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NCPR ANNOUNCES 2001 VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR (2/22/02)

North Country Public Radio recently honored four of its members for their work on behalf of the station. The awards were presented by NCPR's General Manager, Ellen Rocco and at a special event hosted by President Daniel F. and Ann H. Sullivan of St. Lawrence University. This event also honored the station's major financial donors, a group popularly known as Sweethearts of the Radio. NCPR's Volunteers of the Year for 2001 are:

Betsy Kepes, a Canton native, who was honored for her visionary role and hard work in turning the novel Eben Holden into a radio drama. Kepes is also a frequent commentator on NCPR, a member of Little River Trio, a piano teacher, and a lecturer on women's history.

Paul Siskind, a member of the Crane Faculty, was recognized for the signature morning theme he composed and arranged for the station. Siskind teaches composition and music theory, and his music has received performances, commissions, and awards from ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, the Dale Warland Singers, and the Arditti String Quartet.

Karen St. Hilaire, Director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, was thanked for her role in the development of NCPR's on-line service. St. Hilaire played a key role in the creation of the station's web site and web team.

Curt Stiles, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Paul Smith's, The College of the Adirondacks, was acknowledged for sharing his time and expertise in the development of the station's web site through his service as a facilitator for Adirondack focus groups.


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