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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

Weekly Update July 8, 2013


Message from Barbara Ann Heegan, Executive Director:



Congratulations Hartwick College as Fiske Guide To Colleges Taps Hartwick in 2014 Edition

July 8, 2013

Hartwick College is featured in the 2014 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of the country’s best and most interesting colleges. The highly-selective guide – referred to as “The Best College Guide You Can Buy” by USA Today – includes just over 300 colleges and universities out of over 7,000 higher education institutions in the U.S., chosen for their strength in areas such as academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, extracurricular activities and more.

“Hartwick is known for its cozy atmosphere and ability to take good care of students,” reads the 2014 Fiske Guide. “Student/faculty collaborations are the norm, as is the emphasis on learning through real-world experiences, from working in a Jamaican hospital to interning with the New York Mets.” Other Hartwick programs, such as the Three-Year Degree Program and the Awakening Program are also discussed within this year’s Guide as key benefits offered at Hartwick.

“As one of the most reliable and prestigious guides for college-bound students and their parents,The Fiske Guide considers many facets of the overall college experience. These include the quality of life, academics, financial aid offered and much more,” explained David Conway, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. “Hartwick’s inclusion in The Fiske Guideyear after year reaffirms the tremendous benefits of our brand of personalized, hands-on education focused on student success.”

The Fiske Guide, designed to give a selective, subjective and systematic look at colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain, seeks to give readers the real personality of the institutions based on a wide range of subjects. Research, accompanied by testimonials from students, provides helpful and honest information about academic climates and courses.

For 30 years, students, parents and guidance counselors have relied on The Fiske Guide‘s reviews when researching higher education institutions. The Guide is compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske.

For additional information, contact Conway at [email protected] or 607-431-4157.

Opportunities for Financing Business Start-up or Expansion Projects.

On Friday, July 12th, at 8:30am for networking and from 9:00 am-11:00 am . The location has been moved to The Economic Development office located 242 Main Street, Oneonta, NY.  The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a “Financing your Business Seminar”.  Presenter Carolyn Lewis, Otsego County Economic Developer, will be sharing local and state funding opportunities.  In addition information on New York State Energy Research and Development Authority incentives will be shared.  RSVP required. To register for this program please contact Shelly Giangrant, Director of Operations at[email protected] or call (607) 432-4500 ext. 207.

Otsego County Economic Development Office Shares:

As a reminder, we are asking all potential applicants to the CFA process to fill our Priority Project Survey  (http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/mohawk-valley).  I suggest you complete the survey regardless of the status of your project.  Completion of the questionnaire will not be used for public dissemination, but will allow the Council and more importantly our local Economic Development Office to assist you if needed.  If you have any questions regarding this survey, your project or the process in general, please do not hesitate to contact Carolyn Lewis.  The deadline to fill out this survey is July 25th, in order to give us time to review projects.


Carolyn Lewis encourages you to visit http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/mohawk-valley. Here you will find all information related to the CFA process, the Regional Strategic Plan, valuable demographic and regional data.

Additional assistance with the CFA process / programs will be through workshops at:


SUNY Cobleskill

7/10/2013 9:00am-11:30am
Click here to RSVP

Fulton Montgomery Community College

7/17/2013 2:00pm-4:30pm
Click here to RSVP


The 27th Annual Golf Tournament is fast approaching and teams are filling up. Join the fun and enjoy a great day of golf, great prizes, and hole in one contest. Bring your clients and co-workers and enjoy the beauty of the Oneonta Country Club celebrating their 100th Anniversary! We are kindly looking for donations of 5 cases of bottled water for our golfers and an opportunity for  your company to place your logo and any other item you would like in the goody bags. Please print the attached form and fax back to Barbara Ann Heegan at (607) 432-4506 or e-mail at[email protected]. Thank you for your support!




The Obama administration announced a one-year delay in a requirement that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines under the ACA.

The reason given for the delay this time was difficulty in implementing ACA provisions requiring insurers and self-insured health plans to report information regarding individuals whom they cover and requiring large employers to report coverage offered to their full-time employees.  The administration asserts that an additional year will give employers and insurers the time they need to adapt to the reporting requirements and give the Departments time to simplify the reporting requirement.


Without reporting, however, enforcing the employer mandate will be impractical, so it is put off for a year.  The Administration promises guidance on how this will work and proposed rules this summer to implement the reporting requirement.



The Hampton Inn Oneonta is excited to announce their new Perfect Mix Lobby. Join us for the evening- July 11th at 5pm for light food and drinks. Please RSVP to Ashley Camarata at [email protected].

The Arc, Otsego, Voice!
July 12-August 2, 2013, Opening Reception July 12, 5-7 pm

Presented by The Arc Otsego, Voice! Is an annual juried art exhibition which celebrates the creative voices of artists with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.  By giving voice to the artist’s innermost thoughts and dreams, Voice! Reminds us of the power of art to transcend disability and stereotypes to reveal our common ground and celebrate our unique abilities.  Now in its ninth year, this year’s exhibit features an eclectic body of 74 works by over 60 artists representing 18 New York State counties.   Come join us for an inspiring celebration of the creative power of the human spirit!



Please join us for The Otsego County Chamber Business After Hours at Voice!
Thursday, July 18, 2013
4-6 pm
Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, Fine Arts Building,  106 Ravine Parkway, SUNY Oneonta
Parking:  no parking sticker  required when parking in the commuter lot located across the street from the Fine Arts Building on the upper level to the right. To RSVP for the Business after Hours contact Shelly Giangrant at (607) 432-4500 Ext. 207.



For more information:  607-432-8595, [email protected]       www.arcotsego.org


The Arc Otsego Voice is made possible by sponsors Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy Insurance, Gordon B. Roberts Agency, Inc., and NYSID, and with grants from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Corning Incorporation Foundation.


Founded in 1965, The Arc Otsego is a private, not-for-profit organization offering comprehensive, community-based services, support and programs to individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families throughout Otsego County.  The Arc Otsego is a chapter of NYSARC, Inc. and a member of The Arc of The United States.



Friends of Glimmerglass State Park Announces Summer Children’s Programs

Friends of Glimmerglass State Park will be hosting summer educational programs to provide local youth with opportunities to learn about nature in fun and interactive ways.  Taught by park employees, the sessions will feature a variety of games, crafts, and other activities that will engage children while fostering their knowledge about animals, plants, and the natural world.


Glimmerglass Cubs, designed for preschoolers, is scheduled at 10:00 am on Thursdays during July and August. Topics will be: Flower Hour (7/11), All About Butterflies (7/18), Worms and Dirt (7/25), I Spy Nature (8/1), Busy Beavers (8/8), and Nature Artists (8/15).


Wild Wednesdays are for kids ages 6 and above, and are scheduled for 1 pm on Wednesdays during July and August. The topics will be: Butterflies (7/10), Making a Rain Gauge (7/17), Nature Geocaching Hike (7/24), Animal Camouflage (7/31), Make Quick Sand (8/7), Who Lives Here? (8/14), Animal Track ID & Casting (8/21), and Power of the Sun (8/28).


Both programs will be held at the Nature Center at Glimmerglass State Park. There is a minimum $1 donation per child for each session. By using the Mill Road entrance, visitors will not have to pay a park entrance fee. Visitwww.friendsofglimmerglass.com for more information.


Friends of Glimmerglass is a registered non-profit organization that provides opportunities for visitors and members of the community to become involved in the park through a variety of educational and recreational programs, while also aiding efforts to protect wildlife and conserve our environment.



Scholar on Colonial New York to Address NYSHA Annual Meeting on July 18

Dr. Timothy Shannon, Professor of History at Gettysburg College, will address members of the New York State Historical Association at its 110th Annual Meeting. The meeting, held Thursday, July 18, at 4:00 pm at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, is open to members of the association.


Dr. Shannon’s address is entitled “The Baronet and the Mohawk Chief: William Johnson and Hendrick in Colonial New York.” He teaches early American, Native American, and British history. He is the author of Iroquois Diplomacy on the Early American Frontier (2008), Atlantic Lives: A Comparative Approach to Early America(2004), and Indians and Colonists at the Crossroads of Empire: The Albany Congress of 1754 (2000), which won the Dixon Ryan Fox Prize from the New York State Historical Association and the Distinguished Book Award from the Society of Colonial Wars. He is also co-author with Victoria Bissell Brown of Going to the Source: The Bedford Reader in Early American History (second edition, 2008). His articles have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly, the New England Quarterly, andEthnohistory. He is currently working on a biography of eighteenth-century Indian captive Peter Williamson.


The winner of the Paul S. Kerr History Prize, awarded each year to the best article published in New York History, will be announced at the annual meeting.  Winners of the Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize, for the best unpublished, book-length monograph dealing with some aspect of New York history; and the Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogs of Distinction in the Arts will also be announced


A reception follows the meeting.  Docents will be available to guide visitors through the Fenimore Art Museum and the 2013 feature exhibitions between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.


Membership in NYSHA is provides many benefits in addition to the annual meeting. To join, visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org. To RSVP for the Annual Meeting, please contact Corrine Armstrong, [email protected] or call (607) 547-1425.



Historic Remedies at The Farmers’ Museum This Weekend

Step Back In Time Weekend

Plants and Herbs: Historic Remedies

July 13-14, 2013 -from 10 am–5 pm

Discover the plants and herbs that keep our animals and ourselves happy and healthy at The Farmers’ Museum on Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14. During Plants and Herbs: Historic Remedies Weekend, learn about patent medicines and ingredients to make home remedies, take a workshop on medicinal vinegar or tea, and tour the herb garden with our expert.


Roll up your sleeves and make your own herbal sachet, or perhaps grind herbs to be used to prepare medicine. In the blacksmith shop, watch laboratory equipment take shape.  Life in 1845 continues throughout the museum’s historic village and farmstead. Don’t miss the Empire State Carousel, the museum you can ride, and the Children’s Barnyard with its baby sheep, goats, and other animals.


Plants and Herbs: Historic Remedies Weekend is a way to experience history first-hand at the museum, bringing the past to life and enriching our lives today. The weekend is sponsored in part by NBT Bank and Cooperstown Natural Foods.


All Step Back in Time Weekends are held at the museum from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Entry is included in the museum admission: Adults and juniors (13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): Free. NYSHA members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military.  Through Labor Day 2013, active-duty military and up to five family members are free, through the Blue Star Museum program.



Scholarship Winners Announced By Leatherstocking Credit Union

COOPERSTOWN, NY— Leatherstocking Credit Union is pleased to announce the 5 college-bound high school seniors who are this year’s recipients of the Credit Union’s scholarship program. Annually, a total of $2000 is awarded.


This year fifteen applications were judged and those students receiving scholarships are: Travis Graig and Tristan Fralick of Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School; Spencer O’Bryan and Kaitlin Van Winkler of Milford Central School and Christopher Harloff of Cooperstown Central School.


The philosophy of all Credit Unions is that of “people helping people.”

Leatherstocking Credit Union welcomes this opportunity to assist area youth with their educational needs.  Students must submit an application along with a brief essay describing the value of this philosophy.  The scholarship is based not only on the merit of the essay but also the student’s well-roundedness and community and/or school involvement.  Students must be members of the Credit Union to qualify.


Leatherstocking Credit Union, located at 24 Glen Avenue, Cooperstown, has been servicing its valued members since 1977. For information on member services and benefits either stop into the office Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Fridayuntil 5:30 p.m. and Saturday until 12:00 noon, call 607-547-5700, or visit our website at www.mylcu.org


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