October 18, 2013

Of Interest: Oct. 17, 2013


---- — Plattsburgh Town Court to close Election Day

PLATTSBURGH — The Town of Plattsburgh Town Court and offices, 151 Banker Road, will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 5, for Election Day.

Anyone scheduled to appear for this court session is to appear at the following Tuesday, Nov. 12, court session at the same appointed time. 


Taxpayer Association to host candidate Q&A

CUMBERLAND HEAD — On Thursday, Oct. 24, the Cumberland Head Taxpayers Association will host local candidates in question-and-answer forums at the Cumberland Head Fire Department. 

Colin Read and Gerard Renadette, candidates for the Clinton County Legislature Area 4 seat will take part in the Q&A at 6:30 p.m.

Tom Metz, Michael Cashman and Bill Brudvig, candidates for the Town of Plattsburgh Town Council will participate in a session at 7:30 p.m. 

Paul Lamoy, also vying for a Plattsburgh Town Council seat, declined to attend, a press release said.

The meeting is open to the public.


SUNY Plattsburgh plans emergency training exercise

PLATTSBURGH — SUNY Plattsburgh will conduct a full-scale emergency training exercise in Beaumont Hall from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 25.

Emergency crews will take part, and so fire trucks and other emergency vehicles may, at times, block the Beaumont parking lot. 

Also, those helping to stage the event will park behind Redcay Hall, so that lot may be full.

Anyone wanting quick access in and out of campus should find alternate parking.

Space will be available in the lot behind Sibley Hall. The parking shuttle leaves from that lot every 15 minutes and stops at various points around campus. 

A downloadable shuttle map is available at


Roden-Tice named distinguished teaching professor

PLATTSBURGH — SUNY Plattsburgh officials will unveil the portrait of Dr. Mary Roden-Tice — the college’s newest distinguished teaching professor — at a ceremony set for 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Feinberg Library.

After that, her picture will join those of all the others who have received such honors, adorning a wall in Feinberg.

The geologist is one of only five faculty members from the 64 campuses in the State University of New York system to be named a distinguished teaching professor this year. 

The rank is one of the four designations that constitute the highest tributes conferred upon SUNY instructional faculty.

“Dr. Roden-Tice continues to demonstrate a high level of professional competence as a productive teacher and scholar since receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001,” said President John Ettling in his letter of support for the promotion. 

“She is a leader in undergraduate research at SUNY Plattsburgh and has engaged a number of students in significant research in the area of geology.”

Roden-Tice joined SUNY Plattsburgh in 1994 as the first female tenure-track faculty member in the Center for Earth and Environmental Science. She was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and full professor in 2005.

Her major areas of scholarly expertise include geochronology, fission-track dating, thermochronology, geochemistry, isotope geology and igneous and metamorphic petrology.

She has earned 15 grants and contracts, amounting to nearly $370,000. Of this total, $225,000 came from the National Science Foundation and allowed 36 SUNY Plattsburgh students to learn fission-track dating.


Sarnanac Lake Carnival planners seek volunteers

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee is looking for more volunteers to help plan and facilitate the next 10-day festival, set for Jan. 31 through Feb. 9, 2014.

There are many ways to pitch in, a press release said, and the need is greater this year, as a number of volunteers have moved on or moved away, a press release said.

“Winter Carnival is only possible through the help of volunteers,” Carnival Committee Chairman Eric Foster said in the release. “We welcome new people to join the existing committee members so we can continue to improve this long-standing community event.”

As well, the committee’s website team is coordinating the redesign of the Winter Carnival website: 

In late September, Foster signed a contract with Adworkshop in Lake Placid to complete the redesign. The new website will include online registration forms for events, a photo gallery, a media center and many more features, the release said.

“We are very excited to be able to provide the community with a new, easy-to-follow website where they can get the latest updates, event details, and background information on Winter Carnival — all on their computer, tablet or smartphone,” Foster said.

Named the second best winter carnival in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the longest-running event of its kind in the eastern United States.

Next year’s theme will be “Celtic Carnival.” 

For more information, go to:


Bridge reopened in Santa Clara

SANTA CLARA — The Quebec Brook Bridge located on the Blue Mountain Road here is now open to traffic.