Award received

PLATTSBURGH — Kathy Bennett has been presented with the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, according to RE/MAX North Country, Calkins Professionals.

Fewer than 23 percent of all RE/MAX affiliates have earned this award.

Bennett has been working in the real-estate industry for more than 30 years. She is consistently in the top 5 percent in sales volume for Clinton County.

“Kathy is an integral member of our team and is very deserving of this award,” stated Florence Calkins and Tina Calkins Covey, broker/owners of RE/MAX North Country, located at 68 Cornelia St., Plattsburgh.

Bennett can be reached on her cell at 569-5959.

Bottle drive

PLATTSBURGH — UFirst Federal Credit Union is celebrating National Credit Union Youth Month by supporting youth in the community. 

During April, UFirst FCU will be joining the Ted K. Center and SUNY Plattsburgh in their efforts to collect 1 million redeemable cans and bottles, with proceeds going to the Ted K. Center, which works to provide educational, social and recreational opportunities to the children of Plattsburgh Housing Authority.

In support of this cause, UFirst FCU will be hosting a bottle drive at its Plattsburgh branch at 274 Rugar St. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25. The Credit Union will also be accepting cans and bottles from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drop-off containers are available in the vestibule at the Plattsburgh branch.

For more information, contact Jody Carpenter at 324-5700 or visit

Chamber trips

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce is offering two group travel opportunities for 2015.

Free information sessions will be held for each trip, providing detailed itineraries, tips for travel and more. Attendees may come in person or log on to the webinar from a computer.

The first option is a tour of Athens and the Greek Isles from Oct. 16 to 24. Guests will spend three nights in Athens and four nights on a cruise of the Greek Islands. Prices start at $3,495 per person, including airfare from Montreal, based on double occupancy. A free informational webinar will be held at the chamber office, 7061 Route 9, Plattsburgh, from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8. 

The second option is a trip to London from Nov. 9 to 16. Pricing starts at $2,995, including airfare from Montreal, based on double occupancy. Participants will tour London, see the changing of the guard, visit Stratford-Upon-Avon, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stonehenge and more. The free webinar for this trip will be held at the chamber from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 9. 

More information about both trips, including full itineraries and pricing options, can be found at

It is not necessary to be a chamber member to participate. Friends and family from out of the area may join anyone on this trip.

Call the chamber at 563-1000 to learn more and to RSVP for the information sessions.

Hospitality training

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce recently received funding through the Workforce Development Institute to create the curriculum for the first Saranac Lake Community Hospitality Excellence Experience series of workshops.

Business owners and staff attending the program will bring back valuable knowledge to communicate to and train their co-workers and employees.

The series will be offered in three half-day sessions from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 17, May 8 and May 22 at the Best Western Conference Room in Saranac Lake.

While the series is intended for participants to attend all sessions for a price of $60, they may attend separate sessions for a fee of $25 each. 

To develop the program components, Susan Day Fuller, president of Fuller Communications, met with a focus group of chamber members and other community leaders. Fuller will facilitate the three interactive sessions. 

The Workforce Development Institute is a state-wide, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people across New York by developing regional solutions for workforce, economic and community-development challenges.

To learn more or to register, contact Katy Van Anden at 891-1990 or

Store honored

PLATTSBURGH — J.C. Penney Company Inc. recently honored its top performing stores with the Founder’s Award at a special leadership conference in Dallas on March 25. 

The award is the company’s highest distinction for leadership excellence, recognizing top performers from across the company. At this year’s ceremony, only 104 of approximately 1,060 stores, six out of 52 districts and four out of 14 supply-chain facilities received the award, including the JCPenney store located at Champlain Centre in Plattsburgh, led by Store Manager Kyle Siskavich.

“Our Founder’s Award recipients have shown a true passion for winning with our customers in 2014, striving for excellence and innovation in everything they do,” Myron E. Ullman III, chief executive officer, said in a statement.

The Founder’s Award is presented to teams that excel in the areas of financial performance, customer and client service and business expertise.

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