Donation to vets
DANNEMORA — The Dannemora Federal Credit Union Board of Directors recently approved a donation of $20,000 to the North Country Vietnam Veterans Association Inc.
The NCVA is a not-for-profit veterans organization servicing veterans and their families. It serves veterans in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties as well as veterans in northern Vermont and Quebec. Some of the main projects the NCVA is involved in are annual regional educational scholarships for children of veterans, the annual Christmas food basket program serving approximately 50 to 60 families, assisting veterans in developing VA compensation claims, providing peer group counseling to veterans and outreach referral services for veterans and families of veterans in need.
By making this donation, Dannemora FCU continues a lengthy tradition of support to area veterans.
In addition to the NCVA donation, DFCU has recently supported the following: Trick-Or-Treat on Safety Street, Benefit for Chad Allen, JCEO Outreach Center, Elmore SPCA, Foundation of CVPH, Hospice of the North Country, Imaginarium Children’s Museum, NCCA Outdoor Education Experience, the Christmas Bureau, Children’s Miracle Network, Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club, ARC Festival of Lights and Mountain Lake PBS.
DFCU branch office locations are at 50 State Road, Dannemora; 344 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh; 122 New York Road, Plattsburgh; and 10 Elm Street, Champlain.
PLATTSBURGH — UFirst Federal Credit Union is offering local high-school seniors a chance to win scholarships for college. UFirst FCU is participating in the Credit Union Association of New York’s statewide credit union scholarship program, which provides credit union members with $500 or $1,000 scholarships.
To be eligible, students must be high-school seniors attending two- or four-year accredited educational institutions for the first time in the fall of 2014. They must also be members of UFirst FCU or another participating New York credit union.
Applicants will be competing against other credit union members from across the state. They will be judged based upon academic achievements, extracurricular and community activities and the quality of written essays. Last year, the state association awarded $13,000 in scholarships through the program. In addition, UFirst FCU awarded $1,500 to three local students in 2013.
“By offering scholarships to the students in our community, we are helping to provide them with the tools needed to move forward with their education and to reach their goals for the future,” said Linda Bourgeois, CEO of UFirst FCU.
For more information, contact Meghan McGee-Pelkey at 324-5700 or email@example.com.
Cell phone drive
TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union (TFCU) will hold its fifth annual cell phone drive this January and February. Cell phones donated at TFCU branches will be given to the STOP Domestic Violence Center in Essex County where they will be turned into Emergency 911 phones for domestic-violence survivors.
Several hundred phones have been collected through TFCU’s previous drives.
“We’re honored to support this important cause in our community,” said Shawn Hayes, TFCU president and CEO. “By donating your old cell phone in this way, you’re not only recycling, you may also be providing a vital lifeline to someone in need.”
To participate, bring old cell phones, chargers and accessories in any condition from any provider and drop them in the collection bins at any of the Credit Union’s three branch locations located in Ticonderoga, Port Henry and Elizabethtown during regular business hours.
Contributors should make sure they have terminated their service contract or replaced the device, erased all data on the phone including contacts, texts, photos and removed the SIM card if it has one. Tips for deleting a cell phone’s data can be found at the credit union’s website, www.tfcunow.com, in the FAQ section.
The staff at the STOP Domestic Violence Center will take steps to remove data from the phones prior to redistribution, however doing so yourself will help expedite the process and ensure that the phone’s data has been cleared. Any phones the center cannot use will be recycled with the proceeds from recycling also benefiting the center.
PLATTSBURGH — As a result of the devastating super typhoon that took place on Nov. 8, 2013, all calls to the Philippines for current Champlain Telephone and PrimeLink long-distance customers will be toll-free, according to Trent Trahan, CEO of PrimeLink.
Due to the disaster, there has been an increase in the number of calls made by customers to the Philippines. All direct-dial calls placed through Dec. 31 will be free. This will include both residential and business customers and will be retroactive for all calls starting Nov. 8.
The management of Champlain Telephone and PrimeLink realizes that the customers they serve have family, friends and colleagues in the Philippines. With the holiday season approaching, it is more important than ever for people in the area to be able to connect with loved ones living and/or working in the Philippines.
Customers who are making calls to the Philippines during this period do not need to do anything to their accounts in order to take advantage of this offer. Calls to operators or directory assistance will continue to be charged at the usual rate.
PLATTSBURGH — Kathy Koester, artistic director of Adirondack Dance Academy and Adirondack Dance Company and Liturgical Dance Troupe, successfully completed and was awarded her Licentiate with Cecchetti USA, according to Betty Seibert, director of examinations.
Koester attended numerous workshops and retreats before submitting to an oral, performance and teaching exam on Aug. 5 at Richmond Ballet in Richmond, Va.
The duration of this exam is two and one-half hours, conducted by two examiners. A pianist must be used and the candidate must be versed in conducting a pianist. Candidates must conduct a one and one-half hour class at the Grade 9 level with four to six students provided by CUSA, containing equal parts of syllabus and non-syllabus work and pointe work.
Candidates are then questioned on the theory of technique and principles as laid down in the Cecchetti manual, are questioned on the approach to the teaching of pointe work and the teaching of boys, and are asked to demonstrate an understanding of correct stance, common faults and their correction.
They are also asked to demonstrate an understanding of quality, phrasing and dynamics of movement and ability to count any exercise with tempo, accent, style and quality. They are asked to discuss their approach to teaching and safe practices, asked to demonstrate knowledge of the basic steps through Grade 9 and must be able to describe in detail the movement being performed.
They are asked to demonstrate knowledge of the build up of Tour en L’air and asked to demonstrate particular exercises from the advanced syllabus.