Business

Land banking

GLOVERSVILLE - Imagine a foreclosed home, with a bad roof. Its previous owners, whether a private individual or a bank, have stopped paying the taxes on it and given it up to a foreclosure entity.The house is then sold at tax auction for a low price, but, unfortunately, the story is often far ...

Open source sound

PERTH -They say necessity is the mother of invention. Luck can also play a role.When Tyler Chilton was a student in Fulton Montgomery Community College's electrical technology program he wanted an amplifier for his headphone system, but he didn't have much money for the kind of high-end, low ...

Minimum Increase

When Peaceful Valley Maple Farms manager Barbara Kirk first heard about the increase in the minimum wage for tipped workers it was on the news.Kirk said she immediately called her bookkeeper to find out if the increase applied to her business, which is open about 21 hours a week, serving ...

Better market?

The supply of homes for sale in Fulton County in March dropped to 395, an 18.4 percent drop from 478 in March 2015.But shrinking inventory seems to be the only positive statistic the local real estate market is participating in, as the median sales price for a home in Fulton County, $69,000, ...

Financial fraud

Fulton County Office for Aging Director Andrea Fettinger said she gets about three calls a month from area seniors who've fallen victim to financial scams."It's seasonal, it becomes a trend and then it happens in our area," she said. "I feel like these scammers know to go to certain regions of ...

Stewart’s renovation

JOHNSTOWN - With recent building projects in Northville, Palatine Bridge, Fort Plain, the town of Johnstown, a planned project in Broadalbin, and ongoing renovations at the company's East Main Street location - it has become apparent that Stewart's Shops has been revamping and expanding its ...

Next generation manufacturing

NORTHVILLE - When Electro-Metrics Corp. recently hosted a field trip from the Northville Central School District's Intro to CNC class Art Armstrong, a manager of the company's Fabricated Products Division, was pleasantly surprised to discover the class has access to a better 3D printer than his ...

65 Years of Restaurant Supply

JOHNSTOWN - When Marie Kaseta Barr was a child she used to love to play store."I had that in an advertisements once, 'anybody want to play store?' And I'm still playing the dream of my childhood. That's why it's always good to listen to kids," she said.Marie Barr, 87, moved to Johnstown in the ...

SEQR Dispute

On the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation's website there is a page devoted to the rules and regulations pertaining to the State Environmental Quality Review process, known as SEQR.To comply with SEQR, any local government or state agency proposing a project must identify ...

Growth business

VAIL MILLS - Since starting CMK Real Estate in 2008, Christian Klueg has grown his company from an office in Northville with only himself and his mother as agents to a business with six locations and 47 real estate agents."Every year we've grown," Klueg said.Klueg opened his second office in ...

Designing the future

GLOVERSVILLE - When Darrin Romeyn looks at Gloversville he sees a city somewhat analogous to his own career."People always say, turn a negative into a positive and things happen for a reason and I never really was a full believer in that," Romeyn said.Romeyn said he changed his mind when a ...

The Business of Love

Lower cost flower arrangements at big box supermarkets like Price Chopper or convenience stores like Stewarts Shops are putting price pressure on independent florists.Stacia Conyne, a floral designer at Peck's Flowers and a 15-year veteran of the florist business, said the large scale retailers ...

Destination gunshop

BROADALBIN - Although Frank's Gun & Tackle Shop has long been a supporter of local tourism events, such as hunting and fishing tournaments, the store's biggest contribution to local tourism might be its reloading room.A few years ago, Frank's Gun & Tackle Shop decided to focus ...

State government agenda

When Mark Kilmer, the president of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, attended Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address Wednesday, he noted the crowd was a bit more "subdued' than other State of the State addresses he's attended.Kilmer said the relative lack of enthusiasm ...

Business of Medical Marijuana

PERTH - New York's medical marijuana market opened Thursday and, so far, has only 71 patients, according to the state Department of Health.The growth of employment at the Vireo Health of New York medical marijuana manufacturing plant will hinge on the growth of that market, said Vireo Health ...

BIG-MESS

CANAJOHARIE - With parts of it demolished, but no owner willing to finish the job, the 27-acre former Beech-Nut plant still stands at the entrance to the village, a problem with no easy solution.Montgomery County Treasurer Shawn Bowerman said property taxes have not been paid for the property ...

Still not frozen

For once, local people are complaining the weather is too warm."It's killing us, to tell you the truth," Jim Blaise, the owner of Royal Mountain Ski Area said of the unusually warm December weather.Last month was the globe's warmest November on record, the seventh consecutive month to reach a ...

Cyber sales

In the past, the Adirondack Country Store relied on a print catalog to keep in touch with its summer tourism season customers in the hope they would order more of the store's items during the Christmas season.That was before the popularity of the Internet and before the store established its ...

Christmas tree season

It takes about eight to 10 years to grow an evergreen tree suitable for sale as a Christmas tree, but it only takes a week or two to cut one down too early.Doug Eaton, whose family owns Bob's Trees, 1227 W. Galway Road, Hagaman, said shopping for Christmas trees started early this season, and ...

The business of being Santa

When Donald Guernsey, of Broadalbin, first decided to take his likeness to Santa Claus and turn it into a small seasonal business, he knew he looked the part, but he still had a lot to learn."You go into this thinking you'll make a lot of money, then you don't, but you don't let that deter ...