New board member
PLATTSBURGH — Brian Gladwin joined the Board of Directors of of Behavioral Health Services North in October after serving many years in similar positions with other local boards looking at the future growth of services in the North Country community, according to Craig Amoth, BHSN president and CEO .
Gladwin is vice president and regional commercial banking officer of NBT Bank in Plattsburgh. He has been president of North Country Alliance, a private-public consortium of economic-development organizations, private businesses, utilities, public and private colleges, the media and financial institutions working to grow the economy of New York’s six-county North Country region.
PLATTSBURGH — Cumberland 12 Theater will host an event that will raise funds for the construction of a universally accessible tree house in the City of Plattsburgh.
The Max Moore Memorial Tree House Project will be hosting a movie fundraiser at Cumberland 12 in Plattsburgh on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. The Disney Pixar movie “Frozen” will be featured for this event. Tickets are $10, popcorn included. Five dollars from each ticket sale will be donated to the construction of the tree house.
The project will be built along the Saranac River Trail in Plattsburgh. Equipped with a special ramp, the tree house will offer recreation opportunities to the entire community, including those with limited mobility. The universal design concepts will allow access by wheelchairs and strollers, offering a rare opportunity for everyone, including the disabled and young children, to enjoy a real tree house overlooking the scenic river.
Several years ago, Plattsburgh pediatrician Dr. Heidi Moore dreamed of building a tree house with a special ramp for her then 5-year-old son, Max, who relied on a wheelchair for his mobility, in the hopes that he might come close to experiencing one of her favorite childhood passions, climbing trees. Max is no longer here, but the dream can come true for others.
For more information on the project, check out the tree house Facebook page at www.facebook.com/maxmooretreehouse. To donate, make checks payable to “Treehouse Project c/o United Way” and mail to 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, 12901.
LAKE PLACID — Phillip J. Smith of Loon Lake, executive chef at Whiteface Club and Resort in Lake Placid, has earned the Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC) designation from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Inc., the nation’s largest organization of professional chefs. Smith is a member of ACF Chapter NY021 in Glens Falls.
ACF operates the only comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States and currently certifies nearly 13,000 professionals worldwide. Candidates for ACF certification must have a high level of work and educational experience and pass both a written and practical examination. In addition, candidates must complete coursework in food safety, nutrition and supervisory management.
Certified chefs in restaurants, hotels and other food-service operations demonstrate a commitment to quality food service and must renew their certification every five years. ACF is the only certifier of U.S. master chefs and master pastry chefs.
Smith has had more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant/hospitality/food-service industry. He is a 1995 graduate of Scottsdale Culinary Institute of Scottsdale, Ariz. In addition, he is a certified Servsafe Food Protection Manager, Instructor and Registered Examination Proctor.
“Phil is a great asset to our organization and brings not only his professional skills and talents but his overall enthusiasm for creative, tasty and healthy food to the club and our clients.” said Mark Sperling, general manager of the Whiteface Club Companies.
LAKE PLACID — As anticipation builds for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the event has personal meaning at Whiteface Lodge where four Olympic hopefuls and a former world-class athlete, now assistant coach, serve as restaurant and banquet employees providing gold-medal-worthy service to guests of the rustic boutique resort.
The athletes help fund their training and travel at Whiteface Lodge while honing their skills in Lake Placid, site of two Winter Olympic Games. Whiteface Lodge will host a pre-Olympic fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 19, to support the athletes as they push to qualify for the 2014 Winter Games. The event will be hosted in partnership with local businesses including the Olympic Regional Development Authority, Kilcoyne Farms, D. Brickman Inc. and Adventure in Food Trading.
“We consider this a big thank you to the athletes who have helped us throughout their Olympic training,” said Chris Pulito, Whiteface Lodge’s general manager. “Being in Lake Placid, we have a lot of Olympic and Team U.S.A. spirit, and we’re proud to have worked closely with these amazing Olympians.”
The fundraiser will include a meet-and-greet with the Olympic hopefuls, silent auction with all proceeds going to the athletes, live music and food and drinks ranging from wood-fired pizzas to local brews and wine. The event is open to the community and will take place in KANU from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a suggested entry donation of $12 per person.
Katelyn Kelly from Orchard Park is in her third year in bobsled. In her second year as a driver, she is already ranked fifth in the United States. She is a graduate of Miami of Ohio.
Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake is a member of the U.S. Luge Team and is a World Cup athlete who, over the past seven years, has won five national titles and last year finished sixth at World Championships. He competed in the 2010 Olympic games where he came in 13th.
Annie O’Shea is a U.S. National Skeleton Team member from Long Island. She is in her eighth year on the team and is a two-time National Champion, World Cup Medalist, National Push Champion and two-time America’s Cup Champion. She currently holds the track record in Lake Placid and the start record in Park City, Utah. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and Wellness and Fitness from California University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing an MBA through Keller Graduate School of Management.
Morgan Tracey is in her third year as a member of the National Skeleton Team. Tracey has been winning medals in international competitions since her rookie year. She is an Americorps alumnae, wildland firefighter and attorney.
Caleb Smith is former United States skeleton athlete who competed on the World Cup tour before retiring. A native of Lake Placid, Smith is now assistant coach for the Australian Skeleton Program.
PLATTSBURGH — As a special holiday greeting to its members and the community, the North Country Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring the broadcast of “The Story of the Little Reinbear,” an original Christmas story authored by chamber President Garry Douglas.
The story will be presented on WIRY/Hometown Radio (1340 AM) on the following schedule: Saturday, Dec. 7, 5:15 to 5:30 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 9, 5 to 5:15 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 13, 5 to 5:15p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 18, 5 to 5:15 p.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 24, 3:45 to 4 p.m.
PLATTSBURGH — Dr. Jon Mulholland, a local chiropractor and the owner of Ideal Athlete Chiropractic, recently returned from a tour of Mexico and the southern United States where he was the keynote speaker for a number of chiropractic and physical-therapy continuing-education seminars.
Mulholland lectured extensively on his experiences at the 2012 Olympics in London, as well as leading a number of “hands-on” sessions teaching chiropractors and physical therapists how to better manage and treat lower-extremity injuries in athletes.
He is available to speak to local businesses and sports teams. Anyone interested in booking Dr. Mulholland may contact him through his website at www.TheIdealAthlete.com.