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Dear Members,


Membership Renewal and Holiday Touring

Your membership renewal letters went out to you last week.  We look forward to another great year in serving you.  We invite you to attend our upcoming complimentary Bagels & Benefits program sponsored by Mang Insurance this Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Clarion Hotel in the Library at 8:00am.  Come learn about some new benefits and programs for 2014.  Please RSVP to Shelly Giangrant by Thursday, December 5th by calling (607) 432-4500 ext. 207 or emailing [email protected].  President/CEO, Barbara Ann Heegan and Shelly Giangrant Vice President Member Service are touring businesses during this Holiday Season to deliver good cheer and our new membership directories also we will share our new programs for 2014.  Barbara Ann would appreciate hearing from you as to a good time for her to stop by your business.  You may contact her personally by calling (607) 432-4500 ext. 202 or emailing her at [email protected].  Thank you




Barbara Ann Heegan, President/CEO

Shelly Giangrant, Vice President Member Services


Holiday Open House at NBT Bank

NBT Bank and The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

are hosting a Holiday Open House

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

5:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

One Wall Street, Oneonta

Join us as we celebrate the holiday season.

Catering by: Stella Luna

RSVP to Shelly Giangrant at 607.432.4500 ext. 207  or e-mail to [email protected]




The Cooperstown and Otsego County Chambers of Commerce support

Why you should shop local:

• In these economic times, you need to keep your purchases in your community!

• With rising costs of living, local businesses save you time, gas and wear on your car!

• Local businesses will fill your shopping needs!

• Local businesses underwrite activities of your schools, groups, and teams!

• Increased local sales tax keep other taxes down!

• Local businesses have earned your support!

• Shopping locally proves you care about home!



Besides investing in and building our local economy and affecting your “quality of life,” MOST OF ALL, IT’S A GOOD DEAL! Give local businesses a REAL chance to earn your dollars! It will be returned to you many times. From Richfield Springs to Unadilla, from Cherry Valley to Morris, from Worcester to Edmeston and from Cooperstown to Oneonta.

Join us for Think Local First Kick-Off event Wednesday, December 11 at SpringBrook, 8 am, cafeteria, north entrance, Main Campus, 105 Campus Drive, Oneonta (between Cooperstown and Oneonta). RSVP: call Patricia Szarpa, Ex. Dir. Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce 607-547-9983 or Barbara Ann Heegan, President & CEO The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce 607-432-4500 x207.


New York state borrowing to repay workers’ comp claims

Dec 02, 2013

by Kristin Legere from The Business Council of New York

Bloomberg News is reporting today the New York Dormitory Authority will start selling bonds this week to borrow $370 million for the purpose of repaying workers’ compensation claims.  The bonds go on sale Dec. 4 and will reach maturity in 2033.

Selling the bonds will settle the liabilities of 23 workers’ compensation trusts that New York closed from 2007 to 2011 because they were unable to meet obligations.

Rachel McEneny, a spokeswoman for the Workers’ Compensation Board, told Bloomberg News, “It provides for insurance that will pay the claims of workers injured in the service of these businesses while capping their liability and providing a reasonable and manageable way to pay their obligations.”

The Dormitory Authority bonds have the highest grade from the three biggest ratings companies and are federally taxable.


Business After Hours at SUNY Oneonta, Tuesday December 10, 2013

SUNY Oneonta invites representatives from your organization to learn more about our internship programs. Join us for a Business After Hours networking reception in collaboration with the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 4:30p.m.-6:00p.m. at Le Café in the Morris Conference Center. We would like to show our appreciation for organizations that continue to provide quality experiential learning opportunities and offer support and partnership to organizations new to experiential learning! Please RSVP by Friday, December 6 to Megan Ackley (607) 436-2534 or e-mail at [email protected]


Tri-County Young Professionals Holiday Party!
Come join the Tri-County Young Professionals on Wednesday, December 11th, from 6-8pm on the fifth floor of the Chamber building at 189 Main Street Oneonta. There will be young professionals from both Otsego and Cooperstown Chambers in attendance. Come enjoy great music and food. You will have the chance to meet other YP’s and usher in the Holiday’s two weeks early! We encourage you to bring your significant other or a friend. Please bring a gift under $5 to exchange and any donation you can make at the door would be greatly appreciated! Please RSVP to the event by calling Steve Campbell of the Morgan McReynolds Group at Morgan Stanley at 607-431-2271 or by email at [email protected].


St. James Manor Annual Open House Sunday December 15th

Our annual open house is Sunday, December 15th from 3 – 5. Eight is Eneuf – A cappella group singing music from the early 1600’s t the do-wop era of the 60’s to the Beatles to Billy Joel. Jack Stahl will be at the piano with all your favorites and Big Chuck will be here with a live remote. We are collecting food for the St. James Food Pantry.

The Oneonta Garden Club
The Oneonta Garden Club invites you to Santa’s Workshop Annual Holiday Greens Sale and Lunch on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the St. James Episcopal Church at 300 Main Street in Oneonta.  They will have wreaths, fresh table arrangements, garlands, holiday bake sale and a delicious luncheon.

State of the State Breakfast sponsored by Community Bank, NA.
Save the Date! Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center from 8:00am to 10:00am. Cost per person is $25. Networking and meet and greet with your elected officials from County, State and Federal Governments at 8:00am followed by breakfast beginning at 8:30am.  Come listen to the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s public policy agenda and the call to action from our Legislators.  To RSVP contact Shelly Giangrant by Friday, January 3, 2014 at (607) 432-4500 ext. 207 or email [email protected]

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society welcomes Chuck D’Imperio to the Oneonta History Center, 183 Main Street, on Sunday December 8 at 2:00 PM.
D’Imperio will talk about his latest book, Unknown Museums of Upstate New York: A Guide to 50 Treasures, published by Syracuse University Press. After his presentation, he will sign copies of this, his sixth book and his others, all in stock at the History Center shop.


D’Imperio states, “What a yearlong journey this was around the state exploring the NYS Cheese Museum, the Remington Arms Museum, the National Bottle Museum, the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, the Slate Museum, the Lucille Ball Museum, the National Fiddlers Museum, and many more – including the Kazoo Museum!”


The event is free and open to the public. The History Center will be open on December 8 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. For more information, contact 432-0960 or www.OneontaHistory.org.

Theatrical Production of Dickens’

“A Christmas Carol” at The Farmers’ Museum

Cooperstown Organizations Start a New Holiday Tradition

The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown is pleased to present two Glimmer Globe Theatre performances of Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol on Sunday, December 15. The play tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old man who devoted his life to money and business until three ghosts show him the error of his ways. Excerpts from the show will also be performed the day before at the museum’s Candlelight Evening.


“This exciting holiday event will mark the first major collaboration between our museum and Smithy Center for the Arts. We both hope to establish an annual holiday tradition with the show,” commented Todd Kenyon, Director of Marketing at The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum.


GGT co-artistic director and play director Danielle Newell has long wished to produce “A Christmas Carol” in Cooperstown. Said Danielle, “I have always believed Cooperstown had a certain Dickensian quality. It’s magical at Christmastime.  Growing up, the local community theatre in my hometown mounted the show every December. Everybody loved it and for three years I have wanted to recreate that wonderful tradition here. I can’t imagine a more appropriate, beautiful setting than The Farmers’ Museum.” Newell is also the Executive Director of Smithy Center for the Arts and expressed gratitude to both The Farmers’ Museum as well as Matt Sohns and family for their generous support of the project.


The production will feature a cast of local talent that includes Gary Koutnik (Scrooge), Michael Henrici, Steve Dillon, Abbey Koutnik, Don Raddatz, Danielle Newell, Susan and Frank Miosek, Andy Puritz, Jake Wansor, Penny Knight, Andrea Wilfeard, Mike Davis, Jonah Groom, Cate Thompson, Montana Murdock, Joey Bertram, and Anna Lambert.


“A Christmas Carol” will be presented on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers’ Museum. For tickets and information, visit SmithyArts.org, call (607) 547-8671, or purchase your tickets in person at The Farmers’ Museum Store or Smithy Center for the Arts’ Pottery Studio. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 students. The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 State Highway 80 in Cooperstown, NY.  For more information, visit FarmersMuseum.org.

Experience the Magical Sights and Sounds of Candlelight Evening at The Farmers’ Museum on Saturday, December 14

Candlelight Evening
Saturday, December 14, 2013 • 3:00-7:00 pm

The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, NY

Join us for one of the region’s best-loved holiday traditions, Candlelight Evening, to be held Saturday, December 14, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown.

Music and live performances bring Candlelight Evening to life. “A Living Nativity” is presented by members of the congregation of Christ Episcopal Church. Excerpts from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are performed by the cast of the Glimmer Globe Theatre production. Traditional holiday favorites are sung by the Catskill Chamber Singers and the Ah Coopella Singing Group. Holiday favorites are played by local school bands. Best of all, visitors can join in singing with carolers in the midst of our candle-lit historic buildings!


Real jingle bells add to magic of the evening. Horses adorned with harness bells clip-clop through the museum grounds, carrying visitors on delightful wagon rides. The landscape of the museum is decorated in greenery and aglow with hundreds of candle luminaries. Then gather around a bonfire on the tavern green. Partake of complimentary wassail, made with local cider from Dyn’s Cider Mill, warming in kettles over open fires and served throughout the afternoon and evening.


Candlelight Evening will be unforgettable for kids too! Saint Nicholas tells stories in the Filer’s Corners Schoolhouse. Children can also take part in holiday arts and crafts activities. Free rides on the Empire State Carousel are provided to all visitors, courtesy of Matt Sohns and family.


Warm up with piping hot food and drink offerings at two locations: the L.C. Jones Center and Crossroads Café. Top it off with the perfect dessert for the season: delicious gingerbread cake with whipped cream.


A visit to the Museum this holiday season is not complete without a stop at The Farmers’ Museum Store and Todd’s General Store, where a large selection of handcrafted items from the museum are available as well as other seasonal favorites.



Receive $2 off regular adult admission by purchasing tickets online at FarmersMuseum.org. This offer is available through noon on December 13. Regular admission: $12 for adults, $10.50 for seniors, and $6.00 for children ages 7-12. Children under 6 years of age and members of the New York State Historical Association receive free admission.


Walk to the museum from the village of Cooperstown and enter through the new admission gate located at the south edge of the museum.The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326.


Parking and Shuttle: Free shuttle service starts at 2:30 pm, serving the parking lots at the Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown Elementary School, and the three trolley lots at the perimeter of the village of Cooperstown. Please visit our website for updated parking and shuttle information.  Visit FarmersMuseum.org/candlelight or call (607) 547-1450.
Candlelight Evening visitors should dress warmly and wear boots.


Candlelight Evening is sponsored in part by NBT Bank, Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation, Cathedral Candle Company, Haggerty Ace Hardware, and Matt Sohns and family. Candlelight Evening is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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