Date:05 Oct, 2018
Photo caption: Tom Mehrman, left, and his great nephew Troy Straight, stand outside the Connector on the college’s Saranac Lake campus.
SARANAC LAKE — Keene native and former Liberal Arts student Tom Mehrman visited the Saranac Lake campus of North Country Community College for the first time in 20-plus years Friday and met with his great nephew Troy Straight, a current Liberal Arts student at the college who’s pursing a teaching degree.
Tom lives in Pensacola, Fla., these days and recently retired after 22 years in the state’s corrections department. He also had a long career in the U.S. Army, working as a radar technician and an electronic warfare interceptor technician for the Army Security Agency, for which he had a top secret clearance. Among other places, he was stationed in Korea and Germany, where he saw the Berlin Wall come down in 1989.
Tom wanted to pass along a message for current and future students. When he arrived at NCCC in the early 1970s, he had difficulty reading and suffered from dyslexia. He credited two teachers in particular, Pat Wiley and her husband Ken, for helping him learn how to read, overcome his disabilities and go on to a successful career. While he was in the Army, Tom graduated in the top 10 percent of his class at Non-Commissioned Officer training.
“Don’t let anyone or anyone discourage you, even if you have a handicap,” Tom said. “Work hard to overcome it, and don’t give up. If you want something in life, you can succeed.”
Due to the winter storm in our region, road conditions are reportedly not good in some areas. Additionally, there will be freezing drizzle throughout the day and strong wind gusts, potentially creating dangerous travel conditions. As a result, the College will be closed for today. Classes will resume tomorrow.
As always, please stay safe and use your best judgement if you have to travel today. ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago ·
Due to the inclement weather which will soon be impacting all our campuses, the college has decided to close at 1:30 pm today. Several area school districts have opted to close early as well. Please use extreme caution when you travel as an ice mix is predicted, early evening into tonight, making for dangerous driving conditions.
Please regularly monitor the following platforms for information regarding the status of the College. Should conditions worsen in the morning hours, another notice will go out by 5:30 a.m:
• NCCC Outlook Email
• NCCC Webpage: www.nccc.edu
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/northcountrycc
• Twitter: twitter.com/northcountrycc
• WPTZ – Channel 5: www.mynbc5.com/weather/closings
• NCPR| North Country Public Radio: www.northcountrypublicradio.org/storm.html
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4 days ago ·
After receiving numerous reports of terrible conditions on the side and back roads, and another advisory for freezing rain this afternoon, NCCC has decided it would be safest for all to close today. Classes will resume tomorrow, February 8th. If you must travel today, please use extreme caution and allow for extra time. ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago ·
Due to the winter storm in our region, it has been reported roads are not yet safe for travel. The College will delay its opening today until 10:45AM. Classes will begin at 10:50AM. College staff will continue to monitor the road road conditions as the morning progresses. Please continue to monitor the following for any updates that may occur by 8:00am.
NCCC Outlook Email
NCCC Webpage: www.nccc.edu
WPTZ – Channel 5: www.mynbc5.com/weather/closings
NCPR: North Country Public Radio ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago ·