A Family Affair: Fort Drum food truck serves up slices and smiles

Back row from left: Sabina J. Ameeyi, Craig A. Mothersell, Justus S. Shean and front; Scott M. Shean pose for a photo in the entry to the NYP Mobile Unit in the Exchange parking lot on Fort Drum. Kara Dry/NNY Living

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Nominations being accepted for 2017 Military Child of the Year contest

AMANDA MORRISON n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Anna M. Faw, 8, salutes during the National Anthem at a homecoming ceremony for her father, Spc. Austin Faw.

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Anna M. Faw, 8, salutes during the National Anthem at a homecoming ceremony for her father, Spc. Austin Faw.

Operation Homefront is accepting nominations for the 2017 Military Child of the Year awards through Dec. 5, the organization announced.

Six winners ages 8 to 18, representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard, will receive $10,000 each. The winners will be picked on criteria such as scholarship, volunteerism and leadership.

A seventh award will be presented to a military child who “shows the power of innovative thinking.” The winner will receive $5,000 and mentorship from Booz Allen Hamilton employees to advance their project.

Every winner will be flown to Washington, D.C., along with a parent or guardian to receive the award.

To nominate a military child, visit http://www.militarychildoftheyear.org.

Watertown’s co-ed kickball league is not child’s play

JUSTIN SORENSEN / WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Jenna Mannikko runs to first after a kick during a city kickball game on Oct. 4 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

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Jenna Mannikko runs to first after a kick during a city kickball game on Oct. 4 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

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Deteriorating Thompson Park playground to be replaced

Children should be swinging, going down slides and getting to climb on a brand-new city playground at Thompson Park next spring. [Read more…]

Thompson Park Zoo plans to add bison calves

The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park will soon add a pair of bison calves. [Read more…]

Monument honoring 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum to be unveiled Friday

A crew from T.F. Wright & Sons places a granite slab onto the monument for the 10th Mountain Division at Thompson Park in May. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

A crew from T.F. Wright & Sons places a granite slab onto the monument for the 10th Mountain Division at Thompson Park in May. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

A new statue honoring the community’s relationship with Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division will be unveiled Friday. [Read more…]

Time capsules at 10th Mountain Division monument to be opened in 2035

Time capsules from all three counties, as well as the city of Watertown and Fort Drum, are displayed at a ceremony prior to their burial at the new Fort Drum climb to glory monument at Thompson Park. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Time capsules from all three counties, as well as the city of Watertown and Fort Drum, are displayed at a ceremony prior to their burial at the new Fort Drum climb to glory monument at Thompson Park. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

In 2035, people will know just how important a role Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division played in the community and throughout the north country. [Read more…]

10th Mountain Division monument taking shape in Thompson Park

A crew from T.F. Wright & Sons places a granite slab onto the monument for the 10th Mountain Division Thursday morning in Thompson Park. The eight granite pieces were cut and shaped at a Vermont quarry. Photo by Stephen Swofford.

A crew from T.F. Wright & Sons places a granite slab onto the monument for the 10th Mountain Division Thursday morning in Thompson Park. The eight granite pieces were cut and shaped at a Vermont quarry. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

For a work crew putting together the 10th Mountain Division monument, it was a slow, careful climb to glory at Thompson Park on Thursday. [Read more…]

Lowville’s Lehman dedicates Boston Marathon run to Special Olympians

Mollie Lehman ran her first marathon in 2004 while living in Boston to raise money to help her friend and college softball teammate, Sandy Creek native Margaret Yerdon-Grange, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. [Read more…]

Family fun center set to open in former Empsall department store

Vina Bonner stands in a rope doorway leading to the food court at Fun Xcape, an indoor playground for children inside the former Empsall Plaza building. She plans to have the center open by Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Vina Bonner stands in a rope doorway leading to the food court at Fun Xcape, an indoor playground for children inside the former Empsall Plaza building. She plans to have the center open by Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

The maze of dark hallways are long gone, replaced by a 9,000-square-foot open space that soon will house an indoor fun center for children in the back of the Empsall Plaza building. [Read more…]