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October 16, 2012

Step Back in Time: Oct. 16, 2012

25 years ago

Oct. 16, 1987

Oneonta’s Dale Rothenberger completed the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon Saturday. Rothenberger finished the endurance test of swimming, cycling and distance running in 10 hours, 45 minutes and 54 seconds. The number on the scoreboard above the finish line indicated Rothenberger’s place in the race, 225th.

50 years ago

Oct. 16, 1962

If you are the average Oneontan you’ve got leaf trouble.

Autumn’s brilliant foliage has turned into a dirty brown nuisance which has piled knee high on many lawns, which track into the house and has become a general pain in the neck.

And, if you are the average Oneontan, you simply don’t know what to do with the thousands of leaves cluttering up the place.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide the answer nor have we found anyone in an official capacity who can tell you what to do with the leaves.

There is an ordinance a section of which prohibits the placing of leaves in streets. There is another which prohibits the burning of leaves on the streets.

Yet, this is the common solution adopted by most residents of the city and many are the dusk bonfires throughout the city as home owners get out for a little post-dinner leaf sweeping and leaf burning session.

City Fire Chief Kenneth Hooks sees the burning of leaves in the streets as dangerous — as a fire hazard, as a traffic hazard and as a health hazard because of the acrid smoke.

City Engineer Lawrence Baldwin has no precise answer. He said yesterday that the street sweeper has been used throughout the late summer and early fall to combat the leaf problem.

But, says Mr. Baldwin, “our equipment is inadequate to handle the whole problem.”

Mr. Baldwin will continue to search for additional equipment to be used to combat the problem. He has an allotment of $3,000 for the purpose.

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