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25 years ago
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A $36.2 million Contra aid package will go before the House and Senate this week, and local American Legion officials say the money is needed to help the Contra rebels fight for freedom and to keep communism away from United States’ borders.
“If all American people heard what we heard today, there could be only one way to vote,” Bruce Wilson, commander of the Donald W. Gleason Post in Delhi, said after returning from a state legion conference Sunday in Albany.
He and Donald Laraway, a member of the Charles L. Jacobi Post in Sidney, were among 225 state legionnaires attending the state winter conference, featuring a presentation by two Contra rebels on endorsing Reagan’s plan.
A very close vote on President Reagan’s new $36.2 million aid request is expected in the House Wednesday. The amount includes $3.6 million for military purposes, to keep forces going through June. If the administration’s request is approved, a vote is expected in the Senate on Thursday.
Wilson said members of the post are 100 percent behind the Contra aid. “The main reason (for sending the aid) is that the communists are making Nicaragua their target. It’s Mexico next.”
“It’s in the best interest of our national security that we help these people,” said Laraway, a World War II veteran.
Other local legion officials are also concerned about a possible communist takeover so close to the American border.
“It’s time we take a stand. What are we waiting for,” said Michael Gregory, commander of the Sidney post and veteran of the Korean War.
50 years ago
Feb. 1,Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 1963
COOPERSTOWN — If enthusiasm and good will could serve as substitutes for money and labor, work on a new Youth Center would be started tomorrow.
A good representation of students from Cooperstown Central School, present at a community meeting Thursday evening at the elementary school, all expressed themselves very articulately that they want a Youth Center, are ready and willing to work no matter what the cost.
Lynn E. Green Jr., president of the Student Council, said that he does not see why a new youth center could not be built even after it was explained to him that the cost of a small building might run as high as $24,000.
Attorney John E. Casey, chairman of the Cooperstown Youth Commission, who presided at the meeting, explained at the outset the program of the Youth Center, which has been operated successfully for all teen-agers in the Cooperstown Central School District for the past five years.
He explained that on May 1, 1962, the Youth Commission had to close the doors of the Youth Center rooms atop the Cooperstown Village Hall (Fire Hall) because the building did not meet New York State safety codes.
“We have called this meeting to find out from you residents of Cooperstown and the area whether you want to continue the youth program,” said Mr. Casey.
A lively discussion in which almost every one of the 60 persons present participated indicated that all the residents are in favor of continuing the youth program, providing a safe and suitable place can be found in the village, a commission member said.