Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Oct. 22, 1988
COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown’s Mayor Harold Hollis Friday received national recognition for his 38 years of service as a cooperative observer for the National Weather Service.
Four representatives of the National Weather Service came to Hollis’ home on Walnut Street in Cooperstown Friday to present him with the Thomas Jefferson Award — the highest honor for which the nation’s 12,000 volunteer observers are eligible. The award is given to just five observers each year.
Hollis characterized the award as “no big deal. It only takes five minutes a day.”
Others, however, had high praise for Hollis’ record-keeping, describing his efforts as going far beyond the call of duty.
The federal government maintains 300 National Weather Service offices. But in vast regions outside major metropolitan areas, there is no one to keep track of the weather other than volunteers such as Hollis.
50 years ago
Oct. 22, 1963
ANDES (Special) — “He is a human being. He is humble. That attribute stands out like a star in the man we are honoring tonight.”
Those words were spoken by Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Molinari, of Oneonta, principal speaker at the testimonial dinner tendered Walter L. Terry of Walton, Delaware County judge, by some 150 of his friends, Saturday night at the Andes Hotel.
“Let me tell you one thing,” said Justice Molinari. “Judge Terry is a busy man, but he finds time to perform civic acts. He has devoted much time and effort on behalf of the Otschodela Council of the Boy Scouts of America. We are just as proud of him in Otsego County as you people in Delaware County are.
“Don’t you know,” said Justice Molinari, “there is something greater than money? During his 12 years as Delaware County Judge, Walter Terry has demonstrated that he has four outstanding attributes. He is humble, courteous at all times, has a small smattering of law, and is greatly endowed with common sense.”