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February 4, 2014

Step Back in Time: Feb. 4, 2014

25 years ago

Feb. 4, 1989

Local businessmen who supported a project in 1987 to mine land and fill in a low lying parcel near the Susquehanna River in the town of Oneonta still like the plan.

“I would still maintain the same position as a few years ago providing that the environmental impact wouldn’t be negative,” said Arnold Drogen of Drogen Wholesale Electric Supply, Inc.

Drogen had written a letter to the town planning board in 1987, when Bettiol Enterprises first had proposed the mining and fill project.

“Development of the Bettiol property would mean a sizable increase in the town tax base, a great benefit to the entire community,” Drogen wrote.

Roger Karns, owner of a car dealership on the Southside, and James Reeks, a nearby property owner, also remain in favor of the Bettiol plan.

50 years ago

Feb. 4, 1964

Telephone workers in Oneonta and across New York State are uneasy pending the results of an election now in progress which will determine which of three unions will represent them.

Not only that, but the 23,500 communications workers in the state could forseeably vote for no union at all.

Locally, telephone workers are caught in the middle as organizers from the Communications Workers Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have deluged them with with literature extolling the virtues of the Teamsters as a bargaining agent.

Balloting, which has already begun, is by mail ballot and ballots must be in the hands of the National Labor Relations Board, Second Region, New York City, not later than the close of business on February 14.

Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

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