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FPCS Students Complete Model of Medieval Castle: Students in Robert Bump's sixth grade class at the Fort Plain Central School completed a model of a medieval abbey in January, 1963.
This work was done in connection with the group's study of World History. Also included in the project were reports on such subjects as the abbey, knighthood, serfdom and feudalism.
Pictured inspecting the castle constructed by the class is Timmy Smith, Jean Tukarski and Larry Stockwell.

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Looking Back - 01/02/2014

Thursday, January 02, 2014 - Updated: 3:53 AM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Canajoharie Postmaster Louis deAraujo, presents Walter Frank the very first Ambassadors Award given at the local postal station in recognition of Frank's donation of a large number of used stamps deAraujo noted that the Canajoharie post office has for two years had a program offering used stamps to children to assist them in becoming young philatelists. The usual source for used stamps has been from local businesses, who generally offer only the more recently issued stamps. "Your notice of our endeavor took this program one giant step further," deAraujo said, "has added renewed interest for the young stamp seekers with an added variety." The post office offers, at no charge, cancelled stamps with which young people study, and begin collections with.

According to Canajoharie Central School District Superintendent Richard Rose, organizations need a common ground from which to base decisions and to keep all concerned on an even keel. For about two months, the Board of Education spent a portion of its monthly meetings brainstorming its new mission statement, which allows each board member input on its form and content. The newly adopted Mission Statement is as follows: "Our goal is for all Canajoharie students to graduate with the knowledge, practice and habits of lifelong, self-directed learners — who set and achieve challenging goals, enjoy learning and sharing their learning, and know how to solve learning and real life problems with a wide range of academic, practical, communication, and personal skills.

Thirty Years Ago

Miles Frasier Jr., town of Palatine supervisor was elected chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors recently. He succeeds outgoing chairman Richard Healy.

Village residents should be getting clearer, cleaner water from their taps. Just recently four large filters at the Canajoharie water plant in the town of Ephratah was filled with new filtering materials. After a few days of soaking, the new filter is in full operation. The filter project is just one part of a wide-reaching program that the village has pursued with the help of a $316,000 grant under the Small Cities Program. Approximately $85,000 of that total is earmarked for improvements at the filtration plant.

The Palatine Town Board has agreed to seek federal funding for extension of a sewage disposal line to the Palatine Nursing Home. The decision followed a public hearing in the municipal building recently which elicited a strong turnout despite inclement weather.

Forty Years Ago

The front of the Dutchtown Shopping Plaza, in Palatine Bridge, is under wraps as interior construction continues during the winter months. A grand opening is set for spring 1974.

Workmen are busy repairing the Thruway overpass at Church Street, to prevent further erosion from salt and water drainage.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Fort Plain's new slow sand water filtration plant is ready now to go fully on line, said engineer Tom Bates, with the John M. McDonald engineering firm. Residents of Nelliston and Fort Plain may already be noticing an improvement in their tap water, as Bates said some of the filtered water has been fed into the system, under the supervision of the state Department of Health.

The new sign at the Fort Plain Medical Foundation as designed by Jeff Chapple's Fort Plain High School computer aided design class. Once designed in the computer, the sign was brought to full realization by the High School technology class, also under the direction of Chapple. Students who worked on the project were Nate Dingman, Mike Hazzard, Todd Barker, Dan Thode and Anthony Palmeri.

As soon as the next cold snap, a new ice skating rink will open in the center of town — smack dab in the middle of Haslett Park. Over the last few years, a rink has been set up behind the Fort Plain Volunteer Fire Department's firehouse. But laying ice over a blacktop surface is a real problem when the sun comes out, according to Ray Pedrick, village DPW superintendent, when the ice tends to melt rather quickly. With a little prompting from the Fort Plain Area Merchants Association and some members of the Village Board, the decision was made to try building a ice skating rink in Haslett Park.

Tara Hogan, grade 12, and Patrick Flander, grade 10, were recently named Fort Plain High School Students of the Month. Hogan is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hogan, Fort Plain. Flander is the son of Ms. Kathy Flander, Fort Plain. Both students names will be inscribed on a plaque at their school, and they, along with their parents, will be the dinner guests of this month's sponsors of the Student of the Month program.

Thirty Years Ago

Fort Plain Central School's first place finish in the annual WGY Christmas Wish campaign will be celebrated with a procession from Nelliston to the Harry Hoag Elementary School.

The Fort Plain Youth Recreation Commission was busy in December opening the month with a Dec. 3 roller skating party at the elementary school. A total of 318 adults and children skated during the afternoon and evening. On Dec. 10, about 70 students attended a basketball game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, and on Dec. 18, the group held a Christmas party for children in K-fourth grades complete with food, fun, games and a visit from Santa Claus.

Edward J. Cook is sitting on the other side of the bench these days as he begins work as a Minden Town Justice after serving four years with the Fort Plain Police Department. Cook, 28, took office Jan. 1 after being elected to the justice post as a write-in candidate in the November election. Both Minden justice jobs were on the ballot last year, but only one candidate — incumbent Donald Klemme — field for election. That meant the other position, which was being filed by Fred VanArsdale after the resignation of Arthur Lawson, could be won by a single write-in vote. And when 18 voters wrote in Cook's name for the office, there was no doubt who the next justice would be.

Fort Plain and other area Girl Scouts will join their sisters around the nation in celebrating a "Cookie-versary" this year to mark 50 years of selling cookies in support of Girl Scouting programs.

Forty Years Ago

In an effort to conserve power during the energy crisis, daylight savings time will go into effect Jan. 6 and run through October 1975. It is the first time since World War II that the nation will be on fast time throughout the year.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The D.H. Robbins Elementary School library has been getting better grades from teachers and students using the facility since few simple changes recently were incorporated, said Librarian Joanne Zorn at a recent meeting of the Board of Education. Several areas of concern have been covered by Librarian Jean Sekel and Zorn. The first, said Zorn, was that Sekel worked over the summer to prepare the library for this year's crop of teachers. In past years, the library's book selection has been the target of complaints as being outdated, and the furnishings, Zorn said, didn't seem to provide an open, welcome atmosphere. The library is slowly becoming a more colorful and brighter place, where people are welcome to come in and browse or study quietly.

In a separate statement issued by the board of trustees for the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, it was reported that due to a financial crisis the library may be forced to close its doors. While relaying heavily on an endowment established by the late Joseph and Gertrude Horn Reaney, the board has been forced in the past to liquidate assets in order to maintain its current level of service and materials. Whereas 15 to 20 years ago, the Reaney Trust generated upwards of $25,000-$30,000 annually, this has been steadily decreasing, yielding approximately $19,000 this year. The only other consistent sources of revenues are $1,500 and $4,000 from the town and village of St. Johnsville respectively, an estimated $1,500 in state aid, and $9,000 anticipated in gifts and donations. It should be noted that gifts and donations include the annual fund raising campaign which, to date, has raised $5,000 for the fiscal year June 1, 1993-May 31, 1994.

Thirty Years Ago

The annual police report for 1983 filed by Chief Carlo Polidori shows a decrease from the previous year in complaints answered, while the number of vehicle and traffic, as well as penal law arrests and justice court fines increased during the year. The department received and answered 670 complaints last year, as compared to 793 in 1982. The number of vehicle and traffic arrests increased from 135 in 1982, to 167 in 1983. Penal law arrests increased to 72 from 56 a year before. Fines collected in town justice court for vehicle and traffic violations more than doubled from last year to $2,890 from 1982's $1,040.

A career and continuing education section has been established at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library. Early last year, according to Librarian Dawn Capece, the library received funds through the Mohawk Valley Library Association under the Adult Independent Learner grant to purchase materials relevant to continuing education and career information.

Seaman Mark David Trombetta recently received a promotion to E-5 rating, second class petty officer. He is stationed aboard the Oliver Hazzard Perry FFG-7, in Jacksonville, FL.

Forty Years Ago

Kean Thomas, Michael Malone, William Austin, Michael Settle, William Davis and Kenneth Haak were recipients of New York state Regents Scholarships. Elizabeth Stanton was the recipient of a Regents Scholarship in Professional Nursing.

     

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