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Volume 12, Edition 11
News & Views
5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
In this Issue:
Chamber Politcal Poll
Know Who is on the Ballot for November 6
Get Ready to Promote on November 24
Small Business Saturday
Shapiro Award Nomination Form
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The Chairperson’s Corner
the table with different needs, but one common need is a strong supportive government for business. As Chamber members and community members we must exercise our rights for what we each believe in. Whether it is the health care reform, tax reforms, farm bills and a multitude of other issues each of us is affected in our own ways. None of us will vote for or against the issue, we can agree to what is important to each other but collectively as a group our voice and our vote matters! Seek out the public officials in our local area. Ensure that you
understand the political platform of each; it is all of our future in your hands as you elect our local, state and national officials. Lynne Ferris Firm Administrator Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, LLP
The election is less than three weeks away! As local business owners and Chamber members what is important to you in this year’s election? All of us come to
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The President’s Perspective
the candidates that would have a direct impact on you. It is important to learn more about a candidate’s political platform and if already in office, have they acted on the said platform in previous campaigns, while in office. Like most of us in today’s world, measureable outcomes are a requirement and politicians are no different. Another question to ask is what are some of their initiatives, what do they support or believe in? When looking at the candidate you are considering voting for, think-how does their success or lack of, directly affect you and your beliefs? Why is this individual running for a particular seat; is being a politician in their blood or are there other reasons and are they the right reasons? Regardless of the political party you choose, the most important thing a citizen can do is VOTE! It is difficult to complain about something, if you were not a part of the process (VOTING). There are several resources in our community that can assist individuals that are new to the world of politics and voting. It is important to remember that action we take today can have lasting effects on our businesses, families, and ourselves. The Chamber of Commerce wishes all candidates, opposed or unopposed, the best and encourages all citizens to vote in what you believe in. We all have voices- how we use it is key! Warmest Regards,
As 2012 begins to wind down, the activities we all encounter tend to pick up speed! As we prepare for 2013, many things are in a state of ‘stuck’ until after the elections, we so often hear. So how does one prepare for the election process? Regardless of the political party one supports, I would recommend educating yourself on all
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New Member Profiles
WayNorth Web Mark Holberg 200 Washington St, Suite 307 Watertown, NY 13601 (315) 486-0615 firstname.lastname@example.org www.waynorth.com WayNorth Web is one of the largest web design firms in Watertown, NY. In the past 5 years the company has created more than 50 websites for local businesses and organizations, as well as websites for Fortune 100 subsidiaries. The company offers complete web development, online marketing, and hosting services. Mark Holberg founded WayNorth Web in 2007 and has over 20 years experience working as a photographer, editor and in online media. Mark currently has two employees who work in the areas of site development and online marketing. CANI Spine Center & Sport Physical Therapy Angela Kerry 19472 US Route 11 Watertown, NY 13601 (315) 782-3941 angie@cani-watertown. com www.canimedicalcomplex.com C.A.N.I. Spine Center treats Spine and Sport related injuries effectively and without delay. By offering “FREE” Orthopaedic Injury Evaluations, C.A.N.I. can help determine if injuries are serious enough to require further medical treatment. C.A.N.I. Spine Center & SPORT Physical Therapy utilize Credentialed Therapists offering the most effective physical therapy treatment of the spine known today. These Physical Therapists are specialists in the field of orthopaedic injuries and provide the latest in cutting edge sportspecific rehabilitation. Taylored Architecture PLLC Kristen Taylor 511 Hugunin Street Clayton, NY 13624 (315) 399-8936 email@example.com www.tayloredarch.com Taylored Architecture PLLC is an inspired, full-service architectural firm specializing in producing unique solutions for residential, commercial and furniture design. Clayton Distillery LLC Michael Aubertine 40164 NYS RT 12 Clayton, NY 13624 (315) 408-8701 mikeaubertine@yahoo. com www.claytondistillery. com Clayton Distillery is a destination distillery located in the beautiful Thousand Islands region of Northern New York. As the region’s first micro-distillery, Clayton Distillery produces premium grade distilled products from locally grown grains, fruits, and wine while producing no waste. Clayton Distillery will produce gin, vodka, aged and un-aged whisky, maple liquor and fruit brandies. The operation will produce no waste because the by-product from the distilling process will be used to manufacture environmentally friendly, bio-based products that will include antibacterial hand sanitizing gel, surface cleaner, and windshield washer fluid. Opening Spring 2013!
Business & Politics
See who your fellow Chamber Members plan to VOTE for on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6
Recently a survey was sent out to our Chamber Members with a series questions pertaining to Election Day 2012. These were the questions asked... 1. How closely are you following the 2012 presidential race?
Very closely Somewhat closely Not closely at all No Responses Total Number of Response(s 54 38 10 0 102 Response Ratio 52.9% 37.2% 9.8% 0.0% 100%
2. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a...
Democrat Republican Independent No Responses Total Number of Response(s) 22 52 27 1 102 Response Ratio 21.5% 50.9% 26.4% <1% 100%
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3. Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Barack Obama?
Favorable Unfavorable No opinion No Responses Total Number of Response(s) 37 58 6 1 102 Response Ratio 36.2% 56.8% 5.8% <1% 100%
4. Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Mitt Romney?
Favorable Unfavorable No opinion No Responses Total Number of Response(s) 52 39 11 0 102 Response Ratio 50.9% 38.2% 10.7% 0.0% 100%
5. If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were Barack Obama (the Democrat) and Mitt Romney (the Republican), for whom would you vote?
Barack Obama Mitt Romney Not sure No Responses Total Number of Response(s) 42 51 8 1 102 Response Ratio 41.1% 50.0% 7.8% <1% 100%
6. What is the single most important issue in your choice for president?
Beating Obama/Electing Romney/Supporting the Republicans Beating Romney/Electing Obama/Supporting the Democrats
Economy/Jobs Education Ethics/Honesty/Corruption in Government Federal Budget Deficit Foreign Policy/National Security Social/Moral Issues Healthcare Social Security Taxes No opinion Other No Responses Total
Number of Response(s) 10 5 43 0 10 12 3 5 6 2 2 0 4 0 102
Response Ratio 9.8% 4.9% 42.1% 0.0% 9.8% 11.7% 2.9% 4.9% 5.8% 1.9% 1.9% 0.0% 3.9% 0.0% 100%
7. Thinking specifically about the economy, what is the most important economic issue in your choice for president?
Number of Response(s) Federal budget deficit 41 Financial and banking system 4 Gas/fuel prices 5 Health care costs 12 Home values and the housing market 0 Inflation/rising prices 7 Personal debt 0 Social Security 3 Student Loans 1 Taxes 6 Unemployment and the job market 18 No opinion 0 Other 5 No Responses 0 Total 102 Response Ratio 40.1% 3.9% 4.9% 11.7% 0.0% 6.8% 0.0% 2.9% <1% 5.8% 17.6% 0.0% 4.9% 0.0% 100%
8. Independent of who you are voting for, which candidate do you believe is more supportive of small business?
Barack Obama Mitt Romney Not sure No Responses Total Number of Response(s) 30 50 21 1 102 Response Ratio 29.4% 49.0% 20.5% <1% 100%
9. How long has your business been operating?
Less than 1 year 1-2 years 3-4 years 5 or more years No Responses Total Number of Response(s) 3 6 7 80 6 102 Response Ratio 2.9% 5.8% 6.8% 78.4% 5.8% 100%
10. How many people does your business employ?
1-10 11-30 31-50 50+ No Responses Total Number of Response(s) 42 28 2 25 5 102 Response Ratio 41.1% 27.4% 1.9% 24.5% 4.9% 100%
11. What is your gender?
Female Male No Responses Total Number of Response(s) 50 52 0 102 Response Ratio 49.0% 50.9% 0.0% 100%
Not sure who your voting for? Or maybe who is even on the ballot in your area? See who is running for office in your area. This list was provided by the Jefferson County Board of Elections.
REP: QUINN, DENNIS G Town of Clayton Town Justice REP: JAMES, CLIFFORD D CON: JAMES, CLIFFORD D IND: JAMES, CLIFFORD D Town of Henderson Councilperson REP: CULKIN, JOHN JR County Legislator District 05 MONTIGELLI, MICHAEL Town of Antwerp Town Justice REP: WHITMORE, LUCAS J Town of Brownville Town Justice REP: QUENCER, KATHY Town of Cape Vincent Council DEM: AUBERTINE, PAUL REP: HLUDZENSKI, EDWARD A REP: OSWALD, MICHELLE T Town of Champion Councilperson REP: FERGUSON, BRUCE R Town of Champion Town Justice REP: FREEMAN, KAREN J Town of LeRay Town Council BIONDOLILLO, SAMUEL J Town of LeRay Highway Supt. REP: SHAWCROSS, BRUCE E Town of Orleans Highway Supt. REP: KIRKBY, BRIAN D Town of Philadelphia Town Justice JENNE, COLE DEM: SCHEER, JESSIE M Town of Rodman Town Justice REP: TAMBLIN, RODNEY R Town of Rutland Town Justice REP: SHEEHAN, GEORGE B Town of Watertown Town Justice REP: CAPONE, ANDREW N REP: RENZI, DAVID A Town of Wilna Town Justice DEM: BUCKINGHAM, RICHARD A Village of Adams Trustee REP: RACE, TODD M 5 Village of Alexandria Bay Trustee DEM: CUMMINGS, JAMES I DEM: WILLIAMS, GARY REP: PENN, CYNTHIA Village of Antwerp Trustee DEM: DESANTIS, ROBERT J REP: ALTMANN, LYNNE M Village of Black River Trustee DEM: DECILLIS, COREY D REP: MCCULLOUCH, LAURIE A Village of Brownville Trustee REP: HOLDER, JAMES E REP: LASAGE, CARRIE A Village of Cape Vincent Trustee DEM: HANDLEY, PAUL DEM: PUTNAM, DOUGLAS REP: CALL, JEFFREY REP: GOLDEN, JERRY D Village of Carthage Justice DEM: SHETTLETON, S LUCILLE DEM: ASTAFAN, MICHAEL F DEM: LATREMORE, KATHLEEN
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Village of Chaumont Trustee REP: BORDEN, WILLIAM C REP: PRICE, JAMES H Village of Clayton Trustee DEM: BURKE, MARY DEM: SHERBONEAU, SHAUNA Village of Deferiet Mayor REP: FOSTER, ROBERT J Village of Deferiet Trustee ZANDO, JANET M DEM: LITTLEFIELD, WILLIAM DEM: SHETTLETON, CARLTON H Village of Dexter Trustee DEM: STANO, RENEE 3 DEM: STEVENSON, RICHARD Village of Sackets Harbor Trustee REP: BOULTON, BARBARA REP: LADUC, JOHN W
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What is Small Business Saturday®? Small Business Saturday is a day for everyone — from the business owners who create jobs to the customers who buy locally — to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving. It began in 2010 when American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help small businesses get more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Last year, over 100 million people came out to shop at independently-owned small businesses on the day. Now, in its third year, Small Business Saturday will be even bigger. American Express is offering free and easy-to-use tools to help small businesses get the most out of the day and tools for consumers to show their support. When is Small Business Saturday? Small Business Saturday is the Saturday after Thanksgiving and it sits between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, it falls on November 24th. Why should I be a part of Small Business Saturday? As a consumer, you are a key part in helping small businesses thrive. By shopping or dining at a small business this November 24th, you’re showing
your support for all the small communities around you. This means you could be helping local entrepreneurs offer more jobs, which in turn invigorate the economy. Last year, over 100 million people came out to shop at independently-owned small businesses on the day. This year, go out and support your favorite small business and search for savings on unique merchandise while experiencing spectacular service – a cornerstone of many small businesses. How can I participate in Small Business Saturday? That’s up to you! You can go shopping or dining at a local small business, spread the word to others or share the news online and through social media. Anything you can do helps to give small businesses the support they need to keep creating jobs, powering the economy and invigorating communities. And that’s what makes Small Business Saturday a success. Why should I be a part of Small Business Saturday? As a small business owner, you’re automatically (or already) part of the day. Small Business Saturday is the day when the community comes together to show its support for you, the small business owner, and to give you exposure during the holiday shopping season.
The big retailers have Black Friday and the online retailers have Cyber Monday. And, for the past three years, small business owners have their kickoff to the holiday shopping season with Small Business Saturday. Whether you are a brick-andmortar retail store, restaurant or online-only small business, you can take advantage of the day. American Express is offering free tools and marketing materials to help you make the most of the day. Visit the “Promote My Business” section where you can download personalized in-store signage, social media and email templates to promote your business and the day. And then, get inspired by reading about how other small business owners made the most of their Small Business Saturday last year. How can I participate in Small Business Saturday? Do I need to “sign up”? No, you don’t have to “sign up” to be a part of Small Business Saturday. The day is for all to celebrate you and the contribution your business makes to the community and the economy. Thus, whether you are a brickand-mortar retail store, restaurant or online-only business, just by being a small business owner, you’re already a part of it. As such, participation is as simple as being open for business this November 24th.
To help make the most of your participation, American Express is offering free resources for you to use (visit “Promote My Business” section for more details), including: Personalized in-store signage Downloadable email and social media templates Success stories from small business owners who took advantage of last year’s Small Business Saturday In addition, qualifying small businesses can create free personalized ads that link to their website or their Facebook page. American Express will run these ads in a geo-targeted ad buy at no cost to the businesses. Ads are available while supplies of inventory last. Terms, conditions and eligibility restrictions apply. Be sure to spread the word to other small business owners, so they can take advantage of Small Business Saturday too! Visit “Rally My Community” section for helpful tools! Also, feel free to plan a special event at your business or create an exclusive offer for your customers who visit you on the day.
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YSUNY Jefferson Community College’s Continuing Education Division has partnered with the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) over the past four decades in order to offer “Great Decisions” discussion and seminars for North Country residents. SUNY Jefferson’s “Great Decisions,” course is one of the many chapters of the FPA program that exist nationwide to help create the world’s largest discussion program concerning international affairs. The course explores and questions current events and dilemmas in Foreign Policy. This year’s topics include: • • • • • • • • • The Arab Spring Democracy as US Foreign Policy US-Mexican Relations Cybersecurity Exiting Iraq and Afghanistan Environmental Policy Indonesia Energy and Geopolitics The New Global Economy
variety of perspectives borne from personal and professional experiences that bring the debates to life and lead to invigorating lessons.” Informed by an FPA published compendium of articles about each topic, as well as, an award winning educational video that provides background context, contemporary analysis and policy options- members of the “Great Decisions” course are able to live up to the expectations of democratic participation. Guest speakers during the 2012 session, who enhanced the discussion of topics, include Dr. Bruce Erickson who is a professor of Latin American history from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, Ms. Aubrey Clark, who is a hydrofracking activist from Western NY and SUNY Jefferson’s own Dr. Raymond Petersen from the Social Science Department and Center for Community Studies. As future planning begins, any persons who might be interested in sharing professional or academic expertise about foreign policy issues are encouraged to contact Molly Reilly, through SUNY Jefferson’s Continuing Education office. 2013 topics include: Future of the Euro • • Egypt • NATO • Myanmar and Southeast Asia • Humanitarian intervention • Iran China in Africa • Threat Assessment • “Great Decisions” meets on Monday from 7pm-9pm at SUNY Jefferson. The class enrollment has met capacity at twenty-eight students. The class is limited to registered participants and is a wonderful community of civically minded people. More details about the program can be found at www.fpa.org. Submitted by Molly Reilly firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. John Deans introduced the program to the North Country in the 1960s and has been its sole instructor until this year. Molly Reilly, adjunct instructor for Social Science at SUNY Jefferson and Alexandria Central Secondary Social Studies teacher, is instructing the course this fall. Mrs. Reilly holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany. Having worked with the Republic of the Marshall Islands at their Washington, DC embassy to conduct US Department of Energy qualitative research about the US Department of Defense Nuclear Arms testing in the RMI, Mrs. Reilly brings to bear during class her expertise and interest about US foreign affairs through military intervention in the Pacific. Reflecting on her experiences this semester Mrs. Reilly says, “The conversation generated in this seminar and discussion class is intelligent, insightful, creative and very important. The community of longtime students who are participating in this class are able to share a
HEALTH CARE… MEDICARE…
New York has also identified several areas in which it will enrich benefits to comply with federal requirements, adding pediatric dental and vision coverage, habilitative services and mental health and substance abuse parity. Removing annual and lifetime dollar limits are still being studied. Long way to go…. *************** New York has increased its efforts to establish and develop its Health Benefit Exchange in recent weeks. The state formally selected an Essential Health Benefits plan to serve as its benchmark in the exchange that begins in 2014. New York has submitted the essential benefits plan to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for approval. With key dates and deadlines quickly approaching, meetings among the state exchange staff have intensified. The state is planning to submit an exchange blueprint for certification by HHS prior to year end. The state will begin to submit rates and forms in April, 2013 and plan certifications in June. All of this is in preparation for the January 1, 2014 effective date. Choosing your options for Medicare can be confusing with all of the choices and changes from year to year. The new enrollment period for 2013 officially opened and continues until December 7th. The annual eight week window allows those who turned 65 this year and those who have been on a Medicare plan to sign up and / or reassess their plan options. It’s very important to evaluate, and if necessary, discuss your medical / prescription needs with someone in the know. There are differences in the way certain drugs are covered by certain plans. There is a change in the “doughnut hole” again this year; that is a gap in coverage for prescriptions resulting in higher cost to the individual until enough is spent to qualify for catastrophic coverage. Expanded drug coverage, along with new screenings for a number of health related issues help to strengthen overall coverage. As confusing as this can be, seniors need to shop around. You might be able to save money out of pocket while preserving benefits. Be sure to check with your doctor to see if they will continue to participate with the plan you are enrolled in. Have a list of medications ready when comparing plans to see how costs will be affected. You and your spouse may have different medical needs. Two different plans may mean more affordable options. I can help to explain some of the intricacies. Please contact me at the Chamber. ************** 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 insurance@watertownny. com. Dennis Baeslack VP, Member Benefits GWNC Insurance Agency
Made in New york Chamber Initiative
Earlier this year, The Business Council of New York State, Inc. launched MADEinNY.org, a website that promotes New York businesses, their products and services. The website was created to highlight and promote Business Council members and the many diverse products and services available through those businesses located within New York State. The intent of Made in New York is to increase awareness of the great companies that are the backbone of New York’s economy. The “Made in New York” website is becoming a popular destination for people seeking to buy and invest in New York. Currently, only members of The Business Council may have a page on the site, at no cost to them. Several chamber members have expressed interest in creating a page on www.MADEinNY.org, in order to promote local businesses within their own membership. In an effort to better serve our chamber members and provide greater access to the Made in New York products and services, The Business Council has begun an initiative that allows members of chambers to create a page on the site for $199. Clearly, the economy can strengthen and jobs can be created when consumers purchase New York products and services. For more information on the Made in New York initiative, contact Bill.Stroh@bcnys.org. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency communities - not from Washington, DC,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “The goal of this program is to empower communities to collaborate and develop innovative ways to effectively respond to disasters.” The opportunity is provided through the Rockefeller Foundation and FEMA and will be administered by the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation who will act as a third-party intermediary to encourage local communities to engage in creative activities that enhance disaster resilience. Funding levels will range, with a maximum award of $35,000, and applications are open to most local, state, and tribal agencies and governments; business entities; associations; organizations and groups. Submissions will be accepted through October 26. Key assessment areas for the awards will be the applicants’ demonstration that their approach to community resilience is innovative, collaborative with community stakeholders, sustainable, repeatable-in that the approach enables other communities to replicate their successful outcomes-and beneficial to the community in measurable ways. FEMA recognizes that a government-centric approach to disaster management is insufficient to meet the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident. To meet our Nation’s preparedness goals, the Whole Community must be actively involved in all phases of the preparedness, response, and recovery cycle. These awards are designed to invest in and enhance the Whole Community effort. Additional information on the Challenge program criteria and application process can be found at www.fema.gov and www.ResilienceChallenge.org.
Private Sector advisory Fema announces 2012 Community resilience Innovation Challenge
Application Period Open for Funding to Increase Local Resiliency through Whole Community Approach WASHINGTON-Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that the application period is open for a new funding opportunity to build local resilience, through a Whole Community approach, in communities across America: the Community Resilience Innovation Challenge. Though National Preparedness Month comes to a close at the end of September, FEMA and its partners know that preparedness must continue in communities yearround. This new monetary opportunity is designed to continue to move community preparedness forward and assist local areas in building and revitalizing communitybased partnerships to advance the nation’s resilience to disasters. “The best resiliency ideas originate in our states and
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WatertownDaily Times: The Watertown Daily Times recently launched its e-edition of the newspaper. Access to the e-edition can be found on the home page of the Times’s website, www.watertowndailytimes.com. The e-edition will be available by subscription. Subscribers of the print version can receive the e-edition for an additional $10 a year. The price for the e-edition only is $69.95 for a year. There are also rates for one-month, three-month and six-month subscriptions. One-day and multiple-day subscriptions are also available. Sam’s Club in Watertown finished a six-month remodeling project that renovated the store at 1283 Arsenal St. and added 32 employees as a result of the expansion. It includes a 700-square-foot bakery, a revamped deli offering takeout dinners, a photo department and new paint. The Northern New York Rural Health Care Alliance soon may merge with the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization. The idea is preliminary, both boards’ executive committees will explore that option and see if it fits in with the mission of health care being served effectively in the north country. A warehouse expansion project planned by Watertown manufacturer North American Tapes will be partly funded by a $200,000 loan approved by the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency’s board of directors. The warehouse, located on Fisher Road in the Jefferson County Industrial Park, plans to add 12 employees to its staff of 19 over three years at the retrofitted facility. The 19,200-squarefoot expansion will include a shipping area and converter room for manufacturing special tapes. The project’s total cost is $1,488,000. Jefferson Community College and Stebbins Engineering & Manufacturing Co. have been designated goldlevel “Fit-Friendly Worksites in 2012.” by the American Heart Association. The gold status is achieved when an employer implements programs and activities to encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements, such as on-site walking routes, healthy food choices in cafeterias and vending machines, annual employee health risk assessments and online tracking tools. The United Way of Northern New York Board of Directors announced that its chief professional officer, Jayn M. Graves, will retire June 30. While she will end her career with the agency then, she hopes to continue working in the local nonprofit community throughout her retirement. The Watertown Local Development Corp. agreed to give local restaurateur Michael John Cavallario a $200,000 loan to buy Shorty’s Place on Coffeen Street. For the past eight years, Mr. Cavallario has run the diner, and now he is arranging to purchase it. The purchase price will be $1.1 million. Girl Scout troops in the Watertown area will mark their 100th anniversary by planting 100 trees at Thompson Park, the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds and Factory Square. The Girl Scouts are participating in a program called 100 Girls/100 Trees with help from a grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation. Dwight J. Doane has been appointed the Volunteers in Service to America veterans service coordinator at Jefferson Community College. Mr. Doane will collaborate with community organizations and veterans to address unmet needs, help enable veterans to reach their education and career goals and work to provide a veteran-friendly learning environment. Jefferson Community College announces the launch of a new associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree program in Chemical Dependency. The program is designed to provide the education and training for graduates to enter the field of chemical dependency as an entry level counselor or service provider. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has appointed David J. Clark, Watertown, to the Jefferson Community College (JCC) Board of Trustees. Retired-Colonel Clark, U.S. Army, currently serves as the site manager for General Dynamics Information Technology on Fort Drum where he leads a team of contractors providing training and technical support to soldiers via the Army Battle Command Training Center (BCTC) on post. A major donation for the Jefferson County SPCA sets up a permanent satellite shelter on Watertown’s west side at the Petco store on outer Arsenal Street. The store is undergoing a complete remodel and when complete, it will include 1,200 square feet of space for the SPCA. It’s a $180,000 project, half coming from Petco, the other half from the Petco Foundation.
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