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Webb School Senior Spotlight

Katie Connell leaning toward early childhood development studies

High school senior Katie Connell would like to attend SUNY Plattsburgh following June graduation. And though she has not decided on a major, she is leaning towards Early Childhood Development because she enjoys being around kids.

She has lived in Old Forge since she began kindergarten and says she likes it here because she knows everybody.

She enjoys math, and chorus with Valerie Gaudin and has played the alto saxophone in band since the fourth grade.

Active in school sports, she has been a member of the soccer, basketball and softball teams.

“It keeps me busy all three seasons,” she said. Continue reading

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Webb School Senior Spotlight

Hallie Christodaro to focus on developmental psychology in college

Town of Webb High School senior Hallie Christodaro attended the Inlet Common School from kindergarten through sixth grade before transferring to Town of Webb in seventh grade.

Her high school interests have included volleyball, which she has participated in since the seventh grade,  playing clarinet in band, and the subject of developmental psychology.

Hallie said she would like to study the subject further following her June 2013 graduation and has applied to Cayuga County Community College in Auburn. Continue reading

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Webb School Senior Spotlight

Austin Down interested in construction, business studies at college

Senior, Austin Down, has been a student of the Town of Webb School since kindergarten. He plans to attend college after graduation to study Construction Management or Business. At the time of the interview, he was considering applying to Castleton State College in Vermont, SUNY/Delhi and Alfred State.

Down gained an interest in construction after working with his father, a local contractor, for the last two years. His favorite classes are with technology teacher Steve Bradish because he enjoys the hands-on instruction of building.

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Deke & Carol Morrison: Longtime Polar Bears honored as 2013 Carnival King & Queen

Deke a nd Carol Morrison wearing their ski jackets from the 1980 Winter Olympics. Photo by Michele deCamp

Deke and Carol Morrison wearing their ski jackets from the 1980 Winter Olympics. Photo by Michele deCamp

Snowbirds Deke and Carol Morrison are taking a short break from the sun and warmth of Florida to return to Old Forge to serve as the king and queen of the Winter Carnival set for Friday through Sunday, February 15 to 17.

In spite of their long  association with the local Polar Bear Ski Club and their assistance at the 1980 Winter Olympics, the Morrisons said they were surprised and honored to be asked to serve as the 2013 carnival royalty.

The Morrisons have lived in Old Forge since moving from New Jersey in 1968 with their four children, whose ages at the time were, Chris, 4, Lisa, 6, Tim, 8, and Steve,10.

“Skiing was one of the reasons we moved here. We got the kids into skiing and into the Polar Bear Ski program immediately. They earned their ski patches right in the beginning,” Deke said.

During their early years, Carol taught sewing in the Home Economics class at Town of Webb School and Deke, an airline pilot with US Air, commuted to New Jersey for his flights.

But despite their busy work schedules they always made themselves available to help out at the Polar Bear races. Deke eventually became Race Chairman at the events.

“During that time period we did hand timing with stop watches,” he said.

“It was very elemental—with pencils, etc.,” said Carol, who also helped with the timing. Continue reading

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The Weekly says goodbye to its longtime reporter Carol Hansen

by Marianne Christy

The Weekly Adirondack photographer/ reporter Carol Hansen was the subject of a watercolor portrait by Lewis County artist Loretta Lepkowski which was recently on display at the 2012 Signature Exhibition at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie. Lepkowski said she was inspired to paint Carol’s portrait, titled “Adirondack Journalist,” when she saw her at work photographing the start of the 90 Miler Canoe Classic in September of 2011.

“I photographed this local journalist who usually is the one capturing photographs of others for reporting on community events. I thought it would be a good challenge to paint this woman showing her infectious smile and the value contrasts,” Lepkowski said.

When the Arkell exhibit closed, Carol’s daughter Kelly Santamour purchased the painting.

She donated it to the Old Forge Library where it is hung in tribute to her mother’s many years of service to the library.

Carol stepped down from her library duties in the spring of 2011, and on Tuesday, November 20, she finished her work here at The Weekly Adirondack.

She and her husband Jon will be starting another chapter in their lives as they move to Boonville.

At this time of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for Carol’s six-plus years with us.

We wish her much love and happiness in her retirement.

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VIEW: Jazzy Christmas concert sure to appeal to wide audience

The Peanut Gallery Jazz Trio will present, “It’s a Jazzy Christmas,” at View on Saturday, November 24 at 2 p.m. during An Adirondack Christmas on Main Street weekend. The family-friendly performance will take the audience on a musical journey reminiscent of a 1940s radio drama, when a news flash suddenly announces that the Christmas spirit has been lost.

The Jazz Trio, with help from the audience, steps up to save the day.

“The show is all about saving the holiday spirit and it keeps the kids engaged and interested in jazz,” said Salvatore Prizio, a cowriter of the show. Continue reading

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Color Guard - John Weedmark, Ash Kellogg, George Meeker, John Bauer.

American Legion Post 893 honors nation’s military veterans

Riflemen Squad from left, Bob Wanamaker, Bill Simpson, Lance Hughes, and Bob Dibble, acting Squad Commander.

The Veteran’s Day Ceremony in Old Forge was conducted on Sunday, November 11, under sunny skies from the porch of Covey-Pashley American Legion Hall Post 893 in Old Forge.

In the absence of Post Commander Brad Birnie, the gathering of spectators was welcomed by Master of Ceremonies, Bill Ransom.

Color Guard – John Weedmark, Ash Kellogg, George Meeker, John Bauer.

Ransom recognized the following members of Covey Pashley Post 893 who are currently serving in the military: Lee Balling, Army; Adam Court, Air Force; Kent Delano, Air Force; Helen Dolan, Navy; Haley Grabauskas, Marine Corps; A.J. Kott, Air Force; Casey Venetz, Marine Corps; Chris Wanamaker, Army; Bryce Weedmark, Army; Steven Yuhasz, Air Force; Joseph Kawa, Army; and Chris Simpson,Marine Corps.

Charlie Kiefer was recognized as a WWII Veteran and long-standing member of the American Legion Post 893.

Ransom also recognized WW II veteran Charlie Kiefer of Old Forge and Korean War veteran Ron Williams of Big Moose, who were observing the ceremony. Following Ransom’s remarks, Zach Brombacher, Chaplain of the Post, read the opening prayer.

Other speakers who presented traditional Veterans Day readings were Navy Lt. Helen Dolan, 1st Vice Commander Bill Simpson, 2nd Vice Commander Bob Dibble, 3rd Vice Commander John Bauer, and Auxiliary Member Judy Ehrensbeck. Continue reading

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