Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Sept. 3, 1988
WESTFORD — Westford town councilmen said Friday local residents will have to learn how to recycle solid waste within the month because of the closing of local landfills.
“It’s not going to be easy, but everybody’s going to have to do it,” said Phillip Strong, Westford town supervisor.
Westford’s highway superintendent, Martin Peeters, is progressing on construction of a building to accept recyclables. All other garbage will be disposed of in a dumpster. Strong said as of Oct. 1, the waste will be taken to the solid waste transfer center in Oneonta.
Town councilmen had hoped to have the county solid waste coordinator, James Hawver, present for their meeting Friday to answer some of their questions. But Strong said Hawver was unable to attend.
Strong said if the town can use recycling to reduce its waste tonnage by about one-third, the town’s cost of garbage disposal would remain about the same next year as it is this year. That’s without considering the town’s share of closure costs on the landfill, he said.
50 years ago
Sept. 3, 1963
Will the channel-clearing and snag-removal project now underway in the Susquehanna River near the Main Street bridge lessen the threat of floods?
Local officials believe the work will.
The project should lower the water level in the area upstream from the bridge by “about one foot,” Chris Murphy, public information officer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in Oneonta last week. Mr. Murphy and a photographer were in Oneonta to survey the progress of the project now underway.
The work, all planned and designed by the Army Engineers, has been contracted to the Lancaster Development Corporation.
Reduction of the water stages would be beneficial for Oneonta and there should be less chance of cellars being flooded, it was pointed out.