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Thursday, 16 December 2021 11:47

Saratoga National Bank Earns Bank On Certification

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company announced it has earned the national Bank On certification for its new checking product, Smart Steps. The bank is one of just 166 in the country to earn this distinction from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE) to serve the unbanked and underbanked. 

The CFE works directly with national and regional financial institutions to encourage the widespread availability of safe, low-cost, transactional products within their community. The Bank On certification provides account standards and a review process that ensures everyone has access to an affordable bank account. 

Smart Steps is a checking account designed to help individuals who don’t have easy access to affordable banking services and have a goal of achieving economic independence and security. The account will be available throughout the bank’s service area in early 2022. 

For more information visit cfefund.org/bankon. 

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Thursday, 18 November 2021 14:09

Saratoga National Bank Opens New Branch in Wilton

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company has announced the opening of a new full-service branch office at 3025 Route 50 in the Wilton Square shopping plaza (near Target), just off Exit 15 of the Northway. 

With over 3,000 sq. ft. of space, the office will provide a modern banking environment for customers. It offers full banking services, including ATM, drive-in, lobby, and expanded parking. Additional teller access, offices, and conference room space will provide an improved overall customer experience right in the middle of the busy Wilton shopping district. The location replaces two smaller offices on Jones and Ballard Road. 

“This newly renovated and larger office design will enhance out ability to deliver an improved customer experience and to expand customer relationships,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Dave DeMarco. “We’re excited to open this more centrally located office.” 

Branch Manager Ava Marco and the local team are welcoming new and existing customers and are ready to provide banking and business services to help them achieve their financial goals. 

For more information visit www.saratoganational.com.

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Thursday, 06 May 2021 14:00

Arrow Financial Declares Cash Dividend

GLENS FALLS — The Board of Directors of Arrow Financial Corporation on April 28 declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.26 per share payable June 15, 2021, to shareholders of record on June 2, 2021. This represents an increase of 3% over the cash dividend paid in the second quarter of 2020, as a result of the 3% stock dividend distributed on Sept. 25, 2020.

Arrow Financial Corporation is a multi-bank holding company headquartered in Glens Falls serving the financial needs of northeastern New York. The Company is the parent of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company and Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company. Other subsidiaries include North Country Investment Advisers, Inc., and Upstate Agency, LLC, specializing in property and casualty insurance and group health and employee benefits.

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 17:11

Arrow Makes Forbes List Again

GLENS FALLS – Arrow Financial Corporation, the parent of Glens Falls National Bank and Saratoga National Bank, was recognized by Forbes as one of “America's 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies” for its accounting and governance practices.

This is the sixth consecutive year that the Glens Falls-based company has received such a designation from Forbes.

To create its “Most Trustworthy” list, Forbes enlisted MSCI ESG Research to evaluate nearly 700 publicly traded North American financial companies with a market cap of $250 million or more for the year ending December 2016.

Factors considered as indicators of a company’s credibility include high-risk behaviors like regulatory actions, amended filings, revenue and expense recognition methods, and bankruptcy risk.

The complete article can be viewed online by visiting Forbes.com and searching “Most Trustworthy.”

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Thursday, 05 November 2015 14:32

Protecting Against Backyard Predators

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Wild animals observed in their natural habitat can be a fascinating sight. A deer spotted on a morning walk, squirrels seen playing in the trees, and birds soaring the skies above are looked at with wonder and curiosity. But what happens when wild species begin encroaching into where people live, in particular, species that can pose a dangerous threat? In the last month alone, there have been two bear sightings in Saratoga Springs, locals are distraught over losing livestock to coyotes and, though there is no proof for certain that coyotes are the culprits, there is a noticeable increase in the number of cats going missing in the Clifton Park area.

Without a doubt, people often consider bears and coyotes two nuisance species worth avoiding at all costs.

Unfortunately, there are certain species in general that are thriving living among humans. “Those are raccoons, skunks, coyotes, deer and geese. Those five are the big ones. But bears and coyotes are the scary ones, because there is a predatory component to them; they have big teeth, and because they do kill pets and bite people,” said Allen Gosser, the State Director for Wildlife Services at the United States Department of Agriculture.

Now, while coyotes and bears may be dangerous, Gosser points out that they are not lurking behind every tree. In fact, most coyote nuisance calls come from down state, in Westchester County, and bear disturbances are more common in the Catskills. However, residents upstate still need to be prepared as there is still a possibility of a coyote or bear encounter.

But why are these species coming into residential, urban environments in the first place?

“There is really good cover in residential areas. A lot of wild animals, like coyotes, are very secretive,” said Gosser. “They’re living among us, except we just don’t know it, usually because they are nocturnal.”

Good hiding places are not the only thing drawing in wild animals; they are also attracted by human food. Garbage cans and pet food left out are easily smelled and picked up.

“Coyotes are omnivore and bears are the same way. There is a wide range of what they do eat. Coyotes in particular will exploit any food they can,” said Gosser. “Some people that see coyotes will start feeding them, and that’s the worst thing you could do. You’re going to get them habituated. You’re not only inviting an unnatural situation, but these animals are also known rabies carriers.”

One of the most dangerous threats wild animals pose in close proximity to humans is the possibility of spreading the rabies virus. Though attacks are rare, frightened or aggressive animals can bite pets, children, and adults alike, which always carries with it the risk of rabies infection.  Rabies can only be detected post-mortem by examining the brain, which means that the bite victim will most likely have to undergo post-exposure therapy as a preventative measure.

“If anyone gets bitten by any sort of wild animal, they should immediately see a health professional,” said Gosser. Wildlife Services at USDA seeks to prevent rabies by trapping and vaccinating wild animals, preventing further exposure.

Homeowners have several options when it comes to protecting their home from coyotes, bears and other wild nuisance species. If animal activity is suspected on your property, it is best to remove all attractants to the animals (see “Prevention Tips”). They can also call a local, licensed trapper or a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator (NWCO) to come and remove the animal from the property. These professionals are trained in how to best deal with and handle potentially threatening animals.

 

But what do you do if you find yourself face to face with a wild animal expectantly?

“Stand your ground and be big. Some people even say flap your arms. Personally, I think it’s important to remain calm,” advises Gosser.

If the nuisance animal is also a game animal (goes into season for hunting), licensed hunters are allowed to take them if they are in season. Always check the local hunting regulations and guidelines first to determine which animals can be hunted and when. Self-defense is also taken into consideration if the animal poses a direct threat of harm to you or your family.

Knowing when certain wild animals will be most abundant and prominent is another important part in avoiding them. Be on the lookout for bears in late winter and early spring, as well as harvest times when crops are in the field. Coyotes are often spotted in mid to late summer.

For more information about nuisance species, including coyotes and bears, visit the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s website at dec.ny.gov or the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s website at aphis.usda.gov. 

 

Prevention Tips to Keep Nuisance Animals off your Property:

-Make sure that garbage bags are securely tied and that trash can lids are placed on firmly. Locking trash bins are also available that are made specifically to keep out wildlife.

-Do not leave food out. When possible, feed domestic animals indoors so their food does not attract predators.

-Do not operate refrigerators or freezers outside or on porches.

-Limit or eliminate bird seed, which is known to attract bears and coyotes.

-Do not let domestic pets run free without supervision.

-Block off and seal crawl spaces where animals could find their way in.

-Fencing the yard may be a solution for keeping out wildlife, preferably one that is set at least 6 inches into the ground and four feet high or taller.

 

-Advise community members to take the same precautions. 

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