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Mark Simonson

February 25, 2013

Changes, challenges made local news in February 1968


Delberta told The Oneonta Star in 1968 that he replied, “No, I’ve been in Oneonta all my life,” adding, “What he didn’t know is that I boxed professionally for five years.” Delberta was a ranked welterweight in years before World War II, at his peak during the Great Depression years.

Public TV hits local airwaves

Prior to the years of public television stations such as WSKG or WCNY in our region, the area was introduced to ETV, or Educational Television, in February.

The Rural Supplementary Education Center in Stamford signed on the air for the first time Monday, Feb. 5. Antennas were placed on Mount Pisgah in Andes and Mount Utsayantha in Stamford. WNDT, Channel 13 from New York was relayed by microwave to the RSEC in Stamford and sent out to local cable television companies. WNDT later became WNET.

Lawmakers fight new gun rules

It was reported Friday, Feb. 16, that the Delaware County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to call on lawmakers in Albany to oppose Gov. Nelson Rockefeller’s proposed restrictive gun legislation.

Oneonta Star columnist John Lough on Feb. 19 wrote, “If I were a potential dictator preparing for a military takeover of the United States, I can’t think of a nicer bit of useful information than a list of American gun owners.”

“Such a list would be easy to acquire if gun registration legislation now being discussed in New York and other states is enacted.”

Lough told how state Assemblyman Edwyn E. Mason and state Sen. Dalwin J. Niles were pleased when both Delaware and Schoharie county lawmakers passed opposition resolutions. Nationally, the gun legislation debate grew hotter in the next few months, following the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

Sales tax arrives in Otsego County

If one wanted to buy a gun, or just about anything in Otsego County in February, they probably looked to do so before the end of Thursday, Feb. 29. That’s because Otsego County became the 29th county in the state to impose a countywide sales tax March 1.

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