35 Years Ago – March 1972
The Richfield Springs Indians basketball team dropped its final game of the regular season to Morrisville by a score of 84 to 64. Ron Spytko was top scorer for Richfield with 20 points. Jordan Wing had 12 points, Dave Spytko 9, Phil LaFrance 8 and Gary Van Allen 7. Richfield Indians defeated Sauquoit in Class D sectional play by a score of 72 to 65. Ron Spytko tallied 25 points, Gary Van Allen 12, Jordan Wing 12, Dave Spytko 13, and Phil LaFrance 8. Van Allen scored all of his points in the first half and was a key factor in building a 53 to 33 halftime lead.
40 Years Ago – March 1967
The Richfield Springs Board of Education met February 28 to discuss expansion of school facilities. The board authorized Myron Jordan, architect, to prepare preliminary plans for the following projects – a new elementary building for intermediate grades 4, 5 and 6; a new gymnasium and swimming pool; and classroom alterations in the high school so that better instruction can be provided in science, foreign language, commercial subjects and homemaking. Two existing classrooms are to be converted into a modern science laboratory with new equipment. Foreign language instruction would be relocated to allow for expansion of the library.
The snowmobile derby at the Richfield Sportsmen’s Club, last Sunday, attracted several hundred enthusiastic spectators to watch this fast growing winter sport. Thirty-five machines were registered for the races and featured events. The Grand Point Trophy went to Richard Fredericks, of Route 28, Mohawk. Floyd “Butch” Eckler was second and John Karker was third.
50 Years Ago – March 1957
Alfred “Sonny” Van Valkenburg will leave Saturday for Vero Beach, Florida, to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers at their rookie spring training camp. He expects to work out there for six weeks during which he will be under close observation by talent scouts. At the end of this period, he may be assigned to one of the minor leagues as a professional player. He expects to play outfield, although he won his recognition by a league talent scout when he pitched on the R.S.C.S. high school nine in 1955-1956. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Van Valkenburg, Center Street, Richfield Springs.
60 Years Ago – March 1947
A five-day-long snowfall, beginning February 28 and lasting until March 5, has stopped traffic on Route 20 and inconvenienced travelers. How many years since we have had such a blizzard? People refer to late February 1940, but they will have to go farther back than that. No Greyhound buses for three days, no school since Wednesday of last week and no reopening until next Monday at the earliest. Route 28 to Mohawk has been plugged for the week. Many farmers have been unable to get their milk to market. Drifts at Sharon have stopped traffic west from Albany. West of Richfield, a narrow one-way lane is open over Prey Hill and we can now get to the world via Bridgewater and Utica, but west to Syracuse is still plugged. Estimates of the snowfall vary, but three feet would be accurate.
75 Years Ago – March 1932
More than 40 Exchange Clubs are located in communities on Transcontinental Route 20 according to a compilation made by Ted H. Townsend, secretary of the New York Affiliated Exchange Clubs. Nearly five percent of Exchange Clubs are located on this famous ocean to ocean highway, said Townsend, the national offices are at Toledo, Ohio, and the national president resides at Cleveland, Ohio, both large cities on U.S. 20.
100 Years Ago – March 1907
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