Step back in time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
June 1, 1987
The weekend's near 90-degree temperatures and high humidity sent many area residents to parks and pools to cool off during the season's first summer-like weather.
"This was a real good weekend for this time of year," said Robert Lawton, park manager of Gilbert Lake State Park in Laurens. "There are no regular recreation programs yet. They don't start until school is out. Most of what happened is what people generated themselves."
He said about 2,000 people visited the park this weekend, a good number for a pre-summer weekend with fewer campers. An average summer weekend draws crowds of around 3,000.
The Wilber Park pool in Oneonta opened on the weekend with good turnouts. The pool opened earlier than usual this year because of past criticism of not opening until school was out in late June.
Glimmerglass State Park near Cooperstown drew about 2,500 people Sunday. Dick Protus, park manager, said the water temperature was 65 to 68 degrees. That was up from last weekend's 55 to 58 degrees.
The weather will stay very warm and humid in the early part of the week. Temperatures will be in the 80s for most of the state and may reach the lower 90s in some areas. Scattered thunderstorms will also remain over the state.
50 years ago
June 1, 1987
COOPERSTOWN _ Dr. and Mrs. Louis C. Jones have been invited by Mrs. John F. Kennedy to attend a tea at the White House on June 5.
Dr. Jones, director of the New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown, is vice-president of the American Association of Museums and a member of the committee to appoint Mrs. Kennedy as an honorary member of the Council for the professional way in which she has revitalized the White House.
From Washington, Dr. and Mrs. Jones will go to Williamsburg, Va., to attend the annual meeting of the American Association of Museums.