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April 5, 2014

Roberts, Fox at newly opened real estate office

The Daily Star

---- — Keller Williams, a real estate franchise, has expanded its network to local counties with the opening of Keller Williams Upstate NY Properties in 31 Main St. in Oneonta. 

Led by Barbara Roberts, operating principal, and Fox, team leader, the newest Keller Williams office offers buyers and sellers service with more than 35 agents in Otsego, Delaware, Chenango and Schoharie counties, a media release said.

The coverage area includes Oneonta, Cooperstown, Margaretville and the Catskills, Delhi, Stamford, Sidney and Norwich. Roberts and Fox formerly were broker/owners of Prudential Fox Properties,

“Keller Williams is excited about opening a new market center in Central New York” said Marc Weiss, Upstate NY regional director, said in the release. “Our company has a policy of limiting its market presence by selecting only the premier partners in any given area. These individuals are top producers, or have the potential to be so.”

Keller Williams Upstate NY Properties’ affiliation with Keller Williams is effective immediately. For more information, call 431-2540 or send email to

Keller Williams Realty Inc., which opened its first office in 1983, is the largest real estate franchise company in North America, with about 700 offices and 96,000 associates in more than a dozen countries around the world, the release said. 

Fly Creek Cider Mill to reopen for season

Renovations and traditions will mark the reopening Thursday of The Fly Creek Cider Mill for its 158th season.

The historic, water-powered cider mill has vintage equipment and sells apples, cider, cheese and fudge and other specialty foods. New this year is the completed restoration of the water turbine that powers the mill, according to a media release.

This project phase was the third and most extensive restoration of the turbine works since the Michaels family purchased the mill in 1962. Una-Lam of Sidney replaced the 12-foot tall wooden water silo, and Cardish Machine Works of Watervliet repaired the Lesner turbine.

“It is very rewarding to have the opportunity to maintain and preserve our historic site for generations to witness cider being made the old-fashioned way,” co-owner Bill Michaels said in the release. Brenda and Bill Michaels are in their 15th year owning the business.

The CiderRun returns for a second time on April 26 and has been expanded to include a 10K as well as a 5K run and 3K walk, the release said. The event will benefit the Otsego and Delaware County Big Buddy mentoring program. For registration and more race information visit

The Fly Creek Cider Mill is located 3 miles from Cooperstown. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, visit or call 547-9692.

Psychic healing fair to be held

A Psychic Healing and Wellness Fair and other activities will be in the Cherry Valley Community Center next weekend.

A Spirit Whisperers Paranormal event will be held Friday night. A team will give a tutorial at 7 p.m. and lead an investigation from 8 p.m. to midnight, a flier said, and the cost is $20.

From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 12, the fair will present readers, healers, ghost hunters, lectures and demonstrations, along with Reiki and massage sessions, according to a flier. Coyote Cafe will sell foods and beverages.

Sue Miller of Plaide Palette said the first fair was held last year and attracted more than 100 people. Attendees don’t have to have a reading, she said. The fair will offer many demonstrations and lectures, including a talk about communicating with animals, and at 4 p.m. a film, “The Secret,” she said.

“It’s a fun event and a learning event,” Miller said. “There’s a lot to do.”

Admission to the fair is $5 and children may attend free of charge, organizers said. The event will be in the gymnasium of the former school building at 2 Genesee St. For more information, call Miller at (607) 264-3769 or Bob Canino at (315) 530-5310.

Debut of publishing firm, book set

Olin Frederick Publishing Inc., a new publishing company in Margaretville, will be introduced at a media conference hosted by The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main St., at noon Monday.

The firm’s first book, “America’s Healthcare Realities” will be presented. The book, eight years in preparation, “reveals realities long hidden from American public dialogue including ongoing actions by the health business lobby,” a media release said, and “is intended to become a platform to rethinking healthcare reform in America.”

Gerald P. Balcar, Bo Elfving and Dr. Elizabeth Sherr, publishing company principals will be present at the introduction to discuss the book, the release said.

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.