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Distinguished Business

Businesses Sold On Pathfinder Village


Businesses Sold On

Pathfinder Village

Residential Community Training,

Placing Residents In Local Jobs

Paul Landers stops in to see Grant Stubbs, center, who has an apartment where other residents enjoy hanging out, like Andrew Hyman, left. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta

Though with with a song on her lips, Joanna Draper, recovering from a brain tumor, is reclaiming her vocation as a singer. (Ian Austin/

EDMESTON – When she was 16, Joanna Draper had a brain tumor removed and was in a coma for a month. Though she recovered, her short-term memory was all but gone, dashing her hopes of continuing to perform in musical theater.

But now, you can find her serenading customers at the Pathfinder Village bakery and café, where she has worked for two years. “I’m doing so well that they let me work here,” she said. “I sing to the customers. I give them a hug if they’re having a bad day. It’s about treating people how I want to be treated, with kindness and a smile.”

“Her parents recognized that she would fit in here as a hire, not as a service recipient,” said CEO Paul Landers. “And since she started working here, her neurologist has seen her memory improving.”

Bettiol, NBT Honored At Chamber Dinner

Bettiol, NBT Honored

At Chamber Dinner

Being escorted by her grandsons, Eric Michelitch, left, and Ryan Laytham, right, Betty Bettiol accepted her late husband’s distinguished citizen award tonight. (Parker Fish/
NBT Bank Senior Vice President and Regional Manager Jamie Reynolds accepted NBT Bank’s Distinguished Business Award this evening. (Parker Fish/

By PARKER FISH • Special to

ONEONTA – The crowd rose to its feet with a roaring applause at the annual Otsego County Chamber of Commerce dinner Thursday evening as Betty Bettiol made her way to the podium to accept the Distinguished Citizen Award, given posthumously to her husband, Eugene A. Bettiol Sr.

Accepting the award for her husband that was named in honor of her late son, Gene Bettiol, Jr., was an emotional moment for everyone in attendance, most of which knew Gene through many years of business in Oneonta.

Betty, her daughter Jaci, and her two grandsons Ryan Laytham and Eric Michelitch took to the stage to accept the award, with Jaci making an acceptance speech in her father’s honor.

“My father was not fond of receiving recognition, and would always say, ‘it’s not my time’,” said  Jaci. “Well dad, time is up, and this is for you.”

NBT Second Honoree At Chamber Banquet

NBT Second Honoree

At Chamber Banquet

Bank, Bettiol Distinguished Business, Citizen

Cutting the ribbon at NBT’s Oneonta Regional Financial Center at One Wall Street last year are, from left, Mayor Gary Herzig, Otsego County Chamber Board Chair Jim Potts,  chamber  President/CEO Barbara Ann Heegan, NBT Bank Regional Executive Jamie Reynolds, NBT-Mang Insurance Agency President Tucker Lounsbury, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.
Gene Bettiol Sr.

ONEONTA – NBT Bank will be honored as the NYCM Insurance Distinguished Business of the Year at the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner, Thursday, May 3, at Foothills, beginning at 5:45 p.m., the chamber announced today.

Earlier, it was announced that Eugene A. Bettiol Sr., who passed away in December, will received the Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award named for his son and sponsored by Bassett Healthcare.

The evening’s theme is   “Supporting Entrepreneurial Spirit in Otsego County.”

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