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

25 years ago

April 11, 1987

SIDNEY _ Four students are going to school in Sidney and getting paid for it. And if the school had more contracting work to do, up to three more students could join them.

The four _ Janice Coveny of South New Berlin, Joe Northrup and Jeff Anderson of Sidney, and Poy Emerson of Otego _ are learning to operate machines at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in the Civic Center Annex.

Instead of studying from a book, they are learning by making a real product for a real customer under the pressure of real deadlines.

The two-year program started last October with a grant from the Private Industry Council and will continue on a self-supporting basis.

The students started out making products just for the center, but now are making vice jaws, housing pieces and other metal tools on a contractual basis for companies in the area. As the students progress they are making products requiring more and more precision.

Working on a product that will have to satisfy a customer helps the students learn more quickly, according to their teacher, Randy Allen. "It helps them develop more rapidly. They understand that it has to be done right," he said.

The students are paid $4 per hour for six hours a day of shop work and are expected to complete two hours of class per day as well, PIC Director Michael McCaffrey said.

50 years ago

April 11, 1962

SOUTH KORTRIGHT _ Fifty of Delaware County's retired teachers were honored by the Delaware County Teachers Association at a dinner meeting in South Kortright Central School.

An estimated total of 2,000 years of teaching service was represented by the retired teachers present. Miss Clara Lyon, Walton, and William Mason, Davenport, each had been in the teaching profession 50 years prior to their retirement. Walton also brought 18 retired teachers, the largest representation from any of the schools represented.

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