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They’re The Tops, Oscar Avers As Winning Businesses Toasted

They’re The Tops, Oscar Avers

As Winning Businesses Toasted

A life-size Oscar looks on approvingly at this evening’s honorees at the Otsego County Chamber’s 18th annual Banquet & Celebration of Small Business, now underway at The Otesaga. Center right, Springbrook President Patricia Kennedy and Finance Committee chair Bill Mirabito accepted the Breakthrough Award. Center left, Barbara Roberts and Joan Fox accepted the Small Business Award on behalf of their Keller Williams realty network.   Hartwick College’s Allison Homler, left, and SUNY Oneonta’s Matthew Coville, right, were Interns of the Year.  A new format – an evening of networking – was tested this year:  The awards were presented first, then the 250 guests went through a buffet line and circulated, introducing themselves of other guests, chatting and snacking.  The big Oscar was created by Ian Austin of Oneonta for the Fox Hospital’s recent annual gala, but is now making the circuit of the season’s social events.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Inside, Outside The Otesaga, Roger Stone Stirs Reactions

Inside, Outside The Otesaga,

Roger Stone Stirs Reactions

Veteran Republican consultant Roger Stone, top photo, left, shares insights with, from right, Otsego County Republican chairman Vince Casale, Lynne Krogh and Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. last evening at the annual county Republican Dinner at The Otesaga.  Stone, who has recently published “The Making of The American President 2016,” said the Netflix movie based on the book has caused a spike in sales.  Controversial dating back to his days as an operative for President Richard M. Nixon, as well as his friendship with President Trump, Stone’s appearance also stirred a protest across Lake Street from the resort hotel, led by Maguire Benton, president of the Otsego County Young Democrats, in photo at left.  With him are Toni McGrath, right, and Anita Pratt, both of Delmar, where they belong to a “huddle,” a group seeking to apply lessons learned at the Women’s March in Washington in January.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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In Renovated Hawkeye, All Diners View Otsego Lake

In Renovated Hawkeye Grill,

All Diners View Otsego Lake

Jim Miles, The Otesaga’s general manager, gestures toward the new expanded and renovated Hawkeye Bar & Grill, which reopened for business at noon today after four months of renovations, which moved the bar into the former Templeton Lounge and expanded seating by 20 tables, with a wall of windows facing Otsego Lake. The former bar area was converted to two private dining rooms, The Templeton and The Pioneer, with a “wall of wine,” holding over 1,000 bottles, separating them. Miles reported that the lunch crowd was “complimentary” about the changes, and he expected a strong showing for dinner this evening.    Last evening, Jane Forbes Clark, president of The Leatherstocking Corp., which owns The Otesaga, held a reception for all the contractors.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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‘Repeal, Replace’ Bill Phony, Backers Know It, Streck Says

‘Repeal, Replace’ Bill Phony,

Backers Know It, Streck Says

Former Bassett CEO Speaks To Providers At Otesaga
HANYS’ Bill Streck fields a question from Vance Brown, his successor as Bassett president/CEO, at today’s LCHP symposium at The Otesaga.  (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – The American Health Care Act, proclaimed as a replacement for Obamacare, is “stealth” legislation that doesn’t do what its supporters purport it will – and they know it.

Former Bassett CEO Bill Streck delivered that message today at a daylong symposium of  the Leatherstocking Collaborative Health Partners at The Otesaga.  The LCHP includes all providers of health-related services locally, from Springbrook and Pathfinder Village to LEAF.

STRECK’S RECOMMENDED READING

Today’s lead editorial in the New York Times

Piece in yesterday’s Harvard Business Review

“It’s getting harder and harder to pretend:  It’s just a bad bill,” he said.  Congress is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow.

Streck, now chief innovation officer for HANYS (the state Hospital Association), outlined three example of how the ACHA (Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act) doesn’t do, or even intends to do, as a prospective replacement to the ACA (Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act):

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Opioid Stakeholder Summit Underway In Cooperstown

Opioid Stakeholder Summit

Underway In Cooperstown

Dr. Andrew Kolodny, center, co-director of opioid policy research at Brandeis University, is keynoter this evening at a CNY Heroin & Opioid Key Stakeholder Summit: “A Call to Action,” sponsored by Bassett Healthcare and Leatherstocking Collaborative Health Partners at The Otesaga. Others, from left, are James Anderson, PhD, moderator of the Community Response Panel, Dr. Richard Brown, Bassett outpatient psychology, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, a co-sponsor, Dr. Brian White, Bassett interventional pain management, Julie Dostal, PhD, LEAF executive director, and Dr. Steven Heneghan, Bassett chief clinical officer.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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COOPERSTOWN CHAMBER ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME

COOPERSTOWN CHAMBER

ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME

COOPERSTOWN – The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce is announcing its first entries in its Hall of Fame.  Bruce Markusen is in the process of announcing eight winners:

  1. Church & Scott Pharmacy
  2.  The Clark Sports Center
  3. Fly Creek Cider Mill
  4. The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta
  5. Hyde Hall
  6. The Inn at Cooperstown
  7.  Mohican Flowers
  8. The Otesaga

The eight winners will be honored at a reception in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Hall of Plaques in April, part of the Cooperstown Chamber’s celebration of its 100th anniversary.

LISTEN TO BRUCE MARKUSEN’S ANNOUNCEMENT
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Enjoy Final Evening Of Fun At 50th Cooperstown Carnival

Enjoy Final Evening Of Fun

At 50th Cooperstown Carnival

4-9 p.m. – Fire & Ice Bar, The Otesaga
5 p.m. – Carnival Closer, Cooperstown Farmers’ Market
5:30-9 p.m. – Hawkeye Special, The Otesaga
7-9 p.m. – Paint ‘n’ Sip, Pail Shop Winery, Fly Creek
7:30 p.m. – Annie & The Hedonists, Cooperstown Concert Series, The Otesaga
8 p.m. – 2017 Lip Sync Battle & Flux Capacitor, Cooperstown Farmers’ Market

SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR!

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB. 3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB. 3

Hot Soup Restarts Carnival

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SOUP ‘N’ CHILI – The Cooperstown Winter Carnival starts up for a second weekend 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with Chili, Beef Barley Soup, Broccoli, Bread, Dessert, and drinks.  Adults $8, Children $4 at First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown. Info, 547-9371

CONTRADANCE – 7:15-10:30 p.m. Otsego Dance Society hosts. Music by Eleemosynary, Robby Poulette calls. No partner or experience needed. All dances taught. Newcomers welcome at 7:15 for an introduction to some basic steps. Suggested donation $8 adults; $4 students and teenagers; kids 12 & under free. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Info, (607) 965-8232, 547-8164, www.otsegodancesociety.blogspot.com

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JAN. 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JAN. 26

‘Know Your Rights’

At Hartwick College

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DISCUSSION – 7-8 p.m. Dinner and a Panel discussion “Know Your Rights.” Chesebro Room, Dewar Hall, Hartwick College, Harwick Dr., Oneonta. Info, www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-college-celebrates-king-jr-civil-rights-heritage-month/

CONFERENCE – 8:30-10 a.m. Local manufacturers and training providers meet to discuss goals to ensure there is a trained workforce in the county to meet employers needs. Reservation required. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info, Barbara Ann Heegan, President/CEO Otsego County Chamber of commerce, (607)432-4500 ext. 202 or email baheegan@otsegocc.com

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Lenny Webb, 66; Worked At Otesaga, Dreams Park

IN MEMORIAM: Lenny Webb, 66;

Worked At Otesaga, Dreams Park

Lenny Webb

HARTWICK –  Lewen “Lenny” Ray Webb, 66, of Hartwick, passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 22, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.

Born Aug. 4, 1950, at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich, he was a son of the late Raymond W. and Vera J. (Stratton) Webb.

A graduate of New Berlin Central School, Lenny was drafted into the s Army on May 12, 1970, serving during the Vietnam War.  Following his honorable discharge on May 11, 1973, he returned to New Berlin and for a time was employed at the Roostertail Bar and Grill where he met his future wife.

On June 20, 1981, Lenny married the former Colleen A. Morton in Morris.

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