Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
March 16, 1988
NORWICH — Because of a change in traffic patterns in the city of Norwich the Common Council will consider doing away with traffic lights on nearly all of the city’s side streets.
The Traffic Commission recommended the change because fewer cars are traveling the side streets, said Mayor Kermit C. Jones.
The first intersection up for consideration will be Hale and Birdsall streets, where New York State Electric & Gas Co. plans to take down the pole the city uses for the traffic light. To keep a light there, the city would have to put up its own pole at a cost of $3,000 for the pole and manpower, said city engineer Neil Beebe.
It costs another $600 a year for the electricity to operate each traffic light, Jones said. None of those costs includes the price of the actual lights, of which state law requires two at each intersection.
But two of the six aldermen said Tuesday night that they were opposed to doing away with the Birdsall and Hale light.
Charles Angelino, Sixth Ward alderman, said, “I’m opposed to it because of the high speeds they use there.”
50 years ago
March 16, 1963
Third-graders in Mrs. Marion Hendee’s class at the Pearl Street School performed an “Uncle Remus” skit Friday. Among the performers were Karen Henry as Fox, Linda Meade as Possum, Pamela Felter as Bear, Linda Beebe as Turtle, Heidi Brown as Rabbit and Bob Bagnall as Uncle Remus.