The Daily Star
---- — Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Dec. 3, 1988
MORRIS — On rainy days or gloomy days, two elderly Morris gentleladies walk around the town for exercise — and to pick up discarded bottles and cans.
They redeem the beverage containers for a nickel each. Thousands of returned bottles and cans have turned into hundreds of dollars. And the two women have given all of it back to the community.
“Oh, good gracious,” said Ruby Foote as she tried to think about how many bottles she’s collected over the years. “I haven’t any idea how much it is.”
She and Irene Crumb gave a chicken and dumplings dinner Friday at the American Legion Hall for about 40 residents who have contributed bottles for their collection. The women gave $50 to the Legion for the use of the hall and also paid “not very much” to feed their guests, Mrs. Foote said.
“I think it’s great,” said Robert Todd, village superintendent. Not only do their efforts raise money for the community, they save village workers from having to pick up the discarded containers, and set a good example for other residents to exercise, he said.
The two women have donated the money to the Reading is Fundamental program at Morris Central School, the fire department and its auxiliary, the American Legion and its auxiliary and the emergency squad. When some older Morris women were sick at Easter, they sent Easter lilies.
The women don’t keep any gas money for the trips they make to Oneonta to the redemption center at Great American, where they redeem the bottles and cans.
50 years ago
Dec. 3, 1963
Skiers, wearing long faces because it seemed that there would be no skiing in Oneonta this winter, can cast off their frowns and smile again.
It was revealed at last night’s Parks Board meeting there will be skiing for Oneonta enthusiasts this winter.
Skiers will have a ski slope nearly three times as long, twice as wide and a lot steeper than last year’s slope made unavailable by construction of the new senior high school.
They will have this slope because Public Service Director C.M. Taylor and Parks workmen have spent a lot of hours clearing land and erecting the ski tow poles at a site beyond the old gravel pit on East Street near the Wilber Lake Road intersection.
Parks Board chairman Anthony Drago said to Taylor, “Jock, you and your boys should be complimented for finding a new site so soon after losing the old ski run.”
Commissioner Sherman Decker asked Mr. Taylor if there was any chance the slopes could be lighted.
Mr. Taylor said he didn’t know and was immediately asked by Chairman Drago to check into the possibility of making lights available.
Mr. Taylor said he had not estimate of the cost because it was “mostly labor” and was performed in the regular line of duty by the parks employees.