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he’s since enrolled at Seton Academy, Leo said he looks forward to competing again this year in his former school. “I’m excited,” said Leo. Following his participation in the national bee last year, Leo took a brief hiatus from studying, but it wasn’t long before he was back at the books. “I took a couple days off,” he said. Ever since, Leo said he’s been studying two hours every day during the week and five hours a day on the weekend. “We’re proud of him not only for his abilities, but for his motivation to achieve something,” said Leo’s father, Jason Lee. Both Leo’s father and his mother, Deborah Lee, said they are proud how Leo has shown such determination and ambition. “We just want him to enjoy it and to try his best,” said Jason. “We don’t want to put too much pressure on him because we are proud of him no matter where he goes in the competition or in By Jeremiah S. Papineau • jeremiah@denpubs.com the future.” PLATTSBURGH — Leo Lee is deter“Leo is a very good kid,” said Deborah. “We are very lucky. We mined. just want him to enjoy it and to not be nervous.” The seventh grade student from Seton Leo said he tries to deal with his nerves by focusing on the Academy will be defending his title as rewords when on stage and nothing else. turning champion in the Champlain Val"I focus on the words. I don’t look at the people," said Leo. “Afley Educational Services Regional ter I finish spelling the word, I look at the judges and that’s it.” Spelling Bee this Friday, Feb. 26. “Sometimes I feel we’re more nervous than him," said Jason, Leo won last year ’s regional spelling Leo Lee, winner of last year’s Champlain Valley Educational Services with a laugh. bee at Saranac Middle School after cor- Regional Spelling Bee, with his parents, Jason and Deborah Lee. The regional spelling bee will be held this Friday at Plattsburgh rectly spelling “bellwether,” which, as the Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau High School, beginning at 6 p.m. Sixty-two students will particiMerriam-Webster Dictionary defines it, is pate from grades 4-8 from 22 public schools and three private “one that takes the lead.” He went on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling schools in the region. The winner will go on to nationals — and Leo hopes he’ll Bee in Washington, D.C, be the one. Last year, Leo was competing on behalf of Stafford Middle School, with his win As for this Friday’s spelling bee, Leo gave a friendly challenge to his opponents. bringing the regional bee back to the Plattsburgh City School District. Though "Good luck and study hard," he said.

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PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary Club has been involved in an international effort to help Haiti by providing “shelterboxes” to those who had their houses destroyed in the recent earthquake. Victoria Zinser-Duley, unofficial coordinator of the shelterbox program, said Rotary typically supports the program, but wanted to do a special collection this year due to the Haiti disaster. “I literally stood up and made a plea at a club meeting,” said Zinser-Duley. “We passed around the hat, so to speak.” The program, with roots in the United Kingdom, has spread to a global scale, and has helped more than 7,000 people and families in need of basic necessities such as food, water and shelter. Shelterboxes are a kind of care package that can be deployed into a war-torn, poverty stricken or a natural disaster area, and used as a temporary shelter for months. The shelterbox contains an array of possibly life-saving materials, including water filtration and rainwater gathering devices, food and cooking utensils, as well as an oven and a 10-person tent.

Locally, the club has raised more than $2,200, which would buy two of the temporary shelters for people in Haiti. Recently, shelterboxes have been deployed to Pakistan and Haiti, but the program has placed these shelterboxes on every continent, except for Antarctica, according to www.shelterboxusa.org, the program’s Web site. “They’ve gone back to places where shelterboxes have been deployed and they are still using them years after,” Zinser-Duley said. The Haitian and U.S. Rotary clubs work closely together in order to get this fundraising aid where it needs to go. “The majority of the money was individual club donations, as well as a club contribution,” Zinser-Duley said. “But, the important part about this is that it is helped on the ground by local Rotary clubs.” Zinser-Duley said the Rotary club will continue to support the shelterbox program, and will look to do the same type of fundraising in the future. Michael O’Keefe is an intern from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Waiting on a warm-up The Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club has begun its annual K-Melt fundraiser, with club members recently placing a large, steel “K” on the frozen pond at CVPH Medical Center. The KMelt raises awareness of the work of the club and money for its charitable activities. Chances are being sold for $5 each as to when the 350-pound K will fall through the ice. Tickets are available by calling 561-5346 or contacting any Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club member. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau

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‘To Save a Life’ coming to Cumberland 12 By Jeremiah S. Papineau • jeremiah@denpubs.com

PLATTSBURGH — Jared J. Hogle said he’s become aware of serious issues which face teenagers today through his role as a teacher with the Plattsburgh City School District. Though many may tend to think of tragedies like drug and alcohol abuse, depression and suicide happening in much larger communities, the truth is they can happen anywhere, said Hogle. “Kids cut themselves, there are shootings in schools. There are tons of serious issues that kids deal with on a daily basis,” said Hogle. When Hogle learned of “To Save a Life,” an independent film about depression and suicide, he felt it would be a film that would ignite conversation among teens and their families, giving a poignant look at what can often be a taboo subject. “It’s a serious outreach that I thought our community needs,” he said. However, getting the film here wasn’t easy. When he learned the film wasn’t planned to be released in the Plattsburgh area, Hogle contacted Samuel Goldwyn Films, distributor of the movie, making a plea to consider the idea. “I called them and called them and called them and begged them to get it here,” said Hogle. “They weren’t going to do it because you have to show they’d have at least a thousand tickets sold the first weekend.” Hogle didn’t give up. He went as far as e-mailing the film company to tell them he would buy the 1,000 tickets himself to get the film to come to Plattsburgh. “When they saw that e-mail they called me and

told me not to worry about buying the tickets and that they’d make sure it gets there,” he said. All the company asked was that Hogle reach out to as many people as possible to boost interest and potential viewership for the movie. So, he has. Hogle has been reaching out to youth groups, school administrators and anyone else he can to let them know about the week-long showing, which premieres this Friday, Feb. 26, at Cumberland 12 Cinemas. “If it does well, it may stay around for a few weeks, which would be really awesome,” said Hogle, who noted ticket sales will determine that outcome. Craig M. Cathers, the theater ’s manager, said he’s excited to offer To Save a Life as the most recent in a line of independent films at Cumberland 12. “I think it’s something everyone really needs to see,” said Cathers. “We’re very happy Jared was able to get the information around and got it to our film booker. We’re really happy to bring it here and we hope we get a good audience for it.” “There’s only 300 copies nationwide and we get one of them,” Cathers added. “And, there’s only roughly 4,000 screens in the United States. That’s pretty impressive.” Showtimes for To Save a Life will be at 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, and 10 p.m. More information is available by calling Cumberland 12’s movie line at 324-3777 or visiting the theater ’s Web site at www.cumberland12.com. The film is Rated PG13 and has a runtime of 120 minutes.

Jared J. Hogle, left, stands with Craig M. Cathers, manager of Cumberland 12 Cinemas. Hogle helped bring “To Save a Life,” an independent film about the controversial topic of suicide, to the theater beginning this Friday, Feb. 26. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau

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By Sarah L. Cronk • sarah@denpubs.com

PLATTSBURGH — Receiving $5 can be good for your wallet, and ultimately good for the earth. For 16 years, the North Country Food Co-op, located at 25 Bridge St., has been giving out Green Stamps to those who follow the three Rs — reduce, reuse, recycle. According to general manager Carol Czaja, the Green Stamp Program began with a group of larger food co-ops in the Midwest. “Generally, the idea was to give people a little extra incentive perhaps to reuse a container or a bag ... to do your shopping with,” she explained. The North Country Food Co-op took notice of what the other co-ops were doing in the country and decided to get on board. The way the program works is when an employee of the co-op sees a shopper doing something such as bringing in their own bag, reusing coffee bags, or even bringing in clean egg cartons for local farmers to reuse, they will give a stamp to the shopper. After receiving 100 stamps, the customer will receive $5, either off their bill or in cash. “The award is the fact that you’ve done it,” said employee Pat Ostrander. “The fact that you get $5 back for it is even more incredible.” Ostrander realizes it can take awhile for someone to reach the goal of 100 stamps, especially if they forget to mention why they should receive one.

“The hardest thing is remembering to ask for your stamps,” Ostrander said.”People will come in and they won’t mention anything. That’s why I’ve become the most generous green stamp-giver.” Ostrander tries to take note of how someone shows up to the store, and if they bike or walk, he will give them a stamp for it. Currently, the program requires people to bring in their “book” to get their stamps added to it, however Czaja believes once their supply of stamps runs out, they will revamp the program. “People are still at the point where they’ll forget to bring a cloth bag,” Czaja added. “The way I look at it is if you’re forgetting to bring your The North Country Food Co-op in Plattsburgh has been promoting a renewable lifestyle through their Green Stamp Program for the last 16 years. reusable bag, it’s going to be hard to rePhoto by Sarah L. Cronk member [the book].” Czaja is hoping to recreate the book “I think really one of the basic pillars that this to be the size of a business card, and people will re- store was founded on ... was the environmental ceive a mark on the card instead of a stamp. movement,” she said. “I think we wanted to see that. “I think that would be the way to go,” she said. We wanted to boost it a little.” The program is not meant to be a marketing proFor more information regarding the Green Stamp motion for the co-op, explained Czaja, but simply a Program, call the co-op at 561-5904 or visit way to promote the environmental movement. www.northcountryfood.coop.

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Second annual hoolie celebrates the Irish culture By Sarah L. Cronk • sarah@denpubs.com

PLATTSBURGH — Champlain Valley Irish Dance is aiming to “paint the town green” for St. Patrick’s Day. Last year, the Irish dancers had their first hoolie, which is the Celtic word for “party.” “It was a resounding success,” said the group’s president, Marcy McNally. The sold-out event was held at Westside Ballroom last year, which led organizers to search for a larger venue for this year ’s function. This year ’s hoolie will be held at the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall, 47 Woods Falls Road in Altona, Saturday, March 6, from 6-11 p.m. Although it’s out of the city, McNally is confident people will make the trek to the Northern Tier for the event. “People know the venue,” she said. The hoolie, which will be held in the Gold Room, will have the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, with a vegetarian meal also available. They will also have many of the same events as last years. “We have the same band returning, which was a huge success last year,” McNally said, referring to Inisheer, a high-energy group of musicians who play traditional music from Ireland and Scotland. There will also be prizes given away for the greenest attire, which McNally said adds to the excitement of the evening. “You can decorate the hall that you’re in ... but then the people become the decorations,” she said. “That’s

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Ratification unlikely cause for celebration By Michael O’Keefe • Special to Denton Publications

PLATTSBURGH — The Battle of Plattsburgh is hosting a a party. One that has already gone down in the history books. To honor the end of the War of 1812, the Battle of Plattsburgh Association hosts an annual Treaty of Ghent Ratification Party, which, according to Kristina Parker-Wingler, museum manager for BOPA, was an important milestone for the people of the North Country. “For Plattsburgh, it meant the end of hostilities near Lake Champlain,” said Parker-Wingler. “Once people heard the War of 1812 was over, they would have had celebrations.” Parker-Wingler said although the treaty was signed in December, Plattsburgh would not have received the news until a few months later.

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“We do it in February because that is when Plattsburgh would have heard the news,” she explained. The party will feature music from that time period, hors d’oeuvres, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. “During the party, we have a gentleman in clothing from that period enter and tell everyone the war is over,” said Parker-Wingler. Auction items include a $100 gift certificate from Sue’s Old Fashions, an Adirondack bowl from Adirondack Woodcutters and a framed Adirondack print from Tip Top Frames Art Center. “We do it as a fundraiser for the Battle of Plattsburgh Association,” Parker-Wingler explained. Although most of the fundraising is done during months with better weather, she said this event always raises a good amount for the museum during the winter.

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“It is a good indoor fundraiser,” said ParkerWingler. The event will take place this Friday, Feb. 26, at Elks Lodge 621, 56 Cumberland Ave., from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door for the BOPA members, and $12 for nonmembers. “The ticket allows you to enter and bid on prizes,” she explained. The Elks Lodge will offer a full dinner, for a separate price, after the party. “We would like to see about 100 people attend,” Parker-Wingler said. “As far as fundraising goes we just cross our fingers and hope for the best.” For more information, contact the museum at 5661814. Michael O’Keefe is an intern with the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

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Thursday.Feb.25.

CLINTON-ESSEX-FRANKLIN LIBRARY BOOKMOBILE. Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County, 5139 N. Catherine St., Plattsburgh, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Vilas Home, 61 Beekman St., Plattsburgh, 1-1:45 p.m.; Flynn Ave., Plattsburgh, between senior apartments, 2-2:30 p.m.; Pine Rest Trailer court, Treadwells Mills, 3:153:45. JOURNEY INTO READING. Champlain Centre Mall, 60 Smithfield Blvd., 4:30-6:30 p.m. Reading for children up to age 16 with free book provided. Hosted at center court. www.journeyintoreading.org. PLATTSBURGH-NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS AFTER HOURS MIXER. Best Western Inn and Suites at Smithfield, 446 State Route 3, 5:30-7 p.m. Admission $3 with reservation, $4 without. 563-1000. “MILLION DOLLAR BABY.” Plattsburgh Public Library, 19 Oak St., 6 p.m. 563-0921. DUPLICATE BRIDGE GAME. Senior Citizens Council Senior Center, Court Street entrance, 6:30 pm. $3. 563-6639 or 5614384 for information or partner. BRUCE PATENAUDE PERFORMS. Irises Café and Wine Bar, 20 City Hall Place, 7 p.m. 566-7000. ALASH — THROAT SINGERS FROM TUVA. Northern Adirondack Central School, 5572 Route 11, Ellenburg Depot, 6:30 p.. 578-7261.

Friday.Feb.26. DUPLICATE BRIDGE GAME. Senior Citizens Council Senior Center, Court Street entrance, 12:15 pm. $3. 563-6639 or 5614384 for information or partner. CHESS CLUB MEETS. Plattsburgh Public Library, 19 Oak St., 2 p.m. 536-7437. CHAMPLAIN VALLEY WINTER WINE FESTIVAL OPENING RECEPTION AND TASTING. Champlain Valley Transportation Museum, 12 Museum Way, 4-6 p.m. Cost $25 per person. ANNUAL TREATY OF GHENT RATIFICATION PARTY. Plattsburgh Elks Lodge, 56 Cumberland Ave., 5-9 p.m. 566-1814. CHAMPLAIN VALLEY WINTER WINE FESTIVAL DINNER. Anthony’s Restaurant and Bistro, 528 State Route 3, 7-9 p.m. Cost $75 per person.

SEUSSICAL,THE MUSICAL. Peru Central School, 17 School St., Peru., 7:30 p.m. 572-2020. $8 adults, $6 seniors, children under age 13. VIENNESE ROMANCE — LAKE CHAMPLAIN CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL. E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15 general admission. $10 students and children. PRACTICALLY HIP PERFORMS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS GLASS ONION. Olive Ridley’s, 37 Court St., 8 p.m. 324-2200. CHAMPLAIN VALLEY WINTER WINE FESTIVAL PARTY. Olive Ridley’s, 37 Court St., 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Cost $5 per person. Includes live music. RUHA PERFORMS. Monopole, 7 Protection Ave., 10 p.m. 563-2222.

Satur day.Feb.27. FINDING DIVINE INSPIRATION: COLLABORATING FOR A NEW RENAISSANCE. North Country Alliance Church, 7 Northern Ave., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 570-5601 or www.ncachurch.org. PAPER HEART SALES. Creative Critters 4H Club selling paper hearts to benefit Vermont Children’s Hospital, Champlain Centre Mall, 60 Smithfield Blvd., 2-4 p.m. SEUSSICAL,THE MUSICAL. Peru Central School, 17 School St., Peru., 2 p.m. 5722020. $8 adults, $6 seniors, children under age 13. C H A M P L A I N VA L L E Y W I N T E R WINE FESTIVAL GRAND TASTINGS AND SILENT AUCTIONS. City Hall, 41 City Hall Place, 4-6 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Cost $25 per person. 26TH ANNUAL MEETING & RECOGNITION DINNER FOR UNITED WAY. West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Road, 5 p.m. C H A M P L A I N VA L L E Y W I N T E R WINE FESTIVAL DINNER. Irises Café and Wine Bar, 20 City Hall Place, 6-8 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. Cost $75 per person. SEUSSICAL,THE MUSICAL. Peru Central School, 17 School St., Peru., 7:30 p.m. 572-2020. $8 adults, $6 seniors, children under age 13. C H A M P L A I N VA L L E Y W I N T E R WINE FESTIVAL PARTY. Geoffrey’s Pub and Restaurant, 5453 Peru St., 811 p.m. Free. Includes live music.

PRACTICALLY HIP PERFORMS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS GLASS ONION. Olive Ridley’s, 37 Court St., 8 p.m. 324-2200. SECOND ANNUAL 400 CLUB FIESTA. North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St., 6-9 p.m. Tickets $100 each, admits two. 563-1604 JATOBA PERFORMS. Monopole, 7 Protection Ave., 10 p.m. 563-2222. EIGHTH ANNUAL A CAPELLA CONCERT. E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Admission $1 donation for North Country Underground Railroad Association or a can of food for Interfaith Food Shelf.

nior Housing, corner of Route 9 and Route 11, 1:15-1:45 p.m.; Champlain Headstart, Three Steeples Church, Route 11, 1:502:20 p.m.; Twin Oaks Senior Housing, Altona, 3:10-3:40 p.m.; D & D Grocery, Sciota, 3:50-4:30 p.m. EARTH WEEK MEETING. North Country Food Co-op, 25 Bridge St., 6:30-8:30 p.m. ENTER THE HAGGIS. Gilligans Getaway, 7160 Route 9, 8-10 p.m. ADIRONDACK JAZZ ORCHESTRA PERFORMS. Olive Ridley’s, 37 Court St., 810 p.m. OPEN “MIKE” NIGHT. Monopole, 7 Protection Ave., 9 p.m. 563-2222.

Sunday.Feb.28.

Thursday.Mar ch.4.

C H A M P L A I N VA L L E Y W I N T E R WINE FESTIVAL BRUNCH. Smoked Pepper Restaurant, 13 City Hall Place, 12-3 p.m. DAY AT THE RACES AND CASINO. Plattsburgh Elks Lodge, 56 Cumberland Ave., 1-4 p.m. Proceeds to benefit Plattsburgh Breakfast & Kiwanis Club & BPOE 621. SEUSSICAL,THE MUSICAL. Peru Central School, 17 School St., Peru., 2 p.m. 5722020. $8 adults, $6 seniors, children under age 13. SEUSSICAL,THE MUSICAL. Peru Central School, 17 School St., Peru., 7:30 p.m. 572-2020. $8 adults, $6 seniors, children under age 13.

CLINTON-ESSEX-FRANKLIN LIBRARY BOOKMOBILE. Beekmantown Senior Housing, 80 O'Neil Road, 1:30-2 p.m.; 39 Hobbs Road, Plattsburgh, 2:152:45 p.m.; Champlain Park, end of Oswego Lane, 3:15-4 p.m. JOURNEY INTO READING. Champlain Centre Mall, 60 Smithfield Blvd., 4:30-6:30 p.m. Reading for children up to age 16 with free book provided. Hosted at center court. www.journeyintoreading.org. T R AV E L A N D M E E T I N G E T I QUETTE WORKSHOP. SUNY Plattsburgh Angell College Center, Rugar Street, 4:30 p.m. Free. Refreshments served. 564-4169. VISUAL ART SERIES: MULTIMEDIA ARTIST NANCY DWYER. SUNY Plattsburgh’s Hudson Hall, Room 106, Beekman Street, 7:30 p.m. 564-3095. “HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING.SUNY Plattsburgh’s Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building, Rugar Street, 7:30 p.m. General admission $15. 564-2283. CHAZ DEPALO PERFORMS. Monopole, 7 Protection Ave., 10 p.m. 563-2222.

Tuesday.Mar ch.2. CLINTON-ESSEX-FRANKLIN LIBRARY BOOKMOBILE.Lake Clear Post Office, 6373 Route 30, 11-11:45 a.m.; park across from Corner Cafe, Gabriels, 12:45-1:15 p.m.; across from town hall, Bloomingdale, 1:30-2 p.m.; Vermontville Post Office, 6 Cold Brooke Road, 2:15-2:45 p.m.; Church of the Assumption, 78 Clinton St., Redford, 3:30-4 p.m. PLATTSBURGH GREEN COMMITTEE MEETS. Plattsburgh Public Library Second Floor Auditorium, 19 Oak St., 6-8 p.m. www.plattsburghgreen.org.

Wednesday.Mar ch.3. CLINTON-ESSEX-FRANKLIN LIBRARY BOOKMOBILE. Champlain Children's Learning Center, 10 Clinton St., Rouses Point, 12:30-1 p.m.; Northern Se-

Friday.Mar ch.5. PLATTSBURGH-NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S STATE LEGISLATIVE FORUM BREAKFAST. West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Road, 7:30-9:30 a.m. $17 for members, $30 for nonmembers. 563-1000. ADKYP ARTIST SHOWCASE. North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St., 5-8 p.m.

ROCK FOR HAITI. Coffee Camp, 78 Margaret St., 7-10 p.m. OPEN FAMILY SWIM. Wellness Center at PARC, 295 New York Road, 7-9 p.m. $2. 562-6860. “HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING.” State University of New York at Plattsburgh, 101 Broad St., 7:30 p.m. Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building. General admission $15. 564-2283. ODUS BUDD PERFORMANCE. Monopole, 7 Protection Ave., 10 p.m. 5632222.

Satur day.Mar ch.6.

SPAGHETTI DINNER. Veterans Foreign War Post 1466, 327 Spellman Road, Beekmantown, 1-6 p.m. ST. PATRICK’S DAY HOOLIE. Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall, 47 Woods Falls Road, Altona, 6-11 p.m. 8467392. ROCK FOR HAITI. North Country Food Co-op, 25 Bridge St., 7-10 p.m. NORTH COUNTRY SQUARES DANCE CLUB MEETS. Clinton County Fairgrounds, 84 Fairgrounds Road, Morrisonville, 7 p.m. Caller Corey Lowden and cuer Walter Wall. 561-7167 or 4922057. “HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING.” State University of New York at Plattsburgh, 101 Broad St., 7:30 p.m. Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building. General admission $15. 564-2283. GLENGARRY BOYS PERFORMANCE. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Dr., Lake Placid, 810 p.m. Admission $16. 523-2512 or www.lakeplacidarts.org. TIM HERON CORP PERFORMANCE. Monopole, 7 Protection Ave., 10 p.m. 5632222.

Sunday.Mar ch.7.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST. District No. 3 Volunteer Fire Department, 128 Wallace Hill Road, 8-11 a.m. Adults $6, children 512 and seniors $5. Take-outs available. 561-7370. “HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING.”State University of New York at Plattsburgh, 101 Broad St., 2 p.m.Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building. General admission $15. 564-2283.

‘Day at the Races’ this Sunday

State legislative breakfast March 5

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PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Breakfast Kiwanis Club and Plattsburgh Elks Lodge 621 will host “A Day at the Races,” Sunday, Feb. 28, from 1-4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 56 Cumberland Ave. The afternoon event will feature a 10-race betting session, Casino tables including black jack, roulette and other games of chance, as well as food and beverages. Proceeds will benefit the Plattsburgh Breakfast Kiwanis Club and the Elks Lodge 621 Major Projects Fund. The event is open to the public. For more information, call Tony Moran at 569-4926 or the Elks Lodge at 563-2100.

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce will host its annual State Legislative Breakfast Friday, March 5, at 7:30 a.m. at the West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Road. The event will feature participation by state Sen. Elizabeth O’C. Little, R-Queensbury and Assemblywomen Teresa R. Sayward, R-Willsboro, and Janet L. Duprey, R-Peru. Opening remarks by the chamber and legislators will be followed by a question and answer period. Registration is $17 for chamber and partner chamber members. Registration is $30 for nonmembers. A full breakfast buffet is included. Reservations may be made by contacting the chamber at 563-1000.

PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Young Professionals are currently working to produce an artists exhibit at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St. An opening reception is planned for Friday, March 5, from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit will cover a wide-range of art produced by local young professionals throughout the area. If interested in submitting art for the show, contact Beth Barnes at 563-1604. Those wanting to be featured must give the quantity and size of the pieces interested in submitting. For artists who do not have “standard gallery” artwork, ADKYP will also consider including books, poems, music and other performance arts and installations. For more information about ADKYP, contact Tim McCormick at 420-2224 or tim@mccormickanddeon.com.

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Correction officers help children with donation to pediatric unit By Jeremiah S. Papineau • jeremiah@denpubs.com

PLATTSBURGH —When children now come to CVPH Medical Center, they’ll get a side of entertainment with their medical care. The local chapter of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, which represents correction officers at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, presented the hospital’s Center for Women and Children with 10 DVD players and approximately 40 DVDs Feb. 18. The donation, augmented by storage carts provided by Wal-Mart, was made as part of a continued commitment by the chapter to give back to the community. David Duquette, who was among the correction officers who presented the donation on behalf of the chapter ’s more than 900 members, said NYSCOPBA was happy to do what it could to bring smiles to children’s faces. “We wanted to do this because we know that in the children’s ward there are sick kids that need something to do,” said Duquette. “And, we wanted to give them something to do.” Correction sergeant Mike Guynup, who was also present for the donation, said he and his fellow officers know a hospital can be an intimidating place for

a child. If a movie can help take a child’s mind off why they’re there, then that’s one small way the NYSCOPBA chapter is glad to help, he said. “We have families. We’re part of the community and we’ve all utilized the hospital before,” said Guynup. “And, if we can make a kid smile, it’s worth it.” The donation was a welcome addition to the center ’s pediatric unit, said CWC director Maria Hayes. “I think this is wonderful for the kids especially because, unfortunately, as of late, there are a lot of them that are on isolation, so they can’t leave their room,” said Hayes. “Having this equipment is wonderful because it will help keep them occupied.” “And, anytime you can put a smile on a child’s face in a hospital is great,” she added. Duquette and Guynup thanked the membership of their local NYSCOPBA chapter for making the donation possible. “I think they all feel good about it. I think knowing that a sick child will be able to watch a movie [because of the donation] is a good thing,” said Duquette. “Without our members, we couldn’t do any of this,” added Guynup.

The donation was presented and received by, from left, correction officer John Ireland, Center for Women and Children director Maria Hayes, nursing student Alpha Prasso, nurse Stacey Wood, Foundation of CVPH director Kerry Haley, nursing student Nicole Novello, nursing student Alyssa Manuzzi, correction sergeant Mike Guynup, and correction officer David Duquette. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau

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