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

25 years ago

Oct. 10, 1994

A $150,000 grant should help the city make improvements to Damaschke Field, home of the Oneonta Yankees.

City Engineering Administrator Joseph Bernier said Oneonta has been given preliminary approval for the state Urban Development Corp. grant and the money is in the state budget.

The project will be the subject of a public hearing from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 18, in the Common Council Chambers of City Hall, 258 Main St. The UDC Board of Directors will have to approve the grant after the hearing, Bernier said.

The grant will go towards $335,000 in renovations and improvements to the baseball field and facilities in Neahwa Park.

50 years ago

Oct. 10, 1969

Students and faculty members at four colleges — Hartwick and SUCO in Oneonta plus Cobleskill and Delhi Tech, — are planning a four-day observance of the nation-wide Vietnam Moratorium.

Sponsoring committees have listed schedules for events in which student-faculty groups will participate along with interested non-college groups and members of the clergy.

The event, officially scheduled for Wednesday, October 15, officials have stressed, must not be confused with another exhibition of objection to the Vietnam war, the October 25 March for Peace in Vietnam, in Oneonta. Some of the personnel involved in organizing the events are the same.

During this period, 1-6 p.m., volunteers will read the roll of Vietnam servicemen killed in combat from the steps of the former U.S. Post Office, Main and South Main Streets.

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