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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.

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Looking Back - 04/17/2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Updated: 8:24 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

A public hearing on Canajoharie Central School District's tentative 1994-95 school budget of $9,353,096 will be held in the high school auditorium.

Following his first year as Code Enforcement Officer for the village of Canajoharie, Andrew Nanaa reported a busy year with 83 orders to remedy violations issued; 23 building permits issued, with a total reported construction value of $4,103,650; and three demolition permits issued.

Mr. and Mrs. William Parker, Canajoharie, were the guests of honor at a party held in recognition of their 50th wedding anniversary at the Elk's Lodge in Nelliston. Mary Whalen, Canajoharie and William Parker, Eldred, were married April 11, 1944 at Sts. Peter and Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Canajoharie by Msgr. James Gazely. Mr. Parker was enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Force from 1941-48 as a flight engineer and mechanic. Following his discharge from the service, he was employed as a superintendent by Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp., retiring in 1987. He now works part-time for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department as a dispatcher. Mrs. Parker taught school for many years before retiring in 1985. The party was hosted by the Parkers' children and their families: Randall Parker, Fort Wayne, IN; Sandra Parker, Canajoharie; Michael Parker, Akron, OH: Susan Parker, Canajoharie; and their daughter-in-law, June Parker, wife of their late son, Gary. Guests attended from Canajoharie, Palatine Bridge, Ames, Fort Plain, Fultonville, Sprakers, Barryville, Eldred, Mohawk, Hurley, Windham, Staten Island, Williamson, New York City, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

For anyone who enjoys the feeling of being immersed in a glorious world of finely crafted, handmade knick knacks, baskets, dried flower arrangements or a myriad of other items including fresh flowers and plants, mark down this name and address — Canajoharie Florist, 29 Church St. Canajoharie. It's a brand new business that opened just a month ago, and it has already garnered a sizable clientele. Proprietor Diane Prol has more than 20 years of florist shop experience. She ran a highly successful shop in Sussex, NJ, in the rural heart of that state's farm country for two years before making the decision to move to the Canajoharie area with her husband Ken.

-- Thirty Years Ago

With no questions or dissenting opinions from the public, the Canajoharie Village Board unanimously adopted its 1984-85 budget, totaling $1,643,955, following the annual budget hearing. As prepared by Budget Officer Bruce Van Evera, the total package represents a decrease of $279,773 from last year's figure and includes a federal revenue sharing allocation of $34,000. According to Van Evera, no tax rate increase will be necessary to meet the $291,399 to be raised through local property taxes. That rate remains the same at $24 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation, despite the loss of some revenues due to previous over-assessment.

Three students from Canajoharie High School won first place for their entry in the first "Olympics of the Visual Arts." The winning entry was a solar structure designed by Bennie Kirk, Tim Shepard and David Baird, who are Architectural Drawing and Design students in the school's art program. The competition involved more than 20 school districts from across the state.

Elke Blaetz, a sophomore at Canajoharie High School, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ewald Blaetz, has been selected as a participant in the Hugh O' Brian Youth Federation Seminars to be held in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia this spring.

-- Forty Years Ago

Mrs. Ella Neahr, a resident at the Canajoharie Nursing Home, celebrated her 100th birthday at a large party held at the home.

The Village Board adopted a 1974-75 budget of $607,575, calling for a tax rate of $12.50 per thousand.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

The Courier-Standard-Enterprise was honored recently with three awards presented by the New York Press Association during the association of weekly newspapers' annual Better Newspaper Contest. The C-S-E was awarded a pair of first place plaques for Overall Graphic Design and Photographic Excellence, and was given an Honorary Mention for In-Depth Reporting.

Water and sewer user rates are doubling for users within the village of Fort Plain limits. The Fort Plain Village Board approved an across the board 48 percent water rate increase and a 56 percent hike in the sewer rate by a unanimous vote recently. Mayor Albert Nalli commented that the rates are up mainly because of the new water filtration plant.

"It's an addiction." "We'd get on our (cordless) phones, play the same radio station and practice (our steps) until we got it right." With good natured exuberance, advanced line dancing student Lois Comins described how she and a fellow student perfected their dance skills. Touting the benefits of the popular phenomenon known as 'New Country' line dancing, Comins shared that since she started taking lessons last May, she has lost 30 pounds. "It's like an aerobic workout, and it's fun," she concluded.

Melanie Swartz, a junior at Fort Plain High School, has been selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls' State session at Russell Sage College, Troy. She will be one of 360 high school juniors from across New York State, who will form two political parties, participate in party caucuses and political rallies, campaign for office and elect party leaders in the city, county and state government.

As part of Fort Plain Free Library's Centennial celebration, trustee Shirley Reddy has compiled early history of the institution. Over the years, the library was housed in different local buildings, most often in the home of the person who was librarian. The women of the society soon felt the need for more spacious and permanent quarters to house the growing collection of books. The library has remained in these quarters to the present with a substantial addition constructed in 1984, enabling the library to continue to expand to meet the increased needs of the citizens of the area.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Now it's up to the voters. Without further discussion, the Fort Plain Central School Board of Education gave unanimous approval to the district's proposed budget for the 1984-85 school year. The budget calls for a 6.51 percent increase in total spending, but only a 1.69 percent hike in the amount of money to be raised from local taxes. The relatively modest tax increase is made possible by a big jump in basic aid from the state — up $308,324, or 12.48 percent, to an estimated total of $2.8 million for the coming school year. Of a total budget of more than $4.4 million, school district officials are expecting to need $1,164,771 from local property taxes. That's an increase of only $19,431 from the current year and should translate into boosts of less than two percent in the local school tax rate. All figures are tentative, as final equalization rates and property assessments may not be known until shortly before school tax bills are mailed in September.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Eckler, Fort Plain RD 2, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary April 17.

Mrs. Pearl Nestle was honored by five generations of relatives at an 80th birthday celebration at the United Methodist Church.

-- Forty Years Ago

A group of former Montgomery County Supervisors tossed a bombshell into the April meeting of the board with the assertion that rather than a $363,000 surplus in the 1973 budget, there was, by conservative estimate, more than $1 million available to reduce the size of the 1974 spending plan.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. George Jubar celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary at their home. The party was a surprise given by their children, Mrs. Renee Heiser of Canajoharie, their son, Craig Jubar of Germany, and their daughter, Mrs. Colleen Sorval of Kissimmee, FL. Both Craig and Colleen could not attend but did call. They had close friend and relatives with some 75 people attending from Boston, MA, Amsterdam, Fonda, Fort Plain, Canajoharie, Palatine Bridge, Little Falls, a cousin from Unadilla, and relatives from Glendale, L.I. George Jubar and the former Rose M. LaCoppola were married April 17, 1954, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, St. Johnsville. The couple was attended by Geri George at Little Falls as maid of honor and Joseph LaCoppola, Jr. of St. Johnsville, best man. Adelaide Battisti of St. Johnsville, bridesmaid, Frank LaCoppola of St. Johnsville, now deceased, Gilbert Hoteling of Little Falls, Mary Mastrocco, St. Johnsville, now deceased, and Margaret DiGiacomo, St. Johnsville, was flower-girl. The couple have seven grandchildren, Nicole and Vanessa of Canajoharie, David, Mark, John Michael, Benjamin of Germany and Tyson Sorval of Kissimmee, FL. Mr. Jubar was employed with Amsterdam Recorder, now retired and Mrs. Rose Jubar is town supervisor of St. Johnsville.

Head Start parents from St. Johnsville and Fort Plain hosted an Easter fund raiser to benefit the end of year parent/child activities. The drawing was held and the winners were Sarah Christman from Sprakers and Tricia Roberts from St. Johnsville. Both were recipients of an Easter basket valued at more than $100. Many thanks to the local businesses that generously donated.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Kristine M. Corso and Mary Beth Failing were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 1984 at St. Johnsville High School.

-- Forty Years Ago

The village of St. Johnsville Housing Authority is now accepting applications from St. Johnsville and the surrounding area for tenancies in the Old Meadow Garden Apartments.

A budget of $263,170 was adopted by the Village Board.

The Red Cross Bloodmobile realized 40 pints of blood. Kenneth Nellis was recognized as a four gallon donor.

     

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