BRIEFLY IT'S AN HONOR

Section: BUSINESS,  Page: C11

Date: Saturday, June 7, 1997

Mohawk Ambulance Service, Schenectady, won three American Ambulance Association achievement awards. Programs receiving the awards included: a mock DWI accident at Albany High School, a cooperative effort with Albany High School and the Albany police and fire departments; ongoing work with Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center and the Explorer post; a TV and radio ad campaign focusing on the expertise of paramedics and emergency medical technicians; and the Parent/Teen Don't Drink and Drive Contract, co-sponsored with NewsChannel 13 and WFLY-FM radio.


Edward J. Jones of Troy, director of admissions at Siena College, won the James Knust Award for Excellence in Administration at the college. Jones was selected by his peers on Siena's Council of Administrators and received a $1,000 prize. Don Montgomery of Heflin & Montgomery Associates LLP, Clifton Park, was elected to serve as one of 10 voting professional members on American Institute of Timber Construction's technical advisory committee.


Ikon Office Solutions, a Novell Authorized Education Center, and office technology company, awarded scholarships for its Novell Certified Internet Professional program to Lisa Ann Collins of Cobleskill and Dennis D. Viscanti of Latham. Collins, was a full scholarship winner, worth about $5,000. Collins is a business education and technology teacher at Gilboa-Conesville Central. Viscanti, a partial scholarship winner, is a network administrator in the state Emergency Office.


Grab bag Repeat Business Systems of Colonie and radio station B95.5 FM teamed up to give 10 Sharp fax machines to Capital Region not-for-profit organizations, schools or churches, and helped support the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center. The fax program is part of a 10th anniversary giveaway.


PEEKSKILL -- Two radio stations owned briefly by Albany Broadcasting Co. Inc. have been turned over to Pamal Broadcasting Ltd. of Peekskill. Albany Broadcasting, the Capital Region's largest broadcasting company, purchased WLNA-AM (1420) and WHUD-FM (100.7) from Radio Terrace of Albany Inc. in October. It owned them for two months before turning over the licenses to Pamal, which operates stations in the Hudson Valley. Radio Terrace used to own Albany-based WROW-AM and WROW-FM. Less than a year after purchasing the stations from Capital Cities, Radio Terrace began simulcasting on AM and FM radio. Radio Terrace eventually sold the stations to Albany Broadcasting for $5 million. WROW-FM is now Albany Broadcasting's WYJB-FM.


The 6th Annual New Baltimore Antique Machinery and Agricultural Festival was held at Burn's Museum, Route 9W, and Van Etten Farm, Saw Mill Road.


Pressed For Success, a mobile dry cleaning and laundry service, 1789 Western Ave., Guilderland, has two new programs: vans will stop at a customer's office or home to pick up donated clothing and clothes hangers for recycling. The clothing will be spruced up and delivered to the Salvation Army. For every hanger returned, Pressed For Success will donate a penny to Double ``H'' Hole In The Woods Ranch.


TROY -- Samaritan Hospital's mammography unit received a three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology.Chamber news Adirondack Regional Chambers of Commerce Council of Small Business Enterprise announced recipients of its annual small business awards. Small Business of the Year: Cool Insuring Agency Inc., Queensbury; Professional Business of the Year: Women's Care in Obstetrics and Gynecology P.C., Glens Falls; Rookie of the Year: Davidson Brothers Brewing LLC, Glens Falls. Award winners were recognized at a recent ceremony at The Hilander restaurant, Haviland Road, Queensbury.


Adirondack Regional Chambers of Commerce also qualified for a national award of excellence in recognition of its growing membership ranks. The ARCC is one of 14 medium-sized chambers across the nation to qualify for the annual award. The winner will be selected in August.


The Latham Area and Southern Saratoga County Chambers of Commerce need individuals aged 18-24 for paid internships. The chambers received funding from National Association of Partners in Education. Call the Latham Area Chamber of Commerce at 785-6995.


Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Capital Leadership's Class of 1997 graduation dinner June 19 at the Albany Marriott Hotel in Colonie. Gary Smith is master of ceremonies. Cost is $40 each; $300 for tables of eight. The 1997 Distinguished Capital Leadership Alumni Award Recipient is Linda London, director of development, Equinox Inc., and Capital Leadership, Class of 1992.


A ``lucky 13'' class of Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Rensselaer graduated. Class members were: Kevin Cusack, BASF Corp. Products; Krista France and Don Mullin, Rensselaer County ARC; Scott Mears, Unity House; Angela Yu and David Wendth, Northeast Health; John Fogarty HVCC; Colleen Thompson, Questar III; Carolina Rock, Value Rx; Katie Laufer, Phoenix Home Life; Jim Murray, NYNEX; Doug Kallenburg, Marine Midland Bank; and Tim Larson, OnBank. The class was presented graduation plaques by leadership director, Christine Michaels, and leadership alumni chairwoman Joan Gross. Gross was honored with the Distinguished Leadership Award, sponsored by the National Association for Community Leadership in Indianapolis, Ind.


Open for business Amazing Events, an event planning and catering service, opened. The Clifton Park-based home business is owned by Ginger (Stannard) Gerstenberger and Joanne (DiMarco) Speck. The two have more than 30 years of restaurant and catering experience. Start-up costs were about $4,000 through personal financing. The business subleases kitchen space at St. George's Episcopal Church, Route 146, Clifton Park.


Murphy Appraisal Services and Appraisal Network have merged, keeping the Appraisal Network name. Partners and owners are Tony Mariotti of Saratoga Springs and Ron Murphy of Latham, with 18 years of appraisal experience. The merged firm will employ 12 workers, 10 appraisers and two office people. The firm has locations in Latham and in Saratoga Springs.


Sam So of Schenectady purchased 824 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills, a 3,600-square-foot building for $235,000 from Richard Gabriels. So is the new owner of Sam's Chinese Restaurant, which is expected to open in mid-June. So has applied for a liquor license. He is former owner of Golden House Restaurant in Schenectady. Hendrik Pruyn of Robert Cohn Associates Inc. in Albany brokered the transaction.


Palatine Cheese Co. has opened in Montgomery County. The cheese plant and retail store is located six miles north of Palatine Bridge, Route 10. The public can watch cheese being made. The facility will be supplied with milk from Amish dairymen.


Contracts State Office of General Services awarded bids for 17 contracts representing $1.8 million in new construction projects. All but one low bidder is from New York state. The following projects and apparent low bidders in Albany County are:


Electric and heating and ventilation contracts to replace a chilled water system at ice skating rink at Empire State Plaza, Albany: Electric: General Mech. Systems Inc. of Latham, $13,700; Heating and ventilation: FPI Mechanical Inc. of Cohoes, $359,950; Construction, electric, and heating and ventilation contracts were bid on to upgrade seclusion rooms to Building Number 1, Capital District Psychiatric Center, Albany; Electric: Harold R. Clune Inc. of Scotia, $7,480; Heating and Ventilation: Bernard Beckmann of Altamont, $5,640.


DeLaCruz Design Group Inc. was awarded a contract providing interior design and space planning services for The Ayco Co. L.P.'s of Troy, Mich.


Literally on the move SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Signature Publishers Inc., a custom publishing firm, moved to 32 Clinton St. It was formerly located in the Collamer Building, Broadway. President James Hill and Jeff Hottle are principle shareholders in the firm, which primarily works on custom newsletters for HMOs and large corporations. Signature employs 12 workers. The firm has four editorial satellite offices and a sales office in Knoxville, Tenn.


Heflin and Montgomery Associates, a structural engineering firm established in 1992, relocated to a bigger space, Northway 9 Plaza, Clifton Park, to accommodate growth. Don Montgomery and Keith Heflin and owners. The firm employs the two partners and two part-time employees. Montgomery said the firm expects to hire two to three full time.


Hoffman Vilardo Architects of Saratoga Springs have relocated to Franklin Square in Saratoga Springs. As architects for the renovation of Marvin-Todd-Sackett House, Hoffman and Vilardo were impressed with the architecture and revitalization of the area. Their move nearby expands the firm's office space. Principals are Charles E. Hoffman and Joseph F. Vilardo.


Expanding InfoEd Europe Ltd. in England has opened, said Edward J. Johnson, president of InfoEd International Inc., a 21-employee company in Guilderland. The company develops administrative software and funding databases. InfoEd Europe is at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, England.


On the board The Hudson Valley Girl Scout Council elected members to its board of directors. Patricia Marsh, Ravena, associate social services program specialist, state Department of Social Services, was elected president. Members-At-Large include: David Bauer, Colonie; Rosalind Bowen, Albany; Barbara Brown, Stuyvesant Falls; Charlene Dare, Menands; Christine Herzog, Valatie; Nancy Jones, Troy; Denise Marbach, Delmar; Robin Reed, Selkirk; and Marylou Hedge, East Greenbush.


Newly elected members of the nominating committee include: Laura Brathwaite, Slingerlands; Jim Paley, Duanesburg; Ann Wendth, Delmar; and Pam MacAffer, Slingerlands. Northeast Career Planning, a non-profit facility, elected officers for 1997-98. Eugene Tashman was elected president of the agency's board of directors. Tashman was president for two previous terms, 1992-1994. Also elected were Laurence Larsen, executive vice president; Richard Cirincione, Ruth Killoran and Joseph Seelaus, vice presidents; Harriet Welburn, secretary; Paul Witbeck, assistant secretary; Willard Reynolds, treasurer; Charles Bertolami, assistant treasurer. M.J Shaw, mechanical engineer, Westinghouse, Schenectady, was installed as president of Schenectady Business and Professional Women. Others: Pat Cerniglia, social welfare examiner, Schenectady County Department of Social Services, first vice president; Dixie Aniolek, retired technical secretary, Union College, second vice president; Karen Valente, self-employed owner of database development operation, secretary; and Dorothy Henwood, retired Schenectady school teacher, treasurer. Directors of the club are Bertha Berman, Joan Egan, Jan Helman, Jean Gordon and Judith Schultz.


SCHENECTADY -- Schenectady Association for Retarded Citizens elected officers and directors. Officers selected for one-year terms, July 1997 through June 1998. Included are Kirk Lewis, president; Bella Stuart, first vice president; Tanya Williams, second vice president; Carroll Stowell, first treasurer; James Schliff, second treasurer; Adrienne Westfall, recording secretary; James McLoughlin, financial secretary; and C. William Carlson, corresponding secretary. Directors include Mary Otter, Ann Stephens, Floyd Merriman and Joan Taylor.


Women in the news Viola McKaig of Voorheesville, a 22-year member of Business and Professional Women's Club, was elected second vice president of Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York state at the 78th annual conference. McKaig is owner and chief financial officer of University Auto Parts Corp., Albany. She served two terms as district director of BPW/NYS District III. Cynthia B. Gillmore of Johnstown, a retired public school administrator who worked in the Gloversville Enlarged School District for 30 years, was elected treasurer of BPW/NYS. Gillmore is a past president of Johnstown BPW and past district director of BPW/NYS District IV.


Victoria A. Walter of Albany, an associate with the Albany law firm, Honen & Wood P.C. was selected as member of Capital District Women's Bar Association's board of directors for 1997-1998. Walter concentrates her practice in estate planning and banking legislation.


Compiled by Betsy Feldstein