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August 16, 2013

Step Back in Time: Aug. 16, 2013

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

25 years ago

Aug. 16, 1988

Plans for the construction of a day treatment center on Lower River Street to serve 75 severely multiply handicapped county residents were presented to the Oneonta town planning board on Monday.

The $1.8 million center, under consideration for two years, will provide intensive therapy programs and teach daily living skills to those who attend, according to Joseph Judd, executive director of the Otsego County chapter for the Association for Retarded Children. 

Judd said the center will consolidate two separate programs located in Hartwick and Edmeston. Another larger facility at the former Hartwick school will remain, Judd said. 

The new center will not require more than one or two additional workers even though the program will be expanding ARC’s current operation, Judd said. He explained that the center would eliminate current inefficiencies at the existing facilities. 

Judd said the 2.5 acre parcel, which contains wetlands, was the only location he could find that would meet code requirements and had municipal water and sewage service. 

 

50 years ago

Aug. 16, 1963

The dreams of hundreds of residents of Unadilla, Sidney and Bainbridge as well as other nearby areas became a reality Thursday. 

The old Cannonsville covered bridge was transported from Cannonsville to Unadilla by Newton Dexheimer of Guilford, concluding a joint effort on thep arts of the Sidney Historical Association and the Susquenango Cultural Council to begin a historic site in the Sidney area. 

The bridge is now located on land owned by the W.G. Boardman’s which will be purchased by the Council in the near future. 

The bridge began its short journey atop the Dexheimer dolly car just after 9 a.m. and concluded its journey at 4:10 p.m. 

While enroute, because of its height and width, it was necessary to move telephone wires and prevent damage to the lines. Crew members had to break limbs and low hanging branches along the roadside in order to prevent injuries by falling branches, broken off by the weight of the huge cargo.

The bridge was moved at a cost of $2,000 and so far $1600 has been received through donations from interested parties. Colonel LeRoy Copp of Unadilla reported late Thursday evening that he believed there was an additional $100 donated since Thursday afternoon, making the balance needed only $300. 

Joseph Wade, chairman of the Cultural Council, reported Thursday night that the bridge was originally constructed by George Washington Lovelace, the great grandfather of Kennon Peck who lives in Walton now. 

He noted that the bridge was built in or about 1850 or 1853 when the residents of the area became dissatisfied with having to drive their wagons into the river to get to the other side.