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April 6, 2013

Step Back in Time: April 6, 2013

Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

April 6, 1988

A Sidney-based oil company has plans to expand its service in the Oneonta market by acquiring Oneonta Oil & Fuel Co., Inc.

“We’re trying to fill a void in our marketing area,” said Joseph Mirabito, general manager of James Mirabito and Sons, Inc. of Sidney. The company already has a presence in Oneonta with its ownership of Mountain Oil on Carbon Street.

David Van Woert of Oneonta Oil & Fuel, located at 60 Market St., declined to comment on the negotiations and proposed acquisition.

James Mirabito started his coal-selling company about 1929. Today, in the third generation of the family owned business, the company’s main thrust remains home heating oil, but it owns convenience stores and an asphalt company.

Among considerations on acquiring Oneonta Oil & Fuel was the role it has in the community, Mirabito said. The Oneonta fuel company has been under local ownership and served the Oneonta community many years, he said.


50 years ago

April 6, 1963

One hundred and fifty high school students, with all the aplomb of professional legislators, will meet at a “Hi Y” and “Tri Y” Youth Government Assembly at Hartwick College today. “Hi Y” is the boy’s unit, “Tri Y” is the girls’.

The entire program, consisting of committee sessions and action on the floor, will resemble the proceedings of the New York State Assembly, Pat Yerka, director of Women’s Activities for the Oneonta YMCA said Friday.

The students, who will convene here, hail from Utica, New Hartford, Little Falls, Herkimer, Norwich, Ilion, Dolgeville and locally.

Object of the assembly is to adopt bills — one of which if passed by the state-wide youth group in Albany at a later date — could conceivably be submitted to the New York State Legislature.

Miss Yerka said that the program is “not a game … the students are dead serious … the bills they’ll discuss are important.”

She noted that one of the bills, passed by the units earlier, dealt with seat belts in autos.

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