Donation Of $11 Million To Hyde Museum Will Lead To Formation Of A New Gallery

August 10, 2016 6:18 PM

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The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls recently received the largest donation since Charlotte Pruyn Hyde bequeathed her home and artwork to establish the museum in 1952

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The Hyde Collection has received the largest donation since Charlotte Pruyn Hyde bequeathed her home and artwork to establish the museum in 1952.

The gift is also believed to be one of the largest gifts to any Capital Region arts institution in over a decade.

Art collector, architect, and Schenectady resident Werner Feibes provided the major bequest of art and cash totaling more than $11 million. With the gift, The Hyde will create a new 1,500-square-foot gallery dedicated to the display of modern and contemporary art. Named in honor of the donor and his late partner, the Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, will open to the public in the summer of 2017, museum officials said.

The donation by Feibes also aims to inspire others to give to The Hyde Collection. In August, the museum kicked off a major fundraising initiative, designed to match a portion of Feibes' cash gift to support the new gallery space. Officials said funds raised will expand The Hyde's reputation as the leading visual arts institution in the region, positioning it to present the "art of our time" alongside its old masters and distinguished works of European and American art.

For more than four decades, Feibes and the late James Schmitt built a world-class art collection that aligned with their personal tastes and interest in non-objective art, pop art, abstract art and minimalism. Building on Feibes' previous donation of 55 modern and contemporary works to The Hyde in 2015, the bequest includes the remainder of the collection (105 works).

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Hospital Plans $5 Million Renovation Of Its 'Snuggery' Birth Unit Beginning In September

August 10, 2016 6:16 PM

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This patient room in the Snuggery at Glens Falls Hospital will be among those renovated.

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Glens Falls Hospital has unveiled plans for a $5 million renovation of the Snuggery, a family centered birthing unit, and announced a $250,000 donation for the project from the David S. and Janet R. Sheridan Foundation.

With the Sheridan gift, the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation has now raised more than $600,000 toward its goal of $1.25 million in donations for the project. Stewart's Shops and the Dake family previously made a $250,000 donation, and the Sandy Hill Foundation has contributed $100,000.

The renovation of the 31-year-old unit, the setting for more than 40,000 births since its opening, will encompass:

• A complete remodeling of all 22 patient rooms, with aesthetic improvements, individual room temperature controls, and redesigns to better accommodate today's technology and equipment, particularly those needed in emergency situations.

• Relocation and expansion of the special care nursery, which serves premature and post-mature infants, as well as others requiring special care.

• The creation of a new family and friends waiting room, and renovation of the elevator lobby area.

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Northern Eagle Beverages To Purchase The Brewing Segment Of Davidson Brewing Co.

August 10, 2016 6:14 PM

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The sale of the Davidson Brothers' Brewery in Queensbury to Northern Eagle Beverages Inc. will be finalized soon. The brothers will still own the restaurant in Glens Falls and the brand.

By Maureen Werther

The recent purchase of Davidson Brothers' Brewery in Queensbury by Northern Eagle Beverages Inc. will be finalized by early September of this year.

The latest acquisition by Oneonta-based Northern Eagle increases its presence in the region as both a distributor and producer of locally sourced beers and ales.

Two years ago, they purchased the Cooperstown Brewing Co. in Otsego County, which included rights to the recipes and brands, along with the property and equipment.

This is the first venture into the production side of the industry and, by utilizing Davidson Brothers expertise, they have been successful in resurrecting old favorites from the Cooperstown Brewery such as Old Slugger, Nine Man Ale and Backyard IPA.

George Allen, president of Northern Eagle, is pleased to expand his company's existing association with John and Rick Davidson.

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New Lake George Company Rents Bikes And Accessories; Even Delivers Them To Customers

August 10, 2016 6:12 PM

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Jamie Metivier of Queensbury opened Lake George Bike Rentals on Canada Street.

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Jamie Metivier of Queensbury, with the help of her husband, Anthony, and daughters, Lexy and Julia, has opened Lake George Bike Rentals.

According to Metivier, it is the first of its kind in the area. The business has a storefront at 211 Canada St. in Lake George. It also features a delivery service for vacationers who come to visit the area and wish to rent a bicycle to experience the shops, attractions and scenic lake region.

"During recent trips to other parts of the country, we discovered you can find bike rental shops on just about every corner," Metivier said. "Yet there was no one locally that specialized in bike rentals. After getting our insurance in place and speaking with a local bike retailer, our bikes were ordered and we were in business."

The business has evolved from its original concept of a multi-day delivery service to a storefront in the heart of Lake George Village where hourly bike rentals are offered.

Metivier said that after the first month in business, the reception from tourists coming to the area "has been very welcoming and reservations continue to ramp up every day."

Personnel Briefs: August 2016

August 10, 2016 6:07 PM

P Brief - Susan Pruiksma.jpgThe Hyde Collection announced the hiring of Susan Pruiksma as its financial manager.

She will oversee all of the museum's financial operations including annual budgets, outside audits, accounting, and purchasing activity.

In addition to bookkeeping, Pruiksma will be responsible for developing and coordinating account and statistical data for all departments, monitoring the museum's financial position, and reporting to the director, finance committee, and board of trustees.

Pruiksma comes to The Hyde from the Saratoga Rowing Association, where she served as business manager since 2010. Between 2005 and 2015, she also worked as bookeeper for the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC).

A Washington County native, Pruiksma lives in Argyle and is a graduate of Adirondack Community College, with a degree in business administration.

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P Brief - Lisa Frawley.jpgLisa Frawley recently joined the team at Mannix Marketing Inc. as a digital marketing strategist and Kathryn Tracey was hired as a strategic content developer

Frawley will provide clients with search engine optimization, paid search, social media marketing, and other digital-marketing strategies.

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A&W In Lake George Recovers From Fire, Is Doing Good Business This Season, Owner Says

August 10, 2016 6:05 PM

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A fire in 2015 damaged the A&W restaurant on Route 9 in Lake George, but renovations were made and owner Dave Madden says loyal customers have returned.

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By Susan E. Campbell

Root beer floats and fried clams are traditional summer staples available year-round at the A&W in Lake George. Those foods join more modern favorites like chicken bites with Thai dipping sauce and fried cheese curds.

Loyal customers were forced to take a 10-month hiatus while the decades-old restaurant building at 2208 Route 9 was renovated following an equipment fire that damaged the structure a year ago.

Fortunately, the fire was confined. Plumbing was not damaged. The structure and footprint were not affected. But all the glass and kitchen equipment had to be replaced.

Owner Dave Madden did the repairs himself, with help from friends and co-workers, some of whom are back on the job at a place that has employed them for upward of 20 years.

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Genpak LLC In Glens Falls Will Move To N.C. Next Year; Many Employees Will Move With It

August 10, 2016 6:01 PM

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Genpak, a manufacturer of food packaging products, is moving to Charlotte, N.C.

By Maureen Werther

After 35 years in Glens Falls, Genpak LLC, a company that manufactures food packaging products for the retail food processing and food service industries, is moving its headquarters at 68 Warren St. to Charlotte, N.C.

Kevin Kelly, president of Genpak, said that the decision to relocate was based solely on business considerations and had nothing to do with the local business climate or the quality of workers in the region.

"This was a tough call," said Kelly. "But, we have no manufacturing here. There are three plants, plus our R&D facility located in Charlotte and, we felt that proximity to these facilities was vital to the long-term health of our business."

Kelly said when the company first moved to Glens Falls more than 30 years ago, it had one manufacturing plant. Today, there are 13 operations in the United States and four in Canada.

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Farm-To-Table Dinner Experience Will Be Provided At Queensbury Hotel On August 21

August 10, 2016 6:00 PM

An el fresco farm-to-table dinner experience awaits 100 people on Aug. 21 on Maple Street in Glens Falls, as the Glens Falls Downtown Collaborative, Glens Falls Farmer's Market Association, Glens Falls Food Co-Op and the Queensbury Hotel team up to serve a four-course meal at a new local event dubbed Grandma's Table.

Only 100 tickets went on sale July 26, purchased exclusively at the Food Co-Op, 11 South St., during store hours, Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The idea for this event surfaced through social media when event organizer, Lisa Balschunat, a patron member of the Food Co-op, saw a post on social media about an open air communal table in Jonesborough, Tenn., that was organized to raise awareness about its farmer's market. She mentioned the idea to the boards of the Collaborative and Co-Op, and with a city representative. All involved in the discussion thought it would be a compliment to the festivals and events presently held downtown.

"The goal of Grandma's Table is to bring people together in our community while simultaneously increasing awareness about the numerous fresh farm and whole food options we have in our region," Balschunat said. "Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties are rich with fabulous farms that grow everything we need to eat health and eat happy. We can buy fresh vegetables, berries, melons, greens, meats, cheeses, milk and starter plants to grow our own food in our own backyards or in our local community gardens."

She added, "I have lived in four counties in New York state in my lifetime, and have lived in this region for 19 years. The fresh food options in our area are limitless. There is actually a farmer's market within 30 miles of Glens Falls every day of the week in the summer, and every weekend in the winter. On Aug. 21, we're going to bring some of that food to the long 100-seat table on Maple Street."

At Grandma's Table, Queensbury Hotel Head Chef Michael Crandall, his staff and food prep volunteers from the Co-Op, will create a four-course meal including bruschetta, a garden salad, vegetables, rice and a protein, along with mulled apple cider and apple pie.

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RealtyUSA Merges Into Hanna Family Of Companies, Largest Broker In Ohio And Pa.

August 10, 2016 5:58 PM

RealtyUSA has merged into the Howard Hanna family of companies based in Pittsburgh, combining the largest residential real estate broker in New York state with the largest broker in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The merger was announced at a press conference held in Buffalo on July 13 by Howard W. "Hoddy" Hanna, III chairman of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, and Merle L. Whitehead, president and CEO of RealtyUSA.

RealtyUSA has offices in Queensbury and throughout the Capital Region.

"I have known and respected the Hanna family for years," said Whitehead. "Their growth in the last decade has been amazing. A common theme of commitment to our agents by developing the best in products and services for customers and clients will assure our combined success."

Whitehead will become chairman of the combined company in New York state.

RealtyUSA is the top broker in the state of New York with 65 office locations covering western and central New York, Northern New York, the Capital Region and the Southern Tier. The company reports more than 2,200 sales associates and employees and is ranked the ninth largest real estate company in the country with 23,023 closed transactions last year, based on the REAL Trends 500 report, May 2016, which ranks the 500 largest real estate brokers in the U.S. by 2015 closed transactions.

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Queen Of Harts Pizza In Queensbury Offers Pan-Style Pizza, Chicken Wings And More

August 10, 2016 5:57 PM

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Julie Hart Young and Jedidiah Murphy opened Queen of Harts in Queensbury.

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By Molly Congdon

Queen of Harts Pizza is a new pizzeria at 17 704 Upper Glen St. in Queensbury.

The owners, Julie Hart Young and Jedidiah Murphy, have both worked in the restaurant business most of their lives. Julie's family tree--the Hart family-- had already established roots in this area for many years in the pizza business. 

"After many years of working with family and with each other we decided it was time to branch out," Young said. "We thought this area was in need of a non-chain, pan-style pizza shop that delivers and offers slices as well."

Inside the shop, there is seating for approximately 20 people, free Wifi, outlets to charge phones and, Young added, "some good tunes."

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Business Report: Are You Leaving Deductions Behind?

August 10, 2016 5:54 PM

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Sarah Lindsell is a CPA with CMJ LLP Certified Public Accountants, Queensbury.

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By Sarah Lindsell, CPA

As a business owner it is likely you have heard the terminology Tangible Property Regulations, more commonly referred to as TPR at some point over the last couple of years. These new regulations have resulted in hours upon hours of research, reading, and education for CPAs all over the country. They have also resulted in tremendous tax savings for some businesses.

These regulations finally provide specific guidance relating to tangible property. Tangible property being just that, something you can touch. CPAs have been making their best judgement calls regarding expensing versus capitalizing based on the vague regulations we had, combined with court cases and IRS guidance.

The regulations are far too vast to cover in one article, or one novel for that matter. This article will highlight the tax savings that can be achieved by reviewing prior year tangible property expenditures, as this has resulted in considerable refunds for business owners and landlords.

A major component of the TPRs relates to distinguishing between expenditures that qualify as repairs and maintenance items versus capital improvements. In general, expenditures to acquire a tangible asset are to be capitalized, as are costs to improve that asset in current or subsequent years.

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A Good Attorney Is Important For A Business Startup; Then Plenty Of Hard Work

August 10, 2016 5:52 PM

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Paul Pontiff, principal of Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart and Rhodes PC in Glens Falls.

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By Lisa Balschunat

"If you are thinking about starting up a new business or planning to purchase an existing business, first and foremost, plan on working long hours," said Paul Pontiff, principal of Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart and Rhodes PC.

"Then contact a reliable accountant and an attorney that can assist you in the type of business you plan to open."

Pontiff, who has been a lawyer since 1962 and a principal at Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart and Rhodes PC since 1967, said an entrepreneur should plan on two years of preparation before launching a business.

"If you are going to run a mercantile or manufacturing business, then look for a law firm that can help you determine the type of entity that's best for your business," he said. "Determining whether your new business should be a sole proprietor, partnership, corporation, limited liability corporation (LLC) or professional LLC (PLLC) will help you focus on the licenses, certifications or approvals you might need from the state and federal government."

Once the owner has written a business plan and crafted a solid budget, Pontiff said it is imperative that the new business owner "from a legal point of view, looked at insurance liability."

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Business Report: Five Reasons Your Team Is Dysfunctional

August 10, 2016 5:50 PM

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Michael Cruz is president of Lighthouse Advisors LLC in Queensbury.

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By Michael Cruz

The first reason is that you simply do not trust each other. In his breakthrough work, "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team," Patrick Lencioni wrote that the absence of trust is the biggest reason teams do not work well together. This is because we are not often trained to be vulnerable and to trust the people we work with. This very foundation of human behavior means that everything else we try to do is built on a weak foundation.

The second dysfunction is fear of conflict. Again, we were taught in kindergarten that it is most important for everyone to get along. Even if that means holding back on contrary views. If we don't trust each other, we cannot have intelligent debate about options to solving problems. This hurts the team because we do not bring our best ideas to the table.

This leads to a lack of commitment. Decisions that are made are not 'bought into' by each individual. That leads to ambiguity in achieving goals. If we don't agree, we are free to head in different directions. And that allows us to wait for the idea that we did not buy into to fail.

His fourth principle is avoidance of accountability. Can you see the pyramid being built? We don't trust each other, so we don't have a healthy discussion. We walked out doing our own thing. And now, no one holds the other's feet to the fire.

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Environmental Consulting Engineers Help Developers Navigate Complex Regulations

August 10, 2016 5:47 PM

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Dan Reilly, division manager of environmental services for C.T. Male Associates.

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By Susan E. Campbell

Every building site, redevelopment, and manufacturing company faces a complex set of regulatory requirements at the federal, state and local levels designed to protect the environment and keep people safe from contaminants.

Even the public sector and green spaces like trails, parks and cemeteries must comply.

This is the challenge of environmental consulting, a highly specialized, professional field that is thriving around Glens Falls and points north. Companies like C.T. Male Associates and the Chazen Companies navigate the ever-changing regulatory process as they seek permits, perform research and testing, and resolve when and how a project should best proceed as contaminants or environmental issues are identified.

Trending now is the redevelopment of idle or abandoned parcels and their structures. The professionals call these areas brownfields, as opposed to undeveloped or greenfield real estate, according to Dan Reilly, division manager of environmental services for C.T. Male Associates.

"Brownfield projects are important to the growth and redevelopment of New York and can have a direct impact on the revitalization of an area's economy," Reilly said. "We prefer to be part of the overall cleanup or remediation of properties to put them back into productive use."

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JUST Water Reduces Impact On Environment, Makes Impact On The Bottled Water Industry

August 10, 2016 5:45 PM

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This is the JUST Water packaging line inside the company's Glens Falls plant.

By Maureen Werther

JUST Water packaging plant in Glens Falls is making a big splash in the bottled water industry with the introduction of its innovative and 100 percent recyclable containers.

The company, which recently began operations in the former St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church at 31 Broad St., Glens Falls, is all about sustainability, environmental conservation and giving back to communities. According to COO Jim Siplon, "we are a social impact consumer company."

JUST aims to be a disrupter in the bottled water industry, not just by paying six times the municipal rate for water, or by using less than 3 percent of the excess water in the Adirondack's watershed and working with the municipality to improve its water delivery infrastructure, but also by changing the way water is packaged and sold, according to the company.

Working with Tetra Pak, a producer of innovative and environmentally safe packaging, JUST developed a container it calls "a better bottle." The water container is made of 54 percent paper, sourced from 100 percent certified and traceable Forest Stewardship Council-managed forests; 28 percent plant-based plastic, which is made from an FDA-approved sugarcane-based resin; 15 percent traditional plastic; and 3 percent aluminum foil, which forms the protective liner on the inside of the packaging.

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LGLC Hands Out Awards To Volunteers And Donors At Annual Meeting In Bolton Landing

August 10, 2016 5:42 PM

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State Assemblyman Dan Stec speaks at the LGLC annual meeting in July.

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"Protecting 600 acres is equivalent to the prevention of building 60 new houses, 60 new garages, 60 new driveways ... All things that could impact the health of lake," said Jamie Brown, executive director of the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC), at the group's annual meeting in July.

He said LGLC had protected a total of 600 acres in their fiscal year of 2016.

The meeting, at the Bolton Conservation Club in Bolton Landing, was attended by 55 people who listened to conservation and program updates. Among the speakers were state Assemblyman Dan Stec and Adirondack Council Chairman Robert Kafin.

The LGLC does not advocate against development, rather it works with willing landowners to protect sensitive lands and promote sustainable building practices that have minimal impact on the lake's water quality. Brown also stressed the importance of the LGLC's partnerships with other entities to protect the lake.

Stec spoke about his work keeping the protection of Lake George relevant in the New York State Assembly. He has voted for increased Environmental Protection Funds specifically to continue the fight against aquatic invasive species. Stec also recognized the LGLC on a successful hike-a-thon event where he and his family hiked Cook Mountain for the first time.

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New Holiday Inn And Suites To Be Built Near Northway Exit 18; Opening Expected In May

August 10, 2016 5:40 PM

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This is an architect's rendering of the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites that will be built near Northway Exit 18, on Corinth Road. Ownership says it could be open by May of 2017.

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By Jill Nagy

Developer Jerry Nudi hopes to break ground this month for the construction of a new Holiday Inn Express & Suites motel in Queensbury.

At the beginning of August, he was awaiting "one more piece of paper," that one from New York state, before beginning to dig. If all goes according to schedule, the motel will open May 1, 2017, he said.

Plans for the new Holiday Inn were approved by the Queensbury town planning board in March.

The motel will be located near Northway Exit 18, on Corinth Road, "adjacent to McDonald's," according to Nudi. It will be visible from the Northway and have an entry road across from Big Bay Road.

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Business Report: Options Abound For Downsizing

August 10, 2016 5:37 PM

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Joan E. Taub is an associate broker with Berkshire Halthaway HomeServices, Blake.

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By Joan E. Taub

There have never been more choices in determining where one wants to live. When my grandparents retired they became snowbirds and traveled to Florida for the winter. Splitting time between two states was simply what people did.

The winters in the Northeast seemed too harsh for these "older" people in their 60s. At the time it seemed old and it seemed their only choice.

Now, in 2016 there are choices for the many who are still working, yet want to downsize now that their children have moved out; have retired and want to change their lifestyle; or those who anticipate health issues and fear they will not be able to navigate stairs in the future.

Each scenario has many possibilities.

For the working downsizer, I have noticed a lot of people moving away from the developments and moving into, or closer to, town. They no longer need to car-pool their children and enjoy living in a walkable, vital community where visits to the library, restaurants, stores and movies are so close. The in-town condos are appealing, as are homes in neighborhoods within a mile from downtown.

Many people set themselves up for downsizing years before they are actually ready. They purchase an in-town property with the intention of renting for a few years and, when ready, they move in themselves.

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Business Report: Retirement Plan Options

August 10, 2016 5:35 PM

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Debra L. Smith is a CPA, tax manager at Marvin and Co. PC.

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By Debra L. Smith, CPA

Life expectancy continues to increase because of enhanced science and medical care and social security benefits are expected to be reduced in the future.

For these reasons, it is likely that each of us will enjoy a long retirement that we will primarily have to fund ourselves. With the numerous retirement plan options available to sole proprietors and small businesses, it can seem overwhelming to compare and choose which option is right for you.

Here are two of the more common plans:

1. SEP IRA (Simplified Employee Pension), available for any size business. Eligible employees are defined as individuals 21 or older, employed by an employer in at least three of the last five years, and receiving at least $600 of compensation during the year.

The pros: Easy setup with low (or no) setup costs. Just complete IRS form 5305-SEP and notify employees. It has affordable maintenance and no annual filing requirements.

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Owner Of Smokey Joe's Tavern In Lake George Plans To Keep Business Open All Year Round

August 10, 2016 5:33 PM

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Wendy Harrington, left, owner Joe Porreca and Lindsay Fezza are inside Smokey Joe's Tavern, his second business that opened along the 'Million Dollar half mile' of outlet stores on Route 9.

By Jill Nagy

After nine frustrating winters in Lake George, Joe Porreca will close Smokey Joe's Saloon and Grill from November to April. He has started a new business, called Smokey Joe's Tavern, that opened in July.

It features the same menu and is open seven days a week, all year round.

The new Smokey Joe's is located at 1471 Route 9, part of the "Million Dollar half mile" of outlet stores, and shares a building with a Subway restaurant. The site was formerly occupied by Mr. Bill's Carhop.

Porreca said he hopes to capture the business of some of the outlet shoppers and Northway drivers, less seasonal groups than the lakefront crowd.

Porreca held a soft opening in late July. Once things are running smoothly, he said he will host a grand opening.

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Owner Of Glens Falls Boutique Partners With Daughter To Open Shop In Saratoga Springs

August 10, 2016 5:30 PM

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Molly Reed is the owner of rōv & reeds boutique at 24 Caroline St.

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By Maureen Werther

The owner of reeds boutique on Exchange Street in Glens Falls has partnered with his daughter to open a new boutique in Saratoga Springs.

rōv & reeds at 24 Caroline St. is operated by Molly Reed in the venture. Tim Reed owns the Exchange Street store.

rōv & reeds sells a range of imported soft furnishings, rugs, hand-crafted Moroccan leather goods, pillows, textiles and art, along with other items from Southeast Asia and Morocco.

The shop also offers hand-crafted furniture, sculptures, wall art and handmade jewelry by local artists such as Jenny Horstman, who creates horse sculptures using scrap iron, and Peter Reed, owner of Rusticworks canvas and leather designs.

Molly and her father decided to team up in her endeavor after she returned from a four-month shopping trip across Southeast Asia and Morocco. During her travels, she purchased rugs, pillows, silks and textiles from artists in Thailand, Myamar, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal and Morocco, with a plan to sell them on her online boutique,

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Business Report: What Does Security Mean?

August 10, 2016 5:26 PM

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Richard Ruzzo, managing partner, COO, Shepherd Communication and Security.

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By Richard Ruzzo

When I hear that phrase from a new customer, I know from more than 12 years of experience in the communications and security business that it often means very different things to different people.

The term, "security," has become a catchword encompassing a range of different issues and challenges being faced by the homeowner or business owner today.

As an expert in access control, surveillance, perimeter alarm systems, and "smart" home/office solutions, it's my job to ask the right questions and drill down to what that potential customer really needs to make his/her home or business safe and secure.

For most people, "security" usually means cameras, which really means surveillance. Cameras are a great way to protect your business against costly things like shrinkage (employee or customer theft), low employee productivity, or unnecessary and sometimes nefarious insurance claims for trips and falls at your business or home.

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NY State Has $3 Million In Grants To Help Cities Deal With Recycling Electronic Waste

August 10, 2016 5:24 PM

New York state has made $3 million in Environmental Protection Fund in grants available to assist municipalities with recent, unexpected costs of collection and recycling of eligible electronic wastes.

State consumers are required to recycle electronic waste, such as computers, keyboards, televisions, and small electronic equipment, in an environmentally responsible manner. These grants, part of the 2017 state budget's $300 million investment in the Environmental Protection Fund, will mitigate the growing unexpected financial costs so that municipalities can recycle electronic waste efficiently and sustainably.

"New York state is a leader in protecting the environment and promoting sustainability, and the responsible recycling of electronic waste is an essential component of these efforts," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "This funding will provide resources across the state to ensure cleaner communities for all."

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said the EPF funding will provide municipalities the support and flexibility they need to address e-waste.

State Sen. Tom O'Mara, chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, said the action to strengthen the Environmental Protection Fund "is one of the most important actions we've ever taken in New York government for the benefit of local economies, environments and taxpayers. Here's another example of why. The recycling of electronic waste has become extremely burdensome and costly for local governments and property taxpayers.

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Business Briefs: August 2016

August 10, 2016 5:22 PM

Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. was recognized in June as a 5-Star Superior bank by BauerFinancial, Inc., a bank rating and research firm. Glens Falls National has earned this designation for the past 37 consecutive quarters.

The 5-Star rating indicates Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. is one of the strongest banks in the nation. To earn 5 Stars, banks must excel in areas of capital quality, asset quality and profitability.

Based in Coral Gables, Fla., BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983.

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The Hyde Collection will extend its museum hours on Thursday evenings throughout the month of August to 7 p.m.

The new initiative, titled Hyde Night Out, will also pair the extended hours with participatory programming for the community.

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Low-Income Residents Can Be Trained For Healthcare Jobs Under New College Program

August 10, 2016 5:21 PM

A new SUNY Adirondack program, funded through a Health Profession Opportunity Grant, will train low-income residents of Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties for high-demand healthcare occupations.

Officials said the program will help meet the growing national demand for healthcare occupations, a field the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects to grow 19 percent in the next decade.

Healthcare career pathways supported through the program include nursing, certified nurse aide, home health aide, personal care aide, substance abuse counselor, and other related healthcare occupations.

For those seeking a degree, financial support will be available for non-tuition costs, such as books, uniforms and supplies. Participants in non-credit programs will receive free training and transportation assistance.

All participants will receive academic and career support, including tutoring, mentoring and coaching. Job placement assistance and employment retention are also available. Non-credit and degree-based options, taken alone, or in combination, will make it possible for students to gain credentials for career entry and advancement.

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Lotus Group To Expand Anytime Taxi Service Area

August 10, 2016 5:20 PM

The Lotus Group, a seven-year-old Warrensburg company, is adding a taxi service to its list of ventures that includes an automotive repair shop, a construction company, a property management company, a nutracueticals line, a learning center and daycare, a dog grooming salon, a fine dining restaurant and a truck and auto supply store.

The company has purchased Anytime Taxi from Rich Pennock, who will remain a partner in the business and oversee operations, Lotus officials said in a new release.

According to the company, the taxi company will give visitors to Warren County better access to areas north of Lake George.

Lotus Group CEO Ash Anand said his company "had several calls and emails, as well as anonymous surveys, noting that service going farther than Lake George Village was out of a lot of people's price range."

He said in order to best serve customers Anytime Taxi will operate stations in Queensbury and Warrensburg. Taxis will move from both stations, in any direction, "lowering unreasonable rates and reducing wait times."

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State Clean Energy Standard Requires Half Of Electricity To Come From Renewable Sources

August 10, 2016 5:18 PM

The state Public Service Commission has approved New York's Clean Energy Standard, which officials are calling the most comprehensive and ambitious clean energy mandate in the state's history, to fight climate change, reduce harmful air pollution, and ensure a diverse and reliable energy supply.

The Clean Energy Standard will require 50 percent of New York's electricity to come from renewable energy sources like wind and solar by 2030, with an aggressive phase-in schedule over the next several years, state officials said.

In its initial phase, utilities and other energy suppliers will be required to procure and phase in new renewable power resources starting with 26.31 percent of the state's total electricity load in 2017, growing to 30.54 percent of the statewide total in 2021. The Clean Energy Standard will cost less than $2 a month to the average residential customer's bill, officials said.

"New York has taken bold action to become a national leader in the clean energy economy and is taking concrete, cost-effective steps today to safeguard this state's environment for decades to come," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "This Clean Energy Standard shows you can generate the power necessary for supporting the modern economy while combatting climate change. Make no mistake, this is a very real threat that continues to grow by the day and I urge all other states to join us in this fight for our very future."

Officials said the Clean Energy Standard will:

• Significantly reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and prevent backsliding on progress made to date by maintaining the operations of carbon-free nuclear power plants as the state transitions to a 50 percent renewable requirement.

• Strengthen New York's electric fuel diversity for the reliability benefits it brings. The Clean Energy Standard also places New York as a leader of the global effort to combat climate change and the resulting extreme weather events.

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State Clean Energy Standard Requires Half Of Electricity To Come From Renewable Sources

August 10, 2016 5:18 PM

The state Public Service Commission has approved New York's Clean Energy Standard, which officials are calling the most comprehensive and ambitious clean energy mandate in the state's history, to fight climate change, reduce harmful air pollution, and ensure a diverse and reliable energy supply.

The Clean Energy Standard will require 50 percent of New York's electricity to come from renewable energy sources like wind and solar by 2030, with an aggressive phase-in schedule over the next several years, state officials said.

In its initial phase, utilities and other energy suppliers will be required to procure and phase in new renewable power resources starting with 26.31 percent of the state's total electricity load in 2017, growing to 30.54 percent of the statewide total in 2021. The Clean Energy Standard will cost less than $2 a month to the average residential customer's bill, officials said.

"New York has taken bold action to become a national leader in the clean energy economy and is taking concrete, cost-effective steps today to safeguard this state's environment for decades to come," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "This Clean Energy Standard shows you can generate the power necessary for supporting the modern economy while combatting climate change. Make no mistake, this is a very real threat that continues to grow by the day and I urge all other states to join us in this fight for our very future."

Officials said the Clean Energy Standard will:

• Significantly reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and prevent backsliding on progress made to date by maintaining the operations of carbon-free nuclear power plants as the state transitions to a 50 percent renewable requirement.

• Strengthen New York's electric fuel diversity for the reliability benefits it brings. The Clean Energy Standard also places New York as a leader of the global effort to combat climate change and the resulting extreme weather events.

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Tri-County United Way Makes Duane Vaughan Its Executive Director Effective In September

August 10, 2016 5:14 PM

The Tri-County United Way has hired Duane Vaughn as its new executive director.

Vaughn has been executive director of Wait House, a shelter for homeless youths and mothers in Glens Falls, for nearly 14 years.

The resident of Fort Ann begins work at Tri-County United Way on Sept. 6.

He succeeds Barbara Sweet, who resigned July 1 after heading the charitable agency for nine years.

Jean Lapper, a United Way volunteer, has been serving as interim executive director and consultant.

Vaughn is a co-founder and a past chairman of the Adirondack Non-Profit Business Council of Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Stewart's Co. Celebrates 70 Years Of Being In Business; Opens New Store In Ballston Spa

July 13, 2016 11:57 AM

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Stewart's Corp. completely renovated this shop on Church Avenue in Ballston Spa on the site of its original store opened 70 years ago. The new store supports its expanded food products.

By MAureen Werther

Stewart's Corp. is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the original Stewart's Shop opening on Church Avenue in the village of Ballston Spa. Day-long festivities are scheduled for July 9, including food and even Helicopter ride give-aways.

The company's construction team completely renovated and expanded the shop, including an updated exterior that is a total departure from the familiar brown mansard shingles seen at locations throughout upstate New York and Vermont.

The interior space of the new store is more expansive, with additional counter and cooler space to accommodate the company's growing food and beverage lines. There are additional gasoline pumps and parking in front.

This is only one of many anticipated renovations, expansions and construction of new shops in the works for the next several years, and is a strategic response to the ever-changing needs of consumers in the upstate region.

The corporate philosophy of responsiveness to the customer began with C.V. and Percy Dake as far back as 1917, when they took over the family dairy farm. It continues today under the guidance of Gary Dake, president of Stewart's Corp., and Bill Dake, chairman of the board.

In 1945, C.V. and Percy Dake purchased the Stewart's Dairy & Ice Cream Co. in Ballston Spa from Don Stewart. Because state licensing laws of the time limited which townships a dairy could sell their milk in, purchasing the Stewart's company allowed the Dakes to expand their milk operations. At the time of the purchase, Don Stewart had a small ice cream manufacturing facility on Route 50, owned and operated by the Stewart family since 1918.

The ice cream part of the operation, which included a freezer and a hardening room, had been forced to close during World War I because of a sugar shortage. When C.V.'s son, Charlie, returned from the war later that year, he became very interested in re-opening the ice cream side of the business.

As a veteran, young Charlie had early access to sweetened condensed milk. This allowed him to produce ice cream during his summers off from Cornell, where he was attending school. It wasn't long before the Dakes opened their first ice cream store on Church Avenue in Ballston Spa.

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Second Wine & Food Festival Sets Record For Event At Charles R. Wood Festival Commons

July 13, 2016 11:54 AM

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Sunny skies greeted attendees at this year's Adirondack Wine & Food Festival in Lake George. Officials said the goal of selling 5,000 tickets was surpassed.

Courtesy Adirondack Wine & Food Festival

Adirondack Festivals LLC, which operates the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival, announced that more than 5,200 people bought tickets to the event, held June 25-26 at Charles R. Wood Festival Commons in Lake George.

It was the second annual event and sunny summer skies greeted the attendees, unlike last year's inclement weather.

"I am excited to be able to say that not only did we beat our lofty goal of 5,000 attendees for the festival, we also significantly broke a record for any event held at the Charles R. Wood Festival Commons since it opened last year in Lake George," said Adirondack Festivals owner Sasha Pardy.

"This year we were blessed with two sunny days that brought about 3,500 people on Saturday and 1,500 people on Sunday. Before the weekend even started, we had already sold 4,400 tickets and since no other organizer had ever had a crowd this size at Festival Commons, we took measures to throttle the crowd, announcing that it was likely no at-the-gate tickets would be available for Saturday," Pardy said.

"We ended up selling a few hundred more before we stopped sales, as we saw lines at vendor booths getting longer. Those who attended on Sunday enjoyed no lines and plenty of face time with our wonderful producers. We think we could have sold easily more than 6,000 tickets if we had more vendors and the heat wasn't so intense."

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Eagle Flyer Zip Line Open For Thrill Seekers; Operated By Adirondack Extreme Adventure

July 13, 2016 11:52 AM

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People are strapped in to use the Eagle Flyer zip line that opened in Lake George in early July.

Courtesy Adirondack Extreme LLC

The Eagle Flyer zip line in Lake George opened on July 9 under a new operating agreement between its owner and the owners of Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course in Bolton Landing.

Ralph Macchio Sr., owner of the new zip line, located at his Wild West Ranch & Western Town in Lake George, has contracted with Adirondack Extreme to operate the zip line on his behalf.

Under the agreement, Adirondack Extreme, operated by Jamie and Dave Johnson, will be responsible for operating, staffing and marketing the attraction, which will be the Lake George region's first high-speed zip line.

Macchio will continue to operate the Wild West Ranch and Western Town attraction, which includes the Wild West Saloon family restaurant and a variety of family activities to supplement and complement the Eagle Flyer.

The ranch and restaurant are open for the summer season.

"This makes perfect sense for everybody," Macchio said. "The Johnsons live, eat and breathe the aerial adventure industry. They've got a great thing going in Bolton, and they've designed and built adventure parks around the country. As soon as we approached them with this idea, they couldn't wait to get started. They're going to do a great job turning the Eagle Flyer into one of the top attractions in the region."

Macchio added, "I've worked the last five years to get the Flyer approved, designed and built in a way that blends into the natural beauty of this property, which means so much to me and my family. Now it's ready to go, and I can focus my attention on the other activities at the ranch, knowing that the Flyer is in good hands. I can't wait to start seeing the smiles on people's faces when they land."

Jamie Johnson, owner of Adirondack Extreme, said, "We loved the idea of a high-speed zip line the moment we heard about it. It's just a cool concept, and we look forward to lending our expertise."

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Adirondack Thunder President: First Season A Success; Momentum Building For Next Year

July 13, 2016 11:49 AM

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The Adirondack Thunder beat the Manchester Monarchs in the ECHL playoffs.

Courtesy Adirondack Thunder

By Maureen Werther

After a successful first year in their new home, the Adirondack Thunder hockey team is eagerly counting the days until their 2016-117 season opener.

In a city, Glens Falls, that will be celebrating 35 years as a professional hockey town in 2017, the team and staff feel that they've done a great job of filling the skates of their predecessors.

After some initial resistance, on the part of fans and sponsors alike, to the introduction of an East Coast Hockey League team in the region, the community has embraced the Thunder. The parent team is the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League.

"Our biggest challenge was transitioning from the American league to the East Coast league," said Thunder president, Brian Petrovek. This challenge proved to be more an issue of perception than actual performance, as the Thunder went on to make it to the playoffs in the inaugural season.

"We did initially lose some sponsors and we didn't fill as many seats as we would have liked this past year," said Petrovek. But, he feels the team has gained momentum with fans and local businesses.

The team and the organization have been committed to winning over the community, as evidenced both by the high level of play at the Glens Falls Civic Center and their strong involvement with the community.

"Our level of commitment and participation as a team was exactly where we needed it to be this past year," said Petrovek. They plan to continue to get hold-outs and skeptics back to the arena with both reduced ticket prices and continued community involvement, along with continued of success on the ice.

The organization hopes that by taking money out of the equation both fans and sponsors will support the franchise and give it the chance it deserves to add to the long and rich history of hockey in the region, according to Petrovek.

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Personnel Briefs: July 2016

July 13, 2016 11:41 AM

Adirondack Health Institute's board of directors announced the appointment of Margaret M. Vosburgh as chief executive officer.

Vosburgh, who joined the organization on May 26, has more than 25 years of executive experience, most recently as chief operating officer at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto, Calif., and executive vice president and chief operating officer at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

She succeeds Cathy A. Homkey, who served as AHI CEO since November 2011.

Vosburgh holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, a master of science degree in nursing from Russell Sage College. She was awarded a Wharton Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania. She has published and lectured on topics including high-reliability organizations, organizational design and profitability, employee engagement, and customer satisfaction.

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The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) has added Aray M. Till to the staff as the marketing director and gallery coordinator.

Till will oversee the organization's public, media relations and branding efforts. She will be in charge of strategizing and implementing marketing campaigns.

Her previous experience includes being part of Proctors and Capital Repertory Theatre's marketing/creative team and roles as a consultant for various nonprofit organizations.

In the role of gallery coordinator, Till will work closely with the staff, board of directors, artists and community to put together the shows for the 2017 gallery season and beyond.

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Owners Of Saratoga Springs Bars Open New Delicatessen At 974 Route 9 In Queensbury

July 13, 2016 11:37 AM

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Vallie Autumn, right, and Teil Durrin serve up a meal at Benny's Deli & Sandwiches, a new business at 974 Route 9 in Queensbury that serves an array of different sandwiches.

By Maureen Werther

After its initial five weeks in business, Benny's Deli & Sandwiches is doing "phenomenally," according to its owners, Rebecca and Jason Southwood.

Located at 974 Route 9 in Queensbury, the business has already earned a five-star rating on Facebook and its owners are looking forward to a strong summer of business.

Benny's differs from some other delis and sandwich shops because of its line of bread-less options, using vegetables like cucumbers, bell peppers and lettuce in place of bread.

The owners' decision to add the bread-less items is, in part, a homage to Rebecca's deceased brother, Benjamin Mulderry, who died in 2012 after a long battle with diabetes. He was also the impetus behind the Southwood's decision to open a deli.

"Benny was a chef and worked in delis for many years," she said. When the Southwoods decided to purchase and renovate the Queensbury location, they weren't sure at first what they would do with the property. They both have experience owning and operating bars. Rebecca is the former owner of Pure in Albany, and her husband owned Mardi Gras, also in Albany.

Currently, they own and operate Spa City Tap & Barrel and the Bourbon Room, bars located on Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs.

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'Health Authority' Store In South Glens Falls Midtown Plaza Has Healthy Lifestyle Products

July 13, 2016 11:16 AM

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Karley Hoffman is the manager of The Health Authority store opening July 19 in the Midtown Plaza, South Glens Falls. Its products include men's and women's skin care products.

By Lisa Balschunat

Men's and women's skin care products, health supplements, essential oils, cosmetics, medical supplies, children's sun care products, and brain-engaging items for kids are filling the shelves of The Health Authority Store opening July 19 in the Midtown Plaza, 110 Main St.

The Health Authority manager Karley Hoffman, said the new store, located between the Bargain Box and Panda Garden Chinese Restaurant, "focuses on healthy body, healthy mind and healthy lifestyle."

She said the store products for men include Bull Dog Skin Care, Rock Tape, Nuun Hydration Tablets, the Art of Shaving and Lab Series.

"Men's skin care products, and especially after-shave care, is becoming more of an experience for men," she said. "We have shave creams, balm, after-shave care products and shaving kits."

Women's products include skin and hair care, Philosophy brand, Bliss Body Care, Goddess Garden natural organically, lip balms and glosses, and natural and organic sunscreens. Children's products include Buzz Away sprays and wipes, Tick 'n All, Earth Mama Angel Baby, nursing care products, and Babo Botanicals.

Hoffman said the store will appeal to customers looking for high-end and medium-end skin care, natural and organic items, "brain toys" for kids, and workout gear for runners, bikers and gym rats.

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Glens Falls Foundation Awards $180,000 To Group To Combat Intergenerational Poverty

July 13, 2016 11:15 AM

The Glens Falls Foundation has awarded $180,000 in grants to three community organizations for new efforts to fight intergenerational poverty and help families in crisis in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

The first-ever Critical Community Needs grants were awarded to the Open Door Mission, Crandall Public Library, and the Family Service Association.

The Glens Falls Foundation, established in 1939, customarily provides smaller grants in response to applications from local non-profit organizations, civic groups and schools for community-oriented programs.

In 2014, the foundation created the Critical Community Needs grant program and proactively solicited proposals from local non-profits to address poverty and families in crisis.

Officials said nearly one in five children in Warren and Washington counties lives in poverty. Of even greater concern, 41 percent of the households that are led by women and where children are present in Washington County fall below the poverty line as do 36 percent of the households led by women with children in Warren County and 26 percent in Saratoga County.

"Poverty, long-term unemployment and homelessness affect thousands of people in our community, and these challenges are spreading from one generation to the next," said Donna Perkett, chairwoman of the foundation Distribution Committee. "We want to support the local agencies and organizations that are on the front lines every day, helping individuals and families as they struggle to get out and stay out of poverty and build a better life. We asked local non-profit organizations to come up with innovative, collaborative approaches, and they have done so.

"Our help is a start, but only that. We hope this will be an ongoing community effort supported by other foundations, businesses and charitable groups."

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Builder Of Custom, Modular, Other Homes Opens Adirondack Design Center On Route 9

July 13, 2016 11:13 AM

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Saratoga Construction LLC has opened a new Adirondack Design Center in Lake George. The company designs and constructs custom homes, modular homes, log and timber homes and more.

Saratoga Construction LLC has opened a new Adirondack Design Center at 1810 Route 9 Suite A, Lake George.

This company, based in Saratoga Springs, specializes in the design and construction of custom homes, modular homes, panelized homes, log and timber homes, and light commercial buildings.

Earlier this year, the company opened Capital District Design Center at Newton Plaza, 582 New Loudon Road in Latham.

"What makes us unique is that we combine the efficiency and cost savings of systems-built construction with the custom designs, master craftsmanship and attention to detail of a custom home builder," said company owner Cecil Provost.

"We spend a lot of time listening to the customer's wants, needs, timeframe and budget, and then develop a home plan and specifications that fit their situation" he noted. "Our advantage over modular home dealers in the region is that we offer complete turn-key service from custom design to permits to construction and warranty."

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Morgan Stanley Forms 'Table Rock Group,' A Merger Of Two Wealth Management Teams

July 13, 2016 11:11 AM

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Morgan Stanley has formed the entity Table Rock Group at Morgan Stanley, a merger of two established wealth management teams in Oneonta and Glens Falls.

Courtesy Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley has formed the entity Table Rock Group at Morgan Stanley, a merger of two established wealth management teams in Oneonta and Glens Falls.

Officials said the name is taken from familiar Oneonta and Adirondacks landmarks, known for their strength and stability and as a congenial place for families to meet.

The 12-member Table Rock Group merges two experienced Morgan Stanley financial advisor teams, The Morgan McReynolds Group in Oneonta and the Grasmeder Team in Glens Falls, the company said.

Principals include:

Erna Morgan McReynolds, managing director, wealth management, and financial advisor, with 28 years of industry experience. She is member of Morgan Stanley's Chairman's Club, and recognized 2008-2016 by Barron's in its "Top 100 Women Financial Advisor" list. Barron's also recognized the Morgan McReynolds Group as one of its top teams in 2015.

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County To Get $357K From New Casino Fees

July 13, 2016 11:09 AM

Saratoga County will receive $1,240,780, while Washington County will receive $357,170, officials said.

"This funding will help counties and local governments provide essential services to their residents as well as work to reduce their tax burden," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "These destination resorts will help drive more tourism and economic development dollars upstate and, with these payments, local governments are already seeing the benefits of these projects."

The county payouts are one portion of the $151 million in commercial casino license fees that are being distributed across the state using the same formula for casino gaming revenue laid out in the Upstate New York Gaming and Economic Development Act of 2013.

State officials said 80 percent will be applied statewide for school aid/property tax relief; 10 percent will be split between host municipality and county; and 10 percent will go to counties in the regions established by the Act based on population.

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