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March 23, 2013

South Side Courtyard to open Wednesday

By Richard Whitby
The Daily Star

---- — The Courtyard by Marriott hotel on the South Side of Oneonta is planning to open Thursday.

The hotel will feature what its calls a “Refreshing Business” lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and flexible space. Along with media pods, Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, the redefined space is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings.

It also offers room designs that help guests stay connected, productive and comfortable. Each room features plush bedding, a functional work space, spacious bathrooms, a separate seating area and complimentary in-room high-speed Internet connection.

Located at 116 Courtyard Drive, the hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Rainbow Hotel Group. Rates begin at $119 per night.

Fly Creek Mill reopening

The Fly Creek Cider Mill will reopen for its 157th season Saturday with new idea brought home from the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association conference in Portland, Ore.

One new event this year is the inaugural Cider Run 5K Fun Run/3K Walk fundraiser to benefit the United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties. The race will start and end at the Mill on April 27 at 10 a.m. Participants who register before April 1 will receive a commemorative T-shirt and pint glass filled with hard or sweet cider upon completion of the race. To pre-register for the race visit or call the United Way at 432-8006.

Biomass seminar planned

The second Northeast Agricultural Biomass Heating Seminar is scheduled for Wednesday at the City Center in Saratoga Springs.

Heating with agricultural biomass fuels, such as grass, willow and crop residues, how to establish energy crops on marginal lands, and the densification, combustion, emissions and economics of crop biomass at residential and commercial scales are among the topics that will be covered.

The seminar is open to the public. Online registration and the program agenda are available by going to

Bank awarded 5-star rating

The Delaware National Bank of Delhi has received a five-star rating from BauerFinancial Inc. of Coral Gables, Fla., the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm.

To earn firm’s highest rating, Delaware National excelled in areas of capital, asset quality and profitability and other criteria. The bank has earned this highest rating for the latest 72 consecutive quarters which qualifies it for the even more elite group of Sustained Superiority Banks. Only 10 percent of the nation’s banks can claim this distinction.

BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded. Consumers may obtain free star-ratings by visiting

Transport company moves

Roscoe-Rockland Car Service, a non-emergency medical transportation provider, will relocated to the Walton Industrial Park to increase customer service to its Delaware County clients.

Roscoe-Rockland Car Service will rent space at the new transportation center at 177 Industrial Park Road in Walton. Formerly located in Roscoe, the company operates taxis servicing non-emergency Medicaid clients.

The new transportation center at the Walton Industrial Park, owned by the Delaware County Industrial Development Agency, has been fitted with state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly energy technology, including a spray insulation system and radiant floor heating system.

Richard Whitby reports on business news for The Daily Star. To contact him, call 432-1000, ext. 221, or email