December 2, 2012

Business briefs: Dec. 2, 2012


Cathy Hohmeyer, owner and executive chef of Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat, agreed.

“Offering a specialized program for healthy and sustainable foods to both our guests and community is a staple of our lodge,” she said. “Our three properties are unique themselves, providing an individual eco acquaintance for all of those who come to the region.”

Audubon International offers a rigorous third-party certification program for lodging in the United States and Canada. Properties participating undergo a detailed written exam on all of their practices. After completion of the exam, a site visit is conducted by an Audubon representative with each area thoroughly reviewed. Renewal is yearly, and educational material is offered to help improve practices.

“The Adirondacks enjoy a very long history of environmental leadership and vision, beginning with the establishment of the park in 1892,” said James McKenna, president of the Lake Placid-based Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. “The protection of our natural resources works unquestionably to our benefit as a visitor destination, and the fact that three of the highest rated eco-sustainable properties in the country can be found here in the Adirondack Park further positions the region as a world leader in environmental responsibility.”

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Mental health programs

PLATTSBURGH — A Brown Bag Series is being offered for its 13th season including free mental-health programs for interested community members, professionals, consumers and family members.

It is co-sponsored by Behavioral Health Services North (BHSN) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Champlain Valley.

On Thursday, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., a program titled Disability Accessible Technology will be presented with panelists Chris Mayette, assistant manager, Verizon Wireless, and Karin Pataky, systems advocate, NCCI, at the Plattsburgh Public Library at 19 Oak St., Second Floor Meeting Room.

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