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January 21, 2013

Local greetings and farewells took place in January 1978

That early 1970s song by Melanie, “I’ve Got a Brand New Pair of Roller Skates (Brand New Key),” might have been played at a Sidney wedding. There was a change in local state Supreme Court justices. The world said goodbye to a Beetle while Delaware County said hello to an ex-Beatle. The local history book closed for a landmark downtown Oneonta business, itself a former bookstore. These were just a few of the events going on in our region in January 1978.

Romance on the ice

About 100 patrons who were filling the rink at the Hillcrest Roller Rink in Sidney on New Year’s Eve were in for a surprise. A Walton couple, Dick Currey and Phyllis Sines, were married on roller skates, it was reported Thursday, Jan. 5.

Currey said the place for this was perfect, as he met Sines here four years ago.

“We decided to do it here because it’s something we both like to do,” he said.

Rink floor manager Francis Hawver said it was the first wedding in the rink’s half-century history. Walton Justice Lawrence Armstrong performed the brief ceremony.

RIP, Judge Terry

Some sad news came from Walton, with the passing of state Supreme Court Justice Walter L. Terry III on Saturday, Jan. 14.

In 1951, Terry was named Delaware County judge and became a state Supreme Court justice in 1972.

Surrogate Court Judge Robert A. Harlem announced his intention to seek the nomination for Supreme Court justice  Thursday, Jan. 26.

Harlem, then a resident of Goodyear Lake, was elected that November to a 14-year term, covering a 10-county area comprising the Sixth Judicial District.

Goodbye Beetle, hello Beatle

On Friday, Jan. 20, it was reported that the last Volkswagen Beetle sedan rolled off the assembly line in West Germany. It marked the end of building 19.2 million Beetle sedans since the late 1940s, known as the “People’s Car.”

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