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September 7, 2013

Step Back in Time: Sept. 7, 2013

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25 years ago

Sept. 7, 1988

The new, clean, brightly lit billiard room on Market Street is a dramatic contrast to the dark, smoke filled pool halls of the past.

Owner Peter Lipton said he designed the business, which opened at the end of August, after several he has seen in New Jersey and Arizona, where he’s lived with his wife, M.J., for the last few years.

“I had this dream for 20 years to have my own billiards place,” said Lipton.

The billiard room is a means of getting away from the pressures Lipton had in a sales consulting business, he said.

Lipton decided to equip Brass Rail Billiards with eight pool tables measuring 4.5 feet wide by 9 feet long and costing more than $2,000 a piece.

He is hoping to attract women as well as men to the business. He said he will not put up with any rowdiness or foul language. Gambling is not allowed either, he said.

With just a few weeks of business behind him, Lipton said he has already developed a regular clientele.

Lipton does not sell alcoholic beverages or snacks but plans to get a refrigerator to provide soft drinks.

“I am hoping to provide a monthly tournament,” Lipton said.


50 years ago

Sept. 7, 1963

Construction of the Davenport Center flood control dam could have reduced damage by 80 percent in the April 1960 flood, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Planning consultant John Calbreath Burdis read a letter from the Corps of Engineers at Thursday night’s meeting in City Hall, which stated that construction of the Davenport Center reservoir and the West Oneonta reservoir have been deferred “because of opposition expressed by local interests.”

The letter from Major Alden W. Jahnke, deputy district engineer, pointed out that Oneonta has a history of frequent flooding, citing 10 floods within the past 28 years.

The letter points out that “a clearing and snagging project is currently under construction at Oneonta, which will tend to alleviate some of the damages. That work, however is not an alternate to the construction of the Davenport Center reservoir which was authorized, together with the West Oneonta flood control reservoir on Otego Creek. Both are part of the comprehensive plan for the protection of southern New York and eastern Pennsylvania.”

According to the letter, the Davenport Center reservoir would be located on Charlotte Creek. The reservoir would have a capacity of 17.2 billion gallons. The letter states that the West Oneonta reservoir would have a capacity of 11.3 billion gallons.

It also points out that, except at flood level, “both reservoirs would normally be empty except for conservation pools which could be used for recreation purposes.”