December 9, 2012

Business briefs: Dec. 9, 2012


Designation bestowed

PLATTSBURGH — The designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) has been conferred upon Tammy Bell-Martin, sales executive of Northern Insuring Agency Inc., following her successful completion of a rigorous insurance-education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.

The announcement was made by Dr. William T. Hold, president of the Society of CIC, who conferred the designation in an official ceremony.

The society is a key member of The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research, the nation’s preeminent provider of insurance and risk-management education. The alliance conducts more than 2,500 programs annually throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Currently, more than 31,000 agents and insurance professionals throughout the country have received the CIC designation.

Bell-Martin has demonstrated her professional competence through the successful completion of the five CIC institutes and comprehensive written examinations focusing on all major fields of insurance, insurance management and agency operations.

Award received

PLATTSBURGH — The ARC Foundation recently presented the 2012 Pinnacle Award to Dan Bosley, owner of Cornerstone and Keeseville Pharmacies, at the Annual Donor Appreciation Reception.

Bosley was recognized for his outstanding commitment and financial support to the ARC Foundation’s Annual Golf Tournament and the Advocacy and Resource Center fundraising events.

Training attended

PLATTSBURGH — Nick Longino, Steve Smith and Kellen Loughan of Taylor Rental in Plattsburgh recently attended an intensive four-day tent training in Ledyard, Conn., at Foxwoods Resort and Casino.

They spent Nov. 5 to 8 setting up tents with manufacturing company Aztec Tents. The four-day training also consisted of seminars for DOT regulations, permitting, tent repair and cleaning techniques, unique installs, new tent styles, lighting and heating and social media.

Taylor Rental is ready for new tent styling options for private weddings at home or large corporate events.

Also, Willie Venne, Longino and Smith attended a one-day training and safety seminar put on by the American Rental Association at Milton Cat in Clifton Park on Nov. 13, where they had hands-on and lecture training on multiple topics.

Venne’s training was on generator sizing and safety, along with man-lift safety. Venne is the shop foreman at Taylor Rental and reiterates safety to not only to his colleagues but also to customers.

Longino and Smith attended the seminar on tent ballasting (weighting instead of staking), safety and inflatable safety. Both work heavily with these issues during the spring, summer and fall months when tent and bounce-house rentals are at their peak.

Trail help

BOLTON LANDING — Barry Kincaid, a Bolton Landing resident and owner of KLC Property Enhancement, has donated his services to improve trails at Cat and Thomas Mountains Preserve, owned and managed by the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC). The work includes drainage improvements with swales, a culvert reset, and a widened trail where brush had become too overgrown.

Kincaid also donated his services to help clear trails and trim back growth at the Last Great Shoreline Preserve in Putnam, and to remove downed trees at Peggy’s Point in Hague.

“We’re happy to be able to offer access into some of Lake George’s most beautiful areas,” said LGLC Communications and Outreach Manager Sarah Hoffman. “But it’s also our responsibility to make sure these trails remain safe and provide an enjoyable experience for everyone who uses them.”

Others have also helped. A new door to the Thomas Mountain cabin has been built and installed by David Cummings. Rich Larkin took down a dead tree that was dangerously hanging over a trail at Cat and Thomas. Justin Warren has volunteered to remove snow from the parking area of Amy’s Park and has removed two large tanks that were dumped over the bank on Trout Falls Road.

Numerous volunteers also take on the role of Volunteer Preserve Stewards, hiking the trails year-round to report any misuse or damage, often performing needed maintenance themselves and keeping the kiosks stocked with trail guides and log-in sheets. These include Nancy Hill, Bob Aspholm and Rosemary Pusateri at the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob; Bob Whitaker and Dick Barney at Cook Mountain; the Chapman family at Gull Bay; Mary Lou Doulin at Peggy’s Point; and Richard Hayes Phillips at Cat and Thomas and the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob.

LGLC is also benefiting from the additional help of Laura Kinkead, a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute student who is participating in their fall semester of study at the Darrin Fresh Water Institute (DFWI). The program requires that all students take an internship with one of more than a dozen local environmental organizations.

To become a volunteer preserve steward or to help on group work days, call Sarah at 644-9673 or email

Status obtained

SARANAC LAKE — Gloria Volz, owner of Adirondack Organized Solutions, has received Golden Circle status with the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).

NAPO’s Golden Circle was formed in 1990 to recognize members who have attained an elevated level of experience. The Golden Circle acknowledges the expertise of members who have been engaged in the business of organizing for at least five years and have been a NAPO member for at least one year.

In addition, Volz has earned a Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). The purpose of the ICD Study Series is to provide both basic and specialized topic education on issues, concepts and challenges presented by client work with the chronically disorganized.

To earn this certificate, Volz was required to take several classes which included boundaries, ethics and safety issues.

“Each person processes information differently, which truly makes each clients’ challenge unique. I’ve always been eager to gain information that will enhance my clients’ success. Earning this Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization demonstrates my commitment to that learning,” Volz said. “Each class I take reveals information that might be useful to each client whether they have had a life experience or transition that caused some disorganization or whether they have struggled most of their lives with disorganization.”

Adirondack Organized Solutions was created in 2007 and has helped numerous clients declutter, downsize and find solutions that work for them. Volz is a professional organizer and organizer coach who works with residential and business clients.

For more information, visit or call 891-0024.

Trip to Spain

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce is now making travel plans for 2013. The chamber and World Travel Services have put together a trip to Costa Del Sol, Spain.

For $2157 per person based on double occupancy, participants will be treated to an adventure in Spain with great accommodations in an ocean front hotel, interesting excursions and knowledgeable guides. The trip runs from April 29 through May 7, 2013. Reservations must be made by Jan. 8.

Anyone interested may learn more at the free information session on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the chamber office. Call 563-1000 to RSVP for the info session or to learn more.

Highlights of the Southern Spain Package include a round-trip flight, seven nights accommodations, 14 meals and private excursions to the Rock of Gibraltar, Ronda, Marbella, Mijas, Seville, Granada and more.

Business mixer

PLATTSBURGH — Geoffrey’s Pub, VOX AM/FM and Della Auto Group will co-host the North Country Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Geoffrey’s Pub.

This holiday mixer is an opportunity to make new business contacts while enjoying the company of old friends. Attendees may bring business cards and enter to win door prizes.

The event is open to all chamber members and their employees and is a chance to expand business networks.

Future members are encouraged to contact the chamber for a special-guest pass. The fee for Business After Hours is $3 with an advance reservation and $4 without. For more information or to make reservations, call the chamber at 563-1000.

Chamber social

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce annual Holiday Mixer will be held on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Adirondack Carousel, Saranac Lake.

The $20 admission fee includes music, food, two drink coupons, carousel rides and more. Twenty-five percent of admissions will be donated to a local children’s holiday fund. Additional drinks are available at a cash bar.

This year the chamber will host a wine pull and a silent auction. New Executive Director Katy VanAnden will be welcomed.

A sampling of foods prepared by Alegria Garden Cafe will be offered. Event sponsors include Cape Air, Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn, Community Bank and Adirondack Health/ AMC.

RSVP to or call 891-1990.

Holiday match

PLATTSBURGH — Stewart’s Shops will once again team up with their customers and media partners for the Holiday Match program. Last year, Stewart’s matched the customers’ record donation of $700,000 for a total of $1.4 million. Since 1986, the Holiday Match program has donated more than $16 million to local children’s organizations.

From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas, Stewart’s will match individual donations made to the program in all 324 Stewart’s Shops.

“Many children’s organizations have lost some of their public funding and are now, more than ever, counting on the private sector to help them continue their good work. Holiday Match gives people the opportunity to make a donation, have it matched by Stewart’s and given back to children’s organizations in their communities,” said Stewart’s Foundation President Susan Dake.

“Last year we were able to help over 1,400 organizations with Holiday Match and, in these difficult times, we anticipate the number of applications to increase again this year. All the money donated goes to charity, there are no administrative costs.”

The goal of Holiday Match is to encourage individual giving and broaden the base of support for local charities. All donations are tax-deductible. Stewart’s accepts funds from groups or businesses, but only matches individual donations. Local children’s organizations can pick up an application throughout the holidays at any Stewart’s Shop or online at

The deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2013. All groups applying must be locally based, benefit children under 18 and be a qualified, charitable 501c3 organization. A brochure listing all the organizations in their 30-county area that received funds last season will also be available in all Stewart’s Shops.

Gift program

PLATTSBURGH — Fresh on the heels of its in-store food drive, which donated nearly 12,000 food items to local food-rescue organizations, Kinney Drugs is kicking off the holiday season by hosting two separate gift-giving programs in all of its drug store locations to benefit less fortunate children and seniors.

From now through Dec. 14, Kinney Drugs is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children who may not otherwise receive gifts this year. During the Holiday Toy Drive, toys collected at each store will be distributed to local children by a charitable organization within the store’s own community.

Kinney Drugs will also help brighten the holidays for seniors through its Be a Santa for a Senior program. Each store is partnering with a local senior care center to develop individual gift suggestions for senior residents. Customers can review the suggestions and purchase gifts for seniors who may not be able to celebrate the holidays with loved ones.

“Be a Santa for a Senior is a way for us to share holiday cheer with seniors who have made such important contributions to our communities throughout the years,” said Jim Spencer, COO of Kinney Drugs Store Division. “We collected several thousand gifts during last year’s campaign, and we are excited to top that this year.”

“We believe that we are only as strong as our community,” said Spencer. “We strive to make our community a better place to live and these gift-giving programs put that into action.”

Anyone interested in participating in the programs can donate gifts at their local Kinney Drugs store through mid-December. Each store will display the name of the local partnering organization that will receive the donated gifts.

For more information, visit a local Kinney Drugs store or