The Daily Star
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25 years ago
May 25,Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 1988
SIDNEY — Parking meters previously hated by drivers were gobbled up by consumers Friday and Monday, according to Sidney village officials.
Sixty-five of the de-commissioned meters were sold at $5 a piece since sales began Friday at 8 a.m. An undetermined number of parking-meter posts also were sold for $2 each. All money will go to the village’s general fund.
Close to 100 meters were stored away in the Sidney Civil Center, but some were determined to be unsalvageable and were not sold. Most of the 65 were sold Friday.
A spokeswoman said the village probably should have limited each customer to one meter each.
She said some buyers walked off with as many as four.
Those buying the meters planned to install them in their driveways, on their mantles or on top of bars in taverns, the spokeswoman said. She said one man planned to give a meter to his father as a wedding gift while another wanted to install one in a field where teen-agers were apparently parking.
50 years ago
May 25,Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 1963
Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Molinari, a lifelong resident of Oneonta, will be honored June 5 when Siena College confers upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
At Founders Day exercises on Oct. 11, 1961, Hartwick College similarly honored Judge Molinari when it conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Law (LLD).
Conferring of the degree is to be a part of the commencement exercises at Siena College near Loudenville.
A graduate of Oneonta High School, he attended Union College and Albany Law School and was graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Law in 1924.
He began the practice of law in Oneonta in 1925 and continued to practice law here until Jan. 1, 1952, when he was elected to the Supreme Court of the State of New York.
He was a senior member of the law firm of Molinari and Deery from 1934 until 1952.
Judge Molinari was elected to a 14-year term as a Justice of the Supreme Court in November of 1951.
Previously he had served as Otsego County Judge; Otsego County Children’s Court Judge; Otsego County District Attorney, and Oneonta Police Attorney.
He is a member of the executive board of the New York State Supreme Court Justices Association; director and chairman of the board of directors of the Wilber National Bank; director of the Oneonta Building and Loan Association, and trustee of St. Mary’s Church.