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September 30, 2013

Step Back in Time: Sept. 30, 2013

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25 years ago

Sept. 30, 1988

Operators of the ham radio use their “toys” in their spare time to talk with and learn about people around the world. But it’s not all fun and games.

Tom Ross, also known as W8KEK, patrolled the triathlon at Glimmerglass State Park on last Sunday to check for athletes with mechanical problems or injuries. He and other radio enthusiasts will be in Stamford this weekend, keeping an eye on walk-a-thon participants.

Ross and the other 39 members of the Oneonta Amateur Radio Club, in existence since at least 1933, offer assistance during emergencies to feed information quickly to a central headquarters and at events, such as the triathlon.

“We identify the athlete by the number on their shirt and then call headquarters to state the problem and location. Headquarters then dispatches an ambulance or someone to help repair a broken bike, depending on the problem,” said Ross. He said the triathlon went without injuries.

Ham operator Edward St. Onge of Oneonta’s East End said he only called in one incident: the brakes on an athlete’s bicycle failed. “We keep things going smoothly by spotting problems,” said St. Onge in an interview over a ham radio.

He and Ross, along with other ham operators, will patrol the Stamford Walk-a-Thon scheduled for Sunday.

50 years ago

Sept. 30, 1963

ROXBURY (Special) — Woodchuck Lodge, the home and workshop of the late naturalist, John Burroughs, has been officially designated as “an historic national landmark.”

Ceremonies at which a certificate and bronze plaque designating the great naturalist’s home as such a landmark were presented to E. Wilson Burroughs of Poughkeepsie, great-grandnephew of Mr. Burroughs and present owner of the property, were attended by several hundred persons here Saturday.

The ceremony was presided over by Herbert Van Valkenburgh, president of Roxbury Burroughs Club.

Principal speakers at the event were Albert B. Corey, New York State historian, who told the crowd that the naturalist’s major contribution was “to teach people to enjoy nature”; Mrs. Elizabeth Burroughs Kelly, grandniece and author of the book “John Burroughs: Naturalist,” and Dr. Sidney S. Bradford, historic sites historian of the National Park Service, who made the presentation.

Among the special guests introduced were William Fennell, president of John Burroughs Memorial Association of New York; Francis Paternoster of Walton, Democratic county chairman; Assemblyman Edwyn E. Mason of Hobart; and Supervisors Maurice Judd, Franklin; Perry Shelton of Tompkins, and A.A. Beach of Harpersfield.