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Honored: Volunteers at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, were honored at a volunteer recognition dinner May 21 at Clarkson University, Potsdam. Volunteers with five or more years of service were honored and three volunteers were honored with awards.

2013 Volunteer of the Year Award — Pat Poste, patient registration greeter

Dan Fritz Volunteer Service Award — Edward Sachs, volunteer chaplain

Eileen Horton Volunteer Service Award — Sharon Cotey, gift shop volunteer

Notable donations


Donation: The SUNY Potsdam and Buffalo State College softball and women’s lacrosse teams honored those who lost lives to cancer and those affected by cancer at their April 27th games. Teams held a moment of silence to honor those lost and the fields were decorated with pink ribbons and a pink outlined baseline and batters box. The SUNY Potsdam Bears sold pink T-shirts for $10 each and raised $600 for Breast Cancer Patient Navigation at Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care.


Blue Mountain Lake

Winners: On June 2, winners were announced for the Adirondack Center for Writing’s annual Adirondack Literary Award winners.

Best Children’s Book — “Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey The War of 1812,” by Hope Irvin Marston.

Best Book of Fiction — “Far Alaska,” by Mason Smith.

Best Memoir — “How Was I supposed to Know? The Adventures of a Girl Whose Name Means Lost,” by Lorna Lee.

Best Book of Nonfiction — “Women on the Water,” by Ruth Dandrea, Kathy DeLong, Carol Moseman and Bonnie Sanderson.

Best Book of Poetry — “Perpetual Motion,” by Marilyn McCabe.

People’s Choice Award — “What’s an Elephant Doing in the Ausable River?” by George Speedy Arnold.

Cape Vincent

Winners: Winners of the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce annual Spring Walleye and Northern Pike Derby have been announced. The derby, held May 25, had more than 50 participants and was sponsored by Knowlton Technologies, Watertown. Winners were:

Walleye Division

First place — Matthew Plumpton, Watertown

Second place — Gabe Szafranski, Ogdensburg

Third place — Jeff Bailey, Ogdensburg

Northern Pike Division

First place — Kenny and Hunter Garnsey, Clayton

Second place — Gene Bolton, Watertown

Third place — Bob Ranalletta, Saratoga Springs




Volunteers: Members of SUNY Canton’s Greek organizations recently volunteered their time at Grace Episcopal Church’s Friday Soup Kitchen in Canton. The students helped prepare and serve the meal. In addition, the college’s Greek Council donated funding to purchase ingredients and recently raised nearly $700 for both the soup kitchen and the Church and Community Food Pantry Program in Canton.

Dean’s list

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

Dean College,

Franklin, Mass.

To receive dean’s list honors at Dean College for the spring semester, students must receive a grade point average of 3.3 or higher.


Elizabeth Miles

Florida Institute of Technology,

Melbourne, Fla.

To receive dean’s list honors at Florida Institute of Technology for the spring semester, students must receive a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.


Angel Seery, biology science, marine biology

Hudson Valley Community College, Troy

To receive dean’s list at Hudson Valley Community College for the spring semester, students must receive a grade point average between 3.0 and 3.5.


Andrew Armstrong, marketing


Marissa Cappione, business administration

Nazareth College,


To receive dean’s list honors at Nazareth College for the spring semester, students must receive a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


Keylyn Fex, senior, international studies

Alyssa Hughes, junior, communication science and disorders

Cape Vincent

Lizabeth Hall, senior, psychology and inclusive education


Katie Jones, senior, music therapy

Emily Sauter, senior, physical therapy


Eric Disbro, freshman, French


Chelsea Finn, freshman, communication science and disorders

Molly Kingsley, senior, biochemistry

Rachel Nortz, junior, business administration

Morgan Widrick, junior, communication science and disorders


Maggie Gebo, senior, theater arts

Mary Lawrence, junior, French and German

April Mashaw, freshman, history and inclusive education

Rachel Montpelier, senior, communication and rhetoric, English literature concentration

Megan Morrison, senior, health sciences


Jacob Moose, freshman, health sciences


Macee Bonoffski, senior, communication science and disorders

Saranac Lake

Andrea Nye, junior, occupational science


Michael Bufalini, senior, business administration

Kathryn DePerrior, senior, business administration

Angelika Garrabrant, freshman, occupational science

Leslie Johnson, senior, sociology and inclusive education


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

Clarion (Pa.) University


Brooke Hartle, bachelor’s degree, library science

University of San Diego (Calif.)


James Stanley Purcell, bachelor’s degree, finance, magna cum laude

University of Vermont,

Burlington, Vt.


Katherine E. Basham, bachelor’s degree, Spanish


Kate L. Donnelly, bachelor’s degree, psychology

John R. Feeley, master’s degree, business administration

Spencer D. Tubbs, bachelor’s degree, religion


Garth W. Fritz, bachelor’s degree, computer science

Saranac Lake

Michelle L. Brown, master’s degree, natural resources

Arielle N. Retrosi, bachelor’s degree, global studies



Honored: Katie Jones, Carthage, recently received the President’s Community Service Award at Nazareth College, Rochester.

Throughout the area

Inducted: Several north country students at St. Lawrence University, Canton, were recently inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society.


Madeline R. Wetterhahn, sophomore, biology, graduate of South Jefferson Central School, Adams


Taylor J. Gale, sophomore, history, graduate of Gouverneur Central School

Saranac Lake

Maria R. Trummer, sophomore, government, graduate of Saranac Lake Central School

Tupper Lake

Amber L. Lawyer, junior, government, graduate of Tupper Lake Central School

President’s list

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

Coastal Carolina University,

Conway, S.C.

To receive president’s list honors at Coastal Carolina University for the spring semester, students must receive a grade point average of 4.0.

Saranac Lake

Jacquelyn Dubee, sophomore, exercise and sport science

Hudson Valley Community College, Troy

To receive president’s list honors at Hudson Valley Community College for the spring semester, students must receive a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


Shane Roberts, mortuary science


Jenelle Vargulick


Throughout the area

Scholarships: Five north country incoming freshman to SUNY Brockport have received scholarships from the college.


Abigail Mott, dean’s scholarship


Justin Haskins, dean’s scholarship


Alexander Farrell, dean’s scholarship

Sackets Harbor

Olivia Martin, honors scholarship


Erika Losey, dean’s scholarship

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