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December 5, 2013

Step Back in Time: Dec. 5, 2013

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25 years ago

Dec. 5, 1988

MORRIS — A committee of the Otsego County Fair Association is raising money to restore three buildings, especially Floral Hall, which was built in the late 1800s.

Lee Waite, chairman of the committee, set a goal of $40,000 to $50,000, estimating it will cost about that for repairs. “I would be happy if we get near to that amount,” he said.

The oldest building at the fairgrounds is Floral Hall, located outside of the track near the midway. “I have a picture from the late 1800s and the hall is in it,” said Dale All, manager of the fair association.

Restoration of Floral Hall will include a new section of flooring, roof and wall repair, and strengthening of support beams. Roof repair is also slated for Gilbert Hall and Martin Hall.

The fund raising is emphasizing youth development in its restoration project. Gilbert and Martin halls are primarily used by youths for their exhibits, Waite said.

The association would like to ensure that county youth’s handmade projects have a place to be displayed at the fairgrounds, he said. “We’d like the fair to stay agricultural where the 4-H youths and others can participate. For that to happen, they need a building for exhibits.”

50 years ago

Dec. 5, 1963

At the State University College at Oneonta, the business of communications is important to students and faculty alike.

In this area there is a fairly new campus organization which makes communications its business. This student function is radio station WONY.

The radio station is unique in offering through a closed circuit system, programs of interest to the students on campus. It’s an all-student atmosphere — for the students and run by the students.

The station is owned and operated by the Student Senate, which channels student activity fee money to many worthwhile clubs, organizations and activities, and is the central student governing body.

Started about three years ago by a few who wanted to offer radio training to the students, a studio was revamped and necessary equipment installed. Things were very disorganized in those days, and most of the time the station was off the air. Time does wonders for many things. Today, WONY is one of the best equipped college stations in the Tier area.

After a period of training, each member is assigned a weekly “spot.” It might be any one of the many shows offered: classical music, rock-and-roll, Broadway music, folk music or jazz, news or an educational show.