Step back in time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
July 24, 1987
An increase in children's programs has helped Huntingdon Memorial Library break circulation records. On a hot Monday on June 22, three librarians checked out 963 books, more than twice as many as this year's daily circulation average.
"It was a crazy day," said Librarian Alison Black. Almost half of the books checked out were children's books.
Summer is usually a busy time of year for the library, senior clerk Sharon Herrmann said, but such high circulation was not expected.
Ms. Black joined the staff a year and a half ago as the library's first full-time children's librarian.
"Children tend to check out as many books as they can stagger out with," she said.
Two years ago about 55 children were involved in the library's summer book club. Last year the figure rose to 80, and now there are over 100 members. Ms. Black expects about 200 members by the end of the summer.
Other summer children's programs include a Summer Spectacular and a Family Fun program.
50 years ago
July 24, 1962
DELHI _ That eastern and northern Delaware County is fast becoming a mecca for skiers is evidenced by the number of top-flight ski centers already developed, under development, and on the drawing boards.
It has been announced that two men, Robert Squire and Ernst Eischer, of Jackson Heights, have acquired the former Finkle farm on Palmer Hill, Andes, to develop a modern ski center there.
The new owners of the property are uncertain as to what equipment may be secured for the coming winter, but for 1963 they plan a chair lift and other facilities necessary to equip a modern operation.
In Stamford, a $500,000 ski center is being developed. It is located approximately one and one-half miles northeast of Stamford Village, on Route 10. The Roxbury Ski-Center, located at Vega, a short distance from Roxbury, has been in operation the past five years. The Plattekill Ski-Center, also located near Roxbury, was established two years ago by Sanford Hinkley, of Roxbury, owner and operator. Then, of course, there's Belleayre Mountain ski-center, located immediately across the Delaware County line at Fleischmanns, in Ulster County. This facility, developed by the New York State Conservation Department, is capable of handling as many as 4,000 skiers in a single day.