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February 14, 2014

Step Back in Time: Feb. 14, 2014

25 years agoFeb. 14, 1989

COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego County Planning Board Monday urged close monitoring of a proposal by Eugene Bettiol to level a hillside on Oneonta’s Southside for fill to develop a low-lying area opposite Christopher’s Restaurant on state Route 28.

The county group debated what effect Bettiol’s project might have on the Susquehanna River and any related flooding problems.

Some board members thought a new dike, built along Neahwa Park would serve its intended function by directing floodwaters into the park and away from the nearby residential area.

Others wondered how much development Oneonta’s Southside region can take before nature takes over and the river floods despite the efforts to keep it contained.

 

50 years agoFeb. 14, 1964

Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the city of Oneonta now has a brand new ambulance to replace the 1953 model which has served the city for the past 11 years.

The 1964 Cadillac was delivered to the city Thursday at the Putnam Motors showroom with Mayor Albert S. Nader and Fire Chief Kenneth Hooks taking possession on behalf of the city.

The new ambulance presents a high profile, having 48 inches of interior head clearance — six inches more than the 42 inches in the old vehicle.

In accepting the new ambulance, Mayor Nader expressed his appreciation for the “great generosity” of the donor.

“This person (the donor) has always had the best interests of the city at heart and has exemplified this once again with this generous gift.

“Such a gift also indicated the confidence of the donor, as well as other Oneontans, in the work of the fire department,” Mayor Nader said.

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