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August 23, 2013

Step Back in Time: Aug. 23, 2013

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25 years ago

Aug. 23, 1988

City officials confirmed that Oneonta’s water supply is depleting but they have not developed an emergency plan that would put mandatory water restrictions in place.

Mayor David W. Brenner said he will be talking with the city engineer within the next day or two to determine what action should be taken. The city board of public service also will be consulted before the council takes any action, according to Brenner.

“We’re hoping by the third week in September we will have seen some rain,” said Brenner. It is in the latter part of next month that officials may have to institute a plan because of a short water supply.

Rain showers are expected to fall occasionally late today, Wednesday and Thursday, according to David K. Mattice, National Weather Service observer at Goodyear Lake.

Mattice said the Oneonta area is way behind in its average precipitation for the month of August. The average amount of rainfall from Jan. 1 to Aug. 22 should be 25.27 inches but as of Monday afternoon the actual amount is 19.34 inches, Mattice said. During this month alone, only .68 inches fell.

The month of July, however, was above average: 1.8 inches more rain than the normal average.

The last time city officials imposed mandatory restrictions on water usage was in late 1982.


50 years ago

Aug. 23, 1963

DELHI — Town of Middletown, Delaware County, which this week is celebrating its Bi-Centennial and the 100th anniversary of the Catskill Mountain News has something else to celebrate.

That something else is the beginning this week of the reconstruction of Route 30 from Margaretville to near Halcottsville, a distance of 5.04 miles.

The Route 30 job is not a major relocation project such as was done on Route 28. The alignment, however, will be greatly eased, and sharp curves above the Izaak Walton League club house, near the Morton Scudder farm and at Kelly Corners will be eliminated.

Twenty-eight buildings, ranging in size from small outbuildings to large and modern houses will be demolished or removed from the right of way.

Buildings to be moved include the Izaak Walton League club house, the Clifford Washburn house, a shed and chicken house owned by Robert Fredenburgh, a house and eight other small buildings owned by Arthur Reside, and the George Clum house and barn.

Also Lee Keator’s refrigerator shop, the Grant Store and post office in Kelly Corners, the Leonard Shultis house and garage, the Elizabeth Bayer house and attached garage, the former Kelly Corners Railroad Station, two barns, two houses, a warehouse and three lumber sheds all belonging to Hubbell Brothers, and the William Hubbell home.

The project ends west of Halcottsville opposite the present driveway of the Virgil Meade farm.