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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013 3:28 am

Insurance seminars

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce will host four free informational workshops on What You Need To Know About Health Insurance Changes. The sessions will be held at the chamber office at 7061 Route 9 in Plattsburgh on the following Tuesdays:

— Oct. 8 at 8 a.m.

— Oct. 22 at noon.

— Nov. 6 at 8 a.m.

— Nov. 20 at noon.

The workshops will include a presentation on various provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including how the new State Health Insurance Exchange works, by Adirondack Health Institute, and a review of the new plans available as of Jan. 1 for both employers and for individuals and their families. This will include new and updated choices offered by Excellus, Blue Shield of Northeastern New York, Empire, Health Republic and others. Refreshments will be provided.

The chamber’s health-insurance subsidiary, Plattsburgh-North Country Service Corp., is licensed and approved to assist both groups and individuals in selecting health-insurance plans within the new exchange or outside it. Its services are free to enrollees and are part of the chamber’s commitment to serving the North Country. As of Jan. 1, all individuals and their families will be required to have health insurance or begin paying a federal penalty.

Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes, and chamber membership is not required. For more information or to register, contact the North Country Chamber at 563-1000. Those wanting information or assistance but unable to attend a workshop may contact Sandy Duquette or Kelli Hewson at the same number. Several additional workshops will also be held during October and November in Franklin, Essex, Hamilton and Warren counties.

Appointment announced

PLATTSBURGH — CVPH Medical Center has appointed Michele Powers as director of communications and marketing.

Powers brings with her more than 20 years experience in strategic marketing, communications and media relations. Most recently, she served as vice president of marketing for the North Country Chamber of Commerce managing marketing efforts for the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau and Plattsburgh International Airport. Powers will develop and manage the overall communications, marketing and brand for CVPH Medical Center.

“Michele has a proven track record of delivering results through enhanced communications and marketing initiatives,” said Stephens Mundy, president and CEO of CVPH. “I’m confident her expertise will reinforce the strategies and goals of CVPH — and Fletcher Allen Partners — as we continue our mission to provide top quality health care to the North Country.”

“I’m excited to join CVPH Medical Center’s team and look forward to engaging the community with our physicians, staff and services,” Powers said. “I’ve worked for the past eight years developing the Adirondack Coast brand and implementing Clinton County’s Destination Master Plan. I see my new role as the next step, a continuation of serving and growing our community.”

Conference attended

ROUSES POINT — Matt Boire of CDC Real Estate located in Rouses Point recently attended The Society of Exchange Counselors National Real Estate Marketing Conference held in Providence, R.I.

Commercial and Investment properties representing a total value in excess of $390 million were presented for sale or exchange. The society marketing sessions are held quarterly and attendance is by invitation only. Real estate counselors and brokers from all across the country were in attendance.

“Attending the society’s marketing sessions allows me to seek opportunities to enhance my clients’ portfolios and apply creative problem-solving formulas to address the challenges some clients are experiencing with their real-estate investments,” Boire said. “It is an excellent way for local properties to get expanded national exposure in the commercial real-estate equity market.

Founded in 1961, the Society of Exchange Counselors is one of the nation’s premier real-estate organizations. Its members are among the top real-estate brokers, counselors, developers and investors in the United States. Using time-tested, creative real-estate practices and formulas that center on the 1031 Exchanges in marketing real-estate equities, the society adheres to the motto that “Real Estate is a People Business.”

Business mixer

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Family Dental will host the North Country Business Council Business After Hours on Oct. 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at their office located at 2358 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid.

Complimentary wine and beer will be available, as well as hors d’oeuvres by Caffé Rustica. Business cards will be entered in a drawing for door prizes. The first 75 people will receive a free gift bag.

Admission is $2 with a reservation and $3 without. For more information, or to make reservations, call Kelsey at 523-2445, Ext. 108.

Business After Hours is open to members of the council, North Country Chamber of Commerce and all partner chambers. The council is a division of the North Country Chamber. Nonmembers may contact the council for a guest pass.

Therapy offered

JAY — Kanoa General, licensed massage therapist and owner of Blue Turtle Healing, a mobile massage business, has just completed 40 hours of post-graduate studies in Active Myofascial Therapy — The Diamond Method held in Tenafly, N.J., and taught by Irene Diamond. AMT was created by Diamond 25 years ago after recovering from a spinal-cord injury when she was 15 years old.

AMT is used to treat common soft-tissue injuries and myofascial pain syndromes that can present as migraines, carpal-tunnel syndrome, lower back pain and plantar fasciitis. The Diamond Method is also used for preventive care, maintenance and pain management. Because the client is an active participant in his or her own healing, AMT helps the body heal naturally and more quickly.

Kanoa will incorporate AMT into his therapy practice immediately, which will greatly reduce the pain and suffering of the clients he treats. Kanoa offers orthopedic massage and Craniosacral therapy at Blue Turtle Healing and is excited to expand the reach of his practice by now providing the corrective-based techniques of AMT.

For more information, contact Kanoa at 524-5273.

Brewfest celebration

LAKE PLACID — The second annual Lake Placid Brewfest will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Olympic Center’s 1932 Rink.

The event is open to everyone 21 years old and older and is sponsored by Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, Great Adirondack Brewing Company, Saratoga Eagle and Craft Beer Guild Distributors of New York.

More than 40 micro-brew companies and more than 80 different kinds of beer from around the country will be featured including Bell’s Brewery Inc. of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Blue Point Brewing Co. of Patchogue, N.Y.; Blue Line Brewery of Saranac Lake, Brooklyn Brewery of Brooklyn; Dogfish Head Brewery of Milton, Del.; The Olde Burnside Brewing Company of East Hartford, Conn.; Plattsburgh Brewing Company of Plattsburgh; Sixpoint Brewery of Brooklyn; Unibroue Brewery of Chambly, Que., and many more.

For a complete list of breweries, visit

Social-media seminar

LAKE PLACID — Judi’s Computer Support and Learning Center, located at 1991 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid (behind Simply Gourmet), is offering a free social-media seminar.

Social media is a marketing tool consisting of a variety of user-driven sites such as Facebook, Yelp, Twitter, Foursquare and Tripadvisor. These tools allow businesses to know their customers and be more transparent, engaging and interactive. Tailoring these social tools for a business can be a valuable resource.

Tim Robinson, social media guru and general manager and co-owner of Terry Robards’ Wines and Spirits in Lake Placid, will demonstrate how to effectively use these mediums to attract new business.

The seminars will be offered at two separate times, Tuesday, Oct. 8 or Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Class size is limited, so participants are encouraged to pre-register by sending an e-mail to

New consultant

CADYVILLE — Valerie Wilson of Cadyville has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring more than 60 delicious, easy-to-prepare foods.

As an independent business owner, Wilson offers food samples at home taste-testing parties along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes, serving suggestions and fun. All of Tastefully Simple’s products

are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients.

“In today’s world, ‘staying in’ has become the new ‘going out.’ You don’t have to leave home to enjoy wonderful food, fun and laughter with your family and friends,” said Jill Blashack Strahan, Tastefully Simple Inc. founder and CEO. “That’s why we’re proud to offer great experiences, easy-to-prepare products and an exciting business opportunity for people who are looking for something more.”

For more information about Tastefully Simple products, taste-testing parties or starting your own Tastefully Simple business, contact Wilson at