Step back in time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Aug. 1, 1987
STAMFORD _ As the Milford school district breaks ground at 6:30 p.m. Monday, a bill that could help the district pay for its new $6 million project awaits action by the state Assembly.
But that could take some time, because the Assembly is now in its summer recess.
"We want to change the formula for Milford," said Assemblyman Anthony Casale, R-Mohawk. The bill, which is pending in the education committee, could mean $1 million in extra state aid over four or five years, he said.
But the district is going ahead with construction and that means a 24 to 27 percent school tax increase for the Milford district.
Excavation for the new school began in mid-July, and workers are preparing the ground to pour foundation footings next week, said school board member Deborah West.
At Monday's ground-breaking on school property, retiring school superintendent Gordon Hammond and incoming superintendent Bruce Burritt will be present. Afterwards, the district will have an ice cream social, and the Milford School Band and community members will provide musical entertainment.
50 years ago
Aug. 1, 1962
The dream of many Otsego County Democratic party officials _ a county wide Young Democratic Club _ began to take shape last night at the Rex Restaurant.
An open meeting for interested young Democrats provided a nucleus of 14 people for the organization of the club.
James Van Deusen, Otsego County Democratic Committeeman from the First Ward, presided.
Dr. A.F. Carson, Otsego County Democratic Committee Chairman, explained at the outset of the meeting that one of the weaknesses of the Otsego County Democratic organization is that "we are not bringing along the young people and getting them interested in the principles and philosophy of the Democratic party."
The Club is necessary, he declared, "if we're going to have a two-party system in this county."
Jack Ranieri, Democratic Town Supervisor, added, "We need the enthusiasm of the younger people. My recent campaigns owe the bulk of their success to the enthusiasm of members of the Young Democrat Club at SUCO."
Van Deusen, temporary organizer of the club, asked for volunteers for the general program committee.
Appointed to the committee were: Mr. Van Deusen; Bruno Talevi, 87 East St.; Mr. and Mrs. Dean Utter, Cherry Valley; Paul Nichols, Unadilla; and Joe Ranieri, 45 West St.
Temporary officers are: Mr. Van Deusen, president; Mrs. Herbert Ludlam, 5 Ivy Court, secretary; and Mr. Talevi, treasurer.