January 2016: People on the Move

Named real property tax services director

Candy J. Akin

Candy C. Akin

Candy C. Akin, Lyons Falls, recently began duties as Lewis County’s real property tax services director

Mrs. Akin, who has worked in the county office for the past 5½ years, will earn $48,000-per-year in her new position. She succeeds her boss, Linda D. Hoskins, who was sworn in last month as the county’s first female county clerk. [Read more…]

January 2016 Business History: The Railroad Writer

‘My greatest hobby is the railroad’

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Despite his lackluster pursuit of academics, Watertown native Edward Hungerford achieved remarkable success once he parlayed his love of the railroad and trains into a career. Watertown Daily Times File Photo.

Watertown man turned lifelong love of trains into a successful career

By Dave Shampine, NNY Business

The letter with its unique signature — a pencil-sketched railroad steam engine — is in as good condition today as it was nearly 76 years ago when Edward Hungerford rolled the stationery out of his typewriter. [Read more…]

Calendar – January 2016

Community/Business Calendar

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January 2016: Small Business Startup

Fabric and Sew Much More

"Fabric and Sew Much More" owner Debbie L. Wood with fabric samples inside her Clayton store. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

“Fabric and Sew Much More” owner Debbie L. Wood with fabric samples inside her Clayton store. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

After Debbie L. Wood, 56, retired last year from her maintenance job at the Clayton Recreation Park Arena, she decided it was time to turn her passion for sewing into a full-time business. [Read more…]

January 2016: Business Briefcase

Camino Real Mexican Restaurant to feature authentic cuisine

0112_WDJ_MEXICAN1 WEBAuthentic Mexican cuisine is coming to Watertown — and in generous helpings. [Read more…]

January 2016: What’s Happening Here?

F.X. Caprara Honda

With infrastructure work completed to give tenants access to utilities, the 88-acre corporate park recently achieved “shovel ready” status from Empire State Development. Park owner Purcell Construction Corp., Watertown, invested about $450,000 in design and infrastructure work to make water and sewer lines accessible at the site, ESD said in a news release. The site’s “shovel ready” certification means it meets utility requirements for businesses to move in. Purcell received a $125,000 grant from National Grid’s Shovel Ready Infrastructure program to help complete preparation work at the site, which has railroad access and space for about 20 businesses. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

With infrastructure work completed to give tenants access to utilities, the 88-acre corporate park recently achieved “shovel ready” status from Empire State Development. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

What: F.X. Caprara Honda dealership

Location: Outer Bradley Street corporate park, town of Pamelia. The Honda dealership is adjacent to the Exit 47 interchange off I-81 at the northern end of the park.

Owner: F.X. Caprara Car Cos. Co-owner Charles G. Caprara has been named to manage the Honda franchise

Developer: D.C. Building Systems

Site prep: Purcell Construction Corp.

Opening: April 1

Features: In addition to a state-of-the-art showroom, the 30,000-square-foot dealership includes a service center with 13 vehicle bays. The lot contains 421 parking spaces for inventory and customers. “We’re going to try to land 400 cars for opening day,” Mr. Caprara said. “I want color choices and every bit of available product.” The main entrance/exit is on Bradley Street for the dealership, which will be the only Honda franchise in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

Local jobs: 60 full-time employees upon completion; several dozen construction jobs

Job fair: A job fair for open positions will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at The Workplace employment agency, 1000 Coffeen St. Job openings will soon be available for a variety of sales, service and administrative positions.

— Ken Eysaman, compiled from Watertown Daily Times staff reports.

Sarah J. Bullock, 37: Village of Carthage

Family and community are important aspects of Sarah J. Bullock’s life. [Read more…]

Nathan Lashomb, 37: Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce


Nathan Lashomb is a man of focus.

As a professional photographer and owner of Forevermore Studio Photography in Massena, Mr. Lashomb focuses on bringing out the best in clients during photography sessions. And as executive director of the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce, a position he’s held since mid-June, he focuses on bringing out the best in Massena to attract tourists — and potential businesses — to the north country. [Read more…]

December 2015: Business Briefcase


St. Lawrence County sales tax revenues down

Sales tax revenues in St. Lawrence County are continuing to decline compared with a year ago. [Read more…]

2015 Class of 20 Under 40


This year’s class of 20 Under 40:

A development director, a news anchor, an assistant principal, an operations and IT supervisor, an advertising account executive, a financial director, health care professionals, a chief of staff and business owner, a village mayor, a civil engineer, an installation forester, a company president and a few directors.

Our fifth annual 20 Under 40 class was the most competitive field yet, and these individuals represent a snapshot of Northern New York’s most accomplished, dedicated and involved young professionals, across three Northern New York counties and across a wide range of nonprofits, businesses.
All of these young men and women are involved in some shape or form in their community, whether by serving on an organization’s board, creating an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, hosting a polar bear dip, or something as simple as helping to coaching a community basketball team or participating a charity 5K run/walk.

All of these leaders, who are between the ages of 25 and 39, were chosen not only by the editors and staff of NNY Business magazine, but by virtue of glowing recommendations from their peers and employers. And not only do these emerging leaders, who embody the prized north country values of compassion, hard work and selflessness, make time in hectic schedules to volunteer in the community, they give their very best in challenging career fields each and every day, all out of an effort to make the place they have chosen to stay in and call home the very best place it can be.