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Piano Students Present Sunday Recital:
The students of Mrs. Jack De-Weese, Fort Plain, presented their annual piano recital Sunday afternoon, May 23, 1965, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Pictured, from left, are those who participated: first row, Susan Hornbeck, Robin Miller, Kim Van Slyke, Deborah Sentochnik, Anita Koppel, Deborah Warren; second row, Richard Miller, Deborah Dixon, Carol Sanford, Jan Hornbeck, Holly Reid, Patricia Austin, Lynn Cunningham and Mrs. De-Weese; third row, Norine Kimball, Susan Loesch, Mary Beth Hornbeck, Suzanne Dixon, Amy Vosburgh and Judith Cronkhite.
A reception for those attending was held in the undercroft of the church following the recital.


Looking Back/Memory Lane - 05/29/2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - Updated: 1:38 AM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Recycling of plastics, glass and metal is not new. Building racing boats out of recyclable material is new. Now entering its third year on the local scene, the classic riverside Recyclable Boat Regatta has grown dramatically since its inception, which pitted traditional sporting rivals Canajoharie and Fort Plain central school districts. With zeal and tireless energy, the intrepid technology instructors have imbued upon their respective students the sills to think, design and work with abstract ideas -- afterall who would think a boat could be built with a few sticks, some rope or perhaps some tape, and use only recyclable plastic jugs or metal cans for floatation. Or a boat made in the slightly more traditional style of a canoe out of plastic sheeting and duct tape.

With some 200 re-enactors expected, the Burning of the Valleys promises to be a gathering of 18th century life that's not been seen like this before -- all rolled into one. At least that's what the event's organizers hope will be the case. On the surface, this newest incarnation of the Burning of the Valleys is the 215th commemoration of General Clinton's Grand Encampment at Canajoharie.

Canajoharie Central School's Writing Across the Curriculum theory took a giant step forward during the recent meeting of the Board of Education with a demonstration of the district's new CD-ROM computer networking system for the board. The idea of writing across the curriculum has been in the works for some time and has been practiced. What it does for the students is improve their writing skills in areas of study and not generally associated with writing. Areas such as mathematics and science and others that can be studied and passed without ever really doing much actual writing.

For the first time, a program combining the work of a number of Canajoharie Central School art and music students with an energetic Art and Talent show called "Focus on the Arts" was staged recently in the Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery. Although the atmosphere was somewhat somber -- the program was entirely conceived and put together by Sharon Heyenck, Canajoharie art teacher who passed away recently -- it was dedicated to her memory.

Thirty Years Ago

Thousands of Americans who participated in the liberation of France will gather in Normandy to commemorate the 40th anniversary of D-Day. For A. Franklin (Tony) and Jean Triumpho of Canajoharie, the journey will have a special meaning. For its was in France in 1944, over a hurried cup of coffee at a Red Cross club in Luneville, that they med for the first time and embarked on a relationship that has lasted for four decades. They will leave on their third journey to the beaches of Normandy, where they joined other Allied veterans in observing the 20th anniversary of D-Day in 1964 and the 35th anniversary in 1979. Triumpho suspects that this year's ceremony may be the last major one of its kind. "Age is beginning to take its toll," he said, speaking of the thinning ranks of World War II veterans.

Actor and avid art collector Vincent Price visited the Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery recently. He said he had heard that the Canajoharie facility had an outstanding art collection and while in the Albany area to attend a relative's graduation, he drove to Canajoharie to check it out. "It's a fabulous collection," said the 73-year-old Price following his two-hour visit.

Six new members were inducted into the Quarter Century Club of Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. when the group held its annual dinner at Utica's Sheriton Inn. Joining the club, with 25 years of service to the company, were Annabelle Vrooman, Dorothy K. Frasier, Donald G. Searles, Donald J. Mead, Charles B. Jones and Harold Mykel.

Edward R. Luft, son of Erica Luft, and the late Edward F. (Barky) Luft, received the American Society of Photogrammetry, Central New York Region Undergraduate Student of the Year Award for 1984.

Forty Years Ago

A tentative budget of $2,363,736 for the 1974-75 school year was unanimously adopted by the Canajoharie Central School Board of Education. The figure represents a 9.9 percent increase over the previous year.

Miss Arlene Lampkin was crowned Montgomery County Dairy Princess at ceremonies held at the Nellis Memorial.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Members of the Mohawk Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3275 and American Legion Post 554 observed Memorial Day in Fort Plain with a salute to the colors in a fond and tearful remembrance of comrades-in-arms taken by fate in defense of the American Way of life. The flag flew at half-staff in the VFW plot in the Fort Plain Cemetery.

Twenty-three area residents, mostly senior citizens, attended the second Community Meeting, held at the Senior Citizens Center, to discuss intergenerational concerns, ideas and the future outlook of a combined Youth/Senior/Community Center for the village of Fort Plain. A videotape from the American Association of Retired Persons [AARP], entitled "Becoming a School Partner," was shown, which explains programs combining youth and senior citizens groups, and how they can and do work around the country in a supervised setting.

Thirty Years Ago

Investigator Gregory Dutcher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Loring Dutcher, Garfield Street, has been named Co-Investigator of the Year for the state of Virginia by the local Kiwanis Club. Dutcher is a member of the Alexandria, VA Police Department's narcotics division.

A slightly smaller but much quieter crowd was the apparent result of this year's changed Old Fashioned Days policies, according to local officials. The most controversial change was a decision not to waive the open container law on the day of the parade. Fort Plain Police Chief Harold Wilday reported that not a single person was arrested for violation of the law.

Forty Years Ago

Willis D. Day, a 25-year employee of the Dairylee Cooperative, Inc., was named to the position of membership manager, with overall responsibilities covering a five-state area. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Day, West Street.

"Bigger and better than ever" was the promise held forth for the 12th Old Fashioned Days celebration.

John F. Cunnan, Fort Plain and Phillip G. Hubbard, Nelliston are running neck and neck for the lone vacancy on the Fort Plain Central School Board of Education.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

James R. and Lucille L. Christman celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house at Harry C. Smith Benefit Club. The party was given by their daughter, Cheryl Habeeb, son-in-law Richard Habeeb and grandsons, Lee and Evan of New Freedom, PA. The couple was married at the home of the bride on May 21, 1944. Ruth Laut Burns was bridesmaid and the late Leland Stahler best man. Another daughter, Janice, was killed in an airplane crash in September of 1965 on Island of Mantserrat in the Caribbean. A "son" Ralf Pinnell, originally from Manchester, England, now lives in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. The couple celebrated, November 1993, with a ten night Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Cruise Line.

Sunday, May 15, was a special Sunday at St. John's Reformed Church. Five couples of the church renewed their wedding vows. They were Charlie and Abbey Sands, 53 years; Robert and Karen Course, 32 1/2 years; John and Peg Davis, 20 years; Barney and Bonnie Gabrazewski, 20 years; and Allan and Diane Littrell, one year. The vows were renewed during the regular service. Following the service, the couples were surprised at coffee with a large wedding cake to serve and an individual cake for each couple. The cakes were made by Patricia Douglas, also a member of St. John's. The church plans to hold a renewal service again sometime in the future.

David A. LaPone, superintendent of the St. Johnsville Central School District, has announced that Wendi Schoff has been named valedictorian and Rachel M. Handy, salutatorian, for the Class of 1994, ranking first and second in a class of 33 members. Schoff is the daughter of Philip and Marcia Schoff. She will attend William Smith College, Geneva, where she will major in secondary math education. Her high school activities include SADD, Foreign Language Club, yearbook, school newspaper, Science Club, National Honor Society, concert, jazz and marching band, soccer, softball and basketball. She was president of band and SADD and class secretary and Language Club secretary in her senior year. Class salutatorian Rachel M. Handy is the daughter of Keith and Juanita Handy. She will attend Roberts Wesleyan College for music education. Her activities during her high school career included president of choir, secretary of SADD, yearbook, band, choir, jazz band, YAC, National Honor Society, Foreign Language Club and Student Council.

Thirty Years Ago

Dr. Frederick Cairns has been appointed to head the 75th anniversary committee of the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library and Museum. Lewis Smith, president of the library's board of trustees, appointed Dr. Cairns at the group's last meeting. The anniversary committee began outlining plans for a two-week observance sometime this fall.

William F. Ferris recently received the highest award a scout council can present to one of its volunteers: the Silver Beaver Award. Ferris' record of service to the Scouting movement includes being assistant cub-master to Pack 71 of the Morris J. Edwards American Legion Post, 1969-70; cub-master of Pack 71, 1970-79; and Pack 71 committee chairman, 1979 to the present. His community service includes serving as treasurer of the St. Johnsville Athletic Association; senior class co-advisor; scholarship committee member; and leader of the little league, basketball and soccer programs. He was presented the award at the 46th annual business meeting and recognition dinner of Sir William Johnson Council held in Amsterdam.

The St. Johnsville Masonic Lodge recently was the scene of the presentation of 25- and 50-year pins and a dedicated service award. Receiving 50-year pins were: Lloyd McDuffy, Melvin Gray and Lewis Walrath. Robert Van Slyke was presented a 25-year pin. District Deputy Earl Casler and Adam Klock received dedicated service awards.

Forty Years Ago

Tracy Cowen and Johanna Sweet were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School's Class of 1974.

Roger Weaver, a sophomore as Oneonta State, was the mainstay who helped boost his team to an overall 29-10 record and the Upstate ECAC baseball championship.


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