December 17, 2012

Newsmakers: Dec. 14, 2012


---- — George Moore of George Moore Truck & Equipment Co. received the Boy Scout Adirondack District Good Scout Award at a dinner at the West Side Ballroom, Plattsburgh. Moore founded his company with his wife, Shirley, in 1947 after his 2½ years of service in the U.S. Army in post-World War II Europe. Through the success of the business, the Moores established the George & Shirley Moore Foundation to help children and young adults in need and educational initiatives. The foundation has been a major supporter for the Mission of Hope, Clinton Community College and many other worthy causes in the Adirondack region. Today, George still oversees his company, which is operated by his daughter Carolyn Bowley and grandson Tanner Baraby.

Vivian and Don Papson, who collaborated in founding the new North Star Underground Railroad Museum at Ausable Chasm, were named winners of the 2012 Underground Railroad Free Press Prize. The announcement credits their work in uncovering the hidden stories of individuals and families who helped slaves escape up the Champlain Corridor to freedom in Canada before the Civil War. They also uncovered stories of the former slaves who stayed and made their lives in the North Country. Mr. Papson, a local historian and founder of the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association, has officially stepped down as the group’s president to focus on writing his first book. Papson was succeeded by Jacqueline Madison, first vice president of the association and a long-time leader on the Board of Directors.

Six SUNY Plattsburgh faculty members became associate professors and five full professors Sept. 1. Professors promoted from assistant to associate are William Peters (criminal justice) and Drs. Julia Davis (counselor education), Kurtis Hagen (philosophy), Razvan Pascalau (economics and finance), Edward Sturman (psychology) and David Iasevoli (teacher education). Those promoted to full professor are Kim Hartshorn (Department of Theater chair), Shawn Murphy (Department of Journalism chair), Drs. Tracie Church Guzzio (English), Chuo-Hsuan “Jason” Lee (accounting) and Peggy Snowden (teacher education).

The Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club has presented Keith Herkalo with the 2012 Citizen of the Year Award. Herkalo was recognized for his contributions to the region’s historical heritage through his active participation in Battle of Plattsburgh events, his leadership in historical organizations, his scholarly research on the Battle of Plattsburgh and the publication of his new book, “Battle of Plattsburgh.” Tim Kramer was honored as the club’s 2012 Kiwanian of the Year for his many contributions to the club as its president for two years and for his leadership and participation in many club activities. Officers of the club for the 2012-13 year are: Rob Shumway, president; Kimberly Davis, first vice president; Paul Leduc, second vice president; Vicki Howard, secretary; Laura Holzer, treasurer; and Tim Kramer, immediate past president. Also honored were four members who received their Legion of Merit awards for membership longevity: Kimberly Davis, 15 years; Charlotte Johnson and Barbara Matters, 10 years; and Shelley Curry, five years.