Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Oct. 5, 1988
DELHI — New York’s secretary of state and a legendary one-legged dancer will receive the 1988 Distinguished Service Awards at Delhi Tech.
The awards to Gail Shaffer, New York State’s secretary of state, and Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates will be presented at Farrell Hall on the Tech campus 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. The ceremony will also include the dedication of five campus buildings and the college library, plus presentations of outstanding achievement awards to faculty and staff.
“Gail Shaffer has a long and distinguished record of government and community service,” said George Marcus, college council chairman.
Ms. Shaffer, raised on a Blenheim farm, began her career in government as a town supervisor and Schoharie County legislator. She then served as a member of the state Assembly, as executive director of the state Office of Rural Affairs, and as special assistant to the state environmental conservation commissioner.
She was appointed secretary of state by Gov. Mario Cuomo in 1983.
The award to Bates notes a long career in entertainment and public service.
“Mr. Bates has championed the cause of the handicapped throughout his career,” said Marcus.
50 years ago
Oct. 5, 1963
Congested traffic conditions at the intersection of Ceperley Avenue and Chestnut Street in Oneonta’s West End has sparked a study by the New York State Traffic Commission.
A study, to be conducted by state experts, will be carried out in the near future, according to a letter received by the Town of Oneonta Town Board.
Town Clerk Mrs. Effie Redmond read the letter, dated Sept. 24, to the Board Thursday night. State officials told the town the study will be conducted, finishing up with “you will be informed” as to the date and outcome.
The study was requested recently by the Town Board after a discussion concerning the problems created by piled-up traffic at both the Ceperley Avenue and Oneida Street traffic lights.
Particular attention was directed towards some manner of providing two out-bound traffic lanes so that cars westbound attempting to turn left onto Ceperley Avenue will not obstruct through traffic.