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With Brainy, Creative Executives, Otsego County’s Future Secure

EDITORIAL

With Brainy, Creative Execs, 

Otsego County’s Future Secure

A couple of months ago, Gerry Benjamin, director of SUNY New Paltz’s Benjamin Center and an expert on Upstate New York, saw the region’s economic future in nurturing and growing what we have.

Craft brewing and yogurt production, in particular, are developing nicely, he said, although neither is generating sufficient jobs at sufficient salaries to begin replacing the manufacturing behemoth that was the Mohawk Valley.

The advantage to incremental growth, of course, is that it can be absorbed organically, with job along I-88 incrementally reviving the declining community centers to the north.

Springbrook, of course, is the poster child, growing to over 1,200 jobs on a simple concept:  Better care for handicapped children can be provided more humanely and at lower cost in proximity to their New York State families.  Win, win.

Paul Landers, Pathfinder Village president/CEO

Two more examples of growing in place – growing and excelling is more like it – may be found in the two organizations that will be honored at the Otsego County Chamber’s annual Gala & Celebration of Business Thursday, May 2, at Foothills.  (Reservations, call 432-4500, ext. 2.)

One, venerable Pathfinder Village, is vigorously placing its Down syndrome and otherwise handicapped residents in real jobs, filling real employer needs.  For instance, with Astrocom in Colliersville unable to find workers, Pathfinder is deployer a half-dozen trainees and two supervisor daily to that aircraft parts fabricator.

Former Pathfinder residents are also working at Golden Artists Colors, Price Chopper, Silver Dollar Optical, NYCM and NBT Bank.

Two, Les Grummons arrived in Oneonta in 1970, having acquired the Rotherby-Murphy Funeral  home, and knowing virtually nobody.

He quickly developed a strategy:  Get on friendly terms with as many people as possible.  He joined the Rotary, the Elks, Moose and Eagles.  He pursued his interest in the Sons of the Legion, rising to state commander.  He served on the board of Catholic Charities, St. Mary’s and Hospice.  He rose to the state Funeral Directors Association presidency, cementing his reputation in the industry.  He was elected to Common Council.

Les Grummons, 49-year proprietor of the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home

In the process, he solidified the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home among the front ranks of such local institutions, a solid business that has provided service and employment to many over almost a half century.

As detailed on Page B1 of this edition, Pathfinder will be honored at NBT Distinguished Business; Grummons, as Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen.

Successful businesses create successful communities.

The state Comptroller Office a few years ago reported that only 29 jobs had been created in Otsego County in 2016 but, one, state data lags and, two, it doesn’t reflect the groundwork that was being done to make way for growth we’re starting to see now.

For instance, Custom Electronics is creating 50 jobs for to make high-storage batteries, building blocks of a renewable future.  A grant has ensured Corning’s 175 Oneonta jobs for 15 years.  Cooperstown Distillery and Andela Products, Town of Richfield, are anticipating  expansions and 10 new jobs each.  Some 50 jobs are unfilled at Amphenol in Sidney.  A little bit of natural gas would allow a distribution center to bring 300 jobs to Schenevus in short order.

Plus, the colleges, schools and hospitals provide a stable base.

And with Paul Landerses and Les Grummonses among us, the current downward trend, we can confidently hope, is temporary.

Chamber Inducts 6 More Of Its Best Into Hall Of Fame

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Chamber Inducts

6 More Of Its Best

Into Hall Of Fame

Stacey Grady Is Elected President;

New Executive Director Introduced

Pathfinder Village‘s contingent last evening accepts the plaque marking the community’s entry into the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame with elation, but also reflection on the accomplishment of its founder, Marian G. Mullet, 91, who passed away on March 17. Pathfinder President/CEO Paul C. Landers holds the plaque, surrounded by his Senior Leadership Team.  From left are William F. Streck, MD, chair of the Pathfinder Village Board of Directors;Kathleen Gozigian, chair of the Pathfinder Village Foundation Board of Trustees; Sally Trosset (behind Gozigian) development  associate & executive assistant;Brittany Goodrich, Adult Day Services & Mobile Market coordinator (behind Landers); Kelly Meyers, senior director of admissions; Maura Iorio, Sr., director of education, and Tina Heyduk, senior director, support services. Pathfinder was one of six honorees at the chamber’s annual meeting at the new Ommegang Cafe, where Stacey Grady, Springbrook director of development, was elected board president.  Also at the meeting, Tara Burke was introduced as the Chamber’s new executive director.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Chamber To Honor Pathfinder Village, Lester Grummons

ANNUAL GALA MAY 2 AT FOOTHILLS

Chamber To Honor

Pathfinder Village,

Lester Grummons

Pathfinder Village, Edmeston, founded four decades ago to care for children with Down syndrome, employs 200 people.
Les Grummons

ONEONTA – The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will honor Pathfinder Village and funeral director and community leader Les Grummons at its annual gala at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Foothill Performing Arts Center.

Pathfinder will be named as Distinguished Business and Grummons as Citizen of the Year.

Pathfinder Village, based in Edmeston, has a four decades’ long commitment to providing community-based and individualized service to residents with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.  It employs more than 200 people.

IN MEMORIAM: Eleanor L. Wightman, 78; Worked For Pathfinder Village

IN MEMORIAM:

Eleanor L. Wightman, 78;

Worked For Pathfinder Village

SCHUYLER LAKE – Eleanor L. Wightman, 78, a former home health assistant at Pathfinder Village and an active member of the Schuyler Lake United Methodist Church, passed away Monday, February 25, 2019 at Valley Health Services, Herkimer, with the loving support of her family at her side.

She was born on July 22, 1940 in the town of New Lisbon, a daughter of the late Norman and Zida Underwood Chase. She was born in New Lisbon and graduated from Cooperstown High School.

Baseball Hall of Fame, Stagecoach, Farmers Market Named to Chamber Hall of Fame

Baseball Hall, Stagecoach,

Farmers’ Market Named

To Chamber Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN – In all, six business, including the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Cooperstown Farmers Market and Stagecoach Coffee were selected from 25 finalists to be the 2019 inductees into the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Chamber Business Hall of Fame.

Also named to the Hall of Fame were Pathfinder Village, The Cooperstown Bat Company and the Cooperstown Fire Department.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Young Professionals Networking Mixer

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NETWORKING – 6 – 8 p.m. Mixer featuring opportunity to sample beers, meet other young professionals, maybe win a door prize with Young Professionals Network of Otsego County. Cooperstown Brewing Company, 110 River St., Milford. 607-432-4500 or visit www.facebook.com/YoungProfessionalsNetworkYPN/

RUMMAGE SALE – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Find good used clothing for women, girls, children, toddlers, babies, men, boys. Also, sheets, blankets, beach towels, bath towels, linens, curtains, kitchen utensils, toys, games, jewelry, more. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. E-mail joycejones@stny.rr.comor visit www.facebook.com/CooperstownPres/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 22

Oneonta Restaurants:

Remembering The Favorites

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SUNDAY SERIES – 1 – 3 p.m. Learn about “Oneonta’s Restaurants: Memories of Former Favorites” with Big Chuck and Leslie Ann. Swart-Wilcox House Museum, Wilcox Ave., Oneonta.

TRIBUTE – 5:30 p.m. Celebrate our veterans with Eric Owens performing anthems such as “Over There,” “We’ll Meet Again,” “Goodnight Saigon,” more. Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. 607-547-2255 or visit glimmerglass.org/events/over-there-with-eric-owens/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 14

History Of New York Frontier

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FRONTIER HISTORY – 6:30 p.m. Terry McMaster presents “Ethnicity, Alliance, Family & War – Defenders of the NY Frontier & The Andrustown, Springfield, and Cherry Valley Attack of 1778.” Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown. 607-547-5098 ext. 6 or visit hydehall.org/event/ethnicity-alliance-family-war/

CARNIVAL – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sales day features village wide lawn sales, vendors of antiques, arts, crafts, food, entertainment, activities for all ages. Chicken BBQ by Unadilla Fire Dept. Main St., Unadilla. Call 607-369-2614 or visit festivalnet.com/53360/Unadilla-New-York/Festivals/Forty-Second-Unadilla-Carnival-of-Sales

Pathfinder Honors 16 Staffers For, In All, 280 Years On Job

Pathfinder Honors 16 Staffers

For, In All, 280 Years On Job

Pathfinder Village honorees and luncheon attendees include, front row, from left, Charleen Orendorff, Enrichment Services, (30); Cindy Holbert, Residential (30); Eva Pickens, Ancillary (35); Dan Osborn, Ancillary (35); second row, from left, Stephanie Beams RN, Nursing; Paula Schaeffer, Enrichment Services (20); Cody Ray, Adult Day Services (10); Destiny Curl, ADS (5); Michael Cornell, ADS; Nancy Olsen, Residential; Diana Cadwell, Residential; Cheryl Winton, Adult Day Services (5), CEO Paul C. Landers ; third row, from left, Taylor Brose, Residential Services; Barry Benjamin, Maintenance (15); Kris Tilbe, Maintenance.

EDMESTON – Pathfinder Village celebrated the longevity of 16 employees – 280 years combined – at a luncheon Tuesday at The Otesaga.

Honorees included Senior Director Dan Osborn and Eva Pickens of the Ancillary Department, who each have served 35 years. Those celebrating 30-year anniversaries included Pathfinder School Teacher Nancy Kelly, Direct Support Professional Cindy Holbert, and Assistant Director of Enrichment Services Charleen Orendorff.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 10

Holiday Open House & Food Drive

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OPEN HOUSE – 3-5 p.m. Holiday event featuring baked goods, refreshments, a performance by Gerry Falco, Steve Fabrizio & Friends. Also collecting non-perishable items for the food pantry & Susquehanna Animal Shelter. St. James Manor, 9 St. James Pl., Oneonta. Call 607-436-9974 or visit www.facebook.com/St-James-Manor-Retirement-Community-394485027409541/

MEET & GREET – 3-5 p.m. Congressional Candidate Patrick Ryan presents a brief outline of his positions, followed by Q&A session, followed by a meet&greet with the public. Free, space limited. Village Hall Ballroom, Cooperstown. RSVP, 607-547-7011 or e-mail melindaghardin@gmail.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DEC. 7
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DEC. 7

Lighting The Christmas Tree

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TREE LIGHTING – 5-8:30 p.m. Celebrate the season with wagon rides, music and more as we count down to lighting the Christmas Tree. Muller Plaza, Oneonta. Call 607-432-2941 or visit www.destinationoneonta.com/events/2017/12/7/tree-lighting-ceremony

NETWORKING – 6-8 p.m. Year end celebration with the Young Professionals Network. Bring a gift for toys-for-tots and receive a free ticket to the State of the State Breakfast. Stella Luna Ristorante, 58-60 Market St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-4500 or visit www.facebook.com/YoungProfessionalsNetworkYPN/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCT. 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCT. 20

Enjoy Farce From Cold War

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THEATER – 8 p.m. Performance of Woody Allen’s “Don’t Drink The Water.” Cost, $10-$15. The Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

POETRY FESTIVAL – 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free reading open to the public features nationally recognized poets; Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Robert Pinsky. Auditorium, Sharon Springs Central School. Call 518-284-3426 or visit www.klinkhart.org/poetry

Richard J. Bachand, 58; Connecticut Native Resided At Pathfinder

IN MEMORIAM:  Richard J. Bachand, 58;

Connecticut Native Resided At Pathfinder

Richard J. Bachand

COOPERSTOWN – Richard James Bachand, 58, a resident of Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 30, 2017, at Bassett Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

This kind, sweet and gentle man was born April 2, 1959, in Hartford, Conn., a son of Edward A. Bachand, Sr. and Kathleen A. née DiPaola Bachand. Raised in Connecticut, he attended schools there. Then, in the late 1970s, he and his parents moved from Connecticut to Walden, Orange County, and he graduated from Valley Central High School in Montgomery.

HOF Inductee Tim Raines Tours Pathfinder Village

HOF Inductee Tim Raines

Tours Pathfinder Village

Paul Landers, CEO of Pathfinder Village, gives a tour of the grounds and facilities to Hall of Fame Inductee Tim Raines, who was on site today as part of his participation in the 35th annual Otesaga Seniors Open Tournament on Wednesday. During the tour, Raines played kickball with 50 of the residents and even took time to sign some baseballs. “They knew all about me!” remarked a surprised Raines, “They really did their homework on me an my career.” While visits by Hall of Famers is not new, this marks the first year one has been a newly inducted star. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.Com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUG. 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUG. 12

Tour County Farms

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FAMILY FARM DAY – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit local farms in Otsego and Schoharie counties and bring home a cooler of farm fresh goods. Call (518) 234-4303, ext. 119 or visit FamilyFarmDay.org

CLOSING CONCERT – 8 p.m. End the season with an exploration of feminine sovereignty through dance, song, and text by Laura Carelss, dancer, choreographer, and actress, in the World Premier of “She Wolves.” Tickets, $15 adults, $12 youth, seniors, and veterans. The Church, at the decommissioned Baptist Church, 2381 St. Hwy. 205, Mount Vision. www.upsi-ny.com/upcoming-events-news/

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