The Tepee of Cherry Valley will have its third annual Native American Artisan Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and an event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 18 to celebrate 61 years in business.

Donna and Dale Latella own The Tepee on Route 20.

The Tepee, an example of popular roadside architecture, has been nominated to the state and national Registers of Historic Places. The Tepee was built in 1954 by Ken and Iris Gurney, natives of Nebraska, who moved to upstate and opened a souvenir shop to take advantage of increasing traffic. The event Sunday will feature Native American artists, vendors and crafters, a media release said, and the Feather Singers from the Native American Spiritualist Chapel of Middleburgh will sing and drum.

Mohawk storyteller Kay Olan will share traditional Iroquois stories for adults and children, and Dawn Standing Women and Eric Marczak will demonstrate stone tool making and use of sacred plants, such as sage and sweetgrass.

Events Sunday and on the June 18 Customer Appreciation Day will be in the parking lot of The Tepee. For more information, call 264-3987 or visit

Open house to feature heating with local grass pellets

EnviroEnergy, in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, will have a "grass bioenergy open house" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the firm's mill at 2265 State Highway 7 in Unadilla, just west of Wells Bridge.

Demonstrations will showcase 38,000 BTU and 100,000 BTU high-efficiency residential and small-business scale heating appliances using local grass pellets, a media release said.

Visitors will see upgrades to the mill and learn about additional use of grass pellets as a weed-free garden mulch.

Catskill Grass Bioenergy Project personnel will explain the use of grass pellets as a renewable heat source and share their experiences using grass pellets. The project is a research and demonstration collaboration between the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, the Catskill Watershed Corp. and EnviroEnergy LLC.

For accommodations for visitors with disabilities, call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 865-6531 by Saturday.

Financial firm to have open house

Commerce Chenango and Leigh Baldwin & Co. Investment Brokers will have a Chamber Business After Hours at financial company's offices at 2 Hayes St. in Norwich from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

Leigh D. Baldwin started the firm in July 1991 as an investment firm to provide low-cost transactions to individuals and professional traders, a media release said, and the firm has grown to more than 100 financial professionals and manages more than $1 billion in assets.

At the open house, Leigh will introduce former Syracuse University basketball player, Big East Defensive Player of the Year and NBA draft prospect Rick Jackson, the release said. To register for the event, call Commerce Chenango at 334-1402.

To suggest a business story, announce a new business or changes to an existing one, e-mail details to or call Denise Richardson at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213.

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