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February 19, 2014

Step Back in Time: Feb. 19, 2014

50 years agoFeb. 19, 1964 

Oneonta Rotary Club, angered over the fact that the hockey rink it presented to the city more than a year ago has never been the site of even a single game since its dedication Feb. 3, 1963, will press city officials for some answers as to why.

In its newsletter distributed this week the club says, “inquiry reveals that the operation and maintenance of rink and formation of boys hockey teams which the city in good faith agreed to undertake have been hamstrung by bureaucratic red tape.”

The newsletter goes on to say that a meeting between Rotary Club and city officials to discuss the matter “is in the process of formation.”

Rotary president Felix Barnett said his club felt its $650 investment was “going down the drain” and added Rotarians were seeking a meeting with Recreation officials to “see if they have tried to sponsor interest in hockey, because that was the purpose of our presenting the rink.”

City officials declared yesterday they knew of no attempt by Rotarians to contact them to set up the meeting.

The rink has been in place more than a year and, since the dedication ceremonies, has seen nothing other than a few minutes of informal hockey.

This winter it was used for a period while the ice on Neahwa Park pond was being readied for skaters.

City officials have cited in the past various problems connected with preparation of a hockey rink and have said over the past two winters that weather conditions have been extremely difficult for preparation and maintenance of a rink.

Others in the official Oneonta family have said that little interest has been indicated in hockey and that the rink would probably not get a great deal of use anyway.

Hockey buffs maintain, however, that interest in the sport increases in direct proportion to the availability of facilities and that, given a place to play, many youngsters would take up the sport.

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