Program at Jefferson Community College to teach military personnel, veterans about creating a business

AMANDA MORRISON / WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Soldiers receive instruction on providing support for explosive ordinance teams during a training exercise at Fort Drum in 2013. The Boots to Business Reboot offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration is a free two-day training program for veterans and spouses that gives them an overview of business ownership as a career vocation.

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Soldiers receive instruction on providing support for explosive ordinance teams during a training exercise at Fort Drum in 2013. The Boots to Business Reboot offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration is a free two-day training program for veterans and spouses that gives them an overview of business ownership as a career vocation.

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Retiring city planner helped Watertown grow in his 30 years

Watertown City Planning and Community Development Coordinator Kenneth A. Mix retired Wednesday after 30 years of service. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Watertown City Planning and Community Development Coordinator Kenneth A. Mix retired Wednesday after 30 years of service. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Kenneth A. Mix now knows what happens to rubber bands after they’ve been lost in a desk for 30 years.

Mr. Mix, 55, the city’s planning and community development coordinator, learned they become brittle and fall apart, something he discovered while cleaning out his desk in his City Hall office while preparing to retire on Wednesday. [Read more…]

March 2016 Cover Story: Women in Public Service

Women answer the call for public service

Sharon A. Addison, 52, was appointed Watertown city manager in 2012 following a 27-year career with the National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md.

Sharon A. Addison, 52, was appointed Watertown city manager in 2012 following a 27-year career with the National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md.

From county and city managers to district attorneys, an assistant
attorney general, state lawmakers and the youngest woman ever
elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, north country women have blazed a progressive — and impressive — trail in public service.

By Norah Machia | Photos By Justin Sorensen

There are many women in the north country who provide invaluable leadership in the public sector as a result of their strategic skills, energy, knowledge and commitment. [Read more…]

Shapiro Award winner Corriveau lauded as inspirational leader

Mary M. Corriveau, right, speaks with event attendees at the 64th annual Israel A. Shapiro Citizenship Award dinner, Thursday night. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Mary M. Corriveau, right, speaks with event attendees at the 64th annual Israel A. Shapiro Citizenship Award dinner, Thursday night. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Former City Manager Mary M. Corriveau spoke about leadership qualities Thursday night after receiving the 64th Israel A. Shapiro Citizenship Award at the Hilton Garden Inn. [Read more…]

Dignitaries ‘honor the mountain’ with Thompson Park ground-breaking

Guests dig the first holes at the site of the monument Wednesday. Photo by Coty Giannelli, Watertown Daily Times.

Guests dig the first holes at the site of the monument Wednesday. Photo by Coty Giannelli, Watertown Daily Times.

WATERTOWN — About a year from now, a granite monument honoring the 10th Mountain Division and its relationship with the community will stand tall in the middle of Thompson Park. [Read more…]

Plans for the 10th Mountain Division monument continues

WATERTOWN — Organizer Michael T. Plummer likes the design planned for a new monument in Thompson Park honoring the 10th Mountain Division. [Read more…]

20Q: F. Anthony Keating, special assistant to the Secretary of the Army

A voice for soldiers: Civilian aide to Secretary of the Army inspired by those who serve

F. Anthony Keating, special assistant to the Secretary of the Army — New York (North), at the offices of NNY Business magazine late last month. Mr. Keating has held the civilian aide post for the past 20 years. Photo by Norm Johnston / NNY Business

F. Anthony Keating, special assistant to the Secretary of the Army — New York (North), at the offices of NNY Business magazine late last month. Mr. Keating has held the civilian aide post for the past 20 years. Photo by Norm Johnston / NNY Business

Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division have a special place in the heart of F. Anthony Keating, the incumbent special assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Mr. Keating, himself an Army veteran, has held the civilian advisory post for the past 20 years. He sat down with us to talk about the early days of the post and division and its future on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. [Read more…]

Early post leaders planned modern-day installation

n Our partners at the Watertown Daily Times this month published ‘Climb to Glory’, a 30th anniversary special section to commemorate three decades of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division. To obtain a copy of the section, stop by our offices at 260 Washington St., Watertown, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

n Our partners at the Watertown Daily Times this month published ‘Climb to Glory’, a 30th anniversary special section to commemorate three decades of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division. To obtain a copy of the section, stop by our offices at 260 Washington St., Watertown, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Before it became the critical training and rapid deployment installation that it is known as today, the decisions of the 10th Mountain Division’s first leaders on post in the mid-1980s allowed it to flourish 30 years later.

In addition to building to handle new missions for the decades ahead, post leaders quickly forged relationships with the civilian world that would create a unique look in the Army.

“All of those things were thinking ahead because we knew the Army was in constant change,” said retired Col. Michael T. Plummer, then the division’s chief of staff. [Read more…]

A staunch advocate: Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization lobbies for post

Carl A. McLaughlin, executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, at the post’s Mt. Belvedere Gate near Blask River. Photo by Norm Johnston / NNY Business

Carl A. McLaughlin, executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, at the post’s Mt. Belvedere Gate near Blask River. Photo by Norm Johnston / NNY Business

Thirty years after it was announced that the 10th Mountain Division would be reactivated at Fort Drum, an organization that was established to keep open the lines of communication between military and civilian leaders now works to prevent significant troop cuts at the military post. [Read more…]

From north country to Drum country: Nearly 30 years after the 10th Mountain Division was reactivated, leaders recall a unique partnership between Fort Drum and Northern New York communities

A 'Climb to Glory': 10th Mountain Division has Indelible Impact On North Country Life. Photo by Norm Johnston / NNY Business

A ‘Climb to Glory’: 10th Mountain Division has Indelible Impact On North Country Life. Photo by Norm Johnston / NNY Business

An overwhelming amount of support from north country residents for the reactivation of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum was a key factor in the early success of the light infantry division, the “most-deployed unit in the Army,” according to two retired Army colonels who were involved with the early days of post expansion and development. [Read more…]