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@datebook city label underlined:DePeyster

Honored: Brian Bennett, DePeyster, was named the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s 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.

@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Honored: Burt W. Phillips, town of Watertown, received the New York State Retired Teachers’ Association highest’s award, the Certificate of Recognition for Distinguished Service, at the association’s 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.


@datebook city label underlined:Ogdensburg

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 — Hosmer’s Marina, owned by Bill Hosmer

Notable donations

@datebook city label underlined:Canton

Notable donation: Corning Incorporated Foundation recently made a donation to the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Foundation to help upgrade the hospital’s after hours clinic, Canton. In the past 10 years, the Corning Incorporated Foundation has donated more than $25,000 to the hospital.

@datebook city label underlined:Ogdensburg

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.

@datebook city label underlined:Throughout the area

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 Year’s 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.


@datebook city label underlined:Throughout the area

Winners: The Massena Artists Association recently announced winners of its 29th annual Membership Art Exhibit.

@datebook city label underlined: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 Newman’s Camp.

@datebook city label underlined:First place

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”

@datebook city label underlined:Second place

Eileen Boots, acrylic painting, “By the Fence”

Marjorie Decker, oil painting, “Around the Bend”

Lorna Eldred, pen and ink drawing, “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing,” and mixed media work, “Mohawk Baskets”

Carl Goodrich, photo, “Shady City Bridge”

Christine Zavgren, watercolor, “Swam in Fall — Russell Turnpike”

@datebook city label underlined:Third place

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”

@datebook city label underlined:Honorable mentions

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”



@datebook city label underlined:Canton

Honored: Lara C. Clemens, Canton, was recently inducted into Chymist, the chemistry department’s 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.

@datebook city label underlined:Copenhagen

Honored: Elise Edmonds, Copenhagen, was inducted into Ithaca College’s Oracle Honor Society on Nov. 4. Ms. Edmonds is majoring in business administration/marketing at Ithaca College.


@datebook city label underlined:Constableville, Gouverneur

Scholarships: Clarkson University, Potsdam, recently awarded scholarships to two north country students.

@datebook city label underlined:Constableville

Nickalaus Painter, senior, computer science and mathematics, received the Donald Clark Sponsored Scholarship

@datebook city label underlined:Gouverneur

Robin Collyns, senior, biology, received the Donald Clark Sponsored Scholarship

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