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Emerich Sales & Service
187 Valentine Road, Charlton; 399.8574 or 1369 Route 9, South Glens Falls; 636.5580
www.EmerichSales.com

Best Prices—Best Selection—Best Service—and, the Most Knowledgeable Staff in the Area
Emerich Sales & Service has been taking care of customers’ power equipment needs since 1968 with product advice and superior service for top brands including Kubota, Yanmar, Cub Cadet, Toro, Ferris, Walker and Exmark, to name a few. Emerich offers a customer experience unlike any you will find at a box-store.
One of the many advantages of doing business with Emerich is the set-up and delivery service at no charge within 50 miles. If your equipment has an issue under warranty in the first six months, we will waive the pick-up and delivery charge.  Even if you purchased elsewhere, we service all brands and have pick-up and delivery available for those who can’t transport their equipment. Emerich has many attractive financing programs and options through major manufacturers and lending institutions.  
Emerich understands that the purchase of equipment is just one part of the ownership experience and stocks parts for all makes and models that they sell. Many common items, such as belts, shear bolts and gas caps, can be purchased through www.EmerichSales.com, and shipped directly to a customer’s home. We also have a www.PartsByNet.com site for after-market and OEM parts.
Experience the Emerich difference. Visit your closest location—Charlton, just 15 minutes east of Amsterdam,  or South Glens Falls, exit 17N off the Northway, one mile on the left.

Hudson Solar
125 Wolf Road, Albany
866.452.7652; www.hudsonsolar.com

The solar industry had a record-breaking year in 2014. Solar market experts are predicting the number of installed systems will reach THREE TIMES the number only three short years ago. According to Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), solar energy is generating enough clean energy to power over 3.5 million American homes.
 Customers can expect 50-60% of solar installation costs to be covered between the NYS and federal tax credits and rebates. Once the system has been paid off, the home will be producing free, clean energy for the lifespan of the system—a no-brainer for “going green” and “saving green.”
Among the many elements to consider when looking into solar power for your home, the most important factor is WHO will be installing your system. Is it a reputable company with longevity and experience? NABCEP-certified? Using high quality products?
When it comes to reliable power and real savings, choose Hudson Solar, an award-winning solar design and installation company with a portfolio of over 1,100 installed systems. Whether you own a home, farm or business, Hudson Solar has the expertise and experience to design the perfect, custom solar system to fit your needs. With two locations, Albany and Rhinebeck, we are truly your local source for high quality installations. Hudson Solar has served upstate New York, western Massachusetts and southern Vermont since 2003 and is a proud employer of military veterans. Visit hudsonsolar.com for further information or call 866.452.7652 for a free estimate
 
Ace Hardware of Brunswick
831 Hoosick Street, Troy
284.4000; www.acehardwareofbrunswick.com

Ace Hardware of Brunswick, along with its community, survived the long winter and now it’s time to finally celebrate the change of seasons. We at Ace Hardware of Brunswick are excited because, over the last few months, we have worked diligently to get our new 8,000-square-foot garden center set for the upcoming gardening season and it’s now finally ready! We are currently featuring local and organic herbs, vegetables and beautiful flowers to complement our many options on soil, mulch, pots and gardening tools.
With exciting new additions, we also have great new brands and products each season that cater to individual projects and home décor upgrades, so be sure to stop by.
Ace Hardware of Brunswick also will be introducing Amy Howard Chalk Paint workshops to our mix. These classes will be great for learning and gaining insight on creating a great antique look on a wardrobe, stenciling, antique mirroring, etc. Amy Howard products will help you create a one-of-a-kind piece that you will enjoy for years to come. Our team will get you up to speed with great new DIY trends and techniques to complete your projects. For more information on Amy Howard products, techniques, workshops, and more, please contact Ace Hardware of Brunswick.
We at Ace Hardware of Brunswick are elated about the upcoming season, so please stop by and see what we have to offer!
Kinderhook Bank
Latham, Albany, Delmar, East Greenbush, Chatham, Kinderhook, Greenport, Valatie
www.yourkindofbank.com
If you’ve been holding off on remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, adding a new deck, or putting in a pool this summer, why not check out our great Home Equity Line of Credit advertisement in this issue? You’ll get a great rate and a special gift after your loan closes to thank you for your business!
 And now, applying has gotten a whole lot easier with our newest branch at 782 Troy-Schenectady Road—just one mile west of the Latham Circle—where Brian Garis, Vice President of Residential Mortgage Lending, is available to take your application and help you through the loan process. Stop by, or call Brian at 213.8035.
While you’re in Latham, check out our Grand Opening special account offers on checking, certificate of deposit, and money market savings accounts. Come in and meet the Latham branch staff—Jeff Eckert, the VP and Branch Manager; Jessica Gleason, our Senior Personal Banker; and Christian Leahy, your very own Personal Banker. Don’t forget to get your free gift when you open a new account, while supplies last.
You also can stop by any Kinderhook Bank branch location—now also in Downtown Albany, Delmar and East Greenbush—to speak to a customer service representative. They can help you get the process started on a Home Equity application and get you on your way to enjoying a swim in that new pool, entertaining friends on your new deck, or the remodel of that new bath or kitchen this summer!

Decker’s Landscape & Aquatics
1632 Main Street, Route 5s Pattersonville
New 2nd location: 1157 New Loudon Road, Route 9, Latham
887.5552; www.ThePondPeople.net

Container water gardens – Dive in and get wet
A tub garden is easy to build and is a great addition for a deck or sun porch. Just about any container that holds water can be made into a tub garden. A small container of only a gallon or two may be suitable for one plant; a larger container of 10 gallons or more can sustain a few goldfish and help keep water clear.
Begin by selecting a container that you like. A container only a few inches deep will work for some plants. If you want fish or water lilies in your tub garden, use a container at least 12 inches deep. Look around your shed, attic or basement—almost any container that will hold water will work.
Be sure to place the container where you will see it often. Water is heavy and you most likely will not be moving the tub garden around once the water is added. Select an area with at least four or five hours of direct sun if you want to grow a water lily or other flowering plant. Shallow water plants can be elevated on bricks. Water lilies and other deep-water aquatics should be in a pot on the bottom of the container.
Container water gardens are simple yet make a stunning display, so dive in and get your feet wet
 

Ghent Wood Products and Meltz Lumber
1262 Route 66, Ghent
828.5684; www.ghentwoodproducts.com

For those fun
home improvement projects!
As you look around your house and property this summer, you may realize that it is time to make some home improvements. Perhaps this involves redoing your flooring, re-siding the outside of your house, or mulching your garden. If you’re looking for a fun project and want to custom-create a tabletop or bench with a one-of-a-kind slab, Ghent Wood Products and Meltz Lumber have all of the materials needed to help you spruce things up. We carry finished products that include siding, paneling and flooring, as well as kiln-dried lumber and exotic lumbers. If you like a more rustic and rougher look and feel, we also offer rough-cut pine and hemlock. When it comes to selecting the specialty items and tabletops—or the slabs—you will find that each slab is one-of-a-kind and unique and will certainly be the topic of conversation at your next cocktail party.
If you’re taking a further step with new construction like an addition, a garage, patio or deck, Ghent Wood Products and Meltz Lumber also can help with most of what you will need for those projects. And if you want something that’s different from everyone else, stop by the showroom and or visit our web site to see some of the unique and exotic woods that we have to offer. But no matter your home improvement project, the friendly staff at Ghent Wood Products and Meltz Lumber would be more than happy to help you and show you the world of possibilities!

Action Window Cleaning Co., Inc.
PO Box 320, Rensselaer
462.4986; www.AWCcompany.com

 As the largest woman-owned window cleaning company in the area, Action Window Cleaning has been impressing customers for over 40 years. Led by President Lisa Despart, AWC continues to live up to its reputation of delivering quality, professional service that helps customers showcase the beauty of their homes and businesses.
AWC cleans windows, plus a whole lot more. Pressure washing and chandelier and mirror cleaning are just a sampling of the additional services offered by AWC. “Customers often don’t think of what needs to be done until we arrive,” Lisa says, “and appreciate our ability to perform tasks while we are ‘up there’ on the ladder.” The friendly staff members are more than willing to comply with additional requests. And, perhaps more important, they are properly insured.
But why AWC? “I prefer to work with a company that not only delivers a good product or service, but is also a good neighbor, community member and “employer,” Lisa observes.  “It’s very important that we are that kind of company.” Spending a day at the Regional Food Bank, with Habitat for Humanity or sponsoring a local softball team are some of the ways AWC gives back. And, new this year, AWC sponsors a college savings plan for dependents of their employees. “Investing in our employees and their families is just good business.”
Quality, professional services delivered by a company that you can feel good about—that’s Action Window Cleaning.

Pattersonville Furniture
1664 Main Street, Pattersonville
887.2741; www.pattersonvillefurniture.net

Pattersonville Furniture Store has been delivering the finest furniture and quality customer service to the Capital Region for 79 years. This family-owned and operated business, located just west of Schenectady, has been helping customers with their furniture needs since 1936. The third-generation owners, Greg and Betsy Welsh, have kept the sales approach developed by the first-generation owners: “Great prices for quality furniture and personalized customer service.”
Pattersonville carries over 30 lines of American-made solid wood furniture, including Harden and Hallagan, both made in New York State. We have a large variety of Amish furniture from Pens Creek, Daniel’s Amish, Archbold and Borkholder, to name a few. Additionally, our showroom has items from Gat Creek, Durham, Leathercraft, Lyndon and Simmons Beautyrest, covering a variety of styles and solid woods. Stop by our showroom at 1664 Main Street in Pattersonville and see our quality products. Pattersonville Furniture Store offers free delivery, free set-up, free removal, and free financing. Open daily from 10am-5pm; Thursday and Friday until 9pm. Closed Sunday.

Redbud Development Inc.
2 Commerce Park Drive, Wilton
691.0428; www.redbuddevelopment.com

Furnishing Your Outdoor Space
This time of year, we have the added use of our outdoor “rooms” for entertaining and general living space. Having an outdoor kitchen with a separate covered eating area, in addition to a sitting area with a fireplace, is all the rage. And people are furnishing these rooms and accessorizing like never before. Colorful drapes with bold patterns provide privacy and a focal point. Cushions and outdoor carpets give you endless opportunities to express your personal style.
 Garden furniture trends are moving away from the traditional table and chairs with an umbrella for shade and toward a more relaxed seating style. Deep cushion-style seating that looks and feels more like interior furniture is becoming more popular due to both advances in UV-resistant and waterproof fabric technology and the desire to include pops of color and texture. These low-maintenance fabrics allow you to be as comfortable outside as you are inside. If your seating serves double duty, it will extend the use of your outdoor space. Current outdoor furniture should maximize its potential with built-in storage and reconfigure easily from dining to conversational settings.
 Grandma’s wicker is no longer your only option either. Traditional wicker and wood are being modernized with accents of metal, glass and stone. This works well with the rustic contemporary style that is migrating from the indoors. A setting of bistro tables made of weathered metal base and a stone table top with bar-height stools of hand-hewn wood is just an example of this current trend.

Davey Tree
141 Wade Road, Latham
512.0320; www.daveytree.com

With the right care, your trees and shrubs will grow in beauty and value for years. Without it, they’re left vulnerable to significant damage from any number of harmful pests.
The potential for problems can be reduced by keeping your trees and shrubs as healthy as possible. Proper watering, fertilization and selective pruning will vastly improve the strength and vitality of your trees and shrubs, helping them stand up to insects and disease.
Watering: We often forget that trees and shrubs need regular watering. This is especially true for younger plants or during hot, dry spells. Each tree and shrub will benefit from long slow watering once per week during periods of hot, dry weather.
Fertilization: In forest settings, trees and shrubs fertilize themselves with decomposing leaves and other organic materials. In our landscapes, however, they need help. With deep-root applications of Davey’s Arbor Green PRO slow-release fertilizer, we can add nutrients back onto your soil for stronger, better-flowering, more resilient trees and shrubs.
Pruning: Shaping trees and shrubs not only makes them look better, but keeps them healthy as they grow. Also, removing dead, diseased or insect-infested branches whenever they appear can improve tree and shrub health and prevent future problems.
Of course, if insects or disease do become a problem in your landscape, you can count on Davey for prompt identification and recommendations on the most appropriate steps for management. Feel free to give us a call with any questions or for an evaluation.

Ted’s Flooring and Interior Design Center
118 Everett Road, Albany
489.4106; www.tedsfloorcovering.com

A family-owned business located in Albany, Ted’s Flooring and Interior Design has been serving customers for more than 60 years. Classic style starts at Ted’s Flooring and Interior Design. From design assistance through installation, let Ted’s help you reflect your sense of style. Luxurious wool carpet, designer area rugs, elegant hardwood floors, stylish linoleum and luxury vinyl floor coverings, and finely crafted porcelain and ceramic tile make any room a statement of your refined taste. Ted’s features ULTRA LIFE® carpet by STAINMASTER® as well as other superior brands.
In addition to flooring, Ted’s can help you finish your home with window treatments and furniture. We offer Hunter Douglas, one of the window treatment industry’s innovators in energy-efficient, custom-made window fashions. Hunter Douglas window shadings, blinds and shutters can be customized with your choice of lifting systems for added convenience and safety. Carole Fabrics is the choice for finishing your windows with drapery of exceptional quality and awareness of fashion trends. And what is a room without furniture? C.R. Laine has been building exceptional furniture and customized bench-crafted upholstery since 1958. Choose leather or fabric upholstered pieces in styles from contemporary to timeless traditional.
Ted’s Flooring and Design Center guarantees excellent workmanship and quality service at affordable prices. All site estimates and in-store design consultations are free of charge. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am-5pm; Wednesday: 9am-8pm; Saturday: 9am-4pm; Sunday: Closed. Stop by today and visit the showroom and start to imagine!

L. Browe Asphalt Services
Albany | Saratoga | Chatham
479.1400; www.broweasphalt.com

Installing a new driveway or refreshing an old worn out drive can give a home’s exterior a decidedly different look and tons of curb appeal. Janeen Browe of L. Browe Asphalt Services, Inc. suggests looking at your driveway with a critical eye toward function, aesthetics and integration into the surrounding landscape.
A newly paved driveway, with its crisp edges and smooth flowing lines, sets a tone for the property—ease and comfort, no jostling by dips or uneven transitions, so you can step confidently onto a solid surface that won’t twist your ankle, ruin your shoes, or track pesky stones onto your gleaming hardwood floors.
The trend in residential paving is considering the driveway as an extension of the home and a welcome mat for family and friends. If a driveway is sloppy, many other attributes of a home are lost. Homeowners painstakingly deliberate over their home’s design and plantings. A well planned and installed driveway will enhance the complete environment and heighten the impact of all those carefully made decisions. 
Design elements can be incorporated into the driveway, such as planting beds, brick pavers, and ornamental stone applications. Proper planning will ensure that cars have room to backup and turn, water runs off properly, and transitions to garages and the road are seamless. Choosing a contractor is key, as the end-product can vary widely based on design, equipment, and most importantly, experience.
L. Browe Asphalt Services Inc has been serving the greater Capital District since 1960. We stand behind our work with a warranty you can count on. You will be pleased with the results. For more information about our services and to request a free estimate, visit us at www.broweasphalt.com or call 479.1400.

Patio Enclosures
8 Access Drive, Albany
269.4253; www.patioenclosures.com

Love your home but need more usable and affordable, year-round or seasonal living space? Whether you are considering enclosing an existing space, like a porch or covered patio; or thinking about adding a completely new space with abundant light and exceptional outdoor views, a Patio Enclosures® brand sun or screen room may be your ideal solution. For over 21 years, Patio Enclosures® brand sunrooms have been gracing the homes of Capital District residents. The majority of our customers tell us their sunrooms are the favorite space in their homes.
The Patio Enclosures name is synonymous with expert craftsmanship and exceptional service. We provide the highest quality, custom-designed and custom-manufactured sun and screen rooms on the market because we manufacture the rooms we install with the finest quality and longest-lasting materials. Our rooms are tailored to meet your specific needs, budget and lifestyle.
We know that your project is unique, just like your home. That’s why we always begin with a free, no-obligation in-home project estimate. Our design consultant will assess your space, listen to your project ideas and develop a personalized plan. We want your project to comfortably fit your budget, yet exceed your expectations. In a world of cookie-cutter everything, our custom approach is personal service at its best.
With over 3,000 projects completed in the Capital District, Patio Enclosures has the references to back our claims of excellence. To learn more and to get inspired, visit www.patioenclosures.com or call 269.4253 today.

Hudson River Tractor
HudsonRiverTractorCompany.com
1.877.556.4384
Locations in Chatham, Schagticoke, Clifton Park, Fultonville, Goshen

In October of 2005 Davis Tractor & Turf, Inc. of Chatham and K.C. Canary-Fultonville, Inc. partnered to form The Hudson River Tractor Company, LLC. Their vision was to grow to meet the needs of an ever expanding market in the Mohawk and Hudson valleys and their mission was to become the leader in agricultural, commercial and consumer equipment products and services in that region.
Today, Hudson River Tractor is a full-line John Deere Agricultural and Commercial & Consumer Turf dealer with four locations in and around the Capital Region in Schaghticoke, Clifton Park, Chatham and Fultonville, as well as a location in Goshen in Orange County, which serves the lower Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey.
The John Deere agricultural equipment at Hudson River Tractor includes utility and row crop tractors, combines, forage harvesters and hay, planting and tillage equipment. HRT also carries agricultural products from H&S, Krone, Oxbow and Hardi. John Deere Turf and Worksite equipment includes commercial mowers, skid steers, mini-excavators, utility vehicles and compact tractors, as well as a wide variety of riding lawn equipment and attachments. HRT also is a dealer for Stihl hand-held equipment and Honda power equipment, including the industry leading walk-behind mowers and generators. The business provides after-market support with genuine John Deere and OEM parts, factory trained technicians, and mobile service.
Hudson River Tractor—one company comprised of people strong in their backgrounds and expertise—provides complete solutions for your needs.

Absolute Pest Control, Inc.
12 Wade Road, Latham
382.5577; www.absolutepest.com

Absolute Pest Control, Inc. is an independent pest, termite, and wildlife control company.  Dedicated to quality customer service and professional solutions, Absolute Pest Control Inc. has met the needs of residential, commercial, and industrial customers for 30 years. The company was established in 1985 by Richard Zalucki, a lifetime Capital Region resident and graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry.
 General pest control coverage includes carpenter ants, carpenter bees, termites, mice and rats, spiders, ticks, fleas, wasps, hornets, cockroaches, bedbugs, centipedes, earwigs, and silverfish, just to name a few. Absolute Pest Control, Inc. also offers an exclusion service to help seal pests out of buildings permanently.
Wildlife and bird control are specialized services provided by Absolute Pest Control. From skunks, raccoons, opossums, and squirrels to bats, woodpeckers, and pigeons, Absolute will trap, relocate and release these pests unharmed. If wildlife have been making your attic space their home for a period of time, chances are the insulation has been compromised with accumulations of urine and feces. Absolute Pest Control, Inc. offers attic insulation cleanout, sanitization and replacement as well.
A member of both the New York State and National Pest Management Associations, Absolute Pest Control, Inc. is on top of the latest pest control technologies. The National Pest Management Association has designated Absolute Pest Control, Inc. a QualityPro Company, the mark of excellence in pest management. QualityPro companies voluntarily ascribe to a set of qualifications that go above and beyond any state or federal requirements. As a member of this exclusive program, Absolute has placed itself in the top echelon of pest management companies in the nation.

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