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June 23, 2014

Step Back in Time: June 23, 2014

25 years ago June 23, 1989

COOPERSTOWN — Bed and breakfast accommodations are booming in the region, opening at the rate of a new one every two weeks.

In Otsego County the number of bed and breakfasts has increased from a handful six years ago to more than 60 now, according to Fred Ermlich, who with his wife, Gwen, runs The Creekside bed and breakfast on the outskirts of Fly Creek.

“When we started six years ago, we were only one of four in the area in this area,” Ermlich said. “And there are now over 60.”

Bed and breakfasts are a new phenomenon for Otsego County. The push to develop them began when the Cooperstown Area Chamber of Commerce became inundated with requests for rooms by travelers in the off-season, a time when motels and hotels had closed for the season, according to Ermlich.

The Cooperstown chamber began encouraging people to open their homes to overnight guests and to develop inns.

50 years agoJune 23, 1964

Oneonta High School seniors, 235 strong, walked under a blazing sun from the high school to the Oneonta Theater Monday afternoon for commencement exercises — last to feature the traditional march.

A large audience jammed the warm theater for the commencement exercises which next year will be held at the new Oneonta High School.

Karen Riebesell gave the salutatory address and Douglas Kitts the valedictory. Scholarships were awarded by Charles Belden, principal at OHS, while Superintendent of Schools Dr. Harold Hager gave the awards.

Ani P. Colone, president of the Board of Education, gave the diplomas. Rev. Reginald B. Watson gave the invocation and benediction.

The 1964 class is the biggest in OHS history and did not lack for honors in proportionate numbers.

Fifty-eight percent of the class is college bound. Of these, 37 students shared 51 scholarships while 29 prizes and awards were distributed among 18 students.

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