April 15, 2012

Business Briefs: April 15, 2012


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Energy program

PLATTSBURGH — Since May 2010, New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) has been offering the Small Business Energy Efficiency Program to eligible small business owners across their service area.

This direct-installation lighting program, offered to commercial customers with demand under 100 kilowatts (kw), provides a free lighting assessment and a 70 percent contribution of eligible upgrade costs from the utility.

In the last 18 months, NYSEG has achieved significant market saturation for the program, with the implementation contractor, EnerPath, enrolling more than 9,200 small businesses. The owners are saving a collective 89.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and $8.1 million on their electricity bills annually.

With the New York State Efficiency Portfolio Standard mandating a 15 percent energy reduction by 2015, utilities are turning to Small Business Direct Install Programs as an effective way to achieve those goals.

There is still time for businesses under 100 kw to enroll in this money-saving program. To learn more, call 1-877-359-9814 or visit and click on "energy efficiency incentives."

Career Fair

AKWESASNE — On Friday, April 27, Iohahi:io Akwesasne Adult Education and Training Center will be hosting Career Fair 2012.

This event will be held at the A'nowara'ko:wa Arena from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Cornwall Island (Kawehno:ke). It will mark the 11th Career Fair hosted by Iohahi:io.

"As local economies continue to struggle, the Career Fair creates opportunities for individuals searching for direction or considering prospective career paths," said Vincenette Cook, program manager of Iohahi:io Akwesasne Adult Education and Training Center. "The Career Fair is only one of the initiatives where Akwesasne promotes success and economic growth and development for its community and its neighbors."

An estimated 75 exhibitors and more than 1,600 career seekers are expected to attend. Representatives from various fields will be available to share information and answer questions. Exhibitors include professional and trades representatives from a variety of career fields, colleges, universities and private and public training and educational organizations.

The Career Fair Planning Committee is extending an invitation for the public to attend, including those seeking career information or planning to continue their education. Door-prize drawings and refreshments will be available.

Call 613-575-2754 and ask for Vincenette Cook for more information.

Design award

WILMINGTON — A home at 44 Hollow Lane in Wilmington has been recognized nationally by being nominated for's Doory Awards.

This five-week-long contest consists of four, one-week-long voting periods for homes in specific categories. The winners of each category will compete during week five for the overall prize. The home on Hollow Lane is nominated in the category Hi Tech Homes.

Voting will take place this coming week. This one-of-a-kind home is currently completing the certification process to become a LEED GOLD certified home. It is listed for sale by Select Sotheby's International Realty.

Today, from 4 to 7 p.m., there will be a fundraiser for the Adirondack Green Circle at this home on Hollow Lane including an educational tour of what will be the Adirondack's first and only LEED Gold certified home. All are welcome. Complimentary food and wine will be served. There will be a silent auction including a gift basket from Conscience Designs in Lake Placid.

Jenny Haas, the owner of Conscience, a multidisciplinary and sustainable design firm, recently announced the completion of her second Eco Home, Haas House 2, and is currently completing the process to obtain LEED GOLD certification, which is the nation's highest rank of green building.

For more information, contact Corey Iaria at 524-6608.

Day of Caring

PLATTSBURGH — The second annual Day of Caring returns to the region on Saturday, April 21. The event, hosted by United Way of the Adirondack Region, the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau and Project H.E.L.P. at SUNY Plattsburgh, will kick off at 10 a.m.

Throughout the day, volunteers will be helping out all over Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties on projects previously submitted from non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses affected by 2011's natural disasters.

Projects include raking yards and spring cleaning senior houses, skilled work that involves construction, removing debris and painting and, for the first time this year, Day of Caring is extending its reach to non-profit tourism attractions as well as those affected by recent natural disasters.

Students from SUNY Plattsburgh will also be going door to door in Plattsburgh neighborhoods collecting canned good for a food drive called Hit the Streets, donating the cans to various United Way organizations.

If community members don't have time to volunteer on Saturday, they can still contribute to the food drive by stopping at the United Way of the Adirondack Region office located at 45 Tom Miller Road in Plattsburgh on April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers and organizers will be on hand the entire day receiving canned goods from the community and answering questions on how to get involved next year. For more information, visit

Rotary officers

PLATTSBURGH — Catherine A. Forget has been elected president of the Plattsburgh Rotary Club for the 2012-13 year. Forget, Plattsburgh Travel Center manager at AAA Northway, has been acting as the first vice president of the service club organization and will replace current president Jon J. Cooper on July 1.

"We have many fundraisers and projects which will keep us busy over the next year," Forget said. "I also look forward to working with our Rotary District governor-elect, Bonnie-Leigh A. Black, and assisting her in achieving Rotary's overall goals."

The following individuals have also assumed duties as officers of the club:

Victoria A. Marking, president elect, PrimeLink Inc.; Ellen M. Bouchard, president-nominee, NBT Bank; Kyle Brister,     sergeant-at-arms, TwinState; Robert J. Frenyea, treasurer, Abbott, Frenyea, & Russell, CPAs; and Barbara Straw, secretary.

Elected directors-at-large to serve three-year terms are John C. Bernardi, United Way of the Adirondack Region; Maria Alexander, Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County; and Ewa M. Jankowska, Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System.

Elected director-at-large to fill a vacant one-year term is Peter J. Cadieux, West Bay Financial.

Formed in 1926, the Plattsburgh Rotary Club has more than 100 active members. The club raises funds for various community and global causes. Funds have been used to support international projects such as the North Country Mission of Hope; academic scholarships for students attending SUNY Plattsburgh, Clinton Community College and CVPH Medical Center Radiology School; and assistance for community youth groups including the Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts and the YMCA.

The club meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at the American Legion Post 20 on the Quarry Road in Plattsburgh. Individuals interested in becoming members can contact any Rotarian or visit

Health awards

PLATTSBURGH — Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) would like to remind the community that the deadline for the next round of Community Health Awards is May 1.

Community Health Awards are grants of up to $4,000 to nonprofit organizations for programs that improve the health and wellness of the community. Awards are made in January and July each year. Since their inception in 2000, nearly 300 awards have been made totaling more than $700,000.

If your organization is interested in applying for this award cycle, the application can be found at under the News & Information page or requested by emailing Applications received after the May 1 deadline will be held for the next award cycle.

Grant received

TICONDEROGA — The Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from the Stewart's Shops Holiday Match Program. Stewart's collects and matches customer donations in all of their shops from Thanksgiving until Christmas.

This year they raised another record amount due to their customers' generosity.

The grant to Kiwanis will be used to purchase and install additional enhancements to the local playgrounds in the Ticonderoga area. This year, Kiwanis will be adding new equipment to the playground at Ticonderoga's Bicentennial Park.

Kiwanis is a volunteer organization that supports a variety of community initiatives with it's number-one priority being young children. Through the Major Emphasis Program, Kiwanis has established, maintained and improved the community playground in Bicentennial Park. Kiwanis also provided support for the new playground at Ticonderoga's Elementary-Middle School as well as for the playground in the Hague Town Park.

Ticonderoga Kiwanis also holds an annual Easter Egg Hunt for younger children and sponsors a Little League team. For many years, Kiwanis of Ticonderoga has organized and run a benefit golf tournament with the proceeds going to the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund which awards four scholarships each year to graduating seniors from Ticonderoga and Crown Point.

Scholarships offered

ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown Community Hospital and its auxiliary are offering scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year, aimed at students planning a career in health care.

The Holly Estus Memorial Scholarship for Nursing was created in memory of a dedicated young nurse who worked at Elizabethtown Community Hospital. This year, the fund will award $500 to a student enrolled in a nursing program. Applicants must reside within the Elizabethtown, Keene, Moriah, Westport, Willsboro or AuSable Valley school districts in order to be eligible.

The Elizabethtown Community Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship benefits those pursuing or furthering a career in the health-care field. Applicants must be an employee of ECH, a child or parent of an ECH employee, an ECH volunteer, an employee at Horace Nye Home or the Keene Valley Neighborhood House. This year, two scholarships of $500 each will be awarded.

Scholarship applications may be downloaded from the hospital's Web site at or by visiting the hospital's Community Relations Office. Local guidance counselors have also received copies of the applications.

Applications must be submitted by May 31.