Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
June 24, 1988
Two Oneonta teachers who said they enjoy building students’ self-confidence were named Outstanding Teachers this week.
Jennette K. Arcuri, a kindergarten teacher at Riverside Elementary School, and Jacqueline B. Scavo, a mathematics teacher at Oneonta High School, were recently elected by the Outstanding Teacher Award Committee, and they received the awards during school ceremonies Wednesday and Thursday.
“I was stunned,” said Mrs. Arcuri, who has spent 30 years teaching kindergarteners. Developing self-confidence, a positive self-image, an ability to get along with others and an enjoyment of school is important, she said.
Mrs. Arcuri moved to Oneonta with her family after graduating from high school in New Jersey. She is a graduate of the State University College at Oneonta, where she studied elementary education.
Jacqueline B. Scavo has taught mathematics in grades nine through 12 at Oneonta High School since September 1971. This year she teaches 10th grade math and computer science. She also has been coordinator of computer education since 1983 and previously was a cheerleading coach.
Mrs. Scavo, who was “speechless” when she heard of her award, said she enjoys encouraging students to believe that they can do mathematics problems, and she likes to hear them say, “Gee, that wasn’t so hard after all.”
June 24, 1963
Active and retired D&H personnel from all along the more than 700 mile railroad gathered Saturday night at the Oneonta Country Club for a surprise retirement party for Floyd Stark of 27 Walnut St.
More than 60 persons, from places running from Rouses Point to Wilkes Barre, convened in Oneonta Saturday to pay homage to Mr. Stark, who actually retired (after 43 years) on May 1.
When he retired Mr. Stark was road foreman and system rules examiner. Among those on hand to congratulate Mr. Stark at the party (which local officials say was a complete surprise to the retiring Oneontan) was his last boss, Chief Road Foreman Marvin A. Davis of Albany, and Assistant Chief Engineer Joseph Brennan of Albany.
Others on hand included Robert N. Clemons of Oneonta, retired assistant superintendent. Trainmaster Gilbert A. Gillette of 8 Tilley Ave., and Peter Ladyn of Binghamton, chairman of the BLE (Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers).