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December 23, 2013

Step Back in Time: Dec. 23, 2013

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

25 years ago

Dec. 23, 1988

WALTON — The president and chief executive officer of Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton is resigning from his position to join a larger hospital in Michigan.

Brian Mitteer, administrator at DVH since 1984 who helped defeat a state proposal to close rural hospitals in Delaware County, said he has accepted a position at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. His resignation becomes effective Feb. 5.

Mitteer criticized the lack of understanding of rural hospital needs in the state Health Department and unbalanced financial reimbursements from the state as affecting his decision.

“Urban health care receives a larger reimbursement amount for each patient than we do,” he said, in programs such as Medicare.

DVH recently fulfilled a state mandate to hook up with a larger institution. The 40-bed hospital will receive services, such as projections on reimbursements prior to receiving the money, through United Health Services of Binghamton.

Mitteer said he is not leaving because of the new agreement with UHS. He said the move will be a step up in his career.

David Carroll, chairman of DVH's board of trustees, said the board is disappointed that Mitteer will be leaving. “We like Brian very much,” he said.

Mitteer was instrumental in turning around the state's decision to close DVH two years ago, Carroll said. Mitteer vowed to fight the idea when the state recommended closure of DVH and Community Hospital in Stamford.


50 years ago

Dec. 23, 1963

“We need more snow!! We need more zero temperatures!!”

These are the cries of Recreation Commission Chairman E.C. (Dutch) Damaschke.

No, he's not a member of a polar bear club nor is he an ill-wisher.

He simply wants to be able to open the city's winter sport facilities that include a ski-tow out East Street, a hockey rink in Neahwa Park and a skating pond near the hockey rink.

As conditions now stand, Mr. Damascke reported Sunday night:

“We need about a foot more of snow before we can open the ski tow.

“The pond has too much snow on it for skating, and the ice is too thin to allow us to get the snow off it.

“The hockey rink has a good ice base, but we need two or three more days of real cold weather in order to put the finishing layer of ice on it.”

Mr. Damaschke said he hoped to have all three facilities usable “by next week some time.”

It all depends on what Mr. Damaschke termed “better” weather conditions in the future.