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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.
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
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
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
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
“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
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.
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
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
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
"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
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
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
Extend your visit by touring the Navy Yard buildings and several War
of 1812 galleries. Explore the trails and walkways in this historic
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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,
Annual Envirothon Results
(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
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
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