What caught our eye - Feb. 2, 2019

February 2, 2019

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Blue Ridge Falls, North Warren (photo by Eric D. Potter)

WAY WARM: How does Oprah stay warm? With a Pretty Rugged blanket developed in the Capital Region by Tracy Slocum and Sheila Mendelson. You’ll want one.http://bit.ly/PrettyRugged

RECORDS:

4K4JG3: Glens Falls’ Joseph Girard III became only the 14th player in the United States to score 4,000 points in a high school basketball career. Syracuse-bound Girard already has scored more points than any other high school player in New York history. http://bit.ly/4K4JG3

ROLLING: Jon Wilbur of North Clarendon, Vt., bowled 900 in a three-game series at the Rutland, Vt., Bowlerama. The 36-year-old right-hander nailed 36 straight strikes, becoming the first Vermonter and just the 34th bowler overall to accomplish the feat. http://bit.ly/RollingBowler

ARROWS ⬆︎ Arrow Financial Corp., parent of Glens Falls and Saratoga National Banks, reported record high income of $36.3 million, up 23.7% over 2018. http://bit.ly/ArrowsUp

WHAT’S HOT

GREEN ALL OVER: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, whose explosive growth in Rensselaer County has been one of the most uplifting business stories in the Capital Region over the past decade, is having a huge impact on the economic fortunes of Ireland, as well. http://bit.ly/RegeneronGrowth

MORE TROY TO ENJOY: A $60-million residential and commercial development is under way off the coast of Troy. http://bit.ly/EnjoyTroy

TWEET OF THE WEEK:  Andrew Conneen’s 2,110 followers were treated to this gem, which found its way around the world on the strength of nearly 100,000 likes and 8,000-plus retweets. http://bit.ly/BrrHamilton

GOOD READS

TRAIN WRECK OF A WINTER: They had it worse in the Winter of 1912.  http://bit.ly/TrainsVsSnow

LIVE WIRE: The woman who helped bring electric and phone service to the Adirondack community of Thurman turns 104. http://bit.ly/104andstrong

TECH

CAN YOU SAY AD-MAZON? How big is Amazon? Its advertising service — the lesser known sister to its e-commerce and cloud computing businesses — is worth more than Nike, at about $125 billion. And with all that data on shopping behaviors, it’s targeting consumers with a precision never before possible. http://bit.ly/Admazon

WARMER IN SCHODACK: Amazon moves closer in Schodack.http://bit.ly/AmazonSchodack

COLDER IN NYC: Amazon has found it very chilly in Long Island City, and it’s not the weather report. http://bit.ly/ChillyAmazon

MEDIA

SPOILER ALERT: If it’s a blowout at the half, what’s going to keep viewers tuned in to tomorrow’s Super Bowl? Once again, you can watch most of the commercials online.http://bit.ly/SuperOnlineAds

COOL CONTENT IS WHAT WE DO: Brands, big and small, institutions local and international, build relationships with their customers, prospective employees and community with original content. http://bit.ly/ContentIsCool

THE I IN SUCCESS: I really hope you like this newsletter. I take full responsibility. And I’m here to help you. http://bit.ly/SuccessWithI

PEOPLE 

CALLING DR. WATERKEEPER: Algae is a troubling symptom of organic pollutants in Lake George. But it can also be used to diagnose the source. Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky is the recipient of a major award for his revelatory work. http://bit.ly/DrWaterkeeper

The Palace Theatre, Albany (photo by John Bulmer)

BUILDING THE PALACE: Susan Fogarty, who happens to be one of our favorite people, talked to the Albany Business Review about her career and the roads that led to the Palace. (You have to be a subscriber, but shouldn’t you be already?)http://bit.ly/PalaceBuilder

NEW RURAL HOUSING ADVOCATE: Jeff Keller of Niskayuna is the new executive director of the New York State Rural Housing Coalition. http://bit.ly/RuralHouseAdvocate

ALBANY AERIALIST: Check out the latest highlight from Albany Academy high-flyer Andre Jackson. The junior ranks 37th in the ESPN top 100 list for the class of 2020 and has already received offers from Syracuse, UCONN and Indiana. http://bit.ly/AlbanyAerialist

SHENSATION: Former Mr. New York Basketball (2016), Kevin Huerter, has returned to the Atlanta Hawks starting lineup after missing time with a neck injury. The Shenendehowa graduate is putting together an impressive rookie season as he averages 9.0 points and 3.2 rebounds a contest. http://bit.ly/ShenSation

MAGIC BY MILLER: Elizabeth Miller, the owner of Miller Mechanical, who brought Glens Falls’ Park Theater back to life, sets her sights on another arts-related project on Glens Falls’ Park Street – and is chosen as 2019 recipient of the prestigious J. Walter Juckett Award. http://bit.ly/MagicMiller   http://bit.ly/JuckettHonoree

THAT OLD SAW? In 1955, workers from the Adirondack Village of Saranac Lake watched their ice saw fall into the frigid water when cutting the blocks for the annual Winter Carnival Ice Palace. They borrowed the Duso family’s saw to finish the job, and that same saw and the Duso family have been working their Palace magic every winter since.http://bit.ly/OldSaw

GET OUT THIS WEEKEND: Chowderfest, Saratoga Springs; Winter Carnival, Lake George; the American Led Zeppelin at the Palace; Garrow at the Wood; MLK Celebrationat the Strand; Adirondack Pond Hockey Tournament at Crandall Park, Glens Falls.

OUR PROG:  Here’s how our team sees it: Colleen Potter: Pats!!!!, 34-27; Lisa Fenwick: Rams 21, Pats 20, Bill Richmond: Patriots, 31, Rams 28 (sadly); Bill Callen: Rams 34, Pats 27; John Brodt, Rams, 34, Pats 12; Mark Behan: Pats 28, Rams 26; Bing Risby: Pepsi 1, Coke 0

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THANK YOU to our content contributors Bill Callen, John Brodt, Matt Behan, Lisa Fenwick, Bill Richmond and Colleen Potter and photographers Eric Potter and John Bulmer.

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