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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 Second Honoree At Chamber Banquet

NBT Second Honoree

At Chamber Banquet

Bank, Bettiol Distinguished Business, Citizen

Cutting the ribbon at NBT’s Oneonta Regional Financial Center at One Wall Street last year are, from left, Mayor Gary Herzig, Otsego County Chamber Board Chair Jim Potts,  chamber  President/CEO Barbara Ann Heegan, NBT Bank Regional Executive Jamie Reynolds, NBT-Mang Insurance Agency President Tucker Lounsbury, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.
Gene Bettiol Sr.

ONEONTA – NBT Bank will be honored as the NYCM Insurance Distinguished Business of the Year at the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner, Thursday, May 3, at Foothills, beginning at 5:45 p.m., the chamber announced today.

Earlier, it was announced that Eugene A. Bettiol Sr., who passed away in December, will received the Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award named for his son and sponsored by Bassett Healthcare.

The evening’s theme is   “Supporting Entrepreneurial Spirit in Otsego County.”

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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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Calvin W. ‘Cal’ Chase, 67, First Fan Of Hartwick College Soccer Team

ONEONTA – Calvin W. “Cal” Chase, 67, considered the “first fan” of the Hartwick Hawks soccer team, which won the NCAA National Championship in 1977, passed away Monday, July 31.

Retired from a long career at NBT Bank, Cal rallied alumni when the college was considering dropping its Section 1 status during financial challenges in the early years of this century.  The drive largely met the fund-raising goal set by the college’s then-president, Dick Miller, and the program was saved.

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NBT Bank Teaches CCS Students About Saving, Compound Interest

NBT Bank Teaches CCS Students

About Saving, Compound Interest

Cooperstown Middle School students participated today in NBT Bank’s Strive Program, which teaches such money management skills as the benefits of saving for unexpected opportunities or problems, and understanding compound interest to determine returns on investments.   Meeting with NBT Cooperstown Branch Supervisor Renee VanAlstyne are, from left,  students Kai Boulet, Dillon Burns, Garet Bush, Grant Crowson, Theo Ignatovsky, Evan Osterberg, Reisen Sheldon and  Gaby Woeppel.  Teacher John Brotherton is in the back.
Cooperstown Middle School students participated today in NBT Bank’s Strive Program, which teaches such money management skills as the benefits of saving for unexpected opportunities or problems, and understanding compound interest to determine returns on investments.   Meeting with NBT Cooperstown Branch Supervisor Renee VanAlstyne are, from left,  students Kai Boulet, Dillon Burns, Garet Bush, Grant Crowson, Theo Ignatovsky, Evan Osterberg, Reisen Sheldon and  Gaby Woeppel.  Teacher John Brotherton is in the back.

 

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Arrest Made In Edmeston Bank Heist

Suspect Arrested In

Edmeston Bank Heist

Dennis Gelatt
Dennis Gelatt

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

EDMESTON – An Earlville man is in Otsego County jail today after he was arrested Sunday and charged with robbing the NBT Bank branch in Edmeston on May 23.

Dennis D. Gelatt, 31, was taken into custody when Otsego and Madison county sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at a Madison County home.

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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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NBT Donation Helps Underwrite Farmers’ Museum Theme Weekends

NBT Donation Helps Underwrite 

Farmers’ Museum Themed Weekends

NYSHA President Paul D'Ambrosio accepts a $3,000 donation from NBT Bank Regional Executive Jamie Reynolds, left, and Donna Shipman, vice president/retail market manager in the Cooperstown branch.  The donation will help underwrite "Step Back in Time Weekends" at The Farmers' Museum draw on the public's interest in crafts to expand our interpretation beyond what we can normally offer on a daily basis.  These weekends feature groups of artisans, experts in farming, and other professionals to share their talent and expertise with our visitors.  Each weekend  brings new activities and programs of interest everyone in the family. Visit FarmersMuseum.org for our full schedule.
NYSHA President Paul D’Ambrosio, right, today accepts a $3,000 donation from NBT Bank Oneonta Regional Executive Jamie Reynolds, left, and Donna Shipman, vice president/retail market manager in the Cooperstown branch.  The donation will help underwrite “Step Back in Time Weekends” at The Farmers’ Museum, which feature artisans, experts in farming and other professionals who can help bring to life the 19th century village on Otsego Lake. This weekend’s “Plants and Herbs: Historic Remedies,” is one such weekend. Visit FarmersMuseum.org for our full schedule.

 

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