25 years ago

May 16, 1989

Bonnie Wood and Betty Kohler aren’t crazy about “Days of Our Lives,” but they’re pretty close to it. In fact, they’re leaving for Hollywood next week, hoping to meet up with onetime Oneonta Yankee Drake Hogestyn and other stars of the venerable TV soap opera.

It won’t be the first time the two fans have rubbed elbows with the rich and famous. On May 6, they had lunch with the cast of “Another World” at the show’s 25-year reunion party in Manhattan. And at their table in the Roosevelt Hotel, Alexandra Wilson, who plays 17-year-old Josie, confided she’s about to turn 27.

“It’s amazing. She looks a lot younger, even in person,” said Wood, a secretary to president Alan Donovan at the State University College at Oneonta.

Since the early 1980s, when Kohler went to work in the same office at SUCO, the two women have shared their passion for daytime television. Twice they’ve set sail with some of the cast of “Days of Our Lives.” In 1986 they boarded the cruise ship New Amsterdam, and called at ports in Jamaica, Mexico and the Grand Caymans with Donald Carey and company.

When Wood and Kohler aren’t mingling with the stars, they tune in their favorite soaps, which is easier now that they have VCRs.

50 years ago

May 16, 1964

Oneonta’s city government, acting on recommendations made by the Transportation Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, will immediately file for federal approval of an airport site just west of Wilber lake three miles north of Oneonta.

Approval of the filing of this application was the principal action to come out of a two-hour session Friday night at City Hall in which the Chamber recommendations for the airport were aired before a group including officials from the city, the towns of Oneonta, Milford, and Laurens, and air-oriented individuals from New York and Pennsylvania.

On hand to present the viewpoint of the Federal Aviation Agency was District Director Joseph Mott. Mr. Mott pointed out that the application must be filed by July 3 if funds are to be available in the 1965 FAA budget.

The program, as presented Friday night by Transportation Committee chairman Robert Bookhout, calls for the expenditure of $90,000 to build a 3,000 by 50-foot paved runway. Of this sum, if federal approval is granted, $45,000 would be provided through local sources and $45,000 by a federal grant.

The remainder of the project, the providing of a $10,000 workshop hangar, would have to be done by local funds, there being no federal money available for such construction.

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