Creating Adirondack Adventures

December, 2020

Brian Delaney moved from New Jersey to Lake Placid in 1981 after seeing an ad that encouraged readers to change course. At the time, Delaney was working as a physical chemist for Johnson & Johnson and was being groomed for a management position. “Change Your Life” the ad in an outdoor enthusiasts’ magazine urged. When read more

Backcountry Sports Center

December, 2020

Located next to the AuSable River in Keene Valley, under the towering High Peaks, is The Mountaineer, a store that specializes in backcountry sports. The business, opened in 1975, was purchased three years ago by long-time customers, Charlie and Nancy Wyse. For this Strictly Business article I spoke with Charlie to find out about winter read more


December, 2020

HOMETOWN: Glens Falls, NYFAMILY: Partner, Jim Kneeshaw, six adult children and 18 grandchildrenEDUCATION: B.A., Elementary Education, College of Saint RoseOCCUPATION: Senator, New York State’s 45th Senate DistrictCOMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Board of Directors for Glens Falls National Bank, Arrow Financial (15 years) and Double H Hole In the Woods (a camp in Lake Luzerne for seriously ill read more

A Hidden Treasure

December, 2020

As we left Plattsburgh and headed into the Adirondacks, we weren’t sure what to expect. Our destination was the Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat. Our mission was to interview owners/operators Cathy and Ernest Hohmeyer. The Lodge, built in 1886 along a stagecoach route, served as a trading post, post office and inn. Over the years read more

A Place for Families to Play

December, 2020

“When Titus went up for sale in 2011, my family had no intentions of purchasing the mountain,” explained Bruce Monette III. “It was only when we heard some of the bigger mountains in the Northeast were trying to buy the lifts, motors, chairs, etc., for their own mountains and were planning to gut and shut read more

What a Ride!

December, 2020

Paul and Corinna Maggy met at his bike shop in Flagstaff, Arizona more than twenty years ago. Corinna was from New Jersey; Paul was from the North Country. He repaired her bike and since then they have been on the ride of their lives. Corinna had just finished her degree in Fine Arts and Metal read more


December, 2020

While things won’t return to normal on New Year’s Eve just because a new year will be upon us, 2021 will certainly be the year when we (hopefully) experience the long-awaited emergence from the worst of the pandemic and see the restoration of more and more normalcy, in part assuming a vaccine and further positivity read more


October, 2020

An entrepreneur must love what they do and be willing to put in the effort and the hours to make their business a success. In this issue of Strictly Business we introduce you to people who embody those characteristics: Karen and Creston Billings of Point au Roche Lodge Larry, Joann, Jillian, and Ryan Post of read more

The Glass is Always Half Full

November, 2020

Many businesses experienced the nightmare of furloughing their employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Garvey Hyundai was no exception. Marc Garvey, co-owner of Hyundai dealerships throughout Upstate New York, described the day he had to lay off 112 employees as, “One of the worst days of my life.” To Garvey, his employees are like read more

Unpacked For the Holidays

November, 2020

“For the person who has everything, we have everything else” …Jackson and Callie A set of hand carved loon salt and pepper shakers; handmade pottery and ceramic mugs, plates, jars, and saucers in vibrant glazes that are microwave and dishwasher safe; Christmas Cat hand towels; warm and alluring scarves woven from luxurious alpaca fibers; aromatic read more