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February 27, 2013

Step Back in Time: Feb. 27, 2013

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

25 years ago

Feb. 27, 1988

Frederic Mill’s notes are so good he’s bringing them back to his college alma mater 33 years later.

His notes are musical and he plays them on the trumpet.

Miller is a member of the Canadian Brass, a world-renowned quintet that will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Binder Physical Education Center at Hartwick College.

The group, nicknamed “The Court Jesters of Music,” after the lighter side of their performances, includes jazz, modern and classical pieces in its repertoire. A “Tribute to the Ballet” — complete with tutus — will be on the Hartwick program.

Other members of the ensemble are Ronald Romm on the trumpet, David Ohanian playing the French horn, Eugene Watts exercising the trombone and Charles Daellenbach blowing through the tuba.

Mills was born in Canada. As a youth, he attended the New York State Music Camp for four summers. During his years at Hartwick, Mills used to play in a jazz trio that performed at Bresee’s Department Store and the old Oneonta Hotel.

“I have very fond memories of Oneonta,” he said. After graduating from Hartwick in 1955 he studied at the Julliard School of Music.

50 years ago

Feb. 27, 1963

The Oneonta Chamber of Commerce put on a night of appreciation for the wives Tuesday at the Elks Club. It included an explanation of what husbands had been up to (at the chamber) during the past year and added a dash of entertainment and inspiration.

Richard Kelso, executive manager of the Greater Oneonta Chamber since September, explained to about 85 people the duties and early results from the expanded system of the Chamber that now includes five departments and 17 committees.

Tom McAulley, a Troy Sales executive, in the featured talk, combined entertainment with sage advice on how to get along with people.

Mr. Kelso noted as a major accomplishment of the last six months the Chamber’s role in helping the Oneonta Dress Company make a decision to expand within Oneonta. He said the company, recently located on Market Street, put 28 full-time employees at work Tuesday, will call another eight for work today and expects to be employing 100 within six months.

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