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For Men Only: Pictured above, left to right, top row, are Myron Kilmartin, Jeff Searles, Kelly Morey, Gary Blowers; middle row, George Euler, Jamie Coppernoll, Bob Loring, Richard Burke, Dave Oeser, Mrs. Keller, homemaking instructor at CCS: Bottom row, James Jennings, Leon Sweet, Lloyd Rush and Tony Warner learning how to operate a sewing machine in a special course covering several areas offered both boys and girls in eighth grade classes at the school in January, 1973.


Looking Back - 01/09/2014

Thursday, January 09, 2014 - Updated: 2:48 AM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

The Canajoharie Town Board and officials of the town's Planning Board discussed programs for 1994, including the development of a master plan to be implemented in 1995, and what to do with the Iroquois pipeline grant. 

Canajoharie residents caught shoveling snow into the street could be fined, according to village ordinances currently on the books. A complaint of snow in the streets was lodged at the recent snowstorm-abbreviated January meeting of the Village Board. 

Central National Bank Board of Directors announce the promotion of Leon DeForge and Paul Hoffmann. Deforge, director of human resources, has been promoted to senior vice president and Hoffmann has been promoted to vice president.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Neil E. Van Slyke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Avery Van Slyke, of Palatine Bridge, has been chosen for inclusion in the latest edition of "America's outstanding Names and Faces." Neil, a senior at Canajoharie High School, is among only about one percent of all students nationwide to be selected for the honor.

A group of people who live near a proposed Fulton County landfill met recently to discuss their continuing opposition to the waste facility. Some 50 people attended the meeting held in the Sammonsville firehouse. The group is primarily comprised of people who live near the proposed site for a Fulton County landfill along the north side of Mud Road in the town of Ephratah. The proposal already has drawn fire from the village of Canajoharie, which gets its water from a watershed just northeast of the proposed site. The Bi-County group also is concerned about water quality. 

-- Forty Years Ago

Republican Christoph Piening, town of Charleston, was elected chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors as the GOP regained control of the year.

Miss Anne Steltmann, Delmar, joined the 4-H staff of the Montgomery County Cooperative Extension Agency.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Have you ever listened to your school children and thought to yourself 'well if I were teaching that class things would be different?' Thanks to the Mohawk Valley Library Association — you just might get your chance. Four small public libraries in the general vicinity, including the Fort Plain Free Library, Fonda's Frothingham Free Library, Cobleskill Library and the Quaker Street Library in Duanesburg soon will be engaged in tutorial program for children in grades 4-8 for after-school studies.

A comprehensive 12-page document outlining the functions of Fort Plain Central School's School Board Planning and Shared Decision Making Plan was presented for approval by the local Board of Education at a recent meeting. A year in the making, the document mirrors similar school district plans across the state as required by Section 100.11 of the Commissioner of Education's regulations, and are required to be submitted to the state Education Department by Feb. 1. Twenty-two members of such diverse groups as parents, community members, instructional and non-instructional school staff members, school administration, school board members and students met regularly to put together the document.

The Fort Plain Chapter of Students Against Driving Drunk held its annual SADD Awareness Night recently between the jayvee and varsity basketball games, held in the Hoag Elementary School gym. St. Johnsville's Saints were taking on the Hilltoppers, and it wasn't any surprise because the Saints have a SADD chapter of their own.

-- Thirty Years Ago

WGY's "Great Northeast Ambassador" made a triumphant return to the area recently in recognition of Fort Plain Central School's first place contribution to the Schenectady radio station's Christmas Wish fund drive. Radio personalities Don Weeks and Harry Downie, and Program Director Mike Neff were given a hero's welcome recently in a parade that started in Nelliston and proceeded to the Harry Hoag Elementary School. Hundreds of area residents braved the cold temperatures and were on hand in the elementary school gymnasium for a one-hour live radio broadcast and trophy presentation. The students collected a total of $9,450.66 for Christmas Wish. It was the third consecutive first place finish by the locals.

The Minden Home Bureau will meet at the home of Mrs. Frances Flanders. A table centerpiece lesson will be taught by Terry Stockwell.

Police activity was substantially up in the village of Fort Plain during 1983, as compared with the previous year. Chief Harold Wilday reported that his department made 115 arrests during the past year, compared to just 78 in 1982. These cases included 14 felonies (compared to just four the previous year), 66 misdemeanors (compared to 34) and 35 violations (there were 40 in 1982). The village's four full time officers and crew of special (part-time) officers — the same size staff as in 1982 — issued 501 vehicle and traffic tickets during the year, more than double the figure of 213 for all of 1982. Complaints increased slightly, from 387 to 404, and 12 arrests were made for driving while intoxicated, as compared to eight during 1982.

-- Forty Years Ago

Commander-in-Chief Ray R. Soden, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars was the host at a buffet dinner at Mohawk Valley Post No. 3275, Fort Plain.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The students of the St. Johnsville Junior-Senior High School are "right on the ball," according to U.S. Congressman Sherwood Boehlert. The congressman gave a brief pep talk recently at the school on American government before answering questions posed by the students on a variety of current local and national issues. Questions asked mirrored today's headlines. The young people seemed fairly up on current events, judging on the thoughtful and informed questions they posed for the New York congressman.

I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand. This motto -- an old Chinese proverb -- is gaining momentum in the St. Johnsville Central School District, and is drawing increased participation by a widening group of students in grades 11 and 12. District agriculture instructor Ben Conte, who also is a math teaching assistant, said that Tech Prep 2000 is more just a form of hands-on instruction that leads to increased student participation.

-- Thirty Years Ago

"I've been trying to make people aware that they have a wonderful library here. It distresses me that we have this and people don't know it," said Librarian Dawn Capece, of the Margaret Reanty Memorial Library. She started working as an aid with the CETA program at the library in 1976 under former Librarian Miriam Case. After a year, Mrs. Case resigned and Dawn took over. "I was asked if I wanted the job," she now says six years later. "I said I'd give it a whirl and I've been here ever since." Being St. Johnsville's librarian is not only a job with the 27-year old Fort Plain native, it's a way of life. Programs she has initiated at the Reaney Library -- a place she considers her second home -- include story hours for pre-school as well as school age children, a summer reading program and the annual village Christmas tree lighting.

Richard Voorhees was recently re-elected chief of the Oppenheim Fire Department at the annual meeting. Other officers elected included Alan Johnson, first assistant chief; John Duesler, second assistant chief; Scott DeNinno Sr., captain; William Windecker, lieutenant; Charles Sammons, president; August Looman, vice president; Phillip Barker, secretary; Bruce Carpenter, treasurer; Frank Chludzinski, trustee for two years; and James Thomas, chaplain.

A former St. Johnsville woman has been named "Employee of the Month" for November at the material division of Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, CA. Donna Rollins Krieger, Allen Heights, received the citation as a supply clerk in the plans and operations office of the California base.

Harold Wheeler was installed as Master of the St. Johnsville Masonic Lodge No. 611 F&AM recently. He succeeds retiring Master Richard Folmsbee.

-- Forty Years Ago

Kyser Hotel remained as the unbeaten team in the Little Falls YMCA League with a record of 3-0 for the year.


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