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October 28, 2013

A variety of local changes made news in October 1988



Independent regional hospitals were going by the wayside in 1988, as larger hospitals were looking to become merger partners.

O’Connor Hospital in Delhi outlined details of a merger with Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown on Tuesday, Oct. 18, to take effect on Dec. 1. This merger allowed O’Connor to continue providing care with its 28-beds, to operate under the Bassett division but retain its name.

Other mergers pending at that time were The Hospital in Sidney, Margaretville Memorial Hospital, Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton and Community Hospital in Stamford.


Philip Morris, the major cigarette company, offered to take over Kraft, Inc., which had plants in Walton, Norwich and South Edmeston. The first offer, announced on Thursday, Oct. 20, was $11.4 billion, but agreed by Sunday, Oct. 30 to a $13.1-billion buyout.

The South Edmeston plant, which had produced cheese since 1929, was making Breyer’s yogurt at the time. Kraft closed here in 2005, and Agro Farma re-opened the site in 2007, producing Chobani yogurt. In 1988, the Walton plant was producing cottage cheese, sour cream and dips. The Norwich plant, known as Sheffield Products, produced cheese.


It was a departure of nice weather, and an early taste of winter, on Saturday, Oct. 22. A record snowfall caused numerous car accidents and downed power lines across the region.

The 3.8-inch snowfall at Goodyear Lake smashed a previous record of 1.1 inches dating back to 1889, said David Mattice, a National Weather Service observer for the Oneonta area.

The Sherburne-Earlville area recorded between 8 and 9 inches of snow, while in comparison the village of Walton had received about 1.4 inches.

Those having lost power on Saturday, due to the weight of the snow on leaves and power lines, had service restored by Sunday night.


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