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June 20, 2014

Step Back in Time: June 20, 2014

25 years agoJune 20, 1989

The Oneonta town planning board Monday unanimously approved plans for a controversial mining and fill project proposed on Route 28 by Bettiol Enterprises.

The board’s vote came after a three-member planning committee issued a nine-page finding and after months of objections by town and city residents as well as local environmental experts that the project would have an adverse effect on the community.

Bettiol Enterprises is planning to move a hillside adjacent to the Southside Mall and fill a low-lying 24-acre parcel on Route 28 across from Christopher’s Restaurant, making both areas developable.

The finding statement said that there would be no major impact on environmental concerns such as the area’s geology, ground and surface water, air resources, and transportation, in light of all the steps taken to reduce the impact.


50 years agoJune 20, 1964

COOPERSTOWN — The dream of every motorist, glareless headlights, is the newest invention of a Middlefield man.

George A. Wallace is positive that his headlight will not produce glare, will give greater visibility in fog conditions and will do away with reflections on a wet road.

“That is a tall order, many engineers have tried for years to solve this problem, how did you do it?” we wanted to know.

“Many years ago, when I first began thinking about it, I reasoned that it was the off-cast rays of the light that was causing the glare. To prove my point, I fashioned a metal hood over a spotlight and it made it so much more pleasant to ride back of it, that I used it instead of headlights, but then it was possible to do it,” he said.

That was about 13 years ago, he continued. “I felt it that the long hood was not practical and I fashioned a series of metal strips which were put in back of the lens, and this led to the present idea of metal strips which fit over the outside of the lamp,” Mr. Wallace explained.

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