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Granville Area Chamber of Commerce

Glens Falls National Bank

Working together for a stronger community!

Committed to customer service

The Granville Area Chamber of Commerce is an organization consisting of businesses and people committed to improving the quality of life for the people and businesses of this community. We strive to promote business and tourism in the greater Granville area by sponsoring programs and events. A schedule of upcoming events is listed on our website. We are also working to aggressively market the Granville Steve Saltis, Charlie King and Josh Gillespie business community to We also offer health insurance for our a larger audience to increase name recognition not only of member businesses. Are you a small business owner who doesn’t have health our area but our businesses too. Membership in the Chamber is very insurance because of the cost? Well the affordable. The basic membership fee is Granville Chamber is now offering sev$45 and members have the option of add- eral affordable options. Please contact ing additional businesses for $15. This us for further information. The board of directors and officers basic membership provides a business listing by category with a free direct link for 2012 invite you to join us. Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of to their website on the Chamber website. Members can add a description of the the month at 8 a.m. at A.J.’s Restaurant business (up to 100 words) and photos for on Quaker Street. The meetings are open to all members and the general public. $25. The Chamber website is modern and Please join us, share your ideas and let user friendly. Our goal is to provide a us know what the Chamber can do for site that promotes our business commu- you. You can contact the Granville nity and invites visitors to explore all Granville has to offer. Please visit www. Chamber at 518-642-2815 or visit www. to check it out.

The Granville office of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. has a deeprooted commitment to serving the banking and financial needs of the residents and businesses in Granville and Washington County. “Since joining the bank’s team, I have been impressed with the great ways the staff meets our customers’ financial needs,” said Jenine Macura, the newly appointed branch manager for the Granville office. “I’m looking forward to helping provide Glens Falls National’s excellent banking services to individuals and businesses in the Granville area. Carla Johnson, our residential mortgage specialist, is also here to serve Washington County and surrounding areas with individual mortgage requests.” A full-service commercial bank, Glens Falls National offers a broad range of traditional banking products, as well as individual retirement, trust and investment management services. Electronic banking is offered through Internet banking and bill pay service, on-call telephone banking and ATMs. Online application for mortgages and home equity lines and loans are also available, as well as a complete array of business services including commercial checking, remote capture, employee direct deposit, business loans and retirement benefit plans. In December 2011, Glens Falls National Bank received the BauerFinancial 5-Star Superior rating for the 19th consecutive quarter. Bauer is the nation’s leading independent bank rating and research company. In 2009, the Bank received a National Award for

Jenine Macura Community Volunteering from the American Bankers Association. The bank’s Granville office has two drive-in lanes that are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The bank’s lobby is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The bank also has a drive-up ATM available 24/7. Jenine and her staff welcome you to stop by the Granville office on Route 22 in the Granville Price Chopper Plaza or call 642-2206. You can also visit the bank’s website at

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Gemini Fitness

Skene Manor

Guidance and encouragement is key

Gorgeous views and lovely rooms

three nationally certiMost people know fied personal trainers, that they will be healthiwe are almost always er and feel better if they available to answer engage in some sort of questions and provide physical activity. For guidance. many, however, the idea We offer personal of going to a “gym” is training services in not appealing. They feel either 30- or 60-minute self-conscious about sessions. Some membeing seen with others bers will purchase a who are in better shape, package of six sessions they worry about whethto fine-tune their worker or not they can do it, out, while others may and they don’t really buy a package of 36 sesknow what to do. Plus, sions to have that onethe average person feels on-one special attensomewhat intimidated when the gym has a Lindsay Jr., Christina, Lindsay tion over a number of weeks. We also offer bunch of the big guys Sr. and Schuyler training for small who lift massive weights. Gemini Fitness is designed to help groups of up to 4 people at a time. the average person. Someone who is a Training with others is fun and interacbeginner, may have some physical chal- tive. The cost/person can be as low as lenges, or needs extra assistance. $6/session for 30 minutes. A really special service is our deep Because our goal is to help every individual reach his/her individual goals, muscle relief program. Many people we provide encouragement and guid- have joint or muscle pain and soreness, most commonly in the low back, hips, or ance to our members every day. When you come into Gemini Fitness, neck/shoulders. With this program, we you will immediately notice how clean it can relieve your deep muscle discomfort is. Chances are that you will see some effectively. Members who have tried it people you know. Our members come in just love it. It is also perfect for golfers, all sizes and shapes, but they are all because it gives you more range of making a difference in their health and motion, generating greater club speed without any more power. well-being. Gemini Fitness prides itself on its Our services can be put into three cleanliness, personal service, and expercategories. For the basic membership of $10/ tise. We encourage everyone to become week, we give each new member a com- more physically active. If you really plete orientation on all the equipment. don’t want to come to a fitness center, We help you determine what exercises to stop by and we will give you a complido, and how much weight to use. With mentary guide to working out at home.

Skene Manor sits majestically overlooking the Champlain Canal and the Village of Whitehall, N.Y. Skene Manor is a historically elegant, gothicstyle, Victorian castle located at 8 Potter’s Terrace. It was built on Skene Mountain by Supreme Court Judge Joseph H. Potter in 1874, using the finest materials and gray sandstone quarried from the site. Skene Manor was a private residence until 1946 when it was converted into a restaurant. In 1995 Skene Manor Whitehall Skene Manor Preservation, Inc. purchased the building, dedicating all their efforts into restoring and preserving this magnificent part of Whitehall’s history. Skene Manor is on the National Registry for Historic Buildings. All monies donated are restricted to preservation projects and are tax deductible. Skene Manor is easily visible from the waterway and land routes 4 and 22 at their junction, inviting area tourists to visit all of historic Whitehall, the birthplace of the United States Navy. Most recently the entry foyer and main parlor were restored to their original elegance. The parlor includes a beautiful historic piano purchased by Lent Hamlin in 1845 and donated by Mrs. Doris Lasselle. The Lasselle family were first cousins of Mrs. Potter – Catherine Boies. The third

floor features “Gilly’s Room,” dedicated to Ambrose Gilligan and the spirit and history of the Railroaders, Whitehall’s football team. A gift shop is located on the first floor and tours of Skene Manor are free. Skene Manor is open mid-April through December and closed January through mid-April. For a delightful trip back in time, with gorgeous views, the lovely Victorian Tea Room is open for lunch Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. There are also special monthly dinners that feature a complete gourmet meal. The Skene Manor is also available for parties, reunions and receptions. For more information or directions, please call Skene Manor at 499-1906 or visit online at and like us on Facebook.

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Warren & Washington Counties ARC

Serving our community's families for 50 years 2012 marks a historic year for Warren & Washington Counties ARC (WWARC). In its 50th anniversary, the Agency celebrates a longstanding tradition of providing exemplary advocacy, family support, and the very best quality services to so many people throughout Warren and Washington counties. Originating in 1953, the organization formed when parents of children with disabilities from Saratoga, Warren, Washington and the upper third of Rensselaer counties came together and arranged for their children to attend Saturday morning classes. This was until 1962 when Saratoga and Warren/ Washington divided into their own chapters of NYSARC, Inc., America’s largest non-profit organization supporting people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families. Starting with just 57 members, WWARC has grown into what remains a familyled organization now empowered by more than 300 dedicated employees and a membership of more than 1,800 supporters who share the Agency’s vision to create society-wide acceptance of children and adults with disabilities. Today, the Agency operates 37 very individualized residential programs located throughout neighborhoods in Warren and Washington counties. Homes range from those that offer intensive supports to those structured as supportive apartments. New in 2012 is the Van Dusen Respite Center in Queensbury, serving adults and children throughout the Capital Region. One of the only respite centers between Albany and Montreal, the center is a newly renovated five-bedroom home that is staffed and equipped to accommodate medically frail guests, and provides overnight respite to up to 10 people on weekends, as well as school break respite. The center arranges social and recreational opportunities for guests with similar interests, while providing families of individuals with disabilities an opportunity to relax and recharge. In addition to residential opportunities, WWARC continues to develop and offer supports for families in our community. Working with experienced and caring staff, the Agency’s service coordinators assist individuals and their families to access health services and community resources, to secure financial and medical benefits, and much more. The Agency offers sitter reimbursement services, enabling families to “hire” their own sitter on an as-needed basis and be reimbursed by WWARC. The organization’s Sunday Recreation Program offers recreational and social opportunities, planning activities such as trips to museums and parks, art and crafts, snow tubing, and other fun-filled excursions. WWARC’s Guardianship Committee, comprised of community volunteers and board members, supports families in obtaining guardianship through the often-complicated Surrogate Court system. Like the families that formed the organization 50 years ago, WWARC continues to create services specific to a

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person, instead of trying to fit individuals into existing molds. The organization is staffed with passionate and caring professionals, knowledgeable and experienced in working with a wide range of differing abilities and circumstances such as physical limitations, visual and hearing impairments, learning disabilities, autism, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Serving both children and adults, and assisting individuals with minimal assistance to those with very intensive needs, WWARC supports individuals with disabilities in making informed choices and accessing extraordinary opportunities. To learn more about WWARC’s services or to join their team, call (518) 7934204 or visit

Nicole Stevens, Senior Assistant residental manager and Michael Plude.

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Lake Champlain Coal

CBH Business Services

Heating fuels — including coal — come with 'good service'

Working one-on-one with clients

When the as well as four serweather takes a vice trucks. wintry turn and The fact that puts thoughts of they are a local home heating on company is one your mind, turn to important reason Lake Champlain for people to supCoal Co. Inc., in port Lake Whitehall, which Champlain Coal has the products rather than go outand service to Lake Champlain Coal propane truck side of town, ward off winter’s Benjamin said. fiercest attacks, and leave your home “We’re a local family. Lake Champlain toasty warm. Coal Co. is now in its fourth generation of The Benjamin family has been at the leadership and operation with Les’ sons. head of the Lake Champlain Coal Co. for We do service, which a lot of the bigger four generations, since Otis C. Benjamin companies have stopped offering. And if bought the coal business from a fellow your furnace breaks down in the middle named Holden more than 75 years ago. of the night, we can be there, usually Today under the ownership of Leslie within in a short period of time, where Benjamin, the company continues to they have to come from out of town.” serve the heating needs of the greater Lake Champlain Coal also gives back Whitehall community by offering a range to the community, sponsoring a Little of products. League team every year and supporting Karen Benjamin, office manager, said school causes, the Slate Valley Museum in Lake Champlain Coal carries fuel oil, K1 Granville, and snowmobile clubs. kerosene, propane and, yes, coal, in four The company plans to continue the different sizes. They also offer repair ser- vision that has kept them in business for vices for furnaces and heating systems, more than seven decades. “We intend to even 24 hours a day in emergencies. maintain the same great commitment of The company has 12 staff members providing honest, reliable service to our who are well-versed in the information customers,” Benjamin said. they need to know to give customers the Lake Champlain Coal is located at 2 best possible service. North Main St., Whitehall, on the west No doubt, over the past several win- side of the canal lock at the base of Lake ters, you’ve seen the familiar red and Champlain. black trucks rolling through the Whitehall For information on how they can meet community on a delivery or heating mis- your home heating needs, stop by or call sion. The fleet includes three coal trucks, 499-1212. four oil trucks, and two propane trucks,

CBH Business Services is an income tax and accounting service for small businesses and individuals. The company has been in business since 1998 and during that time there have been many changes in the tax laws, most of them affecting the taxpayer. In 2010 all paid tax return preparers were required to be registered with the IRS and are subject to disciplinary action by the Office of Professional Responsibility. These new requirements include registration, minimum competency Catherine Bostock-Hudy testing and continuing with them.” education requirements annually. The company has two offices, one at Catherine Bostock-Hudy has been an 1130 River Road in West Pawlet, Vt., and enrolled agent since 2004, exceeding the the other at 119 Dix Avenue in Glens new IRS requirements for paid tax Falls, which is open year-round. return preparers. She participates in This past year we have gone to socialcontinuing education annually to keep izing networks such as Facebook to help up with the fast-paced changes in tax get our business out there a little more. legislation. Please like our page to get up-to-date Catherine is proud of the relationinformation on preparing for your taxes ships CBH Business Services is able to and so much more. develop with clients. “We work one-onTo learn more about how CBH one with the clients.” Business Services can help your small Catherine also offers tax planning business, or assist you in filing your and IRS representation for individuals taxes, call their Vermont office at 802and business as well as accounting ser645-9900, or their New York office at 518vices for small businesses. “I like work793-8546. ing with small businesses,” she said. “We are always accepting new cli“They have unique issues, and need ents,” she said. someone who understands and can work

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Mettowee Valley Family Health Center

Northern Insuring Agency, Inc.

Taking care of patients since 1996 Mettowee Valley Family Health Center is a family practice medical office located on Vt. Route 149 in West Pawlet, Vt., just over the border from Granville. The health center has been providing care to patients throughout the region since 1996. Currently the center is staffed by two physicians, Carl Beckler, MD, and Brian Kilpatrick, MD, Jacki Becker FNP, Jean Morgan, NP, Brian Kilpatrick, MD, and Michael Dashnaw DHSc, MPAS, PA-C and Carl Beckler three mid-level providers, MD Michael Dashnaw, DHSc, Center. Jacki Becker, NP, and Colleen MPAS, PA-C, Jacki Becker, NP, and Jean Morgan, NP, said office Bates, MA, are the diabetes educators at Mettowee Valley. Their program conmanager Mary Jane Brislin. Center staff members are school phy- sists of one-on-one sessions with Jacki, sicians for the Granville Central School and Colleen provides group education System and are on staff at the Orchard classes. The program is open to diabetic Nursing Centre, Brislin said. They also patients who are current patients of one provide care for work related injuries of the MVFHC providers. For more information, call the office at (802) 645for several area businesses. Mettowee Valley Family Health 0580 and ask for Colleen. Mettowee Valley Family Health Center, affiliated with Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region, Center offers sliding-fee scales to their offers extended office hours in the eve- patients who do not have medical insurning on most days for the convenience of ance. There is an application process its patients. They also are open at 7 a.m. and the sliding-fee scale is based on on most mornings to offer early appoint- income and family size. Please call the ments to their patients who would like to office to inquire about the sliding-fee receive their medical care before they go scales or to make an appointment with to work or school. Their sister office in Kathie to find out if you qualify. Visit our web site at Castleton, Vt., is open on Saturday and Sunday for their patients who need As a patient of MVFHC or any urgent medical care on the weekend. Community Health Centers of the The MVFHC providers see patients on Rutland Region office, you will receive the weekends at the Castleton office on a an invitation to sign up for our patient rotating basis. There is an on-call ser- portal. With an active patient portal vice available after regular office hours account, you may request a prescription if their patients have an emergency or refill online, request an appointment online or pay your bill online. need to speak with a doctor. To call Mettowee Valley Family Mettowee Valley Family Health Center has been recognized by the Health Center, dial (802) 645-0580, or if American Diabetes Association as part you have to call long distance you may of the CHCRR Diabetes Education call 1-800-730-2559.

Hermit Hill Books Starting second decade in Poultney 2011 was a fabulous year for Hermit Hill Books. A big thank you to all of our regular customers and to our many new customers. Last September, Hermit Hill Books celebrated its 10th anniversary in Poultney. It’s hard to believe that the time has gone so fast! When we first opened in 2001 we barely had enough books to fill the front room. Now we not only fill both rooms, but we are bursting at the seams. Tucker and Homer And there are more books Hermit Hill Books is owned and manwaiting for room on the shelves. aged by Patricia McWilliams, but the At Hermit Hill Books we buy and sell knowledgeable and friendly staff used, out-of-print, and collectible books, includes two large cats, Harriet and as well as ephemera and old postcards. Cody; Tucker, the wise corgi, and his We also carry field guides (new and younger brother Homer. used), maps and books by local authors. Hermit Hill Books is a member of the Over the years we have added greeting Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers cards for all occasions, prints and some Association (www.vermontisbookcounused CDs. The store specialties include history, Drop in and see our wide selection of poetry, science, nature literature, modbooks. We are located at 95 Main St., ern first editions, music, and a large colPoultney, or call (802) 287-5757. You can lection of books on Vermont and New also visit us at our website, www. York State. We have approximately 30,000, or friend us on books in stock, but we’re constantly buyFacebook. ing so it is worthwhile to stop by and We look forward to seeing you in the check our new arrivals cart. shop!

Paula Steves, Dick Look and Jean O'Brien

Providing a variety of products Stability, strength, integrity and teamwork are the principles on which Northern Insuring Agency Inc. has stood for 80 years. Their commitment to outstanding customer service, long-term client relationships and strong ethics is what helps them fulfill their vision of being best in class in the insurance industry. In 2011 Northern Insuring was once again part of a group of independent insurance agencies around the United States that were selected as “best practices” agencies. To qualify agencies had to rank among the top performers in the annual “Best Practices Study” conducted by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America and Reagan Consulting. Located at 92 Main St. in Whitehall, Northern Insuring provides a variety of insurance products to meet a customer’s every need, from both personal and business insurance to employee benefits and investment planning. The company is licensed in both New York and Vermont. Founded in Au Sable Forks in 1930,

Northern Insuring now has its main office in Plattsburgh. The Whitehall branch was opened in 1981, and the company has one additional branch office located in Massena. The Whitehall office gives local residents the opportunity to enjoy prompt and reliable service delivered by a friendly, knowledgeable, fulltime staff. In addition to providing the community with a local source for quality insurance services, Northern Insuring takes great pride in fulfilling its civic responsibilities. The company is responsible for the Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign with the American Red Cross in Clinton County, and is also a pacesetter for the United Way. The Whitehall branch of Northern Insuring is also a member of both the Whitehall and Granville chambers of commerce. For more information about Northern Insuring call 518-499-0444 or stop by the office, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. They are also on the Internet at

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Castleton Family Health Center

Skene Valley Group

Primary care the way it should be Castleton Family Health Center has been serving our patients since 1967 and became part of The Community Health Center of the Rutland Region in October 2004. CHCRR is devoted to improving access to a full range of comprehensive quality care services to individuals and families of all ages and stages of life, without regard to family income or insurance Castleton Family Health Center status. Castleton Family Health Center is the by Vermont and New York Medicaid, largest of six CHCRR sites, which Medicare, and accept most major cominsurances. For uninsured include Mettowee Valley Family Health mercial patients, we offer a sliding fee scale disCenter in West Pawlet, Brandon Medical Center in Brandon, Rutland Community count program based on household famHealth Center at 215 Stratton Road in ily income. This program is also availRutland, CHCRR Pediatrics in Rutland, able to senior citizens covered by and Common Street Health Center at Medicare but without a secondary insurCommons Street in Rutland. We provide ance plan. At Castleton Family Health a comprehensive array of health-care Center we consider it a privilege to proservices in a bright, modern building vide your health care. Whether you are located just north of Castleton Corners looking for a pediatrician to assist you in on Route 30. Our patients receive high- raising a healthy child, a class to learn quality primary care, preventative, and how to manage your diabetes, an annual behavioral health services delivered by physical, or you need a prescription our staff of nine physicians, two physi- filled, it is all available right here at cian’s assistants, and six nurse practitio- Castleton Family Health Center. Our office is open Monday through ners. Our location offers on-site lab and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. X-ray services, specialized pediatric and to 4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. New women’s health care, diabetes education counseling and group classes, behavioral patients are always welcome. Call (802) health and nutritional counseling as well 468-5641 anytime during business hours or feel free to visit our website www. as a full-service pharmacy. We gladly welcome patients covered and browse.

Tom, Shannon, Maria, Jackie and John all look forward to serving your insurance needs.

Covering Washington County from top to bottom Skene Valley Group was formed in 2002 by John Hoagland, who saw the need for a new insurance company in the area. His group of insurers cover everything under the sun in personal, business and life insurance. It only took seven years for Skene Valley Group to become large enough to purchase M. Shaw Insurance in 2009. Just a couple of years later, in December 2011, they expanded again to openBattenkill Valley Insurance in Cambridge, NY. They are also affiliated with Adirondack Financial and Planning for investment services. Local businesses and their employees are the key ingredients to Skene Valley Group’s success. They cater to customers so much that they even do house calls in the area, a rarity in the insur-

ance industry. Being local also means local involvement: The Skene Valley Group regularly helps out the area’s sports teams and community efforts. In fact, Hoagland himself has been a referee for high school basketball and a summer-league baseball coach for many years, as well as teaching at Castleton State College. With a locally minded atmosphere at Skene Valley Group, that also means your money stays in the community. They have Washington County covered from top to bottom with top-notch insurance. Visit them at their locations on 76 County Route 18 in Whitehall, 76 Main St. in Granville, or their Cambridge location on 78 West Main St. They can be reached at (518) 499-0748.

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The Liquor Stop

Chapman's General Store

15 years of toddies and wines

Stop by and try a manly sandwich

The Liquor Stop in the Price Chopper Plaza is celebrating its 15th year! The store offers a wide selection of liquor, brandy, champagne and scotch, including single malt whisky. They also have a wonderful selection of New York wines, such as Lucas from Interlake, Hazlitt from the Finger Lakes, and Montezuma from Seneca Falls. Stop by and see Brienne, Michael, Debi and Linda Their newest offervored vodkas have been flying off the ings are right from the Slyboro Cider Mill at Hicks Orchard shelves. “We provide the Granville area with in Granville. These flavors include Hidden Star, a sparking, semi-dry and a wide variety and selection of wines refreshing cider; and Ice Harvest, an ice and liquors,” said Linendoll. “We have a cider similar to ice wine, which won the mix of four-packs to go including Sutter Home wine, Beringer’s, Margarita Minis Concordance gold medal. “We introduce about 12 new wines a and Kahlua, and Barefoot wines.” The Liquor Stop provides its customyear, and whenever possible we try to ers a 10 percent discount on any wines have Friday afternoon wine tastings,” bought by the case. Cases may be mixed said David Linendoll, who with his wife, so people can try new wines at a disLori, opened the shop in 1998. Some of the new wines introduced counted price. Personalized, friendly service is an this year are from Adirondack Wines. aspect of business that The Liquor Stop They have Prospect Mountain White, a delightful peach chardonnay; Blue is known for. At Christmas time, they Twilight, a blueberry shiraz; Wild Red, a gift-wrap bottles in shiny foil for the cussweet and punchy black cherry pinot tomer. The owner believes that a lot of people would be surprised to know that noir. “We provide a friendly shopping they also gift wrap bottles of champagne experience,” Linendoll said, and because for weddings, baby showers, or any occared wine is good for the heart, The sion you can think of, at no cost to the Liquor Stop focuses in part on promot- customer. “If somebody comes in and asks for ing red wines for better heart health. On something that we do not have, we will top of that, organic wines have been go to our distributors and we’ll order pouring in from all over the country. Australian wine has become one of one bottle or one case,” Linendoll said. the most popular trends in wine nation- “It is personalized.” Stop in, look around and say “hi” to wide and The Liquor Stop has several, Debi, Brienne, Linda, and Michael! including Yellow Tail, Black Swan and For further information on types of Jacob’s Creek. The wine selection is as large as that wines or liquor variety, stop by during business hours Monday through of any bigger store. Thursday between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., Right now, red blends seem to be a great seller, so they carry blends like Friday and Saturday between 9 a.m. and Apothic Red, Cellar 8, Primal Hands and 9 p.m., or call The Liquor Stop at 64214 Hands, to name a few. And the fla- 9262.

Greek House of Pizza Celebrating their first year Greek House of Pizza is celebrating our first year. We’d like to thank all of our customers for your support over the past year. Thank you! Our menu includes our famous gourmet Greek pizza with spinach, feta cheese, kalamata olives, fresh tomatoes, and fresh garlic; white pizza and our popular buffalo chicken pizza, plus other specialty pizzas. We have appetizers too, like breadsticks, chicken wings, onion rings, fries, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers Christina Staikos, owner and gyros. We also have one topping or more pizza with free dinners and we’re famous for our Greek salads, subs, baklava, can- small cheese pizza, or buy two large or nolis and pastries. And coming soon two small subs and get one free. The Greek House of Pizza is open we’ll have spanakopita, spinach and feta Monday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday thru in filo; and kreatopita, meat in filo. We have daily specials throughout the Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 4 week: Mondays – Free wings with large one p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. Delivery is available within a 6-mile radius starting at 4 p.m. topping or more pizza. Call (518) 642-2018 or (518) 642-2058 to Tuesdays – Half price large pizzas. Wednesday thru Sundays – Two large place an order.

If you haven’t been in Chapman’s General Store in the last year, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The walls now display the early photographs and memorabilia we have been collecting over the years. There are photographs of local residences, lumber mills and slate yards, many of which we will recognize. Also, several of Chapman’s store in the early days. Our latest addition is the restored Gulf Gas pump, which warmly glows, proudly displaying its gasoline priced at 39 and one-half cents per gallon. Hurricane Irene left its mark on the 200-year-old store. Fortunately what comes in and goes back out. The wooden floor boards bucked like a roller coaster and an inch of mud was Delbert, Nellie, Alice & William Chapman, left behind. Our much-loved employ- circa 1920 ees and community rallied around for and homemade salads in warm weather. three days of intense clean-up. We have penny candy, ice cream, an Everything had to be moved and cleaned, ATM, NY Lottery tickets, groceries, gasand the dumpsters filled. Then we evalu- oline, kerosene, propane, diesel, ice and ated and moved on. “the coldest beer in Granville.” Today when you come in, a selection In the spring, you can buy your bait of delicious New England Coffee awaits and go fishing on the bank of the you at our “coffee bar”; you can take Mettawee River, taking a lunch break at your coffee and a homemade goodie from a picnic table. We have been told a thouthe bakery cupboard to our new “old- sand times that our “soft crème” is the fashioned” booths, or you can order one best in the area! of our many sandwich selections or hot So come on in and try one of our lunch specials, to take out or eat inside. manly sandwiches: The “Sapling,” Chapman’s opens 5 a.m. serving “Beast,” or “Mad Cow,” maybe the breakfast sandwiches, burritos and “Golden Gobbler” or the “He-man wraps. We serve hot lunches and our Woman-hater.” Sit and relax in a place made-to-order submarines and sand- where time slows down and lets you wiches until 9 p.m. catch your breath, even for just a while. You will find you can get most anyVisit Chapman’s General Store on 7 thing at Chapman’s. Besides home-baked Main St. in Middle Granville or give us a treats and cappuccino, we have a full deli call at (518) 642-1870

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Whitehall House of Pizza A great reason to dine out! Great food, great prices and great portions! There’s only place in Whitehall where local residents, passersthrough and even celebrities stop for a bite to eat, The Whitehall House of Pizza. Prominently situated on Route 4 just south of the village, the eatery attracts customers from all walks of life, whether they live in the area or are just passing by. Cheryl Robarge and Cheryl Robarge daughter Rachel manage the popular eatery, which is owned by the Tsito family, and Robarge says its location is “perfect,” with plenty of parking spaces and a 12-booth dining room. “All traffic must go by us in order to enter or exit Whitehall,” Robarge said. Past customers include Chuck Norris, Sandy Duncan and others who’ve passed by. Those who stop aren’t disappointed. Delicious pizzas are served, of course, but there’s much more on the menu, including calzones, subs, hot wings, Greek gyros, homemade soup and full dinners. Antipasto, Greek salad and chef’s salad are featured as well. Each Tuesday the special is a large cheese pizza for just $6.50, or a small cheese pizza for $4.25 and Wednesday is a pasta lover’s paradise with the spaghetti or ziti with meatballs special, which also includes a tossed salad for $6.50! This super Wednesday special is avail-

able from 4 to 8 p.m. Eat in or take out! The Whitehall House of Pizza feels it’s important to support local businesses “in order to keep our local economy thriving,” said Robarge, who operates the place with a staff of three. “Why would you want to drive for miles, anyway, when you can get food as great as ours just a few minutes away?” The pizza house, in turn, supports local organizations, events and charities because “we are always willing to help those in need of a helping hand.” The Whitehall House of Pizza is “a friendly, clean, relaxing place to eat,” Robarge said. “Our friendly staff and quality food are great reasons to dine out tonight.” The Tsito family also operates the Greenwich House of Pizza in the K-Mart Plaza on Route 29 in Greenwich. The Whitehall House of Pizza offers takeouts as well as table service. To call, dial 499-0744.

Fair Haven and Poultney Auto Supply Parts and people you can trust Knowing who to ask for help with a problem is the first step to fixing it. Most people turn to someone they trust, someone with experience. Why should it be any different where your car is concerned? Fair Haven Auto Supply and/or Poultney Auto Supply, is a business you trust, one with nearly 40 years of experience. The business meets not only automotive needs of the community, but also carry lawn and garden tractors and Fair Haven Poultney Auto Supply mowers and goods for more in touch person-to-person than agricultural and industrial needs, as most places,” Egan said. “We have time well as a complete line of tools. and experience to help our customers Managers Jim Egan of Fair Haven one on one, and we try and tailor to a and Alan Macomber for Poultney are customer. We continue to grow every most proud of the fact that they have year and we owe that to our customers.” kept much of the same customer base Egan said Fair Haven Auto Supply for the last three decades. and Poultney Auto Supply have what it “We have kept the same customers, takes to fix just about anything with an because we knock ourselves out for engine. “We have the parts to fix everythem,” Egan said. “My guys will go the thing from your lawn tractor to your extra mile for them, and if someone else truck,” he said. can do the job better than us, we are not The team suggests regular mainteafraid to refer our customers to somenance, oil changes, updated batteries, air body else. I do not think many places filters, new wiper blades; don’t wait for will do that.” trouble to occur. If you do find yourself Providing quality parts has been an with car problems, travel down to Fair important aspect of the business, ever Haven Auto Supply on Main Street, Fair since Macomber’s parents, Sam and Haven or Poultney Auto Supply on Main Jeannette Macomber, started the busiStreet, Poultney, and turn to the experiness in Fair Haven. enced professionals. “We only sell quality parts,” Egan Fair Haven Auto Supply and Poultney said. “If there is a choice between a Auto Supply is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grade A part and a Grade B part, we will Monday through Saturday. The store is choose the Grade A part.” closed on Sunday. If you have any quesEgan said another key to success is tions, call Fair Haven at 802-265-3012 or the personal relationships the employPoultney at 802-287-9211. ees build with their customers. “We are

Wheelin' and Dealin' Auction House Everything you need in one place Owner Laurie Cenate specializes in purchase and resale of complete or partial estates, including antiques. She started small, in her three-car garage, but attendance grew quickly and she has moved into a former bowling alley, which provides more space, better parking, and a complete snack bar. It is also handicap accessible. Cenate says the variety of merchandise she gets is a real calling card, including furniture, household items, tools, toys and collectibles … new, used and antiques. Much of it can’t be found anywhere else. “We have soup to nuts and even the kitchen sink,” Cenate says. Wheelin’ and Dealin’ is a true family operation, with all five of her children involved; the girls are clerks and cashiers, the boys run auction slips and help move. Another benefit to the new space is that Wheelin’ and Dealin’ still has room to grow. Cenate keeps a book of bidders and her auctions have drawn bidders from Burlington, Vt., to Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Jersey. She notes that not only does the auction draw visitors to the area, “it also gives many people something to do for free entertainment on Sundays.” Bargain hunters will find used items, especially furniture, at prices far below retail, which is a big help in hard times, Cenate says, and it also provides an inex-

Laurie Cenate pensive, easy way to sell items people might no longer need. She and her family are involved in the community, and Wheelin’ and Dealin’ also gives back by donating items to local fire departments and food shelves. Cenate also donated to families hit by Tropical Storm Irene last summer. She’s also a big believer in buying local. “Why leave town to purchase anything when we get it all!” she says. Auction action starts at 10 a.m. Sundays, with previews at 8 a.m. Wheelin’ and Dealin’ Auction House is located at 799 South Main St., Route 22A, Fair Haven, Vt. Call (518) 642-2428.

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Black Pond Supply

American Hardware

Drainage problems — No problems

Experienced, helpful staff the key

Now that there is a frozen lake in your front yard, it’s time to think about fixing that drainage problem before the thaw! Spring will be here before you know it and so will the water. Robert Gibbs can help solve your drainage problems. Gibbs, owner of Black Pond Supply Co. in Hubbardton, has been helping area residents for more than 24 years, providing them with septic system supplies, plumbing lines and culverts of all types and sizes. Small Robert Gibbs project or large, residential, commercial or municipal, it doesn’t matter. When asked how he got started in the plastic culvert business, Gibbs replied: “I was in the right place at the right time. I had a family member in a related business who brought to my attention plastic culverts.” At the time, using plastic culverts for drainage was not commonplace in Vermont, but after some research Gibbs decided to give them a try. Gibbs said the most rewarding aspect of his job is meeting people, and knowing he has a good product to sell them. He not only promises convenience and service but the best prices possible. Black Pond Supply offers a line of Ultra-pipe, with a watertight coupling already built in for easier installation, and a line of bio-diffusers, which pro-

vide better septic drainage using a nontraditional method, said Gibbs. With certain soil compositions, this method can be more efficient. It actually creates a cavity for the water to lie in, Gibbs said. Throughout his 24 years in business, Gibbs has seen a number of people use his products in several unconventional, creative ways. For instance, he has seen children use some of his larger pipes to create a water slide over the past few years. Gibbs even has a supplier for dock supplies. To provide the best possible service for his customers, Gibbs is continually adding new items to his product line, including mulch hay. He offers free estimates, and will gladly discuss any drainage problems. Call him at (802) 273-2841 for more information.

Longevity in today’s competitive business climate is a rarity, earned only by those businesses with an unwavering dedication to offering the best in goods and service. Such is the dedication shown by American Hardware at 57 Church St. in Granville. Founded in 1972, American Hardware has weathered a name change and a move from its original site at Church and Main streets to its much bigger location. Today it’s owned by David Linendoll and Kyle Hunter and managed by Kyle’s sister, Wendy Hunter, and they are maintaining the full-service hardware store’s longstanding tradition. “We’re a family-owned business and have been for four generations,” said Linendoll, who worked in the business since graduating from high school in 1977, before purchasing his share of the partnership in 1989. Kyle became David’s business partner in 1994 when his father, Bob Hunter, retired. American Hardware offers a full line of hardware and related supplies. Whether it’s nails, tools, paint, plumbing or electrical supplies, the store is wellstocked with any items needed to address any projects around the house. American Hardware has rentals – floor sanders, carpet cleaners, jackhammers, hammer drills – and bagged goods such as concrete, mortar, solar salt, sand, mulch, birdseed, as well as bulk supplies of nails, screws, slate hooks, kero wicks, and Forney welding supplies. “Ninety percent of the time when a customer says ‘I know you don’t have this, I’ve been from Rutland to Glens Falls and I can’t find one,’ we have it in stock on the shelf,” said Wendy Hunter.

Roy Rathbun and Kyle Hunter American Hardware also carries a full line of swimming pool supplies, including chemicals such as chlorine and HTH, testing kits, thermometers and skimmers; plus a full line of appliances, featuring G.E. products. American Hardware features a stateof-the-art computerized paint color matching system that affords customers a choice of more than 2,000 colors, and it offers a variety of services, including window and screen repair, pipe threading, stove pipe cutting and crimping, faxing and propane tank refills. Experience is a key: David has 32 years, Wendy 19 years, Kyle 15 years, Tom Quiggle has 13 years and Roy Rathbun has 12 years. “We give friendly, personal service, for which we pride ourselves; we are customer friendly and we know most of our customers by their first names,” Kyle said. American Hardware is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Please call the store at 642-1334.

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Bardin's Tire Service and Expert Auto Repair

Fashion Corner Bridal and Formalwear

Striving to be the best for 59 years

Selection, style and trusted service

Bardin’s Tire Service and Expert Auto Repair has been serving the automotive needs of Granville and the surrounding communities since begun in 1953 by Clarence Bardin. “For the past 59 years we’ve strived to be the best,” said Mark Bardin, owner since 1981, “Our quality tires and superior service are unmatched by any dealer.” Bardin’s Tire Service is located at 66 Quaker St., next to the Granville High School. The company is interwoven into the fabric of the community. “We’re honest, sincere and friendly. We’re a family-owned repair shop; we went to school here, lived for many years, and supported the community,” Bardin said. Although there are other repair shops in the area, few can match the experience and training of their staff. “Our ASE-certified techs and hightech equipment can repair your vehicle quickly and effectively the first time,” added Bardin. The company also boasts one of the most extensive lines of tires in the Lakes Region. The company has tires available for every kind of vehicle from passenger cars and lightweight trucks to large farm trucks. “Large or small, we can get them all,” Bardin said. “Our brands include Bridgestone, Firestone, Daytona, Goodyear, Cooper, Nokian, Michelin, BF Goodrich, Continental, and many more,” Bardin explained. The business also houses a one-bay

Mark Bardin, Owner car wash. “It’s a Lazer Touchless Car Wash,” Bardin added. Customers can drive around to the back of the bulding, place their money in the fully automated machine and sit in the comfort of their car as their car is washed. The machine has several settings allowing the customer to choose extra options such as having their car spray waxed or having the undercarriage cleaned, perfect for cleaning corrosive salt off your car during the winter months. “We’re always available for all of our customer needs,” Bardin said. “We offer 59 years of quality service for less, with a personal touch.” Bardin’s is open Monday though Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call them at (518) 642-1311.

Brides-to-be from all over the region trust Natalie Clark and her staff to help them find the perfect dress for their most important day. That’s because Natalie Clark has 27 years experience catering to the soon-tobe-bride at her shop, Fashion Corner Bridal and Formalwear, in Port Henry, N.Y. The Fashion Corner is more than just racks filled with bridal and prom gowns for the most petite to full-sized figures. There’s an extensive array of prom and party dresses for all occasions, from cocktail parties to elegant balls to Homecoming. The boutique also has a wide selection of jewelry, purses, hair pieces and garters. But the most outstanding feature of Clark’s Fashion is something that can’t be stocked in inventory: personal attention. “It is our sincerest desire to assist you with our knowledge and expertise,” Natalie said. “It is our pleasure to serve you. We have 27 years experience in the bridal business!” Clark and her bridal consultants will help you coordinate your whole outfit and, in the case of weddings, your bridal party from bridesmaids to mother of the bride to flower girls’ attire to tuxedo rentals for the men. Skillful alterations are available and the dresses are meticulously ironed and ready for the big day before they leave the shop. All the little details, which can loom large on that all-important day, are attended to.

Grace Cuomo-Durfee and Seth Durfee Clark, who acts as her own sales consultant and buyer, brings in the latest styles from New York City, Chicago and California. The Fashion Corner offers bridal lines such as Alfred Angelo, Maggie Sottero, DeVinci, Mary’s, Mori Lee and prom lines such as Mori Lee, Flirt by Maggie Sottero, Faviana, Alyce, Tiffany, Party Time and Mary’s. Visit the Fashion Corner Bridal and Formalwear at 4325 Main St. in Port Henry for more information, or call 518546-7499. You can also visit them on Facebook.

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Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Innovative products for many uses At Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Granville, research and development are ongoing while the firm continues to turn out foam tapes and other products that have been manufactured in the community for more than 30 years. The Foams Group of SaintGobain Performance Plastics comprises the former Norton Performance Plastics Corp. and Norwood Coated Products Co. The resulting organization has a rich history and extensive expertise in Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Granville. elastomeric foam polymer technolThe Green Glue Co. began with a ogy and adhesive systems. home theater builder who went to great Product development began more lengths to soundproof his room. His finthan 30 years ago and since that time a wide range of high-performing foam ished home theater used room-within-aroom stud walls, double drywall, exotic products have been commercialized. doors … the works. Products such as thin-gauge high- soundproof Ultimately, however, he was disappointperforming, adhesive-coated bonding tapes, foams for a wide range of gasket- ed in the results, particularly at low freing needs, specialty foam formulations quencies. A research and development firm spefor use in sealing log homes, and struccializing in specialty coatings and viscotural glazing spacer tapes for high-rise glass-clad buildings are just a few of the elastic materials was consulted to create a soundproofing material that would resulting innovations. These products provide superior per- outperform current products especially formance, increased production efficien- at low frequencies. The result of this cies and cost-effective solutions to the simple inquiry into the possible applicaautomotive, electronic, transportation, tion of viscoelastic technology to industrial, construction and renewable improve sound isolation was named Green Glue. Today, Green Glue has energy markets. Products include Normount ® bond- become the best-selling product of its ing tapes; Thermalbond ® – structural kind worldwide, with millions of square glazing spacer tapes; Norseal ® Log feet used to soundproof walls, floors, Home Foam – specialty foam tape for log and ceilings. In 2008, Green Glue became a part of home construction; Dynafoam ® – foamthe Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in-place gasket material; Korel ® – Foam division and relocated to the micro-cellular foam for gasketing and Granville facility. TM cushioning; Lo-Skid Micro-cellular For more information visit them at High Traction Urethane Foam for ioning and footpads.

Joe's Pizza Thankful for 14 years of support In 2012 Joe’s Pizza will be celebrating their 14th year in business. Owner Joe Kelly is especially proud of his business, because of all that it has withstood over the past 14 years. Many restaurants have opened and many have closed. He has his customers to thank for making it to his 14th year. Joe and staff will try their hardest to please everyone. Joe makes sure all who work at the longstanding restaurant have the customer in mind, from a friendly greeting to Jen & Chris Kelly great food and excellent service. p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m. to 9:30 Daughter Jen and son Chris are very much a part of the family busi- p.m. And of course the restaurant is ness, along with Ann and the boys, keep- always open for the big game in February. This year Joe’s Pizza served 1,700 ing the tradition going so customers can wings in just under four hours! enjoy the “Original” Joe’s pizza pie, calJoe and family like to do their part in zones, wings, subs, burgers, strombolis, garlic sticks, onion rings, popcorn chick- the community as busy as they are. en, fish sandwiches, pasta salads and Taking time to participate in Operation green salads for customers for years to Santa Claus, giving tours for local schools, fundraising for a local cause, come. Joe’s Pizza offers delivery right to they are always there to lend a hand. Not only does the Kelly family operate your dinner table or maybe you just Joes’ Pizza, there are 2 other businesses want to dine in their comfortable dining room and have a no muss, no fuss eve- the family operates, Big Foot Wine & Liquor, open Tuesday to Thursday, 11 ning. Having company or an event and need a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., to tend to your guests? No problem, Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday 12 Joes’s Pizza has baked ziti, spaghetti, to 4 p.m., Monday 12 to 6 p.m. and Joe’s stuffed shells and chicken parmesan din- Spare Change and Bottle Redemption Center, open the same hours as the ners that your guests will rave about. center, except closed Quality food, excellent customer ser- redemption vice at reasonable prices is their motto! Sundays. Just look for Big Foot in back Delivery is available within a 5-mile of Joe’s Pizza he’ll show you the way! radius. The restaurant is open Tuesday Joe’s Pizza is located at 132 Broadway or to Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 4 call 499-0603!

Carol's Collectibles & Antiques 10,000 sq. ft. of merchandise You will find what you are looking for at Carol’s! Whether you are a collector, an avid bargain hunter or just starting out and need to furnish or redecorate your apartment or living space with everyday needs, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at Carol’s Collectibles and Antiques. The store features a10,000-square-foot inventory of products spanning two floors. Carol Winchell carries quality new and used furniture, TVs, dishes, beds, couches, pictures, lamps, movies on VHS and DVD and maybe even a baby grand! “We have lots of new items as well as collectibles and antiques,” Winchell said. “We are always changing, moving and adding merchandise. You’ll find something old and something new.” Carol has a good-sized display of beautiful jewelery, making a fine gift for that someone special and a baby grand sitting on the sales floor: cleaned and tuned and ready for a new home! Carol opened her shop in 2000 on Poultney Street, and as business continued to grow, she moved to her larger, current location, 84 Broadway in Whitehall. In 2009 the store expanded its sales floor to its current 10,000 square feet. Expanding once more, Carol and partner Terry have purchased the adjacent lot and hope to continue what was started on Poultney Street, the outside flea market with estate sales clearances. The store has also added an official sometimes greeter, CC the cat! When CC came to Carol’s she was in rough shape, starving with most of her hair fallen out. CC is now happy and healthy and

Find what you are looking for at Carol's. loved by all. “Business is going well; we’re catering to the economics of the area and the times by carrying quality new and used merchandise,” Winchell said. “There are two floors of merchandise for customers to enjoy and explore. It’s an adventure.” Winchell feels her business continues to flourish for many reasons. “Consistent hours, quality merchandise, reasonable prices, and a relaxed atmosphere,” she said. “And customer service is very important. Being here daily, helping people locate a hard-tofind item, and knowledge of the products in the store. If I don’t know, I’ll do the research to find out.” The store also accepts credit and debit cards and she has also created a website so customers can find information online. The shop is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment call 499-0728, or visit

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Lee Whitmore D'Ella Buick, GMC, Cadillac 25 years of experience and dedication Twenty-five plus years of auto sales gives Lee Whitmore at D’Ella Buick, GMC, Cadillac located on Quaker Road in Queensbury a broad knowledge of different makes and models. Whitmore, an Argyle resident, has been a car salesman for over 25 years and has worked in Glens Falls, Saratoga and the Granville area. “I’m just a local guy catering to local customers and many previous customers. Give me a call or stop by and let me know what you are looking for.” Whitmore can be reached at (518) 7933871.

Lee Whitmore

First Step Dance Studio Celebrating 20 years First Step Dance Studio, located at 127 South William St. in Whitehall, has been helping local residents take their first steps on the dance floor since 1993. This year the dance studio is looking forward to celebrating 20 years in 2013! The studio offers dance classes to students of all ages and abilities in a variety of disciplines. Leading those classes is instructor and owner Miss Pam Hobus Pam. Pam, who was born and raised in Whitehall, has 46 years of dance experience and has received training in New Paltz, Glens Falls and Queensbury. She was even afforded an opportunity to serve as an instructor at The Glens Falls Dance Center, but declined so that she could open her own studio in Whitehall. Besides spreading her passion for dance, Miss Pam serves as a representative of health and fitness. “Juvenile obesity has become a major concern that can affect these children for years to come. Getting our youth active and involved in some form of exercise on a regular basis is extremely important,” she says. First Step Dance Studio strives to provide a fun and exciting atmosphere, while teaching rhythm, coordination, musicality, technique, teamwork, and

the ability to follow instructions and direction while preparing for public performances. Some of the classes offered include tap, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, hard and soft shoe Celtic and Zumba. Tuition is based on total hourly enrollment and the more dancers per family and/or the number of classes signed up for, the bigger the discount. First Step seasons resume in September and dancers work through May towards a two-night recital at the Whitehall Central School Auditorium. The studio is open five days per week, Sunday through Thursday. Miss Pam can be reached at 518-499-0951 or 518-7960907. “I hope to pass on my dedication, love and passion for dance to my students, as well as having a lifelong impact on the importance of health and fitness.”

Mead's Lock Shop Secure your home and business Chet Mead’s time as a correctional officer afforded him a chance to learn a few tips on security, and he’s had training in safe technology and camera security and alarms. He’s put that knowledge to good use, forming Mead’s Lock Shop, a business that specializes in security services to help you stop those Chet Mead who wish to gain their livelihood by theft. Mead’s Lock Shop offers locks, keys and cameras for security protection, and alarm system services. He even offers sales and service for home/business safes. With 30 years as a correctional officer and 26-plus years in business with his lock shop, Mead said he can serve anyone’s needs providing “security at a better price.” Mead said, having been born in Granville, “I have always wanted to help people in the area and when I thought of lock-smithing as a career I thought, what better way to help people than to give them security and try to give them peace of mind.” Drawing from lessons he learned over the years in the law enforcement and security field, he is able to see how someone could take advantage of any breaches in your home or business security. As a friend and neighbor, he can give advice on how to make your home or business more secure and less of a target for

someone who would like to rob you. “Normally I don’t like to give security tips, but I will give you these three that help deter break-ins: Motion lights, deadbolts and safes,” he said. “If people buy a small safe for their deeds and titles or other smaller valuable items from my shop or any distributor, if possible, the safe should be bolted down.” When he isn’t working, Mead said he likes to collect old locks and keys, as well as model trains and old D&H Railroad items. “I miss the trains going through Granville, and knowing that you could go to the ball field or a friend’s house to visit, or even to Glens Falls, and don’t bother to lock your doors,” he said. “Yes, times have changed – I still feel we live in a great area with a lot of friendly and respectful people, and would like to think we don’t need locks and alarms, but I know better.” To make an appointment with Chet Mead, contact him anytime at (518) 6422673 or 642-4743.

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Great Meadow Federal Credit Union You are not a customer, you are family The Great Meadow Federal Credit Union is a federal credit union with offices in Comstock (11627 State Route 22) and Granville (24 East Main St). GMFCU was established in 1956 with a charter to service the employees of the Great Meadow Correctional Facility and members of their immediate families. Since then, the credit union has expanded to include 18 different employee groups or associations in Northern Washington County. Any person employed or retired from any of these employee groups, and their family members are eligible for membership at Great Meadow Federal Credit Union. Many people are unsure what a credit union is. Many believe a credit union is just like a bank, but this is not correct. As a Federal Credit Union, Great Meadow FCU is a not-for-profit financial institution that is member owned and operated. Members of credit unions pool their assets to provide loans and other financial services to each other. These factors allow credit unions to pay higher savings dividends to their members and offer them lower loan rates and fewer service fees. The National Credit Union Administration is the federal agency that supervises federal credit unions. They insure savings of up to $250,000 through the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, a federal fund backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government. Great Meadow FCU is locally run and operated, and is here to serve the local population, as well as not profit from our members but for our members. When you become a member at GMFCU, you are not a

Member of Board of Directors Roy Rathbun and C.O.O. Ryan Roberts customer; you are family and you matter most. Great Meadow FCU has received a 5-star superior rating for over 19 consecutive years by BauerFinancial Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm. Fewer than 10 percent of the nation’s credit unions can claim this distinction. This 5-star superior rating recognizes Great Meadow FCU’s continued superior performance and strength. In 2012 Great Meadow FCU plans on constructing and opening a full-service credit union office in Granville. We also plan on continuing upgrading and adding new services for our members. Great Meadow FCU is always looking to expand to new business groups or organizations to allow their employees and/or members and families to be eligible for membership at Great Meadow Federal Credit Union. For further information on Great Meadow FCU contact us at (518) 639-8655 or visit to learn more about Great Meadow FCU and the services we offer.

Williams Hardware Sixty-seven years and still going strong! Newman Williams started Williams Hardware in 1946 with the help of his father Russell I. Williams. Now Newman’s son Bob continues the tradition. Bob and his employees recently finished a major store renovation. Bob says “we have all new shelving, fixtures and peg hooks in the entire store. We have also added thousands of dollars of merchandise to help us better serve our customers.” While Bob wanted the entire store better, there were three areas he is especially pleased with. The first area that was expanded was the kitchen and faucets which increased from four to five feet and now has a variety of brushed nickel sinks and tub faucets. They also have a great selection of towel bars, rings and hooks in a variety of finishes and colors. “I’ve also increased my selection of door knobs from four to 12 feet. This selection gives me a wider variety of knobs and lever locks also in brushed nickel, brass and chrome,” Bob says. “We also have nice display boards of product we can special order with weekly delivery. Across the aisle from this display is 12 feet of cabinet hardware that we stock and another 12 feet of product on display that you can see and touch, and also special order with weekly delivery,” Bob said. This gives the customer a wide variety to choose from to get just what they want. The third area Bob is really excited about is the nuts and bolts aisle. He now carries 48 feet of product that includes six feet of stainless steel products, much more galvanized product and a large increase in metric product. He has also

Bob Williams, owner increased his assortment of hardware found in pull out drawers from 134 drawers to over 250 different assortments of small, hard-to-find products. True Value’s design of the new store has increased product in every area. Combine this with the normal rental products, lawn and garden, and a lumber yard and you will find most everything needed to do your projects. “Our customers come in and simply can’t believe how great the store looks,” Bob says. “They all say it look so much bigger and brighter. They also seem to like the polished concrete floors much more than I expected.” Williams Hardware is located right on Main Street in Poultney and customers can call at 802-287-5791. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page and our website at for lots of great information and store specials. Williams Hardware is open 7 days a week, and the newly renovated store certainly makes it a destination True Value. Remember …. start right, start here.

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Kelly's Auto, Kelly's Guns and Ammo and Kelly's Tent Rentals Your business is our business Roy and Roxanne Kelly are the proud owners of Kelly’s Guns and Ammo, Kelly’s Auto and Kelly’s Tent Rentals, all located at 24 Old Castle Green Lane in Granville. We’re your one stop shop! We’re the ones who will take care of you! We also have additional services like tow- Front l-r: Roy Sr., ing, scrap removal and l-r- Roy Jr. & Chicky tire sales. We also buy junk cars and scrap metals. The scrap metal business is going strong and we now have a new scale for weighing your scrap, with great prices! We want to be able to offer quality service in all their businesses at affordable prices to their friends and neighbors in the greater Granville area. We pride ourselves on being family-owned and operated. We also have the largest gun inventory in the area and offer archery and fishing items. Our shop is based on the belief that our customers’ hunting and shooting needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. There are many new items in stock.  Stop by or call us for all your sporting needs. “We’re always growing with new products and services and constantly expanding,” said Roy. We have now expanded their exper-

Roxanne, Shelby, Virginia, Mandie, Back tise into the tent rental business! Have tent will travel and travel we will to meet your expectations. We have tents for all occasions. Call ahead for availability and hours of operation at (518) 854-7930. Outside of business, Roy and Roxanne enjoy spending time with our family and pursuing our love of classic cars, hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. For more information about Kelly’s Auto, give us a call at 854-7041. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. You can reach Kelly’s Guns and Ammo and tent rentals at 854-7930. Hours there are Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed on Sundays. We hope you can find everything you need. We are focused on providing highquality service and customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. Visit us at www.

Panorama Motel Get away close to home extras that set the Need to get away Panorama apart.” but it’s too much All of the trouble? Relax, you Panorama’s rooms don’t need to go that have flat-screen TVs, far! Just come to the free wireless Internet Panorama Motel and access, in-room enjoy the view in refrigerators, microyour own backyard. waves, coffee and tea “We really do have and VCR/DVD playthe secret of a weekers, with access to a end escape that’s wide selection of truly restful. You’re choices in the video only minutes away Roxann and Peter Flynn library. from friends and fam“We’ve had travelers tell us their room ily but it’s a world apart and within your budget,” says Peter Flynn, co-owner of was the cleanest and most comfortable they’d found on their trip, and even workthe Panorama Motel in Hampton, N.Y. “We’ve had guests come from all over men who said it was the nicest place the world, including recently from they’d stayed in years on the road. Many Australia and Sweden but many are local of our guests rave about the beautiful — folks who just need a break from the view and we enjoy telling them that it daily routine without breaking the was our biggest reason for coming here ourselves. It was also the motivation for bank.” Roxann Flynn, Peter’s wife and co- installing large, sliding glass doors so the owner of the Panorama, smiles. “It’s a view could be enjoyed from inside or out great way to recharge your batteries. on each room’s private patio,” Roxann Most rooms have a nearly 360-degree adds. “What could be better for a quick view of the mountains and the seasons refresher for yourself, a place to delight in the New York and Vermont country- friends who come up to visit you, or a side — in every season, there’s a new longer stay — I tell people, any day’s a great day to take a break here!” reason to enjoy a stay here.” With rates incredibly low, a night at Besides being a local getaway, the Panorama’s proximity to Green the Panorama Motel, on Route 22A in Mountain College and to Castleton State Hampton is the perfect stop for business College, both in Vermont, and the year- or pleasure. It’s also a great place for relround attraction of outdoor events in the atives and friends, returning to the area Lakes Region, such as snowmobiling, briefly or visiting for a few days. They fishing, boating and golfing brings visi- will thank you forever. Reserve a room today for any occasion with Peter and tors from up and down the East Coast. “Guests tell us that they stay – and Roxann at (518) 282-9648 or (800) 423-9648 they keep coming back – because our — enjoy the view! rooms are truly spacious and full of little

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Dockside Jewelers

T's Kitchen T's offers party and comfort foods

Equinite stones placed in sterling silver and gold

Recognized in Horse Illustrated Keep your favorite horse forever close! Memorialize your equine friend forever! You wouldn’t wear your horse around your neck or your wrist or your ring finger. Jeweler Robert Merkert discovered this newest keepsake by complete accident. A beam of sunlight illuminated a wet hoof trimming, adding luster and shine. When cleaned, polished and shaped, this gave Bob the keepsake idea that has turned into the latest news in the equine world: equinite. The equinite gem was recently recognized in Horse Illustrated and also featured at the Saratoga Arts Center. It’s been a busy year with shows: Opening at the Belmont Race Track, Equine Affair in Springfield, Mass., and Columbus, Ohio, Everything Equine in Essex Junction, Vt., Hildene in Manchester, Art in the Park, Rutland, and in Glens Falls, at the show at LARAC. Many horse lovers are having these gems made to memorialize their equine friend forever! Robert has taken each

gem and created beautiful rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, belt buckles in 14k gold and sterling silver  with equinite as the focal point. The gem colors range from a cream white to a charcoal blackish brown and some are actually reddish. Each one has its own unique character. Some equinite gems appear to have the same features that are seen in diamonds. Inclusions and feathers (he calls them  horse feathers) are apparent in many of the gems. New in 2012, Bob has been able to engrave the equinite gems with customers’ initials. Also new and noteworthy is that a percentage of the proceeds of the website orders for equinite are being donated to Pip Squeak Paddock, a rescue center for miniature horses. If you would like more information about the equinite gem or would like to have one created, visit Dockside Jewelers, located on 126  Main St., Whitehall, call 518-499-9001 or visit the web site at e-mail at

Owner and cook Teresa Loomis runs a little shop located in back of Country Horizon Realty on East Main Street in Granville. One of T’s passions is creating party foods for bridal showers, baby showers, anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, graduations and even funerals. T also can make you some great-tasting comfort foods. Soooo … yummy. T promises to make your party a whole lot easier for you. She can also make your next alloccasion cake or a moist and tasty wedding cake. “I enjoy making wedding cakes. I get to use the creative and crafty side of me,” she says. Stop in to see pictures of almost every wedding cake T has ever done. She’s open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call with questions or to place an order Teresa Loomis at 518-955-0597.

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Granville Small Animal Hospital Your pets are our only concern The doctors and staff at Granville Small Animal Hospital are excited to announce some new updates and features at the hospital this year. Since the move from the Quaker Street location 12 years ago – can it really be that long? – the hospital has continued to grow and expand, offering a full range of veterinary medical services for our family pets. We still provide “wellness care” and a full range of services for sick dogs, cats, pocket pets, exotics and more. Surgical procedures include routine spays and neuters in addition to ortho-

pedics and other advanced surgical procedures. We can perform many screening diagnostic tests not routinely available in small rural area hospitals. Our low-cost cat spay/neuter clinic has become so popular that we have increased the number of days the service is provided each month to keep up with demand. We are thrilled that the stray cat overpopulation problem will be positively impacted by the program and will continue to offer the service as long as there is demand. Our boarding kennel has also contin-

The friendly staff at Granville Small Animal Hospital. ued to grow in response to client need. We have added new staff to pamper your pets while you are away and also offer “doggy day care” for pets who would otherwise spend long hours alone while owners are at work. The dogs are taken out for play time, extra walks and mingling with other suitable playmates if requested. We encourage family pet photo shots to add to our bulletin boards. Darlene is also offering puppy kindergarten classes and adult obedience classes for interested parties. We also continue to update our website and Facebook status. Exciting surgical procedures can be viewed and we try to provide pertinent information on our pets’ health issues each month. Please feel free to contact us via Facebook or

email if there is a topic you would like to see addressed. We would like to remind you that there is an online store and pharmacy plus we still utilize the compounding services of Drake’s Pharmacy in Poultney. This year we are happy to welcome Dr. Beth Kissack to our staff. Dr. Kissack attended veterinary school at U.C. Davis in California and practiced for two years prior to moving to the Granville area. We are thrilled to have added such a compassionate and dedicated doctor to our team. Granville Small Animal Hospital is still conveniently located at 9928 State Route 22 in Middle Granville. Visit us on the Web at or call at (518) 642-1283.

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Parker Water Wells

The Stovery

Experienced and dependable

The heat source experts

Located in Middletown Springs, Vt., Parker Water Wells is a family-owned and operated business with over 30 years experience in the field, serving New England and New York. Our services include water wells, pumps, complete water systems, hydrofracking and geothermal heating systems. By contracting Parker Water Wells for your water resource needs you are assured of benefiting from the most experienced and dependable, licensed profes- Parker Water Wells sionals in the industry to Our clients include builders, homedeliver top quality results. owners, engineers, developers and priWe offer a variety of services for both vate companies whose trust we have private and business needs, are fully earned as a dependable, expert company insured and thoroughly tooled with topproviding a broad variety of technical quality equipment to tackle any circumservices ranging from well drilling, stance. Through experienced analysis pump system design and installation, we are able to accurately determine the well inspecting and pump testing, well best type of well to meet your needs, the development and environmental/geopump best suited for those needs, and technical drilling. whether any additional water treatment Our goals for the future are to continsystem may be desirable. ue growing our business at a pace conduFor existing wells we can provide cive to maintaining top customer service repair services, pump replacements, and and satisfaction, to continue improving hydrofracking to replenish dwindling our services and equipment in every water flow in many cases. Whatever way possible and to stand out as the proyour water well need, Parker Water vider of choice for our services. Wells is there with a desire to exceed We invite you to browse our website your highest expectations. ( and learn Parker Water Wells provides complete more about the services we have to offer. top-to-bottom service. Whether your If you have any questions please feel free need is residential or industrial, we are to give us a call at 800-862-4016 or 802-287able to provide a custom integrated solu4016. We are located at 590 West St. in tion that will comply with any engineerbeautiful Middletown Springs, Vermont. ing standard.

The old general store in South Argyle provides the perfect setting for Rich Entwistle’s business, which he calls “The Stovery.” Hearths and fireplaces are his specialty, along with wood, gas and pellet stoves and inserts to keep you toasty warm during the cold and blustery weather. The Stovery is in a Route 40 building “That lends itself to a specialty business like the hearth and stove industry – a country atmosphere for a back-to-basics Rich Entwistle business, providing alternative heat sources. Green up with smart heat and help our country reduce its independence on foreign oil.” “The Stovery has been helping families for 34 years with smart heat solutions,” Entwistle said. Certified installation techs cater to customers of The Stovery, which provides a selection of products, service and installation at very competitive pricing. After 34 years, The Stovery is still growing, adding new products and services. Staff is continually being trained and techs are sent to school for certification of wood, pellet and gas products. We

have over 4,000 square feet of showroom displaying over 100 units. Entwistle said he personally shops with local businesses as much as possible to support other business people and keep tax money local. “We support local fire companies, rescue squads and youth baseball, and other special interest groups,” he said. When he has free time, Entwistle said he loves outdoor sports – hunting, fishing and camping. For more information about the products and services offered at The Stovery, stop in or call (518) 638-8950, or check out “We are the home of soothing fires.”

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Stan's Appliance Service, Repair and Refrigeration Appliance service and parts are still here! When a major appliance stops working or that commercial walk-in refrigerator stops working, panic sets in! Economically, times are tough and can be challenging. Don’t worry. Call Stan Woodruff from Stan’s Appliance Repair for all of your appliance service and parts needs at 518-499-0019. Service will be on the way! Stan services major appliances as well as residential and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning. Stan and Brenda also continue to stock several thousand appliance parts for all of those do-it-yourselfers. Since its beginning over 30 years ago, Stan’s has gone through many expansions and changes. Almost two years ago, Stan and Brenda decided to keep the appliance repair aspect of the business but to pass along the retail portion. The decision was primarily made to be able to spend more time with their daughter, Mikeala. The service calls are now dispatched from home as Brenda balances being a business owner, a mom and working part time at Laflamme’s in Whitehall. “I am not always able to answer the phone, but we want to assure our customers that if they leave a message, I will certainly return their call as soon as possible,” remarks Brenda. The appliance parts have also been moved and stocked at their home on Beckett Road and are readily available if you need a replacement burner, burner pans, belts, thermostats, hoses or any of the other parts they have always carried. Brenda has attempted to set a window of hours for customers

to stop in for parts, but wants everyone to know, if you need a more convenient time, just give them a call and they will happily arrange to be there for you. If it is a special order and you prefer, they will have your parts drop shipped to your residence. Typical hours of availability are Mon/Wed/Fri 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, 3 to 5:30 p.m. At times, parts deliveries and appointments can take Brenda away temporarily and therefore, she highly recommends customers give a call first to assure she is available and to provide a model number and the part they need. “Customers quite often call and swing up on the weekend when they have more time for their ‘to do lists.’ If we are here, we are open,“ says Stan. Stan and Brenda also continue to recondition appliances at a reasonable price with a 90-day warranty. Call Brenda for prices and availability. So the moral of the story … Don’t throw it away and panic if you are not in the position to purchase new! You may be able to repair that broken appliance! There’s something to be said for Repair, Re-use & Recycle. Some are calling it going green, some call it savvy in these hard economic times, and Stan’s is there to assist you. We don’t plan to change anything else, particularly the manner in which we treat our customers, which is always friendly and professional. Please call Stan’s Appliance Repair at 499-0019 for your appliance repair and parts needs.

Stan Woodruff

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Skenesborough Harbor Independent living made easy and affordable “I am going on my 10th year here as a resident at Skenesborough Harbor. It is a safe haven. It is very affordable; rent is based on income. I have electric heat and my bill runs around $58 a month and $60 a month with the air conditioning. No water, sewer or fuel bills. No keeping up with repairs or house insurance, removing snow or mowing the lawn. You are truly retired here!” states Bonnie Brown a current resident. “We have a large community room with a stove, refrigerator, TV, couch, coffee table and chairs where we have knitting classes and more stuff to come! In this economy why struggle to keep your home and try and

heat it? Let Skenesborough Harbor welcome you. They do the repairs, leaving you to rest, travel and just have fun. Come see us, we will put the coffee on!” An extended invitation to all from Bonnie Brown! Skenesborough Harbor strives to make the lives of senior citizens and the mobility impaired a little easier and more comfortable. The apartment complex is located at 8 Elizabeth St., just past the railroad tracks as you enter Whitehall on Country Route 18. According to manager Janice Slichko, Skenesborough Harbor offers affordable apartments for adults ages 62 and older,

Skenesborough Harbor as well as the mobility impaired. The apartments are part of National Church Residences, an organization that has dedicated a half century of effort to providing quality housing in affordable, caring communities. Established in 1961, the organization initially focused on senior citizens, but expanded its mission to include the housing needs of low and moderate income seniors, families and adults, the homeless, persons with disabilities, and a host of supportive health care services. The apartments in Whitehall are an independent living community for seniors and are HUD subsidized. Most would be surprised that they can have a small pet and to know if their monthly income is $789 the rent would be $153.00. “We have one-bedroom and studio apartments,” said Slichko. “There are 40 apartments in all.” Every apartment administered by NCR is built to be well-designed, appeal-

ing and safe. “It’s a secure building. Residents can’t enter without a key,” Slichko explained. Each of the apartments comes with many of the same amenities as any normal apartment, including a stove and a refrigerator and also comes with all of the things you don’t need to worry about: Repairs, maintenance and fuel costs. There is an onsite service coordinator to help with HEAP forms, Social Security (SSI) etc. She also brings different programs into the building, such as information about Medicare and EPIC, blood pressure clinics and fire safety prevention. Other National Church Residences are located in Granville, Queensbury and Rutland. To learn more about Skenesborough Harbor, call Janice Slichko at 518-4991498. For more information about National Church Residences, visit www., or call 1-800-388-2151.

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Wm. Rozell Excavating One company for all phases of site work, available 24-7 Customer satisfaction, knowledge, expertise and diversity are what business owner Will Rozell and his sons Chris and Marc consider to be the factors of their successful business, W. M. Rozell Excavating. Being on time and on budget is key. When there is an unforeseen problem, Will, Chris and Marc will consult with the customer so a plan can be worked out. “We’re one business with many services,” Rozell said, “so the customer will only have to hire one company to complete all phases of site work. “We’re available 24-7!” With 36 years of experience in the business, W. M.  Rozell Excavating offers land clearing, driveways, demolition, cellar holes, poured foundations, standard and engineered septic systems, single- and double-wide trailer slabs, ponds, retaining walls, driveway repair and maintenance. To top off your project, W. M. Rozell Excavating also owns their own legally  permitted gravel pit that allows them to provide screened gravel, stone, shale and crushed aggregate. Rozell also offers winter services such as snow plowing, sanding and snow removal, keeping them busy 24-7, year round!    W. M. Rozell Excavating has also gone the extra mile for its current and future customers by being certified in Arxx forming systems, Prisby Environmental Septic Systems and OSHA training to provide top-notch service. Keeping up with new rules and regulations and soon to be a law in New York State, already mandatory in Lake George, W. M. Rozell Excavating has just completed certification for work

site erosion control management. This course was an educational training on how to control and contain any water so it doesn’t leave your worksite, to keep silt from entering any body of water in the area. W. M. Rozell Excavating also belongs to the Better Business Bureau, letting people know the proper permits and insurance are in place. W. M. Rozell Excavating is a family affair! Will Rozell started out in his own business, but later inherited his mother ’s business, Al-Jean Construction, and still operates out of the same yard in Whitehall. His sons Chris and Marc are also partners in the business and in the future, Rozells Garrett, Cameron and Chloe Alexis will someday be at the helm! For 2012, the family plans no big changes, just to continue to offer our customers the best of all services at a price that’s fair. Working local is important to Will, Chris and Marc. “We don’t want to forget where we started, because the local communities made us who we are today,” Will Rozell said.   When not in dump trucks and excavators, the Rozells are still all about family and the great outdoors! They occasionally take time off to camp and fish!   When your next project comes up, give  W. M. Rozell Excavating, the Rozell  family, a call.  Estimates are free and the opportunity to provide one is greatly appreciated. You can reach Will at W.M. Rozell Excavating  anytime  in Granville at 642-2912, in Whitehall at 499-1669 or by cell phone at 796-2930.

Chris, Will and Marc Rozell

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Fair Haven Chrysler Dodge

Village Sunoco Pizza & Deli

Great service and hot new cars!

Service 'Kaz'-style

Fair Haven Chrysler Dodge takes pride in its positive growth on excellent service, knowledgeable staff and customer incentives. Customer service is very important to the Fair Haven 65-year-old dealership. “Our repeat customer rate is twice the national average for Chrysler and Dodge dealers,” said Will Dodge, owner of the dealership. “The adage that all dealers pay the same for their vehicles is true; the fact is we Jim Bradt and Will Dodge don’t have a bright, new, If you need service, you’re in great shiny facility that customers have to pay hands! Fair Haven Chrysler Dodge does for when they purchase a vehicle from all warranty work for Chrysler, Dodge us! Our overhead is truly lower, which and Jeep vehicles. See veteran service means the savings to the customer is the manager Jay Muratorri and 16+year bottom line.” parts veteran Keith Stanley. New incentives and low overhead With the Chrysler tire works program pricing mean great deals. The fuel- and their new, state-of-the-art Hunter pinching Dodge Caliber is an excellent wheel-alignment system they can take choice. For families, the two best-selling care of your tire and suspension needs. minivans, Town & Country and the For a quality used vehicle, check out Dodge Caravan, offer lots of room and the display lot on the corners of Main style with all the latest technology. Street and Prospect Street in Fair Haven. The hot new Dodge Charger is now For a preview or at-ease shopping , you available in all wheel drive. And check can view the inventory online at www. out the 31 MPG Chrysler 200. FHCD gives The roomy Dodge Journey crossover top allowances for quality trades. offers the best value in SUVs, while the See veteran sales consultant Jim fuel-efficient Durango sports an all new Bradt today and ask about some of the redesign. Work hard or play tough? Then great prices and incentives. Remember, Dodge Ram trucks will get the job done! NY residents do not pay Vt. sales tax! Arriving this spring for the 2013 lineFair Haven Dodge is open Monday up is the all-new Dodge Dart. This isn’t through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and your grandma’s Dart! The new Dart is Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 802sleek and proud to boast 40 MPG, start- 265-4964 or turn off Main Street onto 20 ing at an impressive $15,995. Liberty St., Fair Haven, Vt.

Quick! It’s lunch time and you want to get one of those tasty cheese pizzas for $5.50! The famous “Kaz” $5.50 ready-to-go pizza – constructed from fresh dough and a signature sauce to die for – is available when you want it, every day … unless the lunch rush has left the pizza turnstile empty. The worst is you might have to wait a minute. But then there is that “great conversation” factor again and before you know it you are on your way in Order a tasty pizza for lunch or any time no time at all! Check out back because it’s like walking into your the new pizzas: Buffalo chicken, Philly best friend’s house! The hospitality is cheese steak or breakfast, along with the great and might come with a little ribstandard cheese or pepperoni! One never bing! seems to mind waiting for the famous If you need that cup of coffee on the “Kaz” pizza with all your favorite topway to work and a quick breakfast, pings but if you are on a tight schedule, Village Sunoco Pizza and Deli has a call ahead. Ordering made simple! Freshgreat coffee bar complete with breakfast made pizza ready to go! pastries and sandwiches, breakfast pizza Value and great customer service is and fresh hot flavorful coffee. why customers keep returning to Village The store also features a wide variety Sunoco Pizza and Deli. It is a one-stop of products that are all priced competishop that offers gas and a full deli, with tively and that cater very well to the lunch and breakfast specials such as families in the area: Everyday things pizza, calzones and ready- made sandyou might just have run out of and need, wiches, customers can rent or purchase dish detergent or maybe shampoo. recent DVD releases, grab a cold beverJust down the road or across the age, snacks or just grab that gallon of street, the Village Sunoco Pizza and Deli milk. No doubt the customers keep comis at 185 Broadway in Whitehall. Call 499ing back because of the services and 1000. products offered, but most keep coming

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WT Burns Insurance Agency Treating every customer like number one being a good driver, a Can we save you good student, taking a some cash?        defensive driving Did you know that course; a good credit there is an insurance rating will also get you policy available for a discount. Did you everyone, even if you know there is a disare a not-so-good drivcount by having your er! A speeding ticket, a renters’ and auto policy fender bender or even with the same agent, a DUI may make you like home owners? Did think you may not be you also know a rentable to get insurance. ers’ policy is $115 per But at the W.T. year with $10.00 down? Burns Agency, Sherry Rozell feels that all cusSherry suggests you tomers should be treatcan save by making it a ed equally, with the habit to call for rates very best service. She every once in awhile. believes in going the You can also visit www. extra mile for all her and save customers. Every cliright from the comfort ent must have a policy Lilly says stop by for a quote today! of your home or on that fits their needs and Facebook, go to the W.T. gives them the best possible rates. After Burns info page and click “quote Sherry Rozell and her husband Bob pur- online.” chased the W.T. Burns Agency in In 2010, Becca Gordon completed her Whitehall in 2008, Sherry knew she prelicensing insurance course and is would have to be more than just your also able to assist you with your insuraverage insurance agent. That positive ance questions and needs. Returning to outlook and customer service she and the agency in 2011, Karin King rejoins her staff provide has enabled the W.T. Sherry and Becca. She is looking forBurns Agency to grow over the past 4 ward to assisting new and longtime years into the business it is today! customers. When not hard at work, the The W. T. Burns Agency specializes in Rozells with their son Zach enjoy family property and casualty insurance and and friend weekend gatherings. commercial insurance along with   W.T. Burns Agency is located at 94 umbrellas and ATV/recreational insur- Poultney St. (Route 4) in Whitehall and ance; motorcycle & boats, business and can be contacted by calling 499-1333. You cargo insurance are also available.  can also email Sherry Rozell for a free Factors that may lower your rates are quote at

Zappone Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Celebrating 6th year in Granville 2012 marks Zappone Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram’s 6th year in Granville. The change in ownership of the Chrysler Jeep Dodge franchise in 2006 brought many changes to Granville, including a refurbished facility, a dramatic increase in new and used inventory and the best service team in the region; all areas of the business that have continued to improve over the past 6 years. “We pride ourselves on being our best each and every day – and being your best means always improving,” says owner Jim Zappone. “My two sons, Matt and Mike, have joined me in the business and the infusion of a new generation into the business has really fostered a renewed spirit of being the best dealership in the entire area from sales to service.” 2011 certainly saw some of the most dramatic changes to the award-winning dealership. “Irene certainly changed everything,” notes Zappone. “We rebuilt the entire facility and had to replace virtually every piece of office equipment and supply we had. I can remember that morning after the storm when my sons and I first saw the absolute devastation. We immediately regrouped and committed ourselves to coming back and being even better than before. It’s something we are extremely proud of and you can feel it – customers can feel it when they walk through these new doors. That is what means the most to us – the positive feedback and support of this great community during our hour of need.” For 2012 Zappone expects an upstart spring to carry into a successful year.

Matt Zappone and Service Manager Ron Pliscofsky. “Since we reopened in October, we expected a few strong weeks in sales and to spend several weeks catching up on service, but it hasn’t tapered off – even during the holidays,” notes business manager Matt Zappone. “As much as we’d like to take all the credit, much of the recent success has to do with the product. Chrysler has really nailed it this time. It’s no surprise to hear the president brag about the company’s success recently.” “We also have such an advantage in the used car business,” Zappone adds. “My brother Mike spends 6 days per week hunting for the very best used cars from Plattsburgh to Rutland to Clifton Park. We’re proud of every single one of the dozens we have in stock.” Zappone is located on Route 22 in Granville just south of Route 149. Visit them online at or call 518-642-3030.

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Whitehall and Granville Family Health Centers Patients now have online access to health records & physicians Glens Falls Hospital is introducing a new electronic medical record (EMR) system at Granville Family Health and Whitehall Family Medicine in early March. Instead of paper charts, patient records will now be securely stored in a computer system, accessible as needed by doctors throughout the Glens Falls Hospital healthcare system. “Access to quality care becomes simpler and safer when records can easily be shared,” said Dr. Barney Rubenstein, who oversees the Hospital’s network of family health centers and physician

practices.   “Important information such as prescribed drugs, medical conditions, allergies and other portions of a person’s medical history can be accessed much more quickly.” In addition, through a new online featured called “GFH MyChart,” patients of Granville Family Health and Whitehall Family Medicine will now have direct online access to portions of their medical record, and a convenient new way to communicate with their health center. With GFH MyChart, patients can go

online to: • Review test results and care instructions from their doctor; •  Review their medical history, including medications, immunizations and allergies; •  Request prescription renewals; •  Schedule and review appointments; •  Communicate with their doctor; •  Review health education topics and care instructions provided by your doctor; and •  Link family members’ accounts for convenient access to appointments, immunization records, growth charts and Dr. Kevin Gallagher of Granville Family Health and patient more. John Norton Once a GFH MyChart account is said Dr. Rubenstein. established, patients can access all of GFH MyChart is also available at this information from their home or Glens Falls Hospital’s family health cenoffice computers at www.glensfallshos- ters in Cambridge, Greenwich, Hoosick Falls and Salem, and will be introduced “GFH MyChart is just the latest way at additional centers and physician pracin which Glens Falls Hospital provides tices in the months ahead. its Granville and Whitehall primary To learn more about GFH MyChart, care patients with quality hometown or to become a primary care patient, care and well-coordinated access to the please call Granville Family Health at big-city medicine services of the entire (518) 642-0612 or Whitehall Family Glens Falls Hospital healthcare system,” Medicine at (518) 499-2444.

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Mandy's Spring Nursery and Florist Garden center, florist and landscape services Mandy ’s Spring Nursery and Florist continues to be the area’s one-stop design and plant shop, selling flowers for all gardening needs. Leonie and Todd Smith have been running the family farm as a nursery business for more than 18 years, growing northern hardy trees, shrubs, fruits, perennials. They have trucks full of lilacs being sold and going as far as Virginia and New Todd and Leonie, owners, Pat, Becky and Casey York City By Mother’s Day the delivery with professional, custom floral garden center is filled with beautiful arrangements, dish gardens and gift basannual flowers, hanging baskets, herbs kets for all occasions. The florist designand vegetables. Selling a great line of er creates memorable wedding flowers, environmentally friendly hard goods prom corsages, and personal heart from soil amendments, plant fertilizer touching lovely memorial sympathy and mulch to insecticide and fungicide arrangements. Prebookings can be taken is another aspect of the business. and are recommended for functions and Offering many great knowledgeable wedding flowers. services, the most popular being affordThe Landscape Design & Build diviable flowering plant packages with prop- sion has award-winning landscapes. It er plant location to give years of beauty. services all the surrounding and local Just bring out pictures of your area and counties both in New York and Vermont, Leonie will draw you up a quick design while working with customers creating and supply you with a plan, materials and installing breathtaking beauty. Over and plants. the years Todd has molded some of the Not to be missed, every April there is area’s finest stone art, and created natua huge early-order spring sale, with bet- ral stonework that you don’t have to just ter than wholesale prices on large, field- dream about – you can experience your grown trees and easy-to-plant bare root own dream! Make your appointment fruit trees, berries, flowering shrubs and today and call Mandy’s Spring Nursery perennials. The flier is out in March and at 642-3676 and The Florist at 642-9696. orders need to be in by Easter. Join their e-mail mailing list for notices The Florist at Mandy’s Spring has fun and coupons. Check their web site for bringing color year-round, offering the latest information at www.mandysworld-wide wire-out orders and local

Maplewood Ice Celebrating 40 years Since 1972 Maplewood Ice has been the “coolest” business in town. In 2012 Maplewood Ice celebrates 40 years in business! Located at 9790 U.S. Route 4 in Whitehall, as well as at 438 Dix Ave. in Queensbury, Maplewood Ice specializes in the manufacture and distribution of ice. Their products include ice in 5-pound and 10-pound blocks, as well as the 20-pound party bag. They even offer private label packaging. Founded in 1972, Maplewood Ice continues to operate successfully under the ownership of David Wood. Strategically located in the towns of Whitehall and Queensbury, operations are centrally located to their vast distribution network. As one of fewer than 10 ice companies in the entire state of New York, Maplewood Ice does business with many local companies, Wood said. As one would guess, it keeps them busy, with a state-of-the art filtration system and the equipment to keep up with the demand. In fact, the company’s automated production line can package 3,900 bags of ice per hour. That’s a lot of cool! Their product has the Pride of New York Seal! Maplewood Ice employs 40 full-time people, and has an additional 20 parttime staff members who all work to make sure your icy needs are met. Wood said more packaging was moved to their Queensbury facility in 2008-2009. “We package 20-pound there, and fivepound bags are packaged and stored there,” he said. New for the Whitehall

Stone Valley Community Market Market opens to acclaim The Stone Valley Community Market, the newest addition to Poultney’s downtown shopping district, is a locally owned co-op that has come about thanks to the collaboration over the past few years among a growing body of dedicated area residents, local business owners and Green Mountain College students, along with generous funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Cooperative Fund of New England — it is truly a community-driven and community-owned effort. The Market is a modern take on an old concept — a store where folks can get the staples they need for their larders, from fresh, local produce, meats, baked goods and dairy products, to responsibly produced canned goods and other nonperishable groceries, high-quality loose bulk foods such as flour, beans, grains and spices for economical shopping, as well as alternative health- and body-care products, Fair Trade goods, and environmentally friendly home cleaning products. Located in a historic building at 216 Main St. (across from the library), Stone Valley M a r k e t , w h i c h opened to the public on June 21, is a Photo Credit Chelsea Carroll cooperative owned Fresh produce is avail- ly b u s i n e s s able at the market with the mission of offering community members of all income levels nutritious and reasonably priced food and products. The Market, with its cozy atmosphere and room to gather, also serves as a place to catch up with friends and neighbors. Future plans include in-store programs and local food initiatives for the education and benefit of the community. “The board and I are thrilled at the support the community has shown,” said the co-op’s general manager, Julia Riell. “Since the moment we opened our

Photo Credit Chelsea Carroll

Bulk spices for economical shopping doors in June, business has been steady, and inventory has been practically flying off the shelves. We’re working hard to keep up with demand, maintain inventory and increase our selections. We’ve been taking lots of notes as customers come in with suggestions and requests. We’re also gratified to see that folks whocome in to shop tend to stay and chat — with us, with neighbors who are also in the store, or simply with fellow shoppers they run into in the aisles or at the counter. “Our smaller packaged fare (like sausage and cheese) have been popular lunchtime and snack items for GMC students and local businesspeople. Our play area has been a boon to parents shopping with young children. And our coffee, both bulk and take-out, has been a huge hit with everyone.” Stone Valley Market welcomes young and old to shop, volunteer or attend programs. Membership is encouraged, and members, who join at either the $20/ annual rate or for a one-time market partnership of $300 (lifetime membership), receive extra benefits, which include special sales and coupons, and — because members are equity owners — a say in how the Market does business, and eligibility to serve on the board. Members who are able to volunteer occasionally or regularly receive volunteer discounts. For more information about the Stone Valley Community Market, visit www.; e-mail, or call (802) 2874550. News and specials will be updated on the website and via member email.

C.H. Nelson Agency

Now available ice for ice sculptures! location in February 2011 was the addition of a new Keith walk-in floor ice bin, an automatic form and fill machine making 2,300 bags per hour. In 2012, Wood purchased a machine by Clinebell Equipment that makes ice for ice sculpturing and carving. Maplewood Ice enjoys giving back to the community, and they provide donations to numerous charity organizations, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and local fire departments, Wood said. Because this is a seasonal business that is extremely busy in summer, Wood said he enjoys (what else?) ice fishing as well as NASCAR in the off season. For more information about Maplewood Ice, call them at 518-499-2345 or 800-635-2515.

Virginia Hulett, Frank Nelson, Judy Clough, Tom Nelson and Gail Austin

Full service in both NY and Vt. C. H. Nelson Agency, at 19 W. Main St. in Granville, N.Y., is licensed to provide insurance in both New York and Vermont. We are a full-service agency, offering personal insurance for homeowners, automobiles, renters, boats, umbrella, flood and identity theft protection, to name a few. Commercial insurance is available for business owners, contractors and farm owners. We take pride in the personal service and competitive

rates we are able to provide our clients. Our agency provides prompt attention to inquiries, dependable customer service and convenience. We’re local and close to your home! This marks our 96th year in the insurance business and our 32nd year at our Granville location. Our experienced staff is eager to be of assistance. We can be reached at 518-642-2747 or 802- 6450270.

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Livingston's Furniture Your hometown furniture store If you’re looking to furnish your home with quality furniture, you’d be hard pressed to find a more knowledgeable and experienced staff than at Livingston’s Furniture in Queensbury. The business, which also has a location in Gloversville, is practically an institution in the region. “This June we’ll be 111 years old,” explained Bill Whipple. “We opened our first store in 1901 in Gloversville and still have a location there today. We opened our Queensbury store in 1956.” The furniture retail store carries a variety of products for all your home furnishing needs, from the bedroom to the living room. “We carry Sealy bedding, La-Z-Boy recliners and much, much more,” Whipple said. “We are truly your hometown furniture store.” The business experience and customer service are unmatched. “We have knowledge of products and we do provide service after the sale, not to mention you save money on quality products that last so you get more for your hard-earned dollar.” It’s that service that has helped Livingston’s develop a loyal following in the local area.

Bill Whipple “We wouldn’t be here if we weren’t telling it straight. Word-of-mouth is our best advertisement,” Whipple explained. The business is also a family affair, with the staff consisting of family members. “We try to keep our family of eight working everyday to keep their families healthy and safe,” Whipple said. “Business is steady and we couldn’t ask for more from our community during these times.” Livingston’s is located on the corner of Quaker Street and Dix Avenue in Queensbury. Call them at (518) 793-2888.

Ma & Pa's Place

Tamika, Krissy, Luisa and Richie

Ma & Pa’s Place, and more coming soon In March 2012, Ma & Pa’s Place will enter its ninth year of operation. And in spite of a dreadful economy, we continue to thrive. For this, we owe a debt of gratitude to our loyal patrons. We thank you one and all. This spring we will be slightly expanding our already vast array of pizza, calzones, appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts, the details of which will soon be announced. Pa is especially excited about this spring because he will be announcing the opening of The Riverside Pub, previously

known as Beebe’s Thirst Parlor. He and his nephew, Rob Troy, will start the joint venture as soon as the liquor license comes though. As if Pa doesn’t have enough on his plate! I too am excited because the pub will provide yet another outlet through which to enjoy Ma & Pa’s delicious food! If you haven’t already enjoyed out culinary delights, please come down and join us at Ma & Pa’s Place. It will be a dining experience you won’t forget! Call us at (518) 642-9722.

Eastside Metals and Recycling Corp. Cash in on metal scrap and help the environment

For eight years, James Marro, his son Anthony and the folks at Eastside Metals and Recycling Corp. have provided a large, convenient location where anyone can have their scrap metal hauled away and disposed of in a timely and responsible manner. Their new state-of-the-art, environmentally controlled facility in Fort Ann has the tools and staff to take care of any metal disposal job. They help cut down on the environmental impact on the local waterways, keeping things green and beautiful. One of the main sources of scrap they take in is used auto scrap, which meshes well with another arm of their business, used auto parts. Their eclectic collection of used auto parts ensures you can find that obscure bushing or spring for your old car, at a fair price too. Eastside Metals pays the highest price in the area for scrap, helping keep both

Anthony Marro the area clean and money in your pocket. With a friendly atmosphere and great customer service, it’s no wonder people come to Eastside Metals and Recycling for their clean-up needs. They are located at 2323 State Route 149 in Fort Ann, NY; Give them a call at (518) 747-3677.

Utopia Precast Celebrating 20 years in business! giving the customer Our No. 1 product at something beyond the Utopia Precast always expected. has been the 1,000-gal“Once you go down lon septic tanks and sixthe road of ‘everything hole D boxes we started is a discount,’ you end with 20 years ago. up with the customers We have added wastewho focus on nothing water treatment sysbut the cheapest price.” tems for property ownsays Utopia Precast’s ers who have plots of CEO, Bob Liebig Sr. land or locations near “That builds no loyalty lakes. We have to your business. Infiltrator and Eljens You’ve trained your available for leach customers to step over fields. dollars to save dimes, Deck piers are availrather than showing able to finish any job Barb and Bob Liebig them the big picture of quickly. We have many special-pattern patio blocks. We also support, service, relationships and getcarry products such as septic tanks, dry ting their money’s worth.” The necessary ingredients for a sucwells, catch basins, risers, pump stations, J bunks, and D boxes (6-, 8-,10- and cessful business formula start with great 12-hole). We have nice walking steps – products at great prices. “We are flexible, innovative and 4-foot or 6-foot platform or individual always willing to work with the customsteps. We have great picnic tables that don’t er,” Liebig says. He urges everyone to stop by in Fort blow away, along with beautiful flower pots. We have flower, grapevine, and Ann for a visit and to see all of the prodplain patterns. You can also find con- ucts Utopia has to offer. Utopia Precast is located at 3840 State crete benches, 5-foot or 6-foot cedar benches, and seats and back with con- Route 196; look for the blue buildings. It is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., crete legs. Utopia’s secret to success isn’t just and Saturday, 7 a.m. to noon. For an delivering on time and on budget, but appointment, call 518-632-9118.

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Source Physical Therapy

Heavenly Hair

Source combines best of chiropractic and physical therapy

Heavenly Hair with a homey touch

People ask, “Why would a doctor want to be both a licensed physical therapist as well as a chiropractic physician?” The answer is because both professions are the best at what they do, and they work so well together. Chiropractors go to college for seven to eight years and are experts on the spine. They know what can go wrong with the spine and Lorraine, Casey and Dr. Harrison how to treat it. ted to bringing cutting-edge treatment They can refer out if absolutely necessary for surgical and equipment to our country home. At least six times per year we travel to locaintervention. Physical therapists generally go to tions around the world to learn the latest school for five to seven years of college advances in new procedures. We also and are masters at body mechanics. commit to the most state-of-the-art They understand muscle function, reha- equipment. Our philosophy is, “If this bilitation and a whole spectrum of disor- were my father, mother, sister, or brothders that may respond well to conserva- er, what kind of care would I want for tive physical medicine. They also work them?” Most of us live here because this is closely with our medical doctor to assure you get the full spectrum of treatment to the most beautiful part of our country. We want the quality of our lives to be as return you to a full and pain-free life. Living in the area for nearly 20 years, healthy as out green mountains and streams. Source Physical Dr. Harrison has practiced both profes- crystal Therapy is committed to making that sions in Granville, Poultney and Rutland. Along with his wife, Loraine, they happen for all our friends and neighhave created a healing environment that bors. Source Physical Therapy is located at brings the best of both worlds to the 105 Main St., Poultney, Vt., or call 802Lakes Region. Source Physical Therapy is commit- 884-8137.

Heavenly Hair is located at 4 Montray Place, just behind The Pine Grove Restaurant. Sharon Maranville, owner of Heavenly Hair, feels what keeps them a little different from other salons is their home setting. When you walk into Heavenly Hair, it’s like walking into your own living room. You’ll find no posters or framed photos of hairstyles on the wall, but what you will find are framed photos of family and loved ones, including her beloved pet, and a warm, inviting fireplace. Now that’s a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. One of the things Sharon loves best about her job is her clients. “It’s them that keep me in business – I’m so appreciative Owner, Sharon Maranville and stylist Vicky Jackson of them.” Sharon would once again like to thank all her spay and neuter animals. My choice is loyal, longtime clients. “I wouldn’t be in usually the Quaintance House in business, if it wasn’t for all of you.” Greenwich.” When Sharon is not working, her Sharon would also like to share that quiet time is spent with her husband and Paige Daigle is coming soon, as an indefamily, reading the Bible, and enjoying pendent contractor. Paige will be renting her dog, Caleb. Sharon is driven in her a booth in the Heavenly Hair establishspare time to help stop animal abuse. ment. She is not in any other way affiliShe’s very passionate about taking care ated with Heavenly Hair. of them in all their needs. The name of Paige’s business is V.I.P. “They feel pain and neglect, just as we Barber Shop. She is a master barber spedo; the only difference is … we have a cializing in men’s and boy’s cuts only. voice and they don’t, so I’m their voice. She’ll be offering shaves, traditional flat“Special thanks to Sandy Darius and tops, high and tight, and fades. Opening her weight loss class held on Tuesdays at day will be soon. Paige can be reached at 5 p.m. at my business. They help me with 518-307-8937. my animals by donating half of the dues For appointments for Heavenly Hair, they receive for every pound they lose. It please call 642-3890. Open Wednesday – goes to the project of my choice to help Saturday.

Walkers Farm, Home & Tack

Community Bank, N.A.

Clothes, footwear and much more

Friendly, free checking and savings

Looking for a fresh, new shopping experience? Walker ’s Farm, Home & Tack has just what you’re looking fo r. Walker’s offers a positive shopping experience with knowledgeable staff to answer your questions. Visit Walker’s Farm, Home & Tack for the area’s largest selection of Walker's Farm, Home & Tack in Fort Ann Carhartt work wear year round. Everything you need to out- Wolverine; cowboy boots from Justin, fit the working man or woman. For men, Ariat, Tony Lama and Nacona; mud Carhartt carries a full line of rugged boots from Bogs, Muck, Ranger. Walker’s also features a home décor and dependable clothing: Shirts,T-shirts, and gift department that is stocked with jeans, work pants, jackets, coats, bib candles, signs, flags, chimes and numeroveralls, socks, belts and hats, all differous other great gift ideas. Visit the toy ent weights of clothing for all types of weather. For the women, work or casual department with toys from Ertl and clothing designed to fit all different Breyer. The tack shop at Walker’s has all of shapes and sizes. No more trying to the supplies you need for your horse. wear men’s work clothing that just doesn’t fit well. For the kids, Carhartt The pet department has had many new offers clothing for all sized kids – infants product additions in the last year. Other departments to shop from include lawn thru teens, boys and girls. Not a Carhartt wearer? Walker’s car- and garden, farm supply, hardware, fencries a great clothing selection from ing and feed. Walker’s Farm, Home & Tack is open Columbia along with great casual and Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., western wear from Wrangler, Cinch, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Cruel Girl, Roper and Ariat. Visit our denim experts to find your ideal fit! Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit our Jewelry and accessories to complete website and take a virtual tour of the store at For furyour outfit are also plentiful. ther information, please contact Boots and shoes on your list? Walker’s has work boots from Chippewa, Carolina, Walker’s at 518-639-5223.

Community Bank, N.A., with a branch at 118 Main St., Whitehall, has jumped three spots, from seventh to fourth in the nation in this year’s annual Forbes list of America’s Best banks. It had the highest ranking of any bank with a base east of the Mississippi, according to the Whitehall branch’s manager, Holly Rabideau. “We take pride in providing excellent customer service to all customers,” Rabideau said. Community Bank in Whitehall has four full- Lauren Lipka, Sarah Scott, Pat Tracy and Holly Rabideau time employees. Besides life insurance. Rabideau, who has worked at the bank When they say free, they mean free. for seven years, they are teller manager They offer free FDIC-insured checking Patricia Tracy, with 29 years of service, accounts with… teller Sarah Scott, with three years and * Free Visa debit card teller Lauren Lipka, with one year. * Free Internet banking It’s “nice to see the same faces each * Free bill pay time you visit the bank,” Rabideau said. * Free easy-to-balance monthly stateShe described the atmosphere as “very ment comfortable. * Free return of check images for “We know all our customers by name easy record-keeping and are happy to serve all our custom* Free gift ers.” They will even give you cash back for Community Bank offers a full range your unused checks and debit card from of high-quality products and services your old bank. for both individuals and businesses, “Community Bank is pleased to be including free checking and savings doing well during these difficult finanaccounts, a variety of personal and comcial times,” Rabideau said. mercial loans, personal and employee The bank can be reached by phone at benefit trust services, credit cards, a 499-0220 or online at www.communityrange of nonbank financial services including annuities, mutual funds and

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Nuisance Wildlife Removal

Curtis Lumber

Deal with problem wildlife professionally Sometimes, wild animals cause problems simply by showing up. Think of a skunk spraying a family pet, or moving in under the porch. Fortunately, there’s a service to help resolve those environmental conflicts between wild animals, pets and people. Rick Vladyka and Dave Guest of Nuisance Wildlife Removal have been on call since 2005 to help get rid of wild ani- Dave Guest and Rick Vladyka mals that are causing lated areas, noting that euthanasia is problems, by trapping and exclusion. seldom used, and then only for animals “We strive to serve our local commu- showing signs of disease. They are nities with an effective service at a price licensed by the Department of that is incredibly below the trade stan- Environmental Conservation and report dard,” say the pair. “We go out of our all their activity to the DEC. Between the way to accommodate our clients, and two men, they regularly handle in excess provide them with the results they desire of 500 animals each year, and can handle while keeping a very low profile.” pretty much any animal likely to be They also note that such problems are encountered here in the county. rarely restricted to one household. A They are planning to expand both problem for one person’s pet is likely east and west in the near future, but for also a problem for their neighbors or the now, between their regular, full-time jobs person across the back fence. They do and Nuisance Wildlife Removal, they have agreements with some communi- stay busy. Not surprisingly, they like to ties in Washington County to cover the spend what free time they have outdoors; cost of their services; hence there is Dave likes to fish and Rick enjoys traveloften no cost to the affected homeowner. ling to watch his daughter play softball. They attempt to solve problems Contact Dave at 642-1125 or Rick at through trapping and relocation to iso- 642-1531.

The staff at the Granville Curtis Lumber

16 years of community service Curtis Lumber was formed in 1890 after Elmer Curtis purchased a sawmill from Capt. Isaac Henry Curtiss. Today, they have 22 locations throughout New York and Vermont, helping customers out with projects large and small. Even after their expansion over the years, Curtis Lumber is still owned by Jay Curtis and in the Curtis family. Their Granville location on Route 22 is celebrating its 16th year of service to the community. Curtis Lumber has knowledgeable, professionally trained staff on hand every day to help customers select the materials they need and provide pointers with their projects. They don’t just provide materials and expertise, they also deliver lumber and other building materials. Curtis Lumber has a large fleet of equipment, including specialty equipment. They can do roof-top deliveries with their elevator truck and also deliver drywall, loaded in your house at a very competitive price with their boom truck. They also have trucks with a forklift piggybacked on them for unloading and placing your product on the job site.

Curtis Lumber has always supported our local fire departments and rescue squads. One of their most successful fundraisers is the Christmas basket raffle. They have generated enough funds to supply a Christmas for two to four families in need each year for the past 5 years. However, the Curtises note they cannot take all the credit. “The generosity of our employees, customers and local businesses is what has made it such a huge success,” they said. Curtis Lumber also helps out the Eagle Scouts with their projects, offers scholarships to local youth, and helps support local school yearbooks, as well as many animal rescue groups, and runs an annual “Pet-a-Palooza” animal adoption day. In the near future, Curtis Lumber hopes to build a new store at their East Greenbush location on Routes 9 and 20, but they’ll always have three things: personal service, unmatched knowledge and extensive selection. If you need help marking something off your to-do list, drop by their store on Route 22 in Granville, give them a call at (518) 642-2855 or find them at

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Schoony's Country Market

Perry's Main Street Eatery

Schoony's welcomes new bakery

Making customers happy for 15 years

In the 15 months since fire destroyed Schoony’s Country Market, Bob and Dori Schoonmaker have seen not only a complete rebirth of their historic building, but an expansion that has made it bigger and better. That expansion continued in February with the addition of Amy’s Gluten-Free Bakery. “Everything is brand-new. We have more stock and the look is completely different,” Bob Schoonmaker said, sitting in his office near the front of the Route 22 store. “The business has definitely grown, the deli is much busier. We have new distributors and better prices. We’re selling a lot more with the subs, fried food and pizza.” In fact, Schoonmaker had to install a second pizza oven. “We were doing 100 to 150 a week, now we are over 300.” Schoonmaker is quick to thank and credit his staff, vendors and customers. “This is a fun business. I love it.” It’s also a business that is growing and expanding. Schoonmaker recently added more tables so they customer can eat in. He’s also got Green Mountain Coffee and has established a partnership with Glens Falls Hospital to provide fresh vegetables from out of town. But perhaps the biggest addition has been his foray into gluten-free food. “We want to be there for people who need things,” He said. “If they don’t have to drive to a bigger store, that’s better for them.” It started when a vendor offered Schoonmaker a gluten-free turkey, and he then added his own store-cooked roast beef, also gluten-free. His real brainstorm came when he and his wife invited Amy Rota-Poulin,

Amy Rota-Poulin and Pierre Poulin who just happened to live next door, to open the gluten-free bakery in the back of his kitchen. Her husband, Pierre Poulin, was part of the inspiration for the gluten-free idea, since he has a severe gluten allergy and wanted to be able to shop next door.” The couple works together, preparing gluten-free cupcakes, cookies, breads and other items. They are also developing a gluten-free pizza for Schoonmaker. “This has worked out well for all of us,” Rota-Poulin said. Schoony’s Market is located at 10254 State Route 22 in North Granville. Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday; and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For more information call 345-5049.

Fragnoli's Embroidery

Heather & Tyler Michaud

Show your support with a hometown touch Tony Fragnoli started a commercial embroidery service in Whitehall in the early 1990s. Fast forward 15 years later and Amy Michaud acquires Fragnoli’s Embroidery & More. Run purely as a family-run business, even her children help her out with the orders. Today, Fragnoli’s Embroidery & More is on County Route 12 in Whitehall where Amy can help you with all your logo needs. She can help customize and design logos for local businesses and sports teams, and can put your logo on anything from sports apparel and work wear to hats. Michaud keeps an eye out for the latest logo designs and apparel styles so your business or team can have and keep that cutting-edge feel.

Amy Michaud is deeply involved in the community, especially when it comes to the children; she helps support community events and even tries to get other local businesses onto the bandwagon. She also likes to keep your hard-earned dollar within the community, by at least matching prices with out-of-town shops wherever possible. Her prices are kept low because she has all the necessary commercial embroidery equipment at her home. When she’s not making jerseys for the local team, she’s watching her kids at sporting events or just tending to her garden. Amy can be reached at (518) 499-2212.

Perry’s Main Street Eatery has been open for 15 years now and we pride ourselves on the good home-cooked food and generous portions that have made us a success with our customers over the years. Our customers are very important to us, so we always run specials every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On Mondays, children eat free with an adult present. Tuesdays throughout February and March we are offering 20 percent off to all seniors 60 and older, from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday we have chicken and biscuits with homemade gravy and all the fixings. Fridays we have our signature macaroni and cheese with lots of extrasharp Cabot cheddar cheese. We have earned a reputation for the best breakfast around with huge omelets, buttermilk pancakes and french toast with real Vermont maple syrup. Recently, we have added baby back ribs so you can enjoy them every day of the week and are now offering broiled haddock. Don’t forget Walt’s famous black Owners Donna and Walt Perry Angus prime rib every Saturday night, cooked just the way you (802) 287-5188. want it; it’s the best around. We have a Open Monday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday children’s menu too. through Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday All in all, I think you’ll be missing out and Saturday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday if you don’t stop by. Donna, Walt and the 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. staff will treat you like family and you We accept credit and debit cards. Take won’t leave hungry. out menus are also available. Perry’s Main Street Eatery located at Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, 253 Main St. Poultney, Vt. Call them at New Year’s Day and Easter.

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Stewart's Shops

Daigle Construction

Growing and rebuilding across the region Stewart’s Shops continued steady growth in 2011, with sales once again topping the billion dollar mark. “To have growth in a flat economy speaks to the hard work of our partners in the shops, providing good customer service and giving back to the community,” said Gary Dake, president of Stewart’s Shops. “The strong relaWhitehall Manager Anne tionship Bittle between our customers and partners was evident during our recent record-setting Holiday Match campaign. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Stewart’s customers donated $700,000, which was matched by Stewart’s, and will be given out in grants to children’s organizations in the communities where the money was donated.” The Holiday Match grants will be given out in March. Stewart’s 2012 contribution budget remains at $2.25 million.   In 2011 Stewart’s opened totally rebuilt shops in Salem, Albany, Latham and Schoharie. The Schoharie shop was flooded by Hurricane Irene, demolished and rebuilt in less than seven weeks. It

was one of the first businesses to reopen in the community. “That opening was important to us and to the comeback of this devastated village. We have also had 50 major remodels in other shops which help us improve our standards for customer service,’ said Dake. “We are already on track to complete the same number in 2012.” Granvlle Manager Jed Barrows Stewart’s Shops has made a $10 million contribution to the company’s “sharing profit plan,” which is 100 percent funded by the company. Employees are enrolled after working 500 hours per quarter or 1,000 hours per year and vested after seven years. Stewart’s presently contributes approximately 20 percent of an employee’s annual salary into the plan that provides long-term financial security for employees. “Helping our partners, who qualify, become part owners of the company is a win for both them and our customers. The motivation to make ‘our’ business a success helps make us different from our competitors.” said Dake. Stewart’s will continue to hire in 2012.

Daniel, Dwayne and Daryle Daigle

Experience you can trust Daigle Construction was formed in 1975, a few years after Dwayne Daigle graduated. Daigle was the son of a well-known plumber, Homer Daigle, and had been involved in working for the public for several years. While in school, he attended the local BOCES program, taking a variety of classes in the building trades. Having an uncle who was a carpenter and another who was a mason, there was no doubt that his tremendous wealth of knowledge would be put to good use in the area. After several years of service in the Granville area, Daigle Construction grew to include clients in surrounding towns and even some commercial projects. It also grew to include several more Daigles. Dwayne’s two sons, Dan and Daryle, joined the family trade after graduating from Granville High School. Like their

father, the two Daigle brothers also attended BOCES programs in the electrical and conservation fields. Daryle even spent 12 years with the Navy Seabees learning how to operate heavy equipment. With the growth of modular construction, Daigle Construction is pleased to add Excel Homes to their many services. “Daigle Construction is your area business for all your building needs from the ground up.” Samples of their work and a link to Excel Homes can be found at the company’s website, www.daigleconstruction. com. “Call us for estimates on your new home or changes to your current one. There is no construction project that can’t be discussed with us.” To learn more, call 518-642-1438, or e-mail daigleconstruction@dishmail. net.

Priscillas Sweet Shoppe

River Street Redemption Center

Sweet business in Poultney

Friendly service and a new name

Priscilla’s Sweet Shoppe is one of the Lake’s Region’s newest and sweetest businesses. It opened earlier last year on Main Street in Poultney. The shop is a retail candy store that offers a wide variety of truffles and candies as well as gift wrapping, gift certificates and now a wide variety of plush animals. “It’s an old-fashioned candy store with jars of candy,” said Priscilla Peretti, the store’s Owner, Priscilla Peretti owner. “We have about 78 jars of candy and 20 feet of chocolate ence,” she said. With beautiful soft greens and calmtruffles lined up along our shelves.” Although the business is new to ing music as you enter the shop, shoppers will enjoy the quaintness. Poultney, Priscilla is not. “We are not here to out-do the other, Priscilla grew up in Poultney and just to make our shop a place people will graduated from Green Mountain College. Both contributed to her opening the remember years from now. You won’t find the quaintness anywhere else. We store in Poultney. “It is my home town and there was offer personal service that lends an honspace on Main Street. There was also the est hometown feel and we sincerely care about our customers.” college here,” she said. Located at 199 Main St. in Poultney, Priscilla is not new to the candy Priscilla’s Sweet Shoppe is open from 11 industry either. “I have had years of a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; retail experience as well as managing a Fanny Farmer’s Chocolates Shop.” Her Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on shop is based on a candy store in Sunday and Monday. You can give Massachusetts Priscilla patronized as a Priscilla a call at 802-287-4621. She can also be contacted at priscillassweetchild. “It was founded on old-fashioned fam- or visit her website ily values. We are here to bring the cus- at for tomer a happy and fun shopping experi- further information.

C & G Redemption Center has a new look and a new name. It is now River Street Redemption Center. Rumor has it that we have closed but we are not closed, nor do we plan to. We are here to stay! We thank all of our loyal customers for staying with us through the ups and downs we have had lately. Without you, we couldn’t survive. So again, “Thank you so much!” To all who do not know about us, we pay you 5 cents apiece for all your NYS returnables. There are no long lines or broken machines, just fast, friendly service to fit your needs. And no order is too big or small. We will expand our hours as the weather gets warmer, but for now we are open Tuesday And Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thank you for the support and friendly conversations. We enjoy it when you stop by. From our team at River Street Redemption Center and owner Charlene Martindale.

Jason Matteson and Stella Shaw.

Do you want to advertise your business in the Granville Sentinel or Whitehall Times? Call 642-1234 for details.

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Adirondack Natural Stone

Andre’ Hagadorn

Wide selection of stone available Adirondack Natural Stone provides a multitude of selections for every kind of project, with the finest building and landscaping stone available. We quarry many distinctive granite blends including: Hawthorne Granite, Heritage Granite, Saranac Granite, Dolph Pond Granite, Blue Mountain Granite, and Adirondack Granite. These are available in: Thin veneer, roughly squared and rectangular veneer, mosaic pattern veneer, ashlar veneer, flagging, wall stone, uniwall, boulders and step slabs. Our dealer network stretches from coast to coast in the United States and into Canada. Adirondack Natural Stone can be found as far away as Europe. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff works directly with architects, designers, general contractors and homeowners providing installation and application information. We are tirelessly dedicated to ensuring that we deliver to our customers the perfect natural stone

selection for their project. Adirondack Stone is a family operated business. Andre’ Hagadorn, the founder, has been involved in the stone industry as a welder for many years. In 1996 he took the opportunity and opened his first stone quarry. Now, through dedicated and superior customer service, the company expanded to five fully functioning rock quarries. Andre’ is described by his employees as highly motivated. All of his customers appreciate his hands-on attention to detail. He and the entire staff at Adirondack Natural Stone are devoted to providing a consistent high quality stone product with integrity that outweighs the stone. This has made Adirondack Natural Stone a leader in customer satisfaction in the industry. Call us at (518) 499-0602, visit us at our Route 4, Whitehall, location or visit us on the web at

Happy Daze Pub

Happy Daze Staff Chris Burch, Ashley Danyow, Jim Vanderminden, and owners Shelly and Scott Reed

Friendly destination, great times Here at Happy Daze Pub on Main Street in Granville, Scott and Shelly are trying to ease this rough economy by providing a friendly destination spot for people to come and have a great time … with two pool tables with many leagues year-round and the only foosball table in the area. Also we have local bands to entertain you with and karoake on Friday nights. Come try out some of our new menu, which includes hamburgers, hotdogs, great french fries, pizza, our famous “Happy Daze Sample Basket” and what

some people call the best wings around. With 5 TVs you can enjoy sports or whatever suits you while enjoying some great food!! Happy Daze Pub is biker friendly, too! So come join the Happy Daze family. We may look small out front but come see the huge fun inside. You can find us on Facebook or on the web at Call for further information at 518642-2980. Come on in for some “Good Times.”

Warner's Auto

H&R Block Committed to their customers The H&R Block office on Main Street in Granville has a commitment to every one of our people. They moved to a new office last year. H&R Block in Granville has stood behind its people’s taxes for 20 years at 79 Main St. The owner for the last nine years, Edith Moffitt, has a 16-year history with H&R Block and is committed to serving the small towns in which she has offices. Moffitt hires local people and hopes that local people will support the offices. To call H&R Block in Granville, dial 518-642-2738.

The staff at Warner's Auto

31 years top-quality sales and service

Kimberly Lamourex Sr. Tax Advisor

Warner’s Auto Body of Granville is celebrating 31 years of business in 2012, and the family-owned and operated business prides itself in providing quality sales and services to its customers. The business is a New York State registered facility, offering everything from simple services to extensive repairs. “We have skilled auto technicians on staff to provide knowledgeable insight for honest and efficient repairs.” The dealership has specialized primarily in Subaru sales and service since it opened its doors in 1981. Owner Jeff Warner said he chose Subarus because they were the foreign car of choice and remain a leader in the automotive industry today. “Hand selecting our pre-owned inventory, we offer a wide range of dependable vehicles to fit everyone’s budget. We stand by our vehicles, completing an extensive check over our entire inventory before they go on the sales lot.” Warner’s is also an authorized dealer for Blizzard snow plows. Shop manager Tim Thomas handles both retail and wholesale installations and services, and is on-hand with a full line of parts, plows and sanders to accommodate all customer needs. “We have tow trucks, one flat bed and one service truck on hand 24 hours a day,

7 days a week. We have full certifications in lock-outs, tire services, towing and recovery and can provide full service no matter the circumstance. We’re also contracted with AAA, Cross Country, Allstate and many others.” “Towed from an accident and need repairs and body shop work? No problem, we do that too. Our body shop offers insurance quality estimates and premium OEM parts, working with your insurance company to guarantee a worry-free repair.” Warner’s is also an A1 X-press Rent-ACar, with offers car rentals for a day, week, or even a month. “With reasonable rates, we can provide our customers with reliable vehicles for visiting relatives or those weekend getaways. Using direct billing with insurance agencies, we can set up rentals with no hassles for our customers while their vehicles are under repair.” “Here at Warner’s we are family, and we treat our customers as family too. Stop in and see us Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the coffee is always on.” Check Warner’s out on the web www. to view their full inventory and find the perfect vehicle for you.

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Indian River Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

The staff at Indian River Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

Caring compassion, respect... come see the Indian River difference Indian River Rehab & Nursing Center is a short-term, subacute rehabilitation center featuring physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as a longterm skilled nursing facility. Hands-on individualized treatment in a homelike, supportive atmosphere is provided at the recently renovated facility, located at 17 Madison St. in Granville. The facility offers 24-hour skilled nursing care and provides specialized treatment in IV antibiotic therapy and wound care including wound VAC management to those in need in the community. “Our staff is very caring, considerate and passionate about the care we provide, said administrator Renee Groesbeck. “We provide personalized, motivating short-term rehab treatments to residents with the ultimate goal of safely returning the residents back to their own homes.” Indian River has a specialized, hands-on, short-term rehab department, which in 2009 went under expansive renovations to increase the department to meet the community’s growing needs. The dedicated rehab unit offers 40 beds devoted to short-term rehabilitation services for those in need after surgery or illness. Additional services provided at Indian River Rehab are physician services, transportation to doctor visits and dialysis treatments at Glens Falls Hospital and the Rubin Center in Saratoga, dietary expertise, social services, daily activities, beauty/ barber shop, housekeeping, laundry and grounds maintenance. Indian River has enhanced the short-term rehab unit’s dining experience by providing a restaurant-style buffet to give residents additional choices and more temperature-controlled food of the highest qual-

ity. Staff at Indian River Rehab includes Cathy Wright-Lamando, MSPT, the director of rehabilitation services. She has hand-selected a dynamic team of experienced, licensed physical, occupational and speech/swallowing therapists, whose training includes the new, innovative VitalStim therapy, with the goal of optimizing a resident’s independence to return home after surgery or an illness. Also on the Indian River team is Kim Flory, director of nursing. She comes to Indian River with many years of nursing experience and with her extraordinary dedication and leadership skills, Kim will continue to educate Indian River’s nursing staff to provide the highest quality and most innovative care to the center’s residents. Physicians overseeing Indian River’s medical care are the medical director, Dr. Jennifer Hayes, Dr. Nawed Siddiqui, Dr. Sean Kimball, physician’s assistant Madeline Doane and, new to the Indian River team, is nurse practitioner, Susan Sperry. Susan comes to us with many years experience specializing in wound care and will be a great addition to the staff. All our staff prides itself on providing a home-like, supportive atmosphere with the development of good relationships with residents and families, Groesbeck added. Indian River is continuously researching all current and future opportunities and advancements to meet the growing needs of the community. To inquire about Indian River’s full array of services or request a personal tour to view the newly renovated facility, call 518-642-2710 or visit the website at to take an online virtual tour.

O'Callahan's Pub & Grill

Paula Towne, Wait Staff Manager, Fred Williams, Chef and Amy Gurdo, Mgr.

Great food, fun and atmosphere O’Callahan’s Pub & Grill is a new take on a classic establishment located on 22 Main St. in Granville NY. The staff at O’Callahan’s provides high-quality food and a great ambiance at surprisingly reasonable prices. The appetizers and chef’s specials are the best in the area. We also offer some of the finest dinners, including bangers and mash, macaroni and cheese, ribs, and pot roast to name a few. We also have a large selection of premium draft beers

and wines. There is a warm burgundy decor and a friendly Irish atmosphere in this small, intimate setting. Come and enjoy a nice evening out at O’Callahan’s. We’re open for lunch, serving Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and serving dinner Tuesday thru Saturday. Closed on Sunday and Monday. Call for hours. Visit us at or join us on Facebook and be a fan! 518-642-0200

Green Acre Motor Sales One-man shop offers great values Green Acres Motor Sales, 2320 Route 31, Granville, sells used automobiles and trucks. Owner Bill Dagle also offers repairs on the vehicles he sells. Dagle started his business in 1990. He moved from Buskirk in 2006 to build a log home in Hebron on Route 31. He built his home and shop himself, and opened the repair shop and sales department full time in the summer of 2009. “We offer high-quality, low-mileage vehicles at wholesale pricing,” he said. “We are small in size but big on service. The owner, the salesman and the shop tech are all one person.” “We supply autos and trucks that meet the needs of the individual, and help them find the car or truck that’s just right for them,” he said. “We specialize in low-mileage, rebuilt GM cars and trucks. With over 20 years of rebuilding experience, we supply the market with quality vehicles that otherwise would be lost.” In addition to his business, Dagle said, “For over 14 years I’ve been doing Christian radio on 91.9 FM, music programs are 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sundays.

Bill Dagle I also travel and share the program ‘Hymn Stories’ in local churches in the great Northeast.” Green Acres Motors can be reached at 642-2672.

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Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union

Members make the difference Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union (TFCU) offers a full line of deposit and lending services, featuring checking and savings accounts, loans (including auto, boat, RV, personal, home equity and mortgages), VISA debit and credit cards, IRAs and share certificates. The credit union also offers a variety of electronic services including online and mobile banking, bill pay, E-statements, account alerts and an online switch kit (switches accounts to TFCU), as well as notary public, foreign currency, and private student loans. TFCU operates its main office in Ticonderoga, NY, where it was chartered in 1954 as the International Paper Ticonderoga Mill’s employee credit union. Led by Shawn M. Hayes as President and CEO, it now offers membership to persons who live, work, worship or attend school in, or businesses or legal entities located in Essex or Washington County or the towns of Hague, Horicon and Chester. The TFCU opened its first branch in March 2007 in Port Henry and its second branch in Elizabethtown in November 2008, and currently operates ATMs in Ticonderoga, Elizabethtown, Port Henry and Schroon Lake. In addition to its branches and ATMs, TFCUprovides convenient online banking and loan services, as well as mobile banking. Plus, as a member-owned, financial cooperative, TFCU’s earnings are returned to its members and reinvested in the community.

Members love to talk about what they like about their credit union: “I love my credit union because I know that the money I keep there and the interest I pay on my auto loan is doing good work in my community. At the end of the day, my credit union exists to provide a service, not to make a profit for private shareholders. I love my credit union because my money works for me!” - Chris C. TFCU is actively involved in thecommunity. Among theirmany community endeavors, TFCU offers a free papershredding event, dubbed ShredFest, where the public can shred personal documents free of charge, reducing the threat of identity theft.The TFCU hosts a cell phone drive annually, collecting usedphones, chargers and accessories which are then donated as emergency 911 lifelines for domestic violence survivors. Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union also distributes school supplies to nine area schools, helping hundreds of students start the school year right.The TFCU provides financial education to area schools and hosts financial seminars to help educate members so they can take control of their financial future. Look for more information coming soon on their First-Time Home Buyers’ Seminar, slated for April 26, 2012. Each year, Ticonderoga Federal CU awards three $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. And people might be surprised to learn that TFCU

TFCU member Mary Kay Glazer participates in Shred Fest at TFCU’s Ticonderoga Branch. offers financial literacy materials, provided by the New York Credit Union Foundation to educators of high school level students, free of charge. Interested educators should contac t TFCU’sMarketing Coordinator, Kate

Shoemakerat (518) 585-6725 x2303. Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union’s main office is located at 1178 NYS Route 9N, Ticonderoga, NY 12883. For more information, call (518) 585-6725 or visit their website at

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Poulos Insurance

Positive Energy NY LLC

Owner Joe Thomas and Khanti Munro, VP of Operations

Your local source for solar panels

Jennifer, Ray and Vanessa

Protecting you and your assets The staff at Poulos Insurance is knowledgeable and courteous, with many years of combined experience in the insurance industry. We represent many quality companies offering a full range of insurance products to meet your needs. Our focus is on protecting you and your assets. Let us put our strength and stability to work for you. The newest member of the Poulos sales staff is Ray Prescott, who joins Jen, Vanessa and the rest of the Poulos staff. He can be reached at rprescott@ or at the contact information below.

We at Poulos offer a variety of products to make our agency a one-stop shop for home, auto, business, workers’ compensation, life, health, medical, Medicare supplements and many more. Our hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. We can be reached at (802) 247-2324 or (800) 700-2324. You may also visit our website at to see our other 12 convenient offices or at either of these emails: Jen can be reached at and Vanessa at

Photovoltaic, or PV panels for short, make electricity from sunshine, and Positive Energy NY LLC is your local source for PV panels. The company is owned by Joe Thomas, who also owns Positive Construction Crane Services and Excavation in Granville. “We build grid-tied systems so we don’t have to store the electricity in batteries any more, unless you want an offgrid system,” Thomas said. The electricity is changed by an inverter from DC to 240 volt AC so that it can be tied in to your panel box. The electric meter is changed by the power company to one that will spin backward when you are producing more electricity that you are using, and forward when you need power from them. “We can size the system so that you owe the power company for zero kilowatt hours at the end of the year,” Thomas

said. “The NYSEDRA rebate is currently $1.75 per watt of system. The New York state income tax credit is 25 percent of the cost after rebate with a maximum of $5,000. The federal income tax credit is 30 percent of the cost after rebate with no maximum” You can visit to learn more. According to Thomas, hot water and solar thermal systems are typically used to create 75 to 80 percent of the domestic hot water for a home. The solar thermal systems are eligible for the same state and federal tax credits. To learn more, visit Positive Energy NY LLC has an office and showroom at 17 W. Main St. that is open by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call Thomas at 518-955-0402 or at home at 642-9426.

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Robert M. King Funeral Home

Heritage Manor Realty

Service at a time of need People are touched, lives are honored, healing ceremonies are created and the funeral is a vital and important part of the marking of the passing of a life. We have accepted the reality that meeting the needs of our families must take on a new look and new approach. We strive to make each family’s experience as meaningful to them as possible. With the family’s Charlie and Mary King input, we can provide a truly unique and memorable service that honors the life and legacy of their loved one. The economic concern our world is facing has altered what people can spend. We try to provide a memorable tribute for the loved one of the families we serve and stay within their financial boundaries. Many things we do on a daily basis cost nothing but mean the world to our families. There is no price on caring attention, and satisfying our customer’s needs. Charlie and Mary, both licensed funeral directors, strive to serve Granville and the surrounding area with care and dignity for the families and their loved ones. They both stay attuned

Bob Jr. and Bob Tressler, owner

to the new trends of the industry and are very active in the community. Other staff at the Robert M. King Funeral Home include licensed director Michael Angiolillio and Jeff and Bud Davies. This family-owned firm will be glad to provide information or assistance in preplanning, as well as at-need service for your family. We also have available a full line of cremation and memorialization products as well as pet memorialization products. Our goal is to make the celebration of your loved one’s life our priority, by providing you with dignified, professional and memorable service at your time of need.

Real estate update 2011 was an active year for real estate in and around Granville. The beginning of the year saw lots of potential buyers looking at properties and that continued throughout the year. As the selling season progressed, properties that had been on the market for a year or more started to sell. The last quarter of ’11 marked a change in the market. I saw people buying land with a vengeance, as well as low- to medium-priced homes and even some multifamily investment properties. The level of activity increased dramatically and that has continued into the first quarter of 2012, so I’m optimistic that public perception of the economy has taken a turn for the better and

potential buyers who might have been sitting on the fence are now making the decision to buy. Interest rates remain at historically low levels and home prices are still very attractive, so there’s never been a better time to buy than right now. And there’s never been a better place to buy than Granville and the surrounding areas! Bob Tressler is the principal broker and son Bobby is a licensed sales agent at Heritage Manor Realty, located at 209 County Route 28 in Hebron. Bob Sr. can be reached at 642-3664 or e-mail at Bobby can be reached at 260-7404 or e-mail at

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Donna P. Johnson Physical Therapy, P.C. A trusted, local resource for 22 years Donna P. Johnson Physical Therapy, P.C., has two office locations, one in Granville, NY, and one in Fair Haven, Vt. Both offices provide licensed, professional and skilled physical therapy in a private, physical therapist-owned practice. For over 20 years we have been a local, trusted resource for nonsurgical and post-surgical rehabilitation, as well as for the rehabilitation of workman’s compensation injuries. This is our 22nd year in Granville and our 11th year in Fair Haven. We want to express gratitude to all of our patients and the communities around us for making us the “go to” clinic for physical therapy services. The quality of the care we provide to our patients is highlighted whenever a patient asks for us specifically when their doctor refers them for physical therapy. Our entire staff is committed to staying current with the latest concepts, treatment techniques and tools in their field via continuing education courses and seminars. Our clinical staff includes several physical therapists and one physical therapist’s assistant. We offer experience and competence in the following areas: general orthopedics, over-use injuries, sports related injuries, work conditioning, spinal care, neurological conditions, pediatric conditions, and lymphatic drainage. Physical Therapist Donna Brown states, “Physical therapy addresses a broad range of conditions. If you, or a family member, are not

sure if physical therapy is appropriate, feel free to contact either one of our two offices at any time.” Our focus is to provide our community and patients with innovative and up-to-date hands-on treatment. Our mission is to reach out with patient education to empower people to return to their everyday home, work and play activities, with home exercise programs, involvement in community health fairs, in-house educational bulletin boards, and educational newspaper articles geared towards improved wellness and injury prevention. In these times of escalating health care costs, physical therapy offers a cost-effective, conservative and noninvasive approach to the treatment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions and injuries. However, if you need surgery we are committed to being part of the team of health professionals that safely and effectively guides you back to your activities in home, at work and play as quickly as possible. Our reputation for providing caring and effective physical therapy services in our rural communities continues to remain strong. Donna P Johnson Physical Therapy, P.C. is available to you in Granville, N.Y., Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact the Granville office at (518) 642-9519. In Fair Haven, Vt., Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact the Fair Haven office at (802) 265-4055.

Donna P. Johnson Physical Therapy PC has 2 locations.

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Pine Grove Diner QUITYERBELLYACHIN The Pine Grove Diner is owned and operated by Dan and Cindy Krueger and sons. A family-run diner located at 68 Quaker St., Granville, the diner had its beginnings in 1954. In our 13th year, we serve some of the best breakfasts and lunches in Granville. Opening at 6 a.m. every day till 2 p.m., seven days a week, we make our pancakes from our own recipe along with our various homemade breads and pastries baked on the premises. If it’s a large three-egg omelet, a Big Bear breakfast or just a cup of coffee and hot muffin, you’ll find our staff of five eager to serve you some of the best meals around.

For lunch, try one of our specials, different every day, or one of our handmade beef burgers that won’t leave you hungry or your wallet empty. We pride ourselves on our home-style soups made fresh every day by our chef, Bud Andrews, and our own baked turkey and roast beef sandwiches made to order. Take-outs are always available for those on the go. Stop by and visit our Adirondacktheme diner. You will always feel welcome at the Pine Grove as we greet you at the door. Call us at 518-642-1520 or visit us at

Cindy Krueger, Kelly Gravelle, Leanne Bernard, Dan Krueger, Jr and Dan Krueger

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