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Mark Simonson

March 15, 2014

Teacher developed Oneonta's science fairs in the late 1930s


The Science Congress remained the big feather in her career cap, as, “In 1987, Mrs. Coutant was a finalist for the Excellence and Equity in Education Award. The recommendation, sent in by the Oneonta branch of the A.A.U.W., cited her work in initiating a science congress and fair for high school students … which was later expanded to a state, national, and now international fair under the sponsorship of Science Services,” The Daily Star reported. It is known today as the Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit member organization.

On Monday: Two plane crashes within days of each other shook the Oneonta area.

Oneonta 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 His website is His columns can be found at

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