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

25 years ago

jan. 14, 1995

No one knows what three boa constrictors were doing in the parking lot of the Super 8 Motel on Friday — dead snakes tell no tale.

Motel manager Gail Haines was cleaning up outside the motel Friday morning when she glimpsed the tangle of reptiles behind a bush. A call went out to the animal control office.

State police at Oneonta responded to the call of a large snake in the parking lot where they found three very deceased snakes.

“There were dead snakes, they are in a bag, they’re gone, end of story,” said Trooper Kenneth Grant. “They appear to be boa constrictors.”

Front desk manager Casey Loverde didn’t know where they had come from, but he had a theory. “It could have been a guest here who didn’t bring them in,” said Loverde. A night out in the cold might have killed them.

50 years ago

Jan. 14, 1970

The “moment of truth” arrived last night for the city government of Oneonta when it was informed by Urban Renewal engineers Newman and Doll that the City’s share of the Urban Renewal project will cost considerably more than the original estimate of $625,000.

According to estimates available in one area of the project — street improvements (not including underground work) — cost to the City was expected to run about $127,000. Last night City fathers learned these improvements will cost the city around $382,000.

These facts were revealed at a meeting between Oneonta officials and Newman and Doll representatives.

What contributed to the gross underestimate of the City’s share was its lack of understanding about who was to pay for certain areas of the project — areas that were explained to them in detail last night.

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