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September 10, 2013

Step Back in Time: Sept. 10, 2013

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---- — Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Sept. 10, 1988

GRAND GORGE — After five years of on-again, off-again planning and refinancing, a 24-unit senior citizen apartment complex in what used to be the Grand Gorge Central School building will open in December.

Tenant applications are now being accepted for Grand Gorge Apartments for Senior Citizens by the Stamford-based Western Catskills Community Revitalization Project, the local project sponsor. WCCRC and the Rural Housing Service in Washington, D.C., jointly own and operate the $945,000 project.

The apartments include 22 one-bedroom units, and two two-bedroom units. Some rental subsidy is available.

So far, about 25 seniors have inquired about occupancies, said Marie Burghard, WCCRC administrative director.

Rents for one-bedroom units will be $305 a month and two-bedroom units will be $355 a month. Utilities are not included in rents and are the responsibility of the tenants.

“The project has been a long time coming,” said Mrs. Burghard. “The staff at Western Catskills did a lot of work and stuck with it.”

 

50 years ago

Sept. 11, 1963

Oneonta civic leaders recently condemned racial violence and struggle in the South and North by both negro and white civil rights agitators. At the same time, they expressed impatience to get integration innovations underway and supported “drastic” action if necessary.

Individuals in government, business, education and religion were asked for their reactions to the integration crises.

Their replies:

Judge Ronald E. Rowley, “Progress is not accomplished without positive action nor without having to surmount serious obstacles. The prejudice and bias of the segregationists who think only of themselves will soon fade away when the Negro is given equal opportunity which will enable him to make a significant contribution to his country.”

School Supt. Harold Hager, “So ingrained is prejudice in so many people, that the issue of equality will take as long to resolve as did the original issue of slavery. Education is the only process which can clear the air and gradually break down the barriers.”

Principal Charles Belden, and official of the Oneonta Chapter, National Conference of Christians and Jews, “There’s something wrong in this country when we ask a citizen to die for it and then say he isn’t good enough to have his child attend school with the child of another citizen …”

Rev. Alfred Bentall, minister at large for Otsego and Delaware County Councils of Churches, “Integration is long overdue. The basic concern is that we are all human beings. We should be in fellowship with each other and share the total life of America together.”

Albert S. “Sam” Nader, mayor of Oneonta “The Negro for the most part has been extremely patient. He is not seeking anything that is not rightfully his. We in the North are certainly not lily white with our prejudices and we should have an equal appreciation of the problem.”