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February 9, 2013

Step Back in Time: Feb. 9, 2013

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

25 years ago

Feb. 9, 1988

Eight students graduated from the Oneonta extension of the Utica School of Commerce last week, said Barbara R. Hess, director of the extension. And in June, the center will graduate its first full class of students earning two-year associate degrees.

The high ceilings and neat rows of computers and chairs create an efficient, no-nonsense atmosphere for students to learn business skills at the college extension at 17 Elm St. The main campus of the 93-year-old school is in Utica, and the college has another extension in Canastota.

Total USC enrollment for 1987 was 485 students, five percent more than the previous year, and almost double the 250-enrollment of the Utica campus 10 years ago. In 1987, USC students received $1.5 million in financial aid and scholarships, up 85 percent over 1986. Tuition for one year is $3,600.

“There are plenty of jobs in this area for people who are skilled,” she said. Oneonta USC graduates have taken jobs with the YMCA and Hartwick College in Oneonta, Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York Telephone, E.F. Hutton, and many other public and private businesses and offices in the area.

50 years ago

Feb. 9, s1963

COOPERSTOWN — A ceremony of burning a mortgage to build the Fellowship Hall at the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown will be held at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the hall.

Proceeds of the mortgage, which was incurred 10 years ago, were used to provide the extra funds necessary, above contributions, to excavate the basement under the church and build the Fellowship Hall.

Recent gifts by friends and members of the congregation have made it possible to complete the payments on the mortgage several years before it was due, explained the Rev. Merlin W. Bradley, pastor.

He said that many contributions of money and labor over the 10 year period have made possible improvements to the Hall far in excess of the original plans.

Free and clear of debt, Fellowship Hall now provides facilities which are in daily use, and enable the church to enjoy excellent quarters for the development of its many programs. The Hall is also available and frequently used by community groups for meetings, luncheons and similar events. It provides dining accommodations for at least 200 people, with a modern kitchen especially equipped to handle the work.

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