Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
May 20, 1988
SIDNEY — Parking meters for sale — that announcement by the village of Sidney is not likely to send shoppers stampeding to the Sidney Civic Center. But cornering the meter market is not what Village Engineer John Woodyshek or Civil Center Building Superintendent Tom Redmond had in mind when they planned the sale.
“I just wanted to get rid of them,” Redmond said.
Getting rid of 100 outdated, out-of-service parking meters may be no easy task, but the village is willing to sell each one to any interested buyer at five bucks a pop — first-come, first-served.
“I don’t know how they’ll sell,” Woodyshek said, at the village office Thursday. “I’m sure there will be (good sales) once the word gets out, when we put them out here and put a sign on them.”
Woodyshek already has some ideas on how to market the meters. He said they would make great collectors’ items or would serve nicely as a coin bank for children or adults.
More inventive buyers could use the meters to limit the television-viewing time of children, he said, or the hot water usage of a household shower taker. He didn’t recommend, however, that the meters be used for more precise activities such as cooking the roast for Sunday dinner.
“They’re not guaranteed to keep perfect time,” Woodyshek warned.
50 years ago
May 20, 1963
“The Sorcerer,” by Gilbert and Sullivan will be presented by the Bugbee School Junior High Chorus May 29.
Miss Esther H. Hubbard, director of music at the school, said the annual spring musical will be given for parents and friends at 8 p.m. in the Bugbee Auditorium. Two other performances will be given for pupils of the school.
Miss Nancy Hermance, a SUCO junior from Hudson, will be the accompanist, and William Denny, formerly of Stamford and a June degree candidate at the college, will be in charge of stage sets for the show.
Gerry Leach, eighth grade, is in charge of props for the operetta which includes children from the campus school’s seventh, eighth and ninth grades.
Mrs. Edith J. Williams, Bugbee School music consultant, is assisting also with the annual production.
In announcing the cast of the show, Miss Hubbard said all solo parts are double-cast to allow more pupils an opportunity to participate. Listed are: The Sorcerer, Tim Chase and Rocky Soued; Alexis, Don Gratz and Mike Sieder; Sir Marmaduke, Arnie Drogen and Ed Michelson; Aline, Sandi Smith and Muffie Dietz; Constance, Marge Swackhammer and Marge Wilcox; Lady Sangazure, Fredda Kleinman and Linda Simmons; Mrs. Cartlett, Ruth Wallace and Sarah Austin; Dr. Daly, David Bookhout and Charles Scott; and The Lawyer (single cast), Lee Gragg.