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June Is Dairy Month:
The observance of "June is Dairy Month" was highlighted locally by the Women's Committee of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau last Friday, June 18, 1965, its members dispensing free samples of dairy products at the Fort Plain Office of the State Bank of Albany.
Pictured above, left to right, are Mrs. Martha Antalek, an employee of the bank accepting a treat from Mrs. David Mang, and Bank Manager Fred Wilcox sampling one of the wholesome dairy products being extended by Mrs. Cornelius Paul.


Looking Back - 06/26/2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - Updated: 2:59 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Canajoharie's Earth Science department recently received a nice shot in the arm in the form of a $2,100 grant from the Toshiba Foundation for equipment and materials to conduct a yearlong study of the nature and degree of pollution in the Mohawk River. Canajoharie High School Earth Science teacher James Carey, High School Science Department chairperson Patricia Prime and High School Principal Dr. Donald Bowden together developed the grant, which will be used to for scientific monitoring of the environmental health of the Mohawk River.

Residents of Arkell Hall took part in the ninth annual Recognition Day and sixth Graduation from Arkell Hall's Educational Program. The three graduates for 1994 were: Valedictorian, Mrs. Annie Harbster; Salutatorian, Mrs. Lillian S. Johnson; and Mrs. Reba Bauer. All had attended classes held at Arkell Hall over a four year period and obtained credit hours to graduate. Residents who attended classes for the year received certificates for their hours of participation.

Another hot and steamy evening was on the agenda for Canajoharie Central School's 116th annual commencement held at the East Hill Elementary School campus, forced indoors, due to the stormy weather. Ceremonies were relegated to the Nellis Memorial gymnasium this year, which afforded considerably more breathing room than the elementary gym, where in the past, indoor commencements have been held. Class of 1994 President Nate Haig offered the opening remarks immediately following the traditional strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" as the procession of 66 graduation candidates would their way through the crowded room. Class valedictorian Ron Walker also spoke of beginnings, of endings and of memories both old and of those as yet unseen.

Thirty Years Ago

Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp., of Canajoharie, is sponsoring a Sharon Springs teenager, Elizabeth Farro, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Farro, in this year's edition of Miss Teen New York competition to be held July 15 at the Stanley Performing Arts Center in Utica.

Navy Petty Officer Third Class Wendy S. Kessler, daughter of Franz W. and Janet D. Brill, recently completed Aviation Enlisted Aircrew Training School.

Paul E. Rockwell, M.D., has announced that his brother, Major General James M. Rockwell, U.S. Army, has been promoted to Lieutenant General and nominated by President Reagan for assignment as deputy director general, North Atlantic Treaty Organization's System Management Agency in Brussels, Belgium.

Edward (Bud) Garretson, who has operated a dairy farm near Sprout Brook since 1970, was recently honored as Otsego County's "Conservation Farmer of the Year."

The Rev. Eldon Stevens, evangelist and author will be the featured speaker at the Ames Old-Fashioned Gospel Crusade to be held at the Ames Baptist Church.

Forty Years Ago

Lt. Robert S. Frank was promoted to the rank of captain in the army.

St. John's Lutheran Church sponsored an attic sale.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Following completion of a $148,000 reconstruction job on the troubled Prospect Hill embankment, Clinton Avenue is once again open to vehicular traffic. The collapse of the upper section of the hill, which gave way for the second time in five years last spring, began in the approximate area where repairs on a larger section that collapsed in 1986 ended. The earlier landslide area, much larger than last year's, was repaired some three years after its collapse.

Fort Plain's Haslett Park, in the center of this village of some 2,400 residents, will undergo a dramatic facelift as part of the state Department of Transportation's $5.8 million highway and infrastructure improvement project. 

A festively decorated fellowship hall at the Fort Plain Reformed Church was the setting for a 100th birthday party for Evelyn Dygert of Nelliston on Friday, June 17. Miss Dygert, born June 17, 1894, was born and has lived in the same house those entire 100 years. Relatives were present from Fort Plain, Nelliston, Palatine Bridge, Randall, Mohawk, Oxford, Auburn, Florida, New Jersey and Washingtonville, NY. Miss Dygert is an avid reader and readily remembers both past and current happenings and is up-to-date on the latest events from medicine to politics. She is now busy re-reading the many cards she received from family and friends.

Nellis Acres, the Fort Plain dairy farm certainly has a history. It's been owned and operated by the Nellis family for 271 years. The farm is now run by John Nellis and his wife, Chris. It was, however, established in 1723 by William Nellis. The farm then was only 100 acres, and was the result of a patent given to William Nellis by Queen Elizabeth of England for fighting in the French and Indian War, stated Chris. The homestead was built on what is now Nellis Road, an area of good farmland overlooking the Mohawk Valley. The barn still remains and is used by the family. The original home was destroyed during the burning of the valley but was rebuilt on the foundation that remained in 1840.

A grand entrance on a very warm and muggy evening to the sounds of "Pomp and Circumstance," and an honor guard made up of underclassmen signaled the beginning of the end of 13 years of schooling in the Fort Plain Central School District for the 1994 graduating class. The colors of maroon and white, the flowers, the music and the tears combined to provide a meaningful and certainly long-to-be-remembered moment for 53 graduating senior class members who certainly will remember that Saturday evening's 99th annual commencement exercises. The innovation was delivered by Rebecca Ann Dingman, which was followed by the  Pledge to the Flag, led by John Joseph Greco. Rounding out the introductory portion of the program was the performance of the "Star Spangled Banner" by the Elementary School. Then it was time for the salutatory address by Jennifer Lynn Armitstead, who delivered a speech touched by emotion on the warm evening.

Thirty Years Ago

Beginning this week, Kevin Mattison will be managing the news department of the Courier-Standard-Enterprise on an interim basis. Charles Tobey, managing editor since last September, left the newspaper effective June 29 and plans to continue his studies in the field of accounting at the State University of New York at Albany. Mattison will be in charge of the news department until a permanent successor to Tobey is named, according to Harrison E. Hornbeck, editor and general manager. A native of Chatham, Columbia County, Mattison has been a reporter for the C-S-E for two years. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1982.

Grayson Swartz, of Fort Plain, recently returned from a six-week National Guard training session at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio TX. Swartz believes the security police training will not only be vital if his National Guard unit ever is called into action, but also will come in handy in his day-to-day duties as a patrolman for the Fort Plain Police Department.

Kristy Ann Heiser, 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Heiser, placed first in the leadline class at the annual Sacandaga Horse Show June 24.

Paintings by Keene Silfer and Laura Thode have been selected to hand in the art gallery at the Harry Hoag Elementary School. Their work was chosen as the best submitted by sixth grade students. The gallery was started a few years ago by Carol Carbino to recognize the artistic accomplishments of elementary school students.

Forty Years Ago

The Fort Plain Village Board voted to run a waterline from the storage reservoir on Garfield Street to the property line of the mobile home park owned by Frank DeStephano and son.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The first readings of a number of updated school policies and contract negotiations for the elementary school principal, district treasurer and head custodian, and numerous appointments occupied the majority of the regular meeting of the St. Johnsville Central School Board of Education. In concert with the 1994 Child Protective Act, there will no longer be designated smoking areas within any of the school district's buildings. Following adoption of the policy at the next regular meeting, smoking will only be permitted outdoors.

The setting looked almost as it always has over the last four years. But this was a different day -- Graduation Day -- and for the 27 St. Johnsville High School students who received their diplomas on Sunday, it was a day filled with emotion. The St. Johnsville Central School District's 105th commencement was special. Not just in the way the flowers were presented to the senior girls, or the way the seniors presented flowers to their parents. It was special, but not just in the way parents hugged their children, or the way the graduates hugged their siblings and friends, or the way the graduates hugged their classmates. It was a special day because this was a class comprised of students who appeared to really care for each other. When class salutatorian Rachel Handy addressed her classmates, she spoke of the simplicity of life, and how life need not become a complication. She then recited the words of one Dr. Seuss, whose words from 'Oh the Places You'll Go' did seem to be written for this group of students. "Congratulations," Rachel read Dr. Seuss' words, "today is your day. You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You are the guys who will decide where to go." Emotion, too, welled through class valedictorian Wendi Schoff. "Graduation, she said "is a very serious step in our lives. It is a time of goodbyes, new beginnings, anxiety for what lies ahead, and remembering the good times."

Thirty Years Ago

Carlo Polidori might not be police chief anymore, but that doesn't mean that he won't be running the show in the police department. At a special meeting of the Village Board recently, the position of chief of police was unanimously abolished as of July 28 and Polidori will most likely be appointed as sergeant, according to Mayor Wilfred Kraft.

The Montgomery County Youth Bureau Board approved four requests for Youth Development Delinquency Program funds at a meeting held in Fonda recently. Locally, the St. Johnsville Youth Recreation Commission was granted $498.45 for weight equipment and renovations to its weight room and the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library received $150.

Forty Years Ago

The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors voted to spend $250,000 to purchase 16 parcels of land in St. Johnsville for right-of-way use for a bridge to be build on Bridge Street over the Penn Central tracks.


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