St. Lawrence County, NY

High Falls Serves $6.50 Breakfast SaturdayIn conjunction with Town of Colton Winterfest Weekend, High Falls Masonic Lodge will hold a pancake breakfast on Sat. January 26, 2013 from 7:30 till 11 AM at the lodge in downtown Colton. The lodge is located across from the library on Main St.  Adults - $6.50 Seniors $6 - all you can eat.  Menu includes pancakes, sausage, maple syrup, scrambled eggs & drinks.

Dave Heidenreich

Waddington Safety ID  Event
Waddington Masonic Lodge No 393 recently held a Safety Identification Event at Madrid-Waddington Central Schools.  Participating students received a packet containing a CD with their photos, fingerprints, and personal information to be kept by their family.  This information can be given to authorities to quickly aid in the safe recovery should the student would become lost or missing. St. Lawrence County Masons have been providing this service free of charge for over 20 years.  Several events are scheduled throughout the summer.  For more information, visit their website at 

Shown: Front (left to right): Worshipful Master Brent Taylor, Senior Warden  Phil Spadaccini 2nd Row: Students Alex and Briana Hammond and Right Worshipful Joe Rutherford.  Missing from the photo is Worshipful Bill Shoen. 


Here is a pic of R:.W:. Neil Nicol while visiting the George Washington Nation Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia (just outside Washington, DC) on a recent trip.
RW Tom Jenison, W Randy Stout, RW Joe Rutherford, RW Neil Nicol and W Brent Taylor standing outside of Grand Lodge entrance before the start of the 231st Annual Communication

RW Neil Nicol accepting the Howard Potts award for Depeyster #573. Neil is also a member of Depeyster
GOUVERNEUR,NY - Gouverneur Lodge # 217 held their service year awards on April 17th. From left to right are: RW. Neil Nicol DDGM 1st St. Lawrence District, RW. Bruce Gleason, 55-year member, W. William Scozzafava-65 year member, RW. John deMeurers-30 member, and Worshipful Master Mark Doucet


Waddington Lodge Visits Friendly Lodge in Iroquois, Ontario, Canada

Custom Masonic Guitar Proceeds Donated
Waddington Masonic Lodge Receives Donation of $3500 towards the Masonic Brotherhood Fund from David Nichols, owner of Custom Pearl Inlay. Recently, Past Master of Waddington Masonic Lodge, David Nichols built a custom guitar inlayed with Masonic Fraternal Insignias. 2 days after completing the project the guitar was bought by Brother John Buchanan of Fort Covington Lodge. Brother Nichols subsequently donated the proceeds of the sale to the Masonic Brotherhood Fund on behalf of Waddington Masonic Lodge. 

David has been doing custom Inlay and instrument building for over 50 years. He also offers training classes on custom guitar building and mother of pearl inlay processes. For more information on Custom Pearl Inlay visit their website at Pictured in photo receiving donation are Worshipful Master Brent Taylor holding the custom built guitar, RW Randall Ball, Lodge Brotherhood Fund Chairman and Past Master David Nichols.

Masonic Development Course
January 14, 2012
MDC Course Instructors
(L to R): RW Joe Rutherford, RW Neil Nicol, RW Ed Snow, RW Randy Ball, W Mark Doucet, RW Terry Covey
Missing form photo is  is RW Tom Jenison
MDC Class of 2012
The course covered the origin and purpose of Freemasonry, famous Freemasons, the transition from Operative to Speculative Masonry, and much more.  The course is highly recommended if you plan on becoming Master of a Lodge.  It is only offered every 2 years, alternating with the Road to the East program.

Waddington Masonic Lodge supported the Waddington Family Resource Center by donating food supplies and assistance in preparing Christmas Dinner Boxes for area residents. Waddington Masonic Lodge has supported this annual holiday event for over 8 years.  Pictured are, back row- George Sehring, Paula Sehring, Phil Spadaccini, and Arlene Martin. Front row- Pat Ball, Edna Raleigh, Edie Streeter, and Elaine Patraw. Missing from photo William Shoen.

The New York State Senate recently commemorated Massena Masonic Lodge 513 on their150th Anniversary.  Richard Ashlaw, Constituent Representative for Senator Joseph Griffo, presented a copy of  Senate Resolution Number 963, to the Lodge at their December meeting.  Shown are (Front row, L to R): RW Thomas Jenison, District Deputy Grand Master, Bro. James Boyce, Richard Ashlaw, W. John Schneider, Master of Massena Lodge, W. Clark Johnstone, Bro.. Robert Mulvaugh, Bro. Jeffrey Marrin, RW Mourad Tarpinian; back row: W Randy Stout, Bro. Dewitt Forbes, Bro. Bernard Pitts, DSA, Bro. Everett Hampton, Bro. Terry DuBray, Bro. Morris Putnam, and W. R.Stuart McConkey, of Cornwall, Ont.

Bro. Sherm Ayers receiving birthday greetings (at age 104 and 74 years a Master Mason) from High Falls Lodge, Colton, N.Y. December 14, 2011.  He is doing well and enjoyed receiving the many cards from Masonic Lodges and fellow brothers


Massena Lodge Raises 4 - September 27th, Massena Lodge held a 3rd Degree, raising 4 new Master Masons.  Pictured l to r: RW Tom Jenison, District Deputy Grand Master,Jeff Marrin, newly raised Brothers Scott Lanning, Allen Fukes, Mario Colon (kneeling), and Geordan Caswell (St. Lawrence Lodge 111).
@nd Row: Jim Boyce, Danny Farnsworth, Randy Stout, Clark Johnstone, Jim Baleno. John Schneider, and RW Joe Rotherford, Staff Officer 
Back Row: Everett Hampton, Dewitt Forbes, Ray Cutway, Bob Mulvaugh, Terry DuBray, and Morris Putnam
Miller and Tarpinian Nominated by Scottish Rite

Dear Scottish Rite Brethren,

The Valley of Norwood is honored and extends its congratulations to the following brothers for their nominations of achievement:

RW Bro. Richard W. Miller was nominated to receive the Meritorious Service Award (red hat) at this years Council of Deliberation meeting held in Syracuse this past July. He was to receive this honor at the 2012 COD meeting.

RW Bro. Mourad Tarpinian was nominated to receive the 33rd degree (white hat) at this years Supreme Council meeting in Chicago this past August. He will be Coronet-ed in August 2012 in Cleavland.

Bro. Robert Tyrell and Bro. Richard Powell of the Valley of Syracuse as well as Bro. Dan Parks of Utica were Coroneted 33rd degree masons this year in Chicago.

The Valley of Norwood received recognition at COD for being one of only a few valley's in the entire Northern Jurisdiction with positive membership growth. Congratulations to those new brothers brothers who joined our ranks and to those who help bring them in. We were also fortunate not to lose many brothers due to death and demits.

Ill..Robert W. Crump 33rd
Secretary- Valley of Norwood

On Tuesday, September 6, 2011, What Cheer Lodge no. 689, Free and Accepted Masons, located in Norwood, N.Y., had their annual awards presentations. 

From left to right:  bottom row  R.W. Joe Rutherford (staff officer 2nd S.L. District), Carl Goodrich (50 years), Harold Emlaw (55 years), Lloyd King (55 years), R.W. Thomas L. Jenison ( DDGM 2nd S.L. District)
 top row..James Clough (45 years), Marshall Smith (20 years), James Bishop (40 years), W.M. Frank Colbert.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2011, Massena Lodge 513, Free and Accepted Masons,  had their annual awards presentations. 

From left to right:  bottom row  W. Bro. John Schneider, Master, Massena Lodge;  Bro. James Truax, (50 Years); Bro. Bob Squires (60 years); Bro. Horace Smith (60 Years); W. Bro. Harry Clopman (60 Years); (back row:) Bro. Everett Hampton (45 years); Bro. Phil McDonald (40 Years); Bro. Danny Farnsworth, 25 years), RW Thomas Jenison, District Depuy Grand Master, 2nd St. Lawrence District

Lois Shoen, Bill Shoen, Sharon Northrop, Gordon Spearance, Dave Northrop, Sandy Brothers, Bob Squires- President of the Massena Shrine Club, Harold brothers- President of the “Ups and Downs” Parade Unit, Ray Stafford, Dr. Robert Drummond-Chairman of the Board of Governors- Montreal Shrine Hospital For Children, Jim Boyce, Sophie Armstrong, Royal Nelson, Joan Nelson, Gino Berrita- Director, Montreal Shrine Hospital For Children
The Massena Shrine Club’s “Ups and Downs” Parade Unit and their Ladies traveled to the Montreal Shriner’s Hospital for Children on September 14, 2011 to present Dr. Robert Drummond, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Montreal Shriner’s Hospital for Children, with a check for $10,000. The money was raised by the “Ups and Downs” Parade Unit by participating in parades throughout the summer, through can pull tabs saved by elementary schools, by being the beneficiary of the NYS Correction Officer’s Union Donations and also through donations provided by the Massena Motor Cycle Club and the Ogdensburg Motor Cycle Clubs. This donation was earmarked for research to benefit the children

At a recent Masonic Awards evening at Amber Lodge 395 Free and Accepted Masons located in Parishville, N.Y.,  NYS Grand Lodge pins and certificates were presented for 50 and 55 year memberships. 1st row left to right:  B. Eugene Groebler (55 years), B. Edward Warren (50 years), B. Waldo Lyman (50 years) and R.W. Dean Wilson (50 years)
Back row from left to right:  R.W. Thomas L. Jenison, DDGM 2nd St. Lawrence District; W.M. Steve Bond, Master of Amber Lodge 395 and R.W. Joe Rutherford, Staff Officer 2nd S.L. District

Waddington Masonic Lodge held it's annual Ladies Night and Awards Banquet. Brothers James Pipher, Lester Martin and Gordie Spearance received their 50 year certificates and pins along with a special 50 year Apron presented by District Deputy Thomas Jenison. Pictured l-r are Worshipful Master Brent Taylor, R.W. Thomas Jenison District Deputy Grand Master of the 2nd St. Lawrence District, Worshipful James Pipher, Worshipful Lester Martin , Brother Gordie Spearance and R.W. Joe Rutherford Grand Lodge Staff Officer of the 2nd St. Lawrence District Click here for more photos
he 1st Annual Megan Hogan Blood Drive at the Lawrenceville Vol. Fire Dept.
July 30th, 2011

RW Tom Jenison gives the Annual St. Patrick's Day Toast at St. Lawrence Lodge 111.  Afterward, a Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner was served, followed by an Entered Apprentice Degree for three candidates. Brothers from What Cheer and Massena Lodge were in attendance.

NEWLY RAISED MASTER MASONS. On March 16th Waddington and High Falls Masonic Lodges welcomed 5 new brothers to the Masonic Fraternity at a 3rd degree held at Waddington Masonic Lodge with 40 brothers in attendance from around the 2nd St. Lawrence Distrcit as well as brothers from Temple Masonic Lodge in Ottawa Ontario. Front Row- Newly raised brothers Benny Fairchild, Darren Corrigeou,Jesse Uppstrom,Shannon MacDonald and Jon Ball. RW Randall Ball, AGL 2nd St, Lawrence District. Back row- RW C. Joseph Rutherford, Grand Lodge Staff Officer 2nd St. Lawrence District, RW Thomas Jenison, District Deputy Grand Master 2nd St. Lawrence District and W. William Shoen, Master Waddington Lodge. Missing from photo- RW David Davis, Master High Falls Lodge Colton
Photo: May 2, 2011 at Ground Zero, Manhattan, NYC
L to R: Bill (Liverpool), Stephen Tharaldsen, John Schneider, Tom Jenison, Joe Rutherford, Brent Taylor, Neil Nicol

Newly raised Masonic brother Larry Kelsey and  W. Master Stephen Tharaldsen of Gouverneur Lodge 217, F&A.M. ...Bro. Kelsey received his 3rd degree in Gouverneur on January 4, 2011.

Bro. Robert Poor, a 50 year member of St. Lawrence Lodge 111, Canton,NY. recently received a special Grand Lodge 50 year apron in appreciation for his work in Masonry over the years. With him, from l-r are: R.W. Joe Rutherford, Bro. Poor, R.W. Thomas L. Jenison and W. Master Ken Hebb of St. Lawrence Lodge 111
2011 Road to the East Class
Front Row: Don Finen, Robert Dalton, Ted Ritzko, Phil Spadaccini, Patrick Frary, Tony Caracciolo, James Baleno, Jeffrey Marrin
Back Row: Raymond Cutway, Matthew Cressey, Grag Tracy, Andrew Ellis, Robert Saidel, John LaShomb, Jr.
Missing from photo are Dewitt Forbes and James Barney

The Waddington Masonic Lodge and Fulton Chapter Order of the Eastern Stars joined together to assist the Waddington Family Resource Center in preparing their annual Christmas food baskets for families in the Waddington area. Pictured are Front row- Randy Ball,Edna Raleigh,Edie Streeter,Lee Rutherford,Arlene Martin. Back row- George Searles,Butch Rutherford,Fr. Craig Hacker,Phil Spadaccini,and Mrs. Searles.

Sherman Ayers Celebrates Two Distinguished Milestones
On December 20th area Masons visited with Brother Sherman Ayers of High Falls Lodge 428 to celebrate his recent birthday and Masonic Anniversary. Sherman celebrated his 102nd birthday December 14th and also is celebrating his 73rd year as a member of the Masonic Fraternity. Joining Sherman L-R,  RW Randall Ball AGL of 2nd St. Lawrence District, RW David Davis Worshipful Master High Falls Lodge #428, W David Heidenreich Past Master High Falls Lodge #428, RW C. Joseph Rutherford Grand Sword Bearer 2nd St. Lawrence District and RW Thomas Jenison DDGM 2nd St. Lawrence District
Masons Spread Holiday Fraternal Greatings at Maplewood Campus
On December 20th members of the 2nd St. Lawrence Masonic District visited with Brother Malcolm (Mac) Bates. Brother Bates is a 62 year member of Chaumont Lodge #172, Chaumont NY and currently resides at Maplewood Assisted Living Nursing Home on Outer State St., Canton, in Room 124. If in the area please take a minute to drop in and visit. Visiting with Brother Malcolm:L L-R  are RW David Davis, RW Randall Ball, RW C. Joseph Rutherford,, and RW Thomas Jenison.

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