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“He’s got a lot of ties to NHL players,” Worley explained. “PeoPLATTSBURGH — For the last eight ple at that are still involved with years, the Lake City Stars Arena on Sharron junior hockey, right up through Avenue has been owned and operated by professional hockey.” Thomas Dowhan of Vermont. Recently Using his connections, Reidy however, two community-oriented guys plans to bring in Jerry Dineen, a have taken over. coach for the New York Rangers, The newly renamed Ameri-Can North who also used to play on the CarSports Center, co-owned by Jamie Reidy dinal Hockey Team, to help with and Craig Worley, has the potential to be a the hockey school. “family place.” “[Hockey] used to be much big“We see the potential here,” explained ger,” Worley explained. “When I Worley. “We just want to make it better for was growing up, every town had the community. The youth especially. Make a team.” it a family place once again.” Now, Worley has found with the After officially taking ownership of the expense of equipment and ice building in late-December, Worley and Reitime, the number of people indy set out to fix up the ice arena, which is volved in the sport in recent years opened year-round. has lulled. “Their refrigeration was in rough shape, “The numbers are coming back the zamboni was in rough shape,” recalled Worley. “The building in general was just A mural by Rob Hughes lines the hallway of the old Lake City Stars Arena, now known as the and more parents seem to be getAmeri-Can North Sports Center, at 90 Sharron Ave. The year-round arena was recently purchased ting involved,” he said. dirty and not in good shape.” by Craig Worley and Jamie Reidy. With parents becoming more inAfter receiving a loan from NBT Bank, of Photo by Sarah L. Cronk volved, Worley has not forgotten who Worley said saw “the potential and them when planning out the addithey believe in the building, too,” changes began to stick & puck. “You can go out with a stick and we put the nets out and some people dress as goalies tions to the building. take shape at the center. The center now has two new flat-screen televi“We’ve put in a lot of carpet. we’ve put in a new so you can kind of fool around.” Worley sees the stick & puck as time for people to sions, which will air sports programs for parents to scorers booth,” Worley explained, adding new lights over the ice are also being added. “We’ve just have pick-up games that children and adults can en- keep an eye on sports scores while waiting for their children. joy. done an awful lot of work.” “There’s sports on all the time,” laughed Worley. Rockin’ Skates is another idea Worley and Reidy Currently the arena is the home-ice for Beekman“You don’t have to miss a game.” town Central School, Saranac Central School, hope to see in the near-future. The new additions to the arena all add up to a Plattsburgh Youth Hockey Road Runners, the “It’s kind of the premise of roller-skating, but it’s Plattsburgh Junior Cardinals, and a men’s league. ice skating,” Worley explained. “You go out on the place for children, and adults to have fun. Which is “It’s a year-round facility, so we want to be kind ice and we’ll turn the lights off and put in colored why birthday parties are also offered. The parties are $15 per child, with a minimum of of the place that everybody wants to come to play lights and a disco ball and music.” hockey,” explained Worley. “We want to offer any Worley plans to advertise Rockin’ Skates as a 10 children required. “That also includes pizza, soda and a place to do of the teams, people, a clean environment.” place to go that will be drug- and alcohol-free. However, hockey players won’t be the only peoOther programs the co-owners hope to promote your thing,” said Worley. For more information about the arena, including ple benefitting from what the arena has to offer. will be hockey schools during the summer months. According to Worley, public skating and stick & Reidy, who previously skated for the Plattsburgh how to book a birthday party and calendar of visit http://ameripuck games are currently being added to the calen- State Cardinal Hockey Team and on the national events, dar of events. championship team in the 80s, followed by playing cannorthsportscenter.com or call 561-7672. “Everyone has to wear a helmet,” he explained of a stint in the minors.
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PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Young Professionals want to keep young professionals in our region. The nonprofit organization, known as ADKYP, has entered its third year in existence, with its continued mission to create networking opportunities for young professionals in the North Country. Keri L. Mack, president of the ADKYP board of directors, said much has been done in the community since the organization was formed in 2007, then under the name of “hYPe.” And, though the organization changed its name to better identify with the region it represents, its vision has remained the same. “The focus is to create opportunities for young professionals to socialize, network and serve,” said Mack. “Our hopes are that people will connect with us when they move in to the area and we’ll be able to connect them to other
young professionals in their field or with social activities that they’re interested in, so they will want to stay and work here.” That’s a challenge not uncommon in communities across the country, said Mack. Nevertheless, it’s important to the ADKYP to continue coming up with new ways to prevent the loss of young, talented individuals. “It’s important to our workforce and it’s important to the entire United States,” said Mack. “In order to do that, with this generation, you have to provide professional opportunities and you have to provide ways of socialization.” The ADKYP has hosted several networking events since it was established, giving young professionals opportunities to meet one other and discuss common interests. However, the events haven’t only been about socializing. “Whenever we host a networking event, we connect it to fundraising for an organization,”
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Peter Wynnik and Rebecca Emrick-Belanger, members of the Adirondack Young Professionals, are seen here wrapping Christmas presents over the holidays to help The Christmas Bureau. ADKYP members regularly volunteer in the community with activities such as this. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau
The public forum will be held from 5-7 p.m. and be moderated by Paul Sands, general manager of WPTZ Newschannel 5. The event is also one Mack hopes will encourage people to join the ADKYP and potentially serve on its board of directors. “This is an opportunity to be involved in your community,” said Mack.
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Neighborhood association taking shape, volunteers needed PLATTSBURGH — The City of Plattsburgh Neighborhood Association has been a project a long time in the making. City resident Nancy Monette, who oversees the emerging group, has been trying for the past two years to get the organization off the ground, with the intention of keeping the city clean and getting people to know their neighbors. “We met and worked out meticulous details for over a year,” Monette said of the start of the organization in 2007. “Some had great expertise and the rest of us just gut feelings on what we hoped for and desired for the community.” The original plan was well thought out, she said. The group divided the city into 23 neighborhood areas, hoping to get a representative for each area to be responsible for the streets in each section. The group then planned to have four city zones which would have representatives to oversee the areas within their respective zones. Monette, a retired librarian, conducted much research, which also included a focus on how a neighborhood association could help eliminate problems
in the city that were attributed to student drinking. “Many of us asked help from the city council. Their reply to us was to search out cities similar to ours to see what was being done and if it was successful,” she said. “I found example after example of the success of neighborhood groups bringing all kinds of issues and concerns to their city government and, as a result, creating friendlier and healthier communities.” Monette said she was met with little interest in her findings from the city’s common council, however, she continued to collect information from people across the country. The neighborhood association also held several public meetings, thinking those in attendance would be interested in the group’s ideas. The interest was there, she said, but the commitment was an issue. “We had two successful public meetings but electing officers was a bit of a problem,” she said. “We did it, but nothing worked out at the time. I think people thought it was too much of a demand on their time and many were also busy with the startup of the [Plattsburgh] Green Committee.” When the neighborhood association met that challenge, it was back to the drawing board, said Monette. Plans for the association were on hold until late last year when Monette invited some of the original group to take another stab at the initiative.
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n the 40 years since the original Earth Day, held across the country April 22, 1970, many changes have taken place. Legislation such as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act have passed, all because people rallied to make the earth a healthier, cleaner place to live. Now the anniversary of the momentus event is being celebrated here in Plattsburgh. The Earth Day Every Day Committee is a group of local residents whose mission is to “better recognize, use and support the amazing local, sustainable, environmentally minded community that currently exists.” They are currently in the beginning stages of planning an Earth Day celebration April 17, at a location in downtown Plattsburgh, yet to be determined. According to committee member Pat Ostrander, Earth Day is not a one-day event, it’s an initiative that needs to be taken on “every day” — for future generations. “Because of him,” said Ostrander,
pointing to his son, Peter. “He’s 16 and he inherits this earth we’re leaving him. I think in order for us to leave him a little better of a world so that he can inherit it, we have to take it on every day.” After a successful first annual celebration held at the Plattsburgh Farmer ’s and Crafter ’s Market pavilion on Durkee Street last year, organizers are hoping for a bigger and better year, with ideas being tossed around during their inaugural meeting Jan. 26. “In the 70s, I think [Earth Day] was thought of as a fad,” said member Marti Martin. “Just a bunch of hippies. It was something that wasn’t for the masses so to speak. But it’s persisted and it’s grown and there are more wide-spread celebrations of it and I think ... all of us that are involved with the celebration, saw the early beginnings of it and have seen the benefits of what the movement has brought over time.” Such ideas brought about from the meeting range from gardening, to a film festival through the week of April
movies as “No Impact Man,” “Food, Inc.,” and “The Story of Stuff.” “I think with the film festival, all self-improvement and community building comes down to a common awareness and so we’re looking at different groups to run this,” explained Bardis. “We’re all taking a shared responsibility in educating each other and in the end we have some sort of common This photo of a Pace College student in a gas awareness which will then mask “smelling” a magnolia blossom in New York has become a famous image of Earth Day 1970. drive our actions.” Photo provided by www.earth911.com “We’re not there in Plattsburgh,” he added. “There 17, to a parade. All of which will require seems to be no real clear vision for our a lot of help from the community. healthy future and this is the first step.” “I think the whole event is about a The committee is looking for more network of groups,” said member Paul people and organizations from the Bardis. “It’s not about one group doing community to step forward and help everything. The only way it’s going to them out in the planning of the Earth be sustainable is if these groups are all Day Celebration. Meetings are held working together and so it’s not relying every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the on just a few people and their ener- North Country Food Co-op on Bridge gies.” Street. For more information, Bardis The “Wake Up” film festival, as the can be e-mailed at localsustainabilicommittee has titled it, will show such firstname.lastname@example.org or call 562-2708.
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epending on who you ask, eating healthier isn’t exactly the easiest thing these days for many people. In a fast-paced world where time is often considered a precious commodity, all too often the easiest thing can be to fall into the habit of eating unhealthy fast food. It’s quick and often more affordable than healthier options. But, is there a time when you have to stop and think about what you’re putting into your body? Rich Green thinks so. Green, who cooks at the North Country Food Co-op on Bridge Street in downtown Plattsburgh, has a philosophy that it doesn’t have to be a huge production to eat healthier foods. “It’s a lot easier and less expensive than you would think,” said Green.
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eating with little effort. “It’s so simple — a salad dressing is vinegar, plus oil, plus whatever flavor you want,” he said. “And, for the salad, you can just throw in some mixed greens with shredded carrots, some beets and apples.” One of the keys to eating healthier, he said, is also finding what foods appeal to you. “If you just start simple with stuff you like, especially good vegetables, you can’t go wrong,” said Green. “I always say that all you need is vegetables, salt, sugar and some spice to flavor it the way you like.” When it comes to sugar, Green says he never uses refined or “processed” sugar and, instead, substitutes honey or maple syrup in recipes that do call for sugar. “People’s bodies process honey and maple syrup better,” said Green. “Maple syrup has a good amount of iron in it. Honey is good for people with allergies.” When shopping for ingredients to prepare your own meals, Green said one thing to keep in mind is what’s in season. “This pepper, for example, is way too expensive,” Green said, holding a green pepper. “It came from Mexico and peppers are costing about $5 a pound. This is about a $3 pepper.” Since peppers aren’t “in season vegetables” locally this time of year, Green says consumers should expect to pay more until this summer, when farmers and community supported agriculture programs, commonly referred to as CSAs, are back in full swing.
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“Normally, it wouldn’t cost so much,” he said. Out-of-season produce can often come from thousands of miles away, adding to the cost, Green added. “This apple, somehow came from Washington State,” he said, holding another ingredient for his workshop. “This is a very expensive apple.” Rarely does Green use produce grown out of the area, and that’s because he has a strong belief he should know exactly what’s on his plate, he said. “I don’t like looking at a box and seeing 25 ingredients and a bunch of them are chemicals you don’t even know,” said Green. “It’s important for me to know where my food’s coming from — that it was handled properly, that it was grown by good people.” Green especially supports organic farming, a practice in which crops are fertilized with environmentally-safe materials and are subject to biological pest control. “Organic farming is a healthier practice for the planet,” said Green. “And, it’s healthier for you as well.” But, it doesn’t necessarily have to be about “going organic” when choosing to eat healthier. And, it doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking, either, said Green. “It’s more about cooking from scratch and not eating the processed food where you don’t even know what’s in them,” he said. “The important thing is not to get overwhelmed. People get overwhelmed and it can be so simple.”
The Grift won’t swindle you out of a good show By Scott Osika • firstname.lastname@example.org
f you haven’t heard about “The Grift,” then there’s a lot to learn about this band. The Grift is a trio based in Burlington, Vt., that plays the Plattsburgh area from time to time, most recently performing an Allman Brothers tribute at the Monopole. The band includes Clint Bierman on the guitar and vocals; Peter Day on bass, trumpet and vocals; and Jeff Vallone on drums and vocals. However, over the years, the band has had 14 members contributing a wide range of talents from keyboards, to the violin and saxophone. The Grift formed in 1999 in Boulder, Colo., after Bierman got together with a group of friends he went to school with at Middlebury College. First, they played an East Coast tour. When the tour ended, they decided to move out west to Colorado. Their time there was short-lived, however, lasting only a few years. “It’s really hard to make a living as a musician in Colorado because there are so many bands and so few venues. Everything is so spread out there,” Beirman said. “Salt Lake is eight hours away. Cheyenne is many hours away. The only real market is Boulder/Denver and the mountain towns — not sustainable.” So, Bierman decided to pack up and move east. “Out here you can be in five different major markets in four hours or less. It just makes more sense,” he said. “But what you gain in business opportunity, you lose in weather. Strikes and gutters. Jeff came back east, we picked up a new drummer, and hit the prep school circuit.” The Grift didn’t always have their name. They actually began as “Sunday Slide,” when the group had moved to Boulder. They released one album and the name of the band changed soon after. “The Grift” was
created after an episode of The Simpsons. “Our drummer, Jeff, came up with The Grift after watching The Simpsons episode where Bart and Homer become Grifters,” explained Bierman. Grampa’s license plate said “I GRIFT.” And it was born from there.” The Grift has grown in so many ways over the years, said Bierman, and that there’s always someone new out there who brings inspiration the band.
seas. Some notable venues Bierman mentioned were the Lilac Festival in Rochester, which brings together many music lovers. The Grift has also played as a house band in Margaritaville in Jamaica and even played in a castle over at the PowersCourt Estate in Ireland. What’s been the biggest challenge The Grift has faced as a band? “The biggest challenge as a band that I see is our versatility,” said Bierman.
While the band was in Colorado, they were listening to a lot of sixties and seventies music, so they would play artists like the Cornelius Brothers, Kool and many others. “Lately, we have been on a live electronica kick,” said Bierman. “So, we have started to incorporate that into the mix.” Bierman said the band considers their music “funk-rocktronica.” “The songwriting hasn’t really changed too much over the years,” he said. “It’s more the instrumental jam sections of our music that has changed as well as the covers.” The Grift has played many venues throughout the U.S. and even over-
Because the band is able to do so many things musically, like playing more than 600 songs live, doing tribute sets, constantly bringing in new originals, and even playing weddings, the band has never “defined” The Grift sound, he said. “We play bluegrass, rock, funk, jazz, world, et cetera. We can sound like anybody,” said Bierman. However, to be a successful business in any field, you have to be able to define yourself, said Bierman. “Well, we have defined ourselves as being able to do many things rather than do one thing,” he said. The Grift has a diverse selection of original songs — love songs, nonsense
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songs, story songs — many of which brewed from the bands life experiences. “As we grow up, the topics definitely change. We are all going though different things now,” said Bierman. “I think I am going to end up doing a kids album at some point soon. As soon as my family band gets going with my kids and wife playing as my backing band, I think I want to hit the Bluegrass circuit in an RV and play festivals all over the country.” What does Bierman want listeners to get out of The Grift’s music? “Basically, I want our listeners to “dig” what we are doing,” he said. “I want people to feel and understand the lyrics, and dance to the music. It’s very important to us that people dance and really be taken somewhere by the music.” The Grift is always writing new songs and Beirman says he hopes the band will record again soon. Their latest release, “doppelganger,” which can be heard on Plattsburgh Pipeline Radio, has had some mixed reviews by their fans. “Some people got it and some people didn’t. It’s a deeper album than we have ever done before,” he said. “It’s one of those things, you don’t get on a first listen. It requires a commitment by the listener. You have to dig in and really listen ... I couldn’t be more proud of it and I think many of our fans get it.” “The Grift will never die,” he added. “As long as we can get people moving, we’ll keep making music.” (Editor’s Note: The Grift performed at last year’s Backwoods Pondfest in Peru and really got the crowd moving. If you’d like to learn more about them, visit their Web site, www.thegrift.com. The Grift’s albums, “Life Beyond Aluminum,” “Live at Nectar’s,” and “doppelganger” can all be heard on Plattsburgh Pipeline Radio, www.plattsburghpipeline.com/radio.)
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Satur day.Feb.6. ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR VALENTINE CRAFT SHOW. American Legion Post 20, 162 Quarry Road, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Crafts, basket sale, basket raffles. Lunch for $3.75. 492-2012. NORTH COUNTRY SQUARES DANCE CLUB MEETS. Clinton County Fairgrounds North Country Squares Building, 84 Fairgrounds Road, Morrisonville, 7 p.m. Caller Bob Labounty; cuer Mo Wall. 561-7167 or 492-2057. BENJAMIN BRIGHT PERFORMANCE. Irises Café and Wine Bar, 20 City Hall Place, 7 p.m. NOBODIES OF COMEDY. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid, 8-9:30 p.m. 523-2512 or www.lakeplacidarts.org. CAPITAL ZEN PERFORMANCE. Monopole, 7 Protection Ave., 10 p.m. 563-2222.
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