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Enjoying Florida Fishing: Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Burgess, Palatine Bridge, have ample proof in this 48 pound Amberjack of the exciting fishing in the Gulf Stream off the Jack Tar Grand Bahama Hotel and Country Club in the Bahamas. This was just the biggest catch since the Palatine Bridge couple lined the dock with smaller fish. The Burgess' are enjoying winter fishing in the first months of 1963.


Looking Back - 03/06/2014

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - Updated: 7:39 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Heavy snow has again taken its toll as a second roof collapse on a village building, this time the roof of the village Department of Public Works garage on West Main Street. When DPW employees reported for work on a Monday morning, they noted that the back wall of the DPW garage facing Railroad Park had bricks being pushed out, and the roof sagging. Inside, the village employees saw that large wooded beams in the old section of the garage were cracked, and large metal rods used to tie these beams to trusses upstairs were hanging loose. An upstairs inspection showed that many of the old wooden beams, some 12 inches square, had broken in two. Also, the floor was leaning toward the building's outside wall.

The roof of the Iroquois Lanes bowling alley in Canajoharie collapsed sending some 40 bowlers, spectators and patrons fleeing. A large buildup of heavy snow was the culprit. No injuries were reported by anyone in the bowling lanes, which also houses a bar and lounge. The building itself contains a travel agency and a laundromat. The roofing material covers nearly all eight lanes of the local bowling establishment, which will be closed indefinitely.

Thirty Years Ago

Two early morning electrical fires caused damage at Beech-nut Nutrition Corp., and the Canajoharie Police Department Fire Chief Jack Kane said the local volunteers were called out at about 6 a.m. to extinguish a fire in a bank of starters on the plant's third floor. Firefighters were back at their station in the Municipal Building when smoke was discovered in the police department, next door to the fire station. Lacking a key to the police office, firefighters broke a window to gain entrance. They put out a fire that apparently had started in or near the police department's radio equipment. Kane estimated damages of more than $1,000 at the Beech-Nut fire, while Police Chief Wilday estimated damage to the radio equipment at between $5,500 and $6,000.

Canajoharie High School Principal George A. Kiley has announced that Kecia Gifford and Andrew Palmer have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 1984.

Two Palatine Bridge residents were among 13 Eagle Scouts honored at a recent dinner program, sponsored by the Sir William Johnson Council, Boy Scouts of America, held in Gloversville. The tow local Eagle Scouts are Richard Hernigle, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hernigle, Lafayette Street, and Gary Oertel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Oertel, Grand Street. Both are members of Palatine Bridge Boy Scout Troop 83, of which George Williams is Scoutmaster.

Forty Years Ago

State Senator Mary Ann Krupsak, Canajoharie Democrat, announced her candidacy for lieutenant governor.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Integration of the hands on learning process, with a few new ideas garnished with dedication of Fort Plain's Harry Hoag Elementary School teachers in grades K-5, are resulting in a recipe for well educated students, according to grade K-2 Department Coordinator Noreen Matt and grade 3-5 Department Coordinator Kim Lathers. Writing workshops, which combine creative thinking with creative reasoning have expanded the roles of teachers now involved with the workshops. These workshops, begun recently by Karen Hedman, have allowed teachers working with the English department to actually receive on the job training from Hedman, training which has allowed the creative writing program to grow and expand.

The Fort Plain Department of Public Works worked through the recent snowstorm to repair a broken water main, and enjoyed the support of volunteer firefighters who directed their attention toward fighting the snowstorm. According to DPW Superintendent Raymond Pedrick, the DPW was aware that there was a leak in the village's water transmission system, but they were unable to locate it after three or four days of looking. He said the leak was draining some 500,000 gallons of water per day, and resulted in a lowered water pressure. However, the leak was found about 10:30 a.m. on a Thursday, "We got a call from Central National Bank," said Pedrick. "They said 'There's water coming out of the ground."

Thirty Years Ago

A committee consisting of trustees of the Fort Plain Free Library and others interested in the campaign to help fund the proposed construction of an addition to the present library recently planned a community-wide drive during April, coinciding with National Library Month. Matching funds of $30,000 are being sought to supplement the $51,008 grant received under Title II of the Federal Library Services and Construction Act for both the addition and renovation of the existing structure, occupied by the library since 1909.

An investigation is continuing by Fort Plain police and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department into an estimated $500 in damages sustained to barricades and warning signs at the Otsego Creek bridge on Route 80, southwest of Fort Plain. Project Engineer Roland Swartz said 14 of 18 barricades were knocked over, and some had broken lights and disconnected wires. The incident was reported to have occurred between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. on a Sunday.

Courses in sewing and photography are being offered at Fort Plain Central School by the Continuing Education Division of Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Virginia Stortecky began her "Enjoy Sewing" classes, while the photography classes, taught by Charles Weitz, will begin soon.

Forty Years Ago

At public hearing scheduled in Albany, whippers and other users of the West Shore Railroad and area municipal officials fought to save from extinction what remains of the branch of the bankrupt Penn Central on the south side of the Mohawk River.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

St. Johnsville Central School District has received approval from the New York State Education Department for its "New compact For Learning" plan. This plan provides for the participation of parents and teachers with administrators in school-based planning and shared decision making. The elementary and high school will each have a team consisting of teachers, parents, community members, students, a support staff person, a Board of Education member, and an administrator. These school-based teams will address educational issues such as curriculum, student achievement, discipline, scheduling, staffing and building use.

Thirty Years Ago

A few warm days near the end of last month proved profitable for at least one of the Mohawk Valley's maple syrup producers. Bruce Frasier, 28, who has been making maple syrup at Frasier's Sugar Shack, Lassellsville for almost 15 years, got an early start on the process during the last week of February as more than 1,600 gallons of sap were drawn off his maple trees. Frasier, along with his father Cyrus, operate Frasier's Sugar Shack on Church Road, St. Johnsville RD 1. When they first started, the Frasiers made an average of two or three gallons of syrup each year. Since then, the operation has snowballed — last year's production topped 150 gallons. This year, they said they hope to make 200.

The Meals for the Elderly program has announced the opening of a new site in the village, located in the Community House, 16 Washington St. The meals program had been operating out of the American Legion Hall on Main Street for the past ten years.

The D.H. Robbins Elementary School kicked off its first ever Parents as Reading Partners [PARP] program. The statewide program, sponsored by Sen. James Donovan, encourages parents and other family members to read with students a minimum of 15 minutes a day, four times a week. Prizes and certificates will be awarded to each participant. This year's committee consists of Evelyn Miles, Norma Clohecy, Elva Ferris, Bernadette Peet and Elizabeth Schiavi.

Steve Oughton, a senior at St. Johnsville Central School, placed first out of a field of 25 fellow students in the annual math contest sponsored by the Mathematics Association of America recently.

Forty Years Ago

James Conboy, Montgomery County assistant district attorney, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Business Girls.


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