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Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013 3:28 am

Awards received 

CHAZY — Joy Vanleuvan, the dealer principal at Riley Ford in Chazy, was recently awarded Ford Motor Company’s Employee Excellence Award for achieving Level 3 in the program.

Also receiving Employee Excellence Awards for achieving Level 3 were Tony Roberts, sales manager at Riley; <\Bz14>Cory Bushey, business manager; and <\Bz14>Jon Gauthier, parts manager. Gauthier finished first among all parts managers in Ford’s Boston Region.

In order to receive these awards, Ford delearship employees must excel and exceed Ford Motor Company’s expectations in customer service and satisfaction.

Young Professionals event is Aug. 29

PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Young Professionals (ADK YP), a nonprofit organization focusing on attracting and retaining young professionals in the area, will be hosting their annual volleyball event on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Cabana Beach Bar in Plattsburgh from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

There will be a cash bar and light snacks provided by Smooth Moves.

There is a $5 admission charge for non-members; members of ADKYP may attend for free.

Participants are invited to come down and share a drink with other young professionals and learn more about what the ADKYP can do.

For more information about the event, contact Jared Burns at 310-3092 or via email at or visit their Facebook page at

Appointment announced

WILLSBORO — Teresa Sayward of Willsboro has been appointed to the Boards of Directors of Champlain National Bank and its holding company, Champlain Bank Corp., according to Peter S. Paine Jr., board chairman. 

“I am delighted to welcome Teresa Sayward to the boards of Champlain National Bank and its parent company,” Paine said. “Her many years of commendable public service to the North Country and her commitment to the importance of community banking will enrich and strengthen our institution in the years ahead.”

President and CEO Joe Shaw said that what makes the board so effective is that its members come from diverse backgrounds.

“Teresa’s wide knowledge of the institutions and people in our area will provide new insights as to how we may better serve our customers,” he said.

From 2002 through 2012, Sayward was the representative for the 113th District in the New York State Assembly, which included Essex, Warren and Hamilton counties and six towns in Saratoga County. While in the Assembly, Sayward started the New York State Adirondack Caucus, which engaged downstate legislators in a better understanding of the issues in the Adirondacks.

She was the co-chair of the New York State Bi-Partisan Committee on Women’s Rights and she served as ranking minority member of the Environmental Conservation Committee. She also served on the Standing Committees of Education, Corrections, Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development, and Children and Families.

She was elected Willsboro town supervisor for 11 years and in 2002 was honored as the Adirondack Park Local Government Outstanding Local Official for 2002. She also served as chair of the Essex County Board of Supervisors for two years. Among her many accomplishments locally was her initiative in helping to create the Noblewood Park and Nature Preserve in Willsboro on Lake Champlain.

“Champlain National Bank has proved itself to be a trusted, local financial institution for over a century with a deep commitment to serving its North Country neighbors,” Sayward said. “Keeping a vibrant community bank based in our region is of great importance to our economic well being as Adirondackers.”

Fuel-tax change

ALBANY — The implementation of a change in state tax law will benefit small-business operators selling heating oil and certain highway diesel motor fuels, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The change, signed into law earlier this year, took effect this month.

“This administration is committed to creating a business-friendly setting in New York State, and this change contributes a positive step in that direction for fuel distributors,” Cuomo said. “By updating the state’s fuel-tax law, we are addressing an unnecessary financial burden on small businesses.”

Petroleum distributors generally buy a large volume of product and store it for extended periods of time in fuel terminals. Previously, distributors had to pay fuel taxes at the time they purchased the fuel despite the fact that the sale of fuel from distributor to consumer often does not take place until months later.

Under this change, fuel taxes will be collected from distributors when the product is loaded into a fuel truck and removed from the storage terminal.

“It’s our hope that this amendment to New York’s tax policy will help an industry that employs more than 32,000 people throughout the state,” Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox said.

“Our members applaud this change,” said Thomas J. Peters, chief executive officer of the Empire State Petroleum Association (ESPA), a trade association representing 300 petroleum marketers throughout New York. “It’s a question of improving a business’s cash position — and this is a cash flow victory.”

ESPA estimates that petroleum marketers provide heating-oil service to more than 2.6 million households in New York, as well as supplying gas and diesel fuel for the 8.4 million registered automobiles and 1.3 million trucks and buses in New York.

Health workshops

PLATTSBURGH — The new federal healthcare law will soon change the way businesses and employees obtain health insurance. To help farmers, small-business owners and individuals learn about the Affordable Care Act, the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Associations of Northern New York will hold free workshops at six regional sites in September.

Pre-registration is requested by Sept. 20. A workshops will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the CCE office in Plattsburgh with Peter Hagar. Call 561-7450.

A session will be held in Westport from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the CCE office with Anita Deming, 962-4810. There will also be one from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the 911 Building in Malone with Harry Fefee, 483-7403.

The workshops will address a wide range of questions including those about the Individual Exchange for sole proprietors and individuals and the Small Business Health Options Exchange. Cornell Cooperative Extension educators Kirk Shoen, Sandra Buxton and Ashley Pierce are specially trained to deliver the most current information on the program.

Employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees will be mandated to provide workers with health insurance by 2015. Before the end of 2013, employers of all sizes must explain how to obtain health insurance to their employees. Every individual in the U.S. will be required to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty.

“If you do not have health insurance, there will be a penalty of $95, or one percent of your annual income, whichever is highest, on your 2013 tax return,” Deming said. “Some businesses may be eligible for tax credits if they are not in a mandated size category and chose to provide insurance for their workers.”

CCE is one of 34 organizations working in partnership with the Community Service Society of New York to help small businesses fully understand the new healthcare requirements.

Presentation training

PLATTSBURGH — On Tuesday, the Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women’s Club will be hosting a leadership workshop titled “Creating Effective Presentations.”

This workshop is open to the public. The training will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the Clinton Community College campus, Room 105M, on the first floor of the Moore Building.

Those interested may arrive at 5:30 p.m. and participate in a light dinner fare prior to the training. The fee is $5 and includes the light dinner. An RSVP is required for attendance. Call 324-9322 or e-mail

Bed Race   

PLATTSBURGH — The Rotary Club of Plattsburgh is currently seeking sponsors for the annual Bed Race Event on Sept. 14, which will be part of the 2013 Battle of Plattsburgh Commemorative Weekend. The Bed Race has become a signature event for the Plattsburgh Rotary Club and enables the club to make thousands of dollars in contributions to local community organizations each year.

A limited number of sponsorships are currently available at the “Twin” sponsorship level of $300. At this level, the company name and/or logo will be displayed on all promotional and media materials leading up to and on race day. It also includes the team entry fee for one bed (bed-race racers can be provided upon request).

For more information, contact Rotarian Linda Brienza at Special thanks are being offered to the King Sponsor, Wendell’s Furniture, and to the Queen Sponsors, IBEW/NECA, The Development Corp, UFirst Federal Credit Union and Champlain National Bank.

The Bed Races will still take place on City Hall Place in downtown Plattsburgh beginning at approximately 3:15 p.m., which will follow the annual Battle of Plattsburgh parade and the Rotary Club’s Annual Roducky Derby. The full rules and regulations of the event, along with registration forms, are available at

More information about the Rotary Club of Plattsburgh is available at

Building plan

PLATTSBURGH — Dannemora Federal Credit Union will be building a new Operations Center.

This latest addition will be located behind the branch at 344 Tom Miller Road. The Operations Center will allow the Credit Union to combine its back-office operations into one central location and open more office space at their existing locations to better serve members. All current branch locations will remain opened as usual, with regular services available.

DFCU has offices located at 50 State Road, Dannemora; 344 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh; 122 New York Road, Plattsburgh; and 10 Elm Street, Champlain.

Business opening

SCHROON LAKE — Sticks & Stones Wood Fired Bistro and Bar is opening in Schroon Lake.

The Adirondack-designed Bistro is located at 739 U.S. Rt. 9 just one mile south of the village. The location was formerly the Adirondack Rustics Gallery, home of the giant wooden chair. The chair has been relocated to the Gregson home/gallery on Charlie Hill Road.

Sticks & Stones is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The name describes the design of the property both inside and out. Features include hand-scraped wood timbers; a slate, stone and cedar log patio; two stone fire pits outside and a Lance Gregson stone fireplace inside; a wood-fired Neapolitan oven imported from Naples, Italy; hand-crafted birch and pine dining tables; and a hand-made cherry bar overlooking a panoramic digital Carl Heilman Schroon Lake masterpiece.

An upbeat bistro features acoustic music and food in a warm, casual Adirondack environment.

Contribution received

PERU — TD Bank recently presented a check for $2,764.24 to the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum located at 250 River Road in Peru.

The money will be used for the non-profit museum’s general operating expenses. This annual contribution is made possible through TD Bank’s Affinity Program. The program is designed to help the growth of non-profit organizations at no cost to its members or supporters.

TD Bank will make an annual donation to the organization based upon the average balance of all linked accounts. The museum does not receive any information from TD Bank regarding customers’ account balances or any other personal information.