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October 17, 2018

Central and Northern New Yorkers Honored for Contributions to Their Communities


State Senator Patty Ritchie recognized 22 local “Women of Distinction” for their contributions to our region at a special ceremony held Thursday at the historic Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library in Watertown.

Five of them are residents of Oswego County.

In the front row, from left are: Patti Laraby, Carol LaSala, Colleen O’Neill, Jillian Shaver,  Nichol Dwyer, Mary Mitchell and Cheryl Nevius Rogers. In the back row, from left are: Senator Patty Ritchie, Ann Adams, Aileen Martin, Sherry Stone, Sarah Sugden, Marlinda LaValley, Susan Duffy, Hilary Davis, Catherine Gill, Megan Klosner, Mary Farley and Judith Van Kennen.

In the front row, from left are: Patti Laraby, Carol LaSala, Colleen O’Neill, Jillian Shaver, Nichol Dwyer, Mary Mitchell and Cheryl Nevius Rogers. In the back row, from left are: Senator Patty Ritchie, Ann Adams, Aileen Martin, Sherry Stone, Sarah Sugden, Marlinda LaValley, Susan Duffy, Hilary Davis, Catherine Gill, Megan Klosner, Mary Farley and Judith Van Kennen.

“This year’s honorees represent such a wide variety of talents and accomplishments, everyone from educators and community volunteers to individuals in public service and entrepreneurs,” said Senator Ritchie.
“These women are true trailblazers who could have taken their talents anywhere.  However, as a community, we’re so very lucky they have decided to put them to use right here in our region. I’m humbled to be able to honor them, and wish them the best of luck as they continue to make a difference.”

Those honored Thursday include:

Oswego County
Virginia Donohue
Catherine Gill
Cheryl Nevius Rogers
Jillian Shaver
Barbara Sugar

Jefferson County
Kathleen Carr
Hilary Davis
Nichol Dwyer
Megan Klosner
Aileen Martin
Mary Mitchell
Colleen O’Neill
Sarah Sugden

St. Lawrence County
Ann Adams
Joyce Ann Thomas Dalton
Susan Duffy
Mary Farley
Patti Laraby
Carol LaSala
Marlinda LaValley
Sherry Stone
Judith Van Kennen

In addition to recognizing honorees, Thursday’s ceremony also featured a special performance by the “Camerata Singers” from the Carthage Central School District.

The New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” program honors women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing outstanding leaders from the present who are making a difference.

To learn more about this year’s honorees, please visit www.ritchie.nysenate.gov

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