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Grand Opening

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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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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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPT. 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPT. 16

Celebrate The Harvest

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HARVEST FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate the fall harvest with food, music, and activities for all. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. www.farmersmuseum.org/Harvest-Festival

LUMBERFEST – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See timbersports, enjoy activities with Hanford Mills, go on a train ride, do a project, see a demonstration, more. Free, open to public. Co. Rt. 35a, Portlandville. Visit WightmanLumber.com

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 3

Family Fun At The Duck Derby

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DUCK DERBY – Noon-3 p.m. Family Fun Day with duck racing, free pony rides, and a surprise princess guest. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Info, call (607)432-0001 or visit www.facebook.com/FamilyRN/

TRAIL HIKE – 9-11 a.m. Hike the Blue Trail of the Basswood Pond State forest with OCCA program director Jeff O’Handley. Meet in the parking area of the park. Basswood Pond State Forest, 500 Conservation Rd., Burlington. Info, occainfo.org/calendar/blue-trail-basswood/

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ORDER UP! Five Guys Opens in Southside Mall

ORDER UP!

Five Guys Opens In Southside Mall

Cutting the ribbon on their 12th Five Guys Burgers & Fries at Southside Mall this morning are franchisees Tej and Savita Hada.  Assisting, from left, are Regional Manager Bill Greer, Ken Brownell, real estate broker; Luisa Montanti, Southside Mall general manager, Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood, Savida’s cousin Bhanu Gaur of Oneonta, her dad Madan Rathore, and Otsego County Chamber President/CEO Barbara Ann Heegan.  The line stretched out the door as patrons awaited a chance to try Five Guys’ much-touted customizable hamburgers.  Full details in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands Wednesday. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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