Bernadette Cannon is working to open the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care Thrift Shop and Boutique at 269 Main St. in Oneonta.

The grand opening is set for 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, after the fundraising walk in Fortin Park in Oneonta that morning. The store will sell "gently used" clothing for men, women and children, plus jewelry, shoes, pocketbooks and knick-knacks, Cannon said. No children's toys or games will be sold.

Cannon said Tom Harrington and M.D. Poole, who have put the building up for sale, agreed to a two-year contract at reduced rent, which enables CAHPC to open the store as a fundraising effort. Cannon said the site became an available unexpectedly _ plans were being made to open at 3200 Chestnut St., but with the Main Street location downtown and larger, the opportunity was too good to turn down.

Volunteers will work three-hour shifts at the store, which will have regular hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Students studying fashion merchandising at the State University College at Oneonta will design and set up window displays, she said.

Cannon said she hasn't had any negative feedback about competition generated by the CAHPC shop. A hospice-based thrift store exists on Long Island, she said, and there are others in Florida and California. Cannon said she hoped the shop's presence will attract other businesses to downtown.

For more information about the store, call 432-5335 or call CAHPC at 432-6773.

MeadWestvaco shortens name

MeadWestvaco, which has a plant in Sidney, has a different brand identity _ MWV.

The abbreviated version of the company name will help present a unified company to customers, officials said in a recent statement.

The legal name of the company remains MeadWestvaco Corp., according to a media release, and the New York Stock Exchange symbol remains MWV. Also, consumer-facing products produced by the Consumer & Office Products Division, such as Mead, Five Star, AT-A-GLANCE, Day Runner, Columbian, and others, will retain their brand identification to capitalize on the brand equity established, officials said.

MeadWestvaco, based in Richmond, Va., provides packaging solutions in the food and beverage, media and entertainment, personal care, home and garden, cosmetics and health-care industries. The company operates in more than 30 countries, the release said.

MWV manages its forestlands in accordance with internationally recognized forest certification standards, the release said, and has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the fourth consecutive year. For more information, visit www.meadwestvaco.com.

Bank reaches milestone

The National Bank of Delaware County, based in Walton, has earned Bauer Financial's five-star rating for the 75th consecutive quarter, officials said recently.

Karen Dorway, president of Bauer, said in a statement to the bank, "Times are changing, and fewer banks are qualifying for this top rating. You should be proud to know that your local bank, NBDC, can claim this honor."

Banks such as NBDC that have earned the five-star rating for 10 years or longer are deemed "exceptional performance banks," she said, adding that 15 percent of the nation's banks are so designated.

NBDC President Patrick Galloway commented, "It's great to know that we've been able to maintain this five-star rating, particularly in view of the current nationwide financial situation."

Employees recognize Earth Day

Employees at Golden Artist Colors Inc. spent Earth Day 2008 in April helping pick up garbage on the roadsides of Columbus. The company asked employees to volunteer two hours of their time for this event, according to a media release. The paint manufacturer began Earth Day Clean Up in 2005.

Of 147 full-time employees, more than 60 percent were able to participate, officials said, and Bert Adams Disposal supported the cleanup by providing 20 yard roll-off containers to transport debris to the landfill.

At Golden, full-time employees may use 40 hours per year of paid community service time, and the cleanup is such an event. If employees serve as a volunteer for a fire association, police force or emergency squad, they have access to 80 hours per year of community service time, the company said.

For more information, call (800) 959-6543.

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