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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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Cooperstown General Store About To Close

Cooperstown General

Store About To Close

The Cooperstown General Store is closing, customers learned in letter that arrived in their mailboxes over the weekend declaring, “Everything must go!”  Ron Jex, the longtime manager here, and owner Fran Phelps of Unadilla, who also operates Unadilla Variety, are planning to retire. The windows were papered over at 43-47 Main this morning and the doors locked “to prepare for our biggest sale ever!” this Thursday.   (AllOTSEGO.com)
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Original Adirondack Furnishing ‘Sold!’ At Christopher’s Auction

Original Adirondack Furnishing

‘Sold!’ At Christopher’s Auction

Above, Ramona Schafsteck, Cherry Valley, with the help of friend Nancy Manganaro, detaches one of two decorative bears she bought yesterday as Brzostek’s Auction Service sold off the contents of the Adirondack-style Christoper’s Motel, many of the items hand-crafted. Adjacent Christopher’s Restaurant burned in April, and, according to talk at the auction, owner Marty Patton’s plan is to raze this structure, clearing a sizable parcel of coveted Southside Oneonta real estate for redevelopment. At right, auctioneer Ernest Brzostek, assistant by wife Martha, auctions off a room’s-worth of content at a time, for prices ranging from $200 for all the contents to $800-plus. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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MIRABITO SIGNS RISE AT TAYLOR’S

MIRABITO SIGNS

RISE AT TAYLOR’S

Binghamton-Based Company Said

About To Buy Cooperstown Firm

Mirabito Energy Products Regional Manager Phil Barton, left, and Sales & Marketing Director Kevin Quinton pause outside the Goodyear Lake convenience store shortly after the sign was changed from Taylor’s. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

“Mirabito” replaced “Taylor” on the sign in front of the Goodyear Lake quick-stop this afternoon as the worst-kept secret in Otsego County in recent days became public.

Word is that Binghamton-based Mirabito is buying Cooperstown-based Taylor Heating & Mini Marts.  Of the seven stores, five are in Otsego County, including the lighthouse-adorned one, a landmark as you enter Cooperstown on Route 28 from the south.

In addition to Goodyear Lake and Cooperstown, Mirabito is acquiring the Mini Mart in Oneonta’s East End, plus the ones in Laurens and Richfield Springs.  Outside Otsego County, Mini Marts in Norwich and Richmondville are part of the package.

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Community Embraces New Upstate Restaurant

Community Embraces

New Upstate Bar, Grill

Joe Vezza’s new Upstate Bar & Grill, on Route 28 on Cooperstown’s south end, was even more packed than usual Saturday evening, as – with the summer season over – the new establishment hosted a community open house.  Hundreds watched a variety of football games and savored a buffet with samples of appetizers and entrees – from ribs to a whole pig – from the newly released menu. Inset photo,  bartenders Sam Borgstrom, Jennifer Putnam and Maria Senk serve from 26 taps of local, state, national and even a few international beers.  In addition to regular offerings, Upstate is offering banquet space for private parties.  (Tara Barnwell/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Chamber Welcomes Cricket To Southside Mall

AT&T Cell Phone Store

Welcomed To Southside

The ribbon was cut this afternoon on a new AT&T Cricket cell phone store in the Panera building at Southside Mall.  Participating are, from left, Mall Manager Luisa Montanti, Kasondra Hughes, Otsego Chamber of Commerce member services coordinator, Cricket sales reps Katelyn Knapp and Lawrence Knight, Joe Lazzaro from operations, and Lisa Gelormini from human resources. A grand opening celebration continues into this evening.  Stop by for a slice of cake.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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