Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Aug. 16, 1988
Plans for the construction of a day treatment center on Lower River Street to serve 75 severely multiply handicapped county residents were presented to the Oneonta town planning board on Monday.
The $1.8 million center, under consideration for two years, will provide intensive therapy programs and teach daily living skills to those who attend, according to Joseph Judd, executive director of the Otsego County chapter for the Association for Retarded Children.
Judd said the center will consolidate two separate programs located in Hartwick and Edmeston. Another larger facility at the former Hartwick school will remain, Judd said.
The new center will not require more than one or two additional workers even though the program will be expanding ARC’s current operation, Judd said. He explained that the center would eliminate current inefficiencies at the existing facilities.
Judd said the 2.5 acre parcel, which contains wetlands, was the only location he could find that would meet code requirements and had municipal water and sewage service.
50 years ago
Aug. 16, 1963
The dreams of hundreds of residents of Unadilla, Sidney and Bainbridge as well as other nearby areas became a reality Thursday.
The old Cannonsville covered bridge was transported from Cannonsville to Unadilla by Newton Dexheimer of Guilford, concluding a joint effort on thep arts of the Sidney Historical Association and the Susquenango Cultural Council to begin a historic site in the Sidney area.
The bridge is now located on land owned by the W.G. Boardman’s which will be purchased by the Council in the near future.
The bridge began its short journey atop the Dexheimer dolly car just after 9 a.m. and concluded its journey at 4:10 p.m.
While enroute, because of its height and width, it was necessary to move telephone wires and prevent damage to the lines. Crew members had to break limbs and low hanging branches along the roadside in order to prevent injuries by falling branches, broken off by the weight of the huge cargo.