September 22, 2013

Business briefs: Sept. 22, 2013


---- — Program completed

PLATTSBURGH — Christina Ubl, CFP, CDFA, of Clute Wealth Management financial services in Plattsburgh and South Burlington, recently completed a specialized educational program and is now a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, according to owner Heidi Clute

Ubl is trained to provide financial information and assistance to people going through a divorce. She evaluates the tax implications of dividing property and the financial impact of various settlement options for dividing marital property (including pensions) and child and spousal support payments.

“At Clute Wealth Management, we help determine the short-term and long-term financial impact of a proposed divorce settlement to make sure it works now as well as down the road,” Ubl said. “We examine and analyze the financial issues of a divorce, providing our clients and their attorneys with data to help guide and support their case. We offer valuable insight into the pros and cons of different settlement options to help our clients avoid the common financial pitfalls of divorce.”

The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA) trains professionals — financial planners, accountants and attorneys — to determine the financial needs and goals for couples after divorce.

Ubl joined Clute Wealth Management in 2000 after graduating from State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management. In 2001, she became a licensed insurance broker. In 2003, she became a stockbroker, in 2006 an LPL Registered Securities Principal, and in 2010 earned the designation CFP.

Clute Wealth Management is an independent firm and Registered Investment Advisor providing strategic financial and investment planning for individuals and small businesses. Securities and fee-based asset management are offered through LPL Financial. Clute Wealth Management manages more than $145 million in assets and does not sell or market proprietary products or securities.

Scholarship recipients

TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union (TFCU) has unveiled recipients of the 2013 TFCU Academic Scholarships.

Three $500 scholarships were awarded in 2013. The recipients are Brody Hooper of Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School, Katie Palandrani of Ticonderoga High School and Mitchell Beers of Schroon Lake Central School.

Hooper is attending the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he will major in Biology/Pre-Med. He was also a recipient of a $500 Credit Union Association of New York (CUANY) Adirondack District Award. Paladrani is attending Northeastern University where she will major in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She was also a recipient of a $250 CUANY Adirondack District Award. Beers is attending Brandeis University with a major in Biology/Pre-Med.

“We are glad to have contributed to the financial education of these three outstanding members,” said TFCU President and CEO Shawn Hayes. “We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”

Each year, TFCU awards scholarships to graduating high-school seniors who are TFCU members, have displayed outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements and demonstrated an awareness of the “people helping people” credit-union philosophy. Applicants are judged by representatives of CUANY located in Albany.

Students interested in applying should look for 2014 scholarship applications to become available this fall at any of the TFCU’s three branch locations, 1178 NYS Route 9N, Ticonderoga; 43 Meacham Street, Port Henry; and 7519 Court Street, Elizabethtown. For more information, go to a TFCU office, visit or contact Pamela Nolan at 585-6725.

Market opened

LAKE PLACID — Whiteface Lodge has opened a new retail outlet, Bear’s Den Market, featuring specialty coffees brewed from locally roasted beans, house-made pastries and gourmet sandwiches, as well as Adirondack-themed gifts, toys and convenience items.

Guests can step out to an adjoining deep porch furnished with wrought-iron patio sets and surrounded by native landscaping to enjoy their purchases. For those heading out to the hiking trails, the market can provide rental backpacks fully customized and equipped with everything needed for a gourmet picnic in the great outdoors including a bottle of wine and glassware.

Bear’s Den Market is open 24/7 with full café service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. In off hours, guests can access the market via the Whiteface Lodge front desk. Its focal point is a massive, copper Elektra espresso machine, from which the market staff concocts made-to-order specialty coffee drinks.

Fresh-baked pastries are prepared by Whiteface Lodge’s executive pastry chef, Paul de Long, using locally sourced products as much as possible. From the market’s refrigerated case, guests can grab sandwiches made daily in the lodge’s restaurant kitchen, a selection of cold beverages and simple grocery items such as local eggs and milk.

For more information, visit or call 523-0500.

Art show

PLATTSBURGH — The ARC Foundation and CFA Insurance Agency will present the 6th Annual Artists Supporting ARC art show and wine tasting Thursday, Oct. 24, at West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Rd., Plattsburgh.

Local artists will display and sell their original artwork and donate 20 percent of their sales to the ARC Foundation. The evening will also include wine tastings and food parings and featuring Jay Lesage on piano.

Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Contact Beth Davis at ARC at 563-0930, Ext. 304, Sharron Graves, Ext. 124 or email or

The show is a way to start holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind gifts while enjoying a relaxing evening out and donating to a worthy cause.

Money raised

PLATTSBURGH — The SUNY Plattsburgh Men’s Hockey Team, sponsored by UFirst Federal Credit Union, raced to first place in the Fourth Annual Plattsburgh Rotary Club Bed Races on Saturday, Sept. 14. The races were part of the Battle of Plattsburgh festivities in downtown Plattsburgh. The team donated the $500 first place cash prize to the Special Olympics

The second place Men’s Baseball Team, which was sponsored by IBEW/NECA, gave its $250 cash prize to the Brian P. Mehan Scholarship Fund at Plattsburgh High School. The PSTV Team, sponsored by Casella Waste Management, took third place with a $100 prize.

In the Best Themed-Entered Bed Contest, a golden bed pan and $150 was awarded to Champlain National Bank, whose team was dressed as bank robbers. Thirty-two teams participated, raising just over $7,500 to be used for many worthy causes in the local community.

“Many of these beds were sponsored by local businesses or individuals and were raced by teams of students from SUNY Plattsburgh,” said Courtney Chandler, chair of the bed races. “This teaming up of businesses and students is really what makes the race exciting.

“Special thanks goes to King Sponsor Wendell’s Furniture; Queen Sponsors IBEW/NECA, The Development Corp, UFirst Federal Credit Union and Champlain National Bank; Twin Sponsors Nine Platt Hospitality Group, Agency Insurance, Raymond James, Fesette Realty, Primelink, Abbott, Frenyea & Russell CPA’s, NBT Bank, Casella Waste Systems, West Bay Financial, First View Eye Care, CVPH Medical Center, Olive Ridley’s, Eye Care for the Adirondacks, Northern Insuring and Yipes! Plattsburgh,” Chandler said.

Chandler also thanked the Team and Pillow Sponsors and all of the Rotarians who put their time and effort into planning, organizing and volunteering their time. Proceeds from the bed races and other Rotary events support community programs and organizations like Beartown Ski Area, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Babbie Rural Farm Museum, Strand Theatre, YMCA, Literacy Volunteers, North Country Mission of Hope and academic scholarships for students attending SUNY Plattsburgh, Clinton Community College and CVPH Medical Center Radiology School.

More information about the Rotary Club of Plattsburgh is available at 

Grant awarded

TUPPER LAKE — Community Bank has contributed $2,000 to help support The Wild Center’s Junior Naturalist Program, strengthening the center’s ability to offer this special event for children who visit the center. The Wild Center’s programs encourage the bond between children and nature in fun, enriching and memorable ways.

The program, offered to all young visitors of the center, teaches about the Adirondacks while exploring the exhibits, real specimens and natural sites using a newly enhanced, illustrated guidebook and questions adapted to specific age groups. More than 1,100 youngsters participate in this program annually.

The Junior Naturalist Program is a self-guided, environmental-education activity fitting into the center’s “no child left inside” programming, focused on engaging children in the natural world. The program is among the center’s most popular self-led activities for visitors coming from the community, local and regional schools, youth and church groups, as well as summer camp and seasonal museum visitors.

Community Bank seeks to strengthen the activities of organizations throughout the Tri-Lakes region that benefit the education and well-being of area residents. For more information, contact The Wild Center at 359-7800 or visit 

Women in Business

PLATTSBURGH — A Celebration of Women in Business will be held Oct. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the West Side Ballroom.

Everyone who attends will be automatically included in the Amazing iPad Giveaway courtesy of the event’s sponsor, Stafford, Piller, Murnane, Plimpton, Kelleher and Trombley, PLLC. 

Sen. Betty Little and the North Country Chamber of Commerce invite everyone, both men and women, who want to help celebrate women in business in the North Country to enjoy lunch, a “15-minute drill” on networking and the insights of keynote speaker Patricia O’Gorman. O’Gorman is a veteran of numerous television appearances including Good Morning America, Today and AM Sunday.

Those interested may choose to stay after the lunch for a workshop designed specifically for minority- and woman-owned businesses. Register or learn more about this event by calling the chamber at 563-1000.

Open house

PLATTSBURGH — Anyone who wants freedom from conflicts with weight, eating and body image may join Ilene Leshinsky for an open house on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Leshinsky will present an overview of her BodySense program. Participants can meet her, enjoy light refreshments, ask questions and register if they want for the fall BodySense Basics groups and other fall programs.

The open house will be held at her office at 159 Margaret St., Suite 300, in Plattsburgh. Call 570-6164 for more information or visit