Step Back in Time
features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Sept. 11, 1987
Oneonta bus driver Pete Merando will be representing Oneonta Public Transit in the New York State Roadeo competition on Sunday, Sept. 13 in Buffalo.
Twenty-five bus drivers will be competing from cities including Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany.
Merando recently was named Championship Driver in the first Southern Tier Invitational Roadeo held in Elmira this past July. He faced 42 contestants, who represented transit systems from cities throughout the Southern Tier.
Merando has been a bus driver in the Oneonta system for the past five years. He is a former detective from the Nassau County Police Department. He retired in 1981 after 29 years of service, and moved to Oneonta. He has also worked as a bus driver for the New York City Transit Authority in Jamaica, Queens.
Winners in the state competition will go on to the International Roadeo to be held in October in San Francisco.
50 years ago
Sept. 11, 1962
Pushed by threatened water shortage, Mrs. Clementine Simkins of East Meredith used her ingenuity this week to combat the problem.
With the water level in her shallow spring well getting low, Mrs. Simkins placed several containers around her house prior to a brief rain that normally would not have helped much.
By using these containers, Mrs. Simkins collected about 50 gallons of water, “enough for a week’s supply.”
“It seems to me that people with large roofs on their buildings could gather enough water for many needs and save spring and well water for limited purposes,” she said.
“I’ve got enough water collected to do the washing, bathing and dishes for about a week. I use the spring water for drinking and cooking.”
Mrs. Simkins placed three washtubs, two milk cans, a preserving kettle and about six buckets under the eaves of the house. Two rain barrels were also used.