 4/22/15 at 3:01 p.m., Kenneth J. Gardner, 51, of 9 Pierce Drive, Fulton, was reportedly operating a 2015 Mack truck registered to Butler Disposal of New Haven on CR 57 in the town of Schroeppel, 3,000 feet south of CR 46, stopped in traffic facing east when a 2006 GMC being operated by William C. Weaver, 86, of 4193 Verplank Road, Clay, collided with the truck.
Mr. Gardner was transported by ambulance to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse and Mr. Weaver was transported by ambulance to Crouse Irving Hospital also in Syracuse.
Driver inattention seems to have been a contributing factor.

Fishing Reports for April 23, 2015

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Oswego River report:
This morning the water level dropped to 14,800cfs. This is still high for fishing along the river but behind the hotels is one suggested area with jigs the bait of choice.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
It was a little rough on the lake yesterday but my crew didn’t care. We had constant action the entire trip. We lost count they were coming in so fast.

According to Capt. Mike Conroy of Proteus Fishing Charters:
On Saturday we set up in the harbor and looked for warm, muddy water in search of Oswego’s favorite spring fish, Lake Ontario brown trout. 48 degree water was our ticket. Small flutter spoons off of riggers and stick baits with orange bellies were the only thing that worked. We took all of our action off of side planers, 100 ft. back; and a couple of riggers down 5 ft., back 70 ft. We boated nine nice browns with the two largest being 9 and 10 pounds. This week has been challenging with the wind.
The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information, view the Oswego County Tourism web site at www.visitoswegocounty.com and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner For Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.

Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
The water level has come down some although it is still high but at least we are going in the right direction. Yesterday we had scattered rain showers throughout the day, this morning snow showers. Yesterday anglers in the motel made the most of difficult conditions and were able to fish some of the smaller local tributaries.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Although the water level on the river is very high, the streams are doing well. Anglers are finding some good steelhead action with eggs and various larva such as wax worms and meal worms.

Oneida Lake report:
The weather has not been very cooperative this week with wind and colder temperatures. This morning snow showers are moving through the area. There is not a lot to report as the season gets underway. Just a reminder that walleye season will open next Saturday, May 2.

Sandy Pond report:
There is not a lot to report from the pond as we continue the transition into open water fishing.

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Health Department Announces Clinic Services for Week of April 27

OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

The following services will be offered during the week of April 27 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.


– Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, April 28, 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.

The health department accepts cash or checks for payment.

The department does not accept credit or debit cards.

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.

Please bring shot records to the immunization clinics.

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 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

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