Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Dec. 12, 1988
On Saturday, the Oneonta Peace Network will have its final vigil to oppose U.S. support of the Contras in Nicaragua. But, the group is not abandoning its fight to help this war-torn country.
Instead of holding weekly vigils, as it has for nearly four years, the organization wants to help rebuild Nicaragua, a small country located in Central America, said Richard Siegfried, a member of the group and a theater professor at the State University College at Oneonta.
Through a Communities of Peace and Friendship program, sponsored by Quest for Peace, a national organization, the local Peace Network wants to raise at least $1,000 in community donations to help the Nicaraguans, Siegfried said.
Any community that raises between $1,000 and $5,000 can become part of the program, he said.
The weekly vigils, with a group usually numbering between six to 10, were held at the Bandstand on Main Street in Oneonta each Saturday at noon since February 1985. Members tried to educate residents about Nicaragua.
“We would hand out brochures and pamphlets explaining the situation in Nicaragua and El Salvador,” Siegfried said. “We would carry a banner which said, ‘Let’s stop the war in Central America.’”
With the change in focus, the banner will be changed to, “1,000 Gifts of Peace,” representing the $1,000 the Peace Network hopes to raise, he said.
The fund-raising event is sponsored by the Peace Network. Some of the co-sponsors are the Social Responsibility Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church and the Delhi Area Nuclear Freeze Campaign, he said.
50 years ago
Dec. 12, 1963
DELHI — Delaware County Welfare Commissioner Warren Kelly of Delhi, narrowly escaped serious injuries of about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when he attempted to protect a young boy who had darted in front of an oncoming pick-up truck.
Mr. Kelly was standing in front of City Service Gas Station on Main Street when he saw the boy start to run across the street directly in the path of the truck owned and operated by Ronald E. Coulter of Albany, going east.
Without regard to his own safety, Mr. Kelly made a lunge for the lad. The boy cleared the truck, which struck Mr. Kelly, knocking him to the pavement.
The boy ran off without identifying himself, and was not known to the spectators.
Deputy Sheriff William Ward Jr. said: “Evidently the truck, which was going at a slow rate of speed, stopped quickly after hitting Mr. Kelly, who said he was not insured and required no medical attention.”
Mr. Coulter immediately went to the sheriff’s office to report the accident.