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January 21, 2014

Step Back in Time: Jan. 21, 2014

25 years ago

Jan. 21, 1989

GREENE — Gerald Zimmerman said he has four things to say when he tours New York state towns telling people of his experiences with a radioactive waste dump.

“I encourage people to use their political representatives,” he said. “I encourage people to use whatever local resources they have. I encourage people not to take promises at face value. And I encourage people to look at other alternatives to nuclear power.”

Zimmerman is a member of the Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Waste. His boyhood town of West Valley, 30 miles north of Olean in western New York, has been battling New York state and the federal government for over a quarter century to have a leaking, radioactive waste dump cleaned up.

Zimmerman will be speaking to Chenango County residents today at 8 p.m. at Greene High School. Two Chenango County sites have been picked among eight others state-wide as possible sites for a low level radioactive waste dump.

  

50 years ago

Jan. 21, 1964

Oneonta area boys will have the opportunity next summer to participate in the biggest Soap Box Derby in history, the 27th running of the famous All-American coasting classic.

Announcement that an official race franchise has been awarded to the local sponsoring organization by All-American Soap Box Derby headquarters in Detroit was made Monday by the local Derby directors, Tom Hickey and Dick Pindar.

The local race will be held early this summer under the sponsorship of Oneonta Jaycees, Johnson’s Chevrolet and Oneonta Star.

Further details about the local competition will be announced later.

Each local race winner will receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond, a handsome trophy and a free trip to Akron to compete in the All-American.

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