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Chadwick Joins APFW Law Firm As Associate

OSWEGO, NY – Amy Chadwick recently joined Amdursky, Pelky, Fennell and Wallen, P.C. as an associate.

Amy Chadwick

Amy Chadwick

APFW Law is a general practice and litigation firm with a presence in Oswego County and Central New York dating well back into the previous century.

Chadwick graduated from Le Moyne College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice.

She then graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 2014.

She is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and National Organization of Social Security Representatives.

Chadwick was admitted to practice law on January 14, 2015, and is now accepting new clients.

She is a resident of Auburn, where she lives with her husband, Officer Michael Chadwick, of the Auburn Police Department.

Gilbert Earns Statewide Recognition For Workers’ Compensation

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego law firm of APFW Law is pleased to announce that Gregory R. Gilbert, Esq. has been once again named to the New York Super Lawyers Annual List in the field of Workers’ Compensation.

Gregory R. Gilbert

Gregory R. Gilbert

Only 5% of attorneys are selected after being evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Gilbert was previously named to the list in 2011.

APFW Law is a general practice and litigation firm with a presence in Oswego County and Central New York dating well back into the previous century.

Gilbert’s practice emphasizes workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, and personal injury.

He is a member of the Oswego County Bar Association and a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Representatives.

Gilbert is a past president of the Oswego County Bar Association and past vice president of the Oswego Youth Soccer Association. He has also served as long time counsel for the Oswego County Republican Committee.

He resides in Oswego with his wife, Kimberly, and their children.

 

Step One Creative Peewee Bucs Win 2015 Best Western Plus Invitational Tournament

Step One Creative Peewee Bucs 2015 Best Western Plus Invitational Hockey Tournament – Champion  Left to right kneeling: Joe DiBlasi Lukas Cady, Hunter Lawton, Marcus Baker, Spencer Stepien, Cole Cullinan and Noah Delaney Left to right standing: Coach Phil Cady, Patrick Galvin, Keith Vivlamore, Tyler May, Aidan Taylor, Head Coach Frank Brosch, Tommy Back Back, Bryson Bush, Coach Andy DiBlasi, and Coach Pete Cullinan The Bucs defeated the Syracuse Blazers 3-2 to win the championship game.

Best Western Plus Invitational Tournament Champion Step One Creative Peewee Bucs

The Step One Creative Peewee Bucs defeated the Syracuse Blazers 3-2 Sunday in the championship game to win the 2015 Best Western Plus Invitational Hockey Tournament.

In the preliminary Peewee Red Division games, the Bucs tied the Blazers 3-3, defeated Southend B (Ottawa) 6-0, Webster 4-0, and Southend B3 (Ottawa) 4-1.

Shown pictured from left to right kneeling are: Joe DiBlasi, Lukas Cady, Hunter Lawton, Marcus Baker, Spencer Stepien, Cole Cullinan and Noah Delaney. Left to right standing are: Coach Phil Cady, Patrick Galvin, Keith Vivlamore, Tyler May, Aidan Taylor, Head Coach Frank Brosch, Tommy Back Back, Bryson Bush, Coach Andy DiBlasi, and Coach Pete Cullinan.

Step One Creative Peewees Continue Strong Play

OSWEGO, NY – The Step One Creative Peewee Red Hockey Team of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association continued their strong season with wins over Watertown, Salmon River, Auburn and Geneva, as well as a tie against league-leading and undefeated Binghamton.

Step One Creative Peewee Buc Spencer Stepien looks for a pass in recent Snowbelt Hockey League action against Watertown. Stepien had a goal and an assist in the 10-1 win over the Rapids. The Bucs have gone undefeated with five wins and a tie in their past six games to improve to 18-4-1 on the season.

Step One Creative Peewee Buc Spencer Stepien looks for a pass in recent Snowbelt Hockey League action against Watertown. Stepien had a goal and an assist in the 10-1 win over the Rapids. The Bucs have gone undefeated with five wins and a tie in their past six games to improve to 18-4-1 on the season.

The Bucs won 10-1 over Watertown, 3-2 against Salmon River, tied 1-1 against Binghamton, and picked up a 3-1 win at Auburn, and 6-1 victory home against Geneva.
The team improved to 18-4-1 on the season, and moved into second-place with a
10-2-1 record in their Snowbelt League Red Division.

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After a scoreless first period against the visiting Watertown Rapids, the Step One Creative Peewee Bucs exploded for 10 goals in the next two periods to easily win 10-1 in this Snowbelt League matchup.

Keith Vivlamore led the way with a three-goal hat trick and an assist, and Lukas Cady added two goals and an assist. Others contributing with points were Spencer Stepien, Joe DiBlasi, and Noah Delaney each with a goal and an assist, while Marcus Baker and Aidan Taylor added a goal each. Tyler May added two assists, and Cole Cullinan, Patrick Galvin, and Tommy Back each had one.

Hunter Lawton picked up the win in net and had 12 saves.

“We came out really slow in the first period, but the team really ramped it up in the second period, and then exploded for eight goals in the third to get the win,” said Step One Assistant Coach Andy DiBlasi. “This was a very well-balanced scoring effort for the team, and everyone contributed.”

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In this close Snowbelt League matchup with Salmon River, Oswego picked up a goal from defenseman Bryson Bush just seconds into the third period to take a 3-2 lead, and held of the Storm for the win.

Oswego’s Aidan Taylor picked up the first goal of the game at 4:56 of the first, off assists from Marcus Baker and Joe DiBlasi. The Bucs would add another in the second from Lukas Cady, before the decisive goal by Bush early in the third period.

“This was a close game throughout. A really good matchup,” said Step One Assistant Coach Andy DiBlasi. “Our defense really stepped up in the third, after we picked up the goal from Bryson, and I was proud of the kids and their effort in this win.”
Oswego net minder Hunter Lawton continued his strong play in goal this season with 14 saves in securing the win.

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The Bucs played one of their strongest games of the year in this matchup against undefeated and league-leading Binghamton. The scoring came just seconds into the game from Binghamton, and later in the third period with seconds remaining by Oswego, as the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie.

Binghamton scored less than a minute into the contest, but the strong team effort and goalie play of Oswego’s Hunter Lawton kept the game close throughout and down just the one goal until the last play of the game, when Bryson Bush and other Step One players rushed the net.

After a scramble in front of the Binghamton goalie, it was Marcus Baker who was able to lift the puck up over the net minder’s shoulder for the goal as time expired.

Bush and Lukas Cady picked up the assists.

“This was a great hockey game from start to finish,” said Step One Assistant Coach Andy DiBlasi. “We really pressured their zone throughout, and everyone played great on the defensive end, including of course the strong effort by Hunter in net.”

Step One Creative Peewees 3 Auburn 1
In a rematch from a game earlier in the season, in which the Step One Red Team lost 4-1, the Bucs traveled to Auburn and got the win they wanted 3-1 in the Snowbelt League game.

After falling behind 1-0 halfway through the first period, Oswego took control of the contest with strong goaltending by Hunter Lawton and relentless offensive pressure in the Auburn zone in the second and third periods.

Spencer Stepien got Oswego’s scoring started, finding the net with a backhand marker at 2:32 of the second period off an assist from Noah Delaney.

Keith Vivlamore followed that up with his own goal minutes later off a feed from Tyler May to make it 2-1 Oswego.

The Bucs would add another goal late in the third period when Aidan Taylor scored unassisted to close out the scoring.

Lawton had 20 saves in the road win.

“We played well against the Auburn team back in November, but just could not take advantage of our opportunities in that game,” said Step One Creative Head Coach Frank Brosch. “Our team took full advantage of the opportunities this time around, and our strong defensive play really minimized some of their better players.”

Step One Creative Peewees 6 Geneva 1
On home ice at Crisafulli Rink, Step One Creative jumped out early on the visiting Geneva team, scoring three goals in the first period and three more in the third to take this league game 6-1.

Keith Vivlamore and Aidan Taylor each had three-goal hat tricks, with Vivlamore’s first goal coming just seconds into the game off the initial faceoff.

Lukas Cady assisted on all three of Vivlamore’s goals, while Marcus Baker (2), Bryson Bush and Tommy Back added the others.

Lawton picked up his 18th win of the season, while registering 11 saves.

“We jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on their team and it was tough for them to do anything after that,” said Step One Head Coach Frank Brosch. “I am proud of our team and their continued strong play this season. It’s been a great stretch of games for our squad and we are looking forward to building on that success.”

The Step One Creative Peewee Bucs play home this weekend in the Best Western House Invitational Tournament at Cullinan and Crisafulli rinks.

The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff includes: Head Coach Frank Brosch, and assistants Andy DiBlasi, Pete Cullinan and Phil Cady.

Step One Creative Returns as Primary Sponsor of Proud Motorsports for 2015

OSWEGO, NY – Step One Creative has once again been named the primary sponsor of the Proud Motorsports #54 Chassis and driver Camden Proud for his upcoming sophomore season at the Oswego Speedway.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Step One Creative back on board with us for what should be an extremely exciting second year for myself and my team at the Steel Palace,” said Proud. “It has been great working with Step One on every aspect of our team, including our PR, marketing materials, events and the overall design and graphics of our #54.

Camden Proud in the Step One Creative #54.

Camden Proud in the Step One Creative #54.

“Step One has built a strong reputation throughout the Central New York community, and we take great pride in representing them each week at the track. We were able to accomplish Rookie of the Year with Step One last season, and are looking forward to the upcoming schedule and our goal of that first feature win.”

Proud Motorsports is a small-block supermodified team owned by Tim and Debbie Proud of Oswego. Their 16-year-old son, Camden, a former USAC Quarter Midget driver and champion, is the 2014 Oswego Speedway Rookie of the Year winner; the youngest in history, and also the youngest heat winner and podium finisher in the history of the famed Oswego track.

Step One Creative, located at 317 W. First St. in the Stevedore Lofts in Oswego, offers full-service advertising design, brand development, public relations, copywriting, web design, and media planning/placement to organizations and businesses throughout Central and Upstate New York.

“Camden, Tim, Debbie and the entire Proud Motorsports Team far exceeded anything we could have hoped for in a racing partnership in 2014,” said Shane Stepien, president at Step One Creative. “The growth that we saw in Camden on the track, the enthusiasm, knowledge, and commitment to his sport and fans was outstanding.
“Our Step One team is looking forward to a great second season, and working with Camden and Proud Motorsports to build upon last year’s successful rookie year.”

For more information on Proud Motorsports, visit www.proudmotorsports.com or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Pinterest, and Google +.

For more information on Step One Creative, please call (315) 342-2554 or online at www.steponecreative.com.

Oswego Bookmobile Receives $5,000 Donation From Oswego Lions Club

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Bookmobile recently received a $5,000 donation from the Oswego Lions Club towards its Help Drive Books Home campaign, according to Theresa Slosek, steering committee member of the Oswego Bookmobile.

The Oswego Bookmobile received $5,000 from the Oswego Lions Club. At a recent Oswego Lions Club meeting from left are: Mike Henderson, Oswego Lions Club president; Kathy Rice and Kathy Mantaro, Oswego Bookmobile; Becky O’Kane, Oswego Lions Club secretary; Theresa Slosek, Oswego Bookmobile Steering Committee member; Susan McBrearty, Oswego Bookmobile program coordinator; Margo McBrearty, Oswego Bookmobile; and John Deary, Oswego Lions Club vice president.

The Oswego Bookmobile received $5,000 from the Oswego Lions Club. At a recent Oswego Lions Club meeting from left are: Mike Henderson, Oswego Lions Club president; Kathy Rice and Kathy Mantaro, Oswego Bookmobile; Becky O’Kane, Oswego Lions Club secretary; Theresa Slosek, Oswego Bookmobile Steering Committee member; Susan McBrearty, Oswego Bookmobile program coordinator; Margo McBrearty, Oswego Bookmobile; and John Deary, Oswego Lions Club vice president.

The Oswego Bookmobile is raising funds towards the purchase of a new bus for its community literacy program.

“We greatly appreciate the support and significant contribution from the Oswego Lions Club,” said Slosek. “Their donation will strongly help our organization’s commitment to empowering children to be readers.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our local Lions Club to have a far reaching impact on area children and families,” said Mike Henderson, Oswego Lions Club president. “We embrace the mission of the Oswego Bookmobile and our members were very pleased to be able to support this cause in the community.”

The Oswego Bookmobile program was founded in 2011 to combat an alarming trend.

Testing indicates that economically disadvantaged children in the Oswego City School District are significantly less proficient in reading than their more affluent peers.

By eighth grade there is a 40% gap between the percentage of economically disadvantaged children who are proficient in reading and the percentage of their peers who are proficient.

This is due, in large part, to having limited access to books at their reading level in their homes and in their neighborhoods during summer months.

This trend is commonly referred to as the “summer reading slide” and has a significant, long-term impact on the academic success of children.

The Oswego Bookmobile drives to areas with the highest concentration of children from low-income families in the city of Oswego, towns of Oswego and Scriba throughout the summer months.

Bookmobile Logo At each stop, volunteer literacy specialists help children select books for them to have from the Oswego Bookmobile’s selection, and empower them to read. Every week features a different theme with related books, hands-on activities, giveaways, and read-alouds.

Last summer, 1,946 children visited the bookmobile and 5,057 free books were distributed.

For additional information on the Oswego Bookmobile visit www.oswegobookmobile.com

Established in 1917, Lions International consists of 40,000 local Lions Clubs worldwide with membership of 1.4 million volunteers.

Local chapters of the club are committed to serving the disabled including those with eyesight, impairments, hearing loss and other handicaps.

Anyone interested in becoming a member or learning more about the Oswego Lions Club should contact membership chair Jennifer Vivlemore at 591-7571.

Ladies AOH Donates Food For The Holidays

OSWEGO, NY – The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Dean Michael Barry Division 1 recently contributed food donations to the Oswego City School District for families in need during the holidays.

AOHPictured at the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Oswego recently from left are: Oswego City School District Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Dean Goewey; LAOH members Donna Roman and Kay Turner; Kingsford Park Elementary School Principal Mary Volkomer; and LAOH members Corine Bateman, Dee Mulcahey, Terri Van Brocklin and Margaret Maniccia.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians is an International Irish-Catholic Fraternal Organization, founded in New York City in 1836.

The Dean Michael Barry Division 1 was founded in Oswego in 1903.

The LAOH was established for practicing Roman Catholic woman of Irish descent and meets at the AOH Clubhouse at 22 Munn St.

For additional information, please call 343-9815.

Oswego City School District Board of Education Meeting Dates Announced

Oswego, NY – The updated Oswego City School District Board of Education dates for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year are listed below.

These meetings will be held at 5 p.m. in the Board Room on the lower level of the Education Center, East First Street.

Monday, January 12 and 26
Monday, February 9 and 23
Monday, March 9 and 23
Tuesday, April 7 and 21
Tuesday, May 5 and 19 – budget vote and board election
Tuesday, June 2 and 16

Step One Creative Peewees Battle in Snowbelt Action

OSWEGO, NY – The Step One Creative Peewee Red Hockey Team of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association lost 5-3 at Thousand Islands, and 4-1 at Elmira, before capturing a decisive 7-0 home win over Valley in recent Snowbelt League action.

Step One Creative is now 14-4 overall and
6-2 in the Snowbelt Red Division.

Bryson Bush (center) of the Step One Creative Peewee Red Team of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association skates up the ice with teammates Marcus Baker (left) and Aidan Taylor in recent action. Bush had three goals and an assist in the team’s Snowbelt League games this past weekend against Elmira, Thousand Islands, and Valley. Photo Credit: Rick Back

Bryson Bush (center) of the Step One Creative Peewee Red Team of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association skates up the ice with teammates Marcus Baker (left) and Aidan Taylor in recent action. Bush had three goals and an assist in the team’s Snowbelt League games this past weekend against Elmira, Thousand Islands, and Valley.Photo Credit: Rick Back

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 The Oswego squad jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in this matchup against Thousand Islands in Clayton. Step One’s Aidan Taylor scored off a feed from winger Lukas Cady at the 11:20 mark of the first period, before Cady gathered his own goal just seconds later. Step One Creative would add another later in the second when defenseman Bryson Bush went coast to coast for the tally.

Despite the two early goals by Oswego, the Thousand Islands team came out very strong in the second and third periods, scoring five goals with a relentless offensive attack against the visiting Bucs.

Oswego goalie Hunter Lawton had 26 saves against 31 shots in the loss.

“They (Thousand Islands) really came out aggressive in the second period, and then continued their strong play in the third,” said Step One Creative Head Coach Frank Brosch. “I thought our kids played very well early, but just couldn’t stop the relentless pressure in our zone later in the game.”

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On the road at Elmira’s First Arena, the Step One Bucs lost 4-1 against the league leading and undefeated Jackals. Elmira jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on Step One, scoring three goals in the first six minutes of the matchup. A balanced offensive attack and strong passing paced Elmira in the first period.

Oswego’s Spencer Stepien got the Bucs on the board at 13:30 of the second period, when Aidan Taylor shot wide of the net and Stepien gathered the rebound to make it 3-1. Elmira would add one more late in the second to close out the scoring.

“They scored three goals very early,” said Brosch, “but our team held them to a tie the rest of the game. This was a very good hockey team and our kids worked hard after the tough start.”

Oswego was outshot 36-21 in the game, and goalie Hunter Lawton had 32 saves.

Step One Creative 7 Valley 0
In their matchup on home ice against Valley, the Step One Bucs scored seven unanswered in the second and third periods to pick up the Snowbelt win 7-0.

Oswego’s Cady and Bush paced the Bucs with two goals and an assist each. Stepien, Marcus Baker, and Patrick Galvin added a goal and one assist each, while Noah Delaney picked up two assists.

Lawton had 22 saves in the win, and registered his seventh shutout of the season.

“It was a tight game after one period,” said Brosch, “but our team really started pressuring their end of the ice and took advantage of some opportunities. “Hunter continues to play very strong in net, and it was great to see the team play at the level of hockey we have come to expect from them.”

According to Brosch, the defensive efforts of Bush, Tommy Back, Cole Cullinan, Joseph DiBlasi, and Tyler May also attributed to the win.

The Bucs travel to Watertown and Pulaski (Salmon River) this weekend for Snowbelt League games.

The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff includes: Head Coach Frank Brosch, and Assistants Andy DiBlasi, Pete Cullinan, and Phil Cady.

OVIA Insurance In Holiday Spirit At Fitzhugh Park

Holiday Spirit at Fitzhugh Park

Holiday Spirit at Fitzhugh Park.

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego office of OVIA Insurance Agencies donated an entire Christmas dinner and gifts for children at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School recently.

It was part of the insurance agency’s annual holiday giving program.

OVIA’s Oswego employees traditionally select a school or local charity to make these donations to during the holiday season.

At Fitzhugh Park recently from left are: Debra Carson, OVIA Insurance Agencies; Karyn Kirwin, Fitzhugh Park School Nurse; and Amanda Serow, OVIA Insurance Agencies.

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Oswego City School District Retirees Recognized

The Oswego City School District Board of Education recognized the retirements of Susan Piasecki and Kim Bryant at its January 26 meeting.

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Rice Creek Summer Programs Offer Scholarship Assistance

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Ellucian Taps SUNY Oswego Registrar

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Warm Up Oswego’s Scavenger Hunt Approaching

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