The Home Performance with Energy Star Program of New York is holding an open house for area residents and business owners next week in Afton. Spokesperson Solvei Blue explains:

(Solvei Blue)

Blue said that property owners should bring their several months of electric bills and should know the square footage of their house or business, the open house will be next Wednesday, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm, refreshments will be provided. More information is available at 723-0110 or upgradeupstate.org/SouthernTier.


The Bainbridge Great American store re-opened under new ownership, after a being closed for a few weeks for renovations. Lisa Page is one of the 3 new owners of the store:

(Lisa Page)

Page, Tim Harmon and Ed Gorton purchased the store; they re-opened on this past Monday.


The Delaware Valley Humane Society is asking for a few donations, as the weather has turned colder. The shelter is looking for donations of old bedding to keep the animals warm, as well as canned or dry dog & cat food, at the shelter on east Main Street in Sidney.


The Otsego County Board of Representatives passed their 2013 budget plan Wednesday in Cooperstown. County residents will see a 1.97% tax increase, just under the state 2% Cap. 8 county positions will be eliminated from the health department, highway department & office for the aging. The Otsego county budget goes into effect January 1st.


Residents of Norwich and the American Red Cross will join together for a “Communities That Care” blood drive on Friday, December 7TH from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Howard Johnson at 75 North Broad Street. The Red Cross is encouraging all eligible donors to make an appointment to donate blood by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org.


MacDonald Hose of the Sidney fire department will hold their annual food drive Saturday in Sidney. The food drive will run from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Sidney Price Chopper store, canned & Dry goods will be accepted for local distribution


State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement with insurer Excellus Bluecross Blueshield, which will require that they pay out refunds to patients and health care providers who overpaid due to improper accounting of deductibles. Excellus has so far made repayments totaling $3.1 million dollars, they had reported accounting errors affecting 12,000 customers processed after Sept. 1st. 2011, software glitches have been repaired.


Delaware County Solid Waste Management announced that their center in Walton would be closed Christmas day and New Year’s Day in the coming weeks. After the Christmas holiday, the center will accept trees, boxes & wrapping paper for recycling, at the solid waste center on state route 10 in Walton. More information is available at 865-5805.


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