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Liberty ARC names new Chief Financial Officer

AMSTERDAM — Liberty ARC, the Montgomery County Chapter of The Arc New York, is recently announce the appointment of Karl Cote as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In this position, Cote will be a part of Liberty ARC’s senior leadership team where he will assist in the development ...

Chamber hands out business awards

The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce recently hosted its annual celebration “Cheers to Business” as a virtual event. The most exciting highlight, the chamber’s business awards, continued virtually as we prioritize to support our members through this unprecedented ...

Changes coming to Johnstown Mall

JOHNSTOWN — Ownership of the Johnstown Mall announced Tuesday that Ollie’s Bargain Outlet will be moving in to the mall’s old anchor store area where Peebles and Gordmans once existed, Adam Wachs, representing ownership of Johnstown Comrie Associates LLC, said this new store represents ...

C.P.’s Family Restaurant in Hagaman honored by Montgomery County

FONDA — C.P.’s Family Restaurant has been a staple of the Hagaman community for the past 38 years, as it occupies one of the village’s oldest buildings. The restaurant, which specializes in homemade family style cooking, has made a number of adjustments throughout the pandemic in order to ...

Community Bank N.A. announces promotions

ALBANY — Community Bank N.A. recently announced three promotions at its new Business Banking Center, located at 19 Corporate Woods in Albany. Gloria Pickering has been promoted to commercial banking officer, Ken Countermine has been promoted to SVP, commercial banking group manager and Eric ...

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 ...