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Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012 2:28 am

Certification earned

PLATTSBURGH — Associate Broker Joshua Golden has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Specialist certification, according to Century 21 Foote Ryan.

The National Association of REALTORS offers the SFR certification to REALTORS who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows.

According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures. For many real-estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new “traditional” transaction. REALTORS who have earned the SFR certification know how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short-sale and foreclosure opportunities.

New officer

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has welcomed a seasoned professional to serve as its new chief financial officer.

Greg Moore began work as a member of Adirondack Health’s executive leadership team recently. His most recent position was as interim chief executive officer at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in California.

Moore has 17 years of progressive responsibility in administration and finance for both not-for-profit and for-profit healthcare organizations.

“I believe I was a far more effective CEO because of my experiences as a CFO and vice-versa,” Moore said. “It’s not always about the bottom line — you have to look carefully at what the community needs are, and you also have a responsibility to provide quality care.”

Moore’s decision to accept the CFO position was based on the progressive philosophy of Adirondack Health and to be a part of an organization that has implemented new ways of improving healthcare for the community. He pointed to Adirondack Health ‘s involvement in the Medical Home project that focuses on the patient-centered approach of delivering care. He also cited the specialty physician practices such as wound care, rheumatology and cardiology provided by Adirondack Health, and future plans to provide a broader range of elder-care services at the Uihlein campus in Lake Placid.

Moore, a certified public accountant, received his Bachelor’s of Business Degree from the University of Kentucky and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana. 

Leadership changes

LAKE PLACID — The Trustees of the Adirondack Community Trust (ACT) oversee the stewardship of more than 210 charitable funds established by individuals and nonprofits for the benefit of Adirondack communities. In the fiscal year that ended June 2012, ACT made grants totaling $2.4 million.

Adele Connors of Lake Placid is stepping down as ACT’s co-chair after a nine-year term. On Oct. 26, she was recognized for her leadership by the full Board of Trustees. John Ernst of North Hudson and New York City will become co-chair with Vinny McClelland of Keene, whose service in that position continues.

Michael Ellis, the founder of the Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region, also will depart from the ACT board.

ACT will welcome five new trustees and one new Advisory Council member:

Barbara Glaser of Raquette Lake and Saratoga Springs is president of the Nordlys Foundation and of Linell Lands Inc. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Saratoga Institute and the Community Hospice for the Greater Capital Region. She is the founder of the Open Space Project, now Saratoga PLAN, and an emeritus trustee of Great Camp Sagamore.

Rich Kroes of Lake Placid is director of product strategy with Oracle Corporation and the former director of finance and information technology at the Crowne Plaza Resort and Golf Club. He is a coach and committee member with the Lake Placid Youth Athletic Association and Tri-Lakes Youth Lacrosse.

Catherine Johnston of Lake Placid is co-owner of Ruthie’s Run. Her board service includes the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the Lake Placid Business Association, the Lake Placid Horse Show and the Lake Placid Education Foundation. She is a past member of the Lake Placid Central School Board.

David Mason of Keene is a retired partner of a strategic planning consulting firm. He conducted the Adirondack Futures workshops with Jim Herman for the Common Ground Alliance. They also led the Keene Broadband Project of the High Peaks Education Foundation. Mason is vice president of the Keene Community Trust.

Susan A. Waters of Saranac Lake and Westport is a director of the Adirondack Community Housing Trust. She was a Village of Saranac Lake trustee and served as president of Adirondack Habitat for Humanity as well as executive director for both Lake Placid Institute and Homeward Bound Adirondacks.

Tim Barnett of Westport and Saratoga Springs has joined ACT’s Advisory Board. He is the retired executive director of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and Adirondack Land Trust and is a vice president of The Nature Conservancy. He is a board member of the Wild Center.

For more information, contact Cali Brooks, executive director, at 523-9904, or

Business mixer

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Conference Center invites area business people to the Essex County Business Council Business After Hours mixer on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Attendees can network with local community members while enjoying hors d’oeuvres in the Outlook Gallery. Admission is free with a reservation, so those wishing to attend may RSVP by calling Arlene at 523-2445, Ext. 133, or email

Business After Hours is open to members of the Essex County Business Council, North Country Chamber of Commerce and partner chambers. The council is a division of the chamber. Non members of the ECBC or any partners may call for a guest pass.

Anniversary noted

PLATTSBURGH — Hannaford Supermarkets will celebrate a quarter century of serving shoppers in New York when the grocery chain this week marks the 25th anniversary of the first Hannaford to open in the Empire State.

The Queensbury store at 190 Quaker Road first opened its doors on Nov. 2, 1987. Hannaford has since opened 48 additional stores in the Greater Capital Region, North Country, Hudson Valley and Utica-area, bringing its total number of stores in New York to 49.

“As we mark this milestone anniversary, we cannot help but to reflect upon the past 25 years of tremendous growth and expansion for Hannaford in New York,” said Hannaford Supermarkets Vice President of Retail Operations Western Division Rudy DiPietro. “We are honored to continue to bring our signature combination of everyday low prices, quality foods and outstanding service to residents throughout New York.”

Service enhanced

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Real Property Tax Service Office is unveiling an enhanced Image Mate Online service. The service is designed to accommodate the higher level information needs of the professional real-property, banking and legal communities.

This fee-based service should prove to be a valuable resource for abstractors, appraisers, surveyors, attorneys, banks, real-estate and utility companies. No longer will they have to make a trip to the county seat in Elizabethtown to get a copy of a tax map or more frequently updated sales information. All of this information will only be a click away with access at any time. Fees for this service can be purchased on a monthly or yearly basis. A fee schedule and registration form can be found on the Essex County, Real Property and Image Mate websites.

The migration to an online subscription is a natural progression. In 2011, Essex County became one of four pilot counties in New York for the procedure that is now being implemented in several counties across the state. Real Property and the County Clerk’s Office have worked closely to ensure that this pilot project was a success and have had interest from several other counties to come see how this project has worked here.

Office opened

PLATTSBURGH — The Knights of Columbus has opened a new field office located at St. Mary’s of the Lake Oratory on Cumberland Head in Plattsburgh.

The newly appointed general agent for all of Upstate New York is Donald J Recore. All Knights of Columbus members may contact the office or stop by from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday  through Friday. For more information, call 310-1660.

All K of C councils from Waterford to Rouses Point and from Norwich to Watertown are included in this area. Recore will eventually have 11 or 12 field agents to

provide guidance for members with regards to their products including life insurance, annuities, long-term care and disability income with one of the highest-rated carriers in the United States or Canada.

Annual pie sale  

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Community Hospital Auxiliary will be selling pies for Thanksgiving.

Now in its eighth year, the Thanksgiving pie sale is one of the auxiliary’s most popular fundraisers. The auxiliary produces cherry, apple and pumpkin pies for purchase by community members. Each pie costs $14 and comes boxed and labeled. Last year, the group produced 98 pies.

“The pie-making process is quite a production,” said Laura Sells-Doyle, auxiliary president. “But we really have an incredible, organized system. It’s quite an accomplishment to produce all those pies in only eight hours. This year, we’d love to sell well over 100 pies.”

Orders for pies will be taken until 3 p.m. on Nov. 16. Payment is due when the order is placed. Pies are made on Nov. 20 and may be picked up in the hospital lobby on Nov. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The auxiliary participates in fundraising efforts throughout the year, and proceeds go to support the hospital. The group donates clothing and snacks to those who need emergency-room care, offers care packages to chemotherapy patients, and gives gifts and flowers to patients in the hospital at Christmas. They also provide scholarship funding and purchase equipment for the hospital’s various departments.

To place an order, call Jane Hooper at 873-3003.