25 years agoMay 9, 1989
PHOENIX MILLS — John Chermack was 19 years old when he joined the American Legion. Seventy years later he is still a member, proud to wear the navy blue hat with the Legion emblems.
Friday morning he sat at attention in his wheel chair in The Meadows as State Senator James Seward read a legislative resolution honoring him as a 70 year charter member of the Worcester American Legion Post 1584.
His 70 year pin was presented by Edward Waterman, commander of the Worcester Legion Post, as members of The Meadows administrative staff and County Representative Alex Shields applauded.
Chermack was still in France when a group of soldiers of the victorious American Expeditionary Force met in Paris to start the American Legion. He had joined the Army in 1917 and left the United States after four months of training to fight in France. As a private, he received the Conspicuous Service Cross. He was wounded in action and received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. He received an award from President Woodrow Wilson and was recognized by Governor Herbert H. Lehman in 1936.
Chermack left the service in 1921 and returned to Schenevus, where he became a real estate broker.
50 years agoMay 9, 1964
SIDNEY — Final land acquisition for the delayed East Sidney Dam recreation area will be completed later this month if no difficulties arise, according to a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers in Baltimore, Md.
A total of 19 tracts of land, some of which have been purchased, comprise the recreation land area, according to Chris Murphy, public information officer.
Mr. Murphy said 12 tracts of land have been purchased to date. No purchase price was disclosed, but he indicated the price would be tabulated when the records are complete.
He said a June 1 deadline for the land acquisition was set so work on the area could follow.
Initial action for the area was made in 1962 by the Town Board and Sidney-Unadilla residents. At that time they acted to have the federal government approve the site and finance the major cost. The project received approval in the fall of 1962.
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