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April 4, 2014

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25 years ago

April 4, 1989

The Oneonta school board will discuss a proposed $1.65 million renovation and asbestos removal project at Center Street Elementary School at a meeting in the elementary school’s library at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

“That building has been neglected for years,” said Hans Dellith, superintendent of schools.

The meeting will include a tour of Center Street school, and architect James Jordan will go over the plans, Dellith said. The asbestos removal project tentatively planned for district’s spring vacation break couldn’t be done during the break and is being rescheduled, he said.

Renovations will tie into the districts removal and encapsulation of asbestos at the Center Street school, which is scheduled to start as soon as school closes, he said.

Dellith said the proposed renovations include lowering ceilings, putting in new doors to update for fire codes, installing new lighting and upgrading plumbing and wiring. The school’s drainage problem in the backyard playground and a new roof are also included.


50 years ago

April 4, 1964

PINDARS CORNERS — Firemen from Delaware County’s newest Fire Department were placed in a mild state of aftershock late Friday when they discovered that part of the cargo of a burning van had consisted of live .22 caliber ammunition.

Assistant Fire Chief Robert Chambers said the fire was out before firemen discovered that the “hardware” aboard the Shearer’s Express Company van had included the ammunition.

The incident started at about 12:30 p.m. Friday as the van, loaded with hardware and a sizeable quantity of “knocked down” corrugated cardboard cartons and driven by Clifford Bordinger of 435 Main St., was traveling along Route 23 bound for Stamford.

At the approximate location of the intersection of old and new Route 23 near the Henry Doyle Farm, Mr. Bordinger became aware that the contents of his van was afire.

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