January 2012

Breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House and a big announcement on Monday!

On Friday, members of our front office spent the morning cooking breakfast for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Albany.


The Ronald McDonald House is such a vital part of the Capital Region community, providing a home away from home for children and their family while they undergo treatment at local hospitals. We really enjoy being able to help them out in any way possible and truly admire the work that they do.

Here are a few more photos from this mornings breakfast (the food came out really good!):



On Monday we’ll be making a very exciting announcement regarding a new promotion for 2012. This new promotion involves a unique giveaway item that we’re sure our fans will love!

Hockey on the Diamond!

There is just something about ice hockey being played in a different setting than a traditional arena that is appealing. Since 2008 the NHL has held their annual Winter Classic at different outdoor venues, with the most recent being the one held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia (home of the Phillies) between the Rangers and the Flyers.

In 2010 the NHL Classic was held at Fenway Park and was a huge hit. So this year they decided to build upon it’s success and stage a two week long event coined “Frozen Fenway.”

From January 1st through the 16th, Fenway Park had public skating opportunities and played host to both high school and women’s and men’s college hockey, including Schenectady’s own Union College.

The final two games were held on Saturday, January 14th and was fittingly named the “Boston Rivalry Doubleheader.” In the first game, two bitter high school rivals  in Catholic Memorial and Boston College High School matched up against one another. Our Assistant GM Matt Callahan is an alum of BC High School and was in attendance. BC High won the game 4-0.

The finale pitted D1 Hockey East rivals Northeastern University and Boston College with BC pulling out the victory 2-1.

Below are some pictures that Matt took from his trip…Enjoy!












“Money in the New Bank!”

On Tuesday morning Pappy SouthPaw made a visit to the grand opening of Berkshire Bank‘s newest branch at 98 Wolf Road in Albany.

Wolf Rd Pappy

It  is their 15th location in the Capital District and features their new state of the art banking center, with teller pod’s and community room.

Berkshire Bank Grand Opening 2

Berkshire Bank Grand Opening 1

Berkshire Bank Grand Opening 3

Feel free to help yourself to some coffee or water while you are there:
Berkshire Bank Grand Opening 4

Pappy helped spread the word:
Berkshire Bank Grand Opening Pappy

This newest Berkshire Bank location is offering up to $100.00 for opening a new checking account. For more information, pay Jason and his team a visit or call 518-269-3920.

Here’s their flyer:

Meet the Team

‘Cats present donation to inaugurate the Tri-City ValleyCats Scholarships of The Leadership Institute

On Thursday morning the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce held its annual State of the Economy address at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Schodack, given by Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino.

Jimino Address

Prior to the address, ValleyCats Vice President & General Manager Rick Murphy presented a $4,000 donation to inaugurate the Tri-City ValleyCats Scholarships of The Leadership Institute.

The Leadership Institute is an award-winning and innovative skills based professional development program that incorporates a “learning from leaders” approach to successful leadership training. It provides the opportunity to develop an individual’s leadership, entrepreneurial and team building skills while increasing his or her value to their organization and to the greater community. It is the only skills-based program of its kind in the Capital Region.

ValleyCats-Jimino Check Presentation

(L-R) ValleyCats GM Rick Murphy, Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino, Chamber President Linda Hillman and Chamber Board Chair Keith Goldstein

The donation was made to the “Van Rensselaer Fund,”  a community fund established with The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region in 2010 by the Chamber to support arts, culture and education, and to promote the economic vitality of the region.

The donation will create two scholarships, one available to a 501-c(3) non-profit charitable organization and another available to a small business applicant (25 employees or less).

With more than 150 alumni, The Leadership Institute has become a cornerstone in the community with participants hailing from companies such as CDPHP, KeyBank, Tri City Rentals, Rifenburg Construction, Girls Scouts of Northeastern New York, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Turner Construction, and Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth. The program is sponsored by KeyBank and The Business Review.

Nearly 85% of Leadership Institutes alumni surveyed have been promoted or received additional leadership responsibilities since graduation.

For more information on the Van Rensselaer Fund of the Rensselaer County  Regional Chamber of Commerce, visit http://www.renscochamber.com/about-us/community-foundation

For more information on The Leadership Institute of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, visit http://www.renscochamber.com/resources/leadership-institute