November 11, 2012

Business briefs: Nov. 11, 2012


---- — New executive

PLATTSBURGH — NBT-Latremore Insurance Agency, a division of Mang Insurance Agency LLC, has retained Brian LaPier as an account executive on its sales team.

LaPier is based in the NBT-Latremore office at 185 Margaret St. in Plattsburgh and will provide insurance services to existing and potential clients throughout the North Country and Lake Champlain Region.

LaPier joins NBT-Latremore with more than 10 years of insurance-industry experience. A Certified Insurance Counselor, he has centered his focus on commercial insurance with an emphasis on distributors, contractors, municipalities and school districts. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and a minor in Accounting.

He is active in his community, serving as a board and committee member for the local YMCA and also as a coach for several youth baseball and hockey teams in the area.

Richard R. Mirabito, chief executive officer of NBT-Latremore, welcomed LaPier to his team of insurance professionals. “His industry experience, knowledge and community commitment will be a benefit to our customers in the North Country,” he said.

Mang Insurance Agency, a full-service insurance agency based in Norwich, provides a wide range of insurance services to individuals and businesses from more than 20 offices in upstate New York and Vermont. The company is a subsidiary of NBT Bancorp Inc.

Halloween benefit

PLATTSBURGH — The Halloween Festival held Oct. 27 at Plattsburgh Housing Outlet collected $5,300 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Burlington for a lifetime total donation of $47,214.

A record 800 children and their families enjoyed the festivities of the day. Participants were asked to make a $1 donation to trick or treat in Plattsburgh Housing Outlet’s display homes, staffed and sponsored by area businesses and organizations. Many of the businesses got into the spirit by decorating the porch of their home and dressing in costume.

Children participated in arts and crafts and enjoyed cider and munchkins. The kids watched a magic show in the service waiting area in Della Honda. A raffle and games also helped send additional funds to the Ronald McDonald House.

The District 3 Fire Department gave fire-truck tours and gave out fire-safety information.

“It is a fun community event where children can trick or treat in a controlled environment and families can learn valuable safety lessons,” said Michelle LaBounty, marketing director for Plattsburgh Housing Outlet.

LaBounty presented the proceeds to Pam Fenimore, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House, to continue its support of families in need. Approximately 70 percent of the families who stay at the house are from the three New York counties.

For more information, contact LaBounty at 563-6250, Ext. 21. Photos from the event are available on Plattsburgh Housing Outlet’s Facebook page.

Donation announced

PLATTSBURGH — Georgia-Pacific Corp. recently honored the Mooers Volunteer Fire Department with a $5,000 Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade grant.

The grant program began in 2006 and honors local firefighters protecting G-P facility communities, including in the Plattsburgh area. Given recent storms, the company is especially appreciative of all the local fire and rescue service people, considering so many of them are volunteers.

According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, more than 70 percent of the 1 million U.S. firefighters are unpaid volunteers, and a significant majority of all U.S. fire departments are all-volunteer. As a result, every dollar to these fire departments counts.

This year, the Bucket Brigade program topped $1 million in direct contributions and educational supplies to fire departments across the country. The Mooers department was selected from among 25 fire departments across 15 states to receive a grant for 2012.

Event rescheduled

ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown Community Hospital has rescheduled its Women’s Health Night that was cancelled as a precaution in response to the threat of bad weather from hurricane Sandy last month. The health screening will take place on Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the hospital lobby and boardroom areas.

This free event is hosted by both the Hospital Auxiliary and Radiology Department. It is open to the public and includes speakers, osteoporosis screening, health-related information, body-mass index assessment and blood-pressure check.

The night’s featured speaker, gynecologist Lynne Macco, will be offering information about health-screening recommendations. Macco will explain the various opinions and offer her advice so that women will have a clear understanding of what’s best for their particular situation. She will also offer information about acupuncture as a treatment option for a number of issues including migraines, pelvic pain, incontinence, eczema and more.

According to Dr. Mary Glickman, physician at ECH, it’s vitally important that women are proactive when it comes to scheduling annual checkups and mammograms. It’s equally important to monitor weight gain, avoid smoking and act quickly if issues do arise.

“We know that so many conditions can be avoided by monitoring a woman’s basic health status and by receiving annual screening tests such as mammograms,” she said. “If particular conditions are detected early, many times they are treatable. This event arms participants with knowledge needed to make important decisions about their well-being.”

A number of businesses will be on hand to offer information about available services. The Cancer Screening Program of Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties will be on-hand along with the Essex County Public Health Department to offer additional health-and-wellness information.

Call the hospital’s Community Relations Office for additional information at 873-3003.

Drives for charity 

PLATTSBURGH— Plattsburgh Ford is bringing Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR Community program to Plattsburgh in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for the United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc.

For every person who takes the wheel and test drives a new Ford vehicle at 320 Cornelia St. on Saturday, Nov. 17, Plattsburgh Ford and Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to United Way to be distributed throughout the United Way’s 41 partner agencies.

“We know funding for community programs is hard to come by, and we want to do our part to help make these programs remain available,” said William Price, owner of Plattsburgh Ford. 

The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature many vehicles from Ford’s line-up.

“Whether you are looking to test out our larger vehicles, like the Explorer or F-150, or are more interested in a smaller sedan, like the Focus, we will be able to put you behind the wheel of your favorite Ford vehicle,” Price said.

Dealership staff on site will be able to assist and provide additional information about each vehicle available for a test drive. Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license. There is a limit of one test-drive per household. All test-drives will last approximately seven to 10 minutes.

Workshop offered

TICONDEROGA — A Living Healthy free six-session workshop will be held for those with ongoing health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease or asthma.

Participants will learn self-management skills and set their own goals to improve their health and life. The sessions will be held on Fridays, Nov. 16 and 30, and Dec. 7 to 28 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Inter-Lakes Health, Ethan Allen Library, 1019 Wicker Street, Ticonderoga.

Participants must attend week one (Nov. 16) or week two (Nov. 30) to complete sessions three through six in December.

For more information, call 564-3371. Registration is required and permitted until Nov. 26. It is sponsored by the Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network and the Mental Health Association of Essex County.