Posthumously, Developer Receives
Award Named In Honor Of His Son
ONEONTA – A few minutes ago, The Otsego County Chamber announced the late Eugene A. Bettiol Sr., who passed away Dec. 2, will be honored posthumously with an award named for his son, who passed away a decade earlier.
Bettiol, credited as the prime developer of the Southside Oneonta business district, will receive the Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award at the chamber’s annual dinner at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Wright/Wilber Bank Atrium at Foothills.
Let’s Work Together To Revive Downtown,
Cooperstown’s Benefactress Tells Chamber
Jane Forbes Clark told Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce members this morning that the village’s downtown, which lost the CVS and Cooperstown General Store in recent months, is at a crossroads, and she adopted the chamber’s 2018 of “togetherness” as a way toward a solution. The Hall of Fame chairman said store rents – as high as $7,000 a month – are “too high” to achieve mixed retail offerings, and that there are too many baseball stores. While suggesting no specific solutions, she detailed the hundreds of thousands of visitors Clark entities – The Hall, The Fenimore and The Otesaga among them – attract to Cooperstown annually, potential customers for downtown establishments that can figure out how to bring them in the doors. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
FULL REPORT IN THIS WEEK’S FREEMAN’S JOURNAL,
DUE ON NEWSSTANDS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
GIFT SHOP, CAFE EXPANDING
COOPERSTOWN – Brewery Ommegang has broken ground on a $2 million expansion of the visitors’ center to better accommodate its nearly 80,000 visitors annually, 40 percent from June to August.
Aiding in the renovation and marketing of the brewery once the renovation is complete is a $525,000 CFA state economic development grant that Ommegang received in December – $375,000 for construction and $150,000 for marketing.
GBR was founded in Oneonta in 1947 by the late Gordon “Gordie” Roberts and is well known locally for business and personal insurance. ONEGROUP is one of the largest and fastest-growing independent risk management, insurance, benefits and human resource consulting organizations in the Northeast.
Otsego Electric Cooperative CEO Tim Johnson briefs Otsego Now directors this morning on the Hartwick-based cooperative’s $3.9 million plan for a fiber-optic internet network to serve its members across the county with promised speeds of 1gbps with no data caps. The expanded service, which he anticipates being completed by the end of 2018, will cost members $59.95 per month for fast and reliable Internet service, a commodity that county residents have been requesting for many years. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)