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It’s a fundraiser!  We’re hoping that everyone who loves us (even a little) will plan to dine with us at Texas Roadhouse in Plattsburgh on Monday, September 29th.  We’ll be there from 4:00 pm until . . .10:00??  

Join with our board members, staff, volunteers and learners as we all enjoy a good meal and play a few games.  Scrabble, for sure, and others too!  Some of the best Scrabble players in the area will be with us, so have your game on!

Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of your dinner check to LVCC to support the work of literacy here in Clinton County.  And we’ll have some great raffles to earn even more for the cause!

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On July 12th we began a new tradition!  Our first annual Picnic and Perennials by the Riverin Norma and Art’s beautiful yard and garden along the Great Chazy River in Mooers, NY.

A few of us 'casually' grouped along the riverbank.

A few of us ‘casually’ grouped along the riverbank.

We wanted to have a lot of fun and raise a little money, and we did both!  Thank you everyone!  We had fun in a lot of different ways.

Lots of conversation!

Lots of conversation!

Lots of good food!

Lots of good food!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quiet time at the river's edge...

A quiet time at the river’s edge…

 

...with just a dash of rigorous activity!

…with just a dash of rigorous activity!

But how did we “raise a little money?”  We offered our guests—volunteers, learners and friends of all ages—a chance to “adopt” a perennial(s) from Norma’s extensive (and gorgeous!) perennial gardens. We said, “If you dig into your pocket, Norma will dig into her garden and send you home with a perennial for your own garden!”  And in keeping with our friendly “take it or leave it” policy, guests could opt to leave their adopted plant in place, for continued nurturing by Norma!

WHO COULD RESIST A DEAL LIKE THAT!!  

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And back in May—lots and lots of tutors, learners and other friends and family joined us in Krinovitz Hall for our Annual Learner Recognition Event on Thursday, May 1st—-followed by a reception in the adjacent Hawkins Patio.  We enjoyed the evening immensely, and we’ve heard from others that they did too!  Success!!

Susan Mikkelson

Susan Mikkelson

One of the evening’s speakers, tutor Susan Mikkelson, told a brief but very interesting tale about how she became involved with Literacy.

 

And tutor Tonya Wygand, who’s also been an intern with us this semester, spoke with great feeling about the wonderful experience she’s had at LVCC–offering special love and thanks to Norma!

Interns Tonya and Mel

Interns Tonya and Mel

 

 

 

 

Art Menard was surprised to be the recipient of the Polly Parsons Award, and he received a well-deserved standing ovation for his years of gentle service to LVCC, our learners and the entire community!  Congratulations, Art!

Before we left the Hall, Art and Norma led everyone in a rousing sing-along of “This Land is Your Land.”

"This Land is Your Land!"

“This Land is Your Land!”

The reception that followed included pizza(s), fruit salad, and of course, cake.  (The cake was scrumptious and FLEW off the table, so here’s a picture in case you missed it!)cake 5-1-14

But the people were the best—see anyone you know in this “smattering” of pics?

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mel, surinder

Jinmei and husbLan and Hilarie

 

 

 

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marita, jocelyne, etc

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AND THE WINNER OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY AT THE 22ND ANNUAL LITERACY CHALLENGE ……

AuSable Valley Teachers!!  (thunderous applause)  back for their 22nd year and enjoying their third championship!

Renee Rhino, Lindsey Bombard, Scott Taylor and Matt Fay

Renee Rhino, Lindsey Bombard, Scott Taylor and Matt Fay

And let’s not forget the runners-up on Saturday—a  great team we hope will return in 2015….

Plattsburgh Teachers’ Association!

Neil Bowlen, Amy Sholtis, Michael Nichols and Glenn Hurlock

Neil Bowlen, Amy Sholtis, Michael Nichols and Glenn Hurlock

clip-art-snoopyOH  HAPPY,  HAPPY  DAY!!!!

We’re still  excited because  OUR 22ND ANNUAL LITERACY CHALLENGE on March 1st  WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!!  Thank you all! 

Especially Sunrise Rotary, the Press-Republican, and WIRY Hometown Radio, all members of the competing 23 local teams,  and the generous sponsors of those teams (Bombardier, Church Oil, Coca-Cola, Dodge West Chazy Library,  K of C 4th Degree, K of C Council #255, Sunrise Rotary, Champlain Smiles, Ground Force 1 Limo, and Monaghan Medical)! Special thanks also to Sullivan Orchards, Pepsi and Starbucks for keeping everyone fed and hydrated throughout the day.

And many, many thanks to the following 50 generous businesses who donated $1,600 in gift certificates for our Silent Auction–a new addition to the Literacy Challenge:

AAA Northway, Adirondack Golf & Country Club, Aleka’s Greek Italian Cuisine, Anthony’s Restaurant & Bistro, Archer Bodyworks, Arnie’s Restaurant, Bangkok Grill, Butcher Block, China Buffet, Clinton County Historical Association, Conroys Organics, Corner-Stone Bookshop, Cornerstone Drug & Gift, Cumberland 12, Dana’s Downtown Grill, Fashion Exchange, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Geoffrey’s Pub & Restaurant, Gus’ Red Hots, Himalaya Restaurant, Hong Kong Jade Buffet, Hungry Bear Restaurant, Irises Cafe & Wine Bar, Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant, Karma Indian Cuisine, Koffee Kat, Koto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, L & M Convenience Store, Lakeside Coffee, Lashway Meat Market, Latitude 44° Bistro, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Mooers Lawn and Garden, North Bowl Lanes, North Country Food Co-op, North Country Golf Club, Pasquale’s Pizzeria, Peaceful Dove Books & Gifts, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery,Pizza Hut, Price Chopper, Punki’s Shear Perfection, Quiche et Crêpes, Rulfs Orchard, Sawatdee Thai Restaurant, Shear Attitude, Smooth Moves, Stephen Bailey Salon Spa, Texas Roadhouse, and The Pepper!!

63" X 63" Nine-Patch Sampler Quilt

63″ X 63″ Nine-Patch Sampler Quilt made by Lori Barshow

Missy Smith of Lewis, New York, held the winning raffle ticket for this beautiful Sampler Quilt  donated by Loose Threads Fine Fabrics and Quilting Supplies for our drawing on March 1st.  Lucky her!

 

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 Dolly Parton library logoLiteracy Volunteers of Clinton County presents . . .Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library--the gift that speaks volumes for our community’s future!  Funded through the Charles R. Wood Foundation.  If you’re the parent, grandparent or friend of a preschool child, visit our For Kids page to learn more.

LVCC’s coordination of the Imagination Library throughout Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties is underwritten in part by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.

 

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Our International Thanksgiving Potluck on Wednesday, November 20th, was as great as usual, and, as usual, we enjoyed both. . .

Traditional flavors– Turkey, dressing, potatoes, carrots, turnips, collard greens and ham, corn casserole, broccoli, watergate salad, cranberry dishes, banana bread, corn bread, apple pies, pumpkin cookies, cream puffs, cake, eclairs, (plus more!) and. . .

International flavors–Sausage rolls, Guacamole, Sarma both with and without meat (Bosnia), Rendang beef stew with potatoes, chili and coconut milk (Indonesia), Dessert rice with carrots and dried fruit (India), plus more!

After the "serious eating"...

Then after the “serious eating”…

Behind the scenes...

Behind the scenes…

 

 

 

good friends all...

Good friends all…

working on the trivia questions...

working on the trivia questions…

 

 

 

catching up with what's new...

catching up with what’s new…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and making NEW friends!

and making NEW friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATHE QUILT GOES HOME !!

It was a long time in coming, but the extraordinarily beautiful queen-size quilt made by members of the Champlain Valley Quilters’ Guild of New York and donated to us, has found its new home across the border in Quebec.

Janet McCrory Tremblay was the lucky winner of the donated quilt—which was raffled off on the last day of the biennial CVQGNY quilt show in October.   Janet and her husband traveled to our offices in Plattsburgh on November 12th for a special handing-over ceremony and for the chance to meet with the quilt’s creators and share quilting stories and tips.

Janet is a quilter herself, and a member of O-HO Quilters’ Guild in Western Quebec. Maybe “karma” played a role in her win since her own quilting group has in the past donated a quilt to SABEC, a group who helps breast cancer patients pay for travel to Montreal for treatment.

In all, over 5,000 tickets were sold at $1 each, and after deducting the cost of materials and printing, this left us with a net profit of more than $4,300.  According to Guild President Lorene Forttrell and Raffle Chairperson Niki Gemmill, no other organization has ever raised as much money from the quilt raffle.  THANKS EVERYONE!!!

 

green comp with TIPPlease welcome our new Technology Integration Project (TIP), made possible through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and TD Charitable Foundation!!!

We’re proud to be integrating technology skills into the development of reading, writing and math skills and the learning of English as a new language.  We know that more and more, adults need digital literacy to function well in today’s world—whether at home, at school or at work.  grey comp with TIP

Thanks to the generosity of  Dollar General Literacy Foundation and TD Charitable Foundation, we have brand-new hardware (laptops, headphones and splitters), new software, and the people power to help introduce what’s new here to all our tutors and learners.

At 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 18th, we held the official kickoff of our program!  That day was also the start of our weekly “Tech Time” Wednesdays, when our staff and our college interns will be available in the classroom to help any of our tutors or learners achieve their own digital literacy goals.  Call us if you’d like more information about this project.

MANY THANKS TO OUR TUTORS AND TO OUR PROJECT FUNDERS!!

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Board President Julius with Germaine Hicks and Patti LaGoy from TD Bank and Shane Shuknecht from Dollar General

Board President Julius with Germaine Hicks and Patti LaGoy from TD Bank and Shane Shuknecht from Dollar General

Tutor meets Funder

Tutor meets Funder

Learner meets funder

Learner meets Funder

 

Our new technology increases student access by 600%.  WOW!

 

 

Leaner meets board member Ron

Learner meets board member Ron

Leaner and Director Norma express appreciation to funders

Learner and Director Norma express appreciation to funders

 

Tutor meets college interns Mel and Jess

Tutor meets college interns Mel and Jess

  Thank you !!

 

 

 

 

 

Learner and Tutor meet the Rosetta Stone!

Learner and Tutor meet the Rosetta Stone!

Learners study English using the Rosetta Stone

Learners study English using the Rosetta Stone

Wednesdays are now  “Tech Time.”  Our tutors and learners can use the Rosetta Stone as part of their English language study, or visit the wide, wide  world of Computer-Assisted-Learning sites available on line!

Technology is FUN!

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe held our 5th annual “Day of International Poetry and Song” on Wednesday, September 11th, and it was better than ever!  Performances included songs, poems, prayers, chants and short dramatic readings—presented in English and in 15 other languages.  The program was led by our two AmeriCorps members, Marita and Jocelyne, as part of their AmeriCorps Day of Service. Among the 23 readers/singers were adult learners at LVCC, volunteer tutors, board, staff and our college interns.  Everyone enjoyed the event and left feeling enriched by their participation.  Thank you all.

In Bhutanese

In Bhutanese

In Mandarin

In Mandarin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Indonesian, Japanese and Albanian

In Indonesian, Japanese and Albanian

 

In Farsi

In Farsi

 

 

 

 

In Spanish

In Spanish

In Cantonese

In Cantonese

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Spanish

In Spanish

 

In English

In English

 

                It was a Great Morning!

 

 

 

 

 

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW?

If you want to make a difference in your life, become a volunteer tutor here at Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County!  Visit our Get Involved page for more information, or call the office at (518) 564-5332 for more information.

 

 

At the Library

At the Library

On August 14th, many of our adult learners and their children were given a fantastic tour of the Plattsburgh Public Library by librarian Joanne Weiss–the library’s AmeriCorps for the Adirondacks member.  We were introduced to all the different sections of the physical library and met different staff members, including the new Director, Anne de la Chapelle.

Using the computerized card catalog

Using the computerized card catalog

Then we moved to the library’s PCC (Public Computer Center), and Joanne showed everyone how to access, understand and use the computerized card catalog to find books of interest, reserve them or order them from other libraries!  Finally, we divided up in teams and with our card catalog “call numbers” in hand we went to the “stacks” to locate the books themselves. Tech-Time! photo

 

The library is fun!

The library is fun!

Everyone learned a lot about what the library has to offer and how to use it independently, and we’ll be reinforcing this learning and building on it by accessing the library’s website from our own computers here in the LVCC adult classroom.  Thank you library staff!

Never too young!

Never too young for books!

The "doorway" to knowledge

Doorway to knowledge!

 

 

 

 

 

Free Tutor Training

Free Tutor Training

Know someone who wants to become a trained tutor?  We need them!  Please refer them to our website or ask them to give us a call.  Thanks!

 

 

 

On Stage at the Strand

On Stage at the Strand

We Were on Stage at the Strand in June!

In 2012 and 2013, Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County was in partnership with Symphony Space of New York City (producer of the popular public radio program Selected Shorts), and The Adirondack Center for Writing and Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties to bring Symphony Space’s All Write! program to the North Country.

Last fall, Broadway actors came up from New York City to perform stories and poetry live on stage in Plattsburgh as part of a creative writing and adult literacy program.

Writing Workshop in April with Robin Caudell

Surinder works on her writing  with Robin Caudell

Over the winter, our students participated in special creative writing workshops here at Literacy Volunteers, and we submitted their work to Symphony Space.

First day of Writing workshop!

First day of Writing workshop!

 We are proud to say that as a result, 16 pieces by our adult learners were selected by Symphony Space and they were read live from the stage of The Strand Theater here in Plattsburgh on June 6, 2013.

Some of our proud contributing writers with Norma Menard

Some of our proud contributing writers with Norma Menard

Novka with the actor, Charlotte Colavin, who read her piece from the stage!

Novka with the actor, Charlotte Colavin, who read her piece from the stage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see more pictures and listen to the NCPR broadcast about this event herehttp://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/22256/20130627/adirondack-all-write

You can watch videos of that live performance here: https://www.youtube.com/user/AdkCtrWriting

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