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Keeping It Clean: Pictured above are Boy and Girl Scouts of Canajoharie, who last Thursday, April 27, 1963, participated in a village Clean-Up program. In the all-day effort, they collected over a truckload of trash along the railroad tracks in the business section of the village, along the Thruway fence, parking lots, Rock St., White Park and other nearby areas. In addition to the trash picked up by the Scouts, found in the brush was a bowling bag, with the ball, which has been reported to the Canajoharie Police Dept. as stolen the previous evening. Overseeing the program was Scoutmaster Joseph Claven, assisted by Mrs. Walter Frank, of the Girl Scout Council and Mayor John Tooker.

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Looking Back - 05/15/2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - Updated: 7:20 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Officials from the New York state Department of Transportation explained to officials from the villages of Canajoharie and Palatine Bridge, and to area business people its proposal to replace the Route 10 Mohawk River bridge, which connects the two communities. Region 2 design engineer Stephen J. Zywiak and his staff presented two proposals for the reconstruction of the bridge which was built in the mid 1930s and rehabilitated in 1972 with a new deck. Palatine Bridge Mayor Richard Shults wanted to know why the state was considering building a new bridge and not rehabilitate it completely as was done last year on the Route 80 Mohawk River bridge in Fort Plain.

The Canajoharie Central School Board of Education is working on a long- and short-term 'wish list' in an attempt to address a number of long standing concerns over academic, structural and other needs of the district. A majority of the board favored the 'wish list' as reviewed for physical improvements deemed necessary. While most of the board wanted to include a possible new 6-12 facility on their long-term improvement lists, it was pointed out that most taxpayers don't want to hear anything about "new construction."

The Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a concert by Nancy Tucker, who has been described as one of New England's finest female artists, who blends a wry sense of humor with brilliant songs of wit and moving ballads, at the Canajoharie High School auditorium.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Hand made musical instruments crafted by Jeffrey Chapple, Palatine Bridge, are on exhibit in the lobby of the Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery during May. Included are a mandolin, a mountain dulcimer, a violin, a "sweet potato" and two guitars made by Chapple, who is well known both for his instrument making and as a performing musician. He is a faculty member at Fort Plain Central School.

For Ken Stanton, the opening of Old Dutchtown Radio -- one of the most recent additions to Canajoharie's retail business community -- represents fulfillment of a lifelong ambition. "I've always wanted a business of my own," said the Fort Plain resident, "and I felt this was something that the town didn't have." The store opened its doors April 23 at 79 Church St., staffed by Stanton, who also works as a machinist for Life Savers, and by Judy Roberts, of Canajoharie.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Putnam celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at a surprise party given by their children recently at Fort Rensselaer.

-- Forty Years Ago

State Sen. Mary Anne Krupsak, Canajoharie, is expected to formally announce her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor at a news conference in New York City.

Charlotte R. Schlotzhauer, Tollgate Road, announced her candidacy for a seat on the Canajoharie Central School Board of Education.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

The state Department of Transportation's ambitious $5.8 million road reconstruction project in Fort Plain can take as long as 30 months, but, DOT officials say it's possible the project could be completed next year. Rifenburg Construction, of Troy, was awarded the $5,816,22.65 contract and began work along a section of Route 80 in Nelliston. Work also began in the village of Fort Plain with the installation of a large storm drainage outlet in the Otsquago Creek.

An early piece of Americana from the town of Minden, an 18th century Dutch barn, will soon form part of the central core of "The Center for Traditional Arts and Agriculture" at the Altamont Fairgrounds. The barn is on the town of Minden property of Craig and Linda Stevens, who have donated the antique structure for the first phase of a project planned to provide year round multi-use space at the fairgrounds. It is a joint project between the Altamont Fair and Old Songs, Inc., of Guilderland. Timber Frame architect Jack A. Sobon is the consultant for the Dutch barn portion of the project, and BarnRaisers, Inc., is the project coordinator.

With little fanfare, the Fort Plain Village Board adopted its 1994-95 budget at a special meeting. Total General Fund appropriations amount to $866,122, and when total revenues are factored into this amount, the remaining amount left to be raised through property taxation totals $419,165.93. The tax levy is up for fiscal 1994-95 by a figure of $1.51 per $1,000 of assessed valuation over the current year's spending plan, which now totals $70.40 per $1,000.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth DeBlock, Fort Plain RD, were given a surprise 25th wedding anniversary party recently by their children, Mrs. Ron (Debra) Smith; Mrs. James (Patricia) Pallozzi; Laura, Marjorie, Carolyn, Kenneth Jr., and Gregory.

Marine Lance Cpl. James R. Hubschmitt II, son of Ruth Hubschmitt, of Nelliston, recently returned from a deployment to the Republic of Korea. He is a member of Brigade Service Support Group Three, Third Force Service Support Group, Okinawa, Japan.

Marine Lance Cpl. Mark Nelliston and Imelda Terrell, of Canajoharie, RD 1, recently participated in "Teamwork 84" a NATO exercise. He is a member of Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron 251, Marine Aircraft Group 31, Second Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C.

-- Forty Years Ago

Miss Evelyn VanSlyke was installed as regent of the Fort Plain Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

St. Johnsville Central School senior, Wendi Schoff, and her coach and physical education teacher, Pam Macek, were among area high school seniors and their chosen teachers honored at the eighth annual Scholars' Recognition Program dinner at Holiday Inn-Turf, Albany. The program honors outstanding scholastic achievement by members of the graduating classes of the public, private, parochial and BOCES secondary schools in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie and Warren counties.

Once again the St. Johnsville Town Board refused to approve the amount requested for appropriation to the Youth Commission budget, which is earmarked toward the operation of a joint village/town summer youth program. During the town's meeting, board members stated that they wanted representatives from the joint village/town Youth Commission to meet with them to explain several items in the budget.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Because children have always played an important role in the plan of service at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, a new reading program for toddlers has been established. According to library director Dawn Capece, "Toddler Time," a six-week story hour program for children too young to be part of the library's current pre-school story hour program is being scheduled. The program was set up according to Capece, because she, along with the staff and board of directors hold the belief that if reading and libraries are to be an established part of adult lives, the foundation must be built with children.

The feet of some Washington, D.C. politicians were adorned by moccasins and slippers made in New York's north country and Mohawk Valley as the shoe industry try promoted American-made products during a fashion show held recently. Several pairs of Tru-Stitch and Sioux-Mox moccasins and slippers made by Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. at plants in St. Johnsville, Malone and Bombay, were shipped to the nation's capital.

Forty Years Ago

Gary Armstrong and his sister Debbie were named king and queen of the annual junior-senior prom.

     

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