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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For more information, please contact:
GTM Marketing Department