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Teams Enjoy The Green At Chamber Golf Classic

Chamber Golfers Hit Links

Tom Thetford, Wayne Carrington and Joe Harmer, look on as Patti Canner takes lines up the shot on the green during this afternoon’s 34th Annual Golf Classic at the Oneonta Country Club, sponsored by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. Teams kept socially distant as their made their way though the golf course and tried their luck at trying to win a car by making a hole-in-one. (Ian Austin/

Drive-Thru Job Fair On Now In Neahwa

Drive-Thru Job Fair

On Now In Neahwa Park

More than 22 employers were ready to meet with job-seekers at the Drive Thru Job Fair in Neahwa Park this morning, with future employees lined up outside the park ahead of the 9 a.m start time. Here, Jim Steacy, Oneonta, receives an application from Tracy Young, talent and culture development manager, SFCU, while maintaining social distancing. According to Barbara Ann Heegan, president, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, the event has been so popular that a second is being considered. The event was co-sponsored by the CDO Workforce. (Ian Austin/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Drive Thru Job Fair 08-13-20

Drive Thru Job Fair


JOB FAIR – 9 a.m. – Noon. Job seekers meet up to 25 local employers without leaving the car. Just follow the signs, keep your mask on, and get flyers/applications for employers in many different sectors that are currently hiring. Parking Lot, Oneonta Outlaws, Damaschke Field, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. 607-432-4500 or visit

City, Chamber: Come Get Your PPE!

City, Chamber:

Come Get Your PPE!

Masked man Mayor Gary Herzig, gives Peter Clark, foreground, a gallon of hand sanitizer as part of the “Survive, Then Thrive” giveaway of personal protective equipment, including hand sanitizer, masks and thermometers, to local businesses at Damaschke Field this morning. 85 businesses have signed up for appointments to get the PPE, contact-free, but there are still slots available tomorrow from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call the Otsego County Chamber (607) 434-3130 for an appointment (Ian Austin/
As Phase 1 Begins, Businesses Cautious, Excited

As Phase 1 Reopenings Start,

Businesses Cautious, Excited

Kathryn Kroll, owner of Coddington’s Florist in The Clinton Plaza in Oneonta, is now offering curbside flower pick-up as Otsego County enters phase one of Un-PAUSE. (Ian Austin/


ONEONTA – With Phase One of Un-PAUSE officially going into effect in Otsego County today, Barbara Ann Heegan, president, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, is already hearing that business is back.

“Coddington’s Florist had been closed since the start of this, but on Mother’s Day, they did 220 deliveries,” she said. “Their re-opening has been monumental.”


Rules Of The 2020 Primary Season


MEMORIAL LECTURE – 7 p.m. Caitlin Jewitt (class of ‘06) presents Rude Memorial Lecture titled “The Primary Rules and the 2020 Presidential Nomination Contest.” Free, open to public. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4044 or visit

Assemblyman, Challenger Bond Over Burritos

Assemblyman, Challenger

Bond Over Bomber’s Burritos

Freshman assembly member John Salka, R-Brookfield, and his challenger, Dan Buttermann, met this evening at Bomber’s Burrito Bar in Oneonta as part of the periodic Business After Hours, sponsored by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. With them are owner Jim Hewitt, left and his son, Charles Hewitt, the restaurant’s general manager. (Photo by Barbara Ann Heegan)

Turkey Dinner For Senior Citizens


ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit to learn how.

TURKEY DINNER – 5 – 6:30 p.m. Senior citizens are invited for delicious dinner sponsored by Lions Club, LEOs, CCS PTA. Take-out available. Cafeteria, Cooperstown High School. 607-547-2401.

Summer Soirée Sings Praises Of ISD, Clark Sports Center

Summer Soirée Sings Praises

Of ISD, Clark Sports Center

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Soirée was this evening, celebrating local businesses that promote a good and sustainable life in Otsego County. Information Systems Division (ISD Tech) of Oneonta  received the Environmental Stewardship Award for its computer- and electronics-recycling program. The Clark Sports Center of Cooperstown received the Quality of Life Award for helping over 5,500 members live healthier, (including 37 members over 90, who get free memberships).  Above, center, are chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, Quality of Life sponsor Scott White, Bank of Cooperstown president, behind her at left, and George Busch, NBT Insurance vice president/sales.  To to the left of Heegan, front row, are ISD partners Ron Ranc and Roxanna Hurlburt; behind, from right, are ISD’s Chris Ranc, Wilhemina Guest and Mike LaBarr.  To the right of Heagan are Clark Director Val Paige and her managers, Erin Newkirk, Kathy Graham, Jim DiLiberto and Rich Jantzi.  Inset, left, Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, reads citations from  state Sen. Jim Seward, r-Milford, who was also represented by his aide, Mira Jergovich, commending the two organizations.  The dinner, attended by 80, was in the middle of the Clark’s basketball court. (Ian Austin/

Knowledge The Key To Business Longevity, Cleinman Asserts

Cleinman Reflects on 30 Years

Knowledge. It’s The Key To

Business Growth, Longevity

Al Cleinman, founder and president, Cleinman Performance Partners, right, accepts a 30-year plaque from Barbara Ann Heegan, president, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Cleinman with Katie Seamon, an aide to state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, who sent a plaque honoring Cleinman Performance Partners. Mayor Gary Herzig, left, presented the plaque on Seward’s behalf.

ONEONTA – The secret to business longevity, said Al Cleinman, is knowledge.

“We had six people around the table the other day, and I realized that between them, they had 70 years of experience here,” he said. “We employ smart people.”

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce honored Cleinman Performance Partners this morning with a luncheon celebrating their 30 years in Oneonta, building one of the leading business consultants for larger optometry practices.

Grummons, Pathfinder Village Honored At Chamber Awards

200 Pack Atrium,

Praising Pathfinder

Village, Grummons

Funeral Director Les Grummons, left, and Pathfinder Village, represented by its president, Paul Landers, right, last evening were honored by 200 well-wishers who filled Foothills’ Atrium at the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Gala & Celebration of Business.  Grummons, of Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, was Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen of 2019; Pathfinder Village, the NBT Distinguished Business.   Behind them, from left, are state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, NBT Regional Executive Jamie Reynolds, and Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan.  (Ian Austin/
Businesses Sold On Pathfinder Village


Businesses Sold On

Pathfinder Village

Residential Community Training,

Placing Residents In Local Jobs

Paul Landers stops in to see Grant Stubbs, center, who has an apartment where other residents enjoy hanging out, like Andrew Hyman, left. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta

Though with with a song on her lips, Joanna Draper, recovering from a brain tumor, is reclaiming her vocation as a singer. (Ian Austin/

EDMESTON – When she was 16, Joanna Draper had a brain tumor removed and was in a coma for a month. Though she recovered, her short-term memory was all but gone, dashing her hopes of continuing to perform in musical theater.

But now, you can find her serenading customers at the Pathfinder Village bakery and café, where she has worked for two years. “I’m doing so well that they let me work here,” she said. “I sing to the customers. I give them a hug if they’re having a bad day. It’s about treating people how I want to be treated, with kindness and a smile.”

“Her parents recognized that she would fit in here as a hire, not as a service recipient,” said CEO Paul Landers. “And since she started working here, her neurologist has seen her memory improving.”

Chamber Honors Longtime Members

Chamber Honors

Longtime Members

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce held a recognition ceremony for 10- and 20-year members at a Business After Hours event in the Foothills Atrium. Above, the honorees pose for a group photo. Front row: Pat Knuth, ARC Otsego; Lizbeth Parent, Corning; Alicia Fish, Catskill Area Hospice; Mary Ann Bollinger, Community Bank, and Stacie Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA. Back row: Chris Hobert, Springbrook; Paul Landers, Pathfinder Village; Jim Kevlin, The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and; Alan Sessions, CDO Workforce; Nick Savin, ONC BOCES; Pete Armao, Country Club Auto; Dave Ohman, Delaware Engineering; Chris Kuhn, Oneonta Job Corps Academy, and Johnna Peachin, Peachin &  Associates. At right, Otsego County Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, presents Chris Kuhn, director of OJCA, with his certificate marking 10 years with the chamber. (Ian Austin/

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