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A Level Swing: Coach Dom Ciciriello demonstrates batting technique to three returning lettermen, John Nellis, Dave Briggs and Randy Stockwell, during a practice session Friday afternoon on the hilltop athletic field. The baseball Hilltoppers open their second season next Thursday, April 26, 1973 at home against Mayfield, defending T-V league champions.


Looking Back - 04/10/2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Updated: 12:52 AM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Canajoharie's Town Board discussed the purchase of a new dump truck/snowplow following a request from Highway Superintendent Herbert Allen, who noted that the oldest truck in the town's fleet, a 1980 model, was in need of extensive repairs. Allen told the board that a new truck could be purchased at state prices for $95,472 with snow plowing equipment included. Town Supervisor Robert McMahon wanted to know what would happen to the 1980 truck as he pointed out that there are no trade ins when a new vehicle is purchased at state prices. Allen told the board that the town could offer the 1980 truck for sale, and advertise for bids.

Canajoharie Village Mayor Gloria Seligman met with the Canajoharie Town Board recently to discuss dog control in both the village and town using the town's dog warden. Mayor Seligman noted that the township licenses all dogs in both the village and town, and that a portion of the dog licensing fees goes to the township. She told the Town Board that the village was eliminating its dog warden position, but that village police officers could pick up an animal.

Thirty Years Ago

A 1984-85 budget totaling $1,643,955 will be presented at a public hearing. According to Budget Officer Bruce Van Evera, the proposal, showing a decrease of about $279,773 from last year's amended budget, will cal for the continuation of the village tax rate of $24 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

This winter, Mrs. Arthur (Beatrice) Gross took a vacation from writing the local gossip for the Courier-Standard-Enterprise and went to visit her daughter in North Carolina. Mrs. Gross began writing for the Canajoharie Courier in 1924, the same year Calvin Coolidge was elected president, the Teapot Dome oil scandal was in the headlines and Nikolai Lenin died in Russia. Now, 60 years later, Mrs. Gross doesn't remember who originally asked her to be the Sprout Brook correspondent, but she does remember she had to be coaxed. "I didn't want to bother with it to start with," she now says, "but after awhile it got to be a habit." Hers is a dying breed: the country correspondent. This newspaper once boasted more than 25 personal columns from Indian Castle to Randall and Ephratah to Chestnut Street. There are only a handful left.

The Canajoharie Youth Recycling group has scheduled a major recycling drive. The collection trailer will be parked at the old Flume and Fuller building on Route 10 in Palatine Bridge. Articles accepted will include colored and black-and-white newsprint, magazines, cardboard, aluminum and old appliances.

Forty Years Ago

A spokesman for the Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce and the mayors of five western Montgomery County municipalities announced that the middle Mohawk Valley area was "still in the running" for the $128 million plant to be built by the Miller Brewing Company of Milwaukee. The brewing concern is seeking a new site within 200 miles of New York City.

A parent cooperative nursery school is now forming in the Canajoharie area. It will operate in St. John's Lutheran Church, Montgomery Street.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Kathy Flanders' dream to construct an intergenerational facility in Fort Plain hasn't diminished as the director of the Fort Plain Senior Center and members of the center's Board of Directors plan for an April 21 open hearing to solicit comments from the public. The open hearing, said Flanders, will be held in the Fort Plain Senior Center at the corner of Center and Mohawk streets in Fort Plain. Refreshments will be provided. Flanders said the meeting is intended to generate public input concerning an intergenerational facility, which Flanders said would be geared toward the area's senior citizen population and the area's youthful citizens.

The Fort Plain Free Library, long a local bastion of reading, is celebrating National Library Week, and its centennial. The Free Library had been operating since 1893, and received its charter on June 5, 1894.

Kristine Dievendorf, grade 10, and Jason Dingman, grade 12, were recently named Fort Plain High School Students of the Month. Dievendorf is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dievendorf, Fort Plain. Dingman is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Dingman, Fort Plain. As a result of their selection as Students of the Month, the two students' names will be inscribed on a plaque displayed in their school and they, along with their parents, will be the dinner guests of one of this month's sponsors.

The Fort Plain Sports Booster Club is sponsoring a faculty versus senior class donkey basketball game. The Shaw Brothers donkey basketball is based upon basketball as most of us know it, except that it's played from the backs of donkeys. Some of the mounts the faculty members and members of the Class of 194 will be riding go by the names of Bucking Pete, Sugar, Old Tiger, Elvis and Suicide.

Thirty Years Ago

A group calling itself the "Real Old Fashioned Days Committee" is hoping to make the community's annual festival less a drinking event and more a family-oriented affair this year. Committee members plan to ask the Fort Plain Village Board to abandon its long-standing policy of suspending the open container law on parade day. Village officials also will be urged to confine the serving of alcoholic beverages to a specified area, and to make sure all laws are vigorously enforce during the three-day celebration --something that hasn't been the case in the past, according to the committee.

A number of faculty members at Fort Plain Central School recently have shared their culinary skills with pupils in Mrs. Virginia Stortecky's "Fascinating Foods" class. Students in the high school class study the history of foods in the United States and foreign countries. Visiting "experts" have included High School Principal and District Superintendent Stephen Uebbing, who made French onion soup; Mrs. Henrietta DuMortier, Polish crepes; Mrs. Paula Gifford, French crepes; Mrs. Jan Marcellino, fortune cookies and the use of chopsticks; Edward Pangburn, Italian eggplant; and Gary Kuch, Wienerschnitzel.

Forty Years Ago

Prospects are high for area school districts to receive increases in state operating aid. According to initial figures on the state proposal, the Fort Plain Central School District could receive a $103 increase in per-pupil aid; Canajoharie is listed at a $92 per student increase and the figure for St. Johnsville is $90.

Joseph Clement Jr., a former high school principal at Fort Plain Central School, was named superintendent of schools at Spencerport.

Two flags -- one an American flag and the other, a flag of Girl Scout Troop 79 -- were taken from a car while the owners were attending a Mother-Daughter Banquet in Fort Plain.

Craig Ehle was elected chief of the Fort Plain Volunteer Fire Department at the annual meeting. He succeeded Carlton Swartz, who had served in the post for 24 years -- the longest tenure in the history of the department.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The Margaret Reaney Memorial Library Board of Trustees is expected to approve two tentative budgets at its next meeting, at the library. During a special meeting held recently, two budgets were reviewed by the board, one with the inclusion of $35,000 being sought from St. Johnsville Central School District taxpayers, and one drafted without this capital enhancement. Both budgets are strictly 'no-frills' spending plans, according to board member Ronald Hezel and board clerk, the Rev. Russell Camp.

Margaret Reaney Memorial Library is joining libraries across the nation in celebration of National Library Week.

St. Johnsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. is looking for volunteers, and is asking that you consider giving SAVAC a little of your time. The corps presently has a shortage of drivers, which may cause the local emergency response organization to shut down its operation for a few days a week. This option is not one the corps wishes to pursue. SAVAC also is encouraging area residents to join the corps as emergency medical technicians, or EMT's.

Thirty Years Ago

A proposed 1984-85 village budget of $671,510 is calling for a tax rate of $14 per $1,000 of assessed valuation -- a figure that represents an increase of $1 per $1,000 over last year's spending plan. If adopted, the budget shows $187,642 will have to be raised through taxes as compared to $174,719 last year, a hike of more than $12,900. A public hearing on the budget has been set.

Seventy members of the Senior Citizen Saints honored Mr. and Mrs. Max Lein, Oppenheim, on their 55th wedding anniversary at a recent meeting at the Community House.

Cooperation between law enforcement agencies was the topic discussed at a recent meeting of the St. Johnsville Rotary Club. Officer George "Bud" O'Neil outlined the importance of teamwork in solving various violation of the law in the area.

Forty Years Ago

Snells Tavern was damaged extensively by fire, smoke and water.

The Kyser Hotel won the playoff championship of the 1973-74 Little Falls YMCA league. The St. Johnsville squad completed the loop season with a perfect 16-0 record.

The Meals for the Elderly program relocated from St. Patrick's Church hall to the American Legion rooms.


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