May 3, 2013

Newsmakers: May 3, 2013

Anne King has been installed as the exalted ruler of the Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072. She is a high school mathematics teacher at Northern Adirondack Central School, where she is active in several teacher organizations, and a volunteer for the Keeseville Emergency Shelter Committee. Also installed as officers were Mark Allen, esteemed leading knight; Lee Ann Pray, esteemed loyal knight; Phil Mero, esteemed lecturing knight; Jason Witherwax, secretary; Sheila Vanags, treasurer; Kevin Greene, tiler; Clayton Barber, esquire; Jim King, chaplain; Bryan Baraby, inner guard; and Tom Golden, trustee.

At the annual board meeting of the Behavioral Health Services North Inc., Ray Domenico stepped down as chairman after six years of service, handing the office to Mark Lukens, who has been on the leadership team for three years. Joe Heath, who served 13 years, and Jim Holmes, serving six years, were also recognized.

Duane Volunteer Fire Department hosted 36 volunteers from northern New York to learn the capabilities, limitations and requirements of the new Life Net helicopter service that is based in Potsdam. The new service will augment the Life Flight service, based at the Lake Clear airport, that is provided by the New York State Police. Volunteers attending, included Franklin County Coordinators, emergency medical services, fire and fire police personnel. Duane Volunteer Fire Department members also participated in cold-water-rescue techniques, plunging into the icy waters of Deer River Flow. This was preceded by a week of classroom lectures and videos on proper methods and safety procedures.

Sue Coonrod, owner of Plattsburgh Yarn & Gifts, and her crew of volunteer knitters, were presented with a Community Partner Award by the Clinton County Health Department for donating hand-knitted hats and mittens to WIC families. The donations are part of the Keep Kids Warm project.

Beekmantown High School teacher Andrew Rabideau was selected as an Unsung Hero in the Saint Michael’s College Teacher Recognition Program. Rabideau was nominated by Willis Reid Breyette, a graduate of Beekmantown High School and first-year student at Saint Michael’s College. Breyette said Rabideau made learning economics the most enjoyable class of his high-school career and said Rabideau constantly brought a liveliness to the class and showed a real passion in what he was teaching.

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