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

25 years ago

Aug. 13, 1994

COOPERSTOWN — There were plenty of things Colin Ciota of Long Island hoped to see between now and this fall, but the 12-year-old is dejectedly facing up to the fact that he may not see any of them.

He wanted to see the World Series. He wanted to see Matt Williams hit his 62nd home run of the season to beat Roger Maris’ record of 61.

But Colin knows it doesn’t look good. Because of the now-official baseball strike, he knows that that games may never be played, that Williams may be robbed of his chance at the record this year.

“I think it stinks,” he said.

50 years ago

aug. 13, 1969

People, not engineering plans, are the determining factor for construction timetables for the Susquehanna Expressway, a state Transportation Department spokesman said Tuesday night.

In Oneonta last night in review plans on two segments of the new $124 million Interstate Highway, Design Engineer Ed Pitel, Binghamton, said the relocation of people affected by the new road is the problem because federal laws bar the granting of construction contracts until all relocations have been completed.

“We can’t let a construction contract,” the engineer said, “until these people have been satisfactorily relocated” even though plans for the interstate through Oneonta are “75 per cent complete.”

And the engineer said he could not estimate when the state’s Transportation Department would be ready to let contracts on the new arterial because there is no way to tell how long it might take negotiating teams — and relocation officials — to acquire needed properties and relocate the residents.

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