C.V. village gets energy grant

CHERRY VALLEY _ The village of Cherry Valley will receive a $45,000 grant to install energy efficiency measures in the village hall and at the village pump station.

Sen. James L. Seward and Assemblyman Marc Butler announced the funding Monday.

An energy audit of the two buildings performed by the Power Authority identified several energy-saving measures, including insulation and heating improvements that include new furnaces, window replacements and more efficient lighting, lawmakers said.

Savings are expected to near $3,500 annually when all improvements are completed.

No tax dollars fund the program. The grant will be provided from Petroleum Overcharge Restitution (POCR) funds. The funds are made available from proceeds of court settlements relating to oil company violations of federal price controls in the 1970s and 1980s.

Gas drilling info meeting set

GREENE _ Rural land owners are invited to a meeting about natural gas leasing at 7 p.m. today at Baron’s Inn on state Route 12 in Greene, sponsors said.

The program will be sponsored by Chenango County Farm Bureau and The Greater Greene Chamber of Commerce.

The meeting will provide clear, current and useful information about the gas leasing process, particularly in the central New York and the Southern Tier regions, according to a Farm Bureau spokesman.

Speakers will include local and state officials.

For information, contact Bradd Vickers, Chenango County Farm Bureau president, at 334-6061.

Last Nick at Nite Thursday

COOPERSTOWN _ The last Nick at Nite open mic evening until September will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hoffman Lane Bistro in Cooperstown.

Poets, musicians, singers, comedians and speakers of all ages are welcome, organizers said. Sound equipment has been donated by The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and operated by Raphael Sciallo.

Admission is free, and participants can sign up to perform on arrival.

There will be a jar for donations, with proceeds to benefit the Nicholas J. Alicino Memorial Award, which is awarded to a Cooperstown High School student who shows talent for writing or theater, plans to further his or her education and has need of assistance.

For information, call 547-7072 or 9494.

Frey to leave Otsego 2000

COOPERSTOWN _ Otsego 2000 Executive Director Martha Frey has announced her resignation after 10 years at the regional nonprofit organization.

A native of Madison County, Frey assumed the position of executive director in 1998, after having worked for the City of Minneapolis Planning Department and Woodward-Clyde Consultants, also of Minneapolis.

She said she plans to pursue family business matters and do private consulting.

While at Otsego 2000, Frey oversaw a number of projects, programs, and advocacy campaigns, including the Glimmerglass Historic District, the Route 20 Scenic Byway, the Otsego and Schoharie County Historic Preservation Awards program, and the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market.

Henry S.F. Cooper Jr., president and founder of Otsego 2000, said ``Frey has been a brilliant leader of Otsego 2000, uniting the principles of environmental protection and historic preservation. She has been a defining presence. We will miss her.”

Former Otsego 2000 board member Nicole Dillingham will serve as interim executive director while the organization conducts a search for Frey’s replacement.

Frey, president of the Route 20 Association of New York State, said she and her husband, photographer Andy Baugnet, will continue to live outside of Middlefield Center.

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