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

25 years ago

April 24, 1995

An environmental armada from the Upstate Home for Children took the prize at the Earth Day parade Saturday before blustery winds and dripping skies drove vendors and wanderers under cover indoors during Oneonta’s sixth annual Earth Day celebration.

The weather didn’t chase everybody away. A handful of dedicated participants braved the elements for the duration of the afternoon making music, painting faces and crusading for causes with the knots of people who ventured out between the raindrops.

The parade began on the State University College at Oneonta campus and made its way down city streets to the beat of a drum. “It grew as it went along,” said Earth Day organizer Kathryn Dailey.

Brownies, Daisies and oversized puppets marched along the prize-winning flotilla from the Upstate Home, which had a brace of boats in celebration of this year’s Earth Day theme, “The River.” One child’s wheelchair was transformed into a silver canoe, another wheelchair became a tugboat. One wheeler carried a paddle, one walker a string of fish.

The parade dispersed along Main Street just before noon, as performer Skip West took the stage. A line of children in front of the stage sang and danced along.

50 years ago

April 24, 1970

Father John Kelliher, Catholic chaplain for Oneonta collegians, said yesterday a spokesman for Oneonta State’s Faculty-Administrative Council has informed him that body voted to permit Masses on campus for the remainder of this school year.

The decision was arrived at by an 8-4 vote with one abstention, Father Kelliher said.

Permission was granted for services to be held through the last Saturday in May, he said.

“I feel the high student attendance at the probationary Masses were a deciding factor in the Council’s decision,” Father Kelliher said.

Earlier this year, the Council granted permission for five probationary services to be held at SUCO.

*Item adjusted at 8:39 a.m. April 24 to include the correct items.

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