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Miss Poirier Will Appear With Civic Ballet Company
Miss Susan Poirier, Canajoharie, will appear with the Schenectady Civic Ballet Company on Saturday, April 11, 1964, at Linton High School in Schenectady, according to the artistic director of the company.
Miss Poirier, daughter of Mrs. Naomi Poirier, is shown in this photo seated at the left receiving makeup from Charles Elson, company makeup artist.
A member of the junior class at Canajoharie High School, this is Miss Poirier's fourth year with the Schenectady ballet company, where she is now a senior member. For the past seven years, she has been studying ballet with Mrs. Terry Dornburg, Palatine Bridge.

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Looking Back - 03/28/2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - Updated: 12:32 AM

• Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

The basic plans for a proposed museum of tugboats and towing on Canajoharie's Barge Canal waterfront was unveiled at a public meeting held recently in the Canajoharie Municipal Building. The idea for this unique tourist attraction for the Canajoharie-Palatine area was unveiled by Allen Briggs, who was recently elected to serve as trustee on the Canajoharie Village Board. Briggs was the co-chairman of the Canajoharie Village Planning Board and has been an advocate of historical restoration for the community.

The Canajoharie Middle School students of social studies teacher Phoebe Sitterley took some time out of their regular studies one day recently to solve a problem — How to build a freestanding shelter using only newspapers and masking tape — no other means of support were allowed during the procedure. The class was randomly divided into four teams. Each team also utilized an observer, whose job it was to keep an eye on those directly involved in the project and offer suggestions to aid in a successful completion of the shelter. Sitterley noted that students were given time to plan their shelters, which was followed by a 25-minute 'building' period.

Hazel Dingman observed her 90th birthday with an afternoon tea at Arkell Hall. Dingman was born in Salt Springville, attended the local school there and graduated East Springfield High School. An interesting employment history followed as she began working at the age of 16 for Mr. and Mrs. William Greeley at the Fort Plain Hotel and remained there until after he died and the hotel was sold. From there she went to Cherry Valley and joined the staff of the Tryon Hotel and Restaurant. In those days, the hotel did a high volume high-class business. Miss Dingman recalls the use of finger bowls as part of the elegant dining room service. A move to Cooperstown followed, where she thoroughly enjoyed working in town as a clerk-accountant in a shoe store, often being left to run the store in the absence of the owner. Upon retirement, Miss Dingman moved to Cherry Valley and continuing to "keep busy" she became employed for Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Cannon as their household manager.

Thirty Years Ago

Approximately 70 agriculturally inclined residents of the Agricultural District No. 2, encompassing the townships of Palatine and St. Johnsville were advised to maintain their district without change by the County Planning Board and the Agricultural District Advisory Committee. Based on current statistics, District No. 2 has shown an increase in agricultural and dairying use over the last ten years and now utilizes 26,000 of its 31,350 acres for production purposes.

The 128th annual stockholders meeting of Central National Bank enjoyed a large attendance, with Chief Executive Officer David J. Nolan conducting the session. A slide show was presented which depicted the period from the bank's origin in 1855 through the last branch opening in 1979. Attendees were able to see the personnel associated with the 12 offices, learn of their civic contributions and view a variety of businesses that are an important part of the various communities.

Forty Years Ago

In conjunction with the focusing of Baker-Beech-Nut manufacturing and financing operations in Canajoharie, President and Chief Executive Officer Frank C. Nicholas announced the promotions of Louis A. Savarese to vice president of operations and William J. Johnsey to vice president of finance.

• Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

The village of Fort Plain's 1993-94 $1.1 million tentative budget, which is expected to reflect a little or no increase in taxes, will be presented to the public in the near future at the Municipal Building. The tentative budget shows general appropriations of $847,983; water at $255,713; sewer, $70,573; and the joint youth activities, $11,945 for a total budget picture of $1,186,214. With the general portion of the budget at $847,983, the board has estimated revenues of $697,383.76 and an appropriated surplus of $150,000. The estimated amount to be raised by property tax is set at $418,376.76, a drop of $670, or .16 percent, leaving the estimated tax rate at about the same as the current budget.

The Fort Plain Museum recently presented to the town of Minden office four historic maps of the area for display. These maps are Town of Minden, 1868-1905; Fort Plain-Nelliston, 1893; and the Histories Map of the Mohawk Valley. They are available for sale at the Museum's gift shop.

An evening of fun and entertainment was experienced recently in the Harry Hoag School gym when the faculty challenged the senior class in a game of donkey basketball which was held to benefit the Fort Plain Sports Booster Club. The contest was close throughout the game with the seniors the better shooters and the faculty great on the defense. There were a number of anxious moments when riders from both teams fell to the floor from their trusty mounts, but there were no serious injuries. A great moment for the youngsters came during half-time when the kids were able to pet the donkeys, which had congregated at the center of the basketball court.

The Stony Bridle Path Riders 4-H Club raised $134 for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Montgomery County at Iroquois Lanes in Canajoharie in a bowl-a-thon. High scorers were Kirsten Smith with a score of 102, and Joan Shuster with a score of 106.

Mohawk Valley Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 3275 honored two 50 year members, Russ Henza and Richard Jacksland, at the annual membership dinner held. Also honored were other veteran members ranging from 45 years to five years, as Commander Brad Schrell handed out membership pins assisted by George Harrington, post quartermaster.

Ivy Gunter, a professional model, actress and TV spokesperson, will speak to Fort Plain middle and high school students about overcoming adversity.

Thirty Years Ago

The public hearing on the 1983-84 Fort Plain village budget, totaling $708,550, will be held in the near future at the village office. A tax rate of $30 per thousand is projected using the town of Minden assessments based on 25 percent of full value.

The Fort Plain-Nelliston Merchants Association has set a date for their annual picnic. At its March meeting, it also voted to situate the carnival and flea market in the Legion Street parking lot and Haslett Park for the upcoming Old Fashioned Days, because of additional traffic generated when they are located closer to the downtown stores.

Forty Years Ago

Approximately 150 past and present village officials, co-workers and friends are expected at a testimonial dinner at the Fort Plain Masonic Temple for long-time village employees Carlton Bowman, supervisor of public works for 35 years, and Corenne D. Hall, a 14-year village clerk-treasurer.

• St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

During a special meeting of the St. Johnsville Business Association, the final OK was given for the village's SpringFest '93. Association Secretary Olivia Davi said the Association is trying to put together a 'jam session' featuring two or three local bands for Sunday's portion of SpringFest, which will lead up to possible fireworks display. Davi noted that donations to help defray the cost of a fireworks display are gratefully being accepted by Business Association members.

• Thirty Years Ago

Three committees have been formed by village residents as part of a drug awareness program that is focusing on the various aspects of drug abuse and prevention in the school district. The committees will tackle the issue through drug and law enforcement, youth and recreation programs and prevention and education. The law enforcement committee will be headed by village police Officer Kevin Snell; the youth and recreation committee will be chaired by Recreation Director Linda Terricola; and the prevention and education committee will be headed by High School Principal Georgeanne Snell. The latter group has already scheduled a series of informal "patrols" of streets in the village on Friday and Saturday nights.

Rehearsals have begun for the presentation of "The Wizard of Oz," scheduled in St. John's Reformed Church.

Forty Years Ago

Members of the DAR Chapter voted to place a plaque in the St. Johnsville Cemetery and the West St. Johnsville to honor Revolutionary War soldiers interred there.

     

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