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

25 years ago

Feb. 21, 1987

GILBERTSVILLE _ Though "The Cosby Show" is 10-year-old Sally Armstrong's favorite show, it has been exactly one year since she has seen Bill Cosby's face on television. The closest she has come is a seat behind the television set while the rest of her family watched.

Sally bet her parents she could refrain from watching television for a year and today she is $100 richer for it.

"I wanted to try it, but I really didn't think I'd do it," said Sally.

Neither did her mother, Suzanne Armstrong, who said she had not anticipated losing the $100 when the bet was made.

Sally was never a television addict, watching most of her television on weekends, including several hours of Saturday morning cartoons and Saturday night situation comedies. During the week her parents only allowed her to watch selected shows such as "Family Ties" and "The Cosby Show," said Mrs. Armstrong.

"The Saturday morning vegetation in front of the TV bothered me," said Mrs. Armstrong. "I let the kids do some of that, but if she wanted to give it up, I was willing to bet her."

50 years ago

Feb. 21, 1962

CANNONSVILLE (Special) _ The Rev. Richard Griffin, pastor of the Cannonsville Baptist Church has announced that the church will hold its final service Sunday, February 25.

Mr. Griffin's announcement was made after a decision to close the church for good was made at a congregational meeting.

The church has been the property of the City of New York for some time, it having been taken in connection with the construction of the Cannonsville Dam and Reservoir. Since the city took the property over, the church has been rented by the congregation.

The furnishings of the church have been donated to some 12 area churches, and the church's remaining funds are to be divided equally between the Practical Bible Training School and the Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City.

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