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Martha Delello, 78; Filled Key Roles At St. Mary’s Parish

IN MEMORIAM: Martha Delello, 78;

Filled Key Roles At St. Mary’s Parish

Martha Delello

ONEONTA – Martha Mary Delello, 78, who filled many leadership roles over the years at Oneonta’s St. Mary’s Roman Catholic parish, passed away on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

She was born on Aug. 12, 1941, in Oneonta, the daughter of Patsy and Matilda (Martin) Delello. She was the youngest of 13 children.

A lifelong area resident, Martha was a graduate of St. Mary’s School and Oneonta High School.

She was employed by Wilber Bank and Key Bank in Oneonta and retired after 25 years from SUNY Delhi.

Plan Would Blend Tower With Key Bank Architecture

‘It Will Look Like It’s Always Been There’

Plan Would Blend Tower

With Key Bank Architecture

T-Mobile’s lawyer Matthew Kerwin, a partner with Barclay Damon, this evenings shows the Cooperstown Village Board the material the proposed cell tower on top of Key Bank would utilize to make it blend in with the building’s architecture. “It would look like it’s been there the whole time,” he said. Though a public hearing was held this evening, no one spoke up.  The trustees declined to vote on approving the tower, saying they were waiting for SEQR approval from the village’s H-PARB and ZBA boards. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)
T-Mobile Says Steeples Won’t Work For Antenna

T-Mobile Says Steeples

Won’t Work For Antenna

Project Manager: Key Bank Still Best Option
T-Mobile Project Manager Robert Willson discusses T-Mobile’s proposed antenna with Cooperstown’s ZBA last evening. Counterclockwise from back are Zoning Enforcement Office Jane Gentile, Mikal Sky-Shrewsbury, ZBA Chair Susan Snell, and ZBA members Marcie Schwartzman, Joe Perdue and Frank Leo.  (Patrick Wager/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PATRICK WAGER • Special www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – After studying five church steeples suggested by village trustees, the Key Bank building, 103 Main St., still makes the most sense for T-Mobile’s proposed antenna, Project Manager Robert Willson told the village Zoning Board of Appeals last evening.

“Key Bank is the best choice due to its height and location,” Willson told the ZBA at its monthly meeting.  The other five locations his team evaluated were Templeton Hall (formerly Unitarian-Universalist church), and the Baptist, Catholic, Methodist Presbyterian churches.

Reception Welcomes Key Bank Manager

Reception Welcomes Key Bank Manager

The lobby at Key Bank's Cooperstown office, 103 Main St., was full of chatter and good cheer late this afternoon as customers welcome new branch manager Allen Ruffles, left. with him are, from left, Dan Root of Hughson & Benson, Ruffles' cousin; Tony Wahl of Walh & Wahl, Milford, who went to Broome CC with Allen, and Jim Empie, who retired as branch manager over the summer. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The lobby at Key Bank’s Cooperstown office, 103 Main St., was full of chatter and good cheer late this afternoon as customers welcomed new branch manager Allen Ruffles, left.   With him are, from left, Dan Root of Hughson & Benson, Ruffles’ cousin; Tony Wahl of Walh & Wahl, Milford, who went to Broome Community College with Allen, and Jim Empie, who retired as branch manager over the summer.  Ruffles was raised in Edmeston and, after college, taught at the high school level for several years; he was in the insurance business in Syracuse before joining Key Bank.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The End Of An Era: The Jim Empie Era

The End Of An Era:

The Jim Empie Era

Jim Empie, an player in the Otsego County banking scene for 45 years, is retiring today as Key Bank's vice president/manager at the Cooperstown branch in landmark 103 Main St. A native of Worcester and graduate of SUNY Cobleskill and RIT, Empie joined the management training program at the National Commercial Bank & Trust in Albany in 1970.  As the bank went through a number of transitions before becoming part of Cleveland-based Key Bank, Empie helped manage branches in Cobleskill, Worcester and Cooperstown, as well as serving at area manager for Otsego County.  Active on the Otsego Chamber Board of Directors, he helped initiate the annual Key Bank/Otsego Chamber Small Business Award, now in its 14th year.  He has no immediate plans for retirement, other than to continue his duties at Worcester fire chief, and enjoying his and wife Michelle's daugthter Kristen, son Seth and four grandchildren, all living in Worcester.  Flanking Empie in photo are two longtime associates, Personal Banker Peg Chicorelli, a colleague since 1973, and Nicole Vanderwerker, lead teller for seven years.  His successor will bes Allen Ruffles, an Edmeston native.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Stop by and wish him well, as Jim Empie, a player on the Otsego County banking scene for 45 years, is retiring today as Key Bank’s vice president/manager at the Cooperstown branch in landmark 103 Main St. A native of Worcester and graduate of SUNY Cobleskill and RIT, Empie joined the management training program at the National Commercial Bank & Trust in Albany in 1970. As the bank went through a number of transitions before becoming part of Cleveland-based Key Bank, Empie helped manage branches in Cobleskill, Worcester and Cooperstown, as well as serving as area manager for Otsego County. Active on the Otsego County Chamber Board of Directors, he helped initiate the annual Key Bank/Otsego Chamber Small Business Award, now in its 14th year. He has no immediate plans for his retirement, other than to continue his duties at Worcester fire chief, and enjoying his and wife Michelle’s daughter Kristen, son Seth and four grandchildren, all living in Worcester. Flanking Empie in photo are two longtime associates, Personal Banker Peg Chicorelli, right, a colleague since 1973, and Nicole Vanderwerker, lead teller for seven years. His successor in the corner office at Main and Pioneer Alley will be Allen Ruffles, an Edmeston native. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
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