Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
July 18, 1988
George D. Akramoff of Otego, who retired last year after a 30-year career with the New York State Police, was on duty during some of the most notable occasions of the last 20 years — including Woodstock, the Attica inmate uprising, and the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid.
“But I’m more proud of my work outside the force than inside,” he said.
The 51-year-old former zone sergeant, who was stationed at Sidney and Oneonta, has served the residents of Otego for the 25 years he has lived there with his wife, Louise, the former village clerk.
Akramoff joined the Otego Fire Department and the Otego Ambulance Squad shortly after his arrival in the village, and served as ambulance squad captain in 1970-71 and also as the fire police captain.
Those connected with the state police might say Akramoff’s greatest achievement came from a combination of work outside and inside the force, especially concerning a previous state police guideline forbidding troopers from involvement in local emergency squads.
Akramoff served on Otego’s fire and rescue squads despite the state police guidelines. “I kept thinking if I ignored it, it would go away,” Akramoff said, “and it did, last year.”
The main reason for the guideline was to prevent troopers from a conflict of responsibilities when responding to an emergency. Akramoff said his only incident resembling a conflict came in the fiery Emmons train wreck in the early 1970s, which he responded to as a rescue squad member in the morning and as a trooper at night.
50 years ago
July 18, 1963
Popcorn and pretty girls and people eating pink cotton candy, and pony rides were all a part of the annual Sidewalk Bazaar Wednesday which Chamber of Commerce officials called an “unqualified success.”
The event which brought merchants — and merchandise — out of doors onto sunshine splashed sidewalks also drew an unprecedented number of shoppers and the curious to Main Street where parking from Elm to Chestnut streets was barred for the day.
There was a plentiful supply of imaginative merchandising.
Alan Mahoney, who was chairman of the event, reported last night that, with excellent weather favoring the crowds, he expected the bazaar to prove most satisfactory.