CCE News



Executive Director: Linda Gillilland

4-H/Youth Development Educators: Chelsea Denny & Kari Lamkins

Management, fitness: Mary P. Breyette

Insects, hobby gardening, plants: Horticulture Specialist: Jolene Wallace

Agriculture Educator: Vacant

Eat Smart NY Nutritionist: Shannon Sorli

Office operations Coordinator: Lois McClurg

Commercial growing, apples, vegetables/Regional Commercial Horticulture Specialists:

Mike Basedow   Elisabeth Hodgdon

June 16th: 

CCE Delivers: 


Through our ongoing partnership with NYS Dept. of Ag and Markets, CCE Clinton County has distributed over 1100 gallons of sanitizer and almost 750 face coverings to over 650 agricultural workers to support safe and healthy workplaces for Clinton County’s agriculture workforce. 

June 8th: 

Statement on the Recent Killings of Black People in America

Dear Cornell Cooperative Extension Community,

Like so many of you, I am devastated by racist violence and senseless killing of Black men and women, including those that we have heard about in recent weeks: George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. We firmly denounce the ways in which structural racism and white supremacy disproportionately and detrimentally impact the lives of Black members of our community. We also recognize the resulting racialized trauma that stifles dreams, smothers hope, and compromises our shared humanity across race.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s strong ties in diverse communities across New York State compels us to fully embody the principles of equity and inclusion in our programs, in our interactions with community members, and with each other. To this end, CCE pledges to foster a culture of belonging in our communities where all are supported and welcome to pursue their dreams and opportunities for growth without fear or apprehension.

I invite all members of the extension community to join our collective efforts to transform ourselves, our relationships, and our systems through critical self-reflection, courageous conversations, and bold actions. Our intentional efforts in doing so will lead us to a more just, healed, and thriving community for all.


Christopher B. Watkins


Cornell Cooperative Extension

Associate Dean of College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and College of Human Ecology


Nutrition Programming:

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Horticulture Programming:

Fitness Programming

CCE Clinton Closed to the Public: Available via phone/E-mail

Executive Leadership Conference in Albany


Always great seeing Assemblyman D. Billy Jones, a strong advocate for farms and families in the North Country! We look forward to continuing our work with him. 

Dairy Extension Associate Position Filled

Casey Havekes, M.S./B.S., has been announced as appointed to the Dairy Extension Associate Position for the North Country Regional Agriculture Team effective September 16. Casey grew up helping out on her family’s dairy farm near Ottawa, Canada. She earned her B.S. from Dalhousie University in Animal Science and her M.S. from the University of Guelph in Animal Behavior and Welfare and worked as a guide at the Elora Research Station-Dairy Facility during her program tenure. In 2016, she interned at the Miner Institute and worked on several calf management and dairy nutrition research projects. She also has industry experience, having worked for Scothorn Nutrition Ltd. and numerous dairies as a farm assistant. Casey worked on three research projects during her M.S. and was an invited speaker at three national conferences to present her findings. Casey is passionate about the dairy industry and working with producers to help them meet their goals. Please join us in welcoming Casey to our CCE team!

Eastern New York's Bi-Weekly Vegetable Podcast Delivers Timely Research to the Public


Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture program is now one month into their bi-weekly vegetable podcast. The audio newsletters, which are roughly 30 - 40 minutes in length, bring timely research based conversations in a digestible listen as you go format. The podcasts will be offered throughout the growing season and will focus on pressing issues in the commercial horticulture industry. 

To listen to the latest podcasts, as well as check out a selection of archived conversations, please visit their SoundCloud account at the following link:

CCE Clinton Intern, Hayley Piskutz, Graduates From SUNY Plattsburgh's HDFR Program

Hayley and Chelsea Posing for A Photo

Congratulations to Hayley Piskutz, our most recent SUNY Plattsburgh Intern who will graduate on Saturday with her Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Relations. It was a pleasure having her around the CCE Office the past five months. During this time, she played a major help in coordinating our Agricultural Literacy week, preparing paperwork for 4-H Fair, and was a vital part of the After-School Program, where she worked with our Nutrition Educators. We are sad to see her go, but know that she will go on to do great things. Congrats again Hayley and best of luck in your future endeavors!

CCE Clinton's Booming Fitness Classes Receive Fresh Weights With the Generous Help of the Adirondack Foundation

Range of Motion Participants Posing for a Photo with Brand new Weights

(One of our lovely groups at Senior Planet showing off the new gear while wearing their smiles. We look foreword to working with them and many others in our community.)

Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the Adirondack Foundation, and their Generous Acts grant, CCE Clinton County was able to purchase additional weights for their ever-popular Range of Motion classes. The classes, which help seniors stay active and fight arthritis, are offered at three locations around Plattsburgh. Before we were lugging weights to all of the locations, but with the funding, we were able two secure two storage cabinets and a wheel-able bag. What a relief that was! Thank you, Adirondack Foundation!

North Country Biggest Loser Program Comes to an End

Biggest Loser Participants with Nutrition Educator Kari LamkinsNorth Country Biggest Loser participants posing with Nutrition Program Educator Karin Lamkins

It was such a pleasure working with these strong, dedicated, AMAZING people! North Country Biggest Loser program is so successful in giving people back their confidence and health! Such an honor to be a part of this team!

Eastern New York Vegetable Specialist Earns Her Doctorates 

Elizabeth Hodgdon with a celebratory cake.

A huge congrats to Eastern New York Vegetable Specialist, Elizabeth Hodgdon for defending her Ph.D. Way to go Dr. Hodgdon!

Cornell Cooperative Extension-Clinton Held its Annual Meeting for ‘2018’.

The following were elected to the CCE Board of Directors; Mary Beth DeOndarza, Kirk Beatie and Patty Duffy.Appointed to their Agricultural Program Committee were; Jim Sousa and Jake Garrant and to their Youth and Family Program Committee were; Melanie Defayette and Heather Gauthier.

The 4-H Bluegrass Club of Clinton and Essex Counties provided musical entertainment for attendees during the meet and greet.

The ‘Friend of Extension Award for 2018’ was given to ‘Cook and Gardener’. The support that the owners and employees at this business has given and continues to give a variety of programs is greatly appreciated.

Photo of Christian and Elizabeth Oest and employees. With Rod Sherman, CCE Board President.

Photo of Christian and Elizabeth Oest and employees. With Rod Sherman, CCE Board President.

 The two out going Board members Todd Giroux, and George Palmer

Out going Board members Todd Giroux, and George Palmer with Matthew Douthat Board President

These are our friends of Extension, Thom Hallock & Brian Connery from PBS Mountain Lake TV, Janet Dahlen from the Rotary Club of Plattsburgh Sunrise, with Brian Neureuther of the CanAdirondack Engineering Club (our Robotics Group)

2016 Friends of Extension, Thom Hallock & Brian Connery from PBS Mountain Lake TV, Janet Dahlen from the Rotary Club of Plattsburgh Sunrise, with Brian Neureuther of the CanAdirondack Engineering Club (our Robotics Group)

Last updated May 9, 2024