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August 30, 2013

Step Back in Time: Aug. 30, 2013

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25 years ago

Aug. 30, 1988

ONEONTA — Pennies. Everybody has them. They jingle in the bottom of our pocket. They pile up on top of dressers and in drawers and mayonnaise jars.

The chaplain program at Fox Memorial Hospital can use those pennies — lots of them. The chaplains are hoping for a mile of pennies — $10,560. ($2 in rolled pennies equals one foot.)

“Going the First Mile,” the chaplains call the program.

“The name came from a Biblical reference to helping people,” said the Rev. Richard Breuninger, one of the hospital’s chaplains. “We had to start somewhere. Let’s see if we can go the first mile, then we will go a second, doing even more.”

“Going the First Mile” was launched in May 1987 with the 10th anniversary of the chaplaincy service. Since then $1,320 has been donated. Most of the money has come from hospital staff members, patients and residents of the nursing home. Some of it has been in checks, bills and silver change, as well as pennies.

The pennies are put in rolls by residents of the Fox Hospital Nursing Home.

“The nursing home residents are anxious to help,” said Dorothy Harrington, nursing home chaplain.

Mrs. Harrington was appointed to coordinate the mile of pennies project in May.

“The money will be used to maintain the chaplaincy program,” she said. “A very small stipend is given to each chaplain. We also need funds to buy pamphlets to give people, and to buy books for a library. We would also like to offer seminars and educational programs open to the community,” she said.

The program was started by the Rev. Eugene Umberger, of Cobleskill. He was also the first chaplain.

The Rev. Judith Thistle, full-time chaplain at Fox Hospital, expressed her appreciation to those who have donated to the fund.

 

50 years ago

Aug. 30, 1963

COOPERSTOWN — “See America First” is the theme of the Musical Revue of 1963, and the variety show takes the audience from the Atlantic coast to the Golden Gate and into the South Seas and blue Hawaii.

When in a New York Travel Bureau, a young man expresses the opinion that “Brooklyn and New York City are all there is to America … and is there any more?” the resident company takes him on a tour of the United States.

Miss Dorothy Shay highlights the evening’s gay proceedings with her inimitable song styling and sophisticated wit, and she is featured in an unusual dance, patter and pantomime sketch, “Hobolandia.”

She endears herself to the audience in the part of a lovable hobo with another lovable hobo played by Joseph Masiell.

The voices of John Minto, baritone, and soprano Pamela Danser, combine in a duet in the “Hawaiian Wedding Song.” Popular resident comedian Curtis Wheeler and comedienne Jackie Bertell appear in a number of skits.

Over 20 scenes highlight the colorful and tuneful revue under the direction of Mary Ann Dentler with Buddy Freed in charge of music and Lloyd Spangler and Joseph Masiell as choreographers.