Oneonta Job Corp Academy Director Chris Kuhn, above left, accepts the NBT Bank Quality of Life Award from Jamie Reynolds, the bank’s regional executive and senior VP, this evening at the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s first Summer Soiree under a tent on the tarmac of Oneonta Municipal Airport. Inset, OCCA President Vicky Lentz, left, and Executive Director Leslie Orzetti accept a proclamation from state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, after the Otsego County Conservation Association received the chamber’s NBT Insurance Agency Environmental Stewardship Award. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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.”
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.”
ONEONTA – Calvin W. “Cal” Chase, 67, considered the “first fan” of the Hartwick Hawks soccer team, which won the NCAA National Championship in 1977, passed away Monday, July 31.
Retired from a long career at NBT Bank, Cal rallied alumni when the college was considering dropping its Section 1 status during financial challenges in the early years of this century. The drive largely met the fund-raising goal set by the college’s then-president, Dick Miller, and the program was saved.