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December 3, 2012

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25 years ago

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With canned Christmas music in their ears and grim determination in their hearts, shoppers are setting out in search of the perfect holiday gift. For

many that means toys that talk and move, musical electric keyboards, and coffeemakers.

Toy shoppers are seeking out both the traditional and the ultra-modern, according to local store managers.

On the traditional side, people are buying Tonka Toys at Ames, board games at Jamesway Discount Center, play kitchen sets at K mart and Nichols Department Store, and Barbie dolls plus accessories at Bresee’s Oneonta Department Store.

Probably the star of this Christmas season is the television character Alf, which is available in several different models including one that talks. He

was reported as a big seller at Ames, K mart, and Nichols.

Cabbage Patch Kids are back in at Nichols. Anything involving dinosaurs - stuffed toys, plastic models, books - are popular at K mart. Remote control cars are hot sellers at both K mart and Ames. Wild Puffalumps, a soft stuffed animal, are popular at Bresee’s.

Coffeepots, microwaves, and video cassette players are selling well at most of the stores. Electric crock pots, selling for half the price they did when they were introduced in the 1970s, are big at Ames, Keyboards are a major seller at K mart and Nichols, and so are Nintendo video game systems which only need a television to be operated. A new model of the Dust Buster is a hot item at Bresee’s, and so are woks.

50 years ago

Dec. 3, 1962

ROXBURY - The Boy Scout God and Country award, one of the rarest and most difficult to achieve, was awarded Sunday to Stanley Martin, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Martin of Roxbury. He became the first Boy Scout in Roxbury to receive the award.

Presentation was made at the morning service in the Roxbury Methodist Church by the Rev. Richard Guice. The candidate was greeted by Scoutmaster Lindon B. Morse. Mr. and Mrs. Martin were presented with facsimile pins, commemorating their son’s honor, which requires more than a year of study and church participation.

Fifteen Scouts with Co-Scoutmaster Daniel Underwood of Troop 41 were present at the service. They were led in the scout oath and law and salute to the Christian and American flag by Linden Gregory.