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September 5, 2012

Community Bank to move to new site

The Daily Star

---- — Community Bank is moving its Southside Oneonta branch office to a site that will accommodate drive-through lanes and take on the bank’s name.

Joseph Sutaris, senior vice president and regional banking executive for Community Bank’s Central NY Region, said in a media release that the office at Southside Mall will move to 4987 State Route 23 in Oneonta. The commercial site, where Metro Mattress and Country Junction are located, will be called Community Bank Plaza, according to an agreement with the property owner.

The relocation will be during the fourth quarter of this year, Sutaris said, and customers will continue to be served at the mall until the plaza facility is ready for occupancy.

“The Southside Mall has been a good landlord and is going through some exciting changes,’’ Sutaris said in a prepared statement. “We believe, however, that the bank’s customers will be better served by the new location.” 

Community Bank signed a lease with Temple Realty Holding LLC to rent about 2,750 square feet at its newly renovated building on Route 23, the release said. The banks’ new location will have three drive-through lanes, including a drive-up automated teller machine, customer parking, a conference room and safe deposit boxes.

Clark Sports Center employee takes helm

A long-time employee of the Clark Sports Center has been named its director, according to an announcement by Jane Forbes Clark, president of The Clark Foundation.

Valerie Paige became director Aug. 6, succeeding Dion Wade, who left Cooperstown to pursue a position in higher education in Seattle, Wash., a media release said.

Paige joined the staff of The Clark Sports Center, then known as the Alfred Corning Clark Gymnasium, in 1977. During her 35 years, her positions at the Center began with assistant aquatics director and continued with promotions to aquatics director, program director and associate director, a post she has held for the past 20 years. Paige has a Bachelor of Science degree from Plymouth State University in physical education

“Val has the experience, skill, and confidence to lead The Clark Sports Center in the coming years, Clark said in a prepared statement. “With Val at the helm, I know the Sports Center will further deepen its relationships with the membership, local schools, businesses and nonprofit institutions,” Clark said.

Comprised of a 64,000-square-foot facility and 17 acres of playing fields, the Sports Center has more than 4,000 members and employees 32 full-time and 70 part-time employees. The center was opened in 1891 as the Alfred Corning Clark Gymnasium and moved and expanded to its current location in 1986.

Group highlights farms with tours

The Upper Unadilla Valley Association will present farm tours and a banquet to highlight the region’s produce and business ventures, a media release said. The events are open to the public.

On  Sept. 16, five farms and home-based food businesses in the West Winfield area will be open for tours in the afternoon until 4 p.m.

At 6 p.m. Sept. 25, a banquet at The Horned Dorset Inn in Leonardsville will feature local foods, and Patrick Hooker, senior director of industry development at Empire State Development and the state’s former commissioner of agriculture, will speak. The cost is $45 per person, and reservations are required by Sept. 18.  

For reservations or more information, call Larraine McNulty, Upper Unadilla Valley Association president, at (315) 855-4368.

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