Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Sept. 16, 1988
A first in Oneonta will be the dedication of the Unitarian Universalist Church as a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone. The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, in front of the building on Ford Avenue. Speakers will be Mayor David Brenner, Alder Winifred Wandersee, the Rev. Gary Doupe, Peace Links Coordinator Elsie Lewis and the Rev. Andrew Backus.
The ceremony will be a means of affirming the importance of preserving all of life and creation on this planet by rejecting the use of nuclear weapons. By doing so, the Unitarian Universalist Society is joining more than 150 churches in its denomination, as well as different churches, cities and counties in the rest of the United States, also 18 countries in the world and 3,087 communities in 17 different countries.
50 years ago
Sept. 16, 1963
RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Three young men from Japan, France and Italy, who were guests for several weeks in Richfield homes, under the Experiment in International Living Program, enrolled this week for advanced study at Syracuse, Colgate and Union, respectively.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Kinner were host to Makota Gerard Kato, 29, who flew here from his home in Tokyo, where six years ago he was a graduate of the University of Tokyo.
Gerard’s proficiency in English was evident in his talk on “Family Life in Japan,” given at Rotary. During his month’s stay with the Kinners, his schedule included a visit to the Corning Glass Works, a westward trip along the Thruway, a trip to the Catskill Game Farm and to various museums in Cooperstown.
Mr. and Mrs. Franklyn D. Springer entertained Roger Yann Michel Andrieu, 23, who lives with his artist parents in the suburbs of Paris. Michel was graduated in June from Ecole Superiere de Commerce de Paris with a diploma equivalent to our B.A. in business.
Michel visited the State Exposition at Syracuse, the various area museums, classes at the Richfield Springs Central School, various farms and business in the area and drove a tractor for the first time.
Mr. and Mrs. Berthold Seeholzer had as their guest Giancarlo Chevallard, 20, of Turin, Italy, a law student at the University of Torino in Turin, who is preparing for a career in diplomacy. He visited the Syracuse Exposition, attended an Otsego County Board of Supervisors meeting in Cooperstorn with Supervisor Burrill W. House, visited the local Central School, raked hay and operated a tractor.