North County - West

Jefferson, Lewis

Kathy Curtis
NCW Area Coordinator – Jefferson and Lewis Counties
Thousand Islands Central School District
8481 County Route 9
Clayton, NY 13624
(315) 654-2144, ext. 4115
curtisk@ticsd.org 
curtis.facs@gmail.com


WELCOME to North Country West Area

We have 16 members!  Statewide we are over 700 members strong!

We need even more members so we can remain strong as an area and as a profession!  Here are some reasons why it would be a good idea to pay your dues and join NYSAFCSE:

·        You will receive Monday Memos with pertinent information that all FACS teachers should know!

·        Find out about Area meetings with networking and curriculum development opportunities!

·        Learn of State updates and current information on how to keep FACS going strong.

·        Be a part of the big picture in your profession – it gives a sense of connectedness.

NCW ,Area is going to have some exciting professional development opportunities available for the year 2015-2016 school year.  Here is what we will offer:

On October 8, we went on a tour of the I ABC Corporation facility in Dexter, NY.  They make swimwear and accessories for Venus Fashions.  We were fascinated as we watched the different parts of the manufacturing process from the cutting, to the sewing,to the packaging.  We all sensed a 

 December 8th or 10th – Mike Hunter of Cornell Cooperative Extension will give a presentation on GMO’s.  There are many misconceptions out there, and Mike will share with us what’s fact and what’s fiction about the foods that contain them. 

March 8thWe will visit Gunns Country Corner, north of Watertown, NY.  It features country primitive furnishings and décor.  BettyAnn McComber, the proprietor, recently added a variety of beautiful quilting fabrics.  She will teach us how to make a small project that we can teach our students.

Date TBD early June, 2016   Our end-of-the-year dinner is traditionally held at a new, local restaurant.  This year we will dine at Primo’s in Great Bend.   This gathering features a time of reflection for another successful year. 

In late June – before our summer vacation gets into full swing, we will meet to plan professional development for the following year.

ALREADY HAPPENED – last year …

On October 1, 2014 the topic was Farm to School.  Our speaker was Steve LeDoux, from the Cooperative Extension, and he explained the relationships that are beginning to form between local farmers and the school cafeterias. 

 On November 5, we toured Allen's Florist & Pottery Shop in Watertown, NY.  The owners of the Florist/Pottery Shop, Rhonda Hall-Allen and her daughter Lori Allen gave many essential tips for starting a small business.  Lori is the florist and Rhonda runs the pottery part of the business

December 3, we toured a Shared Use Kitchen in Madison Barracks, Sackets Harbor, NY.  It is a NYS licensed 20C kitchen rental facility, fully-equipped for small food artisans, commercial processors, specialty bakers, and set-schedule caterers.  Sometimes referred to as a Kitchen Incubator or Community Supported Kitchen, they offer a professional venue where quality local food businesses can develop and grow. 

March 11, 2015 -  Charlotte Besaw from Mannsville, NY gave a presentation of her growing business, called Hand Candy Mittens.  She creates mittens, scarves and hats from recycled sweaters and then lines them with polar fleece.  The one-of-a-kind scarves are fashioned from several different upcycled sweaters and adorned with vintage and reclaimed buttons to make them a wearable work of art!  Her slogan is:  Fun Green Fashion for a better world! 

June 17 -  We toured the 1000 Islands Cruet for a taste of Clayton's first Gourmet Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar store, which opened in May of 2014. Olive oil and balsamic vinegars have evolved much like wine tasting. We experienced a whole new world of “tasting”. 


Marissa Paquin
NCW PD Team Representative
Sandy Creek Central School
P0 Box 248
Sandy Creek, NY  13145
(315) 387-3445
marissa.paquin@sccs.cnyric.org