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Cloud computing becoming the norm
NNY businesses relying on the cloud more and more
Special to the Times
The complexities of doing
business — the servers, the
phone service, the software
and maintenance — used
to mean investing heavily in
equipment, hiring a full time
IT person, or calling in often
for consult. Not anymore.
Cloud computing and new ac-
cessibility in the north country
are making remote services af-
fordable, scalable, and secure.
The result: augmented pro-
The concept of cloud com-
puting is surprisingly simple.
Instead of paying for the stor-
age, cooling, and maintenance
of servers on site, businesses
can push their software and in-
frastructure needs to a remote
location, accessible through
a direct fiber optic connec-
tion or through traditional in-
ternet. They can lease servers
from a provider, or they can
store their own servers there
for the provider to maintain.
For companies that prefer
their servers on-site, cloud
computing still cuts costs.
Businesses can back up data
remotely and access software
instead of storing it. With less
need for investments in house,
a small business can manage
its software, reach databases,
and run analytics the same as
Servers and cloud banks at Westelcom.
larger companies do- from as
little as a smartphone. emphasized the impact for a
PRODUCTIVITY single coffee shop. “A system
For the Norse Corporation like Square for point of sale…
location in Watertown, cloud can easily generate reports
computing has changed the showing the busiest time of
very makeup of operations. day, what products are sell-
“We previously spent a lot of ing well, and even give demo-
time with end-user support, graphic information on your
application support, and sys- customers to help you market
tem administration duties. We better and increase sales. The
have saved 80 to 90 percent information can help you bet-
of our support and at least 50 ter schedule your staff and
percent of our sysadmin man adjust store hours to meet the
hours since implementing needs of the customer base.”
cloud services,” said James With only a smartphone
Shannon, a Senior Network En- in hand, service industry em-
gineer of Norse Corporation. ployees can evade the head-
The surge in productivity ache of traditional bookkeep-
follows the office’s shift to soft- ing. Lynch explained, “After
ware as a service and unified [a] job is complete, instead of
communication as a service. taking a customer’s informa-
The cyber-threat-intelligence tion down on paper, bringing
company utilizes Office 365 it back to the office, entering it
Enterprise, a hosted website into a billing system, printing
package, hosted PBX for com- and then mailing a bill, you can
munications, and Amazon enter the customer’s informa-
Web Services. it also maintains tion into a smart phone, gen-
its own proprietary cloud in- erate a bill, take payment, and
frastructure, which it distrib- email the receipt all before you
utes globally via multiple data leave the customers house.” It
centers seems that if time is money, the
Pooling computing resourc- ubiquitous access to software
es makes sense even if the in- offers a killing.
dustry has nothing to do with “The main benefit is cost and
cyber attacks. Without requir- man-hours. With cloud com-
ing any physical equipment, puting in place, we no longer
cloud software offers tradi- Employees monitor Westelcom’s coverage area and operations.
need a large team of employ-
tional brick and mortar opera- ees that are dedicated to infra- SCALABILITY challenging company.” Yet as
tions the nuanced information structure and IT support.” said These improvements beg businesses attend to industry
that drives profit. Data analyt- Shannon. “Every item we can the question, how does cloud over software and servers, the
ics can streamline processes shuffle off to the cloud or put in same computing that feeds
computing affect companies
and save time. someone else’s capable hands growth mitigates its risk.
Kevin Lynch, VP, Technical as a service provider allows us when they are ready to scale up?
As Paul Barton, CEO of West- Unlike traditional invest-
Operations & Chief Opera- to devote more time to what ments, cloud services operate
tions Officer of Slic Network makes us competitive in the elcom Communications in
typically on a pay-as-you-go
Solutions, a northern New marketplace for our own busi- Watertown noted, “A growing
York internet service provider, ness growth.” company is probably the most See CLOUD L5


A server bank at Westelcom.

L2 Sunday, February 18, 2018 Progress 2018

Travis Tritt slated Westelcom serving

all of NNY’s
to headline annual telecommunications needs
Westelcom, located at 130 business in Watertown more

Lewis County Fair Park Place in Watertown, is

a provider of advanced tele-
communications solutions
operating throughout North-
ern New York’s region be-
See our ad on
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alluring with connectivity to
business centers throughout
Jefferson County’s Industrial
Park, Murrock Circle, Teal
Drive, State Street, Arsenal

he Lewis County Ag- tween Lake Ontario and Lake 6 counties and internation- Street, Coffeen Street, and the
ricultural Society is Champlain. Westelcom offers ally into Montreal with private entirety of Washington Street
proud to announce a strategic suite of business connections providing capabilities for new
that the 198th edition communication services over to Microsoft, Amazon, and medical establishments, busi-
of the fair will be held Tues- their fiber network which in- Google’s Cloud platforms. ness start-ups, and our local
day, July 17, to Saturday, July cludes dial-tone (Hosted IP, “This increased capacity will car dealerships, manufactur-
21. PRI, SIP), dedicated internet enhance efforts to boost the ing and media firms.
Highlighting this year’s fair access, high-speed broad- region’s economic develop- In 2018, Westelcom will
will be country music legend band, wide area networks, ment and will support high- continue to grow and expand
Travis Tritt. The fair board is fiber construction services, tech firms moving to the its network offerings. In ad-
excited to bring this award- and private Ethernet networks area that require high band- dition to the data center and
winning performer to Lewis for multi-office connectivity. width capacity.” He added colocation services presently
County. Be sure and get your They also provide advanced that “Westelcom is focused available in Watertown and
tickets early for what is ex- IP phone and data solutions on more than delivering just Plattsburgh, Westelcom has
pected to be a sell-out perfor- to include hosted PBX, hosted high-speed internet. We have recently acquired a third data
mance. firewall, server colocation, developed core network prin- center located in the State
The fair kicks off on Tues- and carrier neutral colocation ciples that ensure that we de- Tower Building in Syracuse.
day with a fun-packed day. services. liver our customers the most This expansion by Westelcom
Opening ceremonies are As a leading carrier of tele- reliable communications so- is in direct response to the de-
scheduled to take place at the communications services, lution possible. We do what mand for carrier colocation
main gate entrance at 10 a.m. Westelcom has extensive ex- the larger companies are un- that the company is receiving
where, once again, fairgoers pertise in serving the health willing to do.” today. Westelcom’s numerous
will be treated to the music care industry. Their mission is Prior to this upgrade, West- carrier partnerships
of the Lowville Village Band. to exceed customers’ expecta- elcom had already been rec- help ensure that network
Their music is sure to put you tions by providing excellent ognized by the NTCA – The resources are always available,
in a great mood for an enjoy- customer service in commu- Rural Broadband Association and always optimized. With
able week of fair. The annual nications solution design, de- as the first NYS Certified Gig- the addition of the Syracuse
Cheese Auction takes place livery and support. Addition- Capable Provider, joining a data center, Westelcom will
after opening ceremonies. ally, they provide Network national campaign to build offer more connectivity op-
Stop to see who becomes the Operations Center (NOC) Ser- awareness and industry rec- tions for enterprises that need
“Big Cheese” in 2018. vices and Wide Area Network proximity to the nearest metro
ognition of community-based
The NYS Sire Stakes will Telecommunications services market and ultra-low latency
telecom providers that have
race in front of the grand- to mission critical custom- for their critical infrastruc-
built communications net-
stand at 12:30 p.m. ers that consist of 10 regional ture and applications. The
works capable of delivering
The evening brings the an- hospitals and over 120 health Syracuse datacenter is also
Internet speeds of 1 gigabit per
nual firemen’s parade. A gi- care facilities. Up-time and re- carrier neutral which means
second or greater, which is 100
gantic fireworks display will sponse time with these types customers can pick their in-
Travis Tritt will perform at the Lewis County Fair Friday, July 20. times faster than most services
follow at approximately 10:30 of clients is top priority. In an ternet provider or multiple
currently available in much of
p.m. and, of course, Tues- effort to deliver premier level internet providers to ensure
again, Thursday evening for grandstand entertainment the U.S.
day’s events are free for you to service to this niche, West- diverse connectivity to their
brings Midnight Madness to Wednesday evening through elcom developed a mission Other major investments in equipment. Colocation ser-
see at the Lewis County Fair. the midway, beginning at 9. Saturday and for on-grounds their infrastructure included
We are happy to announce critical app specifically for vices are available at the new
Friday brings the second parking. its mission critical custom- fiber connectivity into the location and can lower costs
that Coleman Brothers will of two children’s day activi- Quebec Internet Exchange
be returning, once again, FAIR SPONSORSHIP ers that operates on both An- and increase connectivity
ties, featuring another bi- droid and IOS smartphones. (QIX) in Montreal with direct while gaining the advantages
with their clean, safe mid- cycle drawing, a wristband The success of the free gate connectivity to Microsoft,
way. Come and enjoy the is made possible through The app provides updates to of one of the leading IP back-
special and special events for escalation lists, maintenance Amazon and Google’s cloud bone providers such as faster
thrills and chills of the mid- children. Travis Tritt will be sponsorships and fairgoers platforms. With this connec-
way, geared for fairgoers of all notifications, outage notifica- data speeds and maximum
rocking the grandstand as he attending the grandstand tions, ticket management, and tivity, Westelcom can provide uptime at a fraction of the on
ages, all five days and nights. puts on his high energy per- events. We wish to express our a higher level of security and
Their wristband specials are network statistics. Some of premises cost. This third data
formance. Don’t miss it! John sincere thanks to our faithful these key customers include: Quality of Service (QOS) to its center will join the others in
Coleman Bros. Show’s way Stevens Doubleshot Polka sponsors for their continued customers that subscribe to
Madison-Oneida Regional providing state of the art back-
of helping everyone enjoy Band will return to Enter- participation. If you would cloud services. Internet Ex-
Information Center (MORIC), up power, redundant internet
themselves at the fair. The tainment Island at 9, where changes, can be thought of as
like your business or family to Jefferson Community College, connectivity and perimeter
Lewis County Fair has a nice a bypass or express lane, to get
you can kick up your heels to be a sponsor, please contact SUNY Plattsburgh, Fort Drum security while offering direct
working relationship with the to your content provider. Be-
some good ole polka music. Gary Rosiczkowski at 315- Regional Health Planning Or- connect to most major area
Coleman’s. Their organiza- cause Westelcom is a member
Once again on Saturday, 348-6621. ganization (FDRHPO), Devel- peering exchanges giving cus-
tion is like our fair family and of an Internet Exchange, they
the annual demolition derby opment Authority of the North tomers multiple diverse carri-
is celebrating their 102nd year FAIR BOARD Country (DANC), NORSK Ti- now have the ability to bypass ers and routes to reach major
will be held.
in operation in 2018. The Lewis County Agri- the Internet and send your
Harry Hambone and Sha- tanium, Alice Hyde Medical networks, providers and plat-
Wednesday will be the cultural Society consists of cloud services traffic straight
kin’ Bacon make their return Center, Elizabethtown Hospi- forms.
first of two children’s days four elected officers: Doug- to the cloud service provider.
to the fair, along with other tal, Inter-Lakes Health Center, Consistently, Westelcom
featuring a bicycle drawing, las Hanno, president; Kevin The only two extra stops are
swine racers, when Rosaire’s Massena Memorial Hospital, and its parent company,
wristband special and special Kent, vice president; James your on-ramp with Westel-
Racing Pigs take the check- River Hospital, Samaritan Chazy Westport Commu-
events for children. Wednes- Randall, treasurer; and Sue com, and our off-ramp with
ered flag. This free show has Medical Center, Claxton Hep- nications, have been recog-
day evening will feature the the IX. This also allows for di-
been a fair favorite for many Berrus, secretary. The bal- burn Medical Center, River nized by the New York State
return of the four wheel drive rect connectivity to Microsoft
years and will once again ance of the board consists of Hospital, Carthage Area Hos- Public Service Commission
local truck competition in pital, Essex County, Franklin business platforms such as for providing excellent cus-
front of the grandstand. bring the “Ultimate In Pig 20 directors, 18 associate di-
Racing” to the grounds. County, Jefferson County, the Office 365 and OneDrive, for tomer service. Chazy Westport
Thursday, Senior Citizen’s rectors and eight directors
City of Watertown, Watertown which the company is now Communications and Westel-
Day, will feature the return of FREE GATE emeritus. certified to resell. “Helping our
All members of the Agricul- City School District, Jefferson com are two of 45 companies
the talent show and the New The Lewis County Agri- clients establish cloud based
Rehabilitation Center, Con- throughout New York State
York State Tractor and Truck cultural Society’s board of tural Society are volunteers. collaboration allows them to
vergys Call Center. that are issued a letter of com-
Pull. Both Wednesday and directors takes great pride Part of the success of the fair obtain reliable, always up-to-
President and General mendation for meeting the
Thursday evening grand- in the fair and being able to is displayed by the directors, Manager of Westelcom, Paul date, anytime/anywhere mo- quality standards set by the
stand shows are tentatively give everyone free admis- as they generate their genuine F. Barton stated that “2017 bile access.” Commission. This is the 16th
scheduled for 7 p.m. Once sion. There will be a charge enthusiasm, dedication, hard was a successful year having The company has accel- consecutive year the compa-
work, faithfulness and love obtained solid year of growth, erated their hosted phone nies have been rewarded for
of what they do for the fair. development and network system installations, comple- their excellent service.
They wear their director shirts enhancements.” He added menting their fiber infrastruc- Barton closes “We have a
proudly each day, making that they recently completed ture into a business. They lot to accomplish in 2018. We
themselves available to assist a major network upgrade ex- have been willing to do what plan to continue to enhance
fairgoers in any way that may panding its core bandwidth 10 the larger companies haven’t and expand, continue fiber
be needed. times its previous network ca- done; invest in our commu- build-outs, and enrich our
pacity. This expanded capabil- nity by running fiber optic smartphone Mission Critical
For more information
ity will enhance Westelcom’s networks throughout all of app. We will upgrade to a 100G
about the Lewis County Fair, Watertown’s industrial parks,
ability to deliver High-Speed capable data network, offer
visit their website at www. Broadband, Internet and Eth- business development prop- additional cloud services via
July 17th - 21st, 2018 and fol-
low them on their Facebook
ernet services surpassing all
technological advancements
erties, and business tenant
properties; then layering com-
Microsoft and expand our cer-
tifications, adding PCI to the
page. in the Northern NY region. munications tools over that list.” Hefty goals, but all in the
LOWVILLE, NY See you at the fair, July 17
to 21.
Fully redundant and ringed,
the network expands across
stable network. These secure
networks have made doing
name of exceeding their cus-
tomers’ expectations.

A year of transition and

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entertainment and home spun hospitality await his son Joseph Foy and busi-
have added numerous new
you again this year! Invite your family and ness partner Eric Sharlow, un-
der the new name of Foy Ben- clients including groups from
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Regional Loan Funds

Help Power Development
hree of the key regional
North Country Tourism, Redevelopment,
loan funds adminis- and Economic Development Funds
tered by the Develop- !
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( Redevelopment Fund Locations
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and have become an impor- St. Lawrence

tant tool in the economic de- !
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velopment tool box, commit- !
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ting over $9 million thus far, to Jefferson

help make projects a reality. !

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The three funds: North Lewis !
MAG’S Creations LLC, a client of the Small Business Development Center. Country Economic Develop- !
(! Hamilton
ment Fund, Transformational Warren

SBDC helps new and existing Tourism Community Loan

Fund and the North Country
Redevelopment Fund, have
contributed to 30 projects

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businesses throughout Lewis across seven counties in the

few short years of their exis-
tence. Each fund has a slightly
with other projects such as
the Lyons Falls Mill Redevel-
opment site, and the Jones &
Laughlin site in St. Lawrence
transformational community
redevelopment projects. For
example, the fund is provid-

and Jefferson County different focus and guidelines

but the bottom line is the
same: help developers get vi-
The North Country Re-
development Fund was cre-
ing $205,000 toward the reha-
bilitation and renovation of
the former Slavin’s building in

orthern New York loan, the advisors at the SB- and Operator at MAG’S Cre- Massena, which was recently
able projects across the finish ated in 2015 with $5 million
is filled with small DC provide their clients with ations LLC, Lyons Falls, has moved back onto the tax rolls
line. The Development Au- granted through Governor
businesses and services that are complete in recently started working with and is considered a keystone
thority administers the funds. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional
there are many a timely fashion, confidential the SBDC. “The SBDC is help- project in the revitalization of
Applications are made to the Economic Development
more interested in getting and at no cost to the business ing me write my business
Authority and a loan review Council process, to assist with See DANC L4
their own business off the owner. plan for a successful start to
committee for each fund
ground. Potential entrepre- They make it even more my 2018 season. I wouldn’t
comprised of representatives

neurs have many questions convenient for Lewis County have known how to do this
and sometimes don’t know residents with their satellite on my own and am thankful of Empire State Develop-
where to turn to get the an- office in the Lewis County I have someone to talk to who ment, the Regional Econom-
swers. Often the same holds IDA office, located at 7642 N. is experienced in making a ic Development Council and
true for current business State Street in Lowville. Ap- business plan, so I can keep the Development Authority, Volunteers Wanted For A CONTROLLED STUDY GROUP.
owners wondering how to pointments can be made by my financial goals on track. makes the funding decisions. North Country Music is offering an opportunity
deal with current business calling 315-782-9262. Or if They also connected me with Of the 30 projects funded for a limited number of ADULTS to participate in a
planning or future expansion you can’t make it there, they a program that helped me so far, more than half are in FREE 6 Week Program!
the tri-county area and in- Materials supplied, as well as all class
issues. will come to your business. build my online presence.” Leaders and Support Staff.
The Small Business De- They also provide conve- Amy McEathron, Presi- clude businesses such as
How Kool LLC, Watertown; If you’ve wanted to play a musical instrument of any
velopment Center [SBDC], nient direct online counsel- dent/Owner of IMEC [In- type, this offering is for YOU.
located at Jefferson Commu- ing to individual clients who dependent Medical Evalu- Hoosier Magnetics, Inc., Og- Offer is limited to first 10 applicants.
nity College, has been serv- may not be able to make it ation Company], Carthage densburg; Potsdam Specialty No charge for program - just a chance to fulfill your dream!
ing the North Country for 30 into the center. has worked with the SBDC Paper, and Swan Bay RV Re- For more information, call North Country
years. While they are known Here are a few local tes- for years. “I worked with the sort in Alexandria Bay. In ad- Music at (315) 788-9998.
for their service to Jefferson timonials of how the SBDC wonderful folks at the SBDC dition, funding has assisted
County, many people are works: when I was starting my busi-
unaware that they also pro- Todd Buckingham of Buck- ness and most recently they
vide their services to Lewis ingham Hardware and Great helped me with my business
and Oswego counties. The Outdoors, Croghan, said this and financing plans to help
SBDC delivers high qual- about the SBDC: “I used the me obtain the financing I
ity business counseling and SBDC to help build my busi- was looking for… to grow my
training to residents of Lewis ness plan for a new location. business and purchase my
County who want to start a They did such a tremendous own building.”
new business or improve the job with a turn-key business If you have any questions,
performance of their small- plan that when I took it to the please contact the SBDC by
to medium-sized business. banks, the banks were actu- calling, 315-782-9262, email
From business plan devel- ally fighting for my business. or
opment, to marketing plan- You don’t see that every day. on Facebook at www.face-
ning or preparing financial I highly recommend them.”,
projections for a commercial Michael Gavigan, Owner for a free consultation.


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downtown Massena. The fund

also recently supported proj-
ects in Sackets Harbor, Water-
town and Lyons Falls.
Originally created in 2013
with a $2 million grant of New
York State funds through the
Regional Economic Develop-
ment Council, the purpose of
the Transformational Tourism
Community Loan Fund is to
assist tourism-related projects
– particularly lodging develop-
ment – that often have difficulty
securing traditional financing.
The fund was bolstered with
an additional $3 million grant
through the Regional Council in
2016. This fund has been used
to assist with projects at Snow
Ridge Ski Resort in Turin, the
Hotel Whiteface in Wilmington
and Swan Bay RV Resort in Al-
exandria Bay, which received
$500,000 from the tourism
fund, toward a $2.25 million
project. So far, $2.5 million from
the tourism fund has been com-
mitted to 11 - primarily lodg-
ing -projects across the seven-
county region.
“We’ve seen significant inter-
est in the Tourism Community
Loan Fund over the last year,”
said Michelle Capone, Region-
al Development Director for
the Development Authority.
“The region’s focus on tourism
as one economic driver and
the tools the region has put in
place to help grow that sector
are starting to attract interest in
developing and rehabilitating
tourism-related facilities, par-
ticularly lodging.”
The third broad, regional
fund, the North Country Eco-
nomic Development Fund, is
administered by the Develop-
ment Authority on behalf of the
New York Power Authority. The
Power Authority created the
fund in 2014. This fund targets
projects that positively affect
the region or enhance particu-
lar business sectors. Approxi-
mately $3.4 million of this $10
million fund has been commit-
ted to 11 projects ranging from
Roth Industries in Watertown
to SterRX LLC in Plattsburgh,
LKR Enterprises in Star Lake
and St. Lawrence Zinc in Gou-
“These funds are tools that
bring regional participation
into the lending process, en-
abling us to provide financial
assistance to projects at levels
far greater than our own local
programs would allow,” said
The benefits of choosing solar energy
St. Lawrence County IDA CEO Metro the previous year. Things are equally on their solar investments in 7.5 years. particular region of the country.
Patrick J. Kelly. “Additionally, in Home improvement trends come rosy in Canada, where the Govern- So in addition to the monthly savings n Energy independence: Accord-
the case of the Redevelopment and go. What’s popular among today’s ment of Canada reports installed ca- on their utility bills, homeowners can ing to the U.S. Energy Administra-
Fund, we have been able to un- homeowners may feel dated to pro- pacity for solar thermal power has ex- expect to recoup their solar energy in- tion, most of the energy consumed
dertake building and infrastruc- spective buyers a decade from now. perienced a compound growth rate of vestments in a relatively short period
in the United States comes from fos-
But solar energy is one home improve- nearly 14 percent since 2004. of time.
ture development activities that sil fuels like petroleum. The EIA also
ment trend that does not figure to go The search for a renewable energy n Property value: Whether they plan
would not otherwise be pos- notes that, in 2016, the United States
the way of sunken living rooms or pop- source has led many people to em- to do so in the near or distant future,
sible. By seeking out, managing brace solar energy, but there are many homeowners with an eye on selling imported about 10.1 million barrels
corn ceilings.
and making available these re- According to the Solar Energies In- more reasons for homeowners to em- their homes may be interested to learn of petroleum per day. By embracing
sources, the Development Au- dustry Association, solar energy expe- brace going solar. that a recent study from the Lawrence solar energy, Americans and citizens
thority is both intensifying and rienced a compound annual growth n Return on investment: Many peo- Berkeley National Lab found that so- of any country that relies heavily on
accelerating the development rate of more than 60 percent between ple considering solar energy for the lar panels can significantly increase foreign oil imports, can take a big step
process throughout the North 2006 and 2016. Solar energy has also first time may experience some sticker property value. The study analyzed
Country.” toward increasing their energy inde-
done wonders to improve the em- shock when they learn the cost of in- the sales of more than 20,000 homes in
For more information on pendence.
ployment rate. According to the Solar stalling solar panels on their homes. California, Connecticut, Florida, Mas-
these loan funds and others, Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Cen- But data from the EnergySage Solar sachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, The use of solar energy is on the rise,
please visit, or sus, in the United States there were Marketplace indicated that, in the first New York and Pennsylvania, suggest- and there are many reasons for home-
contact Michelle Capone at more than 260,000 solar workers in half of 2015, solar shoppers who com- ing the desire for solar energy among owners to embrace this increasingly
315-661-3200. 2016, an increase of 25 percent from pared their options achieved payback prospective buyers is not exclusive to a popular energy source.

Augustinian Academy continues its tradition of

academic excellence and Catholic family values
ugustinian Academy is program in the tradition of the
a Pre-K through Grade Sisters of St. Joseph;
8 Catholic school n Accredited by the state of
which has been nur- New York;
turing Catholic family values n Well established academic
since 1885. It offers character program;
and spiritual formation to stu- n Service programs at all lev-
dents of all denominations and els;
maintains an affordable tuition n Qualified and caring teach-
with scholarships available. ers;
Augustinian Academy main- n Advanced Junior High
tains close relationships with classes for Algebra and Earth
local families and those on Fort Science;
Drum. n State of the art computer
There are many reasons to lab and up to date library;
choose Augustinian Academy n High Speed internet and The Hutchins family enjoys a Veterans Day luncheon and
for an education: laptops in each classroom; celebration to honor our parents, alumni and local community
n Family centered environ- n Military Family Life Coun- members who serve our country.
ment; selor provided by the U.S. De-
n After-care program avail- partment of Defense; n Band for grades 4-8; Please contact Mary Ann
able; n Federally funded hot lunch n Science Olympiad; Margrey at 315-493-1301 or at
n No child is denied an edu- program; n Student Council; mmargrey@augustinianacade-
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thousands of miles away feels

Cloud like a dangerous loss of control.
The flip side is that cloud pro-
From L1 viders backup data or mirror
it across their global data cen-
model. When it comes time ters. When a disaster strikes, it
to expand, companies do not will likely exist, thanks to “some
have to purchase capacity that
super-intelligent, redundant al-
may or may not turn a profit. In-
stead, they can seamlessly scale gorithm” that Barton says cloud
up and down on an as needed providers are tasked with creat-
basis. This provision of com- ing.
puting similar to a utility lowers In Watertown, Thomas
the chances of going belly-side Young, Director of IT for Time-
up. It counters the common less Frames, Décor & Expres-
stress of growth with flexibility. sions spoke to the factors busi-
Of course, these innovations nesses still must weigh: “The
are only as helpful as they are return on investment, the sta-
reliable. The quality of the IT bility of the service company,
service, software, and connec-
the responsiveness of the ser-
tion matters.
IT SERVICES vice company and the constan-
“Most small businesses can- cy of pricing over a long period
not afford a dedicated IT staff,” of time are just a few examples.
said Barton. True still, others One of the reasons we have not
cannot secure quality IT be- made a stronger commitment
cause of their locale. For North to cloud services is the cost of
Country companies who have converting our infrastructure
felt the sting of migrating talent, when compared to the return
cloud innovation can act as an on investment.” They are le-
equalizer. gitimate calculations each busi-
For companies in need of IT ness must individually weigh.
staff, cloud computing itself
means that this rural geography
and relatively modest budgets AMANDA MORRISON n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
Westelcom has signed to take
no longer need constrain qual- Andrew Juiliai monitors maps of coverage areas for Westelcom. over Level 3 Communications’
ity. The best IT people tend to 2,400 square foot data center in
migrate away from small scale allow us quicker turn around connections, like cable mo- access without having to lever- that data.” Syracuse, expanding the data
work, choosing to work for the when implementing the system dems, have much faster down- age huge development costs. Yet Wood stressed how cloud center that it has in downtown
large cloud computing compa- than when...using a traditional load than upload. While that is “We’re allowing smaller computing is just one piece Syracuse. “We will be working
nies instead. “As a small busi- in-house system. Upgrades and great for streaming or down- companies to do what a For- of the redundancy his field re-
to build an exchange in Syra-
ness, you pay less for software patches to servers and software loading content, the slow up- tune 500 company would do,” quires. “Being a health care
[are] managed by the service load can hamper moving data Barton said. “Any customer we cuse as well,” Barton said.
and services and can still re- provider our primary concern
provider allowing our internal into the cloud,” Lynch contin- have can connect directly into has always been security of the The leasing illustrates that
ceive the top tier of service and despite any lingering consumer
support from the best individu- staff to concentrate on other ued. “Fiber-based connections, the cloud.” For the north coun- data – who has access to it, how
important strategic initiatives.” like the ones Slic provides are try, which lacks the connectiv- it is backed up, how it is protect- reservations, Westelcom, Slic
als in the industry,” Shannon
added. According to Shannon, the symmetric – you have as much ity of more urban regions, the ed are some of the major con- Network Solutions, and other
QUALITY OF SOFTWARE cyber security company in upload as download – and they network is a large shift. After cerns” he stated. “Also, what regional communications ser-
Cloud services also increase Watertown experiences simi- don’t cost any more than cable- Montreal, the nearest internet do we do to continue to provide vices providers are building the
the quality of software busi- lar software benefits. Business based solutions.” exchange point is in New York care if our outside connectiv- infrastructure that makes cloud
nesses can afford. Barton became more reliable with Companies with ample City, an even farther distance to ity is unavailable – so we have computing affordable, reliable,
explained, “In the past with “Downtime for maintenances means protect their connection cover alone when considering to have plans in place to access and accessible to Northern
software on your computer, eliminated,” he said. “Cloud to the cloud by installing their costs. our critical information in case New York businesses.
you would have to download computing and IT / software own direct path to the large, REDUNDANCY AND of a disaster.” Westelcom plans to continue
updates, or you might have to as a service has reduced down- cloud platforms. They invest SECURITY Some local businesses ex- working closely with the Devel-
pay for them again,”. Software time. Previously, services and whatever amount of fiber optic For Steel Potter of Northern press reservations. Companies
hardware would need to be cable, installation costs, and Computers, the fail-safes pro- opment Authority of the North
subscriptions via the cloud cost and businesses are accustomed
continuously monitored and permits it takes to connect their vided by cloud computing are to having their software on their Country, whose fiber-network
less upfront, allowing busi-
nesses to begin building profit maintained.” Not any more. offices directly to one of the a selling point. “Cloud service personal computers or on their still expands. Speaking of
sooner. In the age of patches CONNECTIVITY huge data centers providers like providers invest in redundancy servers, in house where they DANC, Barton added, “Where
and bug fixes, leasing adds a Yet counting on the cloud Amazon, Google, and Microsoft of the equipment and software can see and control the entire they are and we aren’t, we can
second benefit: subscriptions means counting on your con- have all over the world. This involved,” he said. “The cost of process. still reach people. Our job is to
via the cloud include updates. nection to it. Lynch advises direct connectivity provides this redundancy is typically not Having software or data get you to that cloud infrastruc-
Instead of purchasing a static businesses to consider the faster and more secure service. in a customer’s budget, yet it is hundreds or sometimes even ture.”
piece of programming, provid- quality of the route they have However, small businesses and critical for the reliability busi-
ers maintain and improve the to these distant servers. “The companies that are very rural nesses need to function effi-
leasee’s investment over time.
Subscriptions cost a yearly rate
and continual maintenance is
biggest question they should
ask is do they have a reliable In-
ternet connection. Since all of
often cannot afford to cover the
distance. In the north country,
it is a strategy rarely seen.
Servers in house often lack
the critical redundancy Potter

included. your data and the application To meet the need for con- mentions. Barton explained, July 21-22
Jeff Wood, technical services are in the cloud, losing internet nectivity, Watertown’s Westel- “Let’s say it’s an engineering
manager of Samaritan Medi- service means losing your pro- com has invested in fiber optics firm, and they want all of their Winter Battle Ogdensburg, NY
grams.” and established its own equip- offices throughout the state to
cal Center of Watertown, noted
the time-value of patches. For Consumers also need to be ment and data center in Mon- access that data...If connectiv- Feb. 24-25
a community hospital, long wary that cloud computing treal, Canada where Amazon, ity [goes] out, all their other of-
term care facility, and health- requires quality upload ac- Google, and Microsoft each fices can’t get to it. Whereas if it Primitive Snowshoe
care clinic, the ability to focus cess, not just the download ac- have cloud platforms. It is a its in our facility, we have mul- Biathlon
on other duties has particular cess classic internet delivers. direct connection to the cloud tiple connections coming in. March 3-4
weight. “Cloud applications “Many traditional broadband that customer companies can Other branches can still access

L6 Sunday, February 18, 2018 Progress 2018

Clayton Opera House continues

to contribute to region’s growth
hat creates prog- first class live performances contributed to Clayton’s More than just an exquisite This year we will be updat- second phase of this project.
ress in a small hosted by the Thousand Is- progress. building, the Opera House ing our stage lighting system LED lights will create a great
North Country lands Performing Arts Fund In the 1000 Islands, non- hosts music of all genres, with LED lights. The North- new atmosphere and save a
community? (TIPAF) at the Clayton Opera profits have created signifi- theater and dance, as well ern New York Community substantial amount of mon-
There are many reasons House have brought peo- cant social and cultural capi- as community and private Foundation has been gener- ey in the process.
to come to Clayton, and the ple to the region and have tal. People come to the area events, and it houses the ous in granting us a $10,000 TIPAF continues to build
consistently for activities town of Clayton offices. matching grant to help fund business partnerships with
that enlighten and enrich. The town of Clayton and this project. Through dona- support from sponsors that
These activities offer people TIPAF entered into a pub- tions we have matched that benefit by bringing high
a reason to live in or repeat- lic/private joint venture in grant and to date we have quality performing arts to
edly visit our community. March 2007 to develop “an raised over $15,000 from the region. We have contin-
The Opera House is in the important community cen- businesses and private do- ued to receive support from
center of Clayton’s historic ter and leading venue for the nors toward this project. Watertown Savings Bank,
district, which is on the Na- performing arts” in the 1000 We have started phase one Northern New York Com-
tional Register of Historic Islands. The town owns and of the project in February munity Foundation, The
Edward John Noble Founda-
Places. Run by a professional maintains the building and 2018. The second phase of
tion, Clayton Country Club,
staff, the Opera House’s pop- TIPAF manages the day-to- the project will be completed
Cross Island Farms, North
ularity has grown with both day operation of the Opera by fall of 2018. We need to
audiences and performers. House. raise $9000 to complete the See OPERA L7

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module t’s amazing where a the crew had the footage
phone call will take you. they needed to put together
Back in Spring 2015, I a 22 minute show. Then after
found out about a show waiting almost 11 months,
being produced by the lo-
cal PBS station. It was called
the show launched on PBS
and now lives online.
Xpedition Outdoors and was On 1200 acres, four large
going to focus on regional ponds, and two miles inside
the Adirondack “Blue Line”,
22746 County Route 31
destinations and outdoor
the Oswegatchie Education-
pursuits. I got on the phone,
Watertown, NY 13601 al Center’s location is both
talked to the producers, and beautiful and refreshing.
(315) 782-2422 it became a real prospect. This summer camp and edu-
After a few rainy days and cational retreat center is in It has
one good day outside to film, the northeast corner of Lewis become a fixture in the Lewis
County inside the Croghan County calendar of events
Township. Oswegatchie is not to be missed. In 2017,
owned and operated by the 7,500 rubber ducks raced our
New York FFA Foundation. river and 1500 people attend-
The Oswegatchie Educa- ed to enjoy great food, free
tional Center runs a summer entertainment, and beauti-
camp for youth ages 11 to 18. ful spring weather. We would
The Oswegatchie program appreciate your presence on
is packed full of high level Sunday, April 29, for the 24th
programs, including kay- annual AdironDuck Race.
aks, SUPs, horseback riding, To learn more about Os-
Zip Lines, climbing towers,
wegatchie, go to www.os-
and so much more. Summer We can be
camp tuition is all inclusive
and highly affordable. Oswe- reached by phone at 315-
gatchie takes campers from 346-1222. We look forward
all over New York and they do to furthering the discussion
not need to be members of about how Oswegatchie can
the FFA. It is open to every- be a big part of the future
one. Lewis County.
A great day to visit Os- We hope you enjoy the
wegatchie is at the annual show. Oswegatchie has never
AdironDUCK Race (www. looked better.

Progress 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 L7

Opera York with music director/

conductor Kenneth Andrews
will perform Passion and
From L6 Romance on Saturday, Au-
gust 25 as part of our ongo-
Country Public Radio and ing Sidney T. Cox Memorial
the 1000 Islands Harbor Ho-
Concert sponsored by the
tel. New Patrons continue to
join the ranks of those who Northern New York Commu-
enjoy benefits such as pur- nity Foundation. IBMA 2013
chasing tickets before the Entertainers of the Year the
box office opens to the pub- Gibson Brothers will return
lic and special Patron events. to the stage on Thursday, Au-
Tickets for the 2018 season gust 31.
are now open to new and re- Harpist Martha Galla-
newing Patrons. Tickets go gher will perform on Friday,
on sale to the general public
September 14. Martha will
on March 13, 2018.
Who will be among the share her songs, stories and
performers bringing enthu- inspiration with the audi-
siastic audiences to the Clay- ence. This performance will
ton Opera House in 2018? be cabaret seating with wine
The season begins Sat- and beer available for pur-
urday, April 14, with Leo chase and hors d’ oeuvres
Kottke. Leo is known for his provided.
guitar fingerpicking style TIPAF continues its Arts
that draws on blues, jazz and in Education outreach to re-
folk music. On May 18, the
Dennis Jones Band perform gional school systems, invit-
an evening of American rock ing area students of all ages
and blues. Cabaret seating to attend live performances
for this event will allow for at no cost. On March 28,
concert goers to purchase the Open Hand Theater will
a glass of wine or beer and
enjoy some hors d’ oeuvres
while enjoying this wonder-
present the Secret of the
Puppet Book for K-3 stu-
dents. These programs are
3 tips to finding the right graduate program
ful blues band. Multi-plati- Metro portant it is for prospective Finding such programs re- While many people enroll
made possible by generous
num selling country music Graduate school allows graduate students to find the quires extensive research, so in graduate programs to im-
donations from local area right schools for them. students must afford them- prove their earning potential,
star, Mark Wills will perform college graduates the chance
on May 31. Mark has eight businesses and foundations. to intensify their studies as 1. Conduct exhaustive re- selves ample time. some students may not enjoy
top 10 hits including 19 The popular Clayton Com- they pursue advanced de- search. 2. Speak to current stu- that benefit. The cost of grad
Something, Wish You Were munity Band, resident en- grees. Many professions Because the cost of gradu- dents and recent graduates. school varies depending on
Here and Don’t Laugh At Me. semble of the Clayton Opera require advanced degrees, ate school is so substantial, Current students and re- the school and the program,
June will bring a broad House, under the direction but students may enroll in students should be extra dili- cent graduates can provide a but prospective grad students
genre of performances with of Rick Badour will hold graduate school for various gent when researching po- unique perspective that pro- may want to change their
swing music from Big Bad Tuesday concerts May 8, reasons, including their own tential grad schools. Gather spective grad students won’t plans if the cost of obtain-
Voodoo Daddy returning to intellectual curiosity and the as much information about get from brochures or online ing an advanced degree will
June 26, August 21, October
the Opera House on Satur- chance to improve their earn- each school as possible, even research, no matter how ex- greatly affect their financial
9 and November 27. Tickets contacting department heads haustive that research might freedom for years to come.
day, June 9, Liverpool Leg- ing potential.
ends will perform a tribute for these performances are and/or professors to learn be. Encourage students and Students worried about their
available to the public for Choosing a graduate pro-
to the Beatles on Thursday, if a given program is best for recent grads to be candid, post-grad school earning po-
purchase. gram is an important decision you. Graduate programs tend asking them about their ex- tential may want to choose
June 21 and the Capitol Steps
Other events at the Op- that can impact students’ ca- to be specialized, so make periences as grad students less expensive programs so
will return with their politi-
cal satire on Thursday, June reer prospects and financial sure each school you’re con- and, for recent grads, how they can still pursue their
era House include Nick Di
28. Capitol Steps is being futures. According to Peter- sidering offers exactly what they fared in the job market degrees without mortgaging
Paolo Comedy Show on Fri- son’s Real Guide to Colleges
sponsored by Watertown day, March 16; The Gender you’re seeking. For example, after earning their degrees. their financial futures.
Savings Bank. and Universities, the average graduate programs in history Don’t discount the latter, as Graduate school requires
Defenders Comedy Date annual tuition for a graduate
Our TIPAF Endowment may specialize in a particular grad school is an investment a substantial investment of
Night on Friday, April 20; program at a public univer- period of history. As a result, of time, energy and money, time, energy and money. Pro-
Fundraiser will be on Fri-
day, June 15th this year and ABC 50’s Made in Northern sity is $30,000, while graduate students who want to pursue and that should lead to pro- spective grad students should
will feature Kathryn Inger- New York Talent Show on students at private universi- graduate degrees in history fessional fulfillment upon do everything possible to en-
son and award winning high Saturday, May 14; The But- ties can expect to pay nearly must find the program that graduating. sure they invest in the grad
school students accompa- ler Did It Murder Mystery $40,000 each year. Such fig- allows them to study the pe- 3. Be realistic about your school that best suits their
nied by Chris Hyde-Hall. En- Dinner Theater on Saturday ures illustrate just how im- riod that most interests them. finances. particular needs.
joy complimentary hors d’ May 19; Rock for the River on
oeuvres and beverages while Saturday, July 7; Music Lasts
listening to wonderful music
and supporting the TIPAF
Endowment Fund at the
a Lifetime, An Evening with
Kathryn Ingerson on Satur-
day, July 21; Young People’s
GYMO Architecture, Engineering & Land
Northern New York Commu-
nity Foundation.
July brings a variety of en-
Theater on Friday, July 27;
Ron and Nancy OneSong on
Surveying, DPC: The Year in Review
tertainment including trib- Wednesday, August 1; the

n 2017, GYMO Architec- Central NY. Brian will provide engineering graduate of JCC “Green 2 Green Consult-
utes to the Temptations and Guthrie Brothers, featuring ture, Engineering & Land GYMO the credentials and and Clarkson and is now part ing”, a Service Disabled Vet-
Bee Gees, big band, a Na- music of Simon and Garfun- Surveying, DPC (GYMO) experience to complete com- of the Engineering Depart- eran Owned Small Business
tional Geographic presen- kel and the Everly Brothers continued to expand prehensive Land Use Plan- ment working on a variety of entity, was established in No-
tation and a folk/bluegrass on Saturday, August 4; the quality professional services ning and Master Planning Land Planning and Site Engi- vember. The entity will pro-
musician. A Temptations Miss Thousand Islands Pag- and added nine professional projects across NYS. neering projects. vide Environmental Consult-
Revue featuring former lead personnel from the local area Paul Bragger joins the Kayla Kibling, Sanna Ja- ing services while assisting US
singer of the Temptations eant on Saturday, August
12; the Clayton Jazz Festival to the firm – resulting in an- Land Surveying Department quith, Sauvik Chakraborty, Military veterans with their
and Grammy Award Winner other consecutive year of re- as a Survey Technician. Paul Shana Toro, and Kyle Talbot
September 22-24 and Brigh- transition from military ser-
Barrington “Bo” Henderson cord growth for the firm. comes to GYMO with nearly joined the Environmental
ton Beat on Saturday, Octo- vice to civilian life.
(1998-2003) will perform GYMO would like to ac- 20 years of land surveying ex- Solutions team as Environ-
on Thursday, July 5. Former ber 13. Secondly, the firm is proud
knowledge our clients and perience. He is responsible mental Scientists. Kayla is a to announce the relocation of
child prodigy, singer and Other events are added extend a sincere thank you for performing document degreed Engineer from the
mandolinist Sierra Hull will GYMO’s Professional Offices
to the schedule regularly. for allowing our team of pro- research, and performing University of Rochester and to 18969 US Route 11, Wa-
perform on Wednesday, July Check claytonoperahouse. fessionals to participate with field surveys such as ALTA/ an experienced Design En-
11. Sierra has performed tertown, NY. The new office
com for an up-to-date cal- your projects in the North ACSM Land Title, Boundary, gineer working in both an provides the much-needed
with Alison Krauss, Bela Country and throughout Topographic, Planimetric, Environmental & Civil Engi-
endar of performances or to space for our growing profes-
Fleck and Abigail Washburn. New York State. It is espe- As-Built, Construction, En- neering capacity. Sanna is a
David Doubilet and Jennifer purchase tickets. The box of- sional staff and enhances our
cially gratifying for our “home vironmental Remediation, Biologist holding her degree
Hayes will present a National fice is open Tuesday through collaborative & creative work
town” employees to be inte- three-dimensional GPS con- from Clarkson University
Geographic premier, Islands Friday, 11 am to 5 pm. Call environment.
grally involved in projects that trol Network, and Engineer- and has extensive knowledge
to Ice, on Friday and Satur- 315-686-2200 for informa- positively impact our region, Lastly, the firm announced
ing Design Surveys. in mold and indoor air qual-
day, July 13 and 14. These tion. family, friends, public and Mark Crandall joins GYMO ity. Sauvik is a graduate of the opening of a new Profes-
two presentations will ben- The foresighted agree- military neighbors. as both a Managing Architec- Minot University with a de- sional Office in Old Forge, NY.
efit the Thousand Islands ment between the town of Key employees added to tural representative and Land gree in Geology. He is a highly This office allows GYMO per-
Performing Arts Fund and our Professional Staff include Planner in the Engineering skilled, multilingual Geologi- sonnel to serve our Architec-
Clayton and TIPAF held the
the Thousand Islands Emer- Brian Madigan, Paul Bragger, department. Mark has 20+ cal Professional with experi- ture, Engineering, Land Sur-
promise that, by giving audi- veying and Environmental
gency Rescue Service. The Mark Crandall, George Birth, years of extensive experience ence in computational geo-
World Famous Glenn Miller ences a reason to regularly clients within and adjacent to
Kayla Kibling, Sanna Jaquith, working with an award-win- logical analysis. Shana holds
Orchestra will perform on come to downtown Clay- the Adirondack Park.
Sauvik Chakraborty, Shana ning, well renouned Master an Environmental Science
Thursday, July 19 and Bee ton, other businesses might Toro, and Kyle Talbot. Planning and Landscape Ar- degree with expertise in en- GYMO Architecture, En-
Gees Gold will perform a flourish, too. Such economic Brian Madigan is a Regis- chitectural firm in Central vironmental compliance and gineering & Land Surveying,
tribute to the Bee Gees on stimulation is the dividend tered Landscape Architect New York and offers GYMO indoor air quality. Kyle Talbot DPC would like to extend a
Thursday, July 26. Bee Gees nonprofits provide when from the Syracuse area and is unique perspective and cre- is an experienced Environ- sincere thank you to our val-
Gold is being sponsored by they generate social and cul- the Director of the Land Plan- ativity; developing projects mental Technician working ued clients across the state.
the Clayton Country Club. tural capital in a small com- ning and Design Department from ideas to realism incor- on indoor air quality projects. We look forward to continu-
August brings in jazz musi- at GYMO. Brian has extensive porating “with the moment” 2017 was also highlighted ing these relationships and as
cian Larry Carlton on August planning experience with design graphics. by three other prolific an- always, developing many new
2. Larry recorded his first LP The arts bring life to a
community. People flock to several prominent firms in George Birth is an nouncements by the firm: ones in 2018.
With A Little Help From My
Friends in 1968 and has been Clayton to experience the
featured with stars from arts, culture, 1000 Islands
every genre ranging from history and the river’s natu-
Sammy Davis, Jr. and Herb ral beauty. The Clayton Op-
Albert to Quincy Jones, Paul era House, through the town
Anka and Michael Jackson. of Clayton’s commitment
On Thursday, August 9, The and TIPAF’s dedicated man-
Hit Men-Former lead singers
with Frankie Vallie and The agement, has been an inte-
Four Seasons, Carly Simon, gral part of helping a small
Jim Croce and more return to village on the St. Lawrence
the Opera House stage. The River come alive with activ-
Orchestra of Northern New ity, purpose and progress.

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NNY showing signs of economic progress

Openings and expansions have the north country set up for a prosperous 2018
Entrepreneurs opened new
doors for the north country’s
economy last year as some
created new enterprises and
others expanded their existing
Canadian manufacturers
opened facilities in St. Law-
rence County and local busi-
nesses constructed additions.
Some projects have already
yielded new jobs.
Residents with ambitious
ideas filled vacant storefronts
along Public Square in Water-
town with brand new restau-
rants and attractions.
Airlines have soared past
their personal records for the
services they offer at airports
in Ogdensburg and Water-
These achievements have
demonstrated the continued
vitality of major sectors in the
region’s economy and its po-
tential to increase employ-
ment in the area.
A Toronto mining company
broke ground last year for a
new operation at the former
St. Lawrence Zinc Co. in the
town of Fowler.
While Titan Mining Corp.
didn’t officially open Empire
State Mines on Sylvia Lake
Road until January, it had
already hired more than 70
workers by November and be-
gan a workforce training pro- Electricians wait for a ride to a job site at a storage/service area more than three thousand feet below the surface at St. Lawrence Zinc in Fowler.
gram. lent example of a Canadian
Dumas Mining, another company recognizing the
Toronto company with a U.S. value of locating in the author-
subsidiary, also hired 26 work- ity’s industrial park, creating
ers, most local residents, to employment opportunities for
handle the underground op- Northern New York residents,”
eration for the first 12 months. said the Ogdensburg Bridge
“We are growing very quick- and Port Authority’s executive
ly and things are now moving director, Wade A. Davis, in Oc-
very fast,” said Clara Cum- tober.
mings, the mine’s human- Flexus Electronics, Ottawa,
resources director, in Novem- also set up shop last year in the
ber. OBPA’s Commerce Park.
Empire State Mines, which The wire and cable manu-
acts as a subsidiary of Titan facturer opened a facility in
Mining Corp., had 162 work- Ogdensburg to produce stock
ers, including contractors, as for Buy America contracts. It
of January. More than 80 per- serves several customers on
cent of that workforce consist- both sides of the border and
ed of local laborers. purchases 85 percent of its
New York Power Author- materials from U.S. suppliers.
ity is providing 4 megawatts of The new facility is expected
low-cost hydropower gener- to yield 15 jobs in the first three
ated at the St. Lawrence-FDR years of business.
Dam, Massena.
Kraft-Heinz has made prog- The Lewis County Planning Board has approved planned upgrades to wastewater pre-treatment at the Kraft Heinz plant in Lowville.
a uniquely strong and diverse
natural resource base,” said ress toward the expansion last year, which caused an
Patrick J. Kelly, director of the project at its cream cheese uptick in third-quarter home
St. Lawrence County Indus- plant in Lowville. sales compared with the same
trial Development Agency, in The project is expected to period in 2016.
January. “It is a tremendous increase cream cheese pro- Cheryl A. Mayforth, di-
boost to our economy when duction and add lines for new rector of the Jefferson
those resources are being uti- products, including the line County Department
lized to create jobs and invest- for string cheese the manufac- of Employment &
ments in the county.” turer implemented last year. Training at the
Canexsys Networks Inc. “It’s been a long journey,” WorkPlace,
opened a new manufacturing said Gerald “Joe” Boshart, said in De-
facility in a 20,000-square-foot chairman of the Lowville Vil- cember that
building at the Ogdensburg lage Planning Board, in June. the project
Bridge and Port Authority’s “I hope it continues. Good led Kraft-
Commerce Park. luck.” Heinz to hire
According to the St. Law- While Kraft-Heinz hasn’t more workers,
rence County Industrial De- completed its expansion yet, which helped bring
velopment Agency, the man- employment officials and real down the county’s unemploy-
ufacturer, a subsidiary of an estate agents have cited its
ment rate.
Ottawa company, hired more progress as a cause of econom-
Johnson Lumber also spent
than 20 full-time employees ic growth in Lewis County.
last year building a new facility
to make digital-phone line Vickie L. Staie, president of
at its Denmark site. The addi-
splitters and plastic injection the Jefferson-Lewis Board of
tion will house machinery for
molding for the telecommuni- Realtors, said in January the
its prefinished pine division.
cations field. expansion led more people to
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must thank all of our pa-
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we are your choice for wedding
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dings under our belts since receptions as well as many other
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Why, and
how, to plan
for a very
long life with
RBC Wealth
hen creating a long-term invest-
ment strategy, you need to think
about your goals, circumstances,
risk tolerance and liquidity needs.
But you should also place considerable weight
on one other factor: your projected longevity.
Your estimated life span can help determine
CHRISTOPHER LENNEY n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES how much you need to save and invest, how
Geologist Karl Juergensen looks at the “General Lee” an electric loader at a storage/service area more than 3,000 feet below the surface at St. much you can afford to withdraw each year
Lawrence Zinc in Fowler. from your retirement accounts, how much in-
surance to carry, and how much you may be
Progress able to leave to your family.
Of course, none of us can say for sure how
From M1 long we will live. We might look at our family
history of longevity and our own health status
for clues. But a growing body of evidence sug-
Owners Robert P., Ronald J. and Michael
gests a lot of us are actually underestimating
R. Johnson plan to hire ive employees after
how long we are going to be around.
they inish the 20,000-square-foot building.
Both Lt. Gov. Kathy C. Hochul and U.S.
Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, visited LIFE SPANS ARE GOING UP
the mill last year and witnessed the ongoing According to the National Center for Health
expansion. Statistics, a 65-year-old man is expected to live
“This is a very good story for the north another 17.9 years (to age 82.9). And a 65-year-
country and Lewis County,” Lt. Gov. Hochul old woman can anticipate living another 20.5
said. years (to age 85.5). These numbers have been
Two Ogdensburg manufacturers complet- repeatedly revised upward in recent years, in-
ed their expansion endeavors last year. dicating a clear trend toward greater longevity.
Ansen Corp., which manufacturers elec- For further proof, the Centers for Disease Con-
tronic components at the OBPA’s Commerce trol and Prevention reports that the population
Park, acquired a second facility in the park of U.S. centenarians (those reaching 100 years
and hired 20 additional employees. of age) has grown by 44 percent since the year
BlastBoss Inc., which distributes blast- 2000.
ing materials, purchased the Corning ware- Given these facts, you might want to review
house building at 1857 Ford St. last year. The your portfolio to determine if it is well-posi-
company employs eight people. tioned to help sustain you for a longer lifetime
“They now operate a sand blasting com- than you may once have envisioned – keeping
pany, supplying sandblasting abrasives, and in mind that investing successfully for longevity
assembling sandblasting machines,” said is more than a matter of how much you invest.
Ogdensburg Planning and Development Di- CHRISTIAN K. LEE n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
You may also want to reevaluate how you are
rector Andrea L. Smith in January. “This lo- The Lincoln Building in downtown Watertown. investing.
cation also serves as a hub for shipping these During your retirement years, when you rely
products throughout the Northeast.” Port Authority, completed a $26 million ex- on some of your investments for income, you
TAKING TO THE SKIES pansion for the facility. need growth potential in your portfolio as well.
The engineering, planning and consulting Growth may help you prepare for a longer time
Carriers that offer lights out of the Og-
irm McFarland-Johnson, of Binghamton, horizon.
densburg International Airport made head-
oversaw the 4,000-foot runway extension
lines last year when one incorporated a new
and construction for the new terminal build- COSTS ARE GOING UP TOO
destination and another broke company
ing. Inlation has been low for several years, al-
passenger records.
The New York Aviation Association award- though that could change in the future. Even at
Airport oficials in November welcomed
ed the expansion its Phil Brito Memorial a relatively low 3 percent inlation rate, prices
passengers from Allegiant Air’s irst light
Project of the Year designation in November. double roughly every 25 years. Depending on
between Ogdensburg and the Tampa-St.
“This is a project that everyone involved your personal needs, your spending may go up
Petersburg Airport in Florida. The irst pas-
can be proud of,” said Chad Nixon, senior over time. For example, you may pay for more
senger to use the new service arrived in Og-
vice president at McFarland-Johnson in No- doctor’s ofice visits and prescriptions to help
densburg on Nov. 16, the same day its lights
vember. you stay healthy as you get older.
from Ogdensburg to Tampa-St. Petersburg
The Watertown International Airport To help your purchasing power keep up with
Airport airport commenced. would ill in,” Ms. Turck said.
broke its own record last year with 43,000 inlation, it may be practical to diversify conser-
The Las Vegas airline began offering lights The three businesses were joined by two
passengers as of Nov. 30, the highest since it vative portfolios heavy on ixed income alloca-
from Ogdensburg to Florida when it intro-
introduced major passenger air carriers. new neighbors who opened nearby facilities: tions by reallocating a portion toward conser-
duced lights between the city and Orlando-
The airport in November saw a 59 percent Spokes Craft Beer and Tapas Restaurant, 81 vative equity investments that may provide the
increase in passenger use compared to the Public Square, and Whistlers Tavern, 107 growth you need for a longer retirement.
“Direct access to central Florida four times
same time in 2016, with 4,743 passengers Public Square. The businesses opened in By planning for greater longevity, you can
per week via Allegiant is a game-changer for
coming from and going to the airport. July and October, respectively. help yourself feel more conident about your
the air traveler,” said Wade A. Davis, the OB-
Passenger numbers have signiicantly in- “In the next few years, there’s going to be ability to enjoy a long and happy retirement.
PA’s executive director, in November.
Another airline service at the airport, Cape creased since the airport reintroduced the more foot trafic staying downtown,” said This article is provided by RBC Wealth Man-
Air, experienced record-breaking passenger 50-seat model CRJ 200 jet aircraft in July. Jeremy J. Tanner, general manager for Whis- agement on behalf of Christine M. Cisco, a Fi-
numbers. REVIVING WATERTOWN tlers Tavern, in October. nancial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management,
The Massachusetts independent carrier Business owners opened up shop last year Entrepreneur Terrie L. LaLone opened her and may not be exclusive to this publication.
broke its passenger records for October, Sep- in once vacant storefronts on Public Square, health and wellness products business, the The information included in this article is not
tember and August when it served 1,051, 875 ushering in a renaissance of downtown Wa- Great Escape Mind, Body and Soul, in May in intended to be used as the primary basis for
and 1,090 passengers, respectively. tertown. the Commerce Building. making investment decisions. RBC Wealth
“Cape Air’s focus remains to provide fre- Erica L. Turck, owner of the irst new ten- Management does not endorse this organiza-
The historic Franklin Building also wel-
quent and affordable air service to com- ant in the Lincoln Building, Vigilante Yoga, tion or publication. Consult your investment
comed new tenants including Rhonda’s
munities,” said Cape Air President Linda opened her second business, Atman Juice professional for additional information and
Markham in November. “This, paired with Bar and Cafe, last year in the same store- FooteWorks, the Downtown Local Lounge guidance.
our collaboration with the Ogdensburg In- front. Watertown Insurance Services and and ACR Health’s fixed-site syringe ex- Non-Deposit Investment Products: n Not
ternational Airport and the surrounding Marcy Spa & Salon joined Ms. Turck’s enter- change. FDIC Insured n Not Bank Guaranteed n May
community, results in our continued suc- prises as the historic building’s second and “I love the fact that there’s a booming little Lose Value
cess.” third tenants. building illed with artists and I’ll it right in,” RBC Wealth Management, a division of RBC
The success comes one year after the air- “I saw the potential and beauty of the said dance studio owner Rhonda M. Foote in Capital Markets, LLC, Member NYSE/FINRA/
port’s owner, the Ogdensburg Bridge and building and I trusted that other business April. SIPC

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Arbor Care Tree Services

emphasizes professionalism
elebrating their first-
year anniversary, Arbor
Care Tree Service pro-
vides their tree services
with integrity, quality, safety,
and an unmatched profession-
Locally owned by Herb Frost,
the company seeks to protect
their client’s homes, camps, ve-
hicles, and properties from ice
storms, windstorms and other
North Country weather before
the damage occurs, but they are
also there for emergency servic-
es if the damage has already oc- Herb Frost, owner of Arbor Care Tree Service.
The staff at M.R. Gaebel, Inc. is ready to help the community’s needs. curred. Located in Harrisville, Owner Herb Frost promises They are fully insured and will
Arbor Care has had a tremen-
to go above and beyond to sat-

New tax laws require dous first year and expanded assess your property for free.
their service area to include all isfy his customers with quick To speak with the knowl-
of Jefferson, Lewis, Southern St. and safe, quality services at af- edgeable team at Arbor Care, or
Lawrence, Oswego, and Oneida fordable prices. Keeping their
to schedule your free estimate,

real tax professionals Counties.

As the leading Tree Service
Professional in the area, Mr.
Frost continues to be involved
customers safe is his top priori-
ty. “You can rest assured the job
will be done right the first time!
Safely, and Professionally.”
call 315-608-1903, or visit their
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.R. Gaebel, Inc., Another example of how week doing payroll and re- with principal organizations
27 Barr Street, things are rapidly changing, cord-keeping, when they such as the Tree Care Indus-
Carthage, sets and why you need true pro- could utilize that time on try Association [TCIA] and the
the standard of fessionals, is a pending bill their business generating International Society of Arbo-
tax and accounting services in New York State that seeks more income. Our payroll riculture [ISA] to foster basic
for businesses and residents to address issues related to services are an affordable, principles and standards of pro-
of Jefferson, Lewis and St. the new federal tax law in timely, local option to make fessionalism, safety and con-
Lawrence counties. They regards to limiting deduc- doing payroll and record- tinuing education. His certified
specialize in offering their tions on property taxes and keeping easier. We offer a expertise will be able to provide
clients personalized, pro- other itemized deductions. variety of services, ranging an accurate diagnosis and so-
fessional, quality service to- The bill wants to make sure from certified payrolls, year- lution for each property. While
gether with CPA expertise, New York State residents are end and quarterly reports, the North Country has beauti-
knowledge and experience, not penalized with any of the payroll checks, payroll tax- ful scenic trees, they can cause
all at affordable rates. To- new Federal Tax Law. Mr. es, direct deposits, workers a lot of damage. Arbor Care can
gether, Gary Rowe, Owner/ Gaebel will be here to help compensation audits and evaluate your individual prop-
CPA and his staff have a com- you sort it out. more.” M.R. Gaebel has the erty situation and work with
bined total of over 120 years M.R. Gaebel Inc. offers a experience and knowledge the property owner to develop
of not only tax preparation complete line of individual to maximize profitability a plan that addresses safety and
experience when new laws services such as: tax returns; and minimize taxes. They al- maintains overall aesthetics.
come into effect, but also in income, sales, and estate so have the experience nec- If damage does occur, Arbor
tax “controversies,” along tax preparation; represen- essary to accommodate mili- Care can be relied upon from
with handling IRS liens and tation before IRS and NYS tary families with the ability initial contact to final cleanup,
levys, IRS debts, innocent tax department; financial to file for all 50 states in the and will provide an unmatched
spouse relief, unfiled tax management and consul- country. level of customer service. Tree
problems and payroll. tation; financial planning; To schedule an appoint- Services include tree trimming,
With the new tax law re- and farm and agricultural ment for individual tax ser- tree removal, cabling, landscap-
cently passed by Congress, services. Small Business Pay- vices or for more informa- ing, lawn care services, storm
there seems to be a percep- roll and Record Keeping are tion on the new tax law and damage repair, brush cleanup,
tion that preparing your an important part of the ser- how we can help, please call stump grinding, stump removal
taxes will be easier than in vices offered at M.R. Gaebel. 315-493-1862 or visit them at and more. They also special-
previous years. However, “Small business owners their website, www.mrgaeb- ize in site clearing for new con-
the opposite may actually spend countless hours each struction or development.
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M4 Sunday, February 18, 2018 Progress 2018

Social Security
continues to
review its policies
and procedures
and make changes
to its rules
ocial Security con-
tinues to review and
make changes to its
rules and regula-
tions affecting claims for
disability and SSI benefits.
An overhaul of the Listings
of Impairments for Mental
Health Disorders became
effective on Jan. 17, 2017.
On March 27, 2017, Social
Security’s final rules “Revi-
sions Regarding the Evalu-
ation of Medical Evidence”
went into effect, eliminating
what was long known as the
“treating source rule” and
allowing Physician’s Assis-
tants and Nurse Practitio-
ners to be considered “ac- Administrative Law Judge
ceptable medical sources.” hearing, and beyond the Extreme Rides by Big Apple is located in the Big Apple Plaza on Route 11, just outside the Main Gate of Fort Drum.
Updates to the Code of hearing level to the Appeals
Federal Regulations and
Social Security Rulings
also changed the rules re-
garding the deadlines for
Born and raised in West
Leyden, New York, she at-
tended Adirondack High
Two locations for Big Apple
the submission of medi-

Music serve your home and

School, and received her
cal evidence. Hearings are Bachelor’s Degree from
now scheduled with a 75- SUNY Albany in 1990.
day Notice instead of a 20- From 2001 through 2010,
day notice. These are just a she worked under an attor-
few of the highlights of the
changes in Social Security
Law that impact the way
cases are handled and pre-
ney handling Social Secu-
rity claims, and in 2005 she
passed Social Security’s rig-
orous exam to become an
vehicle electronic needs
sented to the Social Security “Eligible for Direct-Fee Pay- or over 30 years, Big cars and trucks, of course, but unbelievable bargain deal, but Apple has also done work in
Administration. ment Non-Attorney [EDP- Apple Music, owned also motorcycles, ATVs, snow- we will offer you the best quali- most of your favorite restau-
Kimberly MacDougall, NA].” and operated by Rob- mobiles and boats. Plus, we ty, best brands, installed by the rants, car dealerships, hotels,
EDPNA, continues to stay In order to maintain this ert “Bobby” Ferris, has have a full line of apparel and area’s best professionals and and more.
on top of regulatory changes standing with the Social been bringing you the best and we do window tinting, as well our lowest price guarantee. “Whether it’s adding a new
that may impact your ben- Security Administration, biggest names in car and home as vehicle detailing. The sec- That is what we are all about!” TV, lights for a dance floor or
efits claim. If you are out of she completes Continuing electronics at the lowest pric- ond location also makes it very In addition to the tradi- just some basic background
work as a result of a physical Education courses annually es guaranteed. Traditionally convenient for everyone sta- tional items like car starters, music…we do it all,” Mr. Fer-
or mental impairment that which are directly related to ,customers would visit their tioned at Fort Drum.” car stereos, and vehicle acces- ris said. A large portion of their
has lasted [or is expected to the practice of Social Securi- Arsenal Street location in Wa- Big Apple Music’s business sories, Big Apple Music offers custom business is wiring new
last] for at least a year, you ty Law. She is registered with tertown. Now, Big Apple Music has grown over the years by a large custom home theater homes with the latest in elec-
may be qualified to receive Social Security’s online sys- fans have a second location, providing car, home audio/ and commercial audio and tronics. Customers have been
disability benefits through tem so that she can obtain Extreme Rides by Big Apple, in video electronics, car starters, video side to their business. asking for years, “What do I
the Social Security Admin- direct access to her clients’ the Big Apple Plaza on Route television and home theater, “With the advancements in have to do to make my home
istration. Unfortunately, files. She is also a member of 11, just outside the Main Gate motorcycle and marine audio, HD television and projec- ready for the future? That’s
many individuals who apply the National Association of of Fort Drum for all of their car a booming commercial video tion TVs, people are setting is one of our specialties. We
for these benefits are denied Disability Representatives and home electronic needs. and audio business, to a new up theaters in their home. We wire and install Time Warner
at the initial level and must [NADR], National Organi- Extreme Rides features vehicle accessory line, which work with local architects, Cable, Direct TV, phones, data,
file an appeal. This appeal zation for Social Security many of the same items that includes items like tonneau contractors and home owners wireless systems, flat screen
results in an Administrative Claimant Representatives the main store offers but with covers, rims and more. “Thou- to design custom one-of-a- TV panels and complete
Law Judge [ALJ] hearing. [NOSSCR] and the National an amped-up twist! “The new sands of customers have trust- kind solutions to all their indi- home audio systems with
Obtaining a representative Committee to Preserve So- store has an even greater focus ed us for over 30 years for their vidual needs,” Mr. Ferris said. touch screen keypads for each
for your disability hearing cial Security and Medicare on accessorizing and power car and home audio/video so- In terms of commercial busi- room.”
is not required by the law. [NCPSSM]. sports,” explained Mr. Ferris. lutions. That says a lot. We are ness, he described how they For more information on
However, your chances Now in her eighth year in “Basically, if you can drive it, extremely grateful and proud work with local businesses Big Apple Music, visit www.
of success are greatly in- private practice, Kimberly ride it on land or water, we can of that. We aren’t the type in the area to set up flat panel or
creased when your case has MacDougall has success- put audio in it, accessorize or of business that is going to monitors, sound systems, con- www.extremeridesbybigap-
been thoroughly prepared fully represented hundreds customize it, to fit your style. scream and shout about low, ference room systems, and
by a representative who can throughout her career as We can do vehicles such as low prices or come in for this customer service displays. Big
articulate the merits of your a disability advocate. She
claim before an ALJ. provides free consultations
Kimberly MacDougall is a by telephone and sched-
Non-Attorney Representa- ules face-to-face appoint-
tive whose goal is to provide ments with her clients in the
professional and consider- convenience of their own
ate advocacy to individuals homes in preparation for
who are unable to work due their hearings.
to a disability. She not only She can be reached at
represents adults but also 315-942-6883 or by email at
children with disabilities NorthCountryAdvocate@
who may qualify for Child You can also
SSI benefits, assisting claim- visit her website at www.
ants from the initial ap- NorthCountryAdvocate.vp-
plication level through the

Extreme Rides by Big Apple is located in the Big Apple Plaza on Route 11, just outside the Main Gate of Fort Drum.

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and fabric repair and restora- always. Fuller saw an opportunity and and how it can be helpful when each of our employees have
opened the agency in Septem- represents numerous insur-
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save money. you on your schedule. ber 1980 on State Street in Car- arise. The agency hopes that agency now operates from ance carriers and has access to
We are fully insured and par- If you know of someone who thage. Bill Fuller passed away people who read the online its office building at 110 S. many others through specialty
ticipate in on-going training to needs our service, please give in 2006 but the agency remains information will benefit from School St., Carthage, which programs.
ensure highest quality of work- us a call at 315-778-8418, email in the family with sons Aaron the items and pass it along to was bought and renovated by The agency can be contact-
manship. Give us a call or email us at cciofwatertown@wecan- and Adam, and daughter Di- others. Adam Fuller shared a Mr. Fuller in 1986. Addition- ed in Carthage at 315-493-2110
us today to see how easy it is to or visit us on Face- ana Clement, all active in the recent example of their online ally, Fuller Insurance bought or in Canton at 315-386-3403,
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Over the last 38 years, many go on our Facebook page and early 90s and operates that as a
things have changed as the click on one button and get
agency adapted to an ever- a quote for different types of
changing insurance industry insurances. We will use our
and new technologies. One of competitive rate analysis [as
those technologies is the rise an Independent Insurance
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websites, and other digital option for your needs. But you
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pect to see in the new year from you want, in the evening, over
Fuller Insurance are updates the weekend etc. Just a way to
to their social media account make it more convenient for
with regular informative post- our clients.”
ings and relevant content as it Aaron Fuller mentions that

An example of a Bobcat seat that was fixed at Creative Colors

Things Hap en
I N SU R A NC E (315) 393-2190

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3 ways professionals can be more efficient

Metro Thirty-one percent of workers following tips may help them day. People who commute via While these devices may the- that grocery lists help consum-
People with multiple hob- surveyed admitted wasting become more efficient and public transportation can use oretically allow workers to ers at the grocery store. When
bies recognize there are many roughly 30 minutes per day, stop wasting so much time. the time they spend going to become more productive, re- visiting a grocery store without
great ways to spend one’s time. while another 31 percent esti- 1. Make better use of your and from the office to answer search suggests otherwise. a shopping list, shoppers are
But even people with plenty of mated they waste around one commute. emails, review schedules or Professor, researcher and bound to forget items, neces-
ways to pass their time may hour each day. Perhaps the Figures from the U.S. Cen- even work on projects. Com- author Gloria Mark with the sitating follow-up visits to the
find themselves wasting time most surprising finding from sus Bureau indicates that the muters who drive themselves University of California, Irvine store, and waste time wonder-
each day, a phenomenon that the survey was that 4 percent average worker spent 26 min- to work can consider switch- says that activity switching and ing what they need. Without
of participants admitted they utes traveling to work, the ing to public transportation or, being frequently interrupted,
seems to be growing. schedules in an office environ-
waste four or more hours, or at most recent year for which the if possible, move closer to their including self-interruptions
In its 2014 ‘Wasting Time ment, workers may allow time
least half a typically eight-hour USCB has data. That marks a offices so they spend less time like checking social media and
at Work’ survey, workday, at work each day. nearly 20 percent increase in sitting in their vehicles, where email, can lead people to de- to idle away because there are
found that 89 percent of par- Some people might be wast- average commute time since they have no choice but to be velop short attention spans. no deadlines motivating them
ticipants acknowledged wast- ing time out of sheer boredom, 1980. Things aren’t much unproductive. That inability to focus for ex- to complete projects.
ing time at work each day. but many may be able to trace better in Canada, where the 2. Stop multitasking. tended periods of time can ad- Taking steps to be more ef-
That marked a sharp increase all those squandered minutes National Household Survey Information is now seem- versely affect efficiency. ficient at work can allow busi-
from a year prior, when 69 and hours to inefficiency. For found that the average com- ingly always at our fingertips 3. Embrace scheduling. nesses and their employees to
percent of workers surveyed those who count themselves muter spends just over 25 thanks to mobile devices like Schedules can help profes- thrive while ensuring as little
reported wasting time at work. among the latter group, the minutes traveling to work each smartphones and tablets. sionals in much the same way time as possible is wasted.

Goodrich Refrigeration making Bill’s Feed Service

the move to bigger, newer facility
oodrich Refrigera- attached 720 square feet of of-
tion has operated fice space. Both are set up for
from their Brasher future expansion on a 2 ¼ acre
Falls home since 1995 lot at 1986 State Highway 11C
and it is time to make a move. in North Lawrence. It is better
They are building a new facil- suited to receiving truck deliv-
ity in North Lawrence to better eries than the current location.
serve their customers. With They have natural gas, three
the additional space, they are phase electric service, high
planning to do fabrication speed internet, municipal
and refurbishing of refrigera- sewer and a drilled well at this
tion equipment. There will site. They hope to use the extra
also be space to do new tech- space to expand their services
nician training onsite. Their in the HVAC and refrigera-
new building consists of a 3200 tion business across the North
square foot steel building with Country region.

888-599-2653 Bill’s Feed Service

Rt. 3 & 26, Great Bend • 6 Days a Week • (315) 493-9505

Commercial Refrigeration • Feed • Seeds • Fertilizer • Hardware • Farm Supplies

• Live Bait • Sporting Goods • Hunting, Fishing &
Employees at Bill’s Feed Service, 25027 County Route 197, Great
Bend, include, in front, from left, Ellyse E. Richardson, William
H. Nier Jr. and Samantha L. Moser. In the middle row are Heidi
& Air Conditioning Muzzleloading • LP Gas • Mulch R. Segovis and Dylan J. Intorcia and in back, Brian L. Friend and
Thomas W. Woodcock. They are ready to see to your farm feed
needs six days a week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday,
and 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays. In addition, the retail store sells a
variety of products including hardware, clothing, LP fills, boots,
Serving The North Country sporting goods, gardening and lawn supplies. Call 315-493-9505 to
place your order.

Progress 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 M7

The satisfaction of
customers is number
one at Nortz & Virkler
ortz & Virkler Inc. their first vehicles at Nortz &
is marking their Virkler, just like the genera-
102nd anniversary tions before them did.
as a family busi- New to the organiza-
ness. Nick, Tim, Rick, Bill tion in 2009, we started a
and Brad Nortz make up rental car agency, “Rides
the third generation of the 4 Less.” This goes hand-
Nortz family to operate the
in-hand with our car busi-
local Ford dealership.
ness and parts and service
The renovated business
now offers four new service business and also with lo-
bays with additional service cal body shops in the Lewis
personnel, as well as a com- and Jefferson county area.
pletely redesigned show- The business has daily and
room and customer lounge. weekly rates.
We now have a new Now local people don’t
“state-of-the-art” Hunter have to drive to Watertown
Laser Hawkeye 4 wheel to get a rental car when their
alignment system. car is being repaired or if
“We hope to continue you just need a rental for
for another 100 years for multi-person use for fam-
the next generation,” Nick ily trips or group trips. Give
Nortz said. Rides 4 Less a call at 315-
The spring line-up at Gamble Distributors Inc. The customer is what 376-6594.
is important at Nortz &
Creative and flexible fi-

Gamble Distributors has been Virkler, Inc. It has been that

way since the company be-
gan over 100 years ago.
Nortz & Virkler was
nancing is important at
Nortz & Virkler, Inc. Stop in
at their location on South

answering outdoor power needs awarded a President’s

Award, which is awarded to
less than 300 dealers out of
4,200 nationwide. The cri-
State Street, Lowville, or
visit their website at www.
and see what they have to

for 70 years teria includes customer sat-

isfaction in both sales and
services for a given model
offer. Nick, Tim or Brad will
be happy to help you any-
Check out our complete

amble Distributors see today. located at the same location, Global Group Dealer. They “The Boys” sell personal
Inc., 37231 State Gamble Distributors offer carries the Polaris line-up also retail lawn and garden line of inventory at www.
service as well as the quality
Route 3, Carthage, MTD Lawn and Garden Parts, of snowmobiles, ATVs and products by Ferris commer- of a Ford vehicle. They un- They also have added a
offers one-stop Troy-Bilt parts and units to Rangers, and all accessories cial mowers, Country Clip- derstand how north coun- used car business in Boon-
shopping to individuals and dealers in different regions to compliment your needs. per Zero turn mowers, Cub try residents live, and their
businesses with their two di- of New York State. Their dis- We are not out of winter yet, Cadet, Troy-Bilt, Shindaiwa, ville, N&V Auto, a Nortz &
vehicle suggestions can be
visions: a distribution center tribution center also staffs and Gamble’s carries a com- Husqvarna and Agri-Fab. Virkler affiliate selling all
trusted. Trust, honesty, in-
and a retail store. They have an in-house call center for plete line of Cub Cadet, Troy- The store offers parts, ac- tegrity and personal interest makes of quality late model
been recognized as one of MTD customers in New York. Bilt and the very popular Ari- cessories and a full-service are important. used cars and trucks. Hank
the area’s longest established Gambles Distribution Cen- ens snow throwers. Plus, they department for all products Their repeat customer Treen has joined the Boon-
businesses by offering qual- ter has been named the MTD service everything they sell, sold. They can be reached by base speaks highly of Nortz ville sales staff.
ity products backed up by the Central Distributor of the something the Big Box stores calling 315-493-2270 or on- & Virkler. They have many They are open in Boon-
best in sales and service. Year numerous times. This don’t offer. line at life-long customers and ville daily, Monday through
Gamble’s is proud to be cel- award was based on Gamble When the warmer weather And, in 2017, they launched enjoy watching the genera- Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and
ebrating their 70th anniver- Distributors outperforming returns, the retail store offers their Facebook page, which tions grow and purchase Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
sary this year. From its start seven other distributors in the a full line of marine products has developed a growing fol-
on April 5, 1947, when Warren United States. from Sweetwater, SanPan and lowing. The Facebook page
and his wife, Jessie, started Gamble Distributors dis- Aqua Patio pontoon boats, provides informative tips, in-
on their first job of overhaul- tributes MTD lawnmower, Polar Kraft aluminum boats, formation and sales that can-
ing a neighbor’s car, the little snow thrower, and wood Stingray powerboats, Hur- not be found anywhere else.
machine shop survived and splitter parts and Troy-Bilt ricane Deck boats, Yamaha Be sure to check it out!
grew. Gamble Machine was Units to dealers throughout Waverunners and Yamaha The Gamble family recog-
incorporated in 1959 and the state of New York. Gam- outboards… all trailered by nizes the hard work and dedi-
Gamble Distributors in 1960. ble Distributors was also ap- Eagle, Yacht Club, and Triton cation of their employees for
That year, a new building was pointed the exclusive Distrib- trailers. their success, and would like
erected to accommodate the utor for Country Clipper Zero Gamble’s has won the to thank all their customers
business and the retail sales Turn mowers and parts for prestigious Nautic Global for their business and sup-
outlet. This building has been the North East United States. Group Godfrey Marine “Silver port. Gamble Distributors
expanded and modified sev- Gamble’s wants to remind Sales Award” for Outstand- Inc., 37231 State Route 3, Car- Nortz & Virkler, 7468 S. State St., Lowville, has been serving the
eral times to achieve what you everyone their retail store, ing Achievement as a Nautic thage. Lewis County community for more than a century.

2018 Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce

he Greater Ogdens- nual Chamber Member Direc- Inc.; Off the Hook B & B; NBT tinues to offer a satellite office members and their contribu- committed to improving Og-
burg Chamber of Com- tory Bank; Kimro’s Medicine Place; at the Sherman Inn in Ogdens- tions to the Chamber and the densburg by helping busi-
merce is excited about n Discount prescription LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home burg on Tuesdays from 9 am to community. For instance, we nesses grow and expand, in-
the year ahead as it card and the Law Office of Marcia 4 pm to assist new businesses display their logo or name on creasing tourism by providing
begins 2018. The Chamber n NBT Bank -- Access to a LeMay. We think the signs with start-up information and our event banners when they information to families look-
provides many quality benefits Health Savings Account (HSA) look amazing and do a won- to help existing businesses im- sponsor an event; we honor ing to vacation or relocate to
to our members. Our benefits n Group Discounts for AAA derful job welcoming visitors prove and broaden their hori- a business every quarter with Ogdensburg and helping the
include: Membership to our beautiful City. zons. Please call Dale Rice at our Business of the Quarter
City of Ogdensburg improve
n Access to health care for The Chamber member- The Chamber continues 315-386-7312 to schedule an award and we celebrate com-
the quality of life for our resi-
petite to large businesses ship runs from January 1st to to grow our signature events appointment. We will con- munity members, groups and
businesses at our Annual Din- dents.
n Membership Plaque to December 31st – our dues are that bring visitors to Ogdens- tinue to offer workshops to
ner with our Citizen of the Year Visit our website at www.
display in your business based upon the number of burg and surrounding com- businesses to assist them with
Award; Outstanding Commu- or like us
n Participation in the employees. Our Vendor Mem- munities who frequent ho- social media, marketing, net-
Chambers Dollars program – nity Service Award and Busi- on Facebook to find out more
bership category shows that tels/motels, banks, shopping working and other interesting
“shop local” campaign we are committed to helping centers, convenience stores/ topics. ness Improvement Award. information on a Chamber
n Access to our Bulk Rate small “mom & pop” business- gas stations, restaurants and The Crescent – the Chamber The Greater Ogdensburg membership or what is going
Mail permit (savings of 50% es as well as large organiza- local attractions. Events like store has t-shirts, sweatshirts, Chamber of Commerce is on in our community.
per mailing!) tions. If you own a craft busi- the hugely popular Polar Bear books, Christmas ornaments,
n Business listing on the ness or are an independent Plunge scheduled for March maps, postcards and other
Chamber website consultant for an established 10th; North Country Wine and wonderful gifts that promote
n Links to your website/ home-based business – we can Food Festival scheduled for Ogdensburg and our rich his-
Facebook page from the help you market and promote May 11th & 12th; Community tory.
Chamber website your business, as well. Wide Garage Sales scheduled The Chamber partners with
n Advertisement in Cham- The Chamber’s time and for May 25th, 26th and 27th; other organizations working
ber publications efforts are equally shared be- Car-B-Que scheduled for June to improve Ogdensburg – or-
• Referrals to your tween business advocacy, 9th; Ogtoberfest scheduled for ganizations like ANCA with
business from personal visits, enhancing community spirit October 6th; the Annual Din- the Solarize Ogdensburg Proj-
phone, email or fax inquiries and promoting tourism and ner scheduled for November ect; St. Lawrence NYSARC to
• Display of your busi- the City of Ogdensburg. The 9th and the Thanksgiving Craft help expand transportation
ness brochures/business Chamber attends seminars Show scheduled for November in Ogdensburg; the Historic
cards/flyers in the Chamber and trade shows and has pub- 17th. The Chamber has also Plane Committee to bring a
office lished 15,000 travel guides sponsored the NYS Bass Tour- new tourist attraction to our n Membership Plaque to Display n Access our Mailing List
n Access to our mailing list which have been distributed nament for the last couple of city; the Fort Feasibility Study n Listing on Our Website n Referrals to Your Business
to increase your business con- throughout the US and Cana- years. This three-day event to assist with the planning the n Listing in Online Directory n Advertise in Chamber
tacts da. The Chamber office stocks brought over (160) angler’s Visitor’s Information Center n Health Insurance Available Publications
n Representation at trade and distributes brochures and their families to Ogdens- for Fort LaPresentation and n Use of Bulk Mail Permit n Representation at Trade Shows
shows and expos from attractions throughout burg – filling up our lodging many other organizations as n Discount AAA Rates n Participation in Chamber
n Sponsorship opportuni- New York State and Canada. businesses – frequenting our the need arises. n Weekly E-Blasts Dollar$ Program
ties for Chamber events to in- Currently, we are working on restaurants – buying gas and The Chamber also promotes n Link to Your Website & Facebook n Discount RX Card
crease your marketing a new city map project to re- shopping in our stores. our members in our weekly
n Weekly E-blasts to cham- place the travel guides. The Chamber also par- e-blasts, Calendar of Events
ber members – highlighting The Chamber recently de- ticipates and promotes other and on our website and Face-
specials/discounts/events signed and installed updated events such as the Ogdensburg book page. We encourage our
n Invitation to our Annual entrance signs for all (5) en- Boys and Girls Club EXPO, members to send us their press
Dinner honoring Citizen of the trances in Ogdensburg. This Founder’s Weekend; Seaway releases – poster – calendar of
Year; Business Improvement was made possible through Festival; Light up the Night Pa- events and brochures that we
and Outstanding Community the generous donations of our rade and Lights on the River. can share with our other mem-
Service awards Chamber members: Ameri- The Small Business Devel- bers and the community.
n Listing in the on-line An- ca1 Realty; Blevins Brothers, opment Center (SBDC) con- We like to recognize our

M8 Sunday, February 18, 2018 Progress 2018

JCT Truck Caps &

Covers has the perfect
fit for your vehicle
his year marks the showroom with products
13th year of busi- on display, catalogs and
ness for Jana Inger- brochures to look through
soll and JCT Truck with a pleasant atmosphere
Caps & Covers, located at to do your vehicle accessory
7512 State Route 12N, about shopping. Cap delivery is
1.5 miles outside the village four to six weeks, the DCUs
of Lowville heading toward are three to four weeks and
Watertown. JCT has been any add on accessories not
in operation since 1973 and in stock can be ordered with
takes pride in providing a delivery time for most
quality products and ser- products in one to two days.
vice at a fair price. JCT is also a distributor of
ARE is the brand of cap U-haul trucks, trailers and
sold at JCT. They are the top auto transports, available
of the line in fiberglass caps for pick up or drop off.
and tonneau covers as well Stop in and enjoy a
as lightweight aluminum friendly atmosphere and
and Deluxe Commercial know that you will be treat-
Units, which are made of ed fairly, promptly and
heavy duty aluminum. We that you will get the most
also sell all types of add-on for your dollar. JCT is open
accessories: cargo glide, Monday thru Friday 9 a.m.
Bed Rug, step bars and run- to 5 p.m. You can check out
ning boards, bed mats and the truck cap website at
liners, grille guards and car- or email me
go racks. You name it. And at
it can be priced, order and or call JCT at 315-376-8177.
installed. Let me find the Perfect Fit
JCT Truck Caps has a For Your Vehicle!

The Perfect Fit For Your Vehicle The Lee family at Lee Buick, from left, Rick, Mike, Randy, Robert and Rodney.
Jana Ingersoll

Truck & Car Accessories

Also Available
Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-1
7512 NYS Route 12N
Lowville, NY 13367
The tradition will
continue at Lee Buick
ee Buick GMC Trucks is active in the business until 1977. grown. After taking on the Buick — continue what Gus Lee and
located at 13371 State Dick had seen many changes in and GMC dealerships in 1962, Dick Lee started. A family-ori-
Route 12 in Boonville the business since he joined the the original location, now the ented business with continued
[right across from the staff in 1954 after his discharge home of NAPA on Main Street, growth. A tradition of excel-
covered bridge]. from the Army. became too small. The present lence with the Lee boys at the
The Lee family got into the Dick had said he never want- building was purchased in 1965 helm. Rick, Randy and Mike are
automobile business in 1953 ed a big business but admitted with a new showroom, and of- the sales staff at Lee Buick GMC
when Dick’s father, Gus, bought that some growth is inevitable. fices were added in 1989. Major Truck. Robert and Rodney run
the Pontiac dealership from Besides the volume, the space renovations with the General the service department.
Higby Motors. He remained needed by the dealership has Motors Facility Image Program Lee Buick-GMC Truck can
were recently completed.
be reached by calling 315-942-
Lee’s has always been known
for honesty. Dick always be- 2911. They sell new and used
lieved “you must take care of cars and they service what they
your customers or they won’t sell. Their sales hours are Mon-
take care of you.” He would say, day through Wednesday, 8 a.m.
TIRE WAREHOUSE “I tell my whole staff to go out of
their way for the customer.”
to 7 p.m.; Thursdays and Fri-
days, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Satur-
557 WEST MAIN STREET It is estimated sales are at days, 8 a.m. to noon. Service is
WATERTOWN, NY least 50 percent to repeat cus- available Monday through Fri-
tomers. day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or you
(315) 782-1900 What does the future hold
for Lee Buick? It’s simple
can visit us on the web at www.

You Always Deal With An Owner

... Even After The Sale.

• Rick • Randy
• Mike • Robert
• Rodney
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Progress 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 M9

Lowville Farmers Co-op has been farmer-owned

and gratefully serving their customers since 1920
he Lowville Farm- Supplies Department has Stop in and pick up a catalog to lower our prices on our continually researching Our upstairs clothing
ers Co-op has been a provided quality products today. heifer, dairy and dry cow products and vendors to department provides ser-
farmer-owned busi- and friendly service to our Windows and insulation grains. Not looking for feed? find the best pricing so that vice like no other. Wendy
ness since 1920. We community and surround- are very important in main- We have an array of minerals, we may forward the savings LaChausse will be happy to
have been providing the ba- ing areas. Rick Wormwood taining a comfortable envi- corn products, milk replac- on to you. So, stop in and let service your clothing and
sic needs of our local farmers took the role as manager for ronment in your home dur- ers and other staples for your us know what you think, be- footwear needs. We have a
from then until now. We have the building center. We truly ing our changing seasons. We livestock and farm needs. Re- cause great customer service large selection of boots like
strived to meet the demands enjoy working with contrac- now stock Owens Corning member, we still offer farm is our number one goal.
Timberland Pro, Carolina,
of a changing and fluid farm- tors, homeowners and week- and Roxul insulation, and delivery service! Call the of- Hardware Center
ing industry. This has meant end warriors to assist them we will be happy to help you fice for your area’s day of the and Clothing Department Muck, LaCrosse, Red Wing,
changing with the times. in making their dreams and choose which would be best week [five bag minimum]. The hardware center is Georgia Rocky and many
One thing that hasn’t ideas a reality. for your home. Windows can Along with our Blue Seal known for having a large se- others. Our newest addition
changed is our goal — to do We continue to stock be ordered with many op- horse feeds, we added horse lection from paint to plumb- is the Quatro. Come in and
the best we can to meet the premium grade lumber in tions to fit your needs. supplies to our already well- ing, from heaters to air con- check it out.
expectations of all our cus- spruce, pine and treated, as We would like to extend stocked store. We carry ditioners and everything in We also carry clothing such
tomers. This has been done well as plywood sheathing our thanks to everyone that brushes, combs, rounders between. Robin Der is the as Carhartt, Dickies, Arbor-
by having three different and specialty veneers such supported us during the past and much more. head team leader for the wear and others. We have Hi
departments — the Feed, as pine, birch, oak and more. year, and we hope to assist Are your fields ready? Fer- hardware and clothing de- Vis clothing, coats, jackets,
Crop and Dairy, the Lumber Hardwoods and specialty you in the future. The best tilizer is coming in, and seeds partment, with Mel Halko socks and gloves, and we can
and Building Supply and the lumber are available in many compliment we could re- are ready to be ordered. Seed- as the assistant team lead- special order if not in stock.
Hardware Store. Each has species including, but not ceive is a recommendation to way is waiting for our call to er. We specialize in cutting Stop in and visit; you won’t
their own way of serving you, limited to, curly maple, fig- your friends. place your corn and spring glass, mirrors, plexiglass and be disappointed.
our valued customer. ured cherry and oak. Feed and Crop Center seed requests. Don’t know threading pipe. We have a
If you put all of these to-
Just a word for troubled Exterior steel doors, interi- Leo Tabolt is the manager. what you need? Call Leo and large selection of bird seeds,
times: Tough times never or pine and masonite doors, Doug Zehr took on the role of let him help. Whether in the pet food and supplies. We are gether with the best staff any-
last, tough people do! as well as Larson storm agronomist. office or at your farm, they a UPS drop-off and shipping one could ask for, you have
New general co-managers doors, are in stock and ready We have added new LFC are willing and able to help site. a great place to shop right in
are Leo Tabolt and Don Up- to install. We also have a large bagged feed products to our create the perfect plan for If we don’t have it, let us Lowville. You’re all invited to
ton. selection of both interior and already extensive list of op- your fields. know and our friendly staff come down and visit at 5500
Building Supply Center exterior doors that can be or- tions. Developing our own All of us here at the would be happy to check and Shady Ave., Lowville, and
Since 1965, the Building dered to your specific needs. pelleted feed has allowed us Feed and Crop Center are see if we can order it for you. check us out. See you there!

North Country Honors the Mountain

rder a monument
paver today
The North
Country Honors
the Mountain monument
in Thompson Park, Water-
town, NY was completed in
July 2016 to honor the sac-
rifice and service of the Sol-
diers of the 10th Mountain
Division, their family mem-
bers and the Fort Drum Ci-
vilian Workforce.
To help raise funds to
support the maintenance
and preservation of the
monument, individuals
may purchase an engraved
paver to recognize yourself,
family or friends. These pav-
ers are gray to match the
monument’s color and are
placed in one of the four
sides of the monument for
all the visitors to see (World
War II side, Reactivation
side, Global War on Terror
side or blank side). The pav-
ers are 6”x6” and can have
up to four lines of text with
12 characters per line.
To purchase an engraved
paver, please visit www.

Lowville Producers
Dairy Cooperative
Rehley Energy supplying all 7396 Utica Boulevard
Lowville, New York 13357
your fuel needs for over 25 years 315-376-3921

ehley Energy is a local business on honesty, loyalty, companies that don’t treat you
supplier of fuel oil, ker- and trust. They never charge with respect call Rehley En-
osene, and diesel fuel delivery fees or off route charg- ergy today. Ask for Jeff and he
in Jefferson County. es. Call Rehley Energy today will make a plan that works for Lowville Producers Dairy Cooperative located on Utica Boulevard has been in the business of
They have over 25 years ex- and get delivery the next day or you. REHLEY ENERGY!! They serving local Dairy Farmers for over 82 years. We have 142 member farms who produced in
perience in the fuel industry. sooner in some cases. If your Keep you warm!! 315-777-2002 excess of 335 million pounds of milk in 2017; the equivalent of 38,953,488 gallons of milk.
Rehley Energy is building their tired of dealing with big energy call or text today.
Lowville Producers markets their milk through a marketing/balancing agreement with Dairy
Marketing Services. The majority of the milk this past year stayed right here in Lewis County for
processing at the Kraft Heinz Plant. Other plants supplied were Great Lakes Cheese (cheddar and
cheese curd) in Adams and H.P. Hood in Oneida and Vernon (milk and ice cream).

All of our Dairy Farmers take great pride in producing a product for consumers that is wholesome
and nutritious. In addition they are always improving in the care and well being of their animals.
Other technologies in recent years have improved production per cow.

This past year we were able to work with local FFA, 4-H, school and church organizations in
providing cheese products for their fundraisers. Lowville Producers is also involved with The Dairy
Industry Building Cheese Auction held during the Lewis County Fair and with the Dairy Princess
program when possible.

Milk hauling is done by a very dedicated group of owners/drivers; Tony Roy, Rob Noftsier, Tim
Petrus, Justin Mahar, Keith Gerow and John Nortz. Drivers include Jason Peebles, Alex Ross, Jeff
Dohrn, Troy Beyer, Connor Cavanaugh, and Rick Stocking. Rain, snow, sleet, hail or subzero
temperatures, the milk always gets picked up and delivered to the plants.

Our Milk Testing Laboratory staff includes Shane Hoag, Goldie Taylor, Page Bacon, Emily Farney
and Loretta O’80ôConnor. Bill Dosztan is the Inspector/Fieldperson. Our Store staff includes
Lynn Cole, Christine Hooper, Ellon Grunert, and Janet Manzer. Our Office staff includes Office
Manager, Jamie Marolf and Milk Accountant, Kari Millard. Brien Tabolt serves as the General

The Cheese and Farm Supply Store are open to the public Monday - Saturday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
We have over 75 varieties of flavored, competitively priced New York and Regional Cheeses. We
also stock Farm Supply items ranging from Cleaners, Acids, and Sanitizers to Shovels, Forks and
Towels along with hundreds of other Farm and Barn Supplies.

Lady LeWinDa Milkzalot invites you to stop in and see why the Lowville Producers Cheese Store is
the best kept secret in the North Country. Remember, when you shop with us 100% of your dollar
stays local and you are truly supporting the local Dairy Farmers.

M10 Sunday, February 18, 2018 Progress 2018

Finding ways to FoyAgency celebrating

conserve energy
around the office
its 68th year
he Foy Agency, Inc. 9795 Main St., Croghan, and Insurance Firm, the Foy those policies can be pack-
Conservation methods can help save energy and pre- is a family-owned 7383 Utica Blvd., Lowville. Agency represents several aged for additional savings.
serve natural resources, but business owners may also be Independent Insur- Thomas P. Foy, CPCU, national and regional insur- The Foy Agency embraces
intrigued by the potential cost-savings of conservation. ance Agency, which president, states; “The suc- ance carriers. Some of those
Utility costs vary depending on the size of a business, is now in their third genera- the theme outlined by its
cess of our firm has clearly insurance carriers are Lib-
but the U.S. Small Business Administration notes that pro- tion, as well as their 68th year been with the fine individu- erty Mutual, Harleysville/ founder, Francis Foy, that,
spective business owners must estimate and include such of business. als within our organization.” Nationwide, Oswego County “our goal is to provide supe-
costs when seeking loans to start their businesses. Esti- The agency was original- They presently have a total Mutual, Main Street Ameri- rior claim service to our cli-
mated utility costs can be intimidating, especially for those ly founded by Francis and of 13 employees taking care ca, Allstate, Great American ents who have put their trust
owners who have never before owned their own business- Rosemary Foy and they op- of the needs of their clients. Insurance Company, Kem- in our organization.”
es. Traditional conservation methods like recycling and erated that business out of Tom continues to state that, per Insurance Companies,
their home on the Roberts “With the complexities and Dryden Mutual Insurance The Foy Agency welcomes
reusing are great ways to conserve and save around the the chance to provide recom-
Road in Deer River. Around changing insurance environ- Company and many others.
office, but business owners also can embrace some other 1960 they purchased the for- ment, longevity of employees Their clients include busi- mendations on any of your
ways to lower their office energy costs while benefitting mer school building in Deer is critical. The average Foy nesses from agricultural to various insurance needs. You
the planet at the same time. River and operated from that Agency employee has been manufacturing as well as may reach us in Deer River
n Order an energy audit. Many utility companies will facility for a number of years. there 25 years. In fact, five restaurants and lodging to
conduct energy audits free of charge or for nominal fees. at 315-493-2391, Croghan
There are now three conve- employees have been with not-for-profit organizations.
These audits typically include onsite visits, during which nient offices in Lewis County Foy Agency in excess of 30 They welcome the oppor- at 315-346-6378 and our
auditors will look for areas where business owners can with the main office at 3997 years.” tunity to work on home and Lowville office at 315-376-
conserve energy. Deer River Road, Deer River; As an Independent auto quotes and many times 2731.
n Determine how much space you truly need. Current
business owners and prospective owners can save sub-
stantial amounts of money and avoid wasting energy by
giving ample thought to how much office space they truly
need. Large office spaces may not be necessary for busi-
nesses that recently downsized staff, while those starting
out may want to start in small spaces before upgrading to
larger spaces if and when their businesses expand. Small
business owners leasing their office space can speak with
their leasing agents to determine if they can include a
clause in their lease that allows them to move into larger
spaces if the need arises before their existing leases expire.
n Allow employees to telecommute. Based on an analy-
sis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2005-2014 Amer-
ican Community Survey conducted by GlobalWorkplace-, a typical business would save $11,000 per
person per year if it allowed its employees to work from
home just half the time. Those cost-savings can be traced
to numerous factors, and lower utility costs in the office as
well as the need for less office space are among them.
n Embrace green technology. Many homeowners use
programmable thermostats and other eco-friendly tech
products to lower their monthly utility costs at home, and
businesses can follow suit. LED lighting around the office
can substantially reduce office energy consumption and
costs, while business owners who own their office build-
ings might be able to install solar panels that will dramati-
cally reduce energy costs and even pay for themselves over
Conservation is not just for home, and business own-
ers confronted with rising energy costs can find numerous
ways to lower their energy expenses while simultaneously
helping the planet.
Croghan Meat Market, the butcher shop as it looked in days gone by.

FOY AGENCY INC. Croghan Bologna marks

1950 Celebrating 68 years in business


Deer River 315-493-2391 Croghan 315-346-6378

130th year in business

he Croghan Meat Mar- with delicious cheddar cheese company to the Croghan Meat our product readily available
Lowville 315-376-2731 ket, located on Main bits inside. Both were met with Market. across the country.
Our Staff Has The Know-How To Help You Solve Your Insurance Needs Street of Croghan, NY positive reviews and have be- Customers can stay up-to- As always, the Croghan
Come To Us For Experienced Advice On Low-Cost Insurance enters its 130th year of come big sellers alongside our date with staff online, get in- Meat Market would like to
production in 2018. Last year, World Famous Croghan Bolo- formation on our storefront thank customers for their con-
Blaine Campany, the fourth- gna and our Smoked Breakfast hours and schedule updates, tinuing support. Over 20,000
generation operator and vice Sausage links. They are now and for new announcements,
Foy Agency Inc. president, completed a mod- available at our retail counter all by simply visiting and liking
likes on Facebook expresses
7383 Utica Blvd. the vast number of dedicated
ern expansion to the produc- in Croghan, along with local our Facebook page (Croghan consumers that have helped
Lowville, N.Y. tion line, added on new and area stores that carry Croghan Meat Market, Inc.) and Insta- propel our products to where
historic recipes to the list of Meat Market’s products, and gram (CroghanBologna). All they are today, allowing us
products available, and final- online. customers can now access our
to do what we love. Our cus-
Foy Agency Inc. ized changes to the plant’s This lineup is only the start Bologna Locator on our web-
tomers mean the world to us
3997 Deer River Road new mechanical additions. of the new products coming site (www.croghanmeatmar-
The new products that for 2018. There will be new op-, as well, to and have shown us that qual-
Deer River, NY ity products, with an artisan
made their debut in 2017 in portunities for venison sticks help find locations where they
the new product lineup were and dog treats, as well as old can purchase our products touch, are highly valued by
Croghan Meat Market’s Ma- fashion, artisan crafted Kielba- both in and out of the local re- a conscious consumer base.
Foy Agency Inc. ple Sausage, made with real sa. A new line of spices, rubs, gion. We thank you for supporting
9795 Main Street Lewis County Maple syrup and brines that will help make This is an exciting new our passion and making 2017
Croghan, N.Y. and smoked over Adirondack cooking delicious and con- phase for the business in or- a major success for us, and we
hardwoods; and Croghan Bo- venient for customers is also der to further broaden our are looking forward to a new
“We are not like a good neighbor, we are your good neighbor.” logna™ Grillers, hot-dog like hitting the shelves, brought availability to customers with year of growth throughout
versions of Croghan Bologna to you by Rub Haus, a sister the ultimate goal of getting 2018.

The Croghan Meat Market shop as it appeared many years ago.


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How to host a successful business dinner

Throughout the history of
commerce, many a deal has
been made at the dinner table.
Business dinners are a great
opportunity to lay a founda-
tion for long, potentially lucra-
tive professional relationships.
Etiquette is important when
hosting business dinners, as a
breach of decorum can derail a
relationship before it even be-
gins. Professionals tasked with
hosting business dinners can
take the following tips to heart
before sitting down to break
bread with their colleagues.
n Choose a restaurant that
can cater to various diets. Host-
ing a business dinner can be
similar to hosting family dur-
ing the holiday season, when
hosts must cater to guests
with various food allergies
and dietary restrictions. Ask-
ing for such information in
advance of a business dinner
may seem intrusive to guests,
so try to find a restaurant that
offers a flexible menu capable
of accommodating vegetar-
ians, vegans and guests who
might be gluten-free. Avoid
restaurants that specialize in
styles of cuisine that might be
unhealthy or so extraordinary
that guests might be hesitant to
order anything from the menu.
n Confirm the reservation.
Make the reservation well in
advance of the date of the din-
ner, and don’t forget to con-
firm the reservation a week be-
forehand. Confirming a week
beforehand gives hosts time
to book another reservation
should theirs have been can-
celed by mistake.
n Arrive at the restaurant be-
fore your guests. Hosts should
arrive at the restaurant before
their guests so they can ad-
dress any potential issues in
advance of the beginning of
the dinner. Arriving early gives
hosts time to ensure the table
set aside for their party is not in
a heavily trafficked area of the
restaurant, such as adjacent to
the kitchen or restroom. Hosts
who arrive later than their
guests may also give guests the
mistaken impression that they
are unimportant.
n Let guests order first.
Once everyone has sat down
at the table, hosts should allow
guests to order first. Doing so
saves guests who don’t want to
eat that much the potential dis-
comfort of sitting there while
their hosts eat an appetizer
and/or large entree. If guests
choose to abstain from alco-
hol, follow suit. If guests want
to have a drink, hosts can limit
their consumption to a single they eat. Guests might feel un- dinner guests do not expect to Upon arriving early, hosts can sary, step away from the table fessional relationships, often-
beverage. comfortable if they finish first pay for their meals. While it’s give their credit cards to the during the meal to sign the bill
n Don’t eat too quickly or times thanks to hosts who took
or feel pressured to eat quickly widely accepted that hosts will wait staff and ask that they be and address any discrepancies.
too slowly. Hosts should try to the time to ensure the dinners
keep pace with their guests in if their hosts finish first. pay, it can feel awkward to have charged without having the bill Business dinners have
regard to how quickly or slowly n Pay in advance. Business the bill brought to the table. brought to the table. If neces- sparked many successful pro- went off without a hitch.

Stony Creek Country Store has your baking

supplies, baked goods, deli meats and more
tony Creek Country entertaining needs. Sandwich Creek Country Store extends
Store owners Savilla Ste- rolls and dinner rolls are made their hours.
ria and Gretchen Yoder by order. Maple syrup and ma- We accept debit cards, credit
would like to thank all ple products are also available. cards and food stamps.
of our customers for a success- There are craft items and gift Stop in and say “hello.” We
ful year. We are located in Deer ideas on display from some of are open Monday through Fri-
River on State Route 26, 2.5 our local craftsmen. day, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sat-
miles outside of Carthage. We The spring and summer urdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are
also attend farmers markets in months bring on our soft ice closed Sundays.
the area during the summer cream. There are picnic tables Watch for our Open House
months. on the lawn available for enjoy- dates, coming in June! We look
Our store carries fresh baked ing your ice cream treats. Dur- forward to serving you again
goods which include bread, ing the summer months, Stony this coming year.
cookies, pies and our own
breakfast crunch (granola), all
made in our in-store bakery.
We make our own jams and
jellies, as well. We have a large
selection of baking supplies,
breakfast cereals, drinks and
beverage mixes, snack items,
soups and pasta products,
spices, candy and frozen veg-
etables, as well as fresh local
produce in season. Our deli has
an appetizing array of meats • Seasonal Fresh Produce • Baked Goods
and cheeses. We make subs • Jams & Jellies • Breads
and sandwiches. • Maple Products • Pies • Cookies • Donuts
Also available during the • Baking Supplies • Bulk Foods • Soft Ice Cream
summer months are macaroni • Meat Platters • Spices • Deli • Sandwiches
and potato salads. •Subs• Coffee • Soda • Party Platters
Gretchen, Enos and Enos Ralph Yoder along with Savilla Steria have a variety of bulk food items along We also make meat and • Macaroni & Potato Salad - Available Summer Months
with homemade baked goods at Stony Creek Country Store, 10825 State Route 26, Deer River. cheese platters for your

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R&H Creations offers rentals for your special day from centerpieces, to chair covers, sashes, linens,
napkins and a lot more.

R&H Creations to observe Children enjoying bowling at Lewis Lanes.

their 15th year in business Lewis Lanes open daily

ere at R&H Cre-
ations, we are ex-
cited about the
start of our 15th
upcoming year. This winter
is no exception. We are add-
ing ceiling designs, along with
lighting color that can be add-
ed to our lighted walls.
In 2017, we added new cen-
terpieces to our rental inven-
with fun for everyone
new lighted walls to go behind

year. Winter is our time for tory. We still offer a set-up and ewis Lanes is open sev- reunions or just families and just come and enjoy a full bar
the bride and groom, cake and en days a week. League friends getting together. with three televisions to enjoy
clean-up service in which we
creating new designs for the photo areas. We now offer up bowling is offered. Cos- Our kitchen offers pizza, whatever sport game you want
do all the work of decorating
and cleaning up for recep- mic Bowling is featured chicken wings, loaded nachos, to watch.

R&H CREATIONS Videography and Wedding Rental

tions. This allows the bride
and groom to enjoy the wed-
ding day without the last
Friday and Saturday nights.
Open bowling is available from
noon to closing Saturdays
burgers and fries, and fish and
chicken sandwiches.
When it comes to satisfying
For a really nice time, come
see what Lewis Lanes has to of-
and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. your sweet tooth, we have soft Give us a call at 315-376-
Wedding Decoration minute stress that comes
Lewis Lanes offers a setting for ice cream. 3611 to book parties and
along with decorating.
and Rentals In our Video Production
birthday parties, anniversary, Along with all of this you can events!
Serving Northern and Department, both of our
Central, New York including cameras have been updated
Lake Placid and to the latest state of the art
Thousand Islands Resort Areas! technology.
Couples are able to visit
our showroom to view all the
items we have to rent, from
centerpieces, to chair cov-
ers, sashes, linens, napkins
and a lot more.
Set up an appointment to-
day to stop in and see what
we have to offer.
For more information,
call us at 315-376-2951, visit
our Facebook page or our
5560 Highland Ave., Lowville, NY 13367 website at www.randhcre- • (315) 376-2951

• Food • Fun • Family

Friday 10pm-Closing BUSY SCHEDULE...
Sat. 8pm-Closing - Family afternoon/night out
- Date night - Couples night out
*Pizza, Loaded Nachos and Fries
*Suds, Wings and Wine Girls talk while waiting their turn to use the alley.

OPEN BOWLING Haylor, Freyer & Coon

Saturday Noon - Closing; Sunday Noon - 5pm
Open 7 Days A Week
Call For Details And Reservations Celebrates 90 Years of
Serving the Community!
hen you work with licensed personal insurance Auto, Savings Account, Future
the Watertown specialists to handle all of your Earnings!
STATE ROUTE 26, LOWVILLE • 315-376-3611 Team for your in-
surance needs not
personal insurance needs. If
you own it personally, we can
With over 100 years com-
bined experience helping fam-
only do you get a trusted advi- insure it! Here are some other ilies protect the things they
sor, you get a local member of services we provide: work hard for, The Personal
the Watertown Community. n No-obligation free review Insurance Division in Water-
Someone committed to this of current policies town is ready to assist you! We
community and making it the n Offer recommendations shop over 20 carriers to pro-
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and works in Watertown and n Annual meetings to en- car, snowmobile, summer
there is no better resource for sure changes in lifestyle are cabin, motorcycle, & boat, but
Insuring All You Value! protected did you know we can also help
At Haylor, Freyer & Coon, n Offer a variety of billing with Cyber, Travel, Pet, Life
we take a more thorough ap- options such as EFT automatic Insurance & Financial Protec-
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Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc.
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is located at 1402 Washington
Plus, because we offer all types In addition to home and au-
St., Watertown, NY. Contact
of personal insurance for as- to coverage, we can provide an
one of our licensed profession-
sets of all values, you get the Umbrella Policy to help pro-
assurance of knowing there tect your assets. Did you know als to schedule a thorough pol-
are no gaps in your coverage – 70% of American households icy review and consultation:
all with the convenience of not do not have personal and/or Terri Brown, Lorrie Archibee,
having to shop around. auto liability limits sufficient Donna Bievenour, Sandra
The statistics are alarming enough to protect all of their Grady or Muranda Tweedie at
that 64% of American house- assets in the event of a lawsuit. 315-782-3090.
holds currently do not insure In this litigious society you Haylor, Freyer & Coon Inc.
their home – their biggest asset can be sued for an injury on has been servicing the needs
– to the proper replacement your property, injury involving of our clients since 1928, head-
value. A Haylor, Freyer & Coon your auto, boat, motorcycle, quartered in Syracuse, we have
Inc. licensed account manager etc., libel, slander, defamation 6 offices in Upstate NY. As
can review your policies to be of character including social one of the Top 100 Insurance
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ance Agencies in upstate NY, sonal policy. It will help pro- and exceptional service at ev-
we have a staff of dedicated tect your assets such as Home, ery turn.

Progress 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 M13

Top ways to increase productivity

Metro be utilized at home and else- n Acknowledge that you reap a greater sense of accom- chologists have determined ing things down and crossing
In today’s competitive job where. The following are sev- can’t run like a robot. The hu- plishment. Consider working that multitasking can bog items off the list one-by-one
market, individuals need to eral ways to improve produc- man body does not do well a weekend day and taking off down productivity. According can help you sail through tasks
channel all possible assets to tivity levels. with prolonged multitasking. during the week. Then you’ll to the American Psychologi- effectively. If youÕre a mobile
get ahead. Working more ef- n Determine how much One of the strategies for being have the added benefit of get- cal Association, the mind and person, jot the list down on
ficiently and improving pro- time you spend on common more productive is to work for ting personal tasks done while brain were not designed for the notes function of a smart-
ductivity can be an advantage tasks. Take a day to calculate an hour to an hour and a half, others are at work. heavy-duty multitasking. In- phone or use a task app that
to anyone. how much time you’re devot- then take a break. n Work as a team. Have dividuals think they’re getting
syncs with calendar functions.
Despite the technological ing to certain parts of your n Change your hours. When some trusted people on your more done, but they may not
n Schedule fewer meet-
advancements available to workday. For example, is email possible, explore flex time team to whom you can assign be handling tasks effectively.
help streamline tasks, many correspondence bogging you with your employer. Getting to important tasks. Find col- Instead, focus on one job at a ings if possible. Meetings can
workers admit to being side- down for several hours? Once work before everyone, or com- leagues that excel in certain time and only move on once it sometimes be a waste of time.
tracked during the workday you have a clearer picture of ing in later and staying after areas and tap their strengths. is completed. Before reserving the confer-
and may need pointers to im- how you are spending your traditional hours can lead to With various wheels in mo- n Write things down. A to- ence room, see if a resolution
prove their efficiency on the time, you can develop an ef- greater productivity. There will tion, jobs can get done more do list floating around in your can be made via group text,
job. Productivity at work can fective plan to maximize your be fewer distractions and less quickly. head can become overwhelm- email or other correspon-
trickle over into habits that can work hours. rush-hour traffic, and you can n Stop multitasking. Psy- ing. The physical task of writ- dence.

No job too big or small for V.S. Virkler and Son

. S. Virkler & Son, Inc. farming community, to whom
provides NYS DOT we are very thankful, for their
approved aggregate business. Also, we would like
and concrete materi- to thank all the dedicated full
als and has been locally owned and part-time employees that
and operated for 73 years. We work hard every day to make
deliver our quality materials
with friendly, top-notch cus-
our business successful, and to Locally owned and operated serving...
the local community for their
tomer service to areas extend-
ing over multiple counties in
continued support. NORTHERN ONEIDA • LEWIS
When you are ready to start
Northern New York.
The wet spring and early
planning your project, visit • SOUTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTIES
Workers at V.S. Virkler & Son include (front row) Morris McIntosh, our updated website at www.
summer had us off to a slow
start, but as soon as the weath-
er broke, we were off and run-
ning! Our summer didn’t in-
Joe “Brownie” Brown, Tom Roy, Cinda Suiter, (back row) Jim
Kingsley, Al Brasie, Tom Farney, Scott King, Chad Menard, Kris
Gerow, Floyd Tabolt, Stan VanNest, Mark Hanno, Joe Fox, Derek We have pictures
of many of the materials we of-
fer as well as a concrete calcu-
Ready Mix Concrete
clude any major projects, but
our local and loyal customers
McNeil, Ken Thomas, Stan Proulx and Jeff Buell.

will be ready to go when spring doing what needs to be done to

lator to help you figure out just
how much concrete you will Driveways • Sidewalks • Bunkers
need. You can order your ma-
kept us busy. This fall saw us
begin to haul aggregate mate-
rial for the Copenhagen Wind
In May we welcomed back
Jim Kingsley to the Virkler fam-
return home safely at the end
of the day. Welcome back, Jim!
This past spring and sum-
terials by calling our dispatch
office at 315-376-2713 and talk
to Brownie. If you just need a
Sand • Stone • Gravel
Farm to help build their roads. ily. Jim had previously worked mer we installed solar farms at
We look forward to picking up
where we left off come spring.
This winter we will be busy
for Virklers 15 years ago and
went to work for Purcell Con-
struction in Watertown. Jim
several of our locations and are
enjoying the benefits of gener-
ating some of our own power.
little sand or stone, stop by
one of our quarries and one of
our friendly employees will be
• Limestone Products
providing concrete for a major returned this spring and is Owners Joe Virkler and Mor- happy to help you out.
bridge project at Fort Drum
and getting our equipment in
our new Safety Manager. He
hit the ground running and
ris McIntosh, would like to ac-
knowledge all the loyal local
We at V.S. Virkler & Son look
forward to a busy and success-
315-376-7022 • 315-942-4292
good working order so that we is making sure that we are all contractors and especially the ful 2018. P.O. Box 669, Lowville, NY

M14 Sunday, February 18, 2018 Progress 2018

Gardner’s Furniture serving Local

St. Lawrence County
for more than 40 years Xerox
ardner’s Flooring,
Furniture and Ap-
pliances has been
freezers, portable ice makers,
or humidifiers, Gardner’s has
them, too. Come and take a
customers. These men know
how to get the job done and
done right!
manager and delivery man.
Mike and Greg Mallot, Cody
Rowe and Jordan Davis are
serving St. Lawrence
County for more than 40 years.
And now with his appliance
center, John Gardner can offer
even more for your home fur-
look at the Appliance Center
The flooring part of the
business has always prided it-
self on doing the job right. We
stock more than 500 rolls of
We also stock more than 50
pallets of hardwood and more
than 40 pallets of laminate
flooring. Ceramic is also part
of the business and we stock
more than 30 pallets – along
great helpers on deliveries and
Sue Brown and Betty Liv-
ingston are our furniture buy-
ers and they are very helpful
when customers want to spe-
John Gardner and Rich Mal- carpet and more than 200 rolls with the grouts, thinset and cial order furniture. Sue Bel- he Xerox Corpora- customer care we provide
lott are proud of the fact that of vinyl. Our flooring mechan- hardibacker. dock continues to be a valued tion recently an- to our customers. McAloon
most of quality name brands ics are very proud of the work We have the professional part of our sales team and has nounced the ex- went on to say “In 2017, Xe-
are made in the USA. Custom- they do. tools to lend to our do-it-your- been with us for more than 18 pansion of North rox reinvented its product
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ing Speed Queen washers and ing floors. Joining Rich is Al- John Beize is our master ty’s only La-Z-Boy dealer with quartered in Alexandria and app ecosystem. This
dryers, General Electric refrig- len Ashley, who has become mechanic on ceramic with more than 350 pieces in stock. Bay, has added 11 new change paid off, winning
erators, dishwashers and Hot- quite the flooring installer and more than 30 years of experi- You’ll have no problem find- counties in the Capitol Re- Xerox the BLI 2018 Mono-
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Get organized and improve productivity

Metro following strategies to stay ity of people should avoid try- ects or meetings. Routinely in-person meetings, profes- that building breaks into a
Many working profession- organized and increase their ing to tackle more than one check the schedule through- sionals can discuss projects workday helps profession-
als aspire to be as productive productivity. task at a time. Professionals out the day, marking off tasks via mass emails, which can be als stay sharp and produc-
as possible. In working envi- n Stop multitasking. While can work on different projects as they’re completed. a much more efficient means tive. And when workers take
ronments where employees it can seem counterintuitive throughout the day, but allot n Cut back on time spent in to organizing and discuss- their breaks matters, too. Re-
are forced to wear many hats, for people with a lot on their time for each project rather meetings. A 2014 survey from ing a project than sitting in a searchers at Baylor University
efficiency can help workers plates to stop multitasking, than trying to work on several AtTask conducted by Harris room several times per week. discovered that mid-morning
researchers at the University at once. Poll reported that American n Take breaks throughout
meet their deadlines and get breaks were more beneficial
of Utah found that perfor- n Schedule each day. Es- workers at companies with the workday. Busy profes-
tasks accomplished. than late afternoon breaks.
mance suffers when people tablishing a schedule and 1,000 employees or more sionals may feel as though
Organization can help pro- try to do more than one thing making it as accessible as spend just 45 percent of their they don’t have time for Staying organized and in-
fessionals keep track of their at a time. While research- possible is another way to workdays tending to their breaks during a typical work- creasing productivity at work
work assignments and stay on ers discovered that a small stay organized and increase primary job duties. Survey day. But such breaks can go hand in hand. Profes-
schedule. Staying organized percentage of people they productivity. Professionals participants reported spend- benefit workers in ways they sionals tasked with juggling
does not come naturally to dubbed ‘supertaskers’ were can make use of scheduling ing 40 percent of their time in might be unaware. For ex- multiple responsibilities can
everyone, and those finding it capable of multitasking with- apps on their tablets or smart- meetings, tending to admin- ample, the Association for employ various strategies to
difficult to juggle various as- out adversely affecting their phones, even setting alerts so istrative tasks and dealing Psychological Science notes be better organized and get
signments at once can try the performance, the vast major- they do not forget about proj- with interruptions. In lieu of that research has shown more done in less time.

Slack Chemical Company offers ‘the quality difference’

n a marketplace where constructed a new 3,600
chemical supplies are square foot Food Pantry at
abundant but outstand- 495 South Washington St.,
ing service is not, Slack adjacent to the existing, con-
Chemical Company Inc. goes verted location that VEM had
the extra mile to deliver with previously occupied since
a difference — the quality 2002.
difference. The leasing agreement
Slack Chemical, owned by continues at the initial one
Robert R. Sturtz, has been dollar [$1] per year. The
in business for over 70 years new location opened, fully
and employs well over 100
equipped in August of 2017.
Slack Chemical Company
Our entire team works
from order inception to de- Inc. is located at 465 South
livery to make sure we not Clinton St., Carthage with
only meet, but exceed, your additional facilities in Cas-
needs and expectations. torland and Saratoga Springs
We supply industrial, mu- and may also be reached by
Owner Robert R. Sturtz, center, and his employees at Slack Chemical Slack Chemical Company has generously constructed a new home
nicipal, agricultural and re- phone at 315-493-0430 or fax
Co., 465 S. Clinton St., Carthage, provide chemicals for industry, for the Village Ecumenical Ministries Food Pantry now located on
tail chemicals and services at 315-493-3931. agriculture and municipal use. the company’s property, 495 S. Washington St., Carthage.
throughout the Northeast. We are open for business
We also carry a full line of Monday through Friday from
pool, spa and winter prod- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may also Welcome to Slack Chemical as we celebrate our 74th year of service
ucts. visit us on the web at www. in the Northeast.
Slack Chemical
Slack Chemical continues to grow in our 74th year of servicing the
chemical requirements of our valued customers. We have expanded
our Castorland, NY warehouse to better serve the North Country. In
addition we are pleased to announce the completion of a custom
blending facility in Saratoga Springs, NY.

This state of the art blending facility allows our customers to take advantage of our capabilities to free up production space, defer capital
expenditures and improve logistics.
Please give us a call to discuss what Slack Chemical can do for your company.
Our combined facilities include three rail sidings; 725,000 gallons of liquid storage, and 430,000 square feet of packaging, warehousing and
office space. Inventory consists of over 500 materials currently valued at $15 million dollars.
Slack Chemical has one of the largest privately owned fleet of tractor-trailers in the Northeast, including 42 power units augmented by 82 tank and
box trailers. All drivers are Slack employees with extensive HAZMAT experience transporting and dispensing of a wide variety of bulk tankers, as
well as packaged dry and liquid materials. We invite all interested parties to contact us and learn more about how we can meet your needs.
Our growth and success would not have been possible without our customers, who we offer our deepest
appreciation and sincere thanks for your past patronage. We at Slack look forward to serving your greater
needs in the years before us.
May our relationship be mutually pleasant, prosperous and satisfy your needs in every respect.

Robert Sturtz
President, Slack Chemical

465 South Clinton Street Carthage, NY 13619 Phone (315) 493-0430
Shown at Castorland LLC, 5204 Climax St., are, from left, Mark
Lampson, Paul Taylor, Bruce Hirschey, owner Robert Sturtz, Pat
Proudly Serving the Northeast
McGillicuddy, Brad Gydesen and Paul Pierce.

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How businesses can get more out of social media

Metro Such figures illustrate the owners can consider as they you feel can help your busi- n Keep your message fresh. don’t forget to be sociable and
Social media has changed role that social media plays in look to get more out of their so- ness grow. In addition, make Even your most devoted fol- thank your followers when
the world in myriad ways, and the average person’s life while cial media presence. sure each of your social media lowers will grow tired of your they like a post or retweet a
that impact is likely to grow suggesting that the influence n Periodically reassess profiles reflects where your message if it stays the same for promotion. In addition, don’t
in coming years. In its report of social media remains con- your social media presence. A business is today. months on end. Create social hesitate to share a follower’s
titled ‘Social Media Trends to siderable. Business owners platform that’s popular today n Determine what’s work- media campaigns that rou- content if you find it valuable
Watch in 2017,’ the firm Glo- know that thriving in the 21st might be outdated tomorrow. ing. Just because there’s a tinely engage your followers and insightful. Expressing
balWebIndex found that near- century and beyond requires Such is the nature of social me- new social media platform so they’re excited to see your your appreciation is a great
ly 60 percent of users of the the utilization of social media dia. Business owners should seemingly every day does not updates and get involved with way to build a loyal customer
popular smartphone instant to connect with prospective make a point of periodically mean you need to create a new your business. In addition, base, and such expressions of
messaging app WhatsApp customers and promote prod- reassessing their social media profile each day. If your busi- present your campaigns dif- gratitude take just a few sec-
used the app more than once ucts. But the ever-changing presence to ensure they’re still ness has a presence on vari- ferently on each platform to onds.
per day. The same report re- nature of social media can connecting with existing cus- ous platforms, examine the make the most of each plat- Social media has changed
vealed that more than 55 per- make it difficult for business tomers and enticing new cus- performance of each platform, form’s particular capabilities. the way the world operates,
cent of Facebook users took to owners to stay abreast of the tomers. Follow social media focusing on those that seem n Express your appreciation and businesses can utilize so-
the popular social networking latest trends. The following trends and be sure to create to be doing your business the to your followers. Social me- cial media’s vast influence to
site more than once per day. are a handful of ideas business profiles on new platforms that most good. dia is, by definition, social, so build a loyal customer base.

130 years
of serving
hroughout 2018, Car-
thage Savings will be
celebrating our 130th
year serving our cus-
tomer/members of the North
Country. We are proud of our
longevity based on a simple
concept of always doing what is
fair and right to all concerned.
We are driven by member
needs, not profits.
We are pleased to be adding
the convenience of an elevator
and improved parking at the
main office. We have also en-
hanced our online banking
where our members can per-
form nearly all of their finances
through our online branch at This is
supported by dedicated staff
and management that are al-
ways accessible by phone, on
line or in person. Carthage Sav-
ing is a local financial institution
with big bank technology and
small town personal service.
We are proud to be a true
community Association and
look forward to growing and
prospering together. If you are
not currently a member of our
fine Association, please con-
sider bringing your business

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We’re not your typical chamber of commerce

he Lewis County Cham- for your parking and your en-
ber of Commerce was trance fee. This is a great oppor-
organized in 1945 to tunity for you to talk to people
promote businesses about the county and your busi-
and individual members in ness, hand out your brochures,
Lewis County. These days, we and showcase your business
are also the Tourism Promotion without the expense of having
Agent for Lewis County, mar- your own booth.
keting Lewis County through The Lewis County Chamber
travel shows, fairs, print/ inter- of Commerce works closely
net advertising and more. with many agencies provides a
We are the sponsor of the very informative monthly news-
Lewis County Leadership Acad- letter on local businesses, new
emy that provides individuals members, events and activities
with the knowledge and oppor- in the area. Another opportuni-
tunities to become leaders and ty for advertising your business.
volunteers in their communi- Be the monthly sponsor and be
ties. featured on the front page, or
We also partner with many purchase a full page insert.
local non-profits, assisting This year, we provided a wel-
them with their events that help come station for Small Busi-
the citizens of Lewis County, ness Saturday with giveaways
such as the United Way with the at the Chamber office. Small
school supply and food drive, businesses provided us with
Department of Social Services their hours and Small Business
and their Homeless Tree initia- Saturday promotions and we
tive or the Salvation Army with handed the information over
the kettle drive and Old News- to consumers who came out
boys drive during the holidays. to support our area. We also
Our chamber members ben- hosted a Halloween Pub Crawl
efit greatly from our Business to showcase local taverns and
After Hours events. Consider provided people a safe way to
hosting a Business After Hours enjoy the holiday. We hope to
at your business. We only have keep this event on the books for
one opening left for 2018! Ma- The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce board of directors and employees include front row, from left, board secretary Tammie Lambert 2018 with an addition of a St.
ny attendees comment on the and executive director Kristen Aucter. Second row: Lydia Young, John Exford, Jeremiah Papineau and first vice chairperson Nick Mir. Third Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl as well.
business connections that they row: treasurer Cheyenne Steria, associate director Emily Munger, Jacqueline Mahoney and chairperson Elizabeth Spaulding. Fourth row: Over the next year, we plan
have made during the evening. Eric Tupper, Blaine Campany and Caitlyn Smith. Missing from photo are Jamie Nakano, Jim Schlieder and second vice chairperson McKenzie on rolling out additional pro-
This is a great event to show- Lyndaker. grams and events that will en-
case your business. Maybe your courage people to participate
business is not suitable to hold vices in the chamber’s monthly the cost is a mere $200 for the that are arriving in the area can mailing permit. There is no with and support our local busi-
the event; team up with another newsletter, the Membership year. Co-op advertising is also check on their phone for what charge to use the chamber’s nesses. Programs like Lewis
business and partner for the Directory, Fall Foliage Drive-It- available. Chamber members businesses have specials avail- permit. Anytime you have a County Cash, a local currency
evening. If you would like to dis- Yourself Tour Booklet, Visitor’s receive a free listing in the bi- able for their stay. Our website mass mailing of 200 pieces or that will be accepted at par-
cuss ideas about hosting a BAH, Guide, on our website and on annual publication — you are is receiving over 30,000 visits more, you are qualified to use ticipating chamber businesses,
give us a call. our Proud Member Display. The listed alphabetically and by per month. This is yet another the bulk mail permit. Using this and events that focus on busi-
The chamber refers cham- chamber continues to provide category. These guides are dis- great way to promote your busi- permit will possibly cut your nesses that don’t typically get
ber businesses to hundreds of ways for our chamber members tributed throughout the county ness. mailing cost in half. the recognition they deserve.
people who request tourism, to advertise as inexpensively as to chamber businesses. Stop in We also introduced our Ins- As a chamber member, you Any and all ideas are welcome.
relocation and general infor- possible. Consider placing an and pick some up for your office tagram account this year. Ad- have the opportunity to be one While we can’t promise every
mation each year. We display ad in the Lewis County Visitor’s and refer to these guides when irondacksTugHill has close to of the various sponsors for spe- idea will proceed, it will not fall
brochures and business cards Guide. These guides are distrib- looking for services offered in 4,000 followers and has pro- cific events and dinners. By be- on deaf ears.
for walk-ins to pick up or for us uted across the region and is our county. vided residents and tourists ing a sponsor, you are included We hope this reminder of
to include in mailing packets. also displayed at travel shows in All chamber members re- alike a way to share what they in the newsletter and press re- what the chamber benefits are
We also provide informational New Jersey, Connecticut, Penn- ceive a free listing on our web- love about Lewis County. We leases and have the opportunity is beneficial to you. If you are
packets to real estate agents to sylvania, Western New York, site, www.adirondackstughill. are very excited that there is a to speak at the dinners about not already a member, sign up
provide new residents of the ar- Fort Drum and at the National com. Free links are provided to summer and winter app avail- your business. This is great ex- today and take advantage of the
ea insight to Lewis County busi- Car Show in Syracuse. Over those chamber members who able for free for smart phone us- posure for a small investment. opportunities to promote your
nesses. All great opportunities 50,000 copies of this guide are have a website. Our new web- ers. These apps have all of our Take advantage of the op- business. Help us help you!
to market your business. handed out annually. site will go live this month and recreation-related materials portunity to man the chamber’s “Do not confuse motion and
Advertising in chamber pub- The Proud Member Display provide member businesses the on them, such as hiking trails, booth at the Lewis County Fair progress. A rocking horse keeps
lications — chamber members is another inexpensive way to availability of adding promo- horse trails, restaurants, lodg- or the State Fair. Manning the moving but does not make any
have the opportunity to ad- advertise your business. The tions and job postings to any- ing and much more. fair booths is at no cost to you to progress.”
vertise their products and ser- display is at every event and one visiting the site. Visitors Take advantage of our bulk advertise your business. We pay — Alfred A. Montapert

Flowers, plants and much more

at Sunnycrest Flowers
unnycrest Flowers is Sackets Harbor Coffee Roast- Club. You receive a coupon in owned and operated the flower n Tom Widrick is in his fifth
entering its 19th year in ers. This whole bean coffee the mail to be used during the shop for 21 years (including 2 year as vehicle maintenance
business! We’ve seen comes in either half pound or month of your birthday. There 1/2 years in Syracuse); engineer and delivery guy;
many changes in the flo- one pound bags. If you need are also monthly Facebook n Angela Widrick has been n Ellie Steltz is in her first
ral industry as well as in our lo- it ground, we will be happy to drawings, weekly cash and car- co-owner of Sunnycrest Flow- year as social media coordina-
cal community over the years. grind it for you. ry specials and Friday’s Flower ers for four years and is in her tor and customer service rep-
Ellie Steltz joined the Sun- A new product category Happy Hour, during which 13th year at the flower shop; resentative;
nycrest Team in August. She that we are excited to carry fresh, loose-wrapped flowers n Eric Virkler co-owned the n Wendy Lehman is in her
coordinates the shop’s social are housewares from Now De- are 50% off. In addition, Sun- flower shop for 16 years and second year as transportation
media accounts, handles mar- signs. Items include tea pots, nycrest invites you to follow us continues as accountant and engineer;
keting and customer service. dishcloths, lunch boxes, bowl on Instagram and Pinterest. delivery guy; n Jaime Tapke Moser is in
We are happy to have her on covers, table runners and The calendar is filling up n Lena Wiley is in her eighth her 11th year as Floral Designer
board, she brings tremendous more. Now Designs products with weddings for this sum- year as customer service, pur- and Workshop Coordinator;
skills to our business. are high quality and reason- mer. We encourage brides chasing, collections and mar- n Tamara Schrag provides
Fresh flowers and plants ably priced. They make great to call us soon to schedule a keting assistant; seasonal/holiday support.
continue to be our main focus. hostess or shower gifts. Stop in consultation. We are excited
Many complimentary prod- and check them out! to meet with you in person
ucts are available including Sunnycrest offers a Loyalty or on the phone. Sunnycrest
green and blooming plants, program. All customers are provides delivery throughout
balloons, plush animals, can- eligible to participate. Our POS Northern and Central New
dy from the Croghan Candy system keeps track of every York for weddings and special
Kitchen, candy arrangements, purchase and once you reach events.
soy blend jar candles and trin- 100 points, you begin receiv- The team at Sunnycrest
kets of all types. We continue ing money off. Customers may Flowers in 2018 includes:
to carry gourmet coffee from also sign up for our Birthday n Heidi VanZandt has

Employees at Sunnycrest Flowers in Lowville include, clockwise from left, Ellie Steltz, Angela Widrick,
Jaime Tapke Moser, Wendy Lehman, Heidi VanZandt and Lena Wiley.

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Affiliations provide hospitals with stability
In Northern New York,
hospital affiliations are a
tricky, often financially nec-
essary, move for smaller, ru-
ral hospitals looking to main-
tain independence.
Partnerships can be vi-
tal for community hospitals
looking to weather the storms
of uncertainty — whether
it be in health policy or the
economy — but linking up
with larger institutions often
means losing autonomy and
moving decision-making
away from the communities
Massena Memorial Hospi-
tal’s Board of Managers has
spent the last year negotiat-
ing a conversion into a non-
profit facility, and hopes to
affiliate with a larger hospital
system for financial security.
Ownership of the hospital
needs to first be transferred
from the Town of Massena.
“The board went through
a long process last year, al-
most nine, 10 months of
talking about affiliation and
reviewing affiliation propos-
als. Affiliation really is a stra-
tegic initiative to get in with
a bigger system who has re- WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES

sources, who can help us do Massena Memorial Hospital is working on converting to a system. River Hospital, below left, and Claxton-Hepburn
the kinds of things we want to nonprofit facility before affiliating with a larger hospital have partnered with Crouse Health in Syracuse.
do. In this community, (it’s)
to maintain a vibrant hos-
pital and a vibrant medical
staff, (which) we financially
aren’t able to do for a variety
of reasons,” Chief Executive
Officer Robert G. Wolleben
said at a board meeting last
Affiliating with another
system, he said, would help
access resources not cur-
rently available at Massena
Memorial Hospital, as well as
assist with financing.
“Our financial statements
are not ... strong enough for
us to go out and borrow mon-
ey. As I’ve said time and time
and time again, running a
hospital in New York requires
lots of money. It requires lots
of money to buy equipment,
to replace equipment, to
keep paying salaries that are
competitive in the market, all Syracuse. metro area each year.
kinds of things,” he said. The affiliation agreement “We at Crouse feel one
“Borrowing money, also maintains each hospital’s in- of our greatest assets is our
known as access to capital, is dependence in governance, culture. It sets the tone for
one of the challenges for ev- budgeting, labor agreements quality care, which drives
ery business, and it is a great and will not move or remove our finances as well,” Crouse
challenge for hospitals, par- any local services. President and CEO Kimberly
ticularly in New York. Getting
The hospitals’ CEOs said A. Boynton said. “(We all) are
in with a bigger system gives
they intend for the part- committed to success in our
us the ability to use their
nership to provide both in- communities, to the health of
credit rating potentially to our communities, to our pa-
borrow money — Money that creased financial security tients and our employees.”
we need to fuel the engine into the future, and access to
Discussions began in ear-
here, called the hospital and specialized services for pa- nest in spring 2017, though
the medical staff. That’s what tients in person and remotely
each hospital had been look-
affiliation is all about,” Mr. via telemedicine.
Wolleben said. “We feel very optimistic ing for a senior partner for
some time in the face of a
Massena Memorial re- about what this means for changing industry land-
mains one of the last unaffili- our patients and our future,” scape, and more recently,
ated facilities in the region. River Hospital CEO Ben the uncertainty
Clifton-Fine Hospital formed Moore III said.
an affiliation with Samaritan Crouse Health employs s u r r o u n d i n g
health care
Medical Center in Watertown 3,300 staff members be- legislation.
in 2013. tween two hospitals and 500
“ C a r -
River Hospital, Carthage licensed beds. Crouse is al- thage has
Area Hospital and Claxton- ready affiliated with North- been on
Hepburn Medical Center well Health, the state’s largest
this track
announced in December health care provider, reach-
since about
that they will together part- ing more than two million
ner with Crouse Health in people in New York City’s See HOSPITALS N2

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2011,” Carthage Area Hos-

pital CEO Richard A. Duvall
said. “We’ve had to clean
up our shop first before we
found the best relationship
for all of us.”
Chief Medical Officer at
Crouse, Dr. Seth Kronenberg,
emphasized the partner-
ship as adding value to the
individual hospitals, reduc-
ing costs (by, among other
things, group bargaining,)
and improving hometown
care through expanded ser-
vices and provider access.
“Nobody felt threatened
because we’re not trying to
move services ... we want to
support each other” with
physician recruitment, ac-
cess to capital and a pool of
resources, Dr. Kronenberg
According to the public
announcement, under the
affiliation “each institution
will continue to operate as
an independent, separately
licensed community-based
hospital ... The affiliations
do not represent a merger
or acquisition, but instead
will allow each institution to
strengthen patient services
and share best practices and
President and CEO Nate
Howell said Claxton-Hep-
burn Medical Center had
talked to “every hospital lo- AMANDA MORRISON n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
cally and all we considered Jeff Wood, Technical Services Manager at Samaritan Medical Center, stands next to the new servers at the hospital. Modernizing the technology has reduced the
tertiary” before deliberately physical spaces requirements for a data room.
entering partnership talks.
Both Mr. Howell and Mr. different, but now we’ll have “There’s no mandate
Moore said the arrangement a partner in Syracuse.” to physicians to refer (to
would have no impact on Samaritan Medical Center Crouse,)” Dr. Kronenberg
hospitals’ participation in was included in early affilia- said. “We’re not looking to
the North Country Initiative, tion discussions but decided cut off flow to Samaritan.”
the Delivery System Reform not to participate, Ms. Boyn- North country hospitals
Incentive Payment program ton said. have long held special rela-
administered by the Fort Samaritan CEO Thomas tionships with Fort Drum,
Drum Regional Health Plan- Carman said, comment- which Mr. Duvall believes
ning Organization, or their ing on the agreement in will be enhanced by the affili-
ability to receive attached an email, “In this period of ation.
state funding. According to healthcare reform, it has be- “Fort Drum has been sup-
Dr. Kronenberg, the state has come a trend across the state portive ... having to travel for
been fully supportive of the and nation for small hospi- care is a concern and this will
move. tals to affiliate with larger reduce that likelihood,” Mr.
The hospital heads cited hospitals and health systems, Duvall said.
increased telemedicine for and the North Country is no He hopes the partner-
remote-access to specialists different. In 2013, for exam- ship will allow more highly-
and care referral options as a ple, Samaritan Medical Cen- trained soldiers with spe-
driving force behind the deal. ter formed an affiliation with cialized health care needs to
However, the importance Clifton-Fine Hospital in Star come to the base.
of close-to-home care was Lake. “Governance of each in-
stressed when talking about “(Samaritan) is fortunate stitution will remain local.
transporting north country to be in a financially stable Hospital boards will have
patients to Syracuse, an al- position, which has allowed the same power tomorrow
ready common practice. us to remain an independent that they had yesterday,” Ms.
“Physicians will always go not-for-profit hospital ... Sa- Boynton said. “I’m very im-
for the best clinical option maritan has always been will- pressed by the support each
available,” said Mr. Moore ing to work collaboratively hospital has in its commu-
when asked if patients will with any regional provider, nity.”
now bypass Samaritan Medi- and we intend to continue AMANDA MORRISON n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
cal Center in Watertown for to do so for the good of our Bob Beckstead contributed Jeff Wood, Technical Services Manager at Samaritan Medical Center, shows the in house cloud
Crouse. “Not much will be community.” to this report. system for the hospital and surrounding clinics.

Crouse Health expanding access to care in New York

017 was a very good year
for Crouse Health on
many fronts. Working
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thage Area, Claxton-Hepburn ment and Baker Neonatal
and River hospitals at the end Intensive Care Unit, the re-
of the year. These partner- gion’s only state-designated
ships will ensure the contin- resource for the care of 1,000
ued growth of Crouse Health, premature and critically ill in-
not just locally, but across the fants from a 14-county area.
region. • Received $255,000 grant to
Crouse shares many of the help lower the rate of pre-term
same attributes as the three quality and fiscal responsibil- strengthened our partner- Crouse also was honored with issue with major impact on the births in Onondaga and five
northern hospitals, includ- ity, we continued to enhance ship with Community Memo- Get with the Guidelines Gold well-being of our community surrounding counties.
ing similar missions, open access to care over the past rial Hospital in Hamilton, NY, Plus designations for having and its citizens. • Opened Crouse Medical
and transparent cultures, and year. Phase 1 of the $38 million through the increased integra- superior clinical and efficien- Other 2017 Crouse high- Practice – Cardiology office at
a focus on physician and em- Pomeroy Emergency Services tion of clinical and operational cy outcomes for cardiac and lights: Brittonfield Parkway
ployee engagement. Each has Department opened in July services between our two orga- stroke care. Crouse continues • Crouse Medical Practice Looking ahead, planning
a solid reputation as a commu- and we expanded access to our nizations. We also continued to have the lowest door-to- achieved Level 3 certification, and design work on the Baker
nity-focused provider of high- growing neurosurgical service to introduce advanced tech- treatment times in Central the highest level, from the Na- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
quality, patient-centered care, with seven new, private ICU nology to ensure the highest New York for both cardiac and tional Committee for Quality and substance abuse treat-
factors critically important to beds on 3 Irving. Maintaining level of care for our patients. stroke care. Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient ment services expansion will
Crouse as we evaluate poten- a sharp focus on our mission Crouse is the first hospital in As the region’s largest pro- Centered Medical Home. continue. We will also con-
tial partners. While developing to provide the best in patient Central New York to offer the vider of substance abuse • Opened newly renovated tinue to build on the Crouse
this new partnership, our fo- care resulted in continued Watchman device for patients treatment services, Crouse re- and expanded Electrophysiol- Health integrated delivery
cus will be on keeping health- improvements to our quality with atrial fibrillation, and ceived a $16 million state grant ogy Suite. network, which currently has
care local, where it belongs, scores in a number of areas. through Crouse Medical Prac- in 2017 to expand access to • Recruited more than 25 80-plus providers caring for
and offering the partnering In fact, Crouse was the only tice, we introduced advanced treatment services. Planning physicians and other provid- over 300,000 covered lives.
hospitals the ability to develop Syracuse hospital not to be pe- camera technology to help de- is well underway to re-locate ers to Crouse Medical Practice Additionally, Phase 2 of the
relationships with Crouse for nalized financially for failure tect eye problems that can lead and expand the hospital’s out- • Provided diversity and Pomeroy Emergency Services
clinical programs or services to meet federal CMS quality to blindness in patients with patient treatment program inclusion education to all project will be completed in
that may not be available in metrics. diabetes. to a larger site within the city. Crouse Health employees as October. This phase entails the
the North Country; improve In 2017 we continued to From a quality standpoint, While wait times for treatment part of our strategic focus on re-location of Crouse Prompt-
coordination of care; and take attract high-quality physi- Crouse was awarded the Blue in CNY have come down over the subject. Care to the main ER. We will
advantage of our partnership cians, nurses and other clini- Distinction Plus designation the past year, the opioid epi- • Launched CrouseCares also develop plans to enhance
with Northwell Health. cal and support staff to our for maternity care from Excel- demic continues to be a signif- comprehensive campaign telehealth coverage among
Focusing on our culture, organization. We also further lus Blue Cross/Blue Shield. icant healthcare and societal through the Crouse Health Crouse partners.

Progress 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 N3

Carthage Area Hospital is a strong community asset

Developed partnerships put hospital on a sustainable path for the future
s we turn the calen- tion, but instead allows us to
dar on another year, strengthen patient services
many exciting initia- and share best practices and
tives are under way expertise. We will continue to
at Carthage Area Hospital that operate as an independent,
should leave residents feeling separately licensed, commu-
confident in their local choice nity-based hospital and main-
for personal care. Several new tain our existing board gover-
strategic partnerships have nance structure. Additionally,
left the hospital well posi- Smith Duvall we will continue singular re-
tioned for a bright future. De- CLINICAL AFFILIATION sponsibility for assets, opera-
spite the many reasons for op- tions, liabilities and budget.
WITH CROUSE HEALTH In May 2017, Crouse Health
timism I am excited to share,
In December, Carthage announced that it had formed
we remain vigilant to guard
Area Hospital joined Claxton- a similar clinical affiliation
against the uncertainties of
Hepburn Medical Center, Og- with Northwell Health, New
an ever-evolving health care densburg, and River Hospital,
industry. Hospital staff and Hyde Park. Northwell is the
Alexandria Bay, in signing a largest health system in New
leadership are sharply focused clinical affiliation with Crouse
on delivering the highest qual- York State and the 14th largest
Health, Syracuse, to enhance in the country. The opportu-
ity patient-centered care to all health care quality and access nity for Carthage Area Hospi-
who seek comfort and healing in Northern and Central New tal and our affiliate partners to
when they need it most. York. The agreement allows Pictured, from left, are Richard A. Duvall, chief executive officer, Carthage Area Hospital; Seth
access the resources and scale
In June, the hospital shared Carthage Area Hospital and its Kronenberg, M.D., Crouse Health chief medical officer, Syracuse; Kimberly Boynton, Crouse Health
of operations that Northwell president and CEO; Ben Moore, chief executive officer, River Hospital, Alexandria Bay; and Nate
results of its 2016 audited fi- two Northern New York part- brings is exciting and should
nancials, which revealed our ner hospitals to develop strong Howell, president and chief executive officer, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg.
yield long-term savings and ef-
first operating profit in six professional and clinical rela- ficiencies.
years. The result was about tionships between one anoth- By no means does this de-
$432,000 that we were able er and Crouse Health. velopment mean that Crouse
to reinvest back into hospi- The hospitals will also be or Northwell is vying to take
tal operations. While that feat able to collaborate to share over health care in Northern
was one measure of success, best practices, both clinical New York. As Kimberly Boyn-
it didn’t mean we let the slack and operational, and benefit ton, Crouse Health president
out of the reins. Our biggest from other economies of scale and CEO, said: “Our focus will
lesson learned while crossing to ensure long-term financial, be on keeping health care lo-
the line from an operating loss quality and operational sus-
cal, where it belongs, but also
to an operating profit came in tainability. Through the affili-
offering the three hospitals
ation, patients will gain access
the form of strengthening our the ability to develop relation-
to specialized care and physi-
belief in what is possible at ships with Crouse for clinical
cians throughout Central and
Carthage Area Hospital when programs or services that may
Northern New York. They will
good discipline is evenly ap- not be available in the North
be able to see specialists from
plied across the organization. Country, improve coordina-
the hospitals participating in
Staff and leadership are proud the agreement when needed, tion of care and take advan-
to see the hospital’s finances either in the hospital, in phy- tage of our partnership with
stabilize; but they also see it as sicians’ offices or through ad- Northwell Health.”
a tipping point that will lead vanced telemedicine, which During the past three years,
to greater success, not merely will be supported through our team has worked hard to
a finish line on a race to re- Crouse Health’s affiliation strengthen Carthage Area Hos-
covery. So far, early indica- with Northwell Health. This pital and cement a sustainable
tors show hospital operations will enable quality diagnosis future. From realigning the
performing at break-even or and treatment while elimi- organization to serve our com-
nating unnecessary travel or munities more efficiently and
slightly better with a modest
delays for North Country pa- effectively to improving staff
operating profit for 2017. A
tients. and finances, our board and
complete picture of our finan-
The affiliation does not leadership are confident that a
cial health will develop as our
represent a merger or acquisi- See CARTHAGE N4
2017 audit concludes in May.

N4 Sunday, February 18, 2018 Progress 2018

to make a
MASSENA, NY — In 2017,
Massena Memorial Hospi-
tal underwent many positive
See our ad on
changes throughout the orga-
nization. New physicians joined Page N5
the MMH medical team, new
medical equipment was in- are conducted on the hospital’s
stalled, and the citizens of Mas- main level.
sena continued to choose MMH Later in the year, Birinder
for their healthcare needs. Singh, MD, Nephrologist, In-
“Massena Memorial Hospital ternal Medicine and Hyperten-
worked tirelessly on improving sion specialist joined the MMH
the Patient Experience, which medical team to expand the
resulted with dramatic results. clinic to Cardiology, Hyperten-
Among the domains, MMH sion and Nephrology Clinic. Dr.
greatly improved in the Nurse Singh is American and Cana-
and Doctor Communication dian board certified in Internal
domains which both exceeded Medicine and specializes in Ne-
our goal,” explained Bob Wol- phrology and Hypertension.
leben, Chief Executive Officer. The hospital discharged
“Providing great healthcare is a 2,273 patients and total outpa-
Inside one of the Labor & Delivery rooms is space for family with a couch that can be converted to a bed and spacious bathroom with team approach with each team tient registrations were 128,893.
tub and shower options. member communicating what A large number of the total out-
they do for the patient clearly patient registrations came from
the outreach clinics with over

Samaritan Medical Center recognized and consistently. Our year end

results show the combined ef-
forts of our entire team focused
on making MMH a great place
46,000 patient registrations.
MMH finished 2017 with more
people coming to the emergen-

for Higher Quality in Maternity Care for patients.”

Massena Memorial Hospi-
tal’s 2017 Net Income went up
cy room of over 16,000.
At Massena Memorial Hos-
pital, we are committed to
$6 million compared to 2016 providing the latest technol-

xcellus BlueCross BlueShield has ogy that advances patient
recognized Samaritan Medical due to an increase in volume
and investment into additional care in the communities we
Center with a Blue Distinction® serve. “We continue to work
Center+ for Maternity Care des- clinics, physicians and services.
Chief Financial Officer noted, on financial permanence, the
ignation as part of the Blue Distinction development/transition to a
Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction the hospital ended in a loss, but
have improved the operating Non-For-Profit Hospital and
Centers are nationally designated hospi- an affiliation, to insure MMH
tals that show expertise in delivering im- Quality is key: only those hospitals that Hospitals recognized with this designa- line by 17% compared to the
prior year. is here for many years to come.
proved patient safety and better health first meet Blue Distinction’s nationally- tion are assessed using a combination of We have said consistently, the
outcomes, based on objective measures established, objective quality measures quality information supplied by hospitals “We recognize the loss, but
have put things in place to gen- healthcare industry is in flux
that were developed with input from the will be considered for designation as a and cost measures derived from BCBS and things beyond our control
medical community. Blue Distinction Center+. erate more revenue, as men-
companies’ medical claims. can impact MMH’s bottom line
Nearly four million babies are born in Samaritan Medical Center is proud tioned with the new Physicians
Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Spe- and Services,” said Wolleben. with little or no advance warn-
the U.S. annually, making childbirth the to be recognized by Excellus BlueCross ing. In addition to the elimina-
cialty Care program has helped patients “We have invested in these to
most common cause of hospitalization, BlueShield for meeting the rigorous Blue tion of the Medicare Low Vol-
and cesarean sections the most common Distinction Center+ quality and cost se- find quality specialty care in the areas of keep patients closer to home
bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac and receive their care here. We ume Adjustment, and changes
operating room procedures, according lection criteria for maternity care set by to the 340B Drug Program, the
to National Centers for Health Statistics the Blue Distinction Specialty Care pro- care, maternity care, knee and hip re- are working on right sizing our
placements, spine surgery, and trans- expenses and reallocating our new tax bill includes several
and the Agency for Health care Research gram. provisions which will drive up
& Quality (AHRQ). Reducing early elective “The expertise and experience of our plants, while encouraging health care resources to where volumes are
steady and increasing.” MMH’s costs,” Wolleben said.
delivery is an area of focus for the Ameri- Maternity providers and nurses here at professionals to improve the care they de- “Despite the challenges that
can College of Obstetricians and Gyne- Samaritan has resulted in this distinc- liver. Research shows that, compared to The hospital started the year
pop-up every day, we are mak-
cologists (ACOG) and the American Acad- tion, which recognizes their commitment other hospitals, those designated as Blue with the opening of a new Car-
ing real progress on this front as
emy of Pediatrics (AAP). According to to providing the highest quality of care Distinction Centers demonstrate better diology Services Suite. The
evidenced by the growing num-
Health Affairs, elective inductions result to both mothers and babies,” explains quality and improved outcomes for pa- Cardiology Suite’s provides pa-
ber of patients we serve both in
in more cesarean deliveries and a longer Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO tients the convenience to visit
tients. On average, Blue Distinction Cen- the hospital and our outreach
maternal hospitalization. of Samaritan. “We are proud of the level Board Certified Cardiologist Ad-
ters+ are also 20 percent more cost-effi- clinics. As noted we are making
The Blue Distinction Centers+ for Ma- of care that is provided by these true pro- eronke Adeniyi, M.D., while also
cient than non-Blue Distinction Center+ investments in bringing new
ternity Care program evaluates hospitals fessionals, as well as the compassionate scheduling and having EKGs,
designated hospitals. physicians and services to the
on quality measures for vaginal and cesar- manner in which it is provided.” Echocardiograms performed
For more information about the pro- hospital that will serve our com-
ean delivery. To receive a Blue Distinction Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) all in one central location. Stress
gram and for a complete listing of the des- munity well into the future.”
Centers+ for Maternity Care designation, companies across the nation have recog- tests can be scheduled by the
New Physicians, Programs
a hospital must also demonstrate cost- nized more than 1,000 hospitals as Blue ignated facilities, please visit www.bcbs. Cardiology Services staff. Stress
efficiency. Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care. com/bluedistinction. Tests and Nuclear Stress Tests See MMH N5

team, the hospital’s Diabetes hospital employees affected passionate surgical care, ask
Carthage and low-cost classes online
that range from wellness and
weight loss to cooking [chil-
Education Program gained
full accreditation last year.
by the closure who wanted to
still work at the hospital were
your primary care provider for
a referral to our clinic. Call 315-
participates with most insur-
ance programs, including
Workers Compensation and
From N3 dren and adult] and nutrition The American Association of offered new opportunities for 493-0110 to learn more today. No-Fault, TRICARE, Martin’s
and pre- and post-natal care. Diabetes Educators granted employment in units where NEUROSURGICAL CLINIC Point, Medicare and Medic-
clinical affiliation with Crouse Our Nutrition Services team accreditation in February, their skills were needed. We In December, we intro- aid. As the clinic grows, Smith
Health, Claxton-Hepburn recently unveiled “goFRESH,” making it the only certified are fortunate to have been in a duced outpatient neurosurgi- anticipates a second day for
Medical Center and River Hos- a heart-healthy meal kit ser- program of its kind in Jefferson position to accommodate val- cal care. Through a clinical col- patient care in Carthage. Call
pital will strategically position vice that takes aim at helping County and just the second in ued staff members who have laboration with Upstate Brain 315-519-5990 for information
us for years to come. members of our communities Northern New York. Accredi- demonstrated a commitment & Spine Center, Syracuse, ex- how to obtain a referral.
to improve their daily diets tation also means that major to the hospital. perienced neurosurgical pro- ***
and nutrition. Nine different insurance providers, includ- GENERAL SURGERY PROGRAM vider Jeff Smith, PA-C, began In the hospital’s nearly
AND NUTRITION SERVICES healthy entrées are available ing Medicare, Medicaid, Tri- 53-year history, rarely have
In October, the hospital seeing patients in our Profes-
The hospital continues to for purchase via our web- care, Martin’s Point Health we experienced such a volatile
introduced a new compre- sional Building at 3 Bridge St.,
focus on population health site, www.carthagehospital. Care, Excellus and MVP, may political climate as we see to-
hensive surgical program. A providing local residents with
through prevention and edu- com/gofresh, and come fully cover the program cost. Ask partnership with Bozeman, expanded access to care. day. But such pressures, while
cation with our clinical, nutri- prepped for cooking with your health care provider Montana-based Synergy Sur- The Carthage Area Hospital not entirely within our control,
tion, engagement and market- easy-to-follow recipes and about specific coverage. The gicalists began as Dr. Jared Neurosurgical Clinic, co-lo- also present great opportuni-
ing teams joining to promote instructions. The goFRESH program is staffed by two reg- Tomlinson and Dr. Virginia cated with the hospital’s urol- ties. They are daily reminders
healthy lifestyles for all who program is similar to many istered dietitians who are also McDougall joined Dr. Marcia ogy clinic, began weekly op- that we must remain nimble
live in our communities. national meal kit services in Certified Diabetes Educators. Chung in our Surgical Clinic, erations Mondays from 8 a.m. and flexible at all levels. From
To aid this effort, a Commu- its emphasis on teaching bet- SKILLED NURSING UNIT which moved into remodeled to 4 p.m. Jeff Smith previously our medical providers who
nity Engagement Series kicked ter nutrition. Ordering is sim- Last August, the hospital space in the hospital from our saw patients in Watertown. are embracing new technolo-
off in 2017 to provide informa- ple: visit the website, select completed the closure of its Bridge Street Professional We are pleased that a well- gies and processes to improve
tion on important health con- your entrées and pick up your Skilled Nursing Unit, turning Building. A team of three sur- known, respected local pro- patient care to administrative
cerns like diabetes, asthma, fresh-packaged meal kit at the in to the state Department of geons means we are, for the vider has joined our team to and support staff who consis-
stroke prevention and care, hospital for in-home cooking. Health an operating certifi- first time in recent history, offer this additional outpatient tently look for ways to inno-
men’s health and more. Atten- Complete details, including cate nearly three weeks ahead able to offer 24-hour daily sur- service. Local residents can vate and maximize efficien-
dance steadily increased with ordering deadlines and weekly of its projected schedule and gical coverage. That means a now avoid the stress of travel cies, we have many reasons to
nearly 200 people taking ad- pick-up days, can be found on- delivering on a commitment patient who may arrive in the for pre- and post-operative believe that our future is bright
vantage of the chance to hear line. to help keep affected resi- Emergency Department at 2 neurosurgical care in experi- no matter our external chal-
from our clinical team mem- The nutrition team this dents in local facilities across a.m. and needs an appendec- enced, compassionate hands. lenges. And through it all, one
bers, who have helped guide month also launched grocery the region. We sincerely ap- tomy would not have to be In addition to new patient thing remains certain: Your
attendees toward a better way tours, a partnership with Price preciate the understanding of transferred for surgery. It also visits and pre- and post-op- community hospital does its
of life while empowering them Chopper Supermarkets. For a our residents and their family means that patients seeking erative care, neck, back and best when it beats down chal-
to make more confident and nominal charge of $5, a regis- members. We would not have routine surgical care now face spine pain are among com- lenges together to deliver the
informed health decisions. tered dietician will lead small succeeded without their trust shorter wait times for elective mon conditions Smith will best for the health and welfare
We are pleased to continue groups on tours of the store, and patience during a time of and routine procedures. From treat in the clinic. He will also of all who seek care.
our Community Engagement teaching participants what to uncertainty and change. While hernias to advanced laparo- review patients to determine a Carthage Area Hospital re-
Series in 2018, which kicks off look for that is healthy and af- staff was saddened to lose a scopic procedures, breast bi- course of treatment, up to and mains committed and always
Feb. 28 with our Heart Lun- fordable, among other lessons. valued hospital service for our opsies, skin lesions, varicose including surgery. If surgery ready to deliver high-quality
cheon. Look for complete Visit www.carthagehospital. community, they understood veins, upper and lower en- is recommended, patients are health and wellness services.
details on our website, www. com/grocerytours to learn the necessity to shift course doscopies [colonoscopy] and scheduled and referred to the Thank you to all who contin-, in the more. when faced with the reali- thyroid cases, our surgeons are neurosurgical team at Upstate ue to trust in Carthage as we
coming days and weeks. You Finally, thanks to the hard ties of operating a small-scale ready to treat a wide range of Brain and Spine. care for you. Our best days are
will also find a full list of free work of our Nutrition Services skilled nursing unit today. All conditions. If you need com- The neurosurgical clinic ahead.

Progress 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 N5

Ultrasounds, CT scans, Mam-

MMH as a major piece of our mission,”
said Wolleben. “At MMH we fo-
cus daily on meeting the same
mograms, and MRIs with great-
er detail and clarity. Big changes for
From N4 standards as industry leaders The U.S. Department of

The Scrub Hub in 2018

like the Cleveland Clinic and Health requires hospitals to use
and Staff Mayo Clinic. We are thrilled to a computer screen with a mini-
“Our efforts to meet see that commitment honored mum of 5 MP to view image test
our community’s health care with our eighth consecutive results. MMH purchased two
needs continue to be focused Most Wired distinction.” 12 MP monitors, top of the line

on recruiting talented physi- Additionally, all of MMH’s computer screens as a com- 018 is bringing BIG professions including chefs orders are always welcomed,
cians to our community. But we Primary Care Clinics received mitment to ensure the hospital changes to The Scrub .We carry Dickies chef ap- special discounts can be
also know great clinical care is a Level 3 Recognition from the employs the best technology to Hub! We purchased parel including chef jackets, given to offices or groups
made better by a dedication to National Committee for Quality provide superior imaging for the building where pants, and aprons for men that would like to special or-
patient focused care. We have Assurance. MMH is underwent our patients. our store is located in Janu- and women. Dansko shoes der through The Scrub Hub.
committed the entire organiza- a PCMH (Patient Cent Medical Tender Touches Birthing ary 2018. Construction for the are available at The Scrub Remember if you can’t find
tion to improving each patient’s Home) certification in all of the Center purchased a Giraffe stores expansion will be start- Hub We also carry a variety of something in the store you
experience,” said Wolleben. Primary Care Provider Clinics. Stand-alone Infant Resuscita- ing in March and will hope- fashion prints as well as solid like, our friendly and edu-
“Our growth in volume is a di- With the PCMH Certification in tion System and Incubator Care fully be completed in April color scrubs. We carry a wide cated staff is always happy to
rect result of our recruitment process, it will improve the qual- Station from GE Healthcare for 2018. We will be adding fitting selection of accessories such place a special order you for
and patient experience efforts. ity of patient care at MMH. The the tiniest babies born at MMH. rooms as well as much need- as blood pressure cuffs, com-
no extra charge.
We are working hard every day clinics earning this recognition This new technology helps our ed extra space of about 600 pression socks, id holders,
The Scrub Hub is located
to become your trusted health are Brasher Falls and Louisville nursing staff better care for pre- square feet. With this extra lanyards and penlights.
Family Health Centers, MMH mature and sick babies at birth. space we hope to add a cou- The Scrub Hub contin- at 19033 U.S. Route 11 Wa-
care provider in Northern St.
Medical Group and Kids Korner The unit features a wide-range ple of more styles of scrubs as ues to sell used scrubs at a tertown, NY. (315)-785-5500.
Lawrence County.”
MMH was pleased to an- Pediatric and Adolescent Cen- of technology to monitor the well as spread out our current discounted price as well as Hours M-F 10-7 Sat 10-6 Sun
nounce Henri Gaboriau, MD; ter. This certification was a team baby’s vital signs, air circulation floor plan to make for a more a large clearance rack full of 11-3. Be sure to like us on
Otolaryngologist/Plastic Sur- effort to include the Physicians, and pressure points. enjoyable shopping experi- name brand scrubs. Group Facebook!
geon joined the medical team. Physician Assistants, Nurses, MMH’s commitment to in- ence.
Dr. Gaboriau is a double board Clerks, Social Worker, Practice vest in new technology contin- Another new addition
certified ENT/Facial Plastic Managers and patients. ues to benefit our patients, con- will be the creation of our
and Reconstructive Surgeon. NEW EQUIPMENT tinuing to provide them the best new online selling website!
He is a Fellow of the American MMH installed a state- quality care. This is expected to be up
College of Surgeons as well as a of-the-art the Masimo Vital from prevention to recovery and running in March. Our
Diplomate of both the Ameri- Monitoring System, a patient as we meet their medical needs. website will help service
can Board of Facial Plastic & safety net system. This system MMH continues to take the lead our customers through the
Reconstructive Surgery and the provides many benefits to the in acquiring advanced technol- North Country who can- 19033 U.S. ROUTE 11
American Board of Otolaryngol- patients and staff of the Medi- ogy, showing the foresight to not come to the store as of- (OUTER WASHINGTON ST.)
ogy/Head and Neck Surgery. cal/Surgical/Pediatric unit. One plan for and acquire new state- WATERTOWN, NY 13601
ten as they would like. We
of-the-art technologies when
He comes to the North Country
with over 18 years of surgical ex-
of the biggest advantages is the
time-saving feature of heart they become available.
The CEO continued to state,
will be able to ship all over
the U.S. so customers who PHONE 315-785-5500
perience. rate, temperature, blood pres-
“A priority for 2018 is to focus move away will still be able H DICKIES CHEF APPAREL H CARHARTT FOR MEN
Todd R. Howland, M.D., sure, breathing rate, and oxygen to shop from our store! All of H DANSKO SHOES H NEW SPRING FASHIONS
saturation values being wire- on the future because this is
FACEP, joined the hospital’s our name brand scrub will • XXS-5XL • Tall and Petities • Barco • Grey’s Anatomy
lessly transmitted directly into what our community deserves.
medical team as a Director of be available online as well as • Cherokee • Dickies • Koi • Wonder Wink
the patient electronic record. We look forward to continuing
Emergency Services and an clearance scrubs, shoes and
Emergency Room Doctor. He is This system integration will to meet the healthcare needs
accessories. Barco, Grey’s
save many steps for staff that of our communities that we
board certified by the American
$ 00
10 OFF
serve and the opportunity to Anatomy, Cherokee, Dick-
Board of Emergency Medicine. have previously had to manu- ies, Koi, Carhartt, Wonder
ally transcribe the information continue to raise our custom-
Myo Su Win, MD, Internal Wink, HeartSoul will be for
from the vital sign machine to ers’ experiences/ satisfaction
Medicine joined the hospital’s sale online as well as at the
a paper record then eventually to new levels. It’s about confi-
Primary Care Medical Team. store. YOUR NEXT PURCHASE
key it into the electronic record. dence. We know, as a hospital,
She is Board Certified in Inter- The Scrub Hub ser-
Staff is able to have a quick, real- you are placing your health in WITH THIS COUPON. OFFER EXPIRES 06/30/18
nal Medicine and sees patients our hands.” vices numerous types of
at the Louisville and Brasher time glance at each connected
Falls Family Health Centers. patient’s pulse, respirations,
Ammar Kafa, MD, Fam- and oxygen saturation from
ily Medicine and Wai Phyoe monitors strategically placed
Kyaw, MD, Internal Medicine, throughout the floor.
joined the hospital’s Hospital- MMH added a DaVinci Sur-
ists Team. gical Robot to the Surgical Ser-
SPECIAL RECOGNITION/ vices Program, providing the
most up to date approaches in
ACHIEVEMENTS minimally invasive surgery. Dr.
Numerous departments Dalkeith Facey, General Sur-
achieved special recognition geon and Dr. Jeffrey Greenberg,
throughout the year. The Medi- Obstetrician/Gynecologist, use
cal Laboratory received accredi- the DaVinci in some of their sur-
tation from the Joint Commis- gical cases.
sion. Endoscopy Staff earned MMH invested in the latest
a 100% satisfaction rate from imaging technology available
their patients. Tender Touches to give our doctors the best tools
Birthing Center, Maternity, necessary to analyze patients’
were ranked in the top 1% in medical images. The upgrades
New York State for Quality of include two high-definition
Care. computer monitors to give the
MMH was once again named radiologists more detail in the
2017 Most Wired Hospital for images they view and allow
the eighth year in a row. Most doctors to view images securely
Wired Hospitals Use Technol- even when they are on the go.
ogy to Partner with Patients on The Fuji Picture Archive
Health and Communication System
In order to provide our pa- (PACS) upgrade syncs perfectly
tients with the highest level care, with the new Barco Coronis
MMH has prioritized the effi- Unit monitors, which allow Ra-
cient adoption and use of cut- diologist Dr. Terence Schump-
ting edge industry technology ert the ability to view X-Rays,

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Investments in Imaging Technology move Samaritan

closer to achieving ACR Imaging Center of Excellence
Samaritan Medical Center
has made significant invest-
ments in its imaging technol-
ogy over the past two years in
its quest to become an Imaging
Center of Excellence through
the American College of Radi-
ology (ACR). The ACR accredi-
tation is the gold standard by
which the medical community
and public can evaluate the ser-
vices provided by an imaging
services program. The Imaging
Center of Excellence is the high-
est level of accreditation within
the ACR and would place Sa-
maritan Medical Center among
the top performing hospitals in

Samaritan Medical Cen-
ter and its Woman to Woman
clinic are now offering 3D
mammography (also known as
digital breast tomosynthesis).
The FujiFilm Aspire Cristalle
mammography units provide
our patients with improved
comfort and increased accu-
racy. Fujifilm’s exclusive Com-
fort Paddle delivers a more
gradual, even compression for
a noticeably more comfort-
able mammogram. 3D pro-
vides the radiologist with much
more detail than traditional 2D
mammography. The digital,
low-dose images are viewed as
thin slices, allowing the radiolo-
gist to view breast tissue layer
Samaritan Medical Center’s new MRI, the 3.0T Ingenia from Philips Healthcare
by layer, which can help reveal
abnormalities that might oth-
adds to the excitement of the
erwise be hidden. The two units
new cancer center, which will
at Woman to Woman provide
open next year, and is one more
additional convenience to our
patients, because they can have reason to be proud of the care
both their annual check-up and we deliver to our patients.
mammogram during one ap-
pointment at one location. And COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY
at Samaritan Medical Center, SCANNING (CT)
extended hours are available After the acquisition of two
for late-day appointments. 128-slice Philips CT scanners
in 2016, SMC was awarded its
RADIATION ONCOLOGY first-time three-year accredita-
Samaritan Medical Center tion in computed tomography
received its first-ever three-year (CT) scanning by the American
accreditation in radiation on- College of Radiology (ACR).
cology by the American College
oncology (radiation therapy) is
the careful use of high-energy
radiation to treat cancer. A radi- Acquired in July 2017, the
ation oncologist may use radia- Ingenia 3.0T MRI from Phil-
tion to cure cancer or to relieve ips Healthcare is revolution-
a cancer patient’s pain. ary machine is designed to
According to Samaritan quickly perform high-quality
Medical Center’s Radiation On- MRI scans with a high level of
cologist Dr. Daniel DeBlasio, patient comfort. Ingenia 3.0T
“This is a tremendous accom- can significantly reduce exam
plishment for our staff and is a time and has a wide opening to
testament to our commitment accommodate patients of vary-
to the highest quality of care ing size, age and physical con-
Sara Maxson, Mammography Technologist at Samaritan’s Woman to Woman office, pictured with the FujiFilm Aspire Cristalle 3D
for our patients. It validates dition.
Mammography Unit with exclusive Comfort Paddle
that Samaritan Medical Center The Ingenia 3.0T incorpo-
and the community we serve is rates a number of breakthrough and physicians with precise, many different anatomical
technologies designed to de-
home to a program that meets
the highest accreditation stan- liver exceptional image clarity. detailed MRI images needed and structural problems in the See our ad on Page N7
dards in the nation. This just It quickly provides radiologists to help confidently diagnose body.

Family Medicine of Northern New York

readies for move to Washington Summit
amily Medicine of Northern New York,
Dr. Jill Laureano-Surber, will relocate
to a new modern, large, free standing
office building within the Washington
See our ad on Page N7
Summit Medical and Professional Develop- be open to our patients and the public and
ment on outer Washington Street. Dr. Lau- will provide yoga for all ages and experience
reano’s vision has always been to “build a levels. Attached to the yoga studio will be
comprehensive, multi-specialty practice that a teaching kitchen where we will be able to
can manage the care of the health of the en- have cooking classes that focus on healthy,
tire patient.” well-balanced meals and to guide obese pa-
Dr. Jill Laureano-Surber is dual board cer- tients and diabetic patients in their nutri-
tified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic tional needs. The teaching kitchen will be
Manipulative Medicine. She is currently open for public events after hours and will
joined by Steven Tiernan, PA-C, Katherine also be available for private rentals.
Johnson, PA-C and will be expanding the Other building highlights include an ad-
practice to welcome Dr. Matthew Maynard ditional 6,000 square foot rental space for
[who will see patients on a part-time basis] in future tenants, which is available to lease.
the next few months. Dr. Maynard is also dual The building setting includes ample parking,
board certified in Family Medicine and Os- convenient access, open green space, ener-
teopathic Manipulative Medicine. Currently, gy efficiencies, and modern design and feel
Family Medicine’s practice is located just specifically for Family Medicine of Northern Family Medicine of Northern New York plan their grand opening this spring at Washington Summit.
across the street in smaller offices at 22670 New York and their patients. In addition,
Summit Drive, Suite #3, Watertown. Warner Physical Therapy has opened their he said. “The new building is designed to patient’s specific needs and to complete the
Construction of the new 12,000+ square new Watertown location in the new building their exact patient care needs, and the ad- vision they have chosen for her practice,” he
foot multi-tenant facility is well underway and began seeing patients Jan. 24. dition of the yoga studio, kitchen, physical added.
and is named “La Sur.” The new name was Michael E. Lundy of Washington Summit therapy services, and more will only add to Plans call for a completion date in April or
voted on by family, friends, and patients on Associates and LUNCO Corporation wel- the continued growth of Washington Sum- May. A grand opening and open house will
Facebook. It stands for the first two letters of comes the new building to the ever growing mit and will be a benefit to the entire com- be scheduled. For more information about
Dr. Laureano-Surber’s first last name, and medical and professional complex. munity.” Family Medicine of Northern New York or to
the first three letters of the second last name. “We are very excited that Family Medicine “Like all of our practices at Washing- inquire about renting the other suite, please
The building will feature not only a medi- of Northern New York decided to expand ton Summit, Dr. Laureano-Surber has cho- call 315-755-2560 or visit them at www.fami-
cal practice, but also a yoga studio. It will their practice here at Washington Summit,” sen to build a building that is suited to their

Progress 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 N7

Lewis County General Hospital remains

a leader of healthcare in the north country
The past year has been a Mansour, MD, and Nurse between the schools to pro- As we look forward to 2018,
time of significant change, Practitioner Jackie Blunt, vide student athletes with pre- there will be new challenges
thoughtful reflection, mea- ANP-C, Anesthesiologist Ab- ventative care, education and and opportunities to navi-
surable progress and transfor- delrahman “Abdul” Elgal- training. gate in the rapidly evolving
mation for the Lewis County lad, MD, General Surgeons Both the Lewis County health care environment.
Health System (Lewis County Jon Baker, MD, Sung “Steve” General Hospital and Lewis Through the power of mis-
General Hospital, Residential Kwon, MD, MPH, and Ky- County Home Health Care
sion, strategic focus, grit, and
Health Care Facility, Special- ron Tamar, MD, FACS. This Agency earned 3-year accred-
ty and Primary Care Clinics, month, Lewis County Ortho- itation for quality from The partnership, we will strive to
Hospice and Home Health). pedics welcomes the newest Joint Commission by dem- be the healthiest county in
Last year, we restated member of the team, Ortho- onstrating continuous com- New York State and America!
our collective commitment pedic Surgeon Steven J. Ka- pliance with its performance For more information about
to what is most important: plan, MD . standards. The Medical Imag- Lewis County General Hospi-
safety, quality, satisfaction, DELPHI, who has been pro- ing Department received Ac- tal’s commitment to our com-
and financial stewardship. viding Hospitalist services at creditation for its Computed munity and the services we
Through a collective effort, we LCGH since January 2013, re- Tomography (CT) from the provide, visit us on the web at
revised our Mission and Vi- cently expanded its services to American College of Radiolo- Lewis County General Hospital
sion Statements. The revised provide Emergency Depart- gy (ACR). The MRI and Mam-
statements will help in the ment (ED) physicians and mography are also accredited,
creation of a strong road map advanced practice providers representing the highest level
for our coming years of service in the Residential Health Care of image quality and patient
to the people of Lewis County Facility. This helps ensure safety. Multi-hospital clinics
and the surrounding commu- that patients and residents renewed Level III Patient Cen-
nities. The road map supports receive seamless care from tered Medical Home Recogni-
an approach that the organi- the ED or nursing home to the tion including: Beaver River,
zation will be relevant, strong medical floor when they are South Lewis, and Copenha-
and modern for the next gen- admitted to the hospital. gen Family Health Centers,
eration, your children and Through collaboration with Drs. Root/Williams/Shambo
grandchildren! our neighbors, we have ex- Family Practice and Dr. Manoj
We will continue to find panded services for students. R. Vora Internal Medicine.
new ways to provide access We partnered with South With over 650 employees,
to medical specialists while Lewis Central School to open LCGH is one of the largest
keeping your care in the com- and staff a school based health employers in Lewis County
munity and managing health clinic in the middle school. and continues to play a vital
care costs. This will include The clinic provides complete role in improving the local
expanding selected and tar- healthcare to students K-12th community. According to in-
geted services with our many grade enrolled in the clinic. formation received through
partners in health care and We also entered into a joint the Healthcare Association
recruiting medical staff. Sev- venture with Jefferson-Lewis of New York State, our facil-
eral new medical staff joined BOCES to provide an Athletic ity has a direct and indirect
the facility in 2017: Obstetri- Trainer at South Lewis and financial impact in our com-
cians/Gynecologists Michael Beaver River High Schools. munity of over $105,000,000
Corbin, MD, and Ahmed The trainer splits her time million annually.



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Jeff Wood, Technical Services Manager at Samaritan Medical Center, shows the server system at the hospital.

Samaritan named 2017 Most Wired

Most Wired hospitals use technology to partner with patients on health
Samaritan Medical Cen-
ter was named as one of the
2017 Most Wired hospitals as
announced by the American
Hospital Association’s Health
Forum. The 2017 Most Wired®
survey and benchmarking
study is a leading barometer
measuring information tech-
nology (IT) use and adoption
among hospitals nationwide. Innovation in patient care
It examines how organizations embraces emerging tech-
are leveraging IT to improve nologies and underscores the
performance for value-based need for secure patient infor-
healthcare in the areas of in- mation exchange. Hospitals
frastructure, business and have increased their use of
administrative management; sophisticated IT monitoring
quality and safety; and clinical systems to detect patient pri-
integration. vacy breaches, monitor for
“This is a tremendous honor malicious activities or policy
for Samaritan Medical Center” violations and produce real-
said M. Andrew Short, Samari- time analysis of security alerts.
tan’s Chief Operating Officer. Samaritan Medical Center is
“This distinction validates among:
the level of engagement and n 97 percent of hospitals
adoption committed to by our using intrusion detection sys-
physicians, nurses and other tems.
clinicians, IT staff and support n 96 percent of hospitals
staff to utilize technology to performing data access audits.
enhance the quality of patient Most Wired hospitals are
care.” transforming care delivery
Most Wired hospitals are us- with knowledge gained from
ing smart phones, telehealth data and analytics. They are
and remote monitoring to cre- investing in analytics to sup-
ate more ways for patients to port new delivery models and
access health care services and effective decision-making and
capture health information. training clinicians on how to
Samaritan Medical Center is use analytics to improve qual-
among: ity, provide access and control
n 76 percent of hospitals of- costs. Samaritan Medical Cen-
fering secure messaging with ter is among:
clinicians on mobile devices. n 82 percent of hospitals
n 8 percent of hospitals sim- analyzing retrospective clini-
plifying prescription renewals cal and administrative data to
by letting patients make re- identify areas for improving
quests on mobile devices. quality and reducing the cost
n 62 percent of hospitals of care.
adding data reported by pa- n Nearly 70 percent of hos-
tients to the electronic health pitals interfacing electronic
record to get a better picture of health record data with popu-
what is going on with the pa- lation health tools for care
tient. management.
n Nearly half of the hospi- n 45 percent of hospitals ini-
tals using telehealth to provide tiating a patient pathway using
behavioral health services to health IT to follow a care plan.
more patients. n 32 percent of hospitals
n More than 40 percent of with tools for real-time patient
hospitals providing real-time identification and tracking for
care management services to value-based care conditions,
patients at home for diabetes such as chronic obstructive AMANDA MORRISON n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
and congestive heart failure. pulmonary disease. Cloud servers at Samaritan Medical Center.

Progress 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 N9

The surgical teams at Samaritan Medical Center perform over 7,400 surgical procedures in 2017 and have received national recognition by the American College of Surgeons for Meritorious Outcomes.

Samaritan receives national recognition for Meritorious

Outcomes from the American College of Surgeons
he American College of Surgeons Na- hospitals across the nation.” costs follows. ACS NSQIP is a major program
tional Surgical Quality Improvement
Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recog- See our ad on Page N10 ACS NSQIP is the only nationally-validated
quality improvement program that measures
of the American College of Surgeons and is
currently used in over 770 adult and pediatric
nized Samaritan Medical Center as and enhances the care of surgical patients. hospitals.
one of 60 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals improvements. The ACS NSQIP recognition This program measures the actual surgical The American College of Surgeons is a sci-
that have achieved meritorious outcomes program commends a select group of hospi- results 30 days postoperatively, as well as entific and educational organization of sur-
for surgical patient care. This quality of care tals for achieving a composite meritorious risk-adjusts patient characteristics to com- geons that was founded in 1913 to raise the
recognition is the third of its kind recently outcome related to patient management in pensate for differences among patient pop-
eight clinical areas. standards of surgical practice and to improve
received by Samaritan Medical Center. Oth- ulations and acuity levels. The goal of ACS
“We are honored to have received this rec- the care of the surgical patient. The College is
ers include the Joint Commission’s Top Per- NSQIP is to reduce surgical morbidity (infec-
former on Key Quality Measures® recogni- ognition from The American College of Sur- tion or illness related to a surgical procedure) dedicated to the ethical and competent prac-
tion and Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue geons,” states Dr. Mario Victoria, SMC Chief and surgical mortality (death related to a sur- tice of surgery. Its achievements have signifi-
Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care. Medical Officer. “This is a testament to our gical procedure) and to provide a firm foun- cantly influenced the course of scientific sur-
As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Samaritan physicians, nurses and all support staff and dation for surgeons to apply what is known gery in America and have established it as an
Medical Center is required to track the out- their commitment to the best care possible to as the “best scientific evidence” to the prac- important advocate for all surgical patients.
comes of inpatient and outpatient surgical our patients. It validates for us and for our pa- tice of surgery. Furthermore, when adverse The College has more than 78,000 members
procedures and collect data that directs pa- tients that Samaritan Medical Center delivers effects from surgical procedures are reduced and it is the largest organization of surgeons
tient safety and the quality of surgical care a level of care equal to or better than other and/or eliminated, a reduction in healthcare in the world.

St. Lawrence NYSARC

begins unification process
with Watertown’s Jefferson
Rehabilitation Center
t. Lawrence NYSARC will empower more people President, Patricia Campan-
(, a with disabilities and families ella. To learn more about St.
private, non-profit or- to achieve their goals. Lawrence NYSARC, its pro-
ganization committed “The disability field has grams and volunteer oppor-
to maximizing the potential been put under tremendous tunities, people may call 315-
of people with intellectual pressure for several years with 379-9531, go online to www.
and developmental disabili- regulatory demands and new or visit the Face-
ties, began the process of fiscal constraints,” said How- book page.
unification with Jefferson ard Ganter, Executive Direc- ————
Rehabilitation Center, based tor of St. Lawrence NYSARC.
in Watertown. The partner- “Organizations that join forc- ABOUT ST. LAWRENCE NYSARC:
ship will further improve both es are in the best position to
agencies’ ability to support combat the issues threaten- St. Lawrence NYSARC ex-
people with developmental ing services for people with ists as a non-profit member-
disabilities. developmental disabilities.” ship association dedicated to
During 2018, the organiza- Since beginning in 1959, full inclusion and integration
tions will merge after an ex- St. Lawrence NYSARC has for persons with intellectual
tensive due diligence process grown to serve more than 765 and other developmental
and guidance from The Arc people at 30 locations in St. disabilities within our com-
New York in Albany. The uni- Lawrence County. St. Law- munities. The Agency’s mis-
fication was started to assist rence NYSARC employs 565 sion is to offer individuals and
both organizations facing a staff members, managed by their families an opportunity
difficult economic and public Executive Director, Howard to achieve self-determined
policy environment. Working Ganter. The parent-driven goals and provide life-long
as one, the two organizations Board of Directors is led by learning.

N10 Sunday, February 18, 2018 Progress 2018

Countryside Veterinary Clinic provides its

patients care from home to the farm
ountryside Veterinary Clinic is a multi- patients, Laser Therapy and Ultrasound. Laser
veterinarian, mixed-animal practice op- therapy is a painless use of laser energy to gen-
erating four companion animal hospitals erate a photochemical response in damaged or
and serving farm animal and equine cli- dysfunctional tissue. Laser therapy can alleviate
ents in Lewis, Oneida, Jefferson and St. Lawrence pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate recov-
counties. ery from a wide range of acute and chronic condi-
Our Small Animal Division is committed to tions. Acute conditions such as wounds, allergies,
providing quality medicine and surgery services infections, inflammations, sprains, strains and
to our companion animal patients and their own- fractures have been successfully treated with la- Dr. Fuller
ers at our three full-service facilities in Lowville, ser therapy, as well as chronic conditions such as seeing to a
Carthage, and Boonville, and at our outpatient degenerative joint disease, periodontal disease, patient at
satellite clinic in Otter Lake. lick granulomas, geriatric care, hip dysplasia, ten- Countryside
Our services and facilities are designed to assist donitis and arthritis. The Oncura Ultrasound sys- Veterinary
in routine preventive care for young, healthy ani- tem is not a only state-of-the-art equipment, but Clinic.
mals; early detection and treatment of disease as it also gets direct, real-time support from licensed
your companion animal ages, as well as complete ultrasonographers to obtain diagnostic ultra-
medical and surgical care as necessary during his sound scans [through webcam] and has access
or her lifetime. Our Large Animal Division pro- to a team of board-certified radiologists to assist
vides ambulatory services to approximately 250 with interpretation. Until now, patients had to be
dairy and small ruminant farm clients, as well as referred to Syracuse or Albany area for the closest
an equal number of pleasure horse owners. radiologists.
Two of their newest services continue to be
in high demand for Countryside’s four legged See VET N11

Physical therapy practice

to reunite Carthage natives
and lifelong friends
Warner Physical Therapy of
Oswego, N.Y., has opened its
second location in the newly
constructed “La Sur” Medi-
cal building within the Wash-
ington Summit Medical and
Professional Development on
outer Washington Street, Wa-
The Physical Therapy prac-
tice, owned by Brian and Amy
[Huckabee] Warner, will be
A therapy room that Warner Physical Therapy offers. located in the same building
housing Family Medicine of
Northern New York with Dr.
Jill Laureano-Surber. The vi-
sion of the new building is
to “build a comprehensive,
multi-specialty practice that
can manage the care and
health of the whole patient.
Warner Physical Therapy is a
perfect addition to this vision
with their practice philosophy
of evaluating the whole person
in the assessment process.
For Amy [Huckabee] War-
ner, PT, this is more than just
opening a second location of
their highly successful prac-
tice. Amy grew up in Carthage,
N.Y., graduated from Carthage
High School and has been
friends with Dr. Jill Laureano
since childhood. She knows
the surrounding areas and
people well. Her husband,
Brian, and three children love
spending time every summer
camping and boating in Alex-
andria Bay. Mrs. [Huckabee]
Warner commented, “After 13
years of successful practice in
Oswego, she is looking forward
to getting back to her roots

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Volunteer Transportation Center

offers an essential service
any of us take the St. Lawrence Counties. Over or special needs. But, for now, pected to see an increase in the orientation, they can hit the
freedom of hit-
ting the open road,
See our ad on the last 25 years, this essential
non-profit organization has
the mission drives on —s triv-
ing to provide essential trans-
number of miles driven and
trips offered by our generous
Typically, programs are
whether for busi-
ness or pleasure, for granted. Page N10 provided rides to health care
appointments, grocery shop-
portation for North Country
residents who have no other
drivers in the coming months.
The VTC relies on the gen-
funded entirely by community
donations, grants and fund-
Just hopping in the car and go- ping and other destinations for transportation alternatives. erosity of volunteers who are raising events. If you would like
ing whenever the need arises is prices. residents. The staff, Board of Drivers log an average of trained and certified to ful-
a luxury. However, many indi- The Volunteer Transpor- Directors and volunteer driv- 500,000 miles per year for fill this mission. Each driver to become a volunteer driver,
viduals in the North Country tation Center, Inc. (VTC), ers look forward to a time when more than 18,900 trips across must submit an application call John Exford, Program Co-
might not have reliable trans- established in 1991, drives transportation to community the North Country and greater of interest and pass extensive ordinator, at 315-788-0422, or
portation to medical appoint- thousands of miles each year activities and services is acces- New York State. This equates background checks. Once the if you would like to make a do-
ments or maybe it is a matter assisting community mem- sible to all North Country resi- to just over 18,000 hours each driver has completed all pa- nation, visit www.volunteer-
of economics and rising gas bers in Jefferson, Lewis and dents regardless of economic year. This means the VTC is ex- perwork and participated in

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Orthopedic services have

been a continued area of
growth for the small animal
practice. Most notably, CVC of-
fers a highly specialized com-
petitively priced ACL Knee
Surgery for dogs. In 2003, Dr.
Charles Allen perfected a new
extracapsular technique that
utilizes the patient’s own tis-
sue instead of foreign material
or devices. Dr. Marcus Hetzner
joined the practice in 2004 and
also performs this surgery. This
technique eliminates many of
the complications associated
with traditional extracapsular
techniques. Patients that have
benefitted from this service
hail from a broad region of the
northeast as well as our local
Countryside Veterinary
Clinic continues to be very ac-
tive in supporting and working
with the Lewis County Humane
Society as well as support-
ing many other community
events. They are a regular spon-
sor of Lewis County’s Relay for
Life, the Lewis County Fair, the
Lowville Cream Cheese Festi-
val and a long-time supporter Physical equipment at Warner Physical Therapy.
of The United Way of Northern
can look at the entire function Corporation welcomes War- sis, such as laboratory, x-ray
New York. They also are a mem-
ber of the Lewis County, Car-
thage, and Boonville Chambers
Therapy and overall mechanics, we
can solve the problem and not
The new “La Sur” multi-
tenant medical complex
will be the home to Warner
ner Physical Therapy to the
ever-growing medical and
and more. This is exactly what
makes Washington Summit
of Commerce. From N10 just the pain.” Warner Physi- Physical Therapy, and later professional complex. “We so appealing to the practices
Countryside Veterinary Clin- cal Therapy accepts all insur- this spring Family Medicine are very excited that Warner and professionals who choose
ic is proud to be the largest pro- and collaborating with Dr. ances and treats all aspects of of Northern New York. The Physical Therapy has decided to locate here. What a benefit
vider of veterinary services for Laureano to treat the whole Physical Therapy including unique building will also to expand their practice here for their patients and fami-
pet owners, dairy farmers and person. Our style of practice Sports Medicine, Orthopedic, feature a yoga studio and a at Washington Summit. The lies.”
horse owners throughout the is very similar to Dr. Jill’s and Post-Operative, Pediatric, teaching kitchen. The build- new building is designed to Warner Physical Therapy
North Country. The doctors and her family medicine practice. Vertigo and Balance related ing setting includes ample their exact patient care needs, began seeing patients on
staff wish to thank the commu- therapy issues. She contin- parking, convenient access, and the addition of the physi- Jan. 24 and is open Monday
When someone comes to our
nity for continued confidence ued, “We create a personal- open green space, energy ef- cal therapy practice will only through Friday with evening
in our services and for allowing PT practice, we evaluate the ized patient experience while ficiencies and modern design add to the continued growth hours. They are currently ac-
us to be part of your animal’s whole body – not just the spot performing evidence based for the ease and convenience of Washington Summit and cepting new patients. For
health care. For more informa- that hurts. That spot may not evaluations and treatments to of all patients attending War- will be a benefit to the entire more information about War-
tion on their services, visit their always be the actual cause of revitalize the mobility of our ner Physical Therapy. Michael community. They are next ner Physical Therapy, please
website or the problem. Yes, we are going patients and alleviate their E. Lundy of Washington Sum- door to other services they call 315-681-4187 or visit
like their Facebook page. to alleviate the pain, but if we pain.” mit Associates and LUNCO may refer to on a regular ba- them at

Exploring the ins and outs of health savings accounts

Metro those who have an HSA ac-
Health savings accounts are count own the account, even if
specialized savings accounts they change health plans, re-
that allow people with specific tire or change employers.
health insurance plans to set
aside money to pay for quali- WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
fied medical expenses. These Unlike flexible spending
funds are deducted before tax- accounts (FSAs), HSAs are re-
es are withdrawn. stricted to people who partici-
Health savings accounts pate in high-deductible health
are a popular option among plans only, states Canada In-
American workers and also surance Plans. High-deduct-
provide another option for ible plans often have lower
Canadians who need to pay monthly premiums, but come
medical bills that provincial at the cost of these higher
programs do not cover. amounts that must be paid be-
fore insurance kicks in, states
Health Savings Accounts ternal Revenue Service defines
(HSAs) enable people to put a high deductible health plan
money aside for use through- as any plan with a deductible
out the year on allowable of at least $1,300 for an indi-
healthcare needs. Some vidual or $2,600 for a family.
HSAs are offered in addition When HSAs are combined
to health insurance through with high-deductible health
company plans, or health in- plans, people may be able to
surance providers may market lower their monthly health
them separately to individu- insurance premiums, all the
als. Some financial institu- while having a cache of sav-
tions also support their own ings to use toward eligible ex-
HSA. penses.
People decide how much to
contribute to an HSA account HSA BENEFITS
each year, although there may HSAs can lower monthly
be government-mandated health insurance premiums tax benefits. Contributions to Another possible benefit for says some people find that in- particularly people who re-
minimums. In the United or offset some of the costs HSAs are made pre-tax and are some people is that HSAs can vesting in HSAs enable them quire a lot of medical coverage
States in 2017, the limit was people pay for out-of-pocket tax-deductible. Because a per- be invested in mutual funds, to see greater savings that can throughout the year, necessi-
$3,400 for an individual and health-related services, such son is taxed after making an stocks and other investment be put toward retirement than
tating high medical costs. Peo-
$6,750 for a family, according as insurance copayments or HSA contribution, individuals tools to generate even more in more traditional 401(k) or
to the financial resource Nerd- services not covered by other are taxed as if they make less money. Health Savings Ad- IRA contributions. ple are urged to talk with a tax
Wallet. insurance. money, thereby lowering their ministrators, which helps cli- High-deductible plans and advisor to see if an HSA might
Health Equity says that HSAs are used primarily for income tax. ents invest their HSA funds, HSAs are not for everyone, be the right option for them.

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Offering innovative solutions for your physical therapy

nnovative Physical Ther- Services provided by IPTS possible.
apy Solutions [IPTS], 316 include a spine program, Recognizing that the fi-
Sherman Street, Water- post-surgical and neurologi- nancial/insurance aspect of
town is proud to offer cal rehabilitation, and treat- healthcare is very important
one-on-one personalized ment for chronic pain, arthri- to their patients, billing and
care and a full range of physi- tis, fibromyaglia, headaches, insurance filing is performed
cal therapy services for pa- carpal tunnel syndrome, and in-house, including easy to
tients throughout Northern all types of injuries. The prac- read statements. They par-
New York. Owned and oper- tice offers traditional and al- ticipate with most major in-
ated by Cheryl L. Howard, PT, ternative hands-on treatment surances, including: Blue
Cert. MDT, IPTS continues to including myofascial release, Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare,
see growth in the number of kinesio taping, deep-tissue MVP, POMCO, RMSCO, RR
patients treated and the geo- massage and electrothera- Medicare, Statewide, Tricare,
graphic area they travel from peutic modalities. Martins Point, VA, and most
for physical therapy services. Mrs. Howard is certified in Workman’s Compensation
IPTS provides customized the McKenzie method of as-
and Automobile policies.
therapy for the entire family; sessing neck and back prob-
In addition, they are
children, parents, or grand- lems and applying corrective
parents. Time and expert actions and proactive exer- pleased to welcome their new
knowledge, as well as hands- cises for long-term benefits. next door neighbor Feed the
on individualized care, are Their gymnasium includes Soul Nutrition, Inc., which
what they offer to their pa- rehabilitative exercise equip- offers a wide range of unique
tients of any age ensuring ment such as free weights nutrition services aimed at
dedicated and focused care and treadmills. A Strong Se- improving health, and main-
and attention. Whether you niors Program combines ad- taining overall wellness. IPTS
have a child in need of physi- vanced therapies and fitness feels that nutrition is a key
cal therapy, you’re an ath- activities to increase strength, part of a person’s overall well-
lete suffering from an injury, mobility and endurance for ness, and often important to
or a senior wanting to keep the elderly. The practice of- the care they provide.
up with the grandkids, their fers nine private treatment For more information on
therapists are trained in the rooms, plus a gym/multipur- IPTS or to make an appoint-
most effective and up-to-date pose room to assist them in ment for first-class care, call
Johnna Covey MSPT provides care at Innovative Physical Therapy Solutions. therapy techniques. providing the best treatment 786-0655.

Home Care for all Howard Orthotics &

kind of patient needs Prosthetics: An ABC
accredited facility
Jefferson County Pub-
lic Health provides a wide
range of professional and
As a Certified Home
Health Agency (CHHA) they
offer expert teams that ad-
is the wide range of services
that our home care services
can help with. For example,

paraprofessional health dress healthcare needs of we have a thriving Mom oward Orthotics &
care services to residents all ages and sex, including: and Baby Care program Prosthetics, LLC
in their home throughout Elder Care, Mom and Baby where we go into the home (HOP), 316 Sher-
Jefferson County. Multiple Care, Breathing Disorders and help before the birth man St., Watertown,
in-home services include (COPD, Pneumonia, Asth- and after the birth to bring continues to expand its state-
nursing, home health aides, ma), Heart Diseases (Con- guidance and support for of-the-art orthotic and pros-
physical therapy, occupa- gestive Heart Failure), Sur- thetic services throughout the
the health of your baby and
tional therapy, medical so- gical Care, Diabetes, and North Country. A combination
your family. We also have
cial worker, and case man- Stroke. “I think most people of a unique relationship with
an extensive in-home rehab the military and extensive in-
agement. Twenty-Four hour associate us with home care
program for after surgery. volvement with national and
on-call nurses to address for the elderly,” explained
patient issues, referrals and Ginger Hall, Public Health The home is the basis for all statewide professional orga-
provide guidance are also Director. “What many peo- of our care. We offer qual- nizations, results in Roger R.
available. ple do not fully understand ity, professional care in the Howard, CPO, owner and di-
comfort of your home.” rector, being recognized as the
Jefferson County Public premier orthotic and prosthet-
Health has been providing
One of the
ic specialist in Northern New
care to it patients for close York. state-of-the-
to 70 years. The agency Exciting news recently an- art prosthetic
currently offers nursing, nounced by HOP include: devices
homemaker home health Plans for the development of a provided
aide service, physio thera- mobile Orthotics and Prosthet-
py, occupational therapy, ics Lab, which will allow HOP by Howard
medical social worker, to travel to all of Jefferson, Lew- Orthotics &
nutrition and contracts is, St. Lawrence and Oswego Prosthetics
for the services of respira- counties, providing the same
custom fit services to their pa-
tory and speech therapy.
These services are provid- tients, especially convenient Its scope of practice includes as running, swimming, skiing
ed throughout Jefferson for those who cannot travel to pre-operative evaluations and more.
County through its three their Watertown office. The and fittings, and immediate HOP is the only ABC dual
programs: Certified Home practice also announced con- post-operative fittings while Certified Prosthesist and Or-
gratulations to Sara Baldwin on patients are still in the operat- thotist (CPO) facility available
Health Agency, Long Term
passing her American Board ing room or at the hospital, as five days a week in Watertown,
Home Health Care Pro-
Certification examination in well as traditional out-patient and owner Roger Howard,
gram and the Preventive Orthotics and Prosthetics. Sara
Services Program. care. The Howard Orthotics & CPO, was among the first 30
had been performing her Pros- Prosthetics office incorporates practitioners in the U.S. to be
For more information thetic Residency at Howard
on Jefferson County Home patient care with an on-site credentialed in the C-Leg, a
O & P under the supervision
Health Care visit www.jef- laboratory equipped with the custom-fit prosthesis with a
of Roger Howard, CPO, while
fersoncountyhomecare. necessary machinery to ad- microprocessor-controlled hy-
preparing for her Certifica-
org or call 315-786-3770. tion. Finally, Howard Orthotics just and fabricate orthotic and draulic knee.
& Prosthetics is very proud to prosthetic devices custom- They accept most major in-
announce they have achieved fit to their patients. The staff surances, including new insur-
100% on their ABC Facility Ac- works with patients and in con- ances such as Today’s Options,
creditation Survey. The Ac- sultation with physicians to United Healthcare Commu-
creditation recognizes HOP’s custom design devices to help nity Plan, United Healthcare
high standards and commit- clients with short-term needs Medicare Advantage and Unit-
ment to superior patient care caused by accident or injury as ed Healthcare.
and a mark of exceptional well as long-term needs such as Howard Orthotics & Pros-
quality. the replacement of a lost limb. thetics, LLC has been offering
Howard Orthotics & Pros- The state-of-the-art orthotics orthotic and prosthetic servic-
thetics, LLC ensures compre- and prosthetics are designed es in Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego,
hensive orthotic and prosthet- to meet specific needs — from and St. Lawrence counties
ic management for its patients. everyday use to such activities since 2003.

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Samaritan’s Walker Center for Cancer

Care on track for October 2018 opening
October 2018 is the an-
ticipated date that Samari-
tan’s new Walker Center for
Cancer Care will welcome its
first patients. Since breaking
ground in October 2016 on
this much-anticipated $16
million project, dozens of ar-
chitects and contractors have
been hard at work bringing
building plans to life.
From the very beginning,
Samaritan made it clear that
the new Center should in-
voke a strong feeling of hope
for patients, family members
and staff. The resulting mod-
ern design promotes a sense
of community, centering it-
self on a spacious main lobby
and areas where patients can
receive supportive services
and assistance in navigating
their treatment. The second
floor infusion suite features
reclining chairs, seating for
family members and views
of a healing rooftop garden.
The Center’s design also
promotes privacy by featur-
ing a drive-up entrance and
dedicated parking lot so that
patients can come and go
freely without having to walk
through the hospital. SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER
The new Center will in-
clude a full spectrum of in-
tegrated cancer treatment
services and will support a
multi-disciplinary approach
to care that promotes col-
laboration among surgeons,
medical and radiation on-
cologists, diagnostic radi-
ologists, pathologists and
other cancer specialists. In
addition to medical services,
supportive services are also
being incorporated, includ-
ing palliative care, nutrition,
financial, social and survi-
“The need for integrated
and coordinated cancer care
continues to increase in our
community,” says Dr. Day
Hills, Medical Oncologist
and Medical Director for On-
cology at Samaritan Medical
Center. “It’s unfortunate that
cancer continues to impact
so many lives, but the en-
hancements in technology
and treatment are helping
more people fight this dis-
ease. We are proud that Sa-
maritan can provide access
to this type of care for our pa-
tients. They deserve the best
we can provide, close to fam-
ily, friends and their support

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Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center: A Year in Review

gdensburg, NY — was a great success.
2017 was an exciting We continue to collaborate
year for Claxton- with over 40 regional health
Hepburn Hepburn and human service agencies
Medical Center. Activities to complete a comprehen-
throughout the year helped sive community health as-
strengthen the medical cen- sessment, and based on its
ter and improved its ability data, we were able to develop
to provide excellent care to an ambitious and compre-
the community. Our core val- hensive, 3-year community
ues, compassion, teamwork, health improvement plan.
integrity, innovation and ex- Details of both documents
cellence are at the forefront can be found on our website
of every patient experience. at
In addition to providing aboutus.
high-quality care and keep- For the third year in a row,
ing our community healthy, the Medical Center hosted
we are one of the largest pri- the St. Lawrence River Drag-
vate employers and our hos- on Boat Challenge in July at
pital’s jobs and spending Waddington Beach. Sixteen
make an enormous impact teams competed represent-
on the financial health our ing hospitals, healthcare or-
community. Nearly $14 mil- ganizations and community
lion tax dollars are generated groups were cheered on by
through hospital business over 1000 spectators from all
activities, and payroll dollars SUBMITTED PHOTO over the North Country. The
earned by our employees are Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center has donated 75 turkeys to the Ogdensburg Salvation Army for their annual Christmas Day goodwill fourth annual St. Lawrence
spent locally, and both serve dinner in the community. Pictured from left to right are Lt. Shaun McNeil, Lt. Stacy McNeil and Robert Christman from the Salvation River Dragon Boat Challenge
as an important economic Army, and from Claxton-Hepburn are Noel Murray, Steve Hawes, Cherie LeBoeuf, Debbie Duprey and Eliza Dusharm. will be held on July 14, 2018,
stimulus to the region. and teams can now register
Early in the year, Claxton- pitals to develop strong quality diagnosis and treat- fundraising and awareness with the Maple City Trail. at
Hepburn added a surgical professional and clinical ment while eliminating un- events. Through sponsor- Claxton-Hepburn donated a We have an ambitious com-
robot to its surgery depart- relationships between one necessary travel time or de- ship and staff volunteering new exercise station that will munity calendar for 2017 and
ment. The da Vinci Xi sur- another and Crouse Health lays for patients in the North time, we were able to get be installed this spring in the are planning to participate in
gical robot is the most ad- in Syracuse. The affiliations Country. out into our community and New York Avenue Park. even more grassroots events.
vance of its kind in the North do not represent a merger join with our patients and In October, Claxton-Hep-
Country. General surgeons or acquisition but instead WORKING WITH help support their causes. burn worked with Ogdens-
will allow each institution to We were able to attend and burg Free Academy to host its CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITY
Dr. Michael Oakley and Dr. OUR COMMUNITY Caring for the under-
Noah Zuker provide a range strengthen patient services sponsor local sporting events first annual healthcare career
and share best practices and As part of extensive grass- from local schools including day. Tenth graders from OFA, served has always been the
of procedures. The mini- roots efforts, Claxton-Hep- cornerstone of our commit-
mally invasive surgical tech- expertise. Through the affili- Ogdensburg Free Academy, Lisbon Central School, Mor-
ations, patients will gain ac- burn participated in over 100 Lisbon School, and Heuvel- ristown Central School, and ment to provide quality care
nology allows procedures to community events in 2017. with dignity and respect to
performed with greater pre- cess to specialized care and ton School. We sponsored Heuvelton Central School
physicians throughout the We assisted several groups and supported Ogdensburg attended the event at OFA. A all individuals seeking care
cision, which results in less including the American at any of our facilities. Our
pain and discomfort, smaller Central and Northern New Kiwanis Baseball and Soccer variety of healthcare careers
York. They will be able to see Heart Association/American leagues, provided a free bike were highlighted to intro- free screening programs re-
incisions, and a quicker re- Stroke Association, Ameri- flect our commitment to our
covery. specialists from the hospitals helmet fitting and giveaway, duce the students to all of the
participating in the agree- can Cancer Society, Alzheim- and held our annual Turkey possible careers they could community. Collaborating
A major highlight came in er’s Association, and local with local funding organi-
early December when Clax- ment when needed, either in Trot 5K in October. Through pursue and find good jobs lo-
the hospital, in physician’s groups like the Gouverneur a partnership with the Amer- cally. A highlight of the event zations and our healthcare
ton-Hepburn announced Breast Cancer Fund, Volun- providers, we provided free
its clinical affiliation with offices or through advanced ican Heart Association/ was the Medical Center’s
telemedicine, which will be teer Transportation Orga- American Stroke Association new da Vinci robot on which screenings for over 1,100
Crouse Hospital, along with nization, Hope and Health people during our screening
River Hospital and Carthage supported through Crouse and the City of Ogdensburg, students were able to get a
Health’s affiliation North- Mission, and Community a walking trail was created first-hand experience oper- programs for colon cancer,
Area Hospital. The agree- Health Centers of the North lung cancer and skin cancer
ment allows the three hos- well Health. This will enable to link the Medical Center ating the robot. The event
Country, to promote their for uninsured and underin-
sured individuals, along with
screenings for high blood
pressure. We also participat-
ed in national Go Red and Go
Blue awareness days. Over
the summer, we provided our
annual “Let’s Not Meet by
Accident” program for over
100 high school students.

Expanding patient access
to our primary and specialty
services is always in front
of every decision. In 2017,
Claxton-Hepburn expanded
its network of primary care
specialty providers. We start-
ed off the year by welcoming
orthopedic surgeon, Steven
Mussett, MD. We welcomed
primary care mid-level pro-
viders: Shivangi Modi, FNP-
C, Hillary Heaton, FNP-C,
Ken Hilborne, FNP-C, Jes-
sicalee Hollis, FNP-C, and
Angela Johnson, FNP-C.
Family practice physician,
Nupur Nagrare, MD, joined
our Claxton-Hepburn Health
Center. Our health centers
in Canton, Hammond, Heu-
velton, Lisbon, Madrid, Og-
densburg, and Waddington
are fully staffed and welcom-
ing new patients. Stacey Ry-
an, APRN, PMHNP-BC joined
our new Claxton-Hepburn
Wellness Center. Gastroen-
terologist Ahmad Kadhim,
MD, was welcomed and
Rashmi Thatte, PA-C, MPH
your health is our priority! joined our medical oncology
team at the Richard E. Winter
Cancer Center.
Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider help ensure that
you get the right tests and screenings for your stage in life. It’s PLANS FOR 2018 AND BEYOND
important to find a provider that can get to know you and who will Claxton-Hepburn is ag-
be there when you need them—not just when you’re sick but to gressively recruiting new
help you stay healthy. providers and will continue
to work on expanding patient
services, enhancing patient
primary care offices near you: access, and improving the
patient experience in 2018.
Canton | Hammond | Heuvelton Lisbon | Madrid
Being a part of our family
Morristown | Ogdensburg | Waddington means you will always have
someone defending your
future. That’s why at Clax-
For an appointment, call ton-Hepburn, we are always
TOMORROW IS on the lookout for the latest
315.713.6333 medical technology and the
WORTH DEFENDING. best people, to protect and
defend the health of you and
your loved ones. For more
Find the provider that’s right for you at information about Claxton-
Hepburn Medical Center’s
A few of our primary care providers: commitment to our com-
Row 1: Maggie Ecker, PA-C; Alesha Pedersen, PA-C; Ken Hilborne, FNP-C; Row 2: David Adams, PA-C; munity and the services we
Hillary Heaton, FNP-C; Jessicalee Hollis, FNP-C; Nikita Goliber, FNP-C; Row 3: Kathy Richey, FNP-C; provide, visit us on the web at
Nupur Nagrare, MD; Shivangi Modi, FNP-C; Row 4: Brie Condict, PA-C; Angela Johnson, FNP-C; Ryan Young, FNP-C or
visit us on Facebook.

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Heather and Logan Purser are anxiously awaiting the birth of their first child, a daughter, Margaret (“Maggie”) Faye, in Samaritan Medical Center’s brand new Labor & Delivery Suite

Moms and babies experience SMC’s

new Labor & Delivery Suite
On September 13, 2017, Sa-
maritan Medical Center wel-
comed its first patients through
the doors of the new Labor
and Delivery Suite, which was
the second project completed
as part of the construction of
the hospital’s new Center for
Women and Children. The
first project was the expansion
and renovation of the Level II
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Highlights and amenities
of the new Labor and Delivery
Suite, all designed with pa-
tients and families in mind, in-
n Peaceful, soothing en-
vironment featuring abun-
dant natural light and nature
n Expansion from six labor
and delivery rooms to eight
n Each room has private
bathroom with shower and
most rooms have tubs to aid
in pain management during
n Plenty of room for family
and loved ones who are pres-
ent during the birth.
n Flat screen televisions and
convenient docking stations
for electronic devices.
n Spacious family waiting
area for those anxiously await-
ing the birth.
n Two C-section rooms for
both scheduled and unsched-
uled procedures with comfort-
able recovery areas.
n Infant security system to
ensure the safety of all moms
and babies.
n Close proximity to the Lev-
el II Neonatal Intensive Care
Unit (NICU) for babies needing
special care after birth.
Next steps in the construc-
tion of the Center for Women
and Children include reno-
vations to the mother/baby
(post-partum) rooms and in-
creasing from 18-21 rooms;
expanding the unit to include
a dedicated entrance and park-
ing area for expectant parents
and families; and relocation of
the Pediatrics unit to the same With nurses, physicians and special guests looking on, Jessica Goodrich, RN (center) cuts the ribbon to open the new Labor & Delivery Suite at Samaritan Medical
floor as maternity services. Center. Pictured from left to right: Dr. John Barrett, Chairman, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Colonel Brandon Bowline, MEDDAC Commander, Fort Drum;
The entire project is expected Alexa Bennett, Northern Federal Credit Union; Mrs. Goodrich; Major General Walter Piatt, Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum; Thomas Carman,
to be complete in 2021. President & CEO, Samaritan Medical Center; Rich McNulty, Kinney Drugs Foundation

N16 Sunday, February 18, 2018 Progress 2018




home trends
Customers shifting priorities in home decor
Technology has become king when it comes to furnishing your home in the north country
Special to the Times
Across counties and furni-
ture stores, customer priori-
ties are shifting home decor.
In the North Country, up-to-
the-minute trends demand
technology, low maintenance
upkeep, and costs that will al-
low consumers to change out
looks on a whim.
“I could go on and on,” said
Shawn Massey of Massey’s
Furniture Barn, 119 Sand
St. His list of popularly sell-
ing items includes products
with built-in USB ports, sofas
with LED lighting, lift chairs
with heat and massage func-
tionality, chairs with cus-
tomizable headrests and
lumbar support, and remote-
controlled fireplaces- some
with Bluetooth capability. He
explained,“It’s a fast-paced
world, and it doesn’t show any
signs of slowing down. We see
this reflected in our business.”
Regardless of the complex-
ity, popular features seem to
promise to better the buyer’s
quality of life. Sought-after
pieces include technology as
simple as a cooling compart-
ment for drinks, or as impact-
ful as a bed that responds to
sleep angles to reduce snoring.
In some instances, new decor
allows buyers to multitask;
think- charging your phone
while reading on the kindle DAYTONA NILES n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
app. In other cases, the decor Shawn Massey sits on a trending sofa on Wednesday in his Massey Furniture in Watertown.
doubles as masseuse, DJ, or
doctor. intended for the long-term.
Yet current fashions push The most popular hues in
for more than just gadgetry. home decor ripple out from
The idea of reupholstering a the trend to replace and re-
stained sofa is bygone. The decorate. Raymour & Fla-
thought of wrapping a loveseat nigan notes this technique in
in protective plastic is further drafts of its forthcoming de-
kaput. People want their new sign magazine. “For a versatile
pieces to also be low-mainte- look that shifts with your every
nance and livable. “More than mood, go gray” the company
anything, people just want writes. Massey acknowledged
convenience,” Massey said. the same: “We like to say ‘gray
Ashley Furniture Home- is the new brown,’ and if you
store’s success with microfi- walk through my store, you’ll
ber reflects that desire.“Micro see what I mean by that.”
fiber has evolved,” said Linda Why gray? Home decor
Bartlett. “The original microfi- is trending as an interactive
ber which showed every hand and ongoing creative process.
print and butt print is slowing Gray is a neutral that comple-
down. Ashley has come out ments nearly the whole spec-
with a great microfiber that trum of colors, textures, and
looks more like the polyester time periods. For customers
open weave material, but re- who intend to switch out mul-
sists the stains and cleans eas- tiple furniture pieces through-
ily.” Advances in microfiber out the year, gray staples make
allow trending pieces to have sense. Switching out dispos-
the “in” look, while meeting able, changeable features is
the demand that purchases integral to maintaining fresh
feel livable. styles.
Peggy DeYoung is a local in- “Many of our customers
terior designer who keeps this prefer not spending a fortune CHRISTOPHER LENNEY n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
in mind for every purchase. on a sofa or living room set that Acieona-Slate Sectional with built-in USB ports and a lift top cocktail table with storage at Ashley Furniture.
For over 20 years she has styled they might want to change out
unique designs for homes in a few years. The more they among its customers. The Massey commented with- DeYoung warns people Clever decorating trends
across Clayton, Fishers Land- spend on an item the longer company encourages home out knocking the trend. “I also against the “HGTV trap” of offer an alternative to com-
ing, Thousand Island Park, they feel they need to hang decorators to dive into bold, see many customers who buy unrealistic budgets, work, and plete remodeling. DeYoung
Alexandria Bay, Wellesley Is- on to it.” explained Bartlett. unapologetic color: “The way new furniture not because time expectations. Costs con- explained the new popularity
land, Watertown, Cape Vin- “Bright colors, floral accent we see it, you can always re- they need it, but because they strain tastes. Designers must of having a monochromatic
cent, Henderson Harbor, and pieces or really mosaic designs paint if you change your mind just like to redecorate. A fresh balance the fashion of the wall color to enlarge rooms.
Sackets Harbor. She explained are emerging. The blues and later.” DeYoung’s work also look never goes out of style. moment with the consumer’s With walls in flat paint and
that her clients value a “casual, reds are hitting the runway.” aims to stay ahead of this de- That adds an element of fun the trim, baseboards, crown
need to save money.
comfortable style centered Affordable pieces in shades of sire for frequent change. “Se- to the furniture-shop- moldings, and window cas-
around family activities.” In neutral gray let home decora- lecting a great neutral woven ping experience.” ings painted in a semi-gloss
order to fit that ticket, no furni- tors go daringly bold in those fabric is always a good choice. Home decora- finish of the same color, ceil-
ture piece can offer cold style surrounding areas, buying re- You can accent with fun color- tors need still ings look higher. Minimal win-
or laborious maintenance. placements as they feel. ful pillows that you can swap be careful in dow treatments are also being
“There are more and more Raymour & Flanigan antici- out easily for the season or to the planning favored to make rooms feel
performance fabrics being pates this transient mindset get a fresh look.” process.
introduced which now look See DECOR O4
and feel good,” DeYoung said.
“These fabrics are very du-
rable, sunlight resistant, and
can be cleaned easily.” Luck-
ily, as manufacturers improve
traditional microfibers, the
price range for such items has
become increasingly reason-
able. DeYoung explained that
people are looking for Crypton
fabrics or woven outdoor fab-
rics to incorporate indoors.
This rule-bending of fabric al-
lows for beautiful, low mainte-
nance textures.
But just because the in-
demand decor requires little
upkeep does not mean it is

O2 Sunday, February 18, 2018 Progress 2018

Gray & Gray and Associates CPAs

Demerge from Hoffman and Eells
he year 2017 proved staff has evolved in a similar law. This tax reform act has
to be a year of tran- manner. They have attracted been called the most exten-
sition for the firm. high-quality, committed sive tax code revision in de-
John J. Gray, Jr., CPA professionals and invested cades. The provisions of this
and Angela M. Gray, CPA an- in their training, develop- act will effect virtually every
nounced that they were op- ment and growth. As a result individual and business fil-
erating their firm under the of those efforts, they have ex- ing a tax return for 2018.
name of Gray & Gray and As- perienced good growth over The informational ses-
sociates, Certified Public Ac- the past several years. sions explained many of the
countants, P. C. They made Their talented staff re- most significant provisions
the decision to terminate the main in their current roles. of the bill and the effect on
partnership of Hoffman Eells In addition, they have added taxpayers and businesses.
& Gray CPAs in order to con- another CPA, with nearly 20 They have also provided an-
tinue to serve their clients years of experience, to their swers to questions and pro-
in the manner to which they team as well as additional vided explanations regard-
have grown accustomed. As client support staff. To re-
ing the new provisions of the
a result, they now own the view the credentials of the
bill and the effect on 2018 tax
Massena office in addition to staff, please visit their web-
their office in Canton. returns.
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Throughout the past 40 Along with the expertise of For the convenience of
years, the firm built the tra- their staff, they continue to their valued clients, they
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Media rooms now edge service, broad expertise and

an environment their clients
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The firm began its profes-
which can also be viewed on
their website.
Gray & Gray and Associ-
ates Certified Public Accoun-
cations. They
continue to maintain an
office location in Massena
at 280 Main Street and at

out home theaters

Metro theaters tend to limit activity room can be an entertainment
sional practice in 1977. Its
growth over the past 40 years
has been predominantly in-
ternal, stemming from the
tants continually provide
information to their clients
and most recently conduct-
ed informational sessions
One Main Street in Canton.
You can reach either office
through their toll free num-
ber 833-GRAYCPA (472-
Not so long ago many to watching movies. However, lounge one minute and a the- referrals of their clients and on the tax reform act which 9272). Both offices are open
homeowners were racing to homeowners interested in ater the next. those of other professionals. passed both houses of Con- Monday through Friday,
outfit their homes with home more versatile paces may find Because media rooms are The growth and develop- gress and was signed by 8:00 to 4:30, and by appoint-
theater spaces. If spaces al- media rooms are much more not as isolated as home the- ment of their professional President Trump to become ment.
lowed, homeowners would practical. aters, the acoustics in such
transform rooms into dark, A media room is an option rooms may be compromised.
theater-like retreats, complete for families who want a theater That’s a disadvantage for
with large screens, surround
sound and reclined seating.
experience in common areas
or open-concept living spaces,
homeowners who have invest-
ed heavily in sound systems
Homes Realty, Brenda Malone
Interest in such spaces has
waned in recent years, with
many homeowners opting for
says Digitech Custom Audio
and Video System Integra-
tion Specialists. Media rooms
for their media devices. Sound
from media rooms also may
filter out and disturb others in
going strong in 3rd year in business
media rooms instead. So what frequently feature comfort- different rooms of the house. omes Realty of growth to her amazing team of Realty looks forward to 2018,
is the difference between these able, customizable seating, However, fluffy sofas, drap- Northern New York agents that work along beside and helping buyers and sellers
spaces? rather than rows of seats fac- ery and carpeting can absorb is celebrating its her. 2017 proved to be a year with their real estate needs. To
According to HGTV, a home ing the screen that are stan- sound and keep it in the room. 3rd year in busi- where goals were reached, talk to an agent, call 315-377-
theater is a room designed to dard in home theaters. Guests Homeowners who like to ness. Broker/Owner Brenda and Homes Realty was ranked 4147, or view ours and other
replicate the experience of can converse in media rooms entertain while watching or Malone, who has been a real #1 in Lewis County for dol- listings at www.homesreal-
the cinema. A media room is while enjoying a show, stream- listening to media may prefer estate agent for 14 years, said lar amount sold, and number Don’t forget to ask
a multipurpose space where ing music or gaming. Various the flexibility of media rooms, opening up her own company of sides sold, and ranked #4 us about the new 3D Matter-
people can gather to enjoy any design layouts are possible, which make it easy to stream was a long-time dream, and is in dollar amount sold, out of port system we have for doing
type of media, from TV to mu- including furniture that con- movies and music and play pleased how it has grown. She all the companies in the Jef- a virtual tour of your home. A
sic to gaming systems. Home ceals electronics so the media games. credits Homes success and ferson/Lewis Board. Homes free service to our sellers.

Wratten Trailer Sales BRENDA MALONE

Licensed Real Estate
celebrates 59 years in business  Broker/Owner

ello, I’m Jim Wrat- affordable and as worry free Happy Camping STARTS
ten owner of Wrat-
ten Trailer Sales.
as possible.
Stop down to our place in
with the sale at Wratten’s.
We keep taking care of your
Northern New York
The Wratten RV
family and I would like say
Adams and let us show you camping needs, so you can Cell 315-408-1008
around . Come and meet the take care of those camping
“ Thank You” to our North-
folks here who keep work- memories.
ern New York customers and
friends we have meet over ing long after the sale to Come visit our family and
the last 59 years. keep your family Camping join us for ‘Happy Camping” We would like to thank our community for allowing us to work with so many of you in the
I don’t think my parents, Happy for many generation and make memories of a life sale and purchase of your property. Last year proved to be an outstanding year, and we
Al and Lois Wratten, could to come. time. look forward to what 2018 has in store. We at Homes Realty are actively staying current
have imagined Wratten Trav- with technology to better serve sellers and buyers, and in doing so, purchased the
el Camp Company growing Matterport 3D camera, which allows us to video our listing in 3D. This video gives
into our now 20 acres and 80 buyers the opportunity to view our listings from their computers, or phones as a virtual
unit display when they start- tour. This is a service we are offering free of charge to our sellers. Call us today!
ed with 2 acres and 4 units.
Building this business on HOMES REALTY, bringing people and HOMES together.
hard honest work; growing
our faithful happy camping
customers to over 6000 over
the 59 years. The RV industry
has come a long way since
then with units with fireplac-
A Premier Accounting
es, outdoor kitchens, remote
control leveling, slides, and
even awning being run from
Firm in
Northern New York
your phone.
Camping isn’t what it used
to be. All our units have the
comfort of home and we
work hard with you to keep it •฀Tax฀Return฀Preparation/Planning

John J. Gray, Jr., CPA, CGMA, MBA

Angela M. Gray, CPA, MSIS
Dedicated to providing our clients with professional,
personalized service and guidance in a wide
range of financial and business needs!

One Main Street, Suite 101, Canton

280 Main Street, Massena฀•฀1.833.GRAYCPA฀(472-9272)
Serving Northern New York since 1977

Progress 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 O3

Edward Moses Walk/

Run for Life leading
the way in raising
money for cancer in
St. Lawrence County
ounded in 1979, the Each year on the last
Edward I. Moses Sunday in April the Edward
Walk/Run for Life I. Moses Walk/Run for Life
has been a leader in takes place and serves as
raising money for the lo- the primary fundraiser for
cal fight against cancer. To the St. Lawrence County
date, the event has raised Cancer Fund. In 2017 more
nearly $1.6 million which than 300 participants came
has been distributed to lo- together to support their
cal charities that work to community and the pre-
educate the community vention of cancer in the
and help with the preven- North Country.
tion, early detection and Since learning that the
diagnosis of cancer for local proceeds raised for the
residents. Fund stays local, a number
A total of $80,000 was of community members
distributed among organi- and groups have stepped
zations throughout St. Law- forward to provide addi-
rence County to provide tional support. Recently,
funds and programming a memorial giving pro-
in 2018. Currently funded gram was established with
programs include: area funeral directors giv-
• Ryan’s Wish Founda- ing families who have lost
tion -- Provides assistance a loved one to cancer the A view of the dining room at Brookside Senior-Living Community.
to families and individu- opportunity to remember
als as they travel to cancer
treatment appointments.
Recipients receive gifts of
gas cards, money for ho-
their loved one by support-
ing the St. Lawrence Coun-
ty Cancer Fund to help with
the local fight against can-
Brookside Senior Living
tel stays, help with regular
maintenance of vehicles
for travel, funds for medi-
cal co- pays and help with
As we all know, cancer
does not discriminate. For
those associated with the
Community continues to expand
medications not covered by
insurance. In 2017, Ryan’s
organization, the passing
of long time board mem-
40th Annual
Wish helped more than 140 ber Samantha “Sami” Cur-
families and distributed
tis following a courageous EDWARD I. MOSES
more than $50,000 to help
two-year battle with the
with cancer related expens-
disease renewed the im- Walk/Run for Life
portance of continuing the
• The Health Initiative’s
Cancer Services Program
fight against cancer and Appleton Arena, St Lawrence University, Canton
the need to support those
-- Funding received from
St. Lawrence County Can-
cer Fund (SLCCF) will cover
who face a battle. Through-
out her fight, she never
Sunday, April 29
the cost of anesthesia for stopped raising money for Registration฀at฀9am฀•฀Offi฀cial฀Start฀11am
16 colonoscopies, 4 breast the cause, nor did the com-
munity who supported her.
MRI screenings, 10 cervical
The St. Lawrence County
100% of Money Raised Stays
cancer screenings, mam-
mography for 10 women Cancer Fund, along with In St. Lawrence County!
and will help to cover fol- Sami’s friends, family and
low-up diagnostic testing parents Jim and Karen Cur-
and care for income eligible tis established a permanent
clients. foundation to ensure her Members of the community at Brookside enjoying yarn crafts and
• Hospice and Palliative valuable work continues each others’ company.
Care of St. Lawrence Valley for many years to come.

-- Funds are used to pro- The Help Sami Kick Cancer rookside Senior- have their names placed on the
vide assistance with pain Legacy Foundation was es- Living Community waiting list as soon as possible.
and symptom management tablished with the money will mark its 25th an- Come take a tour of our facil-
for cancer patients with the raised in her honor totaling niversary with a cel- ity. Please call 315-376-4333 to
Advanced Illness Manage- more than $100,000. Infor- ebration. The facility currently set up an appointment at your
ment nurse practitioner. mation on this fund can be houses 117 residents in their convenience. Be sure to check
Helping cancer patients found through the North- 88 rental housing units. These out our website www.brook-
manage the symptoms of ern New York Community
units consist of 45 congregate
apartments and 43 patio style and like us
on Facebook!
their disease allows them to
maximize quality of life. The SLCCF is extremely homes. Over the years, Brook-
• M a s s e n a M e m o- grateful to those who have side has undergone four ex-
rial Hospital -- Hosts free provided support in the pansion projects. Close to 400
monthly Skin Cancer past and are looking for- people have been able to call
Screenings. MMH will also ward to continuing this Brookside “home.”
support the offering of free very important fight. If you This retirement community
educational seminars in- would like more informa- reaches out to and serves peo-
cluding Colorectal cancer tion about the St. Lawrence ple from many walks of life and
awareness, Melanoma can- County Cancer Fund or denominational backgrounds.
cer detection and aware- The Edward I. Moses Walk/ Residents live comfortably,
ness, Ovarian, Uterine and Run for Life, contact Mark surrounded by friends, while
Breast Cancer and lung Brackett at 854-5563 or Kel- enjoying the safety and securi-
cancer. lie Hitchman at 244-1801. ty of community based living in
• Canton-Potsdam Hos- Also, visit our website at a small town. The many ame-
pital – In 2018 grant funds nities Brookside offers help
will cover the cost of trans- We hope you will join us residents to continue to live as
portation for patients re- on Sunday, April 29, 2018 independently as possible.
ceiving treatment at their at Appleton Arena to help One must be 62 years of age
to reside at Brookside. How-
Senior-Living Community
facility and will assist in the fight the local battle with
purchase of wigs, scarves cancer. ever, people are encouraged to
and other support items
to maintain dignity as they
undergo treatment.
• Claxton-Hepburn
Medical Center – Will ap-
ply 2018 funds to support
the patients receiving treat-
ment at the Richard E. Win-
ter Cancer Treatment Cen-
• Jules of Life Founda-
tion- With funds provided
by SLCCF Jules of Life cre-
ated a website as a compre-
hensive resource for sup-
port cancer patients can
find locally, regionally and
The need for these im- WE SERVICE ALL
portant programs increases
daily. Recognizing the ne- MAKES & MODELS
cessity for ongoing support,
the volunteer committee CALL NOW FOR A FREE - NO
responsible for organizing OBLIGATION CONSULTATION
the event decided to form
a more broad corporation.
In 2012, the St. Lawrence
County Cancer Fund was
established with the hope
that the community would
provide support for the lo-
cal fight against cancer SWBG
Wholesale Inc.
throughout the year.

O4 Sunday, February 18, 2018 Progress 2018


Patola Park-Patina Sectional & cocktail table with roll away ottoman at Ashley Furniture.

homes. In response, she en-

Decor courages them to eschew in-
timidation. “Anyone can re-
From O1 search top décor and design
trends online, browse décor
bigger- without construction magazines or pop into furni-
costs. ture, accessory and fashion
The nuances of home de- stores,” she said.
cor also receive influence DeYoung offered the same
from movements across support. She travels to fur-
New York State. Fort Drum
niture markets at least once
breathes new tastes to an
a year to explore new show-
area that otherwise tends to
traditional styles. Consum- rooms of the trade, but she
ers show concern for the also uses accessible design
environment and domestic websites. She recommends
manufacturing. The pieces Houzz, just one of many sites
they buy reflect that even that curate designer’s and
political dialogue affects the architect’s current projects.
layout of home. Consumers can explore de-
Joelle Meade, visual mer- cor trends by style, popular-
chandiser for Raymour & ity, and area before they head
Flanigan and a home stager to the store.
in the region, said that broad At the end of each season,
demographics in Northern the desire for comfort and
New York keep her atten- value remains. Customers
tive to vastly different style can trust that the local decor
trends. She explained, “We
will reflect influences of the
have a lot of out-of-towners
that have summer homes region’s nature and tradi-
here who seek a summer cot- tions.
tage look with their furniture Speaking of her custom-
and décor, then we have the CHRISTOPHER LENNEY n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES ers, Bartlett summed, “They
younger military crowd who Larkinhurst-Earth Microfiber Sofa with coil seating and recliner, antler lamps and three piece table set. want furniture that they can
prefer the modern big city enjoy when the weather hits
looks, and then we have the people and those from dis- are asking more about the U.S. than worrying about the in this country and have an 20 below. They want to put
Watertown locals who prefer tant locales are often look- creation of products. Manu- environment,” she said. eye toward domestic mer- their feet up after working all
the classic country-rustic feel ing for modern concepts, so facturers have changed their DeYoung and Massey each chandise.” Importing exotic day and not worry that some-
without the extra embellish- we’ve been catering to those processes to meet environ- echoed the prevalence of furniture from far off places thing might get dirty and ru-
ments.” needs as well.” mental concerns. The paint that priority. DeYoung said, is no longer the fad. ined.”
Massey confirmed that As people from different industry offers low odor and “Craftsmanship is appreci- With so many directions, Individual tastes contin-
Watertown’s trends differ cities combine, looks and non-toxic paints. People
ated — as well as being made Meade recognized that peo- ue to merge while Northern
from cities in other regions, styles mix as well. Meade want reclaimed and repur-
in the USA” Massey added, ple may feel overwhelmed as New York maintains a sense
because of the population’s noted that her clients want posed woods. They even look
mixtures of industrial and for carpets and fabrics woven “Customers have great pride they set out to furnish their of constancy all its own.
“revolving door” of tastes.
“There is considerable turn- rustic looks, with accents of strictly from recycled materi-
over related to troops com- wood and metal, traditional als.
ing and going.” Massey said. looks, and unusual “pops” of Yet Bartlett contended that
“The influence of Fort Drum mid century modern pieces. a larger demand pervades.
allows us to interact with a Inspiration comes from “People are more inter-
broad demographic. Younger everywhere, but consumers ested in what is made in the

• Kitchen Countertops • Bathroom Vanities • Fireplace Mantles & Hearths

The crew at T.F. Wright and Sons Granite Foundry includes, from left, Stephen G. Peck, Richard A. Young,
• Table Tops for Your Furniture (Kitchen, Living Room, Outdoors) Tanner L. Widrick, Tina M. Ainsworth, Amy B. Gruner, William F. Wright, Brian K. Miller and Adam R. Gidney.
• Granite or Marble Floor Tiles (Available in 3 Different Sizes)
• Custom Signage/Plaques (Exterior & Interior)
• Granite or Marble Coasters, Cheese Boards, Clocks, Thresholds,
Window Sills and Casings for Windows/Doors • Special Occasion Gifts
T.F. Wright & Sons here
• Memorial and Monuments
for all your granite needs

Corner of Spring Valley Drive and Brookside Drive in Watertown .F. Wright & Sons No job is too big or too small. is open Monday through
Granite Foundry has Fireplace hearths, shower Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and
been in business for walls, steps and bathroom Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
20 years, offering a vanities are just a few items The office can be reached at
wide range of monuments, that T.F. Wright & Sons can 315-493-2963. Also, a sec-
mausoleums, field lettering make with granite. ond location is at the corner
and cemetery work. They T.F. Wright & Sons Gran- of Spring Valley Drive and
also have a large selection of ite Foundry is located at 609 Brookside Drive in Water-
(315) 493-2963 • (315) 493-2965 Fax ~ 609 Adelaide St., Carthage, NY slabs for granite countertops. Adelaide St., Carthage, and town.

Progress 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 O5


O6 Sunday, February 18, 2018 Progress 2018

SeaComm Federal
Credit Union
marks 54 years
of putting people
ahead of profits
ASSENA — As Sea- the “Do Some Good” Program,
Comm has evolved which enables them to go out
over its 54 years of into the communities they
service, its guid- serve and give eight hours of
ing focus has been the finan- company time to volunteer for a
cial health and well-being of charity or cause of their choice.
its membership. In this regard, Several staff members took
2017 was a defining year for advantage of the opportunity
continued success. “Every day, volunteering at Nicandri Na-
our staff touches the lives of our ture Center in Massena, Tri-
members to ensure that what- Town Christmas Gift Baskets
ever is needed is available and for the Needy, Salvation Army
in their best interest. Since the Bell Ringing, Clinton County
inception of SeaComm, people Christmas Bureau, Method-
have always been put first over ist Church Free Community
profit” says Scott A. Wilson, Meals, Rural Medical Education
President and Chief Executive Program and SUNY Potsdam’s
Officer. “Our success, we be- Relay for Life, just to name a
lieve, is focusing on the right few. In combination with this
things. It’s taking care of our program, more than $140,000
employees, who take care of our in donations and sponsor-
members.” ships were given, which include
Part of the continued pro- pledge donations to Claxton

Growing trends in today’s homes

cess to enhance member value Hepburn Medical Center and
in 2017 was the completion of Massena Memorial Hospital.
SeaComm’s new retail loca- SeaComm also has contin-
tion in Plattsburgh NY. The new ued its unwavering support of
Metro ket was a seller’s market, with real estate market further. plans, energy-efficient appli- branch building, at 139 Smith- higher education with three
Although the heydays of more people in the market for n Smaller homes: Home ances and plenty of storage field Blvd, is a 5,250-square-foot scholarship endowments pro-
the real estate boom of the homes than properties avail- sizes in the United States space. facility with cutting-edge tech- vided to SUNY Plattsburgh,
early 2000s have not quite re- able. But sales during that steadily increased for de- n Matte finishes: Stainless nology, four drive-up lanes and North Country Community
time were still outpacing sales cades, eventually leading to two ATMs. The outside ATM College and Clinton Commu-
turned, things look positive. steel and luster have been
figures from a year prior. In an average of 2,453 square is housed in the first lane of its nity College. SeaComm also
In the United States, 1,226,000 popular for years. However,
fact, in May 2017, home sales feet in 2014, according to U.S. drive thru and the second ATM gave ten academic scholarships
new homes were built in 2016, the next big thing is matte fin- is located in the building ves- to college bound high school
according to data from Con- in Canada increased to their Census figures. However, Re- ishes on faucets, appliances
highest level in more than five reported in 2015 tibule, which is an advanced graduates. Each scholarship
sumer Reports. That was the and even in countertops. functioning teller machine that held a $500 value.
years, according to the Cana- that new construction homes
most since 2007. These less flashy finishes are will dispense cash as well as For the seventh consecu-
dian MLS¨ Systems. have already begun to shrink
Resales also have been prized for their warmth and accept cash and check depos- tive year, they were named as
Low interest rates on mort- by 40 square feet. There
more promising. The Na- gages and more confidence in seems to be a slight trend to- elegance. While some high- its. Access to both machines is one of the Best Companies to
tional Association of Realtors¨ the economy has driven many ward more modest homes as end models with matte finish- available 24 hours a day, 7 days Work for in New York 2017. The
says the median number of people to make improve- people consider affordability es have been available for sev- week. statewide competition identi-
days a home was on the mar- ments to their existing homes. and maintenance on larger eral years, even less expensive For SeaComm the transi- fies and recognizes the State of
ket in April 2017 reached a As is typical, the things home- properties. The National As- models are now available. tion into Clinton County was a New York’s elite employers. The
new low of 29 days. However, owners are looking for in 2017 sociation of Home Builders n Smarter technology: new adventure full of exciting designation was chosen by Sea-
low supply levels did stanch have evolved from years past. states buyers are now look- Many homeowners are em- opportunities. The seamless Comm employees who partici-
existing home sales some- The following are some trends ing for smaller, more livable bracing smart technology integration to the new market pated in a very comprehensive
what. By mid-2017, the mar- that are helping to steer the homes with flexible floor throughout their homes, but was made possible by the full survey in the categories of lead-
support of the Town of Platts- ership and planning, corporate
it’s not just lights that turn
burgh. To show its gratitude for culture and communications,
on with voice command
the warm welcome by business role satisfaction, work environ-
“See Your Home or more efficient thermo- owners and Clinton County ment, pay and benefits, training
In A Whole stats. Innovative technol- residents alike, SeaComm in- development and relationship
Free Up Your Now New Light” ogy includes toilets that can
autonomously stay clean
troduced the new “Pay-it-For-
ward” initiative. This innova-
with supervisor.
Weiss, an independent rat-
Weekends with and sanitized, refrigerators tive campaign of giving, found ing agency, has once again

No Maintenance Scheduling equipped with cameras so

homeowners can see the
SeaComm buying lunch for
restaurant patrons, supplying a
provided SeaComm the “A”
rating in terms of excellent fi-

Windows Spring Projects! contents inside and indoor

food recyclers that can turn
maternity unit with baby blan-
kets, swaddles and diapers, fill-
nancial strength. BauerFinan-
cial, Inc., another independent
food waste into fertilizer. ing a toy closet at CVPH Medical rating company, has awarded
Replace those drafty old windows Staying abreast of the ev- Center with stuffed animals for SeaComm the Superior Five-
Our windows minimize expensive and
er-changing trends in home its younger patients, covering Stars. The company analyzes
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paying for by investing in our Vinyl Windows.
Specifically designed for replacement. tate can help consumers ments for movie-goers, and and credit unions. The star rat-
EDD BURNS make the best choices with even filling up vehicle gas tanks
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ings classify each credit union
based on a complex formula,
HOME IMPROVEMENTS, INC. (315) 783-4881 today regard to buying and build- Sandy Creek, NY 13145 for a free consultation! SeaComm staffers have been which factors in relevant data
ing their homes. including, but not limited to:
encouraged to participate in
capital, historical trends, loan
delinquencies, differences in
the book and market values of
its investment portfolio, profit-
ability, repossessed assets, re-
serves, charge-offs, regulatory
compliance and asset quality. It
has deemed SeaComm as safe,
financially sound and that it is
operating well above regulatory
capital requirements.
SeaComm continues to be
involved in the credit union
movement, taking its partici-
pation beyond the geographic
market of St. Lawrence, Frank-
lin and Clinton counties. Earlier
in the year they became part of
the CO-OP Share Branching
network. By SeaComm expand-
ing into this network, it has
allowed its members to visit
more than 5,400 CO-OP Shared
Branch locations in order to
conduct their personal Sea-
Comm business throughout
the nation.
Strong financial perfor-
mance and solid member
growth, combined with a con-
crete vision for the future, posi-
tions SeaComm for continued
success. With assets of more
than $540 million, the credit
union has branches in Mas-
sena, Potsdam, Malone, Can-
ton, Ogdensburg and Platts-
burgh. In serving its more than
44,000 members, SeaComm
looks forward to a prosperous
Membership is open to
anyone who lives, works, wor-
ships or attends school in St.
Lawrence, Franklin or Clinton

Progress 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 O7

Watertown Savings Bank Celebrates 125 years

n banking, progress is the time. This new building would on its largest expansion in his- Recognized as the Top Com-
key to prosperity today and serve the savings and mortgage tory on what was the parking lot munity Supporter in New York
the assurance of stabil-
ity tomorrow. Celebrating
their 125th Anniversary this
See our ad on Page O8 needs of the community for the
next forty-one years.
The new technology allowed
between its main office at 111
Clinton St., and the office build-
ing it owns at 145 Clinton St. by
State in 2017 by Banking New
York magazine, Watertown
Savings Bank is the largest char-
year, Watertown Savings Bank Building four times the size of necessity. the bank to introduce a revolu- constructing a new two-story, itable donor among all financial
continues its path of progress their original location. Hunt The bank started planning tionary new service to its cus- 22,500-square foot main office. institutions in the area which
throughout Jefferson County said, “In changing our banking to construct a new headquar- tomers by becoming the first fi- The $5 million building opened is made possible by our strong
while helping to ensure the offices from the Marble Block ters in Watertown and after nancial institution in Northern for business on July 9th, 2001. and loyal customer base. The
economic growth, support and to the new Woolworth Building, considerable debate it was New York to adopt the policy of President Bradley T. Clark said,
bank supports local non-profit
development of the local com- we feel that we are taking a step decided that the new location having interest compounded “The bank is making a state-
munity. that will win the hearty approval would be on Clinton Street. In daily and paid quarterly on de- ment with this building: that it and charitable organizations
When Watertown Savings of our depositors and friends.” 1959, Watertown Savings Bank posit accounts. To facilitate the is committed to the Jefferson throughout the North Country
Bank opened for business in Watertown Savings Bank had a purchased two properties to new method of paying interest, County area for the long term; with a philanthropic mindset
1893, it was located at what was new home on the busiest block facilitate the construction of an electronic computer was in- with emphasis on person-to- second to none in our commu-
then No. 17 Washington Street, in downtown Watertown where the new banking office. The stalled to automatically credit person service.” nity.
also known as the Marble Block they would reside for nearly first was a large brick mansion interest on deposits made that Today, the Bank celebrates Bank President & CEO, Mark
(now part of the YMCA). The four decades. at 129 Clinton Street which had day. Mr. McGowan said, “The 125 years of service in down- Lavarnway, said “In stark con-
Bank occupied an 18’ x 25’ During this time, the Bank been owned and occupied by adoption of this new system town Watertown and 9 loca- trast to the large retail banking
space in the front office, while kept pace with the steady eco- Doctors Walter S. Atkinson and will enable us to better serve our tions throughout the North institutions that continue to fa-
the rest of the floor was utilized nomic increase of the commu- Lawrence E. Henderson. The customers and a growing Wa- Country. With 125 employees vor big business and increased
for other purposes. Despite its nity. Annual growth and an in- second property was a house at tertown.” and over $660 Million in assets, fees, we have found that provid-
meager beginnings, it wasn’t crease in customers lead to the 124 Mullin Street, which would Watertown Savings Bank Watertown Savings Bank has ing the highest level of person-
long before the Bank started to development of more products provide entrance to Bank park- thrived at the Clinton Street much to show for its progress. alized service and community
grow. By the end of 1920, re- and services in an effort to pro- ing from either Clinton Street or location and enjoyed increas- The Bank focuses on free support offers many benefits
sources were showing a growth vide the very best in banking Mullin Street – hence Dividend ing market share and sustained depository account structures, which are often superior to our
of over four million dollars since service. However, by the late Drive was created. growth. The advancement competitive loan rates and lo- competitors. We understand
the Bank’s inception. This tre- 1950’s, parking was becom- Ground breaking for the con- of the Bank’s technology and cal decision making. In Jeffer- our local economy and the
mendous growth gave evidence ing a problem and it had been struction was held at 10:00 a.m., internal systems provided en- son County, Watertown Sav-
diverse banking needs of our
that the people of Northern years since any kind of mod- June 18, 1959. The project took hanced customer convenience ings Bank is proud to retain the
New York had confidence and ernization had been done to a little over one year to complete as well as many new products largest deposit market share, community.”
trust in their new local bank. the Bank’s facility. Watertown and the new Bank opened for and services to meet our grow- the top mortgage lending share In 1893, a small group of in-
Bank President, Isaac Hunt, Savings Bank President, James business on June 27, 1960 with ing customer base needs. over the past seven years and dividuals set out with a goal to
knew that in order to better H. McGowan, and the Board of 30 employees and $32 million in By the end of the twentieth recognition as the top commer- conduct business as a financial
serve the depositors; a larger Trustees knew that if they want- total assets. It was a one-story century, with over $220 mil- cial lender. The Bank also offers institution in the best interest of
banking office and more mod- ed to continue providing the su- modern structure with a drive- lion in assets, and 75 employ- a wide range of on-line, mobile the citizens of this community;
ern equipment were needed. perior level of service that many thru facility, ample parking at ees, it became apparent that and electronic services for both today the employees of Water-
Therefore, in 1921, the Bank se- had worked so hard to achieve, the front door, and state of the the bank needed to expand personal account holders and town Savings Bank work to en-
cured space in the Woolworth expansion was once again a art modern technology for the yet again. The Bank embarked commercial entities. sure that goal remains intact.

Hefferon Real Estate

Celebrates their 34th Year
isa L’Huillier, New York
State Licensed Broker
and Owner of Hefferon
See our ad on
Real Estate, is looking
forward to the business’s 34th Page O8
year of operation in 2018. Ms.
L’Huillier herself will observe 28 its staff of 7 Realtors are always
years as a Realtor this year. ready to meet the needs of the
Ms. L’Huillier, who is mar- public with their extensive ex-
ried to Charles Ruggiero, also perience and expertise.
a NYS Licensed salesperson Hefferon Real Estate can be
at Hefferon Real Estate, was reached at (315) 782-4100 or
sworn in January 1, 2018 as online at www.hefferonreales-
a City of Watertown Council
Member. She is looking for- 2018 New York State Wom-
ward to putting her real estate en’s Council of Realtors Gover-
and business expertise to use at nor II
the city government level. Ms. 2017 New York State Wom-
L’Huillier was also just sworn en’s Council of Realtors Gover-
in on February 5th as 2018 Gov- nor II
ernor for the New Your State 2016 New York State Wom-
Women’s Council of Realtors at en’s Council of Realtors Presi-
the New York State Association dent
of Realtors gala held in Albany 2017 Top Producer, Jeffer-
with over 400 Realtors from son-Lewis Board of Realtors
New York state in attendance. 2016 Top Producer, Jeffer-
With the title of Governor, Ms. son-Lewis Board of Realtors
Is your water pure? Find out from the professionals at Water Systems Unlimited. Give them a call today! L’Huillier will oversee the mem- 2016 Recipient of the Paul
bership and operations of the Harris Fellow Award - Rotary

Water Systems Unlimited: W

ater Systems Un-
limited is a local Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and 2012 President, Women’s
water treatment Watertown networks. State- Council of Realtors, Tri-County
company with vast wide, the Women’s Council of Chapter

A water treatment company experience and expertise in

treatment, design and testing of
Realtors totals 550 in members.
Hefferon Real Estate, 128 S.
Massey Street, Watertown and
1998-2000 President, Jeffer-
son-Lewis Board of Realtors
1997 REALTOR of the Year
Jeff Schwan has designed

Worried about your water? and installed these systems in

camps, homes, hotels, restau-
rants, dairy facilities and mu- West Carthage Housing
Odor? nicipalities all along the East
Coast. He has over 30 years
Authority offers you
Taste? experience in the water treat-
ment and water hydraulics
Staining? industry.
Water Systems Unlimited
maintenance-free living
t the West Carthage
Soap Scum? has full capability of com-
plete water analysis and quick Housing Authority, See our ad on
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Page O8
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water, then clean, clear, po- a peaceful country setting. You n Personal Emergency Re-
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Call the professionals that solved your mineral analysis. beauty and convenience of this sageways throughout the com-
neighbor’s water problems. Jeff can be reached at 315-
376-4734 or on his cell phone
community is that you can take
life as it comes, remaining as in-
n Raised bed vegetable/
at 315-783-0180. Feel free dependent as you like, all while flower garden;
“Free Water Analysis” to call with any questions or
staying right in your new home.
Amenities include:
n Outdoor patio areas fur-
nished with picnic tables, lawn
Call Water Systems Unlimited at 315-376-4734 / 315-783-0180 (cell) Call the professional that
professionals call!
n Private apartments, ac- furniture and gas grills;
cessed from inside the building; n Active tenant association
n Secure entrances with en- and
try phone system for visitors; n Our common areas and
n 24-hour video surveillance; community rooms are avail-
n Integrated fire monitoring; able for tenant activities, family
n On-site, convenient laun- gatherings.
dry rooms; Come home to West Side
n Automatic stand-by elec- Terrace. A Premier Housing for
trical systems for all common Senior Citizens and Disabled
areas; Persons.
n Trash and recycling ser- Applications available for
vice; persons 62 years old or older,
Search Homes for Sale • Featured Agents n Access to public trans-
portation services to get you
handicapped or disabled, re-
gardless of age. We are currently
to where you need to go — accepting applications.
whether it’s the doctor’s office, For more information, con-
religious services or local shop- tact Jan M. Hoffman, executive
ping; director, at 315-493-3581.

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Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley committed to providing quality care

hroughout its existence, with an illness. The AIM Team Services offered through this covered by insurance. Hospice experiencing. Their compas- and dignity to patients and
Hospice and Palliative works closely with the patients’ benefit include visits provided is reimbursed at a daily rate set sion and expertise in dealing support for those who care for
Care of St. Lawrence physician to develop a care plan by nursing staff who will de- by insurance programs, how- with end of life care and the is- them. It is a privilege to serve the
Valley has been com- based on an assessment of the velop a plan of care to help the ever, the care provided often sues surrounding it are the true North Country community. For
mitted to providing quality care patient’s needs and their goals patient find comfort as they exceeds the insurance reim- benefit to the patient and fam- more information visit www.
for patients and families affect- of care. Patients seeking help manage the symptoms of the bursement. Whether it is a gift
ed by chronic illness and grief. from the team may continue to disease in a familiar setting. A ily. Hospice anticipates another or call (315) 265-
in memory of a loved one, at-
By continuously examining seek curative treatments, and social worker will assist the pa- tendance at a special event, a great year of providing comfort 3105.
the needs of the community, the team provides education tient and family with the emo- pledge in support of a friend
the organization has expanded on medications, disease pro- tional issues experienced at the 128 S. Massey St.
programming and services to gression, related medical issues end of life and help to link them
Swimming a Mile for Hospice or
other another contribution to Hefferon Watertown, N.Y.
ensure the needs of the com-
munity at a very important time
as a result of their illness, and
treatment options. Patients in
with additional resources that
may help during the difficult
the work of Hospice, it makes a
sincere difference in the life of a
Find us on the web at
are met. Hospice and Palliative the AIM Program are not yet ap- time. Additional staff provide community member when they or on Facebook at HEFFERON REAL ESTATE
Care is well prepared to care for propriate or eligible for hospice personal care and volunteers need it most. In 2018 Hospice
a patient and family from the services, however, they can still can assist the patient and fam- will return with its popular Du- RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL • WATERFRONT
beginning to end of the diagno- receive much needed support ily with other needs as they eling Piano fundraiser, as well LISA A. L’HUILLIER, NYS LIC. R.E. BROKER/OWNER
sis of a chronic illness and of- from the staff. In order to ad- arise. Spiritual care needs are as Swim a Mile for Hospice and ABR, CBR, GREEN, GRI, HOMES,
fers counseling and support for dress the increasing needs of addressed by a non- denomina- its Tastes brunches. In addition MRP, RSPS, SRS and PMN
surviving caregivers and family the community for these servic- tional chaplain. to events organized by Hospice, “Real Estate Is Our Business – Quality Service Is Our Commitment”
members. es, a part- time Nurse Practitio- While a total of 350 patients many community members or- 2018 New York State Women’s Council of Realtors Governor II
2017 New York State Women’s Council of Realtors Governor II
Advanced Illness Manage- ner was added to the team. were served in 2017 account- ganize fundraisers and oppor- 2016 New York State Women’s Council of Realtors President
ment (AIM), the agency’s pal- As the disease progresses ing for 24,438 days of care, Hos- tunities to support the agency. 2017 Top Producer, Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors
2016 Top Producer, Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors
liative care program is often the and the needs of the patients pice can do more. The service The staff of Hospice and Pal- 2016 Recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award - Rotary
first opportunity patients have change, hospice services may is meant to provide care and liative Care are equipped to 2012 President, Women’s Council of Realtors, Tri-County Chapter
1998-2000 President, Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors
to benefit from the services of- become more appropriate. support to patients and families address the needs of patients 1997 REALTOR of the Year
fered. This can begin when a pa- Having an established relation- for six months with additional and families in whatever stage
tient is diagnosed with a chron- ship with staff of the organiza- certification periods. Patients Cell: 315/783-2188 - Home: 315/786-9999 -
of illness and grief they are
ic illness. Intended as an extra tion can make the transition and families can benefit greatly
layer of support, palliative care to an increased level of care from taking advantage of ser-
focuses on the management of offered by Hospice more com- vices for longer periods of time-
symptoms related to a chronic fortable for all involved. Hos- not just the patient’s last days.
illness and helps to address pice care is a benefit covered by Community support is es-
the stress and anxiety patients Medicare, Medicaid and many sential to helping Hospice pro- WE ARE CURRE
may experience navigating life private insurance companies. vide quality care beyond what is NTLY
Grief & Caregiver Support Programs APPLICATIONS
Caregiver Support Group Grief Gardeners !


Surviving Widowhood

CALL 315-493-3581 OR

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Rooms can serve double duty
smaller environmental impact, keep the guest room in mind. A adults, their list of must-have look for fabrics that are resistant work. In tight quarters, bed-
Many homes do not have and reduce the temptation to sofa that opens up to a bed or a items — from video gaming to stains and modular pieces rooms may be the only avail-
space for guest rooms, kids’ play accumulate ‘stuff.’ convertible sectional can be a systems to other electronics — that can be moved around as able area. An armoire-style desk
areas and home theater lounges Owners of small homes or comfortable place for guests to grows along with them. Storage necessary to create room for will blend in with the decor and
that are possible in homes with apartments can still enjoy the lay their heads. Side tables pro- can make a room functional for playing or entertaining. can hide paperwork and elec-
substantial square footage. But benefits of larger spaces, they vide guests with places to store both adults and children. De- tronics behind doors. Other-
just need to equip rooms to per- their belongings, and an empty vote an entire wall to a closet or BEDROOM/HOME OFFICE
they may not be missing out at wise, a makeup vanity can serve
form double duty. storage chest can house bed lin- drawer system where toys can
all. In 2015, 24 percent of em- the dual purpose of providing
be stored out of sight when nec-
While large homes remain ens or guests’ clothing. ployed people in the United a place to get ready for a night
essary. Storage ottomans can
popular, many people are em- LIVING ROOM/GUEST ROOM be used for extra seating while States did some or all of their out and a ready space to house
bracing the benefits of smaller Entertaining guests is easier DEN/PLAYROOM also providing somewhere for work at home, says the Bureau a laptop during the day.
residences. Small homes help when there’s a dedicated space Children tend to accumulate homeowners to stash stuffed of Labor Statistics. Bringing In smaller homes, home-
homeowners save money, re- where visitors can feel at home. toys and games. And as kids animals or games for easy ac- work home means men and owners may be forced to turn
quire less maintenance, have When furnishing a living room, grow from children to young cess. When choosing furniture, women will need a space to rooms into dual purpose areas.

Amish Connection offering Curtis Furniture celebrating

quality furniture, great value 37 years in business
urtis Furniture Co. is work from a far and still give and provides something so

wners John and celebrating its 37th our customers the best design unique to our area. It is quite
Christy Williams anniversary this year! and craftsmanship. simple, We Custom Build
bring furniture, dec- From the very be- Although furniture is in Furniture and Cabinetry for
orative items and ginning, Peter S. Curtis has our business name, we have every room in your entire
gifts made by Amish crafts- been designing and building become a leading builder of house. From complete bed-
men and artisans in Pennsyl- quality, handcrafted furni- kitchen cabinetry. It is no se- room and dining room sets to
vania Dutch Country to the ture & cabinetry for every- cret that the kitchen area in a fully designed and installed
North Country at the Amish one to enjoy. Creativity runs your home has become the kitchen!
Connection in Copenhagen, in Peter’s family, now in our main gathering place in the You may ask...How can
NY. second generation, son Mark entire house. We cook, eat, Curtis Furniture Co. possi-
Amish craftsmen have a P. Curtis oversees all of the our children do homework bly be anywhere near afford-
reputation for building heir- woodworking operations and our friends and family so- able and also competitively
loom quality products to and daughter Jessica Curtis cialize in the kitchen. It only priced? It’s very true, just ask
include furniture and other Priestley is in charge of sales makes sense to have the most our customers! We work di-
household items that with- and designing for the compa- efficient and beautiful kitch- rectly with you and we give
stand the test of time. At the ny. Mark and Jessica have the en. No single room can affect you the best price possible…
Amish Connection, they bring same passion toward quality the value of your home or the no mark ups, no middleman,
those Amish made prod- cabinetry and customer sat- quality of your life as much as just buying direct from the
ucts to you directly from the isfaction that has been the your kitchen. manufacture and you save so
craftsmen who make them at backbone of the success of Curtis Furniture Co. sells much and get such a better
very competitive prices. They Curtis Furniture. directly to the end consumer, product.
offer a variety of handmade 2017 has given Curtis Fur- so we become very person- Curtis Furniture Co. would
Christy S. Williams offers a variety of Amish furniture, decorative
Amish furniture including niture much opportunities nel with our customers. From like to thank all our past cus-
items and gifts, at Amish Connection, 9882 State Route 12,
farm style, rustic, primitive in the North country and the moment Curtis starts de- tomers and our future cus-
and modern cabinets, rock- beyond. The company has signing your kitchen to the tomers for allowing Curtis
ers, tables of all sizes, islands, have in the store? They will Copenhagen, a short scenic grown in many ways to serve day the Curtis team Installs Furniture to be such an im-
beds, dressers, outdoor poly custom order it to your colors drive south of Watertown, our customers. We have such your cabinetry, we see to ev- portant part of your home.
furniture, and other products and specifications. and north from Utica, Rome a unique and niche business ery detail and make sure the Check us out at:
for your home, cottage or as Customers who visit the and Lowville, they are open that our name has traveled end result exceeds your ex- Curtis Furniture Co.
gifts. Amish Connection know it is Tuesday through Friday, 10 North into Canada and south pectations. It’s almost like we 25465 NYS Route 342
There is something for a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. into Westchester County and become part of their family Evans Mills, New York
worth the short drive when
just about every room in the Long Island. We will go wher- and they become a part of our 13637
they see the prices and qual- to 2 p.m., and Sunday’s from
house to include your porch ever our customers bring us. family. (315) 782-7363
or patio. You will find a fine ity of the inventory they offer. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Their products make great Visit the store at amishcon- The technology with con- We are a manufacturing
selection of other decorative necting to our clients have company that is nestled in the Facebook at Curtis Furni-
items to meet your furnishing holiday and wedding gifts, so for a preview
given us the opportunity to heart of the North Country ture Co.
and decorating needs to in- register with them for your of what they have to offer,
clude rugs, wreaths, candles, wedding or pick up a gift cer- and you can email sales@
wall hangings and pictures. tificate. or
Want something that is a Located on Main call 315-688-2569 if you have
little different than what they Street [State Route 12] in questions.

Randy Nicol Construction

for jobs — big or small 5 STAR CANADIAN RETIREMENT HOME 2016-2017

andy Nicol built his — a fully-insured business drawing.
first house in 1972. based in Copenhagen — “We have built a reputation
Fast forward to today, works in Lewis, Jefferson and of being honest with our cus- “EVEN WITH THE HIGH CANADIAN EXCHANGE RATE”
and he is the owner southern St. Lawrence coun- tomers so they are friends af-
and proprietor of Randy Nicol ties. All jobs — big or small ter the job is complete,” said
Construction LLC, employing — should start with a set of Mr. Nicol. *81 KITCHEN CABINETS *LIBRARY BOOKCASES *RECEPTION CENTER
four people, three of which plans, and Randy Nicol does Give them a call at 315-688- *BILLIARDS ROOM MILLWORK
have been full-time for 20 his own design work and plan 2853 today. *DINING ROOM MILLWORK *SUN ROOM CABINETRY
Randy Nicol Construction
specializes in designing and
building custom homes, ga-
rages, barns and additions, as
well as remodeling projects.
Randy Nicol Construction
is well versed in conventional 9882 NYS Rt. 12 (Main St.)
framing as well as post and Copenhagen, NY 13626
beam with high priority on
energy conservation and pas- Ph./Fax 315-688-2569
sive solar.
This local business also
has experience with custom
woodworking and cabinetry,
boat houses, boat lifts, docks, • Heirloom Quality Furniture and Home Decor for Any Room
custom stair systems and spi-
ral stairs. • Beds, Dressers, Rockers, Stools, Cabinets, Tables & Shelves
Randy Nicol Construction • Pictures, Curtains, Rugs, Throws, Bedding, Candles & Decorations
builds two to three houses per • Custom orders available; We have many styles & colors to choose from
year, striving for quality, not
quantity. • Wedding Registries, gifts the bride & groom will cherish for years
Randy Nicol Construction


Randy Nicol
Construction 2950 Humphrey Rd. Copenhagen, NY 13626
General Contractor Phone: (315) 688-2853 (315) 782-7363
Residential & Commercial F U L LY I N S U R E D

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St. Lawrence County Industrial Development

Agency providing support for local businesses
In 2017, the St. Lawrence set up operations in Ogdens- them with their restart plans in addition to the 71 full-time
County Industrial Develop- burg Commerce Park, manu- and is leading the efforts to equivalent jobs already at the
ment Agency (“IDA”) and its facturing components for the find resources to help train facility.
affiliated agencies and devel- high-speed internet indus- local workers for the restart- The IDA-Local Develop-
opment partners provided try. The Ogdensburg facil- ed facility. ment Corporation approved
assistance to a number of ity is now in production with The IDA referred Potsdam various loans with the St.
employers, communities and over 20 full-time employees. Specialty Paper to the New Lawrence River Valley Rede-
stakeholders throughout St. Titan Mining Corporation, York Power Authority for a velopment Agency, including
Lawrence County. (the former St. Lawrence 400 kilowatt allocation of one to LC Drives Corporation
The IDA assembled a loan Zinc Mine), received approv- Preservation Power to sup- to set up a manufacturing
package including funds al from the IDA for Financial port the company’s coating operation within Clarkson’s
from the IDA-Local Devel- Assistance in the form of a expansion project. As part of new Damon Hall manufac-
opment Corporation, the Sales and Use Tax Exemp- the project, a loan package turing incubator facility. The
Greater Massena Economic tion. Approximately $1 mil- was provided to the company IDA also applied for funding
Development Fund, the St. lion in purchases are needed consisting of funds from the for the company through the
Lawrence River Valley Rede- for the initial phase of the IDA – Local Development USDA Rural Business De-
velopment Agency, the Og- planned operational restart. Corporation and the North velopment Grant Program.
densburg Growth Fund and There have been 8 jobs main- Country Economic Develop- The grant was approved
the North Country Economic tained at the facility for the ment Fund. As a result of the and the project is expected
Development Loan Fund past 5 years. Although in its project, the company is able to maintain six (6) full-time
for Canexsys Networks Inc. early stages, IDA staff contin- to do more in-house coating equivalent positions with
A subsidiary of an Ottawa- ue to work with the company work and will be creating 22 projections of hiring an ad-
based company, Canexsys as much as possible to assist new full-time equivalent jobs ditional full-time equivalent
employee over the next three
(3) years.
Financing was also pro-
vided to Thew Associates as
part of a project to acquire
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
and LiDAR Sensor equip-
ment. The project will assist
with the retention of 14 em-
ployees with plans to create
at least two (2) equivalent
full-time positions over the site. A revised Comprehensive
next three (3) years. St. Lawrence Soyway Com- Economic Development
The IDA-Civic Develop- pany, LLC received authori- Strategy was approved by the
ment Corporation provided zation from the IDA for the St. Lawrence County Board
a bond issuance to Clarkson issuance of Industrial De- of Legislators in September.
University in the amount of velopment Revenue Bonds In creating the new develop-
$31 million for refinancing to assist with constructing a ment plan, the IDA reviewed
of existing debt for enhance- 40,000 square foot building and incorporated input and
ments to the college’s exist- and state of the art soy pro- content from a number of
ing campus infrastructure. cessing equipment that will relevant local, county and
Phase I of the J&L Site Re- aide in the creation of 36 jobs regional organizations, stud-
mediation Project is near at the proposed mechanical ies, planning documents and
completion. Hazardous ma- soybean crush plant in Mas- initiatives. The IDA will now
terials have been removed sena. The plant will produce be leading efforts to ensure
from 4 of the 11 buildings. premium priced dairy feed the activities and initiatives
The IDA and County have (High Bypass Soymeal-HB- in the development strategy
applied for $1.7 million in PSM) and Feed Grade Crude are implemented.
grants for Phase II of the Oil. These products are tar- For more information con-
project, which will result in geted to dairy, poultry, and tact the St. Lawrence Coun-
the demolition and abate- hog nutrition in New York, ty Industrial Development
ment of substantially all the New England and Southeast- Agency at 379-9806 or visit
buildings on the former J&L ern Canada.

Plan Your
Plan Your Business
Business Start
Start- or Expansion
Up or Expansion in
St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence County,
County, New
New York
St. Lawrence
The St.
St. Lawrence County
Lawrence County Industrial
County Industrial Development
Industrial Development Agency
Development Agency
is your central point of contact

We can
We can assist
can assist you
assist you with:
you with
Low-Interest Loans ••• Low-Cost Power ••• Bond Financing
Site Selecion
••• Site Selecion Assistance
Assistance •• Networking and Business Contacts
Site Selecion Assistance •
 Industrial Building Construcion • Tax Abatement Programs
 Industrial Building Construcion • Tax Abatement Programs
 Industrial Building Construcion • Tax Abatement Programs

For more informaion

For informaion
For more
more informaion
contact the IDA
contact IDA today to
to see how
how we can
can help!
contact the
the IDA today
today to see
see how we
we can help!
(315) 379 9806 ••
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379 9806 •

Available Sites
Available Sites and
and Buildings

Massena Industrial Park

Massena Park Ogdensburg Commerce Park
Park Potsdam Commerce Park
Park Gouverneur Industrial Park
Massena Industrial
Industrial Park Ogdensburg
Ogdensburg Commerce
Commerce Park Potsdam
Potsdam Commerce
Commerce Park Gouverneur
Gouverneur Industrial
Industrial Park

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Triple “A” Store Set

to Celebrate Spring
ince it’s beginnings in to view and monitor changes
1971, Triple “A” has in consumer buying habits and
continued to be a ma- understanding the needs of
jor factor in the build- their market more fully from a
ing materials industry in New nationwide perspective. Mr.
York’s North Country. Its Ashley continues his role as a
three lumberyards are situated board member for Do It Best
in key areas of St. Lawrence Corp.
County, strategically placed in Another factor in their suc-
order to be within reach of the cess is customer loyalty. “ It’s
maximum number of end us- common knowledge that buy-
ers for their products and ser- ing from locally-owned and
vices. Those familiar with the operated small business im-
company are aware of the vast pacts the local economy most
offerings available, as well as directly. North Country resi-
their many resources for less dents have put that into prac-
common goods. tice with us, because they know
Company CEO Robert Ash- they can count on us to guide
ley credits their success in

What is a smart home?

them through their projects
withstanding the challenges successfully. And, unlike some
faced by many “brick-and- of the recent pop-up busi-
mortar” retailers to several fac- nesses in the area, consumers
tors, not the least of which is know that Triple “A” will con-
his knowledgeable staff. “Our tinue to be here for them, be-
Metro practical benefits. Further- secured or that pets are be- the washing machine while
store teams are well-trained cause we follow all the codes, Refrigerators that inform more, the range of smart de- having while out with smart out of the house, close refrig-
and kept informed of the rules and regulations.” In 2017, their owners when it’s time to vices is expanding rapidly, cameras. erator doors from afar or even
rapid changes in our indus- the company implemented a buy more eggs and thermo- making potential compat- n Flood sensor: Get peace start their vacuum cleaners
try. Our suppliers continue to customer loyalty program as a stats that learn homeowners’ ability issues a concern. Com- of mind against damaging remotely.
introduce new materials and “thank you.” Loyal customers heating and cooling prefer- panies that plan to educate floods with Wi-Fi flood sen- Smart technology is taking
building processes, and we’re ences may once have seemed consumers further about the sors. over and is likely to continue
accumulate points based on
fortunate that our people take like futuristic ideas straight advantages of smart home n Appliances: A new breed changing the way people live
their purchases, and receive
a serious interest in knowing out of a sci-fi movie. However, features and are open to stan- of smart appliances can make and work.
gift cards in the mail as re-
the latest and best practices for such products are no longer a dardization may have the best it possible for users to turn on
wards, along with Father’s Day,
residential contractors, com- dream but a reality. chances of survival.
Mothers’ Day, and birthday gift Those interested in dab-
mercial construction and in- The term ‘smart home’ re-
cards, and an annual rebate, bling in some smart home
dustrial maintenance.” fers to a residence that has
which can be used toward pur- technology and testing the
To celebrate their success, appliances, HVAC, lighting,
chases. entertainment systems, secu- waters may want to start with
planning is underway for a
The winter months are tradi- rity, and many more devices the following household
grand re-opening celebration
tionally a slow period for com- that communicate with one items.
this spring, after applying fin-
panies in this industry, and Tri- another. Such devices can be n Smart bulbs: Manufac- 19 Main Street
ishing touches on new store
ple “A” has come up with some controlled remotely, accord- turers offer various types of Canton, NY 13617
merchandise layouts this win-
unique ways to reduce the im- ing to SmartHomeUSA, an smart light bulbs. Some are
ter. The company wants to 315-386-8576
pact of these times by focusing
share its success with the local
on winter supplies and other
automation product retailer. color-changing, others react 19 Main Street
communities that have sup- Proponents of smart home to doorbells or alarms, and
ported the business over its services. They have a read- technology say features can others can simulate typi- Canton, NY
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47-year history. The commu- ily available inventory of vital help people save money on cal lighting patterns when 315-386-8576
nities will be involved in some necessities like fuel for pellet utilities and conserve natu- homeowners are away. In-
way, and they plan to involve stoves and ice melting solu- ral resources, all the while tegrated apps enable remote “Home is where the heart is”
local dignitaries and commu- tions, and emergency supplies providing peace of mind to access to scheduling so peo-
nity leaders. for residential and commercial homeowners. ple can arrive home to a well- The St. Lawrence County Housing Council was
Mr. Ashley is particularly businesses. They also have the In 2016, 80 million smart lit house. founded over 30 years ago, with a mission to serve St.
proud of the performance of Kinek package service, where home devices were delivered n Home security: Wi-Fi Lawrence County “Home residents
is wherewith thetheheart abilityis”to purchase
his loyal staff. “We’ve got many customers can have packages worldwide. That marks a 64 enabled doorbells with video and maintain homes. Our name has changed, but not
delivered to Triple “A,” which The St.allow
capabilities Lawrence County Housing Council was founded over 30 years ago, with a mission to serve St
key people who have been with percent increase from 2015, the core mission. To date we have helped more than
us for most of our existence, is especially helpful for busy according to the research data to seeresidents
who is with the ability
at the door to purchase
775 residents and maintain homes.
purchase their first homes with grants
households during the holi- firm IHS Markit. The smart without having to open it. for home buyers and assisted over 1,400 home
and a majority of associates
day season and beyond. Also, CamerasOur name has changed,
can even beTheac- but not County
St. Lawrence the core mission.
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Council was date we
overhave helped
30 years more
ago, with than
a mission 750own-
to serve St.residents pu
Lawrence Cou
have been with us over ten home trend is only expected ers with rehabilitation grants to maintain their homes.
homes with grants residents
for with
homebuyers the ability to
and purchase
assistedand maintain
over homes.
1400 home owners with rehabilitation grants to m
years. Our people are impor- contractors have come to rely to grow in coming years. cessed remotely, simulating
on the Triple “A” for tool and Although there’s interest in homes. Additionally,
that someone is at home 2015 brought
at hasBeginning with it Green
changed, but notinthe2016 Organization
the North designation
To date Country
Housing Neighborworks
more than Council
750 residentsbegan
tant in understanding what our Our name core mission. we have helped purchase their firs
local markets require, and they equipment rentals. smart home technology, the Council
all times. joins wonder
Never 80 other
ifwith grants
and organizations
homebuyers and nationwide,
toassisted committed
be administering
over 1400 to
home owners sustainable
withoverseeing $3to maintain
grants mil- their
respond by working together Besides an extensive selec- industry remains fragment- you’ve locked the door again lion
homes. Additionally, of
2015Community Development
brought with it Green Block
Organization designation Grants.
from Additionally
Neighborworks America ®. The Housin
tion of hardware for homes, ed. Consumers are trying to Beginning
with smart locksinthat
the North
Council Country
joins 80 Housing Council will be administering and overseeing $3 million
to help satisfy those needs in theotherHousing
housing organizations
Councilnationwide, committed
is administering to sustainable
a DANC operations.
HOME grant
many ways, both in products farms and industry, other ser- figure out which devices are engaged via a smartphone.
Development Block Grants. These grants will serve five programs intended to assist nearly 100 familie
Make moderate homesBeginning
sure thatincomes.
within the village of Heuvelton for qualifi ed home owners.
are in 2016 the North Country Housing Council will be administering and overseeing $3 million of Community
and personal customer service. vices offered by the company simply fun and which provide
Development Block Grants. These grants will serve five programs intended to assist nearly 100 families in SLC with lo
They create a great experience include special order construc- These grants will serve five programs intended to as-
There are two separate incomes.
for our customers.” tion items such as windows sistwide programs,
nearly assisting first
100 families in SlCtimewithhomelow buyers and home owners
to moderate in- with
Along with their motivated and doors, kitchen and bath repair. The towns ofThere
Fowler and
are twocomes.Madrid have
separate county been
are twoawarded
wide programs, separate
assisting housing rehabilitation
first time home buyers andwide funding
home owners for owner
with homes o
in need
staff, the company has kept cabinet layouts, all varieties Both municipalities repair.
enlisted the experience
The towns first
of Fowler and and
Madrid expertise
have home of the
been awarded Housing
housingunder Council
a new
rehabilitation to write
fundingDown and
occupied homest
for owner Pay- secure
up with the many changes in of residential and commer- Additionally the Housing Council
Both municipalities will be
enlisted administering
the experience and these
expertise offunds
the to qualified
ment and closing costs assistance grant and home own- Council to home
write and owners.
secure these grant fund
consumers’ buying habits, and cial floor coverings, and many Additionally the Housing Council will be administering these funds to qualified home owners.
ers with homes in need of repair. The towns of Fowler,
they’ve adjusted their systems other specialties. They provide Michelle Durham, North Country Housing Council, Inc Executive Director said “ This is the first time in
Madrid & Heuvelton have beenDirector
awarded housing reha-
and processes accordingly. an estimating service to assist the Housing CouncilMichelle Durham,
has seen Northmuch
this Country Housing Council,
activity and weIncare
very excited saidto“ This
be isworking
the first time in several
with years th
the Count
contractors and customers in
the Housing Council has seenfunding forandowner
this much activity we are veryoccupied homes.
excited to be working with theAll mu-
County, Madrid and
Over the past two-plus years, Fowler in making these grant funds have the greatest impact possible for our residents and communit
Triple “A” has transformed planning and budgeting their nicipalities
Fowler in making enlisted
these grant funds the impact
have the greatest experience and
possible for our expertise
residents of the
and communities”

all three of their stores inside projects. By these diverse of- The North Country The
Housing HousingInc.Council
Council, would to write and secure these grant funds.
North Country Housing Council, Inc. like
to helpeligible persons
eligible persons and
and or or
families families
to purchasetoa first
home o
and out, including completely ferings, Triple “A” plans to con- repair your existingrepair
home. yourPlease visit our website,
The North Country Housing Council, Inc. would like to helpfor
existing home. Please visit our website, contact
contact our our
staff or staff
stop byor
office bymore
changing store traffic patterns tinue as a leader in providing information! information! eligible persons and or families to purchase a first home
and adding new product cat- products, services and direc-
egories. Their relationships tion in building, remodeling,
or repair your existing home. Please visit our website
with suppliers, in particular maintenance of structures in, contact our staff or stop by our office for
Do It Best, has enabled them the North Country. more information!

O12 Sunday, February 18, 2018 Progress 2018

Stop by Black River Greenery for all of your spring planting needs
e at Black River baskets, planters and wicker available here at Black River and will give you many years of Black River Greenery is owned enjoy the chance to offer you
Greenery are look- baskets ... all filled with different Greenery, durable Outdoor Fur- beauty in your gardens. We will by Jonathan and Alisa Zehr and lovely plants to beautify your
ing forward to the combinations, from sun-loving niture made from poly lumber. also have them for sale once they Joy Zehr. We started in the fall house and garden!
greenhouse season to shade-preferring plants. Don’t We offer them in a variety of start flowering.
of 2015 with growing mums and Thank-you for your business
that is rapidly approaching. In see any that are exactly what you styles, colors and color combos. Our annual Open House is
a few months, our greenhouse want? We will gladly make one Come check them out! again planned for Thursday had our first season in the green- in the past, and we look forward
along State Route 410, Castor- just for you with your choice During the summer, we plan through Saturday, Mother’s Day house in the spring of 2016. We to seeing you again this year!
land, should be full of green, of plants and pot. You can also to offer fresh vegetables grown weekend. Stop by and check
growing plants. We are planning bring your own pots, and we will in our greenhouse and garden. out our specials and enjoy some
to have vegetable and herb plants fill them for you. We also offer a Starting in July, we will offer homemade refreshments! Also
along with a wide variety of an- variety of shepherd’s hooks, so mums for planting in your flow- visit our neighbor, Black River
nual and zone-hardy perennial you can hang your plants beside erbeds. Planting them in July or Furnishings, located on the same
flowers. your lane, walk or patio. August before they flower will property, to check out their Open
Need a gift for that special per- We are excited to be able to give them a chance to grow a House specials the same week-
son in your life? We have hanging tell you of our newest product good root system before winter end.

The Fine Art Of Fine Cabinetry Employees at Black River Furnishings, Route 410, Castorland, include,
in front, Andrew Loomis, Edward Eberly, Curvin Ebersole, Nick
BLACK RIVER Kilionski. Back row: Jonathan Zehr, Scott Zehr, Timothy Zehr, Adam

GREENERY Aviste and Todd Edwards. Missing: LaRay Zehr and Andrea Ebersole.

Black River
Flowers &
Garden Plants
Furnishings furniture
PHONE: 315-377-2287 and cabinets made to
4773 State Route 410 - Castorland, NY WATCH FOR OUR OPENING AT
PHONE: 315-376-8405
last a lifetime
FURNITURE! ere at Black River Fur- individual taste. While we help
LOCALLY CRAFTED - SOLID WOOD The Greenhouse Will Be Bursting With Color! nishings, we enjoy the you bring together your favor-
task of turning stacks of ites in styles, features, colors and
plywood into kitchen cabinets,
more, you ultimately get to be an
integral part of designing your
HERB PLANTS - HANGING PLANTS dining room sets and bedroom own distinctive Black River kitch-
KITCHENS ~ BATHS ~ DINING ~ BEDROOM & MORE furniture that you can treasure en or furnishings. We like to think
MUMS IN THE FALL! and use and then pass on to your
children and grandchildren.
that owning custom-built furni-
ture and cabinetry is like having
HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY 8:00AM-5:00PM BRING YOUR OWN CONTAINERS We are pleased to offer cabine- an exclusive work of art, all made
try and furnishings that have no
SATURDAY 10:00AM-3:00PM AND WE WILL FILL THEM FOR YOU! particle board or MDF compo-
to order.
Why should you buy from
nents but are made of solid wood Black River Furnishings instead
and plywood. From the cutting of of the big box stores? Here are a
components to the hand-rubbed few things to consider ... solid
stain and triple coating of a con-
wood construction, creative,
version varnish, we feel confi-
quality craftsmanship, built right
dent that our products are well
here in Lewis County, unlimited
suited to meet your needs and
demands. As craftsmen, we add customization, wide choice of
the touch that turns the carefully woods and, last but not least, we
chosen hardwoods into master- are a family-owned business.
pieces, custom crafted for your In 2010, Jonathan and Alisa
home. We intend to bring you Zehr bought Black River Valley
custom products characterized Woodworking and changed the
by creativity, integrity and simple name to Black River Furnishings.
attention to detail. Without our dedicated employ-
Our ten employees enjoy the ees, our business would not be
challenge of being handed a what it is today. We are also grate-
photo of your dream cabinetry ful for the chance that you have
or piece of furniture and turning given us to serve you for the last
it into a reality. There’s no limit eight years, and we look forward
to the ways you can personal- to serving you for many more
ize your dream to satisfy your years in the future.

A Tradition that For Aubertine and

Works In Massena Currier, Our Employees
Providing safe, reliable, and low-cost Are Our Key to Success
electricity to the community for 35 years

ubertine and Cur-
rier Architects,
Engineers & Land
Surveyors, PLLC is
Community Owned Since 1981 a certified Women Owned
Business Enterprise (WBE)
Reliability located in Watertown, NY.
The firm was founded in 2000
Top 10% Nationally as an Architecture Firm, but
has since grown into a multi-
discipline design firm provid-
• Customers without ing a full range of Architec-
tural, Structural Engineering,
Center; Was instrumental in
assisting several local librar-
power for less than 20 Land/Site Engineering, Land
Surveying, and Construction
ies in the North County to
make their renovation proj-
minutes annually Administration services.
In 2017, Aubertine and ect goals and visions a reality.
Currier (A&C) hired 6 new The historical Flower Me-
• Northern New York employees, adding their tal- morial Library in Watertown
is recognized as not just a li-
ent and service to the areas
average is 4 times higher of Architecture, Engineer- brary, but an essential part of
the community. Aubertine
ing, Land Surveying and Ad-
Recognized as a Reliable ministration. The addition
of these new employees to
and Currier (A&C) provided
architectural and structural
services throughout the ren-
Public Power Provider (RP3) the existing talented staff has
helped to ensure that A&C ovation project, which was
continues to provide supe- completed in 2017. A&C was
by the American Public Power Association rior and affordable services to hired as Clerk of the Works
its residential, business, and in the coordination of the
“Tree Line USA®” recipient 10 Consecutive Years governmental agency clients removal of asbestos contain-
throughout the state of New ing materials and installation
Rates remain less than half of any other York. Aubertine and Cur-
rier’s dedication to, and part-
of new mechanical systems,
and architectural items such
Electric Provider in the area nership with our clients has
led to consistent growth for
as ceiling, soffits, and chases.
During the project, extreme
the company year after year. care was taken in order to
As a Community Owned Utility, Massena Electric belongs to the During 2017, some proj-
ect spotlights are as follows:
maintain the integrity of his-
toric spaces and works of art,
citizens we serve. Your concerns are our concerns as we deliver Provided Architectural De-
and A&C coordinated con-
sign, Structural and Civil/
reliable, low-cost electricity to you all year round. Site Engineering, and Land struction in phases to allow
Surveying Services to Sa- the Library to remain func-
maritan Medical Center’s tional during the renovation
MASSENA ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT various renovation projects;
Provided design services and For further information
YOU CAN COUNT ON US! construction administration about Aubertine and Currier,
for the SUNY Canton Cyber please visit our website at
(315) 764-0253 Café renovation and expan-,
sion and upgrade of the Con- or call our office at 315-782-
vocation Athletic Recreation 2005.