Glens Falls Business Journal https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/ Mon, 16 Jan 2023 20:11:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/wp-content/uploads/sites/109/2017/07/cropped-icon-512x512-32x32.png Glens Falls Business Journal https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/ 32 32 Stec: 2023 Needs To See New York State Start Reducing Taxes, Fees For Small Businesses https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/2023/01/stec-2023-needs-to-see-new-york-state-start-reducing-taxes-fees-for-small-businesses/ Mon, 16 Jan 2023 20:09:11 +0000 https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/?p=36052 By Sen. Dan Stec As state lawmakers head into the 2023 Legislative Session, we must chart a better direction for our state and communities. Years of neglect and poor state planning, combined with the aftermath of the pandemic, have led to an exodus of New Yorkers from our state and fewer opportunities for existing residents […]

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Sen. Dan Stec’s 45th District includes Warren and Washington counties.

By Sen. Dan Stec

As state lawmakers head into the 2023 Legislative Session, we must chart a better direction for our state and communities. Years of neglect and poor state planning, combined with the aftermath of the pandemic, have led to an exodus of New Yorkers from our state and fewer opportunities for existing residents and business owners to prosper. 

Given the uncertain economic outlook nationwide, it only makes sense for New York state to offer small businesses some sorely needed financial breathing room by reducing the taxes and fees that drive up costs and make it harder for them to stay open, much less grow and develop. During a time of increased energy and supply costs, it’s incumbent upon state government to not exacerbate these problems.

Last year, the state comptroller released an audit on the Department of Labor’s unemployment insurance assessment surcharge. It revealed that billions in improper payments from businesses and overpayments to New Yorkers were issued, due to poor oversight and an antiquated system. 

This is deeply troubling, and I’m looking to remedy this situation moving forward. First, we must take steps to shore up the infrastructure and operations at the DOL to ensure further waste and fraud is prevented. Offering financial remuneration to small business owners for their overpayments, which only exacerbated the economic difficulties they faced during the pandemic and its aftermath, is also essential. 

With the decrease in taxes, there must also be a decrease in state spending. For too long, New York state government has treated business owners and residents as an ATM for its costly, often ineffective bureaucracy and agenda. Instead of funneling money into top-down initiatives and controversial economic development programs, financial resources are better left in the hands of those who actually create jobs and opportunities in our communities.

Along with affordability, state government must ensure expanded opportunities for economic growth. Crucial to that is finally making affordable, high-speed broadband and cell phone service a reality. 

Last year, I helped to pass a repeal of a costly fiber-optic tax that made it near-impossible for broadband to be installed in rural communities in our region. With that eliminated and an ongoing state investment, this should be the time to finally ensure 100 percent (or close to that mark) broadband access. Having it is an essential tool for new and developing businesses alike, connecting them to potential customers and resources they may not otherwise have access to. 

Ideally, our economy should reflect our local character and attributes. For the North Country and Adirondacks, that means taking advantage of our natural resources and beauty. Continuing to allocate resources to combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases remains a major focus, so our trails remain safe for hikers and tourists. Protecting our lakes and waterways is also a must. 

To that end, we will continue to combat invasive species and educate boaters on the need to protect our waterways from invasive species and preserve our local ecosystems. By maintaining that commitment, we can ensure our ecosystem remains a vital tourism and economic hub.

This year presents a crucial opportunity to turn those fortunes around and improve our economic outlook. 

The signs of growth and potential are there. For example, the 2023 FISU World University Games will be a boon for Lake Placid and surrounding communities. Our tourism industry continues to succeed. And with the proper planning and policies, we can help create good-paying careers in housing and construction, manufacturing and other sectors.

I’m confident that we can make strides towards accomplishing that and build a vibrant, lasting economy right here in this region.

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World University Games In Lake Placid Will Have Major Economic Impact On The Region https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/2023/01/world-university-games-in-lake-placid-will-have-major-economic-impact-on-the-region-2/ Mon, 16 Jan 2023 20:08:30 +0000 https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/?p=35966 By Paul Post The Lake Placid-based, January 12-22 World University Games are having a direct economic impact on the entire North County including Warren County as Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury is the official athlete village for 200 people taking part in freestyle ski events at Gore Mountain. This includes athletes, coaches, delegates and officials […]

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Gore Mountain will host skiing and snowboarding competitions at the World University Games. Some 1,443 athletes, representing more than 540 universities and 46 nations will participate.
Paul Post

By Paul Post

The Lake Placid-based, January 12-22 World University Games are having a direct economic impact on the entire North County including Warren County as Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury is the official athlete village for 200 people taking part in freestyle ski events at Gore Mountain.

This includes athletes, coaches, delegates and officials from more than two dozen countries.

“We worked closely with community and state leaders to provide a bid for the opportunity to host this amazing event,” said Jennifer Mance, resort marketing and sales manager. “We’re honored for the opportunity to provide a fantastic experience for visiting athletes. While the popularity of our property is year-round given our indoor waterpark, we are proud to support this event along with our entire region and believe it will have a positive impact for many businesses in our area for the duration of the Games.”

Equally if not more important for Warren County tourism, ESPN will broadcast competition around the globe, providing priceless exposure that pays dividends by attracting visitors for years to come.

“North Creek has seen increased advertising and marketing that will have a lasting impact, long after the Games,” said Jon Lundin, Olympic Regional Development Authority spokesman. “On January 18, the resort and community will receive nationwide exposure from ESPN2’s live broadcast of slopestyle skiing at Gore.”

And TSN, a property of ESPN, is the official digital and television host broadcast partner to the Canadian market, a major contributor to local tourism, one of the county’s biggest economic engines.

All told, about 2,500 athletes and coaches from 50 countries are taking part in the Games, mostly in Lake Placid, although preliminary hockey rounds are slated for Potsdam as well, providing a region-wide economic impact.

Lake Placid, because of its small size and how much the Olympics have grown, could never host the Olympics again on its own. But the state recently spent $500 million upgrading ORDA venues, including Gore Mountain, so they’re once again ranked among—if not the best—winter sports facilities in the world.

“Certainly the economic impact from these Games has been happening for the past four years with construction and development,” said Jim McKenna, CEO of the Lake Placid-based Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. “Certainly there’s going to be an impact from visitors to the Games. But the real goal of these Games was to get these facilities in a position where they’re established for international events for many years to come. The way these venues are now, they’re positioned very well for many more international sports events over the next 40 years.”

So a successful World University Games could put Lake Placid back in the running as an Olympic host site, but as part of a broader New York state event, possibly including Warren and Saratoga counties as well.

Under the most obvious scenario, ski jumping, alpine skiing, speed skating and sliding competition would be held in Lake Placid, with glamorous figure skating and high-profile hockey games taking part in New York City.

“But there’s many possibilities when you look at the corridor between New York City and Lake Placid, even Saratoga Springs where there’s an international-size rink for short-track speed skating,” McKenna said.

Even smaller arenas such as Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls could be used for preliminary hockey rounds. In December 1979, the eventual gold medal-winning “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Men’s Hockey Team played an exhibition game against the Adirondack Red Wings in Glens Falls, leading up to the 1980 Winter Olympics.

“Clearly there’s been a different direction, right up to the International Olympic Committee level, where they’re looking at Winter Olympics on a more regional basis now,” McKenna said. “The best example is the 2026 Winter Games scheduled for Milan and Cortina, Italy, about a 280-mile drive apart. Milan will host indoor events, while the Cortina region is used for outdoor sports. There’s also a sliding track there.”

So how far into the future might this be for the North Country? Salt Lake City, which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, is the leading U.S. contender for having the Games in 2030 or 2034.

“Assuming Salt Lake City is successful with either of those years, that makes the window for New York possible in 2042 or 2046,” McKenna said. “It sounds like a long time away, but the process for the 1980 Games in Lake Placid started in 1968, so it’s not unprecedented.”

No matter what happens on the Olympic front, there’s no question the World University Games are helping the Adirondack region including Warren County.

“The biggest thing this is going to do is give us a chance to showcase ourselves to the world,” said Lake Placid Mayor Art Devlin, Jr. “When you can welcome the world to your community that’s pretty special. And anytime people from different countries get together, talk and see each other, the more they understand each other.”

That’s one benefit that doesn’t have a price tag.

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Stewart’s Shops Annual Holiday Match Program Amasses $2M For Area Nonprofits https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/2023/01/stewarts-shops-annual-holiday-match-program-amasses-2m-for-area-nonprofits/ Mon, 16 Jan 2023 20:07:55 +0000 https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/?p=36049 The 2022 Holiday Match Program conducted by Stewart’s Shops has raised over $2 million for local children’s organizations, the company said.  From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, Stewart’s customers donated $1,011,281 to the program. Each individual donation was doubled by Stewart’s Shops. With no administrative fees, 100 percent of the funds benefit local, nonprofit children’s […]

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The 2022 Holiday Match Program conducted by Stewart’s Shops has raised over $2 million for local children’s organizations, the company said. 

From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, Stewart’s customers donated $1,011,281 to the program. Each individual donation was doubled by Stewart’s Shops. With no administrative fees, 100 percent of the funds benefit local, nonprofit children’s organizations.

“We are continually amazed by the generosity of our customers. We are proud to double their gifts allowing us to share more with our communities. These gifts have the power to accelerate progress where it’s needed most and support projects and services that can fuel real change in our communities,” according to Jennifer Frame, Stewart’s Shops director of corporate philanthropy.

Some 1,716 children’s organizations received funding from last year’s Holiday Match campaign.The grants help children all year long.

All local children’s charities are encouraged to apply for funding  from the Holiday Match program. Organizations can apply online through Jan. 31. All groups applying must be locally based, benefit children under 18, and be a qualified, charitable 501c3 organization. 

All the funds will be allocated in March, the company said.

Stewart’s Shops and customers have raised over $36 million since 1986 through the holiday program.

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Marc Yrsha Of Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Is ARCC Board Chairman For 2023 https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/2023/01/marc-yrsha-of-glens-falls-national-bank-trust-is-arcc-board-chairman-for-2023/ Mon, 16 Jan 2023 20:07:02 +0000 https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/?p=36046 The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (ARCC) has selected Marc Yrsha as chairman of its board of directors for 2023. ARCC also announced the addition of four new members to its board of directors in 2023.  Yrsha is executive vice president and director of relationship banking of Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Co. “The […]

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Marc Yrsha, chairman, Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
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The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (ARCC) has selected Marc Yrsha as chairman of its board of directors for 2023.

ARCC also announced the addition of four new members to its board of directors in 2023. 

Yrsha is executive vice president and director of relationship banking of Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Co.

“The ARCC plays a critical role in our region by championing the needs, ideas and goals of our business community. I am very appreciative of the opportunity to chair this great board of highly engaged volunteers and work alongside the tremendous team at the ARCC,” Yrsha said. 

“Together, we will continue to be the local leader supporting, educating, advocating and delivering for the members of the ARCC and our business community. Thank you to all the members of the ARCC. We appreciate you,” he said.

“The ARCC is so fortunate to have a board that is dedicated to the organization and our business community. We are grateful for past board members’ service and excited to welcome on our new board members. We can achieve so much together,” said ARCC President and CEO Tricia Rogers.

The new board members are Ray Agnew, Bill Moon, Paula Traina and Daniel W. Washburn.

Agnew is vice president for hospital and community engagement at Glens Falls Hospital, taking on that role in February 2020. Previously he served as vice president for college advancement at Paul Smith’s College. For 14 years he also served as vice president for community relations of Glens Falls Hospital and executive vice president of the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation.  

Agnew serves on the board of directors of High Peaks Hospice and the boards of The Adirondack Health Institute (2016 -2019), the Rotary Club of Glens Falls and the Lake Placid Rotary Club where he is past president. Agnew has also been a member of the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) board and the Saratoga Arts board.

Moon is chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks. He has been the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks since 2015. He is also a local real estate agent.

He holds degrees in humanities and social services, and psychology and a has a master’s degree in human resources – strategic alignment.

Traina is the CEO of Traina Insurance and Financial Services Inc., with two Warren County agencies specializing in providing insurance and financial services products offered by State Farm. 

She holds an MBA in organizational leadership and various insurance industry professional designations and is currently pursuing FINRA investment advisor licensing.

Washburn is vice president of commercial operations and a shareholder of Hilltop Construction Co. 

He became a part owner of Hilltop Construction in 2006. He helped diversify the company with a strong focus on the commercial construction side of the business. He served as an ambassador for the ARCC, and currently serves as councilman for the town of Kingsbury, and a commissioner at the Washington County Sewer department. He was the president of the Hudson Falls Girls softball organization from 2009- 2014. 

Board Members whose terms were completed in December are Ash Anand of the Lotus Group of Companies, Jared Humiston of Adirondack Technical Solutions (ADKtechs), and Zach Moore of French Mountain Commons.

Founded in 1914, ARCC is a 100 percent  membership funded organization representing businesses in Washington, Warren, Essex and northern Saratoga Counties. ARCC is a nonprofit corporation, governed by volunteer board of directors, and does not receive any funding from local, county or state governments. Its mission is to serve members and the business community through advocacy efforts, education opportunities and the power of connection and collaboration. Learn more at www.adirondackchamber.org.

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Personnel Briefs: January 2023 https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/2023/01/personnel-briefs-january-2023/ Mon, 16 Jan 2023 20:05:34 +0000 https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/?p=36041 The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (ARCC) hired Ava Kanninen  as membership manager. Kanninen was formerly employed by Stewart’s Shops, working across upstate New York. She also spent close to a decade working in the wine and spirits field, most recently as a territory sales manager,  She moved to Warren in 2009 and became a […]

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The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (ARCC) hired Ava Kanninen  as membership manager.

Kanninen was formerly employed by Stewart’s Shops, working across upstate New York. She also spent close to a decade working in the wine and spirits field, most recently as a territory sales manager, 

She moved to Warren in 2009 and became a Glens Falls homeowner in 2021. She is a long-term community coordinator for the Red Cross Blood Program, as well as a five-gallon donor herself. She is also an ambassador for C.O.R.E., Children Of Restaurant Employees.

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Lexi Carroll has been hired as convention services coordinator at the Lake George Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Also, Emily Petit Frost was hired as membership manager at the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

The LGRCVB is a division of the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce  and serves as an extension of the Warren County Tourism Department to promote year-round group business.

Carroll, of Granville, is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh. She began her professional career at Country Meadows Barn in Fort Ann, serving  as a wedding coordinator. She continued her career in the weddings industry at Kate Taylor Weddings & Events, where she served as an assistant coordinator, directing wedding day events, ceremony timing and coordination of all vendors on site.

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Her new role involves servicing and supporting all conventions, sporting tournaments and meetings booked and assisted by the LGRCVB sales team and contributing to developing and delivering meeting/convention services. She will work closely with the sales manager, reunion/sports coordinator, marketing coordinator. These services include but are not limited to the coordination of pre-event services and attendance building marketing, providing attendee resources, executing press and media on the event, registration and logistics during meetings/events, as well as post-event follow up.

Frost, of Queensbury, is a SUNY Potsdam graduate. She will be responsible for the evaluation of the Chamber’s dues structure, membership collateral and recruiting efforts to grow the Chamber’s membership.

She will also be responsible for advertising sales opportunities in the Chamber’s annual Four-Season Guidebook, internet sales and brochure display sales at the Village Information Center on the corner of Beach Road and Canada Street in Lake George.

She started her professional career in Syracuse at Techtronic Industries, completed a sales training program and managed a team of 12 representatives for five years. Upon her return to the area, Frost began her career as a real estate salesperson for Julie & Co. Realty.

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NBT Bank announced that Catherine Raymond has joined the company as talent acquisition manager. 

Raymond, who has more than a decade of experience in talent management, will design, implement and manage effective hiring strategies for candidates across the company’s seven-state footprint that align with NBT Bank’s business goals.

Most recently, Raymond served as talent acquisition operations manager for Oneida Nation Enterprise. Prior to that, she was the division manager for an accounting and finance staffing firm. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nazareth College and has received numerous awards for her work. Active in her community, Raymond volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club and with the Wounded Warriors Project.

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Employment Training For Adults Program Gets Grant To Help People Enroll In Its Sessions https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/2023/01/employment-training-for-adults-program-gets-grant-to-help-people-enroll-in-its-sessions/ Mon, 16 Jan 2023 20:00:37 +0000 https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/?p=36038 The Gene Haas Foundation recently awarded the local Employment Training for Adults (ETA) Machine Tool Technology program a grant to assist with student tuition and program needs. ETA is affiliated with the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES. The grant will help people enroll in the  Machine Tool Technology program and prepare themselves for a successful career.  Dave Sharpe, […]

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Michelle Stockwell, ETA administrator for adult programs, and ETA instructor Jason Viele, center, receive a check from Allendale Machinery local sales engineer Dave Sharpe.
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The Gene Haas Foundation recently awarded the local Employment Training for Adults (ETA) Machine Tool Technology program a grant to assist with student tuition and program needs.

ETA is affiliated with the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES. The grant will help people enroll in the  Machine Tool Technology program and prepare themselves for a successful career. 

Dave Sharpe, local sales engineer with Allendale Machinery, recently presented the check to ETA instructor Jason Viele and Michelle Stockwell, administrator for adult programs.

Allendale Machinery Systems supplies manufacturing solutions for local businesses with a main product provided by Haas Automation, the largest supplier of American-made machine tools in the country. Both Allendale and Haas are big supporters of education.

“If you look around, you won’t see a product that didn’t have a machine tool involved in its creation,” Sharpe said. “For example, your toaster, refrigerator, or furnace all had machine tools making components or tooling. Medical products like the MRIs used in diagnosis are made locally. The list seems endless. The demand is behind the supply for trained people to operate the manufacturing equipment for industry. 

“The ETA Machine Tool Technology program has proven itself one of the best in helping its graduates to better their careers as well as the companies they work for.”

The Gene Haas Foundation was established in 1999 by Gene Haas, founder and owner of Haas Automation, Inc. 

Seeing a growing need for skilled manufacturing employees industry-wide, the foundation’s mission also includes support for manufacturing training programs throughout North America and beyond. By providing scholarship grants, sponsoring individual and team computer numerical control (CNC competitions) and partnering with the best CNC training programs in the world, the foundation helps expand the availability of high-quality manufacturing technology training worldwide.

Kathy Looman from the Gene Haas Foundation was given the priority of helping schools such as Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex (WSWHE) BOCES to succeed. 

More information about the ETA Machine Tool Technology Program can be found online at www.etaprogram.org/apps/pages/MachineTool.

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Sisters Open Consignment Shop In Glens Falls As A Business To Operate During Retirement https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/2023/01/sisters-open-consignment-shop-in-glens-falls-as-a-business-to-operate-during-retirement/ Mon, 16 Jan 2023 19:58:06 +0000 https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/?p=36035 By Jill Nagy A new consignment shop, Fashion Follies,  has opened at 32 South St., Glens Falls, next to Peter’s Diner. “People love consignment stores,” said Lori Arpey  who opened the new venture with her sister Lisa Arpey. Fashion Follies is almost like two stores in one. One section offers day-to-day items like casual clothing, […]

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Fashion Follies in Glens Falls offers casual clothing, pocketbooks, jewelry, wedding gowns, prom dresses, fancy hats and other items for special occasions.

By Jill Nagy

A new consignment shop, Fashion Follies,  has opened at 32 South St., Glens Falls, next to Peter’s Diner.

“People love consignment stores,” said Lori Arpey  who opened the new venture with her sister Lisa Arpey.

Fashion Follies is almost like two stores in one. One section offers day-to-day items like casual clothing, pocketbooks, and jewelry. The other side features wedding gowns, prom dresses, fancy hats, and other special occasion clothes.

“Everything is gently used” and much of it looks new, Arpey said. Some items still have their original price tags. We want things other places don’t have,” she said.

The store accepts contributions by appointment. They insist that everything be clean and in good condition. 

“If it needs cleaning, we usually ask the consignor to take it back and clean it,” Arpey said. Proceeds are shared equally between the consignor and the business.

The sisters undertook the business as a retirement project. Both have experience in retail sales and consignment businesses, but this is their first time as business owners. Others in their family banded together to help, both with financing and with renovation work. 

“It’s a beautiful space, a very old building, and we love it,” Arpey said. Still, it needed quite a bit of work, including refinishing floors and painting the walls, before they were ready to open in November. 

She said while the work was going on, a sign in the window informed passersby of what was coming and, by opening day, the sisters had as much inventory as they could handle. 

“We are going to keep it small,” she said.

Fashion Follies is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The telephone number is 518-769-2337. They also have information on Facebook, Google and Yelp.

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Bryn Schokmel Is The New Curator Of The Permanent Collection At The Hyde Museum https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/2023/01/bryn-schokmel-is-the-new-curator-of-the-permanent-collection-at-the-hyde-museum/ Mon, 16 Jan 2023 19:56:56 +0000 https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/?p=36032 The Hyde Collection has appointed Bryn Schockmel, Ph.D., as the museum’s new curator of the permanent collection. Schockmel, a curator specializing in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, comes to The Hyde from the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) and joined the museum staff on Jan. 9. “We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Schockmel to The […]

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Bryn Schockmel, Ph.D., curator of the permanent collection at The Hyde Collection.
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The Hyde Collection has appointed Bryn Schockmel, Ph.D., as the museum’s new curator of the permanent collection.

Schockmel, a curator specializing in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, comes to The Hyde from the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) and joined the museum staff on Jan. 9.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Schockmel to The Hyde Collection team. A dynamic expert in her field, she is joining The Hyde at an incredibly exciting time as we celebrate the museum’s 60th  anniversary,” said Norman Dascher Jr., CEO. “Dr. Schockmel shares our passion for the mission of The Hyde to maintain a museum for the exhibition of the permanent collection and to promote and cultivate the improvement of the fine arts for the education and benefit of the residents of Glens Falls and vicinity and the general public.

“Through her work at other museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard Art Museums, and The Clark Art Institute, she has applied her academic rigor to bring new insights to art collections that forge interdisciplinary conversations about important topics.”

As curator of the permanent collection, Schockmel will advance the vision of Charlotte Pruyn Hyde by ensuring the 5,000-plus works in the collection advance a greater understanding and appreciation of the museum’s collection among all audiences through research, lecture, and writing. She will plan and execute exhibitions related to the permanent collection.

“I am excited to return to The Hyde Collection, now in the role of curator, as it will provide the opportunity for me to engage with an exceptional collection of art and develop exhibitions that can foster interdisciplinary conversations,” Schockmel said. “I am energized by the museum’s mission and commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

Originally from upstate New York, Schockmel earned her B.A. from Skidmore College, her M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and her Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance art history from Boston University. After graduating in 2019, Schockmel moved to Oklahoma City to begin her Kress/AAMD Fellowship for Provenance Research at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

In the fall of 2020, she began her new position as curator at OKCMOA. Her first major project was coordinating curator for the large-scale traveling exhibition The Painters of Pompeii: Roman Frescoes from the National Archaeological Museum, Naples. That was followed by an original exhibition, The Perfect Shot: Walter Iooss Jr. and the Art of Sports Photography. The monographic retrospective featured 85 works spanning the over 50-year career of legendary Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Iooss Jr. At OKCMOA, Schockmel also curated several smaller exhibitions and gallery rotations, offered tours to the public and school groups, gave lectures, and taught a class on early modern women artists.

Before moving to Oklahoma City, Schockmel worked at several museums in the Northeast, including The Clark Art Institute and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and had an internship at The Hyde Collection in 2013-14.

While in Boston, she taught classes at Boston University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Boston College. She also spent a summer volunteering at an Etruscan archaeological excavation in Caere, Italy, run by Queen’s University. 

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Four From Region Get Volunteerism Awards At State Office For Aging Event https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/2023/01/four-from-region-get-volunteerism-awards-at-state-office-for-aging-event/ Mon, 16 Jan 2023 19:55:48 +0000 https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/?p=36026 The state Office for the Aging recently honored 94 older adults for their volunteerism, including Betsey Kagey and Eugene Merlino of Warren County, and Deborah Beahan and Dale Grinnell of Washington County, as part of its annual Older New Yorkers’ Day celebration. “The word ‘volunteer’ cannot capture fully the accomplishments of this group of incredible […]

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The state Office for the Aging recently honored 94 older adults for their volunteerism, including Betsey Kagey and Eugene Merlino of Warren County, and Deborah Beahan and Dale Grinnell of Washington County, as part of its annual Older New Yorkers’ Day celebration.

“The word ‘volunteer’ cannot capture fully the accomplishments of this group of incredible individuals,” OFA Director Greg Olsen said in his remarks at the event. “Older adults impress us all with their commitment to a greater good and a greater cause. You tell the real story of what’s good about people, what’s good about New York. Through your deeds and actions, time and again, you show us how valuable you all are to those you touch, to those you serve, to the families and communities and lives you make better.”

Kagey was an asset to the Warren County Department of Public Health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since moving to Warren County, she has volunteered at the vaccination clinic since the effort began. Prior to the pandemic, Kagey offered her knowledge and services to the Warren County Emergency Preparedness Program. 

Her background in public health and environmental health has provided a sound basis for helping develop public health response plans for potential emergencies like chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosives events. She was chair of a Georgia work- group which provided guidance for developing statewide plans for a public health response to a radiation incident.

Merlino has served his community as a planning board member, a town councilman, and town supervisor for the past 15 years, in addition to sitting on the Warren County Board of Supervisors. Among his many accomplishments, the Lake Luzerne Town Complex and Senior Center stands as a testament to Merlino’s devotion to the town and its older adults. 

He has served in many volunteer capacities over the years. Originally from New Jersey, Merlino is a U.S. Marine veteran. 

For the past nine years, Beahan has been a volunteer at the Senior Center of the Kingsbury & Fort Edward Area, Inc. in many roles. She has a long record of volunteerism. She also worked in the Department of Motor Vehicles for 20 years and served as deputy county clerk and county clerk over a 12-year span.

Grinnell, of Glens Falls, is a representative of the Finch-Pruyn Retirees’ Association and treasurer of the Washington County Historical Society, which nominated him to be the administrator of historical markers. In that role, Grinnell oversees and maintains historical markers throughout Washington County. He is vice president of the Fort Ann Historical Society and contributed to the Fort Ann Historical book “300 Years of History,” published in 2007.

His record of volunteerism includes work with the local food pantry.

As a group, older New Yorkers age 55 and over contribute more than 495 million hours of volunteer service each year at an economic value of $13.8 billion. The 94 volunteers recognized during OFA’s 2022 Older New Yorkers’ Day program ålive in 55 counties. Collectively, they represent 5,500 years of life experience and have volunteered for a combined 2,568 years of service.

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‘Urban Agricultural Project’ In Downtown Glens Falls Installs One-Ton Heat Pump https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/2023/01/urban-agricultural-project-in-downtown-glens-falls-installs-one-ton-heat-pump/ Mon, 16 Jan 2023 19:53:03 +0000 https://www.glensfalls.com/glensfallsbusinessjournal/?p=36023 The City of Glens Falls innovative Urban Agriculture Project reached a key milestone in December when a one-ton heat pump system was installed on the roof of the Lapham & Parks building at 22 Ridge St. The three-story building houses the city’s indoor hydroponics project that will grow fresh produce. The farm will produce leafy […]

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This one-ton heat pump was installed recently at the Lapham & Parks building at 22 Ridge St. It is necessary in order for the indoor farm to begin fertilization and growing produce.
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The City of Glens Falls innovative Urban Agriculture Project reached a key milestone in December when a one-ton heat pump system was installed on the roof of the Lapham & Parks building at 22 Ridge St.

The three-story building houses the city’s indoor hydroponics project that will grow fresh produce.

The farm will produce leafy greens from cilantro to lettuce as part of a state pilot program and,  if economically viable, will seek to be replicated in other regional cities in upstate New York.

The project, funded by a grant from Empire State Development’s Smart Cities Innovation Partnership, has been in the works for more than a year.  

Pooling together contractors and consultants throughout New York, the project is intended to demonstrate the ability of cities to address the problem of “food deserts” by repurposing older, underutilized industrial buildings into farms that supply upstate New York cities and villages with fresh organic produce.

“The arrival of this ultra-efficient heating and cooling system is both a symbolic and substantive leap forward in our efforts to complete the project and start producing,” said Glens Falls Economic Development Director Jeff Flagg.

The next step for the city will be the installation of a reverse osmosis watering system. Flagg noted he hopes indoor farm will begin fertilization and growing micro green in mid-January.

The third floor of 22 Ridge St., was chosen as the location for the Glens Falls urban agriculture pilot vertical garden. Building owner Brian Bronzino offered the space at no cost. A number of equipment suppliers from around the country offered discounts on necessary materials and several local plumbers and electricians have donated their services. National Grid has also provided  financial and technology support for the energy-entensive project.

To get a grant, municipalities were required to partner with technology companies. Glens Falls partnered with  New York City-based Re-Nuble, a company that helps communities utilize food waste for more sustainable growing practices, as well as Syracuse-based The Tech Garden, a technology incubator.

The pilot program was slated for 2021 but was delayed due to COVID. Pandemic-related cost increases and material shortages have proved challenging.

The vertical garden takes up about 480 square feet of the 2000-square-foot third floor. It will be used to grow a variety of greens, lettuces, and herbs.

One of the goals of the pilot program is to ensure that the vertical garden is complementing, not competing with, local farmers. The pilot program is designed to demonstrate whether vertical gardens are economically viable while identifying potential stumbling blocks.

For further information, contact Tony DeFazio at Sustainable PR via email tony@sustainablepr.com or call 518-223-9962.

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