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November 28, 2012

Delhi company sells equipment to ESPN

The Daily Star

---- — The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., has bought portable pitching mounds from a Delaware County company.

Sportsfield Specialties Inc. of Delhi manufactures the PortaPitch portable pitching mounds, which match the 18-foot diameter of an official major league mound and its 10-inch height. When assembled, the mounds have clay-filled center sections and official pitching rubbers to give them the feel of a permanent clay mound.

The SSI PortaPitch units will be utilized whenever the Orlando facility’s multipurpose grass fields are configured for baseball. The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex annually hosts thousands of baseball players for tournaments and training sessions.

“We are extremely pleased that the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has chosen our PortaPitch for its multi-sport fields,” SSI President Wayne Oliver said in a media release. “It was designed and constructed for heavy-duty use, so this will be a great opportunity to demonstrate its durability and realistic playability to players and their coaches.”

Sportsfield Specialties also makes foul poles, backstop netting systems, batting tunnels, dugouts, benches, and bat and helmet storage units for baseball, along with a range of equipment for other sports. It manufactured the goalposts at MetLife Stadium, home to the National Football League’s New York Giants and Jets.

Bike shop grand opening

Otsego Bicycles, Oneonta’s newest full-service bicycle store, will hold a grand-opening event at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The new shop is an authorized dealer for the full line of Specialized bicycles, accessories and clothing. It also will service all bicycles, as well perform ski and snowboard tuning, owner Ed Lorenz said.

The store is at 74 Water St., Oneonta, the same location as the bicycle department of the former Sport Tech. Store hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to, to the shop’s Facebook page or call (607) 432-1731.

Public-private initiative

Cooperstown Medical Transport is partnering with the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill to give students in the school’s paramedic program an incentive to excel.

Graduates of the program — which offers a one-year certificate and a two-year associate’s degree – will be guaranteed jobs as paramedics with the company if they score 85 percent or higher on the New York state certification exam, according to a recently signed agreement.

Paramedic majors also will be given an opportunity to work part-time for the company as EMTs while enrolled at the school.

Chenango Chamber awards

Commerce Chenango will present its Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Manufacturer of the Year awards at its annual Salute to Small Business Dinner tonight at 5:30 p.m. in The Silo in Greene. GHS Federal Credit Union will receive the small business honor. Norwich Pharmaceuticals Inc. will receive the manufacturing award, and Bob Nassar of the Norwich Tire Co. has been named entrepreneur of the year.

Charity auction

The Applebee’s restaurant at 5006 State Route 23 in Oneonta will auction off celebrity photos, sports items and local memorabilia that adorn its walls as it prepares for a remodeling.

Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York. Bids can be given to the Applebee’s manager through Dec. 14, and winners must pick up their items by 6 p.m. Dec. 18.

The remodeling will include customized wall murals that reflect the neighborhood, including local schools, sports teams and community organizations. The restaurant also will feature flat-screen televisions and updated wall coverings and decor.

Quick hits

Justin Degon of Walden has joined Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell in Newburgh. Degon will be working as a junior accountant in the audit department. He is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. … Megan Henry of Oneonta was sworn into the Pennsylvania Bar on Nov. 12. Henry graduated in May from the Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pa. … The Otsego County Industrial Development Agency will meet Dec. 6 at 7:30 a.m. in the Economic Development office, 242 Main St., Oneonta.

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