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Canajoharie, NY ,

NJHS Inducts 11 New Members: The Junior National Honor Society of the Fort Plain Central School held its annual induction program Tuesday afternoon, May 25, 1965, in the high school auditorium under the direction of advisors Miss Mary Ann DiRuscio and Mrs. Helen MacRoy.
Miss Norma Crouse opened the program by leading the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and Randall Dievendorf, president of the society, welcomed students and parents.
Members of the society, Miss Christine Spalding, Richard Alter, Kevin Swarts, James Muehleck and Miss Suzanne Leip, outlined their ideas of leadership, scholarship, citizenship, character and service, qualities upon which membership in the society is based.
New members received their pins after being welcomed by Dievendorf, are shown above, seated, from left, the Misses Diane Crooker, Kathleen Hage, Norine Kimball, Shelly Smith and Jean Tukarski; standing, Miss Mary Lou Chamberlain, James Carter, Thomas Reid, Anthony Gudlewski and Miss Barbara Walrath. Absent when the picture was taken was Craig Walton.

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Looking Back - 05/22/2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - Updated: 10:01 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

The organizing committee for Canajoharie High School Class of 1959 has announced plans for the 35th class reunion to be held at Elm Tree Restaurant.

Canajoharie Central School Class of 1969 is planning its 25th class reunion.

Wintergreen Park opens but this year there won't be a need for a volunteer clean-up day, according to Canajoharie Village Trustee Kenneth Thomas. Thomas, who is temporarily taking on the job of Parks Commissioner in lieu of Randall Hogue, who resigned the post in April, commented that due to Park Caretaker Irving Mount's efforts at gathering brush and other clean-up chores, the village Department of Public Works has only to load the brush and other winter debris and haul it away. DPW Superintendent Stanley Smith noted at the recent meeting of the Village Board, that "without Mount's cleaning off the roofs this winter, we could have been faced with several collapsed roofs this spring."

The New York State Canal Corp. announced it will take part in a public meeting to discuss the Fort Hunter to Fort Plain section of the Canal Way Trail with the Montgomery County Planning Board and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The project is part of the Canal Corporation's larger effort to establish a Canal Way Trail across the entire state parallel to the canal system. The Canal Way Trail, launched in 1993, is one of the most ambitious projects of its kind in the United States. The program is an element of the Canal Corporation's and Canal Recreationway Commission's goal to reestablish the canal system as a world-class recreationway.

Thirty Years Ago

William S. McMillan was returned for a second term as president of the Fort Rensselaer Club at its annual officer installation. Joining him as members of the executive board are William Hearn, vice president; Robert Smith, secretary; Brian Hall, assistant secretary; Raymond Legge, treasurer; William Smith, assistant treasurer; and Leigh Fuller, Frank Hunt and Edward Giunco, directors.

Sgt. Donald H. Groat, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Groat, Canajoharie RD 1, recently completed airborne training at Fort Benning, GA.

Mrs. Virginia Laug of Canajoharie won third prize in the prose division of the creative writing contest of the New York state General Federation of Women's Clubs. The title of Mrs. Laug's entry was "The Red Corduroy Dress."

The Monday Evening Club of Canajoharie held its "President's Night" at the Charter House Restaurant, Fort Plain. Former presidents honored with corsages were Mrs. Charles Wright, Mrs. William Hearn, Mrs. Everett Dievendorf, Mrs. Jeanne Poirier-Smith and Mrs. Ronald Dievendorf, as well as the current president, Mrs. Maurice Laug. Honored, but unable to attend, were Mrs. Robert Cole and Mrs. Carl Frank.

Forty Years Ago

The Canajoharie Central School Board of Education voted to maintain the agriculture program following a recommendation by Supervising Principal Thomas Mickle.

Construction of the Dutchtown Shopping Plaza is continuing at a rapid pace with the installation of air conditioning units on the roof of the building.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Fort Plain High School will host special awards nights to honor graduating seniors and undergraduate students for academic excellence. A reception for students, their parents and families, faculty and staff and the public will be held in the gymnasium immediately following both ceremonies.

Mrs. Karen Fredericks was elected to the office of president of Fort Plain Unit 554, American Legion Auxiliary. Elected to serve with Fredericks was Mrs. Shirley Coleman, first vice president and Mrs. Wanetta Condie, second vice president. Mrs. Jane Schickler was re-elected secretary and Mrs. Dorothy Booth as chaplain.

Fort Plain Chapter of FFA has been selected as one of seven chapters in the state to participate in "Operation Green Stripe," a conservation program. The program is coordinated by the state FFA in cooperation with Monsanto Co. of St. Louis, which originated the program in 1992 and provides funding to local chapters. Cooperating Agway retailers across the state will provide free seed to farmers who agree to establish a buffer strip. Locally, Fort Plain Agway, will provide seed and technical assistance to farmers recruited by the chapter.

Thirty Years Ago

The campaign to raise matching funds to construct an addition to the Fort Plain Free Library has passed the $25,000 mark, according to library trustees, staff and volunteer workers. The drive, with a goal of $30,000 to supplement the $51,000 Federal Library and Construction Act grant received last October has been underway since early April.

Sgt. Kenneth S. King Jr., son of Marion M. and Kenneth S. King, of Fort Plain, recently participated in Global Shield 84, an exercise involving the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Navy and Marine Corps units, and elements of the Canadian armed forces. King is a missile facilities specialist with the 308th Strategic Missile Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, AR.

Tickets are still available for a testimonial dinner honoring George Wilmer, who recently completed 33 years as president of the Fort Plain Volunteer Fire Department. The program will be held in the Masonic Temple.

Forty Years Ago

The Miller Brewing Company ended several weeks of speculation when it announced it would build a $70 million brewery in Fulton. A concentrated effort had been made in the tri-village area to bring the suds factory to the Mohawk Valley.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The Margaret Reaney Memorial Library now has a working budget, where all of the facts and figures are working together, according to the library's board of directors. Beginning June 1, the new library budget, totaling $89,000 will go into effect. Board Clerk Rev. Russell Camp noted that the most watched figures are those placed in the spending plan for books and periodicals — purchases that were curtailed in a possible austerity spending plan released recently.

If the village and town of St. Johnsville can resolve a minor discrepancy between their different fiscal years, then there might be a fully functional Joint Youth Recreation program for the coming year for some 200 children who annually participate in the program. In any case, a "Memorandum of Agreement" was drawn up by the combined Village/Town Joint Youth Recreation Commission. It had previously been signed by the Village Board and Youth Commission, and was given the Town Board's stamp of approval recently at a special meeting held in the town office complex. The document would have expired May 22 if the Town Board had not placed its signature on the agreement.

Thirty Years Ago

The village has "started the ball rolling" in an effort to get Klock Park turned over to the benefit club. 

Two seats on the Board of Education will be up for grabs but there aren't too many people interested in the positions. Two petitions were filed with District Clerk Grant Young the day before the deadline. Current board member Carol LaCoppola is seeking election to the remaining two years of the seat she holds, while newcomer Kenneth Scherer, St. Johnsville RD 3, is hoping to get elected to the five year term being vacated by Donald "Bill" Klemme. Their chances of winning look pretty good. LaCoppola, who is running unopposed, was appointed to the board last fall when former member Sue Snyder resigned with two years to go on her term. Klemme's board term is five years and Scherer is the only candidate for the position. According to Young, the only way anyone else would be able to get on the board would be as a write-in candidate.

Forty Years Ago

The St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department donated $500 to the restoration fund for the health center.

     

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