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VanNostrand & Co., CPAs in Johnstown celebrated their new offices at 105 S. Comrie Avenue with a ribbon-cutting event with the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce. VanNostrand & Co., CPAs is a full-service accounting and bookkeeping firm, including payroll services. They ...

NBT Bank Affordable Housing Originator Al Wells and Albany County Rural Housing Alliance Executive Director Judith Eisgruber are shown with a $1,000 check to the Albany County Rural Housing Alliance, Inc. on Aug. 28 as part of NBT Bank's Home in the City Program in Amsterdam, Gloversville and Johnstown. (Photo submitted)

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NBT Bank Affordable Housing Originator Al Wells and Albany County Rural Housing Alliance Executive Director Judith Eisgruber are shown with a $1,000 check to the Albany County Rural Housing Alliance, Inc. on Aug. 28 as part of NBT Bank’s Home in the City Program in Amsterdam, Gloversville and ...

Luxury Trucks

By 
DEE-ANN DURBIN The Associated Press DETROIT — Heated and cooled seats. Backup cameras. Panoramic glass roofs. Not exactly what springs to mind when you think of a pickup. But that’s what American truck buyers increasingly want, spending an average of $46,844 on a pickup, ...

How Trump tax plan would alter mortgage interest deduction

By JOSH BOAK The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Each year, taxpayers subsidize America’s homeowners by roughly $70 billion, with the benefits flowing disproportionately to coastal areas with high incomes and pricey homes, from New York and Washington to Los Angeles and San ...

Several facts and uses for 1-cent piece are worth every penny

By Mary Hunt For some people, pennies are so annoying they don’t even bother picking them up on sidewalks and streets. Then there are those who are nearly fanatical about the copper coin, living up to the old phrase “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Today, I thought it would be fun ...

Redesign, move, declutter — fixing workspace issues

By Joyce M. Rosenberg The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Triangle Pest Control’s original workspace was a 2,000-square-foot garage housing 25 people — the technicians who did the bug control work, as well as all the sales and support staffers. It was hard for employees to handle ...

Five tips for buying furniture online

By JOSEPH PISANI The Associated Press NEW YORK — You fell in love with a sofa online. But when it arrived you found it doesn’t fit or isn’t as comfy as it appeared. Online furniture sellers photograph their goods under studio lights, which can make fabrics and colors look ...

Chamber serves as conduit between education and business

The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce's Business Education Partnership (BEP) continues to connect Hamilton Fulton Montgomery BOCES (HFM BOCES) and programs such as Pathways in Technology Early College High School (HFM PTECH) and Agriculture PTECH (Ag PTECH) with our regional ...

Bowman’s open despite sewer work

GLOVERSVILLE — Bowman’s Market on East Pine Street is still accessible to customers, despite the partial closure due to a sewer main break. East Pine Street is only closed from South Main Street to Beaver Street as the city’s Department of Public Works and Precision Industrial ...

We need startups, and startups need business plan

The subject of my last column was the fact that since the first of the year, it seems our nation is experiencing a renewal of faith in our economy. Looking at the stock market’s rapid rise and the recent activity in private business, it is obvious there is willingness on the part of ...

125 years of Beech-Nut

AMSTERDAM - Beech-Nut Vice President of Manufacturing Jeff Heiser has only been an employee of the baby food maker for about 30 of the company's 125-year history, but it's fair to say he's almost seen it all.When Heiser started at Beech-Nut the company was located at it's original plant in ...

Positive about Fulton County

JOHNSTOWN - For the first time in its history, Fulton County has a mascot, and his name is "Plus."The mascot was born inside the mind of Fulton County Administrator Jon Stead. Stead, who's position includes duties as Fulton County's public relations director, said he got the idea for creating ...

Vitamin Blending

By JASON SUBIKThe Leader-HeraldAMSTERDAM - Freddy Luna has a dream: to provide custom blend vitamin supplementation to help fight malnutrition around the world."I have found my purpose in life and the mission behind this is to do God's will. I want to fight malnutrition around the world. We've ...

City National Commons

GLOVERSVILLE - Before Scott Hohenforst purchased the former City National Bank building in downtown in December, he and his property manager Brent Albers toured the 35,000 square foot property to see exactly what they would be in for if Hohenforst decided to take on the project of renovating ...

Cured meat

GLOVERSVILLE - Employment and sales are up at the Pata Negra plant on Harrison Street after its acquisition by Spanish cured ham company Espuna.Espuna officials conducted a tour for local economic development officials and for New York state Commissioner of Agriculture & Markets Richard ...

Job growth

The most recents jobs report from the New York State Department of Labor showed improvement in Montgomery County, but a slight decline in Fulton County.For June, Montgomery County added to its approximately 19,300 jobs with a 1.6 percent increase. Fulton County's 18,000 jobs declined a bit by ...

Chamber schedules business after hours

GLOVERSVILLE - The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours event on Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm at the new location for SW The Spa, a day spa at 23 Fremont in downtown Gloversville.SW The Spa offers aesthetic services, including facials, microdermabrasion ...

Flower Power

By JASON SUBIKThe Leader-HeraldFONDA - When Mackenzie Egelston arrives at the Jayflora Designs flower farm to pick up her bi-weekly bucket of fresh picked flowers, she tries to get there before most of the farm's Community Supported Agriculture members have arrived."If you get there earlier ...

Retail agriculture

RANDALL - In past decades, during the growth of the supermarket model of food distribution, a gap between agricultural producers and consumers slowly widened.Richard Ball, New York state's Agriculture Commissioner, and a farmer himself in the Scoharie Valley, said he was long frustrated with ...

Overtime Rules

For decades, Alpin Haus has used a salary plus incentives pay plan for many of its workers."We try to have very few positions that are straight salary or straight hourly. We try to figure out a mechanism to reward them for performance," Aplin Haus President Andy Heck said.Soon that may need to ...