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Better Home Garden Club launches Junior Garden Project
The Better Home Garden Club of Canajoharie and Fort Plain last Thursday, May 6, 1965, launched its Junior Garden Project under the direction of Mrs. Edward W. Spraker, junior garden chairman.
Mrs. Spraker visited each of the fourth grade science classes with Donald Miller, science instructor, at the Canajoharie East Hill School. Each student has learned in previous classes the necessary steps to prepare the soil for a flower garden, how to plant the seeds and care for them throughout the growing season.
Four packets of seeds: Marigolds, zinnias, pinks and gourds were given by the Central National Bank, Canajoharie, to the garden club for distribution to the students.
Shown in the above photo displaying several of the seed packages with a soil filled planting box in the foreground, from left, first row, are Vanessa Burgess, Joe Fowler, Pamela Vosburgh, Lynn Crabill, Connie Browne, Gary Lindemann and Mary Sitterly; standing, Mark Blair and Mrs. Spraker.
A floral exhibit will be displayed a the Central National Bank in Canajoharie soon after school resumes in the fall.

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Looking Back - 04/24/2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Updated: 10:47 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Canajoharie Central School Board of Education adopted a tentative budget, recently, of $9,353,096, which is a 3.2 percentage jump or a $297,878 over the current budget of $9,055,218. According to Thomas Jennings, district business manager, four of the five divisions of the tentative budget show an increase, with the undistributed section showing a 4.68 percent reduction, mainly due to a decrease in the cost of health insurance.

The Eagle Award, the highest honor in Boy Scouting, was presented to Richard Negus, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Negus, of Ames, during a Court of Honor held during the annual dinner meeting of Troop 81 at St. John's and St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Canajoharie. Negus and his parents were escorted by Eagle Scout Allen Paluzzi after members of the troop presented the candle lighting ceremony. Eagle Scout Patrick Cechnicki made the Eagle Scout presentation, assisted by Scoutmaster Edward Hill and Assistant Scoutmaster Joseph Cechnicki.

John and Rose Shostek, long time Canajoharie restaurant owners, have announced their retirement, and their son, John Jr., has assumed ownership of the Village Restaurant on Church Street in the village. John and Rose opened the Village Restaurant in December of 1980, and over the last 14 years have made a host of friends in the community.

Melissa DiVisconti and Aaron Flynn portrayed Romeo and Juliet during a three night run by the Canajoharie-Fort Plain central school Drama Club of the classic Shakespeare play of love and hate in renaissance. Some twenty-five hours per week of work over a 12 week period went into the production, said Drama Club Director Jeanne DeValve.

Ted Wojcicki was named Elk of the Year at the annual awards banquet of the Canajoharie-Fort Plain Elks Lodge No. 2621 held recently. Elk of the Year is the highest honor a lodge can offer a member, with the selectee chosen by the entire slate of current officers. The member receiving the honor cannot be an officer at the time of the award. Exalted Ruler Dean Aldi presented the award to Wojcicki.

Thirty Years Ago

There'll be considerably less hoopla than five years ago, but the village of Canajoharie will quietly celebrate its 155th birthday, April 30. The date marks the anniversary of an 1829 act by the New York state Legislature which incorporated the village. On July 14, 1829, local citizens chose five trustees and selected Henry Lieber to be the village's first "president." That title was later changed to mayor. The village started its official life with a budget of $250 — slightly less than the 1984-85 figure of $1.6 million approved recently by the board.

The Palatine Bridge Village Board is planning to look into the possible purchase of a five acre plot off the end of Center Street for a village park. No firm plans were drafted at the recent meeting, but Mayor Anthony Malagisi said he would like to see a ball field, tennis courts and playground facilities established in the village. The property is owned by Edward J. Jacksland, Palatine Bridge.

Airman Mark A. Jones, son of Kenneth D. and Phyllis A. Jones, Canajoharie RD 1, recently graduated from the instrumentation technician course at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, CO.

Forty Years Ago

Thomas D. Grainer was appointed as trustee on the Canajoharie Village Board, succeeding Eleanor Blair, the first woman to serve on the board. Mrs. Blair plans to move to the White Plains area.

The Baker-Beech Nut Corporation announced the promotion of Dr. Jerome LiCari to the position of manager of Research and Development.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

American Legion Post 554 Treasurer Ken Rose presented a check for $1,000 to Mid-County Ambulance Corps Treasurer Carol Waite. Rose noted that in addition to its normal life-saving duties, the ambulance corps also transports many area veterans to Veterans Administration Hospitals. The Legion, he said, also donates money to area school districts for educational programs. "The ambulances are on the road night and day and are manned by a great group of volunteers going to eight or nine different hospitals," Rose said. "The members of the American Legion Salute them."

Mr. and Mrs. William Lamphere of Stone Arabia Road, were honored at a 50th wedding anniversary family dinner party, hosted by their children Saturday, March 26, at the Charter House. William Lamphere of Fort Plain, son of Morris and Helen Lamphere, and Ruth Nellis of St. Johnsville, daughter of Chester and Ruth Nellis, were united in marriage March 31, 1944, with the Rev. Leon Stapley, former pastor of the Fort Plain United Methodist Church, officiating. Marie Tompson and the late Donald LaLone, sister and uncle of the couple, were the attendants. The happy couple have four children, Pam Lamphere of Oppenheim, Billie Sue Gushue of Gloversville, Dawn Capece of St. Johnsville and David Lamphere of Canajoharie, and five grandchildren. Also attending the dinner were sisters and brother of Mr. and Mrs. Lamphere, and their spouses.

On Mother's Day, Dick Solberg, the Sun Mountain Fiddler, and his Sun Mountain Band, will present a concert to benefit the Palatine Settlement Society, whose work involves restoration of the Nellis Tavern, St. Johnsville. With four LP's, a new CD, and countless gigs behind him, from Canada to the Caribbean, from Scotland to the Great Wall of China, the Fiddler continues to play his heart out every night, working an ever-changing repertoire that ranges across all musical styles.

The Fort Plain-Nelliston Chamber of Commerce's annual Spring Fling Block Party is taking shape, and area nonprofit organizations are still being invited to participate. The fifth annual Spring Fling will be held in and around Haslett Park. The Spring Block Party is open to any and all area nonprofit groups as a way to present their respective organizations to the public, at no cost to themselves.

Thirty Years Ago

With an addition of $650 into Nelliston's proposed 1984-85 budget encountering no opposition during the recent public hearing, the Village Board unanimously adopted the financial package. Mayor Harvey Gramps, who also serves as budget officer, indicated that the total budget is now set at $71,907, an increase of nearly $4,700 over last year's, and will require a raise of $2 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in order to provide the $19,738 needed from local property taxes. The new tax rate will be $6 per $1,000, based on 50 percent assessment of true property value.

Mrs. Harlan Smith, regent of the Fort Plain Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution attended the national congress of the society held in Washington, D.C. It was attended by 2,814 Daughters, of which 2,191 were voters.

Forty Years Ago

A driver for the Eagle Oil Company escaped serious injury when the loaded gasoline tanker he was operating ran off Indian Trail Road near Saltspringville in the town of Minden and overturned into a deep ditch. The truck was carrying 1,500 gallons of gas and the accident forced the closing of the road for four hours.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The recently proposed but long discussed Joint Youth Recreation Commission between the village and town of St. Johnsvile could be disbanded before it ever works together as a unit. At a public hearing on the matter held prior to the last regular meeting of the St. Johnsville Village Board, Mayor Dominick Stagliano noted that the Town Board has yet to sign the agreement. No one from the public, town of Youth Commission, was present as the meeting.

With no one present from the public sector, the St. Johnsville Village Board adopted its proposed 1994-95 village budget, totaling $1,059,217 at the recent session. Total estimated revenues for the village amount to $664,588, leaving $394,629 to be raised by taxes. As presented in the tentative budget last month, this year's tax levy amounts to $24.53 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation, up $1.05 per $1,000 from last year's package.

The New York state Senate unanimously adopted a resolution honoring St. Johnsville's Lady Saints basketball team on their milestone 55th straight win in two years of undefeated play. The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Hugh T. Farley (R,C-Schenectady), also noted Coach Pam Macek's 200th career win. The St. Johnsville girls are undefeated Section II, Region 2 state Public High School and Federation Cup Class D champions. Team members traveled to Albany where they observed the Senate vote and were presented a copy of the resolution by Sen. Farley. Lady Saints posing with Sen. Farley in the Senate Chamber are: Janice Miklic, Wendi Schoff, Jennifer Campione, Gina Colorito, Caryn Schoff, Shannon Trumble, Kris Hart, Chris Fake, Courtney Maher, Susanne Faduski, Lee Ann McAdams and Coach Pam Macek.

Thirty Years Ago

The Village Board recently approved a 1984-85 budget of $671,510, calling for a $1 per $1,000 assessed valuation increase in the village tax rate. Last year's rate was $13 per $1,000.

At the SAVAC monthly meeting held recently, it was reported that 33 calls were answered, 132.3 man-hours were used and 1,282 miles were traveled during the month of March.

During National Library Week, the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library hosted more than 300 students on class visits from the D. H. Robbins Elementary School, according to Librarian Dawn Capece. Each of the groups joined Mrs. Capece in a brief story telling session followed by a tour of the museum. The week began with a balloon launch by the third grade students. Each balloon was tagged with a postcard stating where the balloon was launched and asking the finder to return the card. To date, cards have been returned from the St. Johnsville area, as well as Liberty and Warnerville.

Forty Years Ago

Several volunteers and members of the Harry C. Smith Benefit Club began work at the site of the new St. Johnsville area Health Center. Leo Kraft is in charge of the renovations.

Bernard Mancini, a member of the local Board of Education, was reelected to another five year term on the BOCES Component School Board of Trustees.

     

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