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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.


Clayton Community Band August 18


Posted: August 16, 2015

The Clayton Community Band, conducted by Rick Badour, will continue to celebrate summer with our next concert on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. The performance will begin at 7 pm at the Clayton Opera House.

The concert, “From the Stage to the Big Screen and Beyond,” will feature a wide variety of selections from many different styles. Some of the pieces to be performed include songs from the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, selections from George and Ira Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, music from the Disney/Pixar film Brave, popular hits by Michael Jackson throughout his career 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


$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.”


6th Annual KeithFest August 1st


Posted: July 23, 2015

The sixth Annual KeithFest will be held at the Coyote Moon Vineyard on the East Line Road in Clayton, NY on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from Noon until 8PM. Continuous music and kids activities. Admission is $10.00 for ages 12 to 65; $5.00 under 12 and over 65, with a maximum $25.00 per family. KeithFest is a designated Yellow Ribbon Event, military personnel and their families are admitted at half price fares.


Biggs Scholarship Awarded


Posted: July 23, 2015

The 1st Annual Winners of the “Andy Biggs Memorial Sports Scholarship” were given to Miss Hannah Peebles and Mr. Cole Johnson. Handing out the award is Andy’s brother Bobby Biggs. Andy was a Border Patrol Officer whom died in 2012 and was a General Brown grad.

Miss Peebles will be attending Findlay university in the fall on a Lacrosse Scholarship. Mr. Cole Johnson will be attending Manhattan University in the fall also on a Lacrosse Scholarship.


New JCC Softball Coach


Posted: July 23, 2015

Jefferson Community College (JCC) softball team has a new coach for the spring 2016 season. Chelsea R. Monroe, of Watertown, will take the helm of the Lady Cannoneers. Monroe is one of the head coaches for the NNY Bombers traveling softball team for youth 16 year olds and under.

She holds an associate’s degree from Jefferson and a bachelor’s degree from Utica College. Among her athletic accomplishments as a student athlete, Chelsea holds the Utica College home run record, was named Empire 8 Conference Player of the Year, and was National College Athletic Association Woman of the Year nominee. While a student athlete at Jefferson, Monroe earned Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) All-Conference Single Season and Career Steals Record (37/49) among other MSAC awards.

Monroe is also employed at Jefferson as a retention specialist for athletes. She helps student athletes transition from high school to college and with the development of solid college level academic skills and goals.


Sackets Harbor Battlefield
American Girl Author Program


Posted: July 23, 2015

The Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site hosted American Girl author Kathleen Ernst for her War of 1812 “Smuggler’s Secrets” program about the American Girl Company ”Caroline Abbott” stories and doll. Caroline’s adventures two hundred years ago now inspire readers with her plucky action in time of need. During the event participants from five states and communities across New York State made quilt squares to display as one large group quilt. Everyone constructed American Girl “Caroline Abbott” craft projects and rolled wooden hoops across the lawn, just like Caroline did in the stories.


Contribution for Earthquake Survivors


Posted: July 12, 2015

Sherie Vora and Dr. Manoj Vora accept a check for $509 from Rev. Guy LaMothe, minister at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, and Georgette Spinelli, outgoing church president.

The funds will be given to his personal Sherpa to give to the Village of Kurima, Nepal. Dr. Vora climbed Mt. Everest in 2013 with the aid of a Sherpa from the village. Dr. Vora gave a presentation on June 7 at the church in Watertown.


Sackets Independence Day Canon Firing


Posted: July 5, 2015

A cloud of smoke marks the Independence Day noon cannon salute at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, and the cannon crew poses after the successful firing.



JCC Writers Contest


Posted: July 3, 2015

Jefferson Community College (JCC) is accepting entries for the 2015 North Country Writers Contest. There is no entry fee. Contest rules are available online at www.sunyjefferson.edu. For more information, call the JCC English department at 315-786-2328.

Pictured above are the winners of 2014 North Country Writers Contest. (l-r) Nicholas P.J. Dephtereos of Watertown, nonfiction honorable mention; Diane V. Rogers of Cape Vincent nonfiction winner; Chris L. Brock of Watertown; fiction winner; and Corey M. Pentoney of Watertown; poetry winner.

Honorees unavailable at time of photo are Jeff G. Bakkensen of New York City, fiction honorable mention, and Helen M. Ruggieri of Olean, poetry honorable mention.


Retired Teachers Donate to Library

Pictured (L-R): Burt Phillips (Friends of the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library), Yvonne Reff (LibraryDirector), Patricia Dietrich (Community Service Chair for North Central Zone of NYSRTA), and Douglas Dietrich (President of North Central Zone of NYSRTA).


Posted: June 28, 2015

The Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library received a $50 donation and award certificate as part of the
New York State Retired Teachers Association’s “Love Your Public Library” Raffle. The library was
nominated by longtime Friends’ member Burt Phillips. This is the first award NYSRTA has given to a
public library in our area.


ZooTeens Program


Posted: June 28, 2015

As the promise of summer vacation arrives for North Country teenagers, the New York State Zoo is looking for the best and brightest high schoolers to join their new ZooTeens program. This year’s program has been restructured to provide teens with real world experience in the areas of zoology, animal care, and public speaking.

ZooTeens will have a variety of duties. New this year is the opportunity to work in the Children’s Farm with the zoo’s baby goats and other domestic species. ZooTeens will also assist in the Heather A. Freeman butterfly house, engage with visitors at interpretation stations throughout the zoo, and mentor youth in the Zoofari Summer Camp. To be eligible, applicants must be entering the 9th-12th grades and be able to work two days per week. Work shifts are on Sunday afternoons, and Monday and Wednesday mornings.

“As a supervisor for the Oregon Zoo’s award-winning ZooTeens program, I saw the transformative power of programs like this,” said Dr. Matthew Holdgate, the zoo’s Executive Director. “I watched teens mature and develop, build confidence, and form friendships. I’m eager to emulate this successful program at the New York State Zoo, to inspire the next generation to conserve and protect our local plants, animals, and natural resources, while providing a unique and exciting work experience.”

Another addition to the 2015 ZooTeens program is the new ZooTeens Coordinator, Amanda Stafford. “As a teenager I discovered a passion for working with animals that has continued to grow. Now as an adult, I have found I enjoy working with teens as well, especially those that share my interest in animals,” said Stafford.

The zoo is currently seeking ZooTeens applicants and organizations that would like to support the program. Interested parties can learn more at www.nyszoo.org  or contact the ZooTeens program at 315-755-0892 or zooteens@nyszoo.org


Jefferson-Can Community Scholars


Posted: June 11, 2015

Sixty-eight area high school students have received a Jefferson-Can Community Scholars Award for their freshman year at Jefferson Community College (JCC), 2014-15, thanks to the generosity of Stephen H. Can, JCC alumnus ’80. Mr. Can, in partnership with the JCC Foundation and the Northern New York Community Foundation, has supported more than 120 JCC freshman students over their past two-year partnership.

In 2013 Mr. Can, the JCC Foundation and the Northern New York Community Foundation partnered to strengthen scholarship opportunities available to the region’s top high school students – the scholars program awards first-year tuition scholarships to students from Jefferson and Lewis counties who graduate in the top 15% of their respective classes. Since its inception in 2007 as the Jefferson-Can Scholars program, inclusive of this year’s class, over 390 students have attended JCC tuition-free for their freshman year and over $982,000 has been invested in area students. In addition, approximately 70 students will enroll this fall as Jefferson-Can Community Scholars, bringing the student total to over 460 since inception.

Mr. Can stated, “It has been a real pleasure to work with such good people at JCC, the JCC Foundation, and Northern New York Community Foundation. Most importantly, it is great for these top performing high school students to start their college studies with strong professors at a strong college, with nearby support from family and friends, and to be debt free,” he said.

In April, over 60 students gathered at the Italian American Club in Watertown, all of whom were greeted by Mr. Can and his wife, Pam. Students shared their experiences as first-year students and discussed future plans at JCC and beyond. In total, over $175,000 was invested in this year’s class thanks to the partnership of Mr. Can, the JCC Foundation and the Community Foundation. The Jefferson-Can Community Scholars program will continue to be administered by the Northern New York Community Foundation.

Mr. Can, a high school graduate of General Brown, attended JCC and later earned a bachelor degree at SUNY Plattsburgh and then a master’s of science degree in finance from the Krannert Business School at Purdue University. Mr. Can also earned his Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Certified Financial Manager credentials. He is currently a Senior Managing Director at The Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX), and Fund Co-Head and Founder at Strategic Partners Fund Solutions, New York, New York.


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