March 10, 2013

Business briefs: March 10, 2013


Staff joined

PLATTSBURGH — Michael S. Bennett has joined the staff of Brown Funeral Home with his father, Warren, and brother, Ryan.

He is Nationally Board Certified and a New York State licensed funeral director. He graduated from Plattsburgh High School in 2009 and Hudson Valley in 2011 with an A.A.S. degree in Mortuary Science.

He is a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 1619, Benevolent & Protection Order of the Elks Plattsburgh Lodge 621 and St. Peter’s Church.

Bennett is available to answer questions regarding funeral services, advanced funeral planning, cremation services, monuments and memorials. He can be reached at 561-3980 or He is the son of Warren J. and Kathy B. Bennett.

Rotary forum

PLATTSBURGH — The Rotary Club of Plattsburgh is announcing its Peace at Home…Peace at Work Forum. It will take place on Tuesday at American Legion Post 20, Quarry Road, Plattsburgh.

The forum will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will feature speakers Bonnie Black, director of employee assistance services, Behavioral Health Services North, and Susan Kelley, director of STOP Domestic Violence. This educational morning will encourage businesses to take steps toward a safer workplace by discussing domestic violence and its impact upon the business community.

The Plattsburgh Rotary Club welcomes all business owners, human-resources professionals and office managers to join them in collaborating to create safer workplaces for all employees. Topics will be Employer’s Legal Obligations, Walk in her Shoes, OSHA Requirements, Myths and Realities of Domestic Violence, and Domestic Violence and Business Costs.

RSVP at The forum is free. For more information, contact BHSN at 563-8293.

The Plattsburgh Rotary Club is a group of local businessmen and women who have come together to create world understanding and peace through local, national and international humanitarian, educational and cultural programs. More information is available at

Outreach effort

PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau is continuing its outreach by displaying at several shows this week.

These included displaying at Farm Bureau’s 2013 Taste of NY Reception, the Montreal RV Show and the Ottawa Travel and Vacation Show.

State senators and assembly members were able to mingle with Farm Bureau members from their districts at Farm Bureau’s annual Taste of New York reception. Counties from all over the state prepared local products for legislators to savor throughout the night. This was the third year Adirondack Coast representatives have participated in the event and presented legislators with maple products, cider doughnuts, apples, wine and Plucky Rooster Ale, all made on the Adirondack Coast.

Representatives on hand were Vicki Giroux, general manager of La Quinta and chair of the North Country Chamber of Commerce board, Patti Sheehan of Rulfs Orchard and Dan Vesco of Vesco Ridge Vineyards. These representatives distributed products from Rulfs Orchard, Northern Orchard, Legend’s Brewery, Parker’s Family Maple Farm, Vesco Ridge Vineyard and Amazing Grace Vineyards.

Taste of NY directly ties into the Destination Master Plan of Clinton County and showcases the region’s agricultural products. The event is held the night before Farm Bureau Lobby Day in which Farm Bureau members talk with legislators to advise them of Farm Bureau’s agriculture priorities for the year.

The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, a division of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, will also be exhibiting at the Montreal RV Show at the Olympic Stadium this weekend and at the Ottawa Travel and Vacation Show at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Both shows will provide the opportunity to introduce the local vacation destination to targeted travel enthusiasts.

Awards received

LAKE PLACID — Adworkshop, upstate New York’s employee-owned digital-marketing agency, won seven ADDY awards for excellence in advertising creativity at the second annual Albany Ad Club ADDY Awards. The event was held March 1 in Troy.

The Albany Ad Club’s ADDY Awards are the first level in the three-tier national ADDYs competition conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF). Entries were submitted in various categories in print and digital media by agencies located in upstate New York and the Capital Region.

The highlight of the night resulted in a Gold ADDY award for Whiteface Lake Placid’s website. In addition, Adworkshop received Silver ADDYs for the following work: Whiteface Lake Placid Web Banner Ads; Cooperstown Accommodations Adaptive/Responsive Website; Catskills Winter Sampler Promotional Website; Great Northern Catskills Adventure Passport Promotional Website; Paul Smith’s College High School Visit Poster; and Canton-Potsdam Hospital “Lady Bug” TV Spot. 

Adworkshop’s winning work will go on to compete at the district and national levels as part of the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition. Nominated for all 14 of its submissions this year, Adworkshop was also selected as a finalist for the following: Adworkshop & Inphorm Website; Great Northern Catskills 2012 Travel Guide Cover; Paul Smith’s College College Fair Brochure; Canton-Potsdam Hospital Grocery Cart Ad Campaign; and North Country Savings Bank’s “Scream” TV Spot, Mortgage Campaign and “Big Wheels” TV Spot.

Food, ale fundraiser

PLATTSBURGH — The 4th Annual Fiddles, Vittles and Ales event, an evening of fine beer and food tastings to benefit the ARC Foundation, will be held Saturday, March 16, from, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Rd., Plattsburgh.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $270 for a table of 10. Tickets Include three free beer tastings, a personal tasting glass sponsored by Studley Printing and Bark’s Beer Cave, five food tastings, an Irish dinner and music by INISHEER.

Beer sponsors include Great Adirondack Brewing Co.; Legend’s Bistro A Brewpub and Winebar; McCadam Distributing; Plattsburgh Distributing; and Tri-Valley Beverages.

Silver Sponsors include Stafford, Piller, Murnane, Plimpton, Kelleher & Trombly, PLLC; UFirst Federal Credit Union; and Northern Insuring Agency Inc.

For advanced tickets, contact: ARC at 563-0930. Ask for Beth, Ext. 304, or Sharron, Ext. 124, or email or

Status earned 

PLATTSBURGH — Shelley Fracalossi, registered tax return preparer (RTRP) of Jade Tree Tax Professionals LLC, reached a milestone in her 38-year tax-preparation career by passing the Internal Revenue Service’s Registered Tax Return Preparer competency exam in 2012.

The award of the RTRP designation recognizes knowledge of all aspects of federal individual taxation and assures clients that the preparer is up to date on the latest tax-law changes and ethics requirements. To retain the status of a registered tax return preparer, individuals must complete a minimum of 15 continuing-education credits per year. RTRPs are also governed under stringent rules set forth by the IRS. 

As a professional tax preparer and member of the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), Fracalossi, with an office at 12 Brinkerhoff St. in Plattsburgh, will assist with a review of tax history and answer questions on how taxation issues may impact her clients. Call 561-1517 for further information or for an appointment. She can also be reached at

Members of NATP work at offices that assist more than 11 million taxpayers with tax preparation and planning. The average member has been in the tax business for more than 20 years and holds a tax/financial designation and/or a college degree. NATP has more than 22,000 members nationwide. Members include individual tax preparers, enrolled agents, certified public accountants, accountants, attorneys and financial planners.

As a nonprofit professional association, NATP serves professionals working in all areas of tax practice through professional tax education, tax research and tax-office supplies. Learn more at

Business mixer

TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce March After Business Mixer will be held on Thursday, March 21, at Sugar Hill Manor Bed and Breakfast from 5:30 until 7 p.m. It is located at 225 Sugar Hill Road in Crown Point.

All Ticonderoga Area Chamber members and area businesspeople are invited to attend. The chamber’s After Business Mixers provide a networking forum for area business people in addition to showcasing the site of the host.

Nominations sought

LAKE PLACID — The nomination period for the SnowEast Magazine annual Reader’s Survey is still open. Categories range from Most Scenic to the Best Ski Resort in the East. Last year’s survey generated more than 6,800 votes from the magazine’s readership.

Last winter, Whiteface Lake Placid won the honor as the East’s Destination Village. The publication’s readers also tabbed Whiteface Lake Placid as New York State’s Favorite Ski Resort and the East’s Most Scenic Resort.

To participate and learn more about all of the categories in this year’s SnowEast Magazine reader survey, visit

It’s been another winter of accolades for the Whiteface Lake Placid region. In October, SKI Magazine readers tabbed Whiteface Lake Placid as the number-one destination for off-hill activities. The resort has carried that honor for 20 consecutive years. The magazine’s readers also gave Whiteface, Wilmington and Lake Placid high marks for its scenery (No. 3), resort dining (No. 3), après ski (No. 3), challenging terrain (No. 7) and mountain character (No. 8).

In February, MSN.Com listed the Olympic mountain as one of the 10 hippest ski areas.

Lunch and Learn

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Center for Independence will host a Lunch and Learn program about employment and training opportunities for people with disabilities on Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at their office at 80 Sharron Avenue in Plattsburgh.

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) aims to improve education, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. The Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP) jointly funds and administers the DEI with the Employment and Training Administration.

Employment for job seekers with disabilities is often an area that is overlooked. The disability resource coordinator’s role is to advocate for the employment needs of individuals with disabilities in the One-Stop Employment Centers as well as in the community.

The employment situation for people with disabilities has been poor for decades, so much so that the recent recession has had little statistical impact on disability unemployment rates, which remain above 50 percent for nearly all categories. The barriers that people with disabilities face in regards to employment — transportation, physical access to buildings and equipment, and general attitudes of employers — continue to be difficult.

For more information, join the lunch by calling 563-9058, Ext. 107, or emailing for a reservation.

The North Country Center for Independence is funded by:

NYS ACCES-VR, United Way of the Adirondack Region, Clinton County Office for the Aging, Concepts of Independent Choices, New York State Medicaid, TD Charitable Foundation, Stewarts Shops, Northeast Public Radio, and individual donors throughout the North Country.

The Mission of the North Country Center for Independence is to empower people with disabilities to live more independent and productive lives, and to promote beneficial policies and community understanding of disability issues.