Small biz workshops

PLATTSBURGH — Adirondack Economic Development Corporation and UFirst Federal Credit Union will offer a Small Business Workshop series.

The sessions will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at UFirst Federal Credit Union at 274 Rugar St. in the Town of Plattsburgh.

The first in the series, called What it Takes to Start a Small Business, will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 5, followed by the second workshop, titled Small Business Finance, on Wednesday, March 11. 

The third and final session will be held Wednesday, April 15 and is called Marketing for Small Business. 

The workshops are free and open to the community. RSVP to Meg Pelkey at 518.324.0618 or


Meadowbrook meets quality criteria

PLATTSBURGH — Meadowbrook Healthcare was recently recognized for meeting criteria instituted by the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living.

The 287-bed facility offers a full continuum of skilled nursing care, such as limited assistance, subacute rehabilitation and restorative therapy. Meadowbrook is licensed by the New York Department of Human Services and sits at 154 Prospect Avenue in the City of Plattsburgh.

The Quality Initiative Recognition Program developed by the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living was intended to highlight long-term care facilities who make strides by providing quality care and improving the lives of the individuals residing in each residence. Meadowbrook earned Tier 2 recognition by reducing hospitalizations and improving short stay functional outcomes. 

"We take great pride in the quality of care we provide to both our long-term care residents and our patients receiving rehabilitation," Administrator/CEO Paul Richards said. "We are continuously re-evaluating methods of care and work to improve them each day. Providing excellent care is what we work for, everyday." 

Meadowbrook Healthcare will be honored for their achievements at the association's Quality Summit in March 2020. 


Georgia-Pacific makes donation

PLATTSBURGH — Tissue mill Georgia-Pacific recently donated $5,000 to the Plattsburgh Fire Department.

The paper manufacturer's City of Plattsburgh Mill, located on Margaret Street, started manufacturing in Plattsburgh in the early 1960s and now produces Quilted Northern Ultra Plush bath tissue.

Via the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade program, the manufacturer awarded $190,000 in grants to more than 30 fire departments in 2019 to support equipment critical to firefighter safety, including $5,000 to the local department. 

Through its program, Georgia-Pacific has given more than $2.75 million in cash and educational materials to hundreds of fire departments that serve the company's facility communities across the country.


Elizabethtown hospital adds board member

ELIZABETHTOWN — The University of Vermont Health Network, Elizabethtown Community Hospital has added Evan George to its board of trustees. 

The Elizabethtown Community Hospital is a designated critical access hospital and the primary health care provider serving the 39,000 people who live, work and vacation in Essex County and the surrounding region. 

George, a Hobart College graduate, is the leadership, admissions and program director for Camp Dudley in Westport. Prior to that role, he worked as the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation government relations liaison and then revenue project manager.

"I am delighted to be able to help the hospital continue the important work of preserving access to care and improving the lives of its patients," George said. "We live in such a special place and are fortunate to have outstanding health care providers and facilities in our community."

George also serves as the Boquet Valley Central School head varsity boys's soccer team coach and recently completed a four-year term as Champlain Area Trails board chair. 

"We are pleased to welcome Evan to the Board of Trustees," Elizabethtown Community Hospital Board Chair Dominic Eisinger said. "He not only brings leadership and outreach experience, he also brings a fresh perspective and strong commitment to our community."


Fort Ti VP gets awarded

TICONDEROGA — Fort Ticonderoga's Vice President of Public History Stuart Lilie was recently awarded the Museum Association of New York, or MANY, Individual Achievement Award of Merit for 2020. 

Fort Ticonderoga has welcomed visitors since 1909 and preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain and Carillon Battlefield, as well as the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually. It offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations and exhibits throughout the year. The fort is open for daily visitation May through October. 

Lilie joined Fort Ticonderoga's leadership staff in 2011 and oversees the Public History department, which reaches nearly 70,000 visitors annually through daily programs and events. He has more than 15 years in the museum and historic sites profession and holds a bachelors of arts from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. 

"It’s an honor every day to serve Fort Ticonderoga’s mission through interpretive programs, while proactively planning the delivery of these programs into the future," Lilie said. "The peoples of Fort Ticonderoga’s layered story provide the opportunity and duty as staff to constantly grow our knowledge and skills."


Hannaford scores for workplace equality

SCARBOROUGH, MAINE — Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Maine, was the only grocery retailer in its five-state region to receive a perfect score by the Human Rights Campaign, Corporate Equality Index and be designated a "Best Place to Work for LGBTQ equality." 

Hannaford Supermarkets operates 182 stores in the Northeast with locations in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. The chain employs more than 26,000 associates. 

Human Rights Campaign's 2019 Corporate Equality Index is the national bench-marking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees. This is the eleventh consecutive year that Hannaford received a 100 percent rating on the Corporate Equality Index. Nationally, 571 businesses received the 100 percent rating.

According to the 2020 Corporate Equality Index report, in order for Hannaford to be designated a 'Best Place to Work for LGBTQ equality,' the supermarket demonstrated that it took "concrete steps to ensure greater equity for LGBTQ workers and their families in the form of comprehensive policies, benefits and practices." The report focused on three pillars, including non-discrimination policies across business entities, equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families and supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility.

"At Hannaford, care is at the core of everything we do," Hannaford Vice President of Eastern Operations and Executive Sponsor of Hannaford's Diversity and Inclusion Council Jim Hamilton said.

"We are proud to be recognized by HRC for the ways in which we create and promote safe and welcoming environments that support and celebrate our LGBTQ associates and customers.

We believe in reflecting the communities we serve, and we’re enriched by each other’s differences. Most important, we all feel comfortable when we can bring our whole selves to work each day."


DFCU opens scholarship applications

PLATTSBURGH — Applications are now available for Dannemora Federal Credit Union's Scholarship Program.

Dannemora Federal Credit Union is a community-chartered credit union offering personal financial services to more than 18,000 members. The credit union has over $190 million in assets. Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Clinton, Essex, Franklin or St. Lawrence Counties are eligible for credit union membership.

Dannemora Federal Credit Union’s Scholarship Program has awarded more than $210,000 in scholarships to local students since 1993. The credit union will award $10,000 in scholarships to 10 area students for the 2019-20 academic school year. Each student will be eligible to receive $250 a year for 4 years, for a total of $1,000. Scholarships will be renewed for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of college if the recipient maintains a GPA of 2.50, totaling $1,000 throughout four years.

Applicants must be a student in the senior graduating class of a high school, who is a current member or whose parent/guardian is a member of Dannemora Federal Credit Union. Applicants must also attend an accredited institution of higher education in Fall of 2020

Scholarship applications will be judged based upon the following criteria: scholastic achievements, citizenship, leadership, perseverance, character and resourcefulness. Application and guidelines can be found on the Dannemora Federal Credit Union website,

Applications are also available at any DFCU branch location and are due no later than Wednesday, April 1.

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