Lots going on at the 2017 Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County Fair

by Rachel Hunter
Fair Manager Don Peck said there’s a lot to look forward to at the 2017 Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair! It will be held from Tuesday, August 1 to Sunday, August 6. Admission is free, but there is a small cost for parking. See the following schedule changes and additions to this year’s lineup:
Tuesday, August 1
Harness Racing this year will take place on Thursday, August 3 instead of the traditional opening fair day (Tuesday) so the preparations can be made for the opening night ceremony and concert by Country Music Star Josh Turner on Tuesday, August 1 at 8 p.m. (Gate opens at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased online.
 Wednesday, August 2
Wednesday, August 2 is once again Carlton Peck Band Day at the Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair with the high school band competition at 1 p.m. (free grandstand) and the firemen’s parade at 7 p.m. (free grandstand). New following the parade this year (at about 9 p.m.), Fair Manager Peck said there will be a karaoke contest in the beer tent entertainment area.
Thursday, August 2
Thursday, August 3 will feature harness racing at 11 a.m. (free grandstand). The Trews, Canadian Rock band, will perform at 8 p.m. (Gate opens at 6 p.m.) Tickets are still available, and can be purchased online or at the gate. The opening act will be a local favorite, The Waydown Wailers at 7 p.m.
Friday, August 3
The Local Talent Show will take place on Friday, August 4 at 6:30 p.m. this year. Cost is $5 (under 5 free).
Saturday, August 5
Saturday, August 5 brings Tough Trucks Amateur Show to the Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair. Fairgoers can watch a variety of supped up vehicles work their way through a maze of obstacles on the track.
Amateurs are encouraged to participate in the racing event. The first show is at 2 p.m. (Gate opens at noon). Amateur racers winning in the afternoon will advance to the evening show at 7 p.m. (Gate opens at 5 p.m.) Waivers and pre-inspection of vehicles are required for individual participation.
Local residents don’t need to have a truck to participate. They can enter with demolition derby cars as well. Fair Manager Peck hopes to have 20 to 25 local participants in the contest.
For more information, call the fair office at (315) 287-3010.
Professional Tough Trucks Show will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 5. Tickets are still available, and good for both the afternoon and evening show. Available online and at the gate.
Sunday, August 7
Sunday, August 7 will feature the crowd-pleasing demolition derby at 1 p.m. at the grandstand. (Gate opens at 11 a.m.) Tickets are available online and at the gate.
Ground Acts
A bigger petting zoo will be on the fairgrounds this year – the Eudora Farms Petting Zoo, an interactive, hands on exotic animal petting zoo, from South Carolina.  It includes 20 to 25 rare and exotic animals from around the world.  Animal ambassadors such as, “Little Joe” (the wallaby) “Juliet” (The Scotch Highlander) “Humphrey” (The Camel) “Rascal” (The Fennec Fox) and “Kevin Bacon” (the Pot Belly Pig). “Bubba”, the camel has made a name for himself doing over 30,000 rides in the past three years and entertaining crowds by drinking his diet coke.
Also fairgoers are encouraged to be on the lookout for The Kent Family Circus. They are known for their acts with live animals, magic, fire eating, tight rope, trapeze, side show, bullwhip acts, juggling, and more. Each show is guaranteed to be different so be sure to see them all! Dates, times and locations are yet to be determined. Keep an eye open for this spectacular addition to the Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair.
Commercial Area
Under the grandstand will be an expanded commercial area. Fair Manager Peck said they have already received word that 16 vendors will be on the premises – including: Scentsy, Tupperware, PrincessHouse, ItWorks!, LuLaRoe, Pink Zebra and others. But there is still plenty of space left. Interested crafters and vendors should contact the Fair Office, (315) 287-3010. The cost is $100 for the week (Tuesday through Saturday).
Don’t Miss It
The American Red Cross Blood Mobile will be located across from the Fair Office again this year on Wednesday, August 2 through Friday, August 4.
Fair Manager Peck also mentioned that there will be new food vendors on the fairgrounds.
Also, more farm equipment will be on display in the agricultural display area.
The Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair Office, 85 E. Barney Street, will be open today (Friday, July 21) until noon for entries. Next week they will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kruger Energy presents concept plan for solar project in Fowler

by Rachel Hunter
Kruger Energy wants to build a solar project on the four parcels it owns off County Route 22 in the Town of Fowler.
Representatives Mike McDonald and Tim Conboy presented a concept plan to the Town of Fowler board at its Thursday, July 6 regular meeting.
Kruger Energy is a subsidiary of Kruger, Inc., headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. The company purchased the Emeryville Hydroelectric facility earlier this year – and is interested in further developing the 53 acres of land they acquired in the purchase.
The origins of Kruger Inc. date back to 1904, when Joseph Kruger founded a fine paper business in Montreal. Gene H. Kruger, the founder's son, became president of that company in 1928 at the young age of 25 and expanded it into the manufacture of newsprint, paperboard and tissue products.
As chairman of the board and CEO, Joseph Kruger II, Gene's son, has overseen the company's continual expansion into specialty publication papers, North American tissue products, wines and spirits, forest and wood products, renewable energy and recycling, as well as its modernization with special emphasis on the environment.
The company's activities are divided into two major divisions: Industrial Products (publication papers, forest products, containerboard and packaging) and Consumer Products (tissue products, wines and spirits). Kruger Inc.’s subsidiary, Kruger Energy, develops and operates hydroelectric, solar, wind power, biomass cogeneration and biogas energy projects.
“We are looking at developing, building and operating more solar projects in the US at this time,” Mr. Conboy told the town board.
Kruger Energy has spent the past month looking to see if the property would be an ideal site for a solar project – and they like what they see.
“It has the components,” Mr. Conboy said. “What we look for on a good solar site is relatively flat land where there isn’t going to be any undue environmental or any other impacts – any threatened or endangered species, on wetlands, rare plants and animals, on our neighbors, and on the community.
“Also there is a 23KB National Grid line that runs from the Emeryville Hydro Project, along the road for a little while, follows the railroad track, and cuts along the southern corner of the property that Kruger owns. That would be where the solar project interconnects to the electric grid – something that you need for the kind of project that we want to do.”
Kruger Energy will only be able to use 27 out of the 53 acres.
“There’s a stream, some wetlands, in the southern boundary of the tract,” Mr. Conboy said. “We would have some setbacks from that. We would want to avoid the wetlands. We would setback the edges of the solar project from the adjoining neighbors, from the property lines.”
On the 27 acres of available land, Kruger Energy plans to put up rows of solar panels, aligned from east to west, fixed tilt to the south.
“The sun is usually toward the south on the northern latitudes where we are here,” Mr. Conboy explained.
A gravel access road would lead into the project from County Route 22 in Fowler, and a fence would surround the perimeter of the solar panels.
Mr. Conboy continued to give the town board details on the solar project as follows:
“There would be underground electric cables that would then take the electricity from the solar panels, run them together and pass the electricity through converters (converting it from DC to AC electricity). Then it goes through transformers stepped up to the same voltage that the transmission lines are operated at – and then it would connect to that transmission line. The skill of the project is just under five megawatts AC… Getting just below five megawatts allows us to reduce our costs a bit.
“The project would generate 8,300 megawatt hours per year which probably doesn’t mean much to anybody, but that is the equivalent of electricity used by approximately 1,100 New York households. It is a fair amount of electricity that we could produce.”
Mr. Conboy told the Town of Fowler board that Kruger estimated the total capital investment would be around $7 million. He said the soonest the project could be completed was late in 2018 or possibly summer of 2019. He then commented that the timing would be dependent on whether they received an award from New York State Energy and Resource Development Authority.
“They are conducting a competitive request for proposals to supply them with the renewable energy credits (RECs) from this project,” Mr. Conboy said. “So, this project would generate two main products of value – one being the energy that is put into the grid and the other being the RECs which are the renewable components and NYSERDA will purchase them under a long term contract.”
Mr. Conboy then assured the town board that it would not be an overnight decision.
“We are not going to start the construction next week,” he said. “We have to do the development work. We have to go through the permitting process with the town, the county. We are interested in getting a Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement from the town, county, the IDA, and the school district. So that’s something we want to start a dialogue about. We have to start to go through the whole interconnection process with National Grid to get technical permission to connect the project to the grid. So, we are at the beginning of the development process that will probably take 12 to 16 months before we can actually start construction.”
Mr. Conboy told the town board Kruger Energy’s owner likes to develop projects and business with a real long-term perspective in mind.
“If we are going to develop and build and operate a project long term, we want to have a good relationship with the community where the project is located,” he said.
Mr. Conboy concluded his presentation by mentioning that he would appreciate feedback from the community about the project. He said he would be talks with NYSERDA this week, and get the beginning stages of the development process rolling.
“I wanted to make an introduction to the town board, to the community and just talk about what our interests are – get the dialogue started,” he said. “We’ll be doing more research in the weeks ahead, but if anyone has any feedback, please let us know. We will keep in touch as we move things forward, and see if we can make this happen.”
  He then asked the town board if there were any questions.
Town of Fowler Supervisor Michael Cappellino asked, “What is the lifespan of this solar array?”
“We are projecting about 30 years operating life,” Mr. Conboy answered.
Deputy Supervisor Rick Newvine asked, “What is in it for us? Does this create jobs for Fowler? Does this create low-cost power for Fowler? It seems like so far all we are doing is giving taxes away.”
“Well, you will get property tax revenue either in form of PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) payments, or if you don’t do a PILOT just in the property tax payments,” Mr. Conboy said. “But if you do the PILOT you’ll get the PILOT payments and the property tax payments when the PILOT term ends. That is certainly the biggest kind of financial gain. On the same of side of that, it is not the sort of project that is going to create a lot of needs for services for the town or the county. We are not going to create jobs. We are not going to put more students in the classroom or need plowing or other municipal or social services that some projects create through the types of jobs that they create.
“In creating the PILOT payments, it is going to diversify the economic base a little bit. I guess you have a hydroelectric project here in town, but you have another type of tax revenue coming in.”
The discussion with the Kruger energy representative lasted for several more moments before the town board extended their gratitude to Kruger for making their presentation to the town board.
The next meeting of the Town of Fowler is to be held on Tuesday, August 1 at 7 p.m. at the Fowler Town Hall.

GFD been busy

GFD been busy

by Rachel Hunter
Gouverneur Fire Chief Tom Conklin on June 20 gave the Village of Gouverneur Board of Trustees at its regular meeting an update on what the fire department has been doing since Jan. 1.
“So far this year, we have responded to 236 calls,” Chief Conklin said. “We’ve had a few big stops in the village this year. One of them was on Austin Street. We had a report of a bedroom fire. There were five units in the building, and we contained it to the bedroom, and four units got to stay in the house that same night. It was good stop. I believe the unit itself they lost a cat and another pet but other than that, the fire was contained to the bedroom.
“We’ve had a few days this month when we responded to over five calls a day.
“Water Operations Class was hosted right here in Gouverneur. Over the last few months you have seen trucks along the river, training. That was a state credential class that we held in Gouverneur. There was 13 of us who took the class. It was the first time it had been offered here in the North Country. It just helps you utilize maximum water flow with the littlest amount of equipment. It was a good class to take.
“We did do some hydrant testing. The village hydrant on Main Street, the new 16-inch line can flow approximately 1699 gallons a minute. So that is definitely significant enough for any kind of major fire on the east side of the town.
“We just had six guys get done with EVOC training, which Emergency Vehicle Operations Class. So you are going to see some fire trucks around the village in the next several months with them training on our trucks, so that they can drive our vehicles. EVOC is the first step that they have to take through the state to drive the trucks and then they have to do a three-step class at the station to be checked off on each apparatus.
“Our apparatus certifications and pump certifications will be done in August. This is the yearly certification for our ladder truck due to its age. The federal and state government mandates that our engines be certified every year with the pumps.
“The first responder program. The paperwork has been all submitted to the state. We are waiting on the state’s approval. Right now they came up with a few questions and Jeff Gibson and Mark Deavers from the rescue squad are handling them. So we are still waiting on our Department of Health number so we can start our first responders.
“EMT class will start in August for our members that are going to be involved with the first responder class. I think we have 12 that will be taking the class. The class starts in August and it goes through to December, two or three days a week.
“The trusty boat that we have… the motor blew in it under a training circumstance. It was a 1986 motor, so it was old. We sent it to be repaired, but it was unrepairable so we ended up purchasing a used 2002 motor from the Clayton Marina. That was the cheapest price that we got.
“We do plan on hosting our annual fire extinguisher training at the fair throughout the week. We will be posting the schedule on our Facebook page once it gets closer to the fair.
“We attended the breast cancer walk, memorial parade, flag day parade and NNY Fire Convention parade in Lake Placid.
“The members and I would like to thank the board for their continued support.”
The next meeting of the Village of Gouverneur Board of Trustees is to be held on July 18 at 7 p.m. in the municipal courtroom.

Gouverneur Chamber of Commerce Flag Day festivities to be held Saturday

by Rachel Hunter
The 24th annual Greater Gouverneur Area Chamber of Commerce Flag Day Event and Parade will be held Saturday, June 10 starting at 10 a.m. in the village park.
There will be an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. with Gouverneur High School senior Bailey Soper performing the national anthem. The Matune Creek Band will then play from 10 a.m. to noon.
There will be vendors, music, children’s games (by Gouverneur Recreation Dept.), bouncy house (sponsored by Aubuchon Hardware), and Farmer’s Market in the park starting at 10 a.m. as well.
The Gouverneur Elks Lodge No. 2035 will hold its flag ceremony from noon to 1 p.m.
The annual Flag Day parade kicks off at 2 p.m.
The lineup will start at 1 p.m. Clubs, individuals, businesses and organizations are all welcome in the parade. Enter through Wilson Street to line up on Johnstown Street. The parade will come across Main Street and end on Trinity Ave., behind Northern Federal Credit Union.
Organizer Connie Stowell said all are invited to participate, and that “no one will be turned away!”
The Gouverneur High School Wildcat Marching Band will be in attendance along with the Indian River Marching Band, the Alexandria Bay Mardi Gras Band, and the 10th Mountain Division Band.
Mrs. Stowell said the Alexandria Bay Mardi Gras band usually puts on a performance in the park following the parade, and all are inviting to “stick around” to witness their skilled musicianship.
Come out and celebrate the Red, White and Blue!

Remembering the Sacrifice: Memorial Day observed in Gouverneur

by Rachel Hunter
Michael Webster of Gouverneur encouraged all to remember the day’s true meaning in his speech at the 2017 Gouverneur Memorial Day service, held Monday, May 29 at the Riverside Cemetery.
“Memorial Day is the day set aside for remembering and honoring military personnel, men and women, who died in the service of their country,” the guest speaker said.
“They were defending our freedom and our way of life. Today we pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. They left their homes, never to return. Those who did and do come home we honor and pay tribute to them on Veterans Day. In reality, we should thank them every day.
“So I ask: Why did you come here?” Did you come to listen to someone give a speech? To hear a lone bagpiper? To hear the band? To hear the guns? To remember and show respect? Maybe some of you came because you had to, possibly wishing you were somewhere else. Maybe you lost a family member, maybe a close friend. It may be only a fleeting moment, a passing though. We do our best. But is it really? So many distractions.
“Putting it bluntly, the men and women that we are to remember and honor here today gave their lives so that we may enjoy the freedoms that we have and hold dear.
“Freedom was not and is not free.
“To my question. Why did you come here? You know your answer.
“I came here to show respect to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. My uncle, Silas Wainwright, died at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, December 7, 1941. The Veterans of Foreign Wars here in Gouverneur named their Post in his honor. In my family we were taught no to forget. My children and grandchildren are also made aware.
“Did I enjoy the band, the lone bagpiper and the rifle salute? Of course I did. It all helps me to remember.
“Because many have lost the true meaning of this day, it is our responsibility to pass along to each new generation the importance of being here. It is our duty to never let America forget the sacrifice of so many.
“I thank you all for being here with me today and my hope is that you will continue to honor and remember.”
Michael Webster was born in Gouverneur, and raised on a dairy farm in Hammond. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Navy, retiring in 1983, almost 24 later, as a Senior Chief Petty Officer.  His eligibility for the Veterans of Foreign Wars came from tours of duty in Vietnam and a mission over Korea with Patrol Squadron Four.  
He joined the Silas Wainwright VFW Post #6338, in Gouverneur, in 1973 and is a Life Member.
After retiring from the Navy he completed his education to become a school teacher, earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History at SUNY Potsdam and his Master of Arts Degree in Education at St. Lawrence University.  
He retired from teaching in 2007. He also had his own carpentry business for more than 17 years.  
With the VFW he was the Post Commander, twice, totaling eight years, St. Lawrence Counties Council Commander and District Four Commander.  He has held chairmanships at the Post, District and State levels and is presently a National Committee Member for Veterans and Military Support Programs.  
He is also a member of the, American Legion Post 65 in Gouverneur New York, Military Order of the Cootie of the United States, Navy Fleet Reserve Association Post 86 in Millington Tennessee, Knights of Columbus in Gouverneur and Zoning Board of Appeals for Edwards New York.
Michael and his wife Marlene (Gosier), (who he went to school with from the first grade on), have been married for 56 years, have four children, Tracie, Cary, Robert and Jeremy and seven grandchildren.  Three years ago they officially became snowbirds.
Parade
The 2017 Memorial Day Parade in Gouverneur started at 10a.m. Lineup was in front of the former’s Greg’s Restaurant (Rock Island St.). The parade traveled west on Main St., and then South on Williams St., crossing the bridge to Riverside Cemetery. Residents didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits as they watched the parade under umbrellas on Main St.
The parade marshal was Richard Fisher.
The parade was led by Village of Gouverneur Police Chief Laurina Greenhill in a Gouverneur Police Dept. car, followed by St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells in the sheriff’s vehicle.
Honor guards from the James Maloy American Legion Post 65 and the Silas Wainwright Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6338 carried flags and weapons.
Gouverneur VFW Post 6338 Auxiliary marched along with Gold Star Mother Nancy Cappellino.
Local dignitaries included Village of Gouverneur Mayor Ron McDougall, Town of Gouverneur Supervisor Robert Ritchie, Deputy Supervisor Eldon Conklin, St. Lawrence County Legislator Henry Leaderr and former Village of Gouverneur Mayor Curran Wade.
Gouverneur Masonic Lodge No. 217 joined in the parade ahead of the Gouverneur High School Wildcat Marching Band, which performed under the direction of Victor Correa.
Girl Scout Troop 50271 followed, waving American flags as they waved and went down the parade route.
Fort Drum provided three military vehicles for the parade.
Gouverneur Volunteer Fire Department then concluded the parade with Engine 17 along with the Gouverneur Rescue Squad’s ambulance.
Remembrances
A United States Navy wreath was presented at the Williams Street/Route 58 bridge to salute the dead by Michael Webster and Michael Knowlton.
The Master of Ceremonies for the services at the cemetery was Jim Wright. The invocation was given by American Legion Auxiliary Chaplain Betty Tuttle. Mr. Wright led the Pledge of Allegiance. The band played the Star Spangled Banner.
Jeff Forsythe performed two selections on the bagpipes, including “Amazing Grace”.
Mr. Wright then acknowledged the following dignitaries: Assemblywoman Addie Jenne, St. Lawrence County Legislator Joel LaPierre (District 4), St. Lawrence County Legislator Henry Leader (District 5), St. Lawrence County Legislator Larry Denesha (District 6), SLC Sheriff Kevin Wells, Gouverneur Village Mayor Ronald McDougall, Gouverneur Police Chief Laurina Greenhill, Gouverneur Chamber of Commerce Director Donna Besaw, Town of Gouverneur Supervisor Bob Ritchie.
Mike Webster served as the escort during the presentation of ribbons. The presentation was as follows: WWI (John Gray), WWII (Cecil Steele), Korea (Al Melisko), Vietnam (Ronald Hartle), Panama (Michael Knowlton), Desert Storm (Randy Knowlton), Bosnia (Todd Murray), Somalia/Haiti (Richard Fisher), Afghanistan (Roland Roderick), Iraq (Mike Webster), POW/MIA (Gerald Barker), Women Veterans Memorial (Nicole Shippee), American Legion Post 65 (Gloria Weldon), American Legion Ladies Auxiliary (Gloria Youngs), VFW Post 6338 (Dominick Simione), VFW Auxiliary (Melissa Simione), Gold Star Mothers (Nancy Cappellino), Daughters of the American Revolution (Lynda Andrews), Sons of the American Legion (Steven Cline).
The Last Roll Call was read by Mr. Wright for deceased VFW and American Legion members John Halford, Lewis Zaluski, Kelzo Shrewsberry, Charles Stowell, Edgar Eelles, and Leroy Tharett.
The Salute of the Dead was the given by the VFW and American Legion Rifle Squad. Taps were played by Jenneca Cook and Echo by Andromeda Elliot.
The Gouverneur High School Band then performed “His Honor/Captain America” under the direction of Janelle Yeoman.
The benediction was given by VFW Auxiliary Chaplain Marlene Webster.
Special gratitude was then given to all who contributed any type of service for the annual Memorial Day remembrance. All were then invited to American Legion Post 65 for a free luncheon in the upstairs banquet room following the ceremony.

Michael Knowlton saluting after placing the ribbon to remember those who died in service in Panama. Joining in the salute is Mike Webster. (Rachel Hunter photo)  

Michael Knowlton saluting after placing the ribbon to remember those who died in service in Panama. Joining in the salute is Mike Webster. (Rachel Hunter photo)

 

Ronald Hartle walking with the ribbon to honor those who died in service during the Vietnam War, and escorted by Mike Webster. (Rachel Hunter photo)  

Ronald Hartle walking with the ribbon to honor those who died in service during the Vietnam War, and escorted by Mike Webster. (Rachel Hunter photo)

 

Al Melisko placing the ribbon to remember those who lost their lives in Korea. Also pictured is Mike Webster (right) who served as an escort during the ceremony and (behind) Master of Ceremonies Jim Wright. (Rachel Hunter photo)

Al Melisko placing the ribbon to remember those who lost their lives in Korea. Also pictured is Mike Webster (right) who served as an escort during the ceremony and (behind) Master of Ceremonies Jim Wright. (Rachel Hunter photo)

Honor Guard and Rifle Guard from American Legion Post 65 and VFW Post 6338. From left: Ronald Hartle, Dominick Simione, Steven Cline, Michael Knowlton, Roland Roderick, Gerald Barker. (Rachel Hunter photo)

Honor Guard and Rifle Guard from American Legion Post 65 and VFW Post 6338. From left: Ronald Hartle, Dominick Simione, Steven Cline, Michael Knowlton, Roland Roderick, Gerald Barker. (Rachel Hunter photo)

Local dignitaries marching in the parade (from left) SLC Legislator Henry Leader, Town of Gouverneur board member Dave Spilman, Mayor Ron McDougall. Behind are Masonic Lodge No. 217 members (from left) Robert Saidel, Tyler Bowman, Stephen Theraldsen, and Cody Hartle.

Local dignitaries marching in the parade (from left) SLC Legislator Henry Leader, Town of Gouverneur board member Dave Spilman, Mayor Ron McDougall. Behind are Masonic Lodge No. 217 members (from left) Robert Saidel, Tyler Bowman, Stephen Theraldsen, and Cody Hartle.

Gouverneur High School Marching Band showing off their performing talents during the Memorial Day Parade under the direction of Victor Correa.  

Gouverneur High School Marching Band showing off their performing talents during the Memorial Day Parade under the direction of Victor Correa.

 

Gouverneur Hospital Achieves Quality-Based Reaccreditation

Gouverneur, NY--Following a three-day unannounced inspection visit, Gouverneur Hospital has achieved quality-based reaccreditation by DNV-GL Healthcare. By earning reaccreditation, Gouverneur Hospital demonstrates it meets or exceeds patient safety standards set forth by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. DNV-GL Healthcare is the only quality assurance program for hospitals that integrates ISO 9001 Quality Management System with Medicare Conditions of Participation.
“Reaccreditation under this rigorous program shows our employees’ and medical staff members’ unwavering commitment to patient safety and care quality,” said David Bender, Gouverneur Hospital CEO. “ISO 9001 is the world’s gold standard used by all kinds of industries to drive performance improvements,” he said. “Ask anyone in industry how difficult it is to achieve ISO 9001 standards and you’ll know how hard our people have worked to achieve this,” he said.
DNV-GL’s accreditation program, called NIAHO® (National Integrated Accreditation of Healthcare Systems), involves annual hospital inspections and encourages hospitals to openly share across departments and to discover improvements in clinical workflows and safety protocols. Every hospital department is involved, from housekeeping and nutrition services to the operating room. Inspectors delve into every aspect of a patient visit, including record-keeping, billing, and elements impacting employee, visitor, and patient safety such as ensuring doorways and hallways are clear and sterilization procedures are of the highest industry standards.
Gouverneur Hospital was first accredited by DNV-GL Healthcare in 2014. At the time of first accreditation under the NIAHO® program, hospitals are given three years to achieve the integrated ISO 9001 accreditation.
For information about the services available through Gouverneur Hospital, interested individuals may visit www.gvnrhospital.org or www.ourfutureisbright.org.

Village board approves removal of condemned structure

by Rachel Hunter
The Village of Gouverneur Board of Trustees on May 16 decided it was time to remove the condemned house at 48 William St. in the Village of Gouverneur.
The house was condemned following a fire that destroyed the two-story structure on October 14, 2016.
Mayor Ron McDougall made a recommendation for the village board to take the corrective action, involving Attorney Henry Leader and Code Enforcement Officer Michael McQuade, and that the village “would go about removing that piece of property.”
“It was supposed to be down last November or whenever it was,” Mayor McDougall said. “One thing led to another... The only thing that has gone down there is (DPW Supt.) TJ’s (Simmons) crew went down there and put up the barricades. There’s some other litter down there, blowing about, some of it has fell in, and as soon as you come across that new bridge it looks deplorable.”
Mayor McDougall then said, “If I don’t have 100 complaints on that, I don’t have any.”
Deputy Supervisor Charles Newvine made the motion and it was approved by the village board. There was no discussion on the matter.
Mayor McDougall told Attorney Leader to get started on it right away.
“The sooner, the better Henry,” he said. “I’d appreciate that.”
The next meeting of the Village of Gouverneur Board of Trustees is to be held on Tuesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. in the municipal courtroom.

Gouverneur Central budget approved, BOE seats filled

Gouverneur Central budget approved, BOE seats filled
by Jessyca Cardinell
Many throughout the Gouverneur community were able to cast their vote in the annual Gouverneur Central School District budget vote, held in the high school auditorium on Tuesday, May 16.
Lauren French, superintendent of schools, was pleased to announce that the budget for the 2017-2018 school year was approvedwith 219 voting yes and 52 voting against the budget. Voting was light here as it was in many school districts across the region yesterday.
All three board of education candidates on the ballot were elected by the community. David Fenlong (236 votes) will continue as a boardmember. Newcomers James Delity (207 votes) and Roland Roderick (188 votes) will become members, effective July 1, 2017, the start of the new school year. They willreplace Jeremy Bartholomew and Clark Porter, whose terms on the board are ending.
“In reviewing the responses collected from the exit poll, many complimented the board of education for its fiscal responsibility, the wide variety in programs we continue to support and the professionalism of all our employees. Final positive comments related to the satisfaction with the Capital Project. Thank you all for your support. We will continue our initiatives to deliver the promise of a brighter future for our students and our community. We are very pleased to see the voter support,” said Mrs. French.

Three GCS Board of Education candidates up for vote on May 16

Three GCS Board of Education candidates up for vote on May 16

by Jessyca Cardinell
There are three enthusiastic candidates this year for the Gouverneur Central School Board of Education Election to be held on May 16. Be sure to take a moment of your time to get out and vote.
David Fenlong
David Fenlong, who attended and graduated from Gouverneur Central School, has been very active in the community and has had a twenty-five-year career as the customer experience manager for the drug store division of KPH Healthcare Services.
He and his wife Susan have two Middle School sons, Griffin in seventh grade and Ethan in sixth grade.
As Mr. Fenlong's three-year term on the Board of Education is coming to a close, he has chosen to run for election once again. Mr. Fenlong took a moment to reflect on his experience of being on the school board.
“Being on the school board the last three years has been rewarding,” he said. “I feel active and involved in a community that needs volunteers. I get amazed at the depth and breadth of the teaching and learning occurring in our public school today. At the end of the day students are smarter, more sophisticated and better prepared for tomorrow than ever before. This makes an impact in the community we serve and why I ran in the first place.
“Even with tight budgets and situations beyond our regional control, we are still able to work together to meet the district's needs. Everyone has a common goal that is centered on the success of our students. There will always be work to do and tough decisions to get there. We just need to remain student-focused.”
When it comes to running for school board again, Mr. Fenlong said the following: “I enjoy being part of the change that can positively affect a child, but most of my motivation is seeing our students and staff succeed and providing reassurance and support toward that success.
“The district is reaching new heights and with all of the achievements, I believe their best days lie ahead. I want to be a part of accomplishing those goals. I definitely want to see the capital project finish and see the positive effects of the vision that went into it.
“I also want to remain a conduit for our education community to be sure information is flowing out to public and back to the school to create an open communication line for everyone.
“Public education is about caring, teaching and promoting education for all students. I intend to ensure we stay focused on those goals. I am proud to be a member of a group of dedicated volunteers.”
Mr. Fenlong was able to share a story of how being on the Board of Education has positively affected him, as well as others.
“There is always something, a story or memory that remains with me from my Board of Education experiences so far,” Mr. Fenlong said. “There truly are many. The one that sticks out the most is the rewarding smile. The smiles from the students, the teachers, administration or a parent as you witness their experiences from another angle.
“But I will have to say when I volunteered to read to an unknown group of fifth graders for an hour I was truly moved. Though difficult, I wanted to make an impact.
“A couple of weeks later I was at the school for the spring musical and as I was sitting down with my family, I heard a voice say, “Hi Mr. Fenlong.” A little voice. I don't hear this that often. I looked around and it was said again, a waving hand and smile joined in and I recognized the student from that day I read to the group of fifth graders. I smiled and graciously acknowledged him. He remembered me and I made an impact. It was all worth it.”
Roland Roderick
Roland Roderick is a very involved community member, parent and has been active in the military for the last 19 years, currently stationed at Fort Drum. He has been interested in being on the Board of Education, and is currently in the running.
“I would like to serve on the Gouverneur Central Board of Education because as a member of this community and a parent I have a vested interest in the success of our school district,” Mr. Roderick said. “I want my child and all of the children of GCSD to be able to get the highest quality education possible. I would like to maintain a good relationship between the Board and the community especially with all of the ongoing building projects taking place within the district.”
Mr. Roderick, originally from Maine, has been married to wife Bridget for 13 years and the pair, along with daughter Hannah, age 9, have resided in Gouverneur for the last nine years.
Mr. Roderick plans to retire from the military in June of 2018 and the family plans to continue to live in Gouverneur, of which Bridget is a native.
Mr. Roderick is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Gouverneur, a lifetime member of the VFW in Gouverneur and a member of the American Legion Post in Maine.
The family enjoys sports and activities. Mr. Roderick serves in the summer as AYSO soccer coach. His daughter Hannah enjoys gymnastics, cheerleading, karate and AYSO soccer. They also enjoy traveling and visiting Maine, as well as the outdoors in general.
James Delity
James Delity, who was active in the United States Army for 24 years as a Chief Warrant Officer Five, is now retired and currently residing in Gouverneur with his family, including wife Heather, the Middle School STEM teacher at Gouverneur Central.
Mr. Delity currently works as a Training Center Manager on Fort Drum.
“I enjoy serving in volunteer and community roles,” said Mr. Delity.
Mr. Delity is currently the President of the Board for Fowler Baptist Church and volunteers ten to fifteen hours a week at the Fort Drum USO.
The pair have two sons, Stefan, a freshman at Gouverneur High School, and Evan, a recent graduate of Baylor University with a Masters of Divinity and is currently serving as a pastor in Temple Texas.
“Both of my sons have very different interests, strengths and weaknesses, but both have shared a desire for the best education that could possibly for the best education that could be provided to them,” Mr. Delity said. “They inspire me to participate in any way I can to improve their educational opportunities, as well as the opportunities of all the students of Gouverneur.
“I believe that serving on the Gouverneur Central School Board is the greatest way to accomplish this goal. I believe that it is an investment into the future of Gouverneur and its students.
“As part of a military family, our sons have attended schools in several states and overseas. While that presented wonderful opportunities for our sons, what our family missed was a lasting community in which to join. My wife and I are very happy to get to settle in a place like Gouverneur, where we will be able to build lasting, meaningful relationships with people in the community. We are proud and honored to call Gouverneur home.”

Village board passes budget that cuts tax rate

by Rachel Hunter
The Village of Gouverneur Board of Trustees was pleased to announce at the budget hearing on Thursday, April 6 that this year's budget calls for a decrease of 30 cents per $1000 in the tax rate to $12 per thousand of assessed value.
“First time in a decade that this has happened,” Mayor Ron McDougall said. “It has been the same, hasn’t gone up thank goodness but we were able to take that down.”
There is an increase in water rents of $1 per unit per quarter for a total of $85 per quarter representing a 1.2% increase and $1.80 per unit per quarter for a total of $150.90 for outside water users and an increase in sewer rents of $1 per unit per quarter for a total of $85.00 per quarter representing a 1.2% increase.
Mayor Ron McDougall outlined several significant factors that have impacted the budget.  They include the following:
The total assessed value for the village is $109,389,411 representing an increase of $403,633.   
The village chose not to exceed the tax cap.
Sales tax revenue remains the same.
The utilities gross receipts tax was decreased by $4,000.
Franchise fees from Time Warner remains the same.
State revenue sharing remains the same.
Mortgage tax revenue remains the same.
CHIPS revenue was increased by $18,700.  Streets to be paved will be determined at a later date.   
The Town of Gouverneur will be contributing $10,000 towards the Recreation Center expenditures and $10,000 toward the Community Center expenses.
The Town of Fowler will be contributing $800 towards the Recreation Center expenditures.
The NYS Retirement bill for February 2017 was $148,551 for the Employee’s Pension and $80,537 for the Police Pension.  This bill also saw a savings of $684 in Employees’ Pension and $1,262 in Police Pension because it was paid before December 15.  
Health insurance premiums budgeted amount reflect a 9% increase from last year's budgeted amount.
Workers Compensation premiums decreased by $400. This decrease is due to the revised worker’s compensation program formula change adopted by the county legislature two years ago.     
Serial Bonds and BAN debt payments including principal and interest represent a total of $591,543.80.
The general fund will use $65,000 of its fund balance.
The mayor will receive $10,815 per year in salary. The deputy mayor will receive $8,652/year and the Board of Trustees will receive $6,489/year.
The general fund has contained monies for the Library, Museum, Senior Citizens Organization, the Gouverneur Cemetery Association, the Rescue Squad and the Fire Department.  This year’s budget includes an increase in the contract amount over last year’s contract. The amount of these contracts are as follows:  $7,004 for the library, $1,326.50 for the museum, $636.75 for the Senior Citizens Organization, $3,000 for the Cemetery Association, $23,347 for the Rescue Squad and $111,427 for the Fire Department. Prior to this, Federal Reserve Funds were used to fund the Villages contributions.
This budget includes major new equipment purchases in the Department of Public Works such as a new John Deere Backhoe/Loader and a Ford F250 pickup truck.
As in past years, the budget contains specific reserve funds. All reserve funds are necessary for the village to purchase new equipment, make improvements or undertake repairs that may arise in the future.  These funds help the village maintain and improve its existing facilities and equipment. The Police Apparatus Reserve Fund has funding for a new AWD police car.  
Sidewalk grant monies are available to homeowners, business owners and landlords.  Please contact Dawn McCollum, DPW Clerk for information
Various projects are continually being addressed in the coming budget year i.e. street lights, hydro plant and sewer work. Costs associated with these much-needed areas of concern can only be estimates at this time and the general fund balance and/or other fund balances have been affected.
The village received a$1,995,000 Green Innovation Grant and a loan commitment from the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation for storm water abatement on the West Side. This is an estimated $6.2 million project.  This project is currently underway.
The Village and Town of Gouverneur received a grant in the amount $396,000 from the state to consolidate wastewater treatment operations.  This project is completed and the village sewer system is accepting the town sewer waste and the budget contains a revenue projection for this.
Grant applications will be submitted and included in these said applications will be work for housing rehabilitation, municipal infrastructure and downtown revitalization.
The Governor announced that the Village was chosen to receive NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Water Quality Improvement Project funding in the amount of $841,500.  This project is the outcome of shared services which installed effluent disinfection to treat wastewater from both the village and town collection systems.    This project is anticipated to be completed under this budget year.
The Village of Gouverneur census unfortunately has continued to decline down another 83 citizens as per the 2014 estimates from the 3,949 of the 2010 census. In addition, the local school district which the Village of Gouverneur is a major component of has been identified as a high needs district.  The vast majority of local students qualifies for free and/or reduced breakfast and lunch programs.  On a broader scope, St. Lawrence County has one of every three children living in poverty. Of the 451 upstatesSchool districts, Gouverneur ranks 383 for household median income.  The aforementioned certainly justifies the village board’s goal of reducing the size and the cost of local municipal government.  The village will be involved in the 2020 census data collection.
In the public housing arena (Cambray Housing), the 71 unit $14 million dollar project has been approved and the project is nearly completed.  Additionally, applications are being prepared to be submitted to rehabilitate 28 more units.  So, in turn, at the end of this budget year, the Village should have 71 new public housing units and another 28 units rehabilitated for our citizens that are in need and qualify for public housing.
In closing, the Mayor’s Message said the following:
“The Village Board is committed to working on consolidating shared services with the Town of Gouverneur and/or other municipal governmental agencies.”
He noted that although the state budget at that time hadn’t been approved, there were things in it he knows will help the village.
Since then, the state budget has been approved. Mayor McDougall issued the following statement:
“This agreement marks another major step forward that will make a positive difference in the lives of New Yorkers. Lawmakers in Albany have overcome bipartisan differences and found common ground to serve New Yorkers, providing a clear model for their counterparts in Washington. This budget will improve the lives of New Yorkers across the state and paves the path for brighter future for New York. I am grateful to Governor Cuomo and our representatives in Albany, and look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”
The budget was adopted unanimously.
“I am very happy with the budget,” Mayor McDougall said in conclusion.
Mayor McDougall then continued to extend his gratitude for the cooperation of the following departments, organizations, businesses and individuals: Village of Gouverneur Recreation Dept. (Director Casey Canell), Clerk’s Office (Clerk/Treasurer Barbara Finnie), Gouverneur Police Department (Chief Laurina Greenhill), Department of Public Works (Supt. TJ Simmons), Gouverneur Fire, Gouverneur Rescue, Dog Control, Project Engineer (Bernier, Carr and Associates), Legal (Attorney Henry Leader), WCP Consultants, Inc., Burnham Benefit Insurance, Larry Weldon (computers), and Code Enforcement Office.
Mayor McDougall then asked for any comments from the trustees.
Deputy Mayor Charles Newvine offered the following:
“I have been involved in this longer than anybody here- in the village aspect of it.  It has not changed as far as rate per thousand until this year. So this is a budget that the public should be proud of, and the board members, and most importantly the employees should be proud of.
“This is a very, very good budget and we are working toward a brighter future, although people in the village don’t really see it that way, I do and I hope that this is at least a little bit of a brighter future for those people who don’t see it that way.
“It is a great budget, and the people who worked very hard on it should be proud!”

Gouverneur FD, other agencies dispatched to tractor-trailer accident after driver swerved to avoid deer

The Gouverneur Tribune Press is grateful to the Gouverneur Fire Department for the use of these pictures, originally posted on the Gouverneur Fire Department’s Facebook page.

The Gouverneur Tribune Press is grateful to the Gouverneur Fire Department for the use of these pictures, originally posted on the Gouverneur Fire Department’s Facebook page.

by Rachel Hunter
Gouverneur Fire Department was dispatched to a reported tractor-trailer rollover by the Jefferson-St. Lawrence County line on US Highway 11 at 6:04 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4. Gouverneur Fire officials closed the highway once on scene.
New York State police reported to local media that the driver, Richard Correia of Syracuse, told them that he swerved to avoid hitting a deer. He lost control of the rig, which went down an embankment and overturned.
The tractor trailer's fuel tank was punctured.
Troopers said more than 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled as well as some of the truck's cargo.
Fire officials reported that GFD’s Engine 18 and Rescue 4's crew contained the large fuel spill and controlled the puncture in the fuel tank. The state DEC spill team responded to help with the clean up of the material that the GFD used to contain the spill.
State Police said that the tractor-trailer was hauling 40,000 steel plates. The driver was reported to be unhurt, and was ticketed for moving from a lane unsafely and a log book violation.
The highway reopened around 12:30 p.m. It had been closed between Ferguson Road in the town of Rossie in St. Lawrence County and Dickson Road in the town of Antwerp in Jefferson County.
GFD later expressed its gratitude to the NYS DOT Hailesboro on their Facebook page for helping with the detour while the highway was closed.
The Gouverneur Fire’s responses was indicated by fire officials as follows: 11-1, 11-2, 11-3, Engine 18, Rescue 4, Rescue 75, Ta-6 with 17 members. Gouverneur Rescue: one ambulance. Mutual aid was received by the Antwerp Fire Department, which closed US HWY 11 at Dickson Corners (Jefferson County).

Village of Gouverneur to take Dorwin St. property “off the books”

by Rachel Hunter
The Village of Gouverneur Board of Trustees on March 21 agreed to take a property at 54 Dorwin St., Gouverneur, “off the books,” upon the request of the village accountants.
Village of Gouverneur Mayor Ron McDougall gave the floor to Attorney Henry Leader to explain the situation.
“A judgment was taken in 2011 by the Village of Gouverneur against Angela Lilley,” Attorney Leader said. “The individual got a first-time homebuyers loan. She failed to make payments on that loan, and as a result we got a judgment… There was a first mortgage on Miss Lilley’s property, which was held by the Community Bank. Because she also failed to pay on that mortgage, they foreclosed on her. And as a junior lien, our judgement got taken up into that foreclosure and the property has since been sold.
“What that means is that we no longer hold that lien over her head for that particular property. But the judgment was good for 10 years, until the year 2021, and can be refiled for an additional 10 years, until 2031. And that automatically becomes a lien on any property that may be owned by Miss Lilley, if she resides in St. Lawrence County, or in a separate county, if we file it in another county clerk’s office. Additionally, if she has a source of wages or other income that is not exempt, we can execute on those wages either through Sheriff’s office or privately and we can get repayment of the judgement. The judgment continues to earn (interest) now at a percent. It is a good way of being repaid, generally speaking…
“It appears this was an unusual circumstance in that Miss Lilley did get foreclosed upon, and it is possible she is not in the area. We are trying to discover where she might be now, and to determine if she has wages.
“The other thing is if she were to file bankruptcy, of course, no judgment in the world would be safe. But to our knowledge, we have gotten no notice of that.”
Attorney Leader, Mayor McDougall and the village board agreed that it is a bookkeeping matter.
“I would agree with the accountants. Based on the fact that it is coming on six years old, for bookkeeping purposes, the board can certainly take it off the books,” Attorney Leader said. “But that doesn’t mean it is not collectible necessarily. It doesn’t mean that you would stop pursuing that in case some day you got lucky. It remains on file with the clerk’s office. So, the two are not mutually exclusive.”
Deputy Mayor Charles Newvine moved to remove the property from the village books for bookkeeping purposes, but to also actively pursue to get the judgment along with pursuing a number of other people in the Village of Gouverneur who face a similar situation.
“We had many Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) that we took seconds on the mortgage and then those people didn’t pay back, and the village got nothing. So, there are numerous claims of liens that the village has out there that I am sure we wrote off, but are probably less than 10 years old. It would be a worthwhile expense to the village to get Kristina (Ayen) and Henry and everybody involved in that process. If we collect 10 percent of that money that’s out there, it is better than zero percent.”
The village board agreed, and unanimously approved the recommendation of the village accountants.
The next meeting of the Village of Gouverneur Board of Trustees will be held on April 18 at 7 p.m. at the municipal courtroom.

Gouverneur High School presents Big Fish: The Musical

Gouverneur High School presents Big Fish: The Musical
by Jessyca Cardinell
The Gouverneur High School auditorium was filled with folks ready to watch a truly wonderful performance of the GHS Musical “Big Fish”.
“So many people contribute their time and talents to making a Broadway-level musical a success,” Director Carol Amberg said.
“The students work very hard learning, practicing and polishing their steps for all of the choreography they perform. They have lines and songs to memorize, not to mention quick costume changes. Each member of the crew is assigned, by the stage manager, to set pieces to move off and on to the stage for each scene change. The lighting people have to set up and execute dozens of light changes throughout the show.
“Our sound technician has to know the show extremely well so he can anticipate every character's entrance and get their microphones on at the right time. The costume crew has had to assemble over 120 costumes and engineer the costume changes throughout the show.
“The scene design class worked to create the scenery and set props. The members of the theatre arts class each did some kind of internship in support of the musical. Our property mistress has assembled and distributed all of the hand props that appear in each scene. Theatre is truly a collaboration of many, many people.”
Auditions were held and once every character was assigned, rehearsals began at the end of December. There was a rehearsal every school day from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. and often Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Learning all of the many pieces and details involved in making a true great musical challenged the students, from the younger fifth graders just starting out, to the more experienced seniors.
Mrs. Amberg said their dedication and the many rehearsals helped them. As well she said, “They truly love this show and that helps too!”
“I am proud of the work ethic of many of the students and proud to see how far the older members of the cast have come since they first started participating in musicals,” Amberg said.
The students’ determination, dedication and pure hard work certainly paid off as they took the stage, ready to give the performance their all. The audience with the help of a little imagination was able to truly enjoy the fantastic show put forth. Each and every student actor made one forget they were watching a show.
“Big Fish: The Musical” tells the heartfelt story of an adult son Will, who is no longer amused by the extravagant tales his father Edward once told him as a boy. Tales and stories including a giant named Karl, a witch who told him of his life's fate, the way in which he met his mother at a circus and the mermaid who taught him about love.
As he is now ready to start his own family with wife Josephine and his soon to be born son, he wants his father to come to reality and the realization that this was all a fantasy world. However, as Edward Bloom falls sick and is getting closer to the end, he starts telling Josephine his tales and she believes them and even comes across some clues that he may be telling the truth. She convinces Will to look further and give his father the benefit of a doubt.
As the stories are unfolded for the audience's delight so too is a truly magical magnificent tale of fathers, sons and the relationships we use to identify our lives.
At Edward Bloom's funeral, Will is greeted by guests, whom all appear to strongly resemble the real life characters of his father's stories. Years later, Will begins to tell those same tales to his own son.
While Big Fish: The Musical at GHS came to a close, so did the 29th and final year that Carol Amberg would have the opportunity to put on such a powerful, successful show.
“I am feeling happy,” Mrs. Amberg said. “I will certainly miss directing the high school musical, as it has been fulfilling work. I will definitely miss my collaboration with choreographer, Judi Bates and music director Kathleen Buell. However, I am ready to turn the responsibilities over to someone else. I am fondly reflective on the thousands of young people I have had the opportunity to work with over the last thirty years or so. I am looking ahead.”
Mrs. Amberg who also is in her last year teaching English for the Gouverneur Central School District. Congratulations to Mrs. Carol Amberg. The staff of the Tribune Press wishes you the best as you enter the next chapter. Wonderful job to all students who participated in this musical and to each and every person who took time out of their schedule to help this musical be the absolute success it was.
The Director of Big Fish: The Musical was Carol Amberg. The music director was Kathleen Buell. Choreographer was Judi Bates.
The cast included the following:
Edward Bloom-Kyle Bulger, Sandra Bloom-Bailey Soper, Will Bloom-Ben Foster, Josephine-Cassidy LaPierre, Young Will/Will's son-Hazen Given, Witch-Katelyn Hughes, Karl, The Giant-Cole Siebels, Amos Calloway-Connor Canell, Jenny Hill-Cali Steorts, Don Price-Evan Shampine, Zacky Price-Jaden Rodriguez
Mermaid-Madyson Bloxham, Alabama Lambs-Corryn Canell & Jaelyn Stevens, Dr. Bennett-Madison James, N.Y. Doctor-Jenneca Cook, Boy and Father-Noble Baker & Dametrius Hally, Mayor-Kaleigh Weber, Dancing Bear-Sara Smith, General Patterson-Noble Baker, Red Fang-Evan Shampine, Sign Girl-Lisa Marie Baez.
The Towns folk, wedding guests, circus folk, westerners were portrayed by the following: Noble Baker, Madyson Bloxham, Corryn Canell, Jenneca Cook, Kayla Hocking, Madison James, Hope Leader, Madison McIntosh, Dakota Trejo, Kaleigh Weber, Sara Smith, Jaelyn Stevens and Joon Waritthaporn.
The witches were played by the following students: Corryn Canell, Corinne LaPierre, Hope Leader, Madison James, and Jaelyn Stevens.
The USO Dancers were as follows: Corryn Canell, Corinne LaPierre, Hope Leader, Madison McIntosh, Jaelyn Stevensand Dakota Trejo.
The production assistant was Emily McGregor.
The stage manager was Celia Carbone, assistant stage manager was Jaymie Gotham, property mistresses were Catie Yablonski, Katlyn Coutermarsh, Maureen Griffith, William Leader, Carlee Oakes, Ebin Salsman, Evan Shampine, Katrina Wells.
Sound technician was Daniel Whitton.
On Lights were Alex Clancy and Kolby Wells.
Costumes: costumer was Lisa McCloud and student costumer was Ashley Toppin. Also Emily Geer, Felicia Tallon, Madison Walker. Special Commendation for costumes was given to Donna Stankiewicz.
The orchestra was conducted by Kathleen Buell. Violins: Lauren Correa and Carol Kissam. Viola: Margaret Hay. Cello: Ellen Darabaner. Reed 1: Scott Fulton. Reed 2: Anne Csete. Reed 3: Jenelle Yeoman. Trumpet: Paul Buell. French Horn: Erica Kissam: Keyboardists: Debbie Nikkari and Beth Johnson. Guitar: Fred Scozzafava. Bass: Victor Correa. Drums: John Dixon. Percussion: Donna Peck.
The set design and construction were handled by Robert Decker and The Scenery Design Class, including Ahmed Ladan, Lucas Carr, Jacob Davis, Austin Fayette, Michael Hoffman, Patrick Lindy, Jeraven Matice, Michael Mitchell, Kaylee Ordway, Megan Pittman, Joon Waritthaporn, Jacob Shippee, and Colten Simione.
Hairdressers were Gloria Browe and Emile Jesmer. Also Nicki Jo Travis-Colburn and her cosmetology students from Southwest Tech (BOCES), including: Sydney Brown, Kaylah Callicut, Madison Casey, Jadelynn Hitchcock, Mariahlee Otto, Michaela Shippee, and Caitlyn Wells.
Make-Up was done by Bridgette LaPierre, Heather Soper, Emily Geer and Madison Walker.
The box office was handled by Stacy Canell, Norma Clancy, Denise Given, Beth Siebels and Jamie Weber.
Ushers were members of GHS National Honor Society: Lauren Frank, Hannah Fuller, Sydney Gale, Brittany Richardson, Ashley Stowell, and Myia Tyler.
Photographer was Gidget Wainwright. Graphic artist was Dakota Trejo. Yearbook photos were taken by Stacy Canell.

The Circus crew led by Ringmaster Amos Calloway (Connor Canell-right).

The Circus crew led by Ringmaster Amos Calloway (Connor Canell-right).

The cast members of Big Fish gave extraordinary performances. (Jessyca Cardinell photos)  

The cast members of Big Fish gave extraordinary performances. (Jessyca Cardinell photos)

 

Alabama Lambs (Corryn Canell, Bailey Soper and Jaelyn Stevens) giving their best performance as they try to land being a Circus act. (Jessyca Cardinell photo)

Alabama Lambs (Corryn Canell, Bailey Soper and Jaelyn Stevens) giving their best performance as they try to land being a Circus act. (Jessyca Cardinell photo)