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July 20, 2013

Step Back in Time: July 20, 2013

Step Back Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorin Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

July 20, 1988

COOPERSTOWN — Statistics released by the state Department of Economic Development generally indicate the pace of the tourist season to date is up compared to last year.

The state, in its publication called “I Love New York Travel News,” reported strong tourism weekends for Memorial Day and July 4, with high occupancy rates in hotels, motels and resorts.

Furthermore, a survey of the impressions of tourism business operators showed they feel tourism is doing better this year compared to last year at this time.

In the nine-county Leatherstocking region, which includes Otsego County, 61 percent of the respondents reported business is average or above compared to last year.

Additionally, 39 percent of the Leatherstocking respondents said business is below average.

Marianne Bez, spokeswoman for The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore House, said attendance as of the end of June is slightly ahead of last year. Those numbers should improve since July and August traditionally are the best months for the two museums, she said.

The single largest tourism draw in the county, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, so far is 12 percent ahead of last year at this time, according to Hall of Fame spokesman William Guilfoile. That comes in the wake of last year’s record-setting attendance, Guilfoile said.

 

50 years ago

July 20, 1963

The solar eclipse visible in this area today will reach its peak at 5:46 p.m., according to Bailey R. Frank, astronomer, of Bethel, Vermont, who compiles the data for the “Oneonta Skies” column.

The eclipse of the sun will not be total in this area, according to Mr. Frank, but will reach 89 percent of totality at that time.

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