25 years agoFeb. 1, 1989
Large customers of New York State Electric and Gas in the Oneonta area will find themselves with large chunks of extra spending money as NYSEG’s rates remain frozen for the next two years.
Hartwick College may be able to use the utility savings on student aid, according to John M. Pontius, college vice president for finance. The college stands to save about $24,000 next year — the 4 percent increase it had added to this year’s $600,000 budget for electricity and a portion of its heat.
If the savings are definitely realized, most likely to benefit would be student financial assistance, Pontius said. Other businesses in the area would put the savings into their general operating funds.
NYSEG recently agreed to freeze its electricity and gas rates until at least February 1991. The agreement, negotiated by NYSEG, the Consumer Protection Board and the Public Service Commission, needs final approval of the commission.
Rates since 1983 have steadily increased, ranging between 4 percent and 11 percent each year up to 1986, according to Francis Rivette, commission spokesman.
50 years agoFeb. 1, 1964
A quiet but steadily continuing program of expansion at Oneonta Dress Company, Inc., at 359 Chestnut St., is one of the brightest stars in Oneonta’s industrial sky.
Addition of more than 5,000 feet of floor space now under construction at the Chestnut Street plant will bring that expansion to more than 20,000 feet of factory space added during the past few months.
Not only has Oneonta Dress added space, the firm has also added many employees. Currently, according to the plant operator, Mrs. Lillian Creighton, there are 220 employees working the day shift at the dress factory.
This is about 100 more that were employed there in late 1962, early 1963.
In addition to the day shift, Mrs. Creighton said, there are, counting maintenance and night shift employees, about 55 more employees, making the total close to 275 employees.Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.