A Fresh Start

July, 2019

A FAMILY EVENT Robby Knowles was four months old the first time he spent a Saturday evening at Airborne Speedway. While he and his mother enjoyed the view from the VIP booth, his father and his uncle were (likely) working as announcers and giving track fans an entertaining evening of racing. “That was my first read more


Take Me to the River

July, 2019

Like the proverbial question, ‘If a tree falls in the woods…’ Adirondack River Rentals at Baggs’ Landing off Route 9 north of Keeseville, New York begs the question, “If there is no physical building that opens with a key, is it really a ‘turnkey’ operation?” New owner and partner Greg Johnson would answer an enthusiastic read more


Sail Away

July, 2019

What to do?? The Strictly Business editorial calendar called for a July issue based on the theme “Great Things to do in the North Country During the Summertime”. We had numerous suggestions for articles but a problem emerged. The biggest event, one that draws thousands of people to Plattsburgh — the annual Mayor’s Cup and read more


Marge Garcia

July, 2019

Hometown: Elizabethtown, New York Family: Husband, Bruce, one son, two stepchildren, and three grandchildren Occupation: Recently retired as the Development Coordinator for Adirondack Community Action Programs in Elizabethtown. Community Involvement: Co-chair, the United Way of the Adirondacks annual campaign (2016); served on the campaign team for 18 years, Human Services Coalition, United Way Citizens of read more


Finding Beauty and Peace in Nature

July, 2019

For more than 27 years, Kathryn Reiss has lived with the beauty and the wrath of Mother Nature. She began working at High Falls Gorge in Wilmington in 1992. Today she is president of the Adirondack attraction and of Roanka Attractions Corporation, which owns the venue. Reiss has been involved with tourism her entire life. read more


A Jewel in the Adirondacks

July, 2019

Take a trip south of Plattsburgh on Route 9 and you will drive past Ausable Chasm. Although the Chasm is likely familiar to you, what you might not know is how deep its history runs and what the future holds for this natural attraction. The Chasm’s sandstone gorge was formed more than five hundred million read more


Theatre Matters

July, 2019

“I always wanted to run a theatre,” said Bob Garcia, Executive Director of the Strand Center for the Arts (SCA). “Spending 35 years working in New York City, I’ve had the privilege of working in the best entertainment venues with the most knowledgeable people who taught me the business. When I semi-retired in 2014, I read more


July 2019

July, 2019

It’s finally summer — my favorite time of year. The lake temperature is rising and the level is dropping. It’s time to get outside and immerse yourself in all the North Country has to offer. In this issue of Strictly Business we feature some of the places and the people who provide family fun and read more


Eric McDowell- Authentic, Trusting, Empathetic

June, 2019

UFIRST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, LENDING MANAGER Hometown: Morrisonville, New York Age: 36 Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, SUNY Plattsburgh Community Involvement: Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary, New York State Credit Union Young Professionals Commission Member, Making Strides, Real Men Wear Pink team member, Ride-To-Remember volunteer Eric Mcdowell went to work at UFirst in Plattsburgh in 2006. read more


Sarah Cronk-Duquette- Organized, Dependable, Energized

June, 2019

NORTHERN INSURING AGENCY, INC. — SENIOR SALES EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IN THE BUSINESS INSURANCE DIVISION Hometown: Morrisonville, NY Age: 34 Education: BA English Writing; Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) Designation; Property & Casualty Insurance License Community Involvement: Committee Member for the Alzheimer’s Walk for the Third Age Adult Day Center; Co-organizer for the annual Run to read more