The Daily Star
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25 years ago
Feb. 20, 1988
COOPERSTOWN — Hundreds of thousands of gallons of water flooded the Alice Busch Opera Theater over night Thursday, after a 3-inch diameter pipe burst and activated the sprinkler system. Icicles covered the seats and walls and 18 inches of water went into the orchestra pit.
“It looks like Carlsbad Caverns in there. There’s stalactites and stalagmites everywhere,” said Paul Kellogg, general director of the Glimmerglass Opera. “The seats are encased in ice.”
Opera officials could not estimate the cost of the damage Friday to the $5 million opera house, which opened last June. Kellogg said the ice damage was considerable but would probably be covered by insurance. Despite what Kellogg termed a “disaster,” opera officials said they intend to open the theater for its second season June 25.
50 years ago
Feb. 20, 1963
COOPERSTOWN — The Rev. William Quick of Worcester, has been named 1963 Fund Chairman for the Northern Otsego Chapter of the American Red Cross, it was announced by Hubert Wilmot, Chapter Chairman.
Mr. Quick said yesterday that he has “full confidence” in the community and expects that the sum quota of $14,660 assigned the Northern Otsego Chapter by the American Red Cross, will be attained during March.
At a planning meeting held in Cooperstown, with Mr. Wilmot, Norman C. Buehler, national field representative, and Mrs. Harnett Tuthill, the chapter’s executive secretary, Mr. Quick announced fund chairmen to be responsible for the campaign in each of the townships served by the Chapter as follows:
Burlington, Mrs. Luther Zinninger; Cherry Valley, Mrs. Dean Sinclair; Edmeston, Alfred Monson; Exeter, Mrs. Leslie Matteson; Hartwick, Mrs. Fred Gill; Middlefield, Mrs. George Dubben; Plainfield, Mrs. Frank Gilson; Richfield Springs, Burrill W. House; Springfield, William Leonard; Westford, Mrs. Harry Haas; Worcester-Decatur, Mrs. Clarence Seals; and Town of Otsego, Mrs. Richard F. Weigel.