PLATTSBURGH — Jason Bruce has been appointed to associate vice president of the corporation effective Jan. 1, according to the Board of Directors of Northern Insuring Agency Inc.
Bruce joined Northern Insuring in 2008 and was most recently the director of information technology. In this role, he is primarily responsible for providing outstanding customer service through efficient management and oversight of NIA’s information infrastructure. He possesses an outstanding work ethic and is consistently forward thinking about what is best for the clients and employees of Northern Insuring, according to the board.
“I am extremely proud to announce this appointment,” said Deena Giltz McCullough, NIA president and CEO. “Jason is a team player, approachable and consistent. He has many talents including contributing fresh ideas that contribute to agency efficiency and growth. We are proud to have Jason on our team.”
Northern Insuring celebrates its 84th anniversary in June and specializes in business, personal and life insurance and employee benefits services.
PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh Housing Outlet Inc. will offer a Home Building Seminar on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dino’s Pizza, 795 Route 3 (next to Wilson Appliance), in Plattsburgh.
The seminar will offer guidance on topics such as lender requirements, manufactured and modular homes, advice on finding and developing a building site and time frames for home building.
Dinner will be served and there is no cost or obligation. Participants must RSVP ahead of time, as space is limited. Anyone interested (adults only) may call 800-794-6250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, phone number and number in their party. It is recommended to RSVP early as last seminar was at full capacity.
Participants will receive a free “how-to” packet, a free copy of their credit report and a discount coupon for attending the seminar. They will leave with the information they will need to make an informed decision about new construction and home ownership.
For more information, contact LaBounty at 563-6250, Ext. 21.
PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce is conducting free workshops on What You Need To Know About Changes in Health Insurance during the month of January. The workshops will take place at the North Country Chamber, 7061 Route 9, Plattsburgh. They will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 24, at noon.
Additional workshops will be scheduled during the month of February.
Each workshop will feature a presentation on the Affordable Care Act and the new state health-insurance exchange by the Adirondack Health Institute and a review of the plans and choices available in 2014 by the licensed health insurance specialists of the Plattsburgh-North Country Service Corp., the North Country Chamber’s health-insurance service. Its specialists are trained and approved to assist groups and individuals with health insurance in the new market, both within and outside of the new state exchange system.
The individual mandate took effect on Jan. 1, requiring all individuals to have health insurance by March 31 or be subject to federal penalties that will increase over the next few years. There is still time to enroll and these workshops will describe the process, requirements and options.
The workshops are free. Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. Interested businesses and individuals are invited. To register or to obtain more information, contact the North Country Chamber at 563-1000.
PLATTSBURGH —The Butcher Block and WOKO/WKOL/WIZN/WBTZ/WJOY will co-host this month’s Business After Hours.
The North Country Chamber of Commerce invites area business people to the event on Jan. 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It will be held in the Butcher Block’s Adirondack Room.
Attendees can enjoy an evening of networking, great food and fun. They may sit by the fire and catch up with old friends or mingle about and make new business contacts.
Business After Hours is an opportunity to expand business networks and is open to all chamber members and their employees. Future members are encouraged to contact the chamber for a special-guest pass.
The fee for Business After Hours is $3 with an advance reservation and $4 without. For more information, or to make reservations, call the chamber at 563-1000.
PLATTSBURGH — Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) is extending the deadline for submitting applications for its Community Health Awards. The new deadline is Wednesday.
Organizations that submitted applications to meet the previous Nov. 1, 2013, deadline do not have to reapply. Those applications will be considered in January.
Community Health Awards are grants of up to $4,000 to nonprofit organizations for programs that improve the health and wellness of the community.
“The company’s Community Health Awards demonstrate a corporate commitment to support local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Eve Van de Wal, regional president. “These awards complement our existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to enhance quality of life, including health status, in our community.”
In granting the awards, Excellus considers organizations which offer programs that focus on activities that improve the health status of the community or that reduce the incidence of specific diseases. They may focus on community-wide health education, group-specific health education or wellness.
To be eligible, the organization must be a nonprofit located in Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida or Otsego counties. Awards will be made based on scope of need, goals of the program, overall number of persons to benefit from the program and positive impact on the community’s health status.
“In the 75 years that Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has been serving residents of upstate New York, the company has supported hundreds of programs that are aimed at improving the health status of area residents,” Van de Wal said. “We’re pleased to continue that effort by offering Community Health Awards to nonprofits in the Mohawk Valley and the North Country.”
Any organization interested in applying may request applications by emailing Stephanie.email@example.com. Applications received after the deadline will be held for the next award cycle.
PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Young Professionals will hold a Town Hall Meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Olive Ridley’s, 37 Court St., Plattsburgh.
The event is designed to kick off the new year and share ideas about what the organization can do to provide the best resources and benefits to young professionals in the North Country.
The event is free, but advance registration is required. RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact Jared Burns at 310-3092. Those interested may also visit their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/AdirondackYoungProfessionals.
MORRISONVILLE — Twinstate Technologies will host a blood drive on Monday at its Morrisonville Corporate Headquarters at 291 Rand Hill Road. The blood drive will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. Speedy service and snacks will be provided by the Donor Center.
Those wishing to participate may sign up on the Twinstate Technologies Facebook page or call 563-7100.
Twinstate Technologies began organizing blood drives 15 years ago. A very personal endeavor to the family-owned business, siblings Devi Currier Momot, CEO and president; Dawn Juneau, VP of administration; and Clark Currier, VP of operations, will continue this tradition in 2014. The blood drives honor the memory of their mother, Dulcie Sherman, and celebrate the lives they help to save.
In 2014, Twinstate Technologies will host a total of six blood drives. The 2014 dates are Jan. 13, March 10, May 5, July 7, Sept. 8 and Nov 3.
Twinstate Technologies offers an intuitive suite of products and services customized to the individual needs of small, medium and large organizations.
PLATTSBURGH — Kinney Drugs Inc. will offer individuals who enrolled in a new health insurance marketplace plan and have not yet received an identification number a 30-day supply of prescriptions at no upfront cost from now through the end of January.
The offering comes as coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect Jan 1. Some consumers who signed up for new health-insurance plans in recent weeks are still waiting for the personal identification information they need to access their new benefits.
“We are the local pharmacy who cares deeply about supporting our patients’ health-care needs and providing affordable access to prescription medications,” said Jim Spencer, president of Kinney Drugs. “We want to ensure patients receive continuity of care and experience a smooth transition during this change with their health-care coverage.”
Customers who have enrolled in an insurance plan under the ACA, but haven’t received proper identification from their insurer, are encouraged to speak to a Kinney Drugs pharmacist to see if they are eligible to receive a transitional supply of prescriptions to bridge the insurance gap. The transitional supply is a prescription of up to 30 days and is available at any of the 99 Kinney Drugs stores located throughout Central and Northern New York and Vermont.