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WHO’S HANZOLO? …and how is band breaking Into Albany’s music scene?
Reprinted from Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta


…and how is band breaking

Into Albany’s music scene?

Hanzolo brought the crowd to the stage and got them dancing at Albany’s annual Pearlpalooza festival. From left are band members James Matson, Nick Summers, Joey Katz, and Carl and Jack Loewenguth. (Ian Austin/

Editor’s Note:  This article was first published in last week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. Click here to subscribe online.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Brothers Carl, right, and Jack Loewenguth get their groove on

ALBANY – Driving to the PearlPalooza festival Saturday, Sept. 14, in downtown Albany, members of alt-funk band Hanzolo heard a familiar song come over the radio.

“WEQX was playing ‘Not Easy’,” said guitarist Carl Loewenguth. “I got chills. I turned and high-fived Nick” – Nick Summers, keyboardist and trumpet player. “It was a big moment for us.”

In August, the Cooperstown-based alt-funk band won two Battle of the Bands contests at the Skyloft nightclub at the Crossgates Mall – that won them the prestigious opening spot at PearlPalooza, last weekend’s annual Albany music festival.

“I was intimidated because the other bands were crazy-good,” said Loewenguth.

BRIDES ABOUND They Pack Wedding Expo – Then, Bargains Galore!


They Pack Wedding Expo

– Then, Bargains Galore!

Oneonta’s Ajare Malcom and Anesh Doyle of King’s Kakery Pastery Shop in Oneonta, put out cupcakes for guests at the Rainbow’s End After-Party. (Ian Austin/


Lynn Briggs, right, owner of Batter Up, The Coopers- town Cake Company, cuts slices of cake alongside her assistant Kayla Banner, Hartwick, at Foothills’ Wedding Expo.

ONEONTA – After the packed Foothills Wedding Expo 2020 Sunday, Jan. 12, Linda Hover arrived at Rainbow’s End Weddings & More to find more than two dozen brides waiting for her in the parking lot.

“We didn’t know how many people would be here,” she said. “But there were a lot of people waiting!”

And it was worth the wait.

The bridal shop was offering its first “Bag O’Bargains” sale as part of Marry Mingle After-Party to the Foothills event.

The rules were simple – buy a tote bag for $5 at the annual Wedding Expo, and at the party everything you can fit inside is $99.

“If you can get a wedding dress in there, it’s yours!” said Rainbow End’s owner Norah Doyle. “The bags are big, so you really can fit a lot in there.”

Seventy-five wedding dresses were placed on the bag-eligible rack, as well as dresses for bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-bride.  There were also prom and other formal gowns, and tuxedos, shoes, veils, and jewelry.

“I was inspired by other bridal shops in my network,” said Doyle. “Someone had done it as a Black Friday special, but I thought it would be perfect for after the wedding show, and I asked if I could steal her idea!”

Additionally, more than 100 gowns not eligible for the bag sale were marked down to $99-$199. “It’s a great way to clear out inventory and make room for the new designs,” she said.

Franklin’s Isabel Kagen and Angela Moore look at Farmers’ Museum wedding offerings.

Within the first half-hour of the Wedding Expo, Doyle had already sold a dozen bags, and by the end of the show, had almost sold out. “We had such a positive reaction at Foothills,” she said. “I didn’t know how many bags to bring, but I only came back with five.”

The annual Wedding Expo drew more than 200 registered brides and their wedding parties to the atrium. “There were a whole bunch of new vendors and venues,” said Geoff Doyle, operations manager. “Ailish Floral, August Lodge, Stonewall Events and Creekside Station were all new this year.”

And some vendors were even looking ahead to after the Big Day. “Keller Williams called and asked if it made sense for them to set up a table,” he said. “They said that after you get married, the next big step is to buy a house and have a baby, and they wanted to be the buy-the-house part!”

And the brides were all-too-happy to show off their packing skills in an unspoken contest to see who could get the most for their money.

“I found five bridesmaid’s dresses, a rehearsal dinner dress, a tiara, jewelry, a cake cutter and a ring bearer pillow!” said Emily West, a bride-to-be from Franklin. “I had ordered a ring bearer pillow online, but the order got cancelled.”

Though she had already purchased her wedding dress from Rainbow’s End, Missy White still had a few things to pick up for her big day. “I got a veil, a headband and a cake cutter, as well as my rehearsal dress, three dresses for other weddings and events,” she said. “I’m planning ahead!”

Other brides, who had already bought their wedding gowns, stocked up on accessories. “I bought a party dress, padded hangers for my bridesmaids’ dresses, slippers and necklaces,” said Marisa Gray. “We went to the expo first, and it’s a really nice chance to spend time with my future mother-in-law.”

“This is such a great shop,” added her future Mother-in-Law, Ann Marie Deforest.

And some brides didn’t stop at one bag. “I’ve got six dresses over two bags,” said Caitlin Cole. “Plus my veil and a belt.”

The event also featured food, games, a selfie station and models showing off some of this year’s new gowns – in case you didn’t find your dress on the racks.

But if you missed out, worry not – Doyle plans to hold another one. “People had a really good time,” she said.

“It takes awhile to restock, but who knows – maybe I’ll have the next one on Black Friday!”

Esa Eramo, 54; SUNY Delhi Power Plant Engineer

IN MEMORIAM: Esa Eramo, 54;

SUNY Delhi Power Plant Engineer

Eramo Esa
Esa Eramo 

MOUNT VISION – Esa T. Eramo, 54, of Mount Vision, retired SUNY Delhi power plant engineer and a black belt in karate, passed away Sunday, April 10, at Bassett Hospital, after a 13-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Esa was born in Inkeroinen, Finland, the son of Martti and Anja Eramo. Esa was the second of three sons.

He moved to Oneonta with his parents and older brother Kari at a young age where he attended Greater Plains Elementary School. After graduating from Delhi with an associate’s degree in industrial engineering, he worked at various companies before retiring from his alma mater.

Christina Nichols, 68; 8 Grandchildren Survive Unatego Retiree

IN MEMORIAM: Christina Nichols, 68;

8 Grandchildren Survive Unatego Retiree

Tina Nichols

OTEGO – Christina “Tina” Nichols, 68, a lifetime resident of Otego and retiree of the Unatego Central School District, passed away on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at Bassett Hospital with her loving family by her side.

She was born on Jan. 29, 1951, at Fox Hospital. She graduated from Unatego Central School in 1970. She married the love of her life, George W. Nichols, on Feb. 3, 1973.

Tina enjoyed living on her family farm, gardening, feeding birds, ordering from QVC and spending summers at East Sidney Lake, where she was known as Granny by many.

Dirck Dey Harrison, 93; Retired Executive Raised In Cooperstown

IN MEMORIAM: Dirck Dey Harrison, 93;

Retired Executive Raised In Cooperstown

An avid skier, Dirck Harrison volunteered on the Mount Otsego ski patrol.

QUEENSBURY – Dirck Dey Harrison, 93, a retired business executive who was raised in Cooperstown and, an avid skier all his life, volunteered on the Mount Otsego Ski Patrol, passed away on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Granville, Washington County.  He lived in Queensbury.

He was born March 10, 1927, in New York City, the son of the late Dr. Francis F. and Carlotta (Creevey) Harrison; his family moved to Cooperstown the following year.  He graduated from Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., in 1944 and attended Yale through his sophomore year, when he joined the Navy and served from 1945 to 1946 before returning and graduating from Yale in 1948.

Linda Schechter, 60; Social Worker, In Dialysis Since 2006

IN MEMORIAM: Linda Schechter, 60;

Social Worker, In Dialysis Since 2006

CHERRY VALLEY – Linda Marie Schechter, 60, a social worker for much of her life, passed away at her home in Cherry Valley on Thursday, April 14. She had battled health problems with determination, good humor and class that inspired everyone she met.

Linda was born on Sept. 27, 1955, in Troy, the daughter of Walter Hayner and Vera (Robinson) Hayner. She attended Mechanicville High School and the College of Saint Rose, where she earned an M.A. in Social Work. She spent most of her career as a social worker and directed volunteer programs for Saratoga County.

SQSPCA announces ‘fall’ of the puppy mills program


SQSPCA announces ‘fall’ of the puppy mills program

STAFF REPORT • Special to

As the season changes from summer to fall, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is asking the public to help raise consumer awareness and push for changes that will lead to the eventual “fall” of puppy mills.

“September is National Puppy Mill Awareness Month, and there is no better time to remind folks that there are hundreds of thousands of dogs living in cruel and inhumane conditions all across the United States, including right here in our own backyard,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.
A year ago, knowing there were several such businesses operating in and around Otsego County, the SQSPCA launched its “PAWS Before You Pay” initiative. PAWS stands for Puppy Mill Awareness With Shelters.

‘Bud’ Gallup, 63, Oneonta; Carpenter Enjoyed Life

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Bud’ Gallup, 63,

Oneonta; Carpenter Enjoyed Life

Bud Gallup
Bud Gallup

ONEONTA – Burdette L. “Bud” Gallup, 63, a career-long carpenter, passed away at home on June 22, 2016 after a lengthy illness.

He was born Aug. 31, 1952, in Oneonta, the son of Burdette W. and Minnie M. (Roe) Gallup. Bud attended the Worcester Central School, and was a member of United Methodist Church.

He worked all of his life as a carpenter until retirement at which he took great pride in his excellent work.

Paul R. Robinson, 79, Oneonta; Marine, Teacher, City Alderman


Paul R. Robinson, 79, Oneonta;

Marine, Teacher, City Alderman

Paul Robinson and wife Martha were grand marshals of the 2016 Oneonta Fourth of July Parade, a memory he treasured. ( file photo)
Paul R. Robinson

ONEONTA – Paul Raymond Robinson, 79, a Marine, retired teacher and two-term Oneonta alderman, died peacefully on Oct. 22, 2020, at Bassett Hospital, after years of struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.

An engaged community leader, driven by a sense of fairness and a steadfast commitment to helping those in need, Paul was a lifelong Yankees fan, an adventurous pilot, a curious hobbyist and a collector of coins with a soft spot for dogs and children.

Many people will remember him walking his Boston terriers, Beacon and Sugar Bear, through downtown Oneonta.

George Petroff, 90; Worked For Fine Hotels In New York

IN MEMORIAM: George Petroff, 90;

Worked For Fine Hotels In New York

George Petroff
George Petroff

ONEONTA – George Petroff, 90, for many years doorman at fine hotels in New York City, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, at Fox Hospital.

He was born on Feb. 9, 1926, in Brooklyn, the son of Constantine and Mary (Provaznik) Petroff.

George was a wonderful husband and father.  He was a sweet, kind, and gentle man. An avid sports fan, he had a special love of baseball and was a lifelong Yankee fan.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Lena Petroff of Oneonta; and a son, George K. Petroff of Oneonta.

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand Street, Oneonta, with Rev. David Mickiewicz officiating.

Frank E. Mullet, 99, Edmeston; 18-Year School Superintendent


Frank E. Mullet, 99, Edmeston;

18-Year School Superintendent

Francis E. Mullet

ONEONTA – Frank Emerson Mullet, loving husband and father, and retired 18-year superintendent at Edmeston Central School, passed away peacefully on Sept. 14, 2020, at the age of 99.

Raised in Spencer, Mass., he received a sports scholarship to catch for the Bates College baseball team in Lewiston, Maine, where he majored in physics. During college, Frank traveled to California and worked at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank.

After World War II began, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served as a signalman on destroyers protecting convoys traveling to and from Europe and North Africa. He received several medals and an honorable discharge in 1945.

This Week, Dec. 5-6, 2019


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Dec. 5-6, 2019


In this file photo from Dec. 14, 2017, county Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick, closely questions Gerry Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz vice president and expert on local government, at “County Manager v. County Executive,” a forum on professionalizing county government that came to fruition today (Dec. 4, 2019). The county board met and 10 a.m. today and voted to create the $150,000 job in Otsego County, one of only a handful of counties in the state that haven’t yet made that step.  In the front row are, from left, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, Cooperstown Chamber then-President Danielle Henrici, and county Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Cooperstown/Town of Otsego.  Second row, from left, are Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, Cooperstown Village Trustees Jim Dean and Richard Sternberg, and Sustainable Otsego Moderator Adrian Kuzminski.  Behind Sternberg is Vince Casale, county Republican chairman.  (Ian Austin/


County Manager Decision Expected Today

Debate Renewed On Funding Animal Shelter

Organizers Cancel 2020 Polar Bear Jump

Santa Arrives At Renovated Pioneer Park

Rare Woman Plow Driver Fights Ezekiel

Common Council OKs $20 Million Budget


On County Manager, Now Hard Work Begins

Kennedy, Bliss, Committee Deserve Praise


SEWARD: Reforms May Be Costly, Dangerous

MATHISEN: Memoir Takes Us To 911 Bombing

BENNETT: On Arms, Will Enough Ever Be Enough

ATWELL: On Thanksgiving, Remembering Blue


FLEISHER: Trust Science On Climate Change

DEAN: Study Before Acting On New Zoning


BOUND VOLUMES: Dec. 5, 2019


Beloved Mechanical Skaters May Return

Pop-Ups Will Help Pep Up Southside Mall


Maureen Greeley, 89; Helped Run Family Business

Linda L. Briggs, 62; Ran Home Daycare 30 Years

Bertha I. Smith, 97; Opened Home to Children

Rose Weir, 92; Generations Survive Teacher Aide

Brendan Owen, 55; Cooperstown Man Died In Texas

Lora Kanzler, 72; Worked For County For 37 Years

Jo Anne Deller, 75; Postal Clerk For 3 Decades



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