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February 23, 2013

Ostego toursim agency offers new, old programs

Cooperstown/Otsego County Tourism is offering a number of new — and old — benefits to county businesses this year.

The county-run agency also is redesigning its direct response “lure piece” to be more comprehensive, increasing the number of pages 24 from 14, and partners will be listed in the book with addresses and contact information.

In addition, the tourism program is re-introducing it Ambassador Program, under which service staff gain first-hand knowledge of tourism properties by actually visiting them. The program is scheduled for the last week of May and the first week of June. It’s open to attractions, lodging and restaurants.

Businesses interested in learning more about the benefits of being a partner of the Otsego County Tourism program can contact Deb Taylor at

Schoharie chamber names honorees

The Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce has named Ed Sherlock of WSDE radio in Cobleskill as its business person of the year and Carver Sand & Gravel of Middleburgh as its business of the year.

In addition, Tom and Dusty Putnam were named community leaders of the year, and Ralph and Irmgard Buess of the George Mann Tory Tavern in Schoharie were given a lifetime-achievement award.

The chamber’s annual business awards recognize business people in Schoharie County who provide good products and service to clients and customers and who consistently treat their employees and business associates in a fair and responsible manner. Community involvement, stability, longevity and advancement of the quality of life are also considered.

“We have so many people and businesses dedicated to this community that it becomes more and more difficult each year to determine the recipients,” said Georgia Van Dyke, the chamber’s executive director.

The awards will be presented at the chamber’s annual meeting, which is scheduled for March 15, at the Caverns Palace Restaurant, Howes Cave. Reservations can be made to calling the chamber Office at (518) 296-8820, or on the xhamber’s website,

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