Chenango Stories: Off the road again

Opening a local business together provided a well-deserved and much-needed break from life on the road for Jake and Shirley Emhof.

Jake and Shirley, Chenango County natives, said they have seen lot, done a lot and have experienced a lot in the past several years.

Jake said he and Shirley met at Columbus Community Church in 1997. “I have done various things ... I have worked in insurance, been a trustee on the Village Board in New Berlin, and I was even mayor at one point,” said Jake.

In time, Shirley, who had been working for Apple Converting in Norwich, started looking into a company that contracted people to make emergency and high-end deliveries for various organizations and companies throughout the United States. After researching the occupation for some time, the couple decided the business endeavor was something they would be interested in.

For 10 years the couple traveled up to three weeks a month delivering various packages across the country. Besides traveling the United States, the Emhofs also said they have been to all but two provinces in Canada. “We got to see stuff most people on vacation don’t even get to see,” said Jake.

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