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Clayton Community Band to
Perform December 2


Posted: November 22, 2014

The Clayton Community Band (CCB), resident ensemble of the Clayton Opera House, will present SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS - their final concert of the 2014 Season - on Tuesday, December 2th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 and available in advance at the Clayton Opera House Box Office at 405 Riverside Dr., by calling 315.686.2200 ext. 12, or by visiting www.claytonoperahouse.com 

This concert will benefit the Clayton Council of Churches Food Bank. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods as well.

Selections for this concert include selections from "Frozen", "Christmas Time with Charlie Brown", "O Come, Emmanuel", "Auld Lang Syne" and much more!

Just prior to the evening performance, the Band will be holding their own fundraising event with a CD entitled "CLAYTON COMMUNITY BAND - Best of 2014" available for a donation. This CD will include the following popular musical selections: Italian Holiday, Appalachian Morning, Instant Swing Concert, How to Train Your Dragon and several more. Be sure to visit our donation table before and after the concert and during intermission to obtain your copy!


Samaritan Auxiliary Enables
Equipment Purchase


Posted: November 22, 2014

The Samaritan Auxiliary purchased state-of-the art medical equipment called the Arctic Sun Temperature Management System for Samaritan Medical Center, with monies raised from their signature event, One Night, One Diamond, held in March of 2014 - a donation of $42,563 was made to purchase this equipment. The Arctic Sun has been utilized in Samaritan Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) since 2010, but due to the frequency of use, SMC identified the need for a second unit and the Auxiliary was pleased to fund this initiative.

The Arctic Sun is a non-invasive temperature management system which can cool the body’s core temperature to as low as 33 degrees. In the case of a cardiac arrest or stroke, lowering the body temperature can help to slow the metabolism which leads to positive outcomes and less risk of brain injury. The equipment circulates chilled water through pads that are adhered to the patient’s skin. The Samaritan Auxiliary is pleased to be able to support our patients with life-saving equipment. In the right-hand picture is Dr. David Rechlin (Pulmonology Associates), Renee Waterbury (Samaritan Auxiliary Board President) and Mr. Tom Carman (Samaritan President & CEO). The center picture is Dr. Maja Lundborg-Gray (North Country Emergency Medical Consultants), Kim Smith (Nurse Manager of the ICU) and Jane Schmitt (Volunteer Services) and the right-hand picture is a picture of the equipment.


General Brown Win at Goblin Games


Posted: November 16, 2014

The General Brown lady lions lacrosse team captured the 2014 Goblin Games Championship in Ithaca on November 2, 2014. The Lady lions had a strong showing by going 4-0 including a 13-8 championship score. The Lions were coached by Katie Clough and Brian Fazio.



Local Talent Performs in NYC


Posted: November 16, 2014

Individuals from In Motion School of Dance recently returned from attending The Big Apple Tap Festival in NYC. The dance school submitted a tap duet to be considered for the Festival Showcase over a month ago.

The piece was selected and was performed on Saturday, Nov. 8 in NYC in the Alvin Ailey Theater. Kyra Daly, 12, tapped with a former student, Clare Buchanan, who has since moved this summer to study dance at the pre-professional level in NYC. The girls were able to perform a tap duet choreographed by owner, Shereen Daly, in front of an audience filled with families, participants and masters in the field of tap including, Kathy Sledge from Sister Sledge.


Fillingham Recognized for
25 Years of Service


Posted: October 22, 2014

On October 22, 2014, New York State Police Captain Darrin S. Pitkin presented Sergeant/Station Commander Edward C. Fillingham, SP Alexandria Bay, with a 25-year pin and certificate commemorating 25 years of service with the New York State Police. Pictured from left is Zone Sergeant Robert D. Allen, Captain Darrin S. Pitkin, Sgt/SC Edward C. Fillingham and Zone Sergeant Robert Dixon.


Grant for Food Pantries


Posted: September 29, 2014

Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell stopped by Community Action Planning Council with good news about a legislative initiative to help fight hunger. Thanks to Addie's advocacy, the Food Bank of Central New York is receiving a $15,000 grant to support north country food pantries.

Pictured (from left): Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell; Food Bank of CNY representatives Sarah MIller-Locke, Alicia Suskin and Rebecca Lare; and Community Action emergency services manager Tammy Kitto.


Jeff-Lewis Pioneers in Syracuse


Posted: September 22, 2014

The Jeff -Lewis Pioneers girls basketball team are off to a 6-0 start in the Syracuse fall league coached by former Syracuse player Matt Gorman. Coach Gorman and the girls ran into Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim at last Sunday's game for a photo op.

Front row: Peyton Romig and Kelsey Gonseth; middle row: Anna Hoover, Kylee Rosbrook, Coach Boeheim, Chelsea Vantassel, Hanna Misercola, and Hailey Martin; back row, Coach Gorman.


Star Spangled Celebration


Posted: September 18, 2014

National Historic Site Ft. McHenry ranger Vince Vaise “Francis Scott Key” and Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site manager Connie Barone met at Baltimore’s Star Spangled Spectacular 200th anniversary of the national anthem on Saturday September 13, 2014.


TI Piano Competition Winners

Junior Division

From L-R:
David Geng from Princeton New Jersey, Honorable Mention Award
Noah Landers from Watertown New York, Audience Award Prize
Hongxi Li from Beijing, China, 3rd Place winner
Jerry Chen from Toronto, Canada, 2nd Place winner
Raymond Feng from Pittsford, New York, 1st Place winner

Senior Division

From L-R:
Elisabeth Pion from Montreal, Canada, 1st Place winner
Soeun Lee from South Korea, 3rd Place winner
Kevin Wang from Bellevue, Washington, Audience Award Prize
Tania Rivers-Moore from Seattle, Washington, 2nd Place winner


Posted: September 18, 2014

Winners in the 1000 Islands International Piano Competition were announced Sunday, September 8, 2014 at the conclusion of the three day event. The competition was in Cape Vincent NY on the grounds of the historic Maple Grove Estate.

In the Junior category (under age 19), first place went to Raymond Feng (age 12) from Pittsford, NY. The second place award went to Jeremy Chen (age 16) from Toronto, Canada. Hongxi Li (age 17) from Beijin, China was named third place winner. Honorable Mention Award was presented to David Geng (age 17) from Princton, New Jersey. Noah Landers (age 17, a local contestant from Watertown) was selected by audience members as their favorite pianist in this division

In the Senior category (ages 19-25), Elisabeth Pion from Montreal, Canada won the first place award. She attends the Montreal Music Conservatory. Second Place was presented to Tania River-Moore of Seattle, Washington who attends Harvard. Soeun Lee, an Eastman School of Music student originally from South Korea earned third place award. The audience award for favorite pianist in the senior division was presented Kevin Wang, an Eastman School of Music sophomore from Bellevue, Washington.

Once again, the community of Cape Vincent extended a warm welcome to all of the competitors and their families. Committee member express many thanks for all the generous monetary donations from individuals, local civic groups and businesses! Thanks also go out to families who hosted the contestants and all the volunteers who worked during the three day event. Without this support the Cape Vincent Arts Council alone could not provide this program for young people.


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