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NNY Business magazine is a monthly publication from the publishers of the Watertown Daily Times and NNY Living magazine. Single copies are available for purchase at the Watertown Daily Times office, 260 Washington St., Watertown, and the Samaritan Medical Center gift shop, 830 Washington St, Watertown.

The positive test result, which came in on Tuesday evening, was reported by Lewis County Public Health Director Ashley W...
04/15/2020
Kraft Heinz employee tests positive for COVID-19

The positive test result, which came in on Tuesday evening, was reported by Lewis County Public Health Director Ashley Waite on Wendesday morning.

The latest victim of the virus is reported to be in isolation in their home. Two people previously diagnosed with the virus are also still in isolation.

LOWVILLE — The tenth confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lewis County is an employee at the Kraft Heinz plant in the village.

Four north country airports, and Syracuse Hancock International, will all be receiving a portion of the funding.
04/15/2020
North country airports receive more than $3m in relief funding

Four north country airports, and Syracuse Hancock International, will all be receiving a portion of the funding.

WATERTOWN — The state will receive more than $411 million for airports hard hit by the lack of travel surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joseph Plummer has transitioned into a new role in Jefferson County, director of dog control. NNY Business sat down with...
04/14/2020
20 Questions: Jefferson County Dog Control

Joseph Plummer has transitioned into a new role in Jefferson County, director of dog control. NNY Business sat down with Plummer to discuss the role Jefferson County Dog Control plays and how the shelter plays a role in family pet adoption.

Joseph Plummer has transitioned into a new role in Jefferson County, director of dog control. NNY Business sat down with Plummer to discuss the role Jefferson County Dog Control plays and how the shelter plays a role in family pet adoption.  NNYB: You recently took over the position of Director of...

Are you working from home and miss networking with other area businesses? The Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of...
04/13/2020
Coffee Talk: Espresso Edition #4 with Kayla

Are you working from home and miss networking with other area businesses? The Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce has you covered!

Follow them for many business networking opportunities!

Coffee Talk, Virtual Networking, Professional Networking,

Public health issued an alert for people who may have been in the Ogdensburg Walmart Garden Center on March 31 between 7...
04/13/2020
COVID-19 cases total 93 in St. Lawrence County; alert issued for Ogdensburg Walmart patrons

Public health issued an alert for people who may have been in the Ogdensburg Walmart Garden Center on March 31 between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. People in that location, at that time, have a potential risk of exposure to COVID-19.

CANTON — On Sunday, the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department reported a total of 93 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county, which represents a daily increase of five.

The recreational boating season is still about 40-plus days away, but Norm I. Hutchinson, who runs the marina at Bonnie ...
04/10/2020
Coronavirus sinking start of local boating season

The recreational boating season is still about 40-plus days away, but Norm I. Hutchinson, who runs the marina at Bonnie Castle, worries that it’ll end up a real scramble to get all that work done before then.

“We’re really going to be behind the eight ball,” he said.

This would be the time when employees at Bonnie Castle Resort and Marina would be prepping 275 boats and starting to get them into the water.

With a love for pets and for her community, it was easy for Kasie Naklick to open her own pet grooming business, Creativ...
04/09/2020
Small Business Startup: Creative Styles Pet Grooming

With a love for pets and for her community, it was easy for Kasie Naklick to open her own pet grooming business, Creative Styles Pet Grooming.

“I offer full-service baths, grooms, haircuts. I do dogs and I do cats. I’ve even had a couple of people bring me ferrets and I had a rabbit that I did for a little while, but it’s primarily dogs and cats,” she said.

With a love for pets and for her community, it was easy for Kasie Naklick to open her own pet grooming business, Creative Styles Pet Grooming.       Naklick says she got her start working with animals early on in her career.       "I have had dog jobs as long as I can remember," she sa...

Across the north country, animal hospitals and veterinarians are using modern and alternative veterinary practices to pr...
04/07/2020
Alternative Healing for the Modern Age: North Country Veterinary Clinics Offer Range of Services

Across the north country, animal hospitals and veterinarians are using modern and alternative veterinary practices to provide the best quality of care they can to their patients, both large and small.

BY: Rachel Burt Across the north country, animal hospitals and veterinarians are using modern and alternative veterinary practices to provide the best quality of care they can to their patients, both large and small.       From laser treatments and interactive websites to acupuncture and massag...

As the pointy-eared wards lounge in the large enclosures with one glass wall for easy viewing, napping on window-ledge b...
04/07/2020
Finding Forever Homes at the Lewis County Humane Society

As the pointy-eared wards lounge in the large enclosures with one glass wall for easy viewing, napping on window-ledge beds, bouncing on wall-mounted perches or approaching the sliding doors for attention, it’s easy to see how much care is taken by the Lewis County Humane Society.

BY: Julie Abbass Tucked away in the heart of Lewis County, surrounded by trees and a little creek, there is a no-kill animal shelter with some seriously happy cats.        As the pointy-eared wards lounge in the large enclosures with one glass wall for easy viewing, napping on window-ledge bed...

Chamber Executive Director Kurstin Stowell created a GoFundMe.com account, “Donate to the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Staff,...
04/06/2020
Potsdam Chamber raises thousands for local health care providers

Chamber Executive Director Kurstin Stowell created a GoFundMe.com account, “Donate to the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Staff,” in which all of the proceeds collected will be donated to St. Lawrence Health System: Canton-Potsdam Hospital in the form of Potsdam Chamber gift certificates, according to the page.

POTSDAM — It took about 48 hours for the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce to reach a $5,000 goal in a fundraising effort to support local health care providers, and the

On March 20, Mr. Cuomo announced all non-essential businesses were shutting down due to mounting concerns over COVID-19....
04/06/2020
Some one-person operated gun shops reopen in Jefferson County

On March 20, Mr. Cuomo announced all non-essential businesses were shutting down due to mounting concerns over COVID-19. At the time, it was widely understood that most gun shops fell under the non-essential category.

Peter M. Crump, owner of Pete’s Guns in Carthage, understood it that way. He closed shop, but it wasn’t for long.

WATERTOWN — Some gun shops in Jefferson County are back in business despite an order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to close during the coronavirus pandemic. And they’re citing a provision

While the businesses, a popular agri-tourism destination, a 7,000-acre crop operation, and a 1,200-cow dairy farm, respe...
04/04/2020
Family farm donates meat and cheese to Sackets Harbor Central School backpack program

While the businesses, a popular agri-tourism destination, a 7,000-acre crop operation, and a 1,200-cow dairy farm, respectively, are each separate entities, they are all rooted in the community.

To that end, this week, the Robbins family decided to donate ground beef and cheese sticks, made at Great Lakes Cheese, to the backpack program at Sackets Harbor Central School to help feed families in need.

SACKETS HARBOR — Now in its sixth generation on the farm, the Robbins family has been farming in Sackets Harbor since the early 1900s. The family owns Old McDonald’s Farm,

The Empire State Development Corp. on Wednesday clarified that residential and commercial showings, along with back offi...
04/02/2020
State allows real estate industry to go back to work

The Empire State Development Corp. on Wednesday clarified that residential and commercial showings, along with back office real estate work, appraisal services and home inspections are essential real estate functions and could start back up immediately.

The area’s real estate industry is back in business after the state deemed that its work is an essential business.

The delayed opening was to give regulators additional time to maximize outflows through the Robert Moses-Robert H. Saund...
04/01/2020
St. Lawrence Seaway opens for 2020 shipping season

The delayed opening was to give regulators additional time to maximize outflows through the Robert Moses-Robert H. Saunders Power Dam in an effort to lower Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River levels.

MASSENA — The 2020 shipping season along the Lake Ontario to Montreal section of the St. Lawrence Seaway opens Wednesday, slightly later than it has in past years.

Soul Waffle, 57 Market St., had been alerting customers to changing hours of the restaurant on its page, joinin...
03/31/2020
Potsdam businesses close amidst pandemic, while gluten-free bakery provides needed product

Soul Waffle, 57 Market St., had been alerting customers to changing hours of the restaurant on its page, joining the tide of business operations everywhere under the directive that keeps society indoors and at a distance during the escalating COVID-19 pandemic.

POTSDAM — The strain of social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic was too much for a Market Street business to bear as it closed its doors Monday.

Angela Harrison is the owner of A H Equine Sports Therapy and a certified equine sports therapist of 15 years. She split...
03/31/2020
Alternative Equine Therapy: Drug-free, alternative therapy to performance horses

Angela Harrison is the owner of A H Equine Sports Therapy and a certified equine sports therapist of 15 years. She splits her time between her personal farm in Florida and her sprawling, 500-acre farm in Cape Vincent.

BY: Ben Muir Angela Harrison has gypsy blood running through her veins, informing her life of racing horses and working to rehabilitate them through deep-tissue and laser therapy.        “They can sense your lack of experience,” Ms. Harrison said on her farm recently while walking with her...

The $2 trillion price tag is equal to more than half the $3.5 trillion the federal government expects to collect in taxe...
03/26/2020
Senate passes $2 trillion economic stimulus package; Trump vows to sign it

The $2 trillion price tag is equal to more than half the $3.5 trillion the federal government expects to collect in taxes this year, and is 9 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.

“It’s going to take care of people,” Trump said of the legislation during a news conference, vowing to sign the bill immediately.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would sign a $2 trillion economic stimulus package — the largest ever — designed to pump money directly into Americans’ pockets

Photo by: Christopher LenneyCanton Animal Clinic's Dr. Amy Thompson, right, with the help of Vet Tech Zachary Simpson pe...
03/25/2020

Photo by: Christopher Lenney

Canton Animal Clinic's Dr. Amy Thompson, right, with the help of Vet Tech Zachary Simpson performs acupuncture on Calliope a juvenile Newfoundland suffering from Cherry Eye.

On this month’s cover we feature a photo by Sydney Schaefer. Angela Harrison stands with her horse, Bound to be a Big Sh...
03/25/2020

On this month’s cover we feature a photo by Sydney Schaefer. Angela Harrison stands with her horse, Bound to be a Big Shot, at her farm in Cape Vincent. The two compete in barrel racing and when Ms. Harrison is not racing she is working as an equine sports therapist.

Stay tuned for the April issue of NNY Business where we examine the pet services industry.

The area’s real estate market is being hit by the coronavirus outbreak as the state has restricted Realtors from working...
03/25/2020
Coronavirus hits home for real estate market; open houses, showings limited to online

The area’s real estate market is being hit by the coronavirus outbreak as the state has restricted Realtors from working outside of their homes.

As of Sunday night, the state is restricting real estate licensees from holding open houses and showing homes to potential buyers, although they can continue to do so online.

WATERTOWN — The area’s real estate market is being hit by the coronavirus outbreak as the state has restricted Realtors from working outside of their homes.

This past weekend, in the space of just over 24 hours, the small community of Sackets Harbor put together more than 100 ...
03/24/2020
Lockdown in Sackets Harbor: Residents take advantage of self-quarantining, collect donations for healthcare workers

This past weekend, in the space of just over 24 hours, the small community of Sackets Harbor put together more than 100 masks to be donated to healthcare workers in the face of this unprecedented pandemic currently facing the world — and the group is only just getting started.

SACKETS HARBOR — With people self-quarantining at home for their safety and the safety of others, many are starting to feel helpless in the face of COVID-19; but the ‘Lockdown

Susan Godreau is SUNY Potsdam’s director of financial aid, and has worked in the financial aid office since 2005. NNY Bu...
03/17/2020
20 Questions: Student loan services and debt

Susan Godreau is SUNY Potsdam’s director of financial aid, and has worked in the financial aid office since 2005. NNY Business sat down with Godreau to talk about student services, financial aid stresses and confusion and how students can prepare for loan repayment.

Susan Godreau is SUNY Potsdam’s director of financial aid, and has worked in the financial aid office since 2005. NNY Business sat down with Godreau to talk about student services, financial aid stresses and confusion and how students can prepare for loan repayment.  NNYB: When did you first star...

Any licensed business found to be operating in violation of the governor’s order restricting on-premises sales of alcoho...
03/17/2020
State Liquor Authority announces guidelines for off-premises alcohol sales

Any licensed business found to be operating in violation of the governor’s order restricting on-premises sales of alcoholic beverages shall face a monetary penalty (retail maximum of $10,000/manufacturer maximum of $100,000), and/or suspension, cancellation, or revocation of its license.

Find out what the rules and restrictions are in this Watertown Daily Times article on NNY360.com!

The New York State Liquor Authority issued guidelines Tuesday on restrictions for licensees and to-go delivery sales in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the world.

Cyril Mouaikel aims to help his clients raise children, earn an education, retire, or reach any other milestone when man...
03/17/2020
Family, Finances and the Future: Cyril Mouaikel earns recognition

Cyril Mouaikel aims to help his clients raise children, earn an education, retire, or reach any other milestone when managing their finances at RBC Wealth Management.

“This is one of the best parts of this industry, just watching the growth, how clients are evolving and how their lives are evolving and how we become an integral part of their lives,” he said.

BY: Marcus Wolf Cyril Mouaikel aims to help his clients raise children, earn an education, retire, or reach any other milestone when managing their finances at RBC Wealth Management. Using an international network of expert analysis and tools, alongside customer-specific information, advisors at R...

Everything was shut down Monday just as seasonal businesses are beginning to prepare for the summer rush.Sarah Bartlett ...
03/17/2020
North country business owners respond to statewide closure of restaurants, bars, casinos

Everything was shut down Monday just as seasonal businesses are beginning to prepare for the summer rush.

Sarah Bartlett has managed North Star Family Restaurant for six years. She called her entire staff when she heard that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced all restaurants and bars in the state were to close for on-premise services beginning at 8 p.m. Monday.

ALEXANDRIA BAY — Everything was shut down Monday just as seasonal businesses are beginning to prepare for the summer rush.

“Our main priority right now is reducing the rate of spread of this virus so it can be managed by our healthcare system,...
03/16/2020
Cuomo allows state to increase capacity for patients, directs non-essential state employees to work from home

“Our main priority right now is reducing the rate of spread of this virus so it can be managed by our healthcare system,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “We have never fought a virus like this with this potential consequence, and I am taking executive action to reconfigure and increase capacity at hospitals across the state to ensure our healthcare facilities can handle a potentially massive surge of patients.”

During a novel coronavirus briefing Monday afternoon, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued another executive order regarding COVID-19, this time allowing the state to increase capacity to prepare the healthcare system

The grocery stores will now be closed between 1 and 6 a.m. to let  employees restock the shelves and thoroughly clean th...
03/16/2020
Price Chopper chops hours — 24 no more

The grocery stores will now be closed between 1 and 6 a.m. to let employees restock the shelves and thoroughly clean the store.

Price Chopper stores across the north country will now be closing their doors at night.

Find out how real estate sales have rebounded over the last year, in Lance Evan's, executive officer of the Jefferson-Le...
03/11/2020
Tri-County Real Estate Sales Rebound

Find out how real estate sales have rebounded over the last year, in Lance Evan's, executive officer of the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors and the St. Lawrence County Board of Realtors, latest column!

After being slightly down in 2018, overall property sales (including residential, land, multi-family and commercial properties) in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties were generally higher in 2019. The median price followed this pattern also and days on the market continued to drop. When nar...

The SECURE Act makes substantial changes to rules affecting traditional IRA contributions, retirement account distributi...
03/11/2020
What The SECURE ACT Means For Your Retirement

The SECURE Act makes substantial changes to rules affecting traditional IRA contributions, retirement account distributions, 401(k) provisions, and other savings vehicles such as 529 plans.

Learn more from PJ Banazek, managing director of Morgia Wealth Management, and director of human resources Rich Kane, of New York Air Brake, Watertown, NY, in the March issue of NNY Business!

The SECURE Act makes substantial changes to rules affecting traditional IRA contributions, retirement account distributi...
03/11/2020
What The SECURE ACT Means For Your Retirement

The SECURE Act makes substantial changes to rules affecting traditional IRA contributions, retirement account distributions, 401(k) provisions, and other savings vehicles such as 529 plans.

Learn more from PJ Banazek, managing director of Morgia Wealth Management, and director of human resources Rich Kane, of New York Air Brake, Watertown, NY, in the March issue of NNY Business!

Would you like to improve your customer engagement?Learn more from St Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's executive director ...
03/11/2020
People First: Greeting to boost business

Would you like to improve your customer engagement?

Learn more from St Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's executive director Brooke Rouse in her latest column in NNY Business!

Over and over again we hear that our people are our greatest asset, the communities are so strong and the people make it a very warm place, even in the depths of winter. However, locals, visitors and new residents will often comment on the contradictory nature of North Country people when it comes t...

In the March issue of NNY Business we feature Flying Lotus Yoga Center & Juice Bar as our Small Business Startup feature...
03/10/2020

In the March issue of NNY Business we feature Flying Lotus Yoga Center & Juice Bar as our Small Business Startup feature.

Owner Kelly Newman Burnham is featured sitting in a hammock at the Flying Lotus Yoga Center & Juice Bar, which has refinished original hardwood floors in a photo by photographer Christopher Lenney.

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