Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
May 11, 1988
NORWICH — Because of a trip to Washington, D.C., some of the 14 students in the BOCES Security and Law Enforcement class may go to college and look beyond their hometown for law enforcement jobs at the federal level, their teacher said.
They came away especially impressed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tax and Firearms, which oversees alcohol, guns and other munitions, said teacher Robert H. Benton, Jr., a former police officer and private investigator.
From April 15-20, the group visited the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; U.S. Customs; Secret Service; Executive Protective Services; National Park Service Police; Immigration and Naturalization Service; Border Patrol; and Interpol, Benton said.
They also toured the National Archives, Supreme Court and the Justice Department, he said.
The yearlong course, taught to high school seniors at the Chenango Area VoPro Center in Norwich, is job-oriented, Benton said.
The Washington trip was paid for with a $1,000 grant from the Catskill Regional Teacher’s Center in Oneonta, funds raised by the students, and the Delaware-Chenango Board of Cooperative Educational Services. The students wrote the application for the grant and arranged the trip themselves, Benton said.
50 years ago
May 11, 1963
SOUTH KORTRIGHT — Fred Allen, director of the South Branch of the Boys Training Schools, operating under the auspices of the New York State Department of Social Welfare, told The Star Friday that boys will be received at the school beginning Monday, May 13.
“Every week thereafter boys will be received until we’ve reached our capacity,” Mr. Allen said.
For several weeks past, Mr. Allen and his staff of 17 have been hustling to put the finishing touches on the school to have it in readiness for Monday.
He pointed out that the entire staff of the school has been locally recruited. William Diminick, business officer, is also on the administrative staff. He and his wife reside in Stamford.
Carlton Hatch of Delhi is in charge of the maintenance staff; Mrs. Marie Colliton, Grand Gorge, is supervisor of food service; Mrs. Jean Simmons, R.N., of Stamford is in charge of the medical facilities.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen, their son, Scott, 13, and daughter, Susan, 5, live in the cottage at the rear of the 21 room main house on the former 160 acre Andrews estate on Route 10 in South Kortright.
“The boys who will be attending the school are being selected with great care. Our aim is a short term rehabilitation program in which we propose to help the individual boy with his personal problems and at the same time teach him new skills and techniques, and acquaint him with new opportunities, so he may return to his own home and community and become a credit to both.”