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Milestone: Robert Gray, right, Heuvelton, recently tested and received his sixth degree black belt in Taekwondo. He was promoted by grandmaster John Pellegrini, left, Independent Taekwondo Association.

Master Gray began martial arts in 1974, and in 1988 began studying Taekwondo under Sam Kim. In 1995, he also began studying combat Hapkido under grandmaster Pellegrini. In addition to his sixth degree black belt in Taekwondo, he also holds a fifth degree black belt in combat Hapkido, is a licensed police defensive tactics instructor and a licensed military combatives instructor. Master gray was inducted in 2001 into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame, in 2004 into the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame and in 2006 into the Budo Magazine Hall of Fame.

He has taught martial arts programs since 1993, and ran the Clarkson University Taekwondo Club from 1999 to 2006. Master Gray has taught military combatives seminars to 10th Mountain Division soldiers at Fort Drum and has supported his training with trips to Afghanistan in 2006 and Iraq in 2008. Currently, he teaches classes in Potsdam and DeKalb.


Milestone: Matthew J. Malinowski, 23, Cicero, graduated from Syracuse Regional Police Academy on Oct. 21. He was one of 20 recruits who were hired by the Syracuse Police Department. He is also a graduate of SUNY Oswego, with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

Mr. Malinowski is the son and stepson of Amy and Duane Clark, Pulaski,; son and stepson of Matthew Sr. and Leslie Malinowski, Syracuse; grandson and stepgrandson of Sandra Belden and the late Thomas Belden, Watertown; and grandson of Barbara Malinowski and the late Joseph Malinowski, Utica. The family celebrated with a luncheon in Syracuse following the graduation ceremony.


Throughout the Area

Winners: The Massena Artists Association has announced the winners of its recent 27th annual membership art exhibit. Fifty-eight pieces in various styles and media were submitted by 27 artist members of the association. All artwork remained on display at the Massena Public Library through Oct. 28.

2011-2012 Artist of the Year

Catherine LaPointe, Massena, with emphasis on her oil painting, “Still Life on Tin.” Ms. LaPointe is a 2010 graduate of Syracuse University, with a bachelor's degree in illustration. She is a freelance graphic design artist and has been an association member since 2010. In addition to graphic design, she works in both watercolor and ink drawing. Ms. LaPointe has previously won association exhibits in oil and acrylic painting.

First place

Cecilia Dewey, pastel, “Idol (Budda)”

Lorna Eldred, drawing, “Amarylis”

Louise Giroux, watercolor/mixed media painting, “Poppies”

Leon LeBeau, acrylic painting, “Out of Darkness”

Sallie Patterson, oil painting, “Roses”

Heather Perry, photo, “Full Strawberry Moon”

Second place

Eileen LaBarge, pastel, “Lupines in June”

Vern Mauk, oil painting, “Thaw”

Michiko Taylor, watercolor, “Colin”

Judy Tierney, acrylic painting, “Chipmunk's Fall Dinner”

Third place

Eileen LaBarge, oil painting, “Wallflowers”

Marguerite Mooers, watercolor, “Fish Bowl”

Donna Smith, acrylic painting, “Old Fort Covington High School”

Denise Tomlins, pastel, “After the Storm”

Honorable mentions

Bethanne Beshaw, acrylic painting, “The Pump House”

Pamela May, oil painting, “Reflections”



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

Auburn University at

Montgomery (Ala.)

Fort Drum

Whitney Shafaye Hughes, bachelor's degree


Throughout the area

Honored: The following north country juniors at St. Lawrence University, Canton, were recently inducted into Psi Chi, the national psychology honorary society. To be selected for membership, students must have an overall average minimum of 3.3 and a psychology average minimum of 3.4.


Jennifer E. Olson, psychology, graduate of Hugh C. Williams Senior High School, Canton


Chelsea M. Cavellier, psychology, graduate of General Brown Central School, Dexter

Kelsey E. Leubner, psychology, graduate of General Brown Central School, Dexter


Patrick C. Mullen, neuroscience, graduate of Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling

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