Ahead of opening his Oneonta office on Thursday, Feb. 7, Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, met with members of Otsego County’s small business community at Hartwick College’s Shineman Chapel this afternoon. “I’m best equipped as your advocate when I have spoken to you” he told, seated from left, Michelle Catan, Small Business Development Center director; Jill Morgan-Meek, owner, Transitions Boutique; Otsego Now CEO Jody Zakrevsky, and developer Ed May. The discussion was hosted by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, and earlier that afternoon, Delgado spoke with the Leatherstocking Young Farmers. At right, Jason Tabor, Principal Financial Group of Cooperstown and President, Friends of Bassett, engages Delgado on his thoughts about solving the county’s housing crisis. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Chamber’s Rubin: Exciting Information
Exchanged, But ‘Now The Work Begins’
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
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.”
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JANUARY 31
ENERGY SUMMIT – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Explore energy, climate change, our region’s economy with area industry leaders, policy makers from across New York State. Learn, network, more. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 607-432-4500 ext. 104 or visit otsegocc.com
STATE OF THE STATE BREAKFAST
This Year, Oneonta
Will Bloom With DRI
Money, Mayor Says
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – This will be the year, Mayor Gary Herzig said, that the City of Oneonta begins to see the results of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grants
“In 60 days, we’ll unveil the redesign of our downtown,” he said. “And this redesign is not by City Hall, but by 80 downtown business owners who have submitted proposals for $2.5 million in funding for improvements. This is a downtown made possibly by the energy of our local businesses.”
Herzig, alongside Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, spoke at the annual State of the State breakfast, hosted by the Otsego County Chamber this morning at SUNY Oneonta’s Morris Hall.
Congressman John Faso, R-19, above, meets with the owner’s of Noah’s World in Oneonta, Sheila Andreic and husband Aleksandar, during a visit to Oneonta today. “The congressman … wanted to learn about initiatives in our county that focus on early learning and development.” said Barbara Ann Heegan, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce president. “I immediately thought of Noah’s World. They provide an excellent service for … parents who work struggle to find affordable, quality childcare.” He then went next door to tour the production floor of Toonie Moonie Organics with owner Kim Condon, inset, seen overlooking their kitchen. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27
NATURE WALK – 10 – 11:30 a.m. Get the kids out exploring different habitats in the park, identify plants, animals, use a journal to record observations. Meet at Spruce Street entrance, Wilber Park, Oneonta. Call 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/get-the-kids-out-nature-identification/
AUTHORS SERIES – 1 p.m. Baseball author David Kelly present and discuss book “Ballpark Mysteries: The Cardinals Caper” Followed by a book signing in the Atrium. Included with Museum admission. The Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/node/17198?date=0
By PARKER FISH • Special to www.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.”
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 20
THEATER – 8 p.m. Presenting a performance of “Of Mice and Men.” Tickets, $17/adult. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org
MOVIE NIGHT – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Screening of “Landfill Harmonic,” a film about ‘The Recycled Orchestra,’ a group of children from a Paraguayan slum who play instruments made entirely of garbage. Milford Central School, 42 Main St., Milford. Call 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/earth-festival-movie-night-2/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAR. 16
SHAMROCK SWING – 6 – 9 p.m. Mother’s and Sons, enjoy dinner, dancing, activities, and win prizes. Cost, $65/couple. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. call 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org
CHAMBER ENSEMBLE – 7:30 p.m. The Capital Trio performs works by Dvorak & Haydn. Free, open to the public. Anderson Theater, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4000 or visit www.hartwick.edu
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB.22
FILM SOCIETY – 7 – 8:40 p.m. The Film Society of Cooperstown presents, for its premier event, “Punch Drunk Love” which follows an emotionally unstable business man whose mundane life radically changes when he falls in love. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
READING SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Red Dragon reading series presents writer & actor David Mills, reading from “Talking to the Bones,” the first poetic work on New York’s African American Burial Ground, the Oldest & largest slave cemetery in America. Lee Hall, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-2571 or visit www.oneonta.edu/academics/english/reddragonreading/reddragonreadingseries.asp
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEB.12
WORKFORCE SEMINAR – 8:30 a.m. Melinda Mack, Executive Director of the NY Association of Training & Employment Professionals, will speak on trends in employment and workforce development. Cost, $10, continental breakfast included. Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-9983 or visit otsegocc.com
MINDFULNESS – 6-7 p.m. Come prepared to discuss “Peace Is Every Step” by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. The Green Toad Bookstore, 198 Main St., Oneonta. Call 607-433-8898 or visit www.facebook.com/TheGreenToadBookstore/