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Job Seekers Offered Free Rides To Expo

Job Seekers Offered

Free Rides To Expo

At Otesaga Event, 30 Companies

Seeking Full-, Part-Time Workers

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.

Friends Of Bassett’s Soirée Raises $170K For Arts In Healing

Friends Of Bassett’s

Soirée Raises $170K

For Arts In Healing

Artistic Engagement Found To Ease Stress
Attendees included Friends of Bassett President Jason Tabor with wife, Emily DeSantis, DO, and, at left, Friends’ Vice President Kate Johnson..

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.

Corinne Hillman, 98; Retired Teacher Mainstay Of Cooperstown’s Cotillion

Corinne Hillman, 98; Teacher, 

Cooperstown Cotillion Mainstay

Corinne Hillman

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.





Chamber’s Rubin: Exciting Information

Exchanged, But ‘Now The Work Begins’

Concerned Citizens of Oneonta’s Kate O’Donnell, the Hartwick College professor who organized an energy forum in Oneonta two weeks ago, was among today’s attendees. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to


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.”

So Far, 125 Sign Up For Energy Summit, With Limit Of 200


With Week To Go,

Energy Summit Fills

125 Of Its 200 Seats

Seeking ‘Balanced Agenda,’ 19 Speakers

Planned; Day Expands From 6 To 9 Hours

Jay Egg of Geothermal is keynoter at the Otsego Chamber’s “Energy Summit.”

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

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.”

DAR Regent In County For Holiday Luncheon

DAR Regent In County 

For Holiday Luncheon

DAR New York State Regent Nancy Wallace Zwetsch, Penn Yan, was in Otsego County Dec. 15, joining 40 local Daughters of the American Revolution at their annual holiday luncheon at The Otesaga.   The regent, the DAR’s top state official, briefed attendees on a project to digitize the state archives in Albany. Jim Atwell of Cooperstown shared remembrances of times past; Sue Straub of Fly Creek led the group in holiday songs.  Attendees include, from left, Theresa Willemsen, state chaplain, National vice chair/Northeast Division;  Nancy Fish Hanna, Astenrogen Chapter regent; Priscilla Smith Davis, state custodian and library chair;  Kate Brust, Fort Plain chapter; Mrs. Zwetsch, and Lisa Michaels Smith, Otsego Chapter regent.
Oh What Fun It Is To Ride!

Oh What Fun It Is To Ride!

Greg Hall, left, gets in some sleigh-driving practice with his horses Monty and Andy ahead of tonight’s Santa Parade in downtown Cooperstown. With him are Reilly and Finbar Doyle, center, and Carolyn Roth. At 5 p.m., Hall will drive Santa and Mrs. Claus to their cozy Pioneer Park cabin, but until then, he’s giving free sleigh rides from the Otesaga every half hour. (Ian Austin/
Knowledge Worker, Not Industry, Is Our Future, Speaker Says


Knowledge Worker,

Not Industry, Is Our

Future, Speaker Says

Cleinman Wins Seward’s Support

To Launch ‘Come Home’ Campaign

If Boise, Idaho, and Bozeman, Mont., could create vibrant economies based on knowledge workers, so can Oneonta, business consultant Al Cleinman told today’s Workforce Summit at The Otesaga. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Senator Seward said he would support Cleinman’s “Come Home” initiative, and expand it to include “Stay Home.”

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.

189 Applaud Award Winners At Small Business Banquet

189 Applaud Award Winners

At Small Business Banquet

Almost 200 well-wishers turned out this evening to applaud honorees at the Otsego County Chamber’s 19th annual Banquet & Celebration of Small Business at The Otesaga. From left are Chamber board chair Nick Savin; Arc Otsego’s Pat Knuth and ReUse Center Manager Bill Hardy, who won the Breakthrough Award; Charlotte and Chris Chase of Directive, a 25-year-old computer services business, which won the Small Business Award; Hartwick College’s Kelsey Prest and SUNY Oneonta’s Emily Ahlqvist, Interns of the Year, and Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford. (Jim Kevlin/
‘Team Fetterman’ Welcomes Judge

‘Team Fetterman’

Welcomes Judge

Lamberts Become 1st Father-Son Pair

In Cooperstown’s Most Honored Ranks

Other members of “Team Fetterman” joined the latest honoree, county Judge John Lambert, after today’s luncheon at The Otesaga. Front row, from left, are Mark Rathbun, Jack Vineyard, Pat Hazzard, Frank Miosek, Lambert, Bobby Hall, Ted Kantorowski, Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray, Dave Adsit, Brenda Jaeger and Bruce Andrews.  Second row, from left, Mike Perrino, Ed Hazzard, Bud Lippitt, Dave Bliss, Sharkey Nagelschmidt, Bob Snyder and Ted Spencer.  (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

John Lambert and Jane Forbes Clark pose for photographs today after she presented him with the Fetterman Award.

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.

Young Artists Entertain Cooperstown Rotary

Young Artists Perform

For Cooperstown Rotary

Singing Juliet’s Waltz, Alyssa Martin of Greensboro, N.C., represented the Glimmerglass Young Artists Program at today’s Rotary luncheon at The Otesaga. Ben Schaefer of Des Moines, Iowa, sang Figaro from “The Barber of Seville.” Kyle Naig, also of Des Moines, accompanied on piano for both.  Listening Rotarians at the table in front of Martin include, from left, Marge Landers, Irene Fassett, Hugh McDougall, Mike Otis and the Rev. Dane Boston.  (Parker Fish/
Pathfinder Honors 16 Staffers For, In All, 280 Years On Job

Pathfinder Honors 16 Staffers

For, In All, 280 Years On Job

Pathfinder Village honorees and luncheon attendees include, front row, from left, Charleen Orendorff, Enrichment Services, (30); Cindy Holbert, Residential (30); Eva Pickens, Ancillary (35); Dan Osborn, Ancillary (35); second row, from left, Stephanie Beams RN, Nursing; Paula Schaeffer, Enrichment Services (20); Cody Ray, Adult Day Services (10); Destiny Curl, ADS (5); Michael Cornell, ADS; Nancy Olsen, Residential; Diana Cadwell, Residential; Cheryl Winton, Adult Day Services (5), CEO Paul C. Landers ; third row, from left, Taylor Brose, Residential Services; Barry Benjamin, Maintenance (15); Kris Tilbe, Maintenance.

EDMESTON – Pathfinder Village celebrated the longevity of 16 employees – 280 years combined – at a luncheon Tuesday at The Otesaga.

Honorees included Senior Director Dan Osborn and Eva Pickens of the Ancillary Department, who each have served 35 years. Those celebrating 30-year anniversaries included Pathfinder School Teacher Nancy Kelly, Direct Support Professional Cindy Holbert, and Assistant Director of Enrichment Services Charleen Orendorff.

DAR Honors Essay Winner, Good Citizens

DAR Honors Essay Winner, Good Citizens

The Otsego Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored four winners of the annual Flag Essay Contest at the May meeting at The Otesaga.  The Flag Essay Award went to Paul Crowell, front, son of Melodee and Dan Crowell, Fly Creek.  Good Citizenship Awards went to Zeyneb Henderson, left, daughter of Layla Henderson, Milford; Megan Wilmot, center, daughter of Teresa and Gerry Wilmot, Cherry Valley; and Thomas Knight, right, son of Susan and Eric Knight, Cooperstown.
Coop Seniors Rock Out At Prom

Coop Seniors Rock Out At Prom

Mike Toulson, lead singer of the band “Flux Capacitor” and Cooperstown High School math teacher, rocks out as Cooperstown Senior Christopher Mateunas (In the red vest) looks on. The senior class filled the Otesaga ballroom for a night of elegant fashion, and plenty of dancing. (Parker Fish/
Cotillion Glamour

Cotillion Glamour

Lining up for a portrait in front of Otsego Lake’s famed vistas as the 60th Cooperstown Ballroom Cotillion began last evening at The Otesaga are, from left, Henry Michaels, Ashton Jicha, Theodore Ignatovsky, Ben van der Riet, Gavin Henry, Luca Gardner-Olesen, Declan White and Sam Vezza. At left, mom and daughter combination, Jean Marie and Jessica Cocivi, battle high winds as they pose for photos. (Jim Kevlin/

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