10 Years Ago – April 1999
March “Students of the Month” at Richfield Springs Central School are Clayton Domion, Tyler Thatcher, Kaitlyn Whitbeck, Lacey Bennett, Jacob Dolhun, Damon Simonds, Cody Wells, Audrianna Butler, Jonathan Hammer, Amanda Slowik and Josh Young. The Richfield Springs Rotary Club recently presented forty students from RSCS in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program with certificates and tee shirts during graduation ceremonies at an assembly in the Elementary School gymnasium.
20 Years Ago – April 1989
When lab results from a recent asbestos inspection at the Richfield Springs Central School are finished the school board will work out a management plan to correct any problems found according to school superintendent Dr. Thomas Rooney. The inspection was conducted in compliance with the Federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, Rooney said. The Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Rensselaer performed the inspection because the local Oneida-Herkimer BOCES was overloaded with inspections. Inspectors were to have taken 300 to 500 samples, but they only needed 100 to 200. Areas suspected of harboring asbestos include above the ceiling, under the carpet and around water pipes, especially around elbows. Asbestos officer Paul Bowler from Rensselaer BOCES said the object of the law is to keep the toxic material from becoming airborne. Both Rooney and Bowler agree that asbestos is commonly found in many buildings and the material is safe as long as it remains stable and does not become airborne.
50 Years Ago – April 1959
Along with the general reorganization of the whole New York Army National Guard, the Richfield Springs unit has again had its “face lifted.” This unit is now a platoon of a Military Police Company with the company headquarters in Utica. The official designation is now 3rd Platoon, 105th Military Police Co. In Utica there are three other platoons of this company. The unit also has a new commanding officer, 1st Lieutenant Howard E. Harrig. Lt. Harrig has been a member of the National Guard since 1947. Lt. Harrig and his family reside in Laurens.
60 Years Ago – April 1949
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75 Years Ago – April 1934
The residents of the school districts in the Towns of Richfield, Exeter, Columbia and Warren who have petitioned the State Department of Education for a Central School at Richfield Springs will be given an opportunity to vote on centralization – this according to statements made to the Board of Education of Richfield Springs High School in Albany on Thursday afternoon of last week by Mr. Ray P. Snyder, director of the Division of Rural Education. Preliminary examination and plotting will be done by Mr. Snyder’s assistants. Then, due notices will be published covering the time and place for a meeting of all the qualified voters of the participating school districts to vote on the question – Shall the centralized school district be formed? The department will not permit a single school district to hold up this centralization.
100 Years Ago – April 1909
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