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Basketball Benefit:
Hoopsters from the 109th Tactical Airlift Group in Schenectady will play the Over the Hill Gang from Fort Plain at the FPCS Elementary School gymnasium Friday night, April 13, 1973, for the benefit of the Fort Plain Junior Football team, with funds to be used to purchase new uniforms and equipment. Game time is 7 p.m.
From left, kneeling are Sgt. Thomas Power, A1-C Sam Hanna and Sgt. Alfred Hanna, all of Amsterdam; standing, Sgts. Robert Pawlowski, Amsterdam; Paul Zepazny, Schenectady; Marshall Knapik, Peter Hosner, both of Amsterdam; and Ken Clouthier, Fort Plain.

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Looking Back - 03/13/2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - Updated: 9:15 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Lee Jenks was elected fire chief of the Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department recently, succeeding Gary Nestle, who recently was named director of the Montgomery County Emergency Management Program.

Construction of a new three-story operations and administrative headquarters building for Central National Bank of Canajoharie could begin as soon as the weather permits. The final chapter in the bank's three-year search for a new location to consolidate its growing operation into one building will be final approval of the Canajoharie Village Board, according to Leon DeForge, CNB's Human Resources Department Supervisor.

Canajoharie High School student Ron Walker recently placed first in the 15th annual Schenectady County Community College Mathematics Contest. Walked was joined in the math contest by fellow Canajoharie Central School students Sean Gifford, Stacy McGlashan and Eric Walker. As a team, Walker, Gifford, McGlashan and Walker placed third out of 21 schools participating. Pretty darn good results from a small town school.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Up-county representation in Fonda took another step forward when Norma "Bunny" Palmer, Marshville, was sworn in as the new Montgomery County treasurer, Mrs. Palmer was appointed recently by Gov. Mario Cuomo, to replace Bessie Levandowski, of Amsterdam, who resigned from the post, effective Feb. 3.

Bonnie Kamp, a graduate of Canajoharie Central School, has been selected to coordinate a "folk-life" project being sponsored by the Fulton County Arts Council. The program will include a general survey of the county's traditional arts and crafts, music, dance and other skills that have been passed down from generation to generation and are still being practices by Fulton County natives.

-- Forty Years Ago

Noel Smith, Ames, an employee of the Canajoharie Town Highway Department, was injured while a highway crew was engaged in tree removal along McEwan Road.

The Canajoharie Central School Board of Education approved the purchase of two 60-passenger buses.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

A great number of lives were touched by the passing of Doug Ayres as he was more than a teacher, historian and lover of nature --he was a friend to hundreds of residents not only in the Mohawk Valley, but throughout the state. To sit down and talk with Doug Ayres was an experience that one would always remember. Throughout his life, Doug worked to preserve the rich heritage of the Mohawk Valley, and most of the many historical organizations throughout the valley in some fashion owe their origin to Ayres.

With a little assistance from the electronic age the second grade students of Fort Plain's Hoag Elementary School traveled back to the land of the dinosaur recently. Teacher Pansy LeBlanc said it was a dynamic "hands-on" project, which involved a colorful study of the many huge beasts that once inhabited this planet.

The village of Fort Plain recently announced a new effort to provide housing assistance to homeowners throughout the village. Village officials plan on applying for a grant this spring from the New York State division of Housing and Community Development to assist lower income families to make needed repairs on their homes, eliminating building and fire safety code violations, correcting structural problems, improving energy efficiency and replacing deteriorated or antiquated mechanical systems.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Karen Edwards, Pat Congdon, Monet Biancucci, Margaret Bollen and Heather Hubbard were the winners in the Fort Plain Band Boosters' recent Cabbage Patch Kid raffle.

New officers elected to serve the Fort Plain Firemen's Auxiliary for the coming year are as follows: Sandy Barney, president; Bev Silfer, vice president; Connie Nolly, secretary; Edna Bowman, treasurer; and Mary Seroka and Cindy Barton, trustees.

Minden Town Board members were unanimous at the recent meeting in their choice of Homer Buddles, Fort Plain RD, to serve as town constable, effective immediately.

The Fort Plain Rotary Club voted to contribute $500 to the Fort Plain Free Library construction fund. The announcement came from Rotary President Allen H. Samuels.

Frank Gappa, publisher of the Courier-Standard-Enterprise and the Recorder, will be the guest speaker at the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting at the Poplars, Fultonville.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

A comfortable, round table discussion with Montgomery County Sheriff Ronald Emery ensued as the Mohawk Valley Conference of Village Mayors met recently in St. Johnsville's Community House. Also present during the monthly session was Ron Barone, Amsterdam 3rd Ward supervisor and member of the Montgomery County board of Supervisors. It was almost a year to the day since the MCCVM first came together as a result of Fultonville Mayor Gary Gifford's belief that more can be accomplished for county residents if the respective village mayors are all working along similar lines. Gifford, however, couldn't make the meeting due to illness.

-- Thirty Years Ago

The Town Board received some bad news from the Housing and Urban Development Agency as their application for a $200,000 grant through the Small Cities and Jobs Bill programs was turned down. In a letter read by Town Supervisor W. Revere Dockey at a recent meeting, HUD officials stated that the town's application ranked 28th among the 113 received -- but there were only 27 applications granted. "We did well to miss it by one," Dockey told the board.

Airman Barbara A. Parkinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Parkinson, St. Johnsville, has graduated from the U.S. Air Force financial management specialist course at Sheppard Air Force Base.

The St. Johnsville Central School District has been awarded an ECIA Chapter II Local Assistance grant in the amount of of $6,647. The grant was prepared by Norma Clohecy, elementary school librarian, with assistance from Assistant Interim Superintendent John Burkhart and Betty Bilobrowka.

-- Forty Years Ago

Course changes for the English and mathematics departments were approved by the Board of Education. A new course in local history was also approved.

     

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