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Birth | Brantingham
Arringtin Ann Cobb


Alan Cobb and Wynter Turck of Brantingham announce the birth of their daughter, Arringtin Ann Cobb.

Arringtin was born on Jaunary 24, 2018 at 4:53 am at Crouse Hospital. She weighted 4 lbs. 12 oz. and measured 18 inches long.

Arringtin's maternal grandparents are Bridget Houppert of Carthage, and Michael and Jamie Turck of Lowville. Her paternal grandparents are Tim and Tina Cobb of Glenfield.

Arringtin is the first born granddaughter on her mother's side, and the third born granddaughter on her father's side.

She was welcomed home by many friends and family.

Posted: February 17, 2018


Birth | Mexico
Emerson Anne Larson


Eric and Jessica Larson of Mexico announce the birth of their daughter, Emerson Anne Larson.

Emerson was born on December 21, 2017 at 9:40 PM at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse. She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 19 inches long.

Emerson's paternal grandparents are Robert and Barbara Larson, Bark River, Michigan. Her maternal grandparents are Anne Jones, Mexico, and the late Robert Jones.

She was welcomed home by her big sister Addyson, and big brother, Greyson, along with her fur siblings, Cooper and Finley.

Posted: February 17, 2018


Engagement | Hermon/Watertown/Carthage
Gordon I. Ward IV & Stephanie K. Sochia


Together with their families, Gordon I. Ward IV and Stephanie K. Sochia announce their engagement.

Stephanie is the daughter of William and Kathryn Sochia of Carthage. Stephanie is a graduate of Carthage High School. She attended SUNY Canton and graduated with an Associates and Bachelors degree in Business Management. She is currently an Office Manager for St. Lawrence Dental Studio in Canton and Malone.

Gordon is the son of Gordon I. Ward, Watertown and the late Nancy Ward. Gordon is a graduate of Watertown High School. He also attended SUNY Canton where he graduated with an Associates in Liberal Arts and a Bachelors in Business Management. Gordon is currently the Democratic Deputy Commissioner for St. Lawrence County Board of Elections.

Stephanie & Gordon reside in Hermon with their two cats, Maxx & Lola, as well as their black lab, River. They will be married on August 17,2018 in Ogdensburg.

Posted: February 5, 2018


Wedding | Carthage
Emily Grace Schell & Tyler Joel Meeks

Emily Grace Schell and Tyler Joel Meeks, Carthage, were united in marriage on September 23, 2017. The outdoor ceremony and reception took place at The Ridgeview Inn, Lowville. The ceremony was officiated by Reverend Bill Palmer. Tyler and Emily were very pleased to have their family and friends with them to celebrate such a great day.

Stephanie Mccready was her sisters Matron of honor, along with bridesmaids Samantha Smith, Jordan Sanford, Laura Fitch cousin of the bride and Krista Toutant, sister of the groom. Peyton and Levi Toutant along with Collin Meeks and Addisyn Meeks all family of the groom were included in the wedding party. Jordan Meeks was his brothers Best man along with friends Curtis Roberts, Kevin Gerstenschlager, Joey Gerstenschlager and brother in law Rodney Mccready.

Tyler proposed to Emily on December 24, 2015.

The couple will fly to Florida in February as close friends Pat and Tammy Flack have opened up their home in Pompano Beach to them while they attend some racing events in the area.

Posted: January 18, 2018


Engagement | Lowville/Copenhagen
Katie McIntosh & Jeff Torch

Together with their families, Katie McIntosh and Jeff Torch announce their engagement. Katie and Jeff got engaged during the eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Katie is the daughter of Kathy McIntosh, Lowville and Jan McIntosh, Copenhagen. She is a graduate of Lowville Academy, Hartwick College in Oneonta and University of Hartford, CT. Katie is employed by Newton Public Schools, Newton, MA as an elementary music teacher.

Jeff is the son of Skip and Penny Torch, Williamsville. He is a graduate of Williamsville East High School, SUNY Geneseo and Rochester Institute of Technology. Jeff is employed by Newton Public Schools, Newton, MA as an elementary school psychologist.

Katie and Jeff met while working together at the Mason-Rice Elementary School in Newton, MA. They reside in Newton, and enjoy being outdoors, hiking, skiing, and spending time with their dog, Birdie.

An August 2018 wedding is being planned in Vernon.

Posted: January 17, 2018


Wedding | Watertown
Jonell Michael & Dustin Houppert


On Saturday, December 9, 2017, Jonell Michael and Dustin Houppert were married in the North Reading Room at the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library.

Alex Lee, a friend of the couple, officiated the intimate and heartfelt ceremony.

Jonell is the daughter of Kathy and John Michael, Watertown. Dustin is the son of Darlene and Jon Houppert, Carthage.

Katy Michael, sister of the Bride (Watertown), was Maid of Honor. Jon Houppert, brother of the Groom (Camillus), was Best Man.

The Bride and Groom met seven years ago when they worked together at a community residence through Transitional Living Services of Northern New York. They shared in their celebration with their son, Kaiden, in addition to the many family and friends who travelled from points as far as Connecticut, Georgia, and California to attend.

Posted: January 17, 2018


Engagement | Philadelphia
Kourtney A. Brennan & William D. Shimp


Together with their family, Kourtney A. Brennan and William D. Shimp announce their engagement. The couple was engaged in New Orleans, LA on September 24, 2016.

Kourtney is the daughter of Kat and Steve Martin, Philadelphia, and Ken and Irina Brennan of Pine Grove, PA. Kourtney is a 2013 graduate of Indian River HS. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi and received her B.A. Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2016. She is currently employed as a paralegal for USAssets, LLC in Jackson, Mississippi.

David is the son of Brandy and David Shimp, Ft. Lewis, Washington. David is also a 2013 graduate of Indian River HS. EHe attended the University of Southern Mississippi and received his B.S. Degree in Construction Engineering Technology in 2017. He is currently employed as a project manager with FL Crane & Sons in Florence, Mississippi.

Kourtney and David currently reside in Pearl, Mississippi with their cat, Callie Anna.

An August 4, 2018 wedding & reception is planned at the Bridal Barn in Hattiesburg, MS.

Posted: January 17, 2018


Birth | Watertown
Maria June DiStefano


Christopher and Leslie DiStefano of Watertown announce the birth of their daughter, Maria June DiStefano.

Maria was born on November 16, 2017 at 8:15 a.m. at Samaritan Medical Center. She weighed 8 lbs. 7 oz. and measured 19 3/4 inches long.

Maria’s maternal grandparents are Melissa and Tim Atkins of Redwood and James O’Hara and Laura Ashworth of Tampa, FL. Her paternal grandparents are Margaret (Peggy) DiStefano and the late Marcellino DiStefano of Dexter.

Maria June is named after Chris’ paternal grandmother, the late Maria DiStefano of Turnersville, NJ and Leslie’s paternal grandmother, June O’Hara of Williston Park, NY.

She was welcomed home by her big brother, Vincenzo and fur babies, Beatles and Journey.

Posted: January 1, 2018


Engagement | Black River
Jordan Jones & Sabrina Kane


Together with their family, Jordan Jones and Sabrina Kane announce their engagement.

Sabrina graduated from Watertown High School in 2005. She graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. Sabrina then obtained an Associate’s of Applied Science in Nursing in 2017 from Jefferson Community College. She currently works as a Registered Nurse for Samaritan Medical Center.

Jordan graduated from Thousand Islands High School in 2005. He then graduated from Clarkson University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Financial Information and Analysis in 2009. Jordan received his Master’s in Accounting from SUNY Polytechnic in 2015. Jordan currently works at Hospice as the Director of Finance. He is currently studying for the CPA exam and sits on several non-profit boards in the community.

Jordan and Sabrina currently reside in their home in Black River with their two cats Harper and Takoda. They were engaged February 2017 at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, where they will also be married in August 2018.

Posted: January 1, 2018


Engagement | Theresa/Alexandria Bay
Morgan Snyder & Bryce Hicks


Together with their families Morgan Snyder and Bryce Hicks announce their engagement.

Morgan is the daughter of Rhada and Al Decker (Theresa) and Joseph Snyder and Cheryl Schulz (Alexandria Bay). Miss Snyder is a 2004 graduate of Alexandria Central. She graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2008 with a degree in Childhood Education. She earned her Masters in Literacy Education in 2009 also from SUNY Plattsburgh. She is employed as a Special Education Teacher at Beekmantown Central School District in West Chazy.

Bryce is the son of Germaine Hicks and Pete Sorrell (Plattsburgh) and Matt and Therese Hicks (Deerfield Beach, FL). Mr. Hicks is a 2005 graduate of Saranac Central School District. He graduated in 2011 from SUNY Plattsburgh with a degree in Business Administration. He is employed as a Park Supervisor at Point Au Roche State Park in Plattsburgh.

The couple became engaged on July 4, 2017 and are planning a March 2018 wedding in Plattsburgh. The couple resides in Plattsburgh with their cat, Scarlett.

Posted: January 1, 2018


Wedding | Dexter
Megan Lynn Hyneman & Erik Jonathan Edmonds


On Saturday, October 7, 2017, Megan Lynn Hyneman, daughter of Tina and Neil Hyneman, Watertown, and Erik Jonathan Edmonds, son of Shayne and Scott Edmonds, Copenhagen, were married in an outdoor ceremony at Ridgeview Inn in Lowville. The groom’s brother-in-law Shawn Keefe officiated the wedding.

The couple exchanged their own hand-written vows in front of their friends and family. The Maid of Honor was Alyssa Alteri, best friend of the bride. The Bridesmaids were Ashley Williams, Maci King, Rachel Blanchard, Emily Blanchard, and Elise Edmonds. The Best Man was Justin Weaver, best friend of the groom. The Groomsmen were Brendan Granato, Carl Tausend, Jordan Sawyer, and Carlos Patino.

Megan and Erik enjoyed a honeymoon in Florida, where the groom proposed in 2015. The newlyweds reside at their home in Dexter.

Posted: January 1, 2018


Birth | Watertown
Xander Damien Elliott


Brandon and Heather Elliott announce the birth of their son, Xander Damien Elliott.

Xander was born on December 7, 2017 at 4:10 a.m. at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown. He weighed 6 lbs. 10 oz. and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

Xander's maternal grandparents are Ray and Patricia Lytle of LaFargeville. His paternal grandparents are Glenn and Kelly Elliott of Yuma, Arizona and Donna (Michelle) Gavette of Tempe, Arizona.

Xander was welcomed home by his four older brothers, Devon, Wyatt, Brody and Kellen and also by his fur sisters, Haven, Peaches and Mew.

Posted: January 1, 2018


Birth | Calcium/Rutland
Drew Jameson Barr


David and Gretchen Barr, Rochester, announce the birth of their son, Drew Jameson Barr. He was born on November 15, 2017 weighing 7 lbs. 8 oz. and measuring 20 inches long. His fur siblings, Max and Molly can't get enough of him.

Drew's maternal grandparents are Jerry and Kate Kirch of Rutland and his paternal grandparents are Dale and Michele Barr of Calcium.

Posted: January 1, 2018


Engagement | Black River
Amanda Slate & Katie Powell


Together with their families, Amanda Slate and Katie Powell announce their engagement. The couple was engaged in April 2017.

Amanda is a 2009 graduate of Indian River Central School. She is currently employed as a NYS EMT critical care.

Katie is a 2010 graduate of Heuvelton Central School and is currently employed by Philly Fuels.

The couple resides in Black River with their three cats. A May 19, 2018 wedding is planned.

Posted: January 1, 2018


Anniversary | Sackets Harbor
Robert & Janet Montford - 50 Years


Robert E. Montford, son of the late Robert G. and Marjorie C. Montford, and Janet E. Schell, daughter of the late Irvin B. and Eunice E. Schell, were married on May 27, 1967 at Asbury Methodist Church in Watertown by Rev. W. Russell Clark. Mr. & Mrs. Montford celebrated their Golden Anniversary on Saturday, May 27 at their home with family and friends.

Both Mr. & Mrs. Montford pursued a teaching career. Bob taught art at all levels and retired from the Sackets Harbor School system. Janet taught secondary math and retired from the General Brown School system.

Through the years the couple has enjoyed a variety of activities. In 1971 they built their first home, a round house which was based on Bob’s Master’s thesis at NYU. They build the Bedford Creek Golf Course and Restaurant in 1974 and operated it until selling it in 1985. Other pastimes have been playing golf, traveling, attending concerts (especially those of Frank Sinatra and Anne Murray), wood working and art projects, building their present home after retirement, home landscaping, solving crossword puzzles, reading and following and attending games of their favorite baseball team, the New York Yankees. They both were able to meet and rub elbows with many Yankee legends while Janet participated in a ladies’ Fantasy Camp at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, FL, in 2012.

Mr. & Mrs. Montford have lived in the Sackets Harbor area since 1970.

Posted: December 10, 2017


Wedding | Lowville
Jessica Kimbrell & Andrew Waite


Jessica Kimbrell and Andrew Waite of Lowville were married at an outdoor ceremony overlooking the Adirondacks in Lake Placid on Saturday August 12, 2017. The ceremony and reception were held at the Lake Placid Club, where guests traveled from all over the US to celebrate with the couple. The ceremony was officiated by Matt Zehr and they had their closest friends and family by their side at the altar.

Jessica is the daughter of Mary and Ralph Kimbrell of Croghan. Andrew is son of Steve Waite, Champion, and Darci Waite, Lowville, The couple currently resides in the village of Lowville.

The Bride and Groom met in Spring 2015 when they were set up by close friends and family on a blind date. They announced their engagement in Spring of 2017 and quickly set a wedding date. The newlyweds are looking forward to their honeymoon this December in the Dominican Republic.

Posted: December 10, 2017


Class Reunions

Watertown High School Class of 1961


The Watertown High School Class of 1961 will hold their 57th Reunion at the Ramada Inn in Watertown on Friday July 13 and Saturday July 14, 2018. Friday will be a Social Gathering with a Cash Bar with Appetizers. Saturday will be Cash Bar, Buffet Dinner and DJ with Karaoke.

Flyers and Reservation forms are in the mail. Contact person is Mary Lou (Hanby) Gerloff

(315) 782-0882 or

 Posted: March 7, 2018

Watertown High School Class of 1968


The Watertown High School Class of 1968 50th Reunion Will be held July 27 & 28, 2018 at the Ramada in Watertown. Friday night will be a social gathering.

Cash Bar & appetizers with a Photo Booth. Saturday Night will be Cash Bar, Buffet, DJ with Karaoke. Any questions contact

Fred Gerloff (315) 782-0882 or  Flyers & Reservation Forms are in the mail.

Posted: March 4, 2018

South Jefferson Central School Class of 1978


South Jefferson Central School Class of 1978 40 Year Class Reunion.

When: Saturday June 16, 2018 from 6pm to 10pm

Where: Saint Lawrence Spirits, Clayton, NY

RSVP: Number of person attending and contact information to David McIntosh at

Mail payment: Send $25 per person check payable to Class of 78 to:

Steven Randall
PO Box 105
Adams Center, NY 13606

Posted: February 5, 2018

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