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JCC Featured Honors Student


Posted: April 6, 2015

Lacy J. Hinkle, of Carthage, is the featured Jefferson Community College (JCC) Honors Program student for the month of April. At Jefferson, Hinkle is a dual major studying chemical dependency and criminal justice. For one of her honors options, she conducted a real life case study of an active-duty soldier with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Hinkle also initiated, planned, marketed, and will assist in executing a 3-day PTSD awareness week in May at JCC in conjunction with Student Activities. After graduating from Jefferson, she plans to transfer to Syracuse University to major in criminal justice.

The Jefferson Community College Honors Program offers students with exceptional academic skills the opportunity to receive enriched instruction within their current program of study. For the Honors Program, students select three courses within their curriculum, and enhance them as Honors Options. The option is based on a project agreed to by the student and a faculty member willing to work closely with the student to provide a unique and rewarding experience. Students also take the Honors Seminar, a unique inter-disciplinary course open only to program participants. The Seminar examines a single theme each semester and features guest speakers from a variety of disciplines and often includes some sort of field experience.

Successful program participants earn a prestigious Honors Graduate designation on their academic transcript for each Honors Option course. Students demonstrating excellent academic achievement in high school or who have completed 12 credit hours of college coursework are invited to apply for admission to the Honors Program. For more information, please visit www.sunyjefferson.edu or contact Honors Program coordinator, Christine Grimes Topping, at cgrimes@sunyjefferson.edu or 315-786-2274.


$15,000 Sponsorship for NYS Zoo


Posted: April 5, 2015

The largest species at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park just received a financial contribution of equally impressive size: Krafft Cleaning Service, Inc., has pledged $5,000 per year for the next three years to sponsor the elk exhibit.

“Elk are so emblematic of the beauty and hardiness of North Country residents, both human and otherwise. I was thrilled and honored when Krafft Cleaning Service, Inc. chose to sponsor our two elk, Aspen and Rosie,” said Matthew Holdgate, executive director. “These types of sponsorships are crucial to the zoo – our elk will eat more than 2,000 pounds of apples, sweet potatoes, carrots, and other produce over the next three years, as well as 500 bales of hay.”

Exhibit sponsorships also help to fund veterinary visits, exhibit maintenance, and educational initiatives. The zoo is currently making plans for a new feature at the elk exhibit that will allow visitors to lift weights that match that of the huge antlers carried by bull elk throughout the winter.

Krafft Cleaning Service, Inc., which has served Watertown, NY and Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties for over 40 years, specializes in commercial cleaning services ranging from regularly scheduled custodial work to occasional project work, such as carpet cleaning, tile floor refinishing, and window washing in office buildings and medical facilities. “The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park is an important asset to our community,” said Justin Krafft, General Manager. “Their focus on development and education continues to improve the overall experience for visitors. We are proud and excited to have the opportunity to contribute to this valuable cause and its success for years to come.”

The zoo is now open seven days a week from 10am - 5pm. Upcoming events include Earth Day with $1 admission on April 18th, and Native American Literature Day on April 25th. The zoo’s next fundraiser is the Early Bird Golf Tournament, taking place on May 15th. For more information, please visit www.nyszoo.org


Autism Foundation Receives Donation


Posted: March 19, 2015

Northern New York Autism Foundation has received a $350 donation from the Stewart's Holiday Match. The donation will help with their efforts to reach school-aged children in the area and explain autism using a book they are in the process of writing.


New Day Board Members Elected

Pictured (left to right): -- The Board of Directors at New Day Children's Center in Watertown recently elected Kristin M. Stockwell, Watertown, and Sarah H. Smith, Watertown, to the Board of Directors.

Posted: March 19, 2015

The Board of Directors at New Day Children's Center recently elected two new members to its Board of Directors. Kristin M. Stockwell, Watertown, and Sarah H. Smith, Watertown, were both elected to three-year terms. Stockwell, whose term began December 1, 2014, is the marketing and development coordinator with the Children's Home of Jefferson County. Smith's term began January 1, 2015. She is a physical therapist for Jefferson County Public Health. Both Stockwell and Smith are current parents of New Day children.

Additionally, the Board of Directors elected its officers for the 2015 year. Karen J. Freeman, Black River, was re-elected to Board president; Matthew M. McCann, Watertown, was elected Vice President, Latasha P. Elder, Watertown, was re-elected to Treasurer and Kaleigh N. Boulio-Alberry, Watertown, was re-elected as Secretary. In addition to the officers and new members noted above, current board members include Max M. Bovee, Adams; Stella A. Garitz, Watertown; Deanna L. Lothrop, Chaumont; Lynn K. Morgan, Carthage; Maryann Mooney-Rondon, Watertown; Jill P. Rupp, Cape Vincent; and Jill F. Spielmann, Watertown.

For more than thirty-five 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. To learn more, visit www.newdaychildrenscenter.com.

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


Sacred Heart Foundation Selects Officers


Posted: February 28, 2015

The Sacred Heart Foundation in Watertown is pleased to announce the selection of officers for 2015 Board of Directors. Nancy McCabe will be serving as President with Stephen Gebo returning as Vice-President. Joseph Butler Jr. is also returning as Treasurer, and Jayme St. Croix joins the executive committee as Secretary. Congratulations to our new officers and thank you for serving on the Sacred Heart Foundation Board of Directors.

The mission of the Sacred Heart Foundation is to spread the word of God by raising funds which provide financial assistance for the education of those studying to be priests and brothers of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart anywhere in the world. This mission was given to Christ when he said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” While many of us are not personally able to spread God's love throughout the world, a financial contribution to educate such aspiring young men, becomes a valuable contribution to this mission.

Last year alone the Sacred Heart Foundation awarded $77,000 to support 76 young men studying in 12 different countries around the world through the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. Since our inception in 1968, the Sacred Heart Foundation has awarded over 1.5 million dollars to support the formation of priests through the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

Locally, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart serve in the diocese as priests in the Catholic communities of Cape Vincent, Rosiere, and Chaumont. In Watertown, priests serve in St. Anthony’s, St. Patrick's, and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart parishes. Retired Missionaries of the Sacred Heart also serve in various parishes in the diocese when the regular parish priests are on vacation.

You can become a supporting member of the mission of the Sacred Heart Foundation by becoming a member; attending the annual benefit dinner in September; or entering the Sacred Heart Foundation/FX Caprara Memorial Golf Tournament in June. Information is available on our website www.sacredheartfoundation.com or by contacting the Sacred Heart Foundation office at 315-782-3344. It is through the support of people like you that we are able to continue supporting the formation of priests so that they may fulfill the mission set forth by Christ. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.”


CNY Storm Wins Competition


Posted: February 16, 2015

On January 30-February 1, CNY Storm formerly known as NNY All-Starz, Watertown, attended the 2015 Battle at the Capitol National Cheerleading Competition. This is one of the biggest cheerleading competitions in the U.S. The Youth Level 1, CNY Storm Lake Effect team won first place (NATIONAL CHAMPIONS) in their division this past weekend and also won a full paid bid to the US Finals at the end of the season.


Snowtown Showdown


Posted: January 27, 2015

Boxers and coach Johnny Pepe after Showdown at Snowtown at Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall January 23, 2015.


JCC Nursing Graduates

Bottom row (l-r): Tyasia Q. Mosley, Sackets Harbor; Amanda M. Terrillion, Croghan; Alexandra B. Miller, Carthage; Lisa M. Proulx, Castorland. Top row (l-r): Leslie M. Lamirande, Baldwinsville; Shannon M. Glover, Fort Drum; Matthew G. Sheldon, Wellesley Island; Carmen Y. Pratt, Fort Drum; Alyson R. Tighe, Pulaski


Posted: January 21, 2015

Jefferson Community College (JCC) held a Pinning Ceremony for weekend option graduates of the College’s nursing program on December 19, 2014 in the College’s Sturtz Theater. Nine 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 2013, 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.

The “Pinning Ceremony” is a time-honored tradition at all institutions of higher education that offer degrees in nursing. The ceremony is symbolic of the transition from a student to entry into nursing as a profession. The pin is designed to be unique to each school of nursing. After being “pinned”, each student recites Florence Nightingale’s pledge.

During the Pinning Ceremony, JCC nursing students were honored for their outstanding achievements with the presentation of various awards.

Matthew G. Sheldon, Wellesley Island, is the recipient of the Madalyne and Donald Hess Excellence in Nursing Award. This award is bestowed upon a graduating senior of the Weekend Scholar Nursing Program who demonstrated excellence in both the classroom and clinical area and will continue to hold the standards of the profession in high regard and be committed to providing excellent patient care. Sheldon is also a member of JCC’s Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the official international honor society for community colleges.

The North Country Professional Nurses Association District 6 Award, bestowed upon an individual who demonstrates commitment to the nursing profession and leadership in a professional organization, was awarded to Alyson R. Tighe, Pulaski.

Amanda M. Terrillion, Croghan, is the recipient of the Samaritan Medical Center HEART Award which recognizes a student who consistently incorporates compassion and comfort measures during his/her care for patients.

The Marion Brennan Personal Growth in Nursing Award, bestowed upon an individual who consistently strives to continue his/her education in nursing while meeting many challenges of personal stressors nevertheless persevering in the nursing program, was awarded to Carmen Y. Pratt, Fort Drum.

Shannon M. Glover, Fort Drum, is a member of JCC’s Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the official international honor society for community colleges.

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