THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING BACK TO WASHINGTON

August, 2022

by Garry Douglas Issue: July 2022 For many years, the North Country Chamber has endeavored to position itself as an effective voice for North Country issues and projects in Washington, going back to the Plattsburgh Air Force Base redevelopment process in the 1990’s. Our approach is based on forming and sustaining mutually valuable, bi-partisan relationships read more


MINERAL MATTERS

August, 2022

By Karen Hailson Bouvier | Photo by Charles Tagliarino Issue: July 2022 According to the International Concrete Paver Institute, more than 750 million square feet of concrete pavers were sold in the U.S. and Canada in 2018, and nearly 78% of that went toward residential projects. In short, pavers add versatility and functionality to outdoor read more


QUALITY PRODUCTS & AWESOME SERVICE

August, 2022

By Rachel Dutil | Photo by Jessica McCafferty Issue: July 2022 Matthew McLane is a self-described “people pleaser” who truly enjoys seeing people happy at the end of the day. As the owner of McLane Power Equipment (MPE) in Plattsburgh he finds joy in helping customers find the right machine to fit their needs. Growing read more


ENJOYING THE BEST OF THE BAY

August, 2022

Article and Photo By Justine Parkinson Issue: July 2022 I recently had the opportunity to meet with the ownership team of Doc’s on the Water, the tenant restaurant at Treadwell Bay Marina, north of Plattsburgh. John-Mark Ford and Mark Titherington met while working at Harmony Golf Club in Port Kent, New York. “It was a read more


RICK DiSTEFANO

August, 2022

by Michelle St . Onge | Photo by Kimberly Smith Issue: July 2022 Hometown: Plattsburgh, NYFamily: wife, Linda; adult children Lindsay, Kaitlyn, Eric; five grandchildrenEducation: U.S. Naval training in Behavioral Sciences; college coursework at SUNY Plattsburgh in Biology and PsychologyOccupation: Owner of Valley Vista, a residential treatment facility in Vermont Alcoholism and drug treatment programs read more


AGAINST ALL ODDS

August, 2022

By Mary Carpenter Issue: July 2022 In the mid-1980s Gilles Bouchard was both reviled and admired in the North Country. Born in Quebec, he came to the U.S. at age 19 and found work in construction. After several years working for others, he created his own company – Bouchard Construction – and built a reputation read more


A BLOOMING SUCCESS

August, 2022

By Justine Parkinson | Photo Provided Issue: July 2022 If you have planned a wedding in the past few years, you may be familiar with Leah McDaniel’swork. To say Leah is home grown in every sense of the word is an understatement. Born andraised in West Chazy, Leah’s family owned and operated the Black Sheep read more


HELPING FOLKS LIVE THEIR DREAM

August, 2022

b y Karen Hailson Bouvier | Photo by Charles Tagliarino Issue: July 2022 “I am inspired and excited by rapidly changing home styles,” Christian Hartmann, President and CEO of Adirondack DreamBuilders of Lake Placid stated. “We started with log homes and then shifted to more Adirondack finishes with bark-on products and twigs. Over the years, read more


Publisher’s View

August, 2022

Issue: July 2022 Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, our rivers, small towns, and a few cities make the North Country a great place to live and to do business. In this issue of Strictly Business, we offer you a look at businesses whose focus is the outdoors. We begin with Adirondack DreamBuilders which has over 20 read more


Adam W. Robert, CFP, APMA

June, 2022

Glass Half Full. Issue: June 2022 Clute Wealth Management: Partner, Financial PlannerHometown: Fort Covington, NYAge: 35Education: B.A. Economics from St. Lawrence University In a latitudinal comparison, Adam Robert has lived his entire life within one minute. His dedication is reflected in his career accomplishments, earning a partnership at Clute Wealth Management. He is a quintessential read more