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Canajoharie, NY ,

Present Musical:
The Canajoharie Junior High String Quartette presented a musical performance at a meeting of the Canajoharie PTA Wednesday evening, April 11, 1973, at the East Hill School. Members of the Quartette pictured above, left to right, are Cathy Corlett, cello; Marianna Proper, viola; Joanne Overholt, second violin; and Amy Keller, first violin.

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Looking Back - 04/03/2014

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - Updated: 8:09 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

The Canajoharie Village Board adopted a 1994-95 proposed budget of $2,910,559.76, which will have an estimated tax rate of $67, an increase of $3 over the current budget. The proposed budget shows that the village will have a total of $9,896,039 in assessed valuation, a reduction of $23,061. The tax levy in the preliminary budget of $663,034.44 shows an increase of $28,212.38 over current figures. It also shows a capital reserve fund of $9,000.

New York state Department of Transportation engineers have revealed that they are starting a study to make changes in Route 10 south as it approaches the village of Canajoharie, including the possibility of constructing a new bridge connecting Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge across the Mohawk River. 

Canajoharie High School's Class of 1964 is planning its 30th class reunion this year.

Thirty Years Ago

Attorney James L. Gage, Esperance, was honored by Central National Bank of Canajoharie at a testimonial dinner at the Charter House, Fort Plain. Gage, who retired as director of the bank, was presented with a camera and a framed testimonial plaque in recognition of his service as a CNB director for more than 32 years and as chairman of the board during critical transitional periods for the bank.

Peter Nepomuceno, a freshman at Canajoharie High School, has won first place in the acrylic division of the New York State Federation of Womens Club's regional art contest. Peter's work, entitled "Riverside," will be sent to the statewide competition.

Forty Years Ago

Twenty-four students were inducted into the Canajoharie Central School chapter of the National Honor Society. They include: Amy Warnick, Yvonne Collins, Joanne Brushetti, Andrea Waner, Elaine Morrison, Barbara West, Joyce Nellis, Betsy Crawford, Carol Sanders, Aimie Plank, Denise Bell, Vanessa Johnsey, Paul Nasse, Mike Gisondi, Joel Leneker, Robert McFee, Robert Rusbuldt, Steve Corlett, Thomas Cummings, Patty Fredericks and John Lyker.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

There was a time in Fort Plain's history that one could walk beneath the sidewalks in the business section, from one end nearly all the way to the other end. It was time when coal was the preferred choice for heating of homes and businesses. Some businesses used the openings in the sidewalks, called subways, to have their coal dumped into bins, ready for use. The old subways also were used to let daylight into the dark old cellars and for moving large pieces of equipment in or out of the buildings. Although few downtown Fort Plain business still rely on the old subways -- at least one still does: the Main Moon Chinese Restaurant, at 5 Canal St. The subway is the only outside entrance to that business's cellar big enough to move a large appliance, such as a furnace or water heater in or out if the need arises, according to Tim Conrad, village code enforcement officer. Conrad said the rear of the Main Moon Restaurant is "building locked," meaning that there are other buildings abutting the rear of the restaurant. The interior cellar-way at Main Moon is much too small to move large, bulky items in or out of. Conrad noted that he has been working with the merchants and with village government in trying to get the problem with the subways resolved. The problem is that the building owners must brick the openings in their cellar walls shut so that the subways can be filled in with dirt in preparation for new concrete sidewalks, part of the state Department of Transportation's $3 million street improvement project.

The Fort Plain Senior Center offers food, fun and programs for area senior citizens and residents. The senior center is for everyone, and is becoming a focal point for all generations. Everyone is welcome to stop in to visit and share your ideas and join in for fun.

Thirty Years Ago

The Fort Plain Village Board adopted its 1984-85 budget that will require increases in water rates and property taxes. Unanimous approval of the budget and rate increases followed a public hearing attended by only one local citizen, other than village officials and a reporter. The new budget totals $682,849, a slight decrease from the present year. But Mayor Richard Jacksland explained at the hearing that because sales tax revenues have decreased, the village needs to raise an additional $10,000 in property taxes for the coming year.

Air Force Senior Airman Scott R. Ambridge, son of John and Beverly Ambridge, Fort Plain RD 3, has arrived for duty at Loring Air Force base, ME.

Forty Years Ago

Miss Claire Kilpatrick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hilton Kilpatrick, Nelliston, was named valedictorian, while Douglas Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adelbert H. Smith, Fort Plain, was named salutatorian of Fort Plain Central School's Class of 1974.

The Village Board adopted a $246,545 budget, unchanged in dollar amount from the tentative spending plan set for the 1974-75 fiscal year. A tax rate increase from $17 per $1,000 to $19 per $1,000 has been proposed.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

St. Johnsville Cub Scout Pack 71 held its annual Blue and Gold dinner at the Community House.  First year service pins were awarded to the following Tiger Cubs: George Bennett, John Harrington, Richard Case, Adam Zeidner and Michael Farina. The following Pack 71 leaders earned service stars: Patty Case, Tiger Den, first year service star; Laurie Battisti, Wolf Den, first year service star; Mike Corso, Webeloes, first year service star; Diane Keba, Bear Den, second year service star; and Jodi Battisti, Cubmaster, sixth year service star.

A decline in state aid, sales tax, increases in landfill tipping fees, the high cost of snow removal this past winter and a four percent salary increase for village employees may raise village taxes about $1.05 per $1,000 of assessed valuation if the 1994-95 spending plan is adopted April 19 following a public hearing at the Community House.

Thirty Years Ago

Due to fluctuating enrollments in elementary school classes, the Board of Education voted to create a half-day kindergarten section and eliminate a third grade position for the 1984-85 school year.

The Treaty of Fort Stanwix was the topic of discussion at the March meeting of the St. Johnsville NSDAR, held at the Community House. An article on the Fort Stanwix Treaty in the DAR Magazine was read by Mrs. Ernest Underwood.

Walter "Buzz" Davis presented a slide program dealing with scenes and events in St. Johnsville during the March meeting of the 2F Club of Grace Congregational Church.

The purchase of a new ambulance and plans for several spring activities highlighted the March meeting of the St. Johnsville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The group noted the purchase of a new van type ambulance, which replaced the old Cadillac machine.

Forty Years Ago

The tentative village budget contains no tax increase this year.

Michael Settle and David Caponera were chosen as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 1974.

Meals for the Elderly was held recently for the first time at St. Patrick's Church hall.

     

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