A sibling ‘rivalry’

For three north country families, the bonds that lead to success in business began as brotherly

AMANDA MORRISON / NNY Business CAPTION Lyndaker Timber Harvest, Croghan, is run by brothers, from left, Wade, Travis, Cody, and Matt.

AMANDA MORRISON / NNY Business
Lyndaker Timber Harvest, Croghan, is run by brothers, from left, Wade, Travis, Cody, and Matt.

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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…]

New popcorn shop brings kernels of flavor to Gouverneur

Tseko T. Vachev Jr. said he started making popcorn when he was 5 years old.

Now he does it all day.

In June, Mr. Vachev opened a new business, Route 58 Popcorn, where he makes 25 different flavors of gourmet popcorn for wholesale and retail. [Read more…]

$36.7 million investment could bring 100 jobs to Potsdam

Clarkson University has submitted a consolidated funding application to help fund a plan for the refurbishment of Damon Hall, Snell Hall and Congdon Hall on Clarkson’s downtown campus, build a whitewater park on the Raquette River and enhance streetscapes in the village’s downtown business district. [Read more…]

July 2016 20 Questions: Dani R. Baker, Cross Island Farms

Organic Growth

Dani R. Baker, co-owner and operator of Cross Island Farms, a certified organic farm on Wellesley Island. The farm is in its 11th year of operation.

Dani R. Baker, co-owner and operator of Cross Island Farms, a certified organic farm on Wellesley Island. The farm is in its 11th year of operation.

Diverse Cross Island Farms enters 11th year, moves toward profitibility

After a career as a psychologist, Dani R. Baker never thought she would own the only diversified certified organic farm in Jefferson County, but since establishing Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island in 2006 she and her partner, David Belding, have turned a small vegetable garden into a diversified farm with about 100 different vegetables, livestock, and her newest endeavor, an edible forest garden. This month we sit down with Ms. Baker to discuss the place of small, niche farms in the north country’s agriculture industry. [Read more…]

July 2016 Feature Story: Agbotics

Automated Agriculture

Left, Cody Morse, left, automatics engineer, and Sean Hanson, head grower, are the men behind the machine at Agbotic.  Opposite page, a robotic tiller tills soil between rows of leaf lettuce. The metal spades make contact with soil to dislodge weeds. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Left, Cody Morse, left, automatics engineer, and Sean Hanson, head grower, are the men behind the machine at Agbotic. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Agbotic digs new ground for organic farming

By Marcus Wolf, NNY Business

John P. Gaus’s vision for his automated and organic farming company, Agbotic Inc., took one of its first major steps with a 1,200-square-foot prototype greenhouse built in 2014. [Read more…]

Green Construction Expo to showcase products, offer demonstrations on sustainability

Construction crews poured concrete with a recycled glass content of about 10 percent for a Clarkson University sidewalk project. The project was undertaken between Price Hall and the Cheel Campus Center parking lot, with crews using a donated byproduct from a glass bead manufacturer, Potter’s Industries, as a replacement for Portland cement. The new concrete formulation was part of a process developed at Clarkson. Submitted Photo.

Construction crews poured concrete with a recycled glass content of about 10 percent for a Clarkson University sidewalk project. The project was undertaken between Price Hall and the Cheel Campus Center parking lot, with crews using a donated byproduct from a glass bead manufacturer, Potter’s Industries, as a replacement for Portland cement. The new concrete formulation was part of a process developed at Clarkson. Submitted Photo.

Clarkson University is seeking vendors and sponsors for its upcoming Green Construction Expo, which will bring together individuals and businesses striving to make the north country community a more sustainable place. [Read more…]

June 2016: People on the Move

Children’s Home director certified as human resources professional

Roshia

Roshia

Jesse Roshia, Children’s Home of Jefferson County director of human resources, recently passed the Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional Exam. [Read more…]

North Country Regional Economic Council discusses other options for Downtown Revitalization

The north country communities that are unsuccessful in the competition for $10 million in downtown revitalization funding may have other funding options available to them. [Read more…]

May 2016: Feature Story

Sky Skarf takes flight

Amber Stevens, left, and Heather E. Hlad are creators of the Sky Skarf. The product, which provides comfort when traveling, was launched with help from Clarkson University’s Shipley Center.

Amber Stevens, left, and Heather E. Hlad are creators of the Sky Skarf. The product, which provides comfort when traveling, was launched with help from Clarkson University’s Shipley Center.

Lewis women turn airline discomfort into entrepreneurial venture

By Alan Rizzo, NNY Business

When they invented a silk scarf to make traveling by air a warmer, quieter, more germ-free experience, Lewis County residents Heather E. Hlad and Amber Stevens never expected that their invention would get as much feedback as it has, and be used for purposes outside an airplane cabin. [Read more…]