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Ti High alumni honored

TICONDEROGA A pair of business leaders and two civil servants have been honored by Ticonderoga Alumni Association. Charles A. Moore Jr. of Queensbury and Howard Rathbun of Ticonderoga were given Distinguished Alumni Awards during ceremonies July 26, while Special Service Awards were given to Ticonderoga Supervisor Bob Dedrick and Ti Historian Bill Dolback. The awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the a golf tournament and dinner at Ticonderoga Country Club presented by the Friends of Ticonderoga. It was a wonderful, wonderful event, said Joyce Cooper, president of the alumni association. It was lousy weather, but everyone still had a great time. A thunder storm delayed the outdoor ceremony about 45 minutes. Moore graduated from Ti High in 1968 and earned a degree in accounting from SUNY-Canton. He started work at International Paper in Ticonderoga in 1970 and stayed until 1995, becoming a process manager and area manager. He then worked for IP in Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania before retiring in 2002. Moores retirement didnt last. A few months later he joined Finch Paper and is now the firms vice president of human resources. Now a resident of Queensbury, Moore is an accomplished musician. He plays trom- See TI, page 11 bone and guitar professionally. Moore was a member of the Chilson Fire Department for 28 years, serving as chief 13 years. He has coached Little League baseball, served as master of ceremonies for Tis Best Fourth in the North celebration and is a former president of the IP Employees Mutual Association. Church Moore has shown throughout his life that community service can be combined with professional achievement, Cooper said. He has always taken time from his busy schedule to help others. Chuck exemplifies the type of person we are proud to honor with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Rathbun is a 1961 Ti High graduate. A member of the 1960 Ti High championship football team, Rathbun was inducted into the Ti High Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. He attended Stetson University in Florida and Ithaca College before eventually taking over the family business, Rathbun Jewelers. A founder of the Ticonderoga Festival Guild, Rathbun has been active in many civic activities. He has served on the town planning board, the Downtown Merchants Association, the Ti Sentinel Booster Club, the Stephen Potter Memorial Foundation and more. He also served as a Boy Scout leader. Rathbun is a devoted member of the Ti Kiwanis. Through the Kiwanis he has helped establish the Ti High Key Club, Percy Thompson Bicentennial park, the Kiwanis skating rink and the LaChute River Trail. He served as chairman of the Kiwanis golf tournament for 20 years. A member of the distinguished alumni selection committee has stated: Distinguished alumni are those people who are able to balance careers, family life and community service and succeed in their personal and professional lives, Cooper said. Howard W. Rathbun Jr. is one of these people. Always low key and quick to wave off praise, he has lived what we would call a very successful life. Dedrick graduated from Ti High in 1965. After graduating from SUNY-Plattsburgh in 1970, he returned to Ti as a teacher and coach. He taught 32 years before retiring to enter public life. Elected to the Ti town board in 2000, he was elected supervisor in 2002. During his tenure Ti has attracted a new Lowes store, seen the construction of a new North Country Community College campus, developed the Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership and experienced massive expansion of its infrastructure. Dedrick, along with Keith Dolbeck, was also a founder of the Ticonderoga Alumni Association. Dedricks award was presented by Cathy Moses of Schroon, chairwoman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors. Dolback graduated from Ti High in 1963. He graduated from Adirondack Community College and Russell Sage College. He served as U.S. Navy intelligent officer before returning to civilian life as an auditor and finance officer with the state Environmental facilities Corporation and the Capital Region Planning Commission in Albany. He returned to Ticonderoga in 1992. Dolback, who served as Ticonderoga deputy supervisor under Supervisor Mike Connery, has been involved in many Ti projects and organizations. He is probably best known as president of the Ticonderoga Historical Society, a post he has held 20 years, and as town historian. In that role he has chaired the town bicentennial celebration in 2004, the Moses-Ludington Hospital centennial celebration this year and the 2009 Samuel Champlain celebration. In 2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards were given to Peter Lawson of Naples, Fla., and Rick Belden of Huntersville, N.C. Special Service Awards were given to Sylvia Boyce and Daniel Crossman, both of Ticonderoga. In 2006, Tony Reale and Charles Gijanto were given the Distinguished Alumni Award. Jean Hopkins and Keith Dolbeck were presented with the Special Service Award. Receiving Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2005 were Susan Rathbun, Bill Bolton, James King, Virginia LaPointe and Tom Malaney. Getting Special Service Awards were Mike Hayes and Percy Thompson. The Distinguished Alumni Awards are selected by a committee from nominations submitted by the public. Nominating forms are available online at ticonderogaalumni.com Anyone interested in serving on the selection committee should contact Joyce Cooper at 585-2640. Honorees are recognized on a plaque located at the main entrance to Ti High. A book detailing each honorees accomplishments is keep in the high school library.

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