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Oneonta tree to grace Rockefeller Center

Story by Jessica Reynolds staff writer The Daily Star

ONEONTA — Halloween had hardly begun Monday when news about Christmas took center stage.
That’s because a massive Norway spruce at 72 Country Club Road in the town of Oneonta has been selected to serve as this year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in Manhattan, according to a Monday morning media release from the center.
Area officials said Monday that they were excited to hear the news, rumors of which had been circulating for several months.
The tree is in Angie and Graig Eichler’s backyard.
“It’s true,” Angie Eichler said Monday. “We’re excited. We’ve known for a while now. We’re glad we can finally talk about it.”
However, the Eichlers — who both work at SUNY Oneonta — cannot actually talk about it, at least not to media personnel. Brady Littlefield, a representative from Rubenstein*, refused to allow any further interviews with them until next week, when the huge evergreen will be cut down.
The Rockefeller Christmas tree tradition dates back to 1931, when construction workers erected the first one on the center plaza block. The holiday icon is now raised there every year.
The center takes applications for a Christmas tree from the public each year, according to the site. To be considered, a tree must be in the later years of its life cycle and must measure at least 75 feet tall and 45 feet in diameter, it said.
“If you have a Norway Spruce you would like us to consider, please complete the form to the left,” the website reads. “Any details on the tree, including its approximate age and any related family stories, are greatly appreciated. If we are interested in exploring your tree more closely, we will be in touch.”
Last year’s tree also came from New York, from the Ulster County town of Gardiner.
Several friends gathered Monday outside of the Eichler’s home, a small brown house with green trim.
Meanwhile, workers from Torsilieri Inc. of New Jersey emerged from large trucks and unloaded plywood onto the Eichler’s front lawn. The landscape business has a “reputation for sensitivity in moving large trees,” according to a 2007 obituary in The New York Times for Marc Torsilieri, who graduated from the State University College of Technology at Delhi.
The Eichler’s spruce will be cut Thursday, Nov. 10, and will arrive at its New York City home on Saturday, Nov. 12, according to the Monday media release.
John Carroll, a spokesman from New York State Electric & Gas in Oneonta, said arrangements have already been made to temporarily relocate some wires and conductors at the house so there’s nothing in the way of cranes.
After being wrapped with more than 50,000 multi-colored, LED lights and crowned with a Swarovski star, the Oneonta tree will be lit during NBC’s live “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” broadcast on Wednesday, Nov. 30, the announcement said. The tree will be on display through Saturday, Jan. 7.
According to NBC, the center’s tree is usually milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity after it’s taken down.
Several people said Monday that there have been rumblings of the news around town, but it was, largely, kept a secret.
Peggy Falco, who lives around the corner on Handsome Avenue, said she can see the tree from her home. She heard several months ago that the spruce was in the running for Rockefeller Center, she said.
“We see it all the time,” said Falco, who has lived in her house for about a year. “The neighborhood has known about it. It’s going to be quite an occasion to see it moved. I’m sure all the neighbors will gather around to watch. Very exciting.”
Oneonta Town Supervisor Robert Wood said he was also “pretty excited” to hear the news Monday.
“I need to drive by and look at it,” he said. “We’re thrilled. When we see it on TV, we’ll all know it’s a little — or big — piece of home.”
Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig agreed.
“I think this will just reinforce the message that Oneonta is an absolutely beautiful place,” Herzig said, “and make people want to visit or live here.”
Frank Russo, executive director of the Oneonta Family YMCA, said it was no surprise to him to hear that the tree is coming from Angie Eichler’s property. Eichler is a fitness instructor at the YMCA, he said.
“Angie is involved in all kinds of community things,” he said. “She’s a very community-spirited person, and she’s always happy and bubbly. This is really cool for their family and for Oneonta.”
Barbara Ann Heegan, president and chief executive officer of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, said she’s looking forward to visiting the tree in Manhattan with her family.
“We’ll have to get Eastern Travel to organize a bus trip,” she said Monday. “I think that people who go to see this Christmas tree from all over the world are going to really appreciate its beauty. And to know that that’s coming from Oneonta, I think, just makes it magical and speaks volumes about the beauty of our area. I think it will truly put a spotlight on our region.”
*Story changed at 11:36 am Nov. 1 to provide the correct name of the company.

  • Just a little side trip…. 

Cooperstown After Dark take a look and see it in a whole new way. It’s a different world pre dawn.

Cooperstown On Tap

Who is planning on visiting Cooperstown? October 10th 2015 you will find Cooperstown on Tap


Cooperstown on Tap on Main Street in Cooperstown – Between Pioneer & Fair Street! Saturday, October 10th from 5pm to 8pm with VIP beginning at 4pm. This three hour premium event will showcase over 150 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries! Attendees will sample beers in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase, and great vendors. VIP tickets are $50 and include an extra hour of sampling beginning at 4pm, a souvenir tasting glass and access to rare Ommegang beers! General Admission tickets are $35 and include 3 hours of sampling and a souvenir tasting glass! Must be 21 years or older VIP – $50.00 General Admission – $35.00

Cost: 35.00 to 50.00

We also have a new business this year called HOP ON Tours aboard the ” Beerslayer” 18 passenger bus check our website

There a dozens of reasons to visit. It’s not just Baseball, Beautiful Otsego Lake waiting on the fog to burn off,wpid-wp-1432913685649.jpeg , Ommegang Brewery, Council Rock Brewery, The Cooperstown Distillery, The Historic Otesaga Resort Hotel, The Farmers Museum , Glimmerglass Opera just to name a few. Cooperstown is centrally located in Upstate New York. Before beginning our day we must stop for coffee at Stage Coach Coffee Roasters.

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If you want to take photos your best option is between 7:00-8:00 am, this little tour around town for all of these took about 5 minutes. At this hour of the day you are nearly alone on the street and the paid parking is not valid at that hour.wpid-wp-1432899902151.jpeg

There are many good places to eat, everything from quick bites to gourmet meals .wpid-wp-1432898638476.jpeg

 Cooperstown has tons of History; it is the birthplace of James Fennimore Cooper.wpid-wp-1432898643585.jpeg  For a spooky evening adventure how about a ghostly tour with Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tours.

The Basball Hall of Fame

The Basball Hall of Fame

It’s never to early to start planning for next years trip. Most repeat visitors for the really special events have standing reservations making space for newcomers very limited.


Travel, Vacation, Holiday what ever you may call it. What does it mean to you?
Time to enjoy family and friends, or relax and see the world. Vacation means different things to different people but one thing is a constant “It’s WORK.”
Have you ever sat down and figured out how much time you spend looking for places to go and places to stay. Then more time on how to get there and how to pay for it. And “LADIES” we know in addition to all that research we also have to pack for our children and that includes the “Big Ones.”
On average according to several different research companies prospective travelers spend between 46 and 60 hours minimum, researching before they travel. Do you have that much time to waste? If you do are you sure you found Reputable places to spend your hard earned money.
I spent a lot of time over the years doing just that. I decided to go in to Business as a Travel Planner and have obtained connections with the Top Companies in the Industry that use only Vetted suppliers to insure your satisfaction. So take the WORK out of your vacation and let me do the planning for you.
Check out my website and have a look around, there are answers to lots of questions and many travel options. When you are ready email me or just sign up for email blasts on specialized travel locations you may be interested in at a later date.


One of the most important pieces of information I obtain for ANY vacation is,how I will get my STARBUCKS . I must have my coffee. I like it strong and black. I hate waiting in line behind the half/caf skinny blah blah blah. If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen as they say. Next I do a search in the area I am staying to see where the nearest Starbucks is located. On occasion,there will not be any. I have a fix for that. I always bring a bag of French Roast with me and include an assortment of different filters to fit any machine the Hotel has available. I have suggested to Starbucks offering a passport to fill showing all the Starbucks you have visited. I use my Gold Rewards card but it only gets me the occasional free coffee and then only if the location participates and is not independently owned. I would like people to know that I have visited Starbucks from Seattle to The Bahamas and beyond. In the unlikely event there are no Starbucks or available coffee  brewers, I check the local hangouts for the good stuff. I have found great coffee in Alaska in a few places. And in Jamaica luckily the first thing I smelled when we stepped off the ship was the coffee. Being a connoisseur of all things coffee, I have previously tried coffee from all over the world and usually know what to look for. When I have run out of all these options I just go for the double esspresso.

Adventure in Upstate New York

Did you know there are some interesting things to see in Upstate New York? Here are just a few; along the way to the Beautiful Adirondacks.

Let’s begin just outside of Cobleskill, if you like caves you can stop at Secret Caverns and then continue on up the road to Howe Caverns. When you are finished stop off at the bottom of the hill at the Iroquois Indian Museum, children enjoy this a lot, there are usually crafts they can participate in.

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For the next day’s adventure we are going towards Amsterdam in Vail Mills to the Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum. This is a unique place for the outdoor sportsman of any age. Run by all volunteers they feature hundreds of Animal mounts, record breakers mostly and many are full body. They have everything from deer to lions at the over 14000 square foot building.

We can then continue on to the Adirondack museum don’t worry you’re not lost it just looks that way. There is not a lot of traffic and towns and life are few and far between, this is likely to be an all day adventure so plan ahead.

One of my favorite visits was to Pottersville to stone bridge and caves. I love rocks and anything to do with them. This place is cool, there are trails and bridges and caves made by the rushing 2 Dec 2011 194

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Also very near by in North Creek is a garnet mine where you can go dig for garnets and they are pretty easy to find, be aware they do charge by weight when you leave. 

Please be sure to click on the highlighted words for direct links to the individual business web sites. I will cover a few more gems another week. Thanks for visiting.

Fulton Couple to fly with Syracuse Honor Flight

First  husband and wife World War II Vets to be included

via Fulton Couple to fly with Syracuse Honor Flight.

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