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Honored: Betsy Ramsey, Lorraine, was named the Volunteer Transportation staff’s driver of the first quarter. Ms. Ramsey has been a volunteer driver for the organization since October 2011.



Bridge Scores: Winners of recent weekly games sponsored by the Northern New York Duplicate Bridge Club are announced.

April 3: First place, Ronald Cooper and Judy Vespa; second place, Alice LeRoy and Helen Keohane, and third place, Irma Hammond and Debra Suller.

April 5: First place, Ruth Condon and Joan White; second place, Debra Suller and Alice LeRoy; third place, Ronald Cooper and Shirley Warren, and fourth place, Ada Jane Northrop and Patricia Macklin.

April 10: Tied for first and second place, Bobbi Katzman and Renee Lustick and the Rev. Leo Wiley and Alice LeRoy.

April 12 “A”: First place, Ruth Condon and Charles Evans; second place, Susan Favreau and Mai Liinve; third place, Albert and Thelma Schneider; fourth place, Mart Liinve and John Northrop, and fifth place, Ruth Fish and Hope Metcalf.

April 12 “B”: First place, Susan Favreau and Mai Liinve; second place, Albert and Thelma Schneider, and third place, Mart Liinve and John Northrop.

April 12 “C”: First place, Albert and Thelma Schneider; second place, Mart Liinve and John Northrop, and third place, Ruth Fish and Hope Metcalf.

April 15: First place, Judy Vespa and Debra Suller, and second place, Jean Pennock and Mary Jones.

Lewis and Jefferson Counties

Contest winners: The winners of Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services School Library System’s 27th annual bookmark contest have been announced. This year’s theme was “Dig into Reading @ Your Library.” First place winners received $15 gift certificates at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, second place winners received $12 gift certificates and third place winners received $10 gift certificates.

Grades 9 to 12

First place — Emily Belewich, Adirondack Central School, Boonville

Second place — Emily Rundle, Adirondack Central School, Boonville

Third place — Chandler Aldrich, South Lewis Central School, Turin

Grades 7 and 8

First place — Laurie Franklin, Case Middle School, Watertown

Second place — Jeremy Soto, Case Middle School, Watertown

Third place — Tura Makinson, Carthage Central School

Grades 5 and 6

First place — Phoenix Swasey, Adirondack Central School, Boonville

Second place — Isabella Addison, Wiley Intermediate School, Watertown

Third place — Isaac Zumbach, Belleville Henderson Central School, Belleville

Grades 3 and 4

First place — Ethen Bodruk, Copenhagen Central School

Second place — Connor Corey, Carthage Central School

Third place — Amara Bowen, Carthage Central School

Kindergarten through grade 2

First place — Breya Tamblin, South Jefferson Central School, Adams

Second place — Braiden Bolz, Carthage Central School

Third place — Daniel McConeghy, Carthage Central School

Armed Forces

Basic training

Throughout the area

Graduated from basic training: Several north country residents have graduated from basic military training.

At Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.:

Army Pfc. Troy C. Amnott, a 2010 graduate of Indian River Central School, Philadelphia.

At Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas:

Air Force Airman Seth W. Chiasson, son of Decima Chiasson, Deferiet. The airman is a 2010 graduate of Carthage Central School.

Air Force Airman Benjamin K. Smith, son of James Smith and stepson of Julie Smith, both of Ogdensburg. He is a 2012 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy.

Air Force Reserve Airman Spencer C. Neaton, son of Monique Neaton and Michael Neaton, both of Potsdam. He is a 2012 graduate of Potsdam Central School.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Mallory A. Sudduth, daughter of Nicole Sudduth, Westport, and granddaughter of Ann Sudduth, Watertown. She is a 2012 graduate of Westport Central School.

At Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.:

Navy Seaman Recruit James A. Shafer Jr., brother of Matthew A. Shafer, Fort Drum. Shafer is a 2012 graduate of Orrville High School in Ohio.

Comings & goings


Makes port visit: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Hillary I. Clark, daughter of Virginia A. Bush, Winthrop, and other sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis recently arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port visit. Petty Officer Clark is a 2010 graduate of Massena Central School, and joined the Navy in August 2010.

Course completion


Graduated: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob M. Ashley, son of Deborah LeRoux and Michael Ashley, both of Massena, graduated from the Navy’s Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C. Nuclear Power School is a rigorous six-month course that trains officer and enlisted students in the science and engineering fundamentals in the design, operation and maintenance of naval nuclear propulsion plants. He is a 2001 graduate of Massena Central School.




Shows work: A work by Brittany Hill, Heuvelton, is being exhibited in the Cazenovia College Art Gallery. Ms. Hill, a studio art major at Cazenovia, minoring in photography, is exhibiting her untitled photograph with her fellow seniors in the photography program through the end of the month.


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

Rochester Institute of Technology

Adams Center

Michael Baszto, bachelor’s degree, information technology

Alexandria Bay

Erin Garlock, bachelor’s degree, biology


Connie Youngs, associate degree, applied computer technology


Nichole Colligan, bachelor’s degree, new media marketing


Mallory Tabolt, master’s degree, business administration

University at Albany


Jillian Caramanna, master’s degree, communications


Hannah Gardiner, bachelor’s degree, rhetoric and communication, cum laude


Kevin McAdoo, master’s degree, mathematics


Kathleen Evans, master’s degree, mental health counseling

University of Pittsburgh,

Bradford, Pa.


Sarah Bush, bachelor’s degree, elementary education


Black River

Honored: Michael Kelly, Black River, has been nominated for the 2013 Student Employee of the Year Award at Keuka College, Keuka Park. Mr. Kelly, a junior organizational communications major, is the marketing and advertising assistant in the college’s student activities office. He is responsible for advertisements and promotions students see in the office’s window and in digital signage, the Campus Activities Board bulletin board as well as social media accounts.


Honored: Shane Roberts, Boonville, was recently inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. Mr. Roberts is studying mortuary science at Hudson Valley Community College, Troy.

Canton, Ogdensburg

Honored: Patrick Reilly, Canton, and Brian Nichols, Ogdensburg, were recently honored at Elmira College’s Academic Honors and Student Recognition Banquet. Mr. Reilly received the Board of Trustees Award. Mr. Nichols received the Mildred Whittlesey McGraw Attainment Prize.

Fort Drum

Honored: Belinda G. Jones, Fort Drum, was named the Jefferson Community College Honors Program Student for the Week, ending April 12. Ms. Jones is studying liberal arts-humanities and social sciences at JCC. She was recently named to the 2013 All-New York Academic Team for Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community colleges. For her honors options, she worked to establish a baseline score for the Go Green rating scale for the JCC Campus Care Center. Ms. Jones plans to transfer to East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., for a bachelor’s degree in social work, and pursue a career in the human services field as a childcare center licensor.


Honored: Sandra Fisher, Clarkson University, Potsdam, recently received the seventh annual American Association of University Women Research Award from the St. Lawrence County branch of the organization. She was awarded at the branch’s Equal Pay mixer at the Canoe Place, Hannawa Falls. Ms. Fisher’s research focuses on e-learning and training and human resources.

Wellesley Island

Honored: Matthew G. Sheldon, Wellesley Island, was named the Jefferson Community College Honors Program Student for the Week ending April 19. He is studying nursing at JCC, planning to pursue a career as a registered nurse. For an honors option, Mr. Sheldon studied the psychological causes and impacts of childhood obesity.

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