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May 9, 2012

Schoharie nursery aims to begin anew after recovering from last year's floods

For a plant nursery in Schoharie, this spring marks a significant re-blooming.

Guernsey's Schoharie Nurseries, in business from more than 120 years, closed after almost $500,000 in damages caused by flooding from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last year, according to state Assemblyman Pete Lopez.

But the business officially will return with a public re-opening on the nursery grounds at 149 Bridge St. in Schoharie at 3:30 p.m., a media release from Lopez said. The assemblyman from Schoharie will join Floyd A. Guernsey, president of F.A. Guernsey & Co. Inc., and business and community leaders for the ceremony.

"We're thrilled," Lopez said about the re-opening during a telephone interview Tuesday. The nursery, which has been a staple of the Schoharie Valley economy for 123 years, has 12 to 15 employees, he said.

Since the day after flooding began, business groups, county officials and others have worked aggressively toward recovery in Schoharie County, he said.

While businesses have been burdened with the costs of rebuilding, county, state and federal officials have worked to help companies find grants, loans and other resources to ease the challenges, Lopez said.

Guernsey's Schoharie Nurseries is one example of successful recovery efforts, Lopez said, and the grand re-opening not only is a time to celebrate but also an opportunity to encourage other businesses, communities and residents to continue rebuilding.

Expected at the re-opening event Friday are John Borst, mayor of Schoharie; Gene Milone, Schoharie town supervisor; Darlene Patterson, president of Schoharie Promotional Association; Georgia VanDyke, president of the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce; and representatives from Schoharie County Planning and Development and the Main Street Schoharie Committee. The public is invited to attend.

Guernsey's was supported by some public resources, including a $29,200 grant for debris removal and site grading through a federal program administered by the state, Lopez said, and a $10,000 matching grant through the state Agriculture and Markets Department. Other pending applications are expected to be approved, he said.

Massage therapist attends conference

Kristin Sloth, a massage therapist and certified Rolfer, recently attended the New York American Massage Therapy Association 2012 Convention at Turning Stone Resort in Verona.

More than 300 massage therapists from across the state attended the conference, a media release said. Sloth participated in classes on orthopedic massage treatment for the forearm and hand and on social networking, among other topics.

Sloth, who has been a massage therapist for more than 23 years, received 20 continuing education hours for her attendance. Her practice is located at 454 Main St. in Oneonta, and she can be reached at 433-2536.

To suggest a business story, announce a new business or changes to an existing one, email details to drichardson@thedailystar.com or call Denise Richardson at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213.

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