New York Army National Guard promotes local soldiers

Kirkland Brown, of Clyde; Avery Bueso and Hannah Peterson, of Newark; Cameron Crisafulli and Christopher Doty, of Ontario; Cody Sgro, of Palmyra; and Delmar Osorio Ortiz, of Wolcott, recently received promotions in the New York Army National Guard.

Brown, Crisafulli and Sgro were promoted to the rank of specialist. Brown is assigned to the Company A, 427th Brigade Support Battalion. Crisafulli serves with the A Troop, 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition). Sgro is assigned to the Headquarters and Support Company, 642nd Support Battalion.

Bueso and Osorio Ortiz were promoted to the rank of private 1st class. Both are assigned to the Headquarters and Support Company, 642nd Support Battalion.

Doty and Peterson were promoted to the rank of sergeant. Doty is assigned to the Headquarters and Support Company, 642nd Support Battalion. Peterson serves with the 222nd Military Police Company.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability and development potential.


Palmyra library presents annual Dixie Prittie awards

Palmyra Community Library recently honored three volunteers and one organization at the sixth annual Dixie Prittie Award reception.

The award was established in 2013 by the library board of trustees to recognize extraordinary volunteer service. It is named in memory of Dixie Prittie, a longtime volunteer and advocate for the library.

The 2018 honorees are Jake LaLonde, who manages the library’s recycling; Erika Johnson and Mandy Rogers, who prepare the books for the library’s StoryWalk; and Friends of the Palmyra Library, which supports the library with fundraising activities, book review luncheons and program sponsorship.

Award winners received a state legislative citation recognizing their service that was signed by Assemblyman Robert Oaks, R-130th District, and State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54th District.


Pal-Mac singers receive top ratings

Palmyra-Macedon students recently received top ratings on vocal solos and sight-reading at the New York State School Music Association Solo Festival at Wayne Central High School.

Eleven students received “A” ratings for their performances: Emma Brooks, Brynn Grandusky, Emma Harwood, Julia Hatfalvi, Nick Kearns, Milan Kinsman, Makayla Maynard, Kayleena McGowan Anna Schmandt, Ryan Smith and Zoe Wissick.


Palmyra-Macedon holds athletic awards ceremony

Palmyra-Macedon Central School District honored coaches and student-athletes at its 2018 Athletic Awards ceremony.

Olivia Keller and Alex Wahl received Athlete of the Year awards. Emma Arnold was named U.S. Lacrosse 1st Team All-American.

E.J. Burse, girls lacrosse coach, won Section V Coach of the Year.

Girls outdoor track and field were named Section V champions. Its 4-x-400 meter relay team members are Katelyn Burger, Jenna Gravino, Ailena Reynolds-Diaz and Skylar Scheemaker. Burger placed second at state qualifiers in the 400 hurdles.


Palmyra-Macedon names valedictorian, salutatorians

Palmyra-Macedon Central School District named Carolyn Graham as valedictorian for the Class of 2018, with Olivia Keller and Alex Wahl as co-salutatorians.

Graham plans to major in nursing at Roberts Wesleyan College. Keller and Wahl will attend St. John Fisher College to study biology.

All three students earned GPAs over 98.


Sodus soldier re-enlists with New York Army National Guard

Sgt. 1st Class James Russell, of Sodus, recently re-enlisted to continue service in the New York Army National Guard.

Russell serves with the Company E (Forward Support Company, Brigade Engineer Battalion), 427th Brigade Support Battalion.

“I congratulate our members for choosing to stay in service and striking that balance between military duties, education or employment commitments and family obligations," said Maj. Gen. Anthony German, the adjutant general.