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

25 years ago

July 16, 1994

FRANKLIN — Dry Town Brewery is looking for a new site after discovering that it would be too expensive to put in a wastewater system in Franklin.

Kenneth Walter, Harold Leitenberger and Paul Robinson, all town of Franklin residents and partners in Dry Town Brewery Inc., are now searching for a new location that is served by a municipal wastewater treatment plant.

Walter said when the project was in the panning stages the partners were told that they could not use a glorified septic system to process wastewater, which would cost about $10,000.

After settling on the Franklin location and getting all the required town permits lined up in March and April, civil engineering firms were consulted to develop plans to meet state Department of Environmental Conservation requirements.

50 years ago

July 16, 1969

Ten years ago, the people were just entering a race for the moon against the Russians.

Most people saw it as our greatest challenge, not only in discovering the mysteries of space, but to prove our superiority in technology over Russia. Some even pointed out the military importance of the moon.

The two biggest arguments against the moon program have been the cost and the need to go to the moon. To find out how local people felt about today’s trip, especially concerning cost and necessity for going, several people were asked to give their reasons for or against.

“The future of the world depends on expansion,” felt Dr. James Ian-Diorio of 29 Center Street. “This expansion means not only developing the potential of the sea, but also we must spread out into space. As far as the money we have spent, we have been more than adequately recompensed by the discoveries in electronics and space medicine,” he added.

The money should be spent elsewhere, according to SUCO math professor Jim Fraley. “There is probably some worthy goal such as advances in technology, but unfortunately millions of Americans are going hungry,” he noted. “We need to direct this money to the problems in the cities such as better housing and education, especially for non-whites. The technology we do gain goes mainly to benefit only the affluent Americans.”

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