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December 28, 2012

Step Back in Time: Dec. 28, 2012

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25 years ago

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The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society found 99 turkeys grazing the land. Members also saw, for just the third time since 1969, a Canada goose, and for the second time, a Northern Goshawk.

Forty-two different species and a total of 5,286 birds were seen in the skies of the two-county area during the Audubon Society’s annual bird count on Dec. 19, said Robert Miller of Oneonta, who organized it.

The number of species seen was up by five over last year’s count, possibly because milder weather this year has kept more species lingering in the area, Miller said.

But the number of birds counted was down by 586 from last year, he said.

In 1985, the group reported only 21 wild turkeys, compared to this year’s 99. The bird was almost extinct some 10 years ago.

50 years ago

Dec. 28, 1962

HAMDEN — Mrs. Christena L. Pampalone, postmaster at Hamden, yesterday was presented with an official citation and a gold lapel emblem in recognition of the way in which she and one of her carriers rose to the emergency created Dec. 1 by a fire which badly damaged the building in which the post office was housed.

In a letter from Sean B. Keating, regional director of the Post Office Department, which accompanied the citation the departmental spokesman declared:

“In a report from Postal Inspector A.M. Donna of Oneonta I have been apprized of the exceptional manner in which you and Rural Carrier John J. Schofield handled the emergency situation of Saturday evening, Dec. 1, when a fire destroyed the post office building.

“In spite of the raging flames on the upper floor, you demonstrated unusual courage and competence in removing all items of mail to a safe location before the fire spread to the post office area.

“It gives me great pleasure to be able to present you with a certificate of award signed by the Postmaster General, and a gold lapel emblem in appreciation of your devoted service to the Department and the public.”