July 14, 2013

Business briefs: July 14, 2013


New officer

PLATTSBURGH — Raney Rock has joined UFirst Federal Credit Union as a junior collections officer.

Rock graduated from Beekmantown Central School in 2007 and continued his education at Clinton Community College, graduating in 2010 with an associate’s degree. He will be learning all aspects of the Lending Department and will be working out of the Plattsburgh branch office. He can be reached at 324-0608 or at

Established in 1971, UFirst Federal Credit Union has been serving the financial needs of its members in Clinton County for 41years. UFirst FCU has locations in Plattsburgh and Rouses Point and can be reached at 324-5700 or at

Appointment announced

SARANAC LAKE — Shirley “Shooky” Walsh has joined Guide Boat Realty LLC as a licensed associate RE broker, according to broker and owner Chris Covert.

Walsh has been in real estate since 1977 in Saranac Lake. She came to the area by way of Nova Scotia and Boston for a summer job as an RN at the Lake Placid Hospital.

She was the owner and broker of Coldwell Banker Shirley M. Walsh Realty in the late 1980s and ‘90s. During this time, she served as president of the Northern Adirondack Board of Realtors and on numerous committees. Under her guidance as president, three major accomplishments were realized: the Standard Listing Contract, The Standard Contract of Sale as well as getting all agencies on board with the Multiple List Service (all before the computer age).

She can be reached at 524-4310 or visit her at Guide Boat Realty, 191 River St. in Saranac Lake. 

Certificate earned

PLATTSBURGH — Rosemary Souza-Botten, senior vice president at Northern Insuring/Northern Benefits, has earned a special certificate in Healthcare Reform Studies by successfully completing two courses through The American College: The Essentials of Healthcare Reform and The Healthcare Consultant.

The Essentials of Healthcare Reform covers all of the mandated changes and timelines of the Affordable Care Act, and The Healthcare Consultant covers the new role of advisers and consultants in the healthcare planning process.

Souza-Botten is working toward the Chartered Healthcare Consultant (ChHC) designation. This designation is the most comprehensive, current designation in the new world of healthcare.

The American College requires the successful completion of six high-level courses to earn the designation as well as ongoing education to maintain it. Souza-Botten is expected to finish all six courses within the next year. She also holds the Registered Employee Benefit Consultant (REBC) and Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) designations from The American College.

Conference attended

PLATTSBURGH — Dr. William Caldon and Dr. Michael O’Connor, along with nine staff members of High Peaks Dental, recently attended the Jay Geier Scheduling Institute Conversion and Compliance Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

The High Peaks Dental team received education and information from world-renowned keynote speakers that included Dr. Vincent Monicciolo, the founder of Dentistry from the Heart and bestselling author, and Dr. Robert Cialdini, an internationally recognized educator and expert speaker on patient relationships.

The positive spirit and “can do” attitude of the High Peaks Dental staff was exemplified when they won the Spirit Award and were honored on stage in front of more than 2,500 attendees.

“We strive to provide exceptional dentistry with incredible service,” Caldon said. “We go the extra mile for training and education so our patients receive the finest care and treatment.”

Scholarship winner

JAY — Ward Lumber has selected Shayne McCarty as the winner of this year’s Sidney J. Ward Sr. Memorial Scholarship.

McCarty is the stepson of Kevin Kennedy, Ward Lumber’s IT manager. He will receive $1,000 for one year of college study and will begin his first year at Clinton Community College this fall.

The selection process is based on scholastic achievement, community and extracurricular activities, personal aspirations and financial need. The scholarship was established in 1971 as a tribute to Sidney J. Ward Sr. who, while only completing the eighth grade before going to work to support his family, believed in encouraging and promoting education, scholastic achievement and good citizenship.

Awards received

UTICA — Saranac’s Pale Ale and Adirondack Lager were each awarded gold medals in the 2013 United States Open Beer Championship.

Judges from England, Canada and the United States evaluated more than 2,500 beers from breweries around the world.

“These two gold medals for our core beers just reinforce why we’re so excited about our 125th anniversary celebration packs,” said president Fred Matt. “We’ve always focused on making quality beers that our consumers will choose over anything else — which is exactly what the judges did.”

Saranac is launching 125th celebration packages focused on their core beers. There will be an extra pint of their new Legacy IPA in select packages, including Pale Ale, White IPA and Trail Mix 12 packs. The Trail Mix pack includes these two gold medal winners, as well as Saranac’s Black Forest dark lager, which is the brewer’s most awarded beer, and the White IPA.

Pale Ale won gold for the English Pale Ale category. Pale Ale is Saranac’s flagship brew that is rich and fruity with a crisp finish. The brewery recently updated the brewing process using their new hop-infusion process, which maximized beer-to-hop exposure for a fresher taste. It can be paired with burgers, bread pudding and cheddar cheese.

Adirondack Lager won gold in the Marzen/Oktoberfest category. Adirondack Lager is Saranac’s original award-winning beer brewed in the German lager tradition using Noble hops. Hop bitterness is balanced with caramel malt sweetness, creating the ultimate “round” beer. It can be paired it with barbecue, sausage and peppers and jack or white cheddar cheese.

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