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

25 years ago

Aug. 6, 1994

NORWICH — The Chenango County Council of the Arts has launched a $450,000 capital campaign to renovate the auditorium at the historic West Main Street School in Norwich into a community cultural center for Chenango County.

“It’s really going to be a community facility,” according to campaign chairman Ralph Larsen. “It’s already used now by many groups throughout the city and county, but now that use will be greatly enhanced.”

The Arts Council has used the auditorium at the former school since 1983, but it has no stage curtain, sound system or lighting and the seating does not meet safety codes. More than 14,000 people have used the space since 1990.

The Arts Council received gifts totaling $170,000 during the first phase of the $450,000 campaign. The lead corporate donors are Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, The Evening Sun/Norwich and Sidney Pennysavers Inc., Preferred Mutual Insurance and Laral Management.

50 years ago

aug. 6, 1969

The right of minor political parties to distribute political literature with the same freedom as major political parties was upheld yesterday in Oneonta City Court in a decision by Judge Albert A. Baldo.

The action came about when charges accusing Mrs. Kay L. Jacoby, 31, manager of the Tryworks Bookstore at 115 Main Street, of distributing handbills in the city of Oneonta without a permit, were dismissed Tuesday in Oneonta City Court.

Judge Baldo, who announced the decision in an eight page ruling, said that the two city ordinances under which the Jacoby woman was arrested pertain to handbills “used for the purpose of advertising.”

Judge Baldo said that the handbills which Mrs. Jacoby was distributing were “political in nature” and that the major political parties in the city “have over the years, consistently and without fail deluged the City with political literature…without license and without interference.”