New York State’s Overdependence on Property Taxes

May, 2016

VI. What Can Local Municipalities Do to Reduce Property Taxes? A. Embrace the Concept of Depreciation Convenient as it may be to blame the financial problems of municipalities on the state the reality is that municipalities contribute to many of their own problems. One of the major problems that municipalities face is their failure to read more


Out Performing the Exchange Rate

May, 2016

The North Country Chamber of Commerce has tracked and analyzed border crossing numbers at Champlain/Lacolle for 2014, 2015 and the first few months of 2016, and we can see good news in commercial traffic trends and better news than many may expect regarding car traffic and visitation by Canadians to our area. With the exchange read more


New York State’s Over Dependence on Property Taxes

April, 2016

IV. Property Taxes Are Often Misused to Subsidize Municipal Services That Should Be Self-Sustaining. Property taxes are a source of revenue municipalities use to subsidize expenses associated with numerous governmental activities. Often shortfalls in a particular service are covered through the property tax. For example, if a municipality provides trash collecting services and there is read more


Down To Earth

April, 2016

Rich and Barb Donela love not seeing an oil truck come up their driveway in the winter. For nearly a decade, through record breaking cold winters, they’ve heated their 2,000 square foot A-frame home on the Highland Road in Keeseville using energy that’s stored in the earth. Even with a lot of glass in the read more


The Pressure House Project: Hands-On Clean Energy Training Expands At CV-TEC

April, 2016

A pressure house is a full-scale building that is constructed to determine how to reduce the amount of energy required to light it, run appliances, heat and cool the inside air, and keep the cold, outside air and wet weather from coming through the roof, walls or foundation. Funded with grants from the New York read more


Are You Ready for Paid Family Leave and a Higher Minimum Wage

April, 2016

The New York State budget includes two provisions which will have a far reaching impact on employers in New York. The move toward a $15 per hour minimum wage garnered head- lines across the state and nation. However, the more revolutionary change is the implementation of paid family leave for all employees. Changes to the read more


Dr. Joel Wolkowicz

April, 2016

Name: Dr. Joel Wolkowicz, Medical Director of Cardiology at UVM/CVPH Medical Center Education: Montreal Heart Institute and McGill University Hometown: Montreal Family: Wife Marla, 4 adult children. Community involvement: Both Joel and his wife Marla are involved in Temple Beth Israel Dr. Wolkowicz has served the cardiac care needs of North Country patients since 1994 read more


The Celestial Profit

April, 2016

“The least expensive watt is the one you save,” said Curt Snyder, owner of Crest Solar. He’s not just an experienced installer of solar systems, he’s been saving watts and watts of energy living off the grid for most of his life. Snyder was just a kid when his mother and stepfather moved the family read more


Green Building Materials Protect Our Environment

April, 2016

We’ve all heard the phrases “environmentally friendly” and “environmentally conscious,” but do we really understand their meaning and their implication in today’s construction world? To learn whether builders and individuals care enough to ask for and use such products and building procedures these days, SB spent some time at Curtis Lumber on the Tom Miller read more


Locally Minded

April, 2016

It’s no secret that Luck Bros. Inc. is busy. It is common to pass by a local construction site, whether it be a commercial, residen- tial, bridge, or highway project, and see the Luck Bros. logo on the side of a crane, truck or van. The locally-owned company is actually two businesses rolled into one, read more