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@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Bridge Scores: Winners of weekly games sponsored by the Northern New York Duplicate Bridge Club are announced.

March 21: First place, Ada Jane Northrop and Helen Keohane; second place, the Rev. Leo Wiley and Mai Liinve; third place, Renee Lustick and Ruth Fish; and fourth place, Judy Vespa and Shirley Warren

March 26: First place, Jean Pennock and Judy Vespa; second place, Kathy Evans and Molly Heary; and third place, Charles Evans and Helen Keohane

March 28: First place, Mart and Mai Liinve; second place, Shirley Warren and the Rev. Leo Wiley; third place, Ada Jane Northrop and Jean Pennock; fourth place, Charles Evans and Judy Vespa; and fifth place, Irma Hammond and Helen Keohane

Armed forces

Comings and goings

@datebook city label underlined:North Russell

Serving abroad: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Moore, native of North Russell, is serving at Cooperative Security Location, Compalapa, El Salvador. A four-year veteran, he works as a master-at-arms, assisting in maintaining order and discipline.


@datebook city label underlined:Throughout the area

Promoted: Several north country members of the Army National Guard recently received promotions.

@datebook city label underlined:Adams Center

Jose Acostamarin, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 102nd Military Police Battalion, promoted to specialist

@datebook city label underlined:Canton

Zarrien Sloan, 206th Military Police Company, promoted to private

@datebook city label underlined:Fort Drum

Jon Sahagun, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-108th Infantry, promoted to specialist

@datebook city label underlined:Lowville

Lindsay Crabtree, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, promoted to sergeant first class

@datebook city label underlined:Redwood

Gary Dollinger, Company B, 2-108th Infantry, promoted to sergeant

@datebook city label underlined:Richville

Kyle Sharpe, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 102nd Military Police Battalion, promoted to specialist

@datebook city label underlined:Theresa

James Brown, Forward Support Company, 204th Engineer Battalion, promoted to sergeant

@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Jason Ryan, Company B (Maintenance), 427th Brigade Support Battalion, promoted to staff sergeant

High schools


@datebook city label underlined:Sandy Creek

Takes first place: The team from Sandy Creek Central School took fist place in a recent mock trial competition. The Sandy Creek team served as prosecution for a fictitious case involving hydrofracking and pollution. After their win, the team eill advance to the regional competition on April 26 in Broome County.



@datebook city label underlined:Theresa

Places in competition: Jacob Barbrow, Theresa, took fifth place in the carpentry category at the 14th annual New York State Postsecondary SkillsUSA Competition, held March 29 to 30 at Alfred State College’s School of Applied Technology, Wellsville. Mr. Barbrow will represent SUNY Delhi in the National SkillsUSA Championship, held in June in Kansas City.


@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Honored: Laura Hirst, daughter of Matthew and Susan Hirst, Watertown, received a Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at a ceremony and reception on April 2 at Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany. Ms. Hirst, the 2010 salutatorian of Watertown High School, is a dual major in political science and history at SUNY Fredonia, with a minor in international studies. She was nominated for the award by faculty in the college’s history and political science departments, who spoke highly of both Ms. Hirst’s academic excellence and desire to learn.

In addition to on-campus learning, she studied central European history, the Czech political system and language at Univerzita Karlova, Prague, and served as an English translator with the Memory of Nations Project with Cesky Rozhlas (Czech Radio). “African Union: The Challenge of Peace,” the essay written for Ms. Hirst’s Honors Senior Capstone Course, “Africa: Conflict and Crises,” was presented at the regional Phi Alpha Theta, held at the Buffalo State College in April.

Her seven scholarships include a New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Meichelbeck and Watertown Musicales Scholarships from the Northern New York Community Foundation, and scholarships from John and Helen Mancuso, Fiat Lux, Ann James Manley, David H. Carahan and college faculty and staff. Ms. Hirst is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, Golden Key International Honour Society, Sigma Iota Rho, Phi Alpha Theta and Alpha Lambda Delta. She is a founding member and vice president of SUNY Fredonia’s International Club, was vice president of the Model European Union, has performed with the All College Band, University Chorus and Gospel Choir, and served congressional internships with Senator Charles Schumer and Representative Bill Owens.


@datebook city label underlined:Potsdam

Receives fellowship: Katie L. Poetz, aPh.D. student at Clarkson University, Potsdam, received a National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute fellowship for the summer. Ms. Poetz, a fourth-year student, studying organic polymer chemistry, will visit Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, for 10 weeks to investigate the conjugation efficiency between various peptides and polymers for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. Her thesis work is focused on the development of novel biomaterials, in particular surface-eroding polyanyhydrides and polymer-peptide conjugates, both of which have potential for delivery of therapeutics and tissue engineering.

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