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March 24, 2014

Step Back in Time: March 24, 2014

The Daily Star

---- — 25 years agoMarch 24, 1989

Cathy Hughes likes her job as a sales assistant for an Oneonta stockbroker, but she’ll need time this summer to have a baby.

“I’m in the situation where I’m looking for an alternative to full-time work,” she said. “I don’t want to leave my baby, yet I don’t want to give up my job.”

Mrs. Hughes, 38, is trying to balance her job and home life, a situation that has become more common as more women want or need to work. To accommodate them, some companies now bend work rules and offer flexible hours, when employees may go to work early or late based on their own schedule.

For instance, Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals has had “flex time” for about six years. Employees work “core” hours between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. They may come in at 7 a.m. and leave at 3:30 p.m. or come in at 9:30 a.m. and leave at 6 p.m.

“It seems to work quite well,” said Ruth Behrens, manager of public information. Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals managers have seen little abuse of the plan, she said. Norwich Eaton’s flex time method was favored by nearly half of the companies that maintain a traditional five-day, 40-hour work week, according to a survey by the American Society for Personnel Administration.


50 years agoMarch 24, 1964

The Milford Macs will open their 1964 season Tuesday, June 2, against the Binghamton Merchants, Macs’ manager Dean Winsor announced yesterday.

The Binghamton club is newly organized but boasts some top players. Former Oneonta High star Gene Platt is captain of the Merchants. Other members of the crack semi-pro team, managed by former Cleveland Indian Charles Brooke, are Cornell ace Dave Bliss and Syracuse University catcher Will Brunett.

The Macs’ lineup this year has been bolstered by infielder Dick Ingraham’s return from service. Other top infield candidates are Bruce Jester, Nick Lambros and Gary Squaires.

Dave Erbe and Jerry Hisert, former New York Yankees chattel, will share the pitching and also see outfield duty. Dick Haight will also see outfield action, while Dick Leach has the starting nod behind the plate.

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