The Goal: To Help Small Businesses Prosper
KINGSTON – Nick’s Diner proprietor Rodney Thorsland, Oneonta, as well as Jody Zakrevsky, Otsego Now CEO, and Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan will represent the county on Congressman Antonio Delgado’s 19th District Small Business Advisory Committee, it was announced today.
All 11 counties in the district are represented.
“The district is home to more than 27,000 small businesses and self-employed owners, and I am proud to advocate on their behalf as a member of the Small Business Committee in the House of Representatives,” Delgado said.
Proprietor Trish Rost, top photo, center, is joined by members of her team, Lauren Koffer, left, and Keiko Shieber, in front of the new Cooper’s Barn, which opened Friday on Route 28 in Hartwick Seminary, serving ice cream, milk shakes, hotdogs and more. Trish is partnering with Bob Snyder, Cooperstown, in the venture. The barn-red paint replaces the tan you may remember on Penguin Ice Cream, which the Hitt family operated for 14 years. Inset left, Dakota Hitt, granddaughter of the former owners, tries out the new offerings this morning; with her is mom Crystal. Try it out before the Dreams Park crowds arrive Friday. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Glulam Basis Of Sculpture
At Venice’s La Biennale Arte
UNADILLA – Remember “Big Bling,” Martin Puryear’s Glulam-based sculpture unveiled New York City’s Madison Square Park in 2016?
Sunday, “Swallowed Sun,” a new collaboration between Puryear and Glulam manufacturer Unalam of Unadilla will be unveiled in the U.S. Pavilion at La Biennale Arte in Venice, Italy, part of Puryear’s “Liberty/Libertà.” The sculptor was chosen to represent the U.S. this year at La Biennale.
“When the call came in to be a part of Martin’s sculpture team for this exhibition, we didn’t hesitate to say yes,” Unalam CEO Craig Van Cott said. “The hardest part of all of this has been keeping the entire project a secret,” as required by La Biennale Arte, known as “the Olympics of the art world.”
Several CNY Ice-Cream Outlets Close
ONEONTA – Patrons arrived at Friendly’s at Main Street and Walling Avenue this morning to find the store has closed.
“We apologize to disappointing you on this visit, but this location is now closed for business,” a sign posted on the door reads.
Friendly’s end locally appears to be part of Sunday’s closing of a number of outlets in the ice-cream-based chain across the region, including some around Syracuse and as far away at Buffalo.
In an email received a few moments ago, Friendly’s spokesman Hannah Arnold said, “Please note that employees were informed personally. (They did not learn from a sign.) The company is working to support them with opportunities at other locations or severance payments and other assistance.”
Local Store’s End Reduces Chain To Single Norwich Site
By LIBBY CUDMORE
ONEONTA – As the news that McLaughlin’s on Main Street was closing, shoppers poured in to peruse sales and say hail and farewell to Scott and Anna, who have run the downtown staple since 2016.
“We’re not going that much further (away), so please, stop on by,” Scott McLaughlin, president of the Norwich-based department store, told a customer as the closing sale reached a high pitch Friday, March 8.
Even veteran salesman Gordon Breslin, who fitted generations of Oneontans with new shoes since the days of Zimm’s, helped out.
Nothing On File, And Officials Unclear On How $225K Will Be Used
By LIBBY CUDMORE
& JENNIFER HILL
ONEONTA – The DRI Project Selection Committee called the project “transformative” and awarded it $225,000.
But it turns out few details are available on what WHH Realty Corp., owned by city Planning Commission chair Anna Tomaino and her husband, Jimmy T’s proprietor Jim Tomaino, plan for 218-224 Main St.
Asked for details, Project Selection Committee chair Kim Muller, the former mayor, texted, “Some of the information you are looking for may be confidential … I’m trying to figure what level of detail I can share.”
She referred questions to the Tomainos and Mayor Gary Herzig.
Anna Tomaino said, “We want to develop that space for more businesses to move into. We want to see Main Street grow.”
By LIBBY CUDMORE
According to Jim Tallman, Cooperstown Fire Chief, if you really want to know what’s good in a new town, go ask at the fire hall on Chestnut Street.
“Whenever I go someplace, I always stop in at their fire department,” he said. “I like to see what they’re doing, but I also ask for recommendations of where to eat and what to see. And people do the same here when they come in.”
As an unofficial branch of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce – and for its work in protecting and serving the community –
• 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday (tomorrow) at Hartwick College’s Shineman Chapel.
• 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Oneonta Town Hall, Route 23, West Oneonta.
ONEONTA – Otsego Now CEO Jody Zakrevsky is planning a series of “town hall” meetings around the county, beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Oneonta Town Hall in West Oneonta, he announced today.
Topics will include energy, but also how to obtain funding through state CFAs (consolidated funding applications), and economic- and community-development topics of interest. Questions and comments from the public will be encouraged.
Speaking To Chamber, Company Owner
Says IDA Site Leading Contender Of 3
By PATRICK WAGER • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Andela Products, the glass recycling company, is planning to a $5 million business park on 55-acres south of the village and to increase its workforce by almost 50 percent, company President Cynthia Andela told the Richfield Springs Chamber of Commerce tonight.
“We are a diamond in the rough. We have the energy. We are next to the pipeline,” Andela told 30 people gathered in the Richfield Lanes bowling alley. At another point, she added, “Richfield Springs could be a really nice place for progressive businesses.”