June 30, 2013

Business Briefs: June 30, 2013


---- — Savings program

PLATTSBURGH — Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. employees talked about the importance of saving with more than 1,800 students at local schools this spring through the national Teach Children To Save program.

Nearly 30 bank employees delivered more than 75 presentations on saving, budgeting and prioritizing to students including at Keeseville Elementary School, Lake George Elementary School, Minerva Central School and Warrensburg Elementary School. The lessons took place during May and June.

Teach Children To Save was created by the American Bankers Association Educational Foundation in 1997 to help young people develop lifelong savings habits. It brings volunteer bankers into classrooms to discuss the basic principles of using money wisely.

Glens Falls National Bank has participated in Teach Children To Save for the last five years. To find out more about the program, visit

Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. provides banking and financial services through 29 offices in Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Essex and Clinton counties. It is rated a 5-Star Superior institution by BauerFinancial.


Lodge honored

POINT AU ROCHE — The Point Au Roche Lodge recently received the Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence Award for 2013.

The award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Winners of the certificate are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website, with only the top 10 percent receiving the award.

To qualify for the certificate, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher out of a possible five as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor.

The lodge is located at 463 Point Au Roche Rd. and can be reached at 563-8714 or visited at or on Facebook.


Employee inducted

PLATTSBURGH — Meghan McGee-Pelkey was inducted into the Young Professionals Commission (YPC) on June 13. She is the marketing and human resources assistant at UFirst Federal Credit Union.

The commission was founded by the Credit Union Association of New York in 2010 to help develop strategies for engaging and retaining young professionals within the credit union industry. Members include credit union professionals and volunteers age 35 and younger who are nominated by their credit union’s president/CEO. The YPC is charged with developing strategies and practices to help recruit young adults as employees and volunteers as well as creating ways to attract a new generation of members into the credit union community. McGee-Pelkey will serve a two-year term on the committee.

Members of the YPC also need to be engaged in education or volunteerism beyond their current job role. For the past eight years, McGee-Pelkey has been involved in numerous volunteer opportunities with UFirst FCU such as passing out candy at the City of Plattsburgh’s annual Trick or Treat on Safety Street and counting money and walking for the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk. She participates in dress down days for causes such as CULAC/CUPAC and the Children’s Miracle Network and on several occasions she has rung the bell for the Salvation Army during the Christmas season.

“I am both proud and honored to be chosen for the Young Professionals Commission and for the opportunity to represent my credit union and the Adirondack Chapter,” McGee-Pelkey said. “I look forward to working with other young professionals across the state and to contributing my ideas and support for the growth of the credit union movement.”


Seminar offered

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh Housing Outlet Inc. will hold a Home Building Seminar on Thursday, July 18, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Dino’s Pizza, 795 Route 3 (formerly Broadview Deli 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.

Experts from all areas of construction will give an overview of the process and participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the second hour. Dinner will be served during the event and there is no cost or obligation.

Participants (adults only) must RSVP ahead of time, as space is limited and the room has been at capacity the last several times the workshop was offered. Anyone interested in attending may call 800-794-6250 or email with their name, phone number and number in their party.

Participants will receive a “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 Michelle LaBounty at 563-6250, ext. 21.


Business expands

LAKE CLEAR — The Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat has unveiled a gourmet takeout menu and 100 Mile Store featuring local products.

To celebrate, there will be an open house on July 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. with on-the-hour-food tastings, wine tastings from an Adirondack winery, a raffle to win dinner for two, and all those who stop by will be offered a coupon for 25 percent off their first food order and free membership to the Ein Stein Beer Club. Online ordering and further information can be found at or call 891-1489.

“This will be a gourmet takeout with a completely different twist,” said Cathy Hohmeyer, executive chef and co-proprietor. “We have two goals: to bring the full culinary experience of the lodge to your door and to emphasize local products from within 100 miles.”

These two new projects hope to expand on the Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat’s already established ideas of 100-mile cuisine and their Old World and Adirondack fusion. They will reflect the recipes and practices Chef Cathy has adapted from her work with Cure Cottage Cuisine and the Weston A. Price Foundation, of which she is the Northern Adirondack Chapter leader.

Products include seasonal appetizers, soups and salads, fresh-cooked entrees ranging from Adirondack milk-fed roast pork loin and Adirondack grass-fed beef stroganoff to Old World delights such as wild-caught pike rostis and hand-pounded schnitzels, homemade desserts such as fresh fruit strudels, marzipan cake and chocolate canoes, special packages and samplers.

The lodge can also provide special-event catering, including unique interpretive dinners with recipes. The gourmet takeout will be housed inside the new 100 Mile Store. Inventory will include ready-to-eat foods, local farm products from organic vegetables to grass-fed meats, locally produced maple syrup, artisanal products such as sourdough breads, salad dressings, fermented vegetables and homemade yogurt, and seasonal beer, wine and spirit baskets.


Certification earned

LAKE PLACID — Ian Coryea and Christina Dock of Burnham Benefit Advisors have earned the Chartered Healthcare Consultant Designation in Employee Benefits/Health Insurance and Certification in Health Care Reform.

Kory Hosler of Burnham Benefit Advisors recently earned the Registered Health Underwriter Designation. Both the Chartered Healthcare Consultant Designation and the Registered Health Underwriter Designation were awarded by The American College and the designations include both initial and ongoing certification requirements.

The rigorous Chartered Healthcare Consultant Designation contains six college-level courses in all and is the premier educational program offering advanced understanding of the new complexities in President Obama’s healthcare reform legislation. The courses cover key topics including new mandates and benefit changes, grandfathered plans, state exchanges, medical-loss ratio requirements, as well as a thorough review of the new employer compliance requirements and the impact of Healthcare Reform on other benefit laws.

The Registered Health Underwriter Designation is the premier credential in the health-insurance industry and covers topics in group insurance benefits, health insurance for businesses and individuals, as well as a thorough review of COBRA, ERISA and HIPAA.

The American College is a non-profit educational institution with the highest level of academic accreditation dedicated to leadership in innovative training and development for financial services and insurance professionals for more than 86 years. Headquartered in Lake Placid, Burnham Benefit Advisors specializes in employee benefits offering brokerage, consulting, compliance and HR services for both public and private sector employers.