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Learning Can Be Fun: As a conclusion to a study of the 13 original Colonies, the fourth grade at David H. Robbins elementary school gave demonstrations of individual projects concerning that unit. Led by Mrs. Marie Lasher, social studies teacher and assisted by Miss Dorthea Loomis and Bruce Thomas, fourth grade teachers, the students held an open house in the school cafeteria for parents and spectators. In the above photo, students see how soap was made by the colonists. Those with smeared faces had just completed a skit on life in the Colonies.

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Looking Back - 05/01/2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Updated: 5:22 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Canajoharie Central School District residents are being asked to pass a $9 million budget with a three percent increase in taxes. The Board of Education's $9,353,096 budget reflects an increase in spending of $297,878 over the present budget of $9,055,218. According to District Superintendent, the increase is in the neighborhood of three percent to 3.2 percent. He said firm figures are not available because New York state has failed to adopt its own budget, and so does not provide the state's school districts with the figures needed to accurately predict any tax increases.

The state Department of Transportation is planning to construct an entirely new Mohawk River bridge connecting the communities of Canajoharie and Palatine Bridge, and has planned a public information hearing to present the plan. Mohawk Valley Regional Director of Transportation Alan N. Bloom announced that the public informational meeting will be held in the Canajoharie Municipal Building and representatives of DOT will be available to answer questions.

A Bike-A-Thon fundraiser event will be held in Canajoharie to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, according to Bike-A-Thon coordinator Lona Koss, of Canajoharie. The route will run on "Mohawk Street behind Richardson's plant in Canajoharie to the corners of Happy Hollow Road and Old Fort Plain Road," a one mile round trip, she said. All roads or streets which have access to this route will be closed to ensure the participants' safety.

Thirty Years Ago

Anastasia Witkowski, a resident of the Palatine Nursing Home since 1982, was honored on her 101st birthday.

A surprise 50th anniversary party in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Atkins, Reed Street, was held April 25 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Brand.

Local youngsters were exposed to croquet and Victorian era parlour games recently as part of an "Alice in Wonderland" program sponsored by the Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery.

Forty Years Ago

Louis A. Savarese, vice president of operations at Baker-Beech-Nut, announced his resignation from the company to join the Planters Peanut Division of Standard Brands, Roanoke, VA, as vice president and general manager.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Here's something different -- a bunch of high school seniors took over the village of Fort Plain for a short time and came up with some pretty good solutions to a variety of municipal problems. It was time for Youth in Government Day, sponsored by the Montgomery County Bar Association. Canajoharie Attorney Charles Clark, president of the county Bar Association, commissioned the program, which was coordinated and produced by Joseph Nalli, Fort Plain area attorney. Two Fort Plain Central School instructors, Linda Sheridan and Ed Pangburn, who teach classes in government and economics offered their students a view into the workings of local government on the village level. Four seniors at FPCS held a mock Village Board meeting. Holly Symolon took the mayor's post, and Jennifer Armitstead, Jennifer Joyce and Jennifer Moore sat in as village trustees. Students Laura Doxstader, as village clerk, and Michael Snyder, as village attorney, were both involved in the program but did not attend the mock board meeting.

Lena Dillenbeck was the unsuspecting guest of honor at a surprise 80th birthday party held at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, William and Sadie Dillenbeck, of Fort Plain. Lena Smith Dillenbeck was born April 26, 1914 in Youkers Bush. She married William C. Dillenbeck in 1932. Mrs. Dillenbeck has spent most of her life as a housewife. She has four children, William Jr., and Jeffrey, both of Fort Plain; Kenneth, of Canajoharie; and Betty Neri, of Broadalbin. She has 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Approximately 30 friends and relatives enjoyed a luncheon.

A new regiment of the Tryon County Militia, founded by the late Douglas Ayres Jr., of Fort Plain, stood in the Fort Plain Cemetery during Ayres' internment in the cemetery. Known as Adam Lipe's Company, the new regiment is listed officially as the 4th Company, 1st Tryon County Militia. According to Cmdr. Peter Couser, those joining the new group must portray a Revolutionary War veteran who was from the Fort Plain area.

Thirty Years Ago

The New York state Education Department notified the board of trustees of the Fort Plain Free Library recently that it had approved the construction contract for an addition to the library and limited renovations to the existing structure.

Fort Plain police are investigating an incident of vandalism at the Fort Plain High School. Police responded that a call came in one morning indicating that unknown persons apparently threw rocks through two windows at the school and through the windshields of two back-hoes that were being used for a waterline project.

The annual May Tea of the Canajoharie-Fort Plain Garden Club will be held at the home of Mrs. John Blumenstock, Happy Hollow Road.

Forty Years Ago

Gordon Conklin, of Ithaca, editor of The American Agriculturist, was the guest speaker at the annual Farmers Night dinner-meeting of the Fort Plain Community Club held at the Masonic Temple.

The South Minden Volunteer Fire Department became the third area department to accept women into full membership. Marilyn VanAvery and Dorothea Rockwell recently became the department's new members.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

"Giving a Voice to Hope," a six-part, multidisciplinary, intergenerational series will be sponsored by Margaret Reaney Memorial Library over the next several months. According to library director Dawn Capece "the series is intended to give rise to greater understanding in personal relationships, increased self confidence, a resurgence of family and community spirit, and ultimately, renewed emotional hope through the mediums of music and storytelling thereby creating a new found hope in the circle of community and family."

St. Johnsville Junior/Senior High School is sponsoring its fifth annual Community Health Fair and it promises to offer area residents a variety of health services. According to school nurse Maryann Van Gorder, who has spearheaded this annual health fair since its inception five years ago, she would like to see a strong turnout because the Community Health Fair "brings together a lot of valuable health services."

Young people under the age of 14 have a state law aimed at them, and St. Johnsville's D.H. Robbins Elementary School wants their students to understand that, even if it means getting into bicycle helmet sales for a short time. Recently, D.H. Robbins' school nurse Jackie Lape invited Montgomery County Public Health Educator Debbie Douglass and county Deputy Sheriff Michael Scott to the school to present a program on the state's new helmet law.

Fort Klock Historic Restoration will be celebrating its 40th year with several special events and programs in 1994.

Thirty Years Ago

The turnout was slight but the victory was overwhelming as the Board of Education got the go-ahead on $155,000 in repairs to the district's two school buildings. In voting held recently, 100 district residents gave their seal of approval as a bond issue was passed 81-19. What the proposal means is an approximate addition of $1 per $1,000 on the tax rate, according to Business Manager Grant Young. Work will include $89,000 worth of repairs to a portion of the high school roof and $66,000 for repair and replacement of two oil burners at the elementary school.

Gary Swartz was reelected fire chief of the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department at the annual meeting. Other officers elected included Donald Hoffman, first assistant chief; Bernard Haak, second assistant; Roland Swartz, treasurer; Joseph Rider, assistant treasurer; Al Evans, secretary; and James Failing, assistant treasurer.

Valerie Green, daughter of Mrs. Carol Green and the late Joseph Green, was honored recently as the recipient of the DAR Good Citizen Award Medal. Her essay topic was entitled "The High Frontier."

Dr. Janis J. Jaworski, a former St. Johnsville resident who currently is a psychologist and owner of the Family Stress Clinic, Tampa, FL., was unanimously selected by a panel of judges as the "Woman of the Year" by members of the Downtown Tampa Business and Professional Women's Club at its annual scholarship dinner.

Forty Years Ago

The 2-F Club celebrated its silver anniversary with the Rev. and Mrs. Andrew McAllister as honored guests since he was minister at the Grace Church when the club was organized.

     

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