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March 25, 2014

Step Back in Time: March 25, 2014

25 years agoMarch 25, 1989

GUILFORD — Harvey and Cindy Ricker and their two children will leave their Guilford farm atop one of Chenango County’s most scenic hills early this morning with all their belongings packed in a cattle truck and head out to Wisconsin, where a new farm and 35 cows are waiting for them.

They are going to stay in farming, but their farm will not. They sold it to a developer who plans to build 31 houses there and call it “Wonderview Estates.”

Town Supervisor Harold “Lefty” Wahlberg, who lives around the corner, is sick about what it will do to the scenery.

So is Norwich artist Henry Drexler, who considers the view from there the best in the county. It looks west over the city of Norwich and offers spectacular sunsets.

Harvey Ricker said his taxes went up $1,000 last year. Taxes are cheaper in Wisconsin and it costs less to have to have milk picked up, his wife said. New York state is not good to farmers because all of the state’s resources go to New York City, he said. They want to farm in a place where farmers are in the majority and developments like the one that will go on their land are in the minority.


50 years agoMarch 25, 1964

The Kennedy half dollars will arrive in Oneonta area for distribution today — but don’t expect to stock up at local banks.

Supplies will be limited and the banks plan to ration them.

The Wilber Bank will give only one to a customer, according to Gerald Wood, head teller; William Mitchell says the Citizens Bank will allow up to three per customer in the beginning to see how it goes.

Each bank will get $2,000 worth (4,000 coins) as its first allotment of the coins which officially went on sale Tuesday in major cities.

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