Sieze the moment in development

When, in late 1983, discussions began in earnest about the expansion of Fort Drum to house the newly reconstituted 10th Mountain Division, the anticipation of a rebirth of economic activity was palpable. Many immediately grasped the incredible significance of what changes for the good this community was about to undergo. Looking back now over more than two decades, not only was that promise fulfilled but exceeded beyond our wildest expectations.

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Staging a home for a good sale

Each day, the Board of Realtors receives calls from its members and the public. A few weeks ago, Santa Clause called. Being a magical figure, he talks “house” and had been contacted by a local home that had some concerns. The house knows its owners are getting older, want to downsize, and want to get a good price. Santa told the house that he would contact me to write a column for potential sellers. I asked various real estate professionals for advice.

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’Tis the season for tech gadget

Sometimes techies can be the hardest people to buy for. Not only are they very particular about their gadgets but they do seem to already have the latest “thing”. This year you will find that technological gifts come in all shapes and sizes; here are a few great gift ideas to assist in your quest for the perfect “geek gift.”

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In step with technology

Howard Orthotics fits Drum soldier with first-in-state BiOM

Roger R. Howard tightens Army Spc. Matthew Hayes' biometric foot as he recieves the first one of its kind in Upstate New York, at Dr. Howard's Watertown office. Spc. Hayes lost his leg in Northern Afghanistan, and the new battery operated prosthetic acts much like a regular foot. Photo by Justin Sorensen.

By Joleene Des Rosiers
NNY Business

It was a big day for 22-year-old Army Spc. Matthew Hayes. For the past several months, he has been working with Roger Howard of Howard Orthotics and Prosthetics, Watertown, to get fitted with what is known as a BiOM ankle and foot: the first bionic lower leg system created to replace lost muscle function normally and naturally.

A Fort Drum soldier originally from Michigan, Spc. Hayes lost his lower right leg while overseas.

“I was on a mission in Northern Afghanistan and I stepped on an anti-personnel mine, which pretty much shredded my right leg and did some damage to the left. They had to amputate it,” he said.

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NNY innovator aims to ease e-commerce ‘takes the sting out of online shopping’

By Steve Virkler
NNY Business

A north country man has launched a website intended to make online shopping easier and less expensive.

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The ‘Eagle’ Has Landed

North country celebrates jet service connecting to Chicago

Photo: Jefferson County Administrator Robert F. Hagemann III addresses a packed hangar on Nov. 17 at Jefferson County International Airport. American Eagle began jet service between Watertown and Chicago last month. Photo by Justin Sorensen.

By Nancy Madsen
NNY Business

American Eagle Airlines’ direct service from Jefferson County to Chicago gives hope for easy travel for business travelers and economic growth for the region.

American Eagle began flying 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 aircraft between Watertown International Airport, Dexter, and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Nov. 17.

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NNY Business 2011: 20 under 40

Northern New York’s Emerging Leaders

A lawyer, a pair of health care professionals, small business owners, a veterinarian, entrepreneurs, nonprofit directors, a CPA, a Realtor, an engineer, a financial planner, an information technology manager, a banker, restaurateurs, an agronomist, a chief financial officer and a government relations specialist. They represent a diverse cross-section of business in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Taken together, NNY Business magazine’s 2011 class of 20 Under 40 is a veritable who’s who of young professionals, each working to be the best in their fields while giving more of themselves to their communities, volunteering their time to improve life for all who live in the north country. Not only are these men and women emerging leaders as judged by the staff of NNY Business, they are leaders who have caught the attention of others.

All 20 people featured in our first 20 Under 40 issue were nominated by people outside the magazine, a fact that speaks volumes about what north country residents think of the future of leadership in Northern New York. What’s more, we had a very challenging time narrowing the list to a top 20. With nearly twice the number of nominations as those selected for this year’s honors, we now have a head start on next year’s class.

On Dec. 15, NNY Business recognized these 20 individuals and their companies during a special celebration at the Black River Valley Club in Watertown.
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Business Briefcase – December 2011

Chocolatiers launch website

Covered in Chocolate, Theresa, has launched its online home and e-commerce site at

Covered in Chocolate is owned by mother-daughter team Jennifer L. Mc- Connell and Susan M. Tanner. They have a storefront at 125 Commercial St. in Theresa and now sell several of their chocolate covered treats through their website.

For more information, contact or 767-5006.

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People On The Move – December 2011

New editor named


Jeremiah S. Papineau has been named managing editor of the Journal and Republican in Lowville and the Carthage Republican Tribune. He succeeds Thomas Lloyd.

The papers are owned by the Johnson Newspaper Corp., Watertown.

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GWNC Business After Hours – December 2011