March 8, 2013

Of Interest: March 8, 2013


---- — National Guard holding convoy training today

SARANAC LAKE — The New York National Guard’s 1156th Engineer Company is conducting convoy training in the Saranac Lake area today, using the New York State Armory here as a base.

Local residents may see military convoys of 5- and 10-ton military dump trucks operating in the area this afternoon and Saturday. The soldiers will not be carrying weapons.

The company is based in Kingston and at the Camp Smith Training Site north of Peekskill.

The change of location allows the company’s 120 soldiers to train in a new area and also allows it to attend a bobsled race at the Mount Van Hoevenberg bobsled course, Capt. Daniel Colomb, the company commander, said in a press release. 

The soldiers will conduct recruiting events at the course, he explained.

The convoy training will allow the combat engineers to hone their skills in driving the dump trucks they have recently been equipped with, tactical communications, vehicle-recovery operations and platoon-level planning and operations rehearsals, Colomb said.

The company’s headquarters elements will train on tracking subordinate-unit movements, preparing and issuing orders, and communications procedures.

Black Brook roads posted

BLACK BROOK — As of Friday, March 15, the entire length of the following roads in the Town of Black Brook will be off limits to any vehicle weighing more than 5 tons per axle: Forestdale, Haselton, Bonnieview, St. Matthew’s, Fern Lake, Dry Bridge, Casey, Golf Course, Turnpike, Cass Road, Swastika, Soucy, Goodrich Mills, Buck Hill and Nelson roads.

The roads will be posted until further notice, according to a press release from Highway Superintendent Robert Haywood.

“All violators will be fine.” 

SMS Science Olympiad team heads to state competition

PLATTSBURGH — Stafford Middle School placed first in the Adirondack Regional Science Olympiad and is headed to the state-level competition for the second consecutive year.

Held on March 2 at SUNY Potsdam, the regional tournament featured seven teams competing in 19 science- and technology-based events.

The following members of the Stafford Middle School team, which comprises a total of 12 students in grades seven and eight, garnered first-place scores in their events: Brooke Kelley and Saana Teittenen-Gordon for “Anatomy,” Zoya Qudsi and Kiernan Fischer for “Crime Busters,” Kiernan Fischer and Rory Fischer for “Food Science,” Lucas Micheels and Ian Salvamoser for “Forestry” and “Road Scholars,” Chet Guenther and Connor Cota for “Helicopter,” Alex Puchalski and Ian Salvamoser for “Heredity,” Chet Guenther and Ben Ouellette for “Reach for the Stars,” Connor Cota and Lucas Micheels for “Rocks and Minerals,” and Saana Teittene-Gordon and Zoya Qudsi for “Sounds of Music” and “Write It Do It.”

Coaching the Stafford Middle School team are Plattsburgh High School chemistry and biology teacher Sonal Patel-Dame and assistant coaches Corey Mousseau, who teaches physics at PHS; Stafford Middle School technology teacher Wendy DeMane; Steve Tice, who teaches chemistry at PHS; SUNY Plattsburgh physics major and former PHS student Justin Collins; and Dr. Mary Roden-Tice, a professor of geology at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Lake Placid and Chateaugay central schools also sent teams to the regional tournament, placing third and fourth, respectively, overall.

The New York State Science Olympiad will take place on April 12 and 13 at Syracuse University.

Rotary Club’s Peace forum planned for Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — The Rotary Club of Plattsburgh will hold its Peace at Home, Peace at Work Forum Tuesday, March 12, at American Legion Post 20 on Quarry Road.

The forum will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will feature speakers Bonnie Black, director of Employee Assistance Services at Behavioral Health Services North, and Susan Kelley, director od STOP Domestic Violence.

This educational event is designed to encourage businesses to take steps toward a safer workplace by discussing domestic violence and its impact upon the business community.

Topics that will be highlighted will be: Employer’s Legal Obligations, Walk in Her Shoes, OSHA Requirements, Myths & Realities of Domestic Violence and Domestic Violence & Business Costs.

People who want to attend the free forum are asked to RSVP at For information, call 563-8293.

Seized-property forfeitures now only on website

PLATTSBURGH — The federal government will no longer publish classified advertisements announcing seized-property forfeitures.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies now posts seizure and intent-to-forfeit notices only on the U.S. Department of Justice website at

The same website features seized and forfeited assets from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Secret Service.

Seized-property ads will remain online for 30 days. Anyone wishing to purchase any of the items can learn more at