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Bonnie Porter Retires From Gouverneur Hospital

Dan McClelland

From left: Human Resources Leader Lori-Anne McCormick, Corporate Communications Coordinator Bonnie Porter, and Chief Executive Officer Eric Burch. (photo provided)

From left: Human Resources Leader Lori-Anne McCormick, Corporate Communications Coordinator Bonnie Porter, and Chief Executive Officer Eric Burch. (photo provided)

Corporate Communications Coordinator Bonnie Porter has retired from St. Lawrence Health System’s Gouverneur Hospital after 36 years of service. Along with her current title, Mrs. Porter also served as Community Relations/Practice Manager, Community Events Coordinator, Administrative Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Administration Secretary, and Executive Secretary.

Over the past three decades, Bonnie championed the establishment of Gouverneur Hospital, through St. Lawrence Health System, and its $2.5M emergency department renovation and expansion. She supported the implementation of the Pyxis Automated Medication Dispensing System, Telestroke Technology, CPR Chest Compression System, Definition AS64eco CT equipment, 3D Mammography, and mobile on-site PET services. She was essential in helping with accommodations for the Hospital’s new outpatient Substance Use Disorder service line, the addition of detox services, a hospitalist program, and most recently, launching the Hospital’s Planetree initiative of providing person-centered care at all locations of care.

She facilitated monthly Lunch and Learn programs to ensure continuous education was available to the public. She helped organize the Gouverneur Hospital Auxiliary’s Annual Golf Tournament, which raised over $11,000 this year. She further helped the Auxiliary by coordinating and overseeing blood drives, and has participated in countless events across the community.

“Bonnie has been instrumental in the Hospital’s growth. Her role in community relations was critical to ensuring the public was aware of new providers and services that were not previously offered in our community,” said Hospital CEO Eric Burch. “She has been an unwavering liaison between the Hospital and our community members and has earned great respect from those with whom she worked.”

Colleagues joined Mrs. Porter for a reception at the Hospital where she was presented with an engraved clock and numerous gift certificates in recognition of her dedication to service within the Gouverneur community.

North Country CrossRoads announces Artsy Contest winners

Dan McClelland

by Rachel Hunter

As a way to give back to the local community, North Country CrossRoads Artisan Gift Shop & Classes in Gouverneur organized a fun arts competition for youth and adults alike.

The “Artsy Contest” was the idea of the business owners Gari and Kevin Vibber of Gouverneur who know firsthand what it is like to grow up in Small Town America and believe strongly in giving back to the local community.

The contest was free to enter, and all interested could pick up an 8x10-inch canvas board on which to put their submission. The local artists then chose their favorite medium to complete their work, and returned it to North Country CrossRoads by 3 p.m. on August 17. A total of 12 entries were submitted, and then divided into the four age categories (0-6 years, 7-12 years, 13-18 years and 19 years and older). The five judges making the subjective evaluations were a purposeful mix, according to Mrs. Vibber, and included the following: North Country CrossRoads Artist Bill Perkins, Local Businessman/Town Official Curran Wade, Non-Professional Artsy Crafter Donna Thorpe of Fowler, Businessman/Supporter of the Arts Kevin Vibber of Gouverneur, and North Country CrossRoads Under 18 Artist/Crafter Lauren Ordway of Gouverneur.

The results were tabulated, and winners were announced as follows:

In the 0-6 age category, there were two entries. First place went to Keelee Bice for her acrylic painting, and second place went to Quinn Richardson for his acrylic painting.

In the 7-12 age category, first place went to Mackensie Koerick (pencil). There was a tie for second place between Afton Riley (acrylics) and Jack Riley (pencil). There also were honorable mentions to Moriah Koerick (crayon), Kelvin Bice IIII (acrylics), Kameran Bice (acrylics) and Arthur Anson (markers).

In the 19 and over age category, first place went to Angie Walsh (acrylics and human hair), second went to Rachel Riley (acrylics and marker), and third place went to Rachel Hunter (acrylics).

The top prize in each category was a $20 gift certificate to North Country CrossRoads, second place prizes varied, and third place prize was a $5 gift certificate to the Ice Cream Bowl, located next door to North Country CrossRoads. Honorable mentions received a sketch pad and colored pencils.

The prizes were presented to the award winners on Tuesday, August 27 during a special ceremony, and all were congratulated on their great work.

To learn more about North Country CrossRoads, stop by the store at 157 W. Main St., Gouverneur, or visit the store’s Facebook page. And don’t forget to check out all of the store’s announcements and upcoming classes in the Gouverneur Tribune Press!

DJVFD 5K Color Run/Walk has record-breaking turnout

Dan McClelland

by Jessyca Cardinell

The DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department hosted its Second Annual 5K Color Run/Walk on the morning of Sunday, August 25. The event was deemed a success, as it drew 33 participants, more than doubling the 2018 turnout of 15 participants.

“We work hard on putting this together as a way to bring something positive to the community and let the people know the importance of our department,” DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department Vice President Naomi Drake said. “We receive great support from the community members and awareness for the department. It's not all about the money raised.”

Everyone came dressed in their most comfortable fitness gear, ready to get in a great workout burning calories while supporting the DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department in this fun walk/run. Participants were given packets filled with colored powder to release before the run began. DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department trucks led the run and blocked off roads to help ensure all made it through safely. Also present was Hermon Rescue. The walk/run began at Sprinkles, travelling to Ideuma Road in DeKalb, before heading back to the DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department for raffles and refreshments. Mrs. Drake also announced that the raffle table was packed with items donated by local businesses, and was a huge, huge success!

This event would not have been possible without the generous support by the North Country community.

Boy Scouts and Youth Advocate Program members helped to spray color, and hand out water to the participants.

Also there, St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Safe Child ID program.

There were refreshments and snacks available for those needing a quick pick-me-up. All proceeds went directly to supporting the DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department and its mission to ensure the safety and security of the community. Mrs. Drake commented that the bagels – enjoyed by many participants – were donated by The Bagelry in Canton.

All sponsors of the 5K Color Run/Walk were listed on the back of an event T-Shirt as a way for the department to extend a hearty “thank-you” to over 30 local establishments.

Many participants, volunteers and local business sponsors alike are looking for the Third Annual 5K Color Run/Walk to be held in August of 2020!

Ryan’s Wish Foundation Golf Tournament raises funds to further mission

Dan McClelland

by Rachel Hunter

The 2019 Ryan’s Wish Foundation Golf Tournament raised funds to help those diagnosed with cancer and serious illnesses throughout St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Franklin and Lewis counties. The annual benefit golf tournament was held last Saturday, August 17 at Emerald Greens in Gouverneur. The format was a four-man captain and crew. A gross amount of $7,000 was raised, and $14,000 were received through generous corporate sponsorships.

Dr. Robert Saidel and his wife Rita founded Ryan’s Wish Foundation in memory of their son, who strived to live life to the fullest even as he battled cancer. Ryan Saidel from Gouverneur, NY was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was 14 years old and fought the disease for five years before he passed at age 19 on February 7, 2004. During his five-year struggle, Ryan touched the lives of countless people. To those around him, Ryan defined the word courage as he lived his life inspiring others to make the best of each and every day.

A year after Ryan’s death, the Ryan’s Wish Foundation was created to celebrate Ryan’s inspirational life, and is dedicated to helping others who are battling a serious illness “play and live strong.”

Ryan's Wish can provide financial assistance to individuals with cancer and serious illnesses as they travel to treatment appointments, no matter their age or diagnosis. Whether it is helping to provide gas cards, money for lodging and meals, or funds for medical co-pays or medications not covered by insurance, the foundation can help..

“Thank you everyone for coming,” Dr. Saidel said. “There’s probably not a person here that hasn’t been affected by cancer in their family in one way or another. It’s not about us today. It’s about who we can help this week, next week, and in the following years getting to their treatments, getting help going to Hepburn, going to Boston, going to NYC.”

He then reported that the Ryan’s Wish Foundation helped 164 individuals in 2018, giving out over $66,000. Since January, the foundation has helped 120 individuals, giving out over $43,000.

“You can see the need is out there,” Dr. Saidel said. “We’ve got a lot of new sponsors this year, and lots of sponsors from last year. We are just so grateful that you believe in our mission, and that you continue your generous donations, helping out, buying stuff, playing skins, giving corporate money, and stuff has been able to make us function really well.”

Gratitude was shown to local businesses and organizations for their generous support. This includes the following: Gouverneur Central School (Pink Zone and Dress Down Friday), Father-Daughter Dance organized by Vickie Mussaw-Kipp, St. Lawrence County Health Initiative, Ogdensburg Free Academy, Enterprise, Inc., Nutn’ Fancy, Kinney Drugs Foundation, Gouverneur Savings and Loan Association, Community Savings Bank, Casablanca Restaurant, Superior Plus, Bonaparte Pharmacy, LLC, Judy Brown, Frank and Diane Bergau, Northland Veterinary Hospital, Cives, Stewarts Shops, RSI Roofing, Gouverneur Medical Staff, Gouverneur Hospital, Andrew and Sharon Williams, Dr. Scott Day, Andrew and Crystal Leonard, Jenne & Carr Insurance Agency, Inc., Carthage Turkey Bowl, St. James School, Emerald Green Golf Course, Jules of Life, Northern Credit Union, Ice Cream Bowl (Bowhall family), Weekes Agency, Dr. Curt Ross, DDS, G&R Auto, O.D. Green, Gretchen E. Tessmer Attorney At Law, Newvine Auto Parts LLC, Joe Laurenza, Car Freshener, Sandy Green (in memory of Brian Green), Dr. Nicholas Gardner, DDS, Donna Sheen Besaw Tax Consultant, Dr. Mark and Robin Truax, Clearview Motel (Pistolesi family), New York Pizzeria, Mike and Brenda Saidel, LP Thompson Insurance Agency, LTD, ENI Mechanical, Inc. (Andy Leonard), and Frary Funeral Home.

Dr. Saidel also said that Ryan’s Wish Foundation received generous contribution from the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund from the Edward I. Moses Run/Walk For Life Event, which is held annually in April. And also received over $10,000 from the Carthage Turkey Bowl, a touch football game held annually the first Saturday in November. Dr. Saidel also added that the Ryan’s Wish Foundation benefits from many other fundraising events throughout the year.

Also, gratitude was extended to the generous businesses that provided tournament prizes: Ives Hill Country Club, Texas Roadhouse, Willowbrook Golf Club, Highland Meadows Golf Club, Fins Eatery and Pub, Mary Lawrence – St. Lawrence University Golf Course, Fairgrounds Inn, Savory Downtown, Watertown Golf Club, and Casablanca Restaurant.

Dr. Saidel encourages those facing a cancer diagnosis who need financial help to contact Ryan's Wish and provide the organization with as much information as possible, including how far away their treatment is, how long the trip would be, and their diagnosis and prognosis. People can contact the Saidel family at (315) 287-1344 or Gary West at (315) 955-2101 or at gwest29@gmail.com, if they know of an individual or family who may benefit from the Ryan’s Wish Foundation.

The Ryan’s Wish Foundation Board of Directors includes Dr. Robert and Rita Saidel, Dr. Don and Glenda Schuessler, Sandy Green, Mary Lou Robinson, Karen Keenan, Matthew Hudson, Heather Bowman, John and Mary Cunningham, and Gary and Kim West.

Ritchie Honored At 2019 Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County Fair

Dan McClelland

NYS Senator Patty Ritchie pictured with Organizer Sean Peck at the 2019 Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair Carlton Peck Band Day. Sean is the son of Carlton Peck of Gouverneur, the founder of the Peck Awards which were started 55 years ago this year. (photo provided)

NYS Senator Patty Ritchie pictured with Organizer Sean Peck at the 2019 Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair Carlton Peck Band Day. Sean is the son of Carlton Peck of Gouverneur, the founder of the Peck Awards which were started 55 years ago this year. (photo provided)

During the 2019 Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair, State Senator Patty Ritchie, who was inducted into the St. Lawrence County Fair Hall of Fame last year, was honored for her support of area marching bands and school music programs.

During her time as State Senator, Senator Ritchie has delivered funding to ensure marching bands throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties had equipment and instruments, and that programs in schools were saved from budget cuts. 

In addition, she has helped various school musical groups with funding to participate in national events such as the 4th of July parade in Washington, D.C. and has invited students to share their musical talents at numerous community events she has hosted.

Talent acts impress crowd at county fair

Dan McClelland

by Jessyca Cardinell

The 2019 Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair Talent Show was held on the evening of Friday, August 2 at the grandstand.

The talent show draws a great crowd of people to witness the local talents that surround us. Performers in the talent show range in age (three years of age and up) and were judged in various age groups on who gave the best overall performance.

Each year, Fair Director Jennifer Peck works diligently to ensure that the talent show is a success, and everything goes as smooth as possible.

This year’s judges included: Kimberly Adams of Lisbon, who has an extensive music background. Julie Peck, gymnast, who formerly owned a dance studio in Gouverneur also acted as judge for the talent show. Chris Gates, of Gouverneur, was the third judge, as he has a great musical and theatrical background. It was up to the judges to decide the fate of the contestants and who would be moving on to the state level of competition at the New York State Fair.

The three to 11 years age group provided adorable song performances and beautiful dance routines, showcasing the hard work and efforts these youngsters put forth. First place went to Josslyn Fishel, second went to Lilah Siebels, and third place went to Stevie Petrie.

It was then time for the 12 to 16 age group, many of which performed inspiring and beautiful songs and instrumental numbers. First place went to Jaelyn Stevens, second went to Holly and Brooke Goddard, and third place went to Holly and Brooke Goddard, and Sophia Cicchinelli.

Finally, the 17 years and older group was up to showcase their exceptional matured talent through their singing abilities. Performances provided a range of experience and notes reached. First place went to Richard Fitzgerald, second place went to Samuel Roesnegilles, and third went to Kaitlyn LaShomb.

Many words of congratulations were extended to these contestants on their tremendous accomplishment.

Final Phase of the Capital Project

Dan McClelland

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by Jessyca Cardinell

The final phase of the 2015-2020 Capital Project for the Gouverneur Central School District is in full swing, as recently the demolition of the Dean building, formerly the Middle School, began.

The Dean building was built through the largess of Mrs. Mira Dean and her daughters Cora and Jennie Dean. A bronze tablet was dedicated to the women in 1914 and was on display until the renovation project started.

“The demolition of the building was not made lightly,” said Superintendent of Schools Lauren French. “With all factors to be considered, the decision was presented to the Board of Education for final approval that we cannot compromise the safety of our students, employees and visitors. The project was presented to voters, through 32 different public presentations and received voter approval. The goal, keeping everyone safe, provide equal access to 21st century education and extend the legacy of the Dean family, which was quality education for the citizens of Gouverneur, will be completed by January 2020.”

The Capital Project began in 2014 with March Associates with a proposed project cost in excess of $42,000,000. As the first proposed project plan was rejected due to it not being financially feasible for the community, March Associates worked on a second proposal which included the addition of four UPK classrooms at the Elementary building, six classrooms and a new gymnasium at the Middle School and ending with the demolition of the Dean Building at the Middle School/High School Complex.

“The proposal allowed for safety and security measures to be addressed, corrected and improved at all three buildings, for all ADA compliance issues to be corrected and for the necessary infrastructure to be addressed within the complex. As a result of the building project, all UPK-4 scholars are housed on the elementary campus, all 5-8 scholars are housed on the middle school campus and the High School will remain at the 9-12 building,” said Mrs. French of the efficiency this proposal would allow the community.

The project is being completed in stages, the first stage was the abatement of asbestos. This phase was then followed by the removal of glass and aluminum frames, doors and items that will be reused in the renovation project. There were marble columns for the original entrance and those have been saved to become part of the new structure in Gouverneur on a site that is yet to be selected. There are other pieces of shaped marble and those will be used in a location of the school district as a permanent display to the history of the district.

“This visual display will include the commemorative plaques, early presentations to Judge James C. Dolan and other artifacts and pictures that commemorate the history of the school system. Anyone with a unique item may want to contact myself, for possible display opportunities,” said Mrs. French.

The beautiful stained glass window, which is reported by Mrs. French to be fondly recalled and remembered by every student attending Gouverneur High School will be included in the new entrance at the school.

“The design calls for the three paneled window to be displayed at each of the three levels of the building, within a protective glass case and lit with LED so that the panels can be viewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week from both interior and exterior vantage points,” said Mrs. French of the new exciting display to be anticipated.

The Gouverneur School District has made great advancements to its educational programs and building infrastructures in the last five years. As it continues to do so there will be some impactful changes to the district, but also a new beginning that embraces the old.

County Fair kicks off with ribbon-cutting ceremony

Dan McClelland

The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 2019 Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair on Tuesday, July 30. From left: Associate Director Nicholas Whitney, Fair Director and Past President Lyle Hotis, Fair Director John Hunter, Fair Manager Don Peck, Village of Gouverneur Mayor Ron McDougall, Fowler Baptist Church Pastor Howard Maxson, Town of Gouverneur Supervisor Dave Spilman, Jr., Fair President Beth Martin. (Jessyca Cardinell photo)

The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 2019 Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair on Tuesday, July 30. From left: Associate Director Nicholas Whitney, Fair Director and Past President Lyle Hotis, Fair Director John Hunter, Fair Manager Don Peck, Village of Gouverneur Mayor Ron McDougall, Fowler Baptist Church Pastor Howard Maxson, Town of Gouverneur Supervisor Dave Spilman, Jr., Fair President Beth Martin. (Jessyca Cardinell photo)

by Jessyca Cardinell

A huge crowd gathered in the grandstands for the opening ceremony of the 2019 Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair on the evening of Tuesday, July 30.

The guest speaker was David Zembiec, treasurer of the board of trustees at Advocate Drum (formerly known as the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization). He discussed` the importance of job opportunities in the North Country. He expressed the importance of Fort Drum and how inclusion for the community has been so beneficial to everyone.

Pastor Howard Maxson of the Fowler Baptist Church said a prayer blessing over the Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair.

It was then time to cut the red ribbon, as done each year to officially open the fair. Village of Gouverneur Mayor Ron McDougall and Town of Gouverneur Supervisor Dave Spilman, Jr. were welcomed on stage to assist the fair officials during the ceremony. The crowd cheered as the ribbon was cut and the festivities began.

The national anthem was sung beautifully, and the pride of the community really showed through.

The crowd patiently waited for the John Michael Montgomery concert to begin, as each year an excitement filled concert kicks off the first evening of the fair.

Fantastic job to all the fair board members who put in so many extensive hours and a great amount of hard work behind the scenes to ensure that all needs are met and everyone enjoys a fantastic time.

Edwards Firemen’s Parade draws crowd

Dan McClelland

by Rachel Hunter

The North Country community gathered along Main St. in Edwards to enjoy the Edwards Fire & Rescue’s Second Annual Firemen’s Parade on Saturday, July 6.

The excitement was palpable as a crowd amassed in front on both sides of the road to watch the parade. While they were waiting for the parade to commence, all were welcomed to stop by the concession and vendor booths that were set up in the parking lot of the Edwards Health Center, 8 Church St., Edwards.

Meanwhile, the parade participants lined up on First Street and Second Street, and at the 6 p.m. fire whistle, the parade commenced. The parade made its way down Church Street before making a right turn onto Main St. in Edwards.

Leading the parade was a St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office apparatus, Car 121.

Next in the parade lineup was the Silas Wainwright VFW Post 6338 color guard featuring VFW Commander Richard Fisher, Gerald Barker (presenting the American Flag), Michael Webster (presenting the VFW Post Flag), and Wayne Knowles.

The Edwards Fire & Rescue then showcased their E-27 and TA-75.

The Edwards History Center then had a float, reminding all those in attendance that it had been 200 years ago, in June 1819, when Scottish settlers first came to Edwards. All were encouraged to stop by the Edwards History Center at 222 Main St., Edwards to learn more. The float also featured music by the New Horizons Band.

Next were the Heuvelton Central Marching Bulldogs then performed, thrilling all those gathered with their exceptional performance. Also appearing was Ogdensburg Free Academy Blue Devils Marching Band, which awed with selections and acrobatic performances inspired by from the movie, “The Greatest Showman.” A judging panel, with members on the ground and on a flatbed truck (from Jim’s Auto in Edwards), evaluated the marching band performances.

Russell Fire and Rescue then showcased its E-104 and TA-37 trucks.

Janet Otto-Cassada, Democratic candidate for SLC Clerk, also marched in the parade. She was joined by an Elect Janet Otto-Cassada for St. Lawrence County Clerk float, and all were reminded of her over 20 years of experience helping St. Lawrence County. She was joined by a host of supporters and SLC Democrats, who passed out candy to those along the parade route. This included Village of Gouverneur Mayor Ronald McDougall.

Next was the Degrasse, Clare, South Russell Fire Department, showcasing its E-100 truck.

The Gouverneur Fire Department then showcased its shiny new R-4 truck in one of its first parade appearances.

Next was an appearance by Sandy Santamoor, Republican and Conservative candidate for SLC Clerk, who was joined by supporters including St. Lawrence County Republican Party Chairman Tom Jenison As the Elect Sandy Santamoor float went by all were reminded of the current deputy SLC clerk’s eight-year track record.

SLC Undersheriff Brooks Bigwarfe for SLC Sheriff was surrounded by supporters as he made his way down the parade, waving hello to all those in attendance. Joining him was SLC Legislator District 4 William Sheridan (R-Hammond). All were reminded that Bigwarfe was born and raised in St. Lawrence County, and has been serving for the past 32 years in the SLC Sheriff’s Office.

The Hermon Volunteer Fire Department was next in the lineup, and showcased their ETA-43 truck.

The end of the parade was signaled by the appearance of Edwards Fire & Rescue Chief Richard Anson on the department’s ATV-13.

All in attendance were invited to the Edwards Fire Hall to enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and refreshments. A Block Dance then followed at 8 p.m. with music by local bands, Homegrown and Man Fights Grizzly. All was provided for free to the North Country community members and visitors present.

Community spirit was high in Edwards last Saturday night, and all expressed gratitude to those who made the parade and block dance possible. Much fun was had by all in attendance.

2019 GHS Honors Group announced

Dan McClelland

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Gouverneur Central High School is excited to announce the 2019 Honors Group. Eligibility for the senior Honors Group is based on an overall average of 90 or above for 3 ½ years of high school. Gouverneur Central has 17 members in the Class Of 2019 Honors Group:

Harley Austin. Harley is the daughter of John and Crystal Austin. She plans to attend North Country Community College for an associate’s degree in Radiologic Technology.

Jenneca Cook. Jenneca is the daughter of Andrew and Katrina Cook. She plans to attend SUNY Potsdam, majoring in Sociology.

Grace Cummings. Grace is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Cummings. She plans to attend St. John Fisher College as a Nursing major.

Sophie Fawcett. Sophie is the daughter of Ian and Shari Fawcett. Sophie is currently undecided about her plans, but plans to attend either SUNY Potsdam or Jefferson Community College. She is also considering pursuing a career in cosmetology.

Hannah Hight. Hannah is the daughter of Ron and Wendy Hight. She plans to attend Paul Smith’s College for Culinary Arts and Service Management. Hannah hopes to graduate and become a personal chef with the long-term goal of opening her own restaurant.

Collin Hutton. Collin is the son of Scott and Julie Hutton. He plans to attend St. Lawrence University for biochemistry. Collin hopes to become a forensic toxicologist after completing his education.

Kurtis Knight. Kurtis is the son of Leo and Lisa Knight. He plans to attend St. Lawrence University to major in Computer Science with a minor in Sports Management.

Virginia Knowlton. Virginia is the daughter of Erin Weldon and Jacob Knowlton. She plans to attend SUNY Oswego to study business with a focus in marketing.

Ireland Martin. Ireland is the daughter of Mark Martin. She plans to attend SUNY Canton with an undecided major.

Keegan Matthews. Keegan is the son of Scott and Kiera Matthews. He plans to attend the University of Rochester where he will be joining the NROTC Program (Marine Option).

Mitchell Mcmaster. Mitchell is the son of Jessica and Randon McMaster. He plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology to study Engineering Technology.

Elaina Porter. Elaina is the daughter of Bob and Alicia Porter. She plans to attend Clarkson University to study environmental engineering in Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering.

Abigail Riutta. Abigail is the daughter of Roger and Sarah Riutta. She plans to attend SUNY Cortland, majoring in Biomedical Sciences and Pre-Chiropractic Studies.

Nathan Sitts. Nathan is the son of Rob and Christine Sitts. He plans to attend Clarkson University in the fall to study Computer Engineering.

Hannah Spilman. Hannah is the daughter of Marty and Julie Spilman. She plans to attend Clarkson University to major in Psychology with a focus in Pre-Physician Assistant Studies.

Jayden Strawder. Jayden is the son of Jay-R and Lacey Strawder. He plans to attend Kent State University.

Melody Webster. Melody is the daughter of Mrs. Carrie Lawlor. She plans to attend SUNY Potsdam to study art and English.

Fiery Blaze

Dan McClelland

Gouverneur Fire Department trucks on the fire scene.

Gouverneur Fire Department trucks on the fire scene.

The Gouverneur Fire Department provided mutual aid for a reported two-structure fire on Rock Island Road (County Route 11) in the Town of DeKalb at 11:58 a.m. Monday, June 3. The GFD’s Engine 18 arrived on scene just behind the first engine from the Dekalb Fire Department. Engine 18's crew was assigned interior operations, and the four-person crew reportedly did an excellent job of getting water on the fire in the well involved dwelling. Heuvelton Fire arrived just after and also provided interior firefighters. Overall the dwelling had extensive damage but a lot of personal property was saved and removed from the dwelling by firefighters. The shed-type structure that was initially ablaze was a total loss. The GFD’s response was as follows: 11-1, 11-2, Engine 18, ETA-101, TA-6, Rescue 4. A total of 17 members responded. (Rachel Hunter photos)

Gouverneur High School Small Ensembles perform

Dan McClelland

by Jessyca Cardinell

The Gouverneur High School auditorium was opened up and the community welcomed out on the evening of May 22, as the Gouverneur High School Small Ensembles performed.

The high school students have worked diligently this school year and were ready to showcase all their hard work and skills.

The select strings were first to perform under the direction of Mr. Victor Correa III. They performed Gates of Valhalla, Jupiter from the Planets, Themes from the New World Symphony. Executing all notes and providing a terrific entertainment for all those in attendance.

The chamber singers were next to perform, under the direction of Mrs. Renee Powlin, with a wonderful selection of songs they sang with excellence and great talent. Songs included Home and the Heartland, Three Madrigals, Changes and a version of the classic Jolene by Dolly Parton. Senior Jenneca Cook proved to be a fantastic vocalist as she did the solo performance of the song.

The jazz band came out to finish the evening, under the direction of Ms. Jenelle Yeoman. The jazz band offers a fun, uplifting and unique musical performance. The jazz band performed In the Mood, Little Brown Jug, Someone Watch Over Me followed by 25 or 6 to 4.

It was a night full of fantastic music and true young talent. The students of Gouverneur High School proved they excel in their musical performances.

In the Select Strings were the following students: First Violin: Shelbie Alguire, Amelia Beaver, Brittany LaForty, and Emma McDougall. Second Violin: Brynn Farley, Katherine Fullam, and Hailey Morrissiey. Viola: Kayleigh Orr and Cole Siebels. Cello: Kolby Wells. String Bass: Keegan Matthews.

In the Chamber Singers: Sopranos Madyson Bloxham, Madison Brooks. Ariana Zeller, Hope Leader, Taylor Ormasen. Altos Jenneca Cook, Lauren McCarthy, Jaelyn Stevens. Tenor/Bass Noble Baker, Connor Canell, Mitchell McMaster, and Cole Siebels/

In the Jazz Band: Alto Saxophone: Cassidy Hardy, Alissa Rivera, Ava Bartholomew, Elizabeth Ruitta, and Alexis Simmons. Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet: Hazen Given, Hailey Cook, Eve Beaver, Felicia Tallon and Sarah McMaster. Baritone Saxophone: Taylor Vickers. Trumpet: Jonathan Baez Jr., Jenneca Cook, and Richard Nichols Jr. Trombone/Baritone: Madison Kurdziel, Mitchell McMaster, Logan Phillips, Gavin Nichols, and Colby Leslie. Drumset: Noble Baker. Guitar: Tanner Pignone. Upright Bass: Gavin Latta.

Wonderful job to all students and their teachers who mentor and really influence the lives of these young people.

Gouverneur Elementary School Spring Concert draws crowd

Dan McClelland

by Jessyca Cardinell

The Gouverneur Central High school auditorium was filled with friends and family members on the evening of May 23, as the third and fourth grade chorus entertained with their Spring concert.

Mrs. Betty Hall conducted the performance, as she had worked diligently with these students, perfecting and honing in on their talents.

The evening started with a combined performance for the song Neath a Mexican Moon, followed up by a performance from the third grade students of the song Eclipse.

The song Dancing in the Moonlight brought a fun filled performance from both the third and fourth grade students, followed by fourth grade's performance of Spooky Night.

The lights were dimmed and black lights lit up the stage as students waved stars around. A great show for all ages to enjoy.

Mrs. Hall exclaimed her excitement, as both the third and fourth graders performed Big World, Small World, one that the music teacher stated the students had worked so hard practicing for their performance.

Gouverneur observes Memorial Day

Dan McClelland

by Rachel Hunter

Remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice… The Gouverneur community gathered for the 2019 Gouverneur Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 27, which was organized jointly by the Silas Wainwright VFW Pot No. 6338 in Gouverneur and the James Maloy American Legion Post No. 65 in Gouverneur. This year it was hosted by American Legion Post No. 65.

The parade marshal was the new American Legion Post No. 65 Commander Jason Carvel.

The parade commenced promptly at 10 a.m., and all were escorted down Main Street by Village of Gouverneur Chief of Police Laurina Greenhill in a Gouverneur Police Department apparatus, followed by St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells. Traffic detail was handled by Chief Greenhill, Sgt. Jason Whitton, Sgt. Darren Fairbanks, Officer Alexander Daggett, Officer Jesse Sheen, Officer Nathan Sheen. The Village of Gouverneur Department of Public Work assisted in allowing the use of traffic cones and barricades. Also, New York State Police Trooper Brian Shippee and Trooper Carina Shelmidine also assisted in traffic detail along with school crossing guard/special police traffic John Kelley. Much gratitude is extended to these individuals for ensuring the safety of all during the annual Memorial Day Observance.

Leading the parade was the joint VFW Post 6338 and American Legion Post No. 65 color guard, which displayed the flags proudly as they marched down Main Street. Next in the parade line-up was the VFW Post 6338 Auxiliary including President Jeff Platt, Treasurer Sara Platt, Chaplain/Historian Marlene Webster and joined by Mike Webster of the Gouverneur VFW Post 6338 and Gold Star Mother Nancy Cappellino.

St. Lawrence County Legislators District 4 William Sheridan (R-Hammond) and District 5 Henry Leader (R-Gouverneur), Village of Gouverneur Mayor Ronald McDougall, Village of Gouverneur Deputy Mayor Charles Newvine, Village Trustee Troy Besaw, and Village Clerk/Treasurer Barbara Finnie, Town of Gouverneur Supervisor David Spilman, Jr., Town of Gouverneur Deputy Supervisor Eldon Conklin, and Town of Gouverneur Councilman Curran Wade joined the parade. Town of Fowler Supervisor Michael Cappellino was also in attendance at the observance.

Fire trucks from Gouverneur Fire Department and Richville Fire Department, an ambulance from the Gouverneur Rescue Squad and a couple military vehicles from Fort Drum also were entered into the parade to the delight of all those in attendance.

Local girl scout troops in addition to Gouverneur’s Cub Scout Pack 2035, Cub Scout Pack 21, and Boy Scout Troop 21 marched in the parade.

The American Legion Post No. 65 entered a float in the parade to honor America’s fallen soldiers, adorned in patriotic décor.

The Gouverneur Central School Marching Wildcats also joined the parade, performing
You’re A Grand Old Flag” under the direction of Victor Correa. The energetic music and the enthusiasm of the Gouverneur Wildcat mascot thrilled all those gathered.

Next in the parade-lineup was Joseph Wing of Gouverneur who serves the VFW Post No. 6338 Auxiliary, and also provides security detail around the Gouverneur community.

Bango Valley Percherons in Richville brought a horse-drawn wagon to the parade. The only Gouverneur business in the parade was an entry by MLS Equipment in Gouverneur, which showcased Ventrac all-wheel-drive compact tractors available for sale.

The parade paused for a moment over the Main Street bridge to present the U.S. Navy Wreath. The salute to the dead was presented by Michael Webster and Michael Knowlton. The conclusion of the parade was signaled with the appearance of a Gouverneur Police Department apparatus. All then made their way to the Riverside Cemetery in Gouverneur for the annual observance ceremony.

The Master Of Ceremonies was Gloria Weldon, former commander of the American Legion Post No. 65. The invocation was said by American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Chaplain Gloria Young. All then stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Master of Ceremonies Weldon then acknowledged all of the dignitaries who were invited to attend the observance, including NY State Senator (48th District) Patty Ritchie, NYS Assemblyman (116th District) Mark Walczyk, NYS Assemblyman (117th District) Ken Blankenbush, St. Lawrence County Legislator (District 4) William Sheridan, St. Lawrence County Legislator (District 5) Henry Leader, St. Lawrence County Legislator (District 6) Larry Denesha, St. Lawrence County Sherriff Kevin Wells, Village of Gouverneur Mayor Ron McDougall, Gouverneur Police Chief Laurina Greenhill, Gouverneur Chamber of Commerce Executive Donna Besaw, and Town of Gouverneur Supervisor David Spilman, Jr., Town of Gouverneur Deputy Supervisor Eldon Conklin, and other officials in the Village of Gouverneur and the Town of Gouverneur.

Master of Ceremonies Weldon then introduced retired Sergeant First Class (SFC) Eduardo Ramos as follows: SFC Eduardo Ramos joined the United States Marine Corps from February 1990 to May 1996 and served as Infantry Machine Gunner, Marine Security Force, and Marine Reconnaissance. After Ed Ramos completed his serves in the Marine Corps he joined the Army Reserves in May 1996 where he was part of the 101st Airborne Division Operations. In April of 1997 he entered Army active duty where he continued to serve with the 101st Airborne Division as an Infantryman. From February 2000 to August 2001 he was reassigned to Vicenza, Italy to the 173rd Airborne Brigade as an Airborne Infantryman. In August 2001 to June 2007 he was reassigned to the 10th Mountain Division. He was reassigned to Fort Benning, GA and served as Drill Sergeant from June 2007 till November 2011 when he was reassigned back to the 10th Mountain Division till March 2016. Once again, he was reassigned to the 174th Combine Arms Training Brigade in Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in New Jersey where he assisted in the training and evaluating of National Guard units in the continental Northeast area from March 2016 till his retirement January 2018. He moved back to the North Country where he now resides in the town of Antwerp. His deployments include South America, Somalia, three trips to the Balkans (Bosnia, Kosovo), Haiti/Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and four deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Eduardo and his family continue to serve our community and our nation. He is an active member of the Gouverneur Volunteer Fire Department. His daughter is an active member of the Gouverneur Rescue Squad, and his two sons are currently serving – one in the United States Navy and the other in the United States Air Force.

A great applause sounded as the community welcomed SFC Ramos to the podium.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be up here in front of all you and pay tribute once again to our fallen,” he said. “Memorial Day to me is to celebrate the sacrifices of our soldiers, our American citizens that went and fought for the rights and privileges that we sometimes take for granted, but we love to have. From the Battle of Belleau Wood in World War I where the Marines got the best name ever, Devil Dogs… Semper fi, World War II Pearl Harbor where we called everybody to our nation. From the pacific battles, Iwo Jima, Midway, and to the beaches of France at Normandy, Omaha where we continue to fight.

“The North Country has been a great part of this, in this community. For example, Tyler Pickett from Antwerp and another one Chad Fuller from Potsdam. Chad Fuller was one of my soldiers at one point. I was his team leader. He decided to go to our battalions here at Fort Drum to be a part of our battalion scout and sniper team. On August 31, 2003 Chad Fuller with another comrade were on OP, overwatching as we continue operations Shkin Afghanistan, which is on the border of Pakistan, when there was a large route for the enemy to come through for supplies in that area. As they were on overwatch, they had eight insurgents come by them. We lost Chad that day, but before he perished six went down as he stood there. He believed what he was doing there…

“The bottom line, our citizens, Americans, didn’t matter where they came from, the color of their skins, their religions, their belief, whatever cloth they were cut from, the only cloth that mattered to them was the one that is hanging here, our flag, a symbol of our freedom. As we pay tribute to them today and we have our get-togethers with our families and friends, once again celebrate the sacrifices that they pay for us. I look up there and I know they are still on guard at the pearly gates and looking down upon us, and until we meet them again, we will keep doing our thing here. God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you!”

Great applause sounded, and much gratitude was extended to SFC Ramos.

The presentation of ribbons was then held, conducted by Mike Webster and escorted by Life Scout John Erdman of Gouverneur Boy Scout Troop 21 as follows: WWI (Gerald Barker), WWII (Cecil Steele), Korea (Donald Payne), Vietnam (Ronald Hartle), Panama (Michael Knowlton), Desert Storm (Randy Knowlton), Somalia/Haiti (John Holt), Bosnia (Darryl Sapoff), Afghanistan (Jason Carvel), Iraq (Todd Murray), POW/MIA (Richard Fisher), Women Veterans Memorial (Mie Webster), American Legion Post 65 (Jason Carvel), American Legion Post 65 Auxiliary (Deanna Cline), VFW Post 6338 (Richard Fisher), VFW Post 6338 Auxiliary (Jeff Platt), Gold Star Mothers (Nancy Cappellino), Daughters of the American Revolution (Lynda Andrews), and Sons of the American Revolution (Mark Jenkins).

Gloria Weldon the gave the last roll call of deceased American Legion and VFW members as follows: Al Melisko, Hilliard Seaker, Ed Cousino, Steward Bush, William Scozzafava, Dwayne Martin, Betty Tuttle, Helen Knowlton, Elaine Hawk, Dorothy Macaulay, Audrey Sanderson, Vanita Pierce, Betty Benjamin, Jane Fuller, Joie McDougall, Mildred Hamilton and Paul Gates.

The VFW and American Legion Rifle Squad then presented the Salute to the Dead, followed by Taps (performed by Jenneca Cook) and Echo (performed by John Baez) Musical selections of “Armed Forces on Parade” and the “Star-Spangled Banner” were performed by the Gouverneur High School Band, under the direction of Jenelle Yeoman. The benediction was then given by VFW Auxiliary Chaplain Marlene Webster.

Much gratitude was extended to all those who took part and/or contributed to the annual Memorial Day observance. All those in attendance were then invited to the American Legion Post 65 for a free luncheon following the ceremony.

Spring Demo Derby drew racers, die-hard fans

Dan McClelland

by Jessyca Cardinell

The Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fairgrounds welcomed the sound of smashing and crashing as the annual Spring Demolition Derby kicked off a season of screeching good times.

Drivers came from all over the state to participate in this event, including Antwerp, Canton, Potsdam, Castorland, Croghan and Laurens.

The grandstands were filled with supportive friends, family and of course die-hard demolition fans, ready to cheer on their favorite driver.

A great amount of rules and regulations were in place ensuring that safety and precautions were taken to protect the drivers and audience. Drivers in the derby had to be at least sixteen years old with parent consent. Any drivers who did not obey the rules were to be immediately disqualified from the derby.

The Gouverneur Fire Department and Rescue Squads were on hand for any emergencies that could potentially arise from such an event.

Adrenaline and excitement filled the Fairgrounds as cars collided, smoke filled the air and dirt flew. A fun filled event for the whole family to enjoy.

Heat numbers one and four were both sponsored by Tresidder's Garage in Edwards, New York. As their motto is “No job is too big or too small. We do it all.”

The two-hour build was sponsored by Seaway Valley Prevention Council. This organization helps individuals and families who are impacted by alcohol and substance abuse. For more information, please visit the website www.svpc.net or call 315-713-4861.

Fantastic job to all organizers, staff and emergencies crews on the extensive work to ensure a great time was had by all and safety was forefront.

Congratulations to all the drivers who placed in this demolition derby.

The full results are detailed below as provided by the Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair Association:

Heat No. 1: First place went to Adam Dean of Gouverneur, and second went to Cory Streit.

Heat No. 2: First place went to Brandon Lamere of Plattsburgh, and second went to Allen Dean.

Heat No. 3: First place went to Chris Ames of Gouverneur, and second went to Allen Dean.

Heat No. 4: First went to Chris Rookey of Lisbon, and second went to Bryan Brothers of Lisbon.

Heat No. 5: First place went to Bruce LaRock Jr. of Hermon, and second went to Chris Brothers of Madrid.

Heat No. 6: First place went to Terry Green of Potsdam, and second went to Johnathon Fafferty of Gouverneur.

Heat No. 7: First place went to Matthew Brothers of Rensselaer Falls, and second went to Tyler Brothers, Heuvelton.

Heat No. 8: First place went to Adam Dean of Gouverneur, and second went to Brian Davis, Gouverneur.

Consi: First place went to Harold Clement of Gouverneur, and second went to Devon Fourneir of Plattsburgh.

Feature: First place went to Chris Ames, Gouverneur, and second went to Brandon Lamere of Plattsburgh.


Fairgrounds Damage

Dan McClelland

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The Gouverneur Police Department on the morning of Wednesday, May 1 announced that it was seeking the public's assistance regarding damage to the Gouverneur Fairgrounds property on the grounds near the horse ring. It is alleged that the incident occurred sometime late night on Tuesday, April 30 to the early morning hours on Wednesday, May 1. The damage is shown in the above picture. Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Gouverneur Police Department at 315-287-2121. (photo provided)

GHS showcases students' public speaking talent at Dean Oratoricals

Dan McClelland

by Jessyca Cardinell

Community members gathered as the Gouverneur Central School District presented the 116th Annual Dean Oratoricals on the evening of April 24 in the high school auditorium.

Ushering the audience into the auditorium were seniors Grace Cummings and Elaina Porter.

Advisor Mr. Michael Bason worked with the four students who put together short skit performances to be judged by John Dixon, Mary Dixon, Arnie Roberts, Dale Streeter and Phil Shatraw.

Hope Leader was first to perform as she gave a heart wrenching performance of When It's Over by Christyna Belden, a story of the horror a young girl experiences through abortion.

Lisa Marie Lopez-Baez came out next giving her all as she performed The Seagull by Anton Chekhov.

Jenneca Cook provided hilarious entertainment and left the audience in stitches with her rendition of Thank You So Much For Stopping by Halley Feiffer.

Kayla Hocking gave an in depth performance of Romeo and Juliet by Hobo Jackson.

After the performances were finished the Select Strings gave performances under the direction of Mr. Victor Correa. The judges gathered collectively to decide the winners based on their performances.

High School Principal Cory Wood announced the winners of the event.

Fourth place honorable mentioned went to Kayla Hocking, third place went to Lisa Marie Lopez-Baez and second place was handed to Hope Leader. Jenneca Cook took home first place honors for her second year in a row.

Congratulations to all four young ladies who put together stellar performances. Sponsoring the event was The Gouverneur Foundation Buckets for Bob Wildcat Alumni Foundation.

NP Coates Joins DeKalb Health Center Team

Dan McClelland

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Nicole Coates, NP, will be practicing full-time at Gouverneur Hospital’s DeKalb Health Center effective May 20, 2019.

Coates received her degree from SUNY Upstate Medical in Syracuse, NY and completed two of her clinical rotations in Antwerp and Edwards. She graduated from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing with Cum Laude honors, where she gained nursing experience in the fields of cardiology, traumatic brain injury, emergency medicine, and critical care medicine. 

Coates is a Gouverneur native and has always called the North Country home. She is pleased to be able to provide healthcare to the community she considers family.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call (315) 347-3830.

Crowd hears Gouverneur Community Chorus perform sacred cantata

Dan McClelland

by Rachel Hunter

The energy in the First United Methodist Church of Gouverneur was palpable on Sunday, April 14 (Palm Sunday) as the Gouverneur community gathered to prepare their hearts for the Easter season by listening to “The Song Everlasting,” written and arranged by Joseph M. Martin, as performed by the Gouverneur Community Chorus and local instrumentalists, under the direction of Dr. Donald Schuessler Jr.

The Gouverneur Community Chorus has been practicing for seven weeks in preparation for the presentation of the sacred cantata based on early American songs. The Gouverneur Community Chorus consists of the following vocalists: Kristine Battersby, Karen Brungard, Mary Dixon, Linda Golja, Stephen Jadlocki, Franny Knott, Kathy Kopchinski, Paige McCrea, Marlene Morris, Sid Peters, the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Quick, Jenny Reddick, Chris Rediehs, Jay Rizza, Glenda Schuessler, Marla Shampine, Blane Shrewsberry, Harry Smithers, Isaiah Sochia, Sam Sochia, Sue Spilman, Max Tessmer, Gail Thomas, Donna Thorpe, Mark Tomford, Pastor Mike Tomford and Lily Towne. The instrumentalists were Lauren Correa, Violin; John Dixon, Percussion; Chris Hosmer, Cello; Beth Johnson, Piano; Laura Rediehs, Flute; Glenda Schuessler, Organ; Mike Welch, Guitar; and Jenelle Yeoman, Clarinet. The narrator was Henry Leader.

“The Song Everlasting” incorporated hymns, spirituals, and folksongs and weaved them into a narration that told the story of Christ’s life in three suites of anthems, entitled “Ministry,” “Humility,” and “Victory.” The exalted themes reverberated throughout the sanctuary, reminding all of the assurance and promise of Resurrection Sunday.

All had the chance to reflect on the scripture (Zephaniah 3:14-17) of preparation before the start of the cantata: “Sing People of Zion; shout aloud, children of God. Be glad and rejoice with all your heart. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will forgive you and rejoice over you with singing.”

All were warmly welcomed to the cantata by Dr. Schuessler, and a prayer was offered by the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Quick of the First United Methodist Church of Gouverneur.

The first song selection, “The Wondrous Story,” an American folk hymn, was performed by the Gouverneur Community Chorus with a sense of freedom that stirred the spirits of all those in attendance.

Narrator Henry Leader then introduced the “Ministry” song suite, which included the following:

The Gouverneur Community Chorus in a mournful, but steady sound offered “Songs Of The Wayfarer,” which, emphasized the woeful world in which Jesus was called to in his ministry.

“Come Unto Me” shared the burden-lifting nature of the Gospel as Jesus spread the message of peace in a weary world in need of healing. “Journey Of Hope And Promise” confidently told the story of the transformative power of God’s love. All those gathered then joined in a hymn, “I Will Arise And Go To Jesus.”

Narrator Leader then introduced the “Humility” song suite, include the following:

“Procession Of Praise,” was presented with a sense of regal confidence, reminding all those gathered about the tale of triumphant entry into Jerusalem when frenzied crowds took palm branches took palm branches from the trees and laid them before Jesus as He passed, shouting and singing, “Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Song Of Humility,” a Shaker melody, was simply presented in a flowing rhythm that invited all to feel the heart of Jesus as he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, found peace, and quietly gave Himself to His captors.

The Gouverneur Community Chorus then presented “Sacred Head, Wondrous Love,” based on American folk tunes, which carried the sense of heavy grief. The song brought to mind the intense suffering Jesus took as He was stripped, savagely beaten, and weighed down by a cruel cross as he made His journey atop Golgotha’s hill. Gouverneur community members then offered the hymn, “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed?”

Narrator Leader then introduced the “Victory” song suite, include the following:

The Gouverneur Community Chorus boldly performed, “Christ Is Risen,” which told the story of the Resurrection. It was followed by “The Sure Foundation” which was presented with great energy and enthusiasm, and incorporated “How Firm A Foundation” as they shared the confidence of faith in Jesus Christ, who taught all how live more abundant and free during His ministry on earth. All were then encouraged to go forth with joyful singing and praise, sharing the wondrous story of Christ in everlasting praise.

The Gouverneur community closed the cantata with the singing of the hymn, “I Will Sing The Wondrous Story.”

The audience stood to its feet and applauded the Gouverneur Community Chorus, instrumentalists, conductor, and narrator on a job well done. Many words of congratulations were also shared as the Gouverneur community went down to the church fellowship hall for light refreshments, offered by the church’s Rip-It exercise group.

In addition to the crowd amassed in the First United Methodist Church of Gouverneur for the cantata, dozens gathered online to watch the live video. It is now available to watch through the First UMC Gouverneur Facebook page.

Gouverneur Elks Lodge No. 2035 installs officers

Dan McClelland

Gouverneur Elks Lodge No. 2035 installs new slate of officers on Sunday, April 7. Front (from left): State Vice President (North Central District) Brian Dezell, Esteemed Lecturing Knight Sheila Ogborne, Inner Guard Linda Westcott, Esteemed Loyal Knight Tina Vanderbogart, Esquire Krista Wainwright. Second row: Secretary Jimmy Jackson (PDDGER, PSVP, PER), Past Exalted Ruler Roderick Pryce, Esteemed Leading Knight Gresford Speid, Exalted Ruler Randy Durham, Chaplain Frederick Ogborne II, Back Row: Treasurer Garnet Weaver and Tiler Lisa Durham. (Rachel Hunter photo)

Gouverneur Elks Lodge No. 2035 installs new slate of officers on Sunday, April 7. Front (from left): State Vice President (North Central District) Brian Dezell, Esteemed Lecturing Knight Sheila Ogborne, Inner Guard Linda Westcott, Esteemed Loyal Knight Tina Vanderbogart, Esquire Krista Wainwright. Second row: Secretary Jimmy Jackson (PDDGER, PSVP, PER), Past Exalted Ruler Roderick Pryce, Esteemed Leading Knight Gresford Speid, Exalted Ruler Randy Durham, Chaplain Frederick Ogborne II, Back Row: Treasurer Garnet Weaver and Tiler Lisa Durham. (Rachel Hunter photo)

by Rachel Hunter

The Gouverneur Elks Lodge No. 2035 installed its officers for the 2019-2020 fraternal year on Sunday, April 7, 1 p.m., at the Gouverneur Elks Lodge home, 1419 U.S. Highway 11, Gouverneur.

A fresh slate of officers was recently elected by membership of Gouverneur Elks Lodge No. 2035. The installation ceremony was presided over by State Vice President (North Central District) Brian Dezell of Ogdensburg with assistance from Gouverneur Elks Lodge Past Exalted Ruler Roderick Pryce and Jimmy Jackson (Past District Deputy to the Grand Exalted Ruler, Past Exalted Ruler, and Past State Vice President).

The officers installed were: Exalted Ruler Randy Durham, Esteemed Leading Knight Gresford Speid, Esteemed Loyal Knight Tina Vanderbogart, Esteemed Lecturing Knight Sheila Ogborne, Chaplain Frederick Ogborne II, Tiler Lisa Durham, Esquire Krista Wainwright, Inner Guard Linda Westcott, Secretary Jimmy Jackson, and Treasurer Garnet Weaver. Lodge Trustees are as follows: Five-Year Trustee (Jonathan Davenport), Four-Year Trustee (Carl Gamble), Three-Year Trustee (Mark Finley), and Two-Year Trustee (William LaMere), and One-Year Trustee (Rick Newvine).

Following the ceremony, all were invited to a light luncheon. The Gouverneur Elks Lodge looks forward to continued growth and opportunities to serve the Gouverneur community in the upcoming year. Much gratitude was extended to all those in attendance.