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Haven’t you heard? the ‘burgh is the word! The new publication is one Coats feels will add to the ability of Denton Publications to keep the people of the North Country informed. The community publishing firm has traditionally reached thousands of people through publications that include the Clinton County Free Trader Today and the North Countryman, and now reaches thousands SOME OF THE ‘BURGH TEAM FROM LEFT: Senior editor Jeremiah S. Papineau, more with the recent acquisition of 15 newspaeditor and staff reporter Sarah L. Cronk, and graphic designer Greg J. Hines pers in the Syracuse and Albany regions. Starting here’s been something missing in the region the ‘burgh was a decision Coats said will help fill a — a publication that reaches more than niche locally that Denton Publications has wanted 15,000 homes and businesses in and around to do for some time. the city of Plattsburgh ... until now. “For years, our organization has had one missing The latest news product of Denton Publications, section in our group of papers,” said Coats. “Now, the ‘burgh, is that publication, offering news, fea- we’ll be filling that gap, giving our advertisers the tures and a calendar of local events. ability to reach customers from the Canadian borPublisher Ed Coats said the objective of starting der to Glens Falls and beyond with no overlap.” the ‘burgh was to give people a resource to find out Though it’s named the ‘burgh, the weekly publicawhat’s going on this side of Lake Champlain. tion will reach more than the people of the city of “We wanted to be able to give readers something Plattsburgh. By directly mailing to residences and new and exciting,” said Coats. “Given the declining businesses in the 12901 and 12903 zip codes, the circulation of daily newspapers, our customers ‘burgh will also reach people in the towns of Plattsasked us to find a way to reach more people in the burgh and Beekmantown, including communities Plattsburgh market and we think we have. We feel such as Cumberland Head and Point au Roche. the ‘burgh is something that will not only benefit our That kind of circulation is exciting for Jeremiah S. readers, but definitely our advertisers as well.” Papineau, senior editor of the ‘burgh.

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United Way needs $30k for fundraising goal By Jeremiah S. Papineau • jeremiah@denpubs.com PLATTSBURGH — The United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties Inc. has almost reached its fundraising goal, but there is still work to be done. John C. Bernardi, executive director of the local United Way, said the nonprofit organization has raised approximately 75 percent of its $700,000 goal. Bernardi and fundraising campaign chair Jamie L. Basiliere gave members of the media an update during a press conference Jan. 14. “We’re doing pretty well,” said Bernardi. “We think it’s going to be very close, however, and we really would like to rally the community to help us close the gap and finish the campaign.” Bernardi estimated the campaign needs approximately $30,000 that is “not yet projected or expected” prior to the campaign ending the first week of February. That amount is “comparable” to the amount needed at this point in the annual campaign in recent years, he said. “We had the same issue last year,” said Bernardi, who attributed much of the difficulty for the 2008-09 fundraising campaign to the troubled state of the economy. “Every year it’s difficult to cross the finish line, but I think the biggest factor that has created the challenge this year is a reduced workforce.” Companies which have announced lay-offs or clo-

— will come through, both Basiliere and Bernardi said they’re optimistic for this year and years in the future. “I think we can do it. Not only has our campaign team grown over the last couple of years ... we’ve been very successful in finding some new money which is not fully tapped,” she said. “I think when we plan for campaigns in subsequent years, we’re going to have rich fields to sow.” “Our network of health and human service services is far-reaching throughout the region and it’s great to know that it’s there when you need it,” said Bernardi. “But, in order for us to be able to sustain it, we need people to recognize the importance of it and be willing to support it financially.” “We’ve done extraordinarily well but we need a little more to make the goal,” Bernardi continued. “We want people to know we’re working very hard Jamie L. Basiliere, chair of the 2009-10 fundraising campaign team to close this gap.” for the United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties, discusses the Those wishing to make contributions toward the campaign during a press conference Jan. 14. local United Way campaign may send donations in Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau care of United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties Inc. to 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh N.Y. 12901. sures in the past year have put a dent in the campaign based off the amounts pledged by their em- Donations may also be made through a payroll deduction, which may be arranged through one’s employees in previous years, said Bernardi. “That, certainly, has had an impact,” said Bernar- ployer. For more information, contact the local United di. Despite the challenges, the funding — which will Way office at 563-0028 or visit their Web site at help the 33 partner agencies of the local United Way www.unitedwayce.org.

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“[The fans] get to feel that excitement before they even get in the doors,” said Thomas. PLATTSBURGH — Total Nonstop Action Fans will also have the chance to get autoWrestling is back for more. graphs and meet the stars of the six-sided ring The second-largest wrestling organization in at the conclusion of the event. the world is returning Friday, Feb. 19, to host a “So, kids, teenagers, 70-year-old grandfathers special TNA Live! event at the City of Plattsget to meet their heroes and the larger-than-life burgh Recreation Center on the PARC Oval. This characters they watch on TV and shake their will be the third time TNA Wrestling has hands,” said Thomas, emphasizing the show stopped by the city by the lake, and it’s a venue will be a “family-friendly” event. “It’s definitethe organization couldn’t be happier with, said ly a show filled with just about everything.” promoter Chris Thomas. The success of TNA Wrestling and its ability “Obviously, the fans there are super supportto bring shows to Plattsburgh is something ive,” Thomas said during a phone interview Thomas credits to the support of the fans, he from his office in Nashville, Tenn. “They always said. show up in droves. It’s exciting to come back be“It’s fueled by them,” said Thomas. “They TNA founder and wrestling superstar Jeff Jarrett is among those scheduled cause they demanded it.” keep watching, keep tuning in and keep coming to appear at the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Center Friday, Feb. 19. The card — which is subject to change, with out to the live events. It’s just getting better and Photo courtesy TNA Wrestling more wrestlers to be announced — is expected better.” to include TNA founder and wrestling superstar General admission, mid-grade ringside and of technology,” with footage from events like the upJeff Jarrett and TNA world champion A.J. Styles, as gold circle ringside seats tickets are available at Fanwell as famous personalities D’Angelo “The Pope” coming one in Plattsburgh streamed on the organiza- tasy, 31 Plattsburgh Plaza, and the Flynn Center in Dinero and Homicide. Beer Money — the tag team of tion’s Web site, www.tnawrestling.com. Burlington, Vt., by calling the box office at 1-802-863The Plattsburgh show will also give fans a chance to 5966 or visiting www.flynntix.org. James Storm and Robert Roode — is also expected to interact with TNA through the popular on-line blog be among headliners. (Editor’s Note: Denton Publications is teaming up with “They were the fastest rising tag team in TNA and site, Twitter, Thomas said. Ring announcer Jeremy Bo- TNA Wrestling to give away tickets to the show and a chance now, they’re one of the most decorated tag teams,” rash will hide a backstage pass at the recreation cen- to meet the wrestlers prior to the event! Go on-line to ter just prior to the show, “Tweeting” [that’s fancy In- www.denpubs.com and click on the Contest section of our said Thomas. “They’re phenomenal.” In addition to offering a “great show,” Thomas said ternet-speak for posting a message on Twitter] its lo- Web site or fill out the form below and mail it to us! See entry form or Web site for rules and limitations.) TNA Wrestling prides itself on being “on the forefront cation.

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Green Committee adopts downtown kiosk By Jeremiah S. Papineau • jeremiah@denpubs.com

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Green Committee has taken over maintenance of a city-owned kiosk at the corner of Bridge and Durkee streets with the intention of helping promote downtown businesses. The committee “adopted” the kiosk last August as part of the city’s Adopta-Spot program. The program allows individuals, families, civic groups or businesses to adopt small plot of cityowned land and care for them. Since last fall, the Plattsburgh Green Committee has spruced up the kiosk and its immediate area adjacent to the Durkee Street municipal parking lot. Flower barrels with soil donated by Checkerhills Farm helped add to what the committee has done to make the kiosk more attractive to downtown visitors. Committee members Michelle Harris and Sarah L. Cronk, who help oversee maintenance of the kiosk, said the committee has plans to post information about the businesses in an effort to encourage more people to shop local. “We thought it would be a great way

Plattsburgh Green Committee members Sarah L. Cronk, left, and Michelle Harris stand by the kiosk in downtown Plattsburgh at the corner of Bridge and Durkee streets. The committee is maintaining the kiosk through the city’s Adopt-A-Spot program. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau

to highlight local businesses as well as resources for community members and tourists or other visitors,” said Harris. “I think it’s a nice way to offer

Green Committee thanks public The Plattsburgh Green Committee, which formed in late 2008, has been working toward the goal of making Plattsburgh as green as it can be, with the help of residents and business owners. During 2009 the committee worked on numerous initiatives to achieve our goal, which could not have been done without the help of the following businesses, organizations and individuals: the city of Plattsburgh, mayor Donald Kasprzak, the city’s common council, especially Mike Kelly, the city’s Engineering and Planning Dept., Municipal Lighting Dept., Public Works, Clinton County Landfill, Casella Waste Systems Inc., Checkerhills Farm, League of Women Voters, students from Plattsburgh High School, the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, especially the Environmental Action Committee and Plattsburgh

what Plattsburgh has to offer.” Until the committee took over care of the kiosk, and even currently, many people just post fliers on the outside of

the kiosk’s plexiglass case. “That doesn’t look the greatest,” said Cronk. “What we’re trying to do is create a space where they can post their fliers and it will be safe from the weather and it’ll look more organized.” The kiosk is very complex in the way it’s built, Cronk added, so the committee is looking at what it can do to make it more user-friendly, allowing for simpler and neater posting of information. The committee is also hoping to team up with downtown restaurants to post their menus free of charge and potentially have them donate gift certificates the committee can use for monthly drawings. “We’re not asking for them to pay to put their menu in, but if they want to make a donation to the committee, we’ll gladly accept it,” said Cronk, adding donations could also be used toward future upkeep of the kiosk. To find out more about posting information in the downtown kiosk, contact Cronk at 593-3334 or e-mail at sarah.cronk@hotmail.com.

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Early bird specials Many a joke has been made about the senior community dining out early in the evening. But they are on to something — reduced cost menus. Restaurants may feature a lower-cost lunch menu up until 4 p.m. in the afternoon. Others offer “happy hour” deals that may be discounted menu items, some even half price. Another cost-saving idea is to dine on “off-days.” Restaurants may have lower-priced deals if you visit the establishment on a weekday that is not typically

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Family-style restaurants Who hasn’t ordered food for the family only to discover one or more of the kids leave most if not all of their food on the plate? Some family-style places offer “kids eat free” nights or enable you to order dishes that are larger in size and can be shared among a few people (without a sharing charge). Other restaurants cater especially to the family crowd, with prices that are generally lower and more accommodating.

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Some restaurants give the option of a packaged meal at a set price or several items that can be ordered separately. If you have big eaters who are looking for quantity, prix fixe may prove the better bargain. If you only want to sample one or two items, then a la carte could be the way to go. Playing it smart and exploring different options can be a way for you to continue to dine out in moderation even when keeping expenses under control.

Much in the way you’d clip coupons for grocery shopping, you can check for specials or coupons for favorite restaurants. Newspapers often run coupons for pizza parlors, chain restaurants and local establishments. Check the mail for coupons that come in bulk mailers. Oftentimes, you’ll find there are restaurant coupons inside. Signing up to be on a restaurants’ e-mail or mailing list could also result in special discounts that are not available to the general public.

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Ben Bright: Plattsburgh’s American Idol By Jeremiah S. Papineau • jeremiah@denpubs.com

Spiegel. “He deserves this. He’s just a good guy.” PLATTSBURGH— Though there’s been a Courtenay Whitney has known Bright media blackout surrounding Plattsburgh since early last year when she first heard him resident and Rome native Benjamin Bright perform at Irises Café and Wine Bar, anothgoing to Hollywood to be on American Idol, er venue where Bright is regularly seen. She his fans and friends back home are singing and Bright became friends and even before his praises. he was Hollywood-bound, Whitney has Bright was featured on the Jan. 12 season been one of his biggest supporters, she said. premiere of Fox’s American Idol where he “I’m not surprised that he made it, only beauditioned for the panel of celebrity judges cause of the fact I know he is really talentsinging a rendition of The Beatles “All My ed,” said Whitney. “And, not only is he talLoving.” The infamous Simon Cowell and ented, he’s incredibly charismatic.” the rest of the panel gave Bright the thumbs Whitney said she knew if Bright didn’t up to move on to the next round in Califorcompletely win over the judges when he aunia, and the excitement back home has only ditioned, what would put him over the top grown from there. was his personality. Diane Fox, principal of Cumberland Head “He’s a people person,” she said. Elementary School, where Bright teaches Both Whitney’s and Spiegel’s daughters general music to grades K-5, said there’s also attend Cumberland Head Elementary been an energy in the school since everyone and they’re also excited for the man they learned Bright was going to be on the critiknow as “Mr. Bright.” cally-acclaimed show. “The excitement was running high in my “Everybody’s talking about it. It’s filling house,” Spiegel said of the night Bright first our halls. The kids, the teachers,” said Fox. appeared on television. “She was excited to “We’re all excited.” stay up past her bedtime and check him out.” When Bright began teaching at the school Benjamin Bright performs during Plattsburgh’s first Earth Day Celebration last April. “She was really excited,” Whitney said of nearly two years ago, Fox said she was im- Bright is competing in Fox’s American Idol and is receiving much encouragement her daughter. “I told her this is really big. pressed with both his talent and his initia- from his friends and fans back home. Now, there’s millions of people who get a tive. Photo by Sarah L. Cronk chance to see him and what he can do.” “He took the initiative to start our thirdFox concurred, saying the spotlight on grade chorus. We only had a combined Bright is an opportunity for his students to “I think we’ve all known he’s really, really good,” fourth-grade/fifth-grade chorus before,” explained she said. “”There’s no question — his love of music see “it’s cool to like music and for them to see it pays Fox. to follow your dreams.” just pours out of him.” Now, the school’s chorus participation level is “The students love him; they just flock to him,” Matt Spiegel, owner of Olive Ridley’s, where “off the charts,” said Fox. Bright performs on a regular basis, said he, too, is- said Fox. “He puts a real energy into his class “We have over 50 percent of our third-graders — n’t surprised by Bright’s level of talent. whether he’s leading a song, teaching a concept or probably closer to 75 percent of them participate,” “Ben’s been playing for us regularly since last dancing silly for the students — he really meets said Fox. “It’s great because it allows our kids to summer and every Friday night he just wows the them at their level no matter what age they are.” have an additional opportunity to enjoy the choral crowd,” he said. Bright is now currently filming in Hollywood, experience.” Bright’s reputation for being a “modest entertain- but, due to contractual obligations, isn’t allowed to Fox said though she was surprised to learn Bright er” who plays to entertain rather than to get his discuss his experience until filming is complete. was going to be on American Idol, she wasn’t sur- name out there is what makes him star material, “The Road to Hollywood,” the show which is next prised of the level of talent he has that got him said Spiegel. expected to feature Bright, is scheduled to air there. “He’s there because of his great talent,” said Wednesday, Feb. 3, on Fox.

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ZIP CITY PERFORMS. Irises Café and Wine Bar, 20 City Hall Place, 9 p.m.

Sunday.Jan.24. FREE BOWLING. North Bowl Lanes, 28 North Bowl Lane, 8:30 a.m. Open to Plattsburgh town residents. Pre-registration required. 562-6860. ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST. Elks Lodge 621, 56 Cumberland Ave., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Adults, $8, under 10, $5.

Monday.Jan.25. LIFE DRAWING CLASSES. Nor th Country Food Co-op, 25 Bridge St., 6:30 p.m. 561-5904.

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Friday.Jan.22. CHESS CLUB MEETS. Plattsburgh Public Library, 19 Oak St., 2 p.m. CELEBRATION OF SCHOLARSHIP. State University of New York at Plattsburgh, 101 Broad St., 8:30 a.m. Second floor of Feinberg Library. Showcase of scholarly publications by SUNY Plattsburgh faculty. Coffee and rolls provided. 564-3095. PLATTSBURGH-NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL DINNER. Westside Ballroom, 295 New York Road, 6 p.m. Reservations required. 563-1000. ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE. Clinton County Fairgrounds North Country Squares Building, 84 Fairgrounds Road, Morrisonville, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 563-1834. OPEN FAMILY SWIM. Wellness Center at PARC, 295 New York Road, 7-9 p.m. $2. 562-6860.

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CROSS COUNTRY SKIING. Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid. Organized by Adirondack Mountain Club. 5635794. DINOSAUR TRAIN TALES. Champlain Valley Transportation Museum, 12 Museum Way, 10 a.m. Register by calling 5639770. CHESS CLUB MEETS. Plattsburgh Public Library, 19 Oak St., 2 p.m. FIRE AND SPICE PARTY. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid, 7-10 p.m. Chili, s’mores, cross-countr y skiing. Admis-

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or quite some time now the tides have been in the buyer ’s favor in terms of the housing market. With an abundance of properties on the market, coupled with low interest rates and dropping home prices, now could be the perfect time for a first-time buyer to get a dream home. Buying a home can be a nervewracking proposition. Unlike purchasing a car, you can’t take a home out for a test drive. You can only gauge what the home is like through repeated visits to the property and a thorough walk-through by a home inspector. When many home buyers walk into a home for the first time, they envision what they’ll do with the place, including where to put the furniture or what color to paint certain rooms. While these thoughts are certainly warranted, they could overshadow the more important aspects of viewing a home — looking at the structure and systems of the home. What good are gleaming hardwood floors if they are buckled or unlevel, potentially indicating a prior flood or structural

shifting of the home? There are many things a potential buyer should look out for, including what can be seen by the naked eye. These include cracks in the walls or the ceiling, indicating shift of the structure. Cracks in the foundation of a home could be a sign of serious structural problems. Take a look at the heating/ cooling system as well as the hot water heater, etc. Are they newer and in working order? Have they been routinely inspected and maintained by a service person? Replacing major systems of the home can be expensive and labor-intensive. Electrical system problems will be harder to detect. That does not mean,

however, that you cannot look for any potential electrical problems. For example, exposed wiring in rooms or in the basement could indicate a problem. Also look at the electrical outlets. Do they feature two prong holes or three? Older homes may not have the amperage needed to power many electronics and appliances. Although you can convert twopronged outlets to three with special outlet converters, you might risk overloading the circuits and starting a fire. A quick look at the electrical box will tell you if you have fuses or circuit breakers. You can also see if the home is electrically over-

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Monitor motor oil Vehicle maintenance often begins with motor oil. Simply put, without lubrication, friction between engine parts results in engine wear. That highlights the need for routine monitoring of motor oil levels and changing the motor oil per the vehicle manufacturer guidelines. However, the type of motor oil drivers use is also important. Synthetic motor oils, for example, provide significant performance benefits over their conventional counterparts, particularly in colder weather when conventional motor oil thickens as the temperature drops. As a result, conventional motor oils slow starting rpm, restrict oil flow to critical engine parts and increase wear on bearings and rings. Each of these decreases engine life. Conversely, synthetic motor oils still flow or pump at temperatures up to 60 and 70 below zero, allowing cars and trucks to start with greater ease.

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Those who aren’t necessarily fond of winter weather no doubt recall the harsh temperatures of the 2007-08 winter. To combat the long winter, people tend to bundle up. What many vehicle owners might not know is cars need to be protected from harsh winter weather as well, most notably with antifreeze. An inadequate antifreeze can result in serious damage to a vehicle, including water Avoid the need for a roadside helping hand this winter by making vehicle maintenance a priority. pump failure and a cracked engine block. That said, based antifreezes are safer than ethylene glycol anit’s important for drivers to maintain antifreeze levtifreezes because they are safe if accidentally inels throughout winter while also using an antifreeze gested by animals, and don’t smell or taste sweet, that can protect an engine against freezing. reducing the likelihood that pets or children will be But traditional ethylene glycol (EG) antifreezes drawn to them. What’s more, adjusting the propyhave grown less appealing in recent years as the na- lene glycol antifreeze doesn’t require much effort, tion has grown increasingly eco-friendly. EG an- as AMSOIL Propylene Glycol Antifreeze is compattifreeze boasts a sweet smell and taste that’s attrac- ible with all other antifreeze products and does not tive to both animals and children. Propylene glycol- require a complete system flush before usage.

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Nova Bus gets new contract By Jeremiah S. Papineau • jeremiah@denpubs.com PLATTSBURGH — There’s more business in store for one of the local automotive industry’s biggest players. Nova Bus has been awarded a contract from Connecticut Transit to provide 35 LFS Artic buses, with options on an additional 35 articulated vehicles over a four-year period. The value of the order is approximately $60 million. According to Nova Bus, CT Transit selected a mix of clean-diesel and hybrid drives for its articulated vehicles, with deliveries starting in late 2010. CT Transit divisions serve seven metropolitan areas throughout the state of Connecticut, including Hartford, New Haven and Stamford. The contract is one Nova Bus marketing director Nadine Bernard said the company looks forward to fulfilling through its Banker Road assembly plant. “We are proud to partner with CT Transit in delivering their first articulated vehicles for their fleet,” said Bernard. “We are deeply committed to supplying them with the vehicles that meet their expectations.” Bernard C. Bassett, Plattsburgh Town Supervisor, said the contract is a good economic sign for not only Nova Bus, but the town and surrounding area as well.

“It’s certainly good news for Nova Bus and their employees, but it also speaks well to our region,” said Bassett. “I think there was a sense by some people that once Nova Bus began production, it would be difficult to maintain enough orders to sustain employment levels. Thankfully, with good news like this, that’s not the case.” Bassett said he expects the contract would mean visits from CT Transit representatives to the Plattsburgh facility, which would equate to dollars spent on dining and lodging. “They may need to come out here several times and that would mean they’d be staying in our hotels and eating at our restaurants, who would all benefit,” said Bassett. “Then, they may find they’d like to return to the Champlain Valley with their

families on vacation. The economic spin-off could just continue.” In a prepared statement, Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce president Garry F. Douglas called the contract “excellent development and said the North Country is positioned well “as an emerging center for the production of 21st century transportation equipment, both in terms of buses and rail.” “We now need to see more such contracts secured for Nova Bus, Bombardier and their suppliers,” stated Douglas. “We regard this as an economic development priority and welcome this contract as a very positive start to the new year.”

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