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The February 7, 2013 issue of the C-S-E featured a picture of the 1949-50 Fort Plain High School basketball team. Shown here are the Fort Plain High School Jr. Varsity and Varsity Cheerleaders for the basketball team of the 1949-1950 school year.

Kneeling, Junior Varsity: Sheila Desmond, Jo Getzler, Marilyn Wahler, Emily Hoffman, Eleanor Utter, Sylvia Forcucci, Shirley Wahler.
Standing, Varsity: Doris Giovannone, Derlene Prime, Janet Luft, Pat Luft, Rosemary Herb, Janet Abel, Sally Ross, Theresa Carrier.

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Looking Back - 02/13/2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - Updated: 7:49 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

In the words of one observer, this winter has been "brutal." And no one knows this better than construction workers involved with projects requiring long hours, laboring mostly outdoors or in practically unheated structures. Some areas of these work-sites are closed in — and some are not. The projects continue through rain, snow, cold or high wind, as crews struggle to maintain construction schedules. Even in enclosed structures with commercial heaters operating, working conditions are far from "cozy." Yet the work goes on. The multimillion dollar Arkell Center project on Montgomery Street in Canajoharie is progressing "pretty much on schedule," according to David Rubin, of Sano-Rubin, Albany, the firm managing the construction and overseeing the project, "to make sure everything goes according to plan." Although outside work has been hampered by heavy snow and severe cold, progress inside of the 30,000 square foot facility resembles a small city in operation.

Canajoharie Cub Pack 81 celebrated its Blue and Gold banquet at the cafetorium at the East Hill school with this year's theme, Birthdays Around the World. Each den had its table decorated to honor the nation they chose, with Spain, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Mexico as the nations honored. Cubmaster Diane Rumrill-Hall welcomed all the Cubs and their families with the flag ceremony presented by the Wolf Den under the direction of leader Al Evans.

A meeting to discuss the possibility of a 50th reunion for the Canajoharie High School Class of 1944 will be held at Canajoharie Central School.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Combating pet overpopulation and encouraging responsible pet ownership are the chief goals of "Spaying and Neutering a Pet" [SNAP], a program spearheaded locally by Margaret Welch. For several years, the Canajoharie resident has been devoting her time and energies to SNAP — and in retrospect, she hopes that her efforts have made a dent in the problem of unwanted dogs and cats in Montgomery County. Mrs. Welch opened the "Attic Nook" second-hand shop in Canajoharie 11 years ago to help raise funds for the Animal Shelter at Sprakers. Today, she's operating from her home and no longer is associated with the shelter, but her mission is the same — to make sure that pets are wanted, safe and well cared for.

Miss Cheryl Flint, a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, is the Monday Evening Club's candidate for the Marie P. Booth scholarship.

-- Forty Years Ago

Canajoharie's Barge Canal Lock 14 was awarded first prize in the annual lock competition sponsored by the state Barge Canal System.

Jeff Montoni, of Canajoharie, a senior majoring in the radio/television curriculum at Herkimer County Community College, wrote and produced a television show entitled "Ski Basic Insight for Beginners," which aired over Utica's WKTV Channel 2.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

"Snow!" That's how village Department of Public Works Superintendent Ray Pedrick summed up the month of January in his monthly report to the Fort Plain Village Board. Pedrick commended his crew for managing several weeks of snow removal at a rate of up to seven days a week. The board, chaired by Deputy Mayor Loring Dutcher in the absence of Mayor Albert Nalli, and without Trustee Gerald Hudson, reiterated Pedrick's comments on the efforts of the DPW crews in battling severe snowfalls and record cold temperatures. "I just want to say thanks to our men for the hours and hours of work they spent removing snow," Pedrick said. As a formal "thank-you" to Fort Plain DPW crew, Dutcher suggested, and the board agreed, to give the entire crew a day off, President's Day, Monday, Feb. 21.

Pick up your coat, grab your hat, put on your skates it's a real good bet -- fun times will be had by all, as Fort Plain's fifth annual Winter Festival is about to open. After a few years of too little snow, this year looks to be the best so far in terms of snow depths --and without snow, building snow sculptures, one of everyone's favorite parts of the festival -- is difficult to say the least.

The Fort Plain Free Library now has four computer modems available for loan to people in the county with developmental disabilities and their families as well as agencies which serve these individuals. Eligible citizens can borrow the modem and necessary software, which is used with an IBM-compatible personal compute, from the library for up to two weeks. The Modem Loan Program is a service of the New York State Office of the Advocate for the Disabled and is made possible by a grant from the state Disabilities Planning Council. According to New York State Advocate for the Disabled Frances G. Berko, the program is intended "to enable people with developmental disabilities and the family members to more easily access the wealth of information that is available through electronic bulletin board systems."

First there was severe weather -- and then there was the Super Bowl. Then there was more severe weather -- and then there was a flu bug going around. Fort Plain's brand spanking new slow sand water filtration plant is still up and running, but the grand opening/open house -- originally scheduled for Jan. 23 -- won't be held until spring at the earliest, according to Deputy Fort Plain Mayor Loring Dutcher. Dutcher spoke on behalf of Mayor Albert Nalli, who has been suffering a bout with pneumonia. "There's no sense in trying to get up there until April," Dutcher said. "You could put a couple men up there clearing out the road -- and two hours later it'd be filled in again."

The Fort Plain Department of Public Works crews battled frost in a 14 hour repair job on Center Street. Cleaning continued the cleanup caused by a broken pipe.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Four years ago, Howie Potter was the manager of the Empire State Plaza branch of the Albany Savings Bank, wearing his three-piece suit to work every day — until he felt that tie around his neck began to strangle him. The 1965 graduate of Fort Plain Central School had always wanted to be in business for himself, so after a year-long personal feasibility study, he said goodbye to Albany and headed for the hills. "I saw my counterparts having stress problems," according to the 36-year-old Potter, "and I knew I was too smart to get caught up in the same problems." Which is why he moved to Caroga Lake in October of 1980 and opened Adirondack Wilderness Tours, Inc., where, for specified rates, people can go on guided wilderness ski tours, snowshoe expeditions, toboggan and ice-skating trips.

Under the leadership of its new president, James Katovitch, the Fort Plain-Nelliston Merchants Association began its planning for Old Fashioned Days and a quest for more member support. Katovitch, emphasizing that the association is in dire need of financial support for Old Fashioned Days and other projects, reported that he is sending letters to all business and professional offices in the Fort Plain-Nelliston area seeking support. He said that the organization's goals are "to promote Fort Plain and Nelliston and to show people that we are striving to offer goods and services in a friendly 'hometown' manner."

Varsity cheerleaders from Fort Plain Central School finished third among 11 schools in Section II, Class C competition at the Little Theater, Saratoga Springs recently.

-- Forty Years Ago

The annual Democratic and Republican caucuses to nominate candidates for village of Fort Plain elections is scheduled, with GOP incumbent trustees Guy Barton and Donald Smith both expressing their intentions to seek another term in office.

Three members of Fort Plain Boy Scout Troop 61 attained the rank of Eagle Scout during ceremonies held in the elementary school. Those honored included Matt Hawes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Hawes: Chris Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Smith; and Scott Dillenback, son of Mr. and Mrs. Seward Dillenback Jr.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The Student Council from the St. Johnsville Junior-Senior High School presented Margaret Reaney Memorial Library Director Dawn Capece with a check for $100, the result of a fundraiser. When the students were asked by their advisor, Rose Sammons, what they wanted to do with the money they raised, Student Council member Shawn Swartz suggested that the group donate the proceeds to the Reaney Library. And so it was.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Six D.H. Robbins Elementary School students have been chosen as winners in the annual American History Essay Contest sponsored by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In the sixth grade, Lisa Schoff won first prize, Mark Thomas took second place and Lynnann Keough placed third. Fifth grade winners included Keara Crocker, first; Tina Talbot, second; and Deanna Smith, third. This year's topic was "Crafts or Trades of the 1800s."

The Rotary Club recently hosted Central National Bank's branch manager Ann Kulawy, who explained renovations now in progress to restore the St. Johnsville branch to its original appearance. Changes at the bank include safe deposit boxes, additional loan office space and steps toward energy conservation.

The Fulton-Montgomery Sub-district Forum Contest of the Future Farmers of America was held at the Junior-Senior High School. The contest saw the St. Johnsville FFA lose to the Fort Plain group.

Immediate past president Dorothy Snell was honored at a recent meeting of the Senior Citizens Saints held in the Community House. Led by club President Betty Bilobrowka, the former club leader was honored with a skit in which several members participated. Seventy-three members and guests attended the meeting.

Joan Conboy was named president of the Little Falls Hospital Board of Trustees.

-- Forty Years Ago

Members of the St. Johnsville Masonic Lodge took a bus to district meetings. As a result, gasoline was being saved as it would require six to eight cars to be used for a trip to Gloversville.

St. Johnsville Boy Scout Troop 72 was recently recognized as "Troop of the Year."

     

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