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May 23, 2014

Step Back in Time: May 23, 2014

25 years ago

May 23, 1989

An engineering company studying the Hunt Union Ballroom at the State University College at Oneonta for possible sagging in the floor, has concluded the ballroom is safe, according to Leif Hartmark, vice-president for college administration.

“There are problems in terms of the strength of the concrete, but the ballroom doesn’t have structural or safety problems,” he said. “The engineers said the ballroom can occupy groups as large as 1,000 people, which is the capacity of the room.”

Although SUCO officials have yet to receive a formal report from Ryan-Biggs Associates of Troy, the engineers stated in a letter that the movement in the floor occurred right after the support and scaffolding were removed, Hartmark said.

The firm had also conducted a similar study in the northeast corner of the building where union director Ron Feldstein has his office. SUCO officials earmarked the northeast corner as the first site for the study because the floor there was sagging more than elsewhere in the building.

50 years ago

May 23, 1964

The long awaited opening of the renovated and expanded St. James Episcopal Church will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday when the Rt. Rev. Allen W. Brown, Bishop of Albany, will visit the parish to officiate at the blessing of the new parish house and renovated church.

The bishop will also administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to a class which has been prepared by the rector, the Rev. Richard H. Frye.

The Service of Blessing marks the completion of a building program in progress for more than three years.

The actual building time required was just about ten months. The new Parish House will provide many facilities helpful to the spiritual, educational and social life of the congregation.

Included in the Parish House building will be classrooms, social rooms, dining facilities, kitchen, offices, and a sacristy. The renovated church and its addition will substantially increase the seating capacity of the church and provide a choir and acolyte room, storage room, and game room.

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