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Opinion

April 2, 2013

Cheers

To the annual Hospice Celebrity Party, planned for July 1. 

The annual event brings together luminaries from the worlds of sports and music in an event that includes a golf tournament, live auction, dinner and concert. 

In keeping with the Celebrity Party’s history, this year’s performance will feature 1970s and ‘80s group Chicago. Previous years have featured bands such as Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Kenny Loggins and the Doobie Brothers. 

Mark May, a 1977 Oneonta High School graduate who played on Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins teams in 1983 and 1988, has been involved with the fundraiser for many years, bringing fellow athletes and ESPN personalities to the area for the event. 

This star-studded happening is fun for those who attend, but more importantly, it raises thousands of dollars for Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, a nonprofit organization that cares for people who are terminally ill. We hope this year’s event shares the success of past Celebrity Parties, with all tickets sold, all auction items fetching high bids and everyone going home happy. 

To the foreign trade designation recently granted to Chenango County and two Norwich companies. 

Recognition under the federal Foreign-Trade Zone program will help Norwich Pharmaceuticals, CSW Contract Packaging and the county compete in international markets, which can help the local economy, according to program officials. 

The announcement was unveiled in late March by Development Chenango Corp., which called it an “important and exciting” development. 

Foreign-Trade Zone designation can help facilitate and expedite international trade, provide special customs procedures to help firms conduct international business, support local economic development efforts and help create employment opportunities, the Foreign-Trade Zones Board website said.

With manufacturing already a big part of the Chenango County economy, this can only help that sector grow and compete. We look forward to seeing what this will bring to the region. 

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