Growing Golden Along the River’s Edge: Jewlery designer focuses on giving back culturally

Emilie Cardinaux with hand made items in her shop, The Golden Cleat in Clayton.

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Sailing Smoothly for 50 years: Antique Boat Museum Celebrates Birthday

Rebecca Hopfinger, executive director of the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, stands with boating relics in one of the showrooms.

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October 2016 Small Business Startup: Soirée NNY

AMANDA MORRISON / NNY Business CAPTION Sarah Compo owns and operates Sioree NNY, an event planning and day-of coordinating business.

Sarah Compo owns and operates Sioree NNY, an event planning and day-of coordinating business.


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October 2016: People on the Move

Child psychiatrist joins Children’s Home

Dr. B. Harrison Levine, M.D.

Dr. B. Harrison Levine, M.D.

Dr. B. Harrison Levine, M.D., has joined the staff at the Children’s Home of Jefferson County. Dr. Levine is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, teens and young adults.

Dr. Levine’s expertise is in anxiety and mood and psychotic disorders with a focus on clarifying diagnoses and treating debilitating symptoms. Most recently, Dr. Levine was in private practice in Denver, Colo. He has also served as medical director, psychiatric consultation/liaison and emergency services, Bridge Clinic, and Med/Psych Clinic — all at The Children’s Hospital, University of Colorado at Denver.

For the past five years, Dr. Levine has been selected a “Top Doc” by Denver’s 5280 Magazine. In 2010, he was honored by The Children’s Hospital, University of Colorado at Denver, for the “Development and Implementation of the Behavioral Assistance Resource Team.”

Dr. Levine is a graduate of Columbia University Medical School for International Health, Beersheva, Israel, as well as the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, Pa. He completed residency in general Adult psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Mich., and held a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell universities, New York City.


New provider at Carthage Family Health Center

Kelsey Mollura

Kelsey Mollura

Kelsey Mollura, PA, has joined Carthage Area Hospital as the latest primary care provider at the Carthage Family Health Center, Carthage.

Ms. Mollura earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa., and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Arcadia University, Glenside, Pa.

Previously, Ms. Mollura worked in an internal medicine/geriatric office in Pittsburgh and in an ENT/sleep medicine office in Greenbelt, Md.




Named general manager at Watertown Olive Garden

North country native Tim Yoder was recently named general manager of the Watertown Olive Garden restaurant.

Mr. Yoder began his career with Olive Garden in 2004 as a line cook in State College, Pa. During the past 12 years, he has used his industry knowledge and leadership skills to advance with the company.

Mr. Yoder will lead 80 team members as general manager of the Watertown restaurant, 20988 Salmon Run Mall Loop West.

Before he was named general manager, Mr. Yoder worked in all areas of restaurant management at the Rochester, Big Flats and Watertown Olive Garden locations.


Carthage Area Hospital hires physical therapist

Karlye R. Eastman

Karlye R. Eastman

Carthage Area Hospital recently welcomed physical therapist Karlye R. Eastman to its Carthage Therapy Services staff.

Ms. Eastman completed her education at Clarkson University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 and received an Innovation and entrepreneurship degree with a concentration in pre-physical therapy. She completed a doctor of physical therapy in 2016.

She is an avid reader and enjoys incorporating evidence-based practice into her daily treatment sessions. Ms. Eastman has clinical experience with workers compensation, the military population, school-based pediatrics and acute care.



Historical Society appoints new director

The Jefferson County Historical Society Board of Trustees recently appointed Jordan B. Walker as executive director.

Jordan Walker

Jordan Walker

Ms. Walker will continue the transition begun under the leadership of interim executive director Peter J. Whitmore, who served in the position since mid-July, following the resignation of former executive director Diana Page Jordan.

Ms. Walker, a 2011 St. Lawrence University graduate brings more than five years managerial and curatorial experience after serving as manager of collections, archives and exhibits for the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority, Boldt Castle, Heart Island, Alexandria Bay.

Ms. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in history. She is also the Jefferson County Branch secretary of the American Association of University Women and a member of the EMERGE Professionals Group of Northern New York.



Antique Boat Museum names new curator

Claire Wakefield

Claire Wakefield

Claire Wakefield has been named permanent curator at the Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, a role she had filled on an interim basis since March.

As curator, she is responsible for building and guiding the course of the museum’s artifact, library and archival collections and for directing and developing content for exhibitions and public programs related to collections.

Ms. Wakefield joined the museum staff in 2010 as membership and marketing coordinator. In 2013 she became the assistant curator.

As assistant curator she worked on a variety of projects, including recent exhibitions such as the Antique Raceboat Regatta poster art installation, the history of the Matthews Boat Company, and The National Motor Boat Show. She has also led the first digitization efforts of the museum’s archives leading to the broader availability of important research materials to the general public.

“Claire brings a positive attitude and an eye for the details,” ABM Executive Director Rebecca Hopfinger said. “She will be a strong steward for the museum’s vast collection and I am proud to name her to the position of curator.”

An alumna of Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pa., with a degree in museum studies, Ms. Wakefield began her career as assistant registrar at the Juniata College Museum of Art, and also held a previous post at the Albany Institute of History and Art.  Ms. Wakefield lives in Clayton.

The Antique Boat Mueseum is open to visitors seasonally, May through October.


Robbins Family Grain/North Harbor Dairy names business manager

Robbins Family Grain Co. and North Harbor Dairy have hired Jennifer L. Hunter as the farm’s business manager.

Jennifer Hunter

Jennifer Hunter

In her new position, Ms. Hunter will be responsible for monitoring financial details of the businesses, acting as a business advisor, providing consultation to the dairy and assisting with labor management.

Ms. Hunter was most recently assistant branch manager of Farm Credit East’s Potsdam office. She was with Farm Credit for four years. She previously served as a dairy specialist with Cargill Animal Nutrition.

“I’m excited for this new opportunity where I can put my passion for agriculture and my experience in business and finance to work,” Ms. Hunter said.

“The Robbins family has built a successful, innovative business over the years,
and I’m looking forward to helping their operations continue to prosper into the future.”

Ms. Hunter holds an associate degree from SUNY Cobleskill in animal science, a bachelor’s from SUNY Cobleskill in agriculture business and a master of agricultural education from SUNY Oswego.

Antique Boat Museum announces new director

The Antique Boat Museum has picked Rebecca Hopfinger, its current acting director, to become its executive director. [Read more…]

March 2016: Business Briefcase


1000 Islands to host tourism conference

The New York State Tourism Industry Association will host the 2016 Empire State Tourism Conference from May 2 to 4 at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton. [Read more…]

U.S. and Canadian law enforcement officials attempt to clarify the cross-border boating laws

Paul J. Corbett, supervisory U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent, opens a forum on cross-border boating at the Antique Boat Museum on Saturday. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Paul J. Corbett, supervisory U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent, opens a forum on cross-border boating at the Antique Boat Museum on Saturday. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

CLAYTON — In a public forum this weekend at the Antique Boat Museum, agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Canadian Border Services Agency attempted to clarify a Canadian law which requires U.S. boaters to report their entry to Canadian waters. [Read more…]

Boaters beware: Carelessly cruising Canadian waters could be costly

CLAYTON — Recreational boaters in the Thousand Islands region who cruise into Canadian waters could face stiff penalties if they don’t report their whereabouts to authorities by cellphone. [Read more…]

Stefanik: congressional delegation at Fort Drum reception shows ‘historic’ support

CLAYTON — Representatives from four upstate congressional districts showed their support for Fort Drum on Thursday during a reception at the Antique Boat Museum — a feat Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, called “historic.” [Read more…]

Clayton Chamber of Commerce Business with a Twist – Sept. 2013 at Antique Boat Museum

The Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, hosted the September Business With a Twist on Sept. 19.