Press-Republican

May 26, 2013

Business briefs: May 26, 2013


Press-Republican

New manager

PLATTSBURGH — Tracy Berry has joined the agency as the human resources manager at Northern Insuring/Northern Benefits.

“Tracy brings a wealth of expertise and experience to our organization,” said Deena Giltz McCullough, president. “She will add depth to an already experienced management team and will assist in growing our business in emerging and core areas, human resources consulting and enhancing our Life and Employee Benefits Division services.”

Berry is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh with a degree in both Accounting and Business. For the past eight years, she focused on health care, more specifically long-term care. Prior to joining the team at Northern, she was the chief financial officer and director of Human Resources for Evergreen Valley Nursing Home.

Name change

LAKE PLACID — The dental office of Dr. David Balestrini has changed its name to Lake Placid Family Dental.

This change more accurately reflects the focus of their team of dental professionals on their patients, families and friends. The business name has changed, but the same team, the same care and the same location will still be in place.

“We are committed to providing patients with personalized, modern dentistry in a friendly, professional and comfortable setting,” Balestrini said. “This new name communicates our mission to treat patients for their lifetime.”

Lake Placid Family Dental offers general dentistry services including whitening, tooth-colored fillings, implants, crowns, dentures, root canals and other services..

New patients are currently being accepted at the business at 2358 Saranac Avenue. They can be reached at 523-2406 or visit lakeplacidsmiles.com.

Award bestowed

PLATTSBURGH — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has donated an award of $4,360 to Literacy Vounteers Of Clinton County Inc. in Plattsburgh to support literacy programs.

“At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of serving others throughout the communities we serve,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $81 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.7 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

Contribution received

PLATTSBURGH — TD Bank recently presented $629.60 to the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum to be used to support the general operating needs of the museum. This annual contribution is made possible through

the number of community members who sign up to participate in the Affinity Banking Program.

This program helps nonprofit organizations raise money by making an annual contribution to the organization based upon the average balance of all linked accounts. Eligible accounts include business and personal, checking, savings, money market, CD and retirement.

For more information or to sign up to support the museum through the Affinity Program, contact: Lisa LaFountain, director of fundraising and membership at membership@cvtmuseum.com or phone 566-7575 or 440-554-3914.

The Champlain Valley Transportation Museum was founded in 2000 by a group of car and history enthusiasts from the Plattsburgh area. What began as an automobile museum has grown to cover many forms of transportation. CVTM has

two large exhibit halls. There are more than 25 automobiles on display, a model train room, a bicycle exhibit and more. The foundation of CVTM is the Lozier Motor Co., which operated in Plattsburgh during the early 1900s.

Chamber event

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce will host the 15th Annual Great Adirondack Car Show, Craft Fair and Giant Garage Sale on Saturday, June 15, at the Crete Center to see cars, truck and motorcycles from every era competing in 30 different classes. Vehicle may be entered in advance for $10.

This family event also features a giant garage sale along with a craft fair. Participants may turn their stuff into cash by setting up a table and selling items or may wander through the tables and find some treasures to take home. Space is available for $20 in advance or $30 at the show.

General admission to all three events is $3 per person. Children 12 and younger are free.

Sponsored by The Chauvin Agency, Hometown Radio WIRY, The City of Plattsburgh and WOKO/WKOL/WJOY, this event is fun for the whole family. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information or to register, call the chamber at 563-1000 or visit www.northcountrychamber.com.

Certification awarded

PLATTSBURGH — Deidre Berman of Canine Adventure LLC of Plattsburgh has been awarded the Pet Professional Guide’s (PPG) Pet First Aid Certificate of Competence. PPG is a member organization founded on the principles of force-free training and pet care.

According to PPG President Niki Tudge, “Having pet first-aid skills is fundamental to our industry and to the PPG’s guiding principles. Everyone can benefit from learning some basic first aid, and earning this certificate of competence not only demonstrates the member’s skill and knowledge but also shows a commitment to the pet industry profession. Our new program is very comprehensive requiring the PPG member to pass a rigorous knowledge and practical examination in order to earn the certification.”

The American Red Cross and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have recommend that all pet caregivers learn pet first-aid skills to help keep animals safe and healthy. Pet owners and professionals that are trained in pet first-aid measures and proper life-saving techniques are better prepared to handle routine and life-threatening emergencies when they occur.

“Our PPG First Aid Program has been developed by a certified veterinary technician in accordance with American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines and teaches the basic skills and procedures that may possibly save a pet’s life by providing the knowledge to administer basic treatment to a sick or injured animal until professional veterinarian help is available,” Tudge said.

For more information on PPG courses and force-free training and pet care, visit www.PetProfessionalGuild.com.

Landmark achieved

KEESEVILLE — Ann Desotelle, owner of Northtown Physical Therapy in Amherst, N.Y., has attained a total of 20 years of successfully stretching, mending and caring for all the ailments of her many clients as of June 1.

Destelle, who now has a doctorate In Physical Therapy, graduated from St. John’s Academy in 1979. She is the daughter of Marion Desotelle and the late George Desotelle of Keesville.

Chamber event

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce will host the 15th Annual Great Adirondack Car Show, Craft Fair and Giant Garage Sale on Saturday, June 15, at the Crete Center to see cars, truck and motorcycles from every era competing in 30 different classes. Vehicle may be entered in advance for $10.

This family event also features a giant garage sale along with a craft fair. Participants may turn their stuff into cash by setting up a table and selling items or may wander through the tables and find some treasures to take home. Space is available for $20 in advance or $30 at the show.

General admission to all three events is $3 per person. Children 12 and younger are free.

Sponsored by The Chauvin Agency, Hometown Radio WIRY, The City of Plattsburgh and WOKO/WKOL/WJOY, this event is fun for the whole family. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information or to register, call the chamber at 563-1000 or visit www.northcountrychamber.com.

Certification awarded

PLATTSBURGH — Deidre Berman of Canine Adventure LLC of Plattsburgh has been awarded the Pet Professional Guide’s (PPG) Pet First Aid Certificate of Competence. PPG is a member organization founded on the principles of force-free training and pet care.

According to PPG President Niki Tudge, “Having pet first-aid skills is fundamental to our industry and to the PPG’s guiding principles. Everyone can benefit from learning some basic first aid, and earning this certificate of competence not only demonstrates the member’s skill and knowledge but also shows a commitment to the pet industry profession. Our new program is very comprehensive requiring the PPG member to pass a rigorous knowledge and practical examination in order to earn the certification.”

The American Red Cross and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have recommend that all pet caregivers learn pet first-aid skills to help keep animals safe and healthy. Pet owners and professionals that are trained in pet first-aid measures and proper life-saving techniques are better prepared to handle routine and life-threatening emergencies when they occur.

“Our PPG First Aid Program has been developed by a certified veterinary technician in accordance with American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines and teaches the basic skills and procedures that may possibly save a pet’s life by providing the knowledge to administer basic treatment to a sick or injured animal until professional veterinarian help is available,” Tudge said.

For more information on PPG courses and force-free training and pet care, visit www.PetProfessionalGuild.com.

Landmark achieved

KEESEVILLE — Ann Desotelle, owner of Northtown Physical Therapy in Amherst, N.Y., has attained a total of 20 years of successfully stretching, mending and caring for all the ailments of her many clients as of June 1.

Destelle, who now has a doctorate In Physical Therapy, graduated from St. John’s Academy in 1979. She is the daughter of Marion Desotelle and the late George Desotelle of Keesville.