Miner Institute adds board member

CHAZY — The Miner Institute has added Brendan P. Owens, Esq. of Plattsburgh-based law firm Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher and Trombley to its board of trustees. 

The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute calls itself the present-day manifestation of the philosophy and principles once embodied by William Miner on Heart's Delight Farm. Since its 1951 creation, the institute's principal function has been the economic improvement of agricultural operations. Miner Institute conducts integrated, cutting-edge education, research and demonstration programs that optimize the biological and economic relationships among forage-crop production, dairy & equine management and environmental stewardship.

The board of trustees oversees the institute's activities. 

Owens has served on the advisory council for the Miner Institute since 2015. His law focus is on business and corporate law, not-for-profit law, tax law, and trust and estates law. He represents clients in a variety of corporate and not-for-profit transactions, tax and business litigation, estate planning and estate administration/probate. 

"As the Institute continues to grow, Brendan will bring a continuation of legal expertise to the board," Miner Institute Board of Trustees Chair Rod Giltz said, adding that Owens made a great addition to the board. 


Community Bank supports OneWorkSource

PLATTSBURGH — Community Bank N.A. recently presented the North Country Workforce Development Board with a $2,750 donation in support of its services. 

With more than $11 billion in assets, Community Bank System Inc. is among the country's 100 largest financial institutions and operates more than 240 customer facilities across Upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont and Western Massachusetts. In addition to a full range of retail and business banking services, the company offers comprehensive financial planning, insurance and wealth management services. The group has a range of subsidiaries/business units with various offerings, as well. 

The North Country Workforce Development Board works to connect businesses, government, higher education, schools and labor and community organizations to create an innovative workforce. The local board oversees the OneWorkSource Centers in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, as well as the employment center of Hamilton County.

Established under the Workforce Investment Act in the late 1990s, OneWorkSource Centers bring employment and training services to one location, helping job seekers find gainful employment and employers find trained employees. They have been overseen by the Workforce Innovative and Opportunity Act since 2014.

"North Country Workforce Development Board is such a valuable resource to our community," Community Bank N.A. Vice President, Adirondack Regional Banking Manager Kent Backus said. "They’re truly a one-stop shop for job seekers, providing career options, job search help, resume writing and interview training programs. 

We’re proud to support their efforts."


ETS announces Talent of the Year winners

PLATTSBURGH — ETS recently announced Omar Sharaf, Amoy Watson, Holly LaFountain and Sarah Doyle as its 4th Annual Talent of the Year Award winners. 

ETS, a career hub since 1982, specializes in creative staffing solutions in its three divisions: Professional, Industrial and Office/Administrative. The locally-owned MWBE certified staffing and recruiting agency is headquartered in Plattsburgh.

Each Talent of the Year winner was an ETS partner who used the staffing agency to find footing in the workforce. 

Sharaf, an electrical engineer at Imeco Cables America, was the ETS 2020 Talent of the Year winner in the Professional Division.

Watson, a Lakside Container Corporation production associate and trainer, earned the Industrial/Skilled Trades Division talent award.

As the United Way of the Adirondack Region's office coordinator, LaFountain was the 2020 winner in the Administrative Office Division.

Doyle, who found her role as the purchasing and logistics assistant at V. Fraas through ETS, was the Talent of the Year Office Division winner

ETS congratulates all of the Talent of the Year Award winners for being selected to represent the extraordinary talent, dedication and contributions of employees throughout the Champlain Valley. Their inspirational stories highlight the opportunities that staffing provides, as well as the diversity of the individuals employed in every occupation and sector of our economy.  


Rolling Hills names new director

WESTPORT — Rolling Hills Farm has named its former building's manager Robert L. King its director of operations.

In this new role, King will oversee all of Rolling Hill's Westport operations, including the Rolling Hills Farm and the Rolling Hills Estate Winery.

King's promotion follows seven years of service. His accomplishments include building and managing a successful team, restoration and reconstruction of the property, development and integration of procedures and oversight in planning new initiatives, like the Rolling Hills Estate Winery. 

"Based upon his abilities, character and loyalty, combined with Mr. King's commitment to the region, the company nominated him as a Westport Person of the Year candidate in 2018," a Rolling Hill release says. 

"These same characteristics are those which make the entire team eager to see Mr. King's continued growth with the company."


No. Co. Association adds new board members

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack North Country Association recently announced the addition of three new members to its board of directors. 

ADK North Country Association, or ANCA, is an independent nonprofit organization growing the New Economy in northern New York. Using an integrated approach to sustainable economic development and prosperity where economic health, community vitality and ecological stewardship are equally important outcomes, ANCA focuses on creating opportunity for people with diverse backgrounds, experience and education levels.

Adirondack Bank Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer J. Daniel Mohr was one to join ANCA's directors. Mohr, who has more than 20 years of senior-level financial and operational management experience in banking, holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Kevin Richardson, another to join the ANCA board, is co-founder and executive vice president of sales and operations at Agbotic Inc., a venture-backed leader in the Ag Tech sector. Agbotic builds year-round, organic and environmentally restorative "SmartFarms" that utilize robotics with machine learning and artificial intelligence.

The third to recently join the board of directors was Hodgson Russ Attorneys LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s Renewable Energy Practice Noah Shaw. Shaw has over 17 years of experience in law and legal advising with private law firms, as well as state and federal entities. He formerly served as general counsel and board secretary for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He also served as Senior Advisor to the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy during the Obama administration. Shaw attended Brandeis University and received his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

The three new board members join ANCA as the regional economic nonprofit begins implementing its new five-year strategic plan. The plan, which will roll out in February 2020, will support new and existing programs in ANCA’s 14-county service area that advance clean energy adoption and energy savings, expand local food access and markets, provide support and development opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs and advocate for North Country residents, businesses and communities at state and federal levels. 

"ANCA’s strategic plan is ambitious, based on our vision — a New Economy that works for all — and our mission to build prosperity across Northern New York," Executive Director Kate Fish said. "Dan, Kevin and Noah bring a wide range of experience to the ANCA team though their work in the small business, agriculture and clean energy sectors.

Their combined knowledge and experience will help inform our strategies moving forward."


New doctor joins Alice Hyde's Women's Health Center

MALONE — Obstetrician and Gynecologist Daniel Laury, MD., is the newest member of the University of Vermont Health Network Alice Hyde Medical Center's medical staff.

Alice Hyde Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital located in Malone and established in 1913. It has a variety of centers, including the medical center, which provides a 24-hour MD-staffed emergency department, laboratory, a full array of surgical services and a wide range of outpatient services. For over 100 years, Alice Hyde Medical Center has provided high-quality, low-cost health care to the more than 55,000 residents of the North Country and is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors.

Alice Hyde’s Women’s Health Center offers a wide range of gynecological and obstetrics care in Malone. Delivering more than 250 babies every year, the team offers Vaginal Birth After C-Section, as well as routine prenatal care, pregnancy counseling and maternal fetal medicine specialists to care for high-risk patients with hypertension and diabetes.The center’s full range of gynecological care options include routine annual care and breast exams, breast cancer screening, minimally-invasive surgery and laparoscopy, management of menstrual issues, diagnosis and treatment of pelvic pain disorders and age-appropriate counseling services.

Laury joins Stephen Kessler, MD. and Certified Nurse-Midwives Tina Colwell and Megan Gagner in the Alice Hyde’s Women’s Health Center, located at 16 Third Street, Suite C. 

Laury is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at the Western University of Health Sciences, Touro Medical College and the University of New England. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

"I think the most important thing I can do for my patients is to empower them through education and collaborate with them to get the best possible outcome," Laury said. "Patients want expert evaluation and treatment, but they also want to know their provider is going to bring all their skills and knowledge to bear in order to offer them options and help make sure they are a part of their own health care decisions."


Champlain National Bank promotes new senior VP

PLATTSBURGH — Champlain National Bank recently promoted Darlene Mirrer to senior vice president of retail banking. 

Champlain National Bank was founded in 1909 in Essex County and is still locally owned and managed today with ten branches serving the people of the North Country and Adirondacks. In addition to traditional banking products, it has a full offering of mobile banking solutions, commercial loans and mortgages.

Mirrer started with the bank in 2016 as the vice president of the Consumer Loan Department. Before coming to Champlain National Bank, Mirrer spent 30 years working for National Bank of Delaware County, most recently as senior vice president and senior lender. Her banking career has included positions in business development, branch management, commercial and consumer lending, as well as training and compliance.

“Darlene has had many accomplishments since joining the Bank, and is a leader who is very dedicated to our customers and employees,” Champlain National Bank President and CEO Stephen Cacchio said.


Willsboro library gets Philly donation

WILLSBORO — The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects made a donation to the Paine Memorial Free Library in recognition of Willsboro native Karen Blanchard. 

The Paine Memorial Free Library was founded by Augustus G. Paine, Jr. in 1930. It continues to serve the Willlsboro area offering a variety of books, story hour, inter-library loan materials, home delivery, as well as community resources and events. The library is located at 2 Gilliland Lane and is open Monday through Saturday.

Karen, now of the American Institute of Architects, is a 1993 graduate of Willsboro Central School and daughter of Larry and Jocelyne Blanchard of Willsboro. She is an architect in Philadelphia, Pa., where she is principal at SITIO architecture + urbanism. 

The local donation was in recognition of Blanchard's leadership as American Institute of Architect's Philadelphia Chapter president and her commitment on the board of directors for the past five years. 

With the donation, Karen and Librarian Cheryl Blanchard, added a new collection aimed at exploring and inspiring the curiosity of architecture, engineering and construction for children, adolescent and adults. 

"I am delighted to contribute to the library, which played an influential role in my discovery of design and architecture," Karen said.


Club donates hand-made blankets

MALONE — The Crimson Phoenix Club recently donated 10 hand-made fleece blankets and crocheted throws to the Ruth House in Malone. 

Members of the club make the blankets on a regular basis and, in the past, have donated them to Alice Hyde Medical Center and the Alice Center. The Ruth House provides transitional housing and supports to women and children confronting domestic violence, addiction or mental health issues.

Citizen Advocates Community Support Services Supervisor Melissa Rundall presented the donation, alongside club members Danielle Pisani and Sharon Welch, as well as club manager Melinda Jones.


No. Co. Chamber elects 2020 officers

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce recently announced the election of its 2020 officers. 

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is the largest business and economic development organization in northern New York, linking more than 4,000 employers across Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton and northern Warren counties and Akwesasne. 

Its 2020 officers include: 

• Chair: Terry Beyer of Schluter Systems.

• First Vice Chair: Bill Meyers of Casella Waste.

• Second Vice Chair: Victor Podd of Northstar Private Capital.

• Treasurer: Alexandra Barie of CDC Real Estate.

• Past Chair: John Vermette, Spencer ARL.

• President and Secretary: Garry Douglas.

In addition, 2020 Division Chairs were named, including:

• Economic Development: Victor Podd.

• Industrial Council: John Vermette.

• Government Affairs: Alexandra Barie.

• Organizational Development: Bill Meyers.

• Visitors Bureau: Shannon Rulfs Wilkins.

"We thank all of these business and community leaders for their commitment," Chamber President Garry Douglas said. "Together with the rest of the Board, our staff and volunteers, we continue to have a great team ready to do great things."


Lake Placid Institute elects new board members

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Institute recently elected Macie Huwiler and Emily Kilburn Politi to its board of directors. 

The Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanities celebrates the Adirondack region’s rich cultural heritage. The Institute is a platform for world-class artists and thinkers to present their work and share their ideas, while providing residents, visitors and students the opportunity for cultural and intellectual enrichment. Programs include poetry, photography and film competitions for students living or studying in the Adirondack region.

Huwiler comes to the institute with 30 years of sales and not-for-profit executive experience, serving, for the past five years, as the development director for Lake Placid Center for the Arts, where she cultivated corporate sponsorships and individual donors. She has also sat on the board of directors of the American Theater Company and is currently a board member of AdBookOnLine. She was an Account Executive at CNN, where she sold multi-platform deals and tv/digital sponsorships and enjoyed a 14-year career at CBS Television Network, where she moved up the ranks from manager of sales forecasting to account executive of network sales. 

Kilburn Politi's career has been in the field of public administration. In recent years, she has served as citizen participation specialist at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, promoting sustainable outdoor recreation on state land. She has also served as housing trust administrator for the Adirondack Community Housing Trust. Kilburn Politi was recently elected to the North Elba Town Council and is a board member and vice-chair of the Town of North Elba/Village of Lake Placid Joint Review Board. She also sits on the boards of the Housing Assistance Program of Essex County and the Adirondack Housing Development Corporation — a newly-formed organization with a mission to provide affordable housing.

"I am honored to welcome these two ladies to our board," Board Chair Catherine McGraw said. "They bring fresh ideas, enthusiasm and invaluable skills to our organization." 

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