Stewart's Co. Celebrates 70 Years Of Being In Business; Opens New Store In Ballston Spa

July 7, 2016

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Stewart's Corp. completely renovated this shop on Church Avenue in Ballston Spa on the site of its original store opened 70 years ago. The new store supports its expanded food products.

By MAureen Werther

Stewart's Corp. is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the original Stewart's Shop opening on Church Avenue in the village of Ballston Spa. Day-long festivities are scheduled for July 9, including food and even Helicopter ride give-aways.

The company's construction team completely renovated and expanded the shop, including an updated exterior that is a total departure from the familiar brown mansard shingles seen at locations throughout upstate New York and Vermont.

The interior space of the new store is more expansive, with additional counter and cooler space to accommodate the company's growing food and beverage lines. There are additional gasoline pumps and parking in front.

This is only one of many anticipated renovations, expansions and construction of new shops in the works for the next several years, and is a strategic response to the ever-changing needs of consumers in the upstate region.

The corporate philosophy of responsiveness to the customer began with C.V. and Percy Dake as far back as 1917, when they took over the family dairy farm. It continues today under the guidance of Gary Dake, president of Stewart's Corp., and Bill Dake, chairman of the board.

In 1945, C.V. and Percy Dake purchased the Stewart's Dairy & Ice Cream Co. in Ballston Spa from Don Stewart. Because state licensing laws of the time limited which townships a dairy could sell their milk in, purchasing the Stewart's company allowed the Dakes to expand their milk operations. At the time of the purchase, Don Stewart had a small ice cream manufacturing facility on Route 50, owned and operated by the Stewart family since 1918.

The ice cream part of the operation, which included a freezer and a hardening room, had been forced to close during World War I because of a sugar shortage. When C.V.'s son, Charlie, returned from the war later that year, he became very interested in re-opening the ice cream side of the business.

As a veteran, young Charlie had early access to sweetened condensed milk. This allowed him to produce ice cream during his summers off from Cornell, where he was attending school. It wasn't long before the Dakes opened their first ice cream store on Church Avenue in Ballston Spa.

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Arnoff Moving And Storage Is Planning To Move Its Headquarters From Albany To Malta

July 7, 2016

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Arnoff Moving and Storage, a 92-year-old company that handles everything from semiconductor and laboratory equipment to fine art and antiques, is moving its headquarters to Albany.

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BY Molly Congdon

Arnoff Moving and Storage is moving from its Albany headquarters, marked by the historic statue of the Nipper dog, to a facility in Malta.

The company will inhabit Racemark International's former floor mat manufacturing plant on Route 9, a 72,000-square-foot building not far from the GlobalFoundries computer chip manufacturing plant.

Company President Mike Arnoff said the company is ready to invest $11.6 million to construct a new global headquarters. All that is pending is town Planning Board approval.

"What makes Saratoga County the right location is quality of life for our employees," he said. "Arnoff has a culture and we are very concerned with our employees. The property is a 40-acre site. It has a building on it that we can renovate and get moved into quickly."

He said the company plans to create a campus-like setting that's comfortable for employees and customers.

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100 Years Later, Time Capsule At Adirondack Trust Co. Opened; New One Put In Its Place

July 7, 2016

Peter Hammell, Adirondack Trust Co. archivist, opens a time capsule from 1916.

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By Debra Verni, Esq.

The Adirondack Trust Co. celebrated its 100 year anniversary at its main office on Broadway in Saratoga Springs on June 28 by opening a time capsule that had been placed inside a portion of the structure upon its construction.

It was placed there by state Sen. Edgar T. Brackett, the bank's founder, in June 1916.

The event at 473 Broadway also featured the placing of a new time capsule by Charles V. Wait, chairman and CEO of the bank, to be opened in June 2116. A reception followed in the main office lobby.

"We are very excited to be able to share this day with our fellow community members who have supported ATC for over 100 years. Saratoga Springs has a rich history and we are proud to be a part of it as a community partner," said Charles V. Wait Jr., executive vice president.

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'Dunning Street Station' Opens On Route 9, After Being Restored To Its 'Retro' Glamor

July 7, 2016

Bob McKenna and Scott Ringwood have opened Dunning Street Station.

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By MAureen Werther

Dunning Street Station Bar & Grill, located at 2853 Route 9 in Malta, celebrated its grand opening June 29th with a well-attended ribbon-cutting ceremony sponsored by the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County.

Owners Bob McKenna and Scott Ringwood, who is also the chef, hope to continue the tradition of great food and drink that people have long associated with the iconic silver and blue Fodoro dining car. Ringwood is also co-owner, with McKenna, of the Lake Ridge Restaurant in Round Lake.

"Over the years, Scott and I have always talked about fun places and food that we've enjoyed in a casual setting," said McKenna.

Gradually, the conversations became more serious and the partners began formulating a plan for another restaurant that would offer quality food and service like Lake Ridge, but in a more relaxed setting and with a more casual menu.

They began searching for a location and started looking into the "silver magnet out there on Route 9, just waiting to be restored to its former glamor and cool," said McKenna.

As they delved deeper into the history of the property, they discovered that Route 9 was originally known as "Dunning Street," named after the founder of Malta, Michael Dunning. Just like that, McKenna and Ringwood had the name for the new restaurant.

The Station, as it is referred to by owners and staff, follows in the footsteps of some well-known eateries at this location. The first business opened there in the early 1950s, when Constantinos (Gus) Dardas bought the house that was situated on the property at the time. He turned it into the Malta Ridge Diner.

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New Clothing Store In Downtown Saratoga Has More Casual, 'West Coast-Inspired' Offerings

July 7, 2016

Caroline and Main is located at 438 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

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By Liz Witbeck

Another clothing store has made its way to the shopping scene in the Spa City. Caroline and Main made its debut in May.

Located at 438 Broadway, the shop is named for the corners of Caroline Street and Broadway, where it is situated. Store owner Heidi Owen West also operates Lifestyles of Saratoga, which is located next door at 436 Broadway. That store has been in business for more than 20 years.

Lyndsey Lowe is personal assistant to Owen West.

"Heidi has always coveted that space across the street," said Lowe. "It became available and she went for it. Broadway needed a refresher store."

The 1,800-square-foot storefront was formerly home to Paper Dolls gift shop.

While Lifestyles of Saratoga appeals to an older demographic, Caroline and Main will have a unique style. The target demographic, Lowe said, is women between 25 and 50 years old. The clothing is casual and West Coast-inspired. The store offers women's clothing such as blouses, jeans and T-shirts in a variety of prints, stripes and colors. Some of the brands offered are Eliza J and FRNCH.

"The clothing has a beachy vibe, West coast style," said Lowe. "The colors are very fun, light, easy. [The typical shopper] doesn't take herself so seriously."

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'Party City' Will Occupy Former OfficeMax Space At The Crossing In Clifton Park In Dec.

July 7, 2016

Party City, a retail party supply store, plans to move into the this OfficeMax location.

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By Jennifer Farnsworth

Party City, a company that operates specialty retail party supply stores in the U.S. and Canada, is planning to move into the old OfficeMax location in The Crossings development by Dec. 1.

J. Eric King, president of Equinox, the commercial property development and management firm involved in The Crossings shopping center, said he expected the 13,000-square-foot store to be very popular.

King said there are party equipment rental stores in Saratoga County, but nothing similar to Party City, which is more of a card and party supply store. They contract for the manufacturing and distribution of party goods, including paper and plastic tableware, metallic and latex balloons, Halloween and other costumes, accessories, novelties, gifts and stationery throughout the world.

"With the steady growth of families and residential development, we are very confident that the store will be well received as a nice addition to the other stores and shops at The Crossings," said King.

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Company Opens National Gas Fueling Station In Saratoga; Its First Facility North Of Albany

July 7, 2016

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American Natural Gas opened this dispensing facility in the W.J. Grande Industrial Park, 34 Cady Hill Boulevard, Saratoga Springs.

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American Natural Gas (ANG), a distributor of alternative motor fuels, announced that the first public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station north of Albany is open.

The facility is in the W.J. Grande Industrial Park, 34 Cady Hill Boulevard, Saratoga Springs.

"CNG can transform the transportation industry. But it takes a network of infrastructure to make it possible, and that's where we come in," said Drew West, CEO of ANG. "Having a station in Saratoga Springs is an exciting opportunity for our regional fleets and neighbors interested in switching to a cleaner, more reliable fuel solution."

According to Natural Gas Vehicles for America, a national organization dedicated to the development of a profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas, natural gas is the cleanest burning commercially available alternative fuel today and its use as a transportation fuel is improving the air quality and the health of communities across the country. Overall costs to operate heavy-duty trucks on CNG are significantly less than running the same trucks on gasoline or diesel fuel.

"New, innovative infrastructure like this provides alternatives in how drivers fuel their day and makes it easier for us all to reduce our carbon footprint and play a larger role in our campaign to combat climate change," said Rep. Paul D. Tonko. "With Saratoga Springs-based ANG, the Capital Region has expanded the leadership role we have taken in recent decades to expand the green-collar job market and show the nation what it means to think outside the barrel."

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Rood And Riddle Equine Hospital Expands, Adding New Surgery Suites, Recovery Stalls

July 7, 2016

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Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital has just finished expanding this Saratoga Springs facility where it offers internal medicine, lab services, reproductive specialties, surgical services and more.

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By Liz Witbeck

Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital has just finished the expansion of its Saratoga Springs facility at 63 Henning Road.

The veterinary practice was originally started in Lexington, Ky. In 1986, Dr. Rood and Dr. Riddle opened a hospital there.

"There was a need for an extra hospital to handle the horse population," said Dr. Brett Woodie, a surgeon at the Kentucky branch.

In 2012, they began operations in the area offering ambulatory services. In 2013, they purchased Saratoga Equine Veterinary Service and opened the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.

Saratoga Equine Veterinary Service had been previously owned and operated by Bill and Diana Barnes.

"We needed to expand the existing facility in order to provide the horse population with the services we offer," said Woodie.

The hospital offers ambulatory services, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, laboratory services, podiatry services, regenerative medicine, reproductive specialties and surgical services.

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Saratoga Hospital Regional YMCA Partner In Program To Help Weight-Loss Surgery Patients

July 7, 2016

Saratoga Hospital and Saratoga Regional YMCA have partnered to provide exercise and fitness support to bariatric patients throughout their weight-loss journey.

The partnership benefits all patients of the hospital's Saratoga Bariatric Surgery and Weight-Loss Program, who receive a physical activity assessment and customized exercise plan from a YMCA wellness coach.

The service is free for those who are already members of the Y. Non-members pay a nominal fee of $10.

Officials said that to encourage patients to adhere and continue with the exercise plan, the Y is offering two membership discounts: first month free and waiver of the $50 enrollment fee. Patients also can apply for the Y's scholarship program.

"For some of our patients, starting an exercise program can be intimidating. Exercise and fitness are critical for long-term weight-loss success, but for many patients, exercise can be yet another obstacle," said Dr. Dmitri Baranov, medical director, Saratoga Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss Program. "We were looking for a partner with the expertise and understanding to help our patients overcome this obstacle--and we found that partner in the Saratoga Regional YMCA. This program will introduce patients to exercise without fear or intimidation."

"The Saratoga Regional YMCA is excited to collaborate once again with Saratoga Hospital, providing bariatric patients with support during their pre-surgical assessments and assisting them through their health and wellness journey," said Sean Andrews, YMCA CEO.

The hospital and YMCA have long partnered on community education, screening and wellness programs.

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Berkshire Mountain Bakery To Open In The Washington Building In Downtown Saratoga

July 7, 2016

Berkshire Mountain Bakery will open this month in space behind Kilwins..

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By Maureen Werther

Berkshire Mountain Bakery, a business that specializes in European-style baking, will open this month in the Washington building at 422 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs.

The bakery is directly behind Kilwins, the sweet shop in the building.

It is run by Richard Bourdon, a native of Quebec, who has been making and selling bread in the town of Housatonic, Mass., since 1986. This is a new location for the company.

In partnership with Jay Ollivierra, who is the owner of the Saratoga Springs location, Berkshire Mountain Bakery products will be shipped fresh daily from its main facility in Housatonic and will include a wide assortment of goods including breads and five different types of pizza doughs, focaccia and ciabatta.

What distinguishes Berkshire Mountain Bakery's breads and doughs from others, according to ownership, is the pure ingredients and a natural fermentation process. All of their breads are sourdough - not because it is popular or a fad, according to their website - but, because it allows for flavorful and easily digestible food.

The fermentation process the bakery employs has been practiced for thousands of years and, "virtually all pre-industrialized peoples soaked or fermented their grains before making them into porridges, breads, cakes and casseroles."

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Markets At Round Lake Will Gather Crafters, Artisan Food Makers Aug. 13-14 In Village

July 7, 2016

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This is the logo of Markets at Round Lake, an event in August at various places in the village, featuring people selling food, beverages, arts and crafts and books.

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The Markets at Round Lake announced that Death Wish Coffee Co. will be a major sponsor for its inaugural two-day indie craft and artisanal food and drink marketplace in August.

The event marks a major change for what used to be an arts and crafts festival, organizers said.

The Markets at Round Lake will run Aug. 13-14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. It will feature four distinct, highly curated markets: an indie maker market, a progressive craft market, a used books market and artisanal food and drink market.

It will benefit Round Lake Libraries.

The Markets at Round Lake will take place throughout the center of the historic Village of Round Lake. Victorian cottages with gingerbread trim separated by open green spaces will provide the backdrop to what is being called "the shopping experience of the summer," organizers said.

After hosting a more traditional arts and craft festival for over 30 years, the Woman's Round Lake Improvement Society, presenters of the inaugural Markets at Round Lake, decided it was time for a major change.

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County Gets $1M-Plus From New Casino Fees

July 7, 2016

New York state announced that 22 counties, including Saratoga and Washington counties, and three municipalities across upstate New York are receiving $30.2 million in license fees paid by newly licensed destination resort casinos.

Saratoga County will receive $1,240,780, while Washington County will receive $357,170, officials said.

"This funding will help counties and local governments provide essential services to their residents as well as work to reduce their tax burden," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "These destination resorts will help drive more tourism and economic development dollars upstate and, with these payments, local governments are already seeing the benefits of these projects."

The county payouts are one portion of the $151 million in commercial casino license fees that are being distributed across upstate using the same formula for casino gaming revenue laid out in the Upstate New York Gaming and Economic Development Act of 2013.

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'Taste Of Malta' Event Is Scheduled For July 19

July 7, 2016

The Malta Business & Professional Association continues to plan its eighth annual Taste of Malta to be held on Tuesday, July 19.

It will run 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART, 345 Hermes Road, Malta.

While the final restaurant list isn't complete, attendees can expect to sample items from Campagna Restaurant, Jimmy's Pizza & Pasta, Dock Brown's Lakeside Tavern, Dunning Street Station, Lake Ridge, Panza's Restaurant, Leah's Cakery and more. As in the past, there will once again be a cash bar offering wine, beer and soda to attendees.

Other activities include the "dinner for a year raffle" which includes gift certificates from 12 local eateries being awarded to one lucky winner.

The gift basket raffle table will return. Walt Adams will emcee this year's event.

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Business Report: It Is Not Just About Your Legacy

July 7, 2016

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Debra Verni, principal of the Herzog Law Firm in Saratoga Springs.

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By Debra Verni, Esq.

For many people, mapping out an estate game plan is something they intend to think about later. But often, later never comes.

The reasons for not dealing with estate planning now may include not wanting to confront your mortality or create family conflict. Or perhaps you don't want to discuss money with your heirs or give your wealth to certain family members you do not trust. For many, estate planning is simply viewed as something only "elderly people" need to do.

Despite all the reasons some people come up with to avoid estate planning, there are many benefits that make it worth the time, effort and money. Among other things, an estate plan allows you to:

1) Name someone to administer your finances and make medical decisions if you become incapacitated.

2) Name a guardian for your minor children.

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Business Report: Why Use A Travel Agent?

July 7, 2016

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Tony Mariotti, travel planner with Bucketlist Vacation Planners in Saratoga Springs. 

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By Tony Mariotti

In recent years, savvy travelers have relied on computer technology to plan and book expensive getaways.  

Most do not realize that it does not cost more (and may actually be less expensive) to use the personal service of a travel agent.     Agents are privy to information that is not always the same as what is published online or in print. 

They are constantly learning about the resorts and destinations they represent and often are given incentives to offer clients incentives such as upgrades or last-minute special pricing. It is typically more cost effective to use an agent.

Most people do not realize that an agent can sometimes get complimentary rooms when they are travelling as part of a group. Whether it be a large multi generation family getaway, a wedding or a reunion, when there are groups there are typically incentives to be had. These incentives depend on the resort or cruise line as well as the travel season. 

When planning such a large investment, a traveler wants a positive experience and memories that will last a life time. It makes perfect sense to have a professional travel consultant that is going to put effort and time into learning what each specific client wants, likes and desires in a trip.

I often ask potential clients that are considering booking online,  "Who are they going to call when something unexpected happens such as a hurricane?"A travel agent is watching out for their client and will be available for last minute changes or needs.

Travel alerts and travel warnings are issued by various government agencies. These range from security related information to health related notifications. Recently there has been a lot of news and warnings issued by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) about the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The research and news regarding this continues to change and evolve. 

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Business Report: Don't Keep Family In Dark About Plans

July 7, 2016

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Rob Snell, financial advisor, Edward Jones Financial in Saratoga Springs.

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By Rob Snell

You might work diligently at building a financial road map for your retirement years and a comprehensive estate plan. But you can't just create these strategies, you also have to communicate them.

Specifically, you need to inform your spouse and your grown children what you have in mind for the future, because the more they know, the fewer the surprises that await them down the road.

Let's start with your spouse. Ideally, of course, you and your spouse should have already communicated about your respective ideas for retirement and have come to an agreement on the big issues, such as when you both plan to retire, where you'll live during retirement, and what you want to do as retirees (volunteer, travel, work part time and so on).

But what you both might have let slip through the cracks are the important specifics related to financing your retirement. You'll need to answer several questions, including these:

• When will you each start taking Social Security?

• Are there strategies for maximizing both of your Social Security payments?

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'Organize Senior Moves Saratoga' Helps Older People Organize, Make Moving An Easier Task

July 7, 2016

By Jill Nagy

Seniors faced with the prospect of moving out of their home can find help at Organize Senior Moves Saratoga, a new service in Saratoga Springs.

The company, a franchise of a national company, is owned by Lori Tracey, an interior designer and business owner.

"We take the stress out of moving," Tracey said.

The company's staff can help sort through accumulated belongings and arrange sales, auctions, donations, and other means of disposal, she said. Then, they can sort, pack, arrange the move, and unpack.

By the end of the day, "art is hung, beds are made, everything is put away in the kitchen cabinets," she said.

The company is not made up of real estate representatives, but work with them and can help prepare a home for sale, including "staging" the home--furnishing and decorating it to make it more appealing to potential buyers.

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South Glens Falls School District Embarks On $58M Capital Projects Approved By Voters

July 7, 2016

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This rendering depicts what the facade of South Glens Falls High School will look like when renovations are complete. The district began capital projects earlier this summer.

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Construction of the South Glens Falls Central School District's $57.8 million capital project began this summer and continues through 2020.

The project, which voters approved in December, includes an eight-classroom science addition at the high school, as well as six classrooms at Ballard Elementary School to accommodate the growing student population, district officials said.

Also included in the project are expanded library media centers at Ballard and Tanglewood and upgrades to the high school auditorium. Officials said the project will also address building maintenance needs such as roofing, windows, doors and flooring across all six school buildings. A combined transportation and operations/maintenance facility will be constructed on the site of the lower bus garage.

A two-story addition onto the high school will create eight science classrooms, four on each floor. Two of the four will have a flexible floor plan with movable furniture. Built-in cabinets will line the perimeter, and the corner will have a room with sun exposure for greenhouse projects.

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Plans For Mechanicville Apartment Complex Scaled Down, Available To Mixed Incomes

July 7, 2016

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An official for NRP Group LLC, a company planning a large apartment complex in Mechanicville, said they will look somewhat like these buildings the company has in the Pittsburgh area.

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By Jill Nagy

Plans for a 300-unit luxury apartment development in Mechanicville have morphed into a slightly smaller project aimed at people with a range of incomes. In the process, Logistics One, the original developer, has contracted to sell the development rights to NRP Group LLC.

"Building apartments is not really our thing," said Bill McNeary, president of Logistics One, a Saratoga Springs company in the trucking and warehousing business. McNeary first planed and proposed the project.

For NRP, a national company headquartered in Cleveland, on the other hand, apartments are very much their thing. They build some 3,000 of them a year, according to Chris Dirr, vice president for development in the company's Buffalo office.

NRP recently completed a two-phase townhouse development in the town of Moreau--Sisson Reserve 1 and 2. Dirr said one of the company's developments in suburban Pittsburgh, called Ascent 430, has the "look and feel" of the proposed Mechanicville development.

The project is planned for a riverfront property at the junction of Route 4 and Route 32, a 10-acre site previously occupied by a Logistics One warehouse building. The address is 230 North Main St. Dirr described it as within walking distance of Mechanicville's downtown core.

"We want residents to use city facilities," he said.

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New Condominiums On Excelsior Avenue Are Among Projects Of Bonacio Construction

July 7, 2016

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Bonacio Construction is involved in two condominium projects on Excelsior Avenue.

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By Maureen Werther

Bonacio Construction has several construction projects underway or going through the approval process, in and around Saratoga Springs.

An apartment complex at 130 Excelsior Ave. in Saratoga Springs is well under way and should be available for occupancy sometime in mid-September or early October, according to Kate Jarosh, business development manager for the company.

She said the project includes 65 one- and two-bedroom units, with an additional 2,700 square feet of mixed use and commercial space.

"We will be offering that space to retail and professional tenants so we can provide services and amenities for this new and exciting community," said Jarosh.

She touted the convenient location of the new apartment complex, noting its proximity to both the Northway and the downtown shopping and dining area, as well as being walking distance to the Spring Run cycling and walking trail and to nearby Fresh Market grocery store and other businesses in that complex.

The apartments range in size from just under 900 square feet for one-bedroom units and approximately 1,100 square feet for the two bedrooms. All units occupy the first floor and offer ample parking.

Jarosh said that it is a "beautiful property, one that you really need to see to believe." She said included in the rent are internet/cable, washers and dryers, stainless steel kitchen appliances, and upgraded countertops. There is also a common room and a gym located on the property.

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Construction Begins For Homewood Suites Hotel On Site Of Former Weathervane Eatery

July 7, 2016

Construction of a Homewood Suits by Hilton facility has started on South Broadway.

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By Jill Nagy

Construction of a Homewood Suites by Hilton facility has started on South Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

The hotel will be at the former site of the Weathervane, about one and a half miles south of downtown Saratoga Springs and across from Spa State Park.

Workers were pouring concrete for the building's footings in June. A tentative opening in late spring 2017 is anticipated.

Gilbane Construction out of Albany is the general contractor for the project.

According to Brian Straughter, president of Turf Hotels, the company building the new hotel, the cost of the project is "always more than what you want it to be," and will probably be more than $20 million.

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Witt Construction Plans To Build English-Style Condos On The East Side Of Saratoga Springs

July 7, 2016

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Downtown Walk,' depicted in this rendering, is planned by Witt Construction.

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By Liz Witbeck

John Witt, who has been building homes in Saratoga Springs since 1987, is involved in a new project he calls Downtown Walk, that will provide single-family condominiums within a garden landscape.

The plan is to redevelop a property at 27 Jumel Place, near the East Side Recreation Park on the east side of Saratoga Springs.

The site contained an abandoned factory that previously housed different businesses. The area is zoned for residential use and this is a non-conforming property, said Witt.

Witt, president and owner of Witt Construction, seeks to bring the area back to life.

"I thought: What can we do to redevelop this commercial building?'" said Witt. "And I came up with this creative concept."

Witt plans to demolish the existing building and create a residential community in its place.

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Growing Staff At CLA SITE Engineering Firm Leads To Move Into New, Larger Office Space

July 7, 2016

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Peter Loyola, left, poses with his staff in the new offices of his company, CLA SITE Landscap eArchitecture, Engineering & Planning PC. The firm moved to Church Street in Saratoga Springs.

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CLA SITE Landscaping Architecture, Engineering & Planning PC has moved its offices.

CLA SITE recently relocated its offices from 157 Lake Ave. to 58 Church St. in Saratoga Springs.

CLA SITE has been in business for 19 years, starting as a site landscape architectural and planning firm and adding the civil engineering component in 2004.

Peter Loyola, RLA, principal landscape architect, said that the timing was right and the company needed more space to accommodate a growing staff. The firm has grown from two employees to seven.

The team performs work throughout the state and recent projects include upgrading the infrastructure and construction of a main lodge and amphitheater at Camp Walden in Diamond Point. The company also completed a waterfront improvement project there.

The move also coincides with its recent designation as a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) in August 2015.

"There is a huge need for MBE firms in engineering and planning," said Loyola. "One of the main questions we were asked during the final interview phase of the certification application was, 'Why have you waited so long to do it?'"

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Commercial Printers Offset Lower Demand With Diversification And Customer Service

July 7, 2016

Kevin Cronin is the owner and operator of Print Graphics in Clifton Park.

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By Susan E. Campbell

Smaller printing companies can stay "in the black" in an uncertain economy by expanding their offerings. A copy shop becomes a full-service printer. An offset printer becomes a mail house for the client materials it produces.

Two such companies that survived the latest recession by diversifying are Print Graphics of Clifton Park and Alexander BlueLine of Ballston Spa.

For Kevin Cronin, owner of Print Graphics, the downturn beginning in 2008 was "like someone had cut the phone line."

"All of a sudden your services are not needed," he said. "The state of New York used to do a lot of printing, but not now."

Paper is in fact "one of the few manufacturers left in the state," Cronin said. Whereas there were five or six distributors pre-recession, there has been some consolidation and now there are two.

"Over the years, certain print offerings have disappeared because the mills have disappeared," said Patti Kelsey, president of Alexander BlueLine Inc. When a mill merged or closed, the specific type of paper it produced would be lost.

"Clients like a certain look and feel of a paper," said Kelsey. "I have to search for their specifications and work locally as much as possible."

But there are new types of stock, coatings and digital equipment, and commercial printers need to "stay up with trends," she said.

"Everything has changed, from price to how things are put together," said Kelsey. "There are products to make paper rip-proof, waterproof, and look three-dimentional," she said.

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Business Report: Millennial-Friendly Office Planning

July 7, 2016

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Dorothy Rogers-Bullis, owner of drb Business Interiors in Saratoga Springs.

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By Dorothy Rogers-Bullis

As the Millennials begin their march into the "real world" of the 9-to-5 job, many companies are realizing that this new pool of talent is not so easy to snag. While office foosball matches are fun, and a barista in the break room is nice, the 20-something crowd clearly craves more from the workplace than just a paycheck.

A recent article in the New York Times highlights this issue within the advertising industry. Once "the" place to work for young creative types, ad agencies are now struggling to attract and retain new talent. Many younger workers are being lured away by hip tech firms like Google, Facebook , and Apple, or are drawn to fast-paced start-up companies.

Consider the options

So how are more traditional industries to attract and keep younger employees?

It is a quandary that I hear more and more often from clients.

Clients will say, "I'm okay with my office space, but I know I need to renovate and update in order to attract younger professionals."

When considering office design and furniture, it's important to remember that younger workers want options. They are drawn to clean lines, comfortable, functional, progressive pieces that allow them to multi-task; pieces that allow them to sit, stand, roll, and that fold away to save space.

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Business Report: What Does Security Mean?

July 7, 2016

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Richard Ruzzo, managing partner, COO, Shepherd Communication and Security.

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By Richard Ruzzo

When I hear that phrase from a new customer, I know from more than 12 years of experience in the communications and security business that it often means very different things to different people.

The term, "security," has become a catchword encompassing a range of different issues and challenges being faced by the homeowner or business owner today.

As an expert in access control, surveillance, perimeter alarm systems, and "smart" home/office solutions, it's my job to ask the right questions and drill down to what that potential customer really needs to make his/her home or business safe and secure.

For most people, "security" usually means cameras, which really means surveillance. Cameras are a great way to protect your business against costly things like shrinkage (employee or customer theft), low employee productivity, or unnecessary and sometimes nefarious insurance claims for trips and falls at your business or home.

Those issues usually occur inside the business or home. But, what about things that happen outside of your office building or home? For some customers, "security" may mean monitoring and protecting against what's going on outside of the office or home. Has someone been spending too much time "aimlessly" wandering around your business perimeter or residence?

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Business Report: Your Cloud, My Cloud, The Cloud

July 7, 2016

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Mark Shaw, president and CEO of Stored Technology Solutions Inc. (StoredTech).

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By Mark Shaw

The cloud is here, and it can be your own private cloud, or you may leverage the cloud others have built.

The transition has begun in earnest to fundamentally change the way IT services, and how the hardware it runs on is delivered. Microsoft and Amazon currently have two of the largest clouds for businesses. If you are a business owner and considering an upgrade- and your IT provider, IT director or CIO isn't talking to you about cloud - you may be missing out on some real business value in your next technology cycle.

What is the cloud? What is a private cloud? What is the value? The concept can be boiled down to utility computing. Use technology and computing power like you would use electricity from the power company or internet service from a local provider. The process of buying a server, router, switch, desktops, laptops and tablets is about to change dramatically. In these cases, you own the hardware, you depreciate it, you pay a large IT bill up front to own it, and you pay an IT managed-service company or an internal set of resources to run it.

This is a capital expense. There is no way around it. The costs are variable, the support is variable, and if something gets old, you pass it down and spend more energy on older hardware. It's a vicious cycle, and organizations are starting to ask why. Why do I have to play the card game with old desktops? Why do I have to plan for a large expense every three to five years? Why is this not easier, with more streamlined costs, and why won't this technology just work?

What if there was a newer way? A better way. An operating expense way. There is, and it is growing in acceptance and use for small businesses by the day. This parallels the shift we saw from flip phones to today's smartphones. You might start with either a "cloud in a box," or use public clouds to make your business run better.

Consider this example for your next business upgrade. Your company needs new technology, you have desktops and laptops in various states of age and speed, you are paying an IT firm or internal resources to maintain this, and the monthly expenditures have you asking, "What am I getting for all of this?"

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PrimeLink Continues To Grow Fiber Optic Service To Customers In Saratoga Springs

July 7, 2016

PrimeLink Inc., a regional telecommunications company with offices in Champlain, Plattsburgh, and Queensbury, is continuing to grow its fiber optic network infrastructure in Saratoga Springs and expand the number of businesses it serves.

Company officials said all services are brought to the end user with a 100 percent fiber optic network. The availability of fiber optic technology will provide Saratoga with the most advanced transport medium available in digital communications and provide a more competitive environment for business customers seeking affordable high-quality communication services.

According to the company, the biggest benefit of fiber is that it can offer much faster speeds over longer distances than traditional copper-based technologies like DSL and cable. Even if typical broadband speeds become 1,000 times faster in the next 20 years, a single existing fiber-optic connection will still be able to support it.

Because fiber optics uses light instead of electricity to transmit data, the frequencies that are used are much higher and the data capacity is much greater, officials said. The fiber optic cable itself is made from glass which is not susceptible to electromagnetic interference like metal cables. This allows data to flow over great distances without degrading.

Interference and energy loss is the limiting factor for all types of communication transmissions and fiber optics handles these factors much better than other modes of transmission. In the future, more and more of our world will be connected via fiber optics as we outgrow the old copper based infrastructures.

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Bove Fuel Company Is Building 40-Unit Apartment In Stillwater; Some Ready This Year

July 7, 2016

By Maureen Werther

G.A. Bove Fuels, an 80-year-old company that distributes propane, heating oil, and diesel fuel across the upstate region, is building a 40-unit apartment complex in Stillwater, on nine acres of land that has been owned by the Bove family for years.

The apartment complex is called Gennaro Apartments, named after John Bove Jr.'s grandfather, Gennaro Bove, founder of Bove Fuels.

Bove Jr. said they broke ground two months ago and are hoping to have the first two buildings completed and ready for occupancy by the end of 2016. When the project is complete, there will be five buildings, with eight condo-style units per building.

Williams & Williams Designers Inc. in Glens Falls are the architects of the Gennaro apartment project and the general contractor is 10 Cardinal Lane LLC of Gansevoort. The budget for the project is $5 million and it is expected to be completed in the next two to three years.

The property is located off Coldsprings Road and west of the DeCrescente building in Mechanicville. It is approximately a 12-minute ride to GlobalFoundries, a factor that Bove thinks will be attractive to people working at GlobalFoundries and nearby businesses.

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Abele Builders Plans 57,000 Square Feet Of Office Space In A New Three-Story Building

July 7, 2016


Abele Builders, a familiar name in construction and heavy equipment throughout the Capital Region for more than 25 years, is in the initial stages of approval for a proposed 57,000-square-foot office space in Clifton Park.

The site plan includes the construction of a three-floor building on five acres of vacant space on the west side of Route 9, just north of the Route 146 intersection.

"We are very motivated to move forward with this project," said Joe Abele, who works in the commercial division and handles leasing and tenant relationships. He said Clifton Park needs a property that will attract those who work in the professional, medical, and high-tech fields, something he said is in short supply at this time in Clifton Park.

They based their decision to pursue this type of project on a number of different market analysis tools. In addition, Abele said his father and uncle, Chris and Ed Abele who run the company, "have been in this business for a long time, and they have a lot of skill and expertise. They are very aware of the types of commercial spaces companies are looking for in this area."

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Business Brief: July 2016

July 7, 2016

The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association is requesting nominations for its 2016 Property Beautification Awards in the village.

The awards are given in recognition of the restoration, renovation, new build, and beautification efforts by homeowners and businesses, that enhanced the Ballston Spa area within the past two years. This year's awards are sponsored by Curtis Lumber.

Criteria for residential nominations can include exterior renovations and restorations; new builds; or landscaping improvements. Criteria for commercial nominations can include complete renovations; new exterior attractive signs or window displays; or new interior improvements.

All projects should be complete at the time of nomination.

A nomination form is available to be filled out online at Forms may also be printed and either emailed to or mailed to: 2016 Beautification Awards, c/o BSBPA, PO Box 386, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

All nominations should be made by Aug. 31. Award winners will be honored at an award presentation preceding the BSBPA board of directors meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. For more information, contact Michelle Burlingame at or Ellen Mottola at or 885-2772.

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Ascent Wealth Partners in Saratoga Springs was named to the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers, as of June 16.

The list recognizes top independent RIA firms from across the U.S. Ascent Wealth Partners is a member of the Dynasty Financial Partners' Network of Advisors.

This is the third annual FT 300 list, produced independently by the Financial Times Ltd. in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the FT that provides business intelligence on the investment management industry.

The 300 top RIAs hail from 34 states and Washington, D.C.

The FT 300 is one in a series of rankings of top advisers the FT produces in partnership with Ignites Research, including the FT 401 (DC retirement plan advisers) and the FT 400 (financial advisers from traditional broker-dealer firms).

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In celebration of its silver anniversary, GTM Payroll Services in Clifton Park is donating $25,000 to several community organizations that serve the Capital Region.

These groups are: Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New York, Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Double H Ranch, Hannah's Hope Fund, Homeless and Travelers Aid Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York, Mother Teresa Academy, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region and Senior Services of Albany.

Year after year, GTM Payroll Services and its employees get involved in the community by volunteering their time, participating in fundraising events, making donations and contributing goods to local organizations.

GTM now employs more than 60 professionals at its headquarters in Clifton Park and recently added a second office location in Glens Falls.

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Personnel Briefs: July 2016

July 7, 2016

Bond, Schoeneck & King announced that, for the third consecutive year, John M. Bagyi is one of 200 lawyers recognized as the Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys (Up-and-Comers) in a survey published in the June 2016 edition of Human Resource Executive.

An attorney holding both the SPHR and SHRM-SCP human resource certifications and practicing in the firm's Albany office, Bagyi counsels and represents employers on labor and employment issues helping them achieve and maintain legal compliance, while improving employee engagement and workplace productivity.

The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys is a joint project produced by Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon. Lawyers chosen for inclusion have received glowing recommendations from corporate counsel who have reaped the benefits of their wisdom; in all cases, their clients would hire these lawyers when next they are tested. Only those who earn glowing marks from clients, peers, colleagues and judges are awarded the distinction of the Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys.

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Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP hired three new summer associates: Alexandra Dobles, Gabriella Levine and Tyler Clark Robbins.

Dobles graduated from Swinburne University of Technology with a B.S. degree in environmental sustainability in December 2013. She currently attends Pace University School of Law and is the productions editor for the Pace Environmental Law Review.

Dobles previously interned for Judge Patty Shwartz in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Levine graduated, summa cum laude, with a B.A. degree in political science from Union College in June 2014. She is currently attending Albany Law School and is the executive editor for State Constitutional Commentary of the Albany Law Review.

Levine was a finalist in Albany Law School's Domenick L. Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition and received awards for Best Oral Advocate and Best Brief. Her previous experience includes working as a judicial intern for the Honorable Mae A. D'Agostino.

Robbins graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a B.A. in International relations and political science in May 2010. He is currently attending Albany Law School and the University at Albany and will receive both his Juris Doctor and M.B.A. in 2017.

Robbins is the managing editor of the Albany Law Review. Recently, Mr. Robbins won the Albany Law School's Domenick L. Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition. Previously, he worked as a legal intern at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York.

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C.T. Male Associates Engineering, Surveying, Architecture & Landscape Architecture, DPC announced three new hires.

Christopher Ormsby was hired as a staff geologist in the Environmental Services Division. Ormsby will be responsible for conducting various geologic field investigations related to Brownfield sites, petroleum spills and landfill monitoring.

Ormsby earned a master of geology degree from Georgia State University. He previously worked for Flint Industries Inc. in Georgia as a fabricator.

Justin Campbell was hired as a wetlands specialist/environmental scientist in the Environmental Services Division. He will be responsible for field wetlands delineation work and biological assessments.

Campbell earned a master of architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor of science degree in environmental science from Western Washington University. He previously worked for Fenstermaker & Associates as an environmental scientist and was responsible for environmental due diligence reporting, compliance and field assessments.

Olya Prevo-White as solar project manager in the Energy Services Division. She will be responsible for managing C.T. Male's growing solar PV consulting business.

Prevo-White earned a bachelor of administration degree in international relations from Mount Holyoke College. She previously worked for Martin Electric as a project manager/estimator and as a solar energy consultant for Alteris Renewables and Real Goods Solar. She is a NABCEP certified PV installation professional and licensed master electrician.

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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Marks Opening Of New Saratoga Casino Hotel On Crescent Ave.

July 7, 2016

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Saratoga Casino Hotel officials and other dignitaries took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 6 to celebrate the opening of the new 117-room hotel that has many amenities.

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Saratoga Casino Hotel on July 6 held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially commemorate the opening of its new hotel.

Elected officials, construction workers, local leaders and casino employees were on hand to attend the ceremony in front of the facility, located on Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

Amenities in the 117-room hotel include Morton's The Steakhouse, Perks Café, an indoor resort pool with spa whirlpool, 13 premium suites, an outdoor terrace, fitness center, lobby bar and grand ballroom that officials said offers more than 3,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

"Our new hotel will transform the entire guest experience at Saratoga Casino Hotel," said Tom Wiedmayer, general manager at Saratoga Casino Hotel. "We are now a dynamic entertainment destination offering something for everyone, and providing guests with yet another reason to visit Saratoga Springs all year long."

Saratoga Casino Hotel's expansion offers guests a modern interpretation of the Victorian architecture that influences the community. JCJ Architecture created interior and exterior designs to integrate within the existing casino, racing, dining and entertainment facilities.

The $40 million project first broke ground in May 2015 and was led by Consigli Construction and Tishman, An AECOM Company. During the 13 months of construction, nearly 200,000 man hours were utilized, creating 700 construction jobs, officials said. More than $22 Million was spent directly with subcontractors located in the Capital Region.

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Craft Beer Success Means Expansion At Local Brewery, More Business At Steel Fab Company

June 8, 2016

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Bert Weber, left, and Christian Weber, owners of Common Roots Brewing Co. in South Glens Falls are adding four new fermenting vats to the growing operation.

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Fronhofer Tool Co. has moved into the niche of making fermenting vats for breweries.

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By Jill Nagy

Common Roots Brewing Co. in South Glens Falls is doubling its brewing capacity and a local company, Fronhofer Design of Cossayuna Lake, is fabricating the vats that will allow them to do it.

Both are local, family-owned, companies.

Common Roots will add four new 20-barrel (620 gallons) fermenting vats and a new 20-barrel "bright tank," said co-owner Bert Weber.

The bright tank, he said, is for the final conditioning of the beer. It spends a day or two in the tank before being transferred to kegs.

Fronhofer is a 36-year-old steel fabrication company in Washington County, consisting of Fronhofer Tool and Fronhofer Design. Brewery equipment is a relatively new line of work for them.

"They do beautiful work," Bert Weber said of Fronhofer.

Getting into the brewery niche began about two years ago, according to Paul Fronhofer II, who runs the business along with his brother Kyle. Paul Sr. founded the business in 1980.

Their projects have included a 40-barrel tank for a meadery (a honey-based beverage) in the Bronx, a 70-barrel tank for the Brown's Brewery facility in Hoosick Falls, and a full-scale brewery in Argyle.

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Concerned Citizens For Saratoga Racing Tabs Lewi As Chair, Pushes for Track Privatization

June 8, 2016

The Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing has rejected the state's plan for re-privatization of the New York Racing Association.

NYRA is the group that operates Saratoga Race Course, Belmont Park and Aqueduct, the three main thoroughbred horse racing tracks in the state.

According to the local group, the plan now being circulated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that seeks to retain public control of NYRA and unilaterally transfer funds legally designated for the state's thoroughbred racing industry into the state's general fund.

Four years ago, Cuomo "promised to return NYRA to a nonprofit corporation in three years," Concerned Citizens said in a statement. "He did not keep that promise last year. This year, his plan is another means by which he is seeking to exert his control over NYRA and the future of our state's thoroughbred racing industry."

The group, which recently elected Maureen Lewi as its chairwoman, said the governor's proposal will:

• Allow the governor to appoint one-third of the members to the new NYRA board of directors or five of the 15 members.

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Downtown Business Association Joins With SPAC For Discount Promotional Venture

June 8, 2016

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) has partnered with the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association in celebration of SPAC's 2016 50th anniversary season, offering SPAC patrons a 10 percent discount at participating DBA member businesses.

Participating DBA businesses show a SPAC 50 logo in their window.

In addition, SPAC and the DBA co-present a chance to win SPAC amphitheater tickets to all 2016 performances of the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, New York City Ballet, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The sweepstakes package is valued at more than $2,000.

Officials said anyone can enter to win by completing an entry form at participating DBA member businesses before June 19. The winning entry will be drawn on June 21. Participants must be 18 or older to enter.

"We are delighted to announce our exciting 2016 50th Anniversary partnership with the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association," said Marcia J. White, president and executive director of SPAC. "For five decades, community collaborations such as our continued partnership with Saratoga's DBA member businesses have facilitated SPAC's growth into an internationally renowned summer home for world-class music and dance. As we celebrate SPAC's 50th Anniversary, we celebrate this community that has enhanced, enriched, and expanded SPAC for fifty years."

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'Simplicity, A Salon' Moves Into Embassy Suites Hotel, Serving Guests And The General Public

June 8, 2016

Tina Levielle-Briscoe, co-owner of Simplicity, A Salon, styles hair in the studio's new space at the Embassy Suites hotel in Congress Plaza. The business moved there from Henry Street.

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By MAureen Werther

After 16 years on Henry Street, Simplicity, A Salon, now occupies space in the Embassy Suites hotel in Congress Plaza.

The space was available after a previous tenant vacated the premises. Co-owners Tina Levielle-Briscoe and her husband, Sahn, decided it was the right time to make the move.

"We loved Henry Street, but parking was becoming too difficult for our clients and we felt it was time to switch our energies to a new space," she said.

Levielle-Briscoe said it all happened very quickly. Although they had considered making the move when Embassy first opened, another salon leased the space. However, in March of this year, they were given the opportunity to take the spot. Their lease on Henry Street was coming up for renewal and they made the decision to move.

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Kraverie, New Restaurant In Arts District, Has Eclectic Mix Of Unique Dishes On Its Menu

June 8, 2016

Charles Usher and his wife, Amy Usher, are proprietors of Kraverie, a restaurant sensation that fuses Korean and French cuisine in the Beekman Street Arts District in Saratoga Springs.

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By MAureen Werther

Kraverie, a Jersey City restaurant sensation that fuses Korean and French cuisine, is opening a second location in the Beekman Street Arts District in Saratoga Springs.

The new eatery opens at 78 Beekman St. on June 11. As it turns out, chef/owner Christian Usher is accustomed to taking his show on the road.

As their website says, Kraverie is the "brainchild of two revolutionary food truck owners."

Charles Usher started his culinary career 10 years ago in Jersey City, N.J., as a food truck vendor, operating Lucinda's Creperie. It was there that he met his business partner, Charles Heo, also a food truck vendor and owner of Krave, a Mexi-Korean BBQ.

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Cerri Annette Banks Is Named Skidmore College Dean Of Students Beginning Aug. 1

June 8, 2016

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Cerri Annette Banks will be the new Skidmore College dean of students.

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Skidmore College in May named Cerri Annette Banks as dean of students and vice president for student affairs.

Currently serving as vice president for student affairs and dean of the college at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., Banks will begin her new position at Skidmore on Aug. 1.

"We are truly thrilled to welcome Cerri Banks, who brings an extraordinary level of experience in the increasingly complex world of student affairs," said Skidmore President Philip A. Glotzbach. "She is uniquely qualified to lead a division that oversees every facet of our students' lives outside of the classroom. Her background and insights will be invaluable in the President's Cabinet and across our campus."

Banks will oversee 134 employees and five offices within Student Affairs, including athletics, campus life, career development, student diversity programs, and student academic services.

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Smashburger Restaurant Coming To Clifton Park

June 8, 2016

By Jill Nagy

A new Smashburger restaurant, the fourth in the Capital District, is scheduled to open in Clifton Park July 20.

One of the branches is on Marion Avenue in Saratoga Springs in the Fresh Market shopping plaza.

Co-owner Marc Goldstein is director of real estate for Columbia Development Cos. in Albany. His co-owner and the operating partner, Leo Butera, has some 30 years of experience in the franchise business, mainly supervising franchisees on behalf of their parent companies.

Goldstein and Butera have the exclusive franchise rights for an area comprising six upstate New York counties and all of Vermont. They have contracted to open eight restaurants in their territory. The Clifton Park site is their fourth and they plan to open a new outlet every two years.

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