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Eagle Scouts Honored: Pictured above, left to right, at the special Eagle Scout recognition dinner of Palatine Bridge Troop 83 Saturday evening, April 14, 1973 at the Canajoharie Reformed Church are Ronald and Dorothy Morrison, Eagle Scout Bradley Morrison and Scoutmaster Robert Mallett. Receiving similar awards at this time were John Holtz and Robert McFee. Eagle Scout Mark Allett, who had been presented his award at Woodworth Lake Scout Camp, was given special recognition.


Looking Back - 03/27/2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - Updated: 3:17 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Known as buildings 1, 2 and 3, the banking operations at the Canajoharie Central National Bank have grown dramatically over the years since its 1855 beginnings in the village of Canajoharie. The stone corner Building 1, CNB's original headquarters is slated for preservations and extensive renovations per CNB Senior Vice President Leon C. DeForge at a recent meeting with the Montgomery County Industrial Development Agency.

The faculty of Canajoharie Central School enjoyed a day of fun and games during a teacher conference day, but what actually transpired was a challenging series of confidence building rope exercises. It was a group jump rope exercise when a team leader was elected by the group, whose responsibility was to call out the proper time to 'Jump!' Physical education instructors Joan Libbey and Andrew Palmer, who put on the course, noted that the exercises are designed to improve teamwork and communication skills, while boosting the participants' confidence.

Picture Perfect in Canajoharie will offer classes in oil painting. Seven lucky people will be able to study and develop their own art styles during seven weeks of instruction each Wednesday. "Lack of experience should not prevent participation," said Rhea Haggart Costello, Gloversville artist.

-- Thirty Years Ago

A sign hand-lettered by an Alabama man found an unusual way to arrive at the Sprakers Animal Shelter Association, Inc. As related by Douglas Ayres Jr., Fort Plain, a member of the Association's board of directors, the story of the sign began in Birmingham, AL, in 1974 when Mr. and Mrs. Dan G. Laird purchased an antique, leather covered trunk at a porch sale. The trunk sat in the Lairds' cellar until 1982 when the couple decided to restore it. Among the old newspapers lining the trunk was a Sept. 30, 1829 issue of the 'Fort Plain Watchtower and Sentinel.' Knowing only that Fort Plain was "somewhere in New York state," Mrs. Laird called "City Hall" and reached Fort Plain Police Officer Gary Johnson, who referred her to Ayres. Ayres told the Alabamian that the 'Watchtower' was Fort Plain's first newspaper, an ancestor to the 'Courier-Standard-Enterprise,' which first came off the presses in 1827. Ayres sent the Lairds various information about Fort Plain, including advance notices of the sesquicentennial celebration, and the Alabama couple decided to visit the community during Sesquicentennial Week. They were met at Albany Airport by Ayres and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Heiser. They stayed with Rev. and Mrs. Robert Vanderlaan. Impressed with the village and its residents -- despite a downpour on the day of the parade -- Dan Laird set to work on a sign for the Animal Shelter, using hand tools to inscribe the name against an antique wood background. A few months ago, he and his wife donated the sign to the Animal Shelter Association, Inc., as a Christmas present.

Gary Oertel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Oertel, Palatine Bridge, was honored recently for earning the Eagle Scout rank. Oertel is a member of Palatine Bridge Boy Scout Troop 83, which meets weekly at the Palatine Bridge Town Hall.

Three members of Canajoharie Boy Scout Troop 81, Manny Hoffman, Mike Negus and Harold Mureness, received plaques at the troop's annual awards banquet, citing them as 'Scouts of the Year.'

Around 100 persons, including dues paying members, their families and guests attended the 50th annual meeting of the Canajoharie Cooperative Milk Producers, Inc., held recently at the Ames Firehouse.

-- Forty Years Ago

Canajoharie Mayor John Tooke announced that a public hearing will be held on the 1974-75 village budget. The proposed spending plan totals $607,575, which will result in no tax increase this year. The current rate is $12.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The Canajoharie Central School girls varsity basketball team concluded its season with a win against Galway to remain undefeated, 14-0.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

The Fort Plain-Nelliston Chamber of Commerce is planning its annual Spring Fling Block Party, and area nonprofit organizations are welcomed to participate, It is the fifth annual Spring Fling Block Party and takes place in and around Haslett Park. Still in the planning stages, the Spring Block Party is open to any and all area nonprofit groups as a way to present their respective organizations to the public.

The American Legion Post 554 celebrated its 75th anniversary recently with a dinner at the Webster Street Post. The keynote speaker was Department Commander Walter F. Baker, who spoke of the Legion's unfaltering commitment to the flag and the democratic process. The program was under the direction of Vice President Robert Yager with Auxiliary President Anita Miller and her committee handling the preparation and serving of dinner. The Legion has been in Fort Plain since 1919, when her sons returned from World War I and founded the local post to protect their rights as veterans and to keep alive the memory of the fallen.

Volunteer Homework Helpers are currently being recruited to help Fort Plain Free Library staff its newly organized Homework Center. This center is designed to help students with homework assignments as well as special projects. Homework Helpers may be students in junior or senior high, or they can be parents or senior citizens. Volunteers will help youngsters complete school assignments and improve their library and study skills using the library's materials and study space. Volunteers are asked to commit to one or more hours per week, after school, evenings or Saturdays. Training will be provided by the library.

Johanna Gordon and Melanie Swartz were named Fort Plain High School Students of the Month for February. Gordon is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Rouse, Fort Plain. Swartz is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grayson Swartz, Fort Plain.

-- Thirty Years Ago

The public will get a chance to comment on Fort Plain's 1984-85 village budget during an unusual evening session held recently. The new document, totaling $708,550, calls for a $2 per $1,000 increase from the current $30 per $1,000 to $32 per $1,000.

Norman J. Bollen, a native of Fort Plain, has been named director of food, service at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam. The announcement was made by Peter E. Capobianco, hospital administrator.

A dessert meeting of the Fort Plain Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will be held at the home of Mrs. John Gilladette in Nelliston. An American Heritage sing-along program will be presented.

Top finishers in Fort Plain Cub Scout Pack 61's annual Pinewood Derby were Brian Marino, first place trophy; Anthony Capece, second place, gold medal; Elliott Purvis, third place, silver medal; and Richard Vogel, fourth place.

Brian Howe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Howe, Fort Plain, was chosen for Academic All-American status at the recent NJCAA National Wrestling Tournament in Chicago. Howe, a 134-pound wrestler, is a freshman physical education major at Herkimer County Community College and has coupled a successful wrestling season with a dean's list performance in the classroom.

-- Forty Years Ago

A fire, which began shortly after 8 a.m., destroyed a large barn on the former Fred Wood farm on Route 163 in the Freysbush section of Minden.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The St. Johnsville community welcomed home the Lady Saints varsity basketball team with a parade through town, in honor of the team's repeat performance of a perfect basketball season, and a victory at the Federation Championships. The youngsters of the D.H. Robbins Elementary School also greeted the Lady Saints.

Palatine Settlement Society has adopted as its main project for 1994 the restoration of the federal style kitchen, the west room on the main floor of Nellis Tavern. The project will involve repair of the fireplace and chimney to put it in working condition, the removal of non-original wainscoting. Also the project will involve floor repair, restoration of doors, woodwork and windows, painting and refurbishing. Furniture and kitchen equipment will be added as it becomes available.

During the months of July and August, the St. Johnsville Village Parks and Recreation Commission, will again be featuring its summer park band concerts at the campsite/marina gazebo park. The band concerts are being made possible, in part, with public funds from NYS Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered by Schoharie County Arts Council Inc.

-- Thirty Years Ago

"I certainly hope that will be a unifying force in a sense that I am known in the community." Paul Flanders is a man who has dedicated his life to the field of education, and his appointment recently as superintendent of schools in St. Johnsville was something he had been working toward for several years. Flanders was appointed as the school's superintendent at the last meeting of the Board of Education. He will take over on April 30, replacing Interim Superintendent Romeo Battisti.

Mathew Rapacz, Mill Road, is named in this month's edition of 'Omni' magazine as being a runner-up in a video game contest held last summer. Rapacz, who works with his father Michael, at the M. Rapacz and Son Grocery store at the corner of Hough and South Division streets received $25 for his efforts in the contest that began last July. The object was to create "The Video Game of the Future." Rapacz's name is listed in the magazine, along with a description of the game he designed.

-- Forty Years Ago

Margaret McKay presented a program on genealogy at a DAR meeting recently.


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