COOPERSTOWN — Voting is now open to decide which of the 25 finalists will be named to the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Chamber Business Hall of Fame.
Last year, the Chamber honored Brewery Ommegang, the Cooperstown Graduate Program, The Farmers’ Museum, the Susquehanna Animal Shelter (now the SPCA), and Spurbeck’s Grocery. Voting is open to the public, and the winners will be announced in the spring.
It’s only the first day at the Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans Thrift Shop and business is already bustling. “We had people here the moment we opened!” said volunteer staff member Emily Phillips, Oneonta, seen above tagging clothing. At right, Irene Bourgeois, Oneonta, takes care of customer Barbara Moore, New Lisbon, who was going home to bring them donations. Located at 4 South Main Street in Oneonta, next to Casey’s Barber Shop, the new store offers customers gently used and new clothing, household items, antiques, collectable items, jewelry, locally made crafts, gently used pet supplies and more! They are currently open Thursday – Saturday 12-6pm. All proceeds go to support Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit pet rescue registered with the New York State Department of Agriculture who just last year helped find homes for nearly 300 animals. “If we can get some well behaved puppies, we’ll bring them into the store!” said Phillips. “We will even have a wall of pet photos behind the counter of animals that people can adopt.”(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Community Bank System of Dewitt, which operates two dozen branches in the Otsego County area, announced yesterday it is buying Kinderhook Bank Corp. for $93.4 million in cash to “expand its presence” in the Capital District.
Kinderhook Bank, was founded in 1853, brings Community Bank 11 branches across the counties of Albany (3), Columbia (5), Fulton (1), Montgomery (2) and Rensselaer (1). It has total assets of nearly $640 million and deposits of $560 million.
COOPERSTOWN – Owners Margaret McGown and Mark Zeek today announced the sale of Cooperstown Medical Transport to AMR (American Medical Response), which employs 28,000 emergency medical personnel in 40 states and Washington, D.C.
An asset-purchase agreement has been signed, and the sale is expected to be complete by the end of March, pending final approval by the Susquehanna Regional EMS Council, covering Chenango County, and the Adirondack/Appalachian EMS council, which covers Otsego and Delaware counties.
In a press release, AMR said it will transition employees and customers to the new entity between now and then.
MORRIS – As of day’s end yesterday, Frontier Communications customers along Route 51 in Otsego County were “not experiencing any outages,” state Public Service Commission spokesman James Denn reported in an e-mail.
However, if outages begin reoccurring, customers should alert Frontier and, “if repair is delayed or if the company is unresponsive,” they can file complaints with the PSC at 800-342-3377.
A new facility opening on New Year’s Eve will soon have people of all ages climbing the walls…literally! Above, Luke Malone, facility manager of Table Rock Bouldering, demonstrates a climb this afternoon at the location at 6 Market St., Unit 9, next to The Green Earth. At right, owner Jay Shultis, below, spots Lucas as he scales the wall. The facility is currently in the final stages of completion, but the public will be able to experience the space for themselves at the Grand Opening at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, during Oneonta’s annual First Night celebration. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HARTWICK SEMINARY – Tops Friendly Markets, which operates a Cooperstown Commons supermarket, this morning issued an advisory: Jennie-O Turkey Sales has recalled some raw ground turkey products that may be associated with an outbreak of Salmonella.
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.
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.
COOPERSTOWN – Asked today for “key factors to success,” four panelists from the local brewing industry spoke as one: Quality, quality, quality and quality.
“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.
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.
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.