Step Back in Time
features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Sept. 15, 1987
Students in area schools have been preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States this week.
“It’s essential that children know about the Constitution and particularly about the freedoms we enjoy,” said Dale Bellino, principal at Greater Plains Elementary School in Oneonta.
Some Oneonta teachers will lead their classes in a “Celebration of Leadership,” a day-long “teach-in” Wednesday — the day before the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. Teachers will tune in to a television broadcast so that their students may join more than 66 million citizens nationwide in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
In the nationwide broadcast, President Reagan will lead students and other citizens in the Pledge of Allegiance, and former Chief Justice Warren E. Burger will read and explain the meaning of the Constitution’s Preamble, according to the Constitution Bicentennial Commission.
At Oneonta Junior High School, students will read the Preamble over the intercom, and students will dress in patriotic colors. Studying the Constitution and how it was written helps students understand American history, said Samuel Sandoli, social studies teacher.
“They should appreciate our heritage,” he said. “It’s the oldest Constitution in the world.”
50 years ago
Sept. 15, 1962
WALTON — Mrs. Curtis Combs, chairman of the newly appointed Walton Civic Improvement Committee of the Walton Chamber of Commerce, will meet with the directors of the Chamber in a special session at 7 Monday evening, Sept. 17, in the Walton Village Hall courtroom.
Mrs. Combs has several recommendations to present, some of which will be recommended to the village board. The following are the ideas the committee proposes:
Benches for lower Bassett Park be installed.
A picnic pavilion be erected at Austin-Lincoln Park.
There should also be benches for Delaware Street.
The swimming pool should be utilized in the winter for ice skating.
The walk from the rear of the Townsend School to Griswold Street should be partly blocked to prevent cars from going through the opening that was meant for pedestrians only.
The week before Christmas, it was suggested that groups sing carols every night. Cooperation of the Walton Council of Churches will be asked.
Other members of this very active group are Mrs. Dan Williams, Mrs. Robert Doig, Mrs. Lewis Baker, Mrs. Francis Cucciare and Mrs. Richard Walsh.