25 years ago
June 26, 1989
COOPERSTOWN — Bracing their feet on the blade of a shovel, Otsego County representatives Carl Higgins, R-Edmeston, and Joseph Franzese, R-Cherry Valley, helped break ground Friday on the county’s long-awaited central kitchen.
“Today is the realization of many years of fighting over a central kitchen,” said Franzese. “I’d say that we’ve come a long way. We’ve got a long way to go yet.”
In recent months the project evolved into more than just a kitchen to serve meals to the elderly. There will also be a new jail, and both buildings will be located next to the county nursing home, The Meadows, near the hamlet of Phoenix Mills.
Franzese staged the groundbreaking mainly to meet demands by state officials to prove that the county intends to move forward on the central kitchen. In the past few years, the county had delayed the project many times.
50 years ago
June 26, 1964
The Fourth of July, 1964, will not go unheralded in Oneonta as it has in recent years.
It will be appropriately celebrated with roll of drums, blare of bugles, and colorful precision marching as at least five top-notch Drum and Bugle Corps compete for cash prizes.
The event is the “Holiday of Drums,” scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. that Saturday and continue for about two-and-a-half hours.
It is sponsored by the Sidney Royal-Aires Drum and Bugle Corps in cooperation with the City of Oneonta.
“For years, we have been trying to get some activity in Oneonta on the Fourth of July,” Oneonta Mayor Albert S. (Sam) Nader commented Thursday.
“This certainly will help make Independence Day more meaningful for all of us because it is a day of celebration. A parade of drums will provide the patriotic atmosphere that should prevail at that time,” he declared.Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.