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@datebook city label underlined:Osceola

Inducted: Vivian Williams, Washington, was recently inducted into the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame by the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association.

Mrs. Williams, well known in the states and Canada, was honored for promoting, perpetuating and preserving old-time fiddling throughout the United States. She has won several fiddle contests and awards in the states and Canada, including the Smithsonian Fiddle Contest, Washington, D.C. The Seattle (Wash.) Metropolitan magazine voted her one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Seattle Musicians in the past 100 years.”

In 2011, Mrs. Williams and her husband, Phil, received the “Best in the West —Ambassador” award from Folk Alliance West for 50 years of performing and documenting the traditional fiddle music of the Pacific Northwest.

This year, Mrs. Williams also was inducted into the National Old Time Fiddle Contest Hall of Fame, Weiser, Idaho. Mrs. Williams was a founder of Seattle Folklore Society, Northwest Folklife and Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association.

She holds a master’s degree in anthropology, specializing in ethnomusicology, from the University of Washington, Seattle. She and her husband own Voyager Recordings and Publications, developing the most extensive recorded archive of Northwest fiddle music to date.

Notable donations

@datebook city label underlined:Norwood

Donation: Corning Incorporated Foundation recently donated $1,000 to the Norwood Village Green Concert Series in support of the series’ completed 40th anniversary season.

@datebook city label underlined:Ogdensburg

Donates to fundraiser: SeaComm, Ogdensburg, recently donated $250 to the United Helpers’ Oktoberfest Costumed Prediction Run/Walk, to be held Sunday.


@datebook city label underlined:Carthage

Winner: Alex St. Louis took Top Gun honors, with a perfect score, at the Sept. 7 50 Bird Shoot hosted by the Carthage Rod and Gun Club. Nearly $2,400 was raised at the event to benefit the Volunteer Transportation Center.

@datebook city label underlined:Clayton

Winners: The Antique Boat Museum has announced the winners of the 2013 Workboat Show, held Oct. 12 in Clayton.

Most Unique Workboat — Carina, owned by Dewitt Withington

Most Dings Above the Waterline — n/a, owned by Larry Yehle

Dirtiest Workboat(s) — Stein/Stein II and barges, owned by Pat Patch

Most Unique Piece of Equipment Onboard — Frankenboat, owned by Andy Greene

Ugliest Workboat (tie) — Steely Dane, owned by Dana Hellings, and Frankenboat, owned by Andy Greene

Best Kept Workboat — The Workboat, owned by Ken Larson

Workboat You Would Consider to Own — The Workboat, owned by Ken Larson

@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Winners: Winners of Jefferson Community College’s Writers Contest have been announced.

@datebook city label underlined:Winners

Poetry — Michael L. Keck, Black River, “There Are Not Many”

Short fiction — Bob Comenole, Watertown, “Amendments”

Essay/nonfiction — Siraj A. Sindju, Watertown, “A Decade of Ramadans in Watertown”

@datebook city label underlined:Honorable Mentions

Poetry — George DeChant, Saranac Lake, “trout fishing viii,” and Shannel Garrow, Hogansburg, “Sage”

Short fiction — Jayn M. Graves, Watertown, “The Monkey Girls”

Essay/nonfiction — Allan J. Ferguson, Homer, “Fred”

@datebook city label underlined:Potsdam

Distributes grants: St. Lawrence County Arts Council, Potsdam, has announce the first recipients of the Public Art Fellowship and Teaching Artists’ Fund grants.

@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Craig Thornton, Watertown-area playwright, is the first recipient of the Public Art Fellowship grant. Mr. Thornton’s recent work includes “In My Shoes,” a docudrama about the effects of military deployment on Fort Drum-area teenagers.

@datebook city label underlined:Throughout the area

Artists selected for the Teaching Artists’ Fund grants work with public schools in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence County.

Cynthia Brownell, Glenfield and Port Leyden elementary schools

Rebecca Donnelly, Colton-Pierrepont Central School, Colton

Loretta Lepkowski, South Lewis Central School, Turin

Janet Lomastro, Potsdam Central School

Bill Newman, Canton Central School

Community Performance Series, Norwood-Norfolk Central School, Norwood



@datebook city label underlined:Carthage

Appointed: Paul Zehr, junior music major, is serving as a resident assistant at Goshen (Ind.) College for the 2013-14 academic year.

@datebook city label underlined:Potsdam

Cast selected: SUNY Potsdam’s department of theater and dance has cast the October production of the play “Bent.” Dale Hajdasz, Evans Mills, will play Max, Bryan Rapholtz, LaFargeville, will play Rudy, and Alec Walsh, Philadelphia, will play a guard as well as serve as the production’s technical director.

Enrolled at college

@datebook city label underlined:Gouverneur, Ogdensburg

Enrolled: Kaitlyn Redmond, Gouverneur, and Sophia Doe, Ogdensburg, enrolled as a freshmen at Adirondack Community College, Queensbury, for the fall semester.

@datebook city label underlined:Ogdensburg, Redwood

Enrolled in college: Nathan Sarkin, Ogdensburg, and Spencer Frisina, Redwood, have enrolled in Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Mr. Sarkin, son of Andy and Sue Smith, Ogdensburg, is a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy. Mr. Frisina, son of Victoria and Arthur Frisina, Redwood, is a graduate of Alexandria Central School, Alexandria Bay.


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

@datebook city label underlined:Calcium

Receives degree: Stephanie E. Oddi, Florida, formerly of Calcium, received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 3. Miss Oddi, daughter of John and Joan Oddi, Calcium, is a 2000 graduate of Indian River Central School, Philadelphia. She is an admission coordinator with Park Place Behavioral Health Care, Kissimmee, Fla.


@datebook city label underlined:Massena, Sackets Harbor

Inducted: Nyssa C. LaClair, Massena, and Erik J. Fingar, Sackets Harbor, were recently inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary society, at St. Lawrence University, Canton. Miss LaClair, a junior at SLU, is a graduate of Massena Central School. Mr. Fingar, a senior, is a graduate of Sackets Harbor Central School.

@datebook city label underlined:Potsdam

Inducted: Michael Gilbert, Potsdam, was recently inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, at St. Michael’s College, Colchester, Vt. Mr. Gilbert, a senior mathematics major, graduated from Parishville-Hopkinton Central School, Parishville.

@datebook city label underlined:Throughout the area

Inducted: Several Northern New York students at SUNY Potsdam were recently inducted into Kappa Delta Pi education honor society.

@datebook city label underlined:Colton

Christine Swyers, literacy specialist

@datebook city label underlined:Edwards

Chelsea Cutway, Spanish education

@datebook city label underlined:Fort Drum

Heather Delity, early childhood

@datebook city label underlined:Ogdensburg

Donald Lamitie, curriculum and instruction

Alison Spears, childhood/early childhood education

@datebook city label underlined:Potsdam

Katelyn Driscoll, early childhood/childhood education

Kylie Stener, childhood education

@datebook city label underlined:Rensselear Falls

Rachel Bender, childhood education

@datebook city label underlined:Waddington

Debra Higginson, curriculum and instruction

@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Peggy Lazarchuck, early childhood

Kayleigh Neff, childhood education


@datebook city label underlined:Croghan

Scholarship: Allison Griffiths, Croghan, was named a 2013 Andrew J. Rider Scholar by Rider University, Lawrenceville, N.J.

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