More than 80 employees at Golden Artist Colors in Norwich participated in an Earth Day community cleanup last month, according to a media release. Volunteers cleared trash and debris from 30 roads in the town of Columbus and a portion of a ballfield near the company’s warehouse property in Norwich, which was transported to a landfill by Bert Adams Disposal.

Full-time employees at Golden are eligible for up to 40 hours of paid time off each year to participate in community service activities, according to the release.

“It is absolutely wonderful that so many have extended their support to help us make a difference in this community that we live and work in,” said CEO Mark Golden. “For so many reasons, this event is a valuable demonstration of our commitment to this community that has supported us now for 39 years. It is from real action of this sort and not just words that we can share our values of this organization — to be stewards in all we care for. Together we have proven that business can do good things, and have committed to a legacy that doing good things creates a good and sustainable company.”


Business owners and managers who employ people recovering from drug and alcohol addictions are invited to a free screening of “A Slice of Hope,” a 15-minute film offering targeted, actionable suggestions for establishing and maintaining a recovery-friendly workplace, according to a media release.

The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce will host the screening at 10 a.m. May 28 at the eCenter in Delhi. A panel discussion will follow, featuring film producer Jessica Vecchione of Vecc Videography; Julie Dostal, executive director of the LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions; and Ben Riker, outreach coordinator and peer-support specialist at Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties.

Representatives from the Delaware County Probation Department, Delaware County drug treatment court, CDO Workforce and the state Department of Labor will also be on hand to advise business owners of accountability requirements and tax and other financial incentives available for businesses willing to hire from people in recovery.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the chamber at 607-746-2281.


The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce will honor several local businesses at its annual awards ceremony, to be held 5:30 p.m. June 26 at Birdsong Farm in Delhi, according to a media release.

The Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center was named business of the year, and Schoolhouse Construction Services in Delhi, Binnekill Tavern of Margaretville and Bold Gold Media Group, 104.5 FM, will be honored as new businesses of the year.

Stagecoach Run Art Festival of Treadwell and Roxbury’s Table to Farm Tours will receive the tourism award, and Bloomville resident Barbara Hanselman, of Del-Rose Farm and The Farmer's Wife, will be recognized as business advocate of the year.

A garden party will accompany the ceremony, featuring gourmet sample-station delicacies.

Tickets are $50 per person. For more information or to register, call 607-746-2281 or visit delawarecounty.org.


The Raymond Corp. hosted more than 150 high school students at its headquarters in Greene last week for the company’s inaugural Engineering Day, according to a media release.

Students from several high schools across the Southern Tier — many of whom are enrolled in engineering programs such as Project Lead The Way and Pathways in Technology Early College High School — learned about career opportunities within engineering through more than a dozen interactive exhibits, including 3D printing, modeling and analysis, augmented reality technology and the award-winning Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator, according to the release.

“At Raymond, our goal is to inspire students with engaging, hands-on learning experiences — from various areas of the engineering field — that they otherwise may not be able to experience in the classroom,” said Erric Heitmann, vice president of engineering. “Engineering has a great number of disciplines that many don’t even realize. We are excited to showcase them and demonstrate how they are used right here at our facility, from computer engineering to manufacturing engineering — and beyond.”


Brewery Ommegang partnered with Auburn-based Prison City Pub & Brewery to produce Prost Cologne, a dry-hopped Kölsch that arrives just in time for warmer weather across the state, according to a media release.

“This classic style shines alongside grilled bratwurst, barbecue chicken, and all manner of summery sides,” the companies said in a statement.

The 5% ABV beer is made with Saaz, Huell Melon and Mosaic hops, and marries a traditional Kölsch malt base and a German yeast strain. The recipe was the result of a year’s collaboration between the two breweries, yielding a beer with “crisp, classic Kölsch-style aromas and flavors but an amazing overlay of fruity hop characteristics,” according to the release.

Prost Cologne debuted Friday, May 24, and will be available for a limited time in 16-ounce four-packs and on draft at Ommegang, on draft at Prison City Pub & Brewery, and at Wegmans stores across New York as part of the store’s Freshest Beer program.

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at seames@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.