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Looking Back - 03/14/2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - Updated: 4:05 AM


Twenty Years Ago

Michael Naughton is living his childhood dream. He didn't just run off to join the circus, he created one. Naughton is the owner of The Yankee Doodle Circus, a foot-stomping, flag-waving, one-ring extravaganza. The Yankee Doodle Circus will be performing in Canajoharie in the East Hill Elementary School gym. 

Melissa Cechnicki, a second-grade Brownie Girl Scout of Troop 33, has won a bicycle as top prize in a drawing of Girl Scout cookie sellers who used skills learned as part of Mohawk Pathways Council's recently completed annual sale to find strategically placed "Mystery Houses" in their neighborhoods. Other local Mystery House winners include Anne Fonda of Fort Plain and Rebecca Kruger of Fultonville, each being awarded a free troop camping weekend.

The Village Board approved the expenditure of up to $15,000 for the installation of a new state Department of Transportation-approved traffic signaling system in Canajoharie. The new equipment will be hung over the intersection of Church and Main Streets in time for DOT's planned closure of the Route 80 Nelliston-Fort Plain Mohawk River bridge, set to begin next month. 

Thirty Years Ago

Canajoharie Junior High School health classes recently participated in discussion groups led by seniors from local county schools. The seniors, trained by Cooperative Extension 4-H and Catholic Family and Community Services became group leaders to help younger teenage students examine their feelings about the magnitude of the problems relative to teenage drinking. Discussions centered around the health and accident risks of alcoholism in the younger generation. It was the consensus that not only does alcohol impair the nutritional status and decrease growth, but by affecting a person's ability to learn, it prevents the adolescent from realizing his or her full potential and so reduces living skills and quality of life in the future.

CeCe Jones scored 24 points to pace the Lady Redskins 44-34 win over St. Johnsville in a Tri-Valley girls' hoop contest. The winners held quarterly leads of 10-8, 19-18 and 31-22.

Forty Years Ago

Mabel Bailey, Den Mother of Ames Cub Scout Pack 82, was honored for her 20 years of service to Scouting and her devotion to the community.

Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Fort Plain's Republican Mayor Albert Nalli was reelected by a comfortable margin, while Canajoharie residents gave their support to Republican Gloria Seligman in the only locally contested village elections. In Fort Plain, incumbent Republican trustee Loring Dutcher and Gerald Hudson also reclaimed their seats by substantial margins of 403 and 440 votes, respectively.

The Village Board tabled the notion of installing new, Colonial style street lamps, in conjunction with the state Department of Transportation's street paving and sidewalk and curbing replacement project set for next year until it has a chance to see such lights in operation. The move was made at a recent regular meeting of the board after Mayor Albert Nalli described the nature of the street lights, also commonly referred to as Victorian style lights.

The middle Mohawk Valley showed its fists against the ravages of the strongest winter snowstorm in possibly 100 years as residents of the tri-village and surrounding areas began an en masse campaign to stock up their dwellings with enough supplies to last for as many as three days, perhaps longer before the storm hit. Area grocery and convenience markets also believed the early reports they heard over the radio and television, and read in just about every newspaper in the region and called their suppliers for extra quantities of milk, bread, water, batteries, candles — all of the stuff you might need if you're going to be snowed in for a few days during a full-fledged blizzard, perhaps even the "Storm of the Century," as the news reports and weather forecasters hinted. Fort Plain's village Department of Public Works crews were ready for the weekend's blizzard keeping primary roadways open for emergency vehicles. But come Monday morning, after the blizzard, DPW superintendent Ray Pedrick's crews were still in service, this time carting the tons of snow away. By Tuesday morning, the sidewalks of the village's business section, looked as if no snow had fallen.

The Fort Plain-Canajoharie Drama Club's production of 'The Skin of Our Teeth' will be presented in the Fort Plain High School auditorium.

Thirty Years Ago

The 18th annual show of the Otsquago Coin Association held recently far surpassed last year's attendance and attracted dealers from Utica, New Hartford, Little Falls, Tribes Hill, Troy, Albany, Scotia, Dolgeville, Canajoharie and Fort Plain, as well as displays of many exhibitors.

Eight Fort Plain Central School seniors have received Regents Scholarships.

Stanley N. Dingman, Nelliston, has enrolled at East Coast Aero Technical School, Hanscom Field, Lexington, Mass., where he will prepare for his Federal Aviation Administration examinations to become a licensed technician.

The Lady Hilltoppers hoopsters advanced in the opening round of the Section II Class C tournament with an impressive 55-34 win over Stillwater at Linton High in Schenectady.

Forty Years Ago

Montgomery County Sewer District No. 1 officially assumed title to the abandoned Dan Franklin Dairies in Nelliston from Darylea Corporation, Inc. The district purchased the former cheese plant and property for $17,500, according to Chairman Harvey Gramps.

St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

It's that PARP time of year, and D.H. Robbins Elementary School's youngsters are working to help the TROLL give school Principal John Burkhart his wish — that every child enjoy reading. The annual Parents as Reading Partners program kicked off recently a special PARP play. The event, said fifth-grade teacher and this year's PARP organizer Dina Matis, is held to encourage the school's youngsters to read books at home with their parents. According to Matis, "We do it to encourage parental involvement, actually, in reading with their kids."

St. Johnsville Village Clerk-Treasurer Mathew Rapacz and Village Trustee Mel Smith took a moment to relax and try out two of some six pieces of old wicker furniture during a meeting of the Committee of the Whole in the attic of the Community House. These chairs, along with dozens of paintings and prints and other items of furniture, will soon be offered for public sale at an auction sanctioned by the village of St. Johnsville. No date for the auction was set, but Smith noted some of the art works will be kept in the Community House for public display, and rotated on a regular basis, so that everyone will be able to see and enjoy it. For some time, many of the articles have been stored in the attic, where they are deteriorating. "What we really want to do is offer some of these things to the people of St. Johnsville," Smith said.

The Rev. Robert Dievendorf preached his final sermon at Grace Christian Congregational United Church of Christ Sunday, Feb. 14. His appropriate sermon was entitled, "The Shema Plus," and the love topic was used throughout the Valentine Day service. After the service, the congregation attended a coffee hour, hosted by the Dievendorf family, in the church vestry.

Thirty Years Ago

Three entered the race, and one finished, incumbent village Mayor Wildred Kraft knocked off challengers for voter approval in the village elections.

The human skull and parts of two skeletons found along the towpath in Mindenville recently are apparently from an old cemetery or Indian burial ground. According to Wayne Lenig, an authority in Indian culture, the site was an old Indian burial ground and more graves would probably be found in the immediate area. The skull, which was discovered recently, was turned into the St. Johnsville police, who in turn notified State Police in Fonda. The South St. Johnsville area, east of the river bridge, was roped off and troopers resumed their investigation of the scene. A considerable amount of gravel had been removed over the past year from the area in which the bones were found and it is believed that the digging uncovered the graves. Lenig pointed out an example of a definite Indian grave on the site, the body being buried in the fetal position — a traditional Indian style — with the knees drawn up the chin. He also said that the grave was square, another Indian custom. Due to the frozen ground, further excavation was delayed.

Forty Years Ago

The Village Board has adopted a new policy for water billings. There will be no credit allowed unless the building has been vacant for at least six months.


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