GINGERBREAD JUBILEE – 1 – 4 p.m. View gingerbread houses by area individuals, businesses. This years theme is your favorite movie. May the best house win. Atrium, Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit www.foothillspac.org
At his first public appearance locally, Nick Langworthy (inset, left) of Buffalo, elected chairman of the state Republican Committee in July, advises 100 candidates and party members at The Otesaga today that the GOP “is a party that’s coming alive” in the face of the state Democrats’ downstate tilt. Albany decisionmakers come “from five square miles” in New York City, he said. “There’s no one in the power structure right now who understands us.” A Republican revival is necessary because Governor Cuomo “taxes too much and spends to much, and he’s driving people out of the state” — 2 million since taking office in 2011. Langworthy was speaking at the party’s “Pre-Election Celebration” in advance of Tuesday’s polling. Candidates in contested races, top, then posed for photos between Langworthy, right, and county Chair Vince Casale, left. Front row, from left, are state Supreme Court candidates Chris Baker, Oliver Blaise and Mark Masler; back row, from left, are Josh Bailey, Oneonta Common Council, Ward 8; Rick Brockway, county board District 3 (Laurens-Otego); Len Carson, Oneonta Common Council, Ward 5, and Marcia Hoag, county board District 2, (Butternuts, Morris, Pittsfield) (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Janet and David Campbell of Pittsburgh pose alongside their 1912 Rolls Royce in downtown Cooperstown a few minutes ago, but their not alone. The Campbells are among 57 people driving 27 cars in the Friends of Ancient Road Transportation (figure out the acronym) who are using The Otesaga as a base of operations through Saturday. Today, they visited the Northeast Classic Cars Museum in Norwich. Tomorrow, they drive to Hamilton (home of Colgate University) and Saturday to Utica, according to Bob Williams, one of the organizers. The club was founded in 1980, and is unusual in that only cars that are older than 1915 can participate. This is the Spring Tour, Williams said; the Fall Tour will be in Virginia this year. Inset is Tom Whitlock, who works for Off Brothers, Richland, Mich., discussing panel instruments on a 1913 Fiat with a passerby outside The Otesaga. Most of the cars were delivered her by truck. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – A&D Transport Services is offering free rides Wednesday from the CDO Workforce Center, 12 Dietz St., Oneonta, to the Otsego Chamber Job Expo at The Otesaga Cooperstown and back.
Call the CDO Workforce today at 607-432-4800 x 100 to reserve a seat. Reservations required.
The Job Expo will be underway 10 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring 30 companies, and designed to help job seekers locate good jobs, change careers, or explore employment options. The Otesaga is collaborating with CDO Workforce, state Department of Labor and A & D Transport in the venture. Those looking to attend should prepare a number of resumes and cover letters beforehand and could use Cultivated Culture’s examples to build upon. Employers will be keen to see the history of those attending, both work-based and otherwise.
COOPERSTOWN – The more than 300 guests attending the Friends of Bassett’s third annual Valentine’s Soirée Feb. 9 at The Otesaga raised $170,000 for the hospital’s Arts in Healthcare program, the Friends announced today.
Arts In Healthcare aims to reduce stress and promote healing among patients, their families and providers through artistic engagement.
Flis and Andy Blum of Cooperstown were recognized for their commitment to Bassett Medical Center and the arts.
COOPERSTOWN – Corinne Hillman, 98, a retired teacher known to a generation of Cooperstown Area eighth graders for teaching them to ballroom dance for the annual Cotillion at The Otesaga, passed away on Friday Feb. 15, 2019, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing.
She was born on Jan. 1, 1921, and grew up in New York City. She attended Hunter College and New York University, and earned her master’s degree and teaching certificate in elementary education.
COOPERSTOWN – In the end, 170 – up from 125 a week ago, and 155 a couple of days ago – today listened for eight hours to presentations on the United States’ – and Otsego County’s – energy future from some of the most knowledgeable people in New York State.
The venue was the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s “Energy Summit: Energy & The Economy,” which finished up in late afternoon in The Otesaga’s pretty-close-to-full ballroom.
When it was over, Al Rubin, chairman of the chamber’s board, and chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan both said they were pleased by the amount of information the 19 varied presenters delivered in mostly 15-minute segments between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
“This wasn’t about debate,” said Rubin. “This was about listening to what other people had to say. This event met and beat our expectations.” But, he added, “The work begins now.”
COOPERSTOWN – With a week to go, 125 people have already signed up for the Otsego County Chamber’s “Energy Summit: Infrastructure & Economy,” and the day has expanded from the original six hours to a nine-hour program to accommodate a growing roster of speakers.
Planned Thursday, Jan. 31, at The Otesaga, the summit will be able to accommodate about 200 people. To register, call 432-4500, extension 104, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After announcing the original concept, the phone started ringing with suggested speakers, Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan said in an interview a few minutes ago, and she kept adding speakers to ensure “a balanced agenda.”
COOPERSTOWN – After a rousing salute to “knowledge-based industry,” a local businessman with a national clientele, Al Cleinman, today announced he intends to lead a “Come Home to Oneonta” campaign.
Cleinman was addressing the Workforce Summit at The Otesaga, where attendees learned we have more jobs than people. The day was organized by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and the office of state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, who immediately warmed up to Cleinman’s idea.
The idea is to lure back some of the 75,000 living Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta graduates – executives, consultants, business owners and tech employees who can work anywhere – to reposition the local economy.
COOPERSTOWN – It was a lesson in the right attitude.
County Judge John Lambert, honored as the latest recipient of the Clark Sports Center’s Fetterman Award today at an Otesaga luncheon, was able to relate a first-hand story about Patrick Fetterman, a fabled director of the Clark Gym.
It was at a Biddy Basketball Tournament in St. Johnsville more than three decades ago. Lambert was in sixth grade; Fetterman was coaching, when one of the Cooperstown players made everyone’s concern explicit: “They’re cheating with the clock,” he said.