Small Biz Saturday

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce will coordinate a localized Small Business Saturday event today.

Founded by American Express in 2010, the Saturday following Black Friday has been reserved for shoppers looking to support local businesses in their communities.

Participating businesses will be offering special discounts and promotions to encourage residents and visitors alike to support "mom and pop" shops.

For a list of participating businesses or to sign a business up, call the chamber at (518) 563-1000 or visit them online at


Prevention Team gets grant

TICONDEROGA — The Substance Abuse Prevention Team of Essex County received a $1,000 grant from the Adirondack Foundation's Evergreen Fund. 

Founded in 1997, Adirondack Foundation is a community organization serving the Adirondack region of northeastern New York. Adirondack Foundation inspires donors, builds partnerships and mobilizes resources to strengthen community through philanthropy.

The Prevention Team has operated for 33 years, providing a range of substance abuse prevention and youth development services within Essex County. For more information, visit the team's Facebook page or

Leaders said the $1,000 grant would support ongoing work within Essex County schools and communities. 

"We greatly appreciate these funds from the Evergreen Fund donors, which we believe acknowledge the critical nature of our efforts addressing substance abuse in the region," Prevention Team Executive Director Doug Terbeek said. 


Land conservancy welcomes new member

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Land Conservancy hired Carolyn Koestner to be its strategic conservation planner. 

The not-for-profit land trust partners with landowners and communities in the Ausable River and Saranac River watersheds to conserve important open spaces, viewsheds, wildlife habitats, water resources and recreational lands that create opportunities for people to enjoy the region’s beauty. The Lake Placid Land Conservancy office is located in Lake Placid and covers the lands in Keene, Wilmington, Jay and Lake Placid. 

Koestner earned a B.A. in Environmental Science from Skidmore College and a Certificate in Geographic Information System, or GIS, from Pace University. She previously served in a variety of conservation and GIS positions, including assessing culverts to identify barriers to wildlife passage, teaching environmental education in NYC, serving as a GIS laboratory assistant and, most recently, working with the Department of Environmental Conservation on source water protection across New York. 

In her new role, Koestner will utilize her GIS and analytical skills to research and evaluate priority areas for conservation in the Ausable and Saranac River watersheds, as well as check the land for conservation features such as wildlife habitat and movement opportunities, water quality protection, recreation, and intact forests. 

"We feel very fortunate to have found someone with Carolyn’s experience and creativity to lead this new project,” Executive Director Kerry Crowningshield said. "She brings a unique perspective to this work that will provide critical insight into future land protection projects the conservancy seeks and completes in the future."


Lake Placid CSD receives grant

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Central School District was awarded the $500 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grant. 

Exxon-Mobil, a worldwide energy provider and chemical manufacturer, provides these grants to schools across the country to support educational programs in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

Jay Strack, owner of Lake Placid-based auto repair shop Central Garage, helped secure the grant funds for Lake Placid Central School District. 

District officials said the funds would be used to support the Science Olympiad and Robotics teams. 


Carlo gets SIA Progress Award

SILVER SPRING, Md. —  North America at BCD International Strategic Alliances Director Maureen Carlo received the Security Industry Association's 2019 Progress Award. 

As the leading trade association for global security solution providers, Security Industry Association has nearly 1,000 member companies that represent thousands of security leaders and experts. 

Carlo, originally from the North Country region, has 15 years of industry experience. Her roles have been with companies such as BCDVideo, Videotec Security, NeuEon, Venture Communications & Security and Wells Communication. She has developed an international reputation as a strategic leader in electronic security and integrated systems and also serves as the Security Industry Association's Women in Security Forum committee chair. Open to all members, that group offers programs and professional development opportunities, as well as networking and career growth events.

The Security Industry Association Progress Award gets presented by the association's Women in Security Forum to celebrate individuals who pave the way for women in the security industry. Carlo said that forum has created a movement that is engaging and influencing the integrated security world through diversity and inclusivity. 

"I am inspired by this and awed by the honor of receiving the 2019 Security Industry Association Progress Award," Carlo said. "When we are dedicated to championing others and recognize values, vulnerability, courage and grit as part of the process, our partnerships and participation grow. 

"The effects are force multipliers in bettering our workforce and advancing the next generation of our converged physical and cyber-security industry." 


CCC and Coryer Staffing team up

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College and Coryer Staffing have partnered to offer the professional micro-credential course Advanced Manufacturing Essential Skills I . 

The State University of New York, or SUNY, system school is home to the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing. CCC offers 21 associate degree programs, seven certificates, multiple non-credit professional credentials and many flexible learning options, including online and evening courses. 

Coryer Staffing, a Plattsburgh-based NYS Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise, connects companies with candidates through staffing, recruiting and workforce development. Its program RAMP engages high school graduates with little work history and sets them on an upward trajectory through structure and guidance, skill development and training and diverse work experiences.

The micro-credential program to be offered via CCC will deliver formal skill development training at no cost to qualified RAMP participants, empowering the cohort to simultaneously continue their education and distinguish themselves as valuable employees in the workforce. Micro-credentials offered through the college are intended to provide opportunities for industry/education connections and partnerships and be a flexible option for students.

Advanced Manufacturing Essential Skills I is the first prerequisite for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Certified Production Technician Credential. The hybrid course will consist of 26 hours online and six hours in the IAM lab at CCC and will have a variety of focuses, like safety fundamentals, mathematics, Lock Out/Tag Out, mechanical fasteners, hand tools, power tools and employability based on criteria set forth by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.

"Offering micro-credentials through Clinton Community College as part of the RAMP program has the capacity to have a dramatic, demographic influence on our community and prove that with structure and support, local high school graduates can reliably and capably fill entry-level positions in a variety of industries," Coryer Staffing CEO and Co-Founder Elizabeth Goerlitz-Coryer said. "The importance of moving forward and progressing upward is central to our philosophy on staffing and career guidance."


Home-care workers get recognized

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Home Services recognized five home-care workers. 

North Country Home Services has been servicing the Adirondack region for over 35 years and is a proud member of the New York State Association of Health Care Providers Inc. During November, National Home Care and Hospice Month, North Country Home Services gives special recognition to caregivers who are outstanding examples of compassion and deliver exceptional, high-quality home-care services to its clients each day. 

This November, Deborah Desrosier, Diane Buckely, Haley Burdash, Russel Lahart and Tracy Moses were honored for their dedication and effort in providing exceptional home care to the people in the community. These caregivers will be included in the New York State Association of Health Care Provider’s Heroes in the Home class of 2019.

Heroes in the Home recognizes and honors caregivers that have provided outstanding home care over the last year and raises public awareness about the importance and value of home care and its workers. 

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