Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Dogs are people too.


As you plan for your parties,
don't forget to account for your canine party-members.

Holiday gatherings that mix the family dog with a larger than normal number of people in the house can lead to all kinds of problems and dangers for man and beast. Dan Rossignol is a local dog trainer and behaviorist who feels duty bound to spread his advice to party givers and partygoers this time of year. According to Rossignol, “When a family dog is used to normally three or four people around the house, stress levels are sure to go up when there are suddenly two or three times that number of people coming over for a holiday celebration.”

When dogs get stressed out they often act out in ways that may not be very healthy. Rossignol says dog owners who throw parties should take steps to keep their dogs and guests safe. “If you’re going to have 5, 10, 20 or more people over, chances are you will be doing some planning for this occasion. An important part of your planning should include deciding what to do with you dog. I recommend sending your dog for an overnight stay at your favorite kennel. It’s the best way to be certain your dog will stay safe and sound,” said Rossignol, who will be offering a free seminar on improving dog behavior this Saturday in Saratoga Springs.

Crowds of noisy, sometimes tipsy, people will often display inappropriate behaviors, and dogs tend to react in one of two ways; with aggression out of fear or aggression out of a territorial pack leader mentality. “Snarls, growls, nips and bites are not at all uncommon in these situations. The key is to keep the dog removed from this atmosphere,” advises Rossignol. Placing your dog in a comfortable crate at a quiet location in your home, away from the party, is another Rossignol suggestion.

If you attend a party at someone else’s home who happens to have a dog loose at the festivities, Rossignol says you should steer clear of that dog as much as possible. “Don’t bend over the dog. Don’t pet, pick up or roughhouse with the pet. Choose another, quieter time after the party if you wish to show your affection for the animal,” said Rossignol.

Can the typical holiday party actually pose a danger to your dog? Rossignol says, “Yes! Parties usually feature food out on display around the home, from the banquet table in the dining room to the candy dishes filled with chocolate kisses, to partially eaten food plates left around. If your dog gets into this food when you’re not watching, especially things such as chicken wing bones or chocolate, it can prove to be disastrous to your dog.”

Rossignol is the owner of Ausdauer Dog Training, LLC, often marketed under the name He provides solutions for most canine problems, including aggression, biting and nipping, with just ONE visit to the dog’s home. He has been often been favorably compared to TV’s Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisperer”, by the capital region media.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Field of Opportunity

WHEATFIELDS is hosting it’s first annual “Support New York” wine dinner on Wednesday, November 19th at 6:30 pm. Paring five courses of local food products with New York wines is a fantastic way to experience local wines. Your newly acquired wine knowledge will certainly impress those at upcoming holiday feasts. This event is a tremendous value at $75.00 per person, which includes tax & gratuity. Reservations only; seats are filling fast - call 518-587-0534. View the menu online at

WHEATFIELDS is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Back by popular demand, in honor of the 1988 opening, a three-course menu is available for $19.88. The commemorative menu offers your choice of first course, entrée & dessert for lunch or dinner, Sunday through Thursday.

Everyone is on the go these days, why not spend more time with friends & family without spending extra money? Let WHEATFIELDS do the cooking. Try the 4 for $44 meals TO-GO. You have your choice of entrée, pasta & sauce. Also included, vegetables & warm bread with herb butter; enough to feed 4! Call ahead, we will bring it out to your car, or ask if you’re in our delivery area.

WHEATFIELDS gift cards are now available on line. An easy, convenient, & tasteful gift is just a few clicks away. What a great way to share the holiday season with friends, family & co-workers.

In keeping with the 20-year history, WHEATFIELDS is proud to announce being a recipient of the 2008 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. 20 Years of great food, outstanding value, excellent service, fine wines & fresh pasta. Visit WHEATFIELDS on line at for menus & events.

WHEATFIELDS Restaurant & Bar is open for lunch & dinner, seven days a week.

“Our passion is your pasta!”

440 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Monday, November 10, 2008

Helping Those with Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York needs you. There are almost 5,200 people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the Adirondack Region. Alzheimer’s disease also touches their caregivers, neighbors and everyone in the community.

To serve all of these people with crucial programs and services, we need you to help us make our May 3, 2009 Memory Walk fund raising event a success. We need volunteers to help us on our organizing committee and corporate support by coordinating a walk team or provide sponsorship. Please contact Sujata Chaudhry at 518-439-2217 ext. 305 or call 1-800-272-3900 to volunteer for a fulfilling and important mission. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

It's Official

Local Insurance Firm, Upstate Priority Insurance Agency, LLC Granted Status of Women-Owned Business Enterprise.

Clifton Park, NY – October, 2008 - Upstate Priority Insurance Agency was recently notified by the State of New York that their application was approved to be certified as a women-owned business. Certification requires a rigorous review of past financial records, an overview of organizational structure, and assessment to prove expertise in a given industry. Now approved, New York State will list Upstate Priority Insurance Agency in the Directory of Certified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises, used by state agencies and contractors statewide. Upstate Priority Insurance Agency is one of only three certified insurance agents throughout Upstate New York.

Certification provides a greater opportunity for participation by Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) in state contracting. Avon Scherff, president of Upstate Priority Insurance Agency, LLC commented “We were very excited to learn that we had been approved as a certified women-owned business. I have been in the insurance industry for more than 20 years, and a business owner for five years. I am looking forward to capitalizing on additional opportunities moving forward.”

About Upstate Priority Insurance Agency, LLC With over 20 years of experience, Upstate Priority Insurance Agency, LLC assists
organizations with insurance needs including employee benefit programs, business insurance products and personal lines. With access to numerous markets, Upstate Priority Insurance Agency, LLC can meet corporate benefit and financial objectives with a focus on customer service and committment to excellence. For more information, visit


Local Insurance Firm, Upstate Priority Insurance Agency, LLC Chosen as Key Guest on Monthly Voices of Success Radio Show

Clifton Park, NY – October, 2008 – Avon Scherff, President of Upstate Priority Insurance Agency, LLC was recently interviewed by Kjelene Bertrand, host and producer of Voices of Success, a one hour show dedicated to serving the backbone of America.
When Kjelene met Avon, she knew that she would be a perfect guest to interview. “This woman (Avon) has secured the respect of many who have done business with her and her agency.”

The first show aired on September 7, 2008, opening with Avon sharing her story, and explaining how Upstate Priority truly embodies respect and integrity from the way employees are treated, to how their customers are served. According to Avon, two of her employees drive more than an hour to get to work everyday. “With the price of gas, and everyone trying to drive less, I am amazed that my employees drive so far to get to the office everyday. They have many choices when it comes to employment, but they choose to work here because they share my dedication to treating every customer like they are our only customer. We all really love what we do.”

The show featuring Upstate Priority aired October 19, 2008. Avon has committed to producing twelve shows throughout 2008-2009. Listen in each month on Talk 1300 AM to hear more about Avon and Upstate Priority, and to gain valuable insight on selecting employee benefit programs, and insurance for your business or personal needs. Archived shows can be found at

About Upstate Priority Insurance Agency, LLC With over 20 years of experience, Upstate Priority Insurance Agency, LLC assists
organizations with insurance needs including employee benefit programs, business insurance products and personal lines. With access to numerous markets, Upstate Priority Insurance Agency, LLC can meet corporate benefit and financial objectives with a focus on customer service and committment to excellence. For more information, visit

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Retail Location in Full Bloom.

Binley's Florist & Garden Center has been busy arranging the appearance of their retail location. Take a look at the pictures and then go see for yourself at 773 Quaker Road in Glens Falls.

Bigger Digs, Same City

Glens Falls Technology Group, LLC, an information technology firm that has rapidly grown to serve more than 300 businesses in Warren, Washington, and northern Saratoga Counties, has moved to a new expanded office location at 40 Dix Avenue, Glens Falls. The 10 year old company, originally called Axis Technology, has been doing business in the City of Glens Falls for the last five years. In 2006 Axis Technology teamed with Converged Access to form Glens Falls Technology Group, LLC.

“We’re very happy to remain in the City of Glens Falls”, said GFTG’s executive partner Alan VanTassel. “When you work with emerging technologies the way we do, it’s nice to operate out of a city that is emerging – from the decay of the past.” VanTassel said Glens Falls Technology Group has benefited from the resurgence of business in Glens Falls. “We like to think we help attract business here by virtue of the information technology services we make available.

Glens Falls Technology Group also serves the technology needs of businesses beyond the city limits of Glens Falls, throughout Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga Counties. “With our commercial customers, it’s not so much about fixing broken computers – we provide maintenance programs to reduce those instances dramatically – but today it’s more about providing access to the types of technology and systems that save business time and money. VanTassel went on to say that one of the most popular information technology advances for local businesses is the ability to establish remote access to the office from the field or from a staff member’s home. “A business can remain productive even when key workers get stuck at home due to illness, school snow days, or other events that might force a worker to completely miss a day of work. They simply log on from their home computer to their office computer and remain productive. When we help clients reduce costs and downtime, we’re seen as business ‘super-heroes’, VanTassel explained.

Glens Falls Technology Group is open for repair drop-offs Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. For their business customers, the GFTG prefers to go on-site to provide technology service. The firm’s phone number remains (518) 798-8800, and the web address is

Sunday, August 24, 2008

An Offer and a Promise

Warren-Hamilton Counties Office for the Aging
Solutions to issues of aging, through services, advice and information.

We are a Government agency dedicated to maintaining seniors’ independence and dignity in our bi-county region. Our services take the form of, actual programming and advice/information that helps seniors, their families, friends, and employers about the confusing issues associated with aging.

Our programs are at little or no cost or are designed to reduce costs and include:
Ø A meal programs for seniors. At our 12 meal sites hot noon meals are available to any resident over 60. Not only do seniors get a balanced meal but often the social aspects nourish the minds of the participants as well. The meals are offered at a suggested contribution of $2.50.
Ø Home Delivered Meals for seniors are available for those who are unable to prepare a meal or are unable to get to the meal sites.
Ø In home services for the elderly (including housekeeping, shopping laundry and personal care) are available on a sliding fee basis. This service has eligibility requirements.
Ø Home energy assistance HEAP
Ø HIICAP-Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program including EPIC

We offer advice and information at no cost on many subjects important to seniors including:
Ø Insurance information, including understanding Medicare, Medicaid and Medgap programs
Ø Helping understanding complex health bills
Ø How nursing homes and other aging programs are paid for and what are the financial choices.
Ø Planning for long term care expenses for individuals looking forward to the senior years ahead
Ø Legal issues effecting seniors
Ø Safety planning and residential repairs for seniors

We like to think that we have answers to the questions that are asked about aging. The list above is hardly complete but we hope it is enough to make those that are burdened with seeking solutions regarding senior issues to give us a call.

Studies have been done regarding how much productivity is lost because of the need for employees to solve problems for their senior relations or friends. We believe we can help to get employees back to work by helping them with answers to these issues. As an employer you might consider us part of your employee assistance plan. Give us a call at 761-6347. We are here to help.

A New VP at Chazen


he Chazen Companies (TCC) proudly announce that Mr. Chris Round has been promoted to the position of Vice President for Planning Services. Mr. Round has more than 20 years experience in providing land use planning and environmental services to local communities and private clients. Chris began his career at TCC in 2004 and since then has managed small and large private land development projects, preparation of Environmental Impact Statements, development of municipal comprehensive plans, and served as town planner to several municipalities. He also provides technical and grant writing support to TCC project teams involved with capital improvement plans, municipal infrastructure plans, and environmental restoration. Chris will also remain the Director of the company’s Glens Falls office.

“I’m pleased to announce Chris’ promotion to VP of Planning Services,” said TCC President Mark Kastner. “Chris is an exceptional planner as well as a great manager of people. He has the ability to see both the broad picture and the important individual details that make complex projects come together. We’re confident our clients and our staff will continue to enjoy working with Chris in his new role.”

The Chazen Companies specialize in environmental planning, water resources, waste management, stormwater, parks and recreation, emergency response planning, hazardous waste management, zoning and subdivision regulations, and economic development. TCC planners lend their expertise to drafting local laws that protect critical areas such as public water supplies, watershed areas, wetlands, scenic areas, historic resources and agricultural lands. They provide environmental compliance assistance with the NYS Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and other laws. They also assist municipalities in obtaining State and Federal grants to fund parks and recreation improvements, housing needs and environmental protection projects.

Prior to joining TCC in 2004, Mr. Round held the position of Executive Director of Community Development for the Town of Queensbury and worked in private consulting. He received his BS in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York at Syracuse and is a registered member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Mr. Round resides in Queensbury with his wife and two children.
For more than 60 years, The Chazen Companies have been providing professional services to a wide variety of municipal and private development clients throughout the Northeast. The firm’s engineers, landscape architects, surveyors, planners and environmental scientists serve clients from five offices—Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, Troy, and Glens Falls, New York, as well as Waterford, Connecticut.

Eight Thousand Ways to Help


CDPHP® President and CEO John D. Bennett, MD, recently presented a check for $7,479 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region. The health plan’s employees, vendors, and local retailers helped raise the funds at its seventh annual Hurricane Classic Golf Tournament, held at the Western Turnpike Golf Course. About 200 CDPHP employees, their family members, and vendors played in the tournament.

“CDPHP has nearly 25 years of commitment to the communities we serve,” said John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO, CDPHP. “The Ronald McDonald House has long been recognized for providing a home for families of seriously ill children. We are honored to support such a community treasure.”

Local organizations that supported the CDPHP tournament include: A-1 Installers; AdvizeX; American Solutions For Business; Canteen Vendors; Caremark®; ComDoc; Computer Associates; Eurest Dining; Evenson Best; Golf Galaxy; Healthcare Technology Management Services (HTMS); Hewlett Packard; IBM; JCB Specialties, Inc.; JP Morgan Chase; Legacy Consulting; Manion Construction; McDonald’s®; Pitney Bowes; Price Chopper; PriceWaterhouseCoopers; Robert Half International; SAF Consulting and Print Services; Sungard Workflow Solutions; TriZetto; and Western Turnpike Golf Course.

“We are truly grateful to CDPHP for their continued support, generosity, and dedication to our mission,” said Jeff Yule, executive director, Ronald McDonald House. “They have been with us through thick and thin, and we consider them one of our most dedicated partners.”

About CDPHP®
Founded and guided by physicians, CDPHP and its affiliates currently serve members in 29 counties throughout New York state and seven counties in Vermont. The four affiliated companies of CDPHP include a family of products: Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc.—HMO, Healthy New York, Medicare Choice, Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and Family Health Plus. CDPHP Universal Benefits,® Inc. —PPO, High Deductible PPO, POS, and EPO. Capital District Physicians' Healthcare Network, Inc. —self-insured plans; and APA Partners, Inc. —third party administration (TPA). Visit CDPHP at

Channeling a Legacy


The Chazen Companies (TCC) proudly announce that a Landscape Designer in their Troy office, Kelvin Webster, will attempt to swim across the English Channel this coming September in memory of his grandfather. Since 2003, Kelvin, a former high school swimmer and current member of the Adirondack Bluefins Master’s Program in Troy, has been vigorously training for the opportunity of a lifetime. To date just over 1,000 people have accomplished this feat, compared to the 2,400 that have climbed Mr. Everest.

Kelvin was born in Birmingham, England where he lived till the age of 9. After nearly drowning at 2 years old, Kelvin’s parents quickly involved him in swimming lessons to remove any fear of the water. Since then, the 28 year old has spent much of his life competing at different levels of swimming and is currently training 6 days a week for the September 20th Channel swim. Swimming nearly 40,000 meters per week (or just under 25 miles), Kelvin remains dedicated to accomplishing this extraordinary goal.

In addition to his rigorous training schedule, Kelvin has maintained his full-time position with TCC for nearly two years as a Landscape Designer. With TCC’s full support, Kelvin has been encouraged in his pursuit of accomplishing this swim. “I believe I speak for the masses in saying we feel fortunate to call him a member of our team,” said TCC Director of Landscape Architecture Andy Rymph. “Kelvin’s strong will and conviction are valuable traits that we all should admire and strive for.”

TCC is pleased to be one of Kelvin’s sponsors, as participating in this event is costly. Kelvin is raising funds not only to cover the cost of this venture, but also to benefit the New England Hearing Rehabilitation Center (NECHEAR). NECHEAR provides financial assistance to children in need of audiological services who cannot afford them. Additional information regarding this charity as well as Kelvin’s English Channel swim can be found at

Helping staff create a balance in their professional and personal objectives is a hallmark of The Chazen Companies. For more than 60 years, TCC has provided professional services to a wide variety of municipal and private development clients throughout the Northeast. The firm’s engineers, landscape architects, surveyors, planners and environmental scientists serve clients from five offices—Troy, Glens Falls, Poughkeepsie and Newburgh, New York, as well as Waterford, Connecticut.

Chazen a Better Design

Sustainable Design Inventory in the Hudson Valley

The Chazen Companies, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program, is inviting architects, engineers, and others to showcase examples of completed Better Site Design (BSD) and Low Impact Development (LID) stormwater management tools that reduce flooding, conserve open space, and preserve water quality in the Hudson River Estuary watershed. Some examples include infiltration basins, rain gardens, wet ponds, porous pavement, and vegetated swales. Accepted work examples will be used in a guidance manual and an interactive website to help promote their use throughout the Hudson River Estuary.

“We’re really excited about Better Site Design and Low Impact Development approaches, and want to showcase model examples,” said Fran Dunwell, director of the Hudson River Estuary Program. “By pointing to completed examples, and giving credit to firms already using these techniques, we hope to see them used more widely in the future to protect water resources and the Hudson River Estuary.”

An on-line entry form has been established so firms working in the Hudson River Estuary can submit photos and written descriptions of completed projects throughout the Hudson River Estuary watershed. Only submissions matching practices described in the New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual and the NYS Better Site Design manual are being sought. The Estuary Program has hired the Chazen Companies to coordinate this inventory and review each submittal. All submittals should be registered on-line before September 25, 2008 on The Chazen Companies’ website at

The Hudson River Estuary Program is a regional partnership seeking to conserve the river’s natural resources, promote their full public use and enjoyment, and address pollution that affects use and enjoyment of the river. The complexity of the issues surrounding conservation of the Hudson River ecosystem requires a multi-disciplinary approach, engaging a broad representation from local government, nonprofits, environmental and conservation organizations, academia, and businesses.

The Chazen Companies provide professional engineering, environmental, and site design services throughout the Northeast. The firm’s engineers and landscape architects help developers and municipalities select LEED certifiable and other sustainable practices. Engineer David Poulson P.E., active on Chazen’s Sustainable Project Team, said “Clients and architects expect these approaches, and today they make sense financially, technically, and for the environment.” The firm also provides professional services in environmental, land surveying, and planning disciplines.

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Recognize an Outstanding Woman

Recognizing Outstanding Women in the Community


The Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York are seeking nominations for the 2008 Women of Distinction Awards for the North Country. The awards will be presented on November 14, 2008 at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid and recognize outstanding women from Clinton, Franklin, Essex, northern Hamilton and eastern St. Lawrence Counties who are role models for girls and other women; and have made a difference in their communities.

This year’s awards will recognize women for a variety of accomplishments from career and personal achievements to outstanding community service; and dedication to family and the people around them. In addition, an award will be presented to an outstanding young woman (aged 21or younger) who has made a significant impact in her community.

The award categories include:
Distinguished Junior Trailblazer (age 35 and under)
This category honors a woman who has a proven record of accomplishment of reaching ambitious or unconventional goals demonstrated by upward career mobility, steady growth, and leadership skills. She is willing to take risks, inspires, and motivates others.

Distinguished Trailblazer (age 36 and over)
This category honors a woman who has Imagined the Possibilities in her chosen field, broken glass ceilings, overcame and excelled under extreme challenges; and demonstrated perseverance. She has been in her chosen field for more than 5 years and has demonstrated steady growth, exhibited leadership, and fostered development of others.

Distinguished Leader of Tomorrow (age 21 and under)
This award is presented to a young woman who has demonstrated outstanding leadership ability and has contributed to her school and community outside of Girl Scouting. She has spearheaded a project or program to improve quality of life.

Distinguished Personal Achievement (non-professional, 22 years or age and over)
This category honors a woman who is a risk taker in the non-traditional way. She has achieved an unconventional or ambitious goal. She is persistent in her efforts; remains focused, and accepts challenges with confidence. This achievement is outside the realm of volunteer activities or career endeavors.

Distinguished Community Leader (age 22 and over)
This award is given to a woman who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to her community. She is a role model, community leader, mentor, or has broken new ground. She is an agent for change in a particular area who has made a measurable difference to those around her.

To request a nomination form, contact Pam Stott at Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York at 518.792.0247 extension 215, or email Pam at, Nomination forms are also available for download at, or may be picked-up at the GSNENY Service Center, 323 Tom Mill Road, Plattsburgh, NY.

Pam Stott
Events Coordinator
518.792.0947 extension 215
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
Girl Scouts ayuda a las niñas a desarrollar la confianza en sí mismas, el valor y los principios para hacer del mundo un mejor lugar.

Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Inc., 8 Mountain View Avenue, Albany, NY 12205, (518)489-8110 fax (518)489-8065,

Monday, July 28, 2008

Innovation and Nanatechnology Coming to Town!

John E. Kelly III, IBM Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research, to speak on Innovation and Nanotechnology at EDC/Warren County Luncheon on Friday, September 5, 2008 at Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury

IBM's top global research executive will speak in Warren County on Friday, September 5, 2008, on the explosion of high-tech research and development in New York State. Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM's senior vice president and director of research, last week announced an investment of $1.5 billion in the company's research operations at the College of Nanoscale Science and
Engineering at the University of Albany and two other upstate locations. The investments are expected to create at least 1,000 new jobs.

Kelly will be the guest speaker for the Warren County Economic Development Corporation's Emerging Business Trends luncheon. The event, to be held from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury, is open to members of the public, with advance paid reservations.

"We are thrilled to be able to bring IBM's senior-most research executive to Warren County," said EDC President Leonard Fosbrook. "This event, coming on the heels of IBM's announcement of its historic investment in Tech Valley and Upstate New York, creates a don't-miss opportunity for local business leaders and elected officials to hear first-hand about the high-tech revolution taking place less than 50 miles away and how it will benefit our region."

Dr. Kelly directs the worldwide operations of IBM Research, with more than 3,000 technical employees at eight laboratories in six countries around the world, and helps guide IBM's overall technical strategy. Dr. Kelly's top priority as head of IBM Research is to stimulate innovation in key areas and quickly bring those innovations into the marketplace to sustain and grow IBM's existing business, and to create the new businesses of IBM's future. Dr. Kelly also leads IBM's worldwide intellectual property business as well as the company's open source and open standards strategies and practices.

Major corporate sponsors for the event are Behan Communications Inc., Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Company, and Lemery Greisler LLC. Co-sponsors are The Post Star and the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce. The cost for the luncheon is $25 per person, or $200 for a table of ten. More information, including a reservation form, is available at EDC's Web site,, or by calling EDC at 761-6007 ext. 300.

About EDC: EDC is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of residents in Warren County by helping businesses and industry grow, prosper, and create quality employment opportunities. The
organization, which is governed by an independent board of directors, is supported by more than 100 private-sector businesses and community organizations. EDC administers Warren County's Empire Zone program, and assists local companies seeking regulatory, financial, and technical assistance from local, state, and federal agencies.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

ACC to Offer Advanced Bookkeeping Applications

Adirondack Community College's Business Division will offer
Advanced Bookkeeping Applications (BUS 231) this fall, a new course
designed to assist those in the accounting industry to become Certified
Successful completion of this course, in addition to two years
of work experience and other requirements, may be used to prepare for
the National Certification Bookkeeper's (NCB) examination. Those who
pass the exam will receive the designation of Certified Bookkeeper (CB).

This course covers the six key subject areas in the field of
bookkeeping: adjusting entries; error correction; payroll; depreciation; merchandise inventory; and internal controls and fraud prevention. The subject matter covered within this course will build on the accounting foundations established in ACC's Financial Accounting and Management

Accounting classes and enable an individual to handle the technical
responsibilities of a chief bookkeeper for a small to middle sized

According to the Department of Labor, demand for bookkeepers is
expected to increase as more bookkeepers are called upon to do much of
the work of accountants. The department's Occupational Outlook Handbook
indicates those with several years of accounting or bookkeeping
certification will have the best prospects.

By becoming Certified Bookkeepers, students can advance their
careers and earn more money, enhance their professional image, and
increase their value to current and future employees or clients.

To qualify for enrollment, students must meet applicable
coursework prerequisites OR demonstrate applicable work experience. To
review prerequisite requirements, please call the ACC Registrar's Office
at 743-2280.

For more information about this course, please call Nick Buttino
at 743-2200, ext. 2649; Mary LaPann at 743-2200, ext. 2297; or Matthew
Muller at 743-2200, ext. 2201.

ACC Criminal Justice Student Receives NYSSA Scholarship

Danielle Charbonneau of Saratoga Springs, a graduate of
Adirondack Community College's criminal justice program, has been
awarded a $500 scholarship by the New York State Sheriffs' Association.

This scholarship is given by the Sheriffs' Association to an
outstanding criminal justice graduate at ACC. The presentation was made
recently by Warren County Sheriff Bud York.

"Danielle is a committed student and a role model for other
students who are interested in a career in the field of criminal
justice," said Peter Girard, professor of criminal justice at ACC. "She
developed an impressive resume while at ACC and we wish her good luck in
her future studies."

Danielle graduated from ACC in May with a degree in criminal
justice/police science. She will continue her education in the fall at
John Jay College in New York City, one of the premiere criminal justice
schools in the country.

"Many of our students carry a full course load, work part time
and have various outside commitments," Girard said. "This award
demonstrates that, in spite of these challenges, our students can meet
and exceed the high academic standards that ACC expects from its

While attending ACC, Danielle maintained a high grade point
average, was president of the Criminal Justice Club, participated in a
year-long mentoring program with the Washington County Youth Bureau,
worked part-time in the private security field in several different jobs
and was involved in many other criminal justice-related activities.

ACC's criminal justice degree program allows students the option
of focusing their studies in either police science or substance abuse
Approximately 200 students are enrolled in this program at ACC.

ACC is also offering graduating criminal justice students an
opportunity to earn a four-year criminal justice degree through SUNY
Plattsburgh at the ACC campus.

Brian M. Durant Appointed Dean for Student Affairs at ACC

Brian M. Durant of Saratoga Springs has been appointed dean
for student affairs at Adirondack Community College in Queensbury.

Durant had served as instructor of counseling at ACC since 2006
and had previously served as senior career specialist in the Office of
Academic Advisement and Career Planning at the Sage College of Albany
and as a counselor at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson.

He earned a master's degree in education in counseling from The
College of Saint Rose and a bachelor's degree in political science from
SUNY Plattsburgh.

Durant's new duties will include overseeing the college's
counseling, academic advising and career counseling efforts, as well as
student life and orientation programs and commencement ceremony

ACC Culinary Arts Student Awarded Scholarship

Vivian Brammer of Hadley, a freshman culinary arts student at Adirondack Community College, has been awarded a scholarship from the Cooperative Association of Food Enterprises (CAFÉ) Workers Compensation Trust and First Cardinal LLC, the first ACC student to receive such an honor.

Vivian returns to ACC in the fall to pursue an associate degree in culinary arts and baking. She currently works two jobs, at Prime at Saratoga National in Saratoga Springs and Saratoga Rose in Hadley.

"Vivian was selected for this award because of her strong professional ethics, her outstanding grade point average and her commitment to working in the food service industry while attending ACC," said Chef William Steele, director of ACC's Culinary Arts program.

Vivian plans to graduate ACC next spring and pursue a four-year degree at either Paul Smiths College or Johnson and Wales University in Boston.

The CAFÉ Trust, the largest self-funded restaurant trust fund in New York State, was formed for the specific purpose of providing statutory workers'
compensation and employers' liability coverage.

First Cardinal Corporation, based in Latham, administers the CAFÉ program and provides full marketing, risk management, claims administration, finance and underwriting services.

To qualify for the scholarship, an applicant must maintain a GPA of at least 2.75 and be employed in the food service industry that provides table service while taking classes at ACC. In addition, an applicant must volunteer for two community scholarship fund raisers for the American Culinary Federation's local chapter or for two events that would benefit First Cardinal.

"Lean Six Sigma"

ACC Center to Offer "Lean Six Sigma" Process Improvement Program for
Fall 2008

Adirondack Community College's Center for Personal and
Professional Development will offer "Lean Six Sigma," an intensive and
comprehensive process improvement program designed to benefit both
service sector and manufacturing companies, for the Fall 2008 semester.

An informational session covering the Lean Six Sigma program
will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4., at 7 p.m. on the ACC campus.

The program consists of three courses - White Belt
Certification, Green Belt Certification, and Black Belt Certification -
designed to introduce and engage participants in the elements of Lean
and Six Sigma processes.

Companies and organizations that integrate these principles into
their process improvement programs have realized substantial savings in
terms of design, production, inventory and customer service costs.

Lean is a process designed to bring about rapid, dramatic
improvements in the performance of an organization through a
simplification of the value stream.

Six Sigma is a business-driven, multi-faceted approach to process
improvement, cost reduction, and increased profits.

"This program was offered at Monroe Community College in Rochester last fall, and the 46 companies which participated in the program saved over $14 million from the projects lead by Lean Six Sigma candidates," said Louis H. Buck, ACC's dean for personal and professional development. "We are confident this program can have a similar impact on companies and organizations in the greater Glens Falls area."

The White Belt Certification program is a 20-hour introductory
course designed to cover the basics of the Lean Six Sigma philosophy
and concepts. Classes are taught with small group interaction and
hands-on exercises. This program is directed at anyone interested in
learning the basic concepts and principles of Lean Six Sigma.

The Green Belt Certification program will teach participants how
to implement the features of both Lean and Six Sigma to help secure the
long-term competitive advantage of their respective companies and
organizations. This program consists of two weeks of classroom training
and follow-up projects involving the real-world application of newly
acquired skills and knowledge.

The Black Belt Certification program consists of four weeks of
classroom training and is designed for those who have developed a high
proficiency in Lean and Six Sigma philosophies, concepts and tools;
understand how the methodologies augment each other; and who are leaders
and change agents for their respective companies and organizations.

The program is taught by Transformation Partners Co., LLC. Anwar
El-Homsi, president of Transformation Partners, will be on hand at the
September 4 information session to answer questions about the program.

For more information on the Lean Six Sigma program, or to RSVP
for the information session, please call the ACC Center at 743-2238.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Arrow Reports a Significant Increase in Earnings and Strong Asset Quality Ratios

Arrow Financial Corporation (NasdaqGS® – AROW) announced operating results for the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2008. Net income for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008 was $5.4 million, representing diluted earnings per share of $.51, up $.12 or 30.8% from $.39 per share amount earned in the second quarter of 2007, when net income was $4.2 million. For the first six months of 2008, net income of $10.4 million increased 25% from the $8.3 million earned for 2007. Diluted earnings per share equaled $.98 for the first six months of 2008, up from $.77 per share earned during the comparative period in 2007.

Thomas L. Hoy, Chairman, President and CEO stated, “We are pleased to report a significant increase in earnings while asset and credit quality ratios remain strong. The favorable quarterly and six month earnings performances were primarily attributable to significant increases in net interest income as a result of a wider net interest margin and growth in average earning assets.

Average earning assets were $1.548 billion in the second quarter of 2008 versus $1.469 billion for the same quarter last year, an increase of 5.4%. Net interest income was favorably impacted by a rising net interest margin, which increased 60 basis points to 3.92% for the second quarter of 2008 versus the 2007 comparative period and increased 36 basis points as compared to the margin of 3.56% for the first quarter of 2008. Lower funding costs and a more positively sloped yield curve, a result of Federal Reserve Bank actions to lower the targeted federal funds rate 325 basis points since the beginning of September 2007, were principally responsible for the expansion in net interest margin. In essence, the volume of our interest-bearing liabilities that repriced to lower rates during the quarter significantly exceeded the volume of our earning assets that repriced to lower yields.

As we previously reported, Visa successfully completed an initial public offering (IPO) during the first quarter of 2008 which included a mandatory partial redemption of our holdings in Visa shares. This transaction resulted in a positive impact on our net income of $637 thousand after-tax, or $.06 diluted earnings per share, both in the first quarter of 2008 and for the six-month 2008 period.

Total assets at June 30, 2008 reached a record high of $1.631 billion, up $89.0 million, or 5.8%, over the June 30, 2007 balance of $1.542 billion. Loan balances outstanding reached a record level of $1.063 billion at June 30, 2008, representing an increase of $45.0 million, or 4.4%, from the balance at June 30, 2007. In addition, deposit balances at June 30, 2008 reached a record $1.249 billion, representing an increase of $43.9 million, or 3.6%, from the June 30, 2007 level of $1.205 billion.

In the first half of 2008, the deterioration of the residential real estate market nationally, and of so-called subprime mortgage loan portfolios, continued to have a negative impact on many financial institutions and indirectly on the national and world economies. We have not engaged in the origination of subprime mortgage loans or in subprime lending as a business line, nor do we hold mortgage-backed securities backed by subprime mortgages in our investment portfolio.
Asset quality remained high at quarter-end 2008, with nonperforming loans of $2.5 million, which represented .24% of period-end loans, down from .29% at the end of the first quarter. Gross loan charge-offs in the second quarter of 2008 were fully offset by recoveries, due to an unexpected recovery from our former Vermont operations. Expressed as an annualized percentage of average loans outstanding, net loans charged-off for the six months ended June 30, 2008 were a very low .04%. Arrow’s allowance for loan losses amounted to $12.7 million at June 30, 2008, which represented 1.20% of loans outstanding, an increase from 1.19% as of December 31, 2007.

Many of our operating ratios in recent periods have been well above those of our peer group, consisting of all U.S. bank holding companies having $1.0 to $3.0 billion in assets as identified in the Federal Reserve Bank’s ‘Bank Holding Company Performance Report.’ Most notably, our return on average equity (ROE) for the quarter ended March 31, 2008 was 16.07% as compared to 8.59% for our peer group. Our ROE for the second quarter of 2008 increased to 17.33%. Our loan quality ratios also compare very favorably to our peer group. At the end of the 2008 second quarter our ratio of nonperforming loans to period-end loans was .24% which compares to a ratio of 1.37% for our peer group as of March 31, 2008. The Company has maintained a higher total risk-based capital ratio than the average for our peer group. Arrow and our subsidiary banks continue to be “well-capitalized” under the standards established by the FDIC Improvement Act.

As of June 30, 2008, assets under trust administration and investment management were $897.7 million, a decrease of $63.6 million, or 6.6%, from June 30, 2007. This decrease was the result of a general decline in the equity markets, which also led to a 1.6% decrease in fee income from fiduciary activities for the second quarter of 2008 compared to the second quarter of 2007. Included in assets under trust administration and investment management are our proprietary mutual funds, the North Country Funds, advised exclusively by our subsidiary, North Country Investment Advisers, Inc., with a combined balance of $203 million at June 30, 2008.

Arrow was recently added to the Russell 2000® Index. Membership in the Russell 2000 is based on membership in the Broad-Market Russell 3000® Index, which also serves as the U.S. component to the Russell Global Index which was launched last year. Russell indexes are widely used by investment managers and institutional investors for index funds and as benchmarks for both passive and active investment strategies. Membership in the Russell Indexes, which are reconstituted annually in June, is determined based on the company’s market capitalization.

On July 1, 2008 we acquired the key operating assets, two employees and the trade name from U.S. Benefits, Inc., a provider of administrative and record keeping services for more complex retirement plans. This acquisition will allow us to offer enhanced and broadened services to retirement plan clients and will complement the fiduciary services currently offered by the Company through its trust administrative and investment management activities. The acquisition reflects the Company’s intent to develop new sources of service-based revenues and to provide an expanded menu of services to our customers.

Arrow Financial Corporation is a multi-bank holding company headquartered in Glens Falls, NY serving the financial needs of northeastern New York. Arrow is the parent of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company and Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company. Other subsidiaries include North Country Investment Advisers, Inc. and Capital Financial Group, Inc., an insurance agency specializing in the sale and servicing of group health plans.

The information contained in this News Release may contain statements that are not historical in nature but rather are based on management’s beliefs, assumptions, expectations, estimates and projections about the future. These statements may be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, involving a degree of uncertainty and attendant risk. In the case of all forward-looking statements, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what the statements predict or forecast, explicitly or by implication. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update these forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. This News Release should be read in conjunction with the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Cast a vote

Voices of the Heart Inc. Announces Nominations are being accepted for the 2008
“The Phillip H. Robert Humanitarian Award”

Voices of the Heart Inc. a NYS Office of Mental Health Peer Advocacy Agency is now accepting Nominations for “The Phillip H. Robert Humanitarian Award” from Individuals and Community Organizations and Groups.

The Purpose of this Award is to recognize any individual or group who best reflects the human qualities of our former colleague, peer and friend Phillip H. Robert. The qualities which the nominee must show is an unselfish concern in working and helping to improve the lives, development and wellbeing of individuals within their local or greater communities. Their contribution/s should parallel the mission of Voices of the Heart; which is to help people achieve autonomy, self-empowerment, respect and skills to exercise their rights and responsibilities of full citizenship.

Voices of the Heart Inc. is a not-for-profit support and advocacy organization exclusively formed by, operated by and concerned with people who have utilized/or need mental health services and supports. Voices of the Heart Inc. is funded by the NYS Office of Mental Health, NENY Regional Food Bank and private donations.

Award Criteria:
The nominee will have provided significant contribution, benefiting the lives of individuals or groups of individuals in ones community, or greater community. The nominee’s humanitarian service will have shown proven specific impact and results in improving the welfare/lives of other people or groups of people. The nominee’s service and work will have demonstrated unselfish commitment in caring and seeking to improve the lives of other people. The nominee’s work will show demonstrated commitment and proven action to the field of advocacy and his/her/their service and contribution/s will support the goal of self-empowerment for those served individuals and communities.

Award Eligibility:
The nominee’s actions must be marked by humanistic values and dedication to human
welfare. All Nominations may be accompanied by separate letters of support along with relevant documentation by the individual/group that is making a specific nomination.

Judging and Presentation:
All Nominations must be received at Voices of the Heart’s Inc. Administrative Office (contact information listed below) no later than Monday, August 18, 2008. The Award Committee will annually establish its review procedures. The Committee will present its recommendation to the Board of Voices of the Heart Inc., who will then make its final decision and will present the Award on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at its Annual Thanksgiving Volunteer Recognition Dinner.

To make and send you’re Nomination or for further information and/or questions please contact Voices of the Heart Inc. using the following

Voices of the Heart Inc.
C/O John D. Sullivan, Executive Director
Phillip H. Robert Humanitarian Award Committee
3043 State Rte. 4,
Suite #2
Hudson Falls, New York 12839

Phone: (518) 747-8404 ext. # 241


Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc. (CDPHP®) today announced the election of Peter T. Burkart, MD, to serve as the chairman of its board of directors effective July 1. He replaces John D. Bennett, MD, FACC, who will step down as chairman and board member to become president and CEO, effective the same date. Current board of trustee member Gennaro A. Daniels, MD, was elected to the vice chairman post.

Additionally, Anthony J.Marinello, MD, has been elected to serve a four-year term on the board of directors. Dr. Marinello is president of CapitalCare Medical Group, LLC. He is board certified in family practice and has served on the CDPHP Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Nominating Committee.

About CDPHP®
Founded and guided by physicians, CDPHP and its affiliates currently serve members in 29 counties throughout New York state and seven counties in Vermont. The four affiliated companies of CDPHP include a family of products: Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc.—HMO, Healthy New York, Medicare Choice, Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and Family Health Plus. CDPHP Universal Benefits, ® Inc.—PPO, High Deductible PPO, POS, and EPO. Capital District Physicians' Healthcare Network, Inc. —self-insured plans; and APA Partners, Inc. —third party administration (TPA). Visit CDPHP at

Grand Opening of Johnny Rockets in Queensbury

Johnny Rockets employees are busy putting the finishing touches on the restaurant, mastering the menu, and preparing to deliver the magic of the unique Johnny Rockets "experience". The restaurant’s much anticipated grand opening and media preview will be held on June 17th beginning at 11:30am. However, the buzz has already begun! The first 50 customers through the door at Johnny Rockets will have the chance to win free hamburgers for a year. In addition, Glens Falls radio station WCKM 98.5FM will broadcast live from the event.

“We are thrilled to see Johnny Rockets open at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark,” said Don McCoy, President of The Great Escape Properties. “The good old-fashioned Johnny Rockets theme will appeal to the local community and to guests of The Great Escape Properties. The family – friendly atmosphere and classic all – American food is sure to be a hit.”

The North Country’s first Johnny Rockets restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the general public and to guests of the Great Escape Properties. “The decision to add Johnny Rockets was simple,” said Jim Evans, the new Senior Foods Manager of Johnny Rockets. “The Johnny Rockets restaurant combined with the hotel and theme park offerings creates a unique setup and great added value for guests,” said Jim Evans, the new Senior Foods Manager of Johnny Rockets. Once you try the Johnny Rockets experience, you won't be able to stay away.”

Over the last several months, construction crews have worked diligently to transform the former Trapper’s Adirondack Grille to meet Johnny Rockets’ specifications. The interior of the restaurant has been completely remodeled, upgraded, and re-themed to reflect the Johnny Rockets décor. And, in recent weeks, Johnny Rockets has actually more than tripled the workforce formerly employed at Trapper’s. Over 100 people have been hired and many of the former team members from Trappers will now be employed by the new Johnny Rockets restaurant.

Johnny Rockets, based in Lake Forest, California, has received numerous acknowledgements from customers in cities across the United States, including “Best Hamburger” on Los Angeles’ Citysearch Website, “Best Fries” in Atlanta, “Best Family Friendly Restaurant” in San Francisco and “Best Hamburger” by FOX Miami. The company prides itself on providing a simple, fresh menu and providing prompt, friendly service in a clean environment.

The Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark is conveniently located directly across the street from The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom and provides 200 family friendly suites. Packages begin at $185 based on four person occupancy. Prices include an overnight stay at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and admission to the White Water Bay indoor waterpark during length of stay. Offer is based on availability. Other packages are available and do include tickets to The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom. For details, visit or call 888-708-2684.

Guests can enjoy Wiggles World, the Mega Wedgie, and all of The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom’s exciting new attractions and amenities by purchasing a 2008 Season Pass to The Great Escape for only $69.99 (plus tax). This is the lowest price of the season but this offer expires June 15. Season passes are still available for purchase online at and are also available at participating Price Chopper locations.

About Six Flags, Inc:
Six Flags, Inc. is the world's largest regional theme park company with 21 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. Founded in 1961, Six Flags has provided world class entertainment for millions of families with cutting edge, record-shattering roller coasters and appointment programming with events like the popular Thursday and Sunday Night Concert Series. Now 47 years strong, Six Flags is recognized as the preeminent thrill innovator while reaching to all demographics – families, teens, tweens and thrill seekers alike – with themed attractions based on the Looney Tunes characters, the Justice League of America, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, The Wiggles and Thomas the Tank Engine. Six Flags, Inc. is a publicly-traded corporation (NYSE:SIX) headquartered in New York City.

About Johnny Rockets:
For more than 21 years, Johnny Rockets has offered the food, fun and friendliness reminiscent of feel-good Americana. Every Johnny Rockets restaurant offers its guests simple, great-tasting food from a menu of all-American favorites, including juicy hamburgers and hand-dipped shakes and malts. Johnny Rockets is currently franchising new restaurants in most markets.

Johnny Rockets is headquartered in Lake Forest, Calif. To learn more about Johnny Rockets, visit


Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc. (CDPHPâ) today announced the appointment of Kirk R. Panneton, MD, FACP, to medical director. Board certified in both internal medicine and geriatrics, Panneton’s focus at CDPHP will parallel his own professional ideals that medical care should focus on disease prevention and improving the quality of life.

“We are delighted to have Kirk join our medical affairs division,” said William J. Cromie, MD, MBA, president and CEO, CDPHP. “Kirk brings extensive knowledge working with the elderly population, and deeply shares the CDPHP mission of promoting health and wellness in the community.”

Most recently, Dr. Panneton served as chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs at St. Clare’s Hospital, Schenectady. Prior to his tenure with St. Clare’s Hospital, Panneton served as medical director for a number of organizations including Glen Eddy, Kingsway Manor, Baptist Health Family Medical Care, Inc., Evercare, The Eddy, Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center, and Eddy Heritage House Nursing Center. He also was in private practice for nearly 20 years.

Dr. Panneton earned a bachelor’s of science degree in history and science from Harvard University, a medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, and completed his residency at Albany Medical Center.

Dr. Panneton currently serves on the Schenectady County Long Term Care Services Advisory Council, the Schenectady County Office of the Aging Advisory Council, and the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities. He is a member with the American College of Physicians, American Society of Internal Medicine, the New York State Medical Society, and the Schenectady County Medical Society.

Dr Panneton joins a team of dedicated medical directors at CDPHP led by Bruce Nash, MD, MBA, senior vice president and chief medical officer (CMO), as well as Clifford Waldman, MD, senior medical director; and Martin Symansky, MD, medical director, as well two part-time medical directors, Timothy Willox, MD, PC, and Gary Wilson, MD.

About CDPHPâ
Founded and guided by physicians, CDPHP and its affiliates currently serve members in 29 counties throughout New York state and seven counties in Vermont. The four affiliated companies of CDPHP include a family of products: Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc.—HMO, Healthy New York, Medicare Choice, Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and Family Health Plus. CDPHP Universal Benefits, â Inc. —PPO, High Deductible PPO, POS, and EPO. Capital District Physicians' Healthcare Network, Inc. —self-insured plans; and APA Partners, Inc. —third party administration (TPA). Visit CDPHP at

Dreams Coming True

GTM Helps Make Wishes Come True

In recognition of the Make-A-Wish Foundation's commitment toward granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, GTM Payroll Services announced today that the company has made a significant donation to the local Make-A-Wish chapter.

The donation made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York fully-funded the wish of a child in our local community battling Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), a rare blood-cell disorder that primarily affects children, for a Disney Vacation Cruise with his family.

Making wishes come true for our region's children is just one way that GTM Payroll Services and its employees reinvest in the communities that have helped to make our business a success. Through donations, volunteerism and support each employee is helping to share our success and build stronger communities where everyone lives, works and plays.

A member of the Capital Region community since 1985, the GTM family of companies is committed to giving back to the local region with employees engaged in multiple non-profits and charitable organizations throughout Tech Valley. Actively involved in supporting and sponsoring the mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York for over 7 years, GTM and its employees believe that by investing in and supporting deserving charitable causes like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, they are making a larger contribution and commitment to our region's shared future.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

New President and CEO


ALBANY, NY – May 6, 2008 - The CDPHP® Board of Directors has selected John D. Bennett Jr., MD, FACC, as its new president and chief executive officer. Dr. Bennett, currently chairman of the board of directors at CDPHP, will replace William J. Cromie, MD, MBA, effective July 1, 2008. When Dr. Bennett assumes the new position, he will relinquish his role as chairman. Dr. Cromie announced in March that he would step down due to health reasons.

“Our board of directors has made a great selection,” said Dr. Cromie. “Dr. Bennett’s experience as our board chairman, management in his own medical practice, and more than two decades as a local cardiologist allow him to understand the needs of the Plan and those of the local physician community. Furthermore, his guidance and work on our corporate strategy over the years will ensure the continuity of our success.”

“I have worked closely with Dr. Cromie for the past seven years to help transform CDPHP from a traditional health insurance company into a health value company that focuses on improving care while reducing costs. I look forward to the exciting challenges that this position will offer while continuing to pursue this mission,” said Dr. Bennett.

Dr. Bennett was named chairman of the CDPHP board in September 2003. Prior to that, he had served as vice chairman and has been a member of the CDPHP board since 1996.

He earned his medical degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, and a bachelor’s of science degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Dr. Bennett completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Albany Medical Center. A practicing cardiologist in the Albany area since 1983, he is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialties in both internal medicine and cardiology.

Dr. Bennett currently practices with Albany Associates in Cardiology (a division of Prime Care Physicians, PLLC) and is chief of the division of cardiology at Albany Memorial Hospital. Prime Care Physicians is a multi-specialty medical practice with 110 providers in primary care, cardiology and radiology. In November 2007, Dr. Bennett became interim CEO of Prime Care. Since then, he has focused on reorganizing the structure and governance of the medical practice.

About CDPHP® (
Founded and guided by physicians, CDPHP and its affiliates currently serve members in 29 counties throughout New York state and seven counties in Vermont. The four affiliated companies of CDPHP include a family of products: Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc.—HMO, Healthy New York, Medicare Choice, Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and Family Health Plus. CDPHP Universal Benefits,® Inc. —PPO, High Deductible PPO, POS, and EPO. Capital District Physicians' Healthcare Network, Inc. —self-insured plans; and APA Partners, Inc. —third party administration (TPA). Visit CDPHP at

An Expansion & an Accolade


Just two short weeks after the end of a banner 2007/2008 winter season, components of a new quad chairlift have already arrived and Gore Mountain is in full swing preparing for this fall's opening of the Burnt Ridge Mountain Expansion.

The new development will feature the debut of the high-speed Burnt Ridge Quad, servicing five new trails plus glades. The new terrain, with 1,436' vertical, will increase Gore Mountain's total vertical drop to 2300', the eighth greatest in the eastern United States. Burnt Ridge Mountain is one of Gore's four peaks of development.

The trails will be a unique mix of intermediate, expert, and gladed runs located among an array of various tree species and interesting geologic formations. Like the recently constructed terrain on Bear Mountain, Gore Mountain will continue to theme trail names after the Great Camps of the Adirondacks, introducing "Sagamore," "Cedars," "Hedges," and "Echo." Guests should also look for "Sagamore Glades" and "The Gully" connector trail.

The black diamond "Sagamore" is somewhat similar in pitch to Bear Mountain's "Topridge," except that it is wider and offers more vertical. "Cedars" will transport guests from the Gore Mountain base area to the bottom of the Burnt Ridge Quad, while the lengthy blue-square "Echo" trail neighbors "Twister Glades." "The Hedges" connects skiers from the top of the new chair to "Twister."

The Burnt Ridge expansion comes on the heels of landmark Gore Mountain improvements, including the December 2007 openings of both the Northwoods Lodge by Lincoln Logs and the new Village Chair at the North Creek Ski Bowl. The Northwoods Lodge improved convenience and service for every Gore Mountain guest, especially beginners and families, while making new space and services available in the Base Lodge. The North Creek Ski Bowl expansion brought the first-ever aerial lift, terrain park, and night skiing experience to the historic area.

Upon celebrating a record-breaking 2007/2008 season, it was recently announced that Gore Mountain was voted "Best Terrain" in the Northeast by visitors of, a popular website of snow sports enthusiasts. Comments included "The lifts are top notch and the staff is always happy. Great location for kids, easy access parking...It boasts everything anyone could want in a mountain; short lift lines, gentle beginner runs, long intermediate cruisers, narrow expert trails, awesome glades, crazy steeps, gorgeous views and the best grooming..."

During 2007/2008, Gore Mountain hosted 23 family-oriented events, 18 NYSEF (New York Ski Education Foundation) events including freestyle skiercross and boardercross at the North Creek Ski Bowl, 23 adult ski and snowboard specialty clinics, and 6 Town of Johnsburg community events. The season offered various frequent skier discount products and promotional opportunities for guests to enjoy Gore affordably.

2008/2009 season passes are on sale, with the best rates in effect through July 11. Guests should inquire about the Gore Mountain Friends Program to save significantly on their next pass purchase.

Bourn Soars

Sheri Bourn Named Business Development & Sales Manager at TD Banknorth Branch in Salem

Sheri R. Bourn has been named the Business Development & Sales Manager at the TD Banknorth branch at 204 Main Street in Salem . She is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the branch, and developing and overseeing small business loans, deposit accounts, consumer lending, investment and insurance services provided to customers throughout a region that includes Washington County (NY) and southwestern Vermont .

Bourn joined TD Banknorth in 1991 and has 17 years of banking experience. She previously has served as an assistant branch manager in Granville, a branch supervisor and a personal banker. Bourn is a Notary Public in the State of New York .

A Granville resident and native, Bourn volunteers with a range of youth sports activities in her community. She is a 1991 graduate of Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, and a 1989 graduate of Granville Central High School .

TD Banknorth Inc. is a leading banking and financial services company headquartered in Portland , Maine , and a wholly-owned subsidiary of TD Bank Financial Group headquartered in Toronto , Canada . TD Banknorth is one of the 20 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States , with over $109 billion in assets. TD Banknorth's banking subsidiaries include TD Banknorth, N.A., Commerce Bank, N.A. and Commerce Bank/North, which combined operate banking divisions in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia, and TD Bank USA, N.A. TD Banknorth and its subsidiary banks also operate subsidiaries and divisions in insurance, wealth management, merchant services, mortgage banking, government banking, private label credit cards, and other financial services, and offers investment products in association with PrimeVest Financial Services, Inc. For more information, visit

25 Minutes to Save a Life

Take 25 at TreePaad
May 25, 9am - 5pm

May 25 is National Missing Children's Day. Here at TreePaad we are honoring this day by joining forces with other local agencies to hand out information and safety tips on keeping all of our children safe. Won't you join us and take 25 minutes today to talk to your child about ways to be safer at home, on the internet and in the community. Together we can work to keep our children safe.


TreePaad works with West Glens Falls EMS!

WFG EMS will be giving away little stuffed animals donated by TreePaad. All little passengers who are sick or hurt, will receive one of these stuffed animals to make their ambulance ride a little more comfortable.

Works of Young Art

The World Awareness Children's Museum announced today that 38 young United States artists have been selected as winners in the 21st Annual 2008 International Youth Art Exchange. Their work will now become part of the Museum's permanent collection, which includes over 6,000 pieces of children's art from 66 countries.

This year's theme was "This I Believe." As part of the Museum's permanent collection, the students' art will be available for loan throughout the United States.

In total, over 400 works of children's art was received from 11 countries this year. International works will also be selected from this 400 for the permanent collection. The following United States artists won first place in their age categories.

First place winner in the Kindergarten to Grade 2 category is artist Kelly Chen, age 8, from the Sharron Art Center in Piscataway, NJ. Her piece entitled "Peace Around the World," is pictured at left.

First place winner in the 3rd to 5th Grade category is Rachel White, age 10, from St. Mary's School in Ticonderoga, NY. Her piece is entitled: "Save the Oceans!" shown at right.

First place winner in the 6th - 12th Grade cateogory is Emily Zirimis, age 16 from William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, NY, with her piece "Dispersions of an Artist," shown at left.

To view works by all 38 winners, please visit the Museum's Art Exchange page on the website.

Now in its 21st consecutive year, the International Youth Art Exchange is a global art share and exhibition program. Every year students in different countries submit art. For every piece received from overseas, the Museum sends back a piece of the best art we receive from American schools. Art submitted from U.S. students is judged in April for awards and inclusion in the Museum's permanent collection. This year's judges were Douglas Durning, a mixed media artist and Nancy Knapik, a ceramic artist and director of Gallery 100 in Saratoga Springs.

About the Museum

The Museum's permanent collection includes over 6,000 works of children's art from 66 countries and a 3000-plus piece collection of international artifacts, textiles and clothing. International youth art exhibitions travel to schools, educational institutions, museums and public venues across the United States.

Exhibits currently on display include: "World Music" in Glens Falls, NY; "International Sports" in Oklahoma, "World Fashion" in Mastic Beach, NY, "House & Home" in Moscow, PA "Traditions" in Encinco, CA, "Ceremonies & Celebrations," in Lawrence, NY and "World Music and Dance" in Stamford, Ct. Exhibits are available for loan, nation-wide, to businesses, hospitals, offices, libraries, schools and other public venues.

Founded to plant seeds of tolerance in children, the Museum seeks to create concrete connections for children to world cultures, using art conceived through the eyes of children to promote peace and understanding among people of the world.

Located in Glens Falls, NY, the Museum offers educational outreach and interactive cultural arts programming for children, students and families. Currently undergoing a Capital Campaign for renovations on a new building at 89 Warren Street in Glens Falls, slated for opening in 2009, the Museum currently offers children's exhibits at offsite locations and outreach educational programs for schools and other institutions.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

BOCES Culinary Students Finish 2nd at National ProStart Invitational

Culinary Arts and Hospitality students from the Washington-
Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES Southern Adirondack Education Center finished as
national runners up at the seventh annual National ProStart Student Invitational held April
24-26, 2008 in San Diego, California.

Photo Caption: The 2008 WSWHE BOCES ProStart Management Team of (left to right) Jamie Norton, Breanna Donovan, Greg Hutchinson, Ryan Mercado, and Nick Green celebrate their first place finish at the New York State ProStart Competition. The team went on to finish second in the nation at the National ProStart Student Invitational in San Diego, California.

Breanna Donovan of Glens Falls, Nick Green of Hartford, Greg Hutchinson of Argyle, Ryan Mercado of Granville, and Jamie Norton of Argyle represented New York State in the management division testing their teamwork, communication skills, and knowledge of the restaurant and food service industry against 29 other teams from across the country. The competition consisted of two different events over two days. In the case study portion, students were presented with a hypothetical restaurant scenario and given 30 minutes to prepare a response in front of a panel of industry experts. The second portion of the competition, the Quiz Bowl, featured two rounds of game show style questions and answers.

Each member of the team received a medal and scholarships ranging in value from $4,500 to
$14,000 depending upon each student’s choice of college. These totals are in addition to the awards garnered at the state-level competition.

This is the fourth consecutive year a team from the Southern Adirondack Education Center has
qualified for the national competition having placed 9th, 6th, and 4th in the three years preceding. This year’s efforts were once again under the direction of Chef-Instructor Charles Jones and Mentor Casey Thorne.

The ProStart program, administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and state restaurant associations, is a two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the management skills needed for a career in the restaurant and food service industry. The program combines classroom instruction with mentored worksite experiences, and is currently available in more than 1,600 schools across 47 states, territories, and districts. For more information, visit

Culinary Arts is one of 24 Career and Technical Education programs offered by the Washington- Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES (WSWHE BOCES). The Southern Adirondack Education Center in Hudson Falls is one of two Career and Technical Education centers operated by WSWHE BOCES. Any high school student enrolled in one of the 31 component school districts is eligible for admission to the Southern Adirondack Education Center or the F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs through his or her home school. Adults may apply to the program and location of their choice – admission is granted on a space-available basis. For more information, visit

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Mike Sylvia, Public Information Specialist
1153 Burgoyne Avenue
Fort Edward, NY 12828
(518) 746-3857 fax: (518) 746-3855

Monday, April 28, 2008

Greatest Aides of the First Quarter

Greater Adirondack Home Aides, a leading provider of home health care services throughout Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties, has selected Dawn Bovee as Employee of the month for January 2008.

The Selection Committee feels Mrs. Bovee embodies the giving qualities needed to be a Home Health Aide. In addition to every morning, Mrs. Bovee travels two nights a week to visit a priority client where she prepares the client’s dinner, assures her safety, and reminds her to take her medication. Dawn Bovee goes out of her way to schedule care for her clients and is a very compassionate person.

Mrs. Bovee will receive a check, a paid day off and a recognition pin.

Congratulations Dawn Bovee, and thank you for all you do.


February, 2008

Greater Adirondack Home Aides, a leading provider of home health care services throughout Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties, has selected Shirley Coffin as Employee of the month for February 2008.

The Selection Committee has chosen Shirley Coffin to be Employee of the month for her strong dedication to her clients. Mrs. Coffin goes back out to work each night at 8 PM to assist a client into bed and she is often rearranging her schedule to meet her client’s needs. She works some very challenging cases and takes such good care of her clients they want no one but Shirley to take care of them.

Shirley Coffin is extremely trustworthy and honest. “You are a great help to the organization,” states John Penzer, President and CEO of Greater Adirondack Home Aides.

Shirley Coffin will receive a check, a paid day off and a recognition pin.

Congratulations Shirley Coffin!

March, 2008

Greater Adirondack Home Aides, a leading provider of home health care services throughout Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties, has selected Darcy Baker as Employee of the month for March 2008.

The Selection Committee has chosen Darcy Baker for her ability to manage a regularly changing and challenging schedule of clients. Mrs. Baker also volunteers to cover priority clients on the weekends.

Darcy Baker’s compassionate and professional ways, and her ever-present smile put her clients at ease. She often receives praise for her manner with clients, and is most helpful to administrative staff due to her timely reporting of pertinent information.

Darcy Baker will receive a check, a paid day off and a recognition pin.


March 26, 2008

Greater Adirondack Home Aides, a leading provider of home health care services throughout Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties, has selected Jill Batt as Employee of the month for April 2008.

The Selection Committee has chosen Jill Batt for the great job she does with her clients. Ms. Batt is “always on the job” and is willing to fill-in when necessary.

Jill Batt is a compassionate and caring caregiver whose appearance and attitude are most professional. Her communication of information to administrative staff and county nurses is always timely and professional.

Jill Batt will receive a check, a paid day off and a recognition pin.


Greater Adirondack Home Aides is a not-for-profit, community-based United Way Member agency that had been providing home health care to area clients since 1965.

Keep an Ear to the Ground

The Hyde Collection's Thoroughbred Ball is coming!

We are at the top of the stretch and headed to the finish line, but it isn’t too late
to get your reservations in for The Hyde Collection’s 2008 Thoroughbred Ball!
The evening’s program includes:

Premium open bar throughout the evening

Derby Party begins at 5 PM

Cheer on your horse as you view the Thoroughbred race of the day 6 PM

Dance to the music of The Night Owls 6:30 to 10:30 PM

Seated gourmet dinner begins at 7 PM

Finest Hat Awards at 7:30 PM

Live auction begins at 8 PM

Silent auction closes at 8:30 PM

The live auction is a highlight of the evening including items such as:

An original acrylic on canvas painting by Tom Myott, titled: Saratoga Summer
A Telescope Casual Furniture patio set of furniture including a table, umbrella and six chairs
One week’s lodging at an Okemo Ski Condo in Ludlow, VT
A boat ride for 10 on Lake George with Executive Director David F. Setford on an antique 30’ electric launch
A diamond and sapphire pendant necklace from Scoville Jewelers
And much, much more!

So don’t delay another moment. Call Jane Burnham at 792-1761, ext. 10, to reserve your seat for the gala today. Tickets are $150 per person (or $135 junior age 35 & under). Valet parking provided. Black Tie is optional (themed dress is encouraged.) See you there!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

April Showers Bring Presidential Powers

How often do you meet a presidential candidate in upstate New York? Ralph Nader is coming to Glens Falls
on April 26th for two events. Tickets are now available for these events at Rock Hill Cafe (19 Exchange St.
in Glens Falls) or you can call me at 518-361-6278 to have tickets mailed directly to you.

Ralph Nader Live at the Charles R. Wood Theater
Wood Theater 207 Glen St. April 26th 8:00 pm
($25 minimum donation per admission)
The local premiere of Hudson Mohawk's Independent Media Center's film "Awake From Your Slumber" (28 min.)
Ralph Nader will speak afterwards about his independent presidential campaign, impeachment, the occupation of Iraq,
corporate power and many other social justice issues. Followed by a Q & A period and a book signing. DVD copies of
"Awake" will be available for sale in the lobby and every attendee will receive free bread and coffee, tea and biscotti.
Donations will be accepted 100% of which will go to the Sanctuary For Independent Media.
(Only 230 tickets are left as of this email)

Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner with Ralph Nader

Rock Hill Cafe 19 Exchange St. April 26th 6:00 - 8:00 pm
($250 donation, minimum $100)
Includes a wonderful catered vegetarian dinner at Rock Hill Cafe with special guest, Independent Presidential Candidate,
Ralph Nader. Also includes a copy of the Sanctuary For Independent Media's new DVD, "Awake From Your Slumber",
a signed copy of one of Ralph's books along with admission to the Wood Theater event.
(Only 40 tickets are available total and they'll go fast, so please reserve yours soon)

For More Information:
Matt Funiciello (518) 361-6278

Friday, April 4, 2008

GTM Payroll Services Partners with Pioneer Bank

GTM Payroll Services Partners with Pioneer Bank To Offer Local Payroll Solutions For Capital Region Businesses

GTM/Tech Valley Payroll has partnered with Pioneer Bank to offer business payroll solutions to Pioneer’s growing list of business and commercial banking services.

On the heels of Pioneer’s recent branding efforts, the two companies announced the partnership at Pioneer’s Branch Manager’s Retreat held January 17th at Pioneer’s Watervliet location. The partnership between a locally based bank, like Pioneer, and a locally focused and headquartered payroll solutions provider, like GTM, further illustrates the commitment of both organizations to support the growth of local businesses.

John Scarchili, president and CEO of Pioneer Bank, has aptly noted that a true local business has corporate offices locally, employs local people, supports local organizations and charities, and has a business strategy that is focused on the local customer and community. “Building partnerships with local businesses by providing both banking services that are tailored to individual business needs and offering unique business opportunities, like ours with GTM, is the bedrock of Pioneer’s business philosophy” says Scarchilli.

A member of the Capital Region community since 1991, GTM’s successes, and future growth, is firmly rooted in the local community. “We are very pleased that Pioneer Bank has selected GTM as its partner in offering business payroll solutions to their increasing base of customers,” stated Guy Maddalone, President and CEO of GTM Payroll Services. “Pioneer Bank and GTM share similar core values; both our commitment to the growth of our region and our focus on providing the best local services, technology and convenience to Tech Valley’s thriving business community.”

Recognized as one of Tech Valley ’s entrepreneurial success stories, GTM has been honored as an INC. 5000 company by INC. Magazine, and has ranked one of the Top 25 fastest-growing private companies in the Capital Region for five consecutive years by the Capital District Business Review.


About GTM Payroll Services
Founded in 1991, GTM Payroll Services is a nationwide leader in payroll and human resource management for both business and household employers. GTM’s brands include Tech Valley Payroll®, GTM Household Employment Experts® (The Original Nanny Tax & Payroll Company) and A New England Nanny®. Privately held, GTM Payroll Services is headquartered in Clifton Park , NY .

About Pioneer Bank

Pioneer Bank-where business is personal, is a $750 million mutual savings bank headquartered in Troy , New York since 1889. Pioneer offers full service banking products and services to Capital Region consumers, businesses and municipalities. Pioneer is the parent company of two subsidiaries; PSB Financial Services, Inc. and Pioneer Commercial Bank. The bank currently has 15 Capital District Region offices and employs 330 staff members.