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Brownville Lions Club Scholarships

 


Posted: June 18, 2016

The 2016 Town of Brownville Lions Club Scholarship recipients were recently named. These scholarships were awarded at the annual dinner on June 15, 2016.The students are from General Brown High School, and presented by Lion Gary Mack and Lion Fred Dean. The scholarship winners pictured above (L-R): Miah Rowland, Cody Fields, Nicole Rowe, Sean Latham, Korey Taylor.

 

Art in Action

 


Posted: June 14, 2016

During the month of July, Fibonacci 321 artists and guests will be doing on site demonstrations each Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 11am-2pm. The “action” will take place in front of the gallery, at 321 James Street, Clayton, NY. In case of bad weather, demonstration will move to the porch.

Art in Action is an ongoing event offering an opportunity to view and talk with artists as they create in clay, wood, metals, textiles, drawing and painting. Fibonacci 321 is a collaboration of artists offering handmade one of a kind pieces for the home, special gifts and celebrations. Artists include David Ciechanowski (clay), Peter Curtis (furniture and cabinetry), Ginny Hovendon (Painting, Drawing), Brian Lister (painting), Claudia Loomis (jewelry, baskets, textiles), Greg Lago (sculpture, printmaking), Suzan McDermott (photography), Kari Robertson (Clay), Gina Wells (metal jewelry and sculpture), Art of Fire (glassblowing). Beginning in July the gallery will be open every day. For more information, see the facebook page at Fibonacci 321 Art Gallery, email fib321@gmail.com or call 686-7069.

 

Upstate United Wins

Front Row: Ethan Bast (Belleville-Henderson), Federico Arrigoni (Lowville), Nicholas Spooner (Lisbon, Peyton Lalone (OFA), Johnathan Vick (Carthage)

Back Row: Coach Feistel, Chase Baytos (Watertown), Jake Fusilli (IHC), Brian Netto (Watertown), Ethan Baytos (Watertown), Aidan King (Watertown)

 


Posted: June 14, 2016

Local club soccer tournament team, Upstate United SC, had a huge win June 12 at the 11th Annual Northstars Cup at Syracuse University. They won the high school varsity boys A-Division (toughest division in the tournament) by beating SoccerCentral 4-1 and then went on to win the varsity boys overalls 2-1 against Fowler.

 

 

Jeff-Can Community Scholars


 


Posted: June 12, 2016

Sixty area high school students have received a Jefferson-Can Community Scholars Award for their freshman year at Jefferson Community College (JCC), 2015-16, thanks to the generosity of Stephen H. Can, JCC alumnus ’80. Mr. Can, in partnership with the Northern New York Community Foundation and the JCC Foundation, has supported more than 180 JCC freshman students over their past three-year partnership.

In 2013 Mr. Can, the JCC Foundation and the Northern New York Community Foundation partnered to strengthen scholarship opportunities available to the region’s top high school students – the scholars program awards first-year tuition scholarships to students from Jefferson and Lewis counties who graduate in the top 15% of their respective classes. Since its inception in 2007 as the Jefferson-Can Scholars program, inclusive of this year’s class, over 450 students have attended JCC tuition free for their freshman year and over $1 million dollars has been invested in area students. In addition, approximately 73 students will enroll this fall as Jefferson-Can Community Scholars.

In April, over 50 students gathered at the Italian American Club in Watertown, all of whom were greeted by Mr. Can and his wife, Pam as well as presenter Steve Fisher, retired General Brown coach, and his wife, Alice. Students shared their experiences as first-year students and discussed future plans at JCC and beyond. In total, over $120,000 was invested in this year’s class thanks to the partnership of Mr. Can, the JCC Foundation and the Community Foundation. The Jefferson-Can Community Scholars program will continue to be administered by the Northern New York Community Foundation.

Mr. Can, a high school graduate of General Brown, attended JCC and later earned a bachelor degree at SUNY Plattsburgh and then a master’s of science degree in finance from the Krannert Business School at Purdue University. Mr. Can also earned his Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Certified Financial Manager credentials. He is currently a Senior Managing Director at The Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX), and Fund Co-Head and Founder at Strategic Partners Fund Solutions, New York, New York.
 

 

Nursing Ceremony Held

Front row (l-r): Jadah G. Scott of Watertown, Nichole L. Covell of Watertown, Pamela J. Brown of Adams Center, Hilary P. Jacobsen of Watertown

Back row (l-r): Samantha L. Martin of Fort Drum, Melissa M. Fulton of Cape Vincent, Felicia D. Butler of Watertown, Jennifer C. McCormick of Redwood, Brittany A. Duvall of Watertown, Jillian C. Hyde of LaFargeville, Jenelle S. Stine of Redwood, Megan K. Finucane of Watertown


Posted: June 12, 2016

Jefferson Community College (JCC) held its annual Pinning Ceremony for graduates of the College’s nursing program on May 19, 2016 in the College’s Sturtz Theater. Twelve candidates for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in nursing were eligible to take part in this special program. During the Pinning Ceremony, JCC nursing students were honored for their outstanding achievements with the presentation of various awards.

 

NYS Municipal Historians Regional Gathering


 


Posted: June 12, 2016

The New York State Municipal Historians Region 8 members held their annual gathering in Croghan at the American Maple Museum on Saturday June 11. Historians from Jefferson, Lewis, and Oswego counties shared reports and learned about the historic preservation project under way on the General Walter Martin Mansion in Martinsburg, upcoming events at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, and the on-going Oswego County Bicentennial. Pictured are Oswego County Historian Justin White, Town of Hounsfield and Co-Village of Sackets Harbor Historian Jeannie Brennan, Co-Village of Sackets Harbor Historian Constance Barone, and Lewis County’s Leyden Town Historian Jerry Perrin. Attendees enjoyed a complete pancake lunch featuring Lewis County produced maple syrup.

 

Sackets Recreation Trail Dedicated


 


Posted: June 12, 2016

The Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site’s National Recreation Trail was dedicated on Saturday June 4th with speakers Chris Morris, NYS Parks Statewide Trails Program Planner; Kate Wehrle, District Manager for NYS Assemblymember Addie Russell; Village of Sackets Harbor Mayor Vincent Battista; site manager Connie Barone; Peyton Taylor, NYS Parks 1000 Islands Region Director; and Mike Schenk, Deputy District Director for NYS Senator Patty Ritchie.

Also attending were the Town of Hounsfield Supervisor Tim Scee and representatives from the Adirondack Mountain Club Black River Chapter, Ontario Bays Initiative, and Indian River Lakes Conservancy. Guests followed the trail in perfect weather and enjoyed refreshments donated by Walmart and Price-Chopper.

 

Watertown Saving Bank
Supports River Hospital


 


Posted: June 12, 2016

River Hospital recently received a generous donation from Watertown Savings Bank. The donation will support the 14th Annual Festive Evening, which will be held on Sunday July 31, 2016. From left: Darlene Jobson, Vice President CFO at Watertown Savings Bank, and Stephanie Weiss, Executive Director of Development at River Hospital.

 

Sackets Class Visit


 


Posted: June 4, 2016

The Sackets Harbor Central School fourth grades visited the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site to learn how important their community was during the War of 1812 as the US military center of activity on Lake Ontario. Today, students discover life aboard a sailing ship through a scavenger hunt activity, play with 19th c. wooden toys and games, color and cut out a paper shako hat, and learn about the US Marines role at the Navy Yard during the war years.

 

Cape Vincent Auxiliary Representative

Pictured left to right: Dara Oliver, Empire Girls State County Chair, Emily Rich, and Diane Mosher, County Auxiliary President taken at the recent Empire Girls State Orientation meeting in Carthage.
 


Posted: May 21, 2016

Emily Rich was chosen by the Cape Vincent Women's Auxiliary Unit 832 to represent Jefferson County and the Thousand Islands School District at the Empire Girls State Leadership Conference to be held at the State University Collage at Brockport in July. Emily is the daughter of Shannon and Scott Bourcy.

Emily has demonstrated leadership on her Swim Team as Captain, a member of Students Against Drunk Drivers (SADD), and the Interact Club, attended the Leadership Conference at S.U.N.Y Oswego and a member of the National Honor Society. Emily's future goal includes public service and/or law. Empire Girls State engages these "citizens" in political leadership roles learning how to campaign, run for an office, and set into motion prospective bills to be voted on.

 

River Hospital Mammography
Accreditation Renewed

Pictured left to right: Shelby Weaver, Radiologic Technologist (R)(M) and Monique Skelly, Radiologic Technologist (R)(M ).
 


Posted: May 21, 2016

River Hospital was recently notified that the American College of Radiology’s Committee on Mammography Accreditation has renewed the accreditation for the digital mammography unit within the Radiology Department. River Hospital is proud to have the only full-field digital mammography unit in Jefferson County.
 

 

Veterans Outreach Center 5K Run


 


Posted: May 21, 2016

In support of the Veteran Outreach Center, VFW Members such as Post - Auxiliary and the Riders participated in the 5K run. A monetary donation was given by the VFW Barben-Jones Post 1400, 231 Bellew Ave., Watertown. Thanks for everybody that came out, despite of the weather.

 

JCC Retirees

Retirees: (l-r) Marlene P. Johnson of Dexter, Thomas W. Vincent of Brownville, Sheri J. Madlin of Watertown, JoAnn C. Baker of Watertown, President Carole A. McCoy, Patricia K. Jaacks of Watertown, Paul J. Amyot of Plessis, Cynthia A. Shelmidine of Mannsville. Retirees not pictured: Jeffrey A. Moore of Dexter and Rebecca E. Buchanan of Albany.
 


Posted: May 14, 2016

Jefferson Community College (JCC) observed the retirement of nine faculty and staff and honored those for milestone years of service to the College at its annual Recognition Celebration held on Friday, May 6, 2016. Combined years of service to the College total 520.

Retirees are:

Paul J. Amyot, of Plessis, started his career at Jefferson as a building maintenance mechanic in August 2001. Amyot was responsible for keeping the campus and all of its buildings and facilities warm in the winter and cool in the summer by servicing and maintaining the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. In September 2008, he was promoted to senior building maintenance mechanic and retired from this position in November 2015 after serving the College for 15 years.

JoAnn C. Baker, of Watertown, joined Jefferson in April 1995 as a part-time typist in the student activities office. In September 1995, she joined the registrar’s office and in September 2000, she became a full-time typist. After ten years of service working in the registrar’s office, she transferred to the admissions office where she worked until her retirement in April 2016. Baker was responsible for assisting prospective students, clerical duties, and contributing to the day-to-day operations of the admissions office. During her 21 years of service to the College, JoAnn served on the Scholarship Committee for the JCC-ESP and volunteered at several student activities, commencement ceremonies, and the JCC Women’s Organization craft fair. She holds an associate’s degree from SUNY Canton.

Rebecca E. Buchanan, of Albany, started teaching at JCC in 1983 as an adjunct instructor of sociology and criminal justice. In 1987, she was hired full-time as an instructor of human services. In 1990, she was promoted to assistant professor and then in 1996 to associate professor. During her 29-year tenure at Jefferson, Buchanan was involved in many facets of the campus community. She contributed to the curriculum development for the human services and early childhood education degree programs and chaired the social sciences department. She served on 23 search committees, the affirmative action committee, several Middle States committees, campus life committee of which she chaired, and advised the human services club. Additionally, Buchanan served on the commencement committee for 25 years and is the longest serving marshal of JCC’s commencement exercises. She holds an associate’s degree from Jefferson, a bachelor’s degree from Utica College of Technology, and two master’s degrees, in criminal justice from SUNY Albany and in human services/counseling from SUNY Oswego. Becky received the Outstanding Alumni in Teaching Excellence Award from SUNY Albany. She retired in July 2015.

Patricia K. Jaacks, of Watertown, first joined the College as an adjunct instructor of medical microbiology. She was hired full-time in 2003 as an instructor of biology and was promoted to assistant professor in 2007 and then to associate professor in 2012. It is from this position she will retire in May 2016. During her 13-year tenure, Jaacks played a key role in developing the College’s annual Super Science Saturday (SSS) event launched in 2008 and serving as co-chair of the SSS committee. Additionally, she co-chaired the instructional technology advisory committee and served on committees including those for curriculum, advising, campus life, enrollment, and web redesign. In 2008, she received the Thomas W. Myers Award for Co-curricular Service and in 2013 received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and a master’s degree from SUNY Potsdam.

Marlene P. Johnson, of Dexter, started working at Jefferson as a nursing lab coordinator in 2009. As a member of the College’s robust nursing department, Johnson assisted with incorporating simulation at all levels into the nursing program. She served on many committees of the nursing department along with the admissions committee. She is a longtime member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and through the American Heart Association, she is an instructor for Basic Life Support. Johnson earned a certificate in simulation from Drexel University and holds an RN diploma from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from SUNY Plattsburgh. She retired from JCC in April 2016.

Sheri J. Madlin, of Watertown, joined Jefferson in 2001 as an account clerk in the financial services office. Prior to coming to JCC, she worked 21 years at Champion International Paper Company. Among her duties at Jefferson, Madlin was responsible for verifying financial information and answering questions about scholarships and grants. It is from this position she retired in April 2016 after 15 years of service to the College. In the community, Madlin is a longtime member of the Watertown Elks Lodge. She holds an associate’s degree from Jefferson.

Jeffrey A. Moore, of Dexter, joined Jefferson in February 1984 as a data processing programmer. Seven months later, he was named the assistant data processing programmer and in June 1999, he was promoted to computer programmer. He retired from this position in January 2016. Over the years, Moore worked to stay current in his field by taking college courses from SUNY Oswego and SUNY Empire. His skills were critical in the success of many different software application launches including a loan default system, the veterans benefit system and the College’s migration from the Student Information System to JCC’s current Banner system. He holds an associate’s degree in data processing from Jefferson. Moore dedicated 32 years to the College’s computer center and information technology.

Cynthia A. Shelmidine, of Mannsville, began working at the College in 1990 as an adjunct instructor and joined the full-time faculty staff in 1996 as an instructor of criminal justice. In 2000, she was promoted to assistant professor of criminal justice and it is from this position she will retire in May. During her 26-year tenure at Jefferson, Shelmidine served on numerous committees and chaired the public safety department for 12 years. She is a member of the Alumni Advisory Council and past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, co-advisor of the criminal justice club and member of the Criminal Justice Education Association of New York State. For the past 14 years, she planned and organized the College’s annual 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony. In 2008, she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. In the community, she serves as the president of the Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance. Shelmidine holds two associate degrees from Jefferson, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego and a master’s degree from SUNY Albany.

Thomas W. Vincent, of Brownville, started his career at Jefferson in 2003 as a microcomputer application specialist. Along with his degree from Jefferson, Vincent holds many instructional technology (IT) certifications such as Microsoft certification, EASI (Equal Access to Software & Information) and Extron Electronics. In addition to day-to-day duties in the IT department, Vincent served on committees including: four search committees, Middle States Accreditation (twice), EverGREEN, and Institutional Effectiveness. Tom retired in August 2015 after 12 years of service to Jefferson.
 

 

Copier Donated to River Hospital


 


Posted: May 9, 2016

Advanced Business Systems recently donated a refurbished Kyocera copier to River Hospital’s Quality Improvement department.

Pictured left to right: Deanna Carter, RN, Quality Improvement Specialist; Jay Moore, RN, Infection Control and Quality Improvement Specialist and Ryan Jones, Executive Vice President at Advanced Business Systems.
 

 

Man of the Mountain Award


 


Posted: April 28, 2016

Fort Drum recently honored soldiers, family members and volunteers from across the installation received recognition for exemplifying the Army value of selfless service during Fort Drum's Annual Volunteer of the Year and Man/Woman of the Mountain Appreciation ceremony held Thursday, April 14 at the Commons on post. The Man of the Mountain Award was established to recognize an individual in the community who goes “above and beyond” to improve the lives of our 10th Mountain Division Soldiers and their families.
Over 55 people were recognized for their efforts and this year's Man of the Mountain awardee is Donald R. Johnson, Jefferson Community College’s director of Military Programs.

Mr. Johnson has dedicated many years to the Army Education System and has been working on Fort Drum since 1996. He has enhanced the lives of soldiers and family members with guidance and mentorship in their completion of all levels of higher education degrees.

 

 

Discovery Walk May 7


 


Posted: April 28, 2016

The birds are singing, and flowers are blooming as spring begins to unfold in the North Country. Join Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust on Saturday, May 7 from 10-2 p.m. Naturalists Robert McNamara and Geoff Griffiths will lead the hike and show you the best places to discover birds and wildflowers. This easygoing hike is perfect for kids and adults alike, and everyone is welcome to join for a fun day outside.

During the hike we will discover early spring flowers like Dutchman’s breeches, trilliums, violets and spring beauties. The birding this time of year is exciting because birds are returning. You’ll have the opportunity to visit a great blue heron rookery, and see a variety of songbirds. Plan to meet at trip leader Robert McNamara’s house at 46 Reservoir Drive, Cleveland NY. ( Pack your binoculars, camera, brown bag lunch and wear comfortable hiking shoes for this hike.

As a special for anyone who attends this hike, the 200-plus page Tug Hill: Four Season Guide to the Natural Side, illustrated by Robert McNamara will be on sale for only $15 (normally $27). This is an amazing opportunity to buy the premier guidebook to our beloved Tug Hill region and have it signed by the illustrator.

To reserve your book and RSVP, please contact Community Programs Manager Lianna Lee at 315.779.2239 or email tughilladmin@nnymail.com  This outdoor program is free thanks to generous community support.


 

 

TIYLO Celebrates Earth Day

TIYLO Community Clean Up Volunteers after some hard work pictured from left to right: Alana Hoover, Tommy Bannister, Kelsey Bannister, Allison Sisler, Abigail Gillan, Tricia Bannister, Wyatt Krist, Dylan Woodward, Terra Bach, John Nuber, Margaret Hummel, Samantha Baril Dawson Alteri, Haylee Alteri, Alan Marceau, Emma Marceau, Alex Buduson, Dave Alteri, Shelby Melen, Sydney Sullivan, Maura Sullivan, Brionn Currier. Not pictured; Barbara Thomas, Kathleen Marceau, Tim Baril and Kellen Flanders.


Posted: April 23, 2016

The Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization (TIYLO) celebrated Earth Day with its annual Community Clean up on Saturday April 16th in Clayton.

The Community Clean Up took place from 9:30am to 12pm with groups of community volunteers being placed in “teams” and venturing out with group leaders to help make a difference. Teams visited the Village Wooden Park and Centennial Park and conducted cleanups while enjoying some fresh air.
Approximately 27 community members of all ages participated in this cleanup event.
All volunteers returned to the Village Wooden Park for a free “thank you” lunch generously provided by local businesses. Much thanks is extended to Chris Phinney at Subway and the Clayton Shurefine Market for our delicious lunch and to our group leaders: Tim Baril, Alan Marceau of Lawn Image Landscaping and Dave Alteri of Superior Lawn & Landscapes.

TIYLO would also like to thank Waste Management for providing dumpster service specifically for the event. A tremendous thank you is extended to all the community members that came out on Saturday to help make a difference in honor of Earth day!

 

 

Community Bank Supports Girl Scouts

Photo (left to right): Lori Docteur, retail services officer at Alexandria Bay Community Bank N.A.; Matthew Honeywell, branch manager at Alexandria Bay Community Bank N.A.; and Karen Hegeman, board member, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways.


Posted: April 23, 2016

Community Bank N.A. recently presented Girls Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Inc. with a $500 donation, allowing two girls to attend Camp CEO this summer. The camp brings together a select group of girls from 9-12th grade and executive women to build the next generation of leaders together.

The girls will increase their confidence as they benefit from professional insights shared by successful women who can relate to the challenges girls face. Camp CEO allows the girls to achieve critical thinking skills, teambuilding, and recognition of personal and social barriers when reaching their goals.
 

 

Athletes of the Week at JCC


 


Posted: April 23, 2016

Freshman pitcher/1st baseman, Casey L. Webb of the Jefferson Community College (JCC) softball team, and freshman defenseman Eric G. Mullin, of the Jefferson men’s lacrosse team, were named JCC co-athletes of the week for the week ending April 17, 2016. JCC's athlete of the week program is sponsored by Under Armour and Victory Promotions.

Casey, a 2015 graduate of Thousand Island Central School is majoring in Mathematics and Science at Jefferson. Webb’s accomplishments at the plate this past week include going 11 for 14 over the weekend with 6 RBI’s, 4 runs scored, 2 triples, and a double against Fulton-Montgomery Community College and SUNY Adirondack. She was a perfect 7 for 7 at the plate on Saturday, contributing a triple in each game and pitched the 5 inning shut-out in game one with 5 strike-outs against Fulton Montgomery. She is currently on an 8 game hitting streak.

Eric, a 2015 graduate of South Jefferson Central School, is majoring in Criminal Justice at Jefferson. Mullin’s accomplishments on the field this past week include anchoring the defense in their win against Mohawk Valley Community College. He also recorded 3 assists and had 5 ground balls for Jefferson.
 

 

Envirothon Held

Pictured, from left to right: Zach Patterson, Brandon Davis, Dean Swanson, Alex Swanson, Advisor: Dick Campany, and Jordan Felicia


Posted: April 23, 2016

Students from Alexandria, Belleville-Henderson, General Brown, Sackets Harbor, and South Jefferson competed in the 23rd Annual Jefferson County Envirothon on April 21, 2016 at Thompson Park Zoo. The students were tested in aquatics, soils and land use, forestry, wildlife, and the environmental concern of 2016, an aquatic invasive species known as hydrilla.

Alexandria’s Team A won the overall competition, and they will represent Jefferson County at the NYS Envirothon competition at Hobart and William Smith on May 25 and 26. Sackets Harbor Team A came in second and won the video portion of competition.

Special thanks to NYS Zoo, Pala Wood Services, North Country Insurance, Farm Credit East, Porter Chiropractic, Bernier & Carr, Jefferson Concrete, Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper, Watertown Savings Bank, and Pepsi. The competition is made possible by local donations.
 

 

Soccer Champions

Pictured, from left to right: [Seated]: Riley Williams (SJ), Cody Benham (Watertown), Nick Goldsmith (IR), Brandon Bast (Belleville); [Standing]: Coach Feistel, Johnathan Vick (Carthage), Dylan Wagstaff (IR)Aidan King (Watertown), Coach Bast.


Posted: April 17, 2016

On April 10, 2016, the Upstate United: Fusion soccer team won their fifth consecutive playoff championship in the under-16 boys division at the Fairgrounds YMCA in Watertown. Players involved represent several different schools across Upstate NY.
 

 

Outstanding Teen Pageant

 


Posted: April 17, 2016

Local teens Brianna Lockwood, Miss Thousand Islands’ Outstanding Teen and Joelle Leek, Miss Northern New York’s Outstanding Teen, placed in the Top 10 out of 22 contestants at the Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen Pageant held in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, April 10. The pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Organization and is a preliminary to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.

Lockwood placed second runner-up overall in the pageant, and both women received awards for selling the most advertisements in the program book, a direct reflection on community support from our area.

For more information on Miss Thousand Islands and all of its titles, please visit. www.missthousandislands.org
 

 

JCC Participates in Backpack Program

 


Posted: April 17, 2016

In conjunction with the State University of New York (SUNY) project “SUNY’s Got Your Back,” Jefferson Community College (JCC) donated 25 drawstring backpacks to the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
 

 

Women of Distinction

Pictured in the front row, from left to right are:
Patti Laraby, Carol LaSala, Colleen O’Neill, Jillian Shaver, Nichol Dwyer, Mary Mitchell and Cheryl Nevius Rogers.

Pictured in the back row, from left to right are:
Senator Patty Ritchie, Ann Adams, Aileen Martin, Sherry Stone, Sarah Sugden, Marlinda LaValley, Susan Duffy, Hilary Davis, Catherine Gill, Megan Klosner, Mary Farley and Judith Van Kennen.


Posted: April 8, 2016

State Senator Patty Ritchie recognized 22 local “Women of Distinction” for their contributions to our region at a special ceremony held Thursday at the historic Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library in Watertown.

“This year’s honorees represent such a wide variety of talents and accomplishments—everyone from educators and community volunteers to individuals in public service and entrepreneurs,” said Senator Ritchie.

“These women are true trailblazers who could have taken their talents anywhere. However, as a community, we’re so very lucky they have decided to put them to use right here in our region. I’m humbled to be able to honor them, and wish them the best of luck as they continue to make a difference.”

Those honored Thursday include:

Jefferson County
Kathleen Carr
Hilary Davis
Nichol Dwyer
Megan Klosner
Aileen Martin
Mary Mitchell
Colleen O’Neill
Sarah Sugden

St. Lawrence County
Ann Adams
Joyce Ann Thomas Dalton
Susan Duffy
Mary Farley
Patti Laraby
Carol LaSala
Marlinda LaValley
Sherry Stone
Judith Van Kennen

Oswego County
Virginia Donohue
Catherine Gill
Cheryl Nevius Rogers
Jillian Shaver
Barbara Sugar

In addition to recognizing honorees, Thursday’s ceremony also featured a special performance by the “Camerata Singers” from the Carthage Central School District.

The New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” program honors women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing outstanding leaders from the present who are making a difference. To learn more about this year’s honorees, please visit www.ritchie.nysenate.gov
 

 

JCC Athletes


Posted: April 3, 2016


Freshman Mid-fielder, Bryanna N. Gagnon of the Jefferson Community College (JCC) women’s lacrosse team, and sophomore infielder Hunter M. Thomas, of the Jefferson baseball team, were named JCC co-athletes of the week for the week ending March 27, 2016. JCC's athlete of the week program is sponsored by Under Armour and Victory Promotions.

Bryanna, a 2015 graduate of Carthage Central School is majoring in Humanities and Social Sciences at Jefferson. Gagnon’s accomplishments on the field this past week include having 7 goals and 1 assist for the win against Mohawk Valley Community College.

Hunter, a 2014 graduate of Notre Dame High School, is majoring in Criminal Justice at Jefferson. Thomas’s accomplishments at the plate this past weekend include going 8-15 with 10 RBI’s, 2 doubles, 1 triple, and a home run (grand slam). He also hit the game winning hit/RBI in top of the 9th inning vs Division II Westchester.

 

Gift for Hospice

Pictured left to right: Nicole Paratore (Hospice), Steve Baytos (Savory Downtown), Maureen and Charlie Caprara (FX Caprara).
 


Posted: April 2, 2016

A check for $2,000.00 was presented to Nicole from Hospice of Jefferson County from Savory Downtown and the FX Caprara concert series. We also would like to thank our additional sponsors: Newzjunky, Stat Communication, Watertown Savings Bank, Big Apple Music, and Jreck Subs.

 

 

BOCES Winter Carnival Food Donation

Pictured left to right: Amanda Parker, Advocate, LCOI; Keely Sullivan, South Lewis; Victoria Rollin, Beaver River; Shauna Roggie, Family Services Worker, LCOI
 


Posted: March 26, 2016

Thanks to the efforts of students, faculty, and volunteers at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES, a number of needy families in Lewis County will not go hungry.

SkillsUSA students at the Howard G. Sackett Technical Center in Glenfield held their second annual Winter Carnival on March 19. Over 600 people attended the carnival. The only price of admission was a canned or non-perishable donation. A total of 851 items were collected and donated to Lewis County Opportunities, Inc.

“The donation of over 800 cans as part of the BOCES Winter Carnival was wonderful,” says Scott Mathys, Lewis County Opportunities, Inc. Chief Executive Officer. “In the first two and a half months of this year, the food pantries under LCOI (New Bremen, Harrisville, Port Leyden, Croghan, and Copenhagen) have provided the equivalent of over 9,000 meals to families in need. The Winter Carnival donation will go a long way toward this ever-present need in Lewis County. LCOI extremely appreciates the efforts of Skills USA and BOCES in planning the Winter Carnival, bringing a great event to the community, and helping many families in our local area.”

Forty two SkillsUSA members volunteered their time for the event. Attendees were able to get their picture taken with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf from Disney’s Frozen, get their faces painted, and take part in a variety of games and activities. Three hundred fifty goody bags were prepared and handed out on a first come, first serve basis for those who attended.

"This year, the turn out for the carnival was above and beyond our expectations,” says Amy Baker, SkillsUSA Advisor and Visual Communications instructor. “The students did an outstanding job from the planning phase to handling the large crowds with ease. They were prepared, professional and all of them truly enjoyed their day! We are so glad to be able to offer this event to the community and beyond thrilled to be able to give back in the form of over 800 non-perishable food items donated to the food pantries in our community."

SkillsUSA students in both Glenfield and at the Charles H. Bohlen, Jr. Technical Center in Watertown will be taking part in the 2016 SkillsUSA New York Leadership Conference and Skills Championships April 27-29 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
 

 

JCC Opens Learning Center

(left to right) Scott A. Gray, Chair – Jefferson County Board of Legislators; NYS Senator Patty Ritchie, 48th District; Korine J. Clark, JCC Student Government president; David J. Phillips, Bette & Cring; Carole A. McCoy, College President; Jason S. Jantzi, BCA Architects & Engineers; Terry N. Fralick, vice chair of Jefferson’s Board of Trustees; Addie J. Russell, NYS Assemblywoman representing District 116; Kenneth D. Blankenbush; NYS Assemblyman representing District 117; Robin R. Mach, Mach Architecture; and Jason McCollouch of Purcell Construction Corporation.


Posted: March 26, 2016

Jefferson Community College (JCC) marked yet another milestone in the College’s history as JCC administration, students, faculty/staff, elected officials and community members gathered on March 24, 2016 for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the John W. Deans Collaborative Learning Center (CLC). Construction of the CLC, an $11 million student-centered facility, began in May 2015.

 

 

New Bremen Fire Auxiliary
Hosts Easter Egg Hunt

 


Posted: March 26, 2016

The 1st annual Easter egg hunt was held Sunday March 20th at the New Bremen Fire Hall. With the great support of several community members, volunteers, and the support of several local businesses such as Walmart, Steele’s Ace Hardware, Tops, and Kinney Drugs; all of Lowville, 58 children and their families were able to participate.

The Easter Bunny hid 700 plastic, candy filled eggs and took pictures with the families. Egg Hunters ranged in age from 9 months to 12 years of age. Post egg hunt, there was an assortment of snacks with the snow cones being the hit. Prizes were awarded to every child with the Grand prize winners of the 2 foot chocolate rabbits being awarded to Irelynn Lewis (age 5)and ­Savanna Overton (age 7)
 

 

New Day Outstanding Employee

Pictured (left to right): New Day Children’s Center Board Member Kristin M. Stockwell, Outstanding Employee for the month of March, Rebekha E. Stevens of Watertown, and Megan Dyer, executive director of New Day Children’s Center.
 


Posted: March 12, 2016

Rebekha E. Stevens, Watertown, has been named Outstanding Employee for the month of March at New Day Children’s Center. The award was established by the Board of Directors to recognize a New Day staff member for going above and beyond in a way that makes a positive impact on the lives of children. Stevens, a 2014 graduate of Jefferson Community College’s Early Childhood program, has been an assistant teacher in the infant room since September 2015.

Rebekha Stevens is an excellent teacher and truly understands Responsive Caregiving. She has worked hard at developing caring relationships with infants and their parents, understanding the importance of those relationships on the child’s learning and development. Rebekha demonstrates the theory of “parents as partners”. As her nomination states, Ms. Rebekha went above and beyond by helping one child, who was having a particularly difficult transition, find appropriate comfort items and by demonstrating extreme patience helping the baby learn to also accept a bottle. Other classroom parents have remarked that Ms. Rebekha always make them feel welcome no matter how busy the classroom is when they arrive.

Stevens is the second recipient of the employee recognition awards program established by the Board of Directors in January 2016. Areas in which a staff member may be nominated can include parent communication, health/safety, classroom environment/programming, community involvement/child advocacy or a category may be written in by the nominator.
Any full-time or part-time New Day employee, employed at New Day for at least 30 days, is eligible for the award. Nominations may be submitted by a parent/family member, staff member, a member of the Board of Directors, or a community member.

To nominate a New Day employee for ’above and beyond’ recognition, please complete the form under “contact” at www.newdaychildrenscenter.com. For information about New Day Children Center, please call Megan Dyer, executive director, 315-788-1787.

 

Ribbon Cutting at Ogdensburg Expo


 


Posted: March 12, 2016

Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell was on hand for the ribbon cutting opening the 40th Ogdensburg Expo. Pictured are (l-r): Assemblywoman Russell, Ogdensburg City Manager Sarah Purdy, Ogdensburg Boys & Girls Club member Hunter Cooper, 2016 honoree Tom Brady, 2016 honoree Rev. Thomas Patterson and Ogdensburg Mayor Wayne Ashley. Mr. Brady, Rev. Patterson and Stewart's were recognized for their contributions to the Ogdensburg Boys & Girls Club.

 

Potsdam Girls Capture Championship

Pictured: (Front Row, L to R) Kennedy Wilson, Kennedy Emerson, Jenna Christopher, Hailey Jordan, Sophie Compeau, Karley Green (Back Row, L to R) Danielle Emerson, Taylor Benda, Olivia Logan, Keely Towne, Makhia Snyder, Megan Reichhart-Saber. Coaches: Darren Wilson, Cody Compeau, Cory Towne (Head Coach).
 


Posted: March 12, 2016

The U12 Potsdam Icestorm girls captured the Tier II New York Amateur Hockey Association State Championship by avenging last year's finals loss to the Lady Islanders (Friday 3/4; 2-1); downing the Ithaca Stars (Saturday 3/5; 4-0); defeating the Buffalo Saints (3/5; 7-0); winning a tough contest with the Norwood-Norfolk Northstars (Sunday 3/6; 2-0); and finally, earning the championship title by beating the Chazy Flyers (3/6; 3-1).

 

St. Lawrence NYSARC Disney Trip


 


Posted: March 12, 2016

St. Lawrence NYSARC, a private, non-profit organization committed to maximizing the potential of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, received an $8,000 grant to increase recreational options. The funds were combined with a significant donation from Richard Alexander of Watertown to take 12 people with disabilities on a trip to Disney World.

Mr. Alexander’s generous contribution and the gift from NYSARC, Inc. made it possible for a dozen individuals with developmental disabilities to have a fun-filled week in Orlando, Fla. The trip began with an overnight stay at Mr. Alexander’s Quality Inn & Suites, located at 1190 Arsenal St. in Watertown. After an exciting flight, the travelers spent four days visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. The group thoroughly enjoyed their accommodations and the pool at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex!

 

Thousand Islands Teens Compete for Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen Title


 


Posted: March 8, 2016

Joelle Leek, Miss Northern New York’s Outstanding Teen (L) and Brianna Lockwood, Miss Thousand Islands’ Outstanding Teen ( R) will compete on April 10 in Saratoga Springs, NY for the title of Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen 2016. You can help these local titleholders by voting in the People’s Choice competition at http://missny.org/teen/2016-1-pc/ each vote is just $1.

The young woman who receives the most People’ Choice votes will automatically place in the Top 10 at the state pageant. Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen will go on to compete this summer in Orlando at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. The New York’s Outstanding Teen Organization recognizes young women around the state of New York for their talents, scholastic achievement, and community service.

 

New Day Children's Center
Honors Employee

Pictured Back Row (left to right): New Day Children’s Center Outstanding Employee for the month of February, Christina Gardner of Carthage (back left) with Stella Garitz, longtime member of the Board of Directors. Gardner is surrounded by students in her 3-year old classroom.


Posted: March 2, 2016

Christina Gardner, Carthage, has been named Outstanding Employee for the month of February at New Day Children’s Center. The award was established by the Board of Directors to recognize a New Day staff member for going above and beyond in a way that makes a positive impact on the lives of children. Gardner is a head teacher in one of New Day’s two 3-year old classrooms and in her 27th year of service at New Day.

Chris is a dedicated teacher, well respected by her colleagues, adored by the children and greatly appreciated by parents and family members. She plans a multitude of extra activities for the children that are hands on, messy and engaging. Chris shares with the children her love of outdoors and nature, and her annual Thanksgiving feast shows her commitment to building strong connections with family members. In addition, the nomination noted that without being asked, Chris “comes in early every day to prepare the spray bottle solution for all nine classrooms”, a time consuming task, and is always prepared to lend a helping hand or provide coverage in a pinch.

Gardner is the first recipient of the employee recognition awards program established by the Board of Directors in January 2016. Areas in which a staff member may be nominated can include parent communication, health/safety, classroom environment/programming, community involvement/child advocacy or a category may be written in by the nominator.
Any full-time or part-time New Day employee, employed at New Day for at least 30 days, is eligible for the award. Nominations may be submitted by a parent/family member, staff member, a member of the Board of Directors, or a community member.

To nominate a New Day employee for ’above and beyond’ recognition, please complete the form under “contact” at www.newdaychildrenscenter.com. For information about New Day Children Center, please call Megan Dyer, executive director, 315-788-1787.

 

Watertown Savings Bank
Supports Fire Safety Fund

(Pictured L-R): Wendy Truesdell, Garrett W. Loomis Foundation board member; Stephen Goodrich, Garrett W. Loomis Foundation President; Jeremy Powell, Watertown Savings Bank & Town of Watertown volunteer firefighter; Mike Marks, Garrett W. Loomis Foundation board member.


Posted: February 21, 2016

Earlier this month, Watertown Savings Bank continued its support of the Garrett W. Loomis Firefighters Fund at the Northern New York Community Foundation. The bank made a contribution to help sponsor the Garrett W. Loomis Fire Safety and Educational Series this spring at Jefferson Community College.

The educational series will feature Deputy Chief Dennis Rubin from the Washington D.C. Fire Department. The seminar will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at JCC. Last year, more than 200 volunteer and professional firefighters across Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties attended the free educational series.

The seminar is offered through the efforts of the Garrett W. Loomis Foundation, and in collaboration with the Northern New York Community Foundation and JCC's Fire Technology Program.

 

Mural at Watertown Boxing Club


 


Posted: February 21, 2016

Pictured is a mural of Sugar Ray Robinson on the wall at the home of the Watertown Area Boxing Club, the old Starbuck Arena where Sugar Ray got his name.

 

Recognized for 30 Years of Service


 


Posted: February 2, 2016

Harry Potter, Perch Lake Road, Watertown (left) was presented a plaque by Scott Allen, Town of Pamelia Supervisor, for his 30 years of service on the Town of Pamelia Planning Board.

 

Community Bank Supports River Hospital


Pictured (L-R):  Andrea Pfeiffer, Director of Marketing and Community Relations; Stacy Dicorte, Development Associate; and Matthew Honeywell, Alexandria Bay Branch Manager at Community Bank, N.A.
 


Posted: February 2, 2016

River Hospital recently received a generous donation from Community Bank, N.A. The donation will support the Friends of River Hospital’s 26th Annual Polar Bear Dip, to be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016. This contribution also support the 14th Annual Festive Evening, which will be held on Sunday July 24, 2016.

 

Youth Court Training Day


 


Posted: January 26, 2016

Youth Court of Jefferson County has long time supporter and original local founder past Sheriff Jim Lafferty join guest speakers District Attorney Kristyna Mills, JCSD Deputy Mangino, and WPD Officer Ryan at their MLK Training Day.

Director Tammie Miller said 20 local youth ages 12-19 volunteered on their day off from school to focus on Restorative Justice Principles. Youth Court is a peer court and civic engagement program open to area youth ages 12-20 years of age who are enrolled in Jefferson County schools. For more information please call 315-836-8502 or email tmiller@resolution-center.net
 

 

Five Complete Course


Pictured left to right: Patricia Wetterhahn, Caitlin Flanigan, Sonya Schofield, Amanda LaJuett, Melissa Byard.
 


Posted: January 26, 2016

Five early childhood professionals recently completed a 120-hour Child Development Associate (CDA) credential preparatory course offered by Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project at Community Action Planning Council.

The CDA training program offers an opportunity for individuals working in child care to expand their knowledge of early learning topics, including child growth and development, program management, and professionalism. In order to earn the CDA credential, candidates must also demonstrate competency through preparation of a professional portfolio and observation of their work with young children.
 

 

Sunrise Rotary Supports
Wiley Change for Kids


Pictured (L-R): Patricia LaBarr, Wiley School Principal; Frank Ames, Watertown Sunrise Rotary.

 


Posted: January 11, 2016

Watertown Sunrise Rotary recently donated $1,000 to the “Change for Kids” breakfast program at H.T.Wiley School in Watertown. This program allows any student the opportunity to start their day with breakfast, as it is the most important meal of the day. This program began with staff establishing a fund with their loose change called “Change for Kids.” No students were denied breakfast if they did not have the money to pay for it. This program has been turned into a formal partnership with the Northern New York Community Foundation, to which tax-deductible gifts can be directed, as a way to enhance their collection efforts.
 

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