Step back in time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
June 16, 1987
HARTWICK _ The Hartwick Improvement Committee plans to build a playground next. But it won't just be for the children.
"I'd love to take my kids to a playground in town," said Carol Niedzialkowski, president of the committee, "so I could meet people while they have a chance to play with other kids."
The committee, which formed last April, wants to get young and old members of the community to appreciate and take more pride in their town.
"Hartwick has a lot to offer," Mrs. Niedzialkowski said, "and we want people of all ages to enjoy it." The town has a Community Center, for example, complete with a gymnasium and meeting rooms. But it is rarely used.
Hartwick is an attractive location for young families because it is close enough to Cooperstown's advantages, such as Bassett Hospital, Otsego Lake and the museums, but far enough to avoid the higher taxes and prices of houses. Population rose about 10 percent between 1980 and 1984, from 1,796 to 1,968. It is one of the fastest growing towns in the county.
Money for the group's projects will come from fund raisers, and donations, secretary Martha Clarvoe said. They are sponsoring a teen dance June 27 at the Community Center, and are raffling off a small fruit tree, grocery money, a puppy and possibly a load of firewood. They have raised about $150 to date.
50 years ago
June 16, 1962
ROXBURY (Special) _ Contracts for telephone equipment recently negotiated with the U.S. Army Signal Corps by Audiosears Corps is estimated to bring approximately 70,000 hours of work.
It is expected that the new factory in Stamford will be ready in July to take up a large amount of this work. Present facilities will continue in production at Roxbury with emphasis on engineering and test production.
Adult Education courses in manufacturing procedures, which include soldering, assembly, testing, and packaging are presently being taught at the Stamford Central School on Monday and Wednesday evenings for a period of five weeks.
Thirty area residents are improving their skills so that they may be considered for positions expected to be open in the near future.
A Management Training Program is presently being conducted at the Stamford Central School.