August 25, 2013

Business briefs: Aug. 25, 2013


Donations collected

PLATTSBURGH — The U.S. Avenue Office of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. raised funds and collected books for the Imaginarium Children’s Museum during a Community Appreciation Day on Friday, Aug. 16.

The event generated $130 and more than 50 books for the nonprofit museum, which is located in Plattsburgh. In addition, the bank donated a bookshelf.

The Community Appreciation Day included a range of family-friendly activities including an Airborne Park Speedway race-car display, a WIRY radio hula-hoop contest and a story hour with local authors Amy Guglielmo and Speedy Arnold. Plus, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department created 18 child ID cards for local families.

Glens Falls National provides banking and financial services through 29 offices in Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Essex and Clinton counties. It hosts community days as a way to show appreciation for its customers and neighbors and assist local causes.

Certificate obtained

PLATTSBURGH — Kate Lavalley, physical therapist of 12 years at One Step Ahead Physical Therapy, obtained her certification for Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Cert. MDT) from the International McKenzie Institute in May of this year.

The McKenzie method is evidence-based and one of the most researched and successful methods that can provide fast and effective relief for back, neck and extremity problems, including an acute and initial assessment component — a safe and reliable means to accurately reach a diagnosis and only then make the appropriate treatment plan.

For more information, visit One Step Ahead PT at 12 Booth Drive in Plattsburgh or call 561-2225 to make an appointment. One Step Ahead participates with most insurance and in most cases a doctor’s referral is not required.

Restaurant honored

LAKE PLACID — The AAA Four Diamond The View Restaurant has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Scenic Restaurants in the United States. The list of winners is derived from more than 5 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“We are very pleased by this acknowledgment from OpenTable diners,” said Katie Welch, The View Restaurant manager. “We are proud to know that these diners thoroughly enjoyed their overall experience at The View and gave us such high marks.”

The View Restaurant can be found inside Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa. Both are recognized by AAA with the Four Diamond designation, the only such combination of lodging and dining to be found in Lake Placid. Only five restaurants in New York State were award recipients. In addition to The View Restaurant, two others are located in New York City and one each on Long Island and Rochester.

“This list of winning restaurants is much more than a gourmet guidebook for travelers,” said OpenTable Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter. “It also represents the very best way for hometown foodies to get in touch with the natural beauty and local bounty of the dining destinations in which they dwell.”

Based on feedback collected from OpenTable diners between July 2012 and June 2013, the 100 award-winning restaurants received the highest scores. For more information about all of the restaurants on this list, visit 

Staff welcomed

PLATTSBURGH — Mountain Lake PBS is introducing four new staff members. Joining the organization as director of fundraising and business development is Janine Scherline, as major gifts and corporate sponsor coordinator is Diane Germano, as membership and volunteer coordinator is Sharon Bainbridge, and as corporate marketing representative is Linda Carpenter.

“Each person brings a strong set of skills and experiences that will continue to keep our station in the forefront of exceptional local productions,” said Alice Recore, CEO and president.

Scherline joins the station from the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts where she served as executive director from 2011 to 2013. Prior to that, she served as the coordinator for the Adirondack Arts in Education Partnership. She is also a member of the SUNY Plattsburgh faculty where she teaches, gives clarinet lessons and directs the SUNY Plattsburgh Clarinet Choir. An active performer, Scherline gives solo and group performances as well.

Germano began her professional career as a system administrator in the Telecommunications Department at a Naval base in Maryland. In 2005, she relocated to the Adirondacks and held the position of database research specialist and later major gifts specialist with Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York.  She is an active member of the Plattsburgh Noon Rotary and Adirondack Planned Giving Society.

Bainbridge comes from a non-profit and education background. She received her Master of Science Degree in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University and has experience in education at the primary and collegiate levels. With both her nonprofit experience and expertise in database and information technology management, she provides excellent member services to create positive relationships.

Carpenter has 15 years of advertising sales, marketing and event-planning experience. She will use her expertise in order to invite local businesses to support the programming provided by the station. Active in the community, she is a member of Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary, American Legion Post 1619 and is a past president of Business Networking International.

Benefits breakfast

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free benefits breakfast on Sept. 5 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the chamber office, 7061 Route 9, Plattsburgh.

Whether new to the chamber or a member for years, attendees will learn about a number of benefits and services that may have not yet been discovered. 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. The chamber will also give an overview of chamber activities regarding tourism promotion, government affairs, small-business support and economic development.

For non-members, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the organization and find out what it can do. The free breakfast is open to all members 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.

New cosmetologist

LAKE PLACID — Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid has added Bernadette Hanrahan as the newest member of the resort’s cosmetology team.

Hanrahan brings 13 years of experience as the owner of Hair Affair in Lake Placid and a total of 21 years as a licensed cosmetologist. A graduate of the Aveda Institute, she also has training in advanced corrective color, advanced styling, cutting and foiling.

“Bernadette’s presence will certainly enhance our spa’s reputation,” said Spa Manager Annie Brucker. “We welcome her knowledge, experience and attention to guest service that she and we have always offered.”

Mirror Lake Inn has been a Four Diamond Resort for 29 consecutive years with its spa ranking as a Top 100 Resort Spa in the U.S. by Conde Naste Traveler.

Safety workshops

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce has announced the scheduling of more than 20 separate seminars and workshops on workplace-safety topics from September 2013 through June 2014.

The chamber serves as the primary source of workplace safety training in the region, thanks to funding support from the New York State Occupational Safety and Health Hazard Abatement Board. The North Country Chamber is the only chamber in the state to conduct such safety programs in partnership with the state, and has been doing so for more than 15 years. Its safety programs are offered to employers throughout Clinton, Franklin, Essex and Hamilton counties.

Each year, the chamber works with a committee of safety managers at area companies to identify topics and interests.

The 2013-14 program will include seminars and workshops on the following subjects: Injury and Illness Recordkeeping; Snowplow Safety (five sessions); OSHA Ten Hour Construction Course (two sessions); Electrical Safety; Hazard Communication With New OSHA Regulations; Violence in the Workplace; Lock Out/Tag Out; Eight Hour Hazwoper; 10 Hour General Industry; 16 Hour Confined Space; Twisting, Turning and Bending: Preventing Injury; Developing an Effective Safety Program; Mold Recognition and Remediation; Eight Hour Asbestos and Silica; Safely Storing Your Chemicals; Indoor Air Safety; Eight Hour Supervisory Safety; Hearing Protection; and Flammable and Combustible Liquids.

Additional training sessions can be developed and conducted by the chamber at any time in response to the needs of area employers, and on-site consultations and training programs can potentially be arranged. The chamber also maintains an extensive Safety Lending Library of videos, DVD’s and informational materials.

For more information on the seminars and other safety services, call 563-1000 or visit