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Senator Presented With Bettiol Award

Senator Presented

With Bettiol Award

Today, Chamber Will Also Recognize

Otsego County’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, receives the 2020 Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award by Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan. The award, which recognizes his career representing Otsego County in the state Senate for the past 34 years, was presented this afternoon outside the senator’s Oneonta office.  “A Virtual Celebration of the Entrepreneurial Spirit” will be broadcast at 4:30 today from The Otesaga in Cooperstown, where Custom Electronics will be recognized as NBT Bank Distinguished Business; Theresa’s Emporium as Key Bank Small Business of the Year, and Pathfinder Produce & Mobile Marketing as Excelluss Blue Cross Blue Shield Breakthrough Business of the Year.  Click here to register for the Zoom broadcast.   (Jeff Bishop photo)
Chamber Donates $1,500 To Community Foundation

Chamber Donates $1,500

To Community Foundation

Harry Levine, Community Foundation of Otsego County president, received a $1,500 check a few minutes ago in Cooperstown from Otsego County Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, left, and Kathryn Dailey, the chamber’s director of special events, proceeds from the chamber’s recent annual golf tournament at the Oneonta Country Club.  “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the foundation and its programs,” said Heegan.   Levine said the money will go into CFOC’s COVID Relief Fund, which recently announced 22 grants to local entities and still has $50,000 – “now, $51,500,” he said – and is considering another round of grants right now.  Anyone looking for assistance should contact CFOC at  (Jim Kevlin/
SUNY Parent Group Donates $4,300 To Otsego Chamber

SUNY-O Parents Donate

$4,300 To Otsego Chamber

Barbara Ann Heegan, president, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, center, poses with Gabbie Brink, left, and Pattie Cordaro-Peltz, right, collaborators on the SUNY Oneonta Parent-To-Parent Facebook page, who presented a check for $4,300 to the chamber this morning in Muller Plaza. The group also delivered personalized cookies to local businesses that were held in high regard by the college students. “We read the comments and we thought ‘We have to fix this,'” said Brink. “We value this town and we wanted to recognize how they care for our kids. On behalf of the kids and the parents we thank the community who supports our kids and we want to help it come back safer and stronger.” (Ian Austin/
Chamber Chief To Students: Follow Health, Safety Rules

Chamber Chief To Students:

Follow Health, Safety Rules

Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan

ONEONTA – Otsego Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Ann Heegan a few minutes ago issued a plea to SUNY Oneonta students who remain in the community: “Do your part.”

“Use good judgment,” she wrote in an “Open Letter to the Community” provided exclusively to  “Follow local, state and federal health and safety guidelines, including the wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing. Be responsible, respectful and kind to one another. These efforts will bring the business community and college students closer and enable us to remain one of the best college communities.”

The letter was issued after Heegan attended this evening’s Oneonta Control Group meeting, a clearinghouse for COVID-19 issues, where apparently lapses in isolation and quarantining were discussed.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Chamber Classic Golf Tournament 08-20-20

Chamber Classic Golf Tournament


GOLF TOURNAMENT – 1 p.m. With new safety protocols, the Otsego County Chamber hosts 34th annual Chamber Classic Golf Tournament featuring lunch wraps from Roundhouse Pub and Grill. Proceeds of Tournament will go to Community Foundation of Otsego County. Registration required. Hosted by The Oneonta Country Club, 9 Country Club Dr., Oneonta.

COVID-19 TESTING – 9 a.m. – Noon. Healthy Otsego County residents are invited to drive-thru testing for Covid-19, free of charge courtesy of Otsego County Department of Health. Registration required. Southside Mall Parking Lot, Oneonta. 607-547-4279 to register.

Tomorrow, Call Before You Shop

Tomorrow, Call

Before You Shop

Malls, Auto Dealers, Others

Close, But Full List Unclear

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan.

ONEONTA – If you’re planning any shopping tomorrow in Otsego County or throughout New York State, you better call ahead.

“Other than health and food, it’s going to have a wide impact,” said Barbara Ann Heegan, Otsego County Chamber president.

For instance, Southside Mall is closed.  Oneonta’s auto dealers won’t be selling cars, although they are keeping their service departments open.

Tobacco Free Communities Moves To Downtown Oneonta

Tobacco Free Communities

Moves To Downtown Oneonta

Tobacco Free Communities of Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie (TFC-DOS) cut the ribbon Wednesday on its new offices at 151-153 Main St., the former Stevens Hardware.  Front row, from left, are TFC-DOS Director Judy Rightmyer, Community Engagement Coordinator Jennifer Hill, Program Specialist Barbara Doyle, Youth Engagement Coordinator Chris Bradley, LEAF’s Executive Director Julie Dostal, and Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Ann Heegan. Back row, from left, the Chamber’s Director of Special Events Kathryn Dailey; Alan Cleinman of Cleinman Performance Partners; LEAF Prevention Specialist Carol Mandigo; County Rep. Clark Oliver, D-11; and Oneonta Common Council member Mark Drnek, Ward 8.  Dostal, Cleinman, and Mandigo advocated for Oneonta’s tobacco-free parks ordinance in 2017.
At Wistful Event, Seward Receives Standing Ovation


At Wistful Event, Seward

Receives Standing Ovation

A visibly pleased state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, above, who announced last week he will retire at the end of the year after 34 years representing Otsego County in Albany, receives a standing ovation from the 140 attendees at the Otsego Chamber’s State of the State Luncheon today at SUNY Oneonta’s Morris Hall.    He is flanked by Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, right, and Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield.  Insert, left, Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie, gave a thundering address after soliciting from the audience three reasons why people are leaving Upstate New York:  High taxes, over regulation and no jobs.  “Let’s address these three issues and bring people back to New York State,” said Tague, a leading Republican prospect to succeed Seward; he would face Jim Barber, a Schoharie farmer, who has won Democratic backing.  “I’d have big shoes to fill,” said Tague, then reported his shoe size as 14 1/2, triple E.   Seward said, “Don’t worry, I’ll be back next year.”  He won’t be at the head table, he said, “I’ll be in the audience with you, asking tough questions.”  Also speaking were Mayors Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch of Cooperstown and Gary Herzig of Oneonta.  (Jim Kevin/

Delgado, Seward Due At State Of The State

Delgado, Seward Due

At State Of The State

Event Moved To Jan. 24 At SUNY Oneonta


ONEONTA — The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s State of the State breakfast will be Jan. 24, not the usual day after New Year’s, will be a luncheon instead, and will feature two novelties:

• Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19.  The date was changed to accommodate his scheduled.

• State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, who is recovering from a cancer recurrence.  This will be his first public reappearance.


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.

ISD Protects Nature From Computers

ISD Protects Nature

From Computers

Oneonta Tech Firm Honored With

Otsego Chamber Environment Award

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Bins full of discarded computer equipment to be recycled bear witness to the company’s sense of responsibility, says partner Roxana Hurlburt. (Ian Austin/

ONEONTA – Information Systems Divisions Inc. isn’t just the place to get a new computer or get your company’s IT needs taken care of.

It’s also a steward of the environment.

“Since 2011, we’ve recycled more than 84,000 pound of electronic waste,” said Roxana Hurlburt, who, with Ron Ranc II, founded the company in 1989. “And we do it for free.”

It was this commitment to the environment that earned ISD Tech the Environmental Stewardship Award from the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, to be presented at its annual Summer Soiree on Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Clark Sports Center.

“We live in a beautiful area,” said Hurlburt. “You don’t want to drive down country roads and see old computers just dumped out there.”

Andela To Break Ground On 100,000-Square-Foot In 2020, President Says

Andela To Break Ground

On 100,000-Sq.-Ft. Plant

In 2020, President Says

Development May Be ‘Eco-Commerce Park,’
Using Geothermal Heat, But Also Natural Gas
Andela Products’ President Cynthia Andela discusses her plans with two men who sometimes find themselves on different sides of economic-development issues: Tom Armao of Oneonta, left, an Otsego Now board member, and Adrian Kuzminski of Fly Creek, Sustainable Otsego moderator. In the background are Richfield Town Board member Larry Frigault and Otsego 2000 President Nicole Dillingham. (Jim Kevlin/www.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Cynthia Andela shows off the Ruby Glass catalogue at this morning’s presentation.

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Andela Products and its subsidiary, Ruby Lake Glass, expects to break ground in 2020 on a 100,000-square-foot building on a 40-acre parcel just south of the village owned by Otsego Now, company President Cynthia Andela told a gathering of businesspeople this morning at the Richfield Springs Community Coop.

That will still leave room for a 50,000-square-foot building on the site, which could be used by a single company, or subdivided to accommodate several companies, she said at a session organized by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.

The 25-year-old company recycles glass, and Ruby Lake colorizes glass that can then be used for crossing stripes and other markings on road pavement.  Andela said her company currently has a contract with New York City to stripe pavement; if you’re there, you can see it in the vicinity of the Flatiron Building.  The product offers “color, friction and durability,” with resulting stripes withstanding 4-5 years of traffic.

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.”

Cooperstown And Around

Cooperstown And Around

Both Mayors, Seward Weigh State Of State

By: Ian Austin

Christian Shaefer of Richfield Springs, who mounted a surprise write-in campaign to win a county coroner post in the Nov. 6 election, takes the oath of office Tuesday, Jan 1, at Foothills in Oneonta Ian Austin/The Freeman’s Journal


Christian Shaefer of Richfield Springs, who mounted a surprise write-in campaign to win a county coroner post in the Nov. 6 election, takes the oath of office Tuesday, Jan 1, at Foothills in Oneonta

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and two mayors, Cooperstown’s Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch and Oneonta’s Gary Herzig, were due to address the Otsego Chamber’s annual State of the State Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at SUNY Oneonta’s Morris Conference Center. Click for details.

►THE OTSEGO LAND TRUST announced the  donation of a conservation easement on 133 acres of forests, hills, farmland and wetlands in the Town of Oneonta on Friday, Dec. 28..

►A FIRE DESTROYED the Fred A. Roos Jr. house at 264 Geywits Road, Town of Springfield on Friday, Dec. 28, according to Assistant Chief Dale Schulz of the Springfield Center Fire Department. No injuries were reported, but the fire remains under investigation.

►OUTGOING CONGRESSMAN John Faso wouldn’t rule out running for Congress again in 2020 – but wouldn’t rule it in either, he told WAMC President Alan Chartock.

►310 AIRBNB HOSTS in Otsego County each earned about $5,900 in supplementary income in 2018, the company announced at year’s end.


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