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February 11, 2013

Step Back in Time: Feb. 11, 2013

Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Feb. 11, 1988

Pollution, jobs and saving historic landmarks were issues raised in a videotaped mock debate that won five Oneonta Junior High School students a chance to compete statewide at the Learning Technologies Fair in Albany Monday, Feb. 22.

“We brainstormed about all kinds of different problems the country is faced with,” said eighth-grader Joseph Muller. The students wrote the script based on current events issues with which they were familiar.

Oneonta eighth graders Christopher Barown, Patrick Muller, Marshall Miller, Joseph Muller and Mike Mirarchi made a videotape at the end of last year that was one of five selected to compete further in the statewide Learning Technologies Fair VIII Videoscapes Competition.

“You have to be one of the top five videos in the state of New York,” said Assistant Superintendent John E. Lutz. Winning a “Top 5” evaluation marks the first time the Oneonta school district has been represented at this level, he said.

But Lutz explained that the next step in the competition is judged solely on the students’ presentation of how the tape was made.

The five students are working on their presentation, “How You Developed the Video.” They will give it at the finals of the Videoscape Contest Feb. 22.

If the Oneonta team is selected for first place Feb. 22, they will be asked to return to the Capital District Tuesday to give their presentation before the Senate Education Committee, chaired by Sen. James Donovan, who is sponsoring the competition.


50 years ago

Feb. 11, 1963

STAMFORD (Special) — Members of the Boards of Education of four Delaware County Central Schools, and of two Schoharie County Central Schools, will meet at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Stamford Central School.

Schools to be represented include Davenport, Grand Gorge, South Kortright, and Stamford, of Delaware County; Gilboa and Jefferson, of Schoharie County.

Purpose of the meeting is to discuss matters concerning the six districts.

Two men from the New York State Education Department will be present and will answer questions pertaining to the recently completed survey relative to the merger.

Joseph Carruso, who carried out the financial portion of the survey; Robert Coughlin, who surveyed the services involved in the merger, will represent the State Department at

the meeting.

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