In the news
Honored: Brian Bennett, DePeyster, was named the Northeast Organic Farming Associations 2014 organic farmer of the year. In addition to the farm he works with his wife, Mr. Bennett works as a mentor to new farmers and teaches hands-on sustainability to area students and volunteers. He has worked as the workshop coordinator for the Local Living Festival and as vegetable specialist for North Country Grown Cooperative.
Honored: Burt W. Phillips, town of Watertown, received the New York State Retired Teachers Association highests award, the Certificate of Recognition for Distinguished Service, at the associations 63rd annual convention in October. Mr. Phillips has served as the NYSRTA bylaws committee chairman and policy handbook editor for the past seven years and has served the Jefferson and Lewis County North Central Zone in several roles. He is a former science teacher for the Watertown City School District, president of the Watertown Education Association and co-chairman of several of the state teachers union sponsored Teacher to Teacher conferences.
Mr. Phillips has served as a commissioner on the city of Watertown Commission on the Environment and briefly as director on the Board of the Friends of the Flower Memorial Library. He and his wife, Barbara, have four children and nine grandchildren.
Milestones: The Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce recently awarded its 2013 Citizen of the Year Outstanding Community Service and Business Improvement Awards at the annual dinner on Nov. 8, held at the Gran-View Restaurant, Ogdensburg
2013 Citizen of the Year Joe Basta
2013 Outstanding Community Service Award The Ogdensburg Pride & Beautification Commission
2013 Business Improvement Award Hosmers Marina, owned by Bill Hosmer
Notable donation: Corning Incorporated Foundation recently made a donation to the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Foundation to help upgrade the hospitals after hours clinic, Canton. In the past 10 years, the Corning Incorporated Foundation has donated more than $25,000 to the hospital.
Notable donation: Jessica Dilcox, certified nursing attendant at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg, was recently matched as a bone marrow donor for a pediatric blood cancer patient through the Be the Match Registry, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program.
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Notable donations: The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, Johnsburg, recently awarded grants to 30 nonprofit organizations totalling more than $408,000. Grants included those to the Adirondack Curriculum Project for student materials for the fifth Adirondack Congress to be held in the spring at The Wild Center, Tupper Lake; Adirondack Health, Saranac Lake, to help underwrite a series of food health and nutrition demonstrations; Adirondack Public Observatory, Tupper Lake, for educational outreach; First Night Saranac Lake, to purchase 2,000 buttons for the New Years Eve alcohol-free festival; GardenShare, to help underwrite transportation to North Country Food Day youth summit; North Country Public radio, to underwrite Natural Selections; and Pendragon Theatre, Saranac Lake, to fund the tour of Oedipus to students in grades 6-12 of local schools.
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Winners: The Massena Artists Association recently announced winners of its 29th annual Membership Art Exhibit.
2013 Artists of the Year
Sandra A. Young, Dickinson, was named artist of the year, based on the three oil paintings she submitted to the exhibit, Fall in Upstate NY, The River and A Place to Rest. Ms. Young has owned and operated Share A Bear Inc., where she designs and produces dolls and teddy bears in various media, since 1985. She uses her art to raise funds for various causes and works with handicapped children doing art, including teaching at Paul Newmans Camp.
Dorothy J. Badger, photo, Barnum Pond 2
Cecilia Dewey, acrylic painting, Alaskan Native
Vern Mauk, watercolor, Behind Alcoa
A. James Murray, mixed media work, Self Portrait
Arielle Simonds, charcoal drawing, Timeless
Sandra A. Young, oil painting, Fall in Upstate NY
Eileen Boots, acrylic painting, By the Fence
Marjorie Decker, oil painting, Around the Bend
Lorna Eldred, pen and ink drawing, Wolf in Sheeps Clothing, and mixed media work, Mohawk Baskets
Carl Goodrich, photo, Shady City Bridge
Christine Zavgren, watercolor, Swam in Fall Russell Turnpike
Dorothy J. Badger, photo, Franklin Falls Reservoir
Marilyn Burrill, mixed media work, On the River
Cecilia Dewey, acrylic painting, Oswegatchie Reflections
Jackie Hodges, watercolor, Beacon Light
Vern Mauk, ink drawing, Our Tree
Sallie Patterson, oil painting, Fall Reflections
Marilyn Burrill, watercolor, Breezy
Marjorie Decker, oil painting, End of the Day
David Pepe, ink drawing, Adirondack Bath House, and mixed media work, Down the Line
Honored: Lara C. Clemens, Canton, was recently inducted into Chymist, the chemistry departments honorary society at St. Lawrence University, Canton. Miss Clemens, a senior, is a biochemistry and mathematics major at SLU and a graduate of Hugh C. Williams Senior High School, Canton.
Honored: Elise Edmonds, Copenhagen, was inducted into Ithaca Colleges Oracle Honor Society on Nov. 4. Ms. Edmonds is majoring in business administration/marketing at Ithaca College.
Scholarships: Clarkson University, Potsdam, recently awarded scholarships to two north country students.
Nickalaus Painter, senior, computer science and mathematics, received the Donald Clark Sponsored Scholarship
Robin Collyns, senior, biology, received the Donald Clark Sponsored Scholarship
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