In the news
Honored: Gayle Seymour, Malone, received the Caritas Award in recognition for outstanding service and love for humanity from Catholic Charities of Ogdensburg on Oct. 28 at the organizations annual dinner in Ogdensburg.
Mrs. Seymour, volunteers once a week for Catholic Charities, assists with the Good Samaritan Food Pantry and has worked with United Way. She is a eucharistic minister at Notre Dame Church, Malone, and teaches a first-grade religious education class and volunteers at Holy Family School in Malone. She has also served on the school board and parish council.
She retired from Franklin County government after 37 years, more than 14 years for Social Services and 23 years for the District Attorneys office. She works part time as the court clerk for the towns of Moira and Bangor.
Mrs. Seymour and her husband, Donald, have two children and four grandchildren.
Honored: Evelyn Kormanik, Staten Island, formerly of Watertown, was named a 2012 Woman of Achievement by the Staten Island Advance for her desire to help others. In 2008, she made a new years resolution to give back and started the Staten Island Giving Circle with 24 women. The circle now has more than 200 members who donate food, other items and money both locally to children, homeless and elderly and abroad to such places as Haiti and Slovakia. To date, the group has donated more than $60,000.
Additionally, the group holds bimonthly birthday parties for homeless children staying at a shelter in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island and host monthly lunches for senior citizens in need. Mrs. Kormanik hopes to set up a program for bicycle sharing for children of day laborers and in homeless shelters and would like to see Dine Out Against Hunger, held in Staten Island, become a national program.
Mrs. Kormanik, daughter of the late Rodger William and Margaret J. Beattie, graduated in 1966 from Watertown High School and in 1968 from Jefferson Community College. She is a retired executive stenographer for the state Department of Conservation. She is married to Mike Kormanik.
Completes training: Airman First Class Gordon Lunderman III, formerly of Sackets Harbor, graduated from Air Force basic military training on July 20 and security forces training on Oct. 29.
Airman Lunderman is the son of Barbara Metcalf of Calcium and Gordon Lunderman II of Rincon, Ga. His grandparents, Bill and Mary Simmons, live in Sackets Harbor.
Airman Lunderman will be assigned to Kadena Air Base as a security forces specialist.
Throughout the area
Promoted: Several north country residents who are members of the Army National Guard were recently promoted.
Aaron Curry, Company B, 2-108th Infantry, promoted to private first class
Franzetta Redd, 105th Military Police Company, promoted to sergeant
Staci Gordon, Intelligence and Sustainment Company, 42nd Infantry Division, promoted to private first class
Vimaliz Gorham, 222nd Military Police Company, promoted to sergeant
Amber Klebes, 1427th Transportation Company, promoted to sergeant
Katherine Stevens, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, promoted to specialist
St. Regis Falls
Kenneth Wilson, Company D, 2-108th Infantry, promoted to specialist
Participates in production: Liz Miles, Gouverneur, will star in Cabaret, being performed Oct. 26 in Dean College, Franklin, Mass.
Enrolled at college
Enrolled: Tyler Mina, Potsdam, is enrolled at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C.
Honored: A research paper written by Brian K. Harte, SUNY Canton associate professor of criminal justice, and Umesh Kumar, SUNY Canton assistant professor of finance, recently received Best Paper in [the] Financial Economics Session at the Academy of Business Research Fall International Conference in Atlantic City, N.J. Their paper, The Regulation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Investor Response, analyzes investors response to firms convicted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977. Mr. Harte and Mr. Kumars research paper, Corporate Social Responsibility and Investor Response in the Post-SOX Era was also recognized as the Southern Journal of Business and Economics Best Paper in the Economics at the Academy of Business Research Fall International Conference in 2011.
Scholarship: Lisa Furnace, Massena, recently received a $1,000 American Association of University Women-St. Lawrence County Scholarship. Ms. Furnace is a non-traditional accounting student at SUNY Canton. The scholarship was named in honor of longtime AAUW branch member and SUNY Canton professor emerita Faye W. White, Ogdensburg.
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