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November 21, 2012

Step Back in Time: Nov. 21, 2012

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25 years ago

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Oneonta was cited as an example for the second time in a month on the floor of the House of Representatives Friday.

Representative Sherwood Boehlert used the recently started acid rain monitoring station on Franklin Mountain as an example to support a bill requiring the weather service to disclose acid rain information, said Dale Curtis, a Boehlert aide.

As part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s programs for next year, the House voted Friday to include the Smith Amendment, which Boehlert supported.

Boehlert told the representatives that Oneonta is ready to implement that amendment immediately because the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society started collecting information about the acidity of rain this week, one of 100 monitoring stations nationwide.

“The government spends millions of dollars to collect information about acid rain, but there has been no system to make that information known to the public,” said Curtis.


50 years ago

Nov. 21, 1962

GILBOA — Gilboa-Conesville Board of Education last week received the welcome news that well drillers had struck water at a depth of 230 feet, with a flow of about seven gallons a minute.

The flow was estimated at approximately 10,000 gallons a day, considered efficient for the present enrollment at the school.

Shortly after school opened, water had to be transported by truck to supply school needs.

School buses, by direction, remained unwashed, and even shower facilities were strictly rationed to permit school to remain in session.

The school board announced that after a more accurate determination of the rate of flow through further testing, a decision will be reached as to whether drilling should be continued in the hope of getting a greater supply.