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February 8, 2014

Step Back in Time: Feb. 8, 2014

The Daily Star

---- — 25 years agoFeb. 8, 1989

OTEGO—Otego residents voted 417 to 233 Tuesday night against building a new River Street Bridge, deciding a 10-year controversy which has divided the town.

Town Supervisor Robert Sullivan said because of the vote, which considered whether to bond the $347,000 cost of reconstruction, the bridge will now have to be torn down.

“I don’t know how much it will cost to tear it down. Of course it’s just a skeleton bridge right now, so it shouldn’t cost too much,” he said.

Even though the bridge will be torn down, residents can still expect to see their taxes rise, but the increase will depend on the cost of demolition, Sullivan said.

50 years agoFeb. 8, 1964

Lionel Hampton will have at least two memories of his band’s appearance in Oneonta — a long, wet walk half way up Oyaron Hill and being called upon to help save the Wilber Mansion.

The approach to Hartwick College, where the Hampton band played for the Junior Prom Friday night, proved a little too much for the band’s bus. Spinning its wheels, the bus was forced to pull off the road about halfway up and the musicians carried their instruments from the bus to the Commons where the dance was held.

During a time out, Mr. Hampton’s first comment was, “What’s this about people trying to tear down an old house and turn it into a parking lot? Some man named Smith called me up right after I checked into the hotel today. He wants me to sign some petition so they don’t tear down this old house.”

The bandleader was somewhat undecided as to whether to involve himself in the local issue.

“I told him if that’s the will of the people then I’m all for the will of the people, but I don’t know what the will of the people is here.”

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