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New Morning Show Host


Posted: March 29, 2017

TUNES 92.5 & 104.5 FM’s current morning show host, Adam Cornell (Adam in the A.M.) will be ‘passing the torch’ to local musician, Ryan Grant effective April 3rd, 2017. Adam Cornell will be relinquishing morning show duties in order to pursue a new opportunity with his design company, ‘XL Design & Marketing’.

Ryan Grant is a name you’ve most likely heard around the NNY area. From his career as a full time musician in the area to his newly launched company, ‘Ryan Grant Photography and Videography’, Ryan isn’t lacking in projects of his own - including a previous stint in radio (Sirius XM). The newest project being added to that list will be hosting the now coined, ‘The Morning Drive’ on TUNES 92.5 & 104.5 FM running Monday through Friday.


New Pastor at Stone Presbyterian


Posted: March 12, 2017

On Sunday March 12, 2017 the Presbytery of Northern New York will install Rev. Elizabeth (Libby) as pastor for Stone Presbyterian Church in a worship service held at 4 p.m. Rev. Moses began her ministry at Stone Presbyterian Church on January 9, 2017. She comes from southeastern Illinois where she served as pastor for over three years. Before becoming ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, she served as a Certified Christian Educator for twenty years.

After a significant search process the Pastor Nominating Committee members felt the Holy Spirit leading them to nominate Rev. Moses as the next installed pastor to serve Stone Presbyterian. They felt she had the gifts and talents to help the congregation move forward during the next era of its ministry and mission.

Rev. Moses is excited about being called to serve the Stone Presbyterian congregation. “It is a warm loving congregation with lots of potential for sharing the Good News of Christ. I look forward to being in ­­­ministry with the congregation as it journeys through the next era of its ministry.”


Community Bank Supports Irish Festival


Posted: March 12, 2017

Community Bank N.A. recently presented SPCA of Jefferson County with a $500 donation to help support its annual Bark & Wine Valentine’s Day auction, the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Founded in 1891, the shelter is celebrating 125 years of finding permanent and loving homes for homeless pets, providing them with a healthy environment and promoting the humane treatment of animals.

Pictured (left to right): SPCA Board of Directors Member Beth Weldon and Community Bank N.A. Vice President & Manager Catherine Ward.


Donation for Polar Bear Dip


Posted: March 12, 2017

River Hospital recently received a generous donation from HP Hood. The donation supported the Friends of River Hospital’s 27th Annual Polar Bear Dip, that was held on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

From left: Dan Langkabel, HP Hood EHS Manager; Sara Smith, HP Hood HR Specialist and Andrea Pfeiffer, River Hospital Director of Marketing and Community Relations.


Donation for Irish Festival


Posted: February 26, 2017

The Heather A. Freeman Foundation is a "Leprechaun" Sponsor for the Annual North Country Goes Green Irish Festival, to be held the weekend of March 17-19, 2017 at the Dulles State Office Building.

Pictured are: (L-R) Dave Missert Jr., Irish Fest Committee; Lynn Pietroski, HAFF; Karla Stefanini, HAFF; Michelle Titus, HAFF; Patti Shaughnessy, Irish Fest Committee.


Wind Ensemble Concert at JCC March 1st


Posted: February 26, 2017

A wide variety of music talent will be presented at a joint wind ensemble concert to be held at Jefferson Community College (JCC) on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Sturtz Theater. The JCC Wind Ensemble together with students of the Watertown High School (WHS) Wind Ensemble will perform a rewarding concert for enjoyment of the community. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.


JCC Athlete of the Week


Posted: February 8, 2017

Freshman Forward, Quincy M. Aubertine, of the Jefferson Community College (JCC) men’s basketball team was named JCC athlete of the week for the week ending February 5, 2017. JCC's athlete of the week program is sponsored by Victory Promotions and Under Armour.

Quincy, a 2016 graduate of Thousand Islands Central School, is majoring in Liberal Arts at Jefferson. Aubertine’s accomplishments on the court this past week include being a steady scorer throughout the year and of late. His tireless dedication and work ethic to the game of basketball have made him into the complete player that he is becoming. Quincy helped keep the Cannoneers in the playoff hunt, as they went 1-1 at home against Tompkins Cortland Community College and Finger Lakes Community College. Against TC3, he would score 18 of his 21 points in the first half as the Cannoneers jumped out to a double digit lead and would never relinquish that lead throughout the game. Aubertine would also contribute 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the all-important home win. Against FLCC, he would have another big first half with 11 points and finish the night with 20 points in a tough loss to the league leading Lakers. He would also contribute 3 assists and 3 rebounds in the tough league battle. Quincy continues to excel on the court and off the court, where he is carrying a 3.1 GPA.


Watertown Observes
National Wear Red Day


Posted: February 5, 2017

The North Country celebrated National Wear Red Day on February 3, 2017 to help raise awareness and funds to fight the number one killer of women – cardiovascular disease. Dozens of North Country businesses, community groups, hospitals, towns, and schools are wearing red, going red, and glowing red on February 3rd to help spread the message that heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined.

Mayor Joe Butler, Jr. presented a special proclamation declaring February 3, 2017 as National Wear Red Day in Watertown during an event at Community Bank. Heart disease survivor Kaitlyn Kerry shared her story.

Throughout Wear Red Day, employees at Kinney Drugs are wearing red and offering exclusive Go Red For Women keychains in exchange for a donation.

These events are part of the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day in which participants wear red, donate to join the Go Red For Women® movement and receive a red dress pin or wristband, and lifesaving heart health education. Some organizations will offer heart healthy lunch and learn programs, organize healthy walks, or host other events.


Nursing Ceremony Held at JCC


Posted: February 5, 2017

Jefferson Community College (JCC) held a Pinning Ceremony for weekend option graduates of the College’s nursing program on December 15, 2016 in the College’s Sturtz Theater. Eight candidates for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in nursing were eligible to take part in this special program. JCC’s “Weekend Scholars” are students who, beginning in January of 2015, attended classes at JCC every other weekend on Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The weekend, part-time format was developed in response to need in the community for more registered nurses and a more convenient way for more working adults to enter the healthcare field.

Front row (l-r): Victoria R. Charrette, Fort Drum; Kelly A. Harrienger, Watertown; Jessica N. Howard, Three Mile Bay. Back row (l-r): Emily L. Etheridge, Black River; Katlyn M. Langford, Evans Mills; Stephanie A. Parks, Black River; Daniel W. Ladouceur, Ogdensburg; Andrea A. Denoncour, Carthage.


Community Bank Support Irish Festival


Posted: February 5, 2017

Community Bank, N.A. recently presented North Country Goes Green Irish Festival with a $1,000 donation to help support its 32nd annual event. The festival will be held March 10-12 and include live music, Irish step dancing, a parade and a community Shamrock Run. All proceeds from the festival will benefit area nonprofits and help fund college scholarships for local students.

Photo (left to right): Patty Strife, Irish Festival Executive Board of Directors, and Nalene Muldovan, Washington Street and Irish Festival Committee chairperson.


Arts Center Exhibition


Posted: February 5, 2017

The Thousand Islands Arts Center (TIAC) hosted a reception on Friday, February 3, 2017 to mark the opening of Art of Winter – TIAC’s annual multimedium exhibition celebrating the unique character of winter in Northern New York. Art of Winter will be on display in the Arts Center galleries located at 314 John Street in Clayton from February 3 – March 17. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Nearly 100 pieces of art from about 50 local and regional artists will be on display representing a wide variety of mediums including painting, photography, jewelry, pottery, glass and wood work, and weaving. Most work will be for sale and proceeds benefit the TIAC and the artist. Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be offered while viewing the exhibition. Awards will be presented in four categories including: Best Story; Most Original; People’s Choice; and Staff Picks (3). This year’s Art of Winter is generously supported by D.H. Leonard Consulting and Grant Writing Services,
LLC, and Caskinette Ford.


Winning Soccer Team


Posted: January 19, 2017

Upstate United: Orange team won their playoffs today for Winter Session 1 indoor soccer at the Fairgrounds YMCA. This is the 10th overall playoff championship for this team in the under-19 boys division. Players on this team are from Beaver River, Watertown, South Jefferson, Indian River and JCC.

Pictured Seated (L-R): Peyton Mattis (Beaver River), Dylan Wagstaff (IR), Ethan Bast (SJ), Mikey Folsom (WHS); Standing (L-R): Coach Feistel, Bailey Williams (SJ), Riley Williams (SJ), Coach Bast, Aidan King (WHS), Colby LaPlatney (JCC) and Franklin Garcia (WHS). Not Pictured: Brendan Williams (SJ), Coach Williams.


Indoor Soccer Champs


Posted: January 19, 2017

The Upstate United: Fusion team won their playoffs today for Winter Session 1 indoor soccer at the Fairgrounds YMCA. This is the 6th consecutive playoff championship for this team in the under-16 boys division, as they have won this division every session for 3 years now. Players on this team are from multiple area schools.

Pictured Seated (L-R): Riley Williams (SJ), Matthew Herrmann (CCS), Nicholas Goldsmith (IR), Trevor Weston (Lyme), Jaden Guga (IHC); Standing (L-R) Coach Feistel (Beaver River), Ty Reed (Gouv), Slater Bushen (Lyme), Hideki Ogura (IHC), Dom Duah (IHC), Cody Benham (Homeschool), Coach Benham. Not Pictured: Coach Williams (SJ).


Clayton Lions Club
Makes Donation


Posted: January 14, 2017

Clayton Lions Club member Ryan Kendall gives donation to Steve Smithers, Thousand Island Central School District Robotics Supervisor, as a thank-you for their help with the 2015-2016 spaghetti dinners hosted at the C-way in Clayton.



Brownville Lions Club
Christmas Boxes


Posted: January 14, 2017

The Town of Brownville Lions Club distributed 28 Christmas Boxes to area families insuring the families of a healthy and happy Christmas. The boxes contained canned goods collected by students at General Brown High School; fresh food items such as potatoes and fruit and even a chicken donated by a local grocer; and boxes of cookies, doughnuts and other sweets donated by local vendors. The items were collected and sorted on Friday, December 16,2016.

The boxes were also wrapped in holiday paper at that time. On Saturday, December 17, 2016 beginning early in the morning the boxes were filled according to the number of members in a family. Beginning around noon the Christmas Boxes were loaded in the cars and the Lion members were on the road taking Christmas cheer to many families. Although the weather was wet and chilly, the members of the Lions Club warmed the hearts of many.

The Lions Club also purchased and delivered 30 poinsettia plants to area shut-ins and residents of the Nursing Homes in Watertown. When delivering the plants, we take time to talk with the recipients. Some recipients tell us that this is the highlight of their Christmas. Love and smiles at Christmas.



JCC Commencement

Pictured (L-R): Jefferson Community College fall 2016 commencement student speaker, Reganne H. Smith, president Carole A. McCoy, and fall commencement keynote, Joel F. LaLone.


Posted: January 14, 2017

Jefferson Community College celebrated the College’s third annual Fall Commencement Ceremony on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Robert R. & Jean S. Sturtz Theater.

Jefferson’s class of Fall 2016 graduates is comprised of 204 students who are candidates for graduation in December 2016 pending satisfactory completion of coursework. Five students will receive two degrees and/or certificates each bringing the total number of degrees and/certificates awarded to 209. Jefferson’s active duty and veteran students along with faculty and staff veterans participating in the ceremony were distinguished by the red, white and blue cords worn in recognition of their service to our country.


Watertown Evening Rotary
Sponsors CMN Event


Posted: December 26, 2016

The Watertown Evening Rotary recently sponsored a “Gingerbread- house-making” Christmas party for local miracle children and their families at Savory Downtown in Watertown. Each of the families received a gingerbread house to build and decorate together.

Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Development Manager, Kristin Stockwell says, “I love events that allow CMN families to be together and have fun. You could feel the happiness in the room. That’s what it’s all about.” Families were also treated to pizza, Christmas cookies, and hot cocoa and all of the children left with a special gift from Santa’s toy box.



Local Knights of Columbus
Receives International Award


Posted: December 26, 2016

Knights of Columbus Council 259 of Watertown has earned the distinction of STAR COUNCIL, one of the organizations top awards for the 2015-2016 fraternal year. The organization’s headquarters, located in New Haven, CT, made the announcement. The award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership recruitment and retention, promotion of the fraternal insurance program, and sponsorship of service-oriented activities. The award was presented to Grand Knight John Morgia by District Deputy Michael Deline at their regular meeting on December 12th.

In announcing the local winner of the STAR COUNCIL AWARD, Carl A. Anderson, chief executive officer of the organization, said “Please accept my sincere congratulations upon achieving this prestigious award. Your dedication to the Order is seen in the high standard of excellence you have achieved. At the same time, I encourage you to carry forward this enthusiasm to meet the challenges that will face the Knights of Columbus in the years ahead. May this award be a reminder and an inspiration to the members of your council to continue to promote the ideals of Columbianism for the good of the Church, your community and the Order.”

“Receiving the STAR COUNCIL AWARD is quite an honor for us. We are extremely proud of how hard our Council worked to achieve this goal”, proclaimed Grand Knight Morgia, head of the local council.

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