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Northern Blend Wins Area Title


Posted: May 28, 2017

The Northern Blend chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, recently earned regional recognition by winning their Area contest and qualified for a spot at Harmony, Inc.’s international competition, which will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia this year.

Northern Blend placed first out of eight choruses in Harmony, Inc.’s Area 3, which spans from New York to Virginia. The competition took place in Rochester, New York on May 6, and participants earning a score of a certain threshold are qualified to participate in the international competition of Harmony, Inc. choruses in November.

Chorus director Katie Taylor states, “I can't express enough how proud I am of the ladies in NBC! My goal as the musical director, has been to attain “A” level scores and to push our chorus to the next level! We reached that goal this weekend, hitting our highest score ever, and qualifying us for the International competition in November. Not only did we score well, but, we lived the music and carried our message across the footlights to the audience.”

Northern Blend was also the host chapter for the event, and was responsible for many of the “behind-the scenes” activities including working backstage, escorting contestants, organizing the after-contest party, and the convention hospitality room. Despite all of the work, as well as performing, the chorus had an “amazing experience,” Mrs. Taylor noted.

She continued, “Our two international championship quartets performed, worked backstage, and ran a class to encourage people to sing with them and raise funds for the youth outreach program! It's great to know that quality ladies a cappella singing is happening right here in upstate New York.”

Chapter quartet Lip Service placed second among 16 competing quartets, and along with chapter quartet Firestorm, qualified for international competition. “Firestorm is pleased to have qualified to compete at the International level and very honored to represent Northern Blend in Halifax,” noted quartet lead Dorene Dickerson.

Silver medalist quartet Lip Service, consisting of Cait Shaddock (tenor), Jodi Castello (lead), Mary Ann Wert (baritone) and Taralee Lashway (bass), also received the Cygnet Award for the highest improvement in score over the previous area contest.

“Lip Service Quartet is over the moon ecstatic to not only qualify for international, but for improving our scores from last year by 91 points,” said Ms. Castello. “It was truly humbling to share the stage with such talented performers and we plan to work even harder to prepare for the international competition in Halifax and represent Area 3, and make northern New York proud.”

Bass section leader Lynn Blakeney was also presented with the Kay DeLong
Award. This peer-nominated award highlights the recipient’s many achievements and recognizes their outstanding service to her chapter, Area 3 and to Harmony, Inc. “Just to be nominated for The Kay Delong Award is an honor because it is a service award for our Area,” she said. “To have actually been the recipient this year is humbling and overwhelming. I am blessed beyond measure to be part of Harmony, Inc. and Northern Blend Chorus."



National Trails Day in Sackets June 3rd


Posted: May 28, 2017

Join the excitement at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site on Saturday, June 3, 2017 National Trails Day as we explore the lives of soldiers who served at Sackets Harbor during the War of 1812. Come discover a War of 1812 soldier’s life from 11 am to 1 pm on the only North Country’s National Recreation Trail.

Stop at ten discovery stations along the trail with your very own free “My Soldier Discovery Card” to learn more at each stop about “your soldier.” Follow the trail as your soldier’s real-life story unfolds! Complete your discovery tour to find out what happened to your soldier.

Just like today’s soldiers, you can exercise along the way and collect training badges. Complete your training exercises at each stop to become a fit warrior.

The National Park Service recognizes the battlegrounds as a top War of 1812 site in the nation. Ten interpretive panels along the loop trail tell the site’s story, the pivotal role played during the War of 1812 and the Navy presence afterward.

The level, wheelchair accessible trail offers views of the 1860s Navy Yard structures, 1913 War of 1812 Centennial 100-maple tree grove, the 1930s CCC decorative stone wall on the cliff, expansive mowed lawns, thickets housing abundant birdlife, and unsurpassed sweeping views of Black River Bay on the eastern end of Lake Ontario.

Extend your visit by touring the Navy Yard buildings and several War of 1812 galleries. Explore the trails and walkways in this historic community.


JCC Commencement

Jefferson Community College held its 53rd annual spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 19, 2017. Pictured above is (l-r) commencement speaker Dr. Richard L. Halpin, professor emeritus and founding director of the Center for Community Studies; Carole A. McCoy, College president; and student speaker Casey L. Hughes, of Watertown.

Posted: May 28, 2017

Jefferson Community College held its 53rd annual spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the McVean Gymnasium. Jefferson’s class of 2017 is comprised of 413 students who are candidates for graduation in May or August of 2017 pending satisfactory completion of coursework. Eight students will receive more than one diploma and/or certificate, bringing the total number of degrees and/certificates awarded to 421.

Approximately 40% of graduates are adult learners, aged 25 years or older. Jefferson continues to be a strong educational partner of Fort Drum with 41% of the class of 2017 comprised of active duty soldiers and their family members and veterans. Jefferson’s active duty and veteran students, along with faculty and staff veterans, were distinguished during the ceremony by red, white and blue cords worn in recognition of their service to our country.

Jefferson Community College Professor Emeritus Richard L. Halpin delivered the commencement address. Dr. Halpin holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, a master’s degree in counseling and personnel services, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration, all from SUNY Albany.

Dr. Halpin joined Jefferson in 1973 as director of student activities and cultural affairs and later, joined the social sciences department faculty. During his tenure, he served as chair of the social sciences department and chair of the Liberal Arts Division. Among his many achievements is the role he played in moving the Center for Community Studies from a “good idea” to the valuable resource it is today. He was appointed Center for Community Studies founding director in 1999 and continued to serve in this position until his retirement in 2002. He is author/supervisor of more than 20 community research projects conducted under the sponsorship of the Center for Community Studies. In 1990, he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, the College’s second recipient to receive the prestigious award. He served the College 29 years and was honored as Professor Emeritus in 2011. After retiring from Jefferson, Dr. Halpin worked at Cornell Cooperative Extension for 13 years serving as executive director of the Jefferson County site and interim director of Cornell Cooperative sites in Onondaga County and Monroe County. Since 1985, Dr. Halpin has worked with various organizations for strategic planning, leadership and organizational development and continues to offer his services today.

Dr. Halpin encouraged Jefferson graduates, “Go. Celebrate. Reflect. Give thanks. And make this community or whatever community in which you find yourself in a better place. That community will form and shape you, invisibly and silently; be sure you intentionally form and shape it in return to ensure that it is positive and strong and healthy and appealing and good. It is your obligation, and your opportunity.”

The student commencement speaker was Casey L. Hughes of Watertown. Hughes graduated with both an associate in science (A.S.) degree in mathematics and science with a concentration in allied health and an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree in individual studies. When Hughes came to Jefferson as a freshman, she already had 3 credits on her college transcript from participating in JCC’s concurrent enrollment program, EDGE (Education Demonstrating Growth and Excellence), offered to qualified high school students. Hughes earned Dean’s List honors while a student at Jefferson and is a member of JCC’s Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She received the College’s 2017 Faculty Association Outstanding Student Award. As a student ambassador, Hughes provided assistance to campus visitors and led campus tours. She volunteered often at numerous campus events including spring and fall festivals, Leadership Day, open house, Higher Education Night and Super Science Saturday. A member of Student Government, she served as office manager and marketing manager and was a regular volunteer at Student Government led events. She is a member of the 2016 JCC Cross Country team. Additionally, she served as a resident assistant in East Hall. Hughes plans to transfer to St. Elizabeth’s College of Nursing in the fall.

Hughes encouraged graduates to “Think back to the experiences we have encountered here at Jefferson. All of our hard work has paid off and all of our crazy, hard, and memorable experiences will be something that we will hold in our minds for the rest of our lives. Being a college student isn’t easy, but we did it and we’re ready to take on the future.”

During the ceremony, President Carole A. McCoy and Nathan P. Hunter, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, presented the Jefferson Citation to the Northern New York Community Foundation (NNYCF). Executive director Rande S. Richardson accepted the award on behalf of the NNYCF.

The Jefferson Citation was established by the Jefferson Community College Board of Trustees to “recognize an individual or organization whose leadership and actions have demonstrated outstanding commitment to education and the vision and mission of Jefferson Community College.” NNYCF provides ongoing support and encouragement to Jefferson and the JCC Foundation for capital and operating initiatives and has been a strong supporter of the Center for Community Studies surveys across the tri-county area. NNYCF has awarded since 1980 more than $14.5 million dollars in scholarships to students of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties including numerous students attending Jefferson Community College. NNYCF has partnered with the Jefferson Community College Foundation and Stephen H. Can through the Jefferson Can Community Scholars program to provide first year tuition at no cost to students coming to Jefferson who are in the top 15% of their high school graduating class.

Several students, faculty and staff were recognized with academic awards and honors during the commencement exercises.

Two candidates for graduation were recognized for receiving the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence earlier this year. This award acknowledges students who have best demonstrated the integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives: community service, athletics, creative and performing arts, leadership and career achievement. In April, Emily M. Bush of Gouverneur and Harry E. Werner, IV of Watertown, were chosen by SUNY for the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Ms. Bush is graduating with an associate in science (A.S.) degree in mathematics and science with a concentration in allied health. She plans to transfer to Daemen College. Mr. Werner is graduating with an A.S. degree in engineering science and plans to continue his undergraduate education in aerospace engineering or engineering physics.

Mr. Werner, along with Abdul Y. M. Sanderson of Carthage, were recognized as members of the All-New York Academic Team for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for community colleges. To be chosen for the All-New York academic team, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 and have a history of scholarly achievement and outstanding service to campus or community. Mr. Sanderson is graduating with an associate in arts (A.A.) degree in liberal arts and sciences with a concentration in science. His career goal is to become a foreign service officer.

The Jefferson Community College Honors Program offers students with exceptional academic skills the opportunity to receive enriched instruction and one graduating student completed this program. Honors program students elect three courses and enhance them as Honors Options by choosing a project for each and working directly with a faculty member to provide a unique and rewarding educational experience. Class of 2017 member who graduated with Honors Program designation is Eric M. Gibbs, Watertown, associate in science degree in physical education.

Six members of Jefferson’s faculty/staff were recognized as recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. The Chancellor’s Awards recognize extraordinary achievement and encourage the continuation of excellence. Gwendolyn Francis-Frey of Clinton, associate professor of early childhood, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service; Christine M. Grimes Topping of Sackets Harbor, assistant professor of English, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities; Eleanor J. Minnick of Calcium, secretary, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service; Allen J. Speno of Chaumont, retention specialist, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service; Lori A. Tuttle of Theresa, adjunct instructor of sociology, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching; and Todd C. Vincent of Adams Center, professor of biology, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Chancellor’s Award honorees received their medallions at the College’s Recognition Ceremony held on May 5, 2017. Additionally, one faculty member was recognized for earning SUNY Distinguished Faculty Rank this month. John F. Penrose of Watertown, professor of chemistry, received the SUNY Distinguished Service Professorship.

In December 2016, Jefferson Community College honored 204 candidates for graduation, combined with 421 students who are candidates for graduation in May or August of 2017 pending satisfactory completion of coursework, brings the total for the 2016 – 2017 academic year to 625 students who have or are candidates to graduate.


CAPC in Armed Forces Day Parade


Posted: May 28, 2017

Staff and family members from Community Action Planning Council marched in the Armed Forces Day parade in Watertown to show support and give thanks to our military neighbors.


Cruz Wins Fight


Posted: May 28, 2017

Juan Cruz won his second amateur boxing fight vs. Jeremy Ferris of DC Boxing, Syracuse at Cruisin for a Bruisin 2 in Clayton, May 20, 2017



Annual Envirothon Results

 Pictured (L-R): Jordan Felicia, Alex Swanson, Brandon Davis, Victor Wallace, and Zach Patterson)


Posted: May 10, 2017

Students from Alexandria, Belleville-Henderson, General Brown, Immaculate Heart, Sackets Harbor, and South Jefferson competed in the 25th Annual Jefferson County Envirothon on April 27 at Thompson Park Zoo. The students were tested in aquatics/ecology, forestry, soils/land use, wildlife, and the environmental issue of 2017, Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship.

Alexandria won the overall competition, as well as three other categories. This all-senior team will represent Jefferson County at the NYS Envirothon competition at Hobart and William Smith on May 24 and 25.


Soccer Tournament Held


Posted: May 10, 2017

Upstate United Soccer Club participated in the "Dexter Spring Fling" Outdoor Soccer Tournament on Mamy 7, 2017 at General Brown High School. The Upstate White team took first place, while the Upstate Orange team took second place in the u18 Division. Players are from all across Upstate New York, including Watertown, South Jefferson, Indian River, Lowville, Potsdam, Madrid-Waddington, Lisbon, Belleville & LaFargeville. This marks the Club's third time winning this tournament.


DEC Presents Certificate to Sackets


Posted: April 30, 2017

March 30th, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6 engineers presented a certificate of completion to the Sackets Harbor Local Development Corporation for the completed remediation phase of the environmental restoration project the Village undertook with state assistance under the 1996 Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act. The former AFMC bulk petroleum site is now shovel ready and the village plans to begin marketing the site immediately.


Pictured from left to right: Peter Taylor, Regional remediation engineer; Peter Ouderkirk, Professional Engineer 1 (both Region 6); Vincent J. Battista, Mayor - Village of Sackets Harbor; and Don DiMonda, President – Sackets Harbor Local Development Corporation.


Upstate United Winning Team


Posted: April 30, 2017

Players from the under-14 boys team "Upstate United: Apex" won their 2nd u14 Championship last night at the Fairgrounds YMCA. Upstate Apex received a first round bye, then proceeded to defeat "Goutremont Bros" 2-0 in the semifinal and defeated "Watertown FC 8" 3-1 in the final. Players are from various teams across the North Country.

Pictured (back row): [Assistant] Coach Benham Jr, [Assistant] Coach Hirschey, Matthew Herrmann (Carthage), Carter Benham (Watertown), Brayden Billman (Belleville), Justin Zappala (Lowville), Coach Benham, and Coach Feistel. Pictured (front row): Joshua Bliss (SJ), Samuel Bahng (Faith Fellowship), Josiah Auerbach (Watertown), Richie Williams (Watertown), JT Stewart (Faith Fellowship), Eric Randall (GB), and Ryan Smith (Faith Fellowship). Not Pictured: Graham Rowland (IHC).


Playoff Champions


Posted: April 30, 2017

The under-19 boys team, "Upstate United: Orange," recently won their playoffs this past at the Watertown Fairgrounds YMCA. They beat "Lowville FC" 9-0 in the first round, beat "Beaver River United" 5-4 in the semifinals and went on to beat "Vikings" in the finals. They maintained an undefeated winter for 20 whole weeks, while securing their 10th and 11th consecutive playoff championships.

Pictured (front row): Riley Williams (SJ), Brendan Williams (SJ), Sebastian Mastin (Watertown), Ethan Bast (SJ)and Colby LaPlatney (JCC). Pictured (back row): Evan Hirschey (Watertown), Coach Bast, Michael Folsom, (Watertown), Aidan King (Watertown), Coach Williams, Dylan Wagstaff (Indian River), Coach Mastin, and Coach Feistel. Not Pictured: Bailey Williams (SJ) and Cooper Uliano (Watertown).


Community Health Center
Expands Primary Care Services


Posted: April 30, 2017

Community Health Center of the North Country (CHCNC), welcomes Dr. Nadhia Celestin to the team of dedicated physicians at their Gouverneur health center.

Prior to joining CHCNC, Dr. Celestin practiced in New York City and New Jersey since 2001. She specializes in family medicine, accepts patients of all ages, and is dedicated to providing patient centered care. She did her undergraduate work at Howard University, attended St. Georges University School of Medicine for graduate work, and completed postgraduate work along with a Family Practice Fellowship at the SUNY Health Science Center. She is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and was first certified with the American Board of Family Medicine in 2005.

Dr. Celestin is very passionate about volunteering in the community; so in addition to assisting her patients with their health while in the exam room, she plans on making a difference in her activities outside of work by strenghtening the community as a whole.

As a provider she looks forward to helping her patients have a better understanding of their overall health. “The patient centered model is something I believe in strongly, and the most important part of that model is teamwork. Our group excels at that, and I couldn’t be happier than I am right now by serving the Gouverneur community with CHCNC” said Dr. Celestin. She added, “every morning my alarm clocks goes off and blinks, this is the best job ever”!

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Celestin, please contact the Gouverneur health center, located on the lower level of Gouverneur Hospital, at 315-535-1300.

Community Health Center of the North Country provides affordable and comprehensive healthcare to all residents across the communities of the North Country regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. An emphasis is placed on accessibility for low income, medically underserved individuals, and people with disabilities. In addition to Gouverneur, health centers are located in Canton, Watertown, and Malone.



New Curator at NYS Zoo at Thompson Park


Posted: April 30, 2017

The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park is excited to welcome Shawn Jacobs to their team of staff as the Curator. Shawn will be working closely with zoo staff to enhance the animal collection, expand on daily husbandry, and create opportunities for visitors to learn more about the individuals and species in the collection through daily interactions.

Shawn’s extensive experience in animal management made him the perfect fit for the position. Before becoming a team member at the zoo, Shawn gained professional experience in the field from Baton Rouge Zoo and the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo.

“Shawn’s extensive experience, formal education with exotic husbandry, and his comprehensive knowledge of the industry make him the perfect fit for the Zoo.” said Lesley Clark, Zoo Director.

The Northern New York Community Foundation granted funding for the Curator’s position to the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park in January 2017.

Shawn Jacobs is originally from Charleston, West Virginia. He left Charleston in 1993 to join the United States Air Force, where he served for four years under the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base in California, working support on the U-2 aircraft. He left the military in 1997 to attend college in Gainesville, Florida, pursuing an education in zoology.

In Florida, Shawn enrolled in the Zoo Animal Technology Program at Santa Fe College. After graduating with honors, earning an additional Associate of Arts Degree, working as a zookeeper and veterinary technician, he returned to the same program a few years later to work for the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo. At the SF Teaching Zoo, he was the Assistant Curator and Exhibits Manager. For 13 years, he played an essential role in the management and development of the zoo from overseeing daily affairs to the planning and implementing of expansion projects, including the design and construction of new animal habitats. He also served as an instructor in the Zoo Animal Tech Program during that time, teaching college students basic exotic animal care skills.

In early 2015, Shawn left the SF Teaching Zoo for an opportunity to work with endangered antelope in North Africa but unfortunately had to part ways with the organization as a result of increasing terrorism in the area. Shortly thereafter, he accepted the position of Curator of Carnivores and Primates at the Baton Rouge Zoo in Louisiana where he was working until accepting the new position of Zoo Curator with the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.



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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