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Birth | Watertown/Three Mile Bay
Mason Cameron Farmer

Stephanie and Ben Farmer, Port Royal, South Carolina, announce the birth of their son, Mason Cameron Farmer.

Mason was born at 1:08 a.m. on June 9, 2014 at Memorial Health University Hospital in Savannah, Georgia. He weighed 8 lbs., 1 oz. and was 20 ¾ inches long.

Mason’s maternal grandparents are Ian and Debbie Hill of Watertown. His paternal grandparents are Wayne and Marie Farmer of Three Mile Bay.

He was welcomed home by his family and the family dog, Bubba.

Posted: October 22, 2014


Birth | Watertown
Vincenzo Remy DiStefano

Christopher and Leslie DiStefano of Watertown announce the birth of their son, Vincenzo Remy DiStefano.

Vincenzo was born at 10:49 pm on August 1, 2014 at Samaritan Medical Center. He was 8 lbs. 2 oz. and 21 inches long.

Vincenzo’s maternal grandparents are Timothy and Melissa Atkins of Redwood, NY and James O’Hara of Tampa, FL. His paternal grandparents are Marc and Peggy DiStefano of Dexter.

Posted: October 22, 2014


Wedding | Watertown
Matthew & Lindsey McCargar

Matthew and Lindsey McCargar announce their marriage.

On Friday, October 10, 2014 Lindsey and Matthew were married outside in a small intimate ceremony surrounded by close friends and family.

Penny O'Hara of Clayton, mother of the bride, gave her away. Bobbi and John Brett of Watertown, & Tammy and Jim McCargar of Chaumont also attended.

Other friends and family were there to show their love for the couple. Following the ceremony they enjoyed dinner at Shuler's Restaurant. A summer reception is planned for next year.

Posted: October 22, 2014


Engagement | Watertown
Dessa M. Jackson & Andrew W. Miller

Glenn and Michelle Armstrong, Watertown, and Doug and Nancy Miller, Watertown, announce the engagement of Dessa M. Jackson to Andrew R. Miller.

Dessa is a 2011 graduate of Watertown High School. She is employed at Convergys, Watertown.

Andrew is a 2013 graduate of Watertown High School. He is employed through JRC on Ft. Drum.

A spring 2015 wedding is planned.

Posted: October 22, 2014


Engagement | Watertown
Kristy Alberry & Michael A. Buchalla

Earl and Debbie Alberry, Watertown, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristy Alberry, to Michael A. Buchalla.

The couple got engaged at Disneyworld in August.

Kristy is in her 11th year of teaching in the Cortland Enlarged City School District, where she currently teaches third grade. Michael is the founder and owner of M.A.B. Roofing & Siding, in its 26th year of business in Cortland.

The couple resides in Virgil with the groom's two daughters and their three dogs.

A July 18, 2015 wedding is planned.

Posted: October 12, 2014


Wedding | Watertown/Greene
Mandi Bottle & Lars Hasseler

On the sunny afternoon of August 30 in the garden of the Bottle Homestead, Greene, Lars Hasseler and Mandi Bottle were married.

They bring together the families of Robert and Marsha Hasseler, Watertown, and Tom and Donna Bottle, Greene. Mandi was given by her father and her family in marriage. The Reverend William Reinmuth of All Souls Community Church, Chestnut Ridge, presided over the wedding.

Attendants included the groom’s twin brother Anders, Mahwah, NJ, as best man and as groomsmen his brother Bjorn, Laurel, MD, collegemates Danny Pilpe, Jermyn, PA and Benjamin Haggerty, Franklin, IN, and high school friend Jordan Jones, Bethel, CT.

The bride’s maid of honor was her sister Emily Bottle, Endicott. The bridesmaids included sister-in-law Carly Hasseler, Mahwah NJ; friends Jen Stuk, Haiti; Sarah Davis Schwartz, Los Angeles, California and Jenn Utter, Philadelphia, PA. Niece Lydia Bottle, McGraw, was flower girl. Nephews Aiden and Callum Powell, Middletown, PA, carried chalkboards to say “Here comes” and “your bride”. The bride carried lisianthus and vines.

The bride’s mother’s sister Heidi Best sang. The outdoor reception followed the wedding at the Bottle Family Homestead.

Mr. Hasseler graduated from General Brown High School in 2002 and Mrs. Hasseler from Greene High School in 2003. Both are graduates of Nyack College, with majors in pastoral ministry.

He is currently stationed at Ft. Bragg, Fayetteville, NC as he serves in the US Army. Prior to the marriage the bride was employed as a manager at a Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Following a weeklong wedding trip to the Atlantic coast, the bride and groom have located to their first home in Fayetteville, NC.

Posted: October 9, 2014


Engagement | Philadelphia/Theresa
Jamie M. Lawrence & Andrew J. Traver

Together, Jamie M. Lawrence and Andrew J. Traver announce their engagement.

Jamie is the daughter of Robin Barbarito of Philadelphia and the late John Lawrence. She is a 2010 graduate of Indian River High School and is currently attending JCC to obtain a registered nursing degree. Jamie is employed at Samaritan Medical Center where she works as a patient care assistant in the emergency department. She has worked for Samaritan since 2010.

Andrew is the son of the late Gregory Traver. He is a 2005 graduate of Indian River Central School. He currently works on Wellesley Island for D.A.K. Design and Constructing as a painter/carpenter and will be pursuing New York State Corrections.

The couple became engaged on their four-year anniversary, August 11, 2014 and will be tying the knot on September 12, 2015 at Boldt Castle.

Posted: October 9, 2014


Engagement | Cape Vincent/Black River
Nichole Ashley Oneil & Ryan James Lafex

Donna and Wallace Oneil of Black River, along with James Lafex of Watertown, and children, Maddison Oneil and Abbigail LaFex,  announce the engagement of Nichole Ashley Oneil & Ryan James Lafex.

Nichole is a 2006 Graduate of Watertown High School, and studied Cosmetology at BOCES. She is currently employed at the Watertown Walmart in the pharmacy. She also volunteers with Cape Vincent Fire Dept and Ambulance Squad.

Ryan graduated from Thousand Islands High School in 2008 and studied welding at BOCES. He is currently employed at Guilfoyle Ambulance as a full-time dispatcher. He also volunteers with Cape Vincent Fire Dept and Ambulance Squad.

The couple have two children, Maddison Rose (age 3) and Abbigail Frances (age 1). The engagement took place in Big Moose in the Adirondacks on Sunday, October 5, 2014. The date for the wedding is set for August 29, 2015, out doors with a camo theme.

Posted: October 9, 2014


Wedding | Watertown
Kaitlyn Bouchard & Justin Dyke

Kaitlyn Bouchard and Justin Dyke were married on July 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm at Saint Christopher’s Church in York, Maine.

Kaitlyn is the daughter of Mary Fults Watertown. Justin is the son of Arthur and Kim Dyke, Watertown. The ceremony was officiated by Father David Affleck.

The wedding party included the bride’s sister, Brooke Bouchard, as the Maid of Honor, along with Lauren McKinney, and Meghan Sboro as the bridesmaids. The best man was the groom’s brother Jayson Dyke, and the groomsmen were Dylan Hardwick, Gordon Ward, and Scott Freeman.

A reception overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in York Harbor at the Stage Neck Inn followed the ceremony surrounded by their closest friends and family.
Kaitlyn is a Paraprofessional at South Windsor Public Schools and the Registry Specialist at Pottery Barn. Justin is Project Engineer at the Trane Company. The newlyweds reside in Connecticut.

Posted: October 2, 2014


Wedding | New Bremen
Kylie Smith & Jeffrey Byrne

Kylie Smith and Jeffrey Byrne were married on June 7, 2014 at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Rome.

The bride is the daughter of Brian & Julie Smith, New Bremen. The groom is the son of Jeffrey & Linda Byrne, Long Island.

The Matron of Honor was Melissa Hirschey, sister of the bride. The bridesmaids were Lindsay Byrne, sister of the groom, Haddie Herzig, Caitlin Diepold, Megan Birch and Ashley Burke, all friends of the bride.

The Best Man was Christopher Keen, best friend of the groom. The groomsmen were Brendan Doherty, Filip Hadzi-Stefanov, James Bernhardt, Daniel Birch and Gary Washburn, all friends of the groom.

An evening reception followed the ceremony at Turning Stone’s Shenandoah Clubhouse. The two honeymooned in Costa Rica the following week.

Mrs. Byrne is Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Pace University in Manhattan. Mr. Byrne is a Business Consultant for the McDonald’s Corporation in the NY-Metro area.
The newlyweds currently reside in Long Island.

Posted: September 29, 2014


Engagement | Gouverneur/Watertown
Brittany Marie Tracey & John Michael Keruskie Jr.

Sonia and John Keruskie Sr, Watertown, and Kathy and Rodney Tracey, Gouverneur , are pleased to announce the engagement of Brittany Marie Tracey and John Michael Keruskie Jr.

Miss Tracey is a 2007 graduate of Gouverneur Central School. She studied Fashion Design and Merchandising at Cazenovia College. She is presently employed at JCPenney as a Sales Supervisor on the Leadership Team and is a full-time mommy to her three year old son William Ryan.

Mr. Keruskie is a 2006 graduate of General Brown Jr. /Sr. High School and a 2013 graduate from the State University of New York at OSWEGO with a Bachelor’s in adolescence education. He is currently finishing his last semester for his Masters degree in curriculum and instruction from the State University of New York at Potsdam and is employed at the Watertown City School District.

The couple is expecting a child in February and their engagement took place in Central Park in New York City on September 12, 2014.

Posted: September 29, 2014


Birth | Watertown
Leah Elizabeth Antonides

Evan and Ashley Antonides of Chantilly, Virginia announce the birth of their daughter, Leah Elizabeth Antonides. 

Leah was born at 5:44 p.m. on January 27, 2014 in Manassas, Virginia. Leah weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. and was 20 inches long. 

Maternal grandparents are Lynn and Corby Cleveland of Watertown.  Paternal grandparents are Jean and Dana Antonides of Tulsa, OK and Steve and Reen Markland of Stephens City, VA. 

She was welcomed home by her excited big sister, Avery (2 years old).

Posted: September 29, 2014


Birth | Watertown
Joseph Augustine Jack Bachner

Whitney and John Bachner of Watertown announce the birth of their son, Joseph Augustine Jack Bachner.

Joseph was born at 8:06 a.m. on September 9, 2014 at Samaritan Medical Center. He was 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 21 1/4 inches long.

Joseph's maternal grandparents are Jann and Chris Sharlow and Jerry and Cindy Vecchio of Watertown. His paternal grandparents are Connie and Judd Wood and the late John Bachner of Watertown.

He was welcomed home by his big brother, Johnny.

Posted: September 29, 2014


Engagement | Watertown
Emma C. Zecher & Brittany G. Garnsey


Together with their families, Emma C. Zecher and Brittany G. Garnsey announce their engagement.

Emma is the daughter of Calvin and Kathleen Zecher of Watertown. She graduated from Watertown High School in 2010 and is currently obtaining her Liberal Arts Degree at Jefferson Community College. She is currently employed as a Registration Specialist at Samaritan Medical Center.

Brittany is the daughter of Timothy and Teasa Garnsey of Watertown. She graduated with an Liberal Arts of Math and Science Degree from Jefferson Community College and is currently obtaining her Bachelors Degree in Sports Management through SUNY Canton. She is currently employed through Samaritan Keep Home.

The couple became engaged on December 31, 2013 and a May 23, 2015 wedding is being planned at The Manor House, Pierrepont Manor.

Posted: September 29, 2014


Wedding | Rodman
Melissa Diane Ackley & Donald Fernando Leddick


Melissa Diane Ackley and Donald Fernando Leddick were married on August 16, 2014 at Rodman Church, officiated By Dorene Ireland, friend of the bride.

 The bride is the daughter of Donald & Dorinda Ackley of Rodman. The groom is the son of Debra Lowery & Robert Leddick Sr. 

  The maid of honor was Desari Dillin, Sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Jamie Ackley Sister-in-law of the bride , Phyl McKinney, Friend of the bride, Heather Walden, Cousin of the bride and Tracy Cooper, Cousin of the Bride, The Junior Bridesmaid was Abigayle Ackley, niece of the Bride. The flower girls were Natalie Ackley, Jocelynn Ackley, Fiora Ackley, Avaya Ackley & Lyra Ackley all nieces of the bride. 

Best man was Warren Howard, Friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Kristopher Welch, Friend of the groom, Jeremy Ackley, Brother of the bride, Robert Leddick Sr., Father of the groom & Kristopher Bancroft, Friend of the Groom. Ushers Were Seth Ackley & Kalob Ackley, Nephews of the Bride. Dominick Dillin, Nephew of the Bride & Lucas Leddick, Nephew of the groom were the ring bearers. 

The reception immediately followed the ceremony at the Rodman Fire Barn.

Mrs. Leddick works for Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown. Mr. Leddick works for Nice-n-Easy, Adams Center.

The couple currently resides in Rodman.

Posted: September 29, 2014


Engagement | Cape Vincent/Henderson
Chantal Renee Wood & Kyle Briant

Alan and Tracy Wood, Cape Vincent, and Joe and Charlotte Briant, Henderson, are pleased to announce the engagement of Chantal Renee Wood to Kyle Briant.

Miss Wood is a 2006 graduate of Thousand Islands High School and a 2010 graduate of the State University of New York at Potsdam with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is employed as an intensive case manager at the Children’s Home of Jefferson County.

Mr. Briant is a 2006 graduate of Belleville Henderson Central School and a 2011 graduate of the State University of New York at Delhi with a bachelor’s degree in construction management. He is employed as a quality control manager with Structural Associates, Inc.

A July 2015 wedding is planned.

Posted: September 18, 2014


Engagement | Carthage
Lisa M. Myers & Christian J. Rohr

Together with their families, Lisa M. Myers and Christian J. Rohr announce their engagement.

Lisa is the daughter of Nancy Myers and the late Richard J. Myers of Carthage. She graduated from Carthage Central High School in 1996 and obtained an associates degree as an administrative assistant in 2005 from Stratford University. Lisa is employed as a Supervisor from the ARC of Oneida-Lewis where she has been employed since 2007 and also works with the developmentally disabled individuals there.

Christian (C.J.) is the son of Bruce and Kelly Rohr of Lowville. He graduated from Lowville High School in 2009 and went on to study Graphic Art Technology for two years at Mohawk Valley College. C.J. is currently employed as a direct support professional at New York State DSO, working with developmentally disabled individuals, since 2013.

The couple has been together since June of 2013 and became engaged on January 31, 2014 and are currently planning a September 5, 2015 wedding at Carthage Rod and Gun Club.

Posted: September 18, 2014


Birth | Watertown
Victoria Mae LaClair

Ryan and Diana LaClair announce the birth of their daughter, Victoria Mae LaClair, born August 2, 2014 at 6:26 a.m. at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown. She weighed 9.2 lbs. and was 21 in. long.

Maternal grandparents are Joseph and Carolyn Millard of Carthage. Paternal grandparents are Donald LaClair of LaFargeville and Kelli LaClair of Theresa.

She was welcomed home by both her big sisters, Olivia and Natalie.

Posted: September 18, 2014


Engagement | Pulaski
Danielle Ambrose & Jason Holden

Jeffrey and Marie Ambrose, Pulaski, announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle N. Ambrose, to Jason R. Holden.


Danielle is a 2001 graduate of Indian River Central School and received her Master's Degree in physical therapy from Nazareth College in 2006. She is employed as a physical therapist at Carolina Rehabilitation Main in oncology rehab, Charlotte, NC.


Jason, the son of Cynthia Hammond, Mint Hill, NC and Richard Holden, Rock Hill, SC, is a 1999 graduate of Northwestern High School, Rock Hill. He received a Master's Degree in music performance from Winthrop University (SC) in 2007. He is an insurance broker with American Insurance Marketing Solutions, Charlotte, NC.


An October 14, 2014 wedding is planned.

Posted: September 18, 2014


Births | Cape Vincent/Clayton
Stella Jane Lyon & Finley James Lyon

Ashley and Damien Lyon of Liverpool announce the birth of their twins, Stella Jane and Finley James Lyon.

Stella was born at 12:55 a.m. on June 1, 2014 and was 5 lbs. 1 oz. and 19 inches long. Finley was born at 12:56 on June 1, 2014 and was 4 lbs. 10 oz and 17 ½ inches long. The babies were born at Crouse Hospital.

Stella and Finley's maternal grandparents are Patricia LeConey and Joseph Favret of Clayton, and Thomas and Cheryl LeConey of Cape Vincent. Their paternal grandparents are George and Charlene Lyon of Saquoit and Debra Lyon of Dolgeville.

Posted: September 6, 2014


Anniversary | Lorraine
James & Christine Shelmidine - 60 Years

James and Christine Shelmidine, Lorraine, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on September 4,2014. They were married September 4, 1954 at Concordia Lutheran Church Watertown, by Reverend Fred Vogt.

They have two children, Mark (Beth) Shelmidine and Michele (Kevin) Bradberry, all of Lorraine.

They have two grandchildren, Allison and James Bradberry .

Their children are having an open house on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Lorraine United Methodist Church to help them celebrate.

Posted: September 6, 2014


Birth | Evans Mills
Kelenn Ashton Wilson

Kelenn Ashton Wilson was born June 8, 2014 at 4:15 a.m., at 8 lbs. 21 in. He was born at home in McGraw.

His parents are Georgia and Corey Wilson of McGraw, formerly of Pamelia and Evans Mills. Paternal grandparents are Kimberly Wilson of Evans Mills and Chris Wilson of St. Mary's, Ga. Maternal grandparents are Don Dear of Watertown and Sally Dear-Healey of Endicott.

He was welcomed home by his big sisters, Hannah and Emersynn and big brother, Brennan.

Posted: September 6, 2014


Wedding | Deferiet
Janet Sequeira & Travis Tiernan

Travis Tiernan and Janet Sequeira were married on June 2, 2014 at The Beloved Playa Mujeres Resort, Cancun, Mexico, in a beachfront ceremony.

Travis is the son of Tom and Meg Tiernan, formerly of Deferiet and now of Clay, New York. Janet is the daughter of Joseph and Odete Sequeira of Boca Raton, FL.

Standing up with the couple was Cassie Tomasso and Ashley Kelz, friends of the bride and Jared Cook and Mike Hedges, friends of the groom.

An evening reception immediately followed the ceremony beachside.

Mr. and Mrs. Tiernan traveled to Belize for their honeymoon. They have now relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona. Travis is an account executive with FedEx and Janet is an accountant with Catlin Group.

Posted: September 1, 2014


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