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.

The North Country Chamber of Commerce has elected its Board of Directors officers for 2014. Kim Murray of Champlain Valley Electric Supply Co. was chosen chair; David Bray of Imperial Industrial Park was elected first vice chair; Ed Martin of Schluter Systems was picked as second vice chair; Terry Beyer of Mold-Rite Plastics was elected treasurer; and Vicki Demarse Girouxof LaQuinta Inn and Suites was elected past chair. The chamber also named its executive committee chairs: Bray as Executive Committee chair, Greg MacConnell of Prime Link as Government Affairs chair, James Tooley of Nova Bus as Industrial Council chair, Martin as Organizational Development chair, Shannon Rulfs of Rulfs Orchard and Demarse Giroux as Visitors Bureau co-chairs, Beyer as finance chair, and Stephens Mundy of CVPH Medical Center will fill an at-large position.

New York Farm Bureau has named Sen. Betty Little to the annual Circle of Friends list. This legislative award is granted based upon her record of legislative support for New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau. New York Farm Bureau is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse elected officials or political candidates. Little joins a number of other legislators from both sides of the aisle in the Senate and Assembly who have a superior voting record on issues of concern to New York farmers during the 2013 state legislative session. Each member of the Farm Bureau Circle of Friendshas demonstrated an understanding of the important topics affecting farmers and the considerable impact agriculture has on our economy and quality of life in every region of the state, according to a news release.

Fort Ticonderoga named three members to its Board of Trustees.Thomas L. Hoy of Queensbury; John Lawson of Warren, N.J.; and Robert Morette of Winnetka, Ill., will serve the Fort Ticonderoga Association. Hoy is chairman of Arrow Financial Corp. and Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company and recently retired. Lawson is the managing director and head of the North American Paper and Forest Products Group for TD Securities. Morette is senior partner in Bain & Company’s Global Financial Services Practice.

The Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System has appointed James Bennett of West Chazy to their Board of Trustees to represent Clinton County. Bennett received his master’s degree in library and information science from Long Island University-CW Post, and master’s degree in educational administration from New York University. He has worked in public, school and university libraries and has extensive experience and training as a library advocate for America’s libraries. He is a member of American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, Library Administration and Management Association, International School Librarians Association, Association for Educational Communications and Technology, New York Library Association, and Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The Clinton County Health Department presented Erin Pangborn of the Town of Plattsburgh Parks and Recreation Department with a Community Partnership Award for collaborating on a sunscreen-safety distribution effort last summer. Lifeguards distributed 80 sunscreen packets to community families and individuals visiting the Cadyville Beach. The health partnership was designed to improve the community’s understanding of the dangers of sun exposure and the need to use protection. This partnership allowed everyone to work together to develop a healthier community.

SUNY Plattsburgh adjunct lecturer Andrew Black has been honored with the college’s Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers this fall. Award recipients are given a certificate of recognition and $500 toward travel, training or supplies in support of teaching. Black has participated in archaeology projects in the United States, Ghana, and Somalia.

Marco Turco, who has taught SUNY Plattsburgh courses in African studies, food security and organic farming since 2004, has also been honored with the Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers. Turco has a Ph.D. in rural development from Bircham International University in Madrid, Spain.

A third recipient of the award is Nora Montanaro, who first came to SUNY Plattsburgh as a 15-year-old freshman. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in English, psychology and speech communication, followed by two master’s degrees. She has been a lecturer in several SUNY departments since 1985.