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January 5, 2013

Step Back in Time: Jan. 5, 2013

The Daily Star

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

25 years ago

Jan. 5, 1988

Patricia Fiederer hopes to have 69 mobile home sites ready in Otego by spring.

The park will be among at least 205 new mobile home sites at seven different Otsego County parks in the future. Fiederer said she plans to add another 30 sites in Worcester later.

She expects to have no problem filling the parks. The demand — largely among retired people and young couples — exists and is increasing, she said.

Another four parks are slated to be expanded, including Melody Village in the town of Oneonta, by 23 units, Fritts Mobile Home Park in Hartwick by 10 units, Oneida Village Mobile Home Park in the town of Oneonta, and Foxwood Mobile Home Park in the town of Richfield by 16 units.

New parks planned in the county include Fiederer’s Mill Creek Estate in Otego, Susquehanna Mobile Home Park in Unadilla with 55 units and Wharton Valley Mobile Home Park in Plainfield.

New York State has the highest input of mobile homes in the nation, said Fiederer, who is president of the New York Manufactured Housing Association. Sites are being snapped up, she said.


50 years ago

Jan. 5, 1963

What does a television repair man do when he’s stranded on top of a snow-capped mountain for 23 hours after his helicopter crashed and he’s waiting to be rescued?

“Watch television!”

That’s the answer of Albert Bagnardi of Belmont Circle North in Oneonta who with Francis DeJohn of Ilion spent Thursday night on top of Graham Mountain about 10 miles south of Margaretville.

State Police and Conservation officials were able to reach the stranded pals around noon Friday.

Mr. Bagnardi and the pilot of the new helicopter spent most of their time in a microwave relay station atop the mountain, which rises almost 4,000 feet in the air and is known by many local residents as “double-top peak.”

Neither man was injured in the helicopter crash which occurred at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

“We weren’t hurt in the crash. The copter got caught in a draft and we started to go down. The chopper’s blades were moving slowly and we landed in some brush,” Mr. Bagnardi said.

Fortunately the pair were in contact with Oneonta Video Inc. in Oneonta.

The downed duo told Video they were unhurt.

Because there was no personal injury, Air Force personnel and State Troopers were reluctant to send in a military helicopter. Instead, troopers from the Margaretville substation began rescue operations early Friday morning.

The troopers rode as far as they could on a “sno-cat” and when this equipment bogged down they set out on snowshoes.

Drifts of up to four and five feet of snow isolated the pair from civilization.