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JRC Celebrates 60 Years


Posted: August 16, 2014

On August 7, 2014 the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center marked 60 years of serving people with de-velopmental disabilities with a celebration at the Bruce Wright Conference Center in Water-town. Pictured Left to Right: Stephanie Campbell, President, JRC Board of Directors, Marilyn Thackston and Marilyn Adams, two of the Agency’s founders, Marsha Adams, one of JRC’s first students, Howard Ganter, JRC Executive Director.


Counseling & Development
Association Elects Officers

From Left to Right: Immediate Past President Ryan Tastor (Sackets Harbor Central Schools), Vice President for Programming Andrianna Crawford (Indian River Central Schools), President Matt Lambert (Jefferson Community College), Treasurer Dave Young (Indian River Central Schools), Vice President for Membership Christina Petersen (Copenhagen Central Schools). Missing from picture: Secretary Katie Korman (Jefferson Community College)


Posted: August 16, 2014

The Jefferson-Lewis Association of Counseling & Development recently elected officers to serve for a two-year term (2014-15 & 2015-16 academic years). The Jefferson-Lewis Association of Counseling & Development (JLACD) is an organization established to provide a network of resources, support and assistance to school counselors and counseling professionals in Jefferson and Lewis Counties.

The association was established in the 1980’s and services over one hundred & twenty (120) school counselors from fifty schools. In addition, it welcomes members from over twenty community agencies that provide counseling support for school-aged children.


Buddy Walk


Posted: August 16, 2014

The Annual Buddy Walk supporting Down Syndrome awareness was held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Thompson Park.


CAPC Golfing Event Held


Posted: August 16, 2014

Community Action Planning Council hosted the 6th Annual Golfing for Community Action event on August 8, 2014 at Watertown Golf Club. It was a day to remember, with golfer Mary Allyn Baeslack hitting a hole in one for a $10,000 prize.

Pictured, from left: Shane Leween, Lynne Burke, Kris Dumas and Del Leween took home first place honors with a score of 57.

The event raised nearly $8,000 in support of personal care items and school supplies for children of low-income families.


YMCA Gymnastics Champs


Posted: August 6, 2014

Jonathan Freitus won Men's level 7 for the YMCA National Championship. Jonathan took first place for. Floor, Vault, High Bar, Parallel Bars and Pommel. Jonathan took second on the rings. Jonathan's score was 59.8 for all around 1st. Carl Buckley won second for Level 4 for the 8-19 ages and Cartez won 3rd for level 4 for the age 11+.



Mark Valley in Clayton

Pictured left to right: Andrea Pfeiffer, Director of Marketing and Community Relations at River Hospital; Mark Valley; and Brad Frey, Director of the River Community Wellness Program at River Hospital.


Posted: August 5, 2014

Hollywood actor and North Country native Mark Valley appeared at the 50th annual Antique Boat Show at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton in support of River Hospital’s River Community Wellness Program.

Valley, a native of Ogdensburg, is best known for his role on the hit series Boston Legal, which he played Brad Chase alongside William Shatner, Valley has endured a longtime acting career playing characters on television shows such as Crisis, Body of Proof, Harry’s Law, Fringe, Human Target, and Days of Our Lives. In addition, to name a few of his movie roles, he was the lead role in Jericho, the voice of Cyclops in the animated movie Shrek the Third, and had an appearance in the 2012 box office hit Zero Dark Thirty.

As a graduate of West Point and a former military service member, Valley utilized his appearance at the Boat Show as a fundraiser for River Hospital’s River Community Wellness Program.

Valley currently lives in Los Angeles and is active with several veterans advocacy groups including Volunteers of America, GI Film Festival, VFT Advisory Board, and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild Armed Forces Committee.



New Day Children's Center
Recognizes Staff

Pictured (left to right): New Day Children’s Center recently recognized staff members for milestone years of service to the Center: Karen E. Bergevin, of Black River, head teacher, 31 years. Christina M. Gardner, of Carthage, head teacher, 25 years; Lora J. Soluri, of Watertown, head cook, 25 years; Megan E. Dyer, of Watertown, executive director, 29 years; and Kathryn A. “Anne” Stone, of Watertown, program coordinator, 27 years.


Posted: July 29, 2014

The Board of Directors at New Day Children’s Center recently recognized two staff members for milestone years of service to New Day Children’s Center. At the Center’s annual staff appreciation luncheon held on June 27, 2014, head teacher Christina M. Gardner, Carthage, and head cook Lora J. Soluri, Watertown, were each honored for their 25 years of service to Watertown’s long-standing child care center. Gardner first joined New Day as an assistant teacher in the 4-year old classroom. She has served as head teacher in one of the Center’s two 3-year old rooms since 2002. On her second day of employment at New Day in 1990, Soluri was asked to fill in when the cook called in sick. The rest is history as Soluri has served as New Day’s head cook, managing the Center’s food preparation and purchasing ever since!

Gardner and Soluri join three fellow New Day staff members with greater than 20 years of service. Karen Bergevin, head teacher in one of the Center’s two 4-year old rooms, has been with New Day for 31 years, beginning her career in the 3-year old room. Executive director Megan Dyer, with 29 years of service to New Day, first joined the Center as an assistant teacher, became assistant director in 1990 and has served as the Center’s director since 1996. Kathryn “Anne” Stone joined New Day 27 years ago in a teaching capacity and has served as New Day’s program coordinator for the last 17 years.

For more than forty years, New Day Children’s Center, a non-profit 501(c) organization, has provided quality, affordable child care and developmentally appropriate programming for children in Jefferson County. New Day is open year round and accommodates 124 children ranging in age from 8 weeks to school age, providing care in a warm, nurturing and educational environment. Additionally, the Center offers the universal pre-kindergarten program and provides school-age child care during February, April and summer breaks.

New Day Children Center has a limited number of spaces currently available in a variety of age groups. For enrollment information, please call Megan Dyer at 315-788-1787.


Athena Recipients Gather
to Congratulate Erika Flint


Posted: July 27, 2014

Past Athena Award recipients gathered to congratulate this year's Athena Award recipient, Erika Flint. Pictured from left to right: Peggy Coe, Athena recipient 2013; Jane Gendron, Athena recipient 2004;
Erika Flint, this years recipient; Maria Roche, Athena Recipient 2000 annd Mary Corriveau, Athena Recipient 2005.


Watertown Native Competes
in Iron Man Competition


Posted: July 27, 2014

Nate Beasley, a Watertown native and General Brown graduate, competed in the Iron Man competition in Lake Placid on July 27. Nate has set this goal for his 40th birthday.


Gymnastics Champs


Posted: July 23, 2014

Dustin Freitas is the Boys Team Gymnastics YMCA coach. Watertown Fairgrounds Boys Team Jonathan Freitas took first place in the Men's level 7 with 59.8 score. Cael Buckley had All Around 2nd for level 4 with the 8-10 age group and All around 3rd is Cartez for level 4 for age group 11+.


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