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Mark Simonson

October 22, 2012

October 1992 saw local 'explorations' of budgets, history

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In recent years, Aknusti has been owned by Aman Resorts.

Bus service linking much of Otsego County was made a reality by the Otsego County Board of Representatives at their meeting of Wednesday, Oct. 7. It is the service we know today as Otsego Express.

There were a few obstacles to getting the service started, as the budget for the bus was soon eliminated for 1992-93. The board then contracted for the bus service in June 1994.

Otsego Express was the official name of the service, adopted in September 1994. It had a co-title, known to many as “Gus the Bus.”

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Nov. 30, 1994, at what was called the Otsego County Annex Building, 34 Chestnut St. in Cooperstown.

Christopher Columbus never made it to the town of Columbus in northeastern Chenango County, but the explorer who “sailed the ocean blue in 1492” is well recognized in this town.

To mark the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ journey, residents of the area gathered in the hamlet, found on state Route 80 on Saturday, Oct. 10, to celebrate the founding of the oldest community in the nation named after the explorer.

The community was settled in 1791 by Col. Thomas Converse and established in 1805. Why the town was named Columbus isn’t certain, although one theory has been that there was much anti-British fervor in the time between the American Revolution and the War of 1812, leading settlers to settle upon any non-British name reflecting local or national history.

Kay Winton headed an 11-member committee to celebrate the weekend, which included a huge parade and two days’ worth of activities. Winton and her husband, Jack, owned the Columbus Hotel.

This weekend: Oneonta couldn’t get enough of baseball in 1912, so they played on during the winter, indoors.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at simmark@stny.rr.com. His website is www.oneontahistorian.com. His columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/marksimonson.

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