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June 18, 2013

Step Back in Time: June 18, 2013

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25 years ago

June 18, 1988

Students at Oneonta High School have mixed reviews of four commercially sponsored bulletin boards that provide funds for the OHS Student Council.

Gus Pashos, an OHS junior, said the students pay attention to the popular stars pictured such as singer Taylor Dayne, who present material about drinking and driving, AIDS, and other educational messages that benefit students.

“Staying in school — that’s the most important,” said Pashos.

But Matthew Lawton, an OHS sophomore, objected to the bulletin boards. He said it was sad that companies and the OHS council would resort to using the posters to make money. The council instead should work toward providing the student body with a graffiti wall where students can express themselves, he said.

Neither the state Education Department nor the School Boards Association has a policy on commercially sponsored bulletin boards, leaving the matter to the discretion of local school boards.

The posters were put up last fall, said Tim Smith, president of the OHS Student Council. Each time the four posters are changed the council receives $150, and they generated about $400 for the Student Council this year, he said. Smith said the council was about $300 in the red last September, and the funds helped pay off the debt.

 50 years ago

June 18, 1963

The Delaware and Hudson freight house is up for sale or lease, according to information released Monday by D&H General Superintendent Kenneth Miller at Albany.

At the same time Mr. Miller said the railroad management is considering the discontinuance of dispatcher services at Oneonta with an eye towards consolidation of such duties at Oneonta.

However Mr. Miller made it very clear that railroad officials have reached no positive decision concerning the change in the dispatching offices. He said, “… that is something we have been considering for quite a while.”

He laid the blame for such a study at the door of diminishing traffic along the line, saying “it is very natural to centralize the dispatching in Albany.”

Sale or lease of the Prospect Street freight house was decided April 14, Mr. Miller said, when the railroad discontinued carrying less-than-carload (LCL) freight. “We have a great many freight houses on the railroad that are no longer needed,” Mr. Miller said.

Concerning the move for dispatchers, which in Oneonta would affect eight men, Mr. Miller said “I think we ought to come to a decision in the near future.”

Local men, worried about jobs or the need to transfer to other stations away from Oneonta, touched off an investigation which led to the conversation with Mr. Miller.

L.J. (Pete) Collins, Chief Dispatcher, said that such a move would concern, in addition to himself, four dispatchers, two telegraphers, and one clerk.