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Community Invited To Attend Holocaust Survivor’s Inspirational Program

Marion Blumenthal Lazan will share her story of horror and hardship in Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp, during World War II, with eighth graders at Central Square Middle School. The public is invited.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan will share her story of horror and hardship in Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp, during World War II, with eighth graders at Central Square Middle School. The public is invited.

On May 19, at 9:30 a.m. the Central Square Middle School eighth graders will have the unique experience and privilege of hearing first-hand from a woman who is both a witness to, and as a Holocaust survivor, a victim of history.

We hope that students will listen, understand, and appreciate the message of hope, courage, and compassion that she will share.

The Central Square Middle School would also like to extend an invitation to community members that would like to come and experience this with our students on that day.

There is limited seating.

So please, call 668-4335 to RSVP if you would like to attend.

NY Sea Grant Offers Clean and Safe Boating Tips for 2015

OSWEGO, NY – The 10-foot inflatable boat that is the New York Sea Grant Discover Clean & Safe Boating educational vessel for 2015 may be a small boat, but it carries a big message.

No matter what size boat you have, observing clean and safe boating practices helps everyone enjoy the water.

No matter what size boat you have, observing clean and safe boating practices helps everyone enjoy the water.

The boat is equipped with a propane engine and traveling to boat shows, events, and venues throughout Upstate New York educating the public about the equipment needed and mandated for safe, environmentally-friendly, and legal boating on the recreational waters of New York.

A new component for the campaign in 2015 is a fun, but serious introduction to Suddenly In Command training for people who enjoy boating but do not know how to operate a boat or properly signal for help.

New York Sea Grant and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21 are partnering to instruct people on the boating basics they need to know in the event of an emergency on the water.

Several marinas have requested the program for their sites once the 2015 boating season gets under way.

From left: US Coast Guard Auxiliarymen Dale Currier and Gene Little and New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White unfurl a marine distress flag as part of educational programming at the 2015 CNY Boat Show.

From left: US Coast Guard Auxiliarymen Dale Currier and Gene Little and New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White unfurl a marine distress flag as part of educational programming at the 2015 CNY Boat Show.

New York Sea Grant offers boating safety resource links for selecting the right life jacket, developing a float plan, requesting a courtesy vessel check and more online at www.nyseagrant.org/marina.

New York Sea Grant offers the following top 10 tips for boaters in 2015:

. Learn about Suddenly In Command training so everyone aboard can be prepared to act calmly and properly in the event of an emergency on the water.

. Make sure all passengers are wearing a proper life jacket. A throwable floatation device is required onboard boats more than 16 feet long.

. Learn how to conduct an easy-to-do Clean, Drain, Dry inspection of your watercraft, trailer and gear to remove aquatic invasive species and debris each time you enter and leave new water.

. Check that all the safety features of your boat trailer are in proper working order.

. Check the number and expiration date/s of onboard fire extinguisher/s and flares. Store flares and distress signals in dry compartment. The Suddenly In Command intro with New York Sea Grant and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary shows how to properly ignite and handle a flare.

The NYSG Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign informs boaters and paddlers about wearing a properly-sized life jacket.

The NYSG Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign informs boaters and paddlers about wearing a properly-sized life jacket.

. Use a fuel nozzle bib when fueling your boat and a bilge sock to keep marine fuel from spilling into the water.

. Make sure all vessel lights are working and flashlights have fresh batteries.

. Have a proper device onboard to receive weather alerts.

. Check to be sure you have the proper navigational charts onboard.

. Check that the boat horn, whistles, distress flag and other means of signaling an emergency distress are in working order.

Since its debut in 2008, the NYSG Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign has educated more than half-a-million boaters, anglers, duck hunters, pontoon boat and paddle sports enthusiasts, deaf boaters, and, in 2014, New York first responders who handle water-related emergencies.

The Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York, Pirate’s Cove Marina in Clay, Lehr Engines and BoatersAdvantage.com are sponsoring the 2015 campaign.

For more information, contact New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White at 315-312-3042.

Lanigan Students Hook Into Fishing Education

With warm weather approaching the area and outdoor activities soon to follow, sixth grade students at Lanigan Elementary recently learned the ethics and regulations behind fishing.

James Everard, a fisheries biologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, holds up a mount of a brook trout, the state fish of New York.

James Everard, a fisheries biologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, holds up a mount of a brook trout, the state fish of New York.

James Everard, a fisheries biologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, recently served as a guest speaker at the school and discussed fishing regulations, such as open seasons, catch limits, species identification and proper catch-and-release protocol.

“One of the reasons I find fish so fascinating is because fish come in every shape, size and color,” said Everard. “There are 20,000 species of fish, which is more than birds, reptiles and amphibians combined.”

Everard presented students with several fish mounts and had the students guess the species of each fish.

Each mount was of a fish native to Oswego County waters, including brook trout, yellow perch, salmon and bluegills.

The presentation tied into the students ELA module, as they are currently reading the text “World of Fish” by Mark Kurlansky. Throughout the novel, the author elaborates on the many ways that humans impact fish populations within the ocean.

Students at Lanigan Elementary School recently learned the importance of ethical fishing. From left, students Nate Blasczienski, Dominic Abbott, Katie Galletta, Jack Broderick and Kyra Baker stand around fisheries biologist James Everard, who held a presentation on fishing regulations and ethics.

Students at Lanigan Elementary School recently learned the importance of ethical fishing. From left, students Nate Blasczienski, Dominic Abbott, Katie Galletta, Jack Broderick and Kyra Baker stand around fisheries biologist James Everard, who held a presentation on fishing regulations and ethics.

“The novel explains how, through the food web, our choices can ultimately affect an entire ecosystem,” said teacher Elizabeth Stoddard. “The presentation provided the kids with a little background information on the fish in general along with information on how they can be ethical and responsible anglers.”

Living in Oswego County, Stoddard said students rely on outdoor activities such as fishing during the spring and summertime. However, she said very few of the students knew the importance of ethical fishing or of the specific regulations that must be followed.

“Far too often, parents teach kids that fishing is ‘throwing some bait in and seeing what you catch.’ I want our students to know that there are legal parameters to fishing and that their decisions, even as one individual, can impact the health of any body of water,” she said.

After the presentation, students showcased an empowered mentality toward what they’d learned, with several students vowing to share their new knowledge with friends and family members.

Phoenix Teachers Explore The Core With Educational Program Representatives

PHOENIX, NY – In an ongoing effort to bring innovative thinking and state-of-the-art technology into classrooms, teachers at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School recently welcomed representatives from the Core Knowledge Language Arts Program.

Representatives from the Core Knowledge Language Arts Program meet with Michael A. Maroun Elementary School teachers to discuss the program and best practices in education.

Representatives from the Core Knowledge Language Arts Program meet with Michael A. Maroun Elementary School teachers to discuss the program and best practices in education.

The program was designed to help educators and students succeed based on the theory that knowledge builds on knowledge. Its digital and print products have been incorporated into the curriculum for Phoenix students in kindergarten through second grades and focuses on English language arts.

Since being implemented last year, teachers have already seen their students’ literacy skills improve and progress. They were able to share their thoughts during the recent meeting with the Core Knowledge team members.

“The domains (lessons) start off with really good practices and help lay a foundation for students,” said teacher Patty Lazarz. “But some of the vocabulary is so intense. Students need a visual. They can’t relate to some of the vocabulary words.”

In addition to providing feedback, teachers also worked with several project managers, software developers and designers to discuss future developments.

According to Dai Lin, product owner for eReader Program, developers are constantly seeking ways to enhance the learning experience through differentiation and assessments.

However, the program representatives stressed that no matter how innovative certain strategies may be, a key factor in a student’s success is the educator.

“There’s nothing that can ever replace a really good teacher,” said Jim Liu, product owner for K-2 Adaptive Curriculum. “We don’t deliver the content in the classroom, but we give you the resources to develop engaged learners.”

The teachers echoed Liu’s sentiments and noted they are always seeking professional development and training opportunities to broaden their knowledge and bring new ideas into the classroom.

And, if early results are any indication, then MAM truly has “really good teachers,” Principal Mary Stanton said.

The program representatives also conducted classroom observations and engaged in small group activities targeted at specific grade levels.

The group shared their thoughts over a lunch sponsored by the Parent Faculty Organization and provided by Mama T’s in Phoenix.

Alpha Phi Omega Receives Youth Service Grant from National Office

OSWEGO, NY – Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity is pleased to announce Epsilon Nu Chapter at SUNY Oswego as one of the 50 chapters being awarded the 2015 Alpha Phi Omega Youth Service Grant.

The Youth Service Grant program provides funds to Alpha Phi Omega chapters for Spring Youth Service Day projects and other similar events which are socially positive service projects for pre-college age youth.

Each year, chapters submit applications and project ideas for review and are then selected based on the impact their projects will have on the children and teenagers in their community.

This year, Epsilon Nu Chapter was selected to receive the Youth Service Grant, along with 49 other chapters nationwide.

The service project that Epsilon Nu Chapter sponsored with their grant money was a Youth No-Sew Blankets project.

Several brothers headed to Fitzhugh Park Elementary School on April 20.

Students in grades 3-6 were celebrating their successful participation in the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program at the school. As part of the reward for portraying good choices in safety, respect, responsibility, and problem solving the school held this celebration for them.

The Youth Service Grant sponsored the purchase of fleece so brothers could sit down with these students at a station and have a meaningful conversation with them while making a no-sew tie blanket.

The students got to take the blanket home with them for comfort, a memory of a good day, and a reward for doing so well in the program.

Epsilon Nu Chapter at SUNY Oswego was chartered into Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity in December 1947. Since that date, the chapter has maintained a positive presence throughout the SUNY Oswego campus and surrounding community.

Alpha Phi Omega is a national coeducational service fraternity – college students gathered together in an organization based on fraternalism and founded on the principles of the Boy Scouts of America. Its purpose is to develop leadership, promote friendship and provide service to humanity.

Since 1925, more than 400,000 students have chosen Alpha Phi Omega, making the fraternity the nation’s largest Greek letter fraternity.

Get Away From It All with Help from Canalview Travel and Bundle of Bucks

If you are looking for a chance to “get away from it all”, then this year’s St. Luke “Bundle of Bucks” Charity Raffle and Canalview Travel Service, Inc. may be able to help.

From left are: St. Luke “Bundle of Bucks” event organizer James Hursh with Becky Smith, Mary Harmon, Charmaine Humbert and Lynn Kistner, representing Canalview Travel in Fulton. Canalview Travel has donated a travel gift voucher to be awarded at this year’s “Bundle of Bucks” Charity Raffle event. The travel gift voucher and many valuable prizes will be awarded at the upcoming event taking place on May 9 at the Oswego Elks Lodge.

From left are: St. Luke “Bundle of Bucks” event organizer James Hursh with Becky Smith, Mary Harmon, Charmaine Humbert and Lynn Kistner, representing Canalview Travel in Fulton. Canalview Travel has donated a travel gift voucher to be awarded at this year’s “Bundle of Bucks” Charity Raffle event. The travel gift voucher and many valuable prizes will be awarded at the upcoming event taking place on May 9 at the Oswego Elks Lodge. 

Canalview Travel has donated a travel gift voucher which can be used when you book your next vacation; one of the many valuable prizes to be awarded at the upcoming “Bundle of Bucks” Charity Raffle drawing event on May 9.

In addition to fantastic door prizes, the “Bundle of Bucks” Charity Raffle will award 15 cash prizes totaling up to $25,000, with a top prize of $10,000 to a lucky winner when all 1,000 tickets are sold.

Every raffle ticket purchased will be entered in all 15 of the cash prize drawings.

The entry fee for the raffle is $50 per ticket.

Raffle ticket applications are available by calling St. Luke Health Services at 342-3166, or you can stop and purchase tickets directly at St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons or St. Francis Commons in Oswego, and Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Ticket applications are also available online at www.stlukehs.com.

Proceeds from the “Bundle of Bucks” Raffle go to the St. Luke–John Foster Burden Fund; directly supporting resident programs at the not-for-profit affiliate organizations of The St. Luke Family of Caring; St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego, and Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Each raffle ticket admits two adults to the “Bundle of Bucks” Raffle Drawing Party taking place May 9 from 1 – 4 at the Elks Lodge in Oswego.

The raffle drawing event features free food, beverages, live entertainment, games and prize drawings.

You must be 18 years or older to purchase a raffle ticket.

You do not have to be present at the raffle drawing to win.

For more information call 342-3166. Ticket applications can also be downloaded from the St. Luke Family of Caring website at www.stlukehs.com.

CiTi’s Construction Tech Students Discuss Future Opportunities

Students enrolled in the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation’s Construction Technology class recently discussed career opportunities and the occupational outlook of carpentry with a professional in the field.

George Baldwin, a representative from the Empire State Carpenters’ Apprenticeship Training Center, recently stopped by CiTi’s Mexico Campus to provide Construction Technology students with information about apprenticeship programs. From left, teacher Craig Mahon and Baldwin share a smile while overlooking student projects.

George Baldwin, a representative from the Empire State Carpenters’ Apprenticeship Training Center, recently stopped by CiTi’s Mexico Campus to provide Construction Technology students with information about apprenticeship programs. From left, teacher Craig Mahon and Baldwin share a smile while overlooking student projects.

George Baldwin, a representative from the Empire State Carpenters’ Apprenticeship Training Center, recently visited CiTi’s Mexico Campus and discussed carpentry career opportunities available through an apprenticeship program.

During a nearly two hour presentation, Baldwin explained that the carpentry profession is currently going through a transitional period, as an aging workforce is being replaced by young, talented carpenters.

The transition also comes at a time where the need for carpenters has never been higher.

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of carpenters is projected to grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

“We have an aging workforce, and we need to replace that work force with young students,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin also noted that aspiring carpenters need to be multi-talented and showcase the ability to excel in all areas of the profession.

“Most people think carpenters work with wood, but we also work with metal, plastic and masonry. We work with a lot of building materials and the materials are always changing,” said Baldwin. “Carpentry is one trade, but there are many crafts in our trade.”

Like with any other profession, new workers looking to transition into the carpentry industry will be required to have some form of experience to gain employment.

While this age-old dilemma proves still proves difficult today, Baldwin said students have several options to get their foot in the door, including an apprenticeship program.

According to Baldwin, the Empire State Carpenters’ Apprenticeship Training Program will provide students with job training and related instruction, similar to what the students get through a CTE program.

Baldwin added that CiTi students would receive extra points for having experience in a related vocational education.

Oswego Printer Leads National Event To Hone Business Skills At NPOA Conference

John M. Henry, president of Mitchell’s Speedway Press, Oswego, recently returned from attending the executive board meeting of the National Print Owners Association while directing its spring conference in Orlando.

John Henry at the National Print Owners Association's spring conference.

John Henry at the National Print Owners Association’s spring conference.

Henry is the board member in charge of putting on the annual event, which drew printing company owners from across North America and from several foreign countries.

The event is an intensive two-day series of seminars, presentations, and workgroups designed to help printing business owners improve their operations to better serve their communities and clients.

Among the areas of emphasis at this year’s conference was improving financial controls, understanding and utilizing new digital technologies, customer service and retention, adding new services such as large format printing and signage or mailing services, marketing new and traditional services and building brand awareness.

Conference sponsors included printing industry heavyweights such as Xerox, Ricoh, FastSigns, and EFI.

“It was a very worthwhile event,” said Henry. “In my opinion, the expertise of the presenters and panelists and the technical and industry knowledge brought to the table by the industry suppliers made this the most valuable industry conference of the year. I hope to use what I learned to serve better my own clients.”

This is the third year of NPOA conferences and in all three years, Henry has been the director of programs and events, in charge of site selection, contract negotiations and planning.

Once a site and date is chosen, he then shifts to finding speakers and vendors.

National Print Owners Association.

National Print Owners Association.

All this is assisted by a staff of printers, all who volunteer their time for the organization.

Henry was also instrumental in starting the National Print Owners Association and is a founding member.

From its grassroots inception three years ago, NPOA has grown from 19 founding members to more than 400 print shop owners, making it the fastest growing association in the printing industry.

Along with the annual conference, it provides its members with proprietary studies and surveys on technology, pricing, business operations, and many other topics.

It also offers an on-line discussion forum for print shop owners to share ideas and solutions to common problems.

The association’s motto is “By Printers, For Printers” and its members represent the most progressive printing operations in the industry.

Henry said, “We are always looking for ways to grow in our company, ways to challenge ourselves both technologically and intellectually, and the NPOA Conference is a wonderful place to learn how to keep my company growing and changing to meet our clients ever changing needs.”

Snapshots Of Lunacy

To the editor,
As children across New York are now in the middle of Governor Cuomo’s testing season, there is no shortage of education discussion in the media.

The other night on television, I watched NYS Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tish stating that New York parents deserve “…a snapshot, that’s all the tests are, of their child’s development…”

As a parent and an educator, I could not agree more, parents certainly should have snapshot of their child’s development.

Unfortunately, what students in NY have been enduring for the last thirteen years is a snapshot of a tragedy.

A snapshot of a child’s progress does not cost tens of millions of dollars to produce; it does not take 6 days and up to 9 hours of students’ time.

A snapshot does not take school districts (taxpayers) dozens of hours, costing thousands of dollars to score before they are sent to Albany to be “rescored” and manipulated.

And a snapshot certainly should not account for 50% (as proposed by the governor) of any teacher’s evaluation.

A true snapshot would be developed by educators that actually teach children.

If a snapshot was truly what the Chancellor was interested in, then perhaps the state should go back (reformers hate anything to do with looking back, especially if you are talking about something that made sense) to the IOWA assessments?

What did/ would that look like, you ask?

One hour on a given day for ELA, one hour the following day for math, with no test prep involved.

Both are scantron sheets so families could get results back in weeks, not months, and parents would have a comparison of how their child scored in comparison to other students across the country.

Children would not be branded like cattle with a score of 1-4, and school calendars could return to a focus on students rather state mandates.

Lastly, the costs would be pennies on the dollar compared to the tens of millions New York (and many other states) is paying Pearson for their shoddy products.

What if the governor adopted my suggestions (even I’m laughing), whatever could he do with the millions of dollars in savings?

He might start with giving students back the choice to choose between a regents diploma and a local one.

Then he could invest fifty million or so in CITI (formerly BOCES) programs that could help provide trade jobs for those who are not cut out for or choose not to go to college.

Perhaps another ten million or so could go to the tragically underfunded Department of Social Services, and a few more million to examine entitlement abuse and reform.

Any of the above suggestions are certainly worthy of debate.

What is not debatable in my opinion is that if state officials keep spending hundreds of millions on bogus snapshots, the picture for our children is going to be bleaker than it is now, and that would be a very scary snapshot indeed.

William Cahill III
Oswego NY

Salvation Army Plans Tasty Fundraiser

Under the coordination of a SUNY Oswego student, the Oswego County Salvation Army will soon hold a fundraiser to help send children to camp this summer.

With the assistance of a college student, the Oswego County Salvation Army will hold a fundraiser at YoBerry Frozen Yogurt Bar on April 23. Pictured from left, Major James Purvis, YoBerry manager Paige Hirsh and SUNY Oswego student and the fundraiser’s coordinator Ashley Feble are all smiles prior to the event.

With the assistance of a college student, the Oswego County Salvation Army will hold a fundraiser at YoBerry Frozen Yogurt Bar on April 23. Pictured from left, Major James Purvis, YoBerry manager Paige Hirsh and SUNY Oswego student and the fundraiser’s coordinator Ashley Feble are all smiles prior to the event.

On April 23 from 12:30 to 10 p.m., the Oswego County Salvation Army will hold a fundraiser at YoBerry Frozen Yogurt Bar in Oswego, where a percentage of proceeds will go to support the Salvation Army’s Long Point Camp Campaign.

If patrons use the password “camp” when paying their bill, YoBerry will graciously donate a portion of the bill to the campaign.

Long Point Camp, located in Penn Yan exists to be a place where youth may capture the joy of living, loving and learning more about God, themselves and others. The camp features many activities for children, including swimming, boating, arts and crafts, an animal petting farm, hiking and music.

The camp was founded by the Salvation Army in the 1950s, and is situated on 138 acres of near Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. It is a well-equipped facility and features a qualified staff.

Ashley Feble, a student at SUNY Oswego, coordinated the fundraiser.

Feble, along with two other SUNY students, are members of the Salvation Army’s newly formed fundraising committee.

“Being a SUNY Oswego student, I wanted to get involved in the community so I chose to be placed at the Salvation Army for an internship,” said Feble. “The Salvation Army will be sending 25 Oswego County children to Long Point Camp and it’s important to get as much help as possible. Just don’t forget to use the password ‘camp’ when paying your bill.”

Major James Purvis thanked YoBerry for opening its doors to help the Salvation Army raise money for the summer camp and acknowledged YoBerry manager Paige Hirsh for her commitment to community service.

For more information on the fundraiser or the Long Point Camp Campaign, contact the Oswego County Salvation Army at 343-6491.

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