Business Rises as Water Levels Fall To Normal

WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES FILE PHOTO A tourist boat approaches Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay.

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Connecting Countries and Commerce for Decades

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During the Thousand Islands Bridge opening in August 1938 cars lined up to travel across to Wellesley Island for the first time.

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Defying A Wet 2017: Businesses look bravely toward 2018

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Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay opened in early spring despite high waters covering the docks, as seen from the air.

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August 2016: Business Briefcase

EDUCATION

New talent takes the air at Tunes 92.5 FM

Pam Summers, a new radio show host with Intrepid Broadcasting, Inc., launched her first show Aug. 8 on Tunes 92.5/104.5 FM, WBLH Radio, Watertown. [Read more…]

Thousand Islands Bridge Authority pushes forward on improvements

Vehicles pass through the toll booth at the Thousand Islands Bridge on Thursday afternoon. The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority is making improvements to toll areas on both sides of the border, as they look to make it E-ZPass compatible. Photo by Gordon Block, Watertown Daily Times.

Vehicles pass through the toll booth at the Thousand Islands Bridge on Thursday afternoon. The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority is making improvements to toll areas on both sides of the border, as they look to make it E-ZPass compatible. Photo by Gordon Block, Watertown Daily Times.

The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority is pushing forward with renovations to its toll booth areas on both sides of the border, as they look to eventually become compatible with the E-ZPass system. [Read more…]

March 2016: Business Briefcase

TOURISM

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…]

January 2016: Small Business Success

It’s Maine-ly business in New England

OConnellWebLast October, I took a 1,500-mile solo road trip through New England to visit a small entrepreneurial venture way up in Down East Maine, and I’ll be sharing his story in my March column.

For now, I want to share a little bit of my adventure through the beautiful state of Maine. What I discovered was, you can take the small business advisor out of the office, but you can’t take the small business perspective out of her. [Read more…]

June 2015 Business Scene

Carthage Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Dinner

Several past Carthage Citizens of the Year, pictured on this page with the year awarded, attended the dinner to honor Mrs. Rome. The chamber held its 2014 Citizen of the Year Dinner on April 28 at the Elks Lodge.


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Attendance flat at Boldt Castle for 2014 season

Attendance levels at Boldt Castle were relatively flat for the 2014 season, dropping slightly from the previous year.

The 2014 season ended with 184,683 visits, down 1.5 percent from the 2013 tally of 187,485.

Shane K. Sanford, the castle’s facilities director, pinpointed poor weather during key summer weekends for some of the dip.

“Given the less-than-ideal summer conditions, and being off about a day and a half’s business, I think we did well,” he said.

Mr. Sanford also attributed some of the dip to an early Labor Day holiday, which some mark as an end of the summer, but said the holiday would come later next year, which should give a bounce for next year’s tally.

One positive pointed out by Mr. Sanford was that gift and food sales at the site were improved for the season, perhaps a sign of activity when people got to the castle grounds.

Among the major projects during the 2014 season was the launch of work at the Alster Tower, also known as the “Children’s Playhouse,” along with masonry work at the castle’s Cistern Tower.

The Cistern Tower project will continue next year with improvements in its stone and masonry.

Work at the Alster Tower, closed for three years prior to the start of the project, will move forward next year starting with its billiards room. The Alster Tower project is expected to take about four to five years to complete, and cost the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority at least $1 million.

Development at the site, Mr. Sanford said, was one of the best ways they have found to keep people interested and bring them back to Heart Island.

“They want to see the improvements from their last visit,” he said.

 

By Gordon Block, Times Staff Writer

River Hospital Foundation Gala – August 2013 at Boldt Castle

River Hospital Foundation hosted its annual Gala at Boldt Castle on Heart Island Aug. 24. Nearly 200 people attended. Event proceeds supported River Hospital’s River Community Wellness Program.