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Pandemic has been good for businesses that sell fitness equipment. Andy Venditti, owner of the Syracuse Fitness Store, said his sales were up more than 100% in 2020 compared to 2019.

By Payne Horning When it comes to setting New Year’s resolutions, fitness goals are nothing new, but exactly how people choose to

Pictured are, Ed Alberts (left), owner of Wired Telcom and winner of 2018 Next Great Idea Oswego County Business Plan Competition, and Austin Wheelock (right), NGI Chairperson.

“The Next Great Idea Oswego County Business Plan Competition” (NGI) is calling for entries for

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Nonprofit organizations in the Central New York region are invited to apply for grants Nonprofit

Virtual Shopping

Brick-and-mortar retail facing challenges to capture share of holiday shoppers’ dollars By Lou Sorendo COVID-19

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Golden Touch

Atom Avery celebrating the completion of his most ambitious project to date, the Litatro building in the heart of downtown Oswego By Lou Sorendo An entrepreneur is inherently a businessperson

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Gov. Cuomo said that the redesign project of I-81 in Syracuse will break ground in 2022. It will encompass the redesign and or replacement of 50 bridges and cost somewhere in the range of $1.9 billion.

By Payne Horning New commitments from high-ranking government officials are raising hopes that the long-awaited

Husband, wife combination plays key role in transformative development projects in county By Lou Sorendo

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Catherine Gill

New CEO of St.Luke Health Services, Oswego County’s largest nursing home, takes the helm amid

The bar at Southern Fare, located on the ground level of Litatro, a building in the heart of downtown Oswego. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Canfield Photography.

New Restaurants Open in Oswego

Undaunted by pandemic, two Oswego restauranteurs move forward with openings By Payne Horning It’s the

BBQ burger ($7.75) at Sherry’s Downtown Diner. The thick patty was cooked medium, came with lettuce, two onion rings and a slathering of barbecue sauce.

Delectable Downtown Diner

Nothing Beats a Diner — and Sherry’s Downtown Diner in Oswego Won’t Disappoint You By

Assistant professor James Weinschreider teaches in the technology department at SUNY Oswego while he maintains a goat farm in Wayne County.

Assistant professor and his wife produce specialty cheeses at their re-launched business in Wayne County

Francesca Orsomarso, the founder and president of FMN Creative in Utica.

By David L. Podos The owner of a boutique public relations company in Utica has

Jennifer Powers helps her son, David, work sap off a maple tree in their property.

Happy Jack’s Maple sells at area farmers markets, pop-up shops in other stores, online and

Brian Rossi and his family of Fabius, promoting the coffee he sells in the region.

Owner of Cook’s Coffee sees decline in sales but he’s optimistic business will pick up

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Got an idea for a start-up? Before you get overly excited, consider its viability. By

Empty hallways at Great Northern Mall in Clay on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 31. Most stores have moved to other locations or closed.

Death Knell for Suburban Malls

Retail Council: Many factors exist as to why traditional malls are biting the dust By

Feature Stories

NY Farm Show

No NY Farm Show This Year

Canceled fair represents another loss of an event at the NYS Fairgrounds By Deborah Jeanne

now hiring

Healthcare sector is projected to be the region’s fastest-growing industry during this decade By Deborah

9 Key Sectors 

Analysis of some of the key sectors of the local economy Stories by Ken Sturtz

Construction of the Midtown Plaza on the east side of Oswego: 75,000 square-foot mixed-use building being built by Rochester-based Home Leasing, LLC.

Batten Down the Hatches

Port City withstanding COVID-19 storm, focuses on ’21 progress By Lou Sorendo Like any business,

City of Fulton Mayor Deana Michaels is shown visiting a downtown business last spring to distribute a COVID-19 safety packet. 

Beating back pandemic, city of Fulton intent of making progress happen in 2021 By Lou

Yearning for Normalcy

Central New York business sectors gearing up for what is hoped to be successful recovery

Drone at NY-UAS (New York unmanned aircraft systems) test site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome. Photo provided.

The Future is Now

Drone industry soars to new heights in Central New York By Mary Beth Roach The

EZ Stak is a Kingston, Ontario, Canada-based company that recently completed a $6 million expansion project in Watertown, moving to a new 14,660-square-foot facility and adding production lines. EZ STAK is an industry leader and manufacturer of modular interior storage systems for work trucks, service bodies, vans, trailers, and law enforcement vehicles.

Up in Arms

Jefferson County looks to recover as usually prosperous tourism trade takes major hit due to

medical students

Enrollment is up 40% at University at Buffalo, 26.2% at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Experts

New hire involved in employee engagement to make sure that employees feel valued and heard

Medical

By Payne Horning If 2020 was the year of the pandemic, one can only hope

Working from home, Melissa Gardner, executive vice president, population health engagement at Excellus BCBS, has to juggle work and kids. In a statement, she said: “We are supporting each other more than I would have thought possible,” she said about her colleagues at the insurer. Photo provided.

Nearly entire workforce of 3,600 at Excellus still working from home. ‘We haven’t missed a

Success Story

Vincent “Vinny” Lobdell Jr., HealthWay’s president, and his father, Vincent Lobdell Sr., who serves as CEO and chairman of the company

Company’s workforce in Pulaski more than doubled in less than year By Ken Sturtz Tens of thousands of HealthWay purification systems have been placed in the New York City School

Dining Out

BBQ burger ($7.75) at Sherry’s Downtown Diner. The thick patty was cooked medium, came with lettuce, two onion rings and a slathering of barbecue sauce.

Delectable Downtown Diner

Nothing Beats a Diner — and Sherry’s Downtown Diner in Oswego Won’t Disappoint You By Christopher Malone Oh, Sherry, your food holds up. It’s interesting to visit a location for

Departments

Emily Hart shows off some of the kayaks, canoes and gear in the basement of the home owned by her and husband Chris Legard, which serves as home base for their new business, Tug Hill Outfitters.

New business in Williamstown an opportunity for local couple to share remote outdoors By Tim

Covid dollar bill

L. Michael Treadwell ooc@oswegocounty.org ‘Looking to the future, we want to ensure that as many

By Richard L. Weber, Esq. ‘Nonprofit boards should consider obtaining ‘directors and officers’ insurance coverage

Katie Toomey

Executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce on what the organization is doing

Goals

Interviews by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant “I would say that our top goal always is to

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Matthew Dawson

Entrepreneur started his business — mydigitaldiscount.com — in the late ‘90s while in college. It’s

By Wagner Dotto Paid advertising is key to keeping this magazine going, and we’re thankful

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, is a functioning mosque constructed between 1609 and 1616. It’s one of Istanbul’s top tourist attraction.

Istanbul, Where East Meets West

By Sandra Scott Visit two continents but just one city. It is where East meets

Donald Trump

‘The True Believer’

Book written nearly 70 years ago describes the Trump phenomenon By Bruce Frassinelli bfrassinelli@ptd.net ‘Now