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February 23, 2013

Ostego toursim agency offers new, old programs

The Daily Star

---- — 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,

Neurofeeback Clinic changes

Mind Matters Neurofeedback Center has moved its Oneonta clinic to 189 Main St. in Oneonta.

According to the center, neurofeedback is a natural, self-regulating approach that helps the brain restore its ability to function in the manner in which it was designed. The brain is observed in action, moment by moment, and information is fed back to patients to help them change their brains’ electrical activity to a more appropriate pattern. Self-regulation training allows the central nervous system to function better, the center says.

Neurofeedback has been recognized by the Academy of Pediatrics as a level 1 (best support), evidence-based form of treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a press release from the center.

It also has been proven to help those struggling with symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep disorders, behavioral issues, epilepsy, tension headaches, learning disabilities, dyslexia, head injuries, addictions and autism, according to the center.

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