Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Dec. 1, 1987
WASHINGTON — Rep. Sherwood L. Boehlert, R-Utica, will be part of an eight-lawmaker goodwill delegation headed by House Speaker Jim Wright traveling to Costa Rica today.
The group will officially honor the 40th anniversary of Costa Rica’s democratic government, the most stable in Central America.
Wright and his colleagues — three Democrats and four Republicans — will also discuss the Central American peace plan with its drafter, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias.
The lawmakers left Washington Monday for a meeting in Miami. They will fly to Costa Rica Tuesday, then return to Washington Wednesday.
Boehlert said Monday that Wright picked him because of Boehlert’s early endorsement of Arias’ peace plan, which Wright also backs. Boehlert met Arias in Washington in July and October.
“I have a record, known to the Speaker, in being part of the solution (to Central America’s conflicts) rather than part of the problem,” Boehlert said.
In his years on Capitol Hill, Boehlert has consistently opposed Reagan administration requests for aid to the contra rebels fighting Nicaragua, as has Wright.
50 years ago
Dec. 1, 1962
DELHI — Warren M. Kelly of Delhi, commissioner of public welfare for Delaware County, announced that on Wednesday, Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving, approximately seven-and-a-half tons of Federal Surplus Foods was distributed to 250 families in 16 of Delaware County’s 19 towns.
Laurence T. McGranaghan, Town of Hancock’s Democratic Supervisor was instrumental in getting the program inaugurated in Delaware County, realizing the Federal Government has the surplus food on hand and it was “there for the asking.” Mr. Ferrell, Town of Hancock’s welfare officer, had also encouraged the program.
These federal surplus foods, including peanut butter, flour, rice, beans, dried milk, shortening, rolled oats, canned meat, and butter are available to low income families as well as those dependent upon public assistance.
Applications for the available commodities are made to the local Town Welfare Officer in each town and forwarded by the Town Welfare Officers to the County Welfare Department at Delhi, where the applications are checked for eligibility and processed.
The administration of this new program is an added service of the Department of Welfare and involves considerable additional responsibility and effort.