Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Oct. 29, 1987
SIDNEY — Youths have been available to shovel snow during the winter, but for the first time this year there will be an organized effort to match youths with homeowners.
The Sidney Youth Employment Company is copying an idea that was successful in Oneonta and setting up a snow shoveling service. Homeowners and merchants will be assigned an interested student. Whenever the homeowner calls, or if more than two inches of snow fall, the youth will remove the snow.
“Probably the ones who could benefit the most from the service are the elderly and single parents, those who cannot shovel their own sidewalks,” said Terri Bickford, the employment and training counselor setting up the program.
Any youth from 16 to 21 years old is eligible to be in the snow-shoveling program. The Youth Employment Company, located in room 221 of the Civic Center, is also accepting names of interested homeowners. The program should be in place for the first snow fall, “if it doesn’t come too soon,” said Ms. Bickford.
While Ms. Bickford said she will recommend a payment rate to the homeowners, the final rate is up to the student and homeowner. This teaches the students to negotiate, said Ms. Bickford.
50 years ago
Oct. 29, 1962
OTEGO — Mrs. Thomas Mitchell gave the program on “The United Nations” at the meeting of the Woman’s Society of Christian Service held at the Methodist parsonage. Mrs. Charles Cotte had charge of the service.
The women voted to sponsor the Halloween UNICEF Drive and the mitten tree.
Reports were given by Mrs. Dayton Mallette on the “Rim of East Asia” study course, by Mrs. Calvin Haney on the district fall meeting in Oneonta and by Mrs. Ford Hawver on the fall conference meeting in Forty Fort, Pa. A collection was taken for the Hong Kong Educational Center.
Mrs. John Fellows was given a rising vote of thanks for her flower arrangements.
Refreshments were served by Mrs. George Berkley, Mrs. Lavere Dodson and Mrs. Leonard Lawrence.