December 16, 2012

Business briefs: Dec. 16, 2012


---- — Bridge award

PORT HENRY — Kevin Buch, field engineer with Flatiron Construction, recently accepted the 2012 Jeffrey J. Zogg Build NY Award for Flatiron’s work on the Lake Champlain Bridge that connects Essex County, N.Y., and Addison County, Vt. The award was presented at the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of New York State 26th annual statewide Construction Industry Conference held in Saratoga Springs.

The new bridge, with a signature network tied arch design, both preserves the historic integrity and aesthetic quality of the original bridge, while incorporating features that will contribute to a 75- to 100-year design life. The bridge’s main span is comprised of a steel-tied arch 402 feet long and 80 feet tall supported on fixed frames.

The arch provides a 75-foot navigational clearance and 300-foot-wide channel below. The new bridge has wider lanes to accommodate farm equipment, as well as sidewalks for pedestrians and wide shoulders for cyclists. The project also included construction of a 1,029-foot approach on the New York side and a 769-foot approach on the Vermont side and demolition of temporary causeways and ferry docks.

The Build New York Award winners are selected based on outstanding managing skills, imagination, overcoming challenging and unusual circumstances, scheduling accomplishments and project innovation by the contractor/manager and the entire project team including the project owner, architect, subcontractors and suppliers. All project entries were reviewed and judged by a 12-member jury of industry peers.

The AGC of New York State represents more than 600 members, 250 of which are general contractors engaged in public and private construction throughout New York State, and is the New York Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. The AGC of America represents more than 7,000 general contractors nationwide.

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Law firms merge

MALONE — The law firms of Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & Hunter, LLP, of Malone and Jeremiah Hayes, Esq., of Tupper Lake, will merge effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Hayes will become Of Counsel to the Malone firm. He will manage the operations of the Tupper Lake office, where he has practiced law for the last 35 years. Hayes, a 1973 graduate of Albany Law School of Union University, a former assistant district attorney and former president of the Franklin County Bar Association, has managed a general practice in Tupper Lake since 1977. 

John J. Muldowney, managing partner of Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & Hunter, said they are thrilled to add Hayes to the firm.

“He has been a distinguished member of our bar and has exhibited tremendous ability and character for the last 35 years,” he said. “We look forward to working with him and the community of Tupper Lake.”

Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & Hunter is a full-service law firm based in Malone. The firm has been in existence for more than 75 years with a primary focus on personal injury, worker’s compensation and civil litigation. Muldowney, a graduate of Princeton University, is a civil trial lawyer and a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum.

“I have known and worked with the members of Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & Hunter for many years. They provide top-notch legal representation and I look forward to working alongside them in Tupper Lake,” Hayes said. He will continue to work at the same location at 64 Park Street in Tupper Lake.

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Chef recognized

LAKE PLACID — Each year, international luxury hotel association Relais & Châteaux celebrates the most noteworthy hotels, chefs and restaurateurs throughout the world.

Offering 12 prestigious awards to the best candidates in each category, individuals are praised for their exceptional culinary excellence and influence. This year, Executive Chef Nathan Rich of Lake Placid Lodge’s Artisans Restaurant was honored with the 2013 Relais & Châteaux Rising Star Award at the annual awards ceremony held in Turin, Italy.

Originally from Farmington, N.H., Rich was the only American chef to receive the recognition this year. Also named Rising Star winners were Tunis Siigur of The Three Sisters in Estonia and Martijn Kajuiter of The Cliff House Hotel in Ireland. With this award, Relais & Châteaux acknowledges the chefs’ superiority within the industry.

At Artisans Restaurant, the lodge’s signature eatery, Rich and his team offer a full a la carte and seven-course tasting menu based on the freshest regional ingredients, true farm to table cuisine. The menu is seasonally inspired and New American in tradition, but voyages wonderfully and mysteriously into the world beyond, the judges found. Rich brings several years of culinary experience to Lake Placid Lodge, most recently serving as chef de cuisine at the Asana restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston, Mass.

Shopping nights

SARANAC LAKE — Many downtown retailers will have extended hours until 7 p.m. each Friday before Christmas, according to the Village of Saranac Lake Downtown Committee 

The hours are designed to make local holiday shopping easier for residents and visitors. These businesses will join several that are normally open later. Participating businesses include Major Plowshares, Casier Furniture, the Community Store, Two Horse Trade Company, Piece by Piece Studio, Nori’s Village Market, Goody Goody’s, Rice Furniture, Small Fortune Studio, Blueline Sports and Upscale Resale. Downtown restaurants will be open later as usual.

The Dec. 6 shopping night coincided with the Annual Tree lighting Ceremony in Berkeley Green, Sparkle Village at the Harrietstown Town Hall, and the 1st Annual Holiday Art Stroll.

For updates on other events or announcements in downtown Saranac Lake, visit or

Bank award

UTICA — Adirondack Bank has been awarded a Four-Star Excellent rating and placed on BauerFinancial Inc.’s Recommended Bank Report based on data from the third quarter of 2012. This marks the 24th consecutive quarter that the bank has earned this distinction, indicating that Adirondack Bank is safe, financially sound and is operating well above its regulatory capital requirements.

BauerFinancial Inc. is an independent research firm. It rates financial institutions utilizing a complex formula of criteria that factors in current and historical data. The evaluation consists of the institution’s capital level, profitability, reserves, asset quality, regulatory compliance and many other factors.

“We are proud of Adirondack Bank’s 160-plus employees who are involved in the communities that we serve, dedicating thousands of hours above and beyond the normal banking hours, serving on local boards and committees, volunteering for various organizations, and participating in community events,” said President and CEO Gary W. Kavney.

Adirondack Bank is a full-service community bank with 17 locations throughout upstate New York with its Executive Headquarters located in Utica.

Community celebration

PLATTSBURGH — The Cornelia Street Office of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. will celebrate its 15th anniversary and assist three local causes during a Community Appreciation Day on Thursday.

The Give the Gift-themed event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 308 Cornelia Street in Plattsburgh. There will be a CVPH Medical Center blood drive from noon to 4:30 p.m. to give the gift of life, as well as an Elmore SPCA pet adoption clinic to give the gift of a home to a family-friendly dog.

In addition, the public is encouraged to give the gift of the holidays by donating toys to the Clinton County Christmas Bureau. Toy and pet food donations will be accepted on site throughout December.

To thank the community, the office will have coffee, hot chocolate and donuts in the morning, Stewart’s Shops chili and corn muffins for lunch, and cake. There will also be a gift-basket raffle for anyone who donates toys or pet food, as well as a drawing for an L.L.Bean Book Pack.

The Cornelia Street office is among many Glens Falls National locations hosting Community Appreciation Days this year. The events are meant to show the bank’s appreciation for its neighbors while assisting local causes.

Glens Falls National provides banking and financial services through 29 offices in Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Essex and Clinton counties.

Volunteer leader

PLATTSBURGH — Swarovski Lighting’s head of human resources, Lee Ann Pray, has been announced as the American Heart Association (AHA) volunteer chairwoman for the annual Go Red for Women Dinner set for Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. She will lead the organization’s appeal to local businesses and community leaders to support the AHA’s mission to build healthier lives free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by joining the Go Red movement.

“The North Country Go Red for Women Campaign is an opportunity for our community and business leaders to come together and support the fight against cardiovascular disease in women,” Pray said. “Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women and one in three women has some form of cardiovascular disease that is often undetected. Go Red for Women events, like the dinner on Feb. 1, will educate women about their personal risk and give tips towards a healthier life.”

Pray currently serves on several boards including Workforce Investment, Northern Adirondack Safety and Health Council and is an officer in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Keeseville Lodge 2072.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Clarkson University and has received her certification in professional human resources from the Society for Human Resources Management.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or tickets to the event, contact Regional Director Keri Mack at 335-8125 or 

Winners announced

LAKE PLACID — Spring For Hope, the annual initiative by the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid to give back to the community, has announced the winners of its 2012 competition. They are the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northeast New York, Creative Healing Connections/Homeward Bound Adirondacks in Keene and Trudeau Institute of Saranac Lake.

Spring For Hope is an opportunity open to nonprofit organizations actively supporting the community and fundraising. Each organization, chosen for its unique contributions and for enhancing the quality of life in the community, will receive two nights accommodations and up to 133 guest rooms at High Peaks Resort, free use of up to 10,000 square feet of meeting space, free audiovisual and support services and a 50 percent reduction on related catering.

“High Peaks Resort has a long-term commitment to the Spring for Hope concept and is proud to offer gifts to our neighbors and add support to hopefully increase the good they do,” said Bill DeForrest, president & CEO of Lane Hospitality, owner of the resort. “We received many quality applications from deserving organizations; the judges were torn so we made the decision to offer three gifts this year instead of the normal two, and will still offer two awards in 2013.”

Spring for Hope judges included Ted Blazer, president & CEO of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA): Ruth Fantasia, features editor of the Times Union in Albany and Human Resources Director for the publication; Pauline Frommer, syndicated newspaper columnist, WOR radio talk show host and creator of “Pauline Frommer Guides;” John W. Mills, PhD., president of Paul Smith’s College; Mark Quandt, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and winner of 2011 Spring for Hope contest; and Wayne West, vice president of hotel performance for Lane Hospitality. 

For information about Spring for Hope or how to enter next year’s competition, visit or contact Lori Fitzgerald, director of marketing at High Peaks Resort, or 523-4411, ext. 361.

Employment website

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor have unveiled a new website, to support state workforce and unemployment agencies in implementing or enhancing Self-Employment Assistance programs.

The announcement expands on guidance issued in May, which included $35 million in funding for states to implement or expand these programs made possible through the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

“Our job at the SBA is to provide access and opportunity to entrepreneurs who want to start, grow or expand their business,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “For entrepreneurs who find themselves unemployed, the SEA website and toolkit will help them turn small business ownership into a reality and possibly put others back to work at the same time — a win-win scenario.”

Participation in Self-Employment Assistance programs is voluntary for eligible unemployment insurance recipients, and enables them to receive financial assistance equal to their benefits while they receive important entrepreneurial training and resources to help launch their own businesses. The new website provides tools and technical assistance to states that are considering implementing or enhancing a Self-Employment Assistance program, and additional resources to help entrepreneurs launch their businesses and create new jobs.

Through the site, the SBA continues to offer free online business courses on topics such as How to Prepare a Business Plan, Franchising Basics, Government Contracting, Green Business Opportunities and more. Entrepreneurship and Business Planning, Entrepreneurial Marketing and Finding Money to Start a Business are some of the other courses available. The site also highlights successful practices from states currently operating Self-Employment Assistance programs to assist new states as they implement or enhance their programs.