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 "New York state has Olympic-caliber assets and world-class skiing, but the facilities at Gore and Whiteface are outdated and sub-par.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.

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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.

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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.

Courtesy Silver Bay YMCA

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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Builders Say Good Things Are Ahead For Construction Industry In Glens Falls Region

February 10, 2017 11:55 AM

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V&H Construction in Fort Edward was involved in the construction of a a 16,000-square-foot building for Fronhofer Tool Co. The structure is 40 feet high and can hold four of Fronhofer's cranes.

By R.J. DeLuke

Local construction contractors are feeling good about the state of the industry for 2017, with the recession of a few years back having passed.

Optimism seems to be a common thread among builders, including Thomas G. Albrecht Sr., president of Hilltop Construction Co. in Hudson Falls.

"Things are very healthy," he said. "We had our best year in 2016 and 2017 is looking to be equal or better than that. We're optimistic."

Rob Holbrook, president of V&H Construction in Fort Edward, said January saw a lot of activity for construction companies bidding on jobs. "It's finally starting to look good. I don't thin I've seen it this busy since '07 or '08."

"It looks like a busy year," said Mike Munter, vice president of Munter Enterprises in Middle Grove, whose company does work in the Glens Falls region.

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Open Door Mission Plans More Services For Those In Need At New Warren Street Space

February 10, 2017 11:50 AM

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This is a rendering of what the new home of the Open Door Mission will look like when renovation of the former Warren Furniture building, 226 Warren St., Glens Falls, is done.

Courtesy Open Door Mission

For 25 years, the Open Door Mission has served the needy and indigent from its soup kitchen on Lawrence Street, and before that on South Street. But on Jan. 5, Open Door leadership announced a new door of its own has opened since they acquired title to the former Warren Furniture building, 226 Warren St., Glens Falls, at the intersection with Platt Street.

The Open Door board and Kim Cook, executive director, held an event at the new property to announce its Pathway Home Capital Campaign and to showcase the building that they plan to renovate, with the help of local, regional, and federal funding, as well as support from the community.

The mission is inviting local donors to support the $1.75 million community portion of the campaign. Invitations will be extended in late spring or early summer to involve the entire community with the completion of the campaign. Additional local, regional, and national grants are being secured throughout this year.

The multi-phase project will result in a significant increase in the quality and capacity of services for those in need, said Cook.

The last 25 years have seen growth in The Open Door's programs, but they have been held back by a lack of space, officials said. Some of the key programs and services they intend to offer over time in the new facility include a day room, a larger dining room, a resource center with classroom and computer lab, men's shelter programs with life skills, addiction recovery and discipleship; job training by way of culinary arts, horticulture and various social enterprises; and a health clinic.

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Multi-Function Office Printers Make It Easier For People On Mobile Devices, Save Money

February 10, 2017 11:47 AM

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Tim Seeley Jr. of Seeley Office Systems says multi-function printers reduce costs and increase efficiencies, in terms of energy and materials consumption, as well as employee productivity.

By Maureen Werther

Just as most people have made the transition from cell phones to smartphones, businesses looking to streamline and improve workflow, improve efficiencies, reduce their carbon footprint and save money are also opting for MFPs - multi-function printers - for their businesses.

One of the most important features of MFPs is their ability to interface with remote devices and process and share information more rapidly.

"Many of today's workers don't operate from 9 to 5 out of a cubicle, attached to their computers," said Rick Gallup, owner of Document Solutions of the North Country. People are on the move or working from home and they need the connectivity that an MFP provides.

According to Gallup, there are many models of MFPs that allow an employee to fax or scan directly from their mobile device or tablet. They are also capable of connecting to the cloud and sharing information with other team members. Other features include the ability to print from or scan to commonly used sites such as Google Drive, Microsoft 365 and DropBox, to name a few.

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Employee Retention, New State Legislation Are Seen As Key Issues For Employers To Address

February 10, 2017 11:41 AM

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Dhianna Yezzi is the president and owner of Integrated Staffing.

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By Liz Witbeck

There are many aspects involved with being a small business owner. Operating a business is rewarding, but no easy feat. Anybody considering starting a company needs to keep in mind the key component of dealing with employees.

Dhianna Yezzi, president and owner of Integrated Staffing, which has locations in Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, and Albany, said the most pressing issue facing employers today is retaining employees.

"The biggest issue is finding candidates that are qualified and then want to stay in that position," she said.

From the vantage point of Noreen DeWire Grimmick, an attorney with Hodgson Russ, there are pieces of legislation taking effect this year that impact business owners and employers. She said some will continue to be phased in over time.

One of the most recent changes to employment laws is that as of Dec. 31, the minimum wage increased to $9.70 for most non-exempt employees, she said. For exempt executive and administrative employees, there are also rules regarding the minimum salaries that these employees must earn each week.

Some employers have purposely misclassified their employees, said DeWire Grimmick. In an attempt to stop employee exploitation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order, passed into law in July, that set up the Joint Task Force on Employee Misclassification and Worker Exploitation. It is comprised of 13 state agencies including the Division of Human Rights, Department of Health, Department of Taxation and Finance, State Police, the Workers' Compensation Board and others. The task force shares information about misclassification of employees and worker exploitation.

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Business Report: Payroll Services Help Small Businesses

February 10, 2017 11:36 AM

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Jeannine Dubiac, owner of Priority One Payroll LLC in Malta.

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For many business owners, payroll taxes can be confusing and overwhelming.

Payroll doesn't stop with just issuing checks. Compliance with federal, state and local agencies can be a time-consuming responsibility, requiring detailed record keeping and up-to-date compliance with the ever-changing tax laws.

Calculating the employees' withholdings and determining the employer taxes is just one small piece that a payroll service offers to small businesses. The payroll service becomes the responsible party for maintaining all payroll tax requirements on a consistent basis.

Experienced payroll providers should ensure the job is done right, getting employees paid on time, correctly, every time and allowing the business owner to focus on running their core business.

Payroll services save businesses money by eliminating their tax liability and potential penalties. They provide detailed information regarding tax payments and employee wages to your CPA.

Payroll services focus their time on payroll, and only payroll-related items. The cost of using a payroll service will cost the employer a fraction of what it would cost for them to complete the required filings on their own. Not to mention the added liability for potential tax errors. (If the payroll service makes a mistake, they pay the fine).

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Bipartisan Effort Of State Officials Brings In $170M For Improving Broadband For Upstate

February 10, 2017 11:33 AM

More than $170 million in federal funds that could have been sent to other states will be returned to Upstate New York to expand broadband and high speed internet service, state officials announced on Jan. 27.

The bipartisan effort was announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, and Rep. Chris Collins.

"This is huge news for rural communities all across Upstate New York. From the very beginning, I was very clear with the FCC that this $170 million belongs strictly to New York and should be kept here," said Schumer. "The federal government's job should be to invest not divest in Upstate New York's internet access."

He said other broadband companies in Upstate New York "will now have the opportunity to work with the state in order to bid on this funding to improve Upstate's broadband access. As long as I'm Senator, I will never let New Yorkers' access to broadband suffer just because one carrier chose not to invest in New York."

"Access to rural broadband is crucial for Western New Yorkers," said Collins. "We have tirelessly fought to keep this money in New York State and I am excited for Western New Yorkers that the FCC listened. This money is a critical investment in New York's future."

Officials said several telecommunications companies are using federal investment from the Connect America Fund to expand broadband Upstate, but one national carrier did not accept the money it was allocated. The Federal Communications Commission wanted to take this unused money from New York and bid it out nationally.

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Business Briefs: February 2017

February 10, 2017 11:30 AM

AAA recently announced its annual Diamond Awards recognizing hotels and restaurants from across the nation.

The Inn at Erlowest in Lake George received a four-star diamond rating for its restaurant. The Sagamore resort in Bolton received a four-star diamond rating for its hotel.

The Inn at Erlowest has made the list every year since 2006. The Sagamore has been on the list since 1985.

AAA awards four-star diamond ratings and the highest five-star diamond ratings.

As for the Lake George region as a whole, Trivago, the hotel comparison website, included Lake George in the "Best Value Destinations" for 2017. Lake George was ranked No. 8 out of 17 locations.

Trivago looks at hotel prices, guest reviews and entertainment options for travelers.

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The Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, held in September, announced it has changed its name to the Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival.

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Show some love in February!

February 10, 2017 11:28 AM

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Lighthouse Advisors, LLC

BY Michael Cruz

Employees need to know that their efforts are appreciated. In the daily rush of running a business we often forget that. Please don't!

All too often, we think that paying someone is reward enough. It is not! Creating a culture of achieving costs little but has big rewards for you and your customers. People need reinforcement. If you have kids, you already know that. The one time they clean their room, they want a big compliment. Just remember, that compliment costs nothing. So, hand it out.

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Albany Med Will Construct The First Pediatric Emergency Department In Northeast Region

February 10, 2017 11:16 AM

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This rendering shows part of the new Pediatric Emergency Department at Albany Medical Center. The $50 million project will be funded by loans and donations.

Albany Medical Center has plans to construct the region's first Pediatric Emergency Department. It will be the only one of its kind in northeastern New York and western New England, officials said.

The four-story, 70,500-square-foot Pediatric Emergency Department, expected to be completed late 2018, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Located adjacent to the current Emergency Department, it will provide a setting designed specifically for the needs of children and their families, and offer access to the full range of pediatric specialists.

James J. Barba, president and CEO of Albany Med, and Dr. Christopher King, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, were joined by Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other government leaders, as well as donors to the initiative and five-year-old Aedan Conway, a pediatric heart patient who has required emergency care, in a ceremonial groundbreaking in Albany Med's recently completed Patient Pavilion.

"Building this Pediatric Emergency Department represents our steadfast commitment to provide the highest quality, most comprehensive and most appropriate health care to the children in our region," said Barba. "Over the past 30 years, our children's hospital has attracted expert and compassionate pediatric physicians and surgeons from around the world so children from our region can receive treatment for a variety of conditions and traumas without having to travel far from home. Now, our children will be able to receive that emergency care in a 'place of their own.'"

Hospital officials said that annually, there are nearly 16,000 pediatric visits to Albany Med's Emergency Department. Some 80 percent of the children are treated and released, while 20 percent are admitted to the Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Med.

Features of the Pediatric Emergency Department will include:

• Triage area to immediately assess the severity of illness or injury.

• Fast-track unit for children and teens with less serious conditions.
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Ethics Reform, Pension Forfeiture Bill Among Priorities For Assemblyman Dan Stec in 2017

January 13, 2017 11:22 AM

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Assemblyman Dan Stec represents Warren County and parts of Washington County.


The 2017 Legislative session is fast approaching and I expect to see a continuation of ethics reform efforts. We need to pass the pension forfeiture bill that we passed in June 2016 so that it will be on the November 2017 ballot as a Constitutional Amendment for the public to vote on.

As I indicated last year, I have been pushing for pension forfeiture along with term limits for legislative leaders since I was first elected. These reforms are long overdue and the citizens of New York deserve leadership that is transparent and honest.

We must continue to fund our public schools at a level that allows our students the opportunity to obtain a great education and be competitive with students from across the country. Last year we were successful in eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in the budget and this year we will be focusing on increasing the Foundation Aid for our schools.

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Nielsen Co. Acquires Gracenote In Queensbury' EDC Offers Assistance For Smooth Transition

January 13, 2017 11:18 AM

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Gracenote in Queensbury, a provider of reference information for over 12 million movie and television listings and more, will become part of the global Nielsen company.

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The Nielsen company has entered into an agreement with Tribune Media Co. to purchase Gracenote, a major provider of media and entertainment metadata based in Queensbury.

With this transaction, Nielsen will acquire the data and technology that underpins the programming guides and personalized user experience for major video, music, audio and sports content, the company said in a new release. The acquisition extends Nielsen's footprint with major clients by including Gracenote's global content database which spans across platforms including multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), smart televisions, streaming music services, connected devices, media players and in-car infotainment systems.

Ed Bartholomew, president and CEO of EDC Warren County, said he is "optimistic that with an excellent and productive workforce (350) at Gracenote there will not be a disruption in this workforce for our region. Employees based at the Queensbury site have been instrumental in completing key projects for the company."

Bartholomew indicated that he will be reaching out to the new owners to express EDC Warren County's readiness to assist in their transition, along with any possible updated equipment, facility upgrades and workforce development programs.

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Plenty For Hockey Fans To See And Do At Upcoming 'Fan Fest' Events In Lake George

January 13, 2017 11:17 AM

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Gunnar, mascot for the Adirondack Thunder, will be at the ECHL All-Star Classic Fan Fest.

Courtesy Adirondack Thunder

The Adirondack Thunder announced details surrounding the All-Star Classic Fan Fest to be held 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Fort William Henry Hotel in Lake George.

The event, sponsored by NYSCOPBA, is part of the 2017 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic in which the Adirondack Thunder, the local ECHL affiliate, will play against All Stars from the rest of the league. That game will be played Jan. 18.

The All-Star Classic will be televised live exclusively on NHL Network at 8 p.m. that night.

It will feature the host Adirondack Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Calgary Flames, taking on the ECHL All-Stars in a non-traditional format featuring 5-on-5, 4-on-4, and 3-on-3 play, as well as a skills competition (puck relay, hardest shot, fastest skater) to highlight the talents of both teams. The All-Star Team will be comprised of the League's top talent and prospects, showcasing the future stars of hockey.

The broadcast will feature color commentating from NHL Network analyst Neil Smith alongside the ECHL's own Cameron Close (Adirondack Thunder) and Matt Melzak (Toledo Walleye).

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Northeastern Fine Jewelry To Occupy Former Scoville Jewelers Space; To Open In February

January 13, 2017 11:14 AM

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This building at 167 Glen St. ,Glens Falls, will be home of Northeastern Fine Jewelry.

Deborah Gerber Photography

It didn't take long for a new tenant to be found for the downtown Glens Falls location that housed Scoville Jewelers for so many years.

And the new inhabitant will be in the same line of business. Northeastern Fine Jewelry announced on Jan. 5 that it will add to its portfolio in the greater Capital Region with the opening of a new location at 167 Glen St. Glens Falls.

The 2,500-square-foot store is anticipated to open in February, company officials said. Five new employees have been hired to staff the operation.

Chris Scoville and his wife, Debra Vales, are retiring and closed the store after the Christmas holidays. Scoville Jewelers had been in the city since 1952.

The Glens Falls store marks the third Capital Region location for Northeastern Fine Jewelry, which also maintains storefronts on Western Avenue in Albany and Union Street in Schenectady, as well as a downstate location in the historic Diamond District in New York City.

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Personnel Briefs: January 2017

January 12, 2017 6:09 PM

P Brief - Kate Clark.jpgAdirondack Health Institute announced the hiring of Kate Clark as chief administrative officer/delivery systems and the promotion of Bob Cawley to chief information officer.

In the role of chief administrative officer/delivery system, ClarkP Brief - Bob Cawley.jpg provides leadership, management and strategic oversight for the integrated delivery system, including provider relations, quality, population health management and value-based payment.

Prior to joining AHI, Clark served as director of delivery system improvement at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where she oversaw the Texas 1115/Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program, which focused on achieving the triple aim of improving population health, reducing costs of care and enhancing the patient experience.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California Coast University. She also earned a certificate in project management from Southern Methodist University and is a certified professional in healthcare information and management systems.

As chief information officer, Cawley directs, plans, organizes and controls all activities of the Information Services Department to ensure the effective and efficient operation of all systems, applications, reporting and analytic processes.

Cawley previously held the position of director of health system transformation of AHI, leading the Adirondack Medical Home Initiative, Physician Practice Support Organizations, and Telemedicine program. Prior to joining AHI in 2012, he was a program manager at MVP, responsible for Medical Home activities. Earlier in his career, he managed MVP's provider database where he worked with the professional relations and credentialing departments to streamline credentialing and provider directory maintenance processes.

Cawley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and finance from Kent State University.

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P Brief - Kerri Healy.jpgTD Bank has promoted Kerri E. Healy to vice president, store manager of the locations at 54 Quaker Road in Queensbury and in Glens Falls at 99 Main St. and 28 Maple St.

Healy is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the three stores serving customers throughout Saratoga and Warren counties in Upstate New York.

Healy has 22 years of retail banking experience. She joined TD Bank in 2010 and most recently served as assistant vice president, store manager at 99 Main St. in South Glens Falls. She is a member of BNI's Triple Crown Referrals Chapter.

A resident of Saratoga Springs, Healy serves as an ambassador of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica and the University of Phoenix. Healy graduated from South Glens Falls High School.

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P Brief - Kathleen Grasmeder.jpgKathleen Grasmeder, senior vice president, financial planning specialist and financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Glens Falls, was one of several hundred financial advisors who were selected by their firms to attend the annual Barron's Top Women Advisors Summit, hosted by Barron's magazine to promote best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public.

The invitation-only conference was held at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.

The exclusive conference is designed to promote best practices and generate new ideas across the industry. Participants attended workshops, many led by the Top 100 women financial advisors, that explored issues ranging from business development ideas, through managing high-net-worth accounts and families, to portfolio management and retirement planning.

Also in attendance were many of the Top 100 women financial advisors in the U.S., as ranked and published in Barron's June 6, 2016, issue.

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Lake George Steamboat Co. To Mark 200th Anniversary With A Variety Of Special Events

January 12, 2017 6:04 PM

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The Mohican II, shown dry docked, is one of the three boats of the Lake George Steamboat company. This year it is in line for a newly refurbished hull.

Courtesy Lake George Steamboat Co.

By Jill Nagy

The Lake George Steamboat Co. celebrates its 200th anniversary this year with a new logo and some special cruises. The company prides itself on being one of the longest continually operating companies around.

April 15 is the anniversary of the date the company was incorporated in 1817. That weekend, which is also Easter weekend, three special cruises are planned: a seafood dinner cruise on Friday evening, a free cruise for area residents on Saturday and a brunch cruise on Sunday.

After the April celebration, the boats will remain in winter quarters until the regular summer season begins in mid-June. Then, all three of the company's fleet will be out on the lake.

One of them, the Mohican II, commissioned in 1908, will have a newly refurbished hull and be ready to "continue for another 100 years," according to Victor Bates, the company's special events chairman.

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Adirondack Technology Services To Support SUNY Adirondack's Cybersecurity Program

January 12, 2017 6:02 PM

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SUNY Adirondack President Dr. Kristine Duffy and Jared Humiston, president of Adirondack Technical Solutions, announced a collaborative agreement in December.

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SUNY Adirondack and Adirondack Technical Solutions signed a memorandum of understanding during a Dec. 19 ceremony at the Regional Higher Education Center on the Queensbury campus.

The agreement correlates to the college's recently approved cybersecurity degree, part of its Information Technology program.

"Adirondack Technical Solutions is a leader in cybersecurity, and our partnership will not only mean advanced opportunities for our students, but includes activities that engage other similar businesses in helping to introduce the IT jobs of the future to our region," said SUNY Adirondack President Dr. Kristine Duffy.

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Dianne Shugrue, Glens Falls Hospital CEO And President Will Lead ARCC Board In 2017

January 12, 2017 5:57 PM

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Dianne Shugrue is chairwoman of the ARCC board of directors for 2017.

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Dianne Shugrue, president and CEO of Glens Falls Hospital, was elected to serve as chairwoman of the board of directors of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce for 2017.

In addition to Shugrue, those elected to serve as the 2017 ARCC officers are Timothy J. Jansen, owner, Wel-Dun Air & Water Systems in Ccambridge, chairman-elect: Brian Bearor, CEO, Glens Falls YMCA, vice chairman; Gregory Champion, Esq., managing member, partner, Bond, Schoeneck & King, vice chairman; Dr. Kristine Duffy, president, SUNY Adirondack, vice chairwoman; Eric Gilbert, CEO, Six Flags Great Escape, secretary; Michael D. Murray, assistant vie president, commercial lending, Adirondack Trust Co., treasurer; Thomas Albrecht, president, Hilltop Construction, immediate past chairman.

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Deliciously Different Specialty Items Adds A Bar Car, Storefront To Its Growing Business

January 12, 2017 5:22 PM

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Mark and Robin Smith, owners of Deliciously Different Specialty Items, added a 'bar car' to its services. It is a camping trailer upgraded and re-fitted into a mobile bar.

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By Maureen Werther

After six successful years in business, local catering company Deliciously Different Specialty Items Inc. has added a "bar car" to its eclectic catering and event services.

"We were looking for something to set us apart from other catering and event companies," said owner Robin Smith. "Food trucks have become a very big draw."

Instead of a food truck, however, she and her husband and business partner, Mark Smith, decided to add a bar car. Using a retro camping trailer, Mark--a carpenter by trade--upgraded and re-fitted the trailer into a mobile bar, completely outfitted with glass and barware, ice, two bar stools and a generator, if necessary, to provide power.

They use the 16-foot long converted camper to serve bottled beer, wine, hard cider, champagne, soft drinks and mineral water at weddings, family parties and other events. The beverages are provided by the clients, and Robin Smith said that this way of serving guests is more cost effective and facilitates more mingling and socializing. Instead of serving guests while they are seated at tables, having the bar car creates a reason for people to get up from tables and interact with others at the event.

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Ludemann, McMorris And Silvestri Law Firm Moves To New Sagamore Street Location

January 12, 2017 5:08 PM

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From left, partners John Silvestri, Jeffrey McMorris, and Matthew Ludemann pose in the firm's new offices with, from left, Laurie Gollhofer, Heidi Dockum and Tuesday Morris.

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By Jennifer Farnsworth

The law firm Stanclift, Ludemann, Silvestri and McMorris PC has changed its name to Ludemann, McMorris and Silvestri PC and have moved to a new location in Glens Falls, a space that attorney Jeffrey McMorris says suits them perfectly.

"We loved our previous space. It was a phenomenal location. But it was just too big for us at this point. After downsizing, we needed to pick a location that better fit our needs," he said.

McMorris said staying in Glens Falls was important to them because they serve clients in mainly Washington, Warren, and Essex counties. He said leaving the downtown location last month was tough, but they are happy in their new 5 Sagamore St., Suite A home.

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Business Briefs: January 2017

January 12, 2017 5:04 PM

The Adirondack Thunder, the ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, has donated 1,639 coats and canned food items to local charitable partners as a result of the generosity of fans and sponsors.

The Thunder ran its second annual November coat drive, which offered the chance to donate a new or lightly worn coat in exchange for a complimentary silver flex ticket. The coat drive resulted in 426 coats collected, 75 more than were collected during the 2015-16 season. All coats have been donated to the Moreau Community Center in South Glens Falls and the Salvation Army in Glens Falls.

The Thunder followed up with a canned food drive on Dec. 3, where they collected over 1,200 non-perishable food items, surpassing the 800 units collected last season. They were donated to the Salvation Army and Open Door Mission in Glens Falls.

Thunder players visited the Open Door Mission on Dec. 8 to serve dinner to those in need.

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First Niagara Risk Management, a nationally known insurance agency, is now a subsidiary of KeyBank, operating under the name Key Insurance & Benefits Services, Inc. (KIB).

KIB offers businesses solutions to protect commercial clients' resources and assets as well as means to protect their employees' health and welfare. KIB also offers personal insurance to protect what they value, including homes, automobiles and other valuable assets.

KIB is a provider of risk financing, employee benefits and risk reduction services in the Northeast, with more than 350 team members in seven offices throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Reagan Consulting in August 2016 named the agency a "best practices" agency, an honor given to the top 1 percent of insurance agencies/brokers in the United States.

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Improved Swimming Pool, New Restrooms Among Upgrades Set For Lake George RV Park

January 12, 2017 4:56 PM

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Lake George RV Park is planning a major upgrade at the end of the 2017 season.

Courtesy Lake George RV Park

By Jill Nagy

Fifty years old and still going strong, the Lake George RV Park and Campground is planning a $1.5 to $2 million upgrade at the end of the 2017 season, according to CEO Dave King.

The park is "always a work in progress," he said.

The RV park, family operated since King's parents opened it in 1966, functions from the first Friday in May until Columbus Day weekend in mid-October. Its 370 RV sites and campground can accommodate more than 1,000 visitors.

The project will include upgrading of one of the four swimming pool areas at the park. The targeted outdoor pool and wading pool date from 1976. The area was chosen for an upgrade on the basis of a customer survey.

"It was high on the list of requests," King said.

The owners are still awaiting state Department of Health approval for the pool plans, but all other permits are in hand.

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Expansion Project Under Way At The Hyde To Result In A New Contemporary Art Gallery

January 12, 2017 4:47 PM

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Work is underway on the Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, slated to open in June at The Hyde. The museum was awarded a $100,000 grant for the transformation campaign.

Courtesy The Hyde

Construction of a new 1,500-square-foot gallery at the Hyde Museum devoted to modern and contemporary art has begun.

The Hyde was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Charles R. Wood Foundation toward the transformation campaign, which supports the museum's development of the new gallery.

The Foundation has also challenged The Hyde, agreeing to award an additional $50,000 toward the project if the museum raises $50,000 from the community by June 30.

Work is underway at The Hyde, 161 Warren St., Glens Falls, for the new Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, which is expected to be open to the public in June.

"We are honored to receive a grant from the Charles R. Wood Foundation," said Hyde Director Erin Coe. "Supporting The Hyde's new gallery devoted to modern and contemporary art is an investment in the museum, in Glens Falls, and in the region," she said.

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The Center For Occupational Health Helps Companies Monitor Health And Safety Issues

January 12, 2017 4:39 PM

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This is the Wilton office of the Center for Occupational Health and Safety. The agency helps businesses throughout the region maintain quality workplace health care.

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By Susan E. Campbell

The greatest asset a business has is its people. Keeping both workers and the workplace healthy and safe directly impacts a company's bottom line and more.

The Center for Occupational Health (COH), a service of Glens Falls Hospital, helps businesses throughout the region maintain quality workplace health care. Last year, COH served 31,000 individuals and 2,000 companies from its locations in Queensbury and Wilton, and at individual company sites, said COH director Cathy Reichen, PT, DPT.

"Companies want to make sure that new hires are fit and capable of doing the work they are being asked to do," Reichen said. "Injuries hit the bottom line with increased workers comp costs, lack of work, and decreased productivity."

Often companies are driven to COH by compliance. For example, if a job requires using respirators to determine fitness, there are standards by OSHA that have to be met. COH performs the tests before initial hire and also annually, if required to comply with federal regulations.

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Hospital's 3D Mammography Equipment Will Provide For Accurate Dense-Tissue Exams

January 12, 2017 4:31 PM

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Glens Falls Hospital's staff poses with the facility's new 3D mammography equipment.

Courtesy Glens Falls Hospital

It is estimated that approximately half of all women have dense breast tissue that can make detecting cancer with a mammogram difficult, according to health professionals.

Glens Falls Hospital is helping to address that issue with the addition of 3D mammography technology at its Breast Center.

"This is a significant investment in the health of our community," said Michelle Swartz, operations manager at the Breast Center and a longtime mammographer. "This technology allows us to examine the breast in one millimeter-thin slices, helping reduce the chance that cancer will be obscured by dense tissue."

She said breasts are made up of glands, supportive tissue and fatty tissue. Women with more glandular and supportive tissue than fatty tissue are said to have dense breast tissue. On a mammogram, dense tissue appears white, as does cancer, which can make cancer detection difficult.

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