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March 18, 2014

Step Back in Time: March 18, 2014

25 years agoMarch 18, 1989

DELHI — This spring will be critical to recharging the regional groundwater, say experts. In other words, the wetter the better.

On Wednesday, as some New York City reservoirs registered all-time low seasonal levels, Governor Mario Cuomo declared an official drought emergency for New York City and 11 counties, including Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie.

By declaring the emergency, Cuomo has set in place the mechanism for water systems to set restrictions, if the drought worsens. For New York, the restrictions are already mandatory, for the rest of the region, they are optional.

“Right now, it’s wait and see,” said Robert Utter, director of Delaware County’s Office of Emergency Management.

 

50 years agoMarch 18, 1964

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Howard Stowell, of Jamestown, manager of the Central Region State Parks, was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon at the Richfield Diner.

Presented by Edward Marzeski he gave a preview of the new Glimmerglass State Park to be developed at Hyde Bay on Otsego Lake at an estimated cost of about $1,000,000.

In the Central Region, Mr. Stowell stated there were 1,400,000 visitors last year and 55 percent of them had camping trailers. He predicted that the Glimmerglass State Park would bring many visitors into this area and should be of benefit to Richfield Springs.

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