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Sackets Vocal Arts Ensemble
Presents Concert May 4


Posted: April 11, 2014

The Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble and Orchestra will present a concert, “O’er the Land of the Free: a Choral Portrait of America,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 227 Sherman St., Watertown.

The concert will feature songs set to the words of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Frost and Walt Whitman with music composed by Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson and Randall Thompson. In addition, the ensemble will sing several spirituals arranged by William Dawson and will perform the patriotic cantata “Ballad for Americans.” The audience will be invited to join in on “The Star Spangled Banner,” “My Country ’Tis of Thee” and “America the Beautiful.”

The Vocal Ensemble, a regional chorus of 50 singers, will be accompanied by a 38-member orchestra. The concert is under the direction of Richard E. Probert and will feature soloist Mark Rucker, baritone. Guest conductor is Mel Chalker, retired Carthage Central School District choral director.

The concert is part of the Trinity Concert Series and is made possible in part by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

General admission tickets purchased at the door are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and members of the military. Preferred seating tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and military. Student tickets are free. Tickets ordered in advance are $2 less in all categories. Tickets are available from chorus members and may be ordered from the church, 788-6290, Ext. 3, or www.trinityconcerts.org.


Samaritan Auxiliary Presents Gift

Pictured from left to right are: Cheryl Fazio - Director of Surgical Services at Samaritan, Renee Waterbury - Samaritan Auxiliary Board President, Thomas H. Carman - President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center, Dr. Alejandro Rodriguez - Chief of Urology and Urologic Oncology and Director of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Elizabeth Fipps - Vice President, Foundation and Community Services of Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York, Inc.


Posted: March 24, 2014

Renee Waterbury, Samaritan Auxiliary Board President presented a check for $51,307.38 to Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center, Dr. Alejandro Rodriguez, Chief of Urology and Urologic Oncology - Director of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Cheryl Fazio, Director of Surgical Services at Samaritan, from the proceeds of the 2013 One Night, One Diamond event held March 23,2013 at The Commons on Fort Drum, toward the purchase of equipment to support Samaritan Medical Center's daVinci Robotic Surgery program.

The equipment will perform single site surgeries to be used by multiple specialty surgeons, instrument sterilization trays for the single site robotic surgery, vessel sealer upgrade that allows surgeon to cut and seal tissues with the same instrument, thereby saving time for both the surgeon and patient and several other supporting pieces of equipment for this service.


New Toastmasters Members


Posted: March 18, 2014

On March 17, 2014, St. Patrick’s Day, the Watertown Toastmasters Club President, D.J. Henderson, had the honor of swearing in four new members. This time last year the club was comprised of only six members. Under Mr. Henderson’s guidance, the club has experienced impressive growth and they are planning to continue expanding the club’s membership through 2014.

The new members, who are shown in the group photograph from left to right, are Jacques Fleurizard, Tyler Gardner, Robert Gardner and Candace Dunkley. They each bring a unique set of experiences to the club and we are looking forward to helping them along on their progress through the Toastmaster program. While Toastmasters is not for everyone we welcome anyone, 18 years of age and older, to come see what the Watertown Toastmasters Club is all about.

We have a diverse membership that includes all walks of life and professionals from a myriad of careers. Come see for yourself if Toastmasters is right for you. The Watertown Toastmasters Club meets on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Monday of each month, and you are welcome to any of our meetings. Our next meeting is: Watertown Toastmasters Club MeetingMonday, March 31, 2014, 7 PM to 9 PM at Jefferson County BOCES- Charles H. Bohlen Technical Center Conference Room A (East side of the building), 20104 New York State Rte. 3, Outer Arsenal St., Watertown. Toastmasters has developed a time-tested program to help people improve their communication and leadership skills. This program has helped people around the world learn to effectively speak in public, conduct a meeting, manage a department or personal business, lead, delegate and motivate employees and co-workers.


Quilting Guild Assists Children's Home

Left to right: North Country Quilting Guild Caring and Sharing Co-Chairpersons Jane Miller and Linda Rohde present donated quilts to Children’s Home of Jefferson County Executive Director, Karen Y. Richmond.

Posted: March 18, 2014

North Country Quilting Guild’s Jane Miller and Linda Rohde, co-chairpersons of the group’s Caring and Sharing Outreach Project, recently delivered several donated handmade quilts to Children’s Home of Jefferson County’s (CHJC) Executive Director, Karen Y. Richmond. The Guild has been donating quilts to the Children’s Home for many years.

Residential Youth select their choice of quilt when they arrive on Campus to use in their CHJC bedroom and take with them when they are discharged. Foster Care Youth receive a quilt when they are taken into care. Youth also receive the quilts as adoption gifts.

The North Country Quilting Guild, a member of the Quilters Consortium of New York State, also creates and donates quilts and toiletry bags for other North Country charities. “A group of people who want to spread the enjoyment of quilts and quilting,” the quilters will feature a special exhibit spotlighting their Caring and Sharing Outreach project at the 2014 North Country Quilting Guild Quilt Show to be held June 6th through 8th at Cerow Park Arena in Clayton, New York. Show details will be available online at www.ncqg.org.


Assemblyman Blankenbush
Meets with Gen. Howard


Posted: March 18, 2014

On March 18, 2014, Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River) met with officials from Ft. Drum and state legislators to discuss how the state can better assist the Army base. Ft. Drum is one of the largest employers of both military and civilian staff in upstate New York.

“Ft. Drum is a tremendously important part of the North Country economy, and I am always happy to partner with our military to ensure this economic engine remains and thrives here in our community,” said Blankenbush. “I thank Gen. Michael L. Howard and all the other military officials who shared their insights with us. I will work closely with our state and federal representatives to keep Ft. Drum a vibrant part of our region.”

Blankenbush said one of the biggest challenges ahead involves the cuts being made in the military, but he is ready to work with federal officials to help mitigate a negative impact on the region. Last year, the Ft. Drum base had a $1.42 billion impact on the region. The base not only employs military and civilian personnel, but is also a major source of support service contracts with small businesses in the region.


Six Town Community Fund

Pictured in front (left to right): Laura Macklin, Lisa Porter, Brendan Higgins, Marlene Norfolk, co-chair; back row (left to right): David Zembiec, Bilkey Moore, Elizabeth Walker, Barbara Greene, Kelly Clark and David Stone, co-chair. Not pictured are Eric Anderson, Andrew Beckstead, Julie Berry, Thomas Deuson and Bill Stoodley.

Posted: March 16, 2014

The members of the Six Town Community Fund Planning Committee recently met to launch the campaign to raise $50,000 by the end of 2014 to create a permanent fund to support projects in the towns of Adams, Ellisburg, Henderson, Lorraine, Rodman and Worth. All gifts will be matched by the Northern New Community Foundation, up to an additional $50,000.

The grantmaking fund will be managed and administered by the Community Foundation and overseen by a committee of local residents from the Six Town region. The fund will be built by contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations with a passion for the Six Town area. For more information, contact the Community Foundation at (315) 782-7110.


JRC Supports Local Volunteer Squads


Posted: March 15, 2014

The Jefferson Rehabilitation Center presented checks to support 13 Volunteer Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance Squads in the local community. Pictured, along with Executive Director Howard Ganter (center) are members from Three Mile Bay, Calcium, Brownville, Evans Mills, Carthage, West Carthage, and Adams Center.

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