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Scouts in the Assembly: Assemblyman Charles D. Cook (R-Delhi), left, welcomes, left to right, Eagles Scouts Mike Jones, Canajoharie, and Fred Mueller, Jr., Palatine Bridge, and his father, Fred Mueller, Sr., to the Assembly Chamber, the second week of March, 1973.


Looking Back - 03/21/2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - Updated: 12:28 AM


Twenty Years Ago

Four high school students from six area school districts have been provided with an opportunity to work with artist Albert White, a Mohawk Indian, born in Binghamton, N.Y. Donald Bowden, principal of the Canajoharie High School, successfully obtained a grant from General Telephone and Electronics of New York (GTE). The grant has provided for White to travel to the six area school districts, including Oppenheim-Ephratah, St. Johnsville, Fonda-Fultonville, Sharon Springs, Fort Plain and Canajoharie, where, during the month of March, each school has enjoyed a 45-minute slide presentation of the artist's work and discussion on his life and philosophies. Also, the GTE grant provided for up to four students of each of the six participating schools to experience an art workshop on two days in the loft of Picture Perfect, of Canajoharie, a commercial art studio operated by Phyllis Lapi and Doreen Solberg at 5 Erie Blvd.

The Canajoharie Village Board has slated a meeting to consider the development of a Mohawk River tug boat museum in Canajoharie. A proposed Canajoharie-based riverside museum covering the history of tug boats and towing on the Mohawk River, and subsequent Erie Canal and New York State Barge Canal, will be the focus on discussion during the meeting.

Canajoharie's East Hill and Nellis Memorial gymnasiums will be the scene for a fun basketball benefit tourney sponsored by Charles Hogan. The four-team tourney involves teams representing radio station WGNA, the Central National Bank of Canajoharie, the New York State Police, and the Canajoharie Central School faculty, with the Canajoharie Central School Black and Gold Yearbook as the financial recipients of the proceeds accumulated by the benefit.

Thirty Years Ago

"Micro-Computers in School" was the theme of the March meeting of the Canajoharie Parent-Teachers Association. Principal George Kelly emphasized the real main characters of the evening's programs, 12 Apple II computers, recently acquired by the school, are the first pieces of technological equipment obtained by the school, which provide educational teaching functions.

Nick's Hometown Deli, 79 Church St., is a new business in town featuring foods not readily available in a small community. Here, one finds a choice of homemade soups, a mouth watering selection of subs, salads and pastries, made each day on the premises, all prepared for takeout orders.

The Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce, in an effort to enable residents to be more aware of local events, is developing a community calendar in cooperation with the Courier-Standard-Enterprise.

Forty Years Ago

In the village elections, incumbent Democrat Raymond Kiefl and his running mate, newcomer Thomas Grainer were opposed by Republicans, Eleanor Blair and Robert VanVolkenburg for two trustee vacancies. Blair was the first woman in the history of the village ever on the ballot. She won the contest, becoming the first woman ever to hold village office.

Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Girl Scouting in the United States celebrated its 81st birthday. During Girl Scout Week, troops in Association 3 Girl Scout area of Fort Plain, St. Johnsville, Canajoharie and Oppenheim-Ephratah, were celebrating in many ways. There are more than 200 girls in the Association 3 area registered with Mohawk Pathways Girl Scout Council in Schenectady, and 65 adult volunteers from troop leaders to committee members, consultants, chair people, etc. Girl Scouting continues to be the largest girl program in the area and in the USA bringing girl building programs to all girls of all ages responding to the needs of today's girls and to their needs for the future. Troops in the mentioned areas will still register and accept new girls.

The closing of the Route 80 river bridge will not mean the disruption of library services to patrons living on the north side of the river. The Fort Plain Free Library is pleased to announce the opening of a satellite library in Nelliston. The library will be housed in a portion of the former Corner Store at the corner of Routes 80 and 5. The satellite will stock a supply of adult and juvenile books, magazines, books on cassette and limited reference materials. Information about the full range of materials available to the user through the Fort Plain Free Library as well as the other libraries in the Mohawk Valley.

Fort Plain-Canajoharie Drama Club will present Thornton Wilder's play, "The Skin of Our Teeth," in the Fort Plain High School theater.

Thirty Years Ago

A bleak picture was painted by Mayor Jacksland at the recent meeting of the Village Board regarding any outside help to fund at least a portion of the $200,000 project to replace the aging water storage tank on High Street. "No state or federal money is available at the present time," commented Jacksland. "We can submit another Small Cities application in the fall, but our last single purpose application in 1982 ranked 48th on the list. Congressman Sherwood Boehlert told us that it didn't impact enough people. What chance does a small village have."

Forty Years Ago

Election day in Fort Plain was marked by a spirited attempt by Mildred Kimball, a Democrat, at gaining public office as a village trustee. She was defeated by 24 votes by incumbents Albert Nalli and Loring Dutcher. Incumbent Mayor Richard Jacksland was returned to office as he received 372 votes in his unopposed race.

The Village Board is seeking bids for installation of new curbing and adjacent sidewalks on Main and Canal streets in the downtown section.

St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

Due to the small turnout at the first two Little League registrations this year, the St. Johnsville Little League may be cancelled for this year. After two, well-published registrations, less than 40 children have signed up to T-ball, minors and majors combined. In an effort to keep Little League active, league officials have a third and final registration scheduled at the Youth Center.

Douglas Glover, author of the recently published novel, The Life and Times of Captain N. will read from his book at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library. An honest look at the Revolution, the book tells the mostly true story of Captain Hendrick Nellis. In 1779, spurned by his own family, Nellis joins the stream of refugees fleeing to Canada where he attempts to build a new life. Born and raised in southwestern Ontario, Glover currently teaches in the English Department at Skidmore College. Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing following the presentation.

When the St. Johnsville Junior-Senior High School will present its fourth annual Community Health Fair, area residents will be given the chance to participate in a number of free clinics. Visitors to the Community Health Fair also will be able to learn about some of the newest pieces of life saving equipment used by the local ambulance corps, which will be displayed and explained. According to Health Fair organizer MaryAnn VanGorder, the High School's registered nurse, the school-sponsored annual Health Fair is "a good opportunity for people in our community to take advantage of some valuable health care services. "And the community seems to respond," she added. "So we'll keep putting it on."

Thirty Years Ago

For the second time in a year, Mayor Wildred Kraft and challenger Hans Drews came down to the wire in a village election. And for the second time in a year, Kraft came out with a victory — but just barely. In a special election for mayor held last May, Kraft defeated Drews by just nine votes. In this year's election, Kraft retained his seat in village politics by a close three-vote margin. The final vote count was Kraft, 276; Drews, 273; and newcomer Dominick Stagliano, 150.

Teri Jo Crouse, Christopher Green, Diane Johnson and Timothy Wells have been accepted for membership in the Society of Distinguished American High School Students.

Forty Years Ago

Dominick Papa and Angelo Giaquinto were reelected as village trustees.

About 25 local veterans met at the Starr-Colorito VFW Post to discuss ways to revitalize local activity. New York State Commander Earl Stock urged a renewal of growth.

Despite federal cutbacks, the "Green Thumb" program will be continued in 1973.


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