FITZPATRICK CANCER CENTER Celebrates 30 Years

March, 2020

The FitzPatrick Cancer Center opened its doors in April of 1990 to meet the community’s need for a comprehensive and coordinated approach to caring for North Country residents with cancer and in doing so, established a new standard of cancer care here. Thirty years later, the FCC team continues to keep the bar high when read more


Centers of EXCELLENCE

March, 2020

The opening of the FitzPatrick Cancer Center in 1990 was part of a multifaceted plan by CVPH Medical Center to place a firm foothold in the future. In addition to the comprehensive cancer center, CVPH requested and received New York State approval for seven projects each focused on meeting the community’s needs with an emphasis read more


KEEPING THINGS MOVING

March, 2020

THE BOTTLENECK “The Champlain border crossing was designed to accommodate visitors to Expo 67, the World’s Fair in Montreal,” said Garry Douglas, president of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. “At that time, there was no real commercial crossing. Trucks intermixed with tourist traffic, and by 2000, after a several fold increase in truck volumes, read more


NORTH COUNTRY RESILIENCE HAS BOOSTED MANUFACTURING

March, 2020

Two of the greatest assets we have here in the North Country are people and location and both have proved beneficial to our manufacturing industry. The North Country’s proximity to Canada and location on the corridor connecting New York City/ Albany to Montreal has attracted companies and jobs to our region. Retired Empire State Development read more


SOME OF THE FIRST

March, 2020

ADVERTISING SUPPORT ALLOWED STRICTLY BUSINESS TO TAKE A GIANT LEAP OF FAITH AND PRODUCE ITS FIRST ISSUE IN MARCH OF 1990. ONE OF THOSE ADVERTISERS WAS CLINTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE. SB RECENTLY SPOKE TO CCC’S CURRENT PRESIDENT AND THE COLLEGE’S LONG TIME DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO ASK THEIR PERCEPTION OF HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED OVER read more


SERVING UP SUCCESS

March, 2020

When SB asked Bob Smith to summarize the highlights of the past thirty years for Nine Platt Hospitality it produced a fascinating look back at a business that got its start in 1956 as a Howard Johnson’s restaurant at Cumberland Head corners in Plattsburgh. At one point the corporation held nine separate entities. Today it read more


TUNED INTO THE NORTH COUNTRY

March, 2020

Mountain Lake PBS (MLPBS), originally known as WCFE-TV, first signed on in 1977 from a studio on the campus at SUNY Plattsburgh. In 1993 the station rebranded as Mountain Lake PBS to more accurately reflect its growing viewership. According to Bill McColgan, president and CEO of MLPBS, “While our mission has remained the same over read more


Happy Anniversary to Us

March, 2020

THE FIRST ISSUE OF STRICTLY BUSINESS ROLLED OFF THE PRESS ON THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 1990. WHAT PRECEDED THAT AUSPICIOUS DAY WAS MORE THAN A YEAR OF RESEARCH, BRAINSTORMING AND PLANNING. WE PUT TOGETHER A GROUP OF FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, OUTLINED OUR PLAN AND ASKED FOR THEIR INPUT. ALL WERE CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC AND ENCOURAGED US TO read more


Publisher’s View

March, 2020

It’s been 30 years since we took a leap of faith and produced our first issue of Strictly Business. At the time, an acquaintance told me we would quickly run out of businesses to write about. He was wrong. After three decades we are still going strong thanks to the richness and diversity of our read more


Publisher’s View

February, 2020

We write about some topics in Strictly Business every few years. Other topics are regulars. Health care is one of our most popular subjects. There are always new initiatives to improve the health and well being of North Country residents and we are eager to bring those stories to our readers. In this issue we read more