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Elected: Officers of the Northpole Fire Department were installed at a recent Installation Banquet.

Fire chief — Joseph A. Wargo, who has served as chief since August 2010. He is a Jefferson County probation officer.

First assistant chief — Robert W. Tennies, who has served as first assistant chief for five years and is captain of the Fort Drum Fire Department and a New York State fire instructor.

Second assistant chief — Joseph M. Bova, who also received the Firefighter of the Year award. He has given seminars on first aid and CPR to firefighters and is EMS captain.

President — Timothy J. Sherbino

Secretary — Carl Carr

Assistant secretary — Angelo Gomez

Treasurer — Charlie Oatridge

Board of directors — Scott Alexander

At the ceremony, Donald F. Towles III was honored for helping save the life of a Rodman man after a farm accident in July, and was given the Special EMS award. Mr. Towles, a licensed EMT, was working at Porterdale Farms on Route 155 in Rodman when the owner of the farm, Gregory G. Porter, was run over by a cattle trailer.

Janelle Cronk, reading consultant at Sherman Elementary School, Watertown, received the EMS Lifesaver award. Ms. Cronk, a critical care technician, was honored for her actions on the night of Feb. 17, when she responded to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Route 11 near the Northpole Fire Department. She took control of the scene and assisted in the treatment of three adults and three young children, some of whom suffered serious injuries.

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Benches dedicated: Three rustic benches were recently placed in the permaculture garden at St. Lawrence University, Canton. The garden will yield seasonal fruits, nuts and herbs for people and provide a habitat for birds, insects and animals. The benches were built by Fred Peryer, Rustic Creations, as part of the North Country Folk Series and made possible by a 2012 campus innovation grant. The benches were dedicated during and April 25 ceremony in the garden.


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Honored: The English department at Jefferson Community College, Watertown, released Volume XXIV of the Black River Review, a journal of poetry, prose and fine arts, on April 29 with a campus reading and presentation. Several students were honored for outstanding contributions. To view the publication online, visit

@datebook city label underlined:Outstanding Art Contribution Award

Matthew R. Bradley, Watertown, ‘Morning Light,” BRR cover design

Danielle O. O’Brien, Adams Center, collage submission, “Thousand Islands Bridge”

Kathleen P. Clark, Watertown, pencil drawing, “Forest Life”

@datebook city label underlined:Outstanding Writing Contribution Award

Spencer D. Patterson, Adams Center, poetry submissions, “Pretend, My Brother,” and “God’s Touch”

Mariana Bruno Da Silva, Evans Mills, fiction submission, “How to be a Journalist”



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Presents senior research project: Brian Magovney, senior at St. Lawrence University, Canton, presented his senior research project at the 21st annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Marist College, Poughkeepsie. Mr. Magovney’s project was titled “The Bradley Terry Model for Ranking Division III Baseball Teams.”


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

Ashland (Ohio) University

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Ann Taylor Fitzgerald, bachelor’s degree, nursing, 2003 graduate of West Geauga High School, Chester, Ohio

Herkimer County Community College

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Sean Patrick Messier, associate degree, radio-television broadcasting

@datebook city label underlined:Calcium

Christina Marie Herrera, associate degree, liberal arts and sciences: general studies

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Cristen Leigh Davis, associate degree, bsuiness: sports and recreation management

@datebook city label underlined:Chaumont

Ashley Morgan Kalk, associate degree, liberal arts and sciences: social science

@datebook city label underlined:Croghan

KaTina Aucter, teaching assistant certificate

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Brittany Lynn Rust, associate degree, early childhood

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DaQuan Jameer Corbitt, associate degree, liberal arts and sciences: physical education

@datebook city label underlined:Lowville

Keely M. Sammon, associate degree, early childhood

@datebook city label underlined:Lyons Falls

Amelia Mae Elizabeth Campbell, associate degree, liberal arts and sciences: social science

Morgan Rose Ward, associate degree, paralegal

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Katelyn Emily Ross, associate degree, liberal arts and sciences: general studies

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Margaret M. Smith, associate degree, business: accounting

@datebook city label underlined:Port Leyden

Aarron L. Weaver, associate degree, communication arts: music industry

Caroline A. Yauger, associate degree, business: business administration

Evangeline T. Yelton, associate degree, human services

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Timothy A. Baker, associate degree, business: accounting

Tracy L. Sanford, associate degree, business: human resource management


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Scholarship: Anthony Thompson, Carthage, a student at SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, recently received the Ranger School Endowment Scholarship. Mr. Thompson is a sophomore in the college’s environmental and natural resources conservation program at the Ranger School, Wanakena.

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