25 years ago
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Nine people from foreign lands who live in Otsego County were finally able to call it home after they became citizens of the United States Thursday in a ceremony at the Chenango County Courthouse in Norwich.
They were part of a 19-person group made up of people from Chenango, Delaware, Madison and Oneida counties.
Danny Hoang, 29, was one of those who became naturalized Thursday. He is from northern Vietnam and came to the U.S. eight years ago as a political refugee.
“I want to come here because America is freedom, and I want to be free,” he said.
Cyndy Dang, Hoang’s wife, also became a citizen at the ceremony. Both came from Hai Phong and now cook Chinese food at Little Panda, a restaurant located on Oneonta’s Main Street.
“I miss Vietnam a little bit,” Hoang said. “I miss the neighborhood, the people, but I don’t miss the government.”
Annette Mohr, from the Netherlands, who also was naturalized Thursday, said she was not as moved at the ceremony as the others because she did not immigrate to the U.S. due to political problems.
Instead Mohr moved from The Hague, they capital of the Netherlands, 14 years ago because of her husband’s job. He used to work in international banking, but now works for the United Nations Children’s Fund, she said.
She said she was impressed with the wide open spaces of the U.S.
“I’m hooked on Otego,” Mohr said.
Other new U.S. citizens and their original nations: Ed Aly Akil of Oneonta, originally from Syria; Almaz Tsehaye and Michael Tewolde of Oneonta, from Ethiopia; Hung Duy Pham of Oneonta, from Vietname; Ziyad Mansur of Oneonta, from Lebanon; and Madhu Kumari Singh of Oneonta, originally from India.
50 years ago
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Enterprise Aluminum Corp., which came to Oneonta ten years ago as the result of a massive drive by area personnel, civic and otherwise, will end its days sometime next week as an employer in the Oneonta area.
The remaining employees, numbering approximately 12, will see their jobs terminated as the final items of inventory and equipment are shipped out in the next few days by truck or rail.
Currently two clerical workers are still employed in the office; four employees are still engaged in packaging and shipping to customers the remains of the inventory and “five or six” men are packaging and shipping out the tools and dies to other Enterprise establishments either in the South or at Massillon, Ohio, head office of the firm.
The wind up of the Enterprise operation, which was hinted at by company spokesmen early this spring, and then made final in early summer, comes very closely in line with a time schedule reported weeks ago by Plant Superintendent Walker Ritter.