October 19, 2012

Business briefs: Oct. 21, 2012


---- — Recycling program

PLATTSBURGH — DELLA Honda, DELLA Suzuki, DELLA Toyota and DELLA Motorsports have reaffirmed their commitment to being leaders in sustainability by joining Casella Waste Systems Power of Three closed-loop recycling service. The Power of Three is Casella’s newest solution for its customers who are intent on bringing a new meaning to the term “zero-waste.” 

The Power of Three is premised on picking up a customer’s recycling, processing that recycling into new products and then providing those products back to the customer in the form of new hand towels, tissue paper and toiletry items. The program is accomplished through a partnership among DELLA, Casella, Foley Distributing and SCA Paper.

With Zero-Sort, all paper, plastic, glass and metal are combined in one single container. Casella’s Zero-Sort processing facility located in Plattsburgh mechanically sorts all of the material. Once sorted, the baled paper will travel 110 miles more to the SCA plant in Glens Falls to be made into 100-percent recycled paper content products that will then be delivered back to DELLA by Foley Distributing.

Businesses that have converted over to Zero-Sort typically see a 20 percent to 40 percent or more improvement in their recycling efforts. This typically saves them money on disposal costs, time in sorting and streamlines their collection processes internally. The DELLA companies are the first automotive group in the North Country to join the program, according to Tom Gilbert, the general manager at the DELLA locations. 

“Being the largest volume Automotive group in the North Country retailing close to 3,000 cars, trucks, SUVs and motorsports per year, we at DELLA felt it was extremely important to reduce our carbon footprint,” he said. “The North Country is a beautiful place to live and raise a family. Taking these necessary steps to try and make our home cleaner for our children is an obligation we are proud to embrace.”  

He congratulated Jean Worland and Ann Meskunas for taking on the roll of green ambassador and pushing for the change.

Campground honor

MALONE — Janine Paddock, co-owner of Deer River Campsite in Malone, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for Campground Owners of New York (CONY) during its awards banquet on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the 49th annual CONY Exposition for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry. The event will take place at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park in Lake George.

Janine and her husband, Gil, with whom she has owned Deer River since 1982, have been active in CONY since joining the association, also in 1982. Janine is a past president of the Board of Directors, having served from 2001 to 2007. She also served as vice president of the board, CONY Region 8 director, and as CONY Conference Chairperson. Janine will be joining Gil as a fellow member of the Hall of Fame with her induction.

CONY Hall of Fame members are nominated based on service to CONY or its board of directors, other leadership roles both in CONY and in their communities, community service, and championship of the outdoor hospitality industry. The CONY Board of Directors accepts nominations and votes on the recipients. Janine will be the 15th inductee into the Hall of Fame in CONY’s 49 years of operation as a trade association.

Janine attended Hudson Valley Community College for Dental Hygiene in Troy and Champlain Valley School of Nursing in Plattsburgh. She worked in both the dental and medical professions from 1972 to 2004. Over the years, in addition to her trained professions and campground ownership, she has served as a Red Cross certified instructor-trainer in Advanced First Aid, a volunteer member and past chief of the Duane Fire Department, a volunteer coach for the Franklin Academy Speech and Debate Team, and chairperson of the Franklin Academy High School Improvement Committee.

Her personal interests include reading, music, photography and crafts.

Award received

LAKE PLACID — The New York StateWide Senior Action Council has awarded Dr. Paul Reiss of Lake Placid its first Community Service Award for a lifetime of service to the community, particularly for older people and children.

“Dr. Reiss was selected because of his exemplary way he leads his life in service to others,” said Maria Alvarez, executive director of StateWide.

Reiss, who is the chairman of the Board of Directors of Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, which assists older people to remain living in the community, was given the award to honor someone who remains active in his senior years as an advocate for older people but who has spent his entire life working to educate, serve and uplift the people in every community he has lived. In addition to his work with seniors, he has, through a family foundation, brought inner-city youth to the Adirondacks for many years for a summer experience.

Reiss, who grew up in the Adirondacks, has also had a distinguished academic career as a professor at Marquette University, dean at Fordham University and president of St. Michael’s College in Vermont . He was named Vermont Citizen of the Year in 1996.

The New York StateWide Senior Action Council, a statewide advocacy organization of older New Yorkers, made the award to Reiss and honored others as it celebrated its 40th anniversary convention at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs.

Cancer awareness

LAKE PLACID — In honor of all those who have been affected by cancer, the Spa at the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa is presenting an awareness-inspired pedicure for the cure.

The fundraiser continues for the entire month of October, according to Spa Manager Annie Brucker.

“We all know people who have been affected by this disease,” Brucker said. “Whether it impacts you directly or indirectly, the spa feels that it’s important to help a cause that assists so many. The response so far has been strong and we want to push this cause for the rest of October.”

The cost of the Pink Pomegranite Pedicure is $55, with $10 of each to be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

The service begins with a warm salt soak followed by a full grooming of the nails. Feet are then thoroughly buffed with a scrub and file, followed by a tension-melting hot stone massage. Toes are then topped off with one of three Susan G. Komen-inspired pink hues.

Call the spa for a reservation at 302-3010.

Funds raised

PLATTSBURGH — The Margaret Street Office of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. hosted a Community Appreciation Day on Oct. 12 and raised funds for the American Heart Association.

The health-focused event at 25 Margaret Street in Plattsburgh included blood pressure checks by City of Plattsburgh firefighters as well as a bake sale, basket raffle and the sale of flowers from Nelson’s Flower Shop. The various fundraising activities generated $140 for the local chapter of the American Heart Association, which organizes the annual Heart Walk and aims to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The Margaret Street Office is among many Glens Falls National locations hosting Community Appreciation Days this year. The events are meant to show the bank’s appreciation for its neighbors while assisting local causes.

Business seminars

TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host four business seminars at the chamber office located at 94 Montcalm Street in downtown Ticonderoga during October, November and December.

The business seminars are being provided through a partnership with the North Country Small Business Development Center and made possible through the sponsorship of Mannix Marketing, Dunkin Donuts of Ticonderoga and Stewarts Shops of Ticonderoga.

On Thursday, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., a Talking Business Roundtable will be held. This is a chance for business owners to come together to discuss common issues and concerns that impact small businesses as well as share positive suggestions for resolving these concerns as well as recommendations for seminars and training needed. It is facilitated by Karen Stehlin from the NCSBDC.

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 8 to 10 a.m., Facebook 101 will be held. It features hands on with Facebook, one of today’s most used social networking sites for businesses. Attendees will learn how to set up a business Facebook page, the basics of Facebook and using social networking to promote business and interact with customers. Look for a Facebook: The Next Step seminar in the spring of 2013. It will be presented by Mannix Marketing.

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Business Basics: Marketing will be held. This seminar will discuss different marketing options and best practices to get the most of advertising dollars as well as some no-cost and low-cost alternatives that are available to help increase sales. It will be presented by the NCSBDC.

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Business Basics: Customer First Culture will be held. This seminar will discuss the importance of building a customer-first culture for a business. Attendees will learn what customers want and how to make them come back. It is presented by the NCSBDC.

“We are thrilled to continue to partner with the North Country Small Business Development Center on hosting ongoing monthly open houses as well as business seminars for the Ticonderoga Area business community,” said Matthew Courtright, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce executive director.

Services provided by the NCSBDC are typically available at the chamber office monthly on the second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Exam results

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College’s May nursing graduates have posted a 100-percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination State Board of Nursing Licensing Exams for 2012.

Clinton Community College Director of Nursing Dr. Kathleen Kasprzak said they are extremely proud of their graduates and nursing instructors.

“It speaks to the undeniable hard work and dedication put forth by both groups,” she said. “We couldn’t have been successful without the significant efforts of the entire college faculty, staff and administrators, as well as all clinical site staff.”

Each student who successfully completes the Clinton Nursing Program must then pass the exam in order to continue employment as a registered nurse. The national exam measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse.

Clinton Community College President John E. Jablonski said that year after year, Clinton Community College nurses exceed the state and national pass rate on the exam, but this year’s accomplishment is especially remarkable.

“Our outstanding faculty and staff are helping to ensure that Clinton County has a steady stream of top-notch registered nurses to meet the healthcare needs of our community,” he said.

In May, 40 students graduated from Clinton’s Nursing Program under the supervision of Kasprzak. Clinton’s nursing program has been in existence since 1977.

“In anticipation of the looming nursing shortage, it is our intention that we continue to graduate the competent, caring nurses that Clinton has come to be known for in order to meet the healthcare needs of our local and regional communities,” Kasprzak said.

Medical class

SARANAC LAKE – Thirteen area high-school seniors have embarked on an academic year of exploring potential health-care careers through the New Vision program at Adirondack Medical Center, a member of Adirondack Health.

Along with classroom lectures, students will shadow health professionals throughout the year in a variety of clinical observational rotations at AMC for a unique perspective into potential health-care careers. Working side by side with hospital personnel, students will spend time in the Emergency Department, Cancer Center, Intensive Care Unit, Pharmacy, Medical Imaging Department, Rehabilitation Services and Surgical and Nursing Services, among other medical center areas.

The New Vision Program is in its 10th year of existence at AMC. The program’s challenging college preparatory curriculum includes English, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, government, economics and current health topics such as confidentiality, ethics, cultural diversity, human development, infection control, health-care funding and the history of health care. 

The requirements to participate are demanding. Students must demonstrate above average written and verbal skills, they must have completed three years of science and three years of math, they must be recommended by their guidance counselor and principal, and they must meet health standards for working in hospital settings.

Upon completion of the program, participating students will have earned 13 credit hours from North Country Community College. New Vision is a division of the Adirondack Educational Center and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services Sole Supervisory District of Franklin, Essex and Hamilton Counties (BOCES).

For more information, contact Alison Riley-Clark at 897-2207.



SARANAC LAKE – Adirondack Health and High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care have teamed up to help Medicare patients continue the healing process after they leave the hospital to lower the potential they are unnecessarily re-admitted.

Adirondack Medical Center, a member of Adirondack Health, and High Peaks Hospice are part of the Northeastern New York Community-based Care Transitions Program, a consortium of 16 upstate New York hospitals and health-care organizations that serve people in 10 counties. In the Tri-Lakes region, the collaboration between AMC and High Peaks Hospice is known as the Adirondack Care Transition Program.

“The Adirondack Care Transition Program is an extension of our commitment to top-quality, patient-centered care, with a special concern for the health needs of the elderly,” said Margaret Sorensen, chief nursing officer for Adirondack Health .

People who are enrolled in a traditional Medicare fee-for-service, and are at particular risk of health concerns after being discharged, are eligible to join. There is no charge, as the cost of the program will be paid by Medicare and participating health-care organizations. 

Patients who choose to participate will meet with Registered Nurse Aimee Savarie prior to going home and develop a care plan to achieve a personal goal previously out of reach due to the patient’s health condition. A goal can be attending a grandchild’s soccer game or enjoying a picnic with friends. The patient will identify steps to achieve his or her personal goal and recognize red flags that may slow recovery.

Once the patient is back at home, Registered Nurse Tracy Posdzich from High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care will serve as “health coach” and provide support through regular visits or by answering questions by telephone. The program will operate locally for two years during which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will determine if it meets the goals of keeping people healthy and reducing preventable hospital re-admissions. Participation may be extended on an annual basis for the remaining three years of the program if performance targets are met.

The goals of the partnership aim to cut preventable errors in hospitals by 40 percent and reduce preventable hospital re-admissions by 20 percent over a three-year period. 

Seminar offered

SARANAC LAKE — Particpants are encouraged to join the Adirondack Health Foundation on Thursday, Nov. 1, for the 2012 Health Symposium, The Power of Optimism: How Joy and Optimism Ignite the Best in All of Us, and to hear how to access energy, creativity and playfulness to help achieve a person’s full potential. 

Hosted at the new Conference Center at Lake Placid, this year’s symposium features keynote speaker Steve Gross, MSW, executive director and chief playmaker of the Life is Good Kids Foundation. He is an inspirational speaker who will share his lessons on how to harness the power of optimism. He is a pioneer in using exuberant, joyful play to promote resiliency in children and their caregivers, and is a leader in the field of psychological trauma response.

“He is passionate about his work, about the Life is Good Kids Foundation and about the power of approaching life with arms and hearts wide open,” said Kathy McHugh, special events coordinator for Adirondack Health.

Gross has implemented child trauma intervention projects with the Center for Trauma Psychology in response to the greatest tragedies of our time, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. His intervention has served more than 250,000 children around the world including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Gaza, Sudan, Burundi and Nepal.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. with the Wicked Fun Reception featuring local shops and services, live demonstrations, discounts for area businesses, door prizes and more. There will be a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and an opportunity to mix and mingle. 

The keynote address will follow at 7 p.m. Registration cost is $20. Those interested in underwriting, exhibiting or registering for the event should contact McHugh at 897-2321 or

Coordinator named

LAKE PLACID — Adworkshop, Northern New York’s employee-owned digital marketing agency, has hired a new employee to its client service team. Adworkshop employees 30 full-time professionals in its Lake Placid office.

Hannah Littlefield of Tupper Lake joins Adworkshop’s client-service team as an account coordinator. She has worked in business and administrative positions throughout the Adirondacks and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from SUNY Geneseo. Her expertise in customer service, as well as her organizational skills, ensure that Adworkshop’s clients will continue to receive unparalleled service and support.

Clients receive primary attention via their account executive, surrounded by support from an account coordinator and an overlay of strategic, creative and business support from an executive member of the team.

“We welcome Hannah to the Adworkshop team as the new foundational support to our account service,” said Darcy Norfolk, Adworkshop president. “Her passion for this business, her love of the Adirondacks and her skill set will make our company even stronger.”