RCS Grad John Hall to be commissioned in the Navy

John Hall, a 2011 graduate of Roxbury Central School, will be commissioned into the United States Navy on Saturday, May 30.
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Hall will earn his navy commission when he graduates from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on that day where he will be awarded a degree in civil engineering.
Upon entering the Navy, Hall will report to the USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) stationed out of Norfolk, VA where he will serve as a Division Officer.

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Needham earns Army promotion

First Lieutenant Jesse Needham, son of Ralph and Lori Needham of Roxbury, is currently serving in the Army. He was promoted to the officer’s rank of First Lieutenant on January 22, 2012.
First Lieutenant Needham is stationed with the 2nd Stryker Calvary Regiment in Vilseck, Germany and serves as an Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader with the 3rd squadron.
Apart from training his platoon in locations throughout Germany and Latvia, he will be training soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Division during a four-week field exercise for their upcoming deployment.

Meander promoted to Lt. Col

United States Army Officer Ryan O. Maender has been promoted from the rank of Major to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. The promotion took place on February 1 at Fort Lewis, Washington where he is second in command of the 17th Fires Brigade.
Lieutenant Colonel Maender is the son of Jo Ann and Norman Maender of Scotia and Margaretville, and the grandson of Russell Cariot of Margaretville.   

News publisher's son directing Disney Radio show

Los Angeles — The Walt Disney Co. helped make the musical thrive again with its “High School Musical” film series. Now it’s trying to bring back an even older format with a radio serial.
Next week Radio Disney is launching a 20-episode series that follows a 14-year-old girl as she tries to pursue a dream of becoming a singer and songwriter.

Bill Ennis gets advancement post

Stamford, CT — King Low Heywood Thomas (King) school has announced that Bill Ennist has been named associate head of school, advancement. Ennist assumes this position having served King as associate head of school for one year, and head of upper school for nine years.

Van Houten promoted to major

Hampton, VA — Neal A. Van Houten has been promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force. He is chief of the munitions action group at Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Hampton, Va. The major has served in the military for 10 years.

Hillis promoted to lending post

Robert W. Armstrong, president and CEO of The Delaware National Bank of Delhi has announced that Dee Hillis has been promoted to the position of vice president of commercial lending.

Jones returns as MRCC nursing director

Margaretville — Christina Jones, Director of Nursing at Mountainside Residential Care Center, returned to duty on July 29 after a four-month medical leave of absence.

New day camp director named

Claryville — Longtime staffer Dale Whittaker has returned to Frost Valley YMCA in the role of Day Camp Director, it was announced this week.
Dale has worked at Frost Valley in various capacities for nearly a decade. He initially served as a cabin counselor for children with developmental disabilities in an inclusion program. In subsequent summers, he attained the positions of Village Chief, Outdoor Educator and Mainstreaming Program Director.

New Altar Servers at Holy Innocents Church

Bishop Frank Betancourt, along with Father Dante Tarantini, have been scheduling classes for the next generation of altar servers at Holy Innocents Church in Halcottsville. Dante Tarantini Jr. has been an altar server for several years now, but with the recent move to college in Cobleskill he has passed on the torch.

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