Gouverneur Community Center

4673 State Hwy. 58, Gouverneur, NY 13642

Smart Board, part of Media Room at the Community Center

Gouverneur Tribune Press, December 1, 2016

On a recent visit home to Gouverneur, Kay Van Norton Poche (left), now of Sydney, Australia and Gouverneur Community Center board member Donna Lawrence showed off the new Smart Board in the Howard Van Norton Media Room that was made possible by the generous donation made by the Van Norton family to the new center located on State Highway 58.  (Wyman photo)


by Sandy Wyman

On a recent visit to home, Kay Van Norton Poche of Sydney, Australia was on hand at the Gouverneur Community Center to observe the new Smart Board in the Howard Van Norton Media Room.

The addition to the media room was made possible through the generous donation to the center in memory of the Van Norton family.

Accompanied by community center board member Donna Lawrence, technology is at its best and a short demonstration made for some most interesting facts and figures.

First and foremost…what is a Smart Board?

The Smart Board is an interactive whiteboard operates as part of a system that includes the interactive whiteboard, a computer, a projector and white boarding software – either Smart Notebook collaborative learning software for education, or Smart Meeting Pro software for business.

The components are connected wirelessly or via USB or serial cables. A projector connected to the computer displays the desktop image on the interactive whiteboard.

The whiteboard accepts touch input from a finger, pen or other solid object. Smart Board interactive whiteboards are also available as a front-projection flat-panel display – interactive surfaces that fit over plasma or LCD display panels.

A demonstration of the features of a Smart Board, showing the default colors of the pens with a built-in gradient

Most models of Smart Board include a pen tray on the front of the interactive whiteboard that holds two to four plastic pen tools and an eraser.

The pen tools have neither electronic components nor ink – the technology is in the pen tray.

When a pen tool is removed from its slot in the tray, an optical sensor recognizes its absence.

The Smart Board software processes the next contact with the interactive whiteboard surface as a pen action from the pen tool that resides in the corresponding slot.

Pressure applied to the surface of the front sheet closes the gap and is registered as a contact point. This contact point is then converted from an analog signal to a serial data stream that is sent to a computer for further processing.

This technology can process contact from a finger, pen tool or any device – such as a pointer.

From the get-go, the whole apparatus looks just like a regular big screen TV and that it is and a whole lot more.

Mrs. Poche stated that this is all about community and Gouverneur is my home no matter where I reside now, this is home to me.

Mrs. Lawrence went on to add that the high-tech assembly, sporting an 84 inch screen for the media room would have never been possible without the funds generated by the donation from the Van Norton family.

Very shortly the Smart Board will be on line with more access points throughout the entire building.

The entire process will be able to offer on line courses through Clarkson University and of course is state of the art with complete satellite capability and will be a real tool in attracting more community involvement with the services that will be available.

The partnership, according to Mrs. Poche, has been outstanding from Big Apple Music in Watertown in making this a priority for completion.

The keyboard and remote will greatly heighten the accessibility of the new addition to the world of high-tech.

Mrs. Lawrence went on to add that it is needed to offer more in the line of services available for use within the community.

One of the highlights of the day is the fact that one can erase what is written on the board with a hand if necessary!

After a discussion about the new addition to the center, the community of Gouverneur was left with this quote from Mrs. Poche… “We are a prime example of small town America and should never take it for granted.”

So if high-tech is your game, you know where to find it…at the Gouverneur Community Center!

Story Published: May 18, 2015 at 4:53 PM EDT


Kay Van Norton lives in Australia with her multi-millionaire husband. She is visiting Gouverneur as a philanthropist. "This will always be my home and I love this community and I love it just as much as my father did," she said.


She presented a big check to build a high-tech media room in a $1.2 million project in Gouverneur. "Here's $100,000 for the Howard Van Norton Media Room at the Gouverneur Community Center. Make it work, gentlemen and ladies. Make it work," she said.

Kay E. Van Norton Poche, left, presents a $100,000 donation to Donna Lawrence, member of the Gouverneur Community Center Committee. The funds will be used to equip the center’s media center.

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 in special funding to help Gouverneur finish work on a new community center that will be used for community events, private functions and more.


A project spearheaded by Village and Town officials, the new Gouverneur Community Center will feature meeting and event rooms, a place for computer activities, a kitchen, fireside lounge and more.


“When it comes to building strong communities, facilities like the new Gouverneur Community Center are key,” said Senator Ritchie.


“This building will provide local residents with a place to gather for events, meetings and so much more.  The project is a great example of a Village and Town working together to create something that enhances the local community, and  I’m pleased to support this new center.”


“For decades, we have worked to make our dream of building a community center in Gouverneur a reality,” said Village Mayor Ron McDougall.


“From hosting community sponsored events to being rented out for private functions, this new center will truly meet the needs of local residents.  We can’t thank Senator Ritchie enough for recognizing this need in our community and for her willingness to help us make this important project possible.”


Located on Route 58 in Riverside Park, adjacent to a senior housing apartment complex, fishing access and athletic fields, the new Community Center is slated to be completed by the end of the year.


Final release of funds is subject to state approval.


Read the original article: https://www.nysenate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/patty-ritchie/ritchie-secures-100000-new-gouverneur-community-center

Watertown Daily Times by Susan Mende, Times Staff Writer, Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:30 AM

Village and town officials hope to break ground this spring on a one- story community center that will be used by senior citizens and local organizations and rented out for private functions.

“This has been talked about for at least three decades,” village Mayor Ronald P. McDougall said. “We’re pretty happy about it.”

The 6,900-square-foot Gouverneur Community Center will be built on village-owned property on Route 58 in Riverside Park next to the baseball and softball fields. Parking is already available there. It’s also next to Pine Grove Housing and across from Mills Park.

The structure was designed by architect Brooks Washburn, Gouverneur, and will include a kitchen, a media center/auditorium, a large meeting room, two or three smaller rooms, a lounge and restrooms.

Town Supervisor Robert R. Ritchie said he’s glad the project is a joint venture with the village. Besides the school, he said, the community has few available venues for holding events.

“I think it’s a project we’ve needed for many years,” Mr. Ritchie said. “It’s like a dream come true. I’m 100 percent for it.”

The village plans to request bid proposals for the construction work, with hopes of breaking ground in mid-May. The goal is to complete the project by the end of the year.

The center will be paid for with two Community Development Block Grants: one for $600,000 awarded to the village and one for $400,000 received by the town. Some donations also have been received, including a contribution from the Gouverneur Lions Club. The project has 501-C3 tax-exempt status, so donations are tax-exempt.

Mr. McDougall said officials are hoping the bids do not exceed $1 million.

The facility will be available for senior citizen activities and other community gatherings. It also can be rented out for events such as class reunions, wedding receptions, private parties, dances and other events.

A new seven-member board created to oversee the facility includes Mr. McDougall, Deputy Mayor Charles W. Newvine, Mr. Ritchie, Deputy Town Supervisor Eldon B. Conklin, and community members Donna Lawrence, David Spilman Jr. and Michael Porter.

The board is scheduled to meet again April 22.

The village plans to retain its recreation center at Clinton Street and Trinity Avenue, which offers before- and after-school programs for youths and other activities.

The Gouverneur Community Center, Inc. is a public charity falling under the IRS Code, Section 501(c)(3). Donors can deduct contributions they make under IRC Section 170. The Gouverneur Community Center, Inc. is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522.