The Daily Star
---- — Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
June 1, 1988
COOPERSTOWN — The newspaper staff of the Walnut Street Journal of the Cooperstown Elementary School recently did a project on world hunger.
Starting May 4, they made posters, and took world hunger cans to every classroom, telling classmates about the problems of hunger in the world today. They said every two seconds a child dies somewhere in the world from a hunger-related sickness.
Ways in which they could save money to donate to the project were discussed. Some of their suggestions were:
Give up ice cream for one day.
Give up fruit roll up for one day.
Save your change from lunch.
Give part of your allowance.
Check your pockets for change.
On May 6, students collected more than $200 for the local food bank. The money was presented to Mrs. Ruth Schweinfurth May 13, with the hope the amount would help.
Members of the Journal staff are: Jennifer Ronk, Orlon Palmer, Amy Dalal, Joshua Miller, Chip Day, Fred Koffer, Alicia Campbell, Steven Raymer, Chad Munro, Melissa Phillips, Beth Nichols, Tom Bommer, Jamie Tirbs, Jenny Folds, Elizabeth Chase, Renee Wilfeard, Shannon VanCour, Jesse Ingalls, Heather Burgess, Becky Burgess and Kevin Heustis.
50 years ago
June 1, 1963
SCHUYLER LAKE — The new Kingdom Hall in Schuyler Lake, built entirely by the congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, will be officially dedicated at 8 p.m. today, according to Franklin D. Merrifield, presiding minister.
The building will be open all day on Saturday for inspection by the public.
The dedication program will feature the history of the Schuyler Lake congregation and movies on the construction of the new building.
The highlight of the dedication ceremony will be the discourse by Matthew Kolar, an instructor of the Watchtower Bible School at Ithaca.
The building will serve as the permanent headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses in this area.
The work of Jehovah’s Witnesses started in this area about 15 years ago. Their first meetings were held in a home at New Lisbon. About 1945 a small building was bought by the congregation on South Street in Edmeston and has been used by the congregation ever since. Because of the size of the congregation, meetings have had to be held from time to time in the library in Richfield Springs.
The new building will better serve the needs of the congregation.