Mountain Lake PBS Director of Engineering Charlie Zarbo has retired after 32 years with the station. He is being succeeded by Tom Rogers, who has been with the station for 25 years. During his tenure, Zarbo guided the station through the transition from analog to digital broadcasting in 2009, rebuilt its transmission tower after it collapsed in 2007 and, most, recently led the station through a transition to a joint master control system with the nine other New York State PBS stations.

Dr. Jonathan Mulholland, a local chiropractor and running expert, recently returned from an international speaking tour. Over the course of two weeks, Mulholland lectured to hundreds of chiropractors and physical therapists on how to manage and treat lower extremity injuries in athletes. In May, he was the keynote speaker at the World Federation of Chiropractors annual seminar in San Juan, Puerto Rico, then traveled to Dublin, Ireland, where he was a guest lecturer at the European Chiropractor Union’s annual congress. This fall, he will travel to Oregon, Louisiana, Florida and Delaware on a lecture tour.

Keene Valley Library Association Director Karen Glass is the recipient of the 24th Award for Excellence in Library Service. The Excellence Award is given annually to a library staff member or director who contributes to the encouragement of reading and creation of inducements to greater use of library materials, promotes inter-library cooperation and sharing and provides open access to information for all, among other attributes.

Shirley Seney of Lake Placid has been honored as New York State Woman of Distinction. State Sen. Betty Little nominated Seney for the recognition. A long-time active and well-respected civic and governmental leader in the North Country, she became the first female mayor of Lake Placid in 1993. She was also elected North Elba town supervisor, a post she held from 1996 to 2007. Her attributes include being village trustee, president of the Lake Placid School Board, member of the Lake Placid Kiwanis Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Literacy Volunteers and Elks Lodge 1508, chair of the Advisory Board of the State and Federal Prisons and treasurer of the Board of Trustees Tri-Lakes Federal Credit Union. 

The Clinton County Health Department presented Maria Hayes and her staff at the CVPH Alice T. Miner Center for Children and Women with a Community Partner Award. The award recognized the support and encouragement to the Health Department and to patient’s families for participating and supporting efforts to immunize family members of newborns to receive Tdap vaccine.

North Country residents who attended the 76th-annual New York Planning Federation Planning and Zoning Conference, held in Saratoga Springs, included: City of Plattsburgh Engineer Kevin Farrington, Planning Board Chairman Joseph Rotella and Planning Board members Curt Gervich and Gerald Hofmaister. From the Town of Plattsburgh were Planning Board members Jeff Wagner and Tim Palmer, Planning Technician Trevor Cole and Planning Department leader Phil Von Bargen. Attending from the Town of Peru were Kayla Martin, Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board secretary, and Planning Board member Adele Douglas. Other attendees were Town of Tupper Lake Planner Paul O’Leary and Planning Board member Jim Merrihew; Town of Willsboro Board member Carol DeMello, Peter Sowizdrzal from the Zoning Board of Appeals and Bob DeMello of the Planning Board; and representing Saranac Lake was Leslie Karasin

The spring conference for the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers Capital-East Region was held at AuSable Valley Middle-High School in Clintonville. Keynote speaker was Dr. Margaret Queguiner, a lecturer of French and foreign language methodology at SUNY Plattsburgh. Workshops were presented on Common Core State Standards by Sharon Roraback of Beekmantown Central School, Creating Digital Photo Story Projects with Students by Katie Inhelder of AuSable Valley Central School, iPad Things I Wish I Knew by Olaf Carlson of Lake Placid Central School and How to Host an Immersion Day at Your School by Susan Frost of Lake George Central School.

Laura Green, who plays North Country clown Pipsqueak, and her children attended the World Clown Association Convention in Chicago, with hundreds of clowns gathering to share ideas and learn new techniques. Her son, Michael, known as Mike-a-roni, was interviewed for international television, along with Pipsqueak.

The SUNY Plattsburgh Alumni Association bestowed awards of merit to Dr. Neville Strumpf, former dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, and Douglas McManus, director of the Office of Policy and Management Operations with the U.S. Department of Justice. Strumpf, a 1969 graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, is known at the Pennsylvania institution for her research, education and practice in elder care. She received Distinguished Alumni Award. McManus graduated with the Class of 1989, earned his master’s degree in 1991. He received the Robert M. Garrow Alumni Service Award. As a student, McManus was president of the Student Association and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, served as president of the Plattsburgh Alumni Association Board of Directors and various committees and boards, among other activities. 

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