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.

August 2016: Business Scene

History in the Garden, The Walton Homestead, Watertown

The Waltons hosted the Jefferson County Historical Society’s “History in the Garden” event on Saturday, July 9, at their homestead and gardens on Rome State Road, Watertown. The Historical Society presented its annual Awards of Distinction at the event. Photos by Ken Eysaman, NNY Business. [Read more…]

Community shows enthusiasm for city’s downtown revitalization application

Mayor Joseph M. Butler Jr. speaks at a rally for the $10 million downtown initiative competition that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is holding. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Mayor Joseph M. Butler Jr. speaks at a rally for the $10 million downtown initiative competition that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is holding. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Mayor Joseph M. Butler Jr. called for the crowd to make noise on Thursday at a pep rally to show support for the city’s efforts to win a $10 million award from the state. [Read more…]

City finishing up $10 million downtown application

City officials are putting together the final touches on an application for a $10 million award from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative program. [Read more…]

April 2016: Business Briefcase


NNY Builders Exchange recognizes local A&E firm

Aubertine and Currier Architects, Engineers, & Land Surveyors, Watertown, recently received the Excellence in Craftsmanship award from the Northern New York Builders Exchange for its work on phase two of the Clayton Riverwalk project. The Watertown firm was responsible for the design, construction administration and inspection for the project.

This portion of the Riverwalk picks up where the previous portion left off at the Frink Park Pavilion. The goal of the project was to create an uninterrupted visual and physical connection to the St. Lawrence River for pedestrians walking between the village’s existing commuter docks and the recently completed Frink Park Pavilion and Thousand Islands Regional Docks.


Citizens Bank earns top rating

Citizens Bank of Cape Vincent was awarded BauerFinancial Inc.’s highest five-star superior rating in March.

Citizens Bank has earned the five-star rating for 105 consecutive quarters since June 1990.

The bank also achieved “Best of Bauer” status, a designation reserved for banks that have earned a five-star rating for 25 straight years or longer.

Citizens Bank of Cape Vincent was established in 1919 and operates three branches in Cape Vincent, Chaumont and LaFargeville.

BauerFinancial has been the nation’s leading bank rating firm since 1983.


Carthage Citizen of the Year nominations sought

The Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for its 36th annual Citizen of the Year award.

The award recipient will be chosen based on community activities and involvement by the nominee during the 2015 calendar year. Past accomplishments may be included to support the nomination.

Nominators should submit the entry form and supporting documentation by April 20. News clippings, photos and supporting documents can be included. A review board of seven community leaders will meet April 21.

An annual award banquet will be held on Tuesday, May 10 at the Carthage Elks Lodge.


Historical Society nets grant

The Jefferson County Historical Society recently received a $750 grant from Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match program.

The JCHS was one of 1,500 organizations in New York and Vermont to receive a grant from the 2015 Holiday Match campaign.

The Stewarts Holiday Match program received $1.74 million from customer donations and the Stewart’s Shops match. Program money benefits children within the community in which they are won.

The Historical Society grant will help to fund children’s programs inside the Paddock Mansion and historic campus on Washington Street, Watertown.

March 2016 Feature Story: Abbey Carpet

A client-first culture

Joyce Bradley of Abbey Carpet of Watertown in the showroom of the Court Street store. Mrs. Bradley is co-owner with her husband, Stephen. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Joyce Bradley of Abbey Carpet of Watertown in the showroom of the Court Street store. Mrs. Bradley is co-owner with her husband, Stephen. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

For Abbey Carpet’s Joyce Bradley, customer comfort is a top priority

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

For Joyce Bradley, co-owner of Abbey Carpet of Watertown, patience truly is a virtue, a lesson she’s learned over 30 years of working with customers
and managing changes.

Mrs. Bradley and her husband, Stephen, moved back to Watertown from Syracuse in 1986 to take over the shop-at-home carpet business when his father decided to retire. She took over the secretarial duties including bookkeeping and scheduling while her husband did installs and carpet cleaning.

Running a carpeting showroom was the last thing on her mind when they opened it in 1987 and became an Abbey Carpet franchise.

“It probably would’ve been the furthest thing from my mind,” she said. “Over time I’ve come to love being self-employed and flexible. It’s rewarding.”

It was about 10 years ago that she took over running the showroom while Mr. Bradley ran the installations, but she took the change head on by attending conferences and learning everything she could about flooring.

“I found I really liked that niche,” she said. “It’s nice to help someone with a project and make their home nicer.”

Mrs. Bradley is far from complacent, though. Knowledge about her products and her field isn’t taken for granted.

“You have to keep current with your product,” she said. “It takes time. I had to learn that. I’ve read a lot and try to keep up with the fashion trends.”

Mrs. Bradley said that knowledge sets their business apart from the big box stores because they know all of the products, they are able to determine the best type of flooring for a project and how to best install it.

She said national retail stores usually don’t always have employees familiar with the best way to measure or what the best product is to use.

Her knowledge, though, isn’t the only trait that set’s her business apart from the big box stores, said Dacia VanEenenaam, a long-time customer and friend.

“Not only is she hugely organized, but she is extremely patient,” Ms. VanEenenaam said. “She’s bright, capable and calm.”

Ms. VanEenenaam said that their friendship developed out of their business relationship over the past 19 years.

“Not only am I confident with them, but I’m comfortable with them in my home,” she said.

Ms. VanEenenaam said that she would even be comfortable with them installing a carpet when she was out.

It’s that comfort that Mrs. Bradley aspires to and the way she sees her own business.

“I see a retail store where someone can come and be comfortable,” she said “A relaxed atmosphere where they can buy materials to make their home more beautiful.”

Customer service is her top priority because Mrs. Bradley said it will reflect back on her.

“If they come here, they deal with me from start-to-finish,” she said. “I try not to be pushy. Sometimes it takes more than one time for a customer to come in and get the perfect fit.”

In order to better serve her customers, Mrs. Bradley said that being successful also involves embracing changes.

“You can’t change it, so it’s better to brace for it,” she said.

The biggest change for the store was the advent of computer technology, including electronic bookkeeping.

“I didn’t want to do it at first,” she said. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, but now I love it.”

She said it’s made a lot of her work easier like electronic pricing systems. That was a task that would have taken her a full day to do before.

The significant challenge, though, remains the recruitment and retention of adequate help, Mrs. Bradley said, and she hopes to bring in more people for installations.

Despite the ever-present challenges, though, she expects the business to keep growing and changing.

“There’s never a dull moment,” she said.

The Joyce Bradley file

Hometown: Clayton

Professional: Co-owner, Abbey Carpet of Watertown

Family: Husband, Stephen Bradley; daughters, Amber Bradley and Caitlyn Virkler; son, Matthew Bradley; three grandchildren

Education: Thousand Islands High School; associate degree, Central City Business Institute, Syracuse.

Community: Ambassador, Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce; Jefferson County Historical Society; Downtown Business Association.

Recommended Read: “Chicken Soup for the Grandparent’s Soul” by Hanoch McCarty, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Meladee McCarty.

Karee Magee is a magazine associate for NNY Magazines. Contact her at kmagee@wdt.net or 661-2381.

October 2015: People on the Move

New Norfolk town assessor chosen

Norfolk has chosen Massena Town Assessor Michael C. Ward as its new town assessor. [Read more…]

Jefferson County Historical Society director looks to restore excitement

Many artifacts sit in the basement of the Jefferson County Historical Society museum during an open house Wednesday. Photo by Coty Giannelli, Watertown Daily Times.

Many artifacts sit in the basement of the Jefferson County Historical Society museum during an open house Wednesday. Photo by Coty Giannelli, Watertown Daily Times.

WATERTOWN — When she took the job of executive director of the Jefferson County Historical Society in mid-September, Diana Page Jordan said one of the first things people would tell her was that the society’s museum was a place they used to like to visit. [Read more…]

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…]

Bricks of former Mercy Hospital used for fundraising effort

A long-neck excavator with a grapple starts demolition on the west side of Mercy Care Center in May. A group is retrieving the bricks to turn them into plaques for sale. Justin Sorensen / Watertown Daily Times

With help from a few community partners, a small group of former Mercy Hospital employees found a way to preserve the Mercy legacy while raising funds to better medically serve north country residents.

Friends of Mercy Hospital worked with COR Development Co. to secure more than 1,000 bricks of the former hospital turned nursing home and medical services center. Group members will hand-clean them and turn them into commemorative plaques reading “Mercy Hospital 1894-2013.” Each one will be sold for $20 to raise money for an annual Friends of Mercy Hospital Nursing Scholarship and to purchase medical equipment for the North Country Family Health Center.

“Our careers were there,” said group founder Patricia Fralick, who worked as a licensed practical nurse at Mercy Hospital from 1980 to 1985. Some former workers “were very concerned when their place in the hospital was torn down. A couple drove by every day just to see the process.”

Now, she said, former staff members or patients, supporters and members of the general public can help continue the Mercy legacy with the purchase of a brick.

COR is redeveloping the 218 Stone St. site into a mixed-use complex with 40,000 square feet of retail and office space and up to 200 upper-floor apartments.

“Mercy Hospital played an integral role in the lives of north country residents for so many years,” said Steven F. Aiello, president of COR Development Co. “We share a great commitment with the community in recognizing its impact in upstate New York, and are happy to be working with Friends of Mercy Hospital to do so.” [Read more…]