December 12, 2012

Of Interest: Dec. 12, 2012


---- — CCC winter graduation planned for Friday

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College’s winter graduation will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the William H. Forrence Center gymnasium.

Just over 160 students are eligible for graduation, and 172 dual certificates and degrees are being awarded.

Nearly 30 students will be graduating summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude.

The Class of 2012 valedictorian and student speaker is Sherrie Harvey of Rouses Point, an accounting major.

The salutatorian is Arond Roach of Mooers, an industrial technology major.

The ceremony is open to the public

Winter Carnival Committee taking parade applications

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee says applications for the 2013 Gala Parade, to be held on Feb. 9, are now available online at

“We encourage people to get their applications in early so they can join the festivities of Winter Carnival and be a part of the 2013 Gala Parade,” parade coordinator Eric Foster said in a news release.

Applications can also be picked up at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 193 River St., Saranac Lake.

Completed applications should be mailed to PO Box 1142, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.

“The theme this year is ‘Under the Sea,’ so get out your thinking caps, be creative and join in the fun,” Foster said.

There will be first- and second-place trophies for both Floats and Walking Units in six categories — Business, Civic or Volunteer Group, Youth Group, School Group, Independent Group and Animal Unit — as well as the Louis Fobare Trophy for Best in Parade.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee Inc. is a not-for-profit group of volunteers dedicated to organizing an annual mid-winter festival during the first two weeks of February. This 10-day, community-wide event traces its roots to a one-day carnival held in 1897 by the Pontiac Club.

Lighting Contest being  held

MOOERS — The Town Of Mooers Beautification Committee is sponsoring its annual Lighting Contest.

People who wish to participate are asked to call 236-7927. Judging will be Monday, Dec. 17, and people are asked to have their lights on before 5:30 p.m.

“Thank you for decorating your houses,” the committee said in a news release. “It does make our town more festive and helps to get into the spirit of Christmas.”

Woman heads Coat Drive

PLATTSBURGH — The first week of Tina LaSalle’s Coat Drive for the North Country the Plattsburgh woman helped provide outdoor clothing for seven families.

“The winters up here are very cold, and I see so many people without proper winter clothing that it breaks my heart,” she said in a news release.

She intends to accept donations of winter garb year round at her home at 448 Durand Road, with pickups for families there or at a location agreed upon by both parties.

Reach LaSalle at 335-7623 or visit Coat Drive For North Country on Facebook for more information.

Town of Chazy to sponsor decoration contest

CHAZY — The Town of Chazy will be judging holiday decorations the week of Dec. 17.

There will be first-, second- and third-place prizes for residential, a special prize for best tree and a prize for best-decorated business.

Westport seeks volunteers

WESTPORT — The Town of Westport has openings on the Town Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Youth Commission.

Anyone interested in serving on any of these boards is asked to send a letter of interest by Dec. 31 to Town of Westport, P.O. Box 465, Westport, NY 12993.

For additional information, call 962-4419.

City School Board meeting scheduled Thursday

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh City School Board will meet Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Duken Building.

The public session will start at 7:30 p.m., at which time the board will discuss field trips, various agreements and other personnel and business items.

A complete agenda is available on the district website at

The meeting is open to all.

Supplies for Sandy victims needed by Friday

KEESEVILLE — Donated supplies from the North Country to help huricane victims in Highlands, N.J., are needed by this Friday.

Tonia Finnegan and Dean Martin, both of Keeseville, are organizing the effort.

Among the supplies needed are household appliances and tools.

Donations will be collected from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, at Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072. Items may also be dropped off at the North Country Club Restaurant in Keeseville.

For more information, call Tonia Finnegan at 569-7202 or Dean Martin at 578-7027.