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March 28, 2012

Business Beat: Hartwick to host talk on home energy use

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A Fly Creek firm and Hartwick College will present a lesson next week on home energy use.

Norm Farwell, Roberto Romano and Bennett Sandler of Equity Energy will give a talk titled "Building Science 101: Learning From a Home Energy Audit" at Hartwick's Pine Lake Environmental Campus in Davenport at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5.

The program, which is part of the college's Conversations at the Lake series, is free and open to the public and will be in the Strawbale House, a media release said.

Speakers will conduct an energy audit of Bailey Cabin, a student housing unit, and will discuss heat loss, among other energy-related factors.

In Otsego County, an average household spends nearly $4,000 a year on energy, the release said. Equity Energy (, a cooperatively owned company in business for four years, takes a "whole-house approach" to identifying problems and developing solutions, the release said. The firm offers energy audits, building design and construction, among other services.

For more information on the program, contact Dan Morse at the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at 431-4666 or

Distinguished business in Chenango County named

Commerce Chenango's 2012 Distinguished Business of the Year Award will be presented to CWS, a packaging company in Norwich, a media release said, and its Commitment to Community award recipient is Judie Wright.

The awards will be presented at Commerce Chenango's 53rd annual dinner, sponsored by NBT Bank and Frontier, at Baron's Inn in Greene on Wednesday, April 4.

The Distinguished Business of the Year Award recognizes an industry leader that has made contributions to the community and economy.

"The CWS family of employees is pleased to accept this award with a sense of pride, gratitude and a feeling of accomplishment," John McHale, executive director of CWS, said in a prepared statement.

Chartered in 1964, CWS was established in Oxford with a staff of one. The firm now is among the largest contract packaging companies in the Northeast, with more than 275 employees, the release said. Its customer list includes Coty, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter and Gamble, Norwich Pharmaceuticals and the Raymond Corp. CWS has five buildings with more than 150,000 square feet of production space, the release said. The CWS Charitable Foundation was established in 1998.

The Commitment to Community award recognizes leadership and individual contributions. Judie Wright has shown an ability to inspire and to understand and work with people, the release said. She has been a consultant, speaker, program leader and volunteer for many organizations including, Procter & Gamble, MeadWestvaco and Leadership Chenango.

Cooperstown Chamber re-organizes

The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce announced a staff restructuring effective March 23, a media release said.

Patricia Szarpa joins the chamber April 1 as executive director, as previously announced. With a change in financial and insurance operations, Angela Chadwell, business manager, leaves after 11 years with the chamber, the release said, and Becky Davidson-Nielsen will address inquiries about membership, programs and services.

The Cooperstown Chamber represents more than 400 members.

To suggest a business story, announce a new business or changes to an existing one, email details to or call Denise Richardson at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213.