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Otsego County Chamber

State Of State Includes Senator, Both Mayors, Chair Of County Board

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES LINEUP

State Of State Includes

Senator, Both Mayors,

Chair Of County Board

ONEONTA – The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce today announced the lineup for its annual State of the State Breakfast, scheduled as it’s been traditionally done on the day after New Year’s Day.

The headliners are state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, Cooperstown’s new mayor, Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch and her Oneonta counterpart, Gary Herzig, and David Bliss, chairman of the Otsego County Board of Representatives.

There ARE Jobs In Select Fields, Conference Told

WORKFORCE SUMMIT 2018

There ARE Jobs

In Select Fields,

Conference Told

Jobs are available locally, but the workforce to fill them is shrinking through shrinking population and pending retirements, Christian Harris, state Department of Labor analyst, tells at Workforce Summit underway today at The Otesaga. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Cooperstown Central school board President Marcy Birch, also a businesswoman, and Superintendent Bill Crankshaw listen intently to Harris’ presentation. In the background is Mary Joe Ferrare of the Workforce Development Institute.

COOPERSTOWN – The good news is, if you want a job as a registered nurse, retail supervisor of information security analyst around here, you’ve got it.

The bad news is, young people aren’t participating in the workforce as before, and people generally are leaving the area.

Overall, if you really want to work, go into the hospital and healthcare fields.

That was the news Christian Harris, state Department of Labor analyst for the region that includes Otsego County, shared with 70 attendees at a Workforce Summit underway today at The Otesaga, co-sponsored by the Otsego Chamber of Commerce and State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.

ARC Otsego Opens Otsego ReUse Center

ARC Otsego Opens

Otsego ReUse Center

Pat Knuth, Executive director of the Arc Otsego, Liz Shannon, Otsego County District 14 representative, Karen Sullivan, Otsego County, Bill Hardy, manager of Otsego ReUse Center, Ryan Eldred, assistant and Otsego ReUse Center, Barbara Ann Hegan, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Wolf, Otsego Chamber board member, and Darcy Dibble, CFO of the ARC, cut the ribbon at the grand opening of their location on Duane Street in Oneonta this morning. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Pat Knuth examines a selection of door and dresser fixtures.

ONEONTA – ARC Otsego celebrated the grand opening of their Otsego ReUse Center on Duane Street this morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of their location. Betty Li set up in the old Bresees’ warehouse, ReUse acts as a collection station for usable items that were destined for the landfill.

“Since our soft opening in November, we have already kept over fourteen tons of usable items out of our landfills.” remarked Pat Knuth, executive director of Arc Otsego.

“We have lots of people drop off great stuff!” said Bill Hardy, manager of the location. “Local contractors, Carpet Plus, Scholet furniture, Lowes, G&I Homes, SUNY Oneonta, they have all donated things here which we sell at a fraction of their original cost!”

The ARC plans to purchase the building from Mark Bresee in the fall and are currently looking for support to help with the purchase.The Otsego ReUse Center is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday.

 

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NBT Second Honoree At Chamber Banquet

NBT Second Honoree

At Chamber Banquet

Bank, Bettiol Distinguished Business, Citizen

Cutting the ribbon at NBT’s Oneonta Regional Financial Center at One Wall Street last year are, from left, Mayor Gary Herzig, Otsego County Chamber Board Chair Jim Potts,  chamber  President/CEO Barbara Ann Heegan, NBT Bank Regional Executive Jamie Reynolds, NBT-Mang Insurance Agency President Tucker Lounsbury, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.
Gene Bettiol Sr.

ONEONTA – NBT Bank will be honored as the NYCM Insurance Distinguished Business of the Year at the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner, Thursday, May 3, at Foothills, beginning at 5:45 p.m., the chamber announced today.

Earlier, it was announced that Eugene A. Bettiol Sr., who passed away in December, will received the Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award named for his son and sponsored by Bassett Healthcare.

The evening’s theme is   “Supporting Entrepreneurial Spirit in Otsego County.”

They’re The Tops, Oscar Avers As Winning Businesses Toasted

They’re The Tops, Oscar Avers

As Winning Businesses Toasted

A life-size Oscar looks on approvingly at this evening’s honorees at the Otsego County Chamber’s 18th annual Banquet & Celebration of Small Business, now underway at The Otesaga. Center right, Springbrook President Patricia Kennedy and Finance Committee chair Bill Mirabito accepted the Breakthrough Award. Center left, Barbara Roberts and Joan Fox accepted the Small Business Award on behalf of their Keller Williams realty network.   Hartwick College’s Allison Homler, left, and SUNY Oneonta’s Matthew Coville, right, were Interns of the Year.  A new format – an evening of networking – was tested this year:  The awards were presented first, then the 250 guests went through a buffet line and circulated, introducing themselves of other guests, chatting and snacking.  The big Oscar was created by Ian Austin of Oneonta for the Fox Hospital’s recent annual gala, but is now making the circuit of the season’s social events.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Hartwick, Wahl To Wahl Win Top Chamber Prizes

Hartwick, Wahl To Wahl

Win Top Chamber Prizes

Interns From Hartwick, SUNY Recognized
Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich and the team that put together the Center for Craft Food & Beverage were recognized with the Otsego County Chamber/Excellus Breakthrough Award this evening at the chamber's Small Business Banquet at The Otesaga. With her are, from right, Center Director Aaron McLeod, and Professors Mary Lee and Carli Ficano. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich and the team that put together the Center for Craft Food & Beverage were recognized with the Otsego County Chamber/Excellus Breakthrough Award this evening at the chamber’s annual Small Business Banquet at The Otesaga. With her are, from right, Center Director Aaron McLeod, and Professors Mary Lee and Carli Ficano. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Anthony Wall, proprietor of Wahl to Wahl, the Middlefield-based used-parts dealership with national reach, brought valued staff members and their significant others to the banquet. From left are Joe Armstrong with Erica Van Wormer; Cyle and Heather Hunter, Amy Butler, Merideth Rider and honoree Wahl, Glenn Wheeler and Jeremy Hungerford.
Anthony Wahl, proprietor of Wahl to Wahl, the Middlefield-based used-parts dealership with national reach, brought valued staff members and their significant others to the banquet, where the company received the annual Chamber/Key Bank Small Business Award.  From left are Joe Armstrong with Erica Van Wormer; Cyle and Heather Hunter; Amy Butler, Merideth Rider and honoree Wahl; Glenn Wheeler and Jeremy Hungerford.
This year, the chamber honored participants in their college internship program. From left are Ryan zz , SUNY Oneonta, with Michelle Catan of the Small Business Development Center, where he interned; and Demi Manesis of Hartwick College, with Assistant Fire Chief Jim Maloney of the Oneonta Fire Department, where she interned. Both are senior economics majors.
This year, the chamber honored participants in their college internship program. From left are Ryan Zambrzycki , SUNY Oneonta, with Michelle Catan of the Small Business Development Center, where he interned; and Demi Manesis, Hartwick College, with Assistant Fire Chief Jim Maloney of the Oneonta Fire Department, where she interned. Both are senior economics majors.
Interns, Wahl To Wahl, Hartwick College Honored With Chamber Awards

 Hartwick, Wahl To Wahl

Win Chamber Accolades

The Otsego County Chamber announced the Hartwick College Craft Food and Beverage Center, Wahl to Wahl auto and interns Demi Manesis and Kevin Zambrzycki as the winners of their annual Small Business Awards this morning in front of the Yager Museum at Hartwick College. Top row, from left: Aaron McCloud, Director of the Hartwick College Food and Beverage Center, ___, Barbara Ann Heegan, President of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, ____, Oneonta Fire Chief Pat Pidgeon, Assistant Fire Chief Jim Maloney. Bottom Row: ___, ___, Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich, small business of the year winner Anthony Wahl, and Demi Manesis. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The Otsego County Chamber announced the Hartwick College Craft Food & Beverage Center, Wahl to Wahl Atuo and interns Demi Manesis and Kevin Zambrzycki as the winners of their annual Small Business Awards this morning in front of the Yager Museum at Hartwick College.  Top row, from left, are Aaron McCloud, director of the Hartwick College Food & Beverage Center; Megan Scrivener, SUNY Oneonta internship coordinator; chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan; Melissa Marietta, Hartwick College director of Career Services; Oneonta Fire Chief Pat Pidgeon, Assistant Fire Chief Jim Maloney. Bottom row, from left, Michelle Catan, from the Small Business Center at SUNY Binghamton; Zambrzyck; Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret Drugovich, Anthony Wahl, and Manesis. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

‘Success, Spirit Of Collaboration’ Cited

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – The Hartwick College Craft Food and Beverage Center, Wahl to Wahl Auto and two interns from both colleges were honored this morning as the Otsego County Chamber announced their annual business awards on the patio of the Yager Museum at Hartwick College.

“The recipients all display success, contributions to our local economic and a spirit of collaboration,” said Barbara Ann Heegan, President and CEO of the Chamber.

The Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Breakthrough Business of the Year went to the Hartwick College Craft Food and Beverage Center.  “There’s something particularly gratifying for being recognized for a ‘breakthrough’ in out 219th year of operation,” said Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret Drugovich.

Have You Heard? Hearing Health Opens

Have You Heard?

Hearing Health Opens

Debra Marcus, Mindy Staller, Linda Horovitz, Dorothy McKee, Barbara Ann Heegan and Anthony Wahl pose during a ceremonial ribbon cutting as the Otsego County Chamber welcomed Hearing Health USA to Oneonta this afternoon. They will provide diagnostic hearing evaluations and treatment in way of hearing aids for all ages. They have also been approved to serve veterans free of charge if they have been certified for hearing aids. Hearing Health USA will be holding complimentary hearing tests on July 18th and 19th from 8-4pm at 392 Chestnut St. in Oneonta. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Debra Marcus, Mindy Staller, Linda Horovitz, Dorothy McKee, Barbara Ann Heegan and Anthony Wahl pose during a ceremonial ribbon cutting as the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Hearing Health USA to 392 Chestnut Street,  Oneonta this afternoon.  In addition to serving all ages and needs, they have been approved to serve veterans with hearing aids free of charge.  Hearing Health USA will be holding complimentary hearing tests on 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Monday-Tuesday, July 18-19.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Northern Eagle Opens With Tours, Beer, Food

Northern Eagle Opens

With Tours, Beer, Food

George Allen, Melissa Miosek, Ryan Birdsall, Louis B. Hager III, Whit Hager, Matt Curley, Alicia Hager, Kathleen Emmett, Louis B. Hager, Jr., and Barbara Ann Heegan cut the ceremonial ribbon that marks the New Northern Eagle Beverage Plant on Brown. St. in Oneonta, officially open. Festivities filled the afternoon highlighted by tours, tastings, Brooks BBQ and music by The Round House Rockers. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
George Allen, Melissa Miosek, Ryan Birdsall, Louis B. Hager III, Whit Hager, Matt Curley, Alicia Hager, Kathleen Emmett, Louis B. Hager, Jr., and Barbara Ann Heegan cut the ceremonial ribbon that marks the New Northern Eagle Beverage Plant on Brown. St. in Oneonta, officially open. Festivities filled the afternoon highlighted by tours, tastings, Brooks BBQ and music by The Round House Rockers. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Barnyard Swing, Northern Eagle Garner Small-Business Awards

Barnyard Swing, Northern Eagle

Garner Small-Business Awards

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce this morning announced that Marcy Birch, center, proprietor, Barnyard Swing, Hartwick Seminary, has won this year’s Key Bank 16th annual Small Business of the Year Award, and Northern Eagle Hop Pelletizing Co., represented by George Allen, left of Birch, is the Excellus/Blue Cross Breakthrough Business of the Year. Others, from left, are Community Bank’s Joe Sutaris, the chamber board chair; chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, and, representing Key Bank, Allen Ruffles, Cooperstown branch manager. The dinner will be Thursday, Oct. 15, at The Otesaga. For reservations, call 432-4500. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce this morning announced that Marcy Birch, center, proprietor, Barnyard Swing, Hartwick Seminary, has won this year’s Key Bank 16th annual Small Business of the Year Award, and Northern Eagle Hop Pelletizing Co., represented by George Allen, left of Birch, is the Excellus/Blue Cross Breakthrough Business of the Year. Others, from left, are Community Bank’s Joe Sutaris, the chamber board chair; chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, and, representing Key Bank, Allen Ruffles, Cooperstown branch manager. The dinner will be Thursday, Oct. 15, at The Otesaga. For reservations, call 432-4500. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Good Turnout At Chamber Job Fair

Good Turnout At Chamber Job Fair

Attendees at today's Otsego County Chamber Career Fair included, from left, Don Brown and Cassandra Treen from  Chobani; chamber President/CEO Barbara Ann Heegan; chamber board member Kelly Zack Decker and Liz Rickard from CORE.  The event was at the Holiday Inn/Southside.  Heegan reported a good turnout at the event.
Attendees at today’s Otsego County Chamber Career Fair included, from left, Don Brown and Cassandra Treen from  Chobani; chamber President/CEO Barbara Ann Heegan; chamber board member Kelly Zack Decker and Liz Rickard from CORE.  The event was at the Holiday Inn/Southside. Heegan reported a good turnout at the event.
Lutz Feed, Fox Hospital Win Win Small Business Awards

Lutz Feed, Fox Hospital Receive

Chamber Small Business Kudos

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ONEONTA – Lutz Feed Co. and Fox Hospital will be honored at the Otsego County Chamber’s annual Small Business Banquet Thursday, Oct. 16, at The Otesaga, chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan announced a few minutes ago.

The KeyBank 15th annual Small Business of the Year goes to Lutz Feed, Lower River Street, Oneonta, one of the anchor institutions of the farming industry in Otsego County.

The Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Breakthrough Business of the Year goes to Fox Hospital, recognizing the recent renovation of all its rooms into single patient rooms.

Induction Business ‘Inundates’ Oneonta, With More To Come

Induction Business ‘Inundates’ Oneonta, With More To Come

By LIBBY CUDMORE

The Hall of Fame’s 75th anniversary weekend didn’t just stay confined to the streets of Cooperstown.

“It had a very positive impact on our local merchants,” said Barbara Ann Heegan, executive director, Otsego County Chamber. “The restaurants were filled, the mall was very filled.”

“We were super busy,” said Red Caboose owner Tim Masterjohn, who also serves as the board president of the newly formed Destination Oneonta. “When you have that many people coming into an area, it’s inevitable that hotels and restaurants will be packed.”

The induction of former Yankee manager Joe Torre, a local favorite, plus Atlanta Braves pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and manager Bobby Cox, and White Sox Frank Thomas and manager Tony LaRussa brought an estimated 48,000 people into the county, the third-largest crowd in Hall of Fame history. Only the seven-member 1999 class (50,000) – George Brett, Orlando Cepeda, Nestor Chylak, Nolan Ryan, Frank Selee, Joe Williams and Robin Yount – and Ripken/Gwynn in 2007 drew better (75,000).

And it’s only going to get better, or at least stay as good. Next year, Randy Johnson will be on the ballot, and in 2019, Derek Jeter could bring record numbers of fans to the streets of Cooperstown – and Oneonta. Multiple MLB stars will become eligible in the years in between. “People are sharing that they want to come back,” said Heegan.

The Clarion, Courtyard by Marriott and Holiday Inn were completely booked almost a year ago, but still the calls came in. “The week of, people were calling the chamber, trying to see if we could refer them to a hotel room,” said Heegan.

The sunny weather helped. “Everyone I know was just inundated with customers,” said Masterjohn. “Everyone was out walking around, and traffic was definitely noticeable.”

And, seeing that Oneonta still has so much more to offer, many of those visitors have decided to stay for a little while longer to enjoy the start of the Otsego County Fair on Tuesday, July 29. “When they heard we had the fair in town, some people extended their stay,” Heegan said. “It’s such a positive to have those two events back-to-back.”

It’s part of what Destination Oneonta hopes to do in the future. “Induction weekend took the cake,” said Masterjohn, “but our mission is to bring people back even when it’s not an induction – whether to go shopping, visit a brewery or a winery, or just take a day trip. We need to highlight ourselves and show what a great town this is.”

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