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Inducted: Vivian Williams, Washington, was recently inducted into the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame by the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers Association.
Mrs. Williams, well known in the states and Canada, was honored for promoting, perpetuating and preserving old-time fiddling throughout the United States. She has won several fiddle contests and awards in the states and Canada, including the Smithsonian Fiddle Contest, Washington, D.C. The Seattle (Wash.) Metropolitan magazine voted her one of the Top 50 Most Influential Seattle Musicians in the past 100 years.
In 2011, Mrs. Williams and her husband, Phil, received the Best in the West Ambassador award from Folk Alliance West for 50 years of performing and documenting the traditional fiddle music of the Pacific Northwest.
This year, Mrs. Williams also was inducted into the National Old Time Fiddle Contest Hall of Fame, Weiser, Idaho. Mrs. Williams was a founder of Seattle Folklore Society, Northwest Folklife and Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association.
She holds a masters degree in anthropology, specializing in ethnomusicology, from the University of Washington, Seattle. She and her husband own Voyager Recordings and Publications, developing the most extensive recorded archive of Northwest fiddle music to date.
Donation: Corning Incorporated Foundation recently donated $1,000 to the Norwood Village Green Concert Series in support of the series completed 40th anniversary season.
Donates to fundraiser: SeaComm, Ogdensburg, recently donated $250 to the United Helpers Oktoberfest Costumed Prediction Run/Walk, to be held Sunday.
Winner: Alex St. Louis took Top Gun honors, with a perfect score, at the Sept. 7 50 Bird Shoot hosted by the Carthage Rod and Gun Club. Nearly $2,400 was raised at the event to benefit the Volunteer Transportation Center.
Winners: The Antique Boat Museum has announced the winners of the 2013 Workboat Show, held Oct. 12 in Clayton.
Most Unique Workboat Carina, owned by Dewitt Withington
Most Dings Above the Waterline n/a, owned by Larry Yehle
Dirtiest Workboat(s) Stein/Stein II and barges, owned by Pat Patch
Most Unique Piece of Equipment Onboard Frankenboat, owned by Andy Greene
Ugliest Workboat (tie) Steely Dane, owned by Dana Hellings, and Frankenboat, owned by Andy Greene
Best Kept Workboat The Workboat, owned by Ken Larson
Workboat You Would Consider to Own The Workboat, owned by Ken Larson
Winners: Winners of Jefferson Community Colleges Writers Contest have been announced.
Poetry Michael L. Keck, Black River, There Are Not Many
Short fiction Bob Comenole, Watertown, Amendments
Essay/nonfiction Siraj A. Sindju, Watertown, A Decade of Ramadans in Watertown
Poetry George DeChant, Saranac Lake, trout fishing viii, and Shannel Garrow, Hogansburg, Sage
Short fiction Jayn M. Graves, Watertown, The Monkey Girls
Essay/nonfiction Allan J. Ferguson, Homer, Fred
Distributes grants: St. Lawrence County Arts Council, Potsdam, has announce the first recipients of the Public Art Fellowship and Teaching Artists Fund grants.
Craig Thornton, Watertown-area playwright, is the first recipient of the Public Art Fellowship grant. Mr. Thorntons recent work includes In My Shoes, a docudrama about the effects of military deployment on Fort Drum-area teenagers.
Throughout the area
Artists selected for the Teaching Artists Fund grants work with public schools in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence County.
Cynthia Brownell, Glenfield and Port Leyden elementary schools
Rebecca Donnelly, Colton-Pierrepont Central School, Colton
Loretta Lepkowski, South Lewis Central School, Turin
Janet Lomastro, Potsdam Central School
Bill Newman, Canton Central School
Community Performance Series, Norwood-Norfolk Central School, Norwood
Appointed: Paul Zehr, junior music major, is serving as a resident assistant at Goshen (Ind.) College for the 2013-14 academic year.
Cast selected: SUNY Potsdams department of theater and dance has cast the October production of the play Bent. Dale Hajdasz, Evans Mills, will play Max, Bryan Rapholtz, LaFargeville, will play Rudy, and Alec Walsh, Philadelphia, will play a guard as well as serve as the productions technical director.
Enrolled at college
Enrolled: Kaitlyn Redmond, Gouverneur, and Sophia Doe, Ogdensburg, enrolled as a freshmen at Adirondack Community College, Queensbury, for the fall semester.
Enrolled in college: Nathan Sarkin, Ogdensburg, and Spencer Frisina, Redwood, have enrolled in Rochester Institute of Technologys National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Mr. Sarkin, son of Andy and Sue Smith, Ogdensburg, is a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy. Mr. Frisina, son of Victoria and Arthur Frisina, Redwood, is a graduate of Alexandria Central School, Alexandria Bay.
The following north country residents recently received degrees from their colleges or universities:
Receives degree: Stephanie E. Oddi, Florida, formerly of Calcium, received a masters degree in social work from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 3. Miss Oddi, daughter of John and Joan Oddi, Calcium, is a 2000 graduate of Indian River Central School, Philadelphia. She is an admission coordinator with Park Place Behavioral Health Care, Kissimmee, Fla.
Massena, Sackets Harbor
Inducted: Nyssa C. LaClair, Massena, and Erik J. Fingar, Sackets Harbor, were recently inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary society, at St. Lawrence University, Canton. Miss LaClair, a junior at SLU, is a graduate of Massena Central School. Mr. Fingar, a senior, is a graduate of Sackets Harbor Central School.
Inducted: Michael Gilbert, Potsdam, was recently inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, at St. Michaels College, Colchester, Vt. Mr. Gilbert, a senior mathematics major, graduated from Parishville-Hopkinton Central School, Parishville.
Throughout the area
Inducted: Several Northern New York students at SUNY Potsdam were recently inducted into Kappa Delta Pi education honor society.
Christine Swyers, literacy specialist
Chelsea Cutway, Spanish education
Heather Delity, early childhood
Donald Lamitie, curriculum and instruction
Alison Spears, childhood/early childhood education
Katelyn Driscoll, early childhood/childhood education
Kylie Stener, childhood education
Rachel Bender, childhood education
Debra Higginson, curriculum and instruction
Peggy Lazarchuck, early childhood
Kayleigh Neff, childhood education
Scholarship: Allison Griffiths, Croghan, was named a 2013 Andrew J. Rider Scholar by Rider University, Lawrenceville, N.J.