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Croghan, Watertown

Honored: Jefferson-Lewis Career and Technical Education BOCES will award inaugural Alumni of Distinction Awards to Amy Baker (‘00) and Jason Dunn (‘91), at individual ceremonies at Howard G. Sackett and Charles H. Bohlen Jr. Technical Centers.

Ms. Baker graduated from Sackett’s visual communications program and Beaver River Central School, Beaver Falls. In 2004, she received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Cazenovia College and established a print and graphics business, A-Plus Graphics, Croghan. In addition to her business, Ms. Baker teaches visual communications at the Sackett Center, a position she has held for six years.

Mr. Dunn graduated from Bohlen’s automotive service program and Carthage Central School. After graduation, he accepted a technician position at a local MIDAS automotive center. He served as the shop’s foreman and manager before purchasing the franchise location in 1998, making him the youngest franchisee in the company’s history at the age of 25. In addition, Mr. Dunn owns Golden Touch Motors, a pre-owned automotive dealership in Watertown.

Notable donations

St. Lawrence County

Donates: The St. Lawrence District Order of the Eastern Star recently made a large donation of linens to the Bedding for Soldiers project of Amvets Post 19 Ladies Auxiliary. The donation will help cover active duty soldiers who report to Fort Drum.


Cape Vincent

Winners: The Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its annual Spring Walleye and Northern Pike Derby, held on May 24. The event, attended by more 50 anglers, was sponsored by Knowlton Technologies, Watertown.

Walleye Division

First place — Buck Robinson, Clayton

Second place — Frank Perkins, Dexter

Third place — Mark Daye, Clayton

Northern Pike Division

First place — Diana Shullette, Henderson Harbor

Second place — Erik Demianenko, Adams Center

Third place — Paul Moran, Watertown

Children’s Perch Division

First place — Conner Mothersell, Rodman


Winners: The winners of the 2014 Hope Raffle of Holy Name of Jesus Academy, Massena, have been announced.

First prize — Leo Tallman, $1,000

Second prize — Rachael Hamilton, Jupiter, Fla., $500

Third prize — Dr. and Mrs. Lance Tardugno, Vernon Center, $250

Fourth prize — Francis Schoelen, Post Falls, Ind., $100

Armed forces



Commissioned: Timothy Dudley and Rebecca Hyatt, both of Potsdam and SUNY Potsdam Army ROTC cadets, were commissioned into the Army at the grade of second lieutenant on May 16. Mr. Dudley majors in business administration and Ms. Hyatt majors in psychology.

High schools



Scholarships: Carlie Leary and Rachel (Nikki) Zeitzmann, seniors at Massena Central School, recently were named 2014 recipients of the Jeannette and Saul Rosenbaum Memorial Scholarship, worth $500 toward the first year of college studies. Miss Leary, daughter of Candida Tavernier, Massena, will major in environmental studies at Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts, New York City. Miss Zeitzmann, daughter of Robert Zeitzmann, Massena, will major in nursing at SUNY Canton.


Dean’s list

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

Heidelberg University, Tiffin, Ohio

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


Sophie Goobic, senior, biology


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


Receives doctorate: Bridget Teele, Lisbon, received a doctorate of physical therapy from Nazareth College, Rochester, on May 11.


Receives master’s degree: Matthew Furtado, Philadelphia, received a master’s degree in business from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan., on May 18.


Receives doctorate: Neil Hunter, Watertown, received a doctorate of pharmacy degree from Union University, Jackson, Tenn., on May 17.


Belleville, Dexter

Honored: Kate S. Gehrke, Belleville, and Juliann R. Schindler, Dexter, students at Jefferson Community College, Watertown, recently received the SUNY 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Ms. S. Gehrke graduated from JCC with an associate degree in business administration. Miss Gehrke, 2012 graduate of Belleville Henderson Central School, Belleville, received the Jefferson Can Community Scholars Scholarship, Jefferson Community College Foundation Lewis Merill Scholarship, Northern New York Community Foundation Peter White Scholarship and NNYCF Ralph Brouty Scholarship. She is a member of Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, was named to the president’s list each semester and is a scholar athlete, playing both softball and soccer, serving as team captain for women’s soccer. Ms. Gehrke is a member of the business club, a participant of JCC’s Relay for Life and volunteer for Jefferson Gala and community that supports Hospice and the Children’s Miracle Network. She works at Regis Hair Salon and was named Outstanding First-Year Student by the Enrollment Management and Student Life Division in 2013.

Ms.Schindler graduated from JCC with an associate degree in hospitality and tourism, with a concentration in hotel/restaurant management. She will soon begin employment as the director of sales and marketing for Quality Inn and Suites, Watertown. She was named to the president’s list each semester at JCC and is a member of Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Miss Schindler served as both president and treasurer of JCC’s Student Government, was a member of the campus life committee and a student representative on the Faculty Student Association board of directors. She was elected alternate community college representative, a voting delegate for SUNY Student Assembly and served as director of communications for the SUNY Student Assembly from 2014 to 2015. Miss Schindler served as president of the Clayton Figure Skating Club and volunteers for the Miss Thousand Islands Pageant and Miss Central New York Pageant.

Throughout the area

Honored: Several area students received awards during the Moving-Up Day ceremony at St. Lawrence University, Canton, held on April 26.


Class of 1934 Scholarship: English — Madeline R. Wetterhahn, junior, biology and English, graduate of South Jefferson Central School, Adams

Black River

Dr. F.W. Delmage Pre-Medical Prize and Presidential Diversity Scholar — Christopher A. Kellogg, senior, biology, graduate of Copenhagen Central School


Dr. O. Kenneth Bates Prize for Mathematics Award — Lara C. Clemons, senior, mathematics and biochemistry, graduate of Hugh C. Williams Senior High School, Canton

Alexander Black Medal — Christopher M. Melville, senior, English, graduate of Hugh C. Williams Senior High School, Canton


Consler Teacher Award — Lindsay F. Hanson, senior, English, graduate of General Brown Central School, Dexter

Presidential Diversity Scholar — Raina K. Puels, sophomore, English, graduate of General Brown Central School, Dexter

Dr. O. Kenneth Bates Prize for Mathematics Award — Spencer J. Timerman, senior, computer science and mathematics, graduate of General Brown Central School, Dexter


Outstanding Sophomore Award — Joshua T. Eng, sophomore, performance and communication arts and business in liberal arts, graduate of Norwood-Norfolk Central School, Norwood


Kirk Douglas Drama Award — Samantha W. Bice, senior, performance and communication arts, graduate of Clifton-Fine Central School, Star Lake


Outstanding Media Project — Zöe A. Garry, senior, multiple fields, graduate of Watertown High School

President’s list

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

SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica

To receive president’s list honors at SUNY Institute of Technology for the spring semester, students must receive a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

Port Leyden

Amy McLoughlin


Abby Black


Emily Lafary

Studying abroad

Throughout the area

Studied abroad: Several north country students at SUNY Potsdam have completed study abroad programs.


Timothy Platt, history, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, for spring semester


Abigail Honsky, psychology, Hull University, Hull, England, for spring semester


Andrew Duffer, music education, Jamaica Field Service Abroad Program in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, in March for 10-day learning trip


Katherine Catimon, mathematics, Jamaica Field Service Abroad Program in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, in March for 10-day learning trip

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