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Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2012 3:28 am

Dental association

LAKE PLACID — Drs. William Caldon, Michael O’Connor and Donnon O’Neill of High Peaks Dental have formed a new association with Dr. Andrea M. Beanan, D.D.S.

Beanan is originally from Tonawanda. In 2007, she graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Cell Biology with a minor in Psychology. She then moved to Buffalo and entered the State University of New York at Buffalo where she received her degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery.

In 2011, Beanan moved to Indianapolis, Ind., where she completed a General Practice Residency program through Indiana University School of Dental Medicine. August of 2012 brought her to Lake Placid where she began her association with High Peaks Dental.

“Dr. Beanan brings a new level of dental skills to High Peaks Dental’s Lake Placid office,” O’Neill said. “She is dedicated to oral health and establishing patient oral healthcare goals.”

Appreciation Day

TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga Drive-In offices of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. will jointly host a Community Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

The event will take place at the 123 Montcalm St. location. Coffee and donuts will be available in the morning; chili with rolls and crackers will be offered later in the day.

The community is encouraged to bring new or gently used coats, hats and mittens to the event, which will be collected to benefit local children in need of warm clothing this winter.

The bank is working in conjunction with Winter Warmth for Kids to gather and distribute warm items to families in the Ticonderoga area.

The Ticonderoga offices are among many Glens Falls National locations hosting Community Appreciation Days this year. The events are meant to show the bank’s appreciation for its neighbors while assisting local causes.

Glens Falls National Bank provides banking and financial services through 29 offices across five counties. 

Bank rating

PLATTSBURGH — Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. was recently recognized as a 5-Star Superior bank by the nation’s leading bank-rating and research firm, BauerFinancial Inc. Glens Falls National has earned this designation for the past 22 consecutive quarters.

The rating, awarded in September, indicates Glens Falls National Bank is one of the strongest banks in the nation. To earn this rating, banks must excel in areas of capital quality, asset quality and profitability.

“The 5-Star rating tells customers that Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. is deserving of their trust and respect,” said Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial.

More information can be found at

Based in Coral Gables, Fla., BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded. Consumers may obtain free star ratings by visiting

Winner unveiled

PLATTSBURGH — On Saturday, Oct. 6, the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau will unveil the winner of the second round of the Adirondack Coast ARTWays Project.

The second round, Adirondack Coast Harvest, focused on the region’s deep ties to agriculture. The event will be at 1 p.m. where attendees may learn more about the project, talk to the artists and see the entries and winning artwork unveiled.

The event will be immediately followed by the Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider and Food Festival taking place from 2 to 8 p.m. This festival is one of a kind to the region and will serve up unique local cold-climate wines, ciders and farm products from local artisans. It will be held at the Crete Civic Center in Plattsburgh.

Health workshop

PERU — A free Living Healthy six-session workshop is being offered for those with ongoing health conditions like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease or asthma. Attendees can learn self-management skills and set their own goals to improve their health and life.

The sessions will be held Tuesdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. starting this Tuesday. The final deadline to register is Oct. 15.  Attendees must attend week one or two to complete weeks three to six.

The workshops will be held at the Apple Valley Senior Housing Community Room, 1 Apple Valley Drive, Peru.

For more information, call 314-3689. The events are sponsored by the Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network and Northern Adirondack Medical Home.

Awards received

JAY — Adirondack Life magazine won a total of 13 awards, four gold, four silver and five bronze, at the International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Oct. 1. The awards honored work from 2011.

Mary Thill took gold in the Public Issues category for “Risky Business” (May/June) about allegations of unsafe practices at an Adirondack white-water rafting company. Judges called it “a true investigation. Thoroughly reported, clearly written.”

The magazine’s special section on Tropical Storm Irene, “After the Storm” (November/December), written by Brian Mann, received gold in the General Feature category. Judges called it “a tremendous effort” with “a gripping combination of reportage and first-person reports.” Mann’s article on the problem of white-nose syndrome in Adirondack bats, “Natural Disaster” (March/April), won bronze in the Nature Feature category.

Christopher Shaw’s meditation on Follensby Pond, “Back to the Source” (July/August), won gold in the Essay category. Judges cited his “strong use of language and imagery.”

The final gold was for Nancie Battaglia’s photograph of a pet blessing from “All God’s Creatures” (September/October), which won in the Single Photograph category. Judges called it “a marvelously complex, layered composition and an authentic moment.”

Rob Dunlavey received silver for his “richly detailed” and “whimsical” illustrations in “Live Here, Work Here” (November/December).

Judges also gave silver to members of the Adirondack Life editorial staff. Senior Editor Niki Kourofsky won in the History Feature category for her colorful look into Lyon Mountain’s rough-and-tumble mining past, “Frontier Town” (January/February). Creative Director Elizabeth Folwell’s article on canning, “Self Preservation” (At Home in the Adirondacks), designed by Art Director Kelly Hofschneider, won in the combined Writing/Art/Food Feature category. The same feature earned Hofscheider the bronze in Art Direction of a Single Story.

Editor Annie Stoltie’s “tender, well-structured story” about Old Mountain Phelps and his descendents, “An Adirondack Icon Revealed” (November/December), won silver in the Profile category. Stoltie also took bronze in the Column category for her Short Carries essays “Places in the Heart” (January/February), “Wordswoman” (July/August) and “Slow Burn” (November/December).

Senior Editor Lisa Bramen received Bronze in the Reader Service category for “Live Here, Work Here” (November/December), which judges said “took a potentially dull subject and made it anything but.”

The magazine was also given bronze honors in Overall Art Direction in the 40,000 and under circulation class for Hofschneider’s “strong, lively layouts” with “elegant typography”; an award of merit in the Special Focus category for its At Home in the Adirondacks issue; and was the runner-up in its circulation class for Magazine of the Year.

Expansion announced

PLATTSBURGH — Champlain Centre mall has hosted expansion of the Verizon Wireless retailer Cellular Sales from its kiosk location by the food court to a full store location between Hallmark and Bath & Body.

As part of the company’s approach to providing full-service, customer-focused operations, the expanded Verizon Wireless location will offer a larger selection of all major brands of wireless products and hardware, including the new iPhone 5. The store features an open floor plan concept that is designed to streamline the sales process and enhance the customer experience.

“The majority of customers want to ask questions and touch and feel a device before buying it,” said General Manager of Champlain Centre David Napolitan. “With the expanded space, the industry experts at Cellular Sales will have a great environment to demonstrate equipment, educate customers and find the right equipment and plans that meet customer needs.” 

In honor of their grand opening, Cellular Sales is offering special discounts on select phones. The store will open at its new location on Friday at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call the store at 310-0836.

Cancer awareness

PLATTSBURGH — Pink Ribbon Produce, a retail program committed to raising breast-cancer awareness, will return to Price Chopper stores for its fifth year from now through Nov. 7.

The educational fund-raising program partners the grocery retailer with produce suppliers in an effort to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. In addition to buying selected products to support NBCF, customers can text “PINK PC” to 80077 to make a donation.

“The Pink Ribbon Produce program continues Price Chopper’s year-round initiatives to support community efforts and supportive services in our communities,” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations, consumer and marketing services. “Pink Ribbon Produce allows our customers to directly support research for a cure by purchasing healthy fruits and vegetables from the branded partners that are participating in the program.”

The money raised goes back into the community by providing mammograms and educational programs to help save the lives of thousands of uninsured women. Stores will direct shoppers to the participating produce suppliers with a Pink Ribbon Produce program icon on posters and point-of-sale signs at the product.

Workplace safety

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce has finalized and released a schedule of its workplace-safety training programs for October 2012 through June 2013. 

The schedule features a total of 23 workshops and seminars on a variety of topics including Snowplow Safety, Principles of Ergonomics, Electrical/Arc Flash NFPA 70E, 40 Hour HazWoper, 10 Hour Construction, Workplace Violence Prevention Program, Accident Investigation, Value Based Safety, Respiratory Protection, Benchmarking Your Safety Program, Fall Protection, OSHA HazCom/GHS, Job Hazard Analysis, Lock Out/Tag Out, Trenching/Excavation, Harassment and Violence Prevention, Focus Four Hazards: Falls, Focus Four Hazards: Caught In or Between, Focus Four Hazards: Struck By, Focus Four Hazards: Electrocution, Overhead Crane Training Program, and Industrial Ventilation.

The chamber will consider other offerings as well in response to demand and can help individual companies or groups of companies in arranging specific training programs or services, including potential on-site training sessions and consultations. The chamber also maintains an extensive Safety Lending Library of video training programs and other materials, available for free borrowing by chamber members.

The chamber is the leading provider of workplace-safety programs in the region and works in partnership with the New York State Labor Department, the New York State Hazard Abatement Board and OSHA. Its safety services are available to employers from Clinton, Franklin, Essex and Hamilton counties, and are one of a number of industrial-support services offered by the chamber’s North Country Industrial Council.

For more information or to register for upcoming workshops, visit or call 563-1000.

Block party

PLATTSBURGH — Irises Cafe and Wine Bar is teaming up with to host a block party today from 1 to 4 p.m. on City Hall Place. The event celebrates Irises’s 15 years in business and showcases local businesses with all profits going to the Strand Theatre Restoration Project.

The street is closed for one block and the party is under the tent. Live music from Jay Lesage, Zip City Blues and Mike Pedersen will entertain patrons as they enjoy food samplings from downtown restaurants, beer and wine, coffee and local cider. A silent auction is part of the event with lots of goods and gift certificates donated from local businesses.

A $10 entry fee includes five tasting tickets and a commemorative glass. All additional tasting tickets are $1 each (kids are free admission). Admission passes are currently available for purchase at Irises Cafe, The Pepper and Champlain Wine Co. A picture ID is required for beer and wine.

Local participating businesses include Irises, DeLish Cupcake Bakeshop, The Pepper, Latitude 44 Bistro, Cheechako Taco, Olive Ridley’s, Essex Pallet and Pellet, Smooth Moves, Koffee Kat, Champlain Wine Company, Fosters’ Tent and Canopy Rental, Greater Adirondack Ghost and Tour Co. and more.

With the support of SUNY Plattsburgh volunteers and Project Help, the children’s area will provide entertainment for kids through activities such as pumpkin painting, candy bucket decorating, s’mores roasting, pellet pile prize diving and more. Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

For more information, go to or contact Irises Cafe and Wine Bar at 566-7000.

Open house

TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host an open house with the North Country Small Business Development Center on Tuesday.

Services provided by the SBDC will be available at the chamber office typically on the second Tuesday of each month.

“The open house will be from 12:30 to 3 p.m. for the month of October,” said Matt Courtright, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. “Representatives from the SBDC and I will be visiting area businesses from 9 a.m. until noon on Oct. 9 to promote the services available via the SBDC and upcoming seminars and trainings being held at the chamber.”

The chamber office is located at 94 Montcalm Street, Suite 1, in downtown Ticonderoga.

The North Country SBDC at Plattsburgh is part of a statewide network of 24 regional centers located throughout New York State. Their core services are free and confidential one-on-one counseling, market/industry research assistance and customized business training seminars.

The North Country SBDC is supported by the State University of New York and the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide high-quality business counseling and training to New Yorkers who want to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business. Services are free of charge. They are located at 194 U.S. Oval at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. 

Some topics commonly addressed include business-plan development, cash-flow projections, financial analysis, legal and regulatory information, marketing assistance, business start-up information, buying and selling a business, human resource development, import-export assistance and government procurement.

For more information about the open houses, visit, email or call 585-6619. For additional information on the SBDC or to make an appointment with their staff while they are at the chamber office, call 564-2524 or visit

Course offered

SARANAC LAKE — The influx of French-speaking Canadian tourists is becoming a more significant factor in the economic engine of the area’s tourism industry each year, and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is taking steps to help foster and promote the financial impact the local economy enjoys from its neighbors to the north.

A French language seminar geared especially for hospitality businesses but appropriate for any business will be presented Nov. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. The seminar is in partnership with Anne Sterling, owner of the Left Bank Café. Sterling is bi-lingual in English and French with expertise in the hospitality and culinary areas.

The seminar, which will be held at the Left Bank Café, 36 Broadway in Saranac Lake, will be an educational experience as well a social event with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine at a reduced rate. Participants will be given printed material that will include common French words and phrases with proper pronunciation, and ample time will be allotted for practicing French pronunciation in a social setting. In follow up to the seminar, the chamber will make available to area businesses written French language services for menus, signage and promotional materials.

The seminar is free for chamber members and $25 for businesses that are not yet members. To register, call the chamber at 891-1990 or email