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1st New Cooperstown Home In Years Being Constructed

1st New Cooperstown Home

In Years Being Constructed

Josh Edmonds’ Simple Integrity contractors this week began construction of a new home at 45 Delaware St., Cooperstown. It is the first single-family home built in the village in years, perhaps since Robin and Fred Schneider bought the Landmark Inn and built a home for themselves behind it. The farmhouse on the property was demolished in September 2017. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Cherry Branch Gallery To Close At Year’s End

Cherry Branch Gallery

To Close At Year’s End

A painting by Richard Saba and sculpture by Chris Duncan in a 2015 exhibit at the Cherry Branch Gallery.

CHERRY VALLEY – After 15 years, the Cherry Branch Gallery is closing at the end of the year, proprietor Bill Isaac announced today.

The gallery is currently exhibiting a ceramics exhibition entitled: “From the Ground Up: Clay Forms,” which continues to Dec. 2.

It will participate in the village-wide Holiday Market with a two-day, all-day open house Dec. 8-9, featuring Christmas gifts.  The Holiday Market will continue until Dec. 20, the gallery’s last business day.

“My intention in starting the gallery was to provide a venue where local artists could exhibit and market their work,” Isaac recalled.

Tops Reorganization Plan OK’d By Bankruptcy Court

Tops Reorganization Plan

OK’d By Bankruptcy Court

WILLIAMSVILLE – Tops Markets, which operates a supermarket in Cooperstown Commons, today announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has confirmed the company’s Plan of Reorganization.

Tops announced it expects to complete its restructuring and emerge from Chapter 11 shortly.

“We are pleased to receive the Court’s approval of our plan and are poised to emerge from this process an even stronger and more competitive company,” said Tops CEO Frank Curci.

Quality, Quality, Quality Will Lure Customers, Brewers Say
5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FOOD, FARMING

Quality, Quality, Quality Will

Lure Customers, Brewers Say

“The absolute best” is what local breweries must shoot for to achieve continued success, declares the Red Shed’s David Olson, right. With him are, from left, Ommegang’s Phil Leinhart, Hartwick College’s Aaron MacLeod and Council Rock’s Roger Davidson. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Drink beer from a glass “to produce its full aromatic potential,” MacLeod tells the audience at the Louis Jones Center.

COOPERSTOWN – Asked today for “key factors to success,” four panelists from the local brewing industry spoke as one:  Quality, quality, quality and quality.

Ommegang President Campbell keynoted.

“It all starts with quality,” said Roger Davidson, Council Rock Brewery founder.  “It is fun … (but) I try to do the best I can every single day for consistent quality.”

“If quality isn’t the top of mind, you shouldn’t be a brewer,” said Ommegang’s Phil Leinhart, who has been cited in international competition as the “best in the world” of brewmasters at mid-size operations.

Aaron MacLeod, director of Hartwick College’s Center for Craft Food & Beverage, expanded that to include “the value chain” — hops, barley, malt, all the products that go into beer making.

Ribbon-Cutting Officially Opens Holiday Inn Express

Ribbon-Cutting Officially

Opens Holiday Inn Express

The ribbon-cutting was Friday afternoon on Otsego County’s newest hotel – The Rainbow Group’s Holiday Inn Express on 141 Courtyard Drive, Southside Oneonta. Cutting the ribbon, at center, are owners Zahid Chaudrhi and Bilal Amhad, and manager Ashley Camarata. Others, from left, are Assistant G.M. Kenny Bacdayan, Assistant G.M. Gianna Rodriguez, Rainbow Group Director of Operations Mark Mosconi and Regional Director of Sales Alison Crott. Others, from right, are Ed Keplinger of Keplinger Freeman Landscaping, East Syracuse; Brittany Boyke, front desk agent, and Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood. The new hotel’s owner also owns the neighboring Courtyard by Marriott. With 91 rooms, the Holiday Inn is the second-largest hotel in the city, after the Courtyard, with 95. Mosconi said the new hotel is built on Holiday Inn’s Formula Blue Design, which was the prototype for the Express models. A reception, featuring East Indian cuisine, followed. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Knowledge Worker, Not Industry, Is Our Future, Speaker Says

WORKFORCE SUMMIT 2018

Knowledge Worker,

Not Industry, Is Our

Future, Speaker Says

Cleinman Wins Seward’s Support

To Launch ‘Come Home’ Campaign

If Boise, Idaho, and Bozeman, Mont., could create vibrant economies based on knowledge workers, so can Oneonta, business consultant Al Cleinman told today’s Workforce Summit at The Otesaga. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Senator Seward said he would support Cleinman’s “Come Home” initiative, and expand it to include “Stay Home.”

COOPERSTOWN – After a rousing salute to “knowledge-based industry,” a local businessman with a national clientele, Al Cleinman, today announced he intends to lead a “Come Home to Oneonta” campaign.

Cleinman was addressing the Workforce Summit at The Otesaga, where attendees learned we have more jobs than people.  The day was organized by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and the office of state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, who immediately warmed up to Cleinman’s idea.

The idea is to lure back some of the 75,000 living Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta graduates – executives, consultants, business owners and tech employees who can work anywhere – to reposition the local economy.

Custom Electronics Wins Grant To Build Batteries, Add Jobs

Custom Electronics

Wins Grant To Build

Batteries, Add Jobs

ONEONTA – The State of New York has approved a $750,000 grant to help Custom Electronics manufacture a new product line of smart batteries for use in disaster recovery, hospitals and the entertainment field, Otsego Now announced today.

The total project cost is $2.2 million, and is expected to create 50 jobs at the plant at 87 Browne St., Town of Oneonta.

Oneonta VW Dealer Closes

Oneonta VW Dealer Closes

Oneonta’s only Volkwagen dealership, which operated for years on Route 23, has closed. The dealership stopped offering Audis more than a year ago. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
Chamber To Honor 2 Small Businesses At Otesaga Banquet

Chamber To Honor

2 Small Businesses

At Gala At Otesaga

Directive, Reuse Center, 2 Interns Lauded

ONEONTA – The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce today announced the award winners who will be honored at its annual Small Business Banquet Thursday, Oct. 11, at The Otesaga Resort Hotel.

Directive, a website and online marketing firm, will be the 19th annual Small Business of the Year.  The Otsego Reuse Center will be the Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Breakthrough Business of the  Year.

Two interns – one from Hartwick College; one from SUNY Oneonta – will also be honored.

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