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January 5, 2014

Newsmakers: Jan. 5, 2014

Two local men performed well at the 2013 Vermont Open Chess Tournament, held in Williston, Vt. Jeremy Davies tied for first in the Under 1050 Divisions, and Dan Newell tied for second in the Under 1450 Division. Newell’s only loss came against Allison Tsypin, the Canadian champion. Tsypin, who is only 12 years old, has been invited to the World Championships. Davies and Newell are students of Mike James of Plattsburgh.

Jacob D. Lessor, formerly of Plattsburgh, has been appointed as a designer for Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, Calif. He graduated from Art Institute of California-Orange County with a degree in industrial design in 2011. He is a 2001 graduate of Seton Catholic Central School. His internships have been with the Imagineers while completing his studies. He was then employed as a contractor/designer-in-training for two years. He is the son of David and Jeanne Lessor, grandson of Fidelia “Dee” Lessor and the late Ralph Lessor of Plattsburgh, and Claire Poupore of Malone and the late Wallace “Baldy” Poupore.

At the annual meeting of Lakes to Locks Passage, Randy Beach of Plattsburgh was elected to serve as a director. He will also lead as president. Also, Randall Beach of Schenectady, Randy’s son, will be a director.

Tara Valachovic of Willsboro Central School has been named a National Board Certified Teacher through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She is the second Willsboro teacher to have achieved the honor.

Peter Forrence of Peru has joined the Board of Trustees of Paul Smith’s College. Forrence is co-owner and head of sales, marketing and storage at Forrence Orchards, an 1,100-acre farm in Peru that has been honored by the New York State Agricultural Society for its century-long history. The fourth-generation family farm specializes in McIntosh, Honeycrisp and Cortland apples. Previously, Forrence had been a vice president at Goldman Sachs. He is married with two children. Forrence’s appointment to the board was effective in May.

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