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Chamber of Commerce

As Burr Truck Opens, 50ft Flag Soars Again

As Burr Truck Opens,

50ft Flag Soars Again

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Burr Truck at 6180 Rt. 23 on Southside in Oneonta this afternoon at the former sight of Flagpole Nissan. Above, Bob Wood, Supervisor of the Town of Oneonta, Karen Lang, Otsego County Chamber, Jody Zakrevsky, Otsego Now, Mayor Gary Herzig, Barbara Ann Heegan, Otsego County Chamber, Mike Burr, Chuck Burr, owners of Burr Truck, Sandy Eighmey, Sidney Federal Credit Union, and Lillian McPhillips, Constituent Services representative, pause for a photo of the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Behind them are members of Boy Scout Troop 23, who were tasked with hoisting the 50’x 20′ American flag up the landmark flagpole. At right, scout leaders David Morell, Paul Van Der Kruk, and Pete Miller salute at the flag rises into the afternoon wind.

“The flag was right in the building!” said Chuck Burr. “I guess the former owners bought it before they left and they left it in there. We figured we would have it fly again to let people know we are here and open for business!”

Chuck Burr, who co-owns the Southside location with his cousin Mike Burr, are third generation owners of Burr Truck, which started in 1967 in Vestal. “We have a lot of customers here and we wanted to be able to service them better.” explained Burr, “We drove by, saw this building and thought ‘we can do something with that.’ One year later, here we are!” They currently offer truck parts for sale, but plan to expand in the next 3-6 months to include truck sales and leasing. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Oneonta AAA Finds New Home On Southside

Oneonta AAA Finds

New Southside Home

AAA celebrated the grand opening of its new location on Oneonta’s Southside with a ceremonial ribbon cutting this morning.  Participating were, from left, Nicole Roe,  Jane Murphy,  Vikki Bellinger, Laima Kauger, Stacie Medowcraft,all of Oneonta; Adrianna Lewis, Utica, Jamie Reynolds, Oneonta, Carol Morris, Utica, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, Kevin Morgan, Oneonta, Patti Artessa, Utica, incoming branch manager Stacie Harvey and Daniel Butterman, both of Oneonta; Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, current branch manager Deb Leach, state Sen. Jim Seward’s representative Catherine Mosher, Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood, Karen Lang, Otsego County Chamber, Gary Lang, Oneonta Outlaws and AAA Regional Manager Ed Welsh. “Our company is committed to Oneonta,” said Welsh. “AAA has been in Oneonta for over 100 years and we’re not going anywhere. We plan to be here for a long time. We may be a national organization, but we hire strong, local, hometown folks.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Primal Fitness Celebrates Grand Opening

Primal Fitness Celebrates

Their Grand Opening

Dan Wyant, Danny Lapin, Sara Joyner, Joe Vallette, Monika Vallette, Denny Allen, Treei Youngs, Amanda Brandas, Melissa Moore, Nicole Rothernberger, Jenni Critti-LeBeau, Lindsey Rumenapp, Patrice Doxtader, Dylan Wright and Phuong Nguyen prepare to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Primal Revolution Fitness this morning at 144 Roundhouse Road in Oneonta. “We have workouts that are scalable for every fitness level. We have triatheletes and beginners in their 60’s!” said Monika Vallette, who co-ownes the gym with Amanda Brandas and Nicole Rothenberger. “We want to help make everyone into happier, healthier versions of themselves through Crossfit.” said Brandas, “There is a real community aspect here. Everyone is supportive and pushes each other.” Rothenberger added “We start and finish the workout together. That way no one is left behind. That just started happening, it comes with the camaraderie.” At right, Jeff Joyner, President of Fox Hospital, gets into his routine climbing the rope. The gym, which opened in the beginning of March, already has plans to expand to accommodate a larger workout rig and more floor space for their growing membership. The gym is open 5am-9pm.

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Chamber Cuts Ribbon On Main Street Shop

Chamber Cuts Ribbon

On Main Street Shop

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce welcomed another business to Oneonta’s Main Street today, cutting the ribbon on Bargain Baby, a toddler oriented consignment shop. From left, Nica Hurlbert, 9, Otego, Katie Seamon, a representative from state Sen Jim Seward’s office, Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, owner Kaylea Cetnar, and husband Brian Cetnar, holding the couple’s one year old daughter, Kali. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com). 

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Denny’s Celebrates Remodel With Ribbon Cutting, Specials

Denny’s Celebrates Remodel

With Ribbon Cutting, Specials

From left: Benjamin Cruz, michelle Arnecke, Kimberly Simmons, Frank Aviles, Mae Van Alstyne-Davis, Kitty Cruz, Rita Strobeck, Abu Morshed, Jane Brown, Erica VanWarner, Aria Morsted, Sharon Teator, David Johnson, Mike Hall, Dustin Hummell and Paul Ferguson cut the ribbon at the Oneonta Denny’s during their Grand Slam celebration for the newly remodeled restaurant on Monday morning. Stop on in for specials that including the newly launched 3-course meals, or buy a mug and get free coffee for a month! (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15

Learn The Power Of E-mail

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MARKETING SEMINAR – 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Winter Educational Seminar Series presents “The Power of E-mail Marketing.” Cost, $12 per person includes lunch. Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/calendar-of-events/#!event/2017/2/15/the-power-of-email-marketing

LECTURE SERIES – 6:30-8 p.m. Be Informed. Dan Sullivan, Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, presents “How you can make an impact using clean energy” on what clean energy is and how you and your municipality can get involved in programs to have a positive impact on the changing climate. Free. Registration preferred. Mohican Farm, 7195 St. Rt. 80, Cooperstown. Info, http://occainfo.org/calendar/mohican-farm-lecture-series-can-make-impact-using-clean-energy/ or call Jeff O’Handley (607)282-4087

FILM SERIES – 7 p.m. Winter Wednesday’s film series showing of “Juno.” Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info, foothillspac.org

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‘Home Owner Jobs’ Focus of Chamber’s 30th Year

‘Homeowner Jobs’ Focus

Of Chamber’s 30th Year

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce held a holiday party at NBT Bank tonight honoring their 30th year. Jamie Reynolds, lower left, introduced Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan who spoke on how small businesses who drive our local economy need more support, and that this year will focus on bringing more 'home owner type jobs'. "We are here to support you!" said Heegan. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
At the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s holiday party this evening at NBT Bank’s Wall Street, Oneonta, branch, bank Regional Vice President Jamie Reynolds, lower right, introduced Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, who spoke on how small businesses who drive our local economy need more support, and that this year will focus on attracting more “homeowner-type jobs.” “We are here to support you!” said Heegan.   The chamber is celebrating its 30th year.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Opportunities for Otsego, Carol Blazina and Baseball Hall of Fame Take Top Honors at Chamber Awards

200 Celebrate Carol Blazina, OFO,

Hall Of Fame At Chamber Dinner

The three honorees of the 2015 Otsego County Annual Dinner & Celebration of Business pose after festivities ended last evening at SUNY Oneonta's Hunt Unio Ballroom.  From left are Dan Maskin, Opportunity for Otsego CEO; Carol Ann Blazina, retired SUNY Oneonta vice president and former president of the Foothills Board, and Sean Gahagan, Baseball Hall of Fame vice president.   OFO was the first recipient of the Quality of Life Award; Blazina is the Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen; and the Hall is NBT's Distinguished Business.  (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
The three honorees of the 2015 Otsego County Annual Dinner & Celebration of Business pose after festivities ended last evening at SUNY Oneonta’s Hunt Unio Ballroom.  From left are Dan Maskin, Opportunity for Otsego CEO; Carol Ann Blazina, retired SUNY Oneonta vice president and former president of the Foothills Board, and Sean Gahagan, Baseball Hall of Fame vice president. OFO was the first recipient of the Quality of Life Award; Blazina is the Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen; and the Hall is NBT’s Distinguished Business.  (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
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