Glove maker was source of scandal: Ogdensburg company made big headlines

In the early 1900s, gloves were big business. Mittens, unlined gloves, fleece lined, rabbit fur, lambskin, gloves of all shapes and sizes were the hottest and most practical fashion accessory and there were dozens of options from which to choose.

The story of the Dinberg Glove and Mitten Co., which was located on the corner of State and Gilbert streets in Ogdensburg, is one that reads like a modern-day television procedural drama.
Alleged arson, murder and a court battle all pepper the history of the Dinberg Glove and Mitten Co., which was the former W.J. McIntosh Glove Co.

In late 1934, the Ogdensburg Advance News “unofficially but reliably reported” that Israel Dinberg and his brothers, Harry and Nathan, would be purchasing the McIntosh Glove Co. and all of its assets, machinery and inventory. The W.J. McIntosh Co. was one of Ogdensburg’s most thriving manufacturers and, at the time of the sale to the Dinberg brothers, had been in operation for more than 25 years.

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Small Biz Startup: Simplicity Cafe

Trevor Brunet, a Culinary Institute of American graduate and owner of Simplicity Cafe, Ogdensburg. Photo by Jason Hunter/NNY Business.


The Simplicity Café at Ogdensburg’s Dobisky Center is many things to owner Trevor R. Brunet.

It’s a foray into restaurant ownership, a market testing site for future expansion and the culmination of several business ideas he had while attending the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts. [Read more…]

Betting on butter

1850s railroad connected Ogdensburg and Boston

A clipping from a 1974 story in the Ogdensburg Journal that highlighted the eight-ton shipment of butter from Ogdensburg to Boston in the 1850s. At the time, shipping butter long distances and managing to keep it cold was nearly impossible. Photo courtesy of Johnson Newspaper Archives.

Long before there was air mail and the Model T, railroads were the champion of travel and commerce in the mid- and late-1800s. Connecting major metropolitan markets to tiny towns in St. Lawrence County, such as Winthrop and Stockholm, railroads were the method of choice for moving commodities, people and products.

The Rutland Railroad, formerly called the Northern, then called the Ogdensburg and Lake Champlain, was St. Lawrence County’s link to the outside world in the mid-1800s. Hazel Chapman, historian for the town of Stockholm, wrote an article for the Quarterly, the official publication of the St. Lawrence County Historical Society, in 1965, which read: [Read more…]

Claxton-Hepburn enjoys benefits health information network

OGDENSBURG — Patients of Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center already are benefiting from a partnership that makes their medical records easier for health care professionals to share.

The hospital recently partnered with HealtheConnections of Syracuse, the Regional Health Information Organization of central New York.

“Basically, it is a community-based organization that is bringing together patient records from health care providers to increase the efficiency and quality of health care we can provide to our patients,” said Amy J. Robinson, Claxton-Hepburn physician liaison. “We are the first hospital in the county to undertake this.”

The organization compiles and stores patient medical records from hospitals and other health care providers in 11 counties of Central and Northern New York to increase the efficiency and overall quality of health care in the region. Patient’s labs, histories, demographic information and diagnostic tests can be accessed by regional health care providers.

“RHIOs have been around for quite some time,” said James A. Flood, the hospital’s director of information services. “We set up a system where we’re electronically passing demographic information, lab reports, records to this central repository. Many other facilities through Jefferson, Lewis, Onondaga are all doing the same thing. We have created a patient-centric database.”

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Firm brings new life to schools

Ogdensburg project is Bernier, Carr’s biggest yet for single client

Loran Construction employee Dennis L. Sharlow, Pierrepont, builds a wall in a classroom at Grant C. Madill Elementary School in Ogdensburg using cement blocks and mortar. Photo by Jason Hunter.

School may be out for summer, but within the buildings of the Ogdensburg City School District people are hard at work.

With the help of the Watertown-based engineering, land surveying and construction management firm Bernier, Carr & Associates, P.C., the district is undergoing a $57.2 million reconstruction and addition project, the largest in its history. The scheduled work includes sustainability initiatives, technological updates, grounds enhancements and the addition of resource, title and speech spaces as well as much-needed renovations.

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Region ripe with farmers markets

By Kyle R. Hayes
NNY Business

The farmers market has been transformed from a back-of-the-farm-truck shopping experience, with vegetables caked in dirt and a stiff competition for who grows the best turnips and apples, to a one-stop shop for products produced in the north country.

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Business Briefcase – March 2012

Hospital earns accreditation

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and Alliance Imaging, Ogdensburg, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in positron emission tomography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR practice guidelines and technical standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

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