Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
March 21, 1988
The city of Oneonta is in the process of acquiring the former Bugbee School playground on the corner of Maple Street and State Street from the state of New York.
Mayor David Brenner said the State University College at Oneonta Board of Trustees agreed to declare the land surplus and hand it over to the city. In return, the city would agree to develop and maintain the land as a park.
Brenner said the initial cost to tear up the macadam surface of the lot and make the area into some kind of park or grassy area will be paid for by private donors. Final plans for the area have not yet been made. The mayor said work would begin as soon as possible, and would be done by a private contractor.
“I’m really enthusiastic about it,” Brenner said.
50 years ago
March 21, 1963
Oneonta Junior High School Dance Band will make its first public appearance from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lions Club Sportsman’s Show in the Armory.
The 18 member band, formed each year by JHS music teacher Richard J. Schuyler, has been working since November toward its debut.
Mr. Schuyler reported the band has a repertoire of “standard and popular dance band selections such as ‘Stardust,’ ‘Tuxedo Junction,’ ‘Mood Indigo,’ ‘Birth of the Blues’ and so on.”
New members in this year’s band include Don Reinhardt and Ron Hughes, saxophones; Marie Byam, accordion; David Jordan and James Couden, trumpets, and David Yager, trombone.
Other members of the band include Gary Salisbury, Richard Birkett, Diane Harris and Bart Brush, saxophones; Nick Bozanic and Robert Harder, trumpets; Thomas Frisbee and John Armstrong, trombones; Timothy Hamwey, piano; Paul Pidgeon, string bass; and Frank Waite and William Mullahey, drums.