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March 14, 2012

Business Beat: Plains at Parish Homestead to open Alzheimer's cafe called 'Timeless'

The Plains at Parish Homestead will open the area's first "Alzheimer's Cafe" today, a media release from the Oneonta community said.

Named "Timeless," the cafe will open be open from 4 to 6 p.m. today and on the third Wednesday of each month between those hours. Today, Carol Madigo and friends will present a traditional Irish sing-along.

Alzheimer's cafes were started by a Dutch psychiatrist in 1997 to offer a non-judgmental environment, the release said, and such cafes have been opening up in the United States during the past couple of years.

Caregivers often feel uncomfortable taking people with Alzheimer's disease to public events, Plain Executive Director Trudy Claudy said in a media release.

"These cafes are designed to give both the caregivers and person with Alzheimer's an enjoyable time with people who understand their situation," Claudy said.

The event is at The Plain 163 Heritage Circle, on state Route 7 near Exit 13 in the town of Oneonta. For more information, call 267-4013 or visit

SUNY Oneonta to be conference host

More than 250 professionals from as far away as Oregon and Florida are expected to attend the ninth annual Northeast Annual Giving Conference at SUNY Oneonta's Hunt College Union on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The State University College at Oneonta is the first public college selected to host the annual event, which examines trends and issues facing annual giving professionals at educational institutions and other nonprofit organizations, a media release said.

"It's an honor to be selected to host this prestigious conference," SUNY Mark Piekarski, SUNY Oneonta director of annual giving, said in the release. "It's a win for us and a win for the community. We're bringing 250 to 300 of our professional counterparts to our campus to see who we are, what we do and to learn from a truly exceptional group of annual giving professionals. And the timing couldn't be better. With SUNY Oneonta on break that week, the influx of visitors will boost business at our hotels and restaurants."

The conference, which has expanded from one to two days for the first time this year, will include networking events, keynote speakers and breakout sessions on topics such as managing volunteers, using social media, direct-mail strategies and persuasive writing. It will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday with registration and opening remarks by SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski.

Penelope Burk, president of Cygnus Applied Research Inc., and consultants Jerry Smith and Bob Burdenski will be keynote speakers. The cost of the two-day conference is $100, and the registration deadline is today. For more information, visit or contact Piekarski at 436-2563 or

Advertising, networking on program agenda

The Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce will present a networking event later this month to assist with marketing a small business or nonprofit entity.

The session will be at the Frank W. Cyr Center, 159 W. Main St., Stamford, at 1:30 p.m. March 29. The program will address reaching customers, deciding how and where to spend advertising funds, and the use of social media, among other topics, a media release said.

Organizers said speakers will include Craig MacMillan and Susan Marshall, owners of CMS Internet Solutions; Kerri Green, a consultant from Sidney; and media representatives.

The cost is $5 per person, the release said, and to reserve a space, send an email to

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.

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