Vacation Locally, Plan your Summer with these Day-Trip Ideas

Volume 12, Edition 7

News & Views
5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce

July, 2012

Sponsored by



The Chairperson’s Corner
business! While many of us are businesses which run year round there is an abundant of businesses which are only open during the summer months. What a challenge that is, for those businesses who rely on the summer months to make it! With the tourism trade, the increase in border crossing and an opportunity for locals to buy local is a big business in our community. The local farmer’s market is opening soon, and that is a showcase of local businesses that many only operate during the summer. Please support those businesses that rely on us! Whether you take a tour of a local winery, stop by and play

Changing for the summer, what does your business do to get ready? For some local businesses, summer means

miniature golf, take a cruise on the river, have an ice cream treat, purchase produce from our local farmers, let’s help them and support our local commerce! Buy local it makes sense!

Lynne Ferris Firm Administrator Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, LLP




The President’s Perspective
things to do in their own hometowns. But the true stay-cation is more than that. It means becoming a tourist in or near your own home. However, experts warn that with today’s technology you run the risk of never truly getting away from the office if you are still daily checking email at home and carrying your Smartphone. The Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce has been collaborating with the areas local tourism council and attractions to learn even more about the hidden treasures in our own backyard! As a local business here are some tips to attract the locals to your business: Work with your key hotels. Hotels that focus on business travel during the week often look for ways to fill rooms over the weekend. Partner with them to create an “Experience Your City Like a Tourist” package which would include your shopping and dining incentives. Partner with your attractions to include tickets. Some attractions will run off-season promotions where they will offer discounted tickets to locals. Promote one another! When you develop a package, tie in specific merchants who will offer a complimentary cocktail or dessert with the purchase of an entrée. Include luxury items such as a personal shopper and limo service to and from the hotel. Remember, we all need a break from time to time, whether we get to take a trip and an actual vacation or not, but finding that relaxation and rest we need every day! If you need some ideas, stop by the Chamber of Commerce and we can help plan your STA-Vacation! Warmest Regards,

New Member Profiles
The Inn at Bonnie Castle Cindy Fiacco-Lozo General Manager 31 Holland Street PO Box 127 Alexandria Bay, NY 13607 Phone: (315) 482-4511 Alternate #: (315) 4824512 Toll-Free #: 1-800-9554511 Fax: (315) 482-9600 Email: Website: http://www. A world of beauty, history, and relaxation awaits you at Bonnie Castle Resort. Enjoy fine dining in our Manor House Restaurant, have lunch riverside at The Pointe, relax by the pool or simply sip a cocktail on our expansive decks overlooking Boldt Castle. Whether you?re looking for a family getaway or a perfect spot to host your wedding or other events, Bonnie Castle Resort offers something for everyone. We look forward to making your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. Bonnie Castle Resort is under new ownership and management as of May 2012. Come see what?s new as we update this property in a manner deserving of its rich history. Home Again Farm Gail & Daryl Marsh Owner 37098 Schell Rd Theresa, NY 13691 Phone: (315) 628-5302 Email: Website: They are the sixth generation to farm raising alpacas since 2005. Their farm is currently home to 20 alpacas and Red, the cat and located in Northern New York close to Route 81. They take great pride in the care of our animals and welcome the opportunity to educate any who would like to know more about these curious, gentle, intelligent and entertaining creatures. After being away from the North Country for 34 years living the last 30 in central NJ they had a desire to return to our roots. All of the hustle and bustle seemed to lose its appeal especially after Sept. 11, 2001, Daryl, actually watched the second plane hit the tower from his Jersey City office on that fateful day. Short from saying, “We’re out of here!”. They started to develop a plan so that we could return to upstate NY and grow the farm that Gail grew up on. After reading an article about an alpaca farm near us in New Jersey, they visited Tuccillo farm and soon became involved learning all about the care and nurturing of these magnificent creatures. They cleaned the poop piles, learned to give shots, and watched with awe as their first cria was born. They were in love and ready to start our own farm. They bought their foundation herd from this farm and brought them to New York. They have learned a lot and are excited to share our knowledge with other future alpaca farms as we develop this farm. Visitors are warmly welcomed to their farm and offer tours and a farm store. They now host a local 4H club, “Fiber of Life” and have an annual open house complete with ice cream eating contest. Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country Leesa Harvey-Dowdle Director 167 Polk Street Watertown, NY 13601 Phone: (315) 786-0983 Fax: 315) 786-0994 Email: Website: http://www. The Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country (CPNC) serves individuals and families in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. Their mission is to provide comprehensive, accessible health and human services in the counties of Northern New York & to offer services to


Stay-cation is a buzzword that has become more prevalent with today’s economy! However, from my perspective that is not necessarily a negative thing since we live in one of the most beautiful, scenic, and historic areas! If you were planning to drive for your vacation, you felt it at the pump. If you were planning to fly, you most certainly felt it either in air fares or reduced schedules. With the ever growing high prices of gas (and everything it effects), people are opting to find

people with disabilities The Jefferson County office is located in the Marcy Building, 167 Polk Street, Suite 200, Watertown. You can contact us at 786-0983 or 0983 or at Pepsi Beverages Company Daniel Wiseman Unit Manager 1035 Bradley Street Watertown, NY 13601 Phone: 315-788-6751 Email: Lynnette.Parker@ Pepsi is committed to providing you with expertise on beverage and snack categories to help grow your business. They carry world class brands, world class service, and Pepsi delivers!They have the best brand names and recognition in beverage and food products all over the world. Pepsi will partner with your business to maximize your sales potential. They provide point of purchase materials, a Pepsi premium loyalty program, and marketing materials. Equipment to meet your needs, cooler venders, fountain/bars, frozen beverage, Tea Ums, and snack racks. And once again---Pepsi Delivers.

Lynn M. Pietroski President & CEO

Government Contracting Express
The North Country PTAC is hosting a FREE Procurement workshop and networking event on July 20th, 2012 at the WISE Women’s Business Center in Syracuse for anyone looking to learn more about government contracting on the Federal and State level. Presenters include: Stephen Barr, North Country PTAC Dave Reaske, New York Business Development Corporation Mark Wladis, Wladis Law Firm Bonnie Palmer, Empire State Development Joanne Lenweaver, WISE Center James Quackenbush, Small Business Administration Networking session to follow presentations! Government Contracting Express July 20th, 2012 WISE Center, Syracuse NY 9:00am - 12:00pm REGISTER AT action

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Vacationwith these Day-Trip Locally Plan your Summer
Ideas from the Watertown Chamber
As the only visitor center in the Watertown area, the Chamber recieves thousands of phone calls, visits, and requests for local information each year. We of course, recommend our members as a destination. The chamber ultimately tries to group our members together and help the visitor plan their entire day in the North Country and visit as many members as possible. These are a few of day-trip ideas our visitors are looking for and how we recommend them.

Thousand Islands Winery
One of the most unique tourist attractions in the area, the Thousand Islands Winery, is just a short 30 minute drive north of Watertown and Fort Drum. Located in the heart of the beautiful Thousand Islands region near the scenic St. Lawrence River, the winery boasts some of the most breathtaking views in the area, a family friendly facility, as well as wonderful award winning wines. Visit the Thousand Islands Winery and be transported into an old world German style farm winery that features multiple acres of vineyards, a working production and bottling facility, and full size tasting room and gift shop. Guests are encouraged to take a guided winery tour where the staff gives a behind the scenes look at how their wines are made from start to finish. After the tour, guests can enjoy complimentary and upgraded wine tastings as well as wine by the glass and wine slushies out on courtyard picnic tables. The gift shop and tasting room are open 364 days a year (only closed on Christmas) and feature award winning wines as well as wine related merchandise. Children are welcome at the winery which features kid friendly tours as well as plenty of snacks and non-alcoholic drinks for purchase. Winery tours and most tastings are complimentary and available on a walk in or by appointment basis. So make plans to visit this unique tourist attraction in the beautiful Thousand Islands region that promises a fun experience for the whole family. You’ll be sure to see and taste some of the best that northern New York has to offer. 43298 Seaway Avenue Suite 1 Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

The Thousand Islands Wine Trail Enthusiasts

(315) 482-9306

Clarence Henry Coach
Offers a unique experience with its North Country Wine Tours. We recommend this for those wanting the luxury of having transportation for all the stops, this is the way to go.

Coyote Moon Vineyards
(315) 686-5600
17371 County Route 3 Clayton, NY 13624

Otter Creek Winery
Otter Creek Winery is owned and operated by Kyle Hafemann, one of New York’s youngest winery owner; it opened in 2007 and currently produces over 7000 gallons of 12 different varieties of wine. Come in and taste the handcrafted wine, while enjoying the beautiful view overlooking the vineyards. Otter Creek Winery takes pride in their dedication to great tasting wines. 33109 Rudes Rd. Philadelphia, NY 13673

Tug Hill Vineyards


Thousand Island Wine Trail Tours Available

Yellow Barn Winery
18876 County Route 66 Watertown, NY 13601

(315) 642-0622

(315) 782-1824


At the Chamber, we get many interested in the Thousand Islands Wine Trail. The Chamber offers many brochures on these individual wineries, but the most requested item is the Thousand Islands Wine Trail Map.


(315) 376-4336

4051 Yancey Road Lowville, NY 13367





Family Fun in the Watertown Area
Route 342 Karts & More
25773 NYS Route 342 Evans Mills, NY 13637

(315) 788-7223

Black River Drive In Theatre
Offering a wide variety of current release movies shown on a digital screen from sunset. 28035 NYS Route 3 Black River, NY 13612

Promoting family-friendly destinations in the area are very important to the chamber. Getting the entire family involved on a day excusursion in the Watertown area can surprisingly be a rewarding experience for everyone.

Salmon Run Shopping Center LLC 21182 Salmon Run Mall
Loop West Watertown, NY 13601

Shopping from over 80 major retailers

Amazing hands-on science museum, fun for the whole family

How about stay at the Newest Hotel in the area?

Pet some animals, escape the corn maze, hay rides, etc and not just for kids

(315) 788-9210

Sci-Tech Center of NNY The Sci-Tech Museum of Northern New

York is a year-round, hands-on museum of science and technology. More than 40 interactive exhibits designed to spark the interest and imagination of visitors are offered in our 3,600 ft. facility. 154 Stone Street Watertown, NY 13601

(315) 773-8604

Fairfield Inn & Suites Watertown Thousand Islands

Old McDonald’s Children’s Farm Village
25773 NYS Route 342 Evans Mills, NY 13637

(315) 788-1340

(315) 788-7223

The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park Discover the only Zoo in the world dedi-

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Watertown Thousand Islands will be Watertown’s newest hotel opening late August. The hotel will features 85 rooms and 18 suites, all with refrigerators and microwaves. Amenities include: Free hot breakfast, Indoor Pool, Connect & Print Business Center, Free Hi-Speed Internet & Wireless access as well as a 24 hour Fitness Center. The hotel also features a Boardroom as well as a multi-purpose meeting room that can accommodate up to 50 people. For quality accommodations backed my the Marriott name, be sure to visit the all new Fairfield Inn & Suites Watertown Thousand Islands. Conveniently located off of Exit 45 in Watertown. Follow Arsenal Street to Commerce Park Drive. Just minutes from the Thousand Islands. Reservations are being accepted now at www. or for groups and meetings, call our Sales Department at (315)788-2800 today!
250 Commerce Park Drive Watertown, NY 13601

cated to New York’s wild animals and wild places. Get nose to nose with black bears, watch the playful antics of rare wolverines, get up close and personal in our Children’s Farm. For family fun, The New York State Zoo is the place to be! One Thompson Park Watertown, NY 13601

Wild Animals on display that are only found in New York State

(315) 773-8604

The Watertown Wizards
Alex T Duffy Baseball Field Watertown, NY 13601

Jefferson County Historical Society
228 Washington Street Watertown, NY 13601

Local history at its finest...

(315) 782-3491

(315) 955-8207






Unique Destinations to the North Country
One-of-a-kind local artwork by local artists on display...

Better Farm
Better Farm is a sustainability education center and artists’ retreat facility in Redwood, N.Y. Through educational workshops, internships, artist residencies, gallery showings and events, and an ongoing commitment to sustainable living and community outreach, we offer the curious an opportunity to expand, grow, and flourish. Better Farm features 100-percent organic herb, vegetable, and fruit gardens, a 1,400-square-foot Art Barn and gallery space that is home to the not-for-profit arts outreach organization betterArts, roadside farm stand, and several alternativebuilding structures utilizing green energy and reclaimed materials. Visitors can see artwork for sale and on display in the gallery space, tour our artists’ studios and living quarters, check out alternative building structures, visit the gardens and farm animals, and participate in ongoing arts and crafts projects. Reservations are encouraged by e-mailing or calling (315) 482-2536. Our farm stand is open seasonally from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. or 31060 Cottage Hill Rd. Redwood, NY 13679

Learn about sustainable living in the North Country...

If you’re looking for exceptional artwork created by some of the most talented artists in the North Country, look no further than the North Country Arts Council’s Arts On The Square. AOTS is located in the beautifully renovated award-winning Franklin building on Watertown’s Historic Public Square. Come in and browse the gallery to discover unique works ranging from jewelry and paintings to sculptures, decorative lamps and everything in between. AOTS is much more than just a gallery of local art; it’s your single destination to learn what’s happening in the local art community and to take advantage of a variety of instructional art classes. Sign up for figure drawing classes, attend a literary lecture, learn the art of technical writing, computer graphics, music and much, much more. Plus, you’ll receive a discount on all classes and enjoy additional discounts from many local merchants with your membership to the North Country Arts Council. Click here to learn more about membership or to become a member. Originally established in 1949, The North Country Arts Council is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to developing and promoting the arts in Northern New York. Join us for a class, spend some time in our gallery, become a member or simply volunteer to help with an event. Whatever your level of involvement, you’ll discover local art and artists as never before while helping to support and nurture growth and opportunities in the arts for our community.

(315) 482-2536

Arts On The Square - 52 Public Square, Watertown. Wednesday - Saturday from 11 am - 6 pm.

(315) 661-6361
Theresa Bowling Center
(315) 628-5614
PO Box 626 Theresa, NY 13691

Adirondack Saddle Tours
(315) 357-4499
4 Uncas Road Eagle Bay, NY 13331

NNY Agricultural Historical Society The Stone Mills Museum with its Cheese Factory
and other buildings and exhibits, are located on Route 180 in the Town of Orleans. They are maintained by the Northern New York Agricultural Historical Society. A large exhibit of farm machinery can be seen at the Museum, and many events are held there during the summer. PO Box 108 LaFargeville, NY 13656

1000 Islands Privateers
(315) 382-5656
PO Box 779 Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Learn to churn butter, farming techniques in the 1800s and learn in the one room school house...

(315) 658-2353





Extreme Adventurist

Visit an extreme waterpark...

Whitewater Challengers Inc.
(800) 443-Raft
PO Box 81 Dexter, NY 13634

B.O.B Rafting
(315) 785-9386
23873 NYS Rte 342 Watertown, NY 13601

Enchanted Forest/ Water Safari
(315) 382-5656
PO Box 779 Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

1000 Islands SkyDeck
(315) 382-5656
Try some extreme fishing... Climb to extreme heights...
PO Box 779 Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Moby Dick Charters
(315) 938-5871
Take an extreme risk...
13684 County Route 72 Henderson Harbor, NY 13651

A once in a lifetime experience, raft the Black River for an extreme adventure...

Adirondack River Outfitters
(315) 788-2297
140 Newell Street Watertown, NY 13601

Hudson River Rafting Company
(315) 782-7881
424 Newell Street Watertown, NY 13601

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino
(877) 992-2746
PO Box 670 Hogansburg, NY 13655

Route 342 Karts & More
25773 NYS Route 342 Evans Mills, NY 13637

(315) 788-7223

Alex Bay 500 Go-Karts
(315) 938-5871
43772 NYS Route 12 Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Go extremely fast...





For the LOVE of the Thousand Islands

Horne Transportation
(315) 938-5871
43772 NYS Route 12 Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Largest put-put in the 1000 Islands

Thousand Islands Museum
312 James Street Clayton, NY 13624

Travel by ferry to Wolf Island and into Canada...

We are a Family Entertainment Center, a place where every age can have fun. Learn about the cool things on the St. Lawrence River, fun facts and trivia, see artifacts from the river, actual granite rocks that were blasted from the bottom of the St Lawrence, one of the biggest rocks you’ll see, its like a small island! Let your kids explore and find treasures like Capt Bill Johnston, while you can relax looking out at our beautiful open fields. 40168 NYS Rt 12 Clayton, NY 13624

River Golf Adventures

(315) 686-5794

Uncle Sam Boat Tours means touring in the heart of the 1000 Islands. Uncle Sam has been providing scenic cruises of the Thousand Islands for over 85 years from its downtown Alexandria Bay, NY location opposite Boldt Castle. Uncle Sam provides a variety of regularly scheduled sightseeing cruises, a Boldt Castle shuttle, luncheon and dinner cruises and private charters from May through October. 39621 NYS Route 12 Clayton, NY 13624

Uncle Sam Boat Tours

One-of-a-kind views of the St. Lawrence River & the 1000 Islands

(315) 777-0225

Michael Ringer’s St. Lawrence Gallery
47382 Dingman Point Road Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

(315) 686-4820
The movie theatre of the 1000 Islands...

The Antique Boat Museum
750 Mary Street Clayton, NY 13624

(315) 482-2833

Bay Drive-In Theatre
Route 26 at Bailey Settlement Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

One-of-a-kind vintage boats and unique classes at this local museum...

(315) 686-4104

Experience the grandeur and beauty of the 1000 Islands Region the Clayton Island Tours way. Clayton Island Tour’s professional tour guides will share the legends and lore behind the Thousand Islands region on a 1.5 or 3 hour scenic tour. 39621 NYS Route 12 Clayton, NY 13624

Clayton Island Tours

(315) 482-3874

(315) 686-4820

A part of American history and local folklore meet at Singer Castle on Dark Island, located on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Singer Castle is the only castle on our river to be completed, fully furnished and resided in during the heyday of the ‘great builders’ and industrials in New York. The Castle remained in the possession of the original Bourne family from its construction in 1905 until the mid 1960’s. Dark Island Chippewa Bay, NY 13623

Singer Castle/ Dark Island Tours

Experience the mystery of an ancient castle nestled in the 1000 Islands

(315) 686-4820





New Government Contracting System to go LIVE at the end of July.
The System for Award Management (SAM) is combining eight federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. This first phase of SAM will include the capabilities of Central Contractor Registration (CCR)/Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). In preparation for the launch, GSA conducted extensive testing internally and in coordination with federal agencies using the data from these systems in their own contracting, grants, finance, and other departments. SAM will reduce the burden on those seeking to do business with the government. Vendors will be able to log into one system to manage their entity information in one record, with one expiration date, through one streamlined business process. Federal agencies will be able to look in one place for entity pre-award information. Everyone will have fewer passwords to remember and see the benefits of data reuse as information is entered into SAM once and reused throughout the system. For more information please contact Steve Barr at the North Country PTAC, ptac@

Renewed Memberships for June
• Sovie Law Firm • Tuggers Inc • Party Rentals • River Hospital, Inc. • Strutural Associates, Inc • Sullivan’s Office Supply • Horne Transportation • Clayton Marina Sales and Services • Bette & Cring Construction • Ramada Inn • Hancock Estsabrook LLC • Verizon Wireless • LaFave White McGivern LS & PE PC • Jefferson County SPCA • Suburban Propane • Krafft Cleaning • Clipper Inn • Carefree Storage • Endless Possibilities • Foxy’s Restaurant • Cracker Barrel • Black River Drive In • Dr. Guitar Music • Farr Auto Sales • Schermerhorn Harbor • Lori Gervera • Watertown Housing Authority AFLAC • Rothschild/Breuer • Pine Cleaners • The Coughlin Printing Group • Fairfield Inn • Ontario Place Hotel • FABCO • Hazlewood Mechanicals • Alpine Fence • Samaritan Foundation • Greater Watertown Jaycees • Riveredge Resort • Converse Self Storage • Dr. Muhammad Saleem • Number One Speed • C&S Engineers • Hrabchak, Gebo & Langone, PC M&T Bank • Davidson ChevOlds • Route 342 Karts & More • Jane LaRock • C.R. Waters D.M.D.

Thank you • Fort Pearl
• Ruthanne Sanchez • Candlewood Suites • Watertown Police Benevolent Assoc. • Fourth Coast • D G M Coon & Company • Heart Homes Real Estate • Angel Rock Cottages

New Member Profiles, Cont.
Mud Bay RV Park & Motel, LLC Stephanie White - Owner/Operator 28453 County Route 6 Cape Vincent, NY 13618 Phone: (315) 654-3474 Email: fishmudbay@tds. net Thousands of anglers, both young and old, travel to the shores of Lake Ontario every year. This is a freshwater fisherman’s paradise and it even has the sunsets to go with it. The waters are host to many species to wet the angler’s appetite from perch and bluegill to walleye, bass, crappie, catfish and Muskie. There are literally hundreds of prime fishing spots just waiting for the avid fisherman. Mud Bay RV Park & Motel consists of a 6 unit Motel/4 with kitchens all with A/C, campsites, 9 full hookup RV sites, protected dock space. The perfect spot to hold up and prepare for a great day on the lake. The air is pure and fresh and usually provides a pleasant breeze --- the kind that makes one want to just stay put rest relax and enjoy the moment. Daily, weekly and seasonal rates available. Kayak and canoe rentals and all the fish cleaning amenities. Centrally located just off 12E between Watertown and Alexandria Bay, next to a full service marina in Mud Bay on Lake Ontario. Great rates -- ” Drive a Little Save A lot” Bayside Bed & Breakfast Tracy Quinn 17695 County Rt. 59 Dexter, NY 13634 (315) 778-9711 Bayside Bed and Breakfast is situated on the beautiful Black River Bay on Lake Ontario. With rooms available year-round, guests are able to experience all four seasons on the Lake. Located on the Scenic Seaway Trail, extending along Lake Ontario to the St. Lawrence River, Bayside Bed and Breakfast is just minutes away from many area attractions, including historic Sackets Harbor, the Thousand Islands, and Canada. A great place to experience world-class fishing and there’s no better place in the world for boating - a perfect place to relax and unwind! La Bella Fonte Christopher Arquiett 10700 US Rt. 11 Adams, NY 13605 (315) 232-4842, ext. 1 Located in Adams, NY, La Bella Fonte, a new Italian restaurant serving to give Jefferson County a Manhattan Style Steak House with Northern New York prices! The focus of this charming restaurant is Modern Italian Fare featuring Big Steaks as well as Bold & Dynamic Italian Dishes & Fresh Seafood. Be sure to make La Bella Fonte a family favorite as the staff is positive that you will be just as excited
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JULY: Health Insurance Rights & Responsibilities / Medicare Alert!
As a member of a health plan, you have certain rights and responsibilities that are outlined below: You have the right to: • Receive all the benefits to which you are entitled under your contract; • Receive quality health care through your providers in a timely manner and medically appropriate setting; • Considerate, courteous and respectful care; • Be treated with respect and recognition of your dignity and right to privacy. • Information about services, staff, hours of operation and your benefits, including access to routine services as well as after-hours and emergency services and members’ rights and responsibilities; • Participate in decision-making with your physician about your health care; • Obtain complete, current information concerning a diagnosis, treatment and prognosis from a provider in terms that you can reasonably be expected to understand; • Refuse treatment as allowed by law, and be informed by your physician of the medical consequences; • Refuse to participate in research; • Confidentiality of medical records and information, with the authority to approve or refuse the redisclosure by us of such information, to the extent protected by law; • Receive all information needed to give informed consent for any procedure or treatment; • Access to your medical records as permitted by New York State law; • Express concerns and complaints about the care and services provided by physicians and other providers, and have us investigate and respond to these concerns and complaints; • Candid discussion of appropriate or medically necessary treatment options for your condition, regardless of cost or benefit coverage; • Care and treatment without regard to age, race, color, sex or sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin, economic status or source of payment; • Voice complaints and recommend changes in benefits and services to staff, administration and/or the New York State Insurance Department or Department of Health, without fear of reprisal; • Formulate advance directives regarding your care. To obtain a Health Care Proxy form, contact us; • Contact one of our service departments to obtain the names, qualifications and titles of providers who are responsible for your care; • All information about your health plan, its services and its providers and procedures. • To make recommendations regarding the organization’s members’ rights and responsibilities. You have the responsibility to: • Be an active partner in the effort to promote and restore health by: o openly sharing information about your symptoms and health history with your physician; o listening; o asking questions; o becoming informed about your diagnosis, recommended treatment and anticipated or possible outcomes; o following the plans of care you have agreed to (such as taking medicine and making and keeping appointments); o returning for further care, if any problem fails to improve; and o accepting responsibility for the outcomes of your decisions. • Participate in understanding their health problems and developing mutually agreed upon treatment goals. • Have all care provided, arranged or authorized by your primary care physician (PCP); • Inform your PCP if there are changes in your health status; • Obtain services authorized by your PCP; • Share with your PCP any concerns about the medical care or services that your receive; • Permit us to review your medical records in order to comply with federal, state and local government regula-

tions regarding quality assurance, and to verify the nature of services provided; • Respect time set aside for your appointments with providers and give as much notice as possible when an appointment must be rescheduled or cancelled; • Understand that emergencies arise for your providers and that your appointments may be unavoidably delayed as a result; • Respect staff and providers; • Follow the instructions and guidelines given by your providers; • Show your ID card and pay your visit fees to the provider at the time the service is rendered; • Become informed about our policies and procedures, as well as the office policies and procedures of your providers, so that you can make the best use of the services that are available under your contract; • Abide by the conditions set forth in your contract. MEDICARE ALERT Are you nearing or have reached the “magic number” to be eligible for Medicare? We all know folks who have turned 65. Do you know that there are a number of Medicare Advantage / Supplement plans that will cover health

care costs that original Medicare doesn’t cover? The plans start at no cost to the subscriber and include several low cost options. If you or a senior you know are paying high premiums or are without a supplement plan to offset basic Medicare, these supplement plans may be the answer. We have helped many Medicare eligible folks save thousands of dollars in premiums in the past 24 months. It is certainly worth a look. Feel free to contact me at the Chamber for more information. ******************** Summer months are here; typically a time to sit back, relax and wait for the end of the year announcement of your insurance plan increase. With rolling rates in place, it may be worth a look to check out other health plan options at this time of year; perhaps even lock in for the next 12 months and avoid the end of the calendar year increase with a “new” plan. We have plans for any size company; from sole proprietors to large employers. For a one on one review contact me at your friendly neighborhood Chamber… 315-788-4400 or Dennis Baeslack VP, Member Benefits GWNC Insurance Agency







New Member Profiles, Cont.
about this restaurant as they are! Horne Transportation Bruce Horne PO Box 116 Cape Vincent, NY 13618 (315) 783-0638 / (613) 385-2262 Horne’s Ferry has launched another season of trips between Cape Vincent and Wolfe Island, Ontario. The same family has operated the service since 1802 and, combined with the Wolfe Island Ferry, it remains one of the best ways to get from this side of the border to downtown Kingston! Utilizing the Horne’s Ferry is an efficient and enjoyable way to avoid lengthy waits at the Thousand Island Bridge and also takes miles off the trip. Between Cape Vincent and Kingston the trip averages at about an hour. The Horne’s Ferry in Cape Vincent opened on May 1st beginning the summer season of commuting travelers, tourists and local Wolf Island residence making the journey on the ferry each year. The ferry is in operation from the beginning of May until late fall. Oh! And this route also comes with a warning! It’s a very picturesque crossing! So don’t forget your camera! Sideline Promotions Michael McMillan 25600 County Route 59 Dexter, NY 13634 (315) 778-0002 sidelinepromo@twcny. Sideline Promotions is a newly established business in Northern New York offering custom screen printing, embroidery and promotional products. The number one priority is to provide clients with the best customer service, quality products, competitive pricing and most of all, the fastest production turnaround. Think of it this way, if we can print on it, we can do it! CabanaBay Tanning Jamie Ruckdashel 22088 US Route 11 Watertown, NY 13601 (315) 779-2023 cabanabaytanning@ CabanaBay Tanning is dedicated to providing the North Country with premier tanning facilities. Working hard to provide the best customer service in the industry, CabanaBay is dedicated to offering state of the art equipment and high quality products and services to clients. The knowledgeable and highly trained staff provides the highest quality of customer service, striving to provide each and every client with an enjoyable experience in a clean environment. CabanaBay Tanning offers traditional tanning options as well as HD Spray tanning and a large selection of tanning products.

Members in the News
Bay Brokerage Inc.,: Bay Brokerage Inc., a customs broker based on Wellesley Island, is relocating its main office to the mainland, building a new, larger warehouse and office building near Interstate 81.Kenneth M. Carmon, president and cofounder of the company, said his business — which also has branch offices in Detroit, Buffalo and Champlain — simply outgrew its Wellesley Island facility and plans to construct a larger building in a location more convenient for clients. Greater Watertown Jaycees: The Greater Watertown Jaycees are pleased to announce John (“J.W.”) Allen, Belleville, as the recipient of its 2012 Emerge NNY Scholarship. The Jaycees will be presenting J.W. with a $500 scholarship in order to continue his education at Cornell University where he will study Applied Economics and Business Management in the fall. J.W. is a senior at Belleville Henderson Central School and will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma. Jefferson Community College: Jefferson Community College and SUNY Cobleskill signed a memorandum of understanding to offer a bachelor of science degree in early childhood studies on the JCC campus. The degree will specialize in children from birth to age 5. Jefferson Community College is making it easier for volunteer and paid firefighters to get specialized training. Starting this fall, the college will offer a certificate in fire protection technology for firefighters who do not have time for the two-year associate of applied science degree. Required courses are basic firefighting, hydraulics and water supplies, fire behavior and building construction for fire protection. With these classes in addition to electives such as fire administration and occupational health and safety, a student can take a state an international exam without any additional training. Immaculate Heart Central Schools: Immaculate Heart Central Schools is proud to announce the build of a new playground for their Intermediate School. A large playground unit, a picnic table, benches and several free standing units will be installed for the first phase of our playground improvement project. ABC Creative Group: Research & Marketing Strategies (RMS) recently teamed up with ABC Creative Group in Syracuse and the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) to conduct market research to assist both groups with better recruiting volunteers for the organization. River Hospital: Fort Drum soldiers may receive additional care for post-traumatic stress disorder closer to post with the announcement of increased services at River Hospital that could begin in the next few months.The hospital will offer a partial hospitalization program for active-duty military, in partnership with Holliswood Hospital, which offers inpatient mental health care at its Queens facility. Holliswood Hospital will supply River Hospital with clinical and administrative assistance, quality control and assistance in recruiting and hiring, and will serve as project management consultant. Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library: Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library is ready to roll out a redesigned website in a few months. Included will be a virtual tour of the building. The video showcases the building’s high ceilings, artwork and rows of books. It will be available on the library’s website by the end of summer after the staff is trained on how to use it. Until then, it can be found on Ennova’s website at php?tour=68148. Northern Regional Center for Independent Living: Brenda S. Campany’s nearly 15-year career at the Northern Regional Center for Independent Living will end Sept. 30, when she retires from the agency. Mrs. Campany’s departure falls in line with the agency’s independent living grant award through the state Education Department. Northern New York Community Foundation: The Northern New York Community Foundation board approved a $200,000 grant to the Urban Mission, 247 Factory St. The campaign would seek to eliminate the agency’s debt, repair the building and create an endowment. The foundation’s board also approved the following grants for area agencies: • $25,000 to the North Country Arts Council to help fund the group’s “Screen on the Square” project to provide a multipurpose venue for films, lectures, recitals and other presentations. This grant was made possible, in part, through the Herring College Memorial Trust. • $10,000 to the Jefferson Community College Foundation, Watertown, toward a fundraising partnership to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed multipurpose facility. • $10,000 to the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County, Watertown, toward the construction of a new residential shelter. • $4,000 to the Watertown Family Y in startup funds for the youth life skills/employment program. • $3,500 to the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, for treeplanting efforts as part of the 100th anniversary commemoration, “100 Girls, 100 Trees, Celebrating 100 years.” This grant was made possible by the Carolyn Whitney Fund. Rande S. Richardson, Watertown, has been named a member of the New York State Council on the Arts Regional Economic Development advisory panel for the 2013 fisContinued on Page 22

Member Milestones for July on g ra tu la tion s! C
5 YEARS EVO Merchant Services Converse Self Storage Cracker Barrel In Motion School of Dance 10 YEARS Overhead Door Co. of Watertown, Inc. 20 YEARS Hrabchak, Gebo & Langone, P.C.

15 YEARS Volunteer Transportation Center, Inc.

cal year. Mr. Richardson, executive director of the Northern New York Community Foundation, is one of 20 statewide representatives who will meet at the council’s headquarters in New York City in August to review grant proposals. Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization: Fort Drum Regional Health Planning


Organization deputy Director John J. Wheeler is in charge while Executive Director Denise K. Young works part-time through Aug. 31. North Country Children’s Clinic: U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced that the North Country Children’s Clinic will receive a $650,000 Department of Health and Human

Services grant that will fund the expansion of clinic operations, including the opening of a site in Lewis County.The grant will allow the clinic’s site at 238 Arsenal St., Watertown, and the future Lewis County location to become federally qualified health centers. Already serving children’s medical, dental and mental health needs, the clinic also will care for adults, regard-

less of ability to pay.

New York State Zoo Photo Contest
The New York State Zoo is pleased to announce its First Annual Amateur Photography Contest. From July 1st to July 31st, visitors are invited to submit their favorite photo taken at the New York State Zoo. Entries will be on display at the Zoo from August 5th to August 19th, and visitors will be able to vote for their favorite photo. On August 19th, two prizes will be awarded: Director’s Choice and People’s Choice. One winner for each category will receive a one year membership to the Zoo and a plush animal. Further details, official rules, and entry forms are available via this link (, on the Zoo’s Facebook page, and at Guest Services at the New York State Zoo. Now is a great time to renew your Zoo membership so that you and your family can visit the Zoo and enjoy events like this! Information about Zoo memberships can be obtained by visiting Guest Services or at

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