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February 8, 2014

Home care agency expands into Otsego County

Denise Richardson Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — HCR Home Care recently launched operations in Otsego County after receiving approval from the state Department of Health, according to a recent media release.

HCR already serves Schoharie and Delaware counties, and company officials said the expanded access will increase patient choice among home health care agencies and help meet the need for community-based, home health services in the region.

The New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council approved HCR’s expansion into Otsego County in October, based in part on the strong support from many area health care providers and community organizations, the release said.

HCR Home Care, founded in 1978, provides home health services to patients, physicians and other health care professionals across the state. HCR is certified and approved for Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans.

Headquartered in Rochester, the company operates in the Catskill, central New York, Finger Lakes and North Country regions. The Otsego County services will be based in the Schoharie County office, under the direction of Jacklyn Losie, a registered nurse and director of patient services.

Elizabeth Zicari, vice president of clinical services, HCR Home Care, said HCR’s services in Schoharie County recently were listed among the top 25 percent of agencies nationwide by HomeCare Elite. The recognition was based on patient outcomes and satisfaction ratings. Also, the federal government gave HCR of Schoharie County ratings in those areas that exceeded state and national averages in many categories.

HCR Home Care ( in Schoharie County is located at 795 E. Main Street, Suite 10, Cobleskill, NY 12043, and the telephone number is (518) 254-7092.


Jackie Hull, owner of A Rose is a Rose Florist in Cherry Valley and a breast cancer survivor, has created a Valentine’s Day fundraiser.

Hull will donate a portion of the shop’s Valentine proceeds to the Bassett Imaging Center, which seeks funds through Friends of Bassett to upgrade equipment used to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages, a media release said.

“This is such a worthwhile campaign and helps thousands of people,” Hull said in a prepared statement. “A routine mammogram saved my life.”

The inventory will include a range of options, from single roses and carnations to bouquets, arrangements and candy and balloons, the release said, and the shop makes deliveries to Cooperstown, Richfield Springs, Sharon Springs and surrounding areas.

“We chose Valentine’s Day because of increased volume of sales,” Hull said. “It really made sense to let people know that not only are you getting a lovely bouquet of flowers, but you will also be making a contribution in the fight against breast cancer.”

The shop is located at 17 Main Street in Cherry Valley. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and the telephone number is 264-3100.


JT’s Cycles is launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000 for the creation of a limited edition of upgraded specialty motorcycle parts, according to a media release.

Founded in 2005, JT’s Cycles is a motorcycle specialty parts shop, located in Cobleskill. Joe Tracy leads the family-run business accompanied by his sons, Dylan and Brenden.

Kickstarter is a company in Brooklyn that identifies independent, creative projects to present online in efforts to seek investors. Since starting in 2009, 5.6 million people have pledged $969 million, funding 55,000 creative projects, according to Other local creators, artists and musicians have worked through Kickstarter.

JT’s Cycles specializes in aftermarket parts for Harley Davidson models as well as all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and snowmobiles. JT’s Cycles specialize in unique designs, custom work and repair, the release said, and is known for hand-forged specialty parts for motorcycles with bullet designs.

The small business is raising money because it needs a new lathe, bulk materials, precision equipment and extra labor, the Kickstarter website said.

Once funded, JT’s Cycles will build upon the new limited edition aspects of the line created for its first Kickstarter campaign, the release said. The line is being launched to celebrate JT’s Cycle re-location to the old VFW building in Cobleskill to increase production space, the release said.

Certain Grants Productions of Milford, owned by producer and director Beatrice Georgalidis, created the campaign presented on Kickstarter, the release said, interns from the State University College at Oneonta Communication Arts Department provided assistance.

The JT’s Cycles project will only be funded if at least $20,000 is pledged by Feb. 21, the Kickstarter website said, and as of Friday 37 backers had pledged $1,540.

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