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@datebook city label underlined:South Colton

Honored: Ed Woolston, South Colton, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD). Mr. Woolston received the award and plaque in November at the Jay B. Nash Award Dinner during NYS AHPRED’s annual conference at Turning Stone Convention Center, Verona.

Mr. Woolston received a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from SUNY Brockport, a master’s degree in education from SUNY Potsdam and an administrative certification from St. Lawrence University, Canton. He was director of health, physical education and athletics for 30 years at Colton-Pierrepont Central School, Colton, retiring in 1999. He served as the town of Colton and Colton-Pierrepont Central School’s director of summer recreation programs for 20 years and was Section 10 representative on the state Public High School Central Committee for 20 years, where he served six years on the safety committee.

Mr. Woolston was a member of the NYS AHPERD board of directors for six years, serving as board chairman for three. He served as president of both the Retirees Section and Northern Zone, was a turnkey yrainer for Goals 2000 and organized zone and county staff development days. He has received the Northern Zone Service Award, Council of Administrators Special Service Award, Northern Zone Amazing Person Award and the Retiree Section Amazing Person Award.

Notable donations

@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Notable donation: The Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County partnered with Watertown Tractor Supply Co. to raise $477 for 4-H in Jefferson County. The funds were raised from the sale of 4-H Clovers and a percentage of all transactions at the store from Sept. 19 to 30. Both were recently honored for winning the “Class Champion” for fundraising.


@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Winners: The seventh annual “Good Deeds” Contest has announced first-, second- and third-place winners. Winners were honored, along with all nominees, at a reception Dec. 14 at Fireside at Partridge Berry Inn, Watertown. Local youths were honored for their acts of kindness and making a difference for others and the community through good deeds.

Ben Towles took first place, receiving a new laptop computer. A senior at South Jefferson Central School, Adams, he was honored for his wish through the Make a Wish Foundation. Mr. Towels, who is battling cancer, is working with an author to write a book about his journey, struggles and hopes to donate to hospital waiting rooms.

Second place, and a $250 Staples gift card, was won by Ryan Cullen. A senior at Alexandria Central School, Alexandria Bay, he was honored for developing a “Green Team” to assure the school is recycling as much as possible to lessen its carbon footprint.

Ellen Oliver took third-place honors, along with a digital camera/camcorder. A freshman at Thousand Islands Central School, Clayton, she was honored for her assistance with the Salvation Army soup kitchen and red kettle campaign and donating 12 boxes for Operation Christmas Child for her birthday.

Armed forces

Basic training

@datebook city label underlined:Adams, Boonville, Pulaski

Complete basic training: Navy Seaman Recruit Thomas G. Colton, son of Larry M. Colton, Adams; Navy Seaman Recruit Rachel L. Barnes, a 2012 graduate of Adirondack High School, Boonville; and Navy Seaman Recruit Peter A. Whitaker, son of Rachel M. Whitaker, Pulaski, and Mark A. Whitaker, Pulaski, recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Colton is a 2008 graduate of South Jefferson Central School, Adams. Whitaker is a 2012 graduate of Pulaski Central School.


@datebook city label underlined:Throughout the area

Promoted: Several local members of the Army National Guard were recently promoted.

@datebook city label underlined:Adams Center

Jose Acostamarin, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 102nd Military Police Battalion, promoted to private first class

@datebook city label underlined:Carthage

David Martin, 1427th Transportation Company, promoted to staff sergeant

@datebook city label underlined:Gouverneur

Leon Wells, Company C (Signal), 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, promoted to staff sergeant

@datebook city label underlined:Harrisville

Joel Chambers, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 427th Brigade Support Battalion, promoted to specialist

@datebook city label underlined:Henderson

Joshua Young, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-108th Infantry, promoted to specialist

@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Matthew Tucker, Company B (Maintenance), 427th Brigade Support Battalion, promoted to private

High schools


@datebook city label underlined:Heuvelton

Ambassador: Cassandra J. Layng, a junior at Heuvelton Central School, spent the summer as a student ambassador with People to People’s Student Ambassador Program. She spent time in Italy, Sicily and Greece. Miss Layng received funding from the American Association of University Women’s Open Windows for Girls program, helping with expenses for her travels. She plans to study civil engineering or architecture in college and hopes to spend this summer with People to People to view eco-friendly construction projects in Australia.



@datebook city label underlined:Saranac Lake

Scholarships: The Adirondack Health Foundation has given three $3,500 scholarships to students pursuing an education for careers in the health-care field. Winners of the scholarship are studying at North Country Community College:

Kailei Minnie, registered nursing

Danielle Phelan, registered nursing

Miranda Ward, licensed practical nursing

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