New Berlin art supplier treats employees to 'Paint Day'

ContributedAn unidentified Golden Artist Colors employee paints a landscape during the company's 'Paint Day.'

Employees of New Berlin-based art supplies manufacturer Golden Artist Colors who might not normally pick up a paintbrush were given the chance to be artists for the day during Paint Day.

The company celebrated employee ownership by setting aside a workday for staff to participate in acrylic, oil and watercolor painting workshops hosted by its artist employees, according to a media release.

“It's an opportunity for folks to see the materials through the artist’s eyes and experience the paint as users and not makers,” said Mark Golden, company CEO. “It's a day for collaboration, idea sharing and fun.

“Though intimidating at times, it is an exciting day for everyone,” Golden said. “It’s an absolute joy to see staff sharing in their creativity and their willingness to support one another as they step outside their comfort zone.”

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Hannaford adds employee benefits

Hannaford Supermarkets announced Wednesday it will provide new parental leave benefits to qualifying associates as of Sept. 1.

The new policy, which is designed to support parents and caregivers during a critical time of transition in their family, will provide qualifying employees with six weeks of fully paid leave during the first 12 months following the birth, adoption or legal placement of a child, according to a media release. The policy is open to employees of all genders and gender identities in addition to other qualified time-off plans, including short- and long-term disability.

“We see and appreciate that there is a wide spectrum of circumstances that brings families together and we want to ensure we live up to what it means to be an inclusive employer in how we extend our care and support,” said Margo Peffer, Hannaford’s vice president of human resources. “Having easy access to tools and benefits that support well-being and balance in our personal and professional lives is important for all of us at Hannaford.”

Job fair scheduled in Margaretville

CDO Workforce is seeking vendors for a job fair to be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Margaretville Telephone Company at 61 Academy St. in Margaretville.

Participation is free. Tables and chairs will be provided. Registration is due by Sept. 13.

For more information or to register, contact Deb Bender at the New York State Department of Labor at

United Way seeks nominees

The United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties is seeking nominations for the 2019 John Murray Eberhard Award

The award recognizes community leaders who have “a significant impact on enhancing the quality of life and empowering the people of Delaware County,” according to a media release. 

Nominations in the form of one written page will be accepted until Sept. 3 and can be sent to United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties, 31 Maple Street, Oneonta, NY 13820, or

Otego business owner is certified

Karen Sheesley, a professional organizer and owner of Straighten Up, an Otego-based organizing business, announced this week her designation as a specialist in both life transitions and residential organizing.

Each designation required the completion of a minimum of eight courses through the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, of which Sheesley said she is a golden circle member in recognition of 15 years in the business.

For more information, contact Sheesley at 607-643-1625 or

Blueox supports hospital campaign

Officials from Blueox Corporation, an Oxford-based energy company, presented UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital with a $50,000 check last week for its capital campaign.

“We are excited and proud to support this campaign and UHS Chenango Memorial,” said Julia Miller, vice president of business growth and development at Blueox, in a media release. “We are fortunate that the great people of our community have supported our business in a growing capacity over the past few years and this is one way we feel we can thank them in a unique way. We hope this donation on behalf of our customers will ensure sustainability of Chenango Memorial, because is a vital pillar of our community.”

The capital campaign, announced at the grand opening of the facility’s new Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation Center earlier this month, will support construction of a new emergency room and walk-in center and support the expansion of the hospital’s diagnostic imaging department in the first phase of the hospital’s Chenango Medical Neighborhood Plan, according to the release.

“These are investments that will improve the health of our community, and ensure the sustainability and vitality of our hospital for generations to come,” said NBT Bank Chairman Martin Dietrich, who chairs the campaign.

For more information on the campaign, contact Melissa Stagnaro, director of fundraising and business development at Chenango Memorial, at 607-337-4183 or

Chobani names new president

Chobani announced Wednesday the promotion of Peter McGuinness to company president, effective Aug. 28. 

McGuiness’ promotion comes after six years of “extraordinary leadership, impact and commitment to the Chobani brand, its people, and its customers, helping the company to become America's No. 1 Greek yogurt brand and the second largest overall yogurt manufacturer in the U.S.,” according to a media release.

In addition to his current responsibilities overseeing Chobani’s demand function, McGuinness will also oversee the company’s supply chain, manufacturing, sustainability, research and development operations, according to the release.

“We created this company with people at the center, and they are the reason for where we are today. Peter has been an amazing member of that journey, and I'm honored and happy to have him as president,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani founder and CEO. “Passion, intelligence, and collaboration make us who we are, and I love seeing this talent rising up through the company, working side by side to build the future of Chobani.”

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

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