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June 22, 2012

Step Back in Time : June 22, 2012

Step back in time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

June 22, 1987

WORCESTER _ Only $7,000 or $8,000 more is needed to reach the total $243,494 cost of the Worcester pool. But despite the money being collected, construction is behind schedule because the contractor is still working on other projects.

"I'm just waiting for them to call," said Lawrence Bobnick, Worcester Central School superintendent. The wet weather has delayed other projects, in turn backing up the Worcester project.

The last financial report was in late May and it reported the fund was up to $181,000. Since then the Pool Corporation has received a $20,000 anonymous donation, several $1,000 donations and smaller donations from individuals, said Bobnick. Part of the total is also a $25,000 supplemental state grant, for which Bobnick has to file the necessary paperwork to receive the money.

"It's been unbelievable," said Bobnick. "People have really come forth and we've been lucky with grants."

Because the residents came through with donations, Bobnick said he would like to see them have a benefit from the pool this summer.

"But I can't build it myself, so we just have to wait," said Bobnick.

50 years ago

June 22, 1962

WALTON _ Graduation exercises for the first time will be held in the new Walton Junior-Senior High School. Before this year, graduation ceremonies were held in the Walton Village Hall.

The new school opened in fall.

The baccalaureate will begin at 8 p.m. in the Junior-Senior High School with the Rev. Henry Lincoln delivering the sermon.

His topic will be "When the Price is Right." The Rev. Reginald Avery will give the invocation and the benediction. The Walton Central Orchestra will play.

At 8 p.m. Tuesday Commencement will be held. W. Hamilton Aulenback will be the graduation speaker. He is rector of Christ Church and St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Germantown, Pa.

Susan Davis will give the valedictory and Steven Schatken the salutatory. Their topics are "Is the Future of America Safe with Today's Youth?" and "The Responsibilities of Education."

The class has chosen as its colors, navy blue and white, and the orchid is the class flower.

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