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

25 years ago

july 12, 1994

Like Dorothy and Toto, Richard Dombrowski knows he’s not in Kansas. All he has to do is look at his electric bill.

Dombrowski, who runs two McDonald’s restaurants in Oneonta and one each in Sidney and Delhi, recently contacted a friend with a McDonald’s in Kansas and got information on the electric-rate schedule for Kansas Power and Light.

He plugged in his own usage figures for his Sidney restaurant into the KPL schedule and found that while he paid $4,164.42 to New York State Electric & Gas Corp. in May 1994, he would have paid $2,317.47 to KPL, a difference of more than $1,800 for the month.

“I can’t see why anybody would want to come into this state to pay these exorbitant prices,” Dombrowski said. “I would have saved a lot out there (in Kansas). I think everybody would.”

50 years ago

july 12, 1969

COOPERSTOWN — The first day it is fun, but it takes stamina, discipline and determination to stay with the job.

This is how Mrs. Sheldon Keck feels about the team of young girls, each 14 years of age, who have volunteered to clean Cooperstown’s Main Street in particular from miscellaneous objects strewn by the inconsiderate and unthinking public.

The clean-up project started last year and it was initiated by Mrs. Sheldon Keck of Cooperstown, a member of the Board of Directors of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce.

She provided two great big garbage cans, mounted and painted and designed by the Keck’s son, Larry.