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@datebook city label underlined:Massena

Honored: Snow Harper-Moulton, certified child birth educator and registered nurse, received the Massena Memorial Hospital “Celebrate You Bouquet.” Ms. Harper-Moulton, maternity unit, has worked at MMH for 18 years where she is also a lactation specialist and facilitates the breast feeding support group.

@datebook city label underlined:Throughout the area

Receive scholarships: Four dancers from Rhonda’s FooteWoorks Company received Access Broadway scholarships at the March 24 Liverpool New York Regional Workshop. Dancers participated in both dance and musical theater classes with Broadway dancers and choreographers. The scholarship pays for a workshop next season at regionals, including calls for auditions in dance, acting, TV, film and Broadway. The scholarship winners from left, are Connor McDowell, Watertown, Aubrianna Murphy, Lowville, Izzy Marsala, Watertown, and Bethanne Vandertang, Black River.


@datebook city label underlined:Tupper Lake

Promoted: Adirondack Health, Saranac Lake, recently promoted Elena Vega-Castro to assistant vice president of long term care at Mercy Living Center, Tupper Lake. Ms. Vega-Castro was previously the assistant administrator for Country Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, Carthage, for seven years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management from SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica, and a master’s degree in health management from Trident University International, Cypress, Calif. She is a career counselor in the Army Reserve.

@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

First woman postal carrier retires: Joy L. (Brown) Swensen, Baldwinsville, first female postal carrier in Watertown, has retired as claims representative from the Syracuse Social Security office. Mrs. Swensen graduated from Jefferson Community College, Watertown. She joined the Watertown Post Office in 1974, where she worked as a letter carrier for four years. She worked at the New York Air Brake Co., Watertown, for a year before working at Fort Drum for a year.

In 1980, Mrs. Swensen started as a claims representative for the Social Security Administration, Watertown, before transferring to the Syracuse office, where she retired after 33 years. She retired with more than 3,000 hours of unused sick leave. Mrs. Swensen and her husband, Stephen, a retired Fulton postmaster, reside in Baldwinsville. They have two sons, Jason and Alec, both of California. Mrs. Swensen is the daughter of retired Lt. Col. and Mrs. Robert E. Brown, Watertown.

Armed forces


@datebook city label underlined:Richville, Watertown

Promoted: Two north country members of the Army National Guard were recently promoted.

@datebook city label underlined:Richville

Kyle Sharpe, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 102nd Military Police Battalion, was promoted to private.

@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Gordon Jacobs, Company B (Maintenance), 427th Brigade Support Battalion, was promoted to chief warrant officer 5.



@datebook city label underlined:Ogdensburg

Presents: Rachel Montpelier, Ogdensburg, recently presented “Living Media Marathoning” at the sixth annual America Week Conference at the University of Pannonia, Veszprem, Hungary. Miss Montpelier was one of 12 undergraduate and graduate students from Nazareth College, Rochester, who participated in the conference.

@datebook city label underlined:St. Lawrence County

Studied abroad: Three St. Lawrence County students at SUNY Potsdam spent their winter term in Mexico, studying ancient math.

@datebook city label underlined:Lisbon

Britney Livingston, mathematics..

@datebook city label underlined:Potsdam

John Jadlos, physics and mechanical engineering.

@datebook city label underlined:Tupper Lake

Katelyn Jessie, mathematics and computer engineering.

Dean’s list

The following north country residents recently were named to the dean’s list at their colleges or universities:

Coker College,

Hartsville, S.C.

To receive dean’s list honors at Coker College for the fall semester, students must receive a grade point average of 3.75 or higher.

@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Katharine Cooper

Eckerd College,

St. Petersburg, Fla.

To receive dean’s list honors at Eckerd College for the fall semester, students must receive a grade point average of 3.75 or higher.

@datebook city label underlined:Canton

Brigid Carr, biology and environmental studies.

Westminster Choir College at Rider University, Princeton, N.J.

To receive dean’s list honors at Westminster Choir College for the fall semester, students must receive a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

@datebook city label underlined:Croghan

Allison Griffiths, music education.

William Smith College,


To receive dean’s list honors at William Smith College for the fall semester, students must receive a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

@datebook city label underlined:Lowville

Olivia Hanno, daughter of Robert M. and Jennifer K. Hanno, Lowville.


The following north country residents recently received degrees from their colleges or universities:

Russell Sage College,


@datebook city label underlined:Harrisville

Nichole French, bachelor’s degree, communication management and marketing.


@datebook city label underlined:Canton

Honored: Steven G. Horwitz, economics professor at St. Lawrence University, Canton, has been named a senior fellow for the Fraser Institute, an independent conservative think-tank based in Canada.

Mr. Horwitz serves as the economics department chairman at SLU and is the author of “Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order” and “Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective.” He is also a contributing editor at The Freeman and recently received honorable mention in the Reason Foundation’s 2012 Bastiat Prize for Journalism.

@datebook city label underlined:Castorland

Honored: Wyatt A. Chartrand, Castorland, was named honors program student of the Week ending March 15 at Jefferson Community College, Watertown.

Mr. Chartrand graduated from River Valley Mennonite School, Castorland, and is majoring in business administration at JCC. For his honors project, he completed an in-depth statistical survey using Microsoft Excel in his spreadsheet applications course. After graduating from JCC, Mr. Chartrand plans to transfer to SUNY Binghamton to study business administration to pursue a career in finance.

@datebook city label underlined:Throughout the area

Inducted: Several north country students were recently inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at Nazareth College, Rochester.

@datebook city label underlined:Adams Center

Kristen Randall

@datebook city label underlined:Castorland

Danielle Chamberlain

@datebook city label underlined:Ogdensburg

Megan Morrison

Rachel Montpelier

@datebook city label underlined:Pulaski

Macee Bonoffski

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