Local Committee Says $9.7 Million Of Grant Will Be Used For Projects, $300K For Planning

October 13, 2016 6:15 PM

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This portion of downtown Glens Falls, looking across South Street, with South Street in foreground and School Street on left, is a portion of the Glens Falls Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).

By Lisa Balschunat

The local committee examining the use of the $10 million Glens Falls Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant is in the workshop phase and seeking public input.

According to application requirements, the grant can be used for "economic development and housing projects in two key geographic areas, and on other projects that have a major impact."

The district identified by the 12-member committee encompasses South Street, from Hudson Avenue to Glen Street, along Glen Street to Park Street and along Hudson Avenue back to South Street, including connecting streets. Two other project areas, identified by the committee, is an "outer district" from Ridge Street (adjacent to The Queensbury Hotel) to Centennial Circle roundabout and east on Warren Street, and the newly defined AWE (arts, wellness and entertainment) District, with to be incorporated into the identified area.

Committee Co-Chairman Omar Usmani indicated that $9.7 million will be used for projects and $300,000 will be used for planning, including market research and project cost estimates. The state designated BFJ Planning of Manhattan and Elan Planning Design and Landscape Architecture of Saratoga Springs as principle consultants for the DRI committee. Both companies have extensive experience in city and urban planning and development.

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Lake George Region Officials, Business People Seek To Boost Tourism Throughout The Year

October 13, 2016 6:13 PM

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Tom Guay, standing at left, speaks during the Lake George 365 panel discussion.

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By Lisa Balschunat

Shifting the Lake George region's business mindset from being a seasonal destination to being a year-round one was the focus of a panel discussion in September.

The session-- entitled Lake George 365--took place at the Inn at Erlowest, coinciding with the Lake George Regional Area Chamber of Commerce annual board of directors meeting.

While winter sports, festivals, carnivals and events have sparked winter tourism over the years, the consensus of those in attendance was there is much more to do and that it is time to connect the business dots throughout the region.

One take away was to immediately launch #Lake George 365 and securing the domain name of Lake George 365. The hashtag is already gaining some steam on social media and the Chamber will be centering its marketing efforts there.

"We've got to figure out a way to get together and have that vision and that strategy," said Tom Guay, general manager of The Sagamore. "Everybody has great ideas, and then we leave and we get busy ... So, the goal is to figure out, from this meeting ... what are we going to do about this? How can we come together and have a common theme?"

Michael Consuelo, Chamber executive director said communication needs to continue beyond the panel discussion.

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SUNY Adirondack Receives $500K Grant To Help Retain Students With 'External Issues'

October 13, 2016 6:12 PM

SUNY Adirondack has received a $500,000 Community Schools Grant from the SUNY system.

The grant, administered over three years, was awarded to help the college improve student outcomes by utilizing community college facilities as hubs for accessing support services. SUNY Adirondack plans to use the funds to help students meet external needs that can potentially derail their college education.

During the grant period, the college will work to connect students with community resources, providing completion coaches and developing systems to support transportation from the region's rural areas.

"Many students have complex lives outside of the classroom that require connections with the myriad of community services already in place, but at times are not readily accessible," said SUNY Adirondack President Dr. Kristine Duffy. "This grant will support our work to help better facilitate and connect students and their families with the resources needed to make college completion attainable."

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ARCC's Business Expo 2016 Scheduled For Oct. 20 At Rainer's Gourmet At The Ramada

October 13, 2016 6:10 PM

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Attendees visit booths at last year's ARCC business expo event.

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The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business EXPOnential Showcase of Adirondack Excellence on Oct. 20, from 4-7 p.m. at Rainer's Gourmet at Ramada, 1 Abbey Lane, Queensbury.

ARCC officials said that this yaear, the business showcase is designed to maximize awareness and encourage connections throughout the region.

The event provides the greater business community--whether exhibiting or attending--to meet, reacquaint, connect and get better educated about the many industries thriving within the various business sectors and what investments are being made in the re

"The ARCC community of Adirondack excellence is comprised of members that recognize their business is a part of something, much larger than themselves, and commit to playing a part in our organization that enhances the tri-county region's success, across industry sector lines, within a multi skilled workforce and offers programs, services and resources to all businesses; both large and small," the ARCC said in a news release.

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Personnel Briefs: October 2016

October 13, 2016 6:04 PM

P Brief - Alex Lambiaso.jpgGlens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. has expanded its wealth management team with the addition of Alex Lambiaso, CPA, as retirement plan services officer.

Lambiaso will focus on the administration of retirement plan, IRA, trust and estate accounts. He joins the bank with nearly 30 years of financial experience.

Lambiaso earned his bachelor's degree from SUNY Plattsburgh. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. A resident of Queensbury, he is active in the community as a percussionist in the Lake George Community Band and a finance committee member and scholarship committee member for the Queensbury United Methodist Church.

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P Brief -Keri Dudek.jpgThe Hyde Collection announced the hiring of two new educators, Keri Dudek and Robin Akins Brewer.

As members of the education team, Dudek and Akins Brewer will help design and administer educational classesP Brief - Robin akins brewer.jpg to connect artwork to the community.

Dudek is an art teacher at the Charlton School in Burnt Hills. Previously, she acted as children's program coordinator at Fairview Public Library in Margaretville, N.Y., and taught art to children ages 8 to 18 at the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston. She lives in Ballston Spa with her husband and three children.

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Building On Bay Street Renovated, Converted Into The Bell House Inn Bed And Breakfast

October 13, 2016 5:57 PM

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After a long renovation process, Bill and Nancy Turner opened the Bell House Inn Bed and Breakfast at 153 Bay St., Glens Falls. It has four luxurious rooms, private baths and fireplaces.

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By Lisa Balschunat

Since June 2015, Glens Falls residents watched the transformation of an iconic building at the corner of Bay and Sanford streets to what is now the Bell House Inn Bed and Breakfast.

With over a year of renovation work, re-wiring the house, constructing a first-floor owners' apartment, installing a built-in pool and reconstructing the iconic bell roof, owners Bill and Nancy Turner opened the new B&B in July and hosted an open house earlier this month.

The Turners moved from Altamont to Glens Falls to be near their children and grandchildren and brought 16 years of inn-keeping experience with them.

"In the past several years, we've seen the growth in Glens Falls and the potential to have a bed and breakfast business here," Bill said.

He renovated much of the house himself. Then his wife did the painting, finishing and decorating.

When it came to refurbishing the bell roof, Bill said he called in for some local assistance.

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Ray Supply Has New Location In Glens Falls, Focuses On Being Strong Customer Resource

October 13, 2016 5:54 PM

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Keith Zoll, left, and Gregory Goetz of Ray Supply stand outside their business, which handles video, audio and photo services and equipment. The company plans to emphasize service more.

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By Jennifer Farnsworth

Ray Supply opened its new downtown Glens Falls location in September, where they are planning to shift the focus to the service end of the business.

Company president and co-owner Keith Zoll said they feel it is the perfect location to be able to concentrate on the expansion of the customer resource end of the business.

"We are really excited to be moving in a direction of providing quality and extensive service through putting less of an emphasis on the retail side," said Zoll.

Zoll's partner in the business, Greg Goetz, said the business is centered around three aspects with custom installation being it's priority. Other aspects are government installation, and photo equipment retail.

Goetz said the bulk of the business has moved toward customized residential and commercial video and audio installation.

"Our customized installation means anything from setting up a flat panel screen television in a home, to installing a complete audio and video system," said Goetz.

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'Empire Crate' Introduces Customers To Food Produced Throughout The State Of New York

October 13, 2016 5:50 PM

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The Empire Crate offers subscribers a box filled with a variety of food products.

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Brandon and Brianne Dingeman of Stillwater have launched a company called the Empire Crate.

The couple has developed a way for people to enjoy a variety of New York state products every month by having them delivered to their doorstep.

The owners said they scoured the entire state researching possible products they could access. Their focus was on "canvassing the multitude of talented, motivated artisans within the state's borders, sampling their products and then choosing the cream of the crop to present to you," they said in a news release.

The Dingemans developed the concept for The Empire Crate while living in Astoria, Queens.

"We've been collecting outstanding edibles from our travels across New York State and are extremely excited to share these unique finds with our customers," said Brandon Dingeman. "These small-batch, handmade products are outstanding and will impress you enough that you'll find yourself talking about them around the water cooler at work."

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Design Of Building Gets Notice In August Edition Of A U.S. Travel Magazine

October 13, 2016 5:47 PM

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The Grove Lodge in New Paltz was designed by Andrew Allison of AJA Architecture and Planning in Glens Falls. It is the newest accommodation building in the 147-year-history of the resort.

By Liz Witbeck

As an architect, Andrew Allison has spent much of his life traveling around the United States and the world. He's trekked far from his Pennsylvania roots, studying the best in design and construction that the country has to offer.

Yet Allison said that he has found no region as impressive as the North Country and Hudson Valley corridor.

"As an outsider, I see this as one of the most unique areas of the country," he said.

He graduated from Pennsylvania State University, with dual degrees in architecture and structural engineering. He worked for prestigious architectural firms both local and throughout the country for over 13 years before starting his own firm, AJA Architecture and Planning in Glens Falls.

Allison and his team are committed to the area and are constantly inspired by the North Country.

"I moved my firm so that we can start bringing jobs to Glens Falls," he said. The company specializes in creating commercial, residential, and hospitality designs that focus not only on the aesthetics, but the overall experience of the space.

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Epiphany North Hair Design In Glens Falls Provides Services For Men, Women And Kids

October 13, 2016 5:40 PM

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James Joseph, owner of the Epiphany of Hair Salon in Ballston Spa, has opened a second shop, Epiphany North Hair Design at 8 Maple St. in Glens Falls.

By Liz Witbeck

A local hair stylist and salon owner recently expanded his business, opening a second location in Glens Falls.

James Joseph, owner of the Epiphany of Hair Salon in Ballston Spa, has opened Epiphany North Hair Design at 8 Maple St.

"I wanted to come up north to share my knowledge, share my vision," said Joseph. "There's an authentic feel here in Glens Falls. Businesses here support each other. Everybody has been very welcoming."

Epiphany North Hair Design offers such services as hair cutting and styling for women, men and children; blow dry styling; hair extensions; hair coloring services such as permanent color, highlights and lowlights, balayage and ombre; permanent waves and Arrojo American waves; DevaCurl hair design; eyebrow, chin and lip waxing; manicures and pedicures; and makeup application.

The DevaCurl hair styling process is specially designed for women with wavy or curly hair. Joseph said that approximately 65 percent of women have wavy to curly hair. Using this dry-styling process, he is able to achieve the perfect look for customers, he said. Each DevaCurl requires a consultation, during which the stylist decides the exact approach to take.

At Epiphany North, hair designers specialize in giving a superior hair experience that guests will not find in most other salons, Joseph said.

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Why You Hire the Wrong People!

October 13, 2016 5:35 PM

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Michael Cruz, Lighthouse Advisors, LLC, 518-798-8704,

If you want better employees, you need to hire better. We do not find the right people because we think about hiring only to fill needs.

Hiring to fill a need misses the the key issue - culture. That leads to picking people that do not share your values. And that may lead to mis-hires. Mis-hires cost you money, time and all too often customers. The wrong people disrupt the workplace and waste valuable training time. Then you spend more time trying to fix the problem. Change the way you look for people to help your businesses grow. The first step is - Hire the right people!  This might seem obvious. Yet hiring managers tend to focus on finding technical skills and experience. It is rare that there is any assessment of a candidate's values and behavioral preferences relating to work. Attention must be paid to understanding:

• How the candidate will impact customers

• How will they work with current employees

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Real Estate Agents Pleased With Activity In Lake George, Glens Falls Residential Markets

October 13, 2016 5:30 PM

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Dan Davies of Davis-Davies & Associates Realty says the resort real estate market is strong.

By Jill Nagy

The Glens Falls-Lake George area is enjoying a quiet boom in residential real estate sales, say local real estate agents.

Contributors include first-time home buyers attracted to moderate prices and low interest rates, empty nesters approaching retirement and trying to recapture memories of past North Country vacations, and buyers with growing confidence in their financial future.

Area real estate agents report a busy year, in some cases, their busiest since before the 2008 recession. They see years of pent-up demand finally coming loose and a market stabilizing as the last of the foreclosure trauma works its way through the market.

They also benefit from the increasingly expensive Saratoga County market.

"My business doubled this year. Things were really crazy last winter, spring, and summer," said Patti Grey Whann of Glens Falls Area Realty, who has been in the business for 13 years.

"Last year was beginning to look a little bit like the boom time, around 2004," she said, "It felt good."

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Apartments For Seniors, Commercial Space Eyed For The Masonic Temple In Hudson Falls

October 13, 2016 5:27 PM

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The Masonic Temple in Hudson Falls may be converted to commercial space and apartments if the city is successful in obtaining a grant from the Empire State Development Corp.

By Jill Nagy

The Masonic Temple in Hudson Falls, a village landmark that has fallen on hard times, will be converted to apartments and commercial space if an application for a Restore New York grant from the Empire State Development Corp. is approved.

The Masons lost the property in a tax sale in the early 1960s, the owner of the building, William Nikas said, and there have been several owners since then but "no one has done anything positive to restore it."

Now, he is poised to invest $2 million, including $500,000 from the grant if it is approved, to bring it back to life. He envisions commercial space on the first floor, apartments on floors two through four, and a community area in the wide open space of the fifth floor.

"I'd like to maintain the integrity of that space," he said.

Nikas is an attorney and this is his first venture into real estate development.

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Commercial Development On The Upswing In Glens Falls, Say Developers, Real Estate Agents

October 13, 2016 5:25 PM

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This building at 55 Bay St. in Glens Falls is being converted into apartments and commercial space. Peter Hoffman of Glen Street Associates says Edward Jones Financial has signed on as a tenant.

By Maureen Werther

People involved in commercial real estate and development in and around Glens Falls feel that the market is on the uptick.

The recent $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award the city received is just one factor--albeit a large and important one--in the continued momentum the city and surrounding areas are enjoying.

Peter Hoffman, whose company Glen Street Associates has been buying and rehabbing old historic buildings in the city since 2001, said that Glens Falls didn't get "a whole lot of mileage" during its urban renewal phase. But it seems to be making up for it now.

"When we first started buying and re-gentrifying buildings, we looked all over the Capital District, and we decided upon Glens Falls because the people are supportive and there is great inventory," he said, referring to the historic buildings located throughout the city. "Glens Falls has great value. You can buy property, renovate it, attract tenants and be profitable."

R. Mark Levack, of Levack Real Estate in Glens Falls, said there is a healthy demand for commercial property in Glens Falls. He said that while the economy is still "soft," he believes that Glens Falls is outpacing other parts of the region. He is currently working with a national developer on potential projects.

"I'm excited to see that Glens Falls is getting national attention," said Levack.

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Data Shows Sale Of Homes In Warren And Washington Counties Remains Stable

October 13, 2016 5:21 PM

In the Capital Region sales jumped 4 percent to 1,183 houses sold in the region during August 2016, according to the Greater Capital Association of Realtors (GCAR).

According to GCAR data released in September, Washington County had 487 new listings year-to-date, from August 2015 to August 2016, compared to 507 for the prior year, a drop of 3.9 percent. There were 235 closed sales during that period, up 11.4 percent from 2015.

The median price, year-to-date, from August 2015 to August 2016, was $139,250, down 0.5 percent from $140,000 the year before. The number of days on the market, year-to-date, from August 2015 to August 2016, was 132, slightly less than the year before's mark of 137.

Data provided by the New York State Association of Realtors showed that Warren County had 152 listings ear-to-date, from August 2015 to August 2016, compared to 192 the year before, down 20.8 percent. Closed sales for that period totaled 120, up 7 percent from the year before.

The median price, year-to-date, from August 2015 to August 2016, was $193,900, down 9.8 percent from the previous year's figure of $215,000.

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Sharon Butto Showed Resilience On Way To The Creation Of The Spa Studio In Glens Falls

October 13, 2016 5:17 PM

Sharon Butto ran a lunch café for 10 years in the 1990s before returning to school to become a licensed aesthetician and opening The Spa Studio in Glens Falls with her daughter, Erica.

By Maureen Werther

For Sharon Butto, every time people told her that something was impossible or couldn't be done, it was a call to action.

A proud life-long entrepreneur, she has succeeded in everything she set her mind to, whether it was operating a custom framing business in the 1980s, to running a lunch café for 10 years in the 1990s, to returning to school at age 50 to become a licensed aesthetician and opening The Spa Studio in Glens Falls with her daughter, Erica.

In each business she embarked upon, the biggest challenge was convincing others that her idea and her vision would work.

"It's the hardest thing, to get people to believe in you," she said. "So, you just have to believe in yourself. You never say 'I can't.' You just say to yourself, 'I will.' And, you just do what you've got to do to reach your goals."

While each business venture Butto has been involved in is different, the same business rules and skills apply. She has used her business expertise to turn The Spa Studio from a tiny 400-square-foot business 11 years ago, to the 3,000-square-foot studio that exists today at 217 Dix Avenue in Glens Falls. Butto and her eight employees offer a wide range of spa and beauty services to women in a welcoming environment.

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Deb Morris, Co-Founder Of Barkeater Chocolates, Keeps A Sweet Business Growing

October 13, 2016 5:15 PM

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Deb Morris, co-founder of Barkeater Chocolates, said it was simply the love for chocolate that she and her husband, Jim, share that led them to creating the business in North Creek.

Glens Falls Business Journal

By Jennifer Farnsworth

Tucked away in North Creek is a different kind of chocolate store that is being visited by people from all over the region.

Deb Morris, co-founder of Barkeater Chocolates, said it was simply the love for chocolate that she and her husband, Jim, share that led them to this sweet concoction.

Morris said she worked in television production for a local channel for years before she and her husband opened the store. It was something they thought about for years before taking the next step.

She started studying under chocolatiers and pastry chefs, learning to create artisan truffles with wholesome ingredients and unique flavors, while her husband tackled the business plan.

In 2008, the couple made Barkeater Chocolates a reality. A few years later, in 2013, they made the decision to open a second store.

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Sasha Pardy Has Seen Business, Production Grow At A Steady Rate At Adirondack Winery

October 13, 2016 5:13 PM

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Sasha Pardy, co-owner and president of Adirondack Winery, opened the winery with her husband in 2008 with a production room and wine tasting storefront on Canada Street in Lake George.

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By Lisa Balschunat

When Sasha and Michael Pardy were seeking out a place to start their new winery business, they looked at several locations on the east coast, including places in New England, before landing in the Lake George.

Sasha and Michael, armed with a marketing and business degree and engineering degree, respectively, selected the Adirondack region based on its potential to be a growing market and its tourism base, with the bonus of its location being closer to family.

Sasha is co-owner and president of Adirondack Winery. She said they opened the winery in 2008 with a production room and wine tasting storefront on Canada Street in Lake George.

"We started with 1,000 cases. We didn't even have enough to sell, so for two years we sold other wines, too ... We renovated our space and tasting room, but shortly thereafter we were still busting at the seams."

Initially, Pardy employed four part-timers in the tasting room. With the business burgeoning, she moved the wine production to Queensbury in 2011. Initially, the Adirondack Winery purchased fermented juice to make wine. But this year, the Pardys acquired equipment with the ability to press and crush grapes. Now they purchase grapes directly from vineyards.

"We started with a little nest egg," Sasha said. "We moved to upstate New York from Florida, where Michael had started wine making in our basement. Once we could get the grape, we knew we'd have a winner of a product."

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Calamity Jane's In Hudson Falls Combines Her Love Of Shoes With His Fondness For Firearms

October 13, 2016 5:08 PM

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Jane Haven is the manager of Calamity Jane's Firearms and Fine Shoes.

By Jennifer Farnsworth

Jane Havens is the woman behind the whimsical name of a unique store that opened last month in Hudson Falls.

Calamity Jane's Firearms and Fine Shoes at 1120 Dix Ave. is the creation of the Havens Family, Jane, husband Tim, and sons Tim Jr. and David.

The Havens are already well known business owners in town. For the past three and a half years they have operated Falls Farm and Garden on Dix Avenue in Hudson Falls, a tractor and farm equipment store.

Now in addition to operating a farm service company, the family is venturing in the sport guns business, but with a twist. Jane said many people are doing a double-take when they read the name of the new business.

"We have had many, many people say fine shoes--and firearms? How can the two possibly go together," said Havens.

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Glens Falls Civic Center To Get High-Tech, Center-Hung Video Display Board This Year

October 13, 2016 5:07 PM

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co. is working with the Glens Falls Civic Center to replace its fixed-digit scoring and corner projection screens with a center-hung video display, Zamboni tunnel display and six seating bowl entry displays.

Glens Falls Civic Center is home to the Adirondack Thunder, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Calgary Flames. The installation of the video displays will begin after the Thunder's season opener on Oct. 22 and will be scheduled around their games, and other events including the Adirondack Stampede Rodeo and the New York High School State Volleyball Tournament, center officials said.

The upgrade is slated to be completed by Nov. 22 in time for the home game versus Florida.

"We are thrilled to partner with Panasonic to bring our guests the latest in video technology to the Glens Falls region," said Jeff Mead, Glens Falls Civic Center general manager.  "This project, a part of the $2 million incentive grant from New York state, in collaboration with the City of Glens Falls and EDC Warren County, allows us to bring the most advanced immersive technologies to the sports and entertainment fan that demands this in their entertainment experience."

This year marks the Adirondack Thunder's second year of league play. Once the displays are installed, the team will be the first in the ECHL to have 5mm pixel pitch video displays on home ice.

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M2CON Conference Oct. 19 In Lake George Offers Practical Digital Marketing Sessions

October 13, 2016 5:03 PM

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Participants listen to a presentation at last year's M2CON conference for business owners, executives and marketing-communications professionals. This year's conference is Oct. 19. in Lake George.

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Registration is open for M2Con, the one-day conference from Mannix Marketing designed for business owners, executives and marketing-communications professionals from small and medium-sized businesses.

The conference will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in Lake George.

M2Con 2016 will feature tactical digital marketing sessions with advice attendees can immediately put into action at their companies.

"This conference will be jam packed with strategies businesses can employ to get more traffic through their doors," said company founder and CEO Sara Mannix. "We received so many rave reviews after our previous conferences because businesses could take what we showed them and immediately put it to work for themselves and get results."

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Business Report: 5 Misconceptions About Cybersecurity

October 13, 2016 5:01 PM

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Michael D. Billok is an attorney with Bond, Schoeneck & King.

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By Michael D. Billok, Esq.

As a business owner or operator, there are always a half-dozen items that require your immediate attention, and then the dozens of other items on the "back burner" that you would like to get to when there is time--but there never seems to be time available.

Unless, of course, a back-burner item "blows up" and becomes a front-burner item, now requiring your immediate attention.

For small and mid-sized businesses, cybersecurity routinely is one such back-burner item, not getting the attention it deserves unless something does "blow up," for example there is a hack, a data breach or some release of employee or customer personal information that now requires immediate attention. This is due to several common misconceptions about cybersecurity, such as:

• I'm small. I won't be hacked or compromised. False.

Larger organizations have spent the past several years improving their cyber defenses to make it more difficult to access their data. As a result, hackers look to smaller organizations with less resources available to buttress their defenses as a jumping-off point to access larger organizations. Remember the national-news data breach at Target that occurred two years ago? Hackers didn't directly "target" Target. They first hacked into an HVAC subcontractor's network, and after compromising the subcontractor's system they were then able to hack into Target utilizing the subcontractor's access to Target's network.

• I'm not a hospital or a bank, so there aren't any cybersecurity laws that apply to me. False.

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Business Report: Maximize Employees' Mobile Productivity

October 13, 2016 4:58 PM

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Craig Stephenson, administration, compliance manager, Tech II Business Services Inc.

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By Craig Stephenson

Virtually every employee today has a smartphone. Many also have tablets, such as iPads and android devices. Most businesses are under utilizing these devices, because in most cases they belong to employees. These devices are BYOD, "bring your own device," as they say.

Your hyper-connected employees are glued to their mobile devices, and savvy business owners and executives have realized the secret to higher employee productivity is embracing mobility and the BYOD trend. Find ways to help your staff work more, work smarter, and serve your clients better. The key is to empower the mobile experience of your staff, without compromising security and control of your corporate data.

Business-class file sync services can give you the best of both worlds however you need to be aware that all cloud services are not alike. One of the most popular cloud services has been hacked more than once and for those in the medical and financial industry may find the compliance lacking. However Tech II Business services Cryodrive can allow your corporate data to be synced to employee mobile devices, without giving up control of your corporate data and remaining HIPAA compliant. Here's how:

1. Sync to smartphones. Business-class cloud file sync services allow employees to sync their critical work files between their desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and the cloud.

Your staff becomes more nimble and productive when they have their files at their fingertips, no matter where they go. Whether it is iOS, android, or Windows Phone, business-class sync keeps users connected on the go.

2. Empower your employees with tablets. Tablet users today are usually your cutting edge staffers. More and more, everyday computing tasks once performed on laptops are now being done on iPads and android tablets. Tablets are great for field-based staff, often sales professionals.

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Business Report: Insurance Open Enrollment Can Help

October 13, 2016 4:55 PM

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Breanna Fulper, financial advisor, Edward Jones Financial, Greenwich office.

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By Breanna Fulper

It's Open Enrollment Season, so if you work for a medium- or large-sized company, you will need to make some choices regarding your employee benefits--and these choices can have a big impact on your financial situation.

Depending on your employer, your benefits package may include various types of insurance, plus access to a 401(k) or similar retirement plan. Here are some suggestions for getting the most out of these benefits:

Health insurance. Companies regularly change plans and providers, so the coverage and premiums you had last year may not be the same this year. In any case, look at all aspects of your coverage options - premiums, deductibles, co-pays and total out-of-pocket limits. A lower premium may seem attractive, but you could end up paying even more if the coverage is not as good. So, choose wisely.

Life insurance. You may want to take whatever life insurance your employer offers, but it still might not be enough. To determine how much life insurance you need, consider a variety of factors--your age, income, family size, spouse's income, and so on. If your employer's coverage is insufficient, you may want to supplement it with a separate policy.

Disability insurance. This could be a valuable employee benefit, but, as is the case with life insurance, your employer's disability coverage may not be enough for your needs, especially if you'd like to protect yourself against an illness or injury that could sideline you from work for a long time. Consequently, you might want to consider purchasing your own disability policy.

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Business Brief: October 2016

October 13, 2016 4:52 PM

Arrow Financial Corp., the parent of Glens Falls National Bank, was recognized by Forbes as one of "America's 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies" for its accounting and governance practices.

This is the fifth consecutive year the Glens Falls-based company has received the designation from Forbes. Arrow is the only New York-based bank listed for 2016.

To create its "Most Trustworthy" list, Forbes enlisted MSCI ESG Research to evaluate nearly 700 publicly traded North American financial companies with a market cap of $250 million or more for the year ending December 2015. Factors including high-risk events, revenue and expense recognition methods, SEC actions, and bankruptcy risk were all considered as indicators of a company's credibility.

The complete article can be viewed online by visiting and searching "Most Trustworthy."

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The Adirondack Trust Co. announced it has again earned a 5-Star Superior rating from BauerFinancial, a bank rating firm.

Having earned and maintained the honor for 41 consecutive quarters, the Adirondack Trust Co. qualifies for the designation of Exceptional Performance Bank. That status is reserved for banks that have earned and maintained Bauer's highest 5-Star rating for 10 straight years.

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St. Lawrence Health System and Adirondack Health Institute (AHI) leaders recently concluded discussions that resulted in welcoming St. Lawrence Health System as an AHI member.

AHI, an independent, nonprofit organization, partners with regional hospitals, physicians and community-based organizations to improve health care in the North Country.

Among the programs spearheaded by AHI is the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program, a significant endeavor aimed at restructuring the health care delivery system by reinvesting in the Medicaid program.

Membership will allow the St. Lawrence Health System to tap into and share expertise, best practices, resources, and more, while supporting the important work of AHI.

St. Lawrence Health System joins AHI members Adirondack Health, Glens Falls Hospital, Hudson Headwaters Health Network and the University of Vermont Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital.

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GlobalFoundries Says Billions To Be Invested In Malta Plant To Produce New Microchips

October 13, 2016 4:51 PM

GlobalFoundries plans to make an additional multi-billion dollar investment in Fab 8--its plant in Malta--to enable development and production of its new cutting-edge 7 nanometer (7nm) technology.

Company officials said the new technology is expected to deliver more than twice the logic density and a 30 percent performance boost compared to today's 16/14 nanometer foundry FinFET offerings.

The platform is based on an industry-standard FinFET transistor architecture and optical lithography, with EUV compatibility at key levels. Officials said this approach will accelerate the production ramp through significant re-use of tools and processes from the company's 14nm FinFET technology, which is currently in volume production in Malta.

The 7nm semiconductors are expected to complement the 14nm products, not replace them, Fab 8 Senior Vice President and General Manager Dr. Thomas Caulfield said in Malta on Sept. 15.

He said the technology is expected to be ready for customer product design in the second half of 2017 ramp to production in early 2018. The multi-billion dollar investment in Fab 8 will come before the production stage, to enable development and production.

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2017 All-Star Game At Glens Falls Civic Center Will Combine Game With Skills Competition

October 13, 2016 4:49 PM

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This is the logo for the CCM/ECHL All Star Game in 2017 that will be played Jan. 18 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Stars from the league will compete against the Adirondack Thunder.

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The Adirondack Thunder, the ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, have announced the format for the 2017 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic at the Glens Falls Civic Center, which the Thunder will host.

The All-Star Classic, presented by I LOVE NY, will feature the ECHL all-stars facing off against the hometown Adirondack Thunder. The game will be played Jan. 18 in a non-traditional format to incorporate both the game and a skills competition into an all-encompassing experience for fans in one night. The event will be played as two 25-minute halves, with the skills competition to be held in between. The event will be televised throughout North America to showcase the league's best talent.

The first portion of the event will be a 25-minute half, played entirely as 5-on-5 hockey between the all-stars and the Thunder. Following the completion of the first half, the scores will carry over into the skills competition.

The skills competition will feature three events: fastest skater, hardest shot and skills relay. Each skills competition event will feature competitors from both the all-stars and the Thunder and the winning team in each event will receive one goal (point) towards their overall score, with a total of three goals (points) available from the skills competition.

The second half will again feature a 25-minute stanza, but will incorporate some of the new situations typically featured during ECHL overtime. The half will begin with 10 minutes of 5-on-5 play but the first whistle after the 15-minute mark will see the teams switch to 4-on-4.

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Great Escape Will Add 'Dueling' Water Body Slides To Its Array Of Attractions In 2017

October 13, 2016 4:39 PM

The Great Escape plans to add 'Bonzai Pipelines, a pair of 'dueling' water slides in 2017. The attraction will be the park's first body speed slides, featuring unpredictable twists and turns.

Courtesy Great Escape

The Great Escape has announced plans to add Bonzai Pipelines, a pair of dueling water slides, to its 2017 lineup.

The attraction will be the park's first body speed slides, delivering unpredictable twists and turns.

"Bonzai Pipelines will deliver an exhilarating water ride experience combined with a little friendly competition," said Eric Gilbert, Six Flags Great Escape Resort president. "This multi-slide attraction will be a great enhancement to the water park and provide another awesome way to cool off on hot summer days.

"From our iconic thrill rides to our two children's areas and free water park, no other theme park in the area offers this level of entertainment for the entire family and we are excited to continue enhancing our resort in 2017," he said.

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Second Annual FitFest Will Showcase Glens Falls' Health, Fitness And Wellness Sectors

September 15, 2016 11:50 AM

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These people were among the participants at last year's FitFest, sponsored by the Glens Falls Collaborative. The second annual event is scheduled for City Park.

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The Glens Falls Collaborative presents the second annual FitFest event in City Park on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It starts with the FitFest 5K Fun Run/Walk at 10 a.m.

The event is held with support from the Glens Falls Business Improvement District and City of Glens Falls. Admission is free.

The event is a showcase of the health, fitness and wellness sector of the Glens Falls Collaborative, a group with more than 100 members. Planned are sample fitness classes, interactive demonstrations, healthy food for sale, fun contests, music, and member booths with giveaways, samples, children's activities, and information about their organizations and services.

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Glens Falls Awarded $10 Million Grant To Help Revitalize A Large Section Of Its Downtown

September 15, 2016 11:48 AM

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This section of South Street is included in the Arts, Wellness, and Entertainment District of downtown Glens Falls that will benefit from a $10 million grant award.

Downtown Glens Falls was selected as one of five winners, statewide, of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative in the Capital Region from the state.

The Downtown Revitalization Initiative marks a comprehensive plan to transform local neighborhoods into vibrant communities where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live and work.

Glens Falls was selected as part of a competitive process by the state's Capital Region Regional Economic Development Council. The $10 million in state funding will go toward revitalizing the local neighborhood and generating new opportunities for long-term growth and prosperity, state officials said.

"With this $10 million investment, Glens Falls has an important opportunity to transform its downtown into an economic and cultural center that attracts residents and visitors alike," state Assemblyman Dan Stec said. "This initiative will help us invest in critical infrastructure and redevelopment projects that will create jobs, drive economic activity and keep our region moving forward."

"With thriving cultural centers and an exciting economic climate, downtown Glens Falls is emerging as a destination for businesses and visitors alike. This investment will allow us to build upon our existing strengths and transform downtown Glens Falls into a center of vitality and opportunity," said Mayor Jack Diamond.

The award will include up to $300,000 in planning funds for private sector experts to work with a local planning committee to draft a Strategic Investment Plan that will identify specific economic development, transportation, and housing and community projects. The grant is part of a $100 million effort to improve the urban vitality of city centers across the state.

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Six-Story Marriott Hotel In Lake George Is Already Being Eyed For Meetings, Conventions

September 15, 2016 11:46 AM

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Lake George Courtyard by Marriott, the first six-story structure in the Village of Lake George, opened recently. The 119-room hotel has 60 suites and many amenities.

By Lisa Balschunat
Lake George Courtyard by Marriott, the first six-story structure in the Village of Lake George, opened its doors in late August.

At 365 Canada Street, nestled between Mountain Drive and Amherst Street, hotel officials say it is poised to "transform the iconic summer destination into a year-round retreat for both leisure and business."

"The hotel has been full since we opened," said Taylor Hall, general manager. "And bookings are strong, which is good news. We are busier than anticipated. As with any hotel opening, we are working out the kinks."

"The hotel will give travelers a unique stay and experience," said Michael Consuelo, executive director of the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce. "We are looking forward to the completion of the meeting spaces. We have already had several meeting planners inquiring about the new space here. It's another add-on to our meeting and convention market."

Hall said staff is busy are putting together fall foliage and romance packages.

"We are operating as a full-service resort," Hall said. "The Bistro is open nightly and operates with a full-service bar with custom cocktails. We also have a 'window front,' a light-fare restaurant for customers walking by, where they can order a pick-up meal."

She said The Bistro is larger than most at Courtyard hotels, and will operate as a full-service restaurant. There is a Starbucks located within the hotel and it is "extremely busy."

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Adirondack Thunder Upcoming Season Will Celebrate 35 Years Of Hockey In Glens Falls

September 15, 2016 11:43 AM

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The Adirondack Thunder 2016-17 season will celebrate 35 years of hockey in Glens Falls.

The Adirondack Thunder, the East Coast Hockey League affiliate of the NHL Calgary Flames, announced the 35th Anniversary of Adirondack Hockey campaign for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

The Adirondack Thunder is the sixth team to call the Glens Falls Civic Center home and will honor the area's history throughout the season.

The 35th anniversary season, presented by Ramada Queensbury/Lake George, will celebrate the rich history and tradition of hockey in the area, highlighted by championships, playoff runs, Hockey Hall of Fame members and community involvement.

It will include a souvenir 35th anniversary publication, a 35th anniversary merchandise line, selection of an "All-Time Adirondack Team" and a "bracketology" aspect for fans to vote for their favorite players in Adirondack hockey history, team officials said.

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Personnel Briefs: September 2016

September 15, 2016 11:31 AM

P Brief - Amanda Blanton.jpgAmanda K. Blanton has been named the marketing/communications manager and Tricia Rogers was hired as membership manager at the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Blanton comes to the ARCC from Saratoga's Community Federal Credit Union, where she coordinated marketing efforts, as well as supervised the credit union call center. For the past six years, she marketed the credit union products and services. In her call center role, she maintained call quality, trained employees and matched members with the appropriate banking services. She won two national credit union awards for the credit union's 2011 annual report design.

P Brief - Tricia Rogers.jpgShe earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Rogers is a Hudson Falls native and a seasoned sales professional in the promotional products business since 2002. She earned a bachelor's degree in economics from SUNY Cortland.

Rogers previously served as an ARCC ambassador from 2005-2012. Since 2004, she has served on the board of directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

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The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council hired Kori White as its new community outreach coordinator.

White's duties include the administration of the community arts re-grant program funded by the state Council on the Arts, recruitment of volunteers and scheduling of musicians for LARAC events and more.

White is a 2014 graduate of Keene State College in Keene, N.H., with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree concentrating in studio art.

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Aviator Restaurant Offers Fine Dining Option, Located At Floyd Bennet Memorial Airport

September 15, 2016 11:27 AM

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Sally Longo, general manager of The Aviator in Queensbury, also owns Aunt Sally's Catering and has produced local cooking shows such as 'Dinner at 8' and 'Guest Who's Cooking.'

By Liz Witbeck
The Aviator Restaurant is a new business established, as the name might imply, at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury.

Richard Schermerhorn is one of the investors in the restaurant. He is also is the owner of Schermerhorn Real Estate Holdings.

The Aviator Restaurant is positioned alongside the runway of the airport. The owners decided to install a fine-dining restaurant to satisfy the needs of the flight crews, as well as the greater Glens Falls community.

Sally Longo is the general manager.

Longo has held a variety of positions in her career. For the past 25 years, she has owned Aunt Sally's Catering, which serves clients throughout the Adirondack region. She is also the host and producer of local cooking shows such as "Dinner at 8" and "Guest Who's Cooking", and author of the cookbook "Aunt Sally's Adirondack Kitchen."

"I've known Rick for a long time. He asked me if I wanted to manage the restaurant," said Longo. "I wanted to do something completely different at this stage in my career."

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Woman Purchases MinkyMink Boutique In Glens Falls, Fulfilling Her Longtime Dream

September 15, 2016 11:24 AM

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Maura Bannon, who spent years in marketing, is now the proprietor of MinkyMink, a Glens Falls clothing boutique at 203 Glen St. She took over ownership in July.

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BY Molly Congdon

MinkyMink, a Glens Falls clothing boutique at 203 Glen St., has undergone a change in ownership.

Lake George native Maura Bannon took over the business in July.

"It was an exciting and overwhelming time," when she decided to buy the business, she said. "But I have an amazing support system of family and friends who helped me through. I had the closing for buying the business at 1 p.m. and then I opened the store at 1:30 p.m., so I dove right in."

The boutique offers a wide array of fashionable options.

"MinkyMink offers curated clothing and accessories at affordable prices," Bannon said. "Some of the brands we carry are Free People, Alternative Apparel, En Crème, Thread & Supply, Olive & Oak and Hunter Boots. We carry clothing for all occasions, but we are known for clothing that can be lived in. MinkyMink is at once modern and comfortably chic."

Bannon went to Saint Michael's College in Vermont and majored in journalism and mass communication with a minor in marketing. After college she worked at Violet's of Saratoga, a women's clothing store.

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Local Officials, Developers See Grant Funds As A Huge Boost To Continued Growth Of City

September 15, 2016 11:21 AM

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Dr. John Rugge of Hudson Headwaters says his company will one day occupy all of 90 South St.

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By Maureen Werther

News of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award to the city of Glens Falls was met with great enthusiasm and anticipation by city leaders, developers and stakeholders, all of whom see it as an opportunity to continue improving the health and vitality of downtown Glens Falls and, by extension, the surrounding region.

The city was selected as one of five winners of a $10 million state grant as part of the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative in the Capital Region.

The money will be used to revitalize a district that encompasses South Street, from Hudson Avenue to Glen Street; Glen Street, from South Street to Park Street; Park Street; Hudson Avenue, from Elm Street to South Street; Elm Street, from Hudson Avenue to the incubator building; and School Street, from Hudson Avenue to South Street.

While revitalization and rehabilitation will be confined largely to South Street and adjoining streets, the effect will reverberate throughout the city, helping to stimulate the growing economy and attracting people back to the city as employees, residents and visitors, officials said.

"I see this as an excellent opportunity for both the city and the community at large to really escalate redevelopment and revitalization of that whole area in and around South Street," said Bob Sears, a commercial real estate broker who has been working in and around the Glens Falls region for some 40 years. "The more we can add to the city, the more attractive it will be as a home, a place of work, and a place for dining and entertainment."

He said commercial real estate in Glens Falls had already begun to evolve over the last several years. Projects on Broad Street and in other areas served as an impetus to pursue the additional grant funding.

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With Closing Of HoJo's In Maine, Lake George Restaurant Becomes The Last One In Chain

September 15, 2016 11:18 AM

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This Lake George Howard Johnson's location was opened in 1953. It is now the last restaurant in the country that bears the chain's name, after the recent closing of a location in Maine.

By Liz Witbeck
People interested in visiting Howard Johnson's will now have to make a trip to Lake George. The Route 9 restaurant is officially the last location of the once-iconic restaurant chain.

In 2015, the Howard Johnson's location in Lake Placid closed. Recently, the restaurant in Bangor, Maine, closed, leaving the local establishment, at 2143 Route 9 as the lone eatery bearing that name.

John LaRock has owned the location since August 2014.

"Things have been very good. People are glad that it's still open and people hope that we continue to stay open," he said.

The Lake George Howard Johnson's location was opened in 1953. Its last owner, Joe DeSantis, is also owner of Carl R's in Glens Falls and the Hampton Inn in Lake George. LaRock was a former employee of DeSantis and purchased the Howard Johnson's location when it became available.

Television chef Rachael Ray, a Lake George native, worked at the location when she was younger.

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Fort Edward Woman Opens Mighty Maids, A Cleaning Service For Both Homes And Offices

September 15, 2016 11:09 AM

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Lisa Quill is the owner of Mighty Maids, a business she opened in Fort Edward.

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By Liz Witbeck

People in need of an experienced cleaning service will be glad to know that Mighty Maids has recently opened in the Capital Region. The business operates out of Fort Edward.

Lisa Quill is the owner of Mighty Maids. She has more than 10 years of experience in professional cleaning. She has worked for trucking companies, warehouses, and more.

Quill started Mighty Maids in August. While it is still a new business, she is looking forward to its popularity increasing soon.

"She enjoyed cleaning and wanted to start her own" said her husband Ed.

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Local Habitat For Humanity Anticipates Two New Homes Will Be Complete By Year's End

September 15, 2016 11:06 AM

Katie Leahy is a registered dietitian nutritionist at Glens Falls Hospital.

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Glens Falls-based Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties will break ground on its second build of the year.

Officials said the build represents a "new period of growth for the affiliate," as it sets a record with the completion of two homes in one year.

Both homes are in Saratoga Springs. Officials said the Glens Falls area will be the location, yet unnamed, for a project in 2017.

"We've experienced an unprecedented amount of generosity this year, which has allowed us to expand our model to accommodate building multiple homes," said Tammy DiCara, president of the local affiliate. "The people of Saratoga County have really come forward to address the affordable housing issue with some major donations of time, labor, materials, and land. It's been a pleasure to see the community come together to support the advancement of our affiliate."

The organization dedicated its 26th build, at 195 Division St. in Saratoga Springs, on Aug. 25 for the Clements family. The city of Saratoga Springs donated the property to Habitat for Humanity. Habitat partnered with the Saratoga Builders Association, Rebuilding Together Saratoga and community volunteers to build the home.

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Business Report: Nutrition On The Go

September 15, 2016 11:02 AM

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Katie Leahy is a registered dietitian nutritionist at Glens Falls Hospital.

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By Katie Leahy, MS, RDN

Let's face it, Americans are busy. We sleep too little, we drive too much, and most of us don't get the recommended amounts of fruits and veggies every day.

"I don't have the time to eat healthy," we say. We blame busy schedules and long work days. We succumb to the desire for fast and easy options. All of which lead to more unhealthy choices, eating more processed foods, or not eating at all.  

For those of us striving to keep up with emails, meetings, and deadlines, food is essential. A balanced diet can help increase energy levels, promote a healthy immune system, improve our ability to cope with stress, and increase concentration and performance at work.   

Most everything we eat is broken down by our body into glucose, which provides the energy our brain needs to stay alert. This is why it is difficult to stay focused on an empty stomach--our brain is running low on glucose. 

Some foods such as white pasta, sugary cereals and soda release their glucose more quickly, leading to a surge of energy followed by a crash. Meals like a cheeseburger with fries provide more prolonged energy, but are high in fat, which causes our digestive tract to work harder, reducing the oxygen levels to our brain and leaving us feeling sleepy.

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