The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY - otsego county news, delaware county news, oneonta news, oneonta sports

Columns

December 3, 2012

Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society rolling along at 30

(Continued)

All these transactions took place between 1983-1996. The museum in Milford opened to the public on Saturday, June 8, 1996. The goal of establishing a passenger excursion train continued, and a first public run was made Sunday, June 6, 1999.

Hodges recalled as all these plans evolved there were setbacks, and both the funding and volunteer sources were lean, at best.

“But we always seemed to squeak by,” Hodges said. If this had been a for-profit entity, Hodges said the LRHS would have closed down several years ago.

“We have a really dedicated group of people who’ve gone out of their way, financially or with man power, to keep going because we just don’t want to see this go. We’ve put so much hard work into this, we just couldn’t walk away from it.”

“I don’t know how many times each year,” Hodges continued, “that people say this is their first time ever on a train. They’re introduced to a part of their heritage, most of whom have no clue how important it was to the development of this country.”

The LRHS has a few more weekends of Christmas-themed rail excursions. Visit www.lrhs.com for details.

This weekend, a triumph grows from tragedy in Walton in December 1912.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at simmark @stny.rr.com.

Text Only
Big Chuck D'Imperio
Cary Brunswick

Chuck Pinkey
Guest Column

Lisa Miller

Mark Simonson

Rick Brockway

Sam Pollak
William Masters
  • Schreibman tops Chris Gibson on women's issues

    As the time to vote draws near, we need to remember how money can run politics more than we can. Raising funds is a prominent (if not the dominant) task of getting elected. Raising issues is also crucial, but those efforts are subject to distortion and fear-mongering.

    September 18, 2012

  • Republicans feelentitled to allthey can garner

    An entitlement is a legal benefit available from the government to individuals who are within a defined category of recipients, such as needing insurance for unemployment or health services.

    September 4, 2012

  • Romney focuses on self; Obama emphasizes unity

    Mitt Romney criticizes President Obama for saying a person's success is rooted in his community, and is not all his alone. Romney belittles this with his belief in individual initiative. He is better at the put-down than the push-up.

    August 21, 2012

  • Romney shows little regard for common man

    The Republicans in Congress have voted over and over, 33 times, redundantly and uselessly, to rescind what they call Obamacare.

    August 7, 2012

  • Scouts' gay ban creates problem where none exists

    The Boy Scouts of America's "emphatic reaffirmation" of its vow to exclude any and all homosexuals from its hallowed ranks is ill-considered and pathetic, especially in view of its having reviewed the matter for two years.

    July 24, 2012

Additional Content
Join the Debate
Helium
Additional Resources
CNHI News Service
Poll

Is Israel justified to conduct its military campaign against the Hamas in Gaza?

Yes
No
Undecided/no opinion
     View Results