25 years ago
May 31, 1988
BAINBRIDGE — Canadians Serge Corbin and Norman Mainguy Monday blazed to their third consecutive victory in the professional endurance division of the General Clinton Canoe Regatta.
Corbin and Mainguy completed the 70-mile Cooperstown to Bainbridge race on the Susquehanna River in seven hours, three minutes, 16 seconds. The win was the 11th straight for Corbin, who has never been beaten in the pro Regatta race.
After coming off Otsego Lake in Cooperstown in fourth position, Corbin moved up to third at Phoenix Mills, second at Milford and overtook the early leaders, Patrick Lynch of Quebec and Bob MacDowell of Massachusetts, who led for the first 15 miles of the 70-mile race.
Corbin and Mainguy took the lead after the Goodyear Lake portage and by the time they reached Colliersville, led their nearest pursuers by 1:16.
Bruce Barton of Michigan and 1984 Regatta champion Allan Rudquist of Minnesota placed second in 7:12:30 and won $1,125.
Local pro racers fared well in the 26th annual Regatta. Bob Wisse and Jeff Shultis of Oneonta were fifth in 7:21:22 and Bob Zaveral of Sidney teamed with Steve Landick of Michigan for seventh place in 7:25:26.
50 years ago
May 31, 1963
Oneonta’s Main Street was lined with spectators Thursday as the young and old turned out for the annual Memorial Day parade.
The brief parade drew “ohs” and “ahs” — not because it was in the least spectacular — but because the spectators were familiar with those in the lines of march.
There was grandpa with the veterans, kid brother with the Boy Scouts, “big” sister with the Girl Scouts and the neighborhood kids in the JHS and OHS bands and Cub packs.
And the spectators knew many of Company C’s National Guardsmen.
But the familiar AIV — the armored infantry vehicle used by the local guardsmen — still has the magic. As the huge machine rumbled down Main Street, the ohs and ahs of the younger set were louder.
The one feature that caught everyone’s eye was the Valleyview School Cub Pack’s “Iwo Jima” float. And the youngsters with the flag moved “nary a muscle” as they proudly reenacted the historic flag raising in World War 2.
Police estimate that more than 300 persons turned out for the parade.
The crowd dwindled somewhat for the Memorial Day services in Neahwa Park.
There — at the War Memorial — the paradox of today’s life was obvious.
There were those who listened intently as the war dead were honored. There were those that remembered a husband, brother, nephew who gave their lives for their country.
And there were those who went to the Memorial Services out of a sense of duty — a duty they didn’t particularly care to perform.
There were youngsters chattering away. And the older boys wheeling their bikes through puddles.
OHS Principal Charles Belden, the featured speaker, urged the group to recognize the world for what it is, “not what it was or what we wish it to be.”
He said that people have to adjust to the changing modern world.