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Photo submitted - Relay for Life Team raises $3,500 - The St. Johnsville Teacher’s Association Relay for Life Team has raised $3,500 for the American Cancer Society. Students at D.H. Robbins also participated in a Relay Recess on May 24 and raised about $500. They walked laps around the field, and bought luminaries in honor and in memory of family members with cancer. They also bought t-shirts and hope wristbands. They want to thank family and friends for their support of such a great cause.

Photo submitted - Students of the month for June - D.H. Robbins Elementary School has announced June students of the month. From left: Makenzie Christman, Thysha Boyer, Nicholas Sanguine (art student of the month), Alex Dodson (music student of the month), Deegan Eggleston (music student of the month), Hunter Wrightand, and Julieanna Hickey.

Photo submitted - Last Man Club - Members of the Canajoharie American Legion Last Man Club held their annual meeting at Jim’s Irish Harbor in Canajoharie. The club was formed in 1956 with 67 members, and today only five active members are left. The last member will enjoy the bottle of wine which has been stored in a small casket all these years. The Last Man Club, left to right: Arther Chairatto, treasurer; William Parker, secretary; Victor Paluzzi, head man; Boomer William Malli, chaplain; Tony Anthony Prime, historian.


People & Events - 06/28/2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - Updated: 9:25 AM

Reserve tickets for historic tour Aug. 4

CANAJOHARIE — The Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a unique historic tour of local buildings, great halls and early settlers homes on Saturday, August 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Advance tickets may be reserved by calling (518) 673-4434.

CDA to sponsor bus trip Sept. 23

CANAJOHARIE — Court Catherine Esther #1264 Catholic Daughters of the Americas will sponsor a bus trip Sunday, September 23 to Manchester, Vermont. Passengers will stop at Hildene, the home of Lincoln’s son, for lunch and a tour of the grounds. The trip will also include a stop for shopping at the Manchester Outlet stores and The Vermont Country Store. Brown Coach tours will provide the bus for this trip and will pick up passengers at the Dutchtown Plaza near McDonald’s Restaurant in Palatine Bridge at 7 a.m. and return around 8 p.m. Cost of the trip is $65 per person and is open to the public. Seating on the bus is limited, so those interested are urged to call for reservations before August 31. For reservations, or additional information, call Judy Montanye at (518) 673-3283.

4th on the 3rd lineup announced

FORT PLAIN — The 25th annual 4th on the 3rd Celebration, complete with an enormous fireworks display, will take place on Tuesday, July 3, at Wiles Park and in the village of Fort Plain.

This year, the Fort Plain Community Activities Council is dedicating the event to the founder of 4th on the 3rd, Dawn Hanifin. “She was a dedicated and proud supporter of community spirit,” observed Jim Katovitch, council chairperson. “In Dawn’s honor, we think we have succeeded in offering something for everyone this year, and most of the events are free,” added Katovitch.

While most activities will be centered in Wiles Park, the celebration officially begins at 9 a.m. with Fishing Derby sign-up at the Fort Plain bridge for children and adult classes. The Fishing Derby is free and sponsored by the Central Mohawk Valley Lions Club, and concludes at 2 p.m.; trophies will be awarded at 6 p.m.

New this year are demonstrations of Birds of Prey by the New York Wildlife Rescue Center and reptile demonstrations by Rhonda Leavitt, both from 4 p.m to 8 p.m.

Families with young children will delight in the bounce house, sponsored by Price Chopper, the inflatable slide and obstacle course.

Food concessions will offer hot dogs, hamburgers, fried dough, soda and water, all of which is available from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Shriners Clowns, sponsored by Empower Federal Credit Union, will perform from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Horse-drawn hay wagon rides to the Fort Plain Museum and back will also operate from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Dependents, Jocelyn and Christian Arndt with Evan Searles, will perform from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The New York State National Guard Drug Awareness Program will sponsor a free Rock Climbing Wall from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Empower Federal Credit Union will offer an Old Time Photo Booth from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Big Al’s Classic Car Cruise-In will be in Haslett Park, downtown Fort Plain, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wayne Tucker will DJ and emcee from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Wiles Park and craft fair and non-profit booths will be open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Brooks Chicken Barbecue dinners will be sold by the Fort Plain Reformed Church from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There is a separate parking area for take-outs; ask at the park entrance.

Throughout the day and evening one may leave CDs, playing cards, workbooks and other such items for our veterans at the Elks Club booth.

The Lustre Kings bring classic rock & roll and R & B to Wiles Park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Beginning at 6 p.m., you can play Just for Fun Bingo with prizes, watch a Little League All Star Exhibition Game, or sign up for the Canajoharie-Fort Plain Elks Club Horseshoe Tournament. Play begins at 6:30 p.m.

The band Spike and the Boys will entertain from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Musical performances at the 4th on the 3rd Celebration are funded by a NYS Council on the Arts Fulton-Montgomery Arts Grant.

At 8 p.m., the Sons of American Vets will hold a Memorial Balloon Launch honoring all veterans.

The enormous fireworks display will take place at 9:45 p.m. This event is underwritten by the Big Bang Club, NBT Bank and the Yerdon Foundation.

The bonfire and Community Sing-a-Long begins at 10 p.m., at the conclusion of the fireworks display.

Independence Day celebration is set

ST. JOHNSVILLE — An Independence Day Celebration and Strawberry Festival will be held at Fort Klock on Wednesday, July 4, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

This celebration captures the events of that day in 1776 when the leaders of thirteen small colonies decided to sever their ties with Great Britain and establish a new nation. Hear the breaking news as the Declaration of Independence is read at 1 p.m. by Eugene Wagner. The Third Battalion, Tryon County Militia, will offer a resounding salute to the Declaration with their muskets.

Available will be ice cream, homemade strawberry shortcakes, cakes, cookies, and other home baked items, plus strawberries and beverages.

Emily Loadwick, seamstress, will have hand sewn, reproduced clothing fashionable during the 1740 to 1840 periods on display and for sale.

Willis Barshied and John Case plan to answer your questions on the proper care and restoration of antiques.

Al Bullard hopes you will bring in an antique item and try to stump him in identifying what it was used for.

The Margaret Reaney Memorial Library and Palatine Settlement Society have been invited to provide information on their collections and events. The event is a joint, cooperative effort, to promote the history rich sites located in the town of St. Johnsville.

Call (518) 568-7779 for further information.

Students are able to take lunar photos

CANAJOHARIE — Canajoharie Middle School technology and science students were recently given the unique opportunity to take their own pictures of the moon from lunar satellites.

In September 2011, two satellites named “Ebb” and “Flow” were launched aboard a Delta II rocket to the moon that entered lunar orbit on New Years Eve and New Years Day. The satellites are now allowing students to get pictures from the onboard “MoonKAM.”

“MoonKAM” is a program by Sally Ride Science allowing middle school students to request images from the cameras onboard the Ebb and Flow satellites.

Sixteen students from each middle school class were chosen to select and request images from the MoonKAM. Sixth grade Science Teacher Debbie Eckler, seventh grade Technology Teacher Greg Pitonza and eighth grade Science Teacher John Sunderland have assisted fifty middle school students to select the locations and complete their image requests. After imaging was complete, the images were made available for students to see online.

Pitonza applied and registered Canajoharie for the program following his attendance at a keynote presentation, in Houston, at the Space Exploration Educators Conference in February.

Canajoharie Middle School is one of 3,000 schools participating in the program.

CDA discusses summer plans

FORT PLAIN — Members of Catholic Daughters’ Court Catherine Esther #1264 met Monday, June 4, at Our Lady of Hope Church in Fort Plain, with Regent Marlene Nalli presiding.

The meeting opened with the Canonization prayer to Kateri Tekakwitha. Recording Secretary Cheryl Benninger read correspondence, which included a letter from the court’s newly adopted child Sreelakihmi Sasi Molekudy. The court, through the CNEWA (Catholic Near East Welfare Association), sponsors Molekudy.

Doris Dutcher gave a report on the court’s graduation award. She stated that she had received three applications, one each from Canajoharie, Fort Plain and St Johnsville, and that they would be judged after the meeting by the Scholarship Committee.

Quality of Life Chairman Kathy Walsh reported on the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life”, held Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, at the Dreams Park in Cooperstown. She stated that she, along with her husband, John and granddaughter, Amiah, participated in the walk. She thanked the court again for sponsoring them on the walk, which raised $102,000.

Regent Nalli gave a report on plans for the ice cream social fund-raiser to be held on Thursday, August 2 at Haslett Park in Fort Plain in conjunction with the Fort Plain summer band concerts. Music for the evening will be provided by the local band “Chilled”. The court will again serve make-your-own sundaes, brownie sundaes and root-beer-floats.

Regent Nalli stated that she will draw up a program of committee chairmen, court functions and meetings for the 2012-2013 year and will have it ready to distribute at the July meeting. Members decided to hold the July meeting on Monday, July 9, at the Kateri Shrine in Fonda. A covered dish dinner will be held prior to the meeting.

Locals named to SUNY list

ONEONTA — The following local residents are among the 1,423 students who earned Dean’s List honors for the spring 2012 semester at SUNY Oneonta: Alyssa Summerfield, of Canajoharie; Samantha Kuhne, of Canajoharie; and John Resch, of Fort Plain.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, undergraduate students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying a course load of 12 semester hours or more.


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