Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
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Oneonta city officials are working on a way to give city residents first preference at the Wilber Park pool.
Fred Kurkowski, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, said there were days last summer when the pool was closed because it had reached capacity, and often city residents who had been shut out were looking in at people from outside the city.
Also, Mayor David Brenner said bus loads of people from camps and other groups outside the city, and in at least one case outside the county, were using the pool.
Kurkowski said that the city probably will have the same problem this summer since once again there will only be one pool open. The pool in Neahwa Park was closed to the public last summer, and although a new pool will be built in its place, he said he did not expect it to be ready for this season.
There are three ideas now being considered: Allowing only city residents to use the pool; using a tag system that would give first preference to city residents; or leaving the system as it is, Kurkowski said. Currently, anyone who wants can use the pool.
The commission is attempting to increase programming to include non-athletic activities. The commission is seeking public response to a variety of program ideas including musical and cultural events, horseshoes, bocce, shuffleboard, checkers and chess, and nature walks.
Kurkowski said the commission has received only minimal feedback so far but the big interest seems to be in having band concerts in the parks.
50 years ago
Feb. 4,Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 1963