Barbara Rice

September, 2023

By Michelle St. Onge | Photos Supplied Hometown: Saranac LakeFamily: Husband Chad McCarthy and son Cal RiceEducation: B.A., Business and Economics at SUNY Plattsburgh; Pre-med studies at Bennington College; Physician Assistant degree at Albany Medical School Occupation: Executive Director of the Adirondack Park AgencyCommunity Involvement:Board member, Cloud Splitter Foundation; service in various organizations relative to her professional read more


September, 2023

by Garry Douglas The Power of Partnership is once again showing the pathway forward following the totally unexpected news that Nova Bus will end U.S. production, likely by the end of 2024. Within an hour of the announcement, the Chamber convened a core Working Group of economic development partners to share information and begin the read more

It’s All in the Numbers

September, 2023

Tourism is an integral part of the economy of New York State. Visitors generate significant economic benefits to households, businesses and governments alike and represent a critical driver of the state’s future. How critical? In 2021 (the last year for which statistics are available) tourism supported jobs accounted for more than 6.5% of all jobs read more

Follow the North Star

September, 2023

Article and Photos by Mary Carpenter The United States has a history of conflict – the Revolutionary War and then the War of 1812 for starters. But by the 1830s the country had moved on from the early wars. And then a new concern emerged – slavery. The concept was not new. Slaves had been read more

90 Years and Still in Play

September, 2023

By Nick Southwick | Photos by Jessica McCafferty The North Country Golf Club (NCGC), located in the northeast corner of Clinton County, has been a part of the Town of Champlain for nearly 90 years. I sat down recently with two of the Golf Club’s managers to learn about its history and operations. Joining me read more

Bringing People Together

September, 2023

By Rachel Dutil | Photos by Jessica McCafferty Unlike other municipalities in the North Country that employ a part-time staffer to manage recreation programs, the town of Plattsburgh has two full-time employees to oversee its parks and recreation programs. Erin Pangborn serves as Youth Services and Recreation Director and Jordanne Manney is the Recreation Program read more

Eyes on the Sky

September, 2023

By Ahren von Schnell | Photos Supplied In recent years, interest in citizen astronomy and star gazing has experienced a bit of a renaissance. It seems to be a perpetual headline that the James Webb telescope has discovered some new and fascinating interstellar object that enriches our understanding of the universe or our place in read more

Riding the Wind

September, 2023

By Dan Ladue | Photos by Ty Kretser Imagine the day. Flying over water. Blue summer sky. The majestic Adirondacks and Green Mountains on either side of you. A steady wind at your back. You’re sailing down the sapphire blue ribbon of Lake Champlain, gliding around the numerous northern islands of this magnificent lake. Deep read more

Publisher’s View

September, 2023

by Herb Carpenter It’s summer – time for us to get outside and enjoy the many options the North Country has to offer.The cover article for this issue of Strictly Business presents a new area venture. Captain Dave Northrup and his 38-foot cruising sailboat, the Blu North, now offer tours of Lake Champlain from the read more

Scottie Emery-Ginn

August, 2023

By Justine Parkinson | Photo by Jessica McCafferty Hometown: Richmond, VAEducation: Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering & MBA, University of VirginiaMaster’s degree in Electrical Engineering, MITOccupation: Vice President of Electrical Engineering, IBMCommunity Involvement:New England Federal Credit Union – Board MemberSt. John’s Episcopal Church, Essex, NY – Warden Scottie Ginn is the proud daughter of Major read more