Spotlight on Business: July 13, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDEDThe Garrison Gym Committee Chairperson Anthony Anselmo (from left), Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Project & Farmers Market Coordinator Lily Rasmus, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Matthew Courtright and International Paper Company’s Carolyn Ida pose after a committee planning meeting for the new Ticonderoga Area Young Professionals Network.

Ti Chamber kicks off Young Professionals group

TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is to launch a network here for young professionals. 

The Ticonderoga Area Young Professionals Network's vision includes creating a connection between area young professionals and the community, increasing general knowledge of the area, creating a social outlet and improving the standard of living. 

In coordination with the Area Chamber of Commerce, the new Young Professionals Network is to provide low-stress networking opportunities for young professionals, aged 21 to 45, and offer recreation and volunteer opportunities. 

The group's yearly goals include hosting quarterly networking gatherings, two recreational outings and two volunteer opportunities.  

“Beyond the obvious glory of our natural setting it is important to create a community connection," Chamber Project and Farmers Market Coordinator Lily Rasmus said. "The Chamber is thrilled to continue to facilitate in this new an opportunity for professionals, businesses, and community groups connecting to create long term bonds."

The network's launch event will be Thursday, July 25 at the Ticonderoga Municipal Beach from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Ticonderoga Area Young Professionals Networking is seeking additional committee members to plan for the future and guide ongoing activities. Any Chamber Member who is interested in participating can contact the Chamber Office. 

For more information, visit, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, the Ticonderoga Area Young Professionals Network Facebook page or call 518-585-6619.


Cycle ADKs announces 2019 projects

SARANAC LAKE — Cycle Adirondacks is to support community projects in Ticonderoga, Wilmington and Westport. 

Cycle Adirondacks' mission is to grow and support bicycle tourism in New York’s Adirondack Park and surrounding region. Created in 2015, Cycle Adirondacks began as a week-long road-cycling tour designed to connect people with some of the most spectacular landscape and communities in North America. What resulted is a world-class eco-tourism company that continues to help strengthen the economy of Northern New York.

In partnership with the Adirondack Foundation, Cloudsplitter Foundation and Thule, the philanthropy program CylcleADK Gives will put on the CycleADK's 2019 Ultimate Cycling Vacation with the three communities serving as overnight hosts. That week-long bicycle tour is highlighted by free community entertainment each evening and draws bicyclists to the Adirondacks from across North America and Canada.

Since created in 2017, CycleADK Gives has generated more than $12,000 in funding for community generated projects. Funds from the 2019 ride, beginning Saturday, Aug. 17 and ending Friday, Aug. 23, will support projects in Ticonderoga, Wilmington and Westport. 

Some of those funds will support upgrades and renovations to Ticonderoga’s Bicentennial Park's playground and Wilmington's cycling infrastructure, as well as the production and installation of directional signs as part of the Champlain Area Trails located in Westport.  

“CycleADK events are designed to produce true community connection and there is no better way to make that connection than inviting our guests to contribute directly to something that enhances quality of life in the places they visit during the tour,” CycleADK Marketing and Community Relations Doug Haney said. 

For complete information and to support this summer’s projects, go to


Video store hosts amnesty weekend

PLATTSBURGH — Under One Roof Video Store is offering a "late-fee forgiveness," or amnesty weekend. 

The store at 267 Margaret St., opened in 1990 and is now a source for used DVDs, Blu-rays, video games, electronics, toys and retro-gaming supplies. 

Customers who go to the store with a valid ID from Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14 will be given an opportunity to have any late fees taken off of their account. 

"Everyone deserves a second chance," Owner Becky Leonard said. 


SeaComm awards scholarships

PLATTSBURGH — SeaComm Federal Credit Union awarded $500 scholarships to ten college-bound students. 

The SeaComm Shirley J. Eagles scholarships are awarded each year in memory of long-time SeaComm employee Shirley Eagles, who lost her life in a tragic car accident in 2004. Winners are selected based on a wide variety of criteria including academics, volunteer service, scholastic awards and financial need. 

Area awardees include Seton Catholic School student Neil Yang of Plattsburgh, Stanstead College in the province of Quebec Isabelle Lebrun of Plattsburgh, Franklin Academy's Cole Fountain of Malone, Brushton-Moira Central School's Gage Martin of Brushton.


Keeseville pharmacist honored with award

ALBANY — The Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) honored Plattsburgh's Dan Bosley, RPh, with the Excellence in Innovation Award.

PSSNY has served as the society for the state’s pharmacists for more than 138 years. Its mission is to unite pharmacists for mutual assistance, encouragement, and improvement in order to maintain the standard of pharmacy practice at a high professional and ethical level. 

The Excellence in Innovation Award is a national award coordinated by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, and generously sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories LLC to recognize and honor a qualified pharmacist who has demonstrated significant innovation in their respective practice, method or service directly or indirectly resulting in improved patient care and/or advancement of the profession of pharmacy.

With help from non-profit ADK Action, Bosley opened the “Farmacy” section of his Keeseville Pharmacy in spring 2017 with many local vendors bringing in their products weekly. He orders produce and canned goods during the winter months, with local, regional and state organics as his primary focus.

Dan has worked with two county health departments in promoting the project and started accepting SNAP benefits. He has started cooking classes with a local chef and in Dec. 2018, ADK Action received an innovation grant to work to duplicate the project within Essex County.

“Dan is always available to help with PSSNY initiatives and is willing to share his ideas," PSSNY President Steve Moore said. "Congratulations on a well-deserved award.”


DFCU hosts Shred Fest

PLATTSBURGH — Dannemora Federal Credit Union will host their annual Plattsburgh Shred Fest.

Dannemora Federal Credit Union is a community-chartered credit union offering personal financial services to more than 17,000 members. The credit union has over $180 million in assets. Anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Clinton, Franklin, Essex, or St. Lawrence counties is eligible for DFCU membership.

Their event on Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. is an opportunity for members and non-members to bring up to 10 banker-sized boxes of confidential materials to be shredded.

In exchange for this free service, DFCU requests that you bring non-perishable items to the event to be donated to the local food shelf.

The Shred Fest will take place at the Tom Miller Road Branch at 344 Tom Miller Road in Plattsburgh.

For more information, please visit or call 518-825-0323.