25 years agoMay 20, 1989
SIDNEY — At halftime of his first high school basketball game after the death of his brother Len, Jay Bias found a note on his locker that asked what a plant and Len Bias have in common.
“They die three days after they’re picked,” the note said, referring to Len Bias’ cocaine-induced death after being named a first round draft pick of the Boston Celtics. That sort of nasty behavior was what Lonise P. Bias warned Sidney Middle School students to avoid when she spoke to them Friday afternoon.
“Someone in here is hurting right now because of something someone said,” the mother of the former University of Maryland star told about 400 parents and sixth, seventh and eighth graders Friday. “What comes out of your mouth circles the universe and comes right back in your face. Babies, you have to stop being so cruel.”
Mrs. Bias, who has been called “abnormally enthusiastic” while giving her lectures across the country, spent very little of her one-hour presentation talking specifically about her son, who died of a heart attack brought on by a cocaine overdose on June 19, 1986. She said she had been told by school administrators that Sidney Middle School students, just as the high school and Bainbridge-Guilford students she talked to earlier in the day, had no worse drug problems than any other students across the country.
“We just want to keep you good,” Mrs. Bias said.
50 years agoMay 20, 1964
One of the first steps by Otsego County Girl Scout organizations toward merging with scouting units from four other counties in the giant Indian Hills Girl Scout Council will be taken today.
Adult Girl Scouts from all over Otsego County will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Elm Park Methodist Church.
The women will elect delegates to attend a four county meeting next fall, when the merger will be finalized. Mrs. Virgil Polley, president of the Oneonta Girl Scout Council, will be chairman in charge of electing delegates.
The consolidation, planned for more than two years, includes scouting councils and lone troops in Otsego, Delaware, Chenango and Broome Counties.
Headquarters for the Indian Hills Council is tentatively set for Binghamton with tentative service centers in Oneonta, Norwich and Cooperstown.Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.