September 30, 2013

Newsmakers: Sept. 30, 2013


---- — Six-year-old Katherine Estus has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss New York Pageant. The pageant is held for girls ages 4 to 18 and has five divisions. The daughter of Jeremy and Sabrina Estus, Katherine enjoys hoola-hoops, playing in the sun and helping animals and has held a food drive to help the local food shelf. 

Sister Debbie Blow, a co-founder of the North Country Mission of Hope, has been recognized as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction. Nominated for her many years of humanitarian outreach to the people of Nicaragua, she has also served her community as a lector, eucharistic minister and scripture teacher at St. Peter’s Parish in Plattsburgh and was formerly a Finance Board member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena. She is a founding member of the Dominican Sisters of Hope.

The Adirondack Architectural Heritage Awards Program annually recognizes historic preservation work throughout the Adirondack Park. This year’s recipients include Jim Majors for the Huestis Block in Ticonderoga, Barbara Davidson for Kingsland Block, Keeseville, North Country School barn, Lake Placid and Intrabartola Family for the Inn at the Bridge, Northville. The Long-Term Stewardship Award goes to the Bixby Family, Mohican Point, Bolton Landing and Silver Bay Association, Silver Bay YMCA and Conference Center.

Frank Nardelli, a native of Plattsburgh who currently lives in Livonia, Mich., has written a children’s book called “Stand Tall: Support for Children Growing Up with a Sick Parent.” The book is illustrated by Kelly Chilton of Plattsburgh. Proceeds from the book go to the GIST Cancer Awareness Foundation. It will be released in October.

The Rotary Club of Plattsburgh has honored the Paul Harris Fellows recipients for this year. They are Courtney Chandler, Dr. Erik Eaglefeather and Brian Hammond. They will also recognized Roderic and Dodie Giltz who will receive the Major Donor Award Crystal and Pins for their continued support of the Rotary Foundation. Chandler, of The Agency Insurance, joined Rotary four years ago and participates in the Membership Committee, fishing tournament, Fun & Fellowship, honor guard, Alternative Break, Rotaract, 1st Thursday and the bed race. She also serves on the board. Eaglefeather, owner of Eagle’s Nest Veterinary Hospital, joined the club in 1999 and participates in the fishing tournament, Rotary store, honor guard, Battle of Plattsburgh and is a major supporter of the Centennial Park project. Hammond joined Rotary in 1985 and has served on the Board of Directors and as president and participates in the fishing tournament, RoDucky Derby and Radio Day. He serves on the Program Committee, co-chairs the Centennial Park project and is an honor guard and permanent greeter as a 50/50 seller. He will receive the five-sapphire pin honor.