South Fallsburg, N.Y. (May 22, 2013) – Rolling V Bus Corp., a Sullivan County-based bus transportation company, is sponsoring cars in the upcoming 2nd Annual Sullivan County Soap Box Derby this Memorial Day weekend. Winners have a chance to go to nationals this summer.
“The kids and everyone who helped build the soap box cars last year had a great time and we’re excited to race again this year,” said Ken Engle, Head of Safety & Training at Rolling V. “This is going to be a great opportunity for the children to learn something new and have some fun!”
In 2012, Rolling V sponsored its own cars, in addition to providing cars to each of the districts they serve in – Fallsburg, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Roscoe and Tri-Valley – of which each chose its own participants and will do so again this year. A lottery among Rolling V employees yielded the two Rolling V participants: Nya Reebe, a student in the Liberty Central School District was chosen to drive the Rolling V Bus Corp. car and Brianne MacPherson from the Fallsburg Central School District will drive one under the Big V Tours name.
Ray Curry, a driver for Rolling V Bus Corp., shines up one of the company cars for the upcoming Sullivan County Soap Box Derby Race this Memorial Day Weekend.
The winner of the Sullivan County race will move on for a chance to compete at the 76th Annual All-American Soap Box Derby competition series on Saturday, July 27 at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.
Phil Vallone, president at Rolling V, added, “Safety is, and always has been, our No.1 priority, and in building these cars last year and working with a new team of racers this year, we’ve been able to teach them first-hand the importance of proper maintenance and infuse in them leadership and responsibility.”
Rolling V Bus Corp. is a proud member of the New York School Bus Contractors Association and the American School Bus Council. The company is family-owned and operated by the Vallone and DeSabato families. The Vallone Family has been in the passenger transportation business for more than 50 years.
NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (May 21, 2013) — Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC) is hosting its first Next Big Thing Breakfast Series event May 30 at the State University of New York at New Paltz. The event will focus on educating the community and the media on additive manufacturing and include major announcements that will positively impact the regional economy.
Additive manufacturing – better known as 3D printing – is a multi-billion dollar business. From producing lightweight aircraft parts to customized toys to custom prosthetics, 3D printing is on the verge of becoming a game-changer in the world of manufacturing.
The event is sold out, but the media are still invited to experience 3D printing firsthand and learn about the ways it can change the way business in the Hudson Valley is conducted. HVEDC is also accepting standby public reservations. Call Gina Domenico at 845-220-2244 or email email@example.com for a standby reservation.
The event is 8-10 a.m., May 30, at the SUNY New Paltz Student Union. Speakers will include Sharon Smith, vice president of marketing for Stratasys Ltd., which is the leading manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems for prototyping and manufacturing. After the breakfast there will be live demonstrations of 3D printing by Stratasys and industry networking. Plus, there are major announcements from Sean Eldridge and SUNY New Paltz President Donald P. Christian.
“Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation wanted to develop a unique event that would bring new insights and economic opportunities to entrepreneurs and businesspeople in the Hudson Valley,” said HVEDC President and CEO Laurence P. Gottlieb. “By launching with a focus on 3D printing, we are shining a spotlight on a technology that will take the region by storm.”
“3-D printing presents an incredible opportunity to bring new, high-paying jobs to the Hudson Valley,” said Eldridge. “I am excited to be part of the major announcements that will help to grow our economy and ensure the region remains a hub for innovation and manufacturing.”
“Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation is providing an exciting series of events on innovation and thought leadership for business and community leaders,” Steven V. Lant, chairman of HVEDC and chairman and CEO of Central Hudson Gas & Electric. “The 3D printing event is a great way to start off this series and it is drawing an enormous amount of interest.”
“SUNY New Paltz is certainly looking forward to hosting HVEDC’s Next Big Thing: 3D Printing event,” said Donald P. Christian, president of SUNY New Paltz. “This presentation will continue to enhance the region’s already high level of intellectual capital, which is synonymous with the Hudson Valley.”
About Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. (HVEDC)
HVEDC is the leading economic development agency for the seven-county region of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties. The public-private partnership markets the region as a prime business location to corporate executives, site selection consultants and real estate brokers. HVEDC also helped start the branding and promotional effort for NY BioHud Valley. For more information or to review available business sites, visit www.hvedc.com or call CEO Laurence P. Gottlieb at 845-220-2244.
MONTGOMERY, N.Y. (May 20, 2013) – Walden Savings Bank announced today the appointment of Ana M. Tranchina as the newest member of its team of mortgage originators.
A longtime Hudson Valley resident, Tranchina brings to Walden Savings Bank more than two decades of diverse industry experience. She began her financial career in Goshen with Home Mortgage Network and, most recently, held the position of Senior Mortgage Consultant at Homestead Funding.
“Not only has Ana spent a number of years in the financial sector, but she’s done so right here in the Hudson Valley,” said Derrik Wynkoop, President and CEO of Walden Savings Bank. “We are pleased to have her bring both a depth of experience in mortgage lending and knowledge of our community, which will be noted additions to Walden Savings Bank’s already solid team.”
Tranchina, a native of Costa Rica, received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Costa Rica and currently resides in Pine Bush.
About Walden Savings Bank
Walden Savings Bank, established in 1872, is a federal chartered mutual savings bank headquartered in Montgomery, New York. With a total of 11 full-service branches serving Orange and Ulster Counties, the bank’s progressive style of community banking provides products that cater to both the individual and the growing mid-size business. In addition, Walden Investment Services, located at Walden Savings Bank, offers personalized advice for financial planning. To learn more about the Bank and its products and services, visit their website at www.waldensavingsbank.com
GOSHEN, N.Y. (5/16/2013) – Focus Media, Inc., a Hudson Valley-based full-service advertising and public relations firm, announced today that it will manage media relations and advertising for Steve Neuhaus, candidate for Orange County Executive.
Focus Media has broad political and media relations skills and will assist Neuhaus throughout his campaign. Neuhaus has already secured the Independence Party endorsement and has thus far won 15 out of 19 Town and City Republican Committees who have endorsed candidates to date.
“I am pleased to work with Focus Media and their team. I have seen the good work they do in Chester as we have helped businesses advance rapidly from concept to construction and job creation. As an Orange County-based small business, and one who interacts with many businesses, not just in the political arena, Focus brings a wealth of contacts and experience. Like me, they want to keep everything about Orange County that taxpayers like, while making changes that are clearly needed,” Neuhaus said.
Neuhaus is currently the Chester Town Supervisor. He is also the Vice President of the Orange County Association of Town Supervisors and Mayors. He is a founding board member and served as Chairman of the Families of War Veterans Committee, is an Officer in the Navy Reserves and has served on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Land Trust.
“We are honored to represent Steve Neuhaus, the clear choice for Orange County Executive,” said Josh Sommers, President and CEO of Focus Media. “My firm is very selective when taking on political clients. Steve has a record of actively working for job growth, standing firm on his principles, and standing up for taxpayers. Working for private sector job growth is not something he just expressed some interest in when he decided to run for County Executive. Creating a business friendly climate with an affordable tax base has been his mission – something he has done quite successfully. We are fully committed to helping Steve win in November.”
Focus Media represents many of the Hudson Valley’s top businesses and organizations and has established a reputation for award-winning work and unparalleled results. In 2010 they successfully managed the re-election campaign of State Senator John Bonacic. In 2011 the firm was recognized as the fastest-growing public relations agency in the eastern United States by PR Week. In 2012 it was ranked on the Inc. 5000 list of top companies in the nation.
About Focus Media
Focus Media, Inc. is an award-winning, full-service public relations and marketing firm specializing in market research, crisis communications, branding, design, collateral development, TV and radio production, media planning and placement. Since founding the company in 2002, President and CEO Josh Sommers has assembled a highly talented team of marketing experts, public relations strategists and acclaimed graphic designers that have made Focus Media a preeminent advertising agency known for its creativity, innovation and cutting-edge marketing strategies. For more information, visit www.advertisingandpr.com.
May 15, 2013 – Monticello, N.Y. – Combined Energy Services (CES), a locally owned propane & fuel oil company serving the Hudson Valley and Catskills, is proud to announce the hiring of Spencer Monroe as Propane Autogas Sales Executive to assist in building awareness of the new alternative fuel technology.
Monroe, of Forestburgh, N.Y., joins CES with more than 40 years of personal, technical automotive experience. A retired general contractor, Monroe has spent his entire life building cars and trucks and has become extremely familiar with the automotive industry. A lifetime Sullivan County resident, he has maintained relationships with automotive dealers and companies with automotive fleets across the county and region.
“CES is excited to have Spencer on board to promote our state-of-the-art, automotive propane options,” said Mike Taylor, co-owner at Combined Energy Services. “He brings great knowledge of the automotive industry and is a well-known personality in many social circles around Sullivan County and surrounding areas. His knowledge of the automotive field will help raise awareness of this opportunity for consumers and businesses.”
Propane autogas conversions with CES include complete refueling infrastructure, professional grade equipment and installation through local, reputable automobile dealerships in the region. CES is so dedicated to the technology that it has converted 18 of its own trucks and expects to save $5,000 per vehicle annually on fuel costs alone by running on clean, affordable propane autogas.
“In addition to monetary savings, we also know a green fleet means cleaner air,” said Taylor. “These conversions are popular nationwide with emergency service departments, personal transport companies, utilities and school bus companies. Our goal is to help businesses around the region convert to clean, efficient propane autogas and improve their bottom line.”
CES Propane Autogas Sales Executive Spencer Monroe stands next to one of 18 company vehicles converted from traditional gasoline to propane autogas.
According to the National Propane Gas Association, propane is cleaner than gasoline and diesel with respect to most major pollutants, including carbon monoxide, and provides from 18 to 20 percent reduction in total carbon dioxide emissions relative to gasoline. New technology allows these vehicles to run seamlessly on either gasoline or propane, extending the trip range while also emitting less greenhouse gases, cutting maintenance costs and saving over 40 percent on fuel costs over gasoline. Municipal, state and federal tax credits are also available.
Autogas is propane (C3H8), or liquid petroleum gas, when used as a vehicle fuel. With more than 15 million vehicles worldwide running on autogas, it is the most widely used alternative fuel in the world, just behind gasoline and diesel. The conversions utilize bi-fuel systems, which automatically switches to gasoline if a fueling station cannot be reached when the autogas tank is running low.
Family owned and operated since 1968, Combined Energy Services is one of the largest propane gas and fuel oil suppliers in the Hudson Valley. With two offices in operation, CES has provided customers throughout the Catskills, Hudson Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania and Northern New Jersey with dependable propane gas, fuel oil and kerosene deliveries, as well as unmatched, around-the-clock repair service. For more info, please visit www.CombinedEnergyServices.com and become a fan on Facebook.
May 15, 2013 – Harris, N.Y. - Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has announced its 35th Annual Golf Classic, where local golfers and sponsors are invited to tee up to support the hospital’s mission of advancing patient care. The tournament will be held at the Villa Roma Resort’s award-winning golf course in Callicoon, N.Y., on Wednesday, Aug. 14.
Proceeds from this year’s event will be used toward the purchase of new telemetry units for the fifth floor at CRMC. The telemetry system provides wireless bedside monitoring between a central station and patient.
“The Catskill Regional Medical Center Golf Classic is our primary fundraiser each year and affords us the opportunity to give our patients and the community access to state-of-the-art technology and quality care,” said J.P. McGuirk, CRMC’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “This has been a two-year fundraising campaign to purchase the telemetry equipment, and this year’s Golf Classic will help us reach our goal.”
The day is set to begin with a full breakfast buffet at 9:30 a.m. before the tee-off at 11 a.m. on the Villa Roma’s beautiful, par 71 golf course. An awards reception will follow the day’s golfing and will feature an open bar cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by a grand buffet dinner with carving stations.
The $175 registration fee per golfer includes the greens fee, golf cart, breakfast, gifts, many chances for prizes and the awards reception/dinner. For $75, non-golfers can enjoy the dinner and awards reception. Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels. To register or to become a sponsor, call 845-794-3300 ext. 2070 or visit www.crmcny.org to download the entry form.
A member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Catskill Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care to residents in the Sullivan County region. For more information, visit www.crmcny.org
KINGSTON, NY (May 9, 2013) – Ulster County Executive Mike Hein is proud to announce that Ulster County’s Tourism Department’s innovative promotional video has received a Telly Award for excellence in “Regional TV & Multi-market Cable in Travel/Tourism.”
The “Ulster County Playground” video, which was created in conjunction with the UlsterCountyAlive.com: Revitalizing Ulster County’s Tourism Economy campaign, was awarded the 2013 Bronze Telly.
“Ulster County’s video showcases the best of what our county has to offer, from the beautiful landscapes to the sense of adventure, fine local dining and abundant options for outdoor recreation,” said County Executive Mike Hein. “The winning video exemplifies what makes this such a great place to live and visit, and we hope everyone will visit UlsterCountyAlive.com and check it out.”
Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honor excellence in film and video productions, groundbreaking online video content and outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs from across the country. Entries are judged by a distinguished panel of past top award winners, who make up the Silver Telly Council. Judges evaluate entries to recognize distinction in creative work and score entries on a performance scale.
“Receiving this national award is a great honor,” Hein said. “Ulster County is working hard to enrich our tourism industry, and this award is recognition of our success. We look forward to continuing the Ulster County Alive! campaign and reaching new measures of success.”
In addition to their award-winning video, Ulster County Tourism also hosts a variety of additional exciting and informative films on its website, Ulster County Alive! To learn more, visit http://ulstercountyalive.com/.
May 9, 2013 – Harris, N.Y. – Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) is pleased to announce its Marketing and Public Relations Department recently received five prominent national marketing awards, including three Gold Awards, from the 2013 Aster Awards for excellence in medical marketing and the 30th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards.
CRMC’s Marketing Department received three Gold Awards from the 2013 Aster Awards for its internal newsletter “Hot Off the Stretcher” in the Internal Newsletter category; the CRMC “New Emergency Department” ad campaign in the Emergency Service Line category, and its “Imaging Postcard” in the Single Direct Mail Piece category. Sponsored by Marketing Healthcare Today magazine, the Aster Awards program is an elite competition recognizing the nation’s most talented health care marketing professionals for outstanding excellence in advertising.
CRMC also received two Merit Awards from the 30th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards for its “Imaging Postcard” in the Direct Mail category, and for its “34th Annual Golf Classic” marketing efforts in the Special Event category. The Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards are sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report, a leading publication covering all aspects of health care marketing, advertising and strategic business development. A national panel of judges reviewed all entries based on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design and overall impact. Nearly 4,000 entries were submitted to this year’s competition.
“CRMC is dedicated to providing exceptional health care to our community, and the Marketing and Public Relations Department works diligently to communicate that message both internally to our staff and externally to the public,” said J.P. McGuirk, CRMC’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “I am proud of our efforts, and honored to be recognized. Our advertising agency, Focus Media, is always willing to go the extra mile and we work very well together to produce award-winning materials.”
For more information and CRMC’s marketing and public relations efforts, contact J.P. McGuirk at 845-794-3300 ext. 2070 or visit the media center page at www.crmcny.org/media_center to view all newsletters, news releases and recent advertising campaigns.
A member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Catskill Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care to residents in the Sullivan County region. For more information, call 845-794-3300 or visit www.crmcny.org.
HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. (5/7/2013) – Shawangunk Wine Trail is pleased to announce that this year’s Around the World, an annual tourism event that draws hundreds, will take place on Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9.
Around the World is a two-day event that takes place at each of the 13 wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail, allowing guests to go global without leaving the Hudson Valley. Each winery will serve tapas inspired by cuisine from a different country, from the decadence of France to the bold spices of India. The wineries will accompany the tapas with a complementary wine tasting of up to four unique samples. Ticketholders may visit as many wineries as they would like throughout the weekend, exploring the food delights of 13 countries.
Around the World will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 8 and June 9. Tickets are good for both days and are $35 per person when purchased in advance, or $10 for designated drivers who will not sample wine. Sunday-only tickets will also be available for $25 per person. Transportation is not included. To register or for more information, visit www.gunkswine.com or call 845-256-8456.
Shawangunk Wine Trail wineries and their assigned countries include:
- Jamaica: Adair Vineyards, 52 Allhusen Road, New Paltz
- Spain: Applewood Winery, 82 Four Corners Road, Warwick
- Mexico: Baldwin Vineyard, 176 Hardenburgh Road, Pine Bush
- Poland: Benmarl Winery, 156 Highland Avenue, Marlboro
- France: Brimstone Hill Vineyard, 61 Brimstone Hill Road, Pine Bush
- Argentina: Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery, 100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive, Washingtonville
- Dominican Republic: Demarest Hill Winery, 81 Pine Island Turnpike, Warwick
- Germany: Glorie Farm Winery, 40 Mountain Road, Marlboro
- Italy: Palaia Winery, 10 Sweet Clover Road, Highland Mills
- Colombia: Robibero Winery, 714 Albany Post Road, New Paltz
- Austria: Stoutridge Vineyards, 10 Ann Kaley Lane, Marlboro
- U.S.A: Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, 114 Little York Road, Warwick
- India: Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery, 331 McKinstry Road, Gardiner
About Shawangunk Wine Trail
Shawangunk Wine Trail, proudly located in the Hudson Valley, is composed of 13 distinct wineries, each following the tradition of fine winemaking established by the early French Huguenot settlers who brought their winemaking expertise to the area over 300 years ago. The wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail range from large to small and feature a variety of award-winning red and white wines, from sparkling and fruit wines to sweet and bone dry blends. Shawangunk Wine Trail is committed to hosting special events throughout the year that showcase the exciting wines the Hudson Valley has to offer. Learn more at www.gunkswine.com.
Goshen, N.Y. (May 9, 2013) – The Orange County Arts Council is pleased to announce the inaugural Arts in Healthcare Summit, which will take place on Friday, May 31 at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. The program aims both to educate and create collaborations between the arts and caregivers of dementia patients to improve quality of life, create healing environments and demonstrate the overall influence of the arts in healthcare settings. The event is generously sponsored by Crystal Run Healthcare, Elant, Inc., Orange Regional Medical Center, Focus Media, and O’Connor Davies.
The complimentary program will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include a luncheon and discussion featuring Dr. James M. Noble, Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at Columbia Medical Center, who will address the impact of the arts in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Dr. Noble will also bring his experience as President of the Board of Arts + Minds, a nonprofit organization committed to improving quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias through engagement with art in museums, community centers and nursing homes.
“The Orange County Arts Council and our fellow sponsors are excited to offer this educational opportunity to the medical community, caregivers and their families,” said Dawn Ansbro, the Council’s Executive Director. “Their work and dedication is something to be greatly admired, and we’re pleased to introduce these individuals to the many benefits the arts can bring to them and their loved ones.”
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common medical conditions associated with aging, and while existing medications target many symptoms, a cure has not yet been discovered. The challenges of dementia affect not only the patient, but also family, friends and professional caregivers. Stimulating arts activities, such as drawing, painting and even music, can help to soothe, strengthen and uplift the patients, their families, caregivers and educators in the medical community.
To register for this program or for sponsorship information, contact Dawn Ansbro at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (845) 469-9168