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

25 years ago

july 9, 1994

COOPERSTOWN — Two separate events scheduled to be held on opposite sides of Otsego Lake this Sunday offer the public the choice of either watching a boat parade with some fairly unique categories of competition or celebrating the low-impact use of the watershed.

Scheduled at roughly the same times on Sunday are the Quiet Waters Festival, sponsored by the local group Motorless Otsego and the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, and a traditional boat parade with such categories of competition as “loudest horn,” “most horsepower,” and “largest boat.”

Those interested in participating in or viewing the boat parade should gather near the docks at the Lake Front Motel at noon on Sunday. The parade and judging begin at 1 p.m. Cooperstown Village Mayor James Woolson will be judging entrants on a slew of categories, ranging from the oldest boat to the most polished and most scratched.

Boat crews also have the chance to win prizes if they are chosen as winners in categories such as “most lovable skipper and first mate” and “most overweight captain.”

50 years ago

july 9, 1969

27th District Congressman Martin B. McKneally will be the featured guest at the dedication Saturday of a new picnic area and lumber unloading facility near Mickle Bridge jointly created by the DO Line and Opportunities for Otsego.

The new picnic area and unloading dock were announced Tuesday by DO Line vice president and General Manager Walter Rich who said Congressman McKneally is to be the featured dedication speaker.

The picnic area, used for the benefit of the general public riding the DO Line, augments other picnic and recreational facilities already in being at the outer end of the DO Line’s 2.6 mile excursion trip.

Land for the facility was made available by East Meredith businessman-farmer Kenneth Kelso, the purchaser of right-of-way land from the New York Central Railroad over what once was the old Ulster and Delaware Railroad.