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Canajoharie, NY ,

Ames Cub Scouts Honored at Blue and Gold Dinner: The annual Blue and Gold dinner, the event Cub Scouts of Ames Pack 82 have been eagerly awaiting all year, was held last Friday evening, Feb. 22, 1964, at the Ames Methodist Church.
About 24 Cubs and Boy Scouts with their families and honored guests enjoyed a dinner with small welcome cards made by the Cubs at previous meetings at each setting and displays of Scout projects exhibited throughout the room. 
Shown during the candlelight ceremony, left to right, are Mrs. Donald Smith, her son, Ronald Smith, receiving his Webelos badge from Den Mother Mrs. Mabel Bailey, and John Gore, Canajoharie, a guest speaker for the dinner.

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Looking Back - 02/27/2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - Updated: 8:01 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

The Canajoharie Village Board directed the pre-application process to begin for funding of a $4 million slow sand water filtration plant, including general improvements to the village water distribution system.

Senior Chief Barry J. Yerdon, STSCS (SS), U.S. Navy, a native of Canajoharie, enlisted in the Navy March 28, 1974 and reported to Recruit Training Command at Orlando, FL for training. Upon completion of training he reported to Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center Pacific, San Diego, CA, in July 1974 for basic sonar training during which time he has advanced to Petty Officer Third Class. In 1993 he was transferred to the Program Executive Officer's Navy on Site Team at Syracuse, to serve as the technical and operational advisor to the Seawolf An/BSY-2 Combat Systems Development Program. He has been awarded the Enlisted Submarine Insignia, the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Battle Efficiency "E" ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal (five awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Medal (two awards), the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (three awards) and the Arctic Service Ribbon. Yerdon is the son of Walter and Joyce Yerdon of Palatine Bridge. He married to the former Catherine F. Durham, daughter of Anthony (deceased) and Faye Falzarano of Fort Plain. They have three children, Shawnna, Barry Jr. and Kareena. They will reside in Liverpool. In December 1984, he reported to his first submarine, the USS Ethan Allen, in Pearl Harbor, HI, where he qualified in subs and was advanced to Petty Officer Second Class.

Thirty Years Ago

The Canajoharie High School Choir is planning an unusual event for this year's spring production; a candlelight buffet and a revue entitled Applesauce — a musical tribute to the Big Apple.

Lise Laug and Virginia Laug, both of Canajoharie, were among the winners recently in the second annual Recorder Cookoff, sponsored by Amsterdam's daily newspaper.

The Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department turned over a check for $2,120 recently, following the annual door-to-door canvass for the Tri-Village Cerebral Palsy Association.

Forty Years Ago

Bakery and Confectionery Workers Union members approved two contracts in Canajoharie. Employees of the new Baker-Beech-Nut firm gave their okay on a three-year pact, which calls for across-the-board wage increases totaling 56 cents per hour for the 660 employees. Life Savers, Inc. workers ratified a 37-mont contract calling for wage and fringe benefits worth 83.5 cents per hour for the 510 employees.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Fort Plain dentist Alfonso Pineyro, along with his receptionist Doris Jarvis, answered questions from the third grade classes of the Harry Hoag Elementary School. Justin Whiteman became somewhat of a star, as he was the subject of a videotape made in the local dentist's office. Featured was the application of a tooth sealant, which drew such questions from the class as 'How'd it taste? 'Can you feel the saliva sucker?,' and other related questions. Overall, in the 11 years Dr. Pineyro has been presenting dental instruction for the local third graders during Dental Awareness Month, he said that each year children are becoming more aware of the importance of proper dental health, and the benefits of nutritional meals while watching out for sugary, between meal snacks.

Thirty Years Ago

The Courier-Standard-Enterprise has been designated a "National Blue Ribbon Newspaper" by the National Newspaper Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Jorge Osterling's work and studies have taken him to many parts of the Western Hemisphere, but the Fort Plain area has always held a very special meaning for him. And, last week, he returned to Montgomery County for a brief visit with the family that hosted him during his stay as an American Field Service exchange student in 1961-62. "Fort Plain has always been very close to my heart," said Jorge as he sat in the living room of the Gerald Casler farmhouse, where he lived for several months more than two decades ago. "I came here as a teenager who had never left his home, and this was my first experience outside my family."

At a recent meeting, members of the Fort Plain Firemen's Auxiliary, elected the following new officers: Sandy Barney, president; Bev Silfer, vice president; Connie Nolly, secretary; Edna Bowman, treasurer; and Mary Seroka, trustee.

Webeloes Richard Vogel and George Harrington received scouting's Arrow of Light Award at a recent annul Cub Scout Pack 61 Blue and Gold dinner held at St. James' Catholic Church.

Forty Years Ago

Mrs. Edwin Erhardt, Canal Street, was the recipient of a belated birthday present when she answered her telephone and found out she was talking to the co-hosts of WTEN's Dialing for Dollars. She happened to be watching the program for the first time in several months and after giving the correct answers to three questions, won a $990 jackpot.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

More than 40 area residents attended a public meeting put on by the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library Board of Trustees recently, and expressed support for placing a $35,000 referendum of the school district's annual budget vote. "We're relieved that we're finally getting on the school ballot," said library Director Dawn Capece. "We've waited for this referendum for a long time."

Will the village of St. Johnsville build a new, federally mandated water filtration plant? That's a good question. Several years have elapsed since serious discussions centered around the federal Clean Water Act of 1988 and its effect on municipal water systems using unfiltered ground water or uncovered reservoirs began in earnest. The federal mandate requires such municipalities to either filter their water or cover their open reservoirs. Two St. Johnsville village administrations have sought answers to the question of when, where, how and at what cost the village could meet federal clean water standards. Three engineering firms in recent years have worked up preliminary plans for potential filtration plant designs.

Thirty Years Ago

The St. Johnsville Rotary Club honored the high school girls' soccer team at a meeting held recently. Lady Saints won the 1983 Section II championship under the direction of head coach Robyn LaCoppola, with a little help from the team's co-captains, Denise MacLauchlin and Sheila Stowell.

After careful coordination, the foreign language department at the St. Johnsville Central School has begun a half-year course of first year Russian taught by Lawrence Silverstein.

Anna Klemme was elected president of St. Paul's Lutheran Church Fellowship Club at a "travel-dinner meeting" held at the Charter House Restaurant, Fort Plain. Also elected were Phyllis Mueller, vice president; Francis Shuster, secretary; and Bernard Mancini, treasurer.

Police Chief Carlo Polidori has issued a warning to village residents concerning young boys illegally soliciting money. Polidori said residents of Mid-Town Estates on Main Street had been approached by youths who claimed to be members of the local Boy Scout troops and were asking for money. The youths also posed as newspaper carriers, the chief said, and told the residents they were collecting in the absence of the regular paperboy.

Forty Years Ago

Larry Alkinburg was hired by the village of St. Johnsville to take care of all fireboxes and rebuild the fire alarm system within economic limitations.

     

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