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Computer Programming: Pictured above is Ronald Silfer, of the Fort Plain mathematics department, Feb. 1973, demonstrating the use of the IBM 029 card punch to a student enrolled in the computer mathematics course. The Fortran IV programs are keypunched at the school and then transferred to BOCES where they are run on the Univac 9200 computer. This is the sixth year that students have had the opportunity to study computers and computer programming.

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Looking Back - 02/20/2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - Updated: 7:12 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

The Burning of the Valleys Special Events Committee met at the Van Alstyne Homestead, Canajoharie, for the purpose of planning the 215th Anniversary commemoration of the Assembly of General James Clinton's Grand Brigade, to be held in Canajoharie.

Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service had its annual bowl-a-thon recently at Iroquois Lanes, Canajoharie. More than $2,475 will be realized from the event, topping last year's total by about $200.

Syracuse University's Academic All American Offensive Center for the past three years will speak to students in grades 7-12 in regards to the dangers of alcohol/drug abuse, drunk/drugged driving, the importance of education and setting positive goals in life. His appearance is being sponsored by the Canajoharie SADD Chapter and the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Thirty Years Ago

Dining with royalty, meeting people from all corners of the world, rubbing shoulders with athletes and reporters — all were a part of the Sarajevo experience for George and Sara Lee Keller. But sharing in the gold-medal triumph of American figure skater Scott Hamilton had to be the true highlight of the trip for the Palatine Bridge resident and his daughter. It was because of Sara's work as Hamilton's attorney that the two traveled to Yugoslavia, and the 25-year-old skater's victory recently made the trip more than worthwhile. "I think the most memorable experience was getting next to Scott and holding on to his gold medal," explained Sara, a 1974 Canajoharie Central School graduate who practices law near Philadelphia. "It was nice to be a part of it and to share it with him."

Dr. Dana Farrow, a 1963 graduate of Canajoharie Central School, recently was chosen for the first "Teacher of the Year" award at the College of Business Administration, Florida International University.

The Canajoharie varsity swim team completed its dual meet season with league victories over Beaver River, 62-18 and Watertown, 52-30. The two wins gave the Redskins a perfect 10-0 record in league competition and a 13-1 overall mark.

Forty Years Ago

By unanimous vote, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors voted to terminate and abandon the Okwari Park project.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Frozen water mains and broken lines were the main topics discussed by the Nelliston Village Board recently as village crews were attempting to thaw lines and stop water breaks while the board was meeting. The board noted that most of the problems were occurring near the intersection of Route 5 and River Street where some residents have been without water for several days when lines became frozen.

Fort Plain Central School's Role Players have taken on a new challenge -- child abuse and abduction education programs for elementary school students. As a preliminary program introduction, the group performed a number of skits for students in grades K-3 and 4-6 recently in the Harry Hoag Elementary School cafetorim.

Fort Plain's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post held its annual membership dinner recently, with five members of the post honored as 50 year members. Post Commander Brad Schrell announced to a capacity group of members and guests at the annual membership dinner held recently, as he unveiled the new Post Charter. Commander Schrell noted that the late National Commander in Chief of the VFW was a loyal and active member of the Fort Plain Post and that the Post received national recognition when Stock was elected to top position in the VFW, and it was only fitting that the Post now be named in his honor. "Jake" Erhardt, a long-time member of the Post, and who has held many offices, spoke about the dedication that the late Commander Stock had not only to the Post and all veterans, but he was a dedicated public servant and that he cared about all people. Erhardt pointed out that the older members from World War II and Korea are thinning out an it is the veterans from Vietnam and to the present day that will be carrying on the traditions of the VFW, and will be representing the veterans in the future. Also at the dinner, the post honored five members of the Post who are 50-year members, with Ray Lieber and Phil Marsh present to receive their awards.

Fort Plain Central School held their annual Winter Festival. Face painting was a popular attraction with younger set, and was performed by several Fort Plain High School students. A pie throw is another favorite of most of the high school students.

More than 20 Fort Plain Cub Scouts of the village's newest organization, Cub Scout Pack 61, enjoyed a covered dish "Blue and Gold dinner" at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The event was timed in conjunction with scouting's 84th anniversary.

Thirty Years Ago

Assemblyman Paul Tonko visited the Fort Plain Central School Board of Education at it meeting recently to find out what was on the minds of his constituents, and his quest did not go unrewarded. A scheduled half-hour session with the Amsterdam Democrat stretched into an hour, and school board members and administrators used the opportunity to express their dissatisfaction with the present system for allocating.

Forty Years Ago

The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors voted to consolidate the positions of commissioner of jurors and county clerk.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The Friends of the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library launched a drive entitled "A Mile of Pennies" to raise money for the group to help the library. Canisters will be placed in several locations throughout the village asking the public to contribute their pennies to this campaign. A mile of pennies will realize $844.80. The goal of the drive is to reach the end of the mile this year.

The Board of Trustees of the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library voted to approach the St. Johnsville Central School Board of Education at the last meeting for inclusion on its annual school budget vote, following presentations on the matter by Mary P. Nicholaou, director of the Mohawk Valley Library Association and former Cobleskill Public Library Director Timothy Holmes. The library board is seeking $35,000 annually from school district residents. In tax dollars, this figure equals 70 cents per 1,000 of assessed valuation. In other words, for every $10,000 of assessed valuation in the town and village of St. Johnsville, taxpayers would be assessed $14 a year to help fund the nearly 100-year-old library, museum and art gallery.

Thirty Years Ago

St. Johnsville Mayor Wilfred Kraft has again issued an urgent plea for residents to refrain from placing hot ashes by the curb for disposal. As a result of this practice, he noted at the last meeting of the Village Board, that the village garbage truck has caught fire three times recently. Later in the meeting, Kraft announced that the all-night parking ban has been temporarily lifted. He said the ban, which normally remains in effect until April 1, has been lifted due to a lack of snow.

Forty Years Ago

New York state approval of the construction of a bridge to replace the current structure on Bridge Street at a cost of more than $1 million was announced by Montgomery County Department of Public Works Commissioner John Pepe in a report to the county Board of Supervisors. Construction costs, reported Pepe, will be completely met by state and federal funding. Construction could begin in the fall.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Rockefeller observed their 60th wedding anniversary with a party at St. Paul's Lutheran Fellowship room.

     

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