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January 4, 2013

Step Back in Time: Jan. 4, 2013

The Daily Star

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

25 years ago

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Overall, the weather in 1987 was typical, according to local weather observers.

There were four out-of-the-ordinary weather occurrences and temperatures were two to three degrees warmer each month than in past years, according to local weather observers, Harold Hollis in Cooperstown and Arnold Bennett in Walton.

And according to David K. Mattice, National Weather Service observer for Oneonta, “We had almost a record high snowfall in January and almost a record low snowfall in February.”

The area was without snow a year ago, when on Jan. 2, a foot of snow fell in the area. A week later, two more storms brought another 20 inches.

The year’s coldest chill passed by Walton on Jan. 27 and thermometers dropped to 25 below zero. Cooperstown was only one degree warmer on that day, but dropped to negative 25 on Feb. 15.

January set a record around the region with the most snowfall for any one month, hitting nearly five feet. “It was a blockbuster. We beat the old record set in January of 1945 by 16 inches,” Hollis said.


50 years ago

Jan. 4, 1963

DELHI — “Sometime in February.”

That’s what Fred R. Allen, Director, said Wednesday when asked, “When is the South Kortright Branch of the Boys’ Training Schools to begin?”

“The new school,” said Mr. Allen, “will train 50 boys at a time. These are boys 15 to 18 years of age, who are first offenders, of which many will be above average in many senses.”

“The whole idea is that we want to be able to provide them with a short term diversified opportunity program, which will include academic training, vocational training, work program, group living, and recreation,” the director explained.

“In a situation such as this,” said Mr. Allen, referring to the intensified training and small number of boys, “we feel that we will be able to reach these boys and return them to their respective communities within a matter of four or five months, where they may become an asset to society.”

“The whole idea,” said Mr. Allen, “is that we are working with boys who are at a crossroad in their path of life.”

Asked how large a staff the school would have, Mr. Allen replied, “When we reach our full compliment, we will be employing a total of 37 persons, including director, assistant director, teachers, social worker, nurse, children’s supervisors, kitchen staff, maintenance staff, and business office personnel.

“It might be of interest to Delaware County people to know that 33 of our staff of 37 will be engaged from the county,” the director said. “What’s more,” he said, “we will do the greater share of our purchasing within the County.”