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Rotary Donates 1,000 Masks For Use Locally

Rotary Donates 1,000

Masks For Use Locally

Otsego Chamber Handling Distribution

ONEONTA – The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is the point of contact for businesses and not-for-profits seeking to obtain some of the 1,000 masks made available locally through Binghamton-based Rotary International District 7170, which includes local clubs.

Orders are first-come, first-serve, said chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, who asked interested parties to contact here at or calling (607) 434-3130.

Chamber To Honor Helios, Rustic Ridge At Annual Banquet


Chamber To Honor

Helios, Rustic Ridge

At Annual Banquet

COOPERSTOWN – Helios Care and Rustic Ridge Winery will be the honorees at the Otsego Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Banquet Thursday, Nov. 21, at The Otesaga, chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan announced a few minutes ago.

Helios Care, which recently announced the reinvention of Catskill Area Hospice to provide a wide range of services at home, will receive the Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Breakthrough Business of the Year, celebrating innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

Rustic Ridge Winery, operated by Rick and Laura Bennett on the family farm int the Town of Burlington, will received the Key Bank 20th annual Small Business of the Year Award.

‘Luckiest People’ Belong To Clark Sports Center

‘Luckiest People’ Belong

To Clark Sports Center

Former ACC Gymnasium Honored

With Chamber Quality Of Life Award

Instructor Katherine Walters leads the Prime Time exercise class at the Clark Sports Center.  (Ian Austin/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Jane Moyer credits swimming at the Clark for reaching age 99.

COOPERSTOWN – Jane Moyer has been exercising at the Clark Sports Center for 70 years, which may explain why she is still going strong at 99.

She is one of 36 nonagenarian members – after 90, membership’s free – and they may best exemplify why Otsego County Chamber of Commerce chose the Clark Sports Center its Quality of Life Award to be presented at its Summer Soiree Thursday, Aug. 22 – for the first time, at the Clark.

Funded by the Clark Foundation from its inception in 1891 to its renovation and expansion completed in 2017, the Clark Sports Center has, in the Chamber’s words, “significantly contributed to the quality of life in this area by providing amazing programs and opportunities for the local population to attain a healthier lifestyle.”

But for Moyer and the multiple generations of families, the Clark is part of family and community life, a place that has shaped lives, futures and connections between villagers and people living throughout the county.

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.

Chamber To Honor Job Corps, OCCA

Chamber To Honor

Job Corps, OCCA

Awards Planned At ‘Summer Soiree’

ONEONTA – Oneonta Job Corps and the OCCA (Otsego County Conservation Association) are recipients of the Otsego Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 “Sustainable Success” Awards, it was announced today.

The award winners will be honored at the chamber’s Summer Soiree Thursday, July 19, at Oneonta Municipal Airport, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Otsego Chamber’s Honorees From Oneonta, Cooperstown

Otsego Chamber’s Honorees

From Oneonta, Cooperstown

Otsego Chamber of Commerce honorees at the Tuesday, March 28, annual Spring Dinner accepting their awards are, front row from right, Al Rubin, NBT Bank Distinguished Business Award of A&D Transportation; Sara Sheeran, Stewardship Award for Otsego Land Trust, Cooperstown, Stewardship; Marie Lusins, Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award, and A&D’s David Freed. In center is Deb Marcus, Family Planning of CNY, Quality of Life Award. Behind them, from left, are NBT Regional Executive Jamie Reynolds, and Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan. The dinner was at SUNY Oneonta’s Hunt Union Ballroom.  (Ian Austin/
State Of The State? Iffy, Chamber Breakfast Told

State Of The State?  Iffy,

Chamber Breakfast Told

SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski urges state legislators at this morning’s Otsego County Chamber “State of the State” breakfast to ensure the SUNY system is sufficiently funded – not just bricks and mortar, but operating funds that keep professors in place. She noted that the state only contributes 11 percent to its university system’s budget. More than 100 attendees heard state Sen. Jim Seward, and three of the four assemblymen representing parts of Otsego County – Bill Magee, Clifford Crouch and Pete Lopez – discuss challenges ranging from school funding to Uber. Mayors Gary Herzig of Oneont and Jeff Katz of Cooperstown also spoke. (Ian Austin/
Otsego Chamber VP To Join Corning

Otsego Chamber VP To Join Corning

Shelly Giangrant
Shelly Giangrant

ONEONTA – Today was Shelly Giangrant’s last day at the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, where she has been a mainstay for the past 15 years.

Giangrant, vice president/member services in recent years, will be joining Corning Inc., and teaching horseback riding in Otego.

Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan recognized Giangrant for “providing dedicated service to our members.  We wish her great success in this new opportunity.”

Shelly was recognized at the Chamber After Hours event Thursday at the Green Earth.

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