February 3, 2013

Business briefs: Feb. 3, 2013


Appointments announced

PLATTSBURGH — Alec Currier and Staub Spiegel have joined the sales team at Northern Insuring Agency .

Currier graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He joins the Business Insurance Division and holds his Property and Casualty License. He has successfully passed the first of five courses for his CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation.

Spiegel joins the Business Insurance Division with eight years of business insurance sales experience. He holds his Property and Casualty License and is an active member of the Chazy Lions Club.

“We are excited to welcome Alec and Staub to our sales team,” said Rosemary Souza-Botten, vice president of Northern Insuring. “They bring with them a very high energy level and are both driven to succeed.”

Northern Insuring celebrates 83 years in business in 2013 and has been named a Best Practices Agency the last three years.

Airline landmarks

PLATTSBURGH — Allegiant airlines recently reported its 40 million passenger mark and its 40th consecutive profitable quarter, continuing 10 years of success and growth in the U.S. airline industry. The company’s approach has allowed it to thrive while making travel affordable.

Allegiant differs in many ways from other U.S. airlines. The company is focused on nonstop leisure travel, providing customers with low base fares and great value. Allegiant has remained flexible, aggressively managing schedules, capacity and fares to meet demand in individual markets. This flexibility is one of the many ways Allegiant is able to keep costs low, ensuring continued value for its customers. Allegiant has also been on the forefront of unbundling the air product, offering an a la carte menu of services that allows passengers to customize their itinerary to fit their needs and their budget.

In 2012, among the top U.S. commercial carriers, Allegiant had the highest load factor, second in year-over-year capacity growth and third in year-over-year traffic growth. It has done all of this while keeping the average base fare below $90. With competitors limiting service due to cutbacks and mergers, Allegiant is aggressively managing its fleet and schedule to ensure that communities have access to convenient, affordable travel options.

”This is a challenging industry, and we are proud to offer stability and success to our communities, our employees and our shareholders,” said Andrew Levy, Allegiant Travel Co. president. “We look forward to the coming years and the next 40 million passengers as we grow our fleet and our network, and continue our aggressive focus on expanding our other product offerings — hotels, cars and attractions.”

Allegiant’s business model has allowed it to grow from one plane and one route just over a decade ago to offering access to low-cost, nonstop travel to 14 vacation destinations in more than 70 communities nationwide. Allegiant also offers discounts on vacation packages, including hotels, rental cars and attraction tickets, through its website,

Award received

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Tractor Supply Company (TSC) store was recently recognized for winning the Class Champion award for meeting the company goals during the 4-H/TSC Fall 2012 Paper Clover Promotion. Store employees at the Plattsburgh TSC store had 27 percent of all transactions include a 4-H Paper Clover purchase and will be presented with a ribbon from 4-H to recognize this achievement.

The 4-H/TSC Paper Clover Campaign is a nationwide, in-store fundraiser that benefits 4-H programming in the communities where a TSC store is located. The fall campaign raised more than $498,000 that supports 4-H on the local, state and national level. During the 12-day promotion, the Plattsburgh TSC raised $881 for 4-H in Clinton County.

The effort has provided direct support for local clubs, after-school programs and other activities, supporting youth as they build life skills and explore their interests in everything from animal science to robotics.

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Branch relocating

PLATTSBURGH — Community Bank System Inc. will be closing its Plattsburgh Price Chopper branch and relocating it into the Community Bank branch located at 524 State Route 3 effective April 5.

Customers won’t need to do anything as it relates to the transition, as all accounts will automatically be transferred to the new location. There will be no layoffs associated with the relocation.

“We looked at the proximity of our five branches in Plattsburgh and decided this was the best move for both our customers and employees,” said Hal Wentworth, senior vice president of retail banking. “Customers will continue to receive the same level of service from the remaining branches as all staff will be relocated to those locations. Community Bank will continue to have a total of four other branches in the Plattsburgh area that will all be happy to serve the needs of our transitioning customers.”

They are the branch located at 524 State Route 3, the downtown branch at 9 Margaret St., the Wal-Mart branch at 25 Consumer Square and the 468 State Route 3 branch.

Customers are encouraged to speak with the branch staff at any Community Bank location should they have any questions, or call 1-800-388-4679.

Open house

PLATTSBURGH — Ilene Leshinsky, LCSW-R, founder of the BodySense programs, will be holding an open house Saturday, Feb. 9.

The free, two-hour session is from 10 a.m. to noon. There is no cost or obligation. Light refreshments will be provided.

The theme is “Wake Up Your BodySense! Want Peace With Food, Eating and Your Body Image?”

The open house will be at her office at 159 Margaret Street, Suite 300, in Plattsburgh.

For more information, call 570-6164, email or visit

Food drive

ESSEX — Donna Haynes of Creative Solutions and Designs located in Essex is sponsoring a Karaoke Party/Food Drive to benefit the ACAP Emergency Food Shelf in Elizabethtown.

For two non-perishable food items or $3 per person, participants can choose from more than 2,000 karaoke songs and sing their favorites on stage at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 6 pm. There will be games and contests, and prizes will be awarded.

From 4 to 6 p.m., a special Valentine event will be held. Participants will be able to sing, dance, recite a poem, do a skit etc. and have their message recorded and transferred to a DVD for them to present to their Valentine by Feb. 14.

Call 962-8478 for more information.

Business mixer

PLATTSBURGH — PrimeLink, Champlain Telephone Co., Ground Round and Best Western Plus The Inn at Smithfield will co-host the current session of Business After Hours. 

The North Country Chamber of Commerce invites area business people to the mixer on Feb. 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Best Western Plus The Inn at Smithfield.

The Jetsons will be there to welcome attendees to the event with the theme “Bringing You The Future Today.” Everyone who attends will be entered in the drawing for an iPad Mini, an overnight at the Best Western, and other gifts.

Visitors are free to dress futuristically or come as they are. There will be great food, prizes and futuristic fun.

Business After Hours is an opportunity to expand business networks and is open to all chamber members and their employees. Future members are encouraged to contact the chamber for a special-guest pass. The fee for Business After Hours is $3 with an advance reservation and $4 without. For more information, or to make reservations, call the chamber at 563-1000.

Business services

TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host an open house with the North Country Small Business Development Center on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Services provided by the SBDC will be available at the chamber office typically on the second Tuesday of each month. The open house will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition, the chamber is working with the agency to host spring business seminars on a variety of topics. All seminars are free.

Their staff is comprised of business professionals with either small-business ownership or executive-management experience. They can help develop practical solutions to deal with the challenges of starting and operating a successful business.

Fundraiser scheduled

PLATTSBURGH — A Dine to Donate fundraiser for the Advocacy and Resource Center (ARC) Foundation will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 4 to 9 p.m. at Applebee’s restaurant, 80 Center Drive, Plattsburgh.

Participants may give their servers a flyer and 15 percent of their check will be donated to the Membership Committee. Flyers are available at the ARC administration building, 231 New York Road; CVI Janitorial Services, 9 Industrial Drive; or the PATH building at 279 New York Road. ARC can be reached at 563-0930 for more information.

Benefits breakfast

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce is hosting a benefits breakfast on Feb. 15 from 8 to 9 a.m. at the chamber office.

Whether new to the chamber or a member for years, there are probably a number of benefits and services that have yet to be discovered. It is now more important than ever to take advantage of everything that is available, according to the chamber. This informational meeting will cover the many ways the chamber can help businesses succeed, including cost-saving opportunities, ways to meet potential customers and more. There will also be an overview of chamber activities regarding tourism promotion, government affairs, small-business support and economic development.

This free breakfast is open to all members of the chamber as well as “not-yet-members” who are interested in learning more about the many benefits and services offered.

To RSVP or for more information, call the chamber at 563-1000.

Ski Day

PLATTSBURGH — On Feb. 16, the Adirondack Young Professionals (ADKYP) will be holding a Ski Day at Titus Mountain. Tickets will be $40 with 25 percent of the proceeds going to the ORDA Adaptive Snow Sports Program.

ADKYP will also be holding an open house at North Country Cross Fit on Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m. with a networking event at Latitude 44 to follow from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All funds will go to the ORDA Adaptive Ski Program.

“This is my first year working with ADKYP and I have met a great group of people. I am very impressed with the diverse range of events the organization holds,” said ADKYP member Leigh-Carter-Simonette. “There is a great amount of energy and spirit within this organization, which creates a fun and positive environment.”

ADKYP President Steve Geddes said he is proud of the his group’s involvement in the community.

“ADKYP believes in volunteering throughout the year and I am really excited about the committee’s ability to sort through numerous ideas and present the (recent Martin Luther King Jr. service) grant request to the United Way,” he said.

“Since 2008, there have been a lot of changes to the Civic Committee and ADKYP as a whole,” said Tim McCormick, co-chair of the Civic Committee. “The new committee shows a tremendous effort and eagerness to help ADKYP’s members contribute to the community.”

ADKYP hold networking events on the last Thursday of every month in addition to volunteering events throughout the year to raise money for various non-profits within the community.

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