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Three Confirmed: Sunday, June 10, 1979 marked Confirmation Day at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Crum Creek, Town of Oppenheim. Participants were sisters, melinda and Melissa Hayes, and Lisa Black. Behind them is Rev. Richard Clark, pastor, who also confirmed three youngsters in St. Johnsville.


Looking Back - 06/12/14

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Updated: 1:17 AM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

The village of Canajoharie is proceeding with plans for the possible annexation of Wintergreen Park to the village to provide more adequate protection for the park and its future development. While Wintergreen Park has been owned and operated by the village of Canajoharie for many years, it is located outside the village limits. As a result, Canajoharie police are able only to provide limited protection at the park.

Canajoharie Mayor Gloria Seligman announced that the Farmer's market will open this year, and at its original location in Railroad Park.

For more than 20 years, Ruth W. Weaver, has been a familiar face at Arkell Hall Adult Home. She was hired by Mrs. Irene McDuffee in 1973 as charge nurse for the facility which was home for 18 older ladies. A graduate of St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing, Mrs. Weaver brought with her experience in cancer and surgery from Roswell Park, Buffalo, in psychiatry from St. Lawrence Hospital, Ogdensburg, and in pediatrics from St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse. She was employed at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, serving in the pediatrics and intensive care units. As director of nurses at Palatine Nursing Home and evening supervisor at Eden Park, Cobleskill, she attained excellent experience in geriatrics. Mrs. Weaver was honored at a retirement reception at Arkell Hall with approximately 100 guests in attendance.

Bridget Anderson, age 11, recently was awarded the SCCAP Community Service Award. This award was presented at the SCCAP annual dinner held at the Best Western in Cobleskill. She received the award for her assistance in initiating an area food drive for Iowa floor victims. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Anderson, Jr. of Canajoharie.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Spontaneous combustion in a barrel of greasy rags has been blamed for a three-alarm fire that ripped through WW Custom Clad, Inc.

The proposed 1983-84 Canajoharie Central School budget won easy approval as district voters endorsed the financial plan by a margin of 150-47. The budget totals $4,664,495, and carries an approximate increase in the General Fund of eight percent over the current year. A 16 percent increase in state aid made it easier for district officials to boost the total budget with only a three percent tax hike. The exact impact on taxes won't be known until later in the year, but, the projected increases are $1.79 per $1,000 in the town of Palatine; and 48 cents per $1,000 in the town of Root.

James Manny Hoffman was promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout at a recent program in the Canajoharie Municipal Building.

In conjunction with "Adopt a Cat Month," the local leader of SNAP [Spaying and Neutering a Pet] is seeking donations for her organization. Margaret Welch, of Canajoharie, said that her group needs help, both in the form of cash donations, and time donated by volunteers.

Elaine Harkins, a graduating senior at Canajoharie High School, received the Elks Scholarship award. This was the first year the Canajoharie-Fort Plain Elks Lodge No. 2621 has presented the award.

Six Life Savers, Inc., employees recently were honored for their achievement of 30 years of service with the firm. They include: Stanley Bobar, Janet Waner, Irene Nelson, Howard Davis, William Cole and Charles Abeling.

-- Forty Years Ago

Joel Leneker was selected as the American Field Service exchange student to represent Canajoharie Central School in the summer AFS program.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Melanie Swartz, a junior at Fort Plain Central School, has been accepted to enter the 1994 Cornell Environmental Sciences Interns Program [CESIP]. She was one of 20 students selected from a group of more than 225 applicants. She will be attending Cornell for six weeks and will be participating in programs beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. each evening.

Heidi Matt, a freshman at Fort Plain High School, received a surprise from the local Moose Club. Her parents and she were invited to attend a dinner honoring students who attended a Drug Congress Seminar in Binghamton. She received a third place state award and a $100 U.S. Savings Bond for her active participation in the high school SADD Chapter; Role Players and Child Abuse/Prevention Group. She was also given a plaque from the Moose Club honoring her third place in the state competition. As the third place winner, she has a chance to receive a $1,000 scholarship and is a State Alternate for the National Convention to be held in Las Vegas, NV.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Van Arsdale, Webster Street, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a party at the Masonic Temple.

A total of 440 years of continuous active membership were represented at the Masonic Temple when Otsquago Chapter No. 297 O.E.S. honored its life members. Honored for at least 50 years of continuous service were: Helen Timmerman, Mabel Cramer, Lelah Swartz, Mary B. Pitcher, Doris W. Lindholm, Florence Loesch and Florence VanAuken.

A testimonial dinner for longtime Fort Plain resident Sasen Hage, who retired in 1973 as Commissioner of Montgomery County Social Services, has been scheduled at the Tepee Restaurant in Amsterdam. Guests at the affair are expected to include Congressman Samuel Stratton, Assemblyman Paul Tonko, State Senator Hugh Farley and Secretary of State Gail Shaffer.

-- Forty Years Ago

Dr. Ormond Drake, retired director of Town Hall in New York City and associate dean at New York University (professor emeritus) was the guest speaker at the Fort Plain Central School commencement ceremony.

The voting on the $1,970,961 school budget, calling for a tax increase of no more than $1.75 per $1,000 of assessed valuation was recently held, with voter approval rendered.

The Ralph Miozzi family took the grand prize at the Montgomery County 4-H drawing, a ten speed bicycle.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

Ben Conte, teacher of agriculture in St. Johnsville High School, teaches students "how to learn." Within the structure of classes like agriculture and environment science, Conte strive to give the youth of his classes the knowledge of "where to get information and what to do with it," for any number of subjects. He starts working with students at an early age -- in seventh grade. And he feels it's a good age from which to make them "ag-literate."

Donny Young, son of Paulette Young, of St. Johnsville and Melissa McCredie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William McCredie, of St. Johnsville, were recently selected as the Junior-Senior High School's Students of the Month for April.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Voters said "no" to a proposed $2,686,852 school budget for next year and "yes" to Kenneth Scherer and Carol LaCoppola for seats on the Board of Education. The proposed 1984-85 budget went down by a vote of 319-95 as district residents rejected the spending plan, which called for a tax rate in the town of St. Johnsville of $20.20 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

Officers for the coming year were elected at the recent dinner-meeting of the St. Johnsville Business Girls held in the Community House. President Jean Sekel conducted the final business meeting of the year and the following slate of officers were approved: Margaret Thomas, president; Jean Sekel, vice president; Betty Bilobrowka, secretary; and Pepper Crouse, treasurer.

Tina Shuster, a student at St. Johnsville Central School, recently returned from the Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation Youth Leadership Seminar held at Daemen College in Buffalo.

-- Forty Years Ago

Anthony LaCoppola was reelected president of the Board of Education, and the district's 1973-74 school budget of $1.4 million was approved by a vote of 145-36.

Reliable sources indicate that Palatine Dyeing Company, once St. Johnsville's largest industry, has virtually ceased all operations.


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