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@datebook city label underlined:Carthage

Reunion: Carthage Central School’s Class of 1962 will be holding a 50th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16. The reunion committee is looking for contact information on Jane Bonner Newman, Sharon Hughes Plumadore, Donna Mushtare Bishop, Jane Boak Mess, Patricia Clark, Shirley Norris, Elaine Ward Barber, Dawn Stevens Everett, Donna Jameson Puckett, Diane Wood Norealt, Robert Barker, Ruth Gill Howery and Anne Jamieson Bellamy. Anyone with contact information or for information on the reunion, please call Kay Russell Barker at 773-5042.


@datebook city label underlined:Ogdensburg

Milestones: Jeremy D. Smithers, Morristown, has been promoted to kitchen supervisor, and Suzanna M. Friot, Rensselaer Falls, has been hired as a cook at RiverLedge Residence, Ogdensburg.

Mr. Smithers has been an employee of United Helpers for 17 years, starting as dietary aide and promoted to full-time cook after four years. He was promoted to kitchen supervisor in April.

Ms. Friot graduated from Paul Smith’s College with a degree in culinary arts in 2010. She was hired as a cook at RiverLedge in February.


@datebook city label underlined:St. Lawrence County

Winners: Winners have been announced for the St. Lawrence County Emergency Services Bravery Award Design Contest. The contest selected the design for the St. Lawrence County Emergency Services award for bravery and acts above the call of duty. The award, patterned after military “challenge coins,” was won by Steve Parker for the firefighters coin and Emily Cafarella, 13, for the EMS award. Each winner received a $100 prize, copy of their design and a letter of congratulations from Joseph Gilbert, director of Emergency Services. The awards were presented at the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators monthly meeting on July 9.

@datebook city label underlined:Throughout the area

Winners: Recent scores from the Northern New York Duplicate Bridge Club:

June 13: First, Kay Woodruff and Gloria Rothschild; second, Robert Winje and Val Jakubowitch; tied for third and fourt, Rev. Leo Wiley and Timothy Dowe and William Rock and Alice LeRoy.

June 15 N/S “A”: First, Ruth Condon and Charles Evans; second, Emmeline Morris and Mai Liinve; third and first in “C,” Maureen Gough and Judy Vespa; second in “B” and first in “C,” Albert and Thelma Schneider.

June 15 E/W “A”: First and first in “B,” Patricia Macklin and Helen Keohane; second in “A” and “B” and first in “C,” Celia Perciaccante and Phyllis Plante; third, Debra Suller and Ann Sellers.

June 18: First, Ada Jane Northrop and Charles Evans; second, Joshua Kelsey and Mart Liinve.

June 20: First, Ruth Condon and Val Jakubowitch; second, Shirley Warren and Debra Suller; third, Kay Woodruff and Mart Liinve.

June 22 “A”: First in “A” and “B,” Mart and Mai Liinve; seond in “A” and “B,” Emmeline Morris and Gloria Rothschild; third in “A” and “B,” Charles Evans and Helen Keohane; fourth and first in “C,” Hope Metcalf and Ruth Fish; second in “C,” Albert and Thelma Schneider.

Armed Forces

Basic Training

@datebook city label underlined:Canton, Clayton, Ogdensburg, Potsdam

Graduate from basic training:

At Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.:

Army National Guard Pvt. Aaron J. Curry, son of Amy Plumadore, Old DeKalb Road, Canton. He is a 2008 graduate of Hugh C. Williams High School, Canton.

At Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.:

Army Spc. Nicole D. Bostic, daughter of Debra Shaffner, State Street, Clayton, and James Shaffner, Frankfort, Ind. She is a 2007 graduate of General Brown Central School, Dexter, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from St. Lawrence University, Canton.

At Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas:

Air Force Airman Zachary P. Harper, son of Dennis Harper, State Highway 812, Ogdensburg. Mr. Harper is a 2010 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy.

Air Force Airman Titus E. Hammel, son of Deanna and Kenneth Hammel, State Highway 72, Potsdam. He is a 2010 graduate of Parishville-Hopkinton Central School, Parishville.

@datebook city label underlined:Evans Mills, Philadelphia, Ogdensburg

Complete basic training: Three north country residents have completed basic military training.

At Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.:

Navy Seaman Recruit Taymalise M. Tillman, daughter of Tina M. Tillman, Evans Mills. Miss Tillman is a 2011 graduate of Watertown High School.

Navy Airman Recruit Shane R. Lortie is a 2010 graduate of Indian River Central School, Philadelphia.

At Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas:

Air Force Airman Christopher W. McKeown, son of Brenda Morrow, State Street, Ogdensburg. Mr. McKeown is a 2005 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from SUNY Potsdam.

Course Completion

@datebook city label underlined:Black River

Completes military course: Army Pvt. Joshua G. Pierce, son of Jeffery G. Pierce, Cemetery Road, Black River, has graduated from the Fire Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. He is a 2011 graduate of Carthage Central School.

High schools


@datebook city label underlined:Throughout the area

Scholarships: The Northern Zone of New York State Retired Teachers Association recently awarded its $200 2012 Scholarships to recent graduates of high schools in Franklin and St. Lawrence counties.

@datebook city label underlined:Bombay

Errolyn Bradley, daughter of Meg and Brett Bradley, Bombay, will attend SUNY Potsdam to study elementary and special education.

@datebook city label underlined:Constable

Katelyn Tatro, daughter of Suanne and Joseph Tatro, Constable, will attend SUNY Plattsburgh to study communication disorders.

@datebook city label underlined:Lisbon

Allison Akins, daughter of Rebecca and Mark Akins, Lisbon, will attend SUNY Cortland to study mathematics and adolescent education, with a minor in business administration.

@datebook city label underlined:Madrid

Meghan Gabri, daughter of Buffy and Stephan Gabri, Madrid, will attend SUNY Potsdam to study elementary education.



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

@datebook city label underlined:Hopkinton

Receives Ph.D.: Michael E. Hopkins, Philadelphia, Pa., recently received a doctorate degree in psychological and brain sciences from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. He also received the Hannah Croasdale Award for excellence. Mr. Hopkins’s research explored the benefits of exercise on brain function. Mr. Hopkins is coauthor of 13 published articles. His work has been highlighted on the website of National Institutes of Health and featured in national news media, including The New York Times and Huffington Post.

Mr. Hopkins also received a departmental teaching award and earned honors in Dartmouth’s medical school. Mr. Hopkins, son of Anne and Steve Hopkins, Hopkinton, is a graduate of Parishville-Hopkinton Central School, Parishville, received a bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience from Colgate University, Hamilton, and attended the Clarkson School, Potsdam. He was a colon cancer research assistant at Rockefeller University, New York City, and is a fellow at SpecialtyCare, Inc., Philadelphia, a company advancing the field of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring.

President’s list

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

Herkimer County Community College

To receive president’s list honors at Herkimer County Community College for the spring semester, students must receive a grade point average of 3.8 or higher.

@datebook city label underlined:Boonville

Lisa Evans, travel and tourism: hospitality and events management

Reina Platt, liberal arts and sciences: general studies

@datebook city label underlined:Camden

Beth A. Giordano, business: accounting

@datebook city label underlined:Carthage

Jennifer Lynn Schack, teaching assistant certificate

@datebook city label underlined:Colton

Mary Elizabeth Smith, medical coding/transcriptionist certificate

@datebook city label underlined:Edwards

Danielle Nicole Mullaney, digital filmmaking

@datebook city label underlined:Lowville

Sloane D. Zehr, liberal arts and sciences: general studies

@datebook city label underlined:Massena

Kayla A. Martin, business: business administration

@datebook city label underlined:Ogdensburg

Margaret M. Smith, business: accounting

@datebook city label underlined:Sandy Creek

Cynthia A. Lowe, paralegal

@datebook city label underlined:Saranac Lake

Frances B. Ballou, criminal justice: cybersecurity

@datebook city label underlined:Turin

Abby E. Black, liberal arts and sciences: social science

@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Joshua B. Wilcox, emergency medical technician-paramedic

SUNY Cortland

To receive president’s list honors at SUNY Cortland for the spring semester, students must receive a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

@datebook city label underlined:Chaumont

Sarah Pascal, senior, health education

@datebook city label underlined:Constableville

Megan Kraeger, senior, community health

@datebook city label underlined:Norwood

Emily Cotey, junior, exercise science

@datebook city label underlined:Ogdensburg

Brittany Smith, senior, athletic training

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