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Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2013 3:28 am

New representative

PLATTSBURGH — Joseph Congelosi Jr. has joined the UFirst Federal Credit Union team as a member service representative.

Congelosi graduated from Plattsburgh State in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications. He studied abroad at Liverpool Hope University in the United Kingdom for three of his semesters. He will be working out of the Plattsburgh branch office.

Congelosi can be reached at 324-5700 or through email at

Established in 1971, UFirst has been serving the financial needs of its members in Clinton County for 41 years. UFirst has locations in Plattsburgh and Rouses Point and can be reached at 324-5700 or at

Windsurfing fest

PLATTSBURGH — This September, the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, a division of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Plattsburgh will welcome the American Windsurfing Tour (AWT) to the shores of Lake Champlain. AWT, presented by Trade Wind Events, is going into its fourth year and has previously held events throughout California, Hawaii, Mexico and Peru.

On Sept. 28 and 29, Lake Champlain will be filled with free nonstop windsurfing action and fun for all skill levels including freestyle feature; bump-n-jump; slalom/formula racing; a windsurfing, kiteboarding and paddleboard exhibition; Cumberland Bay long distance race; family fun race; demos and clinics; appearances by pros Kevin Pritchard and Tyson Poor; a pancake breakfast with proceeds supporting the Imaginarium Children’s Museum; awards, prizes and raffles; evening music; and a barbecue.

For more information on the American Windsurfing Tour and the Lake Champlain Windsurfing Festival, visit

Grant bestowed

TICONDEROGA — Robin and Scott Hearburg, owners of McDonald’s of Ticonderoga, recently presented a $5,010 check from Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) to John Bartlett, Kiwanis president, and John Donohue, Ticonderoga Elementary-Middle School principal.

RMHC recently provided the grant to Ti’s Elementary-Middle School for its Kiwanis sponsored BackPack Program, which sends eligible students home each Friday with backpacks stuffed with child-friendly food to help them eat healthy over the weekend.

All of the grant money is being used to purchase nutritious foods from the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York for the backpacks of local children.

School supply drive

TICONDEROGA — For the fourth consecutive year, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union (TFCU) will host its Back to School Supply Drive for area students. From now through Sept. 3, the Credit Union will collect school-supply donations at each of its three branches and two ATM locations.

“We are truly inspired by the generosity of our local people and businesses,” said Shawn Hayes, president and CEO. “We are pleased to play a role in meeting an important need in our area.”

Collected supplies will be given to 10 area schools to distribute to students as they see fit. Suggested items include No. 2 pencils, crayons, spiral notebooks, pocket folders, pens, washable glue sticks, boxes of tissue and anti-bacterial wipes or hand-sanitizers. Items such as backpacks, binders, highlighters and calculators are also greatly appreciated.

Donations of cash or gift cards to office-supply stores or retail vendors are also welcome and will be used by the Credit Union to purchase supplies from school-issued lists. Visit TFCU’s website, or contact any branch at 585-6725 with questions.

Drop-off locations and receiving schools include TFCU Ticonderoga Office, 1178 Rt. 9N, Ticonderoga; TFCU ATM at International Paper Mill, Shore Airport Road, Ticonderoga — Putnam Central School, St. Mary’s School, Ticonderoga Elementary, Middle and High Schools; TFCU Port Henry Branch, 43 Meacham Street, Port Henry, — Crown Point Central School, Moriah Central School; TFCU Elizabethtown Branch, 7519 Court St., Elizabethtown — Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School, Westport Central School; and TFCU ATM at Tops Market, Main Street, Schroon Lake, — Mountainside Christian Academy, Schroon Lake Central School.

Weekend newscast

PLATTSBURGH — WPTZ NewsChannel 5 and WNNE NewsChannel 31 have launched the region’s first weekend morning newscasts, NewsChannel 5 Weekend Today, airing Saturdays from 5 to 7 a.m. and Sundays from 6 to 8 a.m.

In addition to four new hours of local weekend news, NewsChannel 5 will also provide local news cut-ins throughout the morning during NBC Weekend Today, a longtime national news mainstay. NBC Weekend Today airs on WPTZ/WNNE Saturdays from 7 to 9 a.m. and Sundays from 8 to 9 a.m.

During its inaugural newscast on Aug. 3, Newschannel 5 Weekend Today highlighted the Dragon Boat races on the Burlington waterfront, the largest-of-its-kind rugby tournament at Saranac Lake, updates on the federal funding of the storm damage clean-up for Vermont and New Hampshire, the sale of the Boston Globe to John Henry, plus hour-by-hour forecasts to help viewers make their weekend plans.

Scam alert

ALBANY — The New York State Division of Consumer Protection is alerting the public to be aware of text messages received via cell phones from entities masquerading as financial institutions, utility companies or cell phone service providers. The text messages prompt recipients to click on an imbedded link or call the listed number. When consumers reply, they are then prompted to share personal identifiable information such as a PIN or Social Security numbers.

This method of scamming via phone text messaging is known as “SMiShing.” The name originates from “phishing,” the act of attempting to acquire personal information by an untrustworthy entity in an electronic communication. SMS (Short Message Service) is the technology used for text messages on cell phones.

The Division of Consumer Protection provides the following tips for consumers to protect themselves against this scam:

If you receive an unsolicited text from your bank or service provider requesting confirmation of personal information, do not respond or share any information. Legitimate messages from these companies will never ask for personal information.

If you are receiving any messages of this nature, forward them to 7726 (SPAM) to have your service provider block their number from your phone. This feature is completely free to use. 

Even if you receive only one of these spam messages, file a complaint to your service provider and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at

If you want to verify the legitimacy of a message, contact your bank or service provider to see if they sent out the alert. For more information regarding scam prevention and mitigation, contact the Division of Consumer Protection at 474-8583 or visit

Appreciation Day

PLATTSBURGH — The U.S. Avenue Office of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. will host a Community Appreciation Day featuring food and fun on Friday.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of U.S. Avenue and New York Road, will include free hot dogs, ice cream, donuts and other refreshments. There will also be a range of family-friendly activities including a bounce house, an Airborne Park Speedway race car display, story hour with local author Amy Guglielmo from 10 to 11 a.m., and a WIRY hula hoop contest and live broadcast.

In addition, various fundraisers will support the Imaginarium Children’s Museum, including a wishing wall, raffle and a Bluff Point Golf Course hole-in-one contest.

For more information, call 324-4362.