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Sunday, April 08, 2007
New appointment

CHAMPLAIN — The Champlain Telephone Co. has announced the appointment of Frank Koniszewski as Internet protocol manager.
In this position, his responsibilities include designing, configuring and maintaining a network infrastructure for converged voice and data solutions. Other duties are analyzing, defining and implementing the security infrastructure for the company's Internet Protocol network as well as ensuring all Internet network system components operate together with optimal performance. He also assists the Sales Department at PrimeLink, a subsidiary of The Champlain Telephone Co., acting as the presales liaison among sales, engineering and operations.
Koniszewski brings with him more than 10 years of Internet protocol networking experience. He has more than four years experience with Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) design and implementations. He has worked for manufacturers involved in the design and sale of products including Layer two and three switches, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), VoIP and Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) based routers. He has taken advantage of his experience and training in the service-provider market to move forward in the telecommunications industry. He brings with him a mix of equipment knowledge and technical experience that has well equipped him to lead his group of Internet professionals and the team at The Champlain Telephone Co. and Primelink into a new era of advancement.
Champlain Telephone Co. is a regulated telecommunications company that has more than 100 years of experience providing local residential and commercial telephone service to the Northern Tier.

Promotion, honor announced
CADYVILLE — Heather Coryer of Cadyville has been promoted from adviser to unit manager with lia sophia, a fashion-jewelry company.
As a celebration of her entrepreneurship, Coryer has met or exceeded her personal sales and recruiting goals to achieve this level of leadership. She has earned this level through personal sales accomplishments and by motivating others to achieve success. This promotion offers her the opportunity for special benefits such as additional commissions, overrides, monthly bonuses and jewelry premiums.
"I've been able to be my own boss, build my own team and help other people to be as successful as I have been," Coryer said. "Lia sophia is really committed to helping its people reach their fullest potential."
Lia sophia is a direct-selling opportunity offering fashion jewelry through personalized in-home demonstrations. The company's goal is to improve the lifestyles of its advisers, hostesses and customers with products and opportunities.
For more information, contact Coryer at, or call 1-800-487-3323.

  • Also, Roseanna Pierce has earned top honors in the Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers for outstanding sales accomplishments and professionalism with lia sophia.

  • Having just joined the fashion-jewelry business, Pierce has earned this accomplishment in her first 15 weeks by attaining certain sales levels and by sharing lia sophia with other new advisers.
    All new lia sophia advisers have the opportunity to increase their earnings and earn free jewelry as part of the Excellent Beginnings Program. The plan celebrates the success of advisers who stay on track in the first four months in business. Lia sophia provides ongoing opportunities for recognition including monthly, quarterly and annual awards. For more information, please contact Roseanna Pierce at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    Advertising awards

    PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association is sponsoring the 21st annual Champy Advertising Awards.
    The purpose of the competition is to recognize the high level of creativity demonstrated by local advertisers. This year, the awards will be given in five categories: radio, television, electronic/web, print (newspaper and magazine) and a miscellaneous category, which includes brochures, direct-mail packages, menus, outdoor and other collateral material.
    The competition is open to all advertisers in the North Country (Northern New York and Vermont) and is being chaired this year by marketing majors Athaliah Edwards and George LaPointe.
    Contest organizers remind advertisers that all contest submissions must have run in the media for the first time between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2006. In addition, ads must have been created and developed locally, not supplied by a manufacturer or other supplier from outside the area. There are no limitations on the number of entries per advertiser, advertising agency or advertising medium, but each ad should be accompanied by a separate entry form and an entry fee of $10.
    Students trained in advertising and marketing will judge all entries. The winners for each category will be announced at the Marketing Association's year-end banquet to be held tentatively on April 26. Requests for entry forms or any questions should be addressed to Athaliah Edwards at 340-998-9727, George LaPointe at 932-1216 or Dr. Nancy Church at 564-4169.

    New doctor

    MALONE — Dragos Macelaru, M.D., a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, is joining the Alice Hyde Medical Center medical staff and will practice at the Alice Hyde Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center.
    Macelaru most recently served as an orthopedic surgeon at the St. Vincent Randolph Hospital in Winchester, Ind., and the Jay County Hospital in Portland, Ind. He received his medical degree from the Medicine and Pharmacy Institute of Bucharest in Bucharest, Romania. He went on to complete his residency in orthopedic surgery at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Macelaru is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a member of the Canadian Orthopedic Association.
    Macelaru's orthopedic practice will include the treatment of arthritis, fractures and tendon injuries, joint replacements, small-incision hip and knee replacement, and sports medicine.
    Macelaru began seeing patients April 2 in the new Orthopedic and Rehabilitation building at 187 Park Street. Patients may begin to schedule appointments now by calling the Alice Hyde Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center at 481-2790.

    Broadcast awards

    BURLINGTON, Vt. — WCAX-TV/DT in Burlington, Vt., has been honored with six awards in the television category in this year's regional competition for the Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism.
    WCAX was honored for Best Newscast for The Channel 3 News at 6 and received five additional awards for its news coverage.
    The Edward R. Murrow Awards represent national competition among television and radio stations across the United States. Only regularly scheduled newscasts are eligible for entry in the "Best Newscast" category, and only one entry is allowed per news organization. The entry must represent the news organization's best effort at producing a newscast.
    The Radio-Television News Directors Association is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. It represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries.
    The association received 3,150 regional entries. Judges gave 587 awards to 280 stations in 14 categories, including overall excellence, spot news, continuing coverage and investigative reporting among others.
    The WCAX News team was also honored in the following categories:
    Best Newscast, News Team, Best Continuing Coverage, The Judge Cashman Controversy and aftermath; News Team, Best Overall Excellence; News Team, Best Spot News, coverage of Essex shootings; News Team, Best Series, "Dirty Secrets," Darren Perron and Lance McKenzie; Best Feature, The Vicar General, Jack Thurston and Scott Waterman.
    WCAX-TV/DT is the CBS affiliate in Burlington and is owned and operated by Mt. Mansfield Television Inc.

    Chamber program
    PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a special course for area businesses and employers on CPR/AED. The program will take place on Thursday, April 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the chamber office in Plattsburgh.
    The course will be conducted by Cindy Cassler of Clinton Community College. The content will include all aspects of recognizing and appropriately responding to an emergency situation at the workplace, including CPR techniques and the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
    Space is limited and advance registration is required. Registration is $90 per person for members of the chamber and $140 for non-members. A continental breakfast and lunch are included.
    This course is a service of the North Country Industrial Council, a division of the chamber. It is part of a year-round series of health and safety programs offered to employers throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. For more information or to register, contact the chamber at 563-1000.

    Camping weekend

    LAKE PLACID — The KOA Kampground at Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain will hold a Camp and Care With Us Weekend on May 11 and 12.
    Owners Richard and Sylvia Nagamine are offering campers who stay as paid guests on Friday, May 11, a free night of camping at the campground on Saturday, May 12.
    The weekend, now in its fourth year, provides families with an opportunity to experience a fun, relaxing atmosphere and share quality family time together. More than 350 KOA Kampgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada are participating in this special event by providing 30,000 free campsites including a limited supply of KOA Kamping Kabins.
    Experienced campers can also benefit from Come Camp and Care With Us Weekend by taking advantage of this opportunity to bring their recreational vehicles out of storage and prepare them for the summer camping season.
    Campgrounds will also be collecting donations and holding events to benefit the KOA Care Camps for children with cancer. Funds raised will be used to send children with cancer and their siblings to one of 35 special summer camps around North America.
    Reservations can be made online at at the Come Camp and Care With Us Weekend button.

    Utility honored

    PLATTSBURGH — For the eighth year in a row, the National Arbor Day Foundation has named National Grid a Tree Line USA utility for exemplary vegetation management. The distinction covers the company's service areas in New England and New York.
    The Tree Line USA program, sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters, recognizes utilities that meet three requirements: a program of quality tree care, annual worker training in quality tree-care practices, and a tree-planting and public-education program.
    As part of that program, National Grid frequently reminds customers to look both up and down to determine the proper tree planting relative to overhead and underground utility lines. Utility companies regularly remove damaged, diseased or dead trees and must trim others that pose hazards to safety and service reliability in communities across the United States. National Grid suggests that customers seek professional advice for planting tree species appropriate for the location.
    Proper tree placement and species selection before planting will avoid utility line conflicts and the need for tree trimming or removal as the trees grow and mature in the future. If planting near a utility line can't be avoided, customers should be sure that trees planted within 25 feet of overhead utility lines are species that mature to a maximum of 30 feet. Some examples of appropriate species are hedge or Amur maple, many varieties of flowering crabapple, Japanese tree lilac, eastern redbud and American hornbeam.
    For more information on avoiding tree and utility line conflicts, visit and click on the environment tab.

    National Grid, along with other utilities from across the country, will receive the Tree Line USA award April 16 at the annual Trees and Utilities National Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.
    The National Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit education organization, is dedicated to tree planting and environmental stewardship.
    National Grid, through the transmission and distribution of electricity and natural gas, serves close to 4 million customers across 29,000 square miles of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island.

    Customer satisfaction

    PLATTSBURGH — New York State Electric and Gas, along with RG&E and Central Maine Power, are among the top utilities in the Eastern U.S. in business customer satisfaction, according to a recent survey by J.D. Power and Associates. The three Energy East Corp. operating utilities scored a collective 704 on a 1,000-point scale.
    Jim Laurito, president and CEO of NYSEG, said planned investments in advanced metering that will provide customers with real-time pricing information to help promote conservation and improve system operating efficiency, transmission infrastructure and the redevelopment of Russell Station in Rochester, would further enhance reliability and provide environmental benefits.



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