Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
March 15,Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 1988
The Unitarian Universalist Society in Oneonta is one step closer to declaring its church grounds a nuclear weapons-free zone, after 16 members on Sunday signed a petition to put the matter before the entire congregation.
Only 10 votes were necessary for the congregation at 12 Ford Ave. to proceed, said Alice Siegfried, who is on the Social Responsibility Committee. But 16 members who attended the periodic “Food for Thought” informational meeting signed in favor of prohibiting “the research, testing, production, transportation, storage, or deployment of nuclear weapons within (church) boundaries.”
Members of the congregation voiced their opinions of the largely symbolic action.
“I think it’s an excellent idea,” said Ellen Larson of Cooperstown. “It has to come from the little people, because the governments are too busy making money from producing these horrible weapons. The human part isn’t as important as money to them.”
Bill Gates of Oneonta said, “I have no impression at this point. I’ll wait and participate in the discussion. I guess I’m skeptical of these little, symbolic gestures.”
50 years ago
March 15,Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 1963
WALTON — Last week youngsters in the kindergarten classes in the Townsend School in Walton had a chance to know the Walton police force.
The Chief of Police Clyde Moscrip, Patrolmen Walton Kelsey and John Hitchcock, and School Patrolmen Harold Peaster and William Bruce were at the school, and showed their guns, whistles, sticks and handcuffs.
The youngsters were dressed in paper policeman’s hats and badges they had made. Before the officers left, a record, “The Friendly Cop,” was played to which the officers paraded around the room with the youngsters following. For the youngsters it was an exciting time and one they will not soon forget.