September 30, 2012

Business briefs: Sept. 30, 2012


The following criteria are suggested as qualifications for Employer of the Year:

The business provides outstanding opportunities for upward mobility and additional training for female employees, has established a job-evaluation system that creates salary levels that provide equal pay for equal work, allows for salaries based on comparable worth, provides opportunities for development of new female talent, exhibits sensitivity to the needs of female employees, provides support for dependent care, and has established liberal parental-leave policies and/or flexible leave policies for employees.

Nominations should explain in 300 words or less the reason for the nomination based on one or more of the above criteria. Letters of recommendation from others are also welcome as part of the nomination package. Nominations for both awards are due no later than noon on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Either mail or e-mail nominations to: Vicki Marking, 52 Cemetary Street, West Chazy, 12992, or 

Wine tour

PLATTSBURGH — On Sept. 19, the inauguration of the Champlain Valley International Wine Trail took place at Snow Farm Vineyard in Vermont. It is here that representatives and wine makers from New York, Vermont and Quebec gathered to celebrate the international trail, the first of its kind in the world. Spearheaded by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the trail connects seven wineries on the Adirondack Coast, seven wineries throughout Middlebury, Vt., and 18 in Dunham, Quebec.

“The Champlain Valley International Wine Trail is a great opportunity to help us promote Adirondack Coast wineries to a broader audience and achieve greater success,” said Michele Powers, director of the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau.

This new approach to wine tasting allows visitors the opportunity to learn about and taste wines of many different varieties and styles crafted from vineyards along the Champlain Valley while following a marked trail. The trail travels roughly 140 miles and offers something for both novices and aficionados. Travelers can stop for detours like shopping, sight-seeing, recreation and beach going.

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