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May 21, 2013

Step Back in Time: May 21, 2013

The Daily Star

---- — Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

May 21, 1988

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego County will compete with 27 other counties in the state for a $45,000 grant to set up a countywide transportation system. The rural transport system would be open to the general public, as well as clients of human services agencies.

Such a system could affect a substantial number of people, according to Connie McGregor, chairman of the Otsego County Health Planning Advisory Council.

A study by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets in 1984 in Otsego and Cortland counties found that 15 percent of the rural households had no cars and 52 percent of the rural households had only one — meaning no transportation available to those at home if the car is used for work, said Mrs. McGregor.

More than 14,000 residents of Otsego County fall into the latter category, Mrs. McGregor said.

Otsego County, with the unanimous approval of the Otsego County Board of Representatives Wednesday night, is seeking a grant under the Rural Public Transportation Coordination Assistance program, which the state established last July.

The county can qualify for a state grant of $45,000 a year for three years, provided the county makes a local match, according to Terry Bliss of the Otsego County Planning Department.

The state plans to award seven grants this year, he said.

“The result of this would be a coordinated transportation system open to the public,” Bliss said. “It’s open to everybody.”

50 years ago

May 21, 1963

Two squads of Oneonta National Guard Company “C” infantry walked out on the Neahwa Park softball field next to the river about 8 p.m. Monday.

They spread out, brought their rifles to readiness and walked toward the east end of the field.

Suddenly winking lights and loud popping noises threatened them from the bushes and a green building ahead of them.

The men dropped and returned winking lights and popping noises.

One squad stood up and rushed, while the other squad fired from a prone position. Then the first squad fell to the wet earth and the second squad rushed.

When they both neared the end of the field, all the soldiers stood up and slowly walked into the bushes, firing their rifles as they went.

To the casual observer, it looked like real war. But the men were using blanks.

It was all part of a show the local unit staged for high school seniors and their parents. A few seconds after the last wink and pop from the bushes, a yellow flare was dropped onto the field signaling the end of the maneuver.

Troops and observers then returned to the Academy Street Armory by truck for the rest of the unit’s open house program.