Step back in time features community news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

April 25, 1986

COBLESKILL _ Cobleskill Tech's hopes to serve as a spawning ground for new businesses based on emerging technology in a kind of "incubator" project was approved in principle by SUNY's Board of Trustees in January.

"It's an exciting possibility without a known payoff at this point," Cobleskill Tech President Neal Robbins said.

The approach approved by SUNY's trustees is similar to that used to establish the widely publicized high technology center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Under RPI's wing, and with access to RPI's technology, 14 new businesses have been born. Thirteen of those are still in existence, with 12 operating in New York state, Robbins told college council members in a recent meeting.

Robbins said the program does not offer a competitive advantage over existing business. The program would support new ideas and would incubate only as long as it takes to hatch a workable product or service.

50 years ago

April 25, 1961

WARREN_ Lester Young of Warren, Grange member for the past 65 years, was honored with a testimonial dinner given in his honor by Warren Grange in Herkimer County.

Seventeen Subordinate Granges of Herkimer County prepared a testimonial folder lauding Mr. Young's activities as Grange member, Pomona master and state deputy for 19 years. Mrs. Ellis Springer, master of Warren Grange, made the presentation.

The Rev. Horace A. del Pozzo, lecturer, prepared and presented a special program for the occasion, including musical numbers, readings and presentations by State Grange officials.

Matthias Smith of Worcester, New York State Grange steward, conveyed greetings from the New York State Grange master. Other Grange officials present included Mrs. Marrietta Windecker, past state lecturer, Reuben Alton, state deputy of Herkimer County, Mrs. Edna Winne, Pomona lecturer, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Hayes, past state deputies, Murry Ames, past deputy Otsego County, and many others.

Over 100 Grangers were on hand for the occasion.

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