In the news
Birthday: Audrey Bouchard celebrated her 96th birthday Feb. 15 with friends at the RiverLedge Residence, Ogdensburg, formerly United Helpers Adult Residence, where she has lived since 2004. Audrey Bouchard, left, and Debbie Farrand, residence assistant administrator.
Milestone: Carolyn Walrath, occupational therapist for Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac Lake, has earned the certified hand therapist credential. To receive certification, therapists must complete a minimum of five years clinical experience with at least 4,000 hours of direct practice in hand therapy and pass an examination of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation.
Ms. Walrath has been employed in the centers physical rehabilitation and sports medicine department since 2005. She received a bachelors degree in biology from the University at Albany and graduated summa cum laude with bachelors and masters degrees in occupational therapy from Sage College, Troy. She has previously worked at Saratoga Hospital and the Uihlein Living Center, Lake Placid.
Milestone: Michael W. Simmons, Watertown, received his first-degree black belt on Feb. 18 from Master Kim in Oswego.
Mr. Simmons, who trains at Sunset Tae Kwon Do, Watertown, has reached a not only milestone in Tae Kwon Do, but also has become the first blind person in Northern New York to earn a black belt.
Mr. Simmons has been studying Tae Kwon Do for 15 years, participating in many competitions. Among his accomplishments are a bronze medal in sparring from the summer 1996, a silver medal in board breaking and a bronze medal in poomse (forms) competition. He competed in the Super Cup in Rochester, where he took second place in board breaking and third place in poomse.
Mr. Simmons is working toward the goal of becoming the first blind Tae Kwon Do master.
Receives grant: The Potsdam Public Museum received a $750 GO Grant from the state Council on the Arts for museum staff members Courtney Doyle, pictured, and Mimi Van Deusen to attend an April conference, Museums in Conversation, held in Albany. The conference is sponsored by the Museum Association of New York and Museumwise. The grants are offered to help museums and historical societies develop institutions and work with their communities.
Winner: Kristin Parker, Saranac Lake, was awarded Editors Choice in Adirondack Life Magazines annual photography contest. Her photograph Floating on the 4th, captured an Independence Day scene on Lake Placids Mirror Lake.
Winning photographs are published in the March/April issue of the magazine. Photographs of all winners and honorable mentions can be viewed online at www.adirondacklife.com.
The following north country residents recently were named to the deans list at their colleges or universities:
College of St. Rose,
To receive deans list honors at the College of St. Rose for the fall semester, students must receive a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
The following north country residents recently received degrees from their colleges or universities:
Receives masters: Marc Thomas, Dexter, recently received a masters degree in industrial systems engineering from Binghamton University.
Receives masters: Joshua T. Premo, Massena, recently received a masters degree in biology adolescence education from Binghamton University.
The following north country residents recently were named to the presidents list at their colleges or universities:
University of South Carolina,
To receive presidents list honors at the University of South Carolina for the fall semester, students must receive a grade point average of 4.0.
Steven P. Duffany Jr., Army Reserves, serving at Fort Drum.
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