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Airport Host Soiree, Honors Organizations

Airport Host Chamber Soiree,

Honors Otsego Organizations

Oneonta Job Corp Academy Director Chris Kuhn accepts the NBT Bank Quality of Life Award from NBT Bank Regional Executive and Senior Vice President Jamie Reynolds at the first ever Otsego Chamber of Commerce Summer Soiree this evening. The Soiree was held on the tarmac at the Oneonta Municipal Airport, and celebrated the continued work by Oneonta Job Corp Academy and the Otsego County Conservation Association, who received the NBT Insurance Agency Environmental Stewardship Award. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Bettiol, NBT Honored At Chamber Dinner

Bettiol, NBT Honored

At Chamber Dinner

Being escorted by her grandsons, Eric Michelitch, left, and Ryan Laytham, right, Betty Bettiol accepted her late husband’s distinguished citizen award tonight. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
NBT Bank Senior Vice President and Regional Manager Jamie Reynolds accepted NBT Bank’s Distinguished Business Award this evening. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – The crowd rose to its feet with a roaring applause at the annual Otsego County Chamber of Commerce dinner Thursday evening as Betty Bettiol made her way to the podium to accept the Distinguished Citizen Award, given posthumously to her husband, Eugene A. Bettiol Sr.

Accepting the award for her husband that was named in honor of her late son, Gene Bettiol, Jr., was an emotional moment for everyone in attendance, most of which knew Gene through many years of business in Oneonta.

Betty, her daughter Jaci, and her two grandsons Ryan Laytham and Eric Michelitch took to the stage to accept the award, with Jaci making an acceptance speech in her father’s honor.

“My father was not fond of receiving recognition, and would always say, ‘it’s not my time’,” said  Jaci. “Well dad, time is up, and this is for you.”

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NBT-Mang Insurance In Bank Financial Center

NBT-Mang Insurance

In Bank Financial Center

Now dubbed the NBT Financial Center, the ribbon was cut on the new offices of the NBT-Mang Insurance Agency, relocated from River Street to the NBT building at One Wall Street. Cutting the ribbon are NBT Vice President Jamie Reynolds and Tucker Lounsbury, NBT-Mang Insurance Agency president.  Others, from left, are Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, Otsego Chamber Board Chair Jim Potts, Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan and, at right, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.
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Brooks BBQ Bottling Booms; Space Needed

Brooks BBQ Bottling

Booms; Space Needed

Bob Harlem alerts the Otsego Now board of directors this morning that Albany County and Cobleskill are seeking to lure an expansion of the Brooks BBQ bottling plant. With Harlem were fellow county Development Corp. board member Jamie Reynolds, left, and Jim Jordan of Richfield Springs, the architect. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Albany County, Cobleskill Poaching Jobs;

Otsego Now To Offer Shovel-Ready Site

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Brooks BBQ’s bottling business has taken off, and it needs an extra 150,000 square feet of space in the next two years to accommodate the growth, Otsego Now’s board of director was advised this morning.

And Otsego Now has just the place:  The shovel-ready site at the former Pony Farm.    “You could be in the ground in 30 days,” CEO Sandy Mathes told the directors.  He, COO Elizabeth Horvath and a board member, Craig Gelbsman, were asked to sit down with Ryan Brooks as soon as possible to see if an arrangement is possible.

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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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