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From the C-S-E files - Down Memory Lane - The annual foul shooting program contest conducted as part of the winter program of the Fort Plain Recreation Commission was held Saturday morning, Jan 22, 1966, in the hilltop gymnasium. Each contestant was allowed 30 attempts with Bill Bowman emerging the victor in the senior high division. Bowman netting 28 attempts to edge Ernie Kahn, who hit for 27. In the Junior High section, Craig Walton was the winner with 23 out of 30, while Miss Mary Jane D’Arcangleis, annexed honors in the girls’ division with 15 conversions. Pictured above, from left, kneeling are Don Nelson, Jim Trono and Eric Miller, three of the runners up in the junior high division, each with 21 conversions; standing, Kahn, Bill Nelson, Miss D’Arcangleis, Bowman and Walton, each of the three victors with their trophies.


Looking back

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - Updated: 9:12 AM


Twenty Years Ago

Central National Bank publicly announced that it is in the planning stages of the selection of a site for a new bank facility in the Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge area. Officials have noted that with the on-going negotiations, the selection of the final site has not been released.

They wear black jackets emblazoned in gold with words ‘Conflict Manager’ on the back. They carry clipboards to record their daily observations in the East Hill Elementary School. They’re kids helping kids resolve their conflicts in order to prevent fighting and other problems, which happen from time to time in every school and among those of all ages.

Canajoharie’s Republicans picked their roster of candidates for the March village elections during a Saturday afternoon party caucus, which party faithfuls hope will herald a call for open government. The village GOP called on former village trustee Gloria Seligman to head the roster of candidates as the party’s choice for mayor. Trustee Richard Miller, who was appointed to the position following the recent resignation of Dennis Yacobucci and political newcomer Alan R. Briggs were unanimously selected as the party’s choice for the two trustee seats up for grabs in the March election.

Thirty Years Ago

Canajoharie village officials, reacting to an announcement at the last meeting of the Fulton County Natural resources board that the 200 acres off Mud Road in Fulton County is a prime area for location of the Fulton County landfill, warned that the board will continue to fight the location of the landfill near the Canajoharie watershed.

Zip Code No. 13428 is at a new location — just another way of saying that the Palatine Bridge Post Office has moved from West Grand Street to the Dutchtown Plaza, in the heart of the village. Postmaster Ralph Ouderkirk and his staff opened for business, although carpenters and other workmen are still putting finishing touches on the interior. The post office had occupied its former location since opening in the former location, then a new building, Jan. 11, 1961.

Palatine Bridge Mayor Anthony Malagisi provided the big surprise at the village’s citizens’ caucus when he announced he would seek reelection, after announcing two weeks ago that he was not a candidate for another term. Subsequently, Malagisi’s name was the only one placed before the caucus and was unanimously named as its candidate for mayor.

Incumbent Canajoharie Mayor Mary Plank, and trustees Bruce Van Evera and Earl Canfield were named the Republican party’s candidates for the March 15 village election at the party’s caucus in the Municipal Building. At the present time it appears that the three incumbents will be running unopposed, as the Democratic party at its caucus failed to field any candidates.

The streaking Canajoharie Redskins swept the season’s Tri-Valley Basketball league series from Fort Plain on the losing team’s home court, 65-57.

Forty Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Van Alstyne, of the Ames Building Supply purchased the long established Billington Hardware Store on Church Street, from Edward F. Lynch, who had conducted business there for the past 25 years.

Vincent Jones and Louise Moyer were chosen kind and queen of the annual senior ball sponsored by the Canajoharie Central School and held at the Fort Renssalaer Club.

Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

With the mayor’s job and three trustee seats up for grabs in the March Fort Plain village elections, both the Republican and the Democratic parties selected their candidates during the recent caucuses. The Republicans are running a full slate of candidates after selecting incumbent Mayor Albert Nalli as the party’s mayoral candidate. Incumbent trustees Loring Dutcher and Gerald Hudson also were tabbed by the GOP to run for their own two-year trustee seats. Former trustee Guy Barton was given the nod to run for the one-year unexpired term, which was vacated by Walter Wheeler late last year. Wheeler was appointed to the position after Timothy Kirkpatrick gave up the position he won in last year’s village election after it was pointed out that the Hatch Act prevented federal employees from holding public office. Kirkpatrick is a career noncommissioned office in the Navy. The Democrats, however, were unable to select a mayoral candidate from the handful of party faithfuls who attended the caucus. Instead, the Democrats voted to give the mayoral selection to its Committee on Vacancy. The Democrats did, however, select candidates for the three trustee seats. Former trustee Dorr Eacker and newcomer Robert Byrne were the Democratic choices for both two-year trustee seats. Peter Joyce, who lost his reelection bid two-years ago to Kirkpatrick, will be seeking the one-year unexpired term on the village Board of Trustees.

Thirty Years Ago

Mrs. Loring (Doris) Dutcher was elected president of the Fort Plain-Nelliston Merchants Association at the monthly breakfast meeting at Frank’s Pizzeria. She succeeds Paul Hage.

Members of the Fort Plain Village Board agreed at the last regular meeting that the higher elevation afforded by Wiles Park would be the logical location of the 125,000 gallon water tank to replace the present badly deteriorated 57-year-old tank at the intersection of High and Clyde streets. The cost is estimated at $210,000, which includes the installation of a pumping station on West Street to increase pressure from between 20 and 35 pounds in the Wagner, Upper Main and Clyde street area, including 82 homes and two schools.

Mayor Richard Jacksland and trustees Loring Dutcher and Albert Nalli were nominated without opposition at the village of Fort Plain Republican caucus recently as that party’s candidates for the March village election. The Democrats failed to nominate a slate at its caucus, which followed the brief GOP caucus.

The Village Board voted to renew its annual contract with the Sprakers Animal Shelter for the coming year at the same cost as last year, an annual fee of $50 and a charge of $12 for each dog.

The Hilltoppers girls basketball team improved its record to 3-2 in the Tri-Valley league by routing Perth 71-17 and also defeating St. Johnsville, 39-24.

Forty Years Ago

A facelifting project is underway on the Wagner Block on River Street, the four-story building being covered with green siding. The structure, which dates back to the Civil War, was once occupied by Franz Hix and Sons, furniture manufacturers.

The Hilltoppers upset a favored Canajoharie Redskins contingent, 53-48, during Tri-Valley league action on the ‘Skins’ home court.

St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The Village Board expects to have an engineering proposal for its water filtration plant by Feb. 5, Mayor Dominick Stagliano reported at the recent session of the board. Three engineering firms, C.T. Male Associates, McDonald Engineering and Resource Associates are expected to submit their preliminary plans for a slow sand water filtration plant to the board so that it may be reviewed at the next meeting.

St. Johnsville village officials announced that village residents may experience dirty water over the course of the next two weeks as preparations are made for a Winter Weekend sponsored by St. Johnsville Jr./Sr. High School student organizations. Administrative Assistant Brian Haak stated that the festivities planned for the weekend include ice skating at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park. Haak noted that the ice skating rink is being prepared by members of the fire department and water for the rink is being drawn from nearby fire hydrants. “The draw from the hydrants may result in some sediment in the system being kicked up, but residents should not have any health concerns,” Haak stated.

Two trustee seats are up for election March 16, those of Mel Smith and Joyce LaPone. Also up for election is the seat of Village Justice Fred LaCoppola. The Village Board last year created the position of village justice, subsequently appointing LaCoppola to a one-year term. Village Administrative Assistant Brian Haak noted that the village of St. Johnsville does not hold party caucuses, but nominates its candidates through nonpartisan petition. Haak said that any petitions filed must contain the signatures of 50 registered voters.

St. Johnsville made Fonda-Fultonville its 60th consecutive Tri-Valley League victim with a score of 70-36.

Thirty Years Ago

Five St. Johnsville High School students in the agricultural mechanics class recently completed construction of an 18-foot by eight-foot cow feeder wagon under the direction of ag instructor Ben Conte, for Stanley Shuster, of Kennedy Road. Shuster supplied all of the materials, and took the students three months to complete the project. The wagon will be able to fee 60 cows per day.

Forty Years Ago

Incumbents Angelo Giaquinto and Dominick Papa have announced their candidacies for reelection.

Herkimer County Community College and Fulton-Montgomery Community College will each offer courses in St. Johnsville High School.


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