Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Oct. 3, 1988
NORWICH — A Chenango County committee agreed Thursday to hire one more public safety dispatcher to handle additional calls expected when the county institutes the 911 emergency number next year.
Sheriff Morris Eccleston asked for two more dispatchers, but committee members agreed to only one and will consider another after 911 goes into effect.
The dispatcher will be paid a starting salary of $13,350.
The 911 equipment is expected to be ready around the first of the year, but all of the data may not be in place by then, so an exact start-up date is unknown, said Glenn Angell, county board chairman.
The additional dispatcher is expected to work the second shift, which now has only one dispatcher. The night shift will remain with only one dispatcher.
50 years ago
Oct. 3, 1963
The employment picture in the Oneonta area took a turn for the better in September as college service and supply firms called back employees who had been out of work during the summer.
This was revealed Wednesday as Alfred Frieman, manager of the Oneonta office of the New York State Employment Service, reported that unemployment insurance registrations for Oneonta stood at 318 as of Sept. 30.
This is 87 fewer persons reporting for unemployment benefits than was reported on Aug. 30 when a total of 405 persons registered to draw their unemployment checks.
Mr. Frieman explained that the drop in unemployment was chiefly produced when the employees of the service firms called their employees back to work after the college terms began.
In checking back to the employment picture as of Sept. 30, 1962, Mr. Frieman pointed out that there were 111 more people drawing unemployment benefits at the end of September this year in the Oneonta area (318) than last year (207).
Over the entire area the 773 total recorded Sept. 30 is 260 more than the 513 who were reporting for unemployment benefits on Sept. 30, 1962.
He charged much of the increased unemployment at Oneonta to:
ONE: Loss of employment when Enterprise Aluminum closed;
TWO: A sizeable number of employees from Oneonta who are currently laid off at industrial plants in the area;
THREE: A large group of Delaware County residents who register for unemployment in Oneonta and have to be considered part of the local registration load.