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Changes in command welcome local leaders

GLENS FALLS - Morrisonville resident Margaret Malone was sworn in recently as Division 15 Commander of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, First Southern District. The event took place at the annual Division 15 Change of Watch meeting.

Malone was a key organizer of Flotilla 15-8, formed in Plattsburgh in 2008. She has been a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary since 2001, serving as Flotilla Commander, Division Vice Commander, Instructor, Vessel Examiner, and Coxswain. She succeeds James Canavan of Queensbury.

Also sworn in as Flotilla 15-8 Commander was Franklin Williams of Schuyler Falls. Having served as Vice Commander and Operations Officer for the past two years, Williams succeeds Thomas Malone. He is qualified as Boat Crew, Vessel Examiner, and ATON Verifier.

Carl Duford of Peru was sworn in as Flotilla 15-8 Vice Commander. Duford has qualified as Boat Crew, Seaman, and Communications Specialist and serves as Materials Officer.

Don Craig of Saranac was recognized as New Auxiliarist of the Year. Since joining Flotilla 15-8 in 2008, Craig has qualified as Boat Crew, Seaman, and Communications Specialist and serves as Public Affairs Officer.

The Auxiliary is the civilian volunteer branch of the Coast Guard. Its mission is to promote public boating safety through education, boat safety inspections and on-water safety patrols. The six flotillas in Division 15 serve Lake Champlain, Lake George, the north Hudson River, and eastern Mohawk River. They work under the direction of the Coast Guard station in Burlington, Vt.

Flotilla 15-8 meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the South Plattsburgh Volunteer Fire Department, 4244 State Route 22.

Meetings are open to the public and new members are welcome.

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