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May 13, 2013

Politics, fitness and landmarks dominated local news in May 1968

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Boys Club dream becomes reality

Physical fitness and sports made major strides forward during May 1968. It was announced on Wednesday, May 1 that semi-professional football was started with the formation of the Oneonta Indians Football Club the night before.

Open tryouts and workouts for prospective players were set for Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Neahwa Park softball diamonds. The first game was set for August and Jack Weiss of Gloversville was named as the first head coach.

The Indians played home games at Damaschke Field and Oneonta was part of the Empire Football League, playing until the mid-1970s.

The team tryouts probably didn’t have many onlookers, as they were part of the 700 on hand to witness the dedication of the Oneonta Boys Club on Sunday, May 5. The building on River Street had been more than a 20-year dream and effort by former Oneonta police officer and professional boxer, Carl Delberta.

The many dignitaries on hand offered praise to Delberta. Ben Becker, a 1960 Olympic boxing coach who paced Cassius Clay through the Olympics said, “No man respects Carl Delberta more than I do.”

The Oneonta Star of May 31 also reported, “Many Oneonta area residents have a jag-on for jogging, a mild form of running now being recommended as the best exercise available to Americans.”

Marilyn Ball and Mary Ann Mazarak, both of Oneonta, had been regulars on the track at Oneonta High School for the past eight weeks, six days a week. They were unanimous with the benefits of jogging.

“We feel good. You go home and you aren’t tired. Even housework doesn’t tire us out.”

Goodyear Dam stays; Hartwick Fieldhouse comes down

Residents of Goodyear Lake breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday, May 16 when Congressman Samuel S. Stratton revealed that the New York State Electric and Gas Corp. agreed not to abandon the Goodyear Lake Dam.

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