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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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Adirondack Scenic Railroad adds extra run of popular Santa Train

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad’s Santa Train will provide trips from Thendara Station to Otter Lake and back on Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24, and Saturday, December 1.

Santa Train trips will depart from Thendara Station at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

Mrs. Claus will be on board and young passengers and their parents will be treated to stories and games along the way.

Upon return to the station, Mrs. Claus will escort everyone across the street to Candy Land at the Thendara Town Hall, where the children will meet Santa Claus, enjoy hot chocolate and other goodies, and play a wide variety of classic games. Continue reading

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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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Celebrated author presents library program

Author Howard Frank Mosher talks to students during his program at the Old Forge Library.

Award-winning author Howard Frank Mosher presented a program to Town of Webb high school English students and Old Forge Library book group members at the library on Thursday, November 8. Mosher discussed his book, Northern Borders, which he published in 1994 and is currently being made into a film by Jay Craven, a Vermont-based independent filmmaker.

Three of his other novels, Disappearances, A Stranger in the Kingdom and Where the Rivers Flow North, have also been made into acclaimed feature films.

Mosher has written ten novels, all set in rural areas of Vermont, which usually feature a few eccentric characters with distinctive pecularities. Continue reading

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