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April 11, 2014

Step Back in Time: April 11, 2014

25 years agoApril 11, 1989

When the newly-repaired Old City Hall clock is unveiled May 13, it could be a real traffic stopper.

The Common Council is expected to vote formally next week on a request to close Main Street between Chestnut Street and Ford Avenue for the event. The request was made by college students who raised money to repair the clock. Members of the council’s community relations committee assured the students at a meeting Monday that the street will be closed at least for a short ceremony.

The students, who call themselves Pioneers of Time, had asked the council last week that the street be closed from 1 to 5 p.m. for an hour long ceremony, live jazz band performances and possibly an outdoor sale by local merchants. They are also hoping to have a guest appearance from Al Lewis, who acted the part of Grandpa on the television series, The Munsters.

The celebration would be in honor of repairs made to the Old City Hall clock by William Schaffer of Oneonta and his son, Jeffrey.

 

50 years agoApril 11, 1964

NEW BERLIN — The appointment of Madison Chenango Otsego Citizens Band Radio Club as headquarters of a newly formed Radio Citizens Emergency Team serving the New Berlin area on a round-the-clock basis has been announced by the organization’s national offices in Chicago.

The MCOCB Radio Club is part of a nationwide movement called “REACT,” or Radio Emergency Associated Citizens Team, which has grown out of the rapidly increasing popularity of two-way, low-cost Citizens Band Radio. Its primary objectives are, One — to provide a supplementary system of radio communications for local emergency situations and, Two — to promote correct and efficient use of Citizen Radio.

Coordinating the New Berlin effort will be Leon Grant, RD 3, who is president of the MCOCB Radio Club. He said that a headquarters monitor station will be in operation 24 hours a day in the area for the purpose of relaying emergency messages to the proper authorities. “In many communities, Citizens Band Radio has proved the difference between life and death,” Mr. Grant pointed out.

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