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Liberty ARC appoints new development, PR director

AMSTERDAM — Liberty ARC recently announced the appointment of Paul McAvoy as its new Director of Public Relations and Development. In this position, McAvoy will be responsible for managing the development, implementation and coordination of internal and external public relations strategies ...

Alpin Haus acquires Garick RV

AMSTERDAM — Alpin Haus, one of the Northeast’s largest outdoor, and family-owned recreation retailers, today announced the acquisition of recreational vehicle sales and service provider Garick RV. The New Jersey-based company, founded in 1983, will operate under the Alpin Haus banner ...

Hill & Markes gives back to community

AMSTERDAM — Hill & Markes, a family-owned wholesale distributor, donated more than $1,000 in funds and gifts for City Mission of Schenectady this holiday season. The local company fundraised through their Community Cares merchandise store and through the generosity of their employees ...

LANZI FAMILY HONORED

The Lanzi family celebrating the 100-year anniversary of their family-owned restaurant business Dec. 30 at a small socially-distant celebration. State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara presented a proclamation from the New York State Assembly recognizing an amazing history that started when Luigi ...

RIBBON CUTTING

A ribbon-cutting ceremony recently took place at the new location for Craftsman Auto Glass and Craftsman Detailing. The new shop is conveniently located on Route 30 in Amsterdam. Scott Fiorino is the owner and has worked in the glass industry since 2007. The detailer, Sarah, has more than ...

Will to serve as state vet society president

Mark E. Will, DVM will serve the New York State Veterinary Medical Society (NYSVMS) as President starting on Jan. 1, 2021. Dr. Will grew up in Oakfield, a small farming community in western New York. He attended Cornell University’s School of Agriculture and Life Science, graduating in ...

Jackson named to Hill & Markes board

AMSTERDAM — Hill & Markes, a wholesale distributor in Amsterdam, recently announced the addition of Ted Jackson to its advisory board. Ted Jackson is a Senior Vice President of Operations for the Paper Operations of Novolex, North American leader in packaging. As a senior ...

Fort Plain True Value named Small Business of the Month

FONDA — Known for their willingness to help a neighbor in need and their community spirit, the Fort Plain True Value Hardware has been named Montgomery County’s Small Business of the Month for December. Employing 11 people, Fort Plain True Value Hardware has been a pillar of the ...

Montgomery County to host webinar about loan fund

FONDA — Many small businesses, nonprofit agencies and residential landlords have faced significant economic hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help ease the financial burden, New York State has launched a new New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF), which provides low interest ...

Got life insurance? You may not have enough

By LIZ WESTON NerdWallet You probably need life insurance if your death would cause financial hardship to someone else. If the only coverage you have is through your job, though, you may not have enough. Fortunately, buying life insurance has gotten easier in some ways during the ...

Millennial Money: De-stress holiday debt with a payoff plan

By SEAN PYLES NerdWallet In a holiday season that many of us will spend apart from loved ones, gift-giving might feel even more important than usual. After all, if you can’t travel to see family, at least you can see them unwrap gifts over a video call, right? And just as many families ...

Loss of ‘snowbirds’ another hit to U.S. tourism

By TERRY TANG and TERRY SPENCER The Associated Press PHOENIX — This is the first winter in five years that Steve Monk and his wife, Linda, haven’t driven to Arizona from their home in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. They typically leave Canada to hunker down in warmer climates for ...

How to spot fake shopping sites and avoid being scammed

By JOSEPH PISANI The Associated Press NEW YORK — Ben Black bought what he thought was a well-priced drone online. But the drone never showed up, the site stopped responding to his emails and he never got his $100 back. He was scammed. “I’m pissed I got caught in it,” says ...

Restaurant owners consider loans, house sales to stay afloat

By SUSAN HAIGH The Associated Press For the past 27 years, the husband-and-wife owners of the Water Street Cafe have worked to make their restaurant a beloved establishment in the seaside borough of Stonington, Connecticut. But less than a year after the coronavirus hit, they’re just ...

Sportsman’s Den named Small Business of the Month

FONDA — Motivated by a personal passion for the outdoors - especially hunting and fishing — Tanya Towne, owner/operator of The Sportsman’s Den in Fort Plain, has something for anyone looking to explore Montgomery County’s extensive recreational opportunities. To thank Towne for the ...

County executive, business leaders discuss efforts to promote employers

FONDA — Business leaders in Montgomery County recently met with local representatives to discuss efforts to help promote employers who face issues brought on by rising COVID-19 cases. As virus cases continue to rise, Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort and members of the Business ...

First Choice Financial Federal Credit Union hosts 48th annual meeting

First Choice Financial Federal Credit Union recently hosted its 48th Annual Meeting at the Main Office located at 355 Hales Mills Road, Gloversville. Vince LaPorta, Chairman of the Board, conducted the business meeting extending a warm welcome to the membership in attendance and spoke ...

RIBBON CUTTING

A grand opening event recently took place at DeGiulio Brothers Flooring LLC. The DeGiulio Brothers Flooring showroom is now open in their new location 661 State Highway 29 in Broadalbin. They have renovated the old MaryAnn’s restaurant for their flooring showroom. The showroom is now complete ...

Bouchey & Clarke sponsors chamber program

GLOVERSVILLE — Bouchey & Clarke expressed support for businesses hit most deeply by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Fulton Montgomery region through sponsorship of the “Fulton Montgomery RESILIENT” campaign of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Mark ...

Stewart’s Shops reaches agreement to purchase Red-Kap

Stewart’s Shops recently announced it was expanding its fuel distribution business. Red-Kap, a locally owned family run business, much like Stewart’s, is under contract with Stewart’s. Stewart’s will acquire eight convenience stores, three car washes, a 75-plus dealer network and ...