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Old Home Days Draws 10,000: Once again, the village of Ames surpassed all previous "Old Home Day" parades Saturday, June 9, 1979 as the huge event continues to grow and attract throngs of people to the smallest incorporated village in the state.
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Looking Back - 06/04/2014

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - Updated: 5:06 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

For anyone who has tried to ride their bicycle along any of several state, county or township highways, it would seem that the average motorist doesn't seem to care much about safety of two-wheeled machines. This dangerous situation will soon be a thing of the past for at least a three mile stretch between Canajoharie and Fort Plain. The state Canal Recreationway Commission plans to have this portion of the proposed cross-state hiking and bicycle trail ready by the end of this year, according to John DiMura, of the Bike Division of the state Thruway Authority. The effort put to bed discussions that have taken place over the past 15 years.

When is the last time you heard of a high school homework assignment that was published in a national magazine? Perhaps you've never heard of such an unusual event, but that is exactly what happened to 25 students of Canajoharie High School. The students are members of Andrew Palmer's health class and were looking for a topic for a class writing assignment. Class writing assignments are a part of every class at the local school as a result of the district's "Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum" program under the direction of English Department Chairman Joseph Quatrini. In fact, it was Quatrini's suggestion that the students keep a journal over the winter break on things that happen in families that can really annoy a teenager. He came upon the idea after reading an article in Women's Day magazine dealing with the annoying things that teenagers can do in a family. The students kept their journals as directed. Palmer and Quatrini were so impressed with their students' insight that they edited the students' work into a single article, which they submitted to Women's Day for publication. The article, entitled "Tips From Your Teens," was accepted and will appear in the Sept. 1 edition of the magazine. To everyone's surprise, the magazine sent the school a check for $500. Half of this was donated to the Sharon Heyenck Art Scholarship.

Arthur R. and Mary Catherine Simpson of RD 1, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at Fort Rensselaer Club, Canajoharie, hosted by their children Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Jeanette McKinney of West Chazy, Mr. and Mrs., Mr. and Mrs. John Simpson of Sprakers, Esther Simpson of Phoenix, AZ, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Simpson Jr. of Phoenix, AZ, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Simpson of Esperance. Approximately 200 guest attended the occasion. Mr. Simpson was employed with Beech-Nut for more than 40 years, retiring in 1995. Mrs. Simpson was employed with Beech-Nut for many years and has been a homemaker for the past 28 years. The anniversary cake was a gift from Mrs. Joseph Herting of Palatine Bridge.

Thirty Years Ago

Palatine Bridge's new Cumberland Farms convenience store is rapidly approaching completion this week with the installation of new Fiberglass gasoline storage tanks at the former D.S. Lott service station on Grand Street.

The usual hot, sunny weather prevailed through the little village of Ames, as it hosted its 20th annual Old Home Days celebration. Several thousand attended the ten division parade, one of the area's biggest and generally considered the highlight of the weekend.

A former local resident was back in town with information about the results of a unique project in which he recently participated. Tom Frank, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Frank, Canajoharie RD, was one of 7,000 people who took part in "A Global Taste of Utopia" Dec. 17 to Jan. 7 at Maharishi International University in Fairfield, IA.

Thomas P. Flanders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Flanders, Abeling Street, and Michael McGurrin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald McGurrin, Third Avenue, are this year's participants in the annual Boys' State program.

Forty Years Ago

Canajoharie Central School District voters approved a record $2,363,736 budget by nearly a 3-1 margin; approved the purchase of two new school buses and reelected Ralph McEwan to a five-year term on the school board.

Baker-Beech-Nut Corporation held its annual Quarter Century Club dinner at the Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown, to recognize those employees who have achieved 25 years of service.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Fort Plain may begin seeing completed portions of the state Department of Transportation's ambitious road construction project even after work crews found problems with sanitary lateral pipelines along Route 80. The Nelliston portion of the project is completed, said DOT Region 2 project engineer Robert Peruzzi. Any problems encountered, he said, has not put a dent in the project's escalated construction time.

A proposition on the annual school budget vote will determine whether the district or the state will pay the lion's share of state mandated safety improvements to the school bus garage. District Business Manager Carl Rockefeller stated during the recent regular Fort Plain Central School Board of Education meeting that if the $132,100 proposition passes, the cost of repairs will be more than 85 percent reimbursable by the State Education Department. However, if the proposition is defeated, under the mandate the district will still have to make the repairs to comply state and federal regulations, and it would be at a "dollar for dollar" cost to the district with no state reimbursement.

The 69th annual New York State FFA Convention was held at South Jefferson Central School, located in Adams. From the Fort Plain Chapter, Brian Burkhart, Andy Cronkhite, Jarrod Aksztulewicz, Eunice Mang, Janine Young, along with advisor Ken Frank, were in attendance for this leadership recognition convention.

Thirty Years Ago

The Canajoharie-Fort Plain Elks Lodge No. 2621 will be one of four area lodges participating in a special Flag Day ceremony in Little Falls. The Elks will present a musical history of the American flag, from its beginnings to the present day, and of the nation's achievements. The Little Falls Military Band will provide the music.

With almost half of the needed funds already donated, a new American flag will be hoisted atop the Prospect Park flagpole during a Flag Day ceremony. The fund drive was organized by the Courier-Standard-Enterprise and Harrison Hornbeck, editor and general manager of the newspaper will make the introductory remarks at the ceremony. Publisher Frank Gappa will present the flag to Fort Plain Mayor Richard Jacksland, and the 12x15-foot flag will then be raised.

Carlton Yedinak, son of Mrs. Gail Yedinak, Home Street, and Richard Perry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Perry Sr., Hancock Street, have been named as Fort Plain Central School's delegates to the annual Boys' State program.

Forty Years Ago

The Fort Plain Central School Board of Education presented a budget to district voters, calling for a tax increase of no more than $1.75 per thousand of assessed valuation.

David L. Diamond, chief counsel of the Drug Abuse Control Commission, Albany, spoke on "The Legal Problems Involved In Drug Abuse" at a meeting of the Fort Plain Narcotic Guidance Council held in the high school library.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

Health and Safety Day was held at the D.H. Robbins Elementary School. It was felt that by having the whole day devoted to various health and safety issues, students would be provided information and skills needed to make safe and health decisions in their life.

The National FFA Organization recently announced that Israel Handy of the FFA Chapter is the recipient of an Ag Radio Network Inc. scholarship in the amount of $500. The scholarship is sponsored by Ag Radio Network, Inc., as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, Inc. Handy plans to use the funds to pursue a degree in agriculture at State University of New York at Cobleskill.

Thirty Years Ago

The axe has fallen again -- this time in the school business office. The St. Johnsville Central School Board of Education voted to abolish the position of business manager, held for the past 19 years by Grant Young, and create the position of business administrator. A 3-1 board vote set the new position effective July 1. 

Voters in the Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School District approved a $2,272,101 budget for the 1984-85 school year by a vote of 144-35.

Brian Haak, son of Bernard and Linda Haak, William St., and Dan Dineen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Dineen, Monroe St., have been selected to represent their school at the annual Boys' State program.

Navy Seaman Recruit Michael J. Moshinskie, son of Pearl I. Moshinskie, Crouse Boulevard, has completed recruit training at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes.

Forty Years Ago

Because of a greater increase in state aid than previously expected, the Board of Education arrived at a $2.97 per thousand of assessed valuation increase for St. Johnsville residents.

Ted Schoff was appointed park director for the summer youth recreation program.


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