Argyle Cheese Farmer To Bring Large Part Of Its Manufacturing Operation To Glens Falls

March 9, 2017 7:27 PM

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This is the current Argyle Cheese Farmer facility in Argyle, where it manufactures cheese, yogurt and similar products. The company plans to move manufacturing operations to Glens Falls.

By Jill Nagy

Argyle Cheese Farmer will quadruple its space when it moves into a building on Pruyn's Island in Glens Falls.

Marge Randles, co-owner of the company with her husband, Dave Randles, said they had been looking, unsuccessfully, for three years for a suitable space in Washington County.

She said they expect to maintain a cheese-aging and packaging facility at the current farm location in Argyle, but most of the rest of the manufacturing operation will probably move to Glens Falls. How quickly the transition takes place will depend, in part, on whether the project is among those approved as part of the Glens Falls Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

It is among those packaged in the proposed spending plan for the $10 million grant from the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The state is currently reviewing the proposal and will decide which components get funding.

Randles said in any case her company will proceed with the first phase, relocation. The second phase, including a retail facility, will depend upon the grant approval.

The initiative committee has earmarked $125,000 for Argyle's relocation and consider it part of a plan to make Glens Falls a center for food production.

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Wood Foundation Lists Grants Awarded In 2016, Seeks Applications For Awards In 2017

March 9, 2017 7:25 PM

The Charles R. Wood Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from IRS approved 501(c)3 organizations whose projects or programs assist children, healthcare or the arts in the Lake George Region and surrounding areas.  

Eligible applicants can visit the website to submit an online application by April 1 for consideration at the spring meeting of the board of trustees. The next subsequent deadline will be Sept. 1 for consideration at the fall meeting.

Over the past five years, the foundation has awarded nearly $7.7 million dollars. 

"We are so pleased to be able to invest in such worthwhile projects. From the smallest soup kitchens to the larger capital projects, we are committed to investing in children, healthcare and the arts in our geographical focus area," said Charlene Wood, chairperson and trustee.

Charles R. Wood established the Foundation that bears his name in 1978 to provide assistance in areas of special need in the Lake George Region and surrounding areas. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on programs for children, healthcare and the arts.  

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Thunder Hockey Team Comes Under Local Ownership; Civic Center Coalition Buys Team

March 9, 2017 7:23 PM

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Members of the Adirondack Thunder stave off a scoring effort by the Brampton Beast in recent action at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The team was purchased by the group that runs the center.

Courtesy Adirondack Thunder

The Adirondack Civic Center Coalition Inc. will purchase the ECHL Adirondack Thunder from the Calgary Flames in a deal that ensures continued operation of professional hockey in Glens Falls.

The ECHL board of governors unanimously approved the sale in February, providing coalition representatives with a seat on the ECHL board.

The purchase price was not disclosed, but the coalition is launching a "Keep Hockey Here" fundraising campaign to solicit the additional funds necessary for a successful team ownership. It has already raised $200,000 of the $1 million campaign goal, including contributions from coalition members.

The coalition said any profits generated by the team will be used in support of the team and the Civic Center. None of the Coalition members or hockey board of managers will receive any profits.

"Owning the Adirondack Thunder allows us to control our own destiny and focus on the long-term success of hockey and the Civic Center," Daniel J. Burke, president of the coalition, said on Feb. 28. "Since the Adirondack Red Wings left in 1999, the community has not had a long-term commitment from a professional hockey organization. That changes today."

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Business And Government Leaders Meet To Discuss Forming A Sports Tourism Alliance

March 9, 2017 7:21 PM

By Maureen Werther

A group of local officials, business leaders, venue owners and stakeholders are teaming up with the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce's Convention and Visitors' Bureau to talk about establishing the Warren County region as a year-round destination for youth sports tournaments and other amateur athletic competitive groups.

Members of the group include Jeff Mead of the Glens Falls Civic Center; Amy Collins, director of business and tourism for Glens Falls; Joanne Conly, director of tourism for Warren County; Doug Miller of Adirondack Sportsplex; Ben Bernard, Glens Falls Dragons; David Decker of the AAU Basketball board; Michael Consuelo, executive director, Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce; Eugene Merlino, Lake Luzerne town supervisor; Lloyd Mott, chairman of Warren County Safe and Quality Bicycling Organization; Julia Johnson of Gore Mountain; Sarah Montgomery of West Mountain; and Mark Shearer of Gold Goal Sports Park.

Kristen Hanifin, special events and convention sales director for the Convention Bureau is spearheading the initiative and is enthusiastic about the opportunities to be gained from forming an alliance that hopes to attract larger regional and national sports events to the area.

The Lake George Chamber has been involved in promoting sports tourism for several years. Hanifin started with the Chamber in 2016 and immediately began working with local sports venues in an effort to drive future economic growth for the area via a year-round sports-centered tourism economy.

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Personnel Briefs: March 2017

March 9, 2017 7:18 PM

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Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company has promoted two senior officers.
Andrew Wise was promoted to the new position of chief administrative officer and Christine Snow was promoted to senior vice president, branch services.

Wise will report to the CEO and assist with the company's overall administration, strategic planning and operational management. He joined the bank in 2016 as senior vice president of administration and has more than 25 years of operational and information technology management experience.

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Wise has a bachelor's degree from Boston University's School of Management and is a licensed New York state insurance broker. He serves on the board of the Wesley Community and is a member of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club.

 Snow will continue to manage the company's branch network and oversee retail banking policies, products and procedures. She joined the company in 2016 as vice president of branch services, bringing more than 30 years of retail banking experience to the position. 
She has a bachelor's degree from Russell Sage College.

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R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery In Washington County To Open Tap Room In Saratoga Springs

March 9, 2017 7:16 PM

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This sign welcomes people to R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery in Salem.

By R.J. DeLuke

R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery in Washington County hopes to open soon in Saratoga Springs a tap room for its farm-brewed products.

"We hope to be open by Memorial Day weekend," said Rich Taylor, owner of the farm brewery business at 3602 County Road 30 in Salem.

The company currently operates a tap room on the farm property where people go to quaff the locally made product and occasionally listen to music. Under the farm brewery license, companies like R.S. Taylor & Sons are allowed to open up to five tap rooms. The one in Saratoga Springs will be the second. A third is being planned in the Albany area, Taylor said.

The 1,600-square-foot space is in Congress Plaza in downtown Saratoga Springs, in an end unit in the southern portion of the plaza. The space was formerly Bubbles Laundromat.

Renovations involve putting in a bar and tap service. "It shouldn't take long to do what we need to do," he said. The main issue is getting all the necessary operating permits.

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'Freakopolis Geekery' Is Haven For Comic Book Collectors And Players Of All Types Of Games

March 9, 2017 7:13 PM

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Kids play old-fashion arcade games at the Freakopolis Geekery, a comic book and game store located at 120 Main St. in Whitehall. Games are a big draw to the store, owner Troy Rollins says.

By Liz Witbeck

Comic books and games have always been a part of Troy Rollins' life. His childhood centered on enjoying games and comics with friends.

"We'd travel for hours to get to a cool game store," said Rollins.

Now the time has come for Rollins to open up his own game store. He has been involved in independent software development and media production for the past 25 years.

The Freakopolis Geekery is a comic book and game store located at 120 Main St. in Whitehall.

Rollins operates the store with his sons, T.J. and Ian. Both went to SUNY Adirondack. He wanted to create a business that they could be involved in together as a family.

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Barkeater Chocolates Will Have Its Products In 72 Price Chopper Stores In Coming Months

March 9, 2017 7:08 PM

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Deb Morris, a chocolatier and co-founder of Barkeater Chocolates in North Creek, employs eight people at her production facility and her products are widely distributed.

Barkeater Chocolates will soon have its gourmet chocolates, handcrafted in North Creek, available in a local grocery store chain.

The company announced March 2 that its products are being rolled out to 72 Price Chopper and Market 32 stores across New York state over the course of the next several months.

The 72 stores are offering Barkeater's famous Barkeater Bars in five flavors, Grown Up Peanut Butter Cups, a locally sourced all-natural crunchy peanut butter, and two varieties of their "bark" product.

"We've been working with Price Chopper for several years now, and are thrilled that they are choosing to increase our footprint to all of their New York stores," said Deb Morris, a chocolatier and co-founder of Barkeater Chocolates.

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Business Briefs: March 2017

March 9, 2017 7:03 PM

Erbessd Reliability Instruments Corp. of South Glens Falls, the creator of the DigivibeMX series of machine health analyzers, was recently selected as the supplier of choice for dynamic balancing systems by Harvard University Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

According to the company, Thomas Blough, Staff Engineer of the Harvard University Wyss Institute selected the DigivibeMX M10 dynamic balancing system created by the Erbessd Reliability team due to its power to easily assess machine health, the intuitive nature of the user interface, and the ability to correct imbalance conditions in rotary machines such as blowers, fans, pumps, and turbines with flawless accuracy.

The Harvard University Wyss Institute leverages recent insights into how nature builds, controls and manufactures to develop new engineering innovations, a new field of research called biologically inspired engineering. By emulating biological principles of self-assembly, organization and regulation, Harvard is developing disruptive technology solutions for healthcare, energy, architecture, robotics, and manufacturing, which are translated into commercial products and therapies through formation of new startups and corporate alliances. 

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Business Report: It's Just Not Fair

March 9, 2017 6:46 PM

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Michael Cruz, president, Lighthouse Advisors LLC in Queensbury.

By Michael Cruz

Something strange has happened in the business world. I keep hearing "it's not fair" as a mantra for excuses. By now, we should realize that life is not fair. So, why keep whining about it not being so?

What does 'fair' mean? Synonyms are: just, equitable, impartial, unbiased. What part of your business world has ever been fair?

Let's blame our parents. When my kids were young the learned "dada" and "mama" first. The third thing they learned to say is, "It's not fair!" Most parents attempt to logically justify fairness.

This is especially true when justifying why one sibling gets something, or gets to do something that another sibling is not getting. Yet, trying to explain that it is 'fair' harms the child. It sets in motion that idea that life should be fair. I went in a different direction. I told our kids that they were right when they said it was not fair. I would say, "You are right. It is not fair. Get used to it, because life is not fair." Harsh as it may be, they all learned that life indeed is not fair.

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Speakers To Discuss Collaborative Economic Development Efforts At EDC Breakfast Event

March 9, 2017 6:42 PM

EDC Warren County will highlight collaboration between Warren County and the Capital Region that can strengthen economic opportunities at a breakfast program on Wednesday, March 22 at The Queensbury Hotel, 88 Ridge St., Glens Falls. 

Registration and networking will begin at 7:30 a.m. The breakfast and program start at 8 a.m. and will adjourn by 9:15 a.m. 

Glens Falls Hospital and Local Union 773 are event sponsors.

Three guest speakers will offer their perspectives on the outlook for the county and the Capital Region. They include Ronald Conover, chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors and supervisor for the town of Bolton; Andrew Kennedy, president and CEO of the Center for Economic Growth and a former economic development and state operations official in the Gov. Andrew Cuomo administration; and Michael Yevoli, regional director of the Capital Region office for Empire State Development.

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GlobalFoundries To Expand At Its Malta Plant, Add New Chip Manufacturing Plant In China

March 9, 2017 6:40 PM

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GlobalFoundries plans to expand capacity by an additional 20 percent at this Fab 8 facility in Malta, with the new production capabilities to come online in the beginning of 2018.

Courtesy GlobalFoundries

GlobalFoundries announced in February plans to expand its global manufacturing footprint in response to growing customer demand for its comprehensive and differentiated technology portfolio.

The company is investing in its existing leading-edge fabs in the United States, including the Fab 8 plant in Malta, and Germany, expanding its footprint in China with a fab in Chengdu, and adding capacity for mainstream technologies in Singapore.

"We continue to invest in capacity and technology to meet the needs of our worldwide customer base," said company CEO Sanjay Jha. "We are seeing strong demand for both our mainstream and advanced technologies, from our world-class RF-SOI platform for connected devices to our FD-SOI and FinFET roadmap at the leading edge. These new investments will allow us to expand our existing fabs while growing our presence in China through a partnership in Chengdu."

In the United States, GlobalFoundries plans to expand 14nm FinFET capacity by an additional 20 percent at its Fab 8 facility in Malta, with the new production capabilities to come online in the beginning of 2018.

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Local Banks See Large Growth In Commercial And Small Business Administration Loans

March 9, 2017 6:38 PM

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This is the Glens Falls National Bank branch office at 8446 Route 22 in Granville. Banks like Glens Falls National look for opportunities to expand their footprint into new areas.

Courtesy Glens Falls National Bank

By Maureen Werther

Local and regional banks are reporting record growth and increased attention being paid to expansion--physically and technologically--as they continue to court the growing number of businesses that are expanding throughout upstate New York.

While some local banks, like Adirondack Trust Co. are building upon their already strong relationships with customers in the immediate area, other banks, like Ballston Spa National Bank and Saratoga National, have seen significant growth as a result of expanding into other regional markets.

Still other banks, like NBT, which has branch offices throughout the state, are continuing to be viable competitors by offering high-caliber services to meet the needs of a diverse customer base.

Stephan Von Schenk, president of Adirondack Trust, said last year saw record growth across all three of their lending portfolios, with residential and consumer lending up by 15 percent.

"Anything over 10 percent is very fast and is not sustainable without expansion and increasing infrastructure," he said.

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Bank: Precautions Should Be Taken During Tax Season To Prevent Exposure To Fraud, Scams

March 9, 2017 6:36 PM

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Charles V. Wait, Jr. is executive vice president at Adirondack Trust Co.

Courtesy Adirondack Trust Co.

As the 2017 tax season gets underway, the Adirondack Trust Co. is urging all customers to take extra precaution when filing their returns to prevent exposure to tax fraud.

"Fraudsters are using very clever tactics to get ahold of your personal information and submit false tax notes," said Charles V. Wait, Jr., bank executive vice president. "Consumers must be suspicious of any communication from the IRS through email, text or social media that requests personal information, and should keep a watchful eye out for missing W-2s and mail containing sensitive financial information."

Tax identity fraud takes place when a criminal files a false tax return using a stolen Social Security number in order to fraudulently claim the refund. Identity thieves generally file false claims early in the year and victims are unaware until they file a return and learn one has already been filed in their name.

To help consumers prevent tax ID fraud, the Adirondack Trust Co. offered the following tips:

• File early. File your tax return as soon as you're able, giving criminals less time to use your information to file a false return.

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Woman Transformed Farm Land And Old Barns Into A Scenic, Rustic Wedding Venue

March 9, 2017 6:34 PM

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Burlap and Beams, shown lit up at dusk, hosts about 20 weddings between May and October each year, according to owner Terri Larson.

By Jill Nagy

Terri Larson has transformed a cluster of barns dating from the 1800s and a large open field with views of Three Sisters Mountain into a romantic venue for summer weddings.

Her company, called Burlap and Beams, hosts about 20 weddings between May and October each year.

Larson lives in the farmhouse on the property and her day job is as a third grade teacher. However, when school is out, she becomes a wedding entrepreneur.

She said she got the idea from a friend who asked to use the property for her wedding. The property was not in any shape for a wedding. That ceremony landed elsewhere, but the idea took root.

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Head Of Orthopedic And Spine Physical Therapy Doesn't Shy Away From A Challenge

March 9, 2017 6:31 PM

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Denise Buher is the owner of Orthopedic and Spine Physical Therapy PC which has locations in Queensbury and Moreau. She has been in operation for 21 years.

By Maureen Werther

With 21 years under her belt as owner of Orthopedic and Spine Physical Therapy PC, one of the biggest differences owner Denise Buher sees is how increasingly complicated it has become to spend more time with patients and less time with paperwork.

Despite those challenges, Buher, who is a certified therapist in mechanical diagnosis and therapy of the spine from the McKenie Institute, is still happy with the decision she made more than 20 years ago to go out on her own.

Buher began her career as a senior therapist on the staff of Glens Falls Hospital, where she said people automatically mistook her for a supervisor.

"That's probably because I always acted like one," she said.

Buher started out as a solo practitioner, hiring a physical therapy assistant the following year.

Gradually, she added more employees and now she manages a staff of 15, including four full-time and two part-time physical therapists, one full-time and two part-time PT assistants, and six administrative and support staff.

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Kathleen Kelly Established Thriving Business With Queensbury Cigar & Pipe On Route 9

March 9, 2017 6:29 PM

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Kathleen Kelly moved to the area 24 years ago and opened a coffee shop. She has since expanded, running Queensbury Cigar & Pipe, where customers can get a cigar, coffee, wine and beer.

By Jennifer Farnsworth

Having a strong work ethic, along with perseverance, are two things many small business owners say are part being successful.

Kathleen Kelly, owner and CEO of and Queensbury Cigar & Pipe, may be the perfect example of this mantra. From selling her first cup of coffee 23 years ago, to now, Kelly is making her mark in the business.

Kelly moved to Lake George from Long Island 24 years ago, after having a hard time finding work. While still in Long Island, she was selling electrical supplies and had a moment where she decided to make a change.

"I decided to make things happen for me. To me it's all about hard work and never giving up, trusting your gut. In 1994, I decided to open a coffee shop in the village called Cup O' Joes. I remember making $11 on my first day and being so excited," said Kelly.

Kelly said that first year was during what was she called the "cigar boom." She said noticed many people seemed to be looking for a quality cigar. After her first year in business with the coffee shop, she purchased a small cabinet humidor and stocked cigars, eventually adding some pipes to the shop.

She said during this time the internet came about, so she began an e-commerce web site, Eventually, Kelly moved the business to Queensbury, becoming Queensbury Cigar & Pipe.

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Premier Plus Travel & Tours Moves Office From Queensbury To Warren Street In Glens Falls

March 9, 2017 6:27 PM

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Dawn Biddiscombe, owner and operator of Premier Plus Travel & Tours, along with her son Matt Colucci, poses next to the company's executive-style Mercedes tour van.

By Margaret McDonald

Premier Plus Travel & Tours, an independent travel and tour agency, recently opened a new office on Warren Street in Glens Falls.

Run by mother-and-son team of Dawn Biddiscombe and Matthew Colucci, the company aims to provide safe and reliable transportation to all. Transportation is offered for jaunts like New York City shopping tours, pub crawls, weddings, proms and runs to the airport.

Originally from Vermont, Biddiscombe maintained a travel hobby for 15 years before opening her part-time business three years ago booking travel and group deals.

She said she loves helping people find the most cost-efficient trips and is especially familiar with the Caribbean and Mexico.

After 13 years as a paralegal for AngioDynamics, Biddiscombe left her corporate job to devote herself entirely to the travel company. She described the decision as a turning point that enabled her to fully pursue her passion.

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Development Officials In Glens Falls Region Await State Decision On Grant Spending Plan

March 9, 2017 6:24 PM

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Ed Bartholomew, president of EDC Warren County.

Courtesy EDC Warren County

By Jill Nagy

Glens Falls planners and city officials have had the job for the last few months of deciding how to spend $10 million. The money comes in the form of a grant from the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

They came up with more than a dozen programs and initiatives ranging from a year-round farmers' market to a "race for space" contest.

Plans were presented to the public at a Feb. 23 meeting. The final wish list will be reviewed by a statewide committee and then passed along to the governor, according to Ed Bartholomew, president of EDC Warren County.

Each proposed project will be reviewed. Bartholomew said the proposals total more than $10 million. If all 14 of them are approved, the city will seek other funding to make up the difference.

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Washington County Local Development Corp. Has 42 Active Loans, $1M Available To Loan

March 9, 2017 6:19 PM

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Deanna Derway, president, Washington County Local Development Corp.

By Jill Nagy

With a $5 million loan portfolio to administer, the Washington County Local Development Corp. helps to foster a vibrant small business community in a largely rural county. Deanna Derway, president, executive director and the only employee of the corporation, "wears lots and lots of hats" keeping things going.

According to Derway, there are currently 42 active loans and she just made two more. Some $1 million is available for new loans.

The nonprofit corporation began in the 1970s with money from federal Community Development Block Grants. Aside from $80,000 a year from the county, interest, fees, and repayments of the loans made from those early grants sustain the organization.

Any business in Washington County is eligible to apply for a loan, she said. Applicants must be for-profit businesses and job creation is a criteria. (The unemployment rate in Washington County was 4.9 percent at the end of 2016, slightly above state and national averages).

The varied loan portfolio includes farms, restaurants, energy transport companies, cleaning services, delis and breweries. Typically, the corporation lends to businesses with some risk, "stuff banks may not want to lend to," she said.

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Dunkin' Donuts Opens New Store In Granville, Employing Approximately 25 Crew Members

March 9, 2017 6:18 PM

Dunkin' Donuts has opened a new restaurant in Granville at 75 Quaker St.

The new restaurant is open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday and employs approximately 25 crew members. It offers free Wi-Fi and includes sustainable features and practices including energy-efficient LED light fixtures.

Company officials said the layout of the building, design of traffic patterns in the drive-thru and HD communications and software systems create a more efficient On-The-Go drive-thru process for guests.

Donuts of Rutland, which currently operates 14 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in northeastern New York and south central Vermont, is the franchisee of the new restaurant in Granville.

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LARAC Public Arts Program To Feature Adirondack Chairs Designed By Local Artists

March 9, 2017 6:17 PM

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council's Lapham Gallery, 7 Lapham Place in Glens Falls, is bringing back the public arts project Have a Seat in Glens Falls.  

LARAC is inviting artists to decorate an Adirondack chair to be displayed throughout the downtown area during the 2017 summer season. A stipend for the selected designs will be given.

The outdoor art project will be seen by both residents and tourists as they dine, shop, and take in all the cultural options Glens Falls has to offer, the organization said.

"The Have a Seat in Glens Falls project first started in Glens Falls in 2010, the same year that I started working at LARAC," said LARAC Executive Director Candice Frye. "It was my first introduction into how public art in Downtown Glens Falls can bring people together and have a positive impact on the community. Seven years later, we are excited to bring back this project. 

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Chamber's Women In Business Committee To Sponsor Blood Drive For American Red Cross

March 9, 2017 6:15 PM

The Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee is sponsoring its second American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center on Monday, March 27.. 

Appointments are available from 12:30 to 6 p.m. 

The committee's first sponsored blood drive was in November when nearly 40 pints were donated. Appointments can be made online at

Chamber officials said the Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

The chamber is also offering a variety of events in the month of March, offering networking and professional development opportunities.
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2017 The Hyde Exhibitions Include Abstract, Contemporary, Watercolor And Photography

March 9, 2017 6:09 PM

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This painting is part of an upcoming exhibition at the Hyde Museum of the works of Allen Blagden, renowned for his paintings of birds, animals and scenes of the Adirondacks.

Officials at the Hyde Museum are looking for a strong 2017, with an exhibition schedule that includes one of the country's greatest living watercolorists, an innovative contemporary artist, the most influential abstract artist of the postwar era, the annual Juried High School Show, and a massive exhibition of American folk art.

Featured exhibits this year include:

• Lorna Bieber: Forces of Nature, through May 14

The photo murals and montages of Bieber will be featured in the Hoopes Gallery. The artist manipulates stock media photography in scale and medium, reinterpreting the natural world, and evoking a sense of collective memory. Her works re-create nature as an idyllic and poetic world of familiar images. Bieber was trained as a painter, but turned her attention to photography while working for magazines. Her subject matter includes natural elements such as trees, flowers, and animals, as well as figurative subjects, sometimes with references to art history.

• Marking the Moment: The Art of Allen Blagden, Feb. 12 to April 16.

Blagden is a distinguished contemporary realist with longtime ties to the Adirondacks. He is well known for his paintings of animals, birds, landscapes, and people in the style of Winslow. His love of wildlife and birds stems from an internship illustrating for Serengeti National Park in Kenya, working for the Department of Ornithology at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and summers spent in the Adirondacks.

Marking the Moment features 62 works by Blagden and is curated by Caroline Welsh, art historian and director emerita of the Adirondack Museum.

• The Juried High School Show, May 6 to May 28.

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Family Makes $1 Million Donation Toward The Upgrading Of Local Hospital Birthing Unit

February 10, 2017 12:45 PM

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A $1 million donation from the Bill and Joanne Stock Foundation will go toward the renovation project underway at The Snuggery family-centered birthing unit at Glens Falls Hospital.

Courtesy Glens Falls Hospital

In her 30-plus years living in Glens Falls, the late Joyce Stock served as a nurse at Glens Falls Hospital, built a popular restaurant and raised three sons who share her philanthropic generosity.

In January, her eldest son, Bill, returned to Glens Falls to honor his mother's memory and with one of the largest philanthropic gifts in Glens Falls Hospital history in the form of a $1 million donation from the Bill and Joanne Stock Foundation.

The money will go toward a $5 million renovation project underway at The Snuggery family-centered birthing unit at the hospital.

The hospital announced that the birthing unit will now be known as The Joyce Stock Snuggery at Glens Falls Hospital.

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Gore, Whiteface Mountains To Get Upgrades; Officials Say It Will Lead To Increased Tourism

February 10, 2017 12:43 PM

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Gore Mountain is slated for upgrades being funded by the state that include restoring the original 1967 gondola unloading station into a summit warming facility and overlook.

New York state will invest up to $20 million for major upgrades at Gore and Whiteface mountains to attract more visitors and build on the North Country's winter tourism industry.

Officials said the investments will enhance the current facilities and create state-of-the art skiing, lodging, dining and retail opportunities and year-round activities.

The project will be the first major upgrade at both Whiteface and Gore in 30 years and will develop opportunities to increase off-season revenue, while making these facilities more competitive with other resorts around the world, officials said.

"Winter tourism is a key driver of the North Country economy and we have made it a top priority to leverage natural assets in the region to increase visitors, create jobs and spur economic growth," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "New York state has Olympic-caliber assets and world-class skiing, but the facilities at Gore and Whiteface are outdated and sub-par. This investment will transform these resorts into year-round, world-class skiing destinations, and attract new skiers and snowboarders from around the globe."

The improvements will help expand opportunities for local small businesses in the surrounding areas and help promote the state's vast winter recreational opportunities, the governor said.

This investment will leverage up to $80 million in private funding to add additional amenities and retail options for guests. The $20 million for the upgrades at Whiteface and Gore is in addition to $10 million the state is providing to the Olympic Regional Development Authority as part of the 2017-18 fiscal year budget.

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'Fat Kid Foods' Creates A Delivery Service For Restaurants That Don't Normally Provide It

February 10, 2017 12:41 PM

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Darren Porter operates Fat Kid Foods based in Glens Falls.

By Jennifer Farnsworth

Darren Potter is betting that everyone at some point has wished their favorite restaurant would deliver.

Tired of being limited to pizza delivery, Potter decided to create a business based on the concept of restaurant delivery for all. Now entering its second month, Fat Kid Foods, has partnered up with restaurants in and around the Glens Falls area, offering a full-service food delivery option for eateries where previously delivery may not have been an option.

Potter said he and 11 other employees are working to get the word out that they are open for business. The staff is split between the office and being on the road, getting meals their hungry customers.

Fat Kid Foods takes the orders from customers. They then contact the participating restaurant, pay for and pick up the food, and deliver it. Customers then pay for the food order and a delivery service fee.

Drivers are dispatched via cell phone, with the available driver closest to the particular restaurant picking up the order.

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Local Developer Ed Moore To Receive Annual Juckett Award At Dinner Event On March 11

February 10, 2017 12:39 PM

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Ed Moore is this year's recipient of the J. Walter Juckett Community Service Award.

Courtesy ARCC

The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the 28th J. Walter Juckett Community Service Award will be presented to real estate developer Ed Moore.

The award will be given at the 2017 ARCC annual awards dinner on Saturday, March 11, at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing. A cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m.

ARCC officials said Moore has played an integral role in the region's development, from establishing the French Mountain Commons and Log Jam Outlet centers at Northway Exit 20, to his involvement with the Adirondack Civic Center Coalition and the purchase and revitalization of the Queensbury Hotel. As a real estate developer, he has invested millions in the community, served on multiple community and charitable boards and volunteered his time to the growth and expansion of this region.

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Fresh ADK Prepares Dishes For People On Special Diets That May Have Health Concerns

February 10, 2017 12:35 PM

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Melissa Brennan, center, stands with staff at Fresh ADK, her new restaurant in Glens Falls that has meals for people on vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free or dairy-free regimens, or those just seeking fresh food.

By Jill Nagy

Devoid of energy, inexorably gaining pound after pound of unwanted weight, and itching all over, Melissa Brennan said she knew things were not right.

She eventually discovered that she has celiac disease, an allergy to gluten. She is also lactose intolerant and had a serious histamine overload.

Radical changes in her diet solved those problems, but left her with another one: If she wanted to go out to eat, there was nowhere around where she felt safe.

So, she invented one.
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ARCA Ink Moves To New South Glens Falls Location, Looks Forward To Growing Business

February 10, 2017 12:34 PM

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Robert Chadwick and his wife Wendy LaFountain Chadwick, owners of ARCA Ink, moved their screen printing business to Bluebird Road in South Glens Falls in January.

By Jennifer Farnsworth

What started as a small printing business in the basement of a residential home is now a growing business that husband and wife Robert Chadwick and Wendy LaFountain Chadwick envisioned just over 30 years ago.

ARCA Ink screen printing relocated to South Glens Falls on Bluebird Road just after the new year, a move that Robert Chadwick said will allow the business to continue to grow.

Chadwick said the decision to move into a larger location immediately improved the ease of production for the business.

"The move has helped us so far by giving us the ability to expand our production. We have the space to set up production equipment to meet the needs being generated by sales. This, in turn, is giving us the opportunity to place ads for new jobs as a result of production requirements."

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Susanne Galligan Takes Over Operation Of reeds; Plans To Add Her Own Style And Touch

February 10, 2017 12:32 PM

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Susanne Galligan has taken over operation of reeds gift shop in Glens Falls. She leases the space from the owner and has already developed business relationships with her own group of consignees.

By Maureen Werther

Susanne Galligan has taken over the daily operations of reeds, an eclectic downtown Glens Falls shop that carries an assortment of art, crafts, jewelry, children's imaginative playthings and hand-crafted industrial furniture.

Located at 18 Exchange St., reeds is owned by Tim Reed, who also designs industrial furniture and décor from locally sourced antiques. In fact, most of reed's inventory is made or sourced from local artisans.

Reed said he decided to step away from the store in order to focus on a new business opportunity, but he wanted the store to remain open. Galligan, who has a background in art and sales, started out as a customer and gradually began helping in the store. When Reed decided he needed to devote more time to a new project, he and Galligan devised an arrangement.

"I don't have a chunk of money to buy the store," said Galligan. Instead, she pays the rent and pays Reed for his inventory as it sells, replacing it with her own inventory.

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State Has $4.2 Million Available To Train Workers On Best Ways To Reduce Energy Use

February 10, 2017 12:31 PM

New York state has made $4.2 million available to support programs providing training to building operations and maintenance workers on best practices to reduce energy use and energy bills in buildings across the state.

The funding will advance the state's goal to transition to 50 percent renewables by 2030 and reduce energy use in buildings by 23 percent over 1990 levels, officials said.

"This training is a win-win that will help businesses lower operating costs, reduce energy use and help New York fight climate change," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "With this funding, we are taking one more step toward a cleaner, greener and more sustainable New York for all."

He said the funding is part of a broader statewide effort under the Clean Energy Fund to offer customized technical assistance to increase energy efficiency and drive greater use of renewable energy resources in commercial, industrial, multifamily and institutional buildings, and schools. This training will help advance the state's clean energy efforts because as energy use is reduced in buildings, fewer renewable energy resources will be needed to reach the 50 percent renewables goal.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, building owners can save 5 to 20 percent on their energy bills annually by implementing operations and maintenance best practices. Best practices include requiring an energy management plan with energy-efficient operation as a primary component and using an energy accounting system to locate savings opportunities and track and measure the success of energy efficient strategies.

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Troy-Based Columbia Cabinets Opens Two New Stores, Including One In Lake George

February 10, 2017 12:29 PM

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Angela Hoskins is a designer at Columbia Cabinets in Queensbury, which specializes in high-quality cabinetry. Each customer doing a renovation gets their own designer assigned to the project.

By Liz Witbeck

Columbia Cabinets, founded in 2004 and headquartered in Troy, recently expanded further north, launching two new locations this year in Lake George and Saratoga Springs

Owner Evan Levey and his staff want to ensure home renovation process is everything a family could want when it comes to things like doors, wood, finishes and appliances.

The Lake George showroom at 974 Route 9 will hold a grand opening in March. It had a soft opening late last year.

The Saratoga Springs location opened in January at 489 Broadway. It also had a soft opening late last year.

In addition to Troy, there is also a New York City store.
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Personnel Briefs: February 2017

February 10, 2017 12:20 PM

P Brief - Noah Illinski.jpgNortheastern Fine Jewelry has named Noah Illinski store manager of the jeweler's new location in Glens Falls.

The company also appointed Jennifer Carusone to the position of sales associate at the store.

Illinski will oversee store operations, including sales, support and office staff. He will oversee a team of five staff members.

P Brief - Jennifer Carusone.jpgIllinski, who has served as a store manager with Northeastern Fine Jewelry since 2015, has more than a decade of customer service retail experience, and previously served as assistant general manager at Giorgio Armani. He holds credentials from the American Gem Society and a master's certificate from Omega Watch Group.

A native of South Glens Falls, Carusone previously worked for Scoville Jewelers and has a decade of experience in the jewelry business. She has been recognized for outstanding service on numerous occasions by Hearts on Fire, a designer of luxury-branded diamonds and diamond jewelry.

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The Hyde Collection announced the appointment of two new members of its board of trustees, Ellen-Deane Cummins and Sarah Parker Ward.

Cummins has been a summer resident of Bolton Landing for more than 35 years and moved three years ago from Boston to Saratoga Springs. She has been an active member of several nonprofit organizations in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Boston.

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Double H Ranch, Outdoor Respite For Children With Cancer, Celebrating 25 Years Of Service

February 10, 2017 12:18 PM

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Famed actor Paul Newman, left, poses with businessman and philanthropist Charles R. Wood. The two founded the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne for children with cancer.

Courtesy Double H Ranch

The Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne is celebrating 25 years of providing year-round outdoor Adirondack adventures for children with life-threatening and serious illness, free of charge.

For the past 25 years the Double H Ranch has restored the joy of childhood to over 60,000 children who, due to the seriousness of their illness, are typically precluded from participating in the deserved experiences of growing up.

The Double H Ranch plans to celebrate this special milestone throughout 2017.

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Business Report: Consider Financial Gifts

February 10, 2017 12:14 PM

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Breanna Lundy, financial advisor with Edward Jones Financial in Greenwich.

Courtesy Edward Jones Financial


Last year, Americans spent more than $19 billion on Valentine's Day gifts, according to the National Retail Federation, with the majority of this money going to flowers, candy, cards and an evening out.

These gifts were thoughtful, of course, and no doubt appreciated, but they were also somewhat disposable, for want of a better word. On the other hand, some financial gifts can have a pretty long "shelf life."

Beyond simply enclosing some money in a card, what sort of financial gifts can you give? The answer depends somewhat on the recipient. For example, if your sweetheart is also your spouse, some of the gifts suggested below may be redundant to the financial moves you make together.

However, if you aren't married, or if you and your spouse maintain separate finances, these ideas may make excellent Valentine's Day presents:

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Presidency Of Trump May Have Effect On Tax Laws, But There Are 2017 Changes Regardless

February 10, 2017 12:11 PM

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Jane-Marie Schaeffer is a senior associate with the Herzog Law Firm.

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By Jane-Marie Schaeffer

How can you best tax plan in 2017? Will the proposals of the Trump campaign impact your immediate plans? The answer is "depends."

There are certain changes that were already scheduled to happen in 2017 irrespective of the election results. In addition, while there will be more changes if President-Elect Trump's proposed tax plan gets passed, most would not take effect until 2018.

Individual income tax - brackets and rates

Currently, there are seven income tax brackets and they are expected to remain in place in 2017. Income tax rates range from a low of 10 percent to the maximum of 39.6 percent. For married couples, the maximum tax rate of 39.6 percent will apply only after adjusted gross income reaches $470,700. Capital gains will continue to be taxed at 0 percent, 15 percent or 20 percent, depending on your income level.

If the tax proposals Trump's campaign presented were enacted, it would simplify the tax code by reducing the number of income tax brackets from seven to three (12 percent, 25 percent and 33 percent), with the highest bracket starting when adjusted gross income reaches $225,000 for a married couple.

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Forensic Accounting, A Growing Field, Has Applications In A Variety Of Investigations

February 10, 2017 12:09 PM

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Pamela L. Cleveland, CPA, MAFF, senior audit manager, CMJ LLP, Queensbury.

Courtesy CMP LLP

By Pamela L Cleveland

One of the newer areas, and also the fastest growing area of accounting is forensic accounting. A forensic accountant has a unique job because the responsibilities involve the integration of accounting, auditing and investigative skills.

Forensic accountants become involved in an array of investigations. This may involve:

Criminal Investigations. Where a forensic accountant may be required to prepare a report with the objective of presenting evidence in a professional and concise manner.

Shareholders' and Partnership Disputes. Involving assignments that require a detailed analysis of numerous years of accounting records in order to resolve, for example, compensation and benefits disputes of shareholders or partners.

Personal Injury Claims. When a forensic accountant is asked to quantify economic losses resulting from an accident, often calculating resulting economic damage in cases of medical malpractice and wrongful dismissal.

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Michaels Group Homes, Operating For Nearly 60 Years, Is In Third Generation Of Ownership

February 10, 2017 12:08 PM

Michaels Group Homes has been building homes for nearly 60 years and is on the third generation of ownership with Luke Michaels at the helm, along with Eric Willson, who is responsible for our daily operations including construction, sales and marketing and customer service.

Luke Michaels started as teenager, sweeping garages. He has worked through all facets of the building company that was started by his grandfather, James W. Michaels, a well-respected leader in the industry.

Luke was led by his father, John H. Michaels, a leader in the homebuilding business who was also known for how much he gave back to the community and the industry.

His uncle and his father's partner in the company, J. David Michaels, still helps guide the company, but the reins are now in Luke's hands and he has continued the traditions started by the founding fathers.

Luke was awarded Builder of the Year in 2015 by the Capital Region Builders and Remodelers Association and took on the responsibility as president of the association in 2016.

Willson has been with the company for 30-plus years. He is a graduate master builder and also served as president of the Capital Region Builders & Remodelers Association. He is the current president of the New York Builders Association.

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Silver Bay YMCA To Build $13M Year-Round Lodging, Dining And Conference Facility

February 10, 2017 12:05 PM

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This is a rendering of the two-story, 42,000-square-foot building that will be a new year-round dining, lodging and conference facility at Silver Bay YMCA. Construction will begin this fall.

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Silver Bay YMCA on the shores of Lake George is planning to build a new inn that will be a year-round dining, lodging and conference facility.

Silver Bay CEO Steve Tamm said construction of the two-story, 42,000-square-foot building is expected to start in September. It will be the first significant addition to the inn at Silver Bay since the 1920s.

It will be funded, in part, through a $4 million gift from Virginia (Rowan) and Manning Smith, long-time supporters of Silver Bay YMCA.

The building is to be named in honor of Virginia Rowan Smith's great-grandfather, William Boyd, an early leader of Silver Bay. The William Boyd Center will "bring Silver Bay's campus into the 21st century," said Tamm.

According to Tamm, the entire project is expected to cost $13 million.

He said it will be "a real game-changer for Silver Bay. Historically, Silver Bay has been primarily focused on its summer programs. This can no longer be the case. Our customer demands, coupled with rising costs and other challenges, require us to look beyond the 10 weeks of summer. We can now look forward to hosting large conference groups throughout the year."

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