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

25 years ago

April 18, 1986

The April Oneonta Student of the Month is a person who seeks challenges and meets them head-on.

Margaret Mayer, daughter of Douglas and Susan Mayer of 163 West St., was chosen for her ability to achieve excellence and commit herself when she involves herself with a person, project or course, said Linda Edison, a teacher at the high school.

Ms. Mayer has been a student at Oneonta High School since 1982. Prior to that, she attended St. Mary's School.

"I feel privileged, special and honored because only about eight students are selected each year," she said. "It makes me feel that I am appreciated by my peers and teachers."

She said she was surprised since she felt she didn't meet the qualifications to be the student of the month.

Meeting challenges gives her a sense of purpose, she said, because when she has finished a task, she knows that she has accomplished something. That's why she chose to enroll in Russian class.

Ms. Mayer feels she was chosen as the student of the month because "whenever any of my friends have problems, I listen to them and try to help them."

But helping people isn't limited to academics for her. She said in sports she always helps and encourages her fellow teammates to do their best, no matter where they stand in a game.

Ms. Mayer has been a member of the school's varsity volleyball team for the last four years. And she has been an active member of the Oneonta Varsity Swim Club.

She will start her first semester of college at William Smith College this fall, and will major in Russian. She said she picked the college because it is in the area and the student body is made of up of people from different cultures and backgrounds.

Ms. Mayer said she hopes to become an interpreter or translator in the future.

50 years ago

April 18, 1961

RICHFIELD SPRINGS _ Dr. Wendell L. Bryce will give up his practice here July 1, to join the medical staff of student care at Cornell University.

Dr. Bryce has been the only physician with offices in Richfield Springs since he began his practice here in November 1953. He is also Otsego County Coroner.

His departure will leave this village of about 1,600 and the surrounding area without a practicing physician.

The nearest general practitioner will be Dr. Earl B. Carr of Schuyler Lake.

Dr. Bryce is a staff member of Herkimer Memorial Hospital, a member of the Tri-County Medical Society, health officer for the village and town of Richfield and school physician for Richfield Central School in the village itself.

Dr. Bryce began his practice in the office once occupied by Dr. Harrie V. Frink in 1953. He has continued in the same location.

Shortly after their arrival, Dr. and Mrs. Bryce purchased the historic colonial frame house known as Federal Corners on the Butternut Road, once the home of Dr. James E. Palmer, one of the first physicians in the area.

Dr. and Mrs. Bryce, the former Jane Whitman, are natives of Troy.

He was graduated from Union College and Albany Medical College, and Mrs. Bryce from Russell Sage College.

They have four children, Wendy Jane, Jennifer Whitman, Wendell Lowell and Elizabeth Ellen.

He came here upon completion of his residency at the Veterans' Hospital in New Orleans.

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