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Virtual Shopping

Brick-and-mortar retail facing challenges to capture share of holiday shoppers’ dollars By Lou Sorendo COVID-19 is further fueling the trend toward online

Small Business Training Class

SUNY Oswego’s Business Resource Center will host a small business training class for those interested

financial relief

After the initial round of loans this Spring, there are still funds available for loans

The SBA Upstate New York District Office visited Witty Wicks Candles & Gift Shop in Syracuse. (From L to R) SBA Upstate New York District Director Bernard J. Paprocki and Founder & Owner of Witty Wicks Aubry Panek.

Shop Small

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Upstate New York District Office (SBA) is encouraging neighbors to

Cover Story

Bernard J. Paprocki

Upstate district director of U.S. Small Business Administration leads agency that serves as saving grace to those financially hobbled by global pandemic By Lou Sorendo Born on March 14, 1955,

Special Features

People enjoying some of the attactions at Greek Peak Mountain.

Operators believe more skiers will hit the slopes this season because it provides the opportunity

SYR Clothing

By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant Just before the birth of their baby, Matt and Taylor Sourwine

Ryan Galloway, right, joins the business started by Thomas Galloway (seated) and run by his father, Bill Galloway.

Third-generation real estate specialist ramps up role at Century 21 Galloway Realty When Thomas Galloway

Nonprofit

By Ken Sturtz As the COVID-19 virus upended day-to-day life and plunged Americans into financial

building materials

Contractor: Same project that cost $2,300 in the spring, now goes for $8,300 By Ken

Me’Shae Rolling

Me’Shae Rolling became president of Upstate Minority Economic Alliance in September. She shares her plans

Al-amin Muhammad

By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant When Al-amin Muhammad hands out a lunch or clothing to a

Early retirement

Veteran teachers across the region who might have otherwise continued working have decided to retire

population

All four counties that make up the Central New York/Syracuse metropolitan area have lost population

Shatrau

Michelle Shatrau

Third-generation owner of N.E.T. & Die, Inc. returns to familiar territory in Fulton By Lou

Jeff Coakley

Until recently, Jeff Coakley served as chief operating officer at Oswego Health By Deborah Jeanne

Restaurant

Lean times for restaurants across state, country By Lou Sorendo Restaurants may be among the

Steve Butler

A Q&A With Stephen Butler

Executive director of Syracuse-based CNY Arts appeals to individuals and organizations to help raise a

grandma browns

Where’s the Beans?

Missing from grocery store shelves: Grandma Brown’s Home Baked Beans. Company recently resumed production after

Success Story

CJ Demars

C.J. Demars Mechanical

Christopher Demars worked for several contractors before being laid off during the Great Recession of 2008. Armed with solid experience, he started his own heating and air conditioning business and

Dining Out

A guilty pleasure everyone can agree on: The loaded twisters for breakfast ($6.29) at Mimi’s Drive-In in Fulton.

Drive In and Stay a While

Mimi’s puts the “full” in Fulton By Christopher Malone I’ve been on a diner kick, which made choosing Mimi’s Drive-In in Fulton an easy first-choice when narrowing down the restaurants

Departments

Fake news

President Trump popularized the term ‘fake news’ but fabricated news articles have been around for

COIDA supported 23 projects that have or will be investing more than $111 million in

Staff at the river’s end bookstore in Oswego. “Through the initial lockdown right up to the present day, our community has responded by taking advantage of our curbside service, home delivery and competitive shipping rates,” said store manager Emil Christmann.

By Tim Nekritz nekritz@gmail.com ‘With reading books among the reported trends as people spend more

We just published our 27th annual Business Guide. A thank-you note to our advertisers is

The current health and economic crisis is a stark reminder of the importance of an

2021

Interviews by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant “I want him to not raise taxes and maintain low

Clerkin

Janet Clerkin

Tourism industry in Oswego County hard hit by pandemic; event promotions currently on hold, says

Brown Dog Wood Products

Patty Smith

Co-owner of Brown Dog Wood Products in Central Square specializes in kiln-dried lumber, custom moldings

The oldest and most important Taiwanese temple is Longshan founded in 1738.

Taiwan, the ‘Other’ China

By Sandra Scott Unfortunately, the island of Taiwan is often overlooked as a tourist destination.