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February 13, 2013

Step Back in Time: Feb. 13, 2013

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25 years ago

Feb. 13, 1988

There are two things Americans want delivered on time, regardless of rain, snow and gloom of night — U.S. Mail and hot pizza.

Friday’s snowstorm warning had management at Domino’s in Oneonta considering calling in a couple of extra delivery workers, said James Wheeler, manager trainee.

“Sometimes when the cops have closed down the roads, advising against any travelers being out, we still send out,” said Wheeler.

That’s because Domino’s guarantees delivery in half an hour, or the pizza is free, said Wheeler. Though snow sometimes makes that a tough timetable to keep, there still aren’t too many “freebees” distributed.

Locally, Oneonta is Pizza City, with a dozen pizzerias advertising in the Yellow Pages. Most deliver.

Beyond the college towns, there is a near-void on delivering American’s Number One fast food. Village Pizza in Stamford delivers. Sidney has about 6,000 people and four pizzerias, but no deliveries. The same is true in Cooperstown.

Ironically, the worse the weather, the more the demand for doorbell pizza.

“When it starts to snow, the phones just start ringing,” said Wheeler at Domino’s. About 200 pies are made on a regular night and up to 300 on a lousy night.

“That’s the way this business goes,” said Alfredo Liardo, who has operated the family-owned Pizza Shack in Cobleskill for about six years. “People want to stay in and call out.”

50 years ago

Feb. 13, 1963

CHERRY VALLEY — “The town is enthusiastic, the ball is rolling, and where it stops nobody knows,” William E. Day, president of the new Executive Committee in charge of the fund raising campaign for the medical clinic in Cherry Valley, reported happily.

Mr. Day said that the five-member committee, plus Mrs. Dean Utter, acting secretary, has met twice since Thursday evening, when at a mass meeting the clinic project was approved by Cherry Valley and area residents, and the Trustee committee elected.

Dean Utter of Sprout Brook, secretary-treasurer of the Executive Committee, will head the fund raising campaign, with Arthur Stocking of Roseboom; and Mrs. Ervin Fassett of East Springfield, both members of the Executive Committee.

Edward Harris of Cherry Valley, vice-president of the main committee, was named chairman of the publicity committee, with Day to assist him.

Mr. Day will head the Building Committee, with Mr. Harris and Mrs. Utter as members of the Building Committee.

The group decided not to set up a Doctor Procurement Committee until a later date.