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Piano Solo Recital to benefit Oswego Hospital Auxiliary

Oswego High School junior Nina Alcasid will present a solo piano recital at 3 p.m. on June 23 at The Church of the Resurrection, 120 W. Fifth St., Oswego.

The program is free and open to the public.

And, those who would like to, may donate to the Oswego Hospital Auxiliary.

Nina Alcasid

Nina Alcasid

Nina has been a private piano student of Marcia Pavel Sideris of The Sideris Piano Studio since she was six years old and recently received the All Star Piano Award at the Oneida Jazz Festival.

Nina is the pianist for the Oswego High School Jazz Band and also has studied dance and plays the oboe in the Oswego High School Wind Ensemble.

Academically, she ranks number one in her junior class and is a highest honor student.

She has been a member of the Top 25 honors students throughout high school, and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Her recital program will feature selections from the works of classical composers J.S. Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Ravel, MacDowell, and Rachmaninoff.

Her plans upon graduation next year are to enter the medical field.

She is the daughter of Michael and Marie Castillo Alcasid, both hospitalists at Oswego Hospital.

Leighton Home and School Announce Winners

OSWEGO, NY – The Frederick Leighton Elementary School Home and School Association hosted the 13th annual “All-You-Can-Eat” pancake breakfast to raise funds for the school’s annual Circus Program for the 2013-14 school year.

It took place from 8:30 a.m. to noon on June 9 at the Oswego Elks Lodge, 132 W. Fifth St.

Abby McPherson volunteered happily selling tickets for the prize basket raffles.

Abby McPherson volunteered happily selling tickets for the prize basket raffles.

A huge thank you goes out to the Elks Lodge and its staff of workers!

Thanks also to the Leighton family volunteers, staff, the teachers, our principal and her husband, the school board members, the businesses and community members who generously donated items!

Thank you to all the people who came out in support of our sixth grade circus.

Leighton Home and School appreciates your tremendous show of support.

The Winners:

Mark’s Pizzeria winners: Sarah Helton, Marguerite Clark, Miah Dawn Metott

La Parilla winners: 2- Kris Amy Amy Dorgan-Enwright, Katie Katie Waters O’Leary, Mrs. Burger, and Arlene.

Jasmine Maldonado readying to enjoy her breakfast

Jasmine Maldonado readying to enjoy her breakfast

Lucky winner Mrs. Burger for the $50 Steamer’s GC and the Quality Inn and Suites overnight stay

Running With Scissors $55 gift card for color process donated by Deanna Deanna Stevenson Kraft winner: Dawn Metott.

Jack Armet – Winner: Beautiful CiderMoon Coffee Basket with Polish Pottery!

Murdock’s winners: 2 Pam Cloonan, 2 Dakota Contryman-lantern, Fisher Clark lantern, Rayna Krauss Mills-water bottle, Ziparang boomerang Dakota Contryman, same Scott Preston, other winners took their items home, they know who they are.

Cheap Seats winner: Arlene

Touch of Grace sailboat winner: Joseph Wall, boy was he pumped!

Port City Day Spa winner: Deanna Stevenson Kraft.

Heagerty’s Hot Spot winner: Fisher Clark.

DuFore’s Jewelers winner: Sally Cafalone.

The Picture Connection winner: Mrs. Laurel Artz.

Pizza Hut winners: Mrs. Burger and winner took theirs home.

Winner of UPK basket Sarah Helton.

The CoffeeNook $10 gift certificate winner: Kate Casper

Oswego Parts Plus winner: Aaliyah Cappetta Jasmine Maldonado.

Big M winner: Beth Clark.

Greene’s Ale house winner: Kris Enwright.

C’s Farms winner: Dakota Contryman.

YMCA winner: Michelle Holden Knopp.

Oswego Sub Shop winner: Pam Cloonan.

Port City Bakery and Red Sun Fire Roasting Company: Lynda Sereno.

Ben McPherson volunteered and hoped for the best winning some prizes

Ben McPherson volunteered and hoped for the best winning some prizes

Downtown Barbershop winners: Scott Preston and Sue Buck.

Fajita Grill Winners: Carolyn Eaton and Chris Nelson.

Rosebudarts Photography winner: Kelly Culican Griffin.

Step basket winner: Aaliyah Cappetta Jasmine Maldonado.

Lottery board BIG WINNER: Mr. Gerber!

Blue Plate Seafood winner: Dick Cafalone.

Massage ELeMenT winner: Kathleen O’Neil Allen

river’s end bookstore winner: Abby McPherson

Garafolo’s winner: Maggie Katie Waters O’Leary.

Health Department Announces Clinic Schedule for Week of June 17

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, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

The following services will be offered during the week of June 17 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego and the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

• Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, June 18, 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.


• Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, June 18, 9 to 11 a.m., walk-in clinic.

Immunization clinics are held Tuesdays 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.

All patients with private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicaid managed care should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic.

No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

For more information about public health services, contact the County Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

Masons plan for Independence Day Parade

On June 12, members of Easter Star and Masons made plans for the chamber of commerce Independence Day Parade.

Front row seated Earl Wilson and Bill Pittsley. Second row Carl Reynolds, John Grala, Master Ron Randal, Carla Salisbury, James Rizzo, George A. Reed and Michael Callahan.

Front row seated Earl Wilson and Bill Pittsley. Second row Carl Reynolds, John Grala, Master Ron Randal, Carla Salisbury, James Rizzo, George A. Reed and Michael Callahan.

The members of Lake City 127 planned a full day of events on July 7.

The day will begin with a Masons go to church Sunday at West Baptist Church.

They will be joined by the leaders of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, Grand Royal Arch, Grand Commandery Grand Cryptic Masons, Scottish Rite, Shrine and Order of Eastern Star.

The Masons will then march in the chamber parade to Fort Ontario.

The day’s events will conclude with a picnic at Lake City Lodge and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Rotarians Learn About Area Health Care

FULTON, NY – Fulton Rotary Club program chair Lori Greeney introduced Jeff Coakley, vice president for strategic services for Oswego Health, at a recent meeting.

Jeff Coakley and Lori Greeney

Jeff Coakley and Lori Greeney

Jeff’s presentation included an explanation of what Oswego Health’s new strategic plan consists of, as well as, a review of its mission and vision statements.

Their goal is to increase and expand healthcare in our community and grow services such as Fulton Medical Center and Central Square Medical Center.

This growth is in conjunction with the Northern Oswego County Medical Centers in Pulaski, Mexico, Fulton, Phoenix and Oswego.

Total quality medical care for all citizens in Oswego County is the goal all agencies are working toward.

Jeff encouraged the group to check out the website www.hospitalcompare.gov

This is the Medicare website that compares hospitals infection rates, ER wait times, and skin ulcer rates on a regional area.

Up to Speed: Entergy presents Driver Autograph Night at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY – With all of the action on tap this Saturday night at Oswego Speedway, don’t forget to come prepared for the first driver autograph session of the season presented by Entergy.

At the conclusion of hot laps for both the Pathfinder Bank SBS and Novelis Supermodified divisions, race fans will be invited to the Speedway’s main straightaway to meet their favorite racecar driver and get an autograph.

The Entergy driver autograph sessions at Oswego Speedway are always a hit throughout the summer months.  (Mike Johnson Photo)

The Entergy driver autograph sessions at Oswego Speedway are always a hit throughout the summer months. (Mike Johnson Photo)

Several teams will have free giveaways as well including candy, ice cream, and sponsor coupons.

The autograph session will run from 5:15 p.m. through 6:15 p.m. before the night’s first feature event hits the Speedway at 6:30 p.m. as a part of Century 21 Galloway Realty Night at the Races.

Entergy is once again a proud sponsor of the Kids on Track Program in 2013 and is the presenting sponsor of both driver autograph sessions at the Speedway this season.

Entergy Corporation, which celebrates its 100th birthday in 2013, is an integrated company engaged primarily in electric power and retail distribution operations.  Entergy has a proud history of producing clean air electricity and is one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators.  For more information on Entergy, visit www.entergy-nuclear.com.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com, LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway, or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.  To speak with a Speedway representative call the box office at (315) 342-0646.


Century 21 Galloway Realty ‘Road to the Championship’ Night featuring double main events for the Pathfinder Bank SBS and Novelis Supermodifieds, plus the Entergy driver autograph session and the Make-A-Wish Foundation 2-Seat Supermodified ride.


Saturday, June 15.  Pit gates will open at 2pm, grandstand gates open at 3:30 p.m., hot laps begin at 3:45 p.m., driver autograph session runs from 5:15-6:15 p.m., first feature event of the night is 6:30 p.m.


Oswego Speedway is located at 300 East Albany St. in Oswego, NY


Padded reserved seats $20, general admission $15, Pit Passes $30.  Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (315) 342-0646.  Kids 16 and under are free with paid adult.  Price Chopper Tickets to Go are available for only $14.


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Live Updates can be seen on Twitter, Facebook, as well as the Oswego Speedway website


Oswego Speedway is a semi-banked 5/8 mile paved oval.  The non-wing Novelis Supermodified track record is held by Doug Didero with a time of 16.210 seconds at 138.786mph, established on September 5, 2009.  The wing Supermodified track record is 15.164 seconds, set by Lou Cicconi in May of 2013.


Hoosier/Sunoco/Corr-Pak SBS Driver Standings                    6-8-13

Pos     ##     Driver Pts

1        13      Russ Brown             390

2        74      Mike Bond               365

3        47      Jon Tesoriero          365

4        93      Jay Andrews           359

5        98      Jason Simmons       357    *

6        O4      Kreig Heroth           354

7        O1      Dalton Doyle           352    *

8        2        Rob Pullen              349

9        18      Andrew Schartner   335

10      9        Jack Patrick             331

11      22      Mike Bruce              323

12      17      Tim Gareau             316

13      77      Cameron Rowe       315

14      24      A.J. Bernys             314    *

15      67      Mark Castiglia         294    *

16      14      Jeremy Pitcher (R)   288

17      8        Josh Kerr                286

18      1        Anthony Losurdo (R)283

19      76      Scott Shafer (R)      276

20      57      Dan Abt (R)            257

21      99      Dennis Rupert         257

22      90      Greg O’Connor (R)  242

23      19      Nate Noto (R)         237

24      O7      Justin Connell         209

25      44      Zach Amo (R)         185

26      27      David LaTulip                    70

27      3        Chris Proud             66

28      32      Scott Black (R)        44

29      10      Josh Blackwell (R)   43

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14      Jeremy Pitcher        288

1        Anthony Losurdo     283

76      Scott Shafer            276

57      Dan Abt                  257

90      Greg O’Connor        242

19      Nate Noto               237

44      Zach Amo               185

32      Scott Black              44

10      Josh Blackwell        43

Pathfinder Bank SBS Top 5 Finishes

13      Russ Brown             4

98      Jason Simmons       2

2        Rob Pullen              2

47      Jon Tesoriero                    2

O1      Dalton Doyle           2

93      JJ Andrews             2

24      AJ Bernys               1

18      Andrew Schartner   1

67      Mark Castiglia         1

77      Cameron Rowe       1

74      Mike Bond               1

22      Mike Bruce              1

Pathfinder Bank SBS Top 10 Finishes

13      Russ Brown             4

47      Jon Tesoriero                    4

O4      Kreig Heroth           4

74      Mike Bond               3

9        Jack Patrick             3

18      Andrew Schartner   3

93      JJ Andrews             3

98      Jason Simmons       2

17      Tim Gareau             2

14      Jeremy Pitcher        2

2        Rob Pullen              2

22      Mike Bruce              2

O1      Dalton Doyle           2

24      AJ Bernys               1

67      Mark Castiglia         1

77      Cameron Rowe       1

76      Scott Shafer            1

Hoosier/Sunoco/Corr-Pak Supermodified Driver Standings                        5-25-13

Pos     ##     Driver Pts

1        99      Michael Barnes        205

2        OO     Joe Gosek               201

3        7        Otto Sitterly            196    *

4        52      Dave Danzer           194

5        60      Tim Jedrzejek         188

6        50      David Gruel             185

7        51      Michael Muldoon     183

8        35      Jeff Holbrook                    170

9        26      Shaun Gosselin       161

10      37      Jeff Locke               160

11      5        Tim Devendorf        159

12      O2      Brandon Bellinger    156

13      O1      Dan Connors Jr.      154

14      3        Brian Sweeney        136

15      22      Pat Lavery              133

16      O6      Dave Cliff                130

17      21      Kody Graham                    125

18      83      Lou Levea Jr            124

19      0        Tim Snyder             117

20      6        Davey Hamilton      115    *

21      O7      Tony Steiner (R)     111

22      O5      Jeff Abold               97

23      66      Lou Levea Sr.          92

24      82      Jared Bellinger (R)   63

25      56      Hal LaTulip              63

26      55      Keith Shampine       63

27      23      Clayton Brewer III (R)       62

28      24      Jerry Curran            60


O7      Tony Steiner           111

82      Jared Bellinger        63

23      Clayton Brewer III   62

Novelis Supermodified Top 5 Finishes

99      Michael Barnes        2

52      Dave Danzer           2

6        Davey Hamilton      1

60      Tim Jedrzejek         1

51      Michael Muldoon     1

7        Otto Sitterly            1

OO     Joe Gosek               1

50      Dave Gruel              1

Novelis Supermodified Top 10 Finishes

99      Michael Barnes        2

52      Dave Danzer           2

60      Tim Jedrzejek         2

51      Michael Muldoon     2

OO     Joe Gosek               2

5        Tim Devendorf        2

35      Jeff Holbrook                    2

50      Dave Gruel              2

6        Davey Hamilton      1

26      Shaun Gosselin       1

7        Otto Sitterly            1

O2      Brandon Bellinger    1


Saturday, June 29th – RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting/C’s Farm Market & Beverage Center Night at the Races featuring a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main and a 30-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature.  Pits open at 2pm, grandstands at 4pm, racing at 6:30pm.  General admission seating $15, padded reserved seating $20, pit passes $30, VIP seating $75.  Price Chopper Tickets to Go will be available for only $14.

For more information on Oswego Speedway be sure to visit www.oswegospeedway.com.  You can also LIKE the (Official) Oswego Speedway page at facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway, or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.  To purchase tickets or order merchandise please call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.

Fourth Graders Cited For Supporting Traffic Safety

OSWEGO, NY – Six participants from Oswego City School District submitted traffic safety messages on posters that were considered as part of a statewide safety campaign sponsored by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

Oswego County Traffic Safety Board, Child Passenger Safety Committee, and the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County recognized their efforts with prize bags filled with bike helmets, Friendly’s gift certificates and other treats.

Fourth Graders Cited For Supporting Traffic Safety

Fourth Graders Cited For Supporting Traffic Safety

The students are all from Ms. Christine Castillio’s fourth grade at Kingsford Park Elementary in Oswego.

They are from left to right, Dylan Patterson, Tabitha Sailer, Gianna Ruggio, Lilyann Mathews, Alison Ketcham; back row: Margaret Beers, Chair, Oswego County Traffic Safety Board, Mike Douglas, and teacher, Christine Castillio.

For more information on bicycle, car, and pedestrian safety, call Billie Crandall Brady, or email her at bcbrady@cnymail.com to book a presentation for any age, for your class, group or club.

Cayuga CC recognizes 37 graduates of health care certificate programs

During ceremonies on the Auburn and Fulton campuses last week, Cayuga Community College recognized 37 students for their completion of health care career certificate programs.

“I am honored and proud to be celebrating your successful completion of these rigorous, accelerated programs,” said Carla DeShaw, dean of community education and workforce development. “Your commitment to earn this first credential will open many doors for you in the future.”

Cayuga Community College Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development Carla DeShaw (far right) recently recognized graduates of four credit-free health care certificate programs at the Fulton Campus at 806 W. Broadway. A separate ceremony was held for students at the Auburn Campus.

Cayuga Community College Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development Carla DeShaw (far right) recently recognized graduates of four credit-free health care certificate programs at the Fulton Campus at 806 W. Broadway. A separate ceremony was held for students at the Auburn Campus.

DeShaw told students that in the past, people spoke about “climbing the corporate or career ladder,” but that today the more appropriate image is of scaffolding—where people can pick up new credentials and move in a new direction. She said this is particularly true in health care—a field where someone who pursues medical assisting certification then could decide to become a registered nurse, an EKG technician, or a medical coder.

This is the first graduating class of the 60-hour dental assisting program and the 50-hour EKG technician program, both of which prepare students to sit for the national certification exams. These students look to have promising career opportunities, as the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that the number of jobs for dental assistants and cardiovascular and vascular technologists will grow 31 and 29 percent, respectively, through 2020, much faster than the average job growth.

Similarly, the medical assistant and medical coder programs, which have been well-received by students since they were first offered at Cayuga in 2011, look to have bright futures, as jobs in those fields look to grow at 31 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

These credit-free professional certificate programs often serve as the first credential to open a wide array of career possibilities and enrollment into academic degree programs. For example, Cayuga is working on streamlining the transition from these non-credit programs into its new health sciences associate’s degree program as well as into the health information technology associate’s program, offered in collaboration with Onondaga Community College.

“At Cayuga, we create career pathways that enable students to take the next step in their professional development,” DeShaw said. “Our hope is to help students who complete the credit-free health care certificate programs earn prior learning credit and receive advanced placement in the associate’s degree programs.”

The College conferred certificates to the following students:

Dental Assistant: The program requires 60 hours of training and prepares students for entry-level positions in a dental office, including oral anatomy, tooth structure, patient positioning, equipment, sterilization, legal aspects of dentistry, and office administration.

Charles Aiken of Auburn

Catherine Beach of Oswego

Stephanie Cary of Fulton

Erica DeVoll of Ovid

Serena Draper of Fulton

Kayla Gregory of Auburn

Ashley Haumann of Syracuse

Jacklyn Noel of Elbridge

Sarah Smith of Waterloo

Patsy Spears of Mexico

EKG Technician: The program requires 50 hours of training and prepares students to use an EKG machine and gain familiarity with physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, ethics, and legal aspects of medicine.

Melissa Bushey of Locke

Polly Davies of Port Byron

Alexandra Dennison of Cato

Susan Elwyn of King Ferry

Cynthia Gersch-Cianfarno of Oswego

Sharon Krause of Cleveland (N.Y.)

Dennis Lassen Jr. of Hannibal

Sharon Nemier of Weedsport

Gale Riddell of Phoenix

Carmella Squadrito of Liverpool

Medical Assistant: The program requires completion of 252 hours of training and 80 hours of externship, the study of the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology as well as practical applications of mathematics and microbiology. The program also covers everything from phlebotomy and medical terminology to insurance and ethics.

Allison Archer of Seneca Falls

Ashley Cook of Liverpool

Bessie Loomis of Fulton

Andrea Losurdo of Oswego

Julie Robbins of Jordan

Karrie Waffle of Phoenix

Medical Coder: The program requires 180-hours of career training. Students learn the types of insurance coverage in a health facility, the various ways of receiving payment, common medical codes, and HIPAA privacy regulations, among other topics.

Barbara Beeman of Fulton

Mary Blum of Skaneateles

Michele Braley of Sandy Creek

Dotty Chesnut of Mexico

Christopher Cornall of Auburn

Suzanne Davis of Fulton

Noah Donch of Auburn

Priscilla Gilbert of Mexico

Arbutus Keim of Auburn

Lisa Russell of Waterloo

Anita Vibbert of Oswego

For more information about the health care certificate programs, visit: http://www.cayuga-cc.edu/communityed

Minetto Recognizes Its Sixth Graders

MINETTO, NY – Minetto Elementary School sixth graders were in the spotlight at the annual honors program conducted before a cafeteria-packed with parents, friends, family and staff members.

Principal Dean Goewey presented certificates to each sixth grader and also recognized several other students with special awards.

 Minetto Elementary School recently conducted its sixth grade honors program. Among the Principal’s American Citizenship Award  and the New York State Attorney General’s Triple “C” Award were  Jack Dodds  and Keegan Thompson (Principal Awards) and Triple  “C” recipients Nicholas Brown, Alyssa Lapetino, Alyssa Adner and President Award recipient Taylor LaDue  and former Minetto students now members of the Oswego High “Class of 2013” Brianna Favata and Cameron Caruso.

Minetto Elementary School recently conducted its sixth grade honors program. Among the Principal’s American Citizenship Award and the New York State Attorney General’s Triple “C” Award were Jack Dodds and Keegan Thompson (Principal Awards) and Triple “C” recipients Nicholas Brown, Alyssa Lapetino, Alyssa Adner and President Award recipient Taylor LaDue and former Minetto students now members of the Oswego High “Class of 2013” Brianna Favata and Cameron Caruso.

The “Principal’s American Citizenship Award” was presented to Keegan Thompson, Jack Dodds and Taylor LaDue while the New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman Triple “C” Award  for “character, courage and commitment” was given to Nicholas Brown, Alyssa Adner and Alyssa Lapetino.

Former Minetto alumni Cameron Caruso and Brianna Favata who are members of the Oswego High School “Class of 2013” addressed the students and provided them with some information that will benefit them in their academic journey through middle school and high school. Caruso will continue his education  at Evangela University in Springfield, Missouri while Favata will major in Biology at SUNY Oswego.

Several students were presented the “President Award for Educational Excellence” as they excelled academically and have exceeded proficiency on the New York State Test in English Language Arts and Math. The recognized students included Jea Adams, Alyssa Adner, Nicholas Brown, Allison Choate, Jack Dodds, Maria Foti, Alyssa Lapetino, Julie May and Nicholas Victory.

The “President Award for Academic Achievement” was also presented for outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment and intellectual development. The honored students included Tia Bevacqua, Christian Clary, Joshua Clyne, Kyle Decker, Donald Ditton, Alexa Fadden, Samuel Waldron, Mikayla Hardesty, Kieran Henrie, Hayleigh Hough, Taylor LaDue, Alex Myers, Kelly Lizotte, Connor Pratt, Jacob Sharkey, Tessa Smith, Christopher Sugar, Keegan Thompson and Isabella Thorpe.

Students also received awards for band, orchestra, vocal music, art, physical education, science, social studies, reading, writing and mathematics.

Joining Goewey for the presentation of certificates to the students were teachers Tracy Anderson,  Sara  Adydan , David Gaffey  and Tanya Wadsworth.

Minetto sixth graders moving on to the Oswego Middle School in September include, from Anderson’s class, Alyssa Beckwith, Olivia Bivens, Nicholas Brown, Maddison Dashnau, Donald Ditton, Jack Dodds, Alexa Fadden, Colby Ferguson, Maria Foti, Mikayla Hardesty, Kelly Lizotte, Margaret McSweeney, Dieonte Parker, Trinity Perry, Connor Pratt, Ethan Proud, Jacob Sharkey, Tessa Smith and Kyle Stewart.

From  Wadsworth’s class were  Alyssa Adner, Tia Bevacqua, Joshua Clyne, Kyle Decker, Savanna DeLong, Zachary Griffin, Jordan Hare, Hayleigh Hugh, Matthew Ingersoll, Julia May, Alex Myers, Benjamin Stevens, Christopher Sugar, Keegan Thompson, Nicholas Victory, Shawn Victory, Samuel Waldron and Shelby Wallace.

The remaining sixth graders, in  Gaffey and  Adydan’s class,  moving on to OMS  were Jea Adams, Allison Choate, Christian Clary, Michael Crouch, Colin Dowling, Evan Giocondo, Jacob Harrington, Kieran Henrie, Johnathan King, Taylor LaDue,  Alyssa Lapetino, Breonna Parrott, Isabella Thorpe, Skylar Wallace, Alexander Wetzel and Bailey Whalen.

Ritchie Motorcycle Safety Bill Unanimously Passes Senate

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her bill that would improve motorcycle safety by adding motorcycle awareness training to the DMV’s mandatory, pre-licensing courses has passed unanimously the Senate.

“Today, more and more people are using motorcycles to get around, and that means that all drivers need to be more aware of how to safely share the road” said Senator Patty Ritchie. “By adding this training to the DMV’s pre-licensing courses, we can help ensure that new drivers are given the information they need – right from the start – to be more cognizant of motorcycles when they are out on the road.”

The measure (S.2113) comes in the wake of a series of horrific motorcycle crashes that claimed the lives of a number of local bikers.

Senator Ritchie’s research found that the number of motorcycles on New York roadways has increased 12 percent over five years, but motorcycles registrations in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Oswego counties grew by 31 percent, 20 percent and 16 percent, respectively, during that time period, to more than 13,800.

As the number of motorcycles increased, so did the number of accidents. In 2010, there were 5,570 motorcycle accidents across the state, including 180 deaths. More than half of accidents involved a collision with another vehicle.

In her effort to increase public awareness of motorcyclists and highway safety, Senator Ritchie also recently joined with the New York State Thruway to urge drivers to use greater caution.

Earlier this month, at the request of Senator Ritchie, the Thruway used its electronic Variable Message Signs (VMS) to flash the messages “Watch for Motorcycles” and “Share the Road” on sign boards across their system, from Buffalo to the New York City line and also including Central New York.

The signs could be seen by an estimated 750,000 motorists who use the highway each day.

Senator Ritchie’s bill, which also passed unanimously in the Senate in 2012, was sent to the Assembly.

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Oswego County Bar Association Reviews of Judicial Candidates

The Oswego County Bar Association recently voted to approve the report of the Judicial Screening Committee that found both candidates for Oswego County Family Court, to wit: James K. Eby and Lou Anne Rucynski Coleman, to be “Recommended as Qualified” for the position.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Wine Trail A treat For The Taste Buds

John and I like to break up our road trips by stopping at new places. On our way to visit family in Ohio, we had a wonderful stay at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Yes, there is more than one Geneva-on-the-Lake. The one in Ohio is part of Geneva State Park where there is picnicking, camping, cabins, boating, trails, swimming, fishing and more. The lodge is a beautiful resort with rooms that have great views of Lake Erie. The first day we were there it was rainy and the lake was kicking up but the next morning the water calmed, the sun came out, and it was beautiful.

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Change Your Clocks – Change Your Batteries

The Oswego Fire Department would like to remind all residents with the turning back of the clocks in the early morning hours on Sunday, it is time again to change the batteries in all of your home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It has been proven time after time that smoke detectors save lives by alerting residents of the early stages of a fire.

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Memorial Weekend ‘Super Spectacle’ and $5 Anniversary Night Highlight 65th Season at Oswego Speedway

Oswego Speedway officially announced its 65th anniversary, 15-race weekend schedule featuring the Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS ‘Road to the Championship’, as well as several blockbuster weekend events, on Friday. When taking note of the 2015 schedule of events, two key components no doubt stand out. The first coming in the month of May, the second on the Speedway’s anniversary weekend in August.

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Shirley A. Golas, 75

Shirley A. Golas, 75, a resident of Oswego, passed away peacefully with the Lord at her side, Thursday October 30, 2014, at St. Luke Health Services.

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