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Canajoharie, NY ,

SAR, DAR Observe Washington's Birthday With Costume Party: Saturday evening, Feb. 23, 1964, on the anniversary of Washington's Birthday was a colorful colonial party held a the Fort Rensselaer Club, Canajoharie, sponsored by the Fort Rensselaer Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Stone Arabia Battle Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.
Pictured above, seated, is Mrs. Harry V Bush, one of the oldest members of the Fort Rensselaer chapter, wearing a dress and bonnet of her grandmother's dating back to 1840, and earrings made from her grandfather's cuff links. Standing are Charles C. Crooker, Fort Plain, treasurer of SAR; Mrs. Richard Dingman, Canajoharie, secretary of Fort Rensselaer Chapter; George Vosburgh, Gloversville, attired as Washington; Mrs. S. Wesley Planck, Canajoharie, Fort Rensselaer Chapter regent; Robert Lord, Fort Plain and L. Albert Stockwell, also of Fort Plain president of Stone Arabia Battle Chapter.

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Looking Back - 02/06/2014

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 - Updated: 7:19 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Obscene hand gestures from the occupants of speeding cars along Reed Street while village DPW crews were searching for a water main break recently in the West Hill section of the village of Canajoharie prompted action from crews concerned for their personal safety. 

Village DPW Superintendent Stanley Smith noted that a recent break wasn't serious enough to cause area residents to go without water, but it did require digging down to a water line beneath Route 10 to make repairs.

The Town Board began considering the possibility of combining secretaries for both town justices after Canajoharie Town Supervisor Robert McMahon announced that Julie Mueller was resigning her position as secretary to town Justice Leigh Fuller. The board discussed the possibility, but announced that it would discuss the matter further with both Justice Fuller and Justice Edmund Callahan.

-- Thirty Years Ago

An imposing 250-page document, entitled the "Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Fulton County Sanitary Landfill" was unveiled. The document is supplemented by several hundred more pages of appendices, with lengthy analysis of waste disposal alternatives, possible sites, current and future needs, and a description of the design, operation, costs and environmental effects of the highly controversial proposed Mud Road landfill.

-- Forty Years Ago

More than 80 paintings by 18th and 19th century artists from the collection of the Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery were featured in the first of a series of exhibitions drawing on collections from all over the state to be mounted in the Executive Mansion in Albany. Coordinated by the New York state Council on the Arts at the request of Gov. and Mrs. Malcolm Wilson, the series replaced the collection of former Governor Nelson Rockefeller, which was dismantled in January.

The West Shore Railroad is a small but important segment of existing rail service, which the state Department of Transportation is seeking to keep and rehabilitate under the newly enacted Federal Regional Rail Reorganization Act.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

The walls did come a tumbling down recently as the end of an era for one of Fort Plain's fine old Greek Revival style buildings -- the old Four Pillars bar on Main Street. Coincidentally, the old Betzinger building, which was razed in 1991 for the Nice N Easy convenience store on Main Street, also was of Greek Revival style architecture, and of a similar age. A local history enthusiast noted that the former bar at 80 Main St. was listed on local registers as far back as 1858, and perhaps was at one time occupied by members of the Betzinger family, noted for a large carriage, spring and axle manufacturing concern.

Fort Plain Central School District Superintendent John Metallo reported a December school-wide attendance of 95 percent, and during the same month, a 99 percent attendance in the winter sports program at the recent meeting of the Board of Education. There are presently 98 students involved in winter sports.

Fort Plain Chapter of FFA received a $500 educational grant for its involvement in "Operation Green Stripe," a program to protect streams in New York. The grant, awarded by Monsanto Co. of St. Louis, MO, recognized the chapter's effort to work with area farmers to plant grassy buffer strips along streams that run through their farms. A check was presented to the chapter by Holly J. Butka, local area manager for Monsanto.

-- Thirty Years Ago

If it's true that a fire department is one group that wants less to do, then 1983 was a good year for Fort Plain's smoke eaters. According to the annual report released recently by Fire Chief David Bowman, the local department answered 51 alarms during the past year -- a decrease from 56 during 1982. Of those 51 calls, a total of 19 were in the village of Fort Plain, and 18 were elsewhere in the town of Minden. Thirteen were structure fires, down from 18 the previous year. The calls also included 12 chimney fires, up from 10 in 1982, nine vehicle fires, three grass and rubbish fires, and two false alarms. The local department requested mutual aid twice, once from St. Johnsville and once from Canajoharie. They provided mutual aid four times to the Canajoharie department and twice to St. Johnsville. On the average, 19 firefighters showed up for daytime calls and 21 for nighttime alarms. The average call involved slightly less than two hours and about 31 manhours. Volunteer firefighters contributed 1,523 hours to answering calls, 528 hours to drills, parades and training, and 168 hours to maintenance. Department vehicles traveled 588 miles during 1983, up slightly from 578 the previous year, and used 614 gallons of fuel.

-- Forty Years Ago

The ninth annual Otsquago Coin Association show was enthusiastically received at the Fort Plain Central School elementary cafetorium.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The American Legion's Law and Order Committee recently paid tribute to police and ambulance corps at a meeting of the Montgomery County American Legion, held at St. Johnsville's Post 168, with Legion Fourth District Commander Art Maggy making his official visit. The program was under the direction of Marshall Leach, county chairman of the Legion's Law and Order Committee. Fourth District Commander Maggy noted that the Law and Order program is an important part of the American Legion, and that posts throughout the nation pay tribute to the men and women who maintain law and order "in this great nation." "Many of these men and women who serve in fire departments and ambulance corps are volunteers," Maggy noted, "and should be honored for the countless hours they give to their communities."

When St. Johnsville Junior-Senior High School students plan a winter shindig, they plan a winter shindig. The Saints will be hosting their second annual Winter Weekend. It's set to take place for two days with both days filled with events.

Fort Klock Historic Restoration group are making many plans to celebrate the 40th year of the organization's founding.

A Thruway Authority feasibility study is currently underway, the results of which could show that an exit here might provide significant financial benefits to the St. Johnsville-Minden area. Thanks to the work of Assemblyman Paul Tonko, state Sen. Hugh Farley and others, the Thruway Authority now must include potential economic impact on a surrounding region to its consideration of building new Thruway interchanges.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Former St. Johnsville Youth Center Director, Linda Terricola, has been busy in her new position as executive director of the three-year-old Area Center for Teens [ACT] in Ballston Spa. Attendance has more than doubled at the center since she took over in October, according to a story that appeared in The Saratogian. Since taking over the reins at ACt, the attendance has gone from 32 to 71. A native of St. Johnsville, Terricola, was the youth center director here since its inception nine years ago. 

A discarded cigarette was blamed for a fire that caused considerable smoke damage to the second floor of the Central Hotel. No injuries were reported.

-- Forty Years Ago

Kermit Weaver was elected vice president of the Fulton and Montgomery Counties Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Association. He was also named member of the board of directors.

     

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