June 2015: Business Briefcase


Grant funds attraction

National Grid and the Thousand Islands Inn this spring announced a $100,000 Main Street Revitalization Program incentive to offset construction costs associated with the inn’s renovation. [Read more…]

People on the Move – July 2013

Announces new hires

Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, LLP, Watertown, has announced two new employees at the law firm.

Samuel P. Burgess, a native of Watertown, attended Immaculate Heart Central High School and received a bachelor’s degree in sports management from St. John Fisher College in 2006. He received a master’s degree in business administration from Missouri Baptist University the following year and in 2013 earned a Juris Doctor summa cum laude from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he was the valedictorian.

Mr. Burgess worked on The John Marshall Law Review while in school and worked as a law clerk at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Chicago, Ill., and at Conboy. He returned to Conboy in March and now works in the business and estate practice groups. [Read more…]

Businessman submits plan for 10,500-square-foot multi-tenant building in LeRay


Businessman Robert D. “Bobby” Ferris submitted a site plan to the LeRay Planning Board for a 10,500-square-foot multi-tenant building off Route 11, featuring a store selling items similar to those sold at Big Apple Music, which he owns off Arsenal Street in Watertown.

The proposed building would be located on a two-acre parcel north of Freedom Plaza, on the west side of the highway off the southbound lane. To the immediate south of the building will be an AutoZone built on land owned by West Carthage developer Michael L. Lundy. Mr. Lundy’s construction firm, Lunco Corp., plans to build Mr. Ferris’s structure and the AutoZone in the fall, finishing construction by December, Mr. Ferris said. The Planning Board will review the site plan Thursday. [Read more…]

People on the Move – June 2013

Promotions at Mountain Community Homes

Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes recently promoted Jenna Waite to leasing manager for its Welcome Home Center leasing office. As leasing manager, Mrs. Waite is responsible for the overall operations of the Welcome Home Leasing department, occupancy marketing and generating new business through networking and outreach.

Jenna Waite

Jennifer Benson

Mrs. Waite earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Lawrence University, Canton, in 2006. She was formerly the community manager, a position in which she was responsible for overseeing approximately 1,000 homes and families in the Rhicard Hills Community on Fort Drum.

Jennifer Benson was recently promoted to community manager for the Rhicard Hills Community Center.

Mrs. Benson began her career in property management in 2002 for Military Housing, Watertown. She relocated to Fort Irwin, Calif., where she was a property manager and was then promoted to marketing director for Clark/Pinnacle. Upon moving back to Fort Drum, Mrs. Benson was hired as assistant community manager at the Rhicard Hills Community Center. [Read more…]

Restoring a dream: For local firms, Boldt Castle continue to inspire and challenge

An image of the main staircase as it was found prior to restoration is held in comparison to the completed staircase being admired by visitors to the castle. Photo by Amanda Morrison.

It was 1977, and the picture was bleak.

Boldt Castle had just been given to the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority by the Edward John Noble foundation, which had itself purchased the property from millionaire George C. Boldt’s children. New York State had already declined the property, saying it would be too much work to repair and maintain, and the castle had been sitting empty and unfinished ever since being abandoned after the death of George Boldt’s wife in 1904. Vandals had defaced much of the interior with graffiti, and the original stone structures were crumbling or gutted by fire.

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