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@datebook city label underlined:Cape Vincent

Honored: Mike Hinckley, Cape Vincent, was named the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Month for December. Mr. Hinckley graduated in 1957 from Cape Vincent schools, worked for the town of Cape Vincent, then 25 years for Crowley’s Milk Plant, LaFargeville, and retired in 2000 as a New York State corrections officer. He started working at restoring local cemeteries shortly after retirement, repairing and restoring Riverside Cemetery, St. John’s Church Cemetery and Market Street Cemetery, all of Cape Vincent, Corbins Corners Baptist Cemetery, Depauville, and Rutland Howell Cemetery, Black River. In 2007, he conducted a cemetery walking tour as part of the French Festival festivities and has collected records on all of the cemeteries he has restored.

@datebook city label underlined:Throughout the area

Honored: Several north country Catholics were awarded Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice crosses by Pope Francis. Bishop Terry R. LaValley conferred the crosses at a special vespers service at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Ogdensburg, on Dec. 8. Each person received a medal and a certificate explaining the award.

@datebook city label underlined:Lake Placid

Catherine Sponable, Lake Placid, is a parishioner of St. Agnes Church, Lake Placid. She was born in New York City and received a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., and a master’s degree from New York University, New York City. She moved from New York City to Lake Placid in 1971 to care for her parents. Since 1971, she has served as sacristan and from 1990 to 2010, served as wedding coordinator. Miss Sponable assists the parish through office secretarial work.

@datebook city label underlined:Massena

Mary Besio, Massena, is a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church, Massena. She graduated in 1947 from Norfolk High School, and worked with her sister at a restaurant in Massena. From 1947 to 1955, she worked for Alcoa, Massena, leaving to care for her family. In 1973, Mrs. Besio became parish secretary, where she served for 33 years and continues to volunteer after her retirement in 2012. Mrs. Besio is a member of Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, Sacred Heart League, Parish Council, Bereavement Committee and Church Bazaar Committee.

@datebook city label underlined:Ogdensburg

Catherine Denny, Ogdensburg, is a parishioner of Notre Dame Church, Ogdensburg. She retired as a therapy aide for St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, Ogdensburg, where she worked for many years. Mrs. Denny volunteers as a driver to take patients at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home, Ogdensburg, to and from daily Mass, and volunteers at St. Joseph’s.

Sister Mary Teresa LaBrake, Ogdensburg, recently retired from parish ministry at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Ogdensburg. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from D’Youville College, Buffalo, 1959, and a master’s degree in education from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1959. She made her religious profession on June 22, 1954, at the Motherhouse of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Malrose Park, Pa. Sister LaBrake served as an elementary teacher at Catholic schools in Ogdensburg, Jackson Heights, and Atlanta, Ga. She served as a principal in Catholic schools in Ogdensburg, Eden and Buffalo. In 1990, Sister LaBrake became assistant superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Ogdensburg, a position she held for seven years. In 1997, she became pastoral associate for St. Mary’s Cathedral, where she worked until retirement in June. Sister LaBrake volunteers at the cathedral parish, visiting the sick and leading the Evangelization team.

@datebook city label underlined:Turin

Mary Ann Lepkowski, Turin, is a parishioner of St. Hedwig’s Church, Houseville. She received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego and master’s degree from the University at Albany. She taught at Beaver River Central School, Beaver Falls, and after retiring from there, taught at St. Peter’s School, Lowville. Ms. Lepkowski is a Eucharistic minister, catechist and is a member of St. Hedwig Women’s Guild. She assists the poor in Poland and South America.

@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Elizabeth Hartzell, Watertown, is a parishioner at St. Anthony’s Church, Watertown. After graduating from Mercy Nursing School, Buffalo, she was a nurse. After marriage, she was a stay-at-home mother.

Patricia Stabins, Watertown, is a parishioner at St. Patrick’s Church, Watertown. She graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy, Watertown, and was a telephone operator. After her marriage in 1959, she worked in her husband’s dental practice and as an independent antiques dealer. Mrs. Stabins has volunteered at both the parish and parochial school. She is a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and Liturgy Committee and served as Eucharistic minister and catechist for the parish. She visits those in nursing homes and is a member of the Sacred Heart Foundation.


@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Winners: Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County, with Watertown Tractor Supply Co., received the Class Champion award for meeting company goals during the 4-H/TSC Fall 2012 Paper Clover Competition. At least 15 percent of all transactions at the tractor store included a paper clover donation, so the store will receive a 4-H ribbon in recognition.

Armed forces


@datebook city label underlined:Throughout the Area

Promoted: Several Northern New York members of the Army National Guard recently received promotions.

@datebook city label underlined:Canton

Aaron Curry, Company B, 2-108th Infantry, promoted to specialist

@datebook city label underlined:Evans Mills

Brittany Connerley, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, promoted to staff sergeant

@datebook city label underlined:Gouverneur

Jordan Durham, Company B (Maintenance), 427th Brigade Support Battalion, promoted to private

@datebook city label underlined:Philadelphia

Jon Askerneese, Company E (Forward Support Company Infantry), 427th Brigade Support Battalion, promoted to sergeant first class

@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Nathaniel Braun, Company B (Maintenance), 427th Brigade Support Battalion, promoted to private first class



@datebook city label underlined:Fort Drum

Honored: Kenneth Payton and DeAnna Krueger, both of Fort Drum, were recently inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest honor society. Mr. Payton was inducted at Syracuse University, and Ms. Krueger was inducted at the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Fla.


@datebook city label underlined:Canton

Receives grant: Charles Pepiton, visiting assistant professor of performance and communication arts at St. Lawrence University, Canton, recently received a $3,000 grant from the New York Council for the Humanities for his performance project, “Now at the Uncertain Hour.” The premier performance will be May 10 at Edwards Opera House.

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