• Kilburn promoted to rank of Private
Jonathan Kilburn of Ontario was promoted to the rank of Private in the New York Army National Guard.
Kilburn, serving with the Operations Company of the 42nd Infantry Division, was promoted in recognition of his capacity for additional responsibility and leadership.
For more information, visit dmna.ny.gov.
• Snyder graduates from basic training
Army National Guard Private First Class Joshua A. Snyder has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, Snyder studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness. He received instruction in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, military courtesy and justice system, basic first aid and field training.
Snyder is the son of Allen Wixson of Palmyra.
• Smith re-enlists with Army National Guard
Sergeant Matthew Smith of Palmyra re-enlisted to continue service with the New York Army National Guard.
Smith will continue to serve with the Company A Distribution, 427th Brigade Support Battalion.
For more information, visit dmna.ny.gov.
• Shipman completes Navy basic training
Navy Seaman Recruit Zachary S. Shipman recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Shipman completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
Shipman, son of Paul J. Shipman of Saranac Lake and Crystal J. Shipman of Penfield, is a 2013 graduate of Sodus Central High School.
• Local residents join Tastefully Simple Inc.
Local residents have become independent consultants with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring easy-to-prepare foods.
David Youngman of Sodus and Dawn DeFisher of Williamson have both joined Tastefully Simple.
The independent businesses owners offer delicious food samples at home taste-testing parties as well as ideas for everyday meals, recipes and serving suggestions.
For more information, visit tastefullysimple.com.
• Local youth hunter wins state writing contest
Jason Remis, 16, won first place in a statewide essay contest sponsored by Cabelas. Remis killed an 8-point, 215 pound buck on his property in Williamson during shotgun season. The experience prompted him to write an essay about it, called “Luck or Fate?”
The essay describes how he had no plans to hunt on Nov. 17. He was beat from a 14-hour day of hunting with his uncle the day before and was looking forward to sleeping in. Unexplainably, he woke up at 6:10 a.m. and decided to head out back with his rifle. After sunrise, the buck came into view and Remis fired twice - with his safety on - before making the fatal shot. In the essay, he asks whether it was fate or luck that got him out of bed to kill his biggest deer ever.
The essay won first place and a $100 cash award and plaque in the category for grades 9-12. The article will be published in the Dec. 26 edition of NY Outdoor News. It will also be entered into the national Outdoor Writers Association of America contest. Remis is also a licensed trapper. He is a junior at Wayne Central School District.