September 9, 2012

Business briefs: Sept. 9, 2012


---- — Veterinary services

PLATTSBURGH — Palmer Veterinary Clinic’s licensed veterinary technician, Sarah Benway,  is Purina’s first Plattsburgh Certified Weight Management Coach.

An in-clinic coach is now available to provide support and tools to pet owners and to help fight the growing trend of pet obesity. As part of the Purina Certified Weight Coach Program, the local coach will specialize in pet obesity and serve as a resource for those owners who need support to get their pets closer to slimmer and healthier lifestyles. According to the American Association for Pet Obesity Prevention survey, more than 50 percent of dogs and cats in America are facing obesity. Risks include diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and an earlier death. 

The Purina Certified Weight Coach Program is part of the nationwide Project Pet Slim Down iniative, and certifies in-clinic coaches to provide specialized nutrition expertise and weight counseling for pet owners with overweight pets. For more information, call 561-1893.

Also, the clinic is welcoming the arrival of Dr. Nathan Theobald, a mixed-animal practitioner who will be providing healthcare to dairy, equine and pets. His special interests include dairy medicine and small-animal ophthalmology. Theobald is

from Delafield, Wisc., and attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering prior to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. For the past year, he has been practicing veterinary medicine in a mixed practice in Maine. He and his wife, Stephanie, live in Plattsburgh with their English bulldog and two cats.

Palmer Veterinary Clinic is located in Plattsburgh on 6274 State Route 22 and has been serving the needs of animals in Clinton County for more than 50 years.


Deadline extended

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts has extended its deadline for the Adirondack Coast ARTWays Project, “Adirondack Coast Harvest,” to Thursday.

The project is a collaboration designed to foster tourism and regional pride on the Adirondack Coast through locally created, original artwork. This place-based artwork will depict distinct themes recognized in the Adirondack Coast Destination Master Plan including local landscapes, history, agriculture and outdoor recreation. The project is seeking regional artists for its second round, “Adirondack Coast Harvest,” focusing on the regions deep ties to agriculture.

Artists of diverse mediums are encouraged to enter and must submit a high-resolution jpeg of no less than 300 dpi of their portrait or landscape. Entries will then be judged by a panel of individuals representing businesses, the travel, tourism and agritourism sectors, artists and arts professionals, and will be evaluated on representation of theme and region, visual attractiveness/mass appeal, reproduction value, originality/creativity and adherence to guidelines.

Artwork must be submitted by 5 p.m. for judging to begin, with the unveiling of the winner at this year’s Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider and Food Festival on Oct. 6. Artists interested in submitting artwork may visit for more information.

Sponsors include Mountain Lake PBS, CVPH Medical Center, Pfizer, Studley Printing/Lake Champlain Weekly, Best Western Inn at Smithfield, Ground Round Restaurant, Tip Top Frames Art Center & Gallery and Meadowbrook Healthcare


President appointed

Plattsburgh — The Atlantic Testing Laboratories Board of Directors has appointed James J. Kuhn, P.E., president of ATL, a Canton-based technical-services firm with 10 offices throughout New York State, according to Marijean Remington, C.E.O.

Kuhn began working with ATL in 1994 after obtaining his Civil Engineering degree from Clarkson University. He has since held positions as engineer, assistant division manager, division manager, area manager, vice president, senior vice president and executive vice president.

Kuhn is also very active in engineering professional societies, serving as Northeast Regional vice president, New York State Society of Professional Engineers; board member, NorthEast Transportation Technician Certification Program; board member and treasurer, American Council of Independent Laboratories; trustee and PDH program evaluator, Practicing Institute of Engineering; and director, Foundation for Engineering Education.

“We have confidence in Jim and his management and leadership abilities to move ATL forward to even more successful endeavors,” Remington said.

ATL services include subsurface investigations, water-based investigations, geotechnical engineering, construction-materials engineering and testing, special inspection services, pavement

engineering, nondestructive testing and environmental services.

More information about ATL is available at


Contest announced

ROCHESTER — Gold-medal winning Olympian and soccer star Abby Wambach recently helped MVP Health Care kick off the Ultimate Game Changer contest. The contest invites kids age 13 and over and adults in New York and Vermont to nominate someone they feel is making a significant contribution to their community.

“We want to celebrate the spirit and initiative that encourages people to devote their time and energy to creating healthier communities through teaching, coaching and volunteering,” said Denise Gonick, MVP’s president of operations.

Wambach was in her hometown of Rochester where the city and MVP honored her by renaming the main walkway into Sahlen’s Stadium “Wambach Way.”

“I love the idea of recognizing teachers, coaches, kids, all kinds of local role models who see a way to make things better and decide to make a difference,” Wambach said.

A “game changer” can be anyone as long as they are 13 or older — kids, parents, coaches, teachers, grandparents — anyone deserving of recognition as a role model. A game changer might be working quietly in the background or leading out front, but what they have in common is that they see a way to improve things and they take on the challenge of making communities healthier, better places to live.

People can sign up for updates about the contest at Nominations will be open beginning Sept. 24 and continue through Oct. 22. Starting Oct. 7, visit the contest website to vote and help determine the 10 finalists. Visitors to the site will vote for the ultimate game changer by voting for the nomination they like best. The grand prize winner will be selected from the top 10 by a panel of distinguished judges, including Wambach. All 10 finalists will be invited to the Game Changer Awards Dinner, featuring Wambach and lacrosse legend Gary Gait. The grand-prize winner and the person who made the winning nomination will each receive $1,000.

Enter online at


Silent auction, renovation 

PLATTSBURGH — The Ninety Nine Restaurant

in Plattsburgh is holding a silent auction through Sept. 19 to raise money for the Plattsburgh Central School System. The restaurant is auctioning off plaques and memorabilia that have decorated Ninety Nine’s walls over the years.

“We are passionate about our relationship with the Plattsburgh Central School System and place a high value on education, so we wanted to involve the school system as the beneficiary of our auction,” said Marc Vital, general managing partner of the Plattsburgh Ninety Nine.

Ninety Nine is remodeling the look of the Plattsburgh restaurant, which will be the first in the state to receive the most up-to-date amenities. The restaurant will feature a brighter, warmer and comfortable atmosphere. The exterior and interior will boast vibrant new colors, and the interior will feature new carpeting and décor that highlight the local Plattsburgh community. The bar area and décor will undergo an even more extensive renovation that will include new booths, tables and barstools, and a brand new mahogany wooden bar top. All of the bar updates will compliment new flat-screen televisions.

Renovations will be completed by Sept. 27 when the restaurant is due to re-open at 4 p.m. A check presentation will take place on Oct. 3.

For more information, visit or find them on Facebook at