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May 5, 2014

Step Back in Time: May 5, 2014

25 years agoMay 5, 1989

The State University College at Oneonta formed a committee of public employees and business officials to advise and define the college’s role in economic and community development of central New York.

The committee, announced by SUCO President Alan B. Donovan on Thursday, will introduce programs in three steps — setting up a resource center, starting a newsletter and sponsoring a forum for the discussion of economic and political issues.

The committee was formed after a series of “President Roundtable” meetings held over the last three months that identified a need for the three activities, although other projects may be developed later, said Donovan.

During the roundtable sessions at SUCO, Donovan and other SUCO staff met with representatives from Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties to talk about economic and community development issues.

  

50 years agoMay 5, 1964

In spite of sweeping advances scored by science, certain natural phenomena remain today as mysterious as they were centuries ago.

Such a phenomenon appeared Monday to many city and area residents who queried The Star as to its cause.

Residents said they had looked skyward and saw what appeared to be a rainbow ring around the sun.

Oldtimers simply nodded their heads at the “sun dog” and predicted rain in the next couple of days.

Dr. M. Ira Dubins, SUCO professor of geology and meteorology, explained the “not common — but not rare either” — phenomenon:

“It is called a solar halo, or a parhelion. It is caused when the sun shines through clouds about 35,000 to 40,000 feet up and at a temperature of about 55 degrees below zero.”

“The clouds at that height and temperature are made up of ice crystals. The light shines through the ice and is broken up into the different colors,” he explained.

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