Williamson soldier completes Army basic training

Pfc. Braedon Spence, of Williamson, recently completed Army basic combat training as well as advanced individual training, and was welcomed to his unit during a New York Army National Guard battle handoff ceremony at Patriot Way Armory in Rochester.

Spence serves with the Company A (Engineer) 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion.

The ceremony marked his completion of the National Guard Recruit Sustainment program, which provides new recruits with training, lessons and skills to excel at their initial military training.


Newark translator to help Hurricane Maria victims

Joyce Stotts, a Spanish language translator at Newark Central School District, will travel to Puerto Rico on Oct. 28 as part of a Crisis Response International team helping victims of Hurricane Maria.

“After translating for Latin Americans for nearly 27 years, and many of ‘my families’ being from Puerto Rico or have returned home, I could not imagine not deploying to help, now that I am CRI-trained to do so,” Stotts said. “CRI has set up a deployment center in San Juan, and our team will be sent out daily to wherever we are needed most. Our team will be distributing food, water, water filters, solar lights, tarps to cover roofs, sanitary supplies, medical supplies, baby supplies and lots of encouragement.”

Stotts, a CRI Level 1 first responder, said individuals can visit bit.ly/2xS4lu8 to help families affected by Hurricane Maria.