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January 5, 2014

Business briefs: Jan. 5, 2014


Lake Placid Spirits products are available at restaurants, bars and liquor stores throughout the state. More information is available at or contact Stillman O’Leary at 265-9559.

Rating earned

PLATTSBURGH — Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. was recently recognized as a 5-Star Superior Bank by BauerFinancial Inc., the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm. Glens Falls National has earned this designation for the past 27 consecutive quarters.

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

“By keeping deposits local and focusing on the success of the communities in which it does business, Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. has thrived where other banks have faltered,” said Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. 

Established in 1851, Glens Falls National currently operates 30 offices in five counties. More information can be found at

Based in Coral Gables, Fla., BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded. Consumers may obtain free star ratings by visiting

Chamber officers

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce has announced the election of the following officers for 2014:

Chair, Kim Murray, Champlain Valley Electric Supply Co.; first vice chair, David Bray, Imperial Industrial Park; second vice chair, Ed Martin, Schluter Systems; treasurer, Terry Beyer, Mold-Rite Plastics; past chair, Vicki Demarse Giroux, LaQuinta Inn and Suites.

In addition, the following division chairs and Executive Committee members have been named for 2014:

Economic Development, David Bray, chair; Government Affairs, Greg MacConnell, PrimeLink, chair; Industrial Council, James Tooley, Nova Bus, chair; Organizational Development, Ed Martin, chair; Visitors Bureau, Vicki Demarse Giroux and Shannon Rulfs, Rulfs’ Orchard, co-chairs; Finance, Terry Beyer, chair; At Large, Stephens Mundy, CVPH Medical Center.

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is the largest business and economic-development organization in northern New York, linking more than 4,200 members across Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton and northern Warren counties. For more information, visit

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