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Jefferson County Legion Officers


 


Posted: July 13, 2017

Jefferson County American Legion Family Officers were elected at County Convention on June 3, 2017 at the Watertown American Legion. Pictured (L-R): JC Legion Commander Chuck Mosher of Cape Vincent Post 832; JC Auxiliary President Candy Smith of Sackets Harbor Unit 1757 and JC SAL Commander John Farrell of Philadelphia Squadron 798.

 

 

Union Academy of Belleville Celebration



 


Posted: July 1, 2017

A three-day celebration took place in Belleville commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 104-0 winning streak of the Belleville Black Knights basketball team. Included in the same celebration was the rich history of Belleville and Henderson's military veterans, agricultural diversity, technological advances offered to students at BHCS, and a service honoring longtime Girl Scout leader Eleanor Green.

Guest speaker was Belleville alumnus Dr. David Kohl. There was unveiling of two new welcome signs on each end of town, dedication of a monument at the bus garage, a parade with former coaches, players and cheerleaders, and a book signing by Dr. Kohl. He has written a book called Union Academy of Belleville, The Vintage Years.
 

 

Volunteers Help with Zoo Improvements


 


Posted: July 1, 2017

On June 30, 2017, the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park was alive with activity. Buzzing saws and the sharp bang of hammers could be heard amongst the usual howling of the wolves and the growling of the bears.

Progress is being made in many forms across Watertown’s local Zoo thanks to help from hundreds of volunteers. On Friday, soldiers from the 91st MP Battalion spent their duty day taking down old fences in the Children’s Farm area and working on landscaping around various exhibits. The group is a frequent supporter of volunteer projects at the Zoo and has contributed many times in the past.

Just last week, historic Olmstead Pond was overgrown with an invasive species of cattail. Now, thanks to the help of Land Pro, a local landscaping company, the pond has been dredged and cleared of the cattails and can once again become a beautiful habitat for native species. The Zoo plans to replace the cattails with local varieties of wildflowers and a pathway that showcases native berry bushes other shrubbery. Ultimately, the newly renovated section of the Zoo hopes to become part of the Jefferson County portion of the Pollinator Pathway Project – a nationwide movement to establish strategic habitats for native pollinator species such as butterflies, birds, and bees.

In addition to the Olmstead Pond project, the fisher exhibit received necessary renovations thanks to Capital Construction, and the bears acquired a new play structure thanks to the help of local Eagle Scout, Demetrius Boone.

Progress can also be seen in the Zoo’s new Conservation Center (previously the Nocturnal Building). This new exhibit showcases reptiles and amphibians of New York State like turtles, frogs, and toads. The Conservation Center is a group effort that is nearing completion thanks to the help of students from Jefferson County Community College, Terri Belden of the Development Authority of the North Country, various community members, and with support from Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

“Our zoo has been an integral part of the community for almost 100 years, but its age can be seen” says Leslie Clark, Director of the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park. “We rely heavily on our community members to volunteer their time to help us continually improve our grounds and remain a favored destination in Jefferson County.”

Volunteers are welcomed on the first Saturday of every month for the Zoo’s Volunteer Project Days. The Zoo also encourages the participation of volunteers who wish to contribute their talents on a regular basis with activities such as gardening, filing, or visitor interaction. The next Volunteer Project Day will take place on August 5th. Volunteers are also needed for the upcoming Brew at the Zoo event on July 29th.
 

 

McCoy Named President Emerita


 


Posted: July 1, 2017

The Jefferson Community College (JCC) Board of Trustees named College President, Carole A. McCoy, President Emerita of Jefferson Community College at the June 7, 2017 board meeting. Dr. McCoy is retiring on June 30, 2017 after ten years of dedicated service to the College.

Dr. McCoy was named the fifth President of Jefferson Community College on February 1, 2017 and is the first female President of the College. Dr. McCoy fostered continued growth and development of Jefferson Community College as a learning institution, to the benefit of its students and the community. This success is largely attributable to the dedicated commitment, strategic vision and inspiring leadership of Dr. McCoy. She has supported student success initiatives and advanced the College’s Facilities Master Plan to realization of the Jefferson Higher Education Center, the College’s first residence hall, Collaborative Learning Center; Health and Wellness Center; and Gregor Building.

“The Board of Trustees are delighted to pay tribute to Dr. Carole McCoy with the President Emerita honor and all that it stands for in the world of academia,” said Terry N. Fralick, chair of the Board. “Carole’s leadership and her accomplishments are something we will refer to, and this community's students will benefit from, for decades to come. She has left her mark on this campus and community and is most worthy of the title, President Emerita.”

The College community and the North Country community-at-large are indebted to President McCoy for her contributions to education as well as her extensive service to many community organizations and events. In a short ten years, Dr. McCoy has committed herself to this community and making it a better place for the people that live here.

The Board of Trustees of Jefferson Community College, on behalf of the College and College community, express their deepest appreciation to Carole McCoy for her service and leadership in guiding Jefferson Community College through tremendous growth and maintaining its high standing in the academic world.
 

 

Navigate the Past in Sackets July 8



 


Posted: July 1, 2017

Join us at Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site on July 8, 2017 (1:00pm) for an intro orienteering activity. After receiving basic instruction on the use of a map and compass, participants will practice their new skills to locate places of significance during the Second Battle of Sackets Harbor. After navigating their way to each stop, participants will uncover a little more of our battlefield story…

 

 

"Blowing Cancer Away" Event


Pictured (L-R): Dave VanCour, John Farney, Gina Worth, Hunter Waldron, Jonah Mullin and Bob Dumaw. Missing from photo is Ian Widrick.

 


Posted: July 1, 2017

The Meyer “N” More Relay for Life Team recently hosted “Blowing Cancer Away” on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Beaver River Fish & Game Club. This was the fourth year for this event, which consists of a 50 Bird Trap and 50 Bird Sporting Clay shoot. The team registered 75 shooters for the event. Approximately $1600 was raised for the fight against cancer. The continued support of local businesses made it possible for each registered shooter to go home with a door prize.

Cash prizes and plaques were also given out to the first place shooters. TOP Gun for the day was Ian Widrick. First place winners for trap were: Dave VanCour (VET), Hunter Waldron (Jr.), Gina Wirth (Women) and John Farney (Men). First place winners for sporting clays were: Bob Dumaw (VET), Jonah Mullin (Jr.), Gina Wirth (Women) and John Farney (Men). The team would like to thank all the businesses, friends and families that either donated door prizes or sponsored a shooting station.
 

 

Sackets Distinguished Alumni
Award Recipient


 


Posted: June 29, 2017

Jeannie Brennan, Class of 1939 Sackets Harbor Central School Graduate and former SHCS Distinguished Alumna poses with Michael Akin, Class of 1999 Sackets Harbor Central School Graduate. Michael was the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award presented by the Sackets Harbor Central Alumni Association.

 

 

Northern Blend Wins Area Title


 


Posted: May 28, 2017

The Northern Blend chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, recently earned regional recognition by winning their Area contest and qualified for a spot at Harmony, Inc.’s international competition, which will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia this year.

Northern Blend placed first out of eight choruses in Harmony, Inc.’s Area 3, which spans from New York to Virginia. The competition took place in Rochester, New York on May 6, and participants earning a score of a certain threshold are qualified to participate in the international competition of Harmony, Inc. choruses in November.

Chorus director Katie Taylor states, “I can't express enough how proud I am of the ladies in NBC! My goal as the musical director, has been to attain “A” level scores and to push our chorus to the next level! We reached that goal this weekend, hitting our highest score ever, and qualifying us for the International competition in November. Not only did we score well, but, we lived the music and carried our message across the footlights to the audience.”

Northern Blend was also the host chapter for the event, and was responsible for many of the “behind-the scenes” activities including working backstage, escorting contestants, organizing the after-contest party, and the convention hospitality room. Despite all of the work, as well as performing, the chorus had an “amazing experience,” Mrs. Taylor noted.

She continued, “Our two international championship quartets performed, worked backstage, and ran a class to encourage people to sing with them and raise funds for the youth outreach program! It's great to know that quality ladies a cappella singing is happening right here in upstate New York.”

Chapter quartet Lip Service placed second among 16 competing quartets, and along with chapter quartet Firestorm, qualified for international competition. “Firestorm is pleased to have qualified to compete at the International level and very honored to represent Northern Blend in Halifax,” noted quartet lead Dorene Dickerson.

Silver medalist quartet Lip Service, consisting of Cait Shaddock (tenor), Jodi Castello (lead), Mary Ann Wert (baritone) and Taralee Lashway (bass), also received the Cygnet Award for the highest improvement in score over the previous area contest.

“Lip Service Quartet is over the moon ecstatic to not only qualify for international, but for improving our scores from last year by 91 points,” said Ms. Castello. “It was truly humbling to share the stage with such talented performers and we plan to work even harder to prepare for the international competition in Halifax and represent Area 3, and make northern New York proud.”

Bass section leader Lynn Blakeney was also presented with the Kay DeLong
Award. This peer-nominated award highlights the recipient’s many achievements and recognizes their outstanding service to her chapter, Area 3 and to Harmony, Inc. “Just to be nominated for The Kay Delong Award is an honor because it is a service award for our Area,” she said. “To have actually been the recipient this year is humbling and overwhelming. I am blessed beyond measure to be part of Harmony, Inc. and Northern Blend Chorus."


 

 

National Trails Day in Sackets June 3rd


 


Posted: May 28, 2017

Join the excitement at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site on Saturday, June 3, 2017 National Trails Day as we explore the lives of soldiers who served at Sackets Harbor during the War of 1812. Come discover a War of 1812 soldier’s life from 11 am to 1 pm on the only North Country’s National Recreation Trail.

Stop at ten discovery stations along the trail with your very own free “My Soldier Discovery Card” to learn more at each stop about “your soldier.” Follow the trail as your soldier’s real-life story unfolds! Complete your discovery tour to find out what happened to your soldier.

Just like today’s soldiers, you can exercise along the way and collect training badges. Complete your training exercises at each stop to become a fit warrior.

The National Park Service recognizes the battlegrounds as a top War of 1812 site in the nation. Ten interpretive panels along the loop trail tell the site’s story, the pivotal role played during the War of 1812 and the Navy presence afterward.

The level, wheelchair accessible trail offers views of the 1860s Navy Yard structures, 1913 War of 1812 Centennial 100-maple tree grove, the 1930s CCC decorative stone wall on the cliff, expansive mowed lawns, thickets housing abundant birdlife, and unsurpassed sweeping views of Black River Bay on the eastern end of Lake Ontario.

Extend your visit by touring the Navy Yard buildings and several War of 1812 galleries. Explore the trails and walkways in this historic community.
 

 

JCC Commencement


Jefferson Community College held its 53rd annual spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 19, 2017. Pictured above is (l-r) commencement speaker Dr. Richard L. Halpin, professor emeritus and founding director of the Center for Community Studies; Carole A. McCoy, College president; and student speaker Casey L. Hughes, of Watertown.
 


Posted: May 28, 2017

Jefferson Community College held its 53rd annual spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the McVean Gymnasium. Jefferson’s class of 2017 is comprised of 413 students who are candidates for graduation in May or August of 2017 pending satisfactory completion of coursework. Eight students will receive more than one diploma and/or certificate, bringing the total number of degrees and/certificates awarded to 421.

Approximately 40% of graduates are adult learners, aged 25 years or older. Jefferson continues to be a strong educational partner of Fort Drum with 41% of the class of 2017 comprised of active duty soldiers and their family members and veterans. Jefferson’s active duty and veteran students, along with faculty and staff veterans, were distinguished during the ceremony by red, white and blue cords worn in recognition of their service to our country.

Jefferson Community College Professor Emeritus Richard L. Halpin delivered the commencement address. Dr. Halpin holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, a master’s degree in counseling and personnel services, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration, all from SUNY Albany.

Dr. Halpin joined Jefferson in 1973 as director of student activities and cultural affairs and later, joined the social sciences department faculty. During his tenure, he served as chair of the social sciences department and chair of the Liberal Arts Division. Among his many achievements is the role he played in moving the Center for Community Studies from a “good idea” to the valuable resource it is today. He was appointed Center for Community Studies founding director in 1999 and continued to serve in this position until his retirement in 2002. He is author/supervisor of more than 20 community research projects conducted under the sponsorship of the Center for Community Studies. In 1990, he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, the College’s second recipient to receive the prestigious award. He served the College 29 years and was honored as Professor Emeritus in 2011. After retiring from Jefferson, Dr. Halpin worked at Cornell Cooperative Extension for 13 years serving as executive director of the Jefferson County site and interim director of Cornell Cooperative sites in Onondaga County and Monroe County. Since 1985, Dr. Halpin has worked with various organizations for strategic planning, leadership and organizational development and continues to offer his services today.

Dr. Halpin encouraged Jefferson graduates, “Go. Celebrate. Reflect. Give thanks. And make this community or whatever community in which you find yourself in a better place. That community will form and shape you, invisibly and silently; be sure you intentionally form and shape it in return to ensure that it is positive and strong and healthy and appealing and good. It is your obligation, and your opportunity.”

The student commencement speaker was Casey L. Hughes of Watertown. Hughes graduated with both an associate in science (A.S.) degree in mathematics and science with a concentration in allied health and an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree in individual studies. When Hughes came to Jefferson as a freshman, she already had 3 credits on her college transcript from participating in JCC’s concurrent enrollment program, EDGE (Education Demonstrating Growth and Excellence), offered to qualified high school students. Hughes earned Dean’s List honors while a student at Jefferson and is a member of JCC’s Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She received the College’s 2017 Faculty Association Outstanding Student Award. As a student ambassador, Hughes provided assistance to campus visitors and led campus tours. She volunteered often at numerous campus events including spring and fall festivals, Leadership Day, open house, Higher Education Night and Super Science Saturday. A member of Student Government, she served as office manager and marketing manager and was a regular volunteer at Student Government led events. She is a member of the 2016 JCC Cross Country team. Additionally, she served as a resident assistant in East Hall. Hughes plans to transfer to St. Elizabeth’s College of Nursing in the fall.

Hughes encouraged graduates to “Think back to the experiences we have encountered here at Jefferson. All of our hard work has paid off and all of our crazy, hard, and memorable experiences will be something that we will hold in our minds for the rest of our lives. Being a college student isn’t easy, but we did it and we’re ready to take on the future.”

During the ceremony, President Carole A. McCoy and Nathan P. Hunter, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, presented the Jefferson Citation to the Northern New York Community Foundation (NNYCF). Executive director Rande S. Richardson accepted the award on behalf of the NNYCF.

The Jefferson Citation was established by the Jefferson Community College Board of Trustees to “recognize an individual or organization whose leadership and actions have demonstrated outstanding commitment to education and the vision and mission of Jefferson Community College.” NNYCF provides ongoing support and encouragement to Jefferson and the JCC Foundation for capital and operating initiatives and has been a strong supporter of the Center for Community Studies surveys across the tri-county area. NNYCF has awarded since 1980 more than $14.5 million dollars in scholarships to students of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties including numerous students attending Jefferson Community College. NNYCF has partnered with the Jefferson Community College Foundation and Stephen H. Can through the Jefferson Can Community Scholars program to provide first year tuition at no cost to students coming to Jefferson who are in the top 15% of their high school graduating class.

Several students, faculty and staff were recognized with academic awards and honors during the commencement exercises.

Two candidates for graduation were recognized for receiving the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence earlier this year. This award acknowledges students who have best demonstrated the integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives: community service, athletics, creative and performing arts, leadership and career achievement. In April, Emily M. Bush of Gouverneur and Harry E. Werner, IV of Watertown, were chosen by SUNY for the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Ms. Bush is graduating with an associate in science (A.S.) degree in mathematics and science with a concentration in allied health. She plans to transfer to Daemen College. Mr. Werner is graduating with an A.S. degree in engineering science and plans to continue his undergraduate education in aerospace engineering or engineering physics.

Mr. Werner, along with Abdul Y. M. Sanderson of Carthage, were recognized as members of the All-New York Academic Team for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for community colleges. To be chosen for the All-New York academic team, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 and have a history of scholarly achievement and outstanding service to campus or community. Mr. Sanderson is graduating with an associate in arts (A.A.) degree in liberal arts and sciences with a concentration in science. His career goal is to become a foreign service officer.

The Jefferson Community College Honors Program offers students with exceptional academic skills the opportunity to receive enriched instruction and one graduating student completed this program. Honors program students elect three courses and enhance them as Honors Options by choosing a project for each and working directly with a faculty member to provide a unique and rewarding educational experience. Class of 2017 member who graduated with Honors Program designation is Eric M. Gibbs, Watertown, associate in science degree in physical education.

Six members of Jefferson’s faculty/staff were recognized as recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. The Chancellor’s Awards recognize extraordinary achievement and encourage the continuation of excellence. Gwendolyn Francis-Frey of Clinton, associate professor of early childhood, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service; Christine M. Grimes Topping of Sackets Harbor, assistant professor of English, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities; Eleanor J. Minnick of Calcium, secretary, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service; Allen J. Speno of Chaumont, retention specialist, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service; Lori A. Tuttle of Theresa, adjunct instructor of sociology, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching; and Todd C. Vincent of Adams Center, professor of biology, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Chancellor’s Award honorees received their medallions at the College’s Recognition Ceremony held on May 5, 2017. Additionally, one faculty member was recognized for earning SUNY Distinguished Faculty Rank this month. John F. Penrose of Watertown, professor of chemistry, received the SUNY Distinguished Service Professorship.

In December 2016, Jefferson Community College honored 204 candidates for graduation, combined with 421 students who are candidates for graduation in May or August of 2017 pending satisfactory completion of coursework, brings the total for the 2016 – 2017 academic year to 625 students who have or are candidates to graduate.

 

CAPC in Armed Forces Day Parade


 


Posted: May 28, 2017

Staff and family members from Community Action Planning Council marched in the Armed Forces Day parade in Watertown to show support and give thanks to our military neighbors.

 

Cruz Wins Fight


 


Posted: May 28, 2017

Juan Cruz won his second amateur boxing fight vs. Jeremy Ferris of DC Boxing, Syracuse at Cruisin for a Bruisin 2 in Clayton, May 20, 2017

 

 

Annual Envirothon Results


 Pictured (L-R): Jordan Felicia, Alex Swanson, Brandon Davis, Victor Wallace, and Zach Patterson)

 


Posted: May 10, 2017

Students from Alexandria, Belleville-Henderson, General Brown, Immaculate Heart, Sackets Harbor, and South Jefferson competed in the 25th Annual Jefferson County Envirothon on April 27 at Thompson Park Zoo. The students were tested in aquatics/ecology, forestry, soils/land use, wildlife, and the environmental issue of 2017, Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship.

Alexandria won the overall competition, as well as three other categories. This all-senior team will represent Jefferson County at the NYS Envirothon competition at Hobart and William Smith on May 24 and 25.

 

Soccer Tournament Held


 


Posted: May 10, 2017

Upstate United Soccer Club participated in the "Dexter Spring Fling" Outdoor Soccer Tournament on Mamy 7, 2017 at General Brown High School. The Upstate White team took first place, while the Upstate Orange team took second place in the u18 Division. Players are from all across Upstate New York, including Watertown, South Jefferson, Indian River, Lowville, Potsdam, Madrid-Waddington, Lisbon, Belleville & LaFargeville. This marks the Club's third time winning this tournament.

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