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Sackets Vocal Arts Ensemble
Presents Concert May 4
Posted: April 11, 2014
The Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble and Orchestra will present a
concert, “O’er the Land of the Free: a Choral Portrait of America,”
at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 227 Sherman
The concert will feature songs set to the words of Abraham
Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Frost and Walt Whitman with music
composed by Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson and Randall Thompson. In
addition, the ensemble will sing several spirituals arranged by
William Dawson and will perform the patriotic cantata “Ballad for
Americans.” The audience will be invited to join in on “The Star
Spangled Banner,” “My Country ’Tis of Thee” and “America the
The Vocal Ensemble, a regional chorus of 50 singers, will be
accompanied by a 38-member orchestra. The concert is under the
direction of Richard E. Probert and will feature soloist Mark
Rucker, baritone. Guest conductor is Mel Chalker, retired Carthage
Central School District choral director.
The concert is part of the Trinity Concert Series and is made
possible in part by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council with funds
from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov.
Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
General admission tickets purchased at the door are $14 for adults
and $12 for seniors and members of the military. Preferred seating
tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and military. Student
tickets are free. Tickets ordered in advance are $2 less in all
categories. Tickets are available from chorus members and may be
ordered from the church, 788-6290, Ext. 3, or
Samaritan Auxiliary Presents Gift
Pictured from left to right are: Cheryl Fazio - Director
of Surgical Services at Samaritan, Renee Waterbury -
Samaritan Auxiliary Board President, Thomas H. Carman -
President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center, Dr.
Alejandro Rodriguez - Chief of Urology and Urologic
Oncology and Director of Robotics and Minimally Invasive
Surgery, Elizabeth Fipps - Vice President, Foundation
and Community Services of Samaritan Medical Center
Foundation of Northern New York, Inc.
Posted: March 24, 2014
Renee Waterbury, Samaritan Auxiliary Board President presented a
check for $51,307.38 to Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO of
Samaritan Medical Center, Dr. Alejandro Rodriguez, Chief of Urology
and Urologic Oncology - Director of Robotics and Minimally Invasive
Surgery, and Cheryl Fazio, Director of Surgical Services at
Samaritan, from the proceeds of the 2013 One Night, One Diamond
event held March 23,2013 at The Commons on Fort Drum, toward the
purchase of equipment to support Samaritan Medical Center's daVinci
Robotic Surgery program.
The equipment will perform single site surgeries to be used by
multiple specialty surgeons, instrument sterilization trays for the
single site robotic surgery, vessel sealer upgrade that allows
surgeon to cut and seal tissues with the same instrument, thereby
saving time for both the surgeon and patient and several other
supporting pieces of equipment for this service.
Posted: March 18, 2014
On March 17, 2014, St. Patrick’s Day, the Watertown Toastmasters
Club President, D.J. Henderson, had the honor of swearing in four
new members. This time last year the club was comprised of only six
members. Under Mr. Henderson’s guidance, the club has experienced
impressive growth and they are planning to continue expanding the
club’s membership through 2014.
The new members, who are shown in the group photograph from left to
right, are Jacques Fleurizard, Tyler Gardner, Robert Gardner and
Candace Dunkley. They each bring a unique set of experiences to the
club and we are looking forward to helping them along on their
progress through the Toastmaster program. While Toastmasters is not
for everyone we welcome anyone, 18 years of age and older, to come
see what the Watertown Toastmasters Club is all about.
We have a diverse membership that includes all walks of life and
professionals from a myriad of careers. Come see for yourself if
Toastmasters is right for you. The Watertown Toastmasters Club meets
on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Monday of each month, and you are welcome to
any of our meetings. Our next meeting is: Watertown Toastmasters
Club MeetingMonday, March 31, 2014, 7 PM to 9 PM at Jefferson County
BOCES- Charles H. Bohlen Technical Center Conference Room A (East
side of the building), 20104 New York State Rte. 3, Outer Arsenal
St., Watertown. Toastmasters has developed a time-tested program to
help people improve their communication and leadership skills. This
program has helped people around the world learn to effectively
speak in public, conduct a meeting, manage a department or personal
business, lead, delegate and motivate employees and co-workers.
Quilting Guild Assists Children's Home
to right: North Country Quilting Guild Caring and
Sharing Co-Chairpersons Jane Miller and Linda Rohde
present donated quilts to Children’s Home of Jefferson
County Executive Director, Karen Y. Richmond.
Posted: March 18, 2014
North Country Quilting Guild’s Jane Miller and Linda Rohde,
co-chairpersons of the group’s Caring and Sharing Outreach Project,
recently delivered several donated handmade quilts to Children’s
Home of Jefferson County’s (CHJC) Executive Director, Karen Y.
Richmond. The Guild has been donating quilts to the Children’s Home
for many years.
Residential Youth select their choice of quilt when they arrive
on Campus to use in their CHJC bedroom and take with them when they
are discharged. Foster Care Youth receive a quilt when they are
taken into care. Youth also receive the quilts as adoption gifts.
The North Country Quilting Guild, a member of the Quilters
Consortium of New York State, also creates and donates quilts and
toiletry bags for other North Country charities. “A group of people
who want to spread the enjoyment of quilts and quilting,” the
quilters will feature a special exhibit spotlighting their Caring
and Sharing Outreach project at the 2014 North Country Quilting
Guild Quilt Show to be held June 6th through 8th at Cerow Park Arena
in Clayton, New York. Show details will be available online at
Meets with Gen. Howard
Posted: March 18, 2014
On March 18, 2014, Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River)
met with officials from Ft. Drum and state legislators to discuss
how the state can better assist the Army base. Ft. Drum is one of
the largest employers of both military and civilian staff in upstate
“Ft. Drum is a tremendously important part of the North Country
economy, and I am always happy to partner with our military to
ensure this economic engine remains and thrives here in our
community,” said Blankenbush. “I thank Gen. Michael L. Howard and
all the other military officials who shared their insights with us.
I will work closely with our state and federal representatives to
keep Ft. Drum a vibrant part of our region.”
Blankenbush said one of the biggest challenges ahead involves the
cuts being made in the military, but he is ready to work with
federal officials to help mitigate a negative impact on the region.
Last year, the Ft. Drum base had a $1.42 billion impact on the
region. The base not only employs military and civilian personnel,
but is also a major source of support service contracts with small
businesses in the region.
Town Community Fund
Pictured in front (left to right): Laura Macklin, Lisa
Porter, Brendan Higgins, Marlene Norfolk, co-chair; back
row (left to right): David Zembiec, Bilkey Moore,
Elizabeth Walker, Barbara Greene, Kelly Clark and David
Stone, co-chair. Not pictured are Eric Anderson, Andrew
Beckstead, Julie Berry, Thomas Deuson and Bill Stoodley.
Posted: March 16, 2014
The members of the Six Town Community Fund Planning Committee
recently met to launch the campaign to raise $50,000 by the end of
2014 to create a permanent fund to support projects in the towns of
Adams, Ellisburg, Henderson, Lorraine, Rodman and Worth. All gifts
will be matched by the Northern New Community Foundation, up to an
The grantmaking fund will be managed and administered by the
Community Foundation and overseen by a committee of local residents
from the Six Town region. The fund will be built by contributions
from individuals, businesses and organizations with a passion for
the Six Town area. For more information, contact the Community
Foundation at (315) 782-7110.
Supports Local Volunteer Squads
Posted: March 15, 2014
Rehabilitation Center presented checks to support 13 Volunteer Fire,
Rescue, and Ambulance Squads in the local community. Pictured, along
with Executive Director Howard Ganter (center) are members from
Three Mile Bay, Calcium, Brownville, Evans Mills, Carthage, West
Carthage, and Adams Center.
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