Sunday, December 5, 2021

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Jim Siplon’s approach as CEO of EDC Warren Co.

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

Last summer EDC Warren County board member Jim Siplon stepped in as interim CEO of the economic development corporation after the unexpected death of its long-time president Ed Bartholomew.

Last month the EDC made the appointment permanent. Mr. Siplon, 55, is being paid $130,000, Mr. Bartholomew’s salary.

“Since July, our board has seen firsthand how he energizes people, marshals resources and catalyzes progress through …

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George Pensel: $5-million cost dashed plan for LG Forum to be Boats by George headquarters

By Mark Frost, Chronicle Editor

“I’ve been in the boat business for 50 years,” George Pensel told The Chronicle from Florida Monday in response to our call. “I’ve learned a little bit about doing real estate, but I don’t know nearly as much about doing deals in real estate as I know about doing deals in boats.”

In a nutshell, he said, that explains why he abandoned his plan to …

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Dine/beverage stand-outs in NYC & Hudson plan Bolton restaurant & liquor store

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

Two couples who are luminaries in metropolitan restaurant and beverage circles plan to open a restaurant/bar called Gem and Little Gem Liquors in Bolton Landing.

It’s in the Main Street building that most recently housed Community Wines & Liquors, which closed on Feb. 28, and the adjacent former Sagamore Pub.

In reply to a Chronicle e-mail, partner Patricia Boccato, who informally listed her job …

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LGA & FUND to merge

By Mark Frost, Chronicle Editor

Citing the arrival of such threats as Harmful Algal Blooms and the tree-killing Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, the Lake George Association and the
FUND for Lake George said they will merge into a single entity that will keep the LGA name.

“One voice, one strategy, one constellation of assets [combined] into one organization totally focused on Lake George water quality.”

Eric Siy, 60, executive director of …

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Elvis exits Lake George

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

The Lake George Elvis Festival, after 20 years, is no more.

“I’m sorry to let you know that the 2019 Lake George Elvis Festival was our last!” organizer Jason Sherry announced in a letter to supporters and vendors.

Mr. Sherry said the planned sale of the host site, the Lake George Forum, to Boats by George (which subsequently fell through) and then …

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