Preservation awards announced

KEESEVILLE — Adirondack Architectural Heritage announced its 2019 Preservation Award Winners. 

The private nonprofit is the historic preservation organization for the Adirondack Park and has an educational mission to promote better public understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the region's architecture and communities.

"Each year, we are amazed by the number of high quality preservation projects there are in the region to honor and this year is no exception," Adirondack Architectural Heritage Executive Director Steven Engelhart said.

"All are excellent projects that represent the sensitive, careful, hard work of preservationists throughout the Adirondacks."

The 2019 award recipients are: 

• Laura Finley for the restoration of the boathouse on 14 Mile Island on Lake George in the Town of Bolton and for the Finley family's long-term stewardship of the island's historic buildings. 

• Jeffrey Robillard for the restoration and stewardship of Northbrook Lodge on Osgood Pond in the Town of Brighton.

• Dillon Klepetar for the restoration of the historic barn at Echo Farm in the Town of Essex.

• New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Clinton County Historical Association for their collaborative restoration of the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island on Lake Champlain in the Town of Peru.

• Darren and Lisa Tracy for the rescue and rehabilitation of the Dr. Ferguson Office Building in the City of Glens Falls.

• The Town of Waddington for the restoration of its Waddington Town Hall in the Town of Waddington.

An award luncheon will be held Monday, Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at The Hedges on Blue Mountain Lake.

That Adirondack resort is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was the recipient of a 2018 Preservation Award. The event will be sponsored by Adirondack Classic Designs, Merrill L. Thomas Inc. and Bill and Susan Harral. Tickets are $50 per person and include awards presentation, buffet lunch and a tour of The Hedges.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling Adirondack Architectural Heritage at 518-834-9328, by emailing or by visiting

Marketing strategy recognized

HOGANSBURG — Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and Engaged Nation won the Diamond Romera Award in Online Marketing. 

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort is owned by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe of Akwesasne, NY. The property includes 130,000 square feet of gaming with more than 1,500 of the newest slot and video poker titles, a large selection of table games, poker room and the 650-seat Mohawk Bingo Palace.

Engaged Nation is the leader in strategic engagement marketing with its patent-pending REACH™ platform. REACH™ provides web-based automated incentive programs to engage users online and drive them to land-based retail locations. 

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino implemented Engaged Nation's Pro Football Frenzy gamified promotion that had been customized for the business during last year’s pro football season and playoffs. The 22-week promotion revolved around an online game portal that drove daily engagement and incremental business throughout the campaign. It had featured a combination of interactive activities, games and incentives. Those had included insured prizes totaling more than $2 million, segmented instant rewards, monthly drawings, special bonus codes and weekly activations to drive continued repeat visits.

Pro Football Frenzy allowed Akwesasne Mohawk Casino to precisely measure the financial impact—especially incremental revenue generated.

“We were able to measure a near 20 percent increase in every revenue metric when compared to the prior year, same period,” Director of Marketing for Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Craig Fuller said. “It was crazy.”

Engaged Nation and Akwesasne Mohawk Casino received the Diamond Romero Award during the Casino Marketing & Technology Conference at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. It was the only Diamond-level award given in the category. 

Bank branch opens

LAKE PLACID — Adirondack Bank opened a new branch in downtown Lake Placid. 

Adirondack Bank is a full-service, local community bank with some 20 locations throughout upstate New York and executive headquarters in Utica.

The bank's newest branch operates within a 1,300-square-foot facility at 2426 Main Street, featuring a community room with Wi-Fi, a 24-hour ATM and a night depository. In addition to traditional banking products and services, the branch has access to investment, retirement and healthcare products and services, offered through its affiliate Adirondack Financial Services Corp. and insurance products and services provided through its subsidiary Adirondack Insurance Services.

Adirondack Bank has a branch located on the outskirts of Lake Placid, but for the convenience of tourists, community members and businesses that need meeting space, it made sense to expand into downtown Lake Placid.

“We could not be more thrilled to continue investing in the Lake Placid community by opening a brand new, convenient branch,” President and CEO Rocco F. Arcuri Sr. said. “It will provide added convenience for the businesses along that corridor as well providing jobs for people in the community."

Volunteers get wellness funding

UTICA — Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County were granted a $2,000 Excellus BlueCross BlueShield's Community Health Award to help educate tutors and staff in order to incorporate wellness education into lesson plans.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a nonprofit health plan with 1.5 million upstate New York members. The company's mission is to help people live healthier and more secure lives through access to high-quality, affordable health care.

The Community Health Awards focused on improving the health status of the community, reducing the incidence of specific diseases, promoting health education and enhancing overall wellness. Awards were granted based on scope of need, program goals, number of people expected to benefit and positive impact on the community’s health status.

Literacy Volunteer funding supported the inclusion of two educational workshops for tutors and staff to incorporate wellness training into their curriculum, ultimately so that their adult students can make better health decisions for themselves and their families.

“The company’s Community Health Awards demonstrate a corporate commitment to support local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Regional President Eve Van de Wal said.

“These awards complement our existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to enhance quality of life, including health status, in Upstate New York.” 

Attorney becomes of counsel to law firm

MALONE — Law firm of Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & McArdle LLP of Malone announced that, effective Sept. 1, Bryan J. Hughes will become Of Counsel to the firm.

Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & McArdle LLP represents clients in all aspects of estate planning and estate administration, residential and commercial real estate and corporate law. The firm also has an extensive personal injury, litigation, workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability practice. The firm presently has offices located in Malone, Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake.

Hughes, a 1969 graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, has practiced in Malone for 50 years. Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & McArdle LLP is the successor to his first law firm Herron, Lawler, Fischer & Hughes. Hughes will continue to actively practice out of the firm’s Malone office.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Bryan joining us,” Managing Partner John Muldowney said. “His reputation and quality of work speak for themselves.”

AES architect retires

PLATTSBURGH — AES Northeast Registered Architect Dave Whitford has retired. 

AES Northeast is a full-service firm providing architectural, engineering, land surveying, project planning and construction administration services to public and private clients throughout the North Country and Vermont. 

Whitford served as a partner and director of the firm's Architectural Division since 2003. During his time with AES Northeast, he managed architectural projects including new facilities, additions, alterations and renovations for a wide variety of clients. Whitford brought a diverse skill set to the firm, handling projects for municipalities, educational institutions, developers, commercial businesses and residential clients.

Managing Partner and Firm Co-Founder Scott Allen referred to Whitford as a tremendous asset. 

"His high moral and ethical standards made him an excellent role model," Allen said. "He’s left us with some well trained and highly competent staff in our architectural department to carry on our tradition of excellent customer service.

"We wish him the best during his retirement years."

AES hires new director

PLATTSBURGH — AES Northeast has hired Liza Kilcoyne, AIA, LEED AP as a partner and new director of its Architectural Division. 

AES Northeast is a full-service firm providing architectural, engineering, land surveying, project planning and construction administration services to public and private clients throughout the North Country and Vermont. 

Kilcoyne earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Boston Architectural College and is licensed in both Vermont and New York. She brings 35 years of architectural design experience to her new role. She will be responsible for the overall project administration, supervision of the design and project management, including budget, schedule and quality assurance/quality control for the Architectural Division.

In 2002, Kilcoyne partnered with Bill Gardner to create the design firm Gardner Kilcoyne Architects. That established architectural design firm located in Williston, VT is committed to providing quality design and extraordinary client service across Vermont. Gardner Kilcoyne Architects has worked on a diverse range of commercial, educational, resort and residential projects with a focus on creating inspiring and healthy environments to work and live. 

Kilcoyne’s arrival at AES brings with it a larger partnership between AES Northeast and Gardner Kilcoyne Architects. The combination of the two firms allows each to serve the larger North Country-Vermont area more effectively by combining design experience and technical resources. Both firms will continue to operate in their respective offices at this time. 

“We are tremendously pleased to team with Liza and her Vermont-based firm to bring new blood into AES," Managing Partner and Firm Co-Founder Scott Allen said. "Liza’s portfolio is outstanding and she’s a real pleasure to work with.” 


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