November 14, 2012

Of Interest: Nov. 14, 2012


---- — Community Outreach Day to be held today

PLATTSBURGH — The first-ever Community Outreach Day will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Plattsburgh City Recreation Center gym on the U.S. Oval.

More than 30 community programs will be available to share information and services, according to Marshia DeSorcie, a licensed social worker from the CV-TEC Family Welcome Center who has been planning the event.

Many free items will be available, including clothing for children and adults, and demonstrations and raffles are planned.

The event will connect people with resources in the community, including low-cost health insurance, nutrition, family health, cancer screening, blood-pressure screening, HEAP, public transportation, financial stability, tax preparation and children’s programs. Refreshments will be served.

The Community Outreach Day is sponsored by CV-TEC Family Welcome Center and OneWorkSource.

Peru Council to vote on budget Thursday

PERU — The Peru Town Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to vote on the proposed 2013 town budget and to accept the Employee Benefit Manual. 

A workshop will follow on funding for the walking-trail project.

The public is welcome.

Coat drive to benefit local children in need

PLATTSBURGH — Old Navy has partnered with the Town of Schuyler Falls to accept donations of new and used coats, snow pants, boots, hats and mittens/gloves of all sizes. 

Organizers of the coat drive say there are local youngsters “in desperate need of children’s outerwear.” 

Donations may be brought to Old Navy, Champlain Centre mall, 60 Smithfield Blvd., through Sunday, Nov. 18. They can also be dropped off at the Town Hall at 997 Mason St., Morrisonville.

The Old Navy items will be dropped of at the Town Hall by Nov. 20; residents in need from all surrounding communities can stop in there to see what fits.

College program in running for Aveeno funding

PLATTSBURGH — A local program that strives to build resiliency in girls is up to win a $10,000 grant in the Aveeno Be An Active Natural challenge.

SUNY Plattsburgh assistant professor of public relations Colleen Lemza and the Shine On! Conference she founded are finalists in the Aveeno competition, which recognizes how contestants “create beautiful change in the world around them.”

Shine On! strives to empower elementary school girls, inspiring them to be strong and confident. The goal is to increase their resiliency so they’re better equipped to handle the pressures of adolescence and beyond without succumbing to destructive mental-health disorders such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

This year will be the third year for the conference, which will take place in April on campus.

The contest allows the public to vote via the company’s Facebook page: Shine On! is one of just two programs that made the contest’s final round.

“Colleen is a professor, wife, mother and advocate to make girls strong,” wrote Justine Almeraris, the SUNY Plattsburgh student who entered Lemza and Shine On! into the contest. “She has such passion and optimism for this program, along with all the other people involved. This is my third year being involved in Shine On!, and it is the most rewarding opportunity.

Morgan Polhemus was a 10-year-old Momot Elementary School fifth-grader when she attended the program last year.

“We learned that beauty isn’t just on the outside,” she said. “We learned that we shouldn’t pay attention to endorsements that say you’ll look better if you do this or buy that, or you’ll be more popular if you do something in a certain way.”

Saranac Lake Central to continue negotiation conversation

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Central School Board will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at 8 a.m. in the High School board room.

It will follow the same agenda as a special meeting held Tuesday, Nov. 13 — clerk pro-tem will be appointed and an executive session will be held to discuss collective negotiations. A public session will follow, but no further business will be conducted.

Meetings are open to the public.

NACS School Board meeting coming up

ELLENBURG — The Northern Adirondack School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in the District Office conference room.

The meeting will start with an executive session associated with the performance history of particular employees and collective negotiations.

The board will reconvene for public session at about 7 p.m. to hear an update on the EXCEL capital improvement project. The John J. Herbert Fall Scholar Athletes will be recognized. The board will also review the tax collector’s report for the 2012-13 school year.

The full agenda is available on the district’s website,

The meeting is open to the public.

Essex County Fair Board seeks suggestions

WESTPORT — The Essex County Fair Board is holding a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, to get suggestions for the 2013 fair.

The fair dates have been set for July 31 to Aug. 4. The board would like to hear any suggestions for shows, fundraising, carnivals and so on.

The meeting is at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building in Westport. Refreshments will be served.

The annual membership meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the Cooperative Extension Building. If anyone is interested in becoming a Fair Board member, contact the fair by email:, and use the subject: board member. The vote will be that evening.

Each year, five board member positions are up for election.

AuSable Town Court to be closed due to holiday

AUSABLE — AuSable Town Court will be closed on Friday, Nov. 23.

People who were scheduled for court that day should appear at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, instead.