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September 25, 2012

Step Back in Time: Sept. 25, 2012

25 years ago

Sept. 25, 1987

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown trolleys, an experiment this summer to help people find parking in the overcrowded tourist community, will be back next year.

While the trolleys didn’t eliminate downtown traffic jams this summer, they did help.

The two trolleys carried more than 29,000 people in the 90-day period between June 15 and Sept. 15, according to Pamela Washburn, a village trustee who heads the Citizens Committee on Parking. She is also credited for bringing the trolleys to Cooperstown.

“It certainly made it easier,” Mrs. Washburn said. “People could park their cars and ride the trolleys.”

The trolleys, named the Natty Bumppo and the Deerslayer, motored through Cooperstown’s neighborhoods and carried riders into the downtown business district.

Molly Corp. of Ogunquit, Maine ran the trolley system with the support of local merchants, who purchased advertisements which ran as hand-painted signs on the trolleys.

The riders’ fees also supported the system and helped the Maine firm pay the salary of four local drivers.

The company made a profit and is willing to do it all again next summer, said Stillman Bradish, owner of Molly Corp.

In the meantime, the Natty Bumppo and the Deerslayer will not be idle.

One is headed for work in Scottsdale, Ariz. and the other will probably go to Stowe, Vt.

50 years ago

Sept. 25, 1962

SIDNEY — An accomplished musician as well as a music instructor is Miss Barbara Burki, recently appointed elementary music teacher at Sidney Central School.

Miss Burki is a member of the Accordion Symphony Orchestra and appeared with the group at Carnegie Hall in New York City last June, and at Town Hall in April.

A 1956 graduate of Sidney Central School, Miss Burki has studied accordion since she was five years old. Until 1961 her teacher was her father, Karl Burki, a Scintilla employee.

Following her graduation from the Eastman School of Music, in 1960, Miss Burki went to New York and began studying with Joseph Biviano, noted accordionist.

Prior to her present position, Miss Burki taught music for one year on Long Island, and worked at Scintilla Division for one year.

In addition to the accordion, Miss Burki also plays the piano and clarinet.

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