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County Presents Certificate Of Appreciation To Mahaney

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology Committee presented Margaret Mahaney with a certificate of appreciation for her 25 years of service to the county.

County Presents Certificate Of Appreciation To Mahaney

County Presents Certificate Of Appreciation To Mahaney

Mahaney is a senior account clerk with the Oswego County Highway Department.

Pictured from left are John J. Martino, District 6; Amy Tresidder, District 16; Linda Lockwood, District 12; Committee Chairman Robert Hayes, Sr., District 10; Mahaney; Kurt Ospelt, superintendent of the Oswego County Highway Department; Committee Vice Chairman David Holst, District 4; and Daniel Chalifoux, District 19.

Clifford ‘Cliff’ E. Woolridge, 80

HANNIBAL, NY – Clifford “Cliff” E. Woolridge, 80, of Phoenix, passed away on Saturday June 29, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Cleveland, NY, he had resided in Phoenix, Barstow, Calif., and Baldwinsville.

Clifford ‘Cliff’ E. Woolridge

Clifford ‘Cliff’ E. Woolridge

Cliff retired from Conrail Railroad in Dewitt and had worked for Santa Fe Railroad in Barstow, Calif.

He enjoyed vegetable gardening and collecting pocket knives.

Cliff was predeceased by a son, David Woolridge, in 2009.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Betty Woolridge of Phoenix; four children, Clifford (Teresa) Woolridge Jr. of Barstow, Kathy (Ed) Houde of Fulton, Cindy Mulcahey of Phoenix and Trudy (Gary) Burns of Fulton; two sisters, Dorothy Vader and Marge Farr both of Baldwinsville; a brother, Roswell Woolridge Jr. of Lexington, Kentucky; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Friday 5 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal, with memorial services immediately following at 4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to COPD Foundation, 2937 SW 27th Avenue, Suite 302, Miami, Fla. 33133.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.

www.fosterfuneralhome.com

‘About Boater Safety’ Certificate Class at Harborfest

OSWEGO, NY – For the first time ever, the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting a New York State Certified “About Boater Safety” course during Harborfest.

The class will take place on July 27 in the McCrobie Building.

There may be an additional class on Sunday depending on the number of people that signed up in advance of the July 24 registration deadline.

This boater safety course is made possible by Brookfield Renewable Energy and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Oswego Harbor Lighthouse Restoration Fund.

The class being taught covers all types of boating with primary emphasis on motorized pleasure craft and personal water craft.

The course is approved by the US Coast Guard and the National Association State Boating Law Administrators.

New York State navigation law requires eight hours of class room instruction with a proctored examination.

There are fifty questions and a score of 80% is required for passing.

Successful completion of this course satisfies all NYS requirements for both youthful operation of motor boats and PWC.

A completion certificate and wallet size card will be issued upon successful completion.

There are no federal requirements for safe boater education.

NY State requires the following to take an approved course and carry the card when operating:
Regular Motor Boat  –  All youth between ages of 10 and 18.
Personal Water Craft (PWC) – Everyone regardless of age or state of residence. (Note the minimum age for PWC operator is 14.)

Registration deadline is July 24.

The cost per student is $35. To sign up with check or credit card, call Harborfest’s “About Boater Safety” class registration number at 315-342-7120.

Upon payment, course materials will be mailed to the registrant’s address.

Airman Smith Graduates Combat Training

Army Reserve Pvt. Megan L. Smith has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Smith is the daughter of James and Karen Smith of County Route 58, Mexico.

She is a 2012 graduate of Mexico High School.

Koster Celebrates 25 Years Of Service With Oswego County

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Legislature’s Human Services Committee presented Jacqueline Koster with a certificate of appreciation for her 25 years of service.

Koster Celebrates 25 Years Of Service

Koster Celebrates 25 Years Of Service

Koster is a principal social welfare examiner at the Oswego County Department of Social Services.

Pictured from left are Daniel Farfaglia, District 24; Committee Vice Chairman Ronald Sakonyi, District 5; Jacob Mulcahey, District 15; Committee Chairman Shane Broadwell, District 17; Koster; Gregg Heffner, Commissioner of the Oswego County Department of Social Services; Shawn Doyle, District 3; John Proud, District 7; and Margaret Kastler, District 1.

Oswego Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in the Philippines

Tammy Hadlow, 48, of Oswego, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for the Philippines July 5 to begin training as an environment volunteer. Hadlow will live and work in a community to work on a variety of activities, including teaching environmental awareness and working with coastal resource management extension.

“I’ve always aspired to volunteer on a global level,” said Hadlow.

Hadlow is the mother of Terra (Atkinson) Pritchard and a graduate of Oswego High School in Oswego.

She then attended State University of New York at Oswego where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies in 1990.

She later attended State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, where she earned her master’s degree in environmental studies in 1998.

During the first three months of her service, Hadlow will live with a host family in the Philippines to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture.

After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, Hadlow will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community in the Philippines, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.

“I hope to bring my work/life experience to my new community and be part of a successful project that will have positive lasting effects on my host community,” said Hadlow.

Hadlow joins the 448 New York residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 12,863 New York residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.

About Peace Corps/Philippines:

More than 8,680 Peace Corps volunteers have served in the Philippines since the program was established in 1961. Currently, 223 volunteers serve in the Philippines. Volunteers work in the areas of education, youth development and coastal resource management. Volunteers are trained and work in Tagalog, the national language, and regional dialects, as appropriate.

About the Peace Corps:

Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 210,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 8,073 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.

Stars, Stripes And A Salute To Our Nation

By Senator Patty Ritchie
This week, many people will join friends and family members to fire up the grill, load up the cooler, and find that perfect spot to watch a spectacle in the sky for the Fourth of July holiday.

But, the Fourth is so much more than cookouts and fireworks displays.

It’s a chance to salute our nation—as well as those who defend it.

This year, our nation will celebrate its 237th birthday.

It was on July 4, 1776, that the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, declaring the 13 colonies a free nation.

If you’d like to read the document for yourself, you can request a copy by visiting www.ritchie.nysenate.gov or by calling my district office at (315) 782-3418.

When the Declaration of Independence was signed, 2.5 million people were living in the newly-independent nation.

Today, that number has grown to 316.2 million.

Here’s a few ways those millions of people will celebrate, by the numbers:

· $227.3 million. That’s the value of fireworks, many of which are used on the Fourth of July, imported into the United States annually

· More than 14,000 fireworks displays are expected to light up the night sky in celebration of our country’s independence

· 32 percent of people will celebrate by attending a Fourth of July parade

· It’s the most popular day for cooking out, as 90 percent of grill owners will be flipping burgers, hot dogs and much more

· Speaking of grilling, on the Fourth, Americans will eat roughly 150 million hot dogs and purchase around 700 million pounds of chicken for cookouts with family and friends.

Not only is Independence Day a celebration of our nation, it’s an opportunity give thanks to those who bravely safeguard our country and our freedom.

It’s often said that freedom is not free; and living in such close proximity to Fort Drum, we see on an almost daily basis the sacrifices our troops make for our country.

I encourage you not only over the Fourth of July holiday, but year round, to thank our men and women in uniform by taking steps to support them.

It’s as simple as volunteering at your local USO, providing letters and care packages to soldiers by participating in the “Adopt a Platoon” program or donating to initiatives like the “Wounded Warrior Project,” which aims to assist injured service members.

Whether you’re attending a cookout, taking in a parade or enjoying one of the many fireworks displays taking place in our region, I would like to wish you both a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday and again, urge you to take time to thank the brave men and women who protect both our nation and our freedom.

Job seekers learn ‘What Employers Want’ at forum sponsored by Oswego County Workforce New York

FULTON – A large audience of job seekers and several human resource professionals recently participated in a panel discussion to demystify the application and hiring processes at local companies.

Several local employers shared information about the hiring process in a panel discussion sponsored by Oswego County Workforce New York. Chad Whelsky of the Oswego County Workforce New York’s Fulton office moderated the discussion.

Several local employers shared information about the hiring process in a panel discussion sponsored by Oswego County Workforce New York. Chad Whelsky of the Oswego County Workforce New York’s Fulton office moderated the discussion.

The forum, entitled “What Employers Want,” was sponsored by Oswego County Workforce New York and allowed local employers to share the qualities they are looking for from job applicants.  It was held at the new Cayuga Community College campus in Fulton in May and was open to the public.

Representatives from Huhtamaki, Novelis, Healthway Home Products, Oswego Health, Constellation, Little Lukes, PaperWorks Packaging Group, and Ron Terra Insurance offered frank advice to job seekers on a number of topics.

For example, a good resume should be clear, free of spelling errors and provide accurate information.

Also, unprofessional or vulgar email addresses or voicemail recordings can prevent a candidate from moving forward in the application process.

The ability to use computers and the Internet was also emphasized by employers as several of them only accept applications online.

In addition, employers often research candidates online and are using that information to make hiring decisions.

An unprofessional online presence, such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr accounts that show questionable comments or images can prevent an applicant from being considered for a job.

Participant feedback revealed that the forum provided much useful information about how to conduct a successful job search going forward.

“The best part of this event for me was that our local employers were willing to share real world, practical advice about what to do and what not to do if someone is serious about getting a job with their company,” said Chad Whelsky, Employment Specialist at the Oswego County Workforce New York office. “Sending a thank you note after an interview may seem trivial but could mean the difference between getting and not getting the job. Now that they’re armed with information directly from the people who make the hiring decisions, job seekers can move forward in the application and interview process with more confidence.”

The staff at the Fulton One Stop center is also available to help customers with their job search.

Information about training opportunities, skills upgrades and other services provided to job seekers through the Oswego County Workforce New York office is available by calling the Oswego County Workforce New York office at 315-591-9000.

Carol Fisher to Perform at St. Mary’s Bazaar in Oswego

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
OSWEGO, NY – The unique musical stylings of Carol Fisher will kick off St. Mary of the Assumption’s Annual Parish Bazaar with a performance July 12  from 6-9 p.m.

Fisher, a local inspirational singer / songwriter, will be performing a variety of songs from her nine albums, including her latest album, Sing the Psalms Vol 1.

A live performance by Carol Fisher on July 12 will begin a weekend of live music at St. Mary of the Assumption’s Annual Parish Bazaar. Other performers include The Sounds of Brass on Sunday afternoon and a special performance by Sam Domicolo on Sunday beginning at 6 p.m.

A live performance by Carol Fisher on July 12 will begin a weekend of live music at St. Mary of the Assumption’s Annual Parish Bazaar. Other performers include The Sounds of Brass on Sunday afternoon and a special performance by Sam Domicolo on Sunday beginning at 6 p.m.

Appointed by Bishop Cunningham to the Diocesan Commission on Women in the Church and Society, Fisher recently celebrated her 15th year of broadcasting inspirational talk and music radio programs with two special events.

Her radio show, broadcast daily from 3 to 4 p.m., has moved to the new Catholic radio station, WTMI, 88.7 FM, and can be streamed online at www.wtmiradio.com or on smart phones and tablets with the mobile app, iCatholic Radio.

She also embarked on a 25-parish tour throughout Central New York where she gave a brief talk on the importance and impact of Catholic Radio and distributed thousands of her music CDs free of charge through the Carol Fisher Institute, a not for profit organization she co-founded to promote a Culture of Life, Civilization of Love & the Dignity of the Human Person.

Additionally, Fisher completed her goal of writing contemporary, upbeat music to all 150 Psalms, which can be heard during the radio broadcasts as the Psalm of the Day and will soon be available as a seven-volume series of CDs.

“It has been a wonderful 15 years,” said Fisher. “I thank God for the grace of songwriting and for the thousands of people who have joined our ministry through radio, music and as benefactors.”

Fisher’s music can be heard 24/7 on the Internet at www.singtheday.org

As part of her performance at St. Mary’s Parish Bazaar, Fisher will sing a number of songs from her Hug Me Jesus CD.

“I am excited to add a children’s segment with songs from our popular children’s albums from 6 – 7 p.m. this year at St. Mary’s Parish Bazaar in Oswego. With an upbeat, contemporary style and joyful refrains, these songs will appeal to people of all faith backgrounds. I invite community members to join us at St. Mary’s Parish Bazaar for an enjoyable evening of uplifting music,” added Fisher.

St. Mary’s Annual Parish Bazaar features plenty of food, fun and games for the entire family; including their famous chicken barbecue, and a chance to win $5,000 with St. Mary’s Annual Drawing.

The bazaar will be held July 12 from 6 – 10 p.m., July 13 from 5 to 10 p.m. and July 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. in the church parking lot, 103 W. Seventh St., Oswego.

Rain date will be July 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information contact Michelle Brown at 315-343-3953.

Water Chestnut Control: Start Early and Continue; Pull Set for July 13 at Port Ontario

By New York Sea Grant Launch Steward Nicholas Spera
Plants are good for the environment, right? Not always.

This volunteer is seen with baskets full of water chestnut plants collected during a handpull event in 2012. Photo: Nick Spera/NYSG Launch Steward Program.

This volunteer is seen with baskets full of water chestnut plants collected during a handpull event in 2012. Photo: Nick Spera/NYSG Launch Steward Program.

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) in local watersheds and ecosystems are negatively impacting native plants, animals and habitat. An invasive species is defined by the federal Executive Order 13112 that establishes a National Invasive Species Council as a species that is non-native to the ecosystem of interest and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

Locally, European water chestnut (WC), scientifically known as Trapa natans, is an AIS causing problems in Oneida Lake, the Salmon and Oswego Rivers, and some embayments of Lake Ontario.

Originating from Europe, Asia and Africa, WC has made its way to North America over the years and now grows, and, often thrives, in freshwater habitats such as nutrient-rich lakes and slow moving or stagnant rivers.

Without control efforts, WC plants form dense floating mats that severely limit light and oxygen availability for native species. WC easily outcompetes native species by overcrowding to dominate waterways and increase the potential for fish die-off. Large colonies of WC also negatively affect boating, fishing, swimming and other aquatic recreation.

With such a quickly-reproducing species, control methods can be quite difficult. If not kept in check, WC will flourish and thrive until it clogs one area and begins to spread to surrounding waterways.

How do we manage something that has the ability to spread so rapidly? The answer is through concern, persistence, and dedication. With the help of environmental professionals, communities and volunteers come together to raise public awareness of AIS and take on the challenge of AIS management.

Management and control methods vary depending on the location, level of invasiveness, AIS population size, and local conditions, such as the size of the water body and surrounding ecosystem.

Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager John DeHollander says the goal of treatment depends on the site characteristics and density of the WC population.

Closeup of water chestnut cluster. Photo: Ben Robedee/NYSG Steward Program

Closeup of water chestnut cluster. Photo: Ben Robedee/NYSG Steward Program

Hand pulls are done with groups of volunteers, with the goal of removing as much of the WC as possible. Still, some plants can be left behind. Therefore, it is more reasonable to maintain control over a smaller infested area to prevent the WC from spreading further.

When conditions of a WC infestation are not conducive for a hand pull, other alternatives such as mechanical and/or chemical treatment may be considered.

Mechanical harvesting machines cut and collect the aquatic plants, removing them from the water by a conveyor belt system. The plant matter is then stored in the harvester until the AIS can be removed and disposed away from water. This method works well on large communities of WC that have spread beyond control for mechanical harvesting.

“Speaking from years of experience with mechanical harvesting at the same site (Ox Creek) annually for four years, then skipping the fifth year, we saw the water chestnut move right back in, making it look like the site had never been treated,” DeHollander says.

Eradication is very rare, but may be possible if the WC population is small; however, it would be necessary to continue treatment efforts for several years.

Suppression and containment are more reasonable goals for AIS treatment, particularly for larger AIS populations in isolated ecosystems.

With WC being such a rapidly spreading plant, it is sometimes necessary to control the spread of this AIS using chemical treatment. This sort of “shock” method is used to stop the growth and spread of the AIS so it hopefully becomes possible to regain control of the spread. It is important for local efforts to identify WC invasion early, so control efforts can be made early to prevent having to chemically treat the invasive spread and risk damaging other species in the surrounding ecosystem.

To learn more about organizing a local resource, please reference the “Steps and Procedures to Help Organize an Invasive Plant Removal and Disposal” online at http://www.seagrant.sunysb.edu/ais/pdfs/CCD-StewSperaWaterChestnutFactSheet1012.pdf.

New York Sea Grant is working with the Oswego County Soil & Water Conservation District (OCSWCD) and St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO PRISM) to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Volunteers are needed to help control WC where the Salmon River meets Lake Ontario.

A pull will be held July 13 from 8:30 a.m. – noon at Pine Grove State Boat Launch, 7101 State Route 3 at Port Ontario. Volunteers need to bring their own personal floatation device and boat (kayak or canoe works well).

For more information on protecting native habitats against invasive threats, contact New York Sea Grant at 315-312-3042, SGOswego@cornell.edu

To learn more about how boaters can help slow the spread of AIS, visit the NYSG Launch Steward Program Blog at http://nysglaunchsteward.blogspot.com

This is the second in a series of articles by the New York Sea Grant Launch Stewards. The stewards are college students helping to educate water users about how they can help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species as part of a statewide effort. Learn more online at www.nyseagrant.org

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