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Firemen Hold Auction: Despite the inclement weather, a successful fundraising effort was conducted Saturday, April 28, 1973 by the Canajoharie Fire Dept., which held an auction to raise funds for modernizing and reequipping the department's tanker. The sale had just gotten underway in the municipal parking lot when the rain began. All items were moved inside the village public works garage, where the auction continued. Both modern and antique articles were auctioned off as well as new merchandise donated by local merchants. Members of the department express their thanks and appreciation to all those who gave articles and money, including the auctioneers, Everson (Dutch) Smith and Son and Roger Bower, who donated their time. Serving as chairmen were Jack McGregor and Fred Slaper.

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Looking Back - 05/08/2014

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - Updated: 3:05 PM

Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

The Central National Bank of Canajoharie got another municipal shot in the arm when Canajoharie Supervisor Robert McMahon informed the Town Board and members of the public that the town was pledging its support to Central National Bank's efforts to construct a new bank office complex in the village of Canajoharie. McMahon made the announcement during a recent meeting of the Canajoharie Town Board. The supervisor revealed a letter he sent to CNB Chief Executive Officer Donald Brass, which pointed out the town's support of the bank.

Canajoharie Central School District residents approved a $9 million 1994-95 budget by a vote of 241-178, and reelected a member of the Board of Education to a five year term. 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 Richard Rose, the increase is about three percent.

One hundred seventy-eight area high school sophomores have been selected to attend the Hugh O' Brian Youth Foundation (HOBY) Leadership Seminar. They will join more than 600 other young aspiring leaders representing as many high schools from throughout New York state who will meet at the College of St. Rose, Albany.

Thirty Years Ago

Fulton County's proposal to build a landfill near the Canajoharie watershed is inadequate, said state officials recently. The county Planning Department received a "notice of incompletion" from the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation, which contends that there are omissions and inconsistencies in the county's application for permits to construct and operate a landfill near Mud Road. William C. Colden, regional solid waste engineer for DEC said the proposed landfill site appears to be "in an extremely sensitive hydrogeologic setting." He added that a complete understanding of groundwater movements in the Mud Road area "is critical to assuring that the landfill will be outside Canajoharie's watershed." 

"The typical procedure for DEC is to rule several incompletion notices before they have what they want in an application," said Anthony Buanno, natural resources committee chairman for the Fulton County Board of Supervisors. In a letter accompanying the incompletion notice, Colden said the state will insist on an artificial landfill liner that is 60 mills thick -- more than two and-a-half inches -- plus a three foot layer of clay. The county has proposed a liner 20 mills thick, and Buanno declared that "the state is asking too much." But he conceded that county officials knew about the 60 mill requirement before they approved the application.

Forty Years Ago

Lawrence Olmstead, Palatine Bridge, was elected district chair-Sir William Johnson Council, Boy Scouts of America, at the group's annual meeting.

Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

The contract for the state Department of Transportation's $3 million road reconstruction project in the village of Fort Plain has been awarded, and the DOT and the construction company are hoping the primary construction work can be completed in one season. Fort Plain DOT project engineer Robert Peruzzi announced that Rifenburgh Construction Co. has been awarded the contract bid for the multimillion dollar project.

A Fort Plain police officer's quick action brought firefighters to a Reid Street home but not before he rescued a local man from the smoking building. Officer Greg Felter was credited by the Fort Plain Fire Department with entering the smoking 32 Reid St. apartment of William Bradley and Donald Hajczewski. According to Fort Plain Fire Chief Dave Bowman, Hajczewski alerted Felter that he could not awaken his roommate. Felter then entered the smoke filled apartment and assisted in removing the unconscious Bradley from the apartment. When the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Corps arrived, Bradley was treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation, as was Hajczewski and Officer Felter. All three refused further treatment.

Voting on this year's proposed $8.8 million 1994-95 school budget will take place almost a month later than originally planned. The revised spending plan was adopted at a special meeting of the Fort Plain Central School Board of Education recently. Now totaling $8,850,622.56, the new spending package is up from last year's $8,681,688.61 document, by $168,933.95 or approximately 1.95 percent. As originally proposed a month ago, the budget increase was 4.2 percent, which would have totaled $9,046,330.58, an increase of approximately $364,641.97 over the current year's spending plan.

The Fort Plain-Nelliston Chamber of Commerce's annual Spring Fling Block Party is all set and ready to go, and area nonprofit organizations are still being invited to participate. The local musical group, W8NC, will hold a benefit concert to help raise money for the Spraker Animal Shelter.

Thirty Years Ago

Fort Plain Central School's proposed 1984-85 budget, which will go before district voters, calls for total expenditures of $4,406,586, an increase of $269,192 or about 6.5 percent over the current document.

Five candidates are vying for two seats on the FPCS Board of Education, including Joseph Dziadik, Timothy Conrad, Albert de Araujo, Carol Clapper, all of Fort Plain and James Miller, Nelliston. The candidate who received the highest number of votes will earn a five-year term on the board, succeeding John Cunnan, who is not seeking reelection. Cunnan presently is president of the school board. The second place finisher will serve the remaining three years of a five-year term to which Carl Rockefeller was elected in 1982. Rockefeller resigned in November to become the district's business manager.

Forty Years Ago

High winds with gusts of more than 50 mph raised havoc in western Montgomery County, toppling power lines and trees, blowing roofs off barns and ripping shingles from roofs.

St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

SAVAC needs your help -- more volunteers are badly needed now. Most of them work regular jobs. They care about their families, friends and neighbors -- not to mention complete strangers. "We were thinking that we would have to close down a few days," said Corps President Linda Elwood. She related that one of the major stumbling blocks for SAVAC is that many people work at night, and were volunteering their time days for the corps. "They were just asked to do too much." Through letters of appeal and advertisements recently run by SAVAC, several new drivers have joined the force. But the membership is still on the thin side, as Elwood said, "we really need dispatchers, first responders and EMT's. SAVAC is a very small group of people that are asked to do a lot." Weekends, she said, are particularly difficult because most of the members work all week, and by the time the weekend arrives, everybody is pretty well spent. "It's really tough."

Rachel Handy is an extraordinary musician, with her sights firmly set on some pretty lofty goals. As a senior at St. Johnsville Central School, Handy already has studied college level music composition, has mastered a number of difficult instruments, teaches her fellow music students the craft and conducts her school's musical groups in the absence of Vocal Music Director Marcia Woolley. Following a six-week trip to Australia last summer on a missionary program, she said she definitely knows that she wants to be a missionary later in her career with an emphasis on becoming a music teacher.

This year's annual Community Health Fair held at the St. Johnsville Junior-Senior High School was again well attended, and again, a majority of those taking advantage of the mostly free health screening booths were from the area's senior citizen population.

St. Johnsville Central School District residents will be asked to support the district's 1994-95 budget totaling $6,776,491.

Thirty Years Ago

With less than a week to go, no district residents have filed nominating petitions to run for the St. Johnsville Central School Board of Education. Petitions are due in at the board clerk's office soon, and as of yet, they are not going like hot-cakes, according to Clerk Grant Young. There are two positions up for grabs in this year's race. Incumbent board member Donald "Bill" Klemme has decided not to seek another term of office and Carol LaCoppola, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated last year by former member Sue Snyder, said she "hasn't really decided yet" whether she will run.

Forty Years Ago

A meeting has been scheduled to discuss the possible formation of a local senior citizen's group in the community.

     

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