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…]

June 2016: DBAs

DBA (doing business under an assumed name) certificates filed at the Jefferson County Clerk’s office April 4 to April 28, 2016 [Read more…]

April 2016: DBAs

DBA (doing business under an assumed name) certificates filed at the Jefferson County Clerk’s office March
14 to March 31, 2016.

March 31:

Beep Trucking, 661 Factory St., Watertown, Brett Parks Murdock, 661 Factory St., Apt. 3, Watertown.

1869 Tavern, 558 State St., Watertown, Antony Joseph Foster, 125 Smith St., Watertown

Teased Hair Salon, 262 State St., Carthage, Summer Freeman, 19676 Staplin Road, Black River, Brittany Hancock, 3832 Deer River Road, Carthage

Daryl’s Diesel Repair, 29651 Ashland Road, Chaumont, Daryl Scott Goutremout, 29651 Ashland Road, Chaumont

March 29:

Hunters Hauling, 43596 County Route 2, Redwood, Jeffrey Hunter, 43596 County Route 2, Redwood.

Ellis Taxi, 17747 State Route 11, Lot 31G, Watertown, Edward L. Stevens, 17747 State Route 11, Watertown, Ruby L. Stevens, 17747 State Route 11, Lot 31G, Watertown

March 28:

Lazy Days Café, 317 Washington St., Watertown, Sherry Lane, 17171 Fields Road, Watertown

Carmeleine Cleaning Services, 16108 Deer Run Road, Watertown, Reynaldo I. Estepa Jr., 16108 Deer Run Road, Watertown

Wind Hill Farm, 45606 Grass Lake Road, Redwood, Randolph Lynn Adams, 45606 Grass Lake Road, Redwood

March 24:

Michael Endres Home Renovations, 1815 Olmstead Drive, Apt. 223A, Watertown, Michael J. Endres, 1815 Olmstead Drive, Apt. 223A, Watertown

Max Mill Gold, 23227 State Route 342, Watertown, Malika S. Nobles, 231 Mechanic St., Watertown, Mason & Associate Holdings LLC, 231 Mechanic St., Watertown

N.L. Building Maintenance, 614 Franklin St., Watertown, Noel Lalonde, 614 Franklin St., Watertown

Fuller & Sons Office Supply 272 State St., Apt. 2, Carthage, Bobbie Jean Stokes, 272 State St., Apt. 2, Carthage

J.D.’s Place, 20707 Route 93, Lorraine, Jane Patterson, 29 Broad St., Pulaski

March 23:

Northman Industrial Services, 202 North Orchard St., Watertown, Jeremy L.H. Lawlor, 202 North Orchard St., Watertown

Houghton News, 122 N. Orchard St., Watertown, Carrie Lynn Houghton, 122 N. Orchard St., Watertown

Simpson Professional, 26 Regency Park, Carthage, Todd J. Simpson, 26 Regency Park, Carthage

About Face, 36020 State Route 12, Clayton, Chianna Jane Jones, 36020 State Route 12, Clayton

Gray Stone Self Storage, 45748 Otter St., Alexandria Bay, John L. Bartlett, 45748 Otter St., Alexandria Bay, Miles A. Bartlett, 45748 Otter St., Alexandria Bay

March 22:

Bates Farm, 19961 County Route 189, Adams, Lou Ann Parish, 19961 County Route 189, Adams, Patrick David Bates, 19961 County Route 189, Adams.

EB Exotic Boots, 9141 General Pike Loop, Apt. C, Fort Drum, Elicery Baugh, 9141 General Pike Loop, Apt. C, Fort Drum.

March 21:

DJ’s Cleaning Services, 148 Barben Ave., Watertown, Dusty Jo Paddock, 148 Barben Ave., Watertown.

Amish Basket Maker, 309 N. California Ave., Watertown, Sue E. Belch, 309 N. California Ave., Watertown.

Northern Arts, 122 East Grove St., Dexter, Amelia M. Decilles, 122 East Grove St., Dexter.

March 18:

Arborcare, 8161 Elm St., Harrisville, Andrew W. Swanson, 6070 State Route 3, Natural Bridge, Herbert Frost, 8161 Elm St., Harrisville.

Townline Livestock, 9509 County Route 82, Adams, Brittany Gehrke, 9509 County Route 82, Adams, Kyle Gehrke, 9509 County Route 82, Adams.

Happy Adventures, 437 Lachenauer Drive, Watertown, Leah Mae S. Carlisle, 437 Lachenauer Drive, Watertown, Thomas D. Carlisle, 437 Lachenauer Drive, Watertown.

March 17:

I Buy Houses, 9206C General Brown Loop, Fort Drum, Justin Digamon Fernandez, 9206C General Brown Loop, Fort Drum.

Cultivated Mushroom, 24096 Bisig Road, Rodman, Anthony Douglas Paroubek, 24096 Bisig Road, Rodman.

Smith’s Cleaning Service, 117 State Place, Watertown, Jami Smith, 117 State Place, Watertown, Rachel Smith, 117 State Place, Watertown.

March 16:

Shananigans Wreaths & More, 525 Wood St., Dexter, Shannon Romeo, 525 Wood St., Dexter.

E’s Bee’s, 57 North Park St., Adams, Anthony Alicea, 57 North Park St., Adams.

March 15:

Warm Rock Farm, 48385 County Route 11, Redwood, Matthew Joseph Wilton, 48385 County Route 11, Redwood.

Rosen’s Embroidery Creations, 25887 Bonney Road, Watertown, Margo Rosen, 25887 Bonney Road, Watertown.

Amrinder Kaur Photography, 818 Brady Road, Sackets Harbor, Amrinder Kaur, 818 Brady Road, Sackets Harbor.

C & C Road Service, 406 Stone St., Watertown, Christopher Davis, 406 Stone St., Watertown.

March 14:

NNY Art Trail, 28279 Route 126, Black River, Karin Robertson, 28279 Route 126, Black River.

Kuhner Properties, 531 Washington St., Suite 2501, Watertown, Andre Luiz D. Kuhner, Hauptstrasse 64A 67678 Mehlingen Germany.

Spun Up Fairy Floss, 22026 Brown Road, Watertown, Terry L. Law Jr., 22026 Brown Road, Watertown.

Perfect 10 Salon, 223 J.B. Wise Plaza, Suite 27, Watertown, Stacia A. Ward, 246 Coffeen St., Watertown, William Bouck, 246 Coffeen St., Watertown.

March 11:

Pristine Marine, 16 Sisson St., Unit 9, Alexandria Bay, Jamison Lloyd, 16 Sisson St., Unit 9, Alexandria Bay.

Reiki by Niesha, 6460A Smallwood Court, Fort Drum, Niesha M. Porter, 6460A Smallwood Court, Fort Drum.

Triple J. Home Repair, 217 E. Main St., Apt. 2, Watertown, Joshua Ray Johnson, 217 E. Main St., Apt. 2, Watertown.

Open Meadows Promotions, 42990 County Route 2, LaFargeville, Rebecca K. Davis, 42990 County Route 2, LaFargeville.

Mowtivated Property Services, 15722 Lyleton Drive, Clayton, Michael M. Dangerfield III, 31550 State Route 3, Felts Mills.

K and A Contracting, 29545 Martin Road N., Evans Mills, Patrick J. McGhee, 29545 Martin Road N., Evans Mills.

March 10:

Dragonfly Pottery Studio, 29811 Cottage Hill Road, Redwood, Ann Marie Donovan, 29811 Cottage Hill Road, Redwood.

March 9:

Livewire Quartet, 137 Bishop St., Watertown, Lorie Autote, 137 Bishop St., Watertown.

Harts Road Service #2, 406 Stone St., Watertown, Christopher H. Davis, 406 Stone St., Watertown.

March 8:

Lonis Cottages, 1016 State St., Clayton, Vani P. Mekala, 1210 Emerald Lane, Riviera Beach, Fla.

March 7:

G.L. Cleaning, 522 Stone St., Watertown, Joseph Micqueal Patterson, 522 Stone St., Watertown.

Kim’s Barber Shop, 31140 State Route 3, Felts Mills, Hui S. Mooney, 23788 Patterson Road, Watertown.

Upstate Strategies, 111 N. Broad St., Sackets Harbor, Mark Pacilio, 111 N. Broad St., Sackets Harbor.

March 4:

Cabe’s Auto Sales, 808 W. Main St., Watertown, John Ray Jarrell, 256 Michigan Ave., Apt. 415 B, Watertown.

Vibrant Cleaning, 232 W. Main St., Watertown, Brensley Montgomery Gibson, 232 W. Main St., Watertown.

MAC Homes, 146 Ten Eyck St., Watertown, Megan Converse, 146 Ten Eyck St., Watertown.

Quencer Farms, 18400 State Route 12 E, Brownville, William J. Quencer, 605 Brown St., Dexter.

R&J Lawncare and Snow Removal, 3900 County Route 121, Mannsville, David Michael Flory Sr., 3900 County Route 121, Mannsville.

Rolled in Sugar, 17007 County Route 161, Watertown, Melissa Ann Kempfer, 17007 County Route 161, Watertown.

Hellz Hobbies, 28449 County Route 160, Watertown, Helen Louise Ziegler, 28449 County Route 160, Watertown.

March 3:

Busy B’z Cleaning, 632 Adelaide St., Carthage, Shawna Beth Burke, 632 Adelaide St., Carthage.

A2Z Custom Crafts, 20427 Sunrise Ave., LaFargeville, Vicki Lynne Schmitt, 20427 Sunrise Ave., LaFargeville.

March 2:

Robo Spray, 430 Dimmick St., Watertown, Kerry Lavere, 430 Dimmick St., Watertown.

CJ Colt The Sassy Lass Cook, 44392 County Route 191 #5, Wellesley Island, Colleen Jo Kearney, 44392 County Route 191 #5, Wellesley Island.

March 1:

Bait Barn Trash Removal, 17673 Miller Road, Adams, Donald David Nier, 17673 Miller Road, Adams.

Impact Graphixs, 594 West Main St., Watertown, Jason J. Gilmore, 24200 Perch Lake Road, Watertown.

Connection Education Consultants, 17801 County Route 75, Sackets Harbor, Mary I. Pennock, 17801 County Route 75, Sackets Harbor.

January 2016 Cover Story: Economic Outlook

Slow and steady
growth wins the race

OUTLOOK 2016 / MILITARY: A soldier salutes during the presentation of the colors last year in an activation ceremony for the 10th Mountain Division Divarty. As the post avoided major cuts in 2015, Fort Drum officials remain positive that 2016 will be a healthy year for one of region’s top economic sectors. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

OUTLOOK 2016 / MILITARY: A soldier salutes during the presentation of the colors last year in an activation ceremony for the 10th Mountain Division Divarty. As the post avoided major cuts in 2015, Fort Drum officials remain positive that 2016 will be a healthy year for one of region’s top economic sectors. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Despite a few challenges, experts say the region is on pace for a positive year in 2016. Six sectors of the north country’s economy are ripe with opportunities for growth.

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

A grim fate cast a pall over the north country in early 2015, as federal budget sequestration threatened to cut up to 16,000 personnel from Fort Drum in an effort by the army to trim its active duty force from 490,000 to 450,000 by fiscal year 2017. [Read more…]

From antelopes to zebras, vet gives the OK before they can cross the border

WELLESLEY ISLAND — Dr. Jeffrey J. Huse, 59, inspects all creatures, great and small, as a veterinarian at the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry.

“You wouldn’t believe the stuff he has to check here,” said Shawn P. Lewis, a Canadian trucker waiting for Dr. Huse to approve the load of cattle he was taking south on Thursday morning. [Read more…]

Plans developing for new Commercial Block building on Wellesley Island

Thousand Island Park Corp. is moving carefully as it considers replacing the Commercial Block building that was destroyed by fire in August.

The corporation and its building committee are evaluating community feedback, business plans and historic preservation options to have designs in place by summer and a new building by the 2016 season.

“As far as footprint, what’s going to fit there?” asked Robert Sharlow, the corporation’s general manager. “You want to make sure what’s going to be there is going to be there for at least 100 years.”

The century-old building burned in the early hours of Aug. 14, destroying businesses such as the Guzzle cream cream and candy shop, a grocery store, a post office and the Thousand Island Park Fire Station for the Wellesley Island Fire Department, along with $800,000 of the department’s equipment.

The Commercial Block was created in 1913 in the aftermath of a fire that destroyed much of the park area, about 100 cottages and the Columbian Hotel. In 1890, the Thousand Island Park Hotel burned down in a fire.

In a report to residents, Thousand Island Park Corp. confirmed the August fire was caused by electrical problems “with origin undetermined.” After concerns about asbestos at the site, the report said air-monitoring crews found no significant traces of asbestos, preserving future development.

A part of those development plans will be considering development around the block. The report said the corporation is assessing the viability of expanding and renovating the second and third floors of the Wellesley Hotel.

The report said the corporation hoped to have an analysis of the hotel planning by January.

“The rebuilding committee is very focused on going at an appropriate speed,” Mr. Sharlow said.

Also important will be new fire-safety plans, including the development of a year-round hydrant. During the August fire, crews had to run about 1,000 feet of hose lines to draw water from the St. Lawrence River. Sprinklers also are being installed at the island’s pavilion, the corporation’s office and the park’s chapel.

Without a building this summer, the corporation is planning to use temporary structures and trailers to provide space for food vendors and community gatherings.

As the corporation considers its next step, the Wellesley Island Fire Department is nearing the closure of a deal to buy land for its new station near the intersection of County Route 110 and Cross Island Road, closer to the Thousand Islands Bridge.

The department also has been adding new equipment, most recently a boat for ice rescues, and soon a new brush truck.

“There’s progress; every week’s there’s progress,” Fire Chief Robert C. Markert said.

The department recently received $100,000 in state funding to aid its recovery, and it will ask for resident donations to help.

Mr. Markert said more substantial work for its building committee and its architect will get underway at the start of the new year.

 

 

By Gordon Block, Times Staff Writer

Thousand Islands Country Club sold to Chinese businessman for $5.25 million

This is an aerial photo of the Thousand Islands Country Club, sold Monday by the Schwalm family.

This is an aerial photo of the Thousand Islands Country Club, sold Monday by the Schwalm family.

The Thousand Islands Country Club was sold Monday by the Schwalm family of Wellesley Island to Ximin Shi, a Chinese businessman. [Read more…]