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June 5, 2014

Step Back in Time: June 5, 2014

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---- — 25 years agoJune 5, 1989

LAURENS — Members of the Laurens Central School band went through four tiebreakers before they were edged out by a Pennsylvania school for the overall title at the 40th annual Sherburne Pageant of Bands.

“It came down to the size of the school,” said Elizabeth Wunderlich, who is a senior at Laurens. “The band was disappointed because we’re a smaller school than the winner, and we work with every person who wants to be a member.”

The overall winner of the event which had 40 competing bands was Lake Lehman School in Lake Lehman, Pa. The school received the Frank L. Miller Outstanding Director award.

The two schools were tied in number of trophies won, number of points for first place, and parade execution, said Gary Solomon, contest chairman.

But Lake Lehman accumulated more points when the size of the school was taken into consideration in the final tie-breaker. Schools are grouped into divisions from AA, the largest of the schools, to C, the smallest. Lake Lehman was in the AA division and Laurens Central was in the class C division.

“Since we’re a small school, we’re more like a family than a group,” said Wunderlich. She said the band members want to excel for other members as well as themselves.

 

50 years agoJune 5, 1964

The Otsego County young lady who has the charm, looks and good fortune to be named Otsego County Dairy Princess in the county finale Saturday may be pretty much interested to know what happened to a Dairy Princess 25 years ago.

That lady, now Mrs. George (Valerie) Marquart of Delhi Stage and mother of two daughters, was the Otsego-Delaware Dairy Princess candidate who went all the way to her coronation as Northeastern District Dairy Queen at the New York World’s Fair in 1939.

Mrs. Marquart, interviewed at her home along Route 28 Thursday afternoon, summed it all up by saying, “It’s an experience you will never forget…a tremendous thrill.”

For Mrs. Marquart, then Miss Valerie Bird, daughter of Richard Bird and the late Mrs. Bird of Portlandville, the great adventure all started when Sheffield Farms opened a Dairy Queen contest open to young ladies from the families of Sheffield milk producers.

Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.