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March 8, 2014

IDA chief to give update on economic development

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The Daily Star

---- — Sandy Mathes, recently appointed chief executive officer of the Otsego County Industrial Development Agency, will speak at The Carriage House, 790 Southside Drive, Oneonta, at 8 a.m. Wednesday. 

Mathes will give an update on the economic development plan for Otsego County. Kathy Clark, chairwoman of the Otsego County Board of Representatives and Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller also will participate in the discussion, according to a media release from Citizen Voices, which is host of the public event.

Mathes, past executive of the Greene County IDA, and Elizabeth Horvath, who serves as the chief operating officer for the Otsego County IDA, were presented in January by state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, as “a new economic development team.”

Mathes will facilitate the preparation of a strategic economic development, including greenfield site preparation, redevelopment opportunities and establishing a “single point of entry” for inquiries, among other initiatives.

Citizen Voices requests that reservations be made at CitizenVoices@hotmail.com.

Shop owner seeks artwork

Theresa Spinelli, owner and operator of Hive, seeks artwork to show and sell at her business at 321 Main St. in Schoharie.

Hive sells a mix of antiques, modern and hand-crafted items and strives to find American-made merchandise and use recycled products, according to a media release. Coffee, tea and desserts also are served.

Spinelli opened the business in May and plans a one-year celebration May 10. The business is in a Victorian structure dating from the mid-1880s, she said, but Hurricane Irene damaged the premises. She has been renovating the building since buying it in November 2012, and photos of improvements have been posted on the business’s Facebook page to sate community curiosity about the project, she said.

“It’s a happy building now,” Spinelli, a Schoharie resident of 12 years, said Thursday.

The business name refers to the definition of “hive” to gather and assemble, she said. Spinelli plans to open an art exhibition area on the second floor of Hive in April and continue developing a schedule of events. By expanding offerings, Spinelli said she hopes to attract visitors to Schoharie to appreciate its architectural beauty, the local landscapes and creative work by area artists.

“It’s just a really nice place to be,” she said.

Hive hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information about opportunities to display or lecture, contact Spinelli at (518) 702-5084 or send email to theresa@hive 321.com.

Cyclist opens Milford shop

Woodland Cycles, a full-service bicycle shop, opened Thursday on state Route 28 in Milford.

The shop is owned and operated by Mike Reynolds, a long-time area cyclist. Reynolds has more than 12 years of experience in the bicycle industry working as a bicycle technician, senior mechanic, service manager and private consultant.

The shop, located at 24 S. Main St., has tubes, tire levers, brake pads, pedals, other components and tools to resolve problems and return bicycles to users as soon as possible, the Woodland Cycles website said.

The shop is conveniently located between Oneonta and Cooperstown, according to the owner. For more information and hours, call Woodland Cycles at 643-3848.

ISD to discuss Windows XP

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will host “GET2MODERN” at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center on Market Street in Oneonta from noon to 1 p.m. Friday.

Representatives from Information Systems Division in Oneonta will discuss pending changes in “End of Support — What Does This Mean?” 

Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for 12 years but now plans to invest resources to support more recent technologies, according to the company’s website. After April 8, technical assistance, including automatic updates that help protect personal computers, won’t be available, 

After that date, Windows XP still will work but might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses, the site said, and more apps and devices may not work as software and hardware manufacturers focus on more recent versions of Windows.

The ISD program is free and open to the public, said organizers who encourage attendees to “bring your lunch and learn.” Reservations are requested to be made with Shelly Giangrant at the Otsego County Chamber, 432-4500, ext. 207, by Tuesday.

To share business news, contact Denise Richardson, staff writer, at (607) 432-1000, ext. 213, or at drichardson@thedailystar.com.