Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
April 26, 1988
The city Zoning Board of Appeals Monday night agreed to allow the conversion of a Market Street warehouse into 22 student apartments.
The board approved use and parking variances to B.F.D. Associates for the apartments at 20-22 Market St. but not without some reservations.
A zoning variance was granted although neighbors of the building and several members of the board expressed concerns over parking problems caused by the large number of residents in the building.
Loraine Tyler, a board member, was the only member to vote against the variance after indicating she was uncomfortable with the possible parking problem.
Peter Clark of B.F.D. Associates said the project would take about 80 students out of the neighborhoods and put them into the downtown district where they won’t disturb residents by “hooting and hollering” in the middle of the night.
“We would hope it’s an improvement to the neighborhood and not a detraction,” he said. He said the parking problems might be solved by putting an underground parking area in the facility. However, he said costs might prohibit that option, in which case it would be necessary to use the Oneonta Municipal Garage or the Clinton Plaza parking lot, which he and partner David Wilber now own.
50 years ago
April 26, 1963
Ten lovely girls will compete tonight for the “Miss Oneonta 1963” title in Alumni Hall auditorium, SUCO.
The pageant, sponsored by the Oneonta Junior Chamber of Commerce, will start at 8 p.m.
Candidates are Misses Sandi Boritz, Pat Downey, Christina Gummere, Marian Farley, Judith Di Lena, Lana Robinson, Gail Hopkins, Phyllis Shoecraft, Mary Ann Nixon and Linda Hadden.
The girls will be judged in four events — evening gown appearance, talent show, bathing suit appearance and a question and answer event.
After the bathing suit event, the girls will return to the state dressed in evening gowns. The judges will there announce the top five candidates.
They will be called upon to answer one question each.
Following this, four runners up and “Miss Oneonta 1963” will be formally announced.
Judges include Mrs. Norma Havens, “Miss Maine 1957”; Mrs. Cathleen Sisson, a former Miss Oneonta Pageant judge; Mayor Albert “Sam” Nader; Douglas McKenzie, president of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce; and Richard Ellegate, external vice president, Oneonta Jaycees.