LAKE PLACID — Readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, a bellwether of opinion in luxury travel, have rated Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid among the best properties in the world by virtue of its inclusion in the publication’s Gold List for 2014.
Among more than 500 luxury properties to make the list, Mirror Lake Inn was ranked in the top 50 overall based on its score of 93.8 percent. Within the Gold List, Mirror Lake Inn was rated number one among the 15 deluxe hotels on the New York State list.
This marks the second consecutive year that the inn has achieved such distinction; it has appeared on the list on numerous occasions. Approximately 80,000 Conde Nast Traveler respondents ranked the hotel in the categories of rooms, service, food, design, location and activities.
Conde Nast Traveler readers also distinguished the AAA Four Diamond resort, overlooking Mirror Lake, in November 2013 as tops in the Northeast and the fifth best ski hotel in North America (best in eastern North America).
“Having Conde Nast’s readers consider us in this manner is a reflection of our emphasis on guest service,” said Mirror Lake Inn owner Ed Weibrecht. “And as we look at this closer it’s indicative of the effort of every staff member here. The Inn receives high marks thanks to its employees, and from my viewpoint, they are at the head of the class.”
KEESEVILLE — Essex Pallet and Pellet Co. of Keeseville has welcomed its newest team member, Tammy Brown of West Chazy. She will serve as the sales and marketing manager for its sister company, Adirondack Grilling Pellets.
After graduating from high school, Brown moved to Rhode Island to attend jeweler’s school. However, she missed the Adirondacks and moved back to the region in the late 1980s. She began working for Zales Jewelers and raised her family while attending SUNY Adirondack to complete her AAS Degree in Marketing. Several years later, she settled in Saranac Lake where she worked over the next six years as an office/finance manager for HomEnergy Services and Adirondack Leadership Expeditions.
In 2009, she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Museum Management from SUNY Plattsburgh, ultimately filling the position of museum manager at the War of 1812 Museum in Plattsburgh.
At Essex Pallet and Pellet Co, Brown’s focus will be on the marketing and sale of Adirondack Grilling Pellets, a sustainable, eco-friendly product made from re-usable bi products.
Born out of a family experiment at a summer barbecue, Adirondack Grilling Pellets is swiftly emerging as a leading grilling product. The brainchild of North Country natives Mike and Colleen Lemza, the company combines real apple and sawdust into apple, cherry or maple flavored grilling pellets.
Mike Lemza purchased Essex Pallet and Pellet, formerly Essex Box and Pallet, with Colleen’s father in 1996. In 17 years, the two have expanded the small pallet and crate business into a wood-products enterprise that provides shipping pallets to businesses throughout the Northeast and super-premium biofuel heating pellets to environmentally conscious homeowners throughout the region.
In 2002, the company moved to its current location in the Keeseville Industrial Park. The 14-acre site houses a 19,000-square-foot facility outfitted with an energy-saving sawmill and a 2,000-square-foot heating pellet plant. Approximately 36,500 pallets and 2,000 tons of heating pellets are manufactured annually.
For more information, visit www.adkgrillingpellets.com or contact Tammy Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-6365.
DANNEMORA —The Dannemora Federal Credit Union is slated to hold two free Financial Fitness Seminars to take place toward the end of February and early March, both of which are open to the public.
The first seminar, titled Building, Improving and Maintaining Your Credit Score, focuses on teaching how to better understand your credit score, how credit affects purchasing decisions both now and long term, and what you can do to improve your credit score. This session will take place on Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the West Side Ballroom in Plattsburgh. Along with snacks and beverages, there will be a raffle for all attendees to win various gift cards.
The First Time Home Buyers Seminar will take place the following week on March 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. also at the West Side Ballroom. Potential home buyers are invited to come and learn everything they need to know to get started, from getting finances in order to getting the keys to that first new home. Snacks and beverages will be provided in addition to a raffle for a $250 certificate toward closing costs with a new DFCU mortgage.
Due to limited space, registration is required ahead of time. Register at any DFCU branch, by phone at 566-7575 or by e-mailing email@example.com. The West Side Ballroom is located at 253 New York Road. The registration deadline for the first seminar is Feb. 14 and Feb. 25 for the second. DFCU encourages attendees to e-mail their seminar-related questions ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org so presenters are able to incorporate the answer into the presentation.
DFCU Branch Office locations are located at 50 State Road, Dannemora; 344 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh; 122 New York Road, Plattsburgh; and 10 Elm Street, Champlain.
PLATTSBURGH — Sunburst Model Search and Beauty Pageant will be presenting the Sunburst Pageant at Champlain Centre Mall Feb. 1 at 11 a.m.
Sunburst is celebrating 36 years of discovering new faces. Current and former contestants have appeared in ads, commercials, TV series, movies and all entertainment fields. Currently, there are two Sunburst contestants in movies and two former contestants went on to become Miss America and Miss USA. Participants receive the opportunity to win $10,000, $5,000, $2,000, $1,000 and $500 savings bonds and many more outstanding gifts.
All finalists chosen and crowned on the day of competition will advance on to the state finals to be held in Utica. Judging is based on beauty and personality. There will be winners chosen out of 11 age divisions starting with boys and girls (boys are judged separately from girls) under 1 year, 1 year olds and 2 and 3 year olds. Girls only will be judged in 4-6 years, 7-10 years, 11-13 years, 14-17 years and 18-27 years. Entrants may be married or single.
To receive information on how to enter, visit www.sunburstbeauty.com or call 352-429-4924. Anyone interested may also stop by the mall office to pick up an entry form.
For updates and information on events like these, visit the Champlain Centre website at www.champlaincentre.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/champlaincentre and follow them on twitter at www.twitter.com/champlaincentre.
PLATTSBURGH — Community Bank System Inc. has been ranked as the fourth-best bank for financial strength in the Forbes magazine annual listing of the Best and Worst Banks in America.
The metrics used by Forbes magazine included return on average equity, net interest margin, nonperforming loans as a percentage of loans, nonperforming assets as a percentage of assets, reserves as a percentage of nonperforming loans, two capital ratios, leverage ratio and revenue growth for the last 12 months. All metrics were weighted equally in the final ranking.
President and Chief Executive Officer Mark E. Tryniski attributes the company’s success to employees across the organization.
“I am grateful and thankful for the care and loyalty they take every day in serving our customers and our communities,” he said.
Community Bank System Inc. is a registered bank holding company based in Dewitt (near Syracuse) with $7.3 billion in assets and approximately 185 retail office facilities. Its wholly owned banking subsidiary operates as Community Bank N.A. across Upstate and Central New York and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Community Bank offers a full range of high-quality products and services for both individuals and businesses. These include FDIC-insured checking and savings deposit products, a variety of personal and commercial loans, personal and employee benefit trust services and a range of non-bank financial services including annuities, mutual funds and life insurance.
For further information, visit www.communitybankna.com.
PLATTSBURGH — Tickets are available for the North Country Chamber of Commerce’s 56th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast. Find out who will be named Irishman of the Year on March 17 at the SUNY Angell Center Ballroom.
Sponsored by Adirondack Bank, this event is always entertaining. Master of Ceremonies Kevin Killeen and a cast of crazy characters will help start the morning with a smile. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. with plenty of Irish entertainment ending with the announcement of the chamber’s prestigious Irishman of the Year Award.
Individual tickets, as well as corporate tables of 10, are available. Reservations must be made by March 10. Tickets are not available at the door. Tickets to the event are $25 if paid before March 3 and $35 if paid after March 3. This event will sell out, so make reservations early.
Call the chamber at 563-1000 for more information or go to www.northcountrychamber.com.