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Reporter's Notebook

March 9, 2013

Appraisal proves area woman made smart purchase

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.

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