Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Nov. 8, 1988
Charles and Kathy Stratton will have up to 100 visitors to their North Norwich dining room starting as early as 6 a.m. today. But the Strattons will duck out for the day as their King Settlement Road home becomes an election polling place.
Voters in the southern part of the Otsego County town of Maryland will go to the Brown Cow ice cream parlor to cast their ballot — not for chocolate or vanilla, but for president, senator and assemblyman.
Most people will vote today in town halls, churches or schools, but in some districts, there’s no such place available. Officials had to turn to businesses or residents to house voting booths so people could vote closer to home.
Individual towns, villages and cities decide where people should vote. The state only dictates that alcohol not be sold for consumption and that no religious services are going on during voting, said Steven LaFever, spokesman for the Board of Elections. An effort should also be made to make polling places accessible to the handicapped, he said.
Nothing was said about accessibility to hair styling, but some Chenango County town of Sherburne residents will vote at Norm’s Barber Shop in Earlville. Norm will be closed for hair cuts today, however. The building has been used as a polling place for about 15 years and has housed a meat shop and the VFW in the past, said town clerk John McDaniel. City of Oneonta fifth ward residents can go car shopping while they vote at Landmark Nissan on Chestnut Street this year. It’s better than renting a motel room, which was city Clerk Elizabeth Goodman’s only other choice in the ward.
50 years ago
Nov. 8, 1963
Members of the Common Council and downtown merchants have joined the Public Safety Board in declaring war against the city’s pigeons.
Philip Bresee told the Council Wednesday that the Merchants Division of the Chamber of Commerce has agreed to purchase the traps if the Council passes a pigeon control ordinance.
Mayor Albert (Sam) Nader instructed City Clerk Christine Mannona to obtain a copy of the anti-pigeon ordinance in effect in Geneva.
The mayor indicated that an Oneonta ordinance patterned after Geneva’s law would be passed at the next meeting Nov. 19.
A poll of the aldermen by the mayor showed all members of the Council agreeing that the pigeons must go.