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The Potsdam Pages - Potsdam Chamber of Commerce
Volume 13, Issue 2
April 2006
The Newsletter of the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce
North Country Savings Bank Makes Donation, Buys Sign
Inside this issue:
Welcome New Members!
Member News:
$1000 Raised for SUNY Fund
Co-op Announces 13% Growth
Calendar of Events
Committee Updates
Time for Next Year’s Taxes
Bring A Harvest to Your Home
Spring Clean Up Day
Sustainable Energy Fair
Business Leader Spotlight:
First Crush, Van Ness, Smalling
Motel South, Terry Reed DD
Spring Luncheon
Silent Auction
Business of the Year
In an effort to assist the Chamber with operating expenses at our
new location, North Country Savings Bank has made a substantial donation to the Potsdam Chamber.
Branch manager Steve Thornton saw our need for greater member support in our new location at One Market Street, where we
are paying rent and utilities for the first time in many years.
He also noticed that we needed a new sign, but did not have the
funding to purchase one after making many renovations to our
new office.
Steve and North Country Savings Bank have always been supportive of the Chamber and our activities, including our Summer Festival, Silent Auction, Spring Luncheon, Annual Dinner,
and serving on our Events & Festivals Committee.
The thirty-five hundred dollar check will be distributed in several areas of the Chamber’s budget, including the sign purchase
and monthly rent and utility costs of the new office.
The Potsdam Chamber benefits from financial assistance like
this to ensure services, activities, and member promotions remain strong in Potsdam’s ever growing business environment.
North Country Savings Bank’s support is recognized as a benefit to all members of the Chamber.
From left to right, Terry Phalon, NCSB, Jennifer
Tavares, Potsdam Chamber, and Steve Thornton,
NCSB, show off the new Potsdam Chamber sign,
purchased with funds donated by North Country
Savings Bank.
Chamber Has Resources to Compete with Large Retailers;
Helps Bring Workshop to Potsdam in May for Local Businesses
With at least two "big box" retailers considering locating in
our community, the Potsdam
Chamber of Commerce currently has books available to
help local retailers compete
with mass merchandisers.
The books include:
-- "Competing with the Retail
Giants: How to Survive in the
New Retail Landscape," by
Kenneth E. Stone. This book
includes tips on improving merchandising and visual displays,
emphasizing outstanding customer service, and revising your
marketing & advertising plans.
-- "Up Against the Wal-Marts:
How Your Business Can
Prosper in the Shadow of the
Retail Giants" by Don Taylor
and Jeanne Smalling Archer.
This book includes ten survival strategies, low-cost promotion ideas, customer service, and purchasing and pricing for profit.
The Chamber also has a
binder including the history of
the local Wal-Mart debate.
If you’d like to view any of
these, just call 274-9000 or
stop by our new location at 1
Market St. between 10 a.m.
and 4 p.m. weekdays.
Also, consider that the Eco-
nomic Development office
located in the Civic Center
has further resources that may
be of use to you and your
business through this time of
growth and development in
our area. For more information on their resources, contact Economic Developer Kim
DesChamp at 265-1670.
The local retail market is
changing rapidly. If you'd like
to know how your retail business can continue to grow and
compete in today's marketplace, we invite you to attend
a training session hosted by
the Canton Small Business
Development Center, the
Women's Entrepreneurial
Business Center, the North
Country Small Business Development Center, and the
Potsdam Chamber.
The workshop, which will be
held on Thursday, May 18 in
Potsdam, will include information on how to develop a
strong downtown retail center,
marketing in the new retail
market, and identifying your
competitive advantages. Time
and location for the program
have yet to be finalized, but
retail business owners and
managers may call the Canton
SBDC at 386-7312 to register
Membership Information
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Welcome New Members!
Butternut Ridge Bed & Breakfast*
Moonlight Kennels
Rick & Cynthia Murray, Owner
327 Butternut Ridge Rd., Potsdam, NY 13676
315-265-2808 ~
Fred Mayer, Owner
6920 Route 56, Potsdam, NY 13676
Earth’s Temporary Solutions
Northern Interiors
Brandon J. Mendelson, Owner
2198 Barrington Dr., SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY 13676
[email protected],
Mark Cornett, Owner ~ Jackie Bartholomew, Manager
46 Market Street, Potsdam, NY 13676
From The Heart Cabinetry
Rect Cristello, Owner
1591 SH 11B, Potsdam, NY 13676
315-268-0713~ [email protected]
Jackie Kuno, Owner
6589 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676
315-265-5508 ~
KMA Construction
Route 56 Auto Sales & Service
Bob Ramsey, Owner
33 1/2 Main Street, Potsdam, NY 13676
Fred Mayer, Owner
6892 SH 56, Potsdam, NY 13676
315-265-5656 ~
Kunoco, Inc.*
The Dear Alpaca Farm
Steve Kuno, Owner
5830 CR 27, Canton, NY 13617
315-386-1000 ~ [email protected]
James & Sharon Dear, Owners
369 Parmenter Road, Potsdam, NY 13676
315-268-1627 ~
LeBerge & Curtis, Inc.*
Shoreline Restaurant *
Jim Curtis, Owner
5984 CR 27, Canton, NY 13617
315-386-8568 ~
Ronnie Robert, Owner
Route 56, Hannawa Falls, NY 13647
Majestic Construction
The Lounge
Steve Davis, Owner
550 SH 345, Potsdam, NY 13676
315-212-0741 ~ [email protected]
Fred Mayer, Owner
182 Market Street, Potsdam, NY 13676
Chamber Contact
Please use the following numbers to
contact us at our office, One Market St.
Our mailing address is still PO Box 717.
We have a mail slot in our door, if you
miss us & need to drop something off !
PH: 274-9000
FAX: 274-9222
Email: [email protected]
* = Associate member
Do We Have Your Stuff??
We should.
We would love to have your
menus, rack cards, business
cards, and brochures to pass out
to visitors & members.
We’ve already handed out
HUNDREDS of brochures and
menus at our new location!
Was your business included?
Member News
Volume 13, Issue 2
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$1000 Raised for SUNY Potsdam Scholarship Fund
POTSDAM—On Thursday,
February 23rd, students of the
Associated Colleges and
members of the Potsdam
community came out to support a worthy cause and enjoy
an exciting evening of local
Brandon J. Mendelson,
SUNY Potsdam student and
host of The Brandon Show,
coordinated the event. $1,000
was raised for the Oscar
Cohen Memorial Scholarship
endowment fund through
ticket sales and donations.
The evening concert was the
first step in Mendelson’s plan
to endow the scholarship.
Commemorative stamps and a
T-shirt are now on sale at’s
online store. A recording of
the show will be available in
May 2006 for download
through Apple’s popular
Itunes Music Store. When
endowed, the Oscar Cohen
Members of the community
can also make donations by
visiting http://www. and
clicking on the “Oscar
Cohen” page.
Bare Compassion performs at the Oscar Cohen Memorial Scholarship concert. This was the first time rock music was allowed inside the Crane School
of Music. The concert helped raise $1,000 for the Oscar Cohen Memorial
Scholarship at SUNY Potsdam.
Memorial Scholarship will be
awarded to an incoming
Freshmen or transfer student
entering the world-renowned
Crane School of Music’s Music Business program. The
scholarship will be awarded
to a student who otherwise
cannot afford the opportunity
to attend school.
Members of the community
may donate to the Oscar
Cohen Memorial Scholarship
fund by sending checks or
money orders to the Potsdam
College Foundation, Oscar
Cohen Memorial Scholarship,
(Account 4702.1) 44 Pierrepont Avenue, Potsdam, New
York, 13676.
The Brandon Show television
program is part of Earth’s
Temporary Solution, LLC.
Earth’s Temporary Solution
is “the North Country’s college entertainment provider.”
The Brandon Show is a
weekly college survival and
entertainment television
show produced with the assistance of interns from
SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson
University. Earth’s Temporary Solution also publishes a
daily college news and entertainment blog for students of
St. Lawrence County’s Associated Colleges. The blog can
be found at http://www.
com. Episodes of TBS can be
viewed at http://www.
Potsdam Food Co-op Announces 13% Growth in 2005
The Potsdam Food Co-op’s
Board of Directors recently
held their 32nd Annual Membership Meeting at the Koinonia Church in Potsdam. During the meeting the Board reported to the membership an
increase of 13% in Gross
Sales in 2005. Co-op General
Manager, Scott Miller states,
“There are many components
that make up our success: our
excellent customer service,
our outreach/marketing efforts increased the Co-op’s
awareness in the community
and the general awareness of
healthy eating has been on the
rise, bringing new customers
attempt to use local sources
whenever feasible.” In 2005,
the Potsdam Food Co-op
spent 23% of its budget locally, an increase of 3.5%
over 2004’s figures. Local
produce items such as vegetables and fruits made up 13%
of the total expenditures, up
1.9% from 2004.
to the Co-op.”
The Co-op’s mission statement states, “As a member
of the local community interested in its well being, we
The Co-op’s Carriage House
Bakery saw an increase of
nearly 40% in sales. Major
contributors to the success
were the addition of more
wholesale accounts and the
participation in the Canton
and Massena Farmers’ Markets. Miller states, “We are
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continually trying new ways
to increase the awareness of
our bread. We hope to continue growing in 2006.”
Since 1973, the Potsdam
Food Co-op has been member owned and operated.
Open 7 days a week, the Coop is a source for local, organic, whole, international
and gourmet foods. For
more information about the
Potsdam Food Co-op and the
Carriage House Bakery
please contact Hye Chong
Yi, Outreach/Marketing Coordinator at 315-265-4630.
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Events & Committee Info
Calendar of Events
April 4—Information Technology Committee meets,
8:30 at the Chamber office
April 5—Potsdam Co-op Food Tasting at SLU’s Northstar Café,
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April 6—Member Breakfast at Scoopuccino’s, 167 Market St., 8 a.m.
April 11—Town & Gown Committee Meets, 8:00 at the Chamber office
April 12—Membership Committee Meets, 8:30 at the Chamber office
April 13—Business Promotions Committee Meets,
8:30 at the Chamber Office
April 14—Events & Festivals Committee meets,
8:30 at the Chamber office
April 14 & 15—Spring Food Sampler at Potsdam Co-op, 11 a.m.
April 14, 21, 28, & May 5, 12—Beginning Blues Guitar Classes, Arts
Central, 6:30-7:30. $60 for five sessions. Call 265-6860.
April 16—May 13, Saturday’s only—Teen drawing workshop, Arts Central, 9:30-11:00 a.m., $80 fee for five sessions. Call 265-6860.
April 18—Board of Directors Meet, 8:00 a.m. at the Chamber Office
April 20-June 8, Thursdays only—Music Together: Music & Movement
for Families. 8 mo. through 5 years w/ adult, fee is $95 per child with
discount for second child. Call 265-6860 for more info.
April 6, 13, 20, 27—Beginner Knitting Classes, Misty Hollow, every
Thursday night from 6 – 8 p.m. $20 for three classes. Call 265-1660
for more information.
April 27—Potsdam Co-op Orientation, 6 p.m. at Carriage House Bakery
May 4—Events & Festivals Committee meets,
8:30 at the Chamber office
May 5—Spring Luncheon & Silent Auction; 12 p.m. at Colonial Village
Fun Park’s Banquet Hall. Business of the Year award presented, Milestone Anniversaries celebrated. For tickets call 274-9000
May 4, 11, 18, 25—Beginner Knitting Classes, Misty Hollow, every
Thursday night from 6 – 8 p.m. $20 for three classes. Call 265-1660
for more information.
May 2—Information Technology Committee meets,
8:30 at the Chamber office
May 9—Town & Gown Committee Meets, 8:00 at the Chamber office
May 10—Membership Committee Meets, 8:30 at the Chamber office
May 11—Business Promotions Committee Meets,
8:30 at the Chamber Office
May 16—Board of Directors Meet, 8:00 a.m. at the Chamber Office
May 20-21—Can-Am Swap Meet, run by Antique Car Club. Colonial
Village Fun Park 8 a.m. to dusk, call 769-0443 for more info.
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Committee Updates
Business Promotions ~ This committee is working on
making upgrades to the Chamber website. They are considering
new ideas and goals of the Chamber, and will work with our
designer to implement them. Keep your eye out for a new look
and some new features in the coming months, and any members
who have ideas for our site are welcome to submit them to committee chair Jamey Hoose at [email protected]
Events & Festivals ~ Working hard on Spring Luncheon
planning and gathering donations for the Silent Auction. (Look
for more info on page 11) This committee has also begun Summer Festival planning, so if your group or business wants to host
a new activity, please call or email the Chamber office. This
committee could use more members, so contact Debbie
Hammond at 267-3468 to get involved.
Information Technology ~ This committee hosted it’s
2nd Seminar on March 23rd, which covered topics related to
new technologies in telecommunications and the internet. It was
hosted by Phil Wagschal from SLIC Network Solutions. If
you’re interested in new technologies, this committee needs
you! Call Larry Reece at 265-4046 for more info.
Membership / Welcoming ~ Working hard on their next
event, our membership breakfast being held on April 6th at
Scoopuccino’s, this committee is always having a good time.
They have several newer members, and have begun planning for
a new Harvest Dance membership fundraiser to take place on
October 28th at Colonial Village Fun Park’s Banquet Hall. Be
on the lookout for more information about this fun event!
Town & Gown ~ This committee has unfortunately spent
their last two meetings discussing recent tragedies. A group of
officials from local businesses, large employers, Village and
Town governments and both colleges have mulled over many
ideas of ways to help prevent these types of tragic events in the
future. Sadly, there is no easy solution and they will continue to
look for ways that all of these groups can offer support, advice,
and education to teens & young adults about acting responsibly
and preventing loss of life.
Volume 13, Issue 2
Of Interest
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The Time is Right to Plan for Next Year’s Tax Filing
If you’re a sole proprietor or
any small business that files
taxes on the calendar year, then
you’ve probably spent the first
quarter of 2006 compiling data,
gathering records and preparing
reports to file your 2005 tax
return. Those who have already
filed are breathing a sigh of relief: those who have yet to file
are feeling the pressure of the
upcoming April 15 deadline.
In either case, now is the perfect time to begin laying the
groundwork for next year’s tax
filing. With this year’s experience fresh in your mind, you’ll
be able to set goals and make
plans to avoid any snags you
may have hit this year. Even if
your 2005 tax filing went
smoothly, there’s always room
for improvement and now is the
time to look for areas where
you can streamline your tax
preparation process.
If you’re not already working
with an accountant, finding
one should be at the top of
your list. A good accountant
is more than just a tax advisor. You should look to your
accounting professional for
help setting up your record
keeping system and making
plans for the coming year.
Look to identify areas where
your record keeping system
failed this year. Were there
expenses or deductions that
you were unable to document? Revamp your record
keeping to capture the information you were lacking and
be sure to save documentation
like receipts, invoices, statements and bills to back it up.
If you’re unsure about
whether an expense is deductible, record the information anyway. Your accountant
can help you determine what
to deduct, but only if you
have the appropriate records.
If you don’t already use computerized accounting software
like Quickbooks, Peachtree,
or Microsoft Small Business
you may want to explore the
benefits of one of these programs. Many software programs have been tailored specifically to small business and
have become relatively inexpensive and easy to use.
In some cases, the investment
in accounting software may
even save you money. Most
accountants find that clients
who use software for their
basic bookkeeping needs can
generate the needed year-end
reports quickly and easily.
This often saves tax preparation time. Beyond tracking
basic revenues and expenses,
most software programs can
perform additional tasks such
as generating payroll, tracking
accounts receivable, linking to
online banking services and
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tracking inventory. Some can
even help you develop a
budget for the upcoming year.
If you’re considering making
the switch to electronic accounting software, be sure to
discuss the transition with
your accountant. Get a recommendation for the program
that will best suit your needs
as well the one the accountant
is best able to work with. You
may even want your accountant to help you set your record
keeping system up so that it
generates the year-end reports
required for tax preparation.
The SUNY Canton Small
Business Development Center
can also help with basic bookkeeping, financial analysis
and budgeting before referring
small business owners for accounting advice. All SBDC
services are free and confidential. To contact the SUNY
Canton SBDC, call 386-7312
or e-mail [email protected]
Bring a Harvest to Your Home with a CSA Share
How would you like to receive
a boxful of fresh, locally grown
vegetables every week, all summer long?
It's not hard to do in the North
Country, thanks to a farm program called Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA).
In a CSA farm program, customers buy a share of a farm's
vegetable harvest before spring
planting begins. Then they receive a box or bag of freshly
picked produce each week
throughout the growing season.
CSA farms deliver the boxes to
a convenient pickup location in
a nearby village, or your house.
In St. Lawrence and Jefferson
counties, six farms are offering a CSA program for this
summer. Together these farms
will deliver to locations in
Canton, Potsdam, Watertown,
Sackets Harbor, Clayton, and
Alexandria Bay.
These farms are signing up
CSA customers now for the
summer growing season.
You can obtain a free list of
these CSA farms by writing
GardenShare, 860 Maple
Ridge Road, Richville NY
13681 or by emailing
[email protected]
The list provides information
about farm practices, pickup
locations, and share sizes.
Also included is a full expla-
nation of how CSA farm programs operate.
Across New York State, about
45 CSA farms now provide
healthy, affordable produce to
over 6,000 households in 38
counties. Community Supported Agriculture helps
small-scale farms stay in business and keeps over $2.6 million in the state economy.
According to research by the
Hunger Action Network of
New York State, these CSA
farms also protect the environment by preserving more than
1,100 acres of diversified
farmland across New York.
In addition, over 70 percent of
these CSA farms reach out to
low-income households with
flexible payment plans, sliding
scales, senior shares, and
working shares.
GardenShare endorses Community Supported Agriculture
as a way to support local farms
and strengthen food security in
the North Country.
GardenShare is a nonprofit
organization that works to
build a North Country where
all of us have enough to eat
and enough to share -- where
our food choices are healthy
for us, for our communities,
and for the environment. To
learn more about GardenShare
and its programs, visit
Spring Clean Up
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The 6th Annual
Pride in Potsdam
Spring Clean Up Day
Saturday, April 22, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Show Your Pride in Potsdam by:
Cleaning up trash in front of and around your business
Sweeping your sidewalks
Washing your windows & revamping displays
Getting your employees involved
Adopting a larger area near your
business to help clean up
Using this opportunity to show the
community and all of the volunteers
how much you care about the appearance
of your business and our community
(Please note that volunteers will not be cleaning around your business)
We’re looking for volunteers to serve as Supervisors
of clean up crews. Please contact the Chamber office
at 274-9000, or call Rita Manning at
The Clarkson Inn (265-3050) or
Chip Morris at SUNY Potsdam (267-2579).
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Member News
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Sustainable Energy Fair to be Held at SUNY Canton
Save the weekend of May 5
through 7 for the 2006 North
Country Sustainable Energy
Fair and Green Homes Tour.
This year, for the first time,
the Fair will be held at the
Miller Campus Center at
SUNY Canton.
“There seems to be a lot of
interest in energy issues now,”
says Fair Coordinator Patricia
Greene. “The upcoming Fair
will be the biggest in our
eleven year history and we
hope it will inspire people to
use energy conservation and
renewable energy in their
The Energy Fair will open
with a special panel on biodiesel Friday night at 7 in the
Kingston Theater at the Campus Center. Five experts on
biodiesel, an alternative fuel
made from vegetable oil, will
present both the broad picture
and possibilities for the North
Country, from development of
a local production plant to the
making of biofuels in your garage. Following presentations
and discussion, the panel will
take questions from the audience. The event will end with
a reception.
The Fair will open Saturday at
9:30 a.m. and run until 4:30 p.
m. Forty experts will educate
fair goers on everything from
biodiesel, solar, wind farms,
fuel cells, energy conservation
and green building to climate
change, peak oil and local energy self reliance.
Six workshops and demonstrations will take place on the
hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., as
well as children’s programs
and 50 vendors and exhibitions. Local school projects
done for the Youth Energy
and Environmental Expo will
be displayed, judged and
awarded prizes.
“Another exciting new feature
this year,” says Greene, “will
be a hands-on demonstration
area in the Roselle Academic
Plaza by the entrance. Visitors
can watch strawbale and cordwood masonry building, talk
with people making biodiesel,
learn what it’s like to live offgrid, how to make a solar oven
and try do-it-yourself weatherization. They will see a biomass woodchip lawnmower, a
diesel motorcycle that gets
over 100 mpg and examine
cars run on solar, electric, hydrogen, biodiesel and vegetable oil.”
In the exhibit hall, exhibitors
and vendors will explain everything from how a solar panel
or wind generator works to
natural insulation, the new
SUNY-Canton biodigester
project and how to get funds
for energy audits. Fairgoers
can see the latest and best in
Energy Star® appliances,
wood pellet and corn stoves,
geothermal heat pumps and
other green products. They
will meet local contractors and
solar installers, as well as representatives from a variety of
organizations concerned about
the environment throughout
the North Country.
The event is free of charge,
although a small donation will
be asked of those who can afford it. The building is handicapped accessible. Childcare
and children’s programs will
be provided throughout the
day on Saturday. Food will be
served café style just down the
hall in the Student Center.
On Sunday, May 7, there will
be three local guided tours to
green homes that use energy
conserving construction techniques and renewable energy,
such as grid-tied and off-grid
solar and wind energy. Sign
up for these tours at the Fair.
The Energy Fair is a project
of Community Energy Services (CES), a non-profit organization promoting energy
efficiency and renewable energy systems in the North
Country, SUNY Canton and
Seedcorn, a grassroots organization centered in Potsdam. It
is sponsored by the New York
State Energy and Research
Development Agency
(NYSERDA), the Sweetgrass
Foundation and North
Country Public Radio.
If you would like more information, please consult the Fair
web site at www.ncenergy.
org . The Energy Fair depends
on the generous donations of
money and time from volunteers, organizations and businesses. All contributions are
tax deductible. If you want to
make a gift to help with this
important educational event,
please make checks out to
CES and send to: CES, 325
Northwoods Rd., Hermon, NY
13652. To sign up to volunteer, or place an ad in the Energy Fair program, please contact Patricia Greene or Ann
Heidenreich at 315-379-9466
or [email protected]
Earth Day Sale!
10% off everything April 17-23
paints &
roofing &
Your Eco-Friendly General Store
45 Market St., Potsdam ~ 274-9326 ~ open 7 days
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Business Leaders
The Potsdam Pages
First Crush Wine Bistro
Van Ness Company
In February 2005, First Crush
Wine Bistro was opened by
Tom DeRosa at 32 Market St.
Van Ness was incorporated in
1924 and owned and operated
by the Harry and John Van
Ness family until sold in
1996. John Fries and Steve
Warr purchased the business
from John Van Ness and operated it from 62 Leroy Street
until 1999 when it moved to
the present location on Rte 56
North of Potsdam.
Tom wanted to bring some
tastes to our area that were
previously unavailable: Tapas
style food (a European tradition including many foods on
small plates), panini sandwiches, a unique dessert menu,
and a cozy yet elegant atmosphere for those with a discerning taste in wine.
They serve Starbucks coffee
and a wide variety of related
beverages. There is a unique
selection of breakfast foods,
including The Irving Berlin
(cream cheese, smoked
salmon, capers and tomato)
and Crème Brulee French’ll have to try this
sinful sounding dish yourself.
Lunch at First Crush offers a
wide variety of panini or traditional sandwiches, wraps, or
salads. Delivery is available
from 11—2 pm for those unable to visit the restaurant.
In the evening you can find a
unique selection of Tapas
items, salads and paninis.
Whether you prefer Pot Stickers or Pate, you will find
something you like to accompany your choice of thirty
wines or ten bottled beers.
For more information about
First Crush, or to book a private party, call 265-JAVA or
265-WINE. If you have your
heart set on lunch or dinner
there—you probably want a
reservation. You may also
visit their website at www.
The Fries family owned and
operated Potsdam Electric
from 1946 until 1999. It was
one of the first electrical contracting businesses in Potsdam. Potsdam Electric closed
when the Van Ness company
was fully established.
Van Ness has four full time
employees and operates out of
a six thousand square foot
building. The business is
backed by a $350,000.00 dollar inventory. They sell electrical supplies, quality lighting
fixtures and ceiling fans. We
cater to customers having special lamp needs and assist on
lighting design. With over
sixty years of experience in
the electrical field, we back
everything we sell with the
necessary technical assistance
to ensure that it is installed
Van Ness is set apart because
they send an experienced person to your location to make
sure you are making the correct purchase before you
spend your money. Service to
our retail and wholesale customers is our business. For
more information, call Van
Ness at 265-4863.
Smalling Motel South
Terry Reed, DDS
Scott and Mary Jane Smalling
purchased the Smalling Motel
in 1999 after it had been abandoned. It was formerly the Super 10 Motel, but for years
before that it was The Potsdam
Dr. Reed received his dental
degree from Columbia University in 1979. He then completed a general practice residency at Westchester County
Medical Center.
The structure was completely
gutted and remodeled, and the
Smalling Motel re-opened in
July 2000 under the current
name - The Smalling Motel
Scott and Mary Jane were formerly the owners of what is
now the Northern Family Motel, from 1985 through 2002,
which is why the new name
had to include “south”. They
owned both hotels for just two
years before selling the original Smalling Motel to Eric &
Stephanie Matott.
During the remodeling they
took out a dining area and
added a handicapped accessible room for a total of 16
They offer complimentary
coffee, juice & muffins as
well as newspapers each
morning for their guests.
They have copy/fax machine
for customer's use and data
ports for computer access in
each room.
Motel managers are Becky
and Rob Green, and hey live
in the apartment off the front
office for 24 hour service.
The office hours are 7:00 am
to 11:00 pm. For more information, call 265-0709, or go
to the Smalling’s website at
Dentistry. He takes pleasure
from staying fit and spending
time with his family.
Since July of 1980, he has
practiced at 83 Market St., surrounded by an excellent staff
and a supportive community.
Two staff members have actually been employed in the office longer than Dr. Reed has
been here. He met his wife
Nancy while in Potsdam,
where they are raising their
children, Mallory and Scott.
Dr. Reed offers preventative
dentistry, CEREC porcelain
restorations, mini dental implants (for stabilizing loose
dentures and placing crowns
& bridges), porcelain veneers,
caps & bridges, oral surgery,
dentures, emergency care, fillings, and tooth whitening. Dr.
Reed is extremely proud of
the expertise and excellence
of this staff in assisting in providing the best possible service to their patients.
Dr. Reed's main interest is
high tech dentistry, though he
enjoys offering a broad range
of services to his patients. He
is a member of the American
Dental Association and the
Academy of Computerized
Dr. Reed provides discounts
for senior citizens, Potsdam
Co-op members, and those
without insurance. For more
information or to book an appointment, call 265-3377, or
go to
Business Leaders
Volume 13, Issue 2
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Thanks to the following member businesses for
their support of the Chamber’s goals in 2006:
Aeon Distributors, Inc.
Penski, Inc.
6619 SH 56, Potsdam—265-3740
Brownshoe Media Strategy
83 Elm St., Potsdam—265-4721
CJ’s Kegs, Cases & More
145 Market Street, Potsdam—265-0226
Copy Shop & Business Ctr.
11 Maple Street, Potsdam—265-1700
CRT Pet Crematory
266 Waite Road, Potsdam—265-5053 of NNY
37 Pickle Street, Potsdam—265-3327
Dr. Terrance Reed, DDS
83 Market Street, Potsdam—267-3377
Everything Electric
7463 SH 11, Potsdam—265-4500
First Crush Bistro
32 Market Street, Potsdam—265-JAVA
Great Wall Chinese Buffet
145 Market Street, Potsdam—265-7888
22 Depot St., Market Sq. Mall—265-0849
Kelly Services
22 Depot St., Market Sq. Mall—268-0456
Marc & Christine Compeau
NBT Bank
220 Market Street, Potsdam—265-9950
North Country Savings Bank
31 Main Street, Potsdam—265-2300
Northern Ice & Dance
50 Market Street, Potsdam–265-8860
Potsdam Agency
70 Market Street, Potsdam–265-9650
Reece & Associates
7 Maple Street, Potsdam-265-4046
Rose & Kiernan, Inc.
2 Main Street, Potsdam-265-2341
200 Market Street, Potsdam-265-3659
SLIC Network Solutions
51 Main St., Ste 100, Potsdam-265-3400
Smalling Motel South
7518 SH 11S, Potsdam-265-0709
St. Lawrence Oral Surgery
7018 SH 56, Potsdam-265-1100
Summer Haven Pool & Hearth
6604 SH 56, Potsdam-265-1761
The Computer Guys
4 Clarkson Avenue, Potsdam—265-3386
The Green House
45 Market Street, Potsdam—274-9ECO
The Lobster House
Potsdam-Norwood Rd., Norwood—353-2366
Van Ness Company
6768 SH 56, Potsdam—265-4863
12 Main Street, Potsdam—265-7000
Your NY Home, LLC
419 East 57th St., NYC—262-0822
2106 River Road, Hannawa Falls—265-0009
What are Business Leaders?
Business Leaders have voluntarily paid 50% more dues to the Chamber. They are highlighted in each issue of our
newsletter, will have an article in one issue, may use our windows to advertise their goods or services, and will receive
additional promotion throughout the year. If you would like to become a Business Leader, please call 274-9000.
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The Potsdam Pages
Attention Potsdam Employers!
S t a f f i n g - Tr a i n i n g - P a y r o l l S e r v i c e s
Are you making the most informed
business decisions? Penski, Inc. works
with hundreds of North Country
employers annually by helping them
make the right staffing and business decisions.
The North Country Staffing Leader
Keep your staffing dollars local and work with the
True Local Staffing firm and Leader, Penski, Inc.
If you are seeking employees, or need help with
payroll, call Penski, Inc., our services will:
• Increase your profitability
• Save your company time and money
• Focus on your core business
Serving the North Country for 25 Years!
Staffing for all positions in all industries
Payroll services for small and large employers
Full human resource solutions
Join the hundreds of satisfied
Penski, Inc. clients today!
Penski, Inc.
HR, Staffing, Payroll and M ORE
Contact Penski, Inc., the trusted North
Country business services provider for
over 25 years for your payroll, staffing,
and training needs.
(315) 265-8860
[email protected]
Volume 13, Issue 2
Spring Luncheon & Silent Auction
Business of the Year Nominations Due!
Names are still being accepted for the Potsdam
Chamber of Commerce Annual “Business of the
Year” Award. The Award will be presented at the
Chamber’s Annual Spring Luncheon on May 5th
at Colonial Village’s Banquet Hall.
The Business of the Year Award is given to a
business that has excelled in one or more of the
following areas:
> improvements that enhance the community
> increases in the volume of economic activity
> growth in employment levels in Potsdam
> excellent customer service
It is helpful to include commentary on why the
business should be selected, letters of support,
testimonials, press clippings, and other support
materials. The Events & Festivals committee will
review the nominations, and selection of the
recipient will be approved by the Board of
Directors this month.
All nominations must be received by April 13th at
our PO Box (717) or at One Market St. The nomination forms are available at all Potsdam banks,
and at the Chamber office. If you need a form
faxed to you, please call 274-9000.
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Colonial Village’s
Banquet Hall
Route 11B
May 5th at 12 o’clock
Since it will be Cinco de Mayo, we will
be having a Mexican Buffet for lunch!
Menu will include taco salad/taco bar,
beans & rice, chicken or veggie
Quesadilla’s, beverage, and
anniversary cake.
We’ll even have Pinatas!
Business ______________________________
Business ______________________________
Business ______________________________
Please find our
Silent Auction
bidding form enclosed
as an insert in
this issue of The
Potsdam Pages.
Business ______________________________
_____ Tickets @ $15 each = $ ________
Total Amount enclosed =
Please return this form with your name(s), meal selection and payment to the office by Friday, April 28
(Fax 274-9222, email [email protected],
or mail to PO Box 717).
If you would like additional seats reserved, please
add the names, food selection, and payment to
this order or call 274-9000.
Tickets will be held at the door for pick up.
PO Box 717
One Market Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
Phone: 315-274-9000
Fax: 315-274-9222
Email: [email protected]
Notice our new, easier URL!
Promoting and advancing the general
welfare and prosperity of our membership
and the greater Potsdam Community.
Board of Directors
James Theodore, President
Miki Crary, Vice President
Jamey Hoose, Secretary
Bill Shumway, Treasurer
Victor Caamano, Deborah Hammond,
Kay Frederick, Rita Manning, Pamela Maurer,
Chip Morris, Carmen Paone, Michelle Sheehan,
Karen Sidletsky, Scott Smalling, Nathan Tavares,
Tracy Tuttle, Steve Warr and John Wicke
Jennifer Tavares, Executive Coordinator
Marylee Ballou, Office Assistant

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