Otsego County Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan recruited a bumper crop for the 2020 Otsego Leader class, whose program got underway this morning at Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta. Over the next few weeks, the class – rising managers at local enterprises and institutions – will be visiting colleges, hospitals and other key county institutions, to “put them in the picture” as they move forward. The Class of 2020 includes, above, clockwise from front left, Mike Tranvvag, Deborah Cornell, Jackie Burke, Leslie Woodward, Anneth Nelson, Brittany Goodrich, Cynthia Saggese, Tania Cape, Danielle Rowe, Tara Bronson, Tammy Christman, Lisa Cronan, Amanda Stamas, Monica Calzolari, Jennifer Insetta, Sandra Gardner, Kyle Liner, William Rohde,Heegan, Loretta Garcia, Adam Remillard and Lonny Chin. Inset is Number 27 is Melissa Marietta, Oneonta, who introduces herself and tells how she fell in love with out area. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce held a recognition ceremony for 10- and 20-year members at a Business After Hours event in the Foothills Atrium. Above, the honorees pose for a group photo. Front row: Pat Knuth, ARC Otsego; Lizbeth Parent, Corning; Alicia Fish, Catskill Area Hospice; Mary Ann Bollinger, Community Bank, and Stacie Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA. Back row: Chris Hobert, Springbrook; Paul Landers, Pathfinder Village; Jim Kevlin, The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and All.OTSEGO.com; Alan Sessions, CDO Workforce; Nick Savin, ONC BOCES; Pete Armao, Country Club Auto; Dave Ohman, Delaware Engineering; Chris Kuhn, Oneonta Job Corps Academy, and Johnna Peachin, Peachin & Associates. At right, Otsego County Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, presents Chris Kuhn, director of OJCA, with his certificate marking 10 years with the chamber. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
He Plans To Focus
On Leatherstocking Trolley
By PATRICK WAGER
COOPERSTOWN – After five years, the man who helped the village declare “We Are Cooperstown” will be stepping down.
Matt Hazzard, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director since 2014, announced Monday, Jan. 21, that he would be resigning from the position in April.
“I’m most proud of the compilation of successes we had during my time there,” he said. “When I look at the Chamber, I felt we have accomplished some great things and with two great summers ahead in 2019 and 2020, it would give a new executive director some great opportunities.”
During his tenure, Hazzard started Cooptoberfest, fall fun for youngsters Columbus Day Weekend as a chance for adults to sample the latest New York beers and ciders in the evening.
The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Burr Truck at 6180 Rt. 23 on Southside in Oneonta this afternoon at the former sight of Flagpole Nissan. Above, Bob Wood, Supervisor of the Town of Oneonta, Karen Lang, Otsego County Chamber, Jody Zakrevsky, Otsego Now, Mayor Gary Herzig, Barbara Ann Heegan, Otsego County Chamber, Mike Burr, Chuck Burr, owners of Burr Truck, Sandy Eighmey, Sidney Federal Credit Union, and Lillian McPhillips, Constituent Services representative, pause for a photo of the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Behind them are members of Boy Scout Troop 23, who were tasked with hoisting the 50’x 20′ American flag up the landmark flagpole. At right, scout leaders David Morell, Paul Van Der Kruk, and Pete Miller salute at the flag rises into the afternoon wind.
“The flag was right in the building!” said Chuck Burr. “I guess the former owners bought it before they left and they left it in there. We figured we would have it fly again to let people know we are here and open for business!”
Chuck Burr, who co-owns the Southside location with his cousin Mike Burr, are third generation owners of Burr Truck, which started in 1967 in Vestal. “We have a lot of customers here and we wanted to be able to service them better.” explained Burr, “We drove by, saw this building and thought ‘we can do something with that.’ One year later, here we are!” They currently offer truck parts for sale, but plan to expand in the next 3-6 months to include truck sales and leasing. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Dan Wyant, Danny Lapin, Sara Joyner, Joe Vallette, Monika Vallette, Denny Allen, Treei Youngs, Amanda Brandas, Melissa Moore, Nicole Rothernberger, Jenni Critti-LeBeau, Lindsey Rumenapp, Patrice Doxtader, Dylan Wright and Phuong Nguyen prepare to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Primal Revolution Fitness this morning at 144 Roundhouse Road in Oneonta. “We have workouts that are scalable for every fitness level. We have triatheletes and beginners in their 60’s!” said Monika Vallette, who co-ownes the gym with Amanda Brandas and Nicole Rothenberger. “We want to help make everyone into happier, healthier versions of themselves through Crossfit.” said Brandas, “There is a real community aspect here. Everyone is supportive and pushes each other.” Rothenberger added “We start and finish the workout together. That way no one is left behind. That just started happening, it comes with the camaraderie.” At right, Jeff Joyner, President of Fox Hospital, gets into his routine climbing the rope. The gym, which opened in the beginning of March, already has plans to expand to accommodate a larger workout rig and more floor space for their growing membership. The gym is open 5am-9pm.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15
MARKETING SEMINAR – 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Winter Educational Seminar Series presents “The Power of E-mail Marketing.” Cost, $12 per person includes lunch. Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/calendar-of-events/#!event/2017/2/15/the-power-of-email-marketing
LECTURE SERIES – 6:30-8 p.m. Be Informed. Dan Sullivan, Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, presents “How you can make an impact using clean energy” on what clean energy is and how you and your municipality can get involved in programs to have a positive impact on the changing climate. Free. Registration preferred. Mohican Farm, 7195 St. Rt. 80, Cooperstown. Info, http://occainfo.org/calendar/mohican-farm-lecture-series-can-make-impact-using-clean-energy/ or call Jeff O’Handley (607)282-4087
FILM SERIES – 7 p.m. Winter Wednesday’s film series showing of “Juno.” Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info, foothillspac.org