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JCC Athletes


Posted: October 3, 2015

Freshman outside hitter, Cassandra M. Birth of the Jefferson Community College (JCC) volleyball team, and Sophomore defensive man Thomas J. Leech, of the Jefferson men’s soccer team, were named JCC co-athletes of the week for the week ending September 27, 2015.

Cassie, a 2015 graduate of Carthage Central School, is majoring in Mathematics and Science at Jefferson. Birth’s accomplishments on the court this past week include helping the Lady Cannoneers go 3-0 this past weekend at the Fulton Montgomery Community College Pod. She compiled 27 kills, 35 digs, and 21 service points to lead the team to an important win over a tough Fulton Montgomery Lady Raiders squad. Cassie is currently ranked 6th regionally in digs per set and continues to be a go-to hitter.

Thomas, a 2014 graduate of St. Joseph’s in Australia is majoring in Criminal Justice at Jefferson. Leech’s accomplishments on the pitch this past week include scoring two goals in two games, one from 40 yards out, helping secure the win this past weekend against Fulton Montgomery Community College. Thomas also is one of the key components to the Cannoneer Defense.


Lowe's Heroes Help the Zoo


Posted: October 1, 2015

Lowe’s Heroes have been hard at work at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park. Over the course of three days and with the hard work of twelve volunteers, the Heroes erected a roof at the Bobcat exhibit, painted fences, and trimmed walking trails.

Karen Cowles, Assistant Administrative Manager with Lowe’s, contacted the Zoo in hopes of assisting the Zoo with projects large and small. The Lowe’s Heroes Team included volunteers from the Watertown, NY, store who have a love for their community and helping others. Lowe’s Heroes website states “Our employees are committed to improving their communities, and they show their support by volunteering thousands of hours each year. Whether participating in community revitalization efforts after a disaster, conducting how-to clinics to help community members develop construction skills, helping out at K-12 schools or simply cleaning up local parks and beaches, Lowe’s employees are always there to lend a hand.” The Lowes Heroes of Watertown are extraordinary examples of Lowe’s dedication to the community.

Lesley Clark, Chief Financial Officer of the Zoo, is thrilled with the hard work and dedication of the Lowes Hereos. “The Lowes Heroes erected a lean-to style roof over our bobcat holding. The roof will offer shade during the summer and will prevent snow build-up in the winter. The Heroes also took on a large undertaking of trimming a main trail which will allow access to the exhibits for snow removal.”
All interests in receiving project assistance during 2016 from the Lowe’s Heroes, please contact Karen Cowles at 315-779-0059.



JRC Names Building for
Lisa M. Jeschawitz


Posted: September 27, 2015

As a way of thanking recently retired Chief Operation Officer Lisa Jeschawitz for her 39 years of service to people with developmental disabilities, The Jefferson Rehabilitation Center has named their Bright Beginnings Preschool Building after her.

During her near four decades with JRC, the preschool and its children were always near and dear to Lisa’s heart. Pictured: Lisa Jeschawitz and Howard Ganter, JRC Executive Director.


JCC Veterans Services Raise Funds


Posted: September 27, 2015

On Saturday, August 8 Jefferson Community College (JCC) Veterans Services co-hosted a car show alongside Sons of the American Legion to benefit the local Feed Our Vets program. The event raised $851, nearly enough money to cover the cost of food for one month according to Feed Our Vets Associate Director Jeffrey J. Call. Additionally, an estimated 125 pounds of canned goods were collected at the show.


Clayton Community Band
Performs October 6


Posted: September 23, 2015

The Clayton Community Band, conducted by Richard Badour, will welcome the fall season with our next concert on October 6th. The performance will begin at 7 pm at the Clayton Opera House. The concert, “A Fall Extravaganza,” will feature a wide variety of selections from many different styles. Some of the pieces to be performed include a medley of themes from James Bond Films, selections made famous by Glenn Miller, a favorite march by John Philip Sousa and much more.

Tickets cost $5 and are available in advance at the Clayton Opera House box office located at 405 Riverside Drive, by calling the opera house at 686-2200 or by visiting the website www.claytonoperahouse.com


Co-Athletes of Week at JCC


Posted: September 23, 2015

Freshmen runners, Cori T. Mainville and James P Lamson of the Jefferson Community College (JCC) cross country team, were named JCC co-athletes of the week for the week ending September 20, 2015. JCC's athlete of the week program is sponsored by Under Armour and Victory Promotions.

Cori, a 2015 graduate of Carthage Central School, is majoring in Math and Science at Jefferson. Mainville’s accomplishments on the trail this past week include being the top finisher for SUNY Jefferson at this past weekend’s University of Rochester's Yellow Jacket Invitational that hosted over 23 teams and 276 women including NCAA Div I teams such as Cornell University. She led the Lady Cannoneers CC team and her pace places her 6th in the region.

James, a 2015 graduate of Watertown High School is majoring in Business Administration at Jefferson. Lamson’s accomplishments on the trail this past week include being the top finisher for SUNY Jefferson at this past weekend’s University of Rochester's Yellow Jacket Invitational that hosted over 24 teams and 242 men. He led the Cannoneers Cross Country team and his pace places him 9th in the region.



North Country Challenge
Race/Run/Walk September 26


Posted: September 21, 2015

Farm Credit East will host the North Country Challenge, a 4-mile race and 2-mile fun run/walk at the Oswegatchie Educational Center in Croghan on September 26, 2015. The events will feature an off road trail run or walk with man-made and natural obstacles. It will be an excellent opportunity to enjoy Adirondack trails at the peak of fall foliage!

All participants in the 4-mile Challenge will qualify to win awards in their appropriate age divisions. Discounts are available for early registration and youth participants. Visit www.Runsignup.com for more information and to register. Updates will be available at www.facebook.com/NorthCountry5K 

Proceeds will benefit the Northern New York Community Foundation, Food Bank of Central New York, and New York State FFA Leadership Training Foundation. Farm Credit East is dedicated to serving our local community, and these organizations provide important services to improve our community today and in the future.


CAPC Employee Receives Award


Posted: September 21, 2015

Lisann Babcock, executive office manager for Community Action Planning Council, was recognized with the NYS Community Action Association Service Award. Presented in June at the NYSCAA Annual Conference, the award recognizes a Community Action staffer in New York State whose dedicated service positively impacts individuals and families. Pictured, from left: Melinda Gault, executive director for CAPC, and Lisann Babcock, executive office manager.



Save the River Annual Meeting


Posted: September 8, 2015

On Thursday, August 27, 2015 Save The River held its Annual Membership meeting. Among the items acted on was the election of three new Directors who add to the national, geographic, professional and demographic diversity of the now eighteen-member Board of Directors.

“It is great to have Karen Douglass Cooper, Jessica Jock, and Cicely Johnston, each of whom come from previously under-represented regions of the St. Lawrence River, join our Board,” stated Lee Willbanks, Riverkeeper and Save The River Executive Director. “In addition to broadening our geographic scope to now include all of the Upper St. Lawrence, 2 of the 3 are Canadian, these women bring new personal and professional experience to our efforts to protect and preserve this magnificent River.” Jeff Garnsey, newly elected President of the Board added, “I believe we are entering one of the most important and exciting periods in Save The River’s history. We now have a broader base on both sides of our River than ever before. I am excited to be a part of it.”

Ann Ward, Board Member Emerita, stated “for years we’ve tried to increase the number of Canadian members on our Board to more closely match the truly international nature of our work on the River. This is an excellent start.”

Karen Douglass Cooper, who for the last seven years has worked exclusively on projects dealing with fresh water protection throughout the upper St. Lawrence River Watershed Region, said “to share in the international scope of protection and conservation work being undertaken by Save The River is both an honour and a privilege. I am very much looking forward to serving with this wonderful team.” Ms. Cooper is the Communications / Community Outreach Officer for the St. Lawrence Institute of Environment Sciences and Coordinator for the Remedial Action Plan for the St. Lawrence River Area of Concern (AOC) in Cornwall, Ontario. She has also worked on fresh water protection and public education with South Nation Conservation Authority, the Dundas Environmental Awareness Group and the Raisin ‐ South Nation Drinking Water Source Protection Program.

Jessica Jock is a self-professed life‐time river lover. As an Environmental Scientist for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Environment Division in Akwesasne, she has worked 13 years on various River projects related to Superfund cleanups, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Ms. Jock, stated, "I'm honored to have been nominated by my peers, and to have received the support of the membership. I look forward to serving the mission of Save The River and enthusiastically accept the role to promote good river stewardship for the River communities." She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on River health, served on committees, and collaborated with many resource agencies and non‐profit organizations. She has volunteered and served on the St. Lawrence River Walleye Association, Inc. and Northern TRIBS Swimming, Inc. board of directors.

Cicely Johnston was born and raised in the Thousand Islands and is the 5th generation in her family‐owned business, Ed Huck Marine of Rockport, Ontario. According to Ms. Johnston, "I started working at the marina quite young and quickly found I shared a passion for the River with other River Rats, whether they were locals, cottagers or boaters. This connection taught me the importance of a clean, sustainable River not only for recreation but commerce as well." Ms. Johnston is a fundraiser for Queen’s University, holds a certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University, and is co‐chair of a Queen’s University Senate Committee, and a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, South Eastern Ontario Chapter.

In other business conducted at the meeting, members heard from Executive Director Willbanks about some of the many initiatives, partnerships and accomplishments of Save The River in the preceding year. But he did point out that amid the positives, Plan 2014, the new and much needed water levels plan for the River has not yet been approved, legislation banning microbeads from personal care products is still in limbo in New York and there is still a threat of shipments of Bakken and tar sands crude oil on the River. Willbanks noted, “there are still real and significant threats to the health of the River and the communities that depend on it. Save The River remains the voice for the environment, the communities and all those who share the use of the River. We have to stay vigilant and maintain our ability to be that strong voice.”
In addition to the three new Board members, current Directors Jeff Garnsey, John McGrath, Steve Taylor, and Lauran Throop were re-elected for another three-year term. Elected as officers for the coming year were: Jeff Garnsey, President; Lauran Throop, Vice President; Fred Morey, Treasurer; John Peach, Secretary; and Jack Butts, Member-At-Large. The Directors also approved an amendment to the not-for-profit’s bylaws establishing term limits for Board members, limiting all Directors to no more than two, three year terms.



JCC Distinguished Alumni

Jefferson Community College (JCC) recognized distinguished alumni and athletic hall of fame inductees on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at a ceremony held at the Elks Lodge in Watertown.
(left to right): Hall of Fame Inductees - Charity M. Smykla, Copenhagen; John A. O’Donnell, Watertown; Robert Williams Jr., Charleston, West Virginia. Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients – Renee E. Bowers, Williamsville, Professional Achievement Award; Michael D. Steele, Casper, Wyoming, Rising Star Award; Courtney A. Bauer, Redfield, Jeffersonian Award.


Posted: August 30, 2015

Jefferson Community College (JCC) held its annual Distinguished Alumni and Cannoneer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on August 13, 2015. Three distinguished alumni were recognized for their professional achievement and exemplary commitment to their community and Jefferson Community College. Three new members were inducted into the Class of 2015 Cannoneer Hall of Fame for their outstanding athletic success and significant contributions to JCC’s athletic program


Gift for TIERS

Pictured, left to right, Gary Barber, club member; Cathy Mitchell, Treasurer; Mike Mitchell, club founder; Ed Hurley, vice president; Cathie MacNeil, secretary; Rick Mentry, president; Rolly Churchill, Executive Director/EMS Chief of TIERS; Joe Burke, TIERS EMT.

Posted: August 30, 2015

Highway Legends Car, Truck and Bike Club from Watertown presented a check to TIERS in the amount of $5000 on Thursday July 23, 2015 at the club's weekly cruise in on Starbuck Ave.

This money was raised at the 5th Annual Two Nations 1000 Islands Extravaganza that was held in May in Clayton. The money was given to TIERS to help with their new ambulance station.


Prize Winners


Posted: August 30, 2015

Kim and Richard Little, Chaumont, were the recent grand prize winners of a $100 gift card and a Colt Defender BB Gun. They signed up at Airwash Technologies booth at the recent Clayton Gun Show.


CAPC Golf Event Held


Posted: August 22, 2015

Community Action Planning Council hosted the 7th Annual Golfing for Community Action event on August 14, 2015 at Watertown Golf Club.

Pictured, from left: Neil Freeman, Kim Allen, Dave Belloff and Zach Augliano took home first place honors with a score of 57. The event raised nearly $8,000 in support of personal care items for children of low-income families.


Lowville American Legion Honors Stoffle


Posted: August 21, 2015

The Lowville American Legion recently celebrated “Gilly Day” as a tribute to Gilbert “Gilly” Stoffle for over 60 years of service to the LACS Booster Club, the Lowville American Legion and numerous other community organizations.

Gilly is notorious for always have something out to eat for local veterans, at no cost to the veteran, virtually daily at the Lowville American Legion.

He received a plaque (seen in photo presented by Commander Lee Hinkleman (on left), as well as a Citation from the New York State Assembly signed by Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush.


Murray Scholarship Recipient


Posted: August 16, 2015

This year's recipient of the Douglas and Helen Murray Agricultural Scholarship was recently named. Harley Hancock, a graduate of Copenhagen Central School, will attend SUNY Cobleskill in the fall, majoring in agriculture and business, with a specialization in dairy cattle handling and breeding. Harley is also the current Lewis County Dairy Princess.

Pictured (L-R): Roger Murray, David Murray, Miss Hancock and Lynn Murray. The scholarship is a component fund of the Northern New York Community Foundation. Additional gifts to help build the fund can be made to the Community Foundation, 120 Washington St., Suite 400, Watertown, NY 13601.


Junior Golf Tour


Posted: August 16, 2015

The Northern New York Junior Golf Tour ended on August 10, 2015 at the Watertown Golf Club. Christopher Netto (pictured on right) took 1st place with Matt Briggs and Mike Diapola taking 2nd and 3rd in the 15-17 year old division. The following golf clubs participated: Ives Hill, Willowbrook Golf Club, LA Golf Club, Highland Meadows Golf & Country, Adams Country Club, Bedford Creek Golf Club.


Cape Vincent Volunteer Firefighters


Posted: August 16, 2015

At a recent Cape Vincent Fire Department annual fire hose test 2 of the Capes Senior Firemen help out with the hose test. Bob Gosier, a 65-year member and Bud Constance, a 51-year member are always there to help out.


$500 Americoups Winner


Posted: August 16, 2015

Kathie Crescenzi, Watertown, (center) was the recent winner of a $500 Americoups grocery contest.
Also pictured is Cliff Olney (left) and Johnny Keegan (right) TUNES 92.5 radio personality.


Polar Bear Dip Proceeds

Pictured (L-R) are: Andrea Pfeiffer, River Hospital Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Kelly Smith, Ray “Smitty” Smith, Ben Moore III River Hospital CEO, Karen Peters and Donna Wilson.

Pictured (L-R) are: Ray “Smitty” Smith, Kelly Smith, Stacy Dicorte, River Hospital Development Department, Donna Wilson and Karen Peters.

Posted: August 5, 2015

Proceeds from the 25th Annual Friends of River Hospital Polar Bear Dip were presented to River Hospital and River Hospital Foundation. $60,000 was given to River Hospital for the new 64-slice CT scanner located in the Radiology Department.

$2,500 was given to River Hospital Foundation for the Miracle on the River Scholarship program. Scholarships from this program are awarded to area high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in health care.


Northpole Fire Department
Establishes Scholarship Partnership

Pictured (L-R) are: Joe Wargo, Northpole Fire Chief; and April Fallon, Community Foundation Coordinator of Partnerships.

Posted: July 28, 2015

The Northern New York Community Foundation and Northpole Fire Company recently established a formal partnership through a transfer of the department’s scholarship fund.

The Northpole Fire Company, Inc. Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to immediate family members of the fire department. If no immediately family members or grandchildren apply in a given year, the award is offered to graduating high school seniors from General Brown Central School. This is the Community Foundation’s first official partnership with a local fire department.
“This partnership has been developed to help manage the fire department's scholarship fund as well as to leave a legacy in the community,” said Joe Wargo, Northpole Fire Chief. “The Community Foundation made the partnership extremely easy to set up. We look forward to continuing working with them for years to come while continuing to provide a service to the community. I hope other fire departments take advantage of this great opportunity.”

“We are grateful to Northpole Fire Company for allowing us to be part of perpetuating their good work. It is community partnerships such as this that provide such lasting and enduring benefit for the citizens of the region. It also provides donors with other structured options to support the causes closest to their hearts,” said Rande S. Richardson, Community Foundation executive director.
Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in college-level studies or programs in the summer or fall of the current year. Scholarships will be awarded based upon academic achievement, accomplishments and interests, as well as participation in and demonstration of leadership in both school-oriented and community activities.

The Northern New York Community Foundation makes grants to support the work of non-profit organizations and provides scholarships to individuals in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties. The Foundation has been built and added to from gifts (both while living and through their legacy plans) by individuals and organizations committed to meeting the changing needs of Northern New York, as well as supporting specific charitable interests and passions.


Quest for Champions


Posted: July 28, 2015

Brian Hanlin of the Watertown Area Boxing Club won a decision against Ryan Lobdell of Premier Martial Arts of Watertown at the 7th Annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions at Exhibition Hall, July 25, 2015. Pictured with Brian Hanlin is Johnny Pepe, President and Head Coach of the Watertown Area Boxing Club.


Heart Association Volunteers

Members of the Nice N Easy Heart Walk team L-R: Brian Bermel, Pete Patenaude, Lori Folgers, Rita Houghtaling, Ilene Nutting, Leah Wisner.

Posted: July 28, 2015

Volunteers are the cornerstone of what makes the American Heart Association successful in funding lifesaving research, education, training, and advocacy programs in the North Country. Tuesday night, the association honored and celebrated the local “Heroes of Hearts” at an awards recognition and celebration at Maggie's on the River in Watertown.

Over the years, hundreds of community members have dedicated their time, talent and passion to volunteering for the American Heart Association. Among the awards received were top North Country Heart Walk sponsors, media partners, fundraising teams, fundraising individuals, volunteer committees, survivor honorees, and Fit-Friendly Worksites.

Among the top fundraising awards tonight included recognition for Nice N Easy. The Nice N Easy team at the North Country Heart Walk was the first ever to raise more than $50,000. The event also recognized the 2015 North Country Heart Walk Chairwoman, Pam Beyor.

“We are so thankful to the North Country community,” says Heart Walk Director Stacy Spaziani. “The generous support and dedication of our volunteers and leaders is what makes the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association possible.”

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