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FPCS Students Aid in Fresh-Up Project:
Spring is "fresh-up" time for books as well as walls and bulletin boards. Pictured, the first week of April, 1964, from left, are Robert Smith, Thomas Swanson, Ralph Smith and Jack Lewis, shellacking the covers of dictionaries and encyclopedias after the pencil and fingermarks have been erased.
The helpful project being conducted by members of Mrs. May Smith's class at the Fort Plain Central School helps improve the appearance of the books as well as prolonging their lives.
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Looking Back - 04/04/2013

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - Updated: 9:05 AM


Twenty Years Ago

The Richardson Brands Co. plant in Canajoharie will be adding about 100 new jobs to the local work force when the company completes the relocation of mint and candy operations from Philadelphia, Pa., and Lawrence, Mass., to Canajoharie. Eric Richman, manager of operations for Richardson Brands in Canajoharie, said the plant will employ as many as 200 people when the move is completed. The Canajoharie operations, he said, will now occupy all of what was the former LifeSavers plant on the south side of Erie Boulevard, and the former warehouse and gum base building on the north side of the street. The proposed move called for extensive renovations to the warehouse and gum base building on the north side of Erie Boulevard.

Canajoharie residents are looking at a tentative village budget of $2.8 million, but can expect a zero tax increase when the 1993-94 spending plan is approved. The budget proposal calls for a total tax levy of $631,740.06, up slightly over the current budget year's tax levy. However, with an equalization rate of $29.93 on an assessed valuation of $9,870,943, the 1993-94 tax rate of $64 per $1,000 of assessed valuation is actually lower than this year's tax levy of $64.0003. According to outgoing Mayor Randall Hogue, who put together the 1993-94 spending package, the "tentative budget contains no tax increase." The budget proposal, he said, "also recommends no increase in water as well as a reduction in sewer rates. All this with a major capital improvement, such as an open distribution reservoir replacement and capital improvements at the wastewater treatment plant."

The town of Canajoharie has the smallest estimate of snow removal and clean-up costs related to the Blizzard of '93 of the up-county towns, according to figures released to the supervisors recently. Canajoharie had a total of $18,332 submitted by Highway Superintendent Herbert Allen. This included personnel costs of $5,233; equipment costs of $11,209; salt and sand, $1,880.

Thirty Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Suits, Ames, were recipients of the Briggs Lumber Travel Contest, having recently returned from a five day trip to Acapulco, Mexico.

Kathe Herting and Jamie Jonker gave demonstrations at a recent meeting of the Palatine Hustlers 4-H Club held at the town barn. Miss Herting demonstrated how to make biscuits and Jonker's demonstration was how to assemble a saxophone.

Mrs. Karl Claes was the honored guest at a party celebrating her 90th birthday at Arkell Hall.

Forty Years Ago

Developers of the proposed shopping plaza in Palatine Bridge, notified Mayor Thomas Clayburn that leases have been signed with the Grand Union Company and Neisner Bros., two of the larger stores to occupy the modern enclosed mall facility.

Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Following a recent public hearing on the budget, the Fort Plain Village Board revealed a possible 16-cent per $1,000 increase in the village tax rate for fiscal year 1993-94. The increase, said Village Clerk-Treasurer Susanne Mahn, is mainly the result of salary increases, the planned purchase of a new police cruiser, additional street paving around the village and a new village pickup truck. The current rate amounts to $69.73 per $1,000. The Village Board in recent years has maintained a policy of replacing its village police vehicles every three years.

Ivy Gunter, a professional model, actress and TV spokesperson, will speak to Fort Plain middle and high school students about overcoming adversity. Gunter began a modeling career at age 15 and after high school went on to college, maintaining an active modeling schedule. She did a short stint in Chicago, which led to the big time, the world of glamour and high fashion modeling and a major assignment in New York City. Just as everything seemed to be falling into place, she faced a major crisis. A swelling in her right leg was diagnosed as a malignant tumor and the leg was amputated just above the knee. Her bout with cancer, which everyone though would end her career, actually gave her new insight and fueled her ambition.

When the bridge over the Mohawk River connecting Fort Plain and Nelliston is shutdown, patrons of the Fort Plain Free Library need not worry over finding new reading material — the library is opening a satellite library on the north side of the river. According to Fort Plain Free Library librarian Laura Flynn, the nine-member Library Board of Trustees is prepared with the opening of the Satellite Library at the corner of Routes 80 and 5 in Nelliston, the former 'Corner Store.'

Thirty Years Ago

The Fulmont Neighborhood Center reported that last month had been a busy month. Frozen food and baked goods were distributed to 62 families, serving 231 persons, while families involving 104 persons received free clothing.

Alan R. Swarts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Swarts, Wagner St., was recently promoted to Major, United States Army Reserve. The ceremony was conducted by Major General Robert L. Shirkey.

Can Fort Plain Central School's baseball team come off a disappointing 1982 fourth place finish in the southern division of the Tri-Valley baseball league to challenge for the divisional title they won five consecutive years before the roof fell in on Coach Craig Phillips and the Hilltoppers a year ago? "We're playing in a tough division," warns Phillips. "There's Bishop Scully with everybody back, Draper with Randy Strijek, a resourceful Cobleskill team and a talented group at Canajoharie. A lot depends on our younger players who need a little motivation and how well we can plug the holes in our infield. If we can't solve these two problems we'll battle it our for last place in the division with Fonda-Fultonville."

Forty Years Ago

Maurice J. O'Connell Jr., assistant cashier at the State Bank of Albany, was promoted to assistant manager at the bank's Fort Plain office.

The Fort Plain business community received excellent grades in a shopping survey made in conjunction with an economic study being prepared for the Montgomery County Planning Board.

St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The village tax rate may be going up some 68 cents from last year's rate of $23.48 per $1,000, a rate that has not climbed in two previous years. Mayor Dominick Stagliano presented his board with the tentative 1993-94 budget, including a three percent increase during a special meeting held in the village office. The document breaks down as follows under the mayor's proposal: general fund appropriation, $712,191, up from last year's $634,350; water fund, $124,091, an increase of $18,785; sewer fund, $234,771, an increase of $29,471; library fund, $$67,964, an increase of $10,953; cemetery fund, $27,809, a decrease of $2,724; special grand fund, $26,699, a decrease of $1,662; and special recreational facility fund $11,922, an increase of $8,198. The total real property tax levy equals $366,763, which is derived from a total taxable property valuation of $15,622,832.

It was a day which was threatened of rain, was a little breezy and on the cool side, but this did not deter the spirited St. Johnsville Central School girls' basketball team from sharing their enthusiasm with their entire village. The parade was called to help the girls celebrate a very successful season, which resulted in the team talking the New York state Girls' Basketball championships.

An Easter egg hunt will be held on the lawn at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library. Refreshments will be served and prizes awarded to all participants. The program is being hosted by the BLAST student advisory council with refreshments and prizes provided by the Friends of the Library.

St. Johnsville High School's annual Community Health Fair brought out more than 60 residents from throughout the area to the school's gym, where a number of health-related stations were set up.

Thirty Years Ago

The Youth Center is sponsoring a record hop in the high school gymnasium. WCCS radio's Todd Pettengil will be featuring to 30 hits, hard rock and trivia.

David Dockey, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Revere Dockey, is being heard on radio and television in western New York. He can be heard on a commercial for the Adam, Meldrum and Anderson Company, advertising men's and women's spring and summer fashions. The musical portion of the commercial was produced at Track Master Studio, Buffalo. All of the voices heard are Dockey's. The remainder of the commercial was filmed in Florida. Dockey is a vocal music teacher at Cuba Central High School.

Jacki Pollitt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Pollitt, West St., is one of ten members of the cheerleading squad at the State University of New York at Cobleskill.

Forty Years Ago

The tentative village budget totals $253,100, an increase of $3,000, Mayor Wilfred Kraft has noted that this will not affect the present tax rate.

Phil Schoff was the top vote-getter for the All-Star team and chosen most valuable player in the Little Falls YMCA basketball league.


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