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Recognized for 30 Years of Service


Posted: February 2, 2016

Harry Potter, Perch Lake Road, Watertown (left) was presented a plaque by Scott Allen, Town of Pamelia Supervisor, for his 30 years of service on the Town of Pamelia Planning Board.


Community Bank Supports River Hospital

Pictured (L-R):  Andrea Pfeiffer, Director of Marketing and Community Relations; Stacy Dicorte, Development Associate; and Matthew Honeywell, Alexandria Bay Branch Manager at Community Bank, N.A.

Posted: February 2, 2016

River Hospital recently received a generous donation from Community Bank, N.A. The donation will support the Friends of River Hospital’s 26th Annual Polar Bear Dip, to be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016. This contribution also support the 14th Annual Festive Evening, which will be held on Sunday July 24, 2016.


Youth Court Training Day


Posted: January 26, 2016

Youth Court of Jefferson County has long time supporter and original local founder past Sheriff Jim Lafferty join guest speakers District Attorney Kristyna Mills, JCSD Deputy Mangino, and WPD Officer Ryan at their MLK Training Day.

Director Tammie Miller said 20 local youth ages 12-19 volunteered on their day off from school to focus on Restorative Justice Principles. Youth Court is a peer court and civic engagement program open to area youth ages 12-20 years of age who are enrolled in Jefferson County schools. For more information please call 315-836-8502 or email tmiller@resolution-center.net


Five Complete Course

Pictured left to right: Patricia Wetterhahn, Caitlin Flanigan, Sonya Schofield, Amanda LaJuett, Melissa Byard.

Posted: January 26, 2016

Five early childhood professionals recently completed a 120-hour Child Development Associate (CDA) credential preparatory course offered by Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project at Community Action Planning Council.

The CDA training program offers an opportunity for individuals working in child care to expand their knowledge of early learning topics, including child growth and development, program management, and professionalism. In order to earn the CDA credential, candidates must also demonstrate competency through preparation of a professional portfolio and observation of their work with young children.


Sunrise Rotary Supports
Wiley Change for Kids

Pictured (L-R): Patricia LaBarr, Wiley School Principal; Frank Ames, Watertown Sunrise Rotary.


Posted: January 11, 2016

Watertown Sunrise Rotary recently donated $1,000 to the “Change for Kids” breakfast program at H.T.Wiley School in Watertown. This program allows any student the opportunity to start their day with breakfast, as it is the most important meal of the day. This program began with staff establishing a fund with their loose change called “Change for Kids.” No students were denied breakfast if they did not have the money to pay for it. This program has been turned into a formal partnership with the Northern New York Community Foundation, to which tax-deductible gifts can be directed, as a way to enhance their collection efforts.


Sackets First Day Hike


Posted: January 11, 2016

The New York State Parks annual First Day Hike in historic Sackets Harbor was held on New Year’s Day. State Parks promotes this outdoor event across the state, providing free fleece caps featuring a Parks logo. In Sackets Harbor, hikers followed the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site’s history trail and the Village’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Trail for about two miles. A windy and snowy day challenged walkers. This year’s annual event drew almost 50 people who ended the trek at the Village Visitors’ Center enjoying warm refreshments. 


Snowshoe Hike January 30


Posted: January 11, 2016

Has the lack of snow this winter gotten you down? Well it is finally here! Bring your friends and family and join Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust on one or both of our upcoming winter treks. Our first outing of the New Year will be a snowshoe hike on one of our protected properties in the Town of Boonville on Saturday, January 30, starting at 10 am.

Great for all ages and ability levels, Bob and Carol Keller will lead us on an easy to moderate two mile tour of their Boonville property. Protected in 2013, their 140 acre parcel serves as an important corridor for wildlife traveling between Tug Hill and the Adirondack Park. After the snowshoe everyone is invited back to the Keller’s for lunch, provided.

For directions or to RSVP, visit www.tughilltomorrowlandtrust.org, email tughilloutreach@nnymail.com or call (315) 779-2239.

Can’t get enough snowshoeing? Join us on Sunday, February 14th at 1:00 pm as we explore another one of our protected properties located in West Turin. Landowners, Al and Barb Weiman will lead us on an excursion over the hills and through the woods. Difficulty level is moderate to difficult with some uphill hiking. Once the snowshoe is done everyone is invited to warm up by the fire. Hot chocolate and a snack will be provided.

And, as with all Tug Hill Tomorrow treks, these snowshoe hikes are free of charge and open to everyone. Just bring water, appropriate clothing, and snowshoes (we have a limited number of child and adult showshoes available to lend, both child and adult sizes). Must call ahead or email to reserve. We look forward to seeing you out on the hill.


2015 Whiz Quiz Champions


Posted: January 11, 2016

WPBS-DT, Watertown public television, just completed the 36th season of Whiz Quiz with host Glenn Gough and is pleased to announce the 2015 Whiz Quiz Champions.

The 2015 American Whiz Quiz Champions are from the Thousand Islands High School, Clayton, New York. The Thousand Islands team, led by Advisor Melissa Balk, demonstrated the academic knowledge necessary to win the American Competition. Twenty-nine American high schools competed this year in the single elimination tournament.

WPBS-DT is also pleased to congratulate the 2015 Canadian Whiz Quiz Champions, Bayridge Secondary School from Kingston, Ontario. Bayridge Secondary School, with their Advisor Cindy Eccles, captured the  winning title over the two Canadian teams that competed. Canadian Whiz Quiz allows WPBS-DT to reach out to the Canadian high schools in our viewing area and to celebrate academic excellence on both sides of the border to better represent our broadcast community.

Thousand Islands High School and Bayridge Secondary School competed in the 2015 International Whiz Quiz Competition, with Thousand Islands High School prevailing. Thousand Islands High School will be presented with scholarship money during the Whiz Quiz Awards ceremony spring of 2016. Corporate support for Whiz Quiz is provided by Community Bank N.A., Jefferson-Lewis BOCES, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley, SUNY North Country  Consortium, Jefferson Community College and the United States Air Force. Scholarships for the winning  teams are provided in part by the United States Air Force, Watertown Noon Rotary Club, Malone Rotary Club, and the Theresa Rotary Club.


JRC Support Local Children in Need


Posted: January 1, 2016

The Jefferson County Department of Social Services would like to thank the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center employees and people they support for providing toys, clothing, gift cards and handmade fleece blankets for children in Jefferson County. The effort and time put into collecting and making these gifts is greatly appreciated.


River Community Wellness Director
Receives Recognition

Pictured are: Santina Baker, Rural Health Program Manager for the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization presents Brad Frey, Director, River Community Wellness Program with a plaque for being recognized as a 2015 Rural Health Champion of the year for Jefferson County.

Posted: December 20, 2015

Recently, the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization and the North Country Health Compass Partners partnered with Rural Health Networks across Northern New York and the National Organization of State Offices to choose Rural Health Champions within each region.

Honoring these champions is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural”. The champions exemplify the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America.

River Hospital, the North Country Health Compass and Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization is proud to announce Brad Frey, Director of the River Community Wellness Program, has been selected as a 2015 Rural Health Champion from Jefferson County.


Community Clinic Director
Receives Award

Jennifer Earl, CCJC Director of Clinical Operations (left) receives the 2015 Rural Health Champion of the Year Award from Ian D. Grant, FDRHPO Rural Health Program Manager (right).

Posted: December 20, 2015

Jennifer Earl, Director of Clinical Operations at the Community Clinic of Jefferson County (CCJC) has been awarded the North Country Health Compass Partners (CNHCP) and the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization’s (FDRHPO) 2015 Rural Health Champion of the Year Award for a Non-Provider for Jefferson County.

Ms. Earl was selected from a group of nominations submitted for providers and non-providers who have demonstrated leadership in health improvement for the citizens of Jefferson County. The criteria for this award includes delivering outstanding care in the community, volunteering his or her time outside of work to serve the members of their community, and making a lasting contribution to the Jefferson County rural healthcare system. This recognition is a direct result of Ms. Earl’s dedication to the community and improving healthcare in the rural Tug Hill Seaway region.


Farm Bureau Receives Awards

From Left to Right- Devon Shelmidine, Kyle Hafemann and John Hardy on the delegate floor at NYFB’s State Annual Meeting in Albany. Also representing the County Farm Bureau’s public policy positions were Mike Kiechle, Julia Robbins and Erica Shelmidine.

Posted: December 20, 2015

The Jefferson County Farm Bureau was presented with four Silver Key Awards at New York Farm Bureau’s State Annual Meeting in Albany last week. The Silver Key Awards go to county Farm Bureau’s that have excelled in carrying out Farm Bureau’s mission to “serve and strengthen” agriculture.

Jefferson County attained outstanding achievement in the following categories:
• Membership
• Information and Public Relations
• Leadership Development
• Policy Implementation – Local.

“We have so many dedicated, hard-working members that devote countless hours to creating and implementing programming on behalf of the County Farm Bureau,” Jefferson County Farm Bureau President Kyle Hafemann said. “It is an honor to be recognized by New York Farm Bureau.”

The State Annual Meeting brings together farmer members from across the state to propose, discuss and vote on resolutions that set New York Farm Bureau’s policy agenda for 2016. Hafemann, Mike Kiechle, John Hardy, Julia Robbins, Devon and Erica Shelmidine served as delegates to represent the County Farm Bureau’s positions on issues that will help shape the future of agriculture in New York.

New York Farm Bureau also bestowed special recognition naming Adam Miner and Roger Eastman MVV’s for their membership recruitment efforts over the past year. Each received a Carhartt jacket for signing up at least five new Jefferson County members.



Toys for Tots


Posted: December 20, 2015

The Watertown Kiwanis Clubs and Marine Corp League joined again this year for Toys for Tots. The event was held on December 17, 2015 and served over 100 children. From left to right, Tom Finch, President of the Jefferson Breakfast Kiwanas Club and members, Patty Jaacks, Kathy Halaburka, and Walt Hammond, and Jean Davis, President of Kiwanis Club of Watertown.


Donations to Local Schools


Posted: December 20, 2015

Front Members Matt Cordova and Curtis Gallamore Standing Left to right Joanne Compo Chris Crouse(Lyme) Members Amy Cummings, Joe Green, Jerry Evans and Gail Sovie. Pat Honneyman (A Bay) and Jackie Sanford (Lafargeville). Gifts were presented to South Jeff later in the day.

The Local 3089 Jefferson County 911 Dispatchers and Correctional Officers union will continue its tradition of holiday giving on Monday.

Thanks to contributions from its members and the union a presentation will be held at the Metro – Jefferson Public Safety Building to present a variety of gifts to representatives from four area school districts. The gifts will then be presented to selected families in each of the districts.

Twenty-one children from six families will benefit this year from the generosity of Local 3089, as well as the Watertown City Police Benevolent Association. Since 2001, in what has become an annual rite, approximately 300 children have received gifts, which have included clothing, toys, stockings and also gift certificates/cards for groceries. The packages are wrapped and organized by union members.

This is the 15th year the local has been making contributions to the local schools. A special thanks to Dispatcher Amy Cummings who has been leading this program from the start and to those that wrapped all the gifts.


Laura Smith to Receive Honor


Posted: December 20, 2015

Rhonda’s FooteWorks will soon be entering its 30th season of dance education and outreach in Northern New York. In recognition of the dance studio’s special anniversary, Director Rhonda Foote is proud to announce the selection of the studio’s first inductee into the Alumni Hall of Fame.

Laura Smith is a native of Watertown and a graduate of Immaculate Heart Central School. Miss Smith was excited to learn of the honor bestowed upon her and said, “I am always thrilled to come back to my hometown of Watertown and to Rhonda's where my love of dance and theatre began.”

Laura is a BFA graduate of Marymount Manhattan College and has been working in professional musical theatre for over 10 years. Favorite credits include: A Chorus Line(Cassie), A Chorus Line(Val), Honky Tonk Angels!(Sue Ellen), The Wedding Singer(Donatella) and West Side Story(Velma). She has toured the United States and Asia with the National Tour of Shrek the Musical as the Swing and Dance Captain. Currently she is the Assistant Choreographer for a new International Tour of Shrek the Musical, which opens this January in Istanbul, Turkey. Laura adds that she is so thankful for her early training with Rhonda Foote and the opportunity to continue to work in the arts.

Miss Smith will be presented with a certificate of recognition and will sign her photo, which will be hung in honor in the studio. The ceremony will be held at Rhonda’s FooteWorks on December 23rd at 7:30 pm and is open to the public.


Sackets Commandant's Christmas Program


Posted: December 13, 2015

Students from General Brown Central School visited the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site for the Commandant’s 1860 Christmas program. Over 400 students annually visit the historic site in December to learn about holiday traditions of 150 years ago.


Watertown Correctional Facility
Employees Help Foster Children


Posted: December 13, 2015

The Jefferson County Department of Social Services would like to thank the employees of the Watertown Correctional Facility (WCF). The WCF employees have provided and wrapped Christmas presents, for Jefferson County Foster Children, for five consecutive years.


CAPC Celebrates Employee Service


Posted: December 13, 2015

Community Action Planning Council staff and board members celebrated milestone anniversaries during a special program on December 4, 2015. (Back row, from left): Stacie Johnson, Anne Blake, 5 years of service; Nina Hershey, Susan Joanette, Cathy Brodeur, Heather Burke, Donna Beutel, 10 years of service; Stan Zaremba, 15 years of service. (Front, from left): Marie Ambrose, 30 years of service; Barb Tucker-Jones, 15 years of service; Penny Covey, 30 years of service. Also honored but not able to attend: Melissa Countryman, 5 years, and Peter Clough, 15 years.


JCC Athlete of the Week


Posted: November 29, 2015

Freshman guard, Trevane Jones, of the Jefferson Community College (JCC) men’s basketball team was named JCC athlete of the week for the week ending November 22, 2015.

Trevane, a 2013 graduate of East Hartford High School, Connecticut is majoring in Sports Management at Jefferson. Jones’ accomplishments on the court this past week include leading the cannoneers to 3-0 this week averaging 25 points per game against Mohawk Valley Community College, Schenectady County Community College, and Fulton-Montgomery Community College. His steady improvements from game to game on both ends of the court as well as his rebounding have been a key for JCC of late. Trevane is always asking questions to improve and understand the game of basketball. He continues to be a mainstay on the offensive end and is striving to get better on the defensive end of things. He is consistently one of our top rebounders and one of the players to score in critical situations. He has been a pleasant surprise for the Cannoneer program and look forward to the continued effort that he is putting into the game of basketball.


YMCA Awarded Grant


Posted: November 24, 2015

The Heather A. Freeman Foundation donated $2500 to help fund the upcoming YMCA LiveStrong Program.

The Y and the LiveStrong Foundation joined together to create a physical activity and wellness program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals.

Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; improving overall functional ability, reducing severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight gain and improving energy levels.

Pictured in the Photo (from L to R):
Michelle Graham - SR Director of Health & Wellness @ YMCA
PeterSchmitt - CEO of YMCA
Karla Stefanini - President of The Heather A. Freeman Foundation
Lynn Pietroski - VP of The Heather A. Freeman Foundation
Dedra Morgia - Board Member of The Heather A. Freeman Foundation


Paul Harris Fellows


Posted: November 24, 2015

On Thursday, November 5th at a special breakfast meeting, the Watertown Sunrise Rotary Club honored 3 members as Paul Harris Fellows: Frank Ames of Ames Brothers Collision, Kari Bartlett of First Niagara Bank, and Tim Virkler of Jefferson County Surrogate's Court.

A Paul Harris Fellow is a prestigious recognition that acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions that would be used for cultural, humanitarian, and educational program – in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. This is accomplished through strong fellowship and meaningful community and international service projects among Rotarians who share a vision for a better world.

Photo (left to right): Frank Ames, Kari Bartlett, Tim Virkler


Northern Blend Honors


Posted: November 18, 2015

The Northern Blend chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, achieved several honors in the International Convention and Contests (IC&C) in November. Chapter quartet LiveWire emerged as international quartet champions out of 24 competing quartets. The chorus won the 3rd place bronze medal over 24 choruses across the United States and Canada. The competition took place in Verona, New York from November 4-7, 2015.

As Harmony Inc.’s international championship quartet, LiveWire’s members were presented with the organization’s traveling tiaras, which are passed down from quartet champion to quartet champion each year, gold medals, which are presented annually to the members of the winning quartet, and have earned a permanent position in the Association of Harmony Queens, a subset of Harmony Inc. representing quartet champions, also known as Harmony Queens.

With approximately 30 members, Northern Blend is directed by Katie Taylor, a K-12 music teacher at Alexandria Central School. In 2010, the chorus was the Harmony, Inc. international chorus champions. Founded in 1985, Northern Blend brings four-part a cappella harmony to the local community through regular performances and educational events. Northern Blend rehearses at 7:15 p.m. on Mondays at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Gotham Street in Watertown, New York. For more information, visit http://northernblendchorus.homestead.com

Pictured L to R. Baritone Lorie Autote (Watertown, NY), lead Katie Taylor (Redwood, NY), bass Jessica Dunn (Ithaca, NY), tenor Lynn Blakeney (Watertown, NY).


Foster Parents Honored


Posted: November 18, 2015

Jamie and Brenda Marolf are the recipients of the 2015 Jefferson County Department of Social Services “CHANGE A LIFE TIME” Award. This award is given annually to foster parent(s) that have consistently gone above and beyond, changing lives and making a difference, for children in need of a foster care placement.


Martial Arts Students
Earn Black Belts


Posted: November 18, 2015

Twelve local area martial arts students (children & adults) earned their 1st Degree Black Belts from Tae Kwon Do Training Center (215 Washington Street - Watertown) this week. This was the culmination of three years of dedication, hard work & perseverance on their part.

They were tested on several different patterns, step sparring & self defense curriculum, and multiple different board breaks. All successfully passed, and were promoted this week to the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt. Our Black Belts are sanctioned by Kukkiwon in Korea, and are recognized in over 192 countries worldwide. We are very proud of all of our students hard work & dedication.


Trinity Church Women
Donate Hats and Mittens


Posted: November 18, 2015

Trinity Episcopal Church Women recently made, collected and donated 304 knitted and crocheted hats and mittens to the Watertown Urban Mission; 14 prayer shawls and lap robes to Hospice; 16 blankets, fleece throws and quilts to the Victims Assistance Center; chemo hats to North Country Oncology, and knitted newborn hats to Samaritan Medical Center.


Business Center Advisor
Receives Award


Posted: November 18, 2015

Robin E. Stephenson of Redwood, advanced certified business advisor, of the New York Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Jefferson Community College (JCC) is the recipient of a 2015 Boots to Business Instructor of the Year Award bestowed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Out of 200 candidates nationwide, only 5 were selected to receive the prestigious Boots to Business Instructor of the Year designation, and were guests of honor at the SBA Annual Veterans Small Business Week event held in Washington, DC. Candidates of the Boots to Business Instructor of the Year Award are given consideration based on best practices, planning and preparation, instructional methods, evaluation and leadership and management of a class


Lowville American Legion
Donates to Military Wellness Program


Posted: November 1, 2015

On October 26, 2015 the Lowville American Legion Auxiliary donated poppy money of $2,000 for the Military Wellness Program at River Hospital. Pictured (L-R): Andrea Pfeiffer, Director of Marketing & Community Relations; Marcia Graves, LPN; Brad Frey, Director of the River Community Wellness Program; Sarah Spencer, Sergeant of Arms; Nancy Berrus, Member; Lisa Berrus, Treasurer; Cathy Hinkleman, 1st Vice President.


Local Cheerleader to
Perform in Macy's Parade


Posted: October 24, 2015

Julia DeCoursey of Ogdensburg has been selected to perform with Varsity Cheer in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.

Julia is a high school senior at Ogdensburg Free Academy and currently cheers with Cheer Sport Sharks in Stittsville, Ontario as well as the OFA Varsity squad. Previously she was a member of NNY All Starz Pink Flamingos in Watertown. She was selected after submitting an audition video and will attend one week of rehearsals with other cheerleaders from around the nation prior to performing with them in the parade on Thanksgiving.


Barclay Honors Veteran of the Year


Posted: October 24, 2015

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I—Pulaski) recently presented Veteran John Young with a State Assembly Resolution at the Fulton Veterans Council’s recent meeting. From left are Bruno Kramarz, Alan Deline, Donna Kestner, John Young, Joyce Coady, Assemblyman Barclay, John Stanek, Rev. Moritz Fuchs, and Norm Lagowski.


Ogdensburg Key Club Helps SPCA


Posted: October 24, 2015

Members of the Ogdensburg Free Academy Key Club spent October 17, 2015 collecting more than $2,000 in dog and cat food and cleaning supplies for the St. Lawrence Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.



Elks Soccer Champs


Posted: October 24, 2015

The Elks Soccer Shoot Out State Championships were held on October 18, 2015. The winners will move on to represent the state of the New York in the ELKS Northeast Championships in East Windsor, Connecticut, November 7, 2015.

Pictured front (L-R): U8 Boys State Champion-Luke Doldo, Carthage; U10 Girls State Champion-Danielle Douglas, Carthage; U8 Girls State Champion-Ava Burns, Lowville; U10 Boys State Champion-Jack Adams, Watertown; U14 Boys State Champion-Jared Ortlieb, Lowville; back row, Tim Kelly-ELKS past State President.



Kiwanis Club Donates to Local Charities


Posted: October 15, 2015

On September 15, 2015, celebrating 95 years of service to the local and international communities, Kiwanis Club of Watertown presented ten charities with a donation to honor our milestone.

The charity organizations and the people representing them, from left to right, were CREDO - Lloyd Hurlbut, New Day Children’s Center – Megan Dyer, SPCA – Douglas Marlow, Thompson Park Zoo – Jayn Graves, Ron Cole, 2014 - 2015 president of the club, Jefferson County Historical Society – Diana Page Jordan, Flower Memorial Library – Ashley Pickett, Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Nanette Pullus, Disabled Persons Action Organization – Terri Fulmer, Community Action Planning Council – Melinda Gault and Literacy of Northern New York – Cecilia Brock.



LongHorn Steakhouse Opens in Watertown


Posted: October 11, 2015

On Monday, October 5, 2015, the new LongHorn Steakhouse® in Watertown opened its doors to the community at 11 a.m. This is the first LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant in the Watertown market. Located at 20990 Salmon Run Loop West, the restaurant will be led by Steve Dalgewicz as Managing Partner.

LongHorn Steakhouse prides itself on its fresh, never frozen, expertly grilled and boldly seasoned steaks that are prepared by a Certified LongHorn Grill Master. The restaurant’s design celebrates the natural beauty of the American West, with interiors featuring updated, contemporary artwork and sculptures of horses, western landscapes and sunsets complemented by warm tones, wood and stone.

The 5,560 square-foot restaurant will seat more than 200 guests and will create approximately 80-100 new jobs for the community.

The restaurant will open featuring LongHorn’s fall Peak Season and Chef’s Showcase menus, as well as the Prime Time menu.

Fall Peak Season – LongHorn’s Peak Season menu changes four times a year and features fresh flavors of the season. This fall, guests can enjoy new items, like Octoberfest Mussels, Parmesan Creamed Spinach,

Blue Ridge Wedge Salad, Broccoli Asiago Soup and Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake.

Chef’s Showcase – The Chef’s Showcase menu celebrates LongHorn's Executive Chefs' culinary inspiration and creativity. This fall, it features the Harvest Mushroom Filet.

Prime Time – LongHorn’s Prime Time menu features late afternoon specials, including a variety of $3, $4 and $5 drinks and appetizers. Prime Time is offered Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.


Watertown Boxing Club Fundraiser


Posted: October 11, 2015

Watertown Area Boxing Club presented Morgan Walton with a WABC shirt signed by all the coaches and boxers October 3, 2015 in Clayton during her fundraiser.

Pictured on left is Tom Sanford, (Morgan's grandfather), and Johnny Pepe, on right, Head Coach & President of the Watertown Area Boxing Club.


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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