The business of fun: Traveling mother-son team offers face-painting, balloon art

She’s a walking billboard for her business. Even to pick up groceries, Melina Kilpatrick’s face can resemble anything from a tiger, to a flower princess, to a teenage mutant ninja turtle.

Photo by Norm Johnston / NNY Business

Earning their stripes: Parker Line Striping marks 20 years in business this year

It started out as simply a means to an end. Or so he thought. Parking lot striping was no more than a way for 18-year-old Christian R. Parker to earn some money in pursuit of his goal to become a professional musician.

Christian R. Parker, owner of Parker Line Striping, Dekalb, and Brian M. Hess, director of national sales, in front of the business. The company is celebrating 20 years in business this year and is well positioned to continue positive national growth in the parking lot maintenance service industry. Photo by Melanie Kimbler-Lago / NNY Business

Early post leaders planned modern-day installation

Before it became the critical training and rapid deployment installation that it is known as today, the decisions of the 10th Mountain Division’s first leaders on post in the mid-1980s allowed it to flourish 30 years later. In addition to building to handle new missions for the decades ahead, post leaders quickly forged relationships with… [Continue Reading]

n Our partners at the Watertown Daily Times this month published ‘Climb to Glory’, a 30th anniversary special section to commemorate three decades of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division. To obtain a copy of the section, stop by our offices at 260 Washington St., Watertown, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

A staunch advocate: Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization lobbies for post

Thirty years after it was announced that the 10th Mountain Division would be reactivated at Fort Drum, an organization that was established to keep open the lines of communication between military and civilian leaders now works to prevent significant troop cuts at the military post.

Carl A. McLaughlin, executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, at the post’s Mt. Belvedere Gate near Blask River. Photo by Norm Johnston / NNY Business

From north country to Drum country: Nearly 30 years after the 10th Mountain Division was reactivated, leaders recall a unique partnership between Fort Drum and Northern New York communities

An overwhelming amount of support from north country residents for the reactivation of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum was a key factor in the early success of the light infantry division, the “most-deployed unit in the Army,” according to two retired Army colonels who were involved with the early days of post expansion and… [Continue Reading]

A 'Climb to Glory': 10th Mountain Division has Indelible Impact On North Country Life. Photo by Norm Johnston / NNY Business


Arsenal Street Diner up for sale after opening last summer

Arsenal Street Diner, which opened in August 2013 at a former Pizza Hut building between two auto shops, has been put up for sale by owner … [Read More...]


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