Bear Pond Winery in Milford Center has expanded and will have a grand-opening event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 13.

Michael Bordinger-Lutz said he and Mark and Brenda Lebo bought the business in 2005. The business has grown since then, he said, as more people have shown interests in wine- and beer-making, and Bear Pond Winery started selling kits.

“That soon grew to a whole section within the winery,” Bordinger-Lutz said in a recent email. The owners decided to remodel an existing building on the property, he said, and many more products, equipment, grains and other items were offered.

“We are so excited for people to come and see the possibilities of what they can do at home, wine, beer, soda, cheese,” he said. “Once you get started, it is a great hobby to do with friends and family.”

The business will have a new area in the winery so that indoor seating is available for guests who want to sit and taste wines or savor a glass of wine with cheese, especially on rainy or wintry days, according to Bordinger-Lutz.

Bear Pond Winery is located at 2515 State Highway 28, north of Oneonta. For more information, call 643-0294.

The winery is part of the Cooperstown Beverage Trail, a cuisine trail featuring businesses that offer tastings, tours and more.


The Bank of Cooperstown held an open house Monday at its newly constructed building at 34 Main St. in Oneonta.

The grand-opening celebration was highlighted with a ribbon-cutting by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.

Rachel Lutz Jessup, branch manager at the local Bank of Cooperstown offices, said the building, which was constructed by mostly local contractors, is complete except for a few details.

Scott White, bank president, in January estimated construction costs at about $1 million. Two residences were razed to make way for the Lutz Jessup said the three other full-time employees working at the branch include a personal banker, a teller supervisor and a commercial lender.

The branch opened Sept. 3, she said, and it’s been well-received.

“It’s been nothing but positive feedback,” she said. “It’s been super.”

Bank of Cooperstown is a unit of USNY Bank, specializing in providing banking services for small and mid-sized businesses, professional practices, agribusinesses, farms and wineries in addition to residential mortgage and retail lending.

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