The Daily Star
---- — 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.
According to Mr. Frank, the eclipse will begin at about 4:39 and will end at 6:49.
Instructors at Hartwick College and SUCO are making plans to view the solar phenomenon.
Everal Smith, associate professor at Hartwick, said Friday he plans to view the eclipse by projecting the image on a screen with a small telescope at his home.
Dr. Emery Will, chairman of the science department at SUCO, said several persons on the campus have made arrangements to view the eclipse through material made at the college to project the image and safely observe the eclipse.
Dr. Will also stated that another solar eclipse will not be visible in this area until the year 2025.