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Barbara Ann Heegan

Chamber To Enter Local Energy Debate


Chamber To Enter

Local Energy Debate

Barbara Ann Heegan

ONEONTA – With the local debate raging over XNG trucks and a natural-gas decompression station suggested for the Pony Farm Business Park, the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is entering the discussion of future energy needs.

The chamber announced it will host an Energy Infrastructure Summit 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at The Otesaga.  Registration details will be sent to chamber members.

Faso Makes Three Stops On Oneonta Business Tour

Faso Visits Noah’s World,

Toonie Moonie In Oneonta

Congressman John Faso, R-19, above, meets with the owner’s of Noah’s World in Oneonta, Sheila Andreic and husband Aleksandar, during a visit to Oneonta today.  “The congressman … wanted to learn about initiatives in our county that focus on early learning and development.” said Barbara Ann Heegan, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce president. “I immediately thought of Noah’s World. They provide an excellent service for … parents who work struggle to find affordable, quality childcare.”   He then went next door to tour the production floor of Toonie Moonie Organics with owner Kim Condon, inset, seen overlooking their kitchen. (Ian Austin/

Herzig Pulls Nick’s Resolution

In Surprise Move, Herzig

Pulls Nick’s Resolution

Cites FOIL Requests, Council-Member Absences
Otsego County Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan spoke at tonight’s Common Council meeting in support of a $230,000 grant for Nick’s Diner. (Parker Fish/

By PARKER FISH • Special To

Johna Peachin opposes the grant for Nick’s Diner, saying that the numbers just don’t add up for her. (Parker Fish/

ONEONTA – Citing Freedom of Information Law requests which had yet to be fulfilled, and the absence of three Council members, Mayor Gary Herzig pulled a resolution from the agenda to approve a $230,000 Community Development Block Grant for Nick’s Diner at this evening’s Common Council meeting.

“In respect to people who have submitted FOIL requests and have not received them yet, and in consideration of the Council members who are not present tonight, and to allow Council members to digest some of the comments that were made, I’m going to remove the item from tonight’s agenda,” said Herzig. “I will reschedule it when people have received their FOIL requests and once all of the OtesOtCouncil members have had an opportunity to consider the comments.”

Herzig’s decision came as a surprise, even to himself; he said he only made the decision after hearing the public’s comments.

Oneonta AAA Finds New Home On Southside

Oneonta AAA Finds

New Southside Home

AAA celebrated the grand opening of its new location on Oneonta’s Southside with a ceremonial ribbon cutting this morning.  Participating were, from left, Nicole Roe,  Jane Murphy,  Vikki Bellinger, Laima Kauger, Stacie Medowcraft,all of Oneonta; Adrianna Lewis, Utica, Jamie Reynolds, Oneonta, Carol Morris, Utica, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, Kevin Morgan, Oneonta, Patti Artessa, Utica, incoming branch manager Stacie Harvey and Daniel Butterman, both of Oneonta; Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, current branch manager Deb Leach, state Sen. Jim Seward’s representative Catherine Mosher, Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood, Karen Lang, Otsego County Chamber, Gary Lang, Oneonta Outlaws and AAA Regional Manager Ed Welsh. “Our company is committed to Oneonta,” said Welsh. “AAA has been in Oneonta for over 100 years and we’re not going anywhere. We plan to be here for a long time. We may be a national organization, but we hire strong, local, hometown folks.” (Ian Austin/

Urban Renewal Panel


COMMUNITY PROGRAM – 5:30 p.m. Panel on “Downtown Renewal: Community Economic Revitalization” featuring panelists Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, Sociology Chair Dr. Alex Thomas, President/CEO Otsego Co. Chamber of Commerce Barbara Ann Heegan, more. Presentation followed by audience Q&A. Free, open to the public. Otsego Grille, Morris Complex, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3498.

SENIOR PLAY – 7 – 9:30 p.m. CCS produciton of “Almost. Maine.” Auditorium, Cooperstown High School. Call 607-547-8181 or visit

Chamber Cuts Ribbon On Main Street Shop

Chamber Cuts Ribbon

On Main Street Shop

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce welcomed another business to Oneonta’s Main Street today, cutting the ribbon on Bargain Baby, a toddler oriented consignment shop. From left, Nica Hurlbert, 9, Otego, Katie Seamon, a representative from state Sen Jim Seward’s office, Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, owner Kaylea Cetnar, and husband Brian Cetnar, holding the couple’s one year old daughter, Kali. (Parker Fish/ 

Hospice Cuts Ribbon On New Office

Hospice Cuts Ribbon

On New Office

With Otsego Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Ann Heegan to his right, and Catskill Area Hospice President Dan Ayres and Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig to his left, Hospice board member Les Grummons cuts the ceremonial ribbon on Hospice’s new office located on River Street in Oneonta. Catskill Area Hospice consolidated it’s six local offices into one centralized office building to help improve the efficiency of the at-home healthcare provider’s operations. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO)


NBT-Mang Insurance In Bank Financial Center

NBT-Mang Insurance

In Bank Financial Center

Now dubbed the NBT Financial Center, the ribbon was cut on the new offices of the NBT-Mang Insurance Agency, relocated from River Street to the NBT building at One Wall Street. Cutting the ribbon are NBT Vice President Jamie Reynolds and Tucker Lounsbury, NBT-Mang Insurance Agency president.  Others, from left, are Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, Otsego Chamber Board Chair Jim Potts, Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan and, at right, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.

‘Know Your Rights’

At Hartwick College


DISCUSSION – 7-8 p.m. Dinner and a Panel discussion “Know Your Rights.” Chesebro Room, Dewar Hall, Hartwick College, Harwick Dr., Oneonta. Info,

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

‘Home Owner Jobs’ Focus of Chamber’s 30th Year

‘Homeowner Jobs’ Focus

Of Chamber’s 30th Year

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce held a holiday party at NBT Bank tonight honoring their 30th year. Jamie Reynolds, lower left, introduced Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan who spoke on how small businesses who drive our local economy need more support, and that this year will focus on bringing more 'home owner type jobs'. "We are here to support you!" said Heegan. (Ian Austin/
At the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s holiday party this evening at NBT Bank’s Wall Street, Oneonta, branch, bank Regional Vice President Jamie Reynolds, lower right, introduced Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, who spoke on how small businesses who drive our local economy need more support, and that this year will focus on attracting more “homeowner-type jobs.” “We are here to support you!” said Heegan.   The chamber is celebrating its 30th year.  (Ian Austin/
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