Step Back in Time features community news from The Daily Star 25 and/or 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Dec. 29, 1983

WALTON _ New Year's resolutions are seldom etched in stone, but some Walton officials claim they will push in to meet goals for a better 1984.

Mayor Burtis Budine said he hoped the new year would bring "a better understanding of the community" so the village may prosper.

"You're always hoping for a better place to live," Budine said. "You're always looking for improvement with a little enthusiasm. I think it all can be attained."

Trustee David Bresee said he hoped village residents would help guide officials to reach decisions beneficial to all.

Walton Supervisor Bruce Budine said in the coming year he would work toward improving the town's 103 miles of roadway.

Once Walton residents get their tax bills, they might be wise to follow the resolution offered by Dr. George Mack, superintendent of the Walton Central School District. "Keep smiling," said Mack. "All I can think of is keep smiling. I just feel that's really important."

Village Trustee Andrea Paternoster has a resolution equally succinct: "Keep trying."

50 years ago

Dec. 29, 1958

FRANKLIN _ A Candlelight Service telling the story of the Nativity, including the singing of Christmas carols as the musical background, was presented by the Sunday School of the Congregational-Baptist Churches at the annual Christmas program at the church.

Terry Matteson read the prayer and Gerald Law was the reader of the story. Carols were sung by nursery and kindergarten, 5th and 6th graders, and 3rd and 4th graders, Nancy Conant, Christine Kelsey, Kathy Matteson, Barb Ward, Carol Schmidt and Phyllis Bennett.

Preceding this service, special selections were sung by both the junior and senior choirs and recitations given by the younger members of the Sunday School.

At the close, "Santa" (George Rich) appeared and presented the gifts placed about the church Christmas tree, decorated and lighted in the front of the church.

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