Route 58 accident

Gouverneur Fire and Rescue on Aug. 4 responded to a two-vehicle accident with entrapment in the area of BOCES -Southwest Tech on State Route 58 in the Town of Fowler.

Twenty-three members arrived on scene, reporting one person located in the driver’s seat, entrapped in a small SUV. Crews worked to remove the driver side front door so EMS workers could access the patient.

The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 15 charged Roland Wood of Edwards with Driving While Intoxicated and Failure To Keep Right following an investigation of the personal injury motor vehicle accident.
Wood was issued appearance tickets and is to appear in the Fowler Town Court at a later date.

 

The Gouverneur Tribune Press extends its gratitude to the Gouverneur Fire Department for these photos from the Route 58 accident, first published on their Facebook page on Aug. 4. (photos provided)

The Gouverneur Tribune Press extends its gratitude to the Gouverneur Fire Department for these photos from the Route 58 accident, first published on their Facebook page on Aug. 4. (photos provided)

Gouverneur Police Blotter

Gouverneur Police Blotter

Jennifer A. Clark, 67, Gouverneur, was charged on Friday, August 4 at 6:10 p.m. on N. Gordon St. with operating a motor vehicle while using an electronic device and improper/no signal. Subject was issued traffic summonses returnable to the Gouverneur Town Court.
A 41-year-old Gouverneur man was arrested on Friday, August 4 at 9:35 p.m. following a police investigation. Subject was transported to Claxton Hepburn Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.
Billy J. Miller, 39, Gouverneur, was arrested on Saturday, August 5 at 7:38 p.m. on W. Main Street and charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated BAC .18% or more, failure to keep right and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle following a traffic stop.  Defendant was further charged with criminal obstruction of breathing resulting from a domestic violence incident that was reported approximately an hour and a half prior to the stop.  He is alleged to have placed his hands on the throat of the victim with intent to impede the victim’s breathing or blood circulation. Defendant was arraigned at the Gouverneur Town Court before Justice Stan Young and released on own recognizance.
William G. Hayden, 55, Gouverneur, was arrested on Saturday, August 5 at 8:51p.m. on Sleepy Hollow Rd. and charged with menacing 2nd following a report that Hayden was on his apartment balcony pointing a shotgun at others.  Investigation determined that Hayden did intentionally place another in reasonable fear of physical injury, serious physical injury or death by displaying and a loaded Mossberg .410 shotgun following an argument with a neighbor and a person within his apartment. Defendant was arraigned at Gouverneur Town Court before Justice Stan Young and ordered held at the SLCCF in lieu of $2,500 bail. Investigation is continuing.
Zachary A. Richardson, 28, Gouverneur, was arrested on Tuesday, August 8 at 1:04 p.m. in the City of Ogdensburg and charged with aggravated family offense, criminal mischief fourth, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal contempt second (2 counts) following investigation of a July 26th, 2017 domestic incident on Trinity Avenue.  Richardson was arraigned at the Gouverneur Town Court before Justice Travis Dann and ordered held in lieu of $5,000 bail/ $10,000 bond.
Patrick M. Burns Jr., 20, Gouverneur, was arrested on Tuesday, August 8 at 11:11 p.m. at 230 E. Main St. and charged with disorderly conduct following a report of an intoxicated man yelling and causing a disturbance.  Upon police arrival and instruction to cease conduct Burns continued to yell obscene and vulgar statements causing public inconvenience and annoyance. Defendant was arraigned at Gouverneur Town Court before Justice Travis Dann and ordered held at the SLCCF in lieu of $250.00 Bail.

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.