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Former Clinton Community College registrar George Shnob has earned recognition for his volunteer work at the Senior Citizens Center.

Seventy years ago, when George Shnob was born at Cannon Corners in Mooers, there was no way to know the number of lives that he would touch.

As the Clinton Community College registrar for 32 years, he helped to shape the future of thousands of students.

Shnob, who attended CCC himself before moving to Plattsburgh State and then completing his education at Concordia University in Montreal, remembered his early days as registrar.

"The first thing is that technology wasn't as advanced in 1974," he said with a laugh. "All of a sudden, they gave us something new called a computer -- oh my, a new invention! Basically, none of us had been trained in that area. So I took a sabbatical to get training, and so did my secretaries. Then (CCC) started to teach it as a course in the curriculum."

The part-time Music Appreciation, Music History, and French teacher recalled the volume of students who filled his office each semester.

"The Air Force base was still around, so we had to expand quickly, because students came from all over the United States, plus our own Clinton-Essex-Franklin counties. Sometimes we had 2,000-3,000 students a semester.

"I was responsible for all of the records. I was responsible for all of the state reports. I was responsible for confidentiality. Especially all of the students' private information that had to be kept there."

Shnob, a music fanatic, is the choir director and organist at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh. He also directs a choir group in Hemmingford, Canada.

For the past 35 years, Shnob has been entertaining another group of people with spiritual organ music -- the inmates of Dannemora Correctional Facility.

"Father Roland St. Pierre, who became Mayor of Plattsburgh later, was there. His organist for 21 years had to quit for some reason, and one day I saw him, and he said, would you consider playing for our church services,' and I said sure.' "

Since retiring in 2002, Shnob has discovered another love, working with senior citizens.

Using his knowledge of the French language, for the past four years, he has been teaching seniors how to communicate with their neighbors from across the border.

"It's enjoyable," he said regarding the weekly class at the Senior Citizen Council. "Most of them are taking non-credit conversational French to be able to at least operate when they cross the border."

Earlier this year, Shnob was rewarded for his work with the seniors when he received the Senior Citizen's Recognition Award.

"It was a total surprise to me," Shnob said. "I did not know that I had been nominated for the award, and even to this day, I'm not exactly sure who sent my name in; maybe it was the Senior Citizens Council."

Shnob said that working with seniors is very educational.

"If you want to make yourself a good day, go do something with senior citizens, and what a learning experience it is. You'll be surprised the amount of knowledge that these people have, and they probably have not had a chance to share it with anyone else."