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March 9, 2013

Appraisal proves area woman made smart purchase

By Denise Richardson
The Daily Star

---- — B.L. of Oneonta said in the March issue of Country Living magazine that she spent $500 for a little chest of drawers at an antiques show.

“Did I overspend?’’ 

Who is B.L.?

The initials are for Bonnie Lado, who said she was pleased that the magazine’s antiques specialist appraised her 12-inch tall watchmaker’s cabinet for $950. 

Lado said she has enjoyed the magazine’s feature “What Is It? What Is It Worth?” and “on a whim” decided to inquire if her March 2012 acquisition would be considered for review. She had purchased the chest at an antiques show in Stuart, Fla., from a dealer from Damariscotta, Maine. 

“I knew that this cabinet was quite special,’’ Lado wrote to The Daily Star about her experience. In November, the magazine responded to her and subsequently paid for shipping and insurance to send the cabinet to Manhattan for a appraisal by Helaine Fendelman. 

In this month’s edition, one page of the magazine features the cabinet with a large photograph and write-up about the history of the watchmaker’s firm and the chest of drawers that held parts.

Lado said the magazine staff wouldn’t reveal the result of the appraisal before publication. 

“I didn’t mention it to anyone before I saw it in print,” Lado said. “I was very pleased to learn I had made a good decision in the investment purchase price.”


Two officers in the Oneonta Police Department recently completed training in hostage crisis negotiations.

Officers Christopher Catapano and Amanda Spoor attended the 40-hour training in Syracuse from Jan. 14 to 18, Lt. Douglas Brenner said. The program was presented by the Syracuse Police Department Hostage Negotiation Team, the Upstate Medical Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The instruction focused on hostage crisis negotiations, types of situations and establishing lines of communication, Brenner said. The skills learned will be useful in non-hostage situations as officers face a variety of situations in their work, he said.

The skills are an important asset for the department, Police Chief Dennis Nayor said, and before the two officers attended the program, he was the only one in the department with such training.


Nominations for the seventh annual Trailblazer Award, presented by the city’s Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights and Community Relations, are due March 25.

The Trailblazer Award recognizes a woman in the Oneonta area who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in her field or in the community and thereby has enhanced the visibility and stature of women, a media release from the city said.

Recognition will be presented in one or more of seven categories — human and community service, unsung advocate or social action, young leader, entrepreneurship, career achievement, the arts, or athletics.

Nomination requirements and forms are available at the Oneonta City Clerk’s Office in City Hall at 258 Main St. or online at

Margery Merzig, former Oneonta alderman, who has worn several hats in public service, was awarded the Women’s History Month Trailblazer Award last year. 

Previous winners were Tracey Ranieri, who won the inaugural award in 2007; Kate O’Donnell and Molly Swain who shared the award in 2008; Cheri Albrecht in 2009; Norma Lee Havens in 2010; and Doreen Sosa in 2011. 

The Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights, established as a public body by the Oneonta Common Council, encourages individuals and groups to promote tolerance and goodwill. The commission meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. 

For more information, call Joyce Miller, chairwoman of the commission, or City Clerk James Koury at 432-6450 or by email at


Fifteen athletes walked through the doors of Cooperstown CrossFit on Feb. 16 for a fundraising workout, a media release said. 

The “Hope for Kenya” initiative focuses on raising money for school construction, and nutritional and sanitation projects in an impoverished region in Kenya, the release said, and is sponsored by the fitness company and its affiliates. The local affiliate opened in August.

Dan Murdock, owner of Cooperstown CrossFit, said that he was proud that the small local gym had been able to raise almost $1,000 by Feb. 18, and that more donations were being received. 

“It’s a great feeling knowing that our gym in upstate New York is helping families on the other side of the world to build a more secure future,” Murdock said in the release. “Thanks to the participation of our members, and sponsorship from Cooperstown-area businesses, we have made a significant contribution to this program.’’

Denise Richardson is a staff writer at The Daily Star. Contact her at