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Too Many Baseball Stores, Jane Forbes Clark Suggests

Too Many Baseball Stores,

Jane Forbes Clark Suggests

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
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Ommegang Begins $2M Enhancement

GIFT SHOP, CAFE EXPANDING

Ommegang Begins

$2M Enhancement

Artist’s rendering shows the outline of Brewery Ommegang’s expanded cafe and gift shop.

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.

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Community Bank Affiliate, Gordon B. Roberts Merge

Community Bank Affiliate,

Gordon B. Roberts Merge

ONEONTA – The Gordon B. Roberts Agency is merging into ONEGROUP NY Inc., an affiliate of Community Bank System, GBR President Vince Foti announced today.

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.

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Otsego Electric Spending $3.9 M To Expand High Speed Internet

Otsego Electric Spending $3.9M

To Expand High Speed Internet

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)

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In 30th Year, Wolf Wilde Doubles Jewelry Store Size

In 30th Year, Wolf Wilde

Doubles Jewelry-Store Size

Members of the Wolf Wilde jewelry store clan pause for a photo Saturday as they prepare to host an open house in their new store in downtown Oneonta’s Clinton Plaza. Parents Wolf and Janet Wilde are surrounded by their children, from left, Reuben Wilde, Leslie Coughlin, Karen Wilde, and Liz Pereira. The store was moved next door into the former Music Square, doubling its size. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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NEW CVS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

DRIVE-THRU PHARMACY ADDED

NEW CVS OPEN

FOR BUSINESS

Picking up a Syracuse Post-Standard, Charles Hill, the former village Planning Board chair, top photo, was one of the first 10 customers in the new CVS that opened at 8 a.m. today on Cooperstown’s southern gateway. Lower left, Store Manager Jamie Wadowiec welcomes customer Alan Stearn, visiting the Hall of Fame from Rockville, Md., as Jessica Lorette, Town of Springfield, processes his purchase. Lower right is Hill exiting through the drive-thru pharmacy, one of the main reasons the Rhode-Island-based national retailer gave for seeking to move from 100 Main St. to the corner of Chestnut and Beaver. Also new is a gilt-lettered sign proclaming the entrance to Badger Park, the village’s ice rink, and a fence separating the park from the parking lot. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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An End, And A Beginning For Cooperstown’s CVS

An End, And A Beginning

For Cooperstown’s CVS

Store clerk Kristin Bridge of Waterville presides during the final minutes of business at CVS’ pharmacy at 100 Main St., downtown Cooperstown. At noon, the downtown CVS closed, the staff can be seen cleaning out the storage room throughout the afternoon and moving final supplies to the new CVS drive-thru pharmacy at Beaver and Chestnut on the south end of the village The new store open at 8 a.m. Sunday. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Seward Tours Golden Artist Plant

Seward Tours Golden Artist Plant

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, discusses manufacturing processes with Golden Artist Colors Operation Manager John Heath yesterday during a tour of the New Berlin plant. He also visited the Sam & Adele Golden Residence space. Accompanying the Senator on the visit was Mary Jo Ferrare of the Workforce Development Institute, who helped Golden secure funding for a recent Kaizen training programs for its staff as part of the company’s Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement initiatives.
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With Grand Opening Nov. 4, CVS Crews Stacking Shelves

With Grand Opening Nov. 4,

CVS Crews Stacking Shelves

With the grand opening of the new CVS pharmacy on Cooperstown’s south end scheduled for Nov. 4, Manager Jamie Wadowiec advises staffer Edith Platt of Davenport as stocking of shelves is underway in earnest. At right, Bill Powers of Oneonta piles empty cardboard boxes in front of the new store, which will feature a drive-through pharmacy. CVS is closing its Main Street store as it shifts its operation to the new facility. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Brewery Ommegang 20th Birthday Today

Brewery Ommegang

20th Birthday Today

Twenty years ago today, Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield began production at Brewery Ommegang, the Belgian-style brewery that has become a Cooperstown and Otsego County tourism, entertainment and community centerpiece over the past two decades.   Top photo, from Ommegang files, shows construction underway on the unique plant (right photo), modeled after a Belgian farmhouse.  To celebrate the anniversary, the brewery has created a 20th Anniversary Ale, which is selling well, according to company President Doug Campbell, in its outlets in 48 states and the District of Columbia.  (AllOTSEGO.com)

DETAILS ON OMMEGANG’S SUCCESS STORY
IN THIS WEEKEND FREEMAN’S,  HOMETOWN
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