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Canajoharie, NY ,

Kids Bid for Surprises at CYC:
The tension was mounting at the Canajoharie Community Youth Center last week as member's of the center's summer program bid for various surprises during the annual auction held Friday, July 11, 1985. According to Director Cal Fowler (foreground), local merchants donated items for the event. The children bought the items with play money they had earned by contributing to various activities sponsored by the center.

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Looking Back - 07/03/2014

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - Updated: 2:20 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

The Village Board has decided to disband the Canajoharie Police Department, and it wants the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors to give the proposal its stamp of approval. A resolution unanimously passed by the board at a recent meeting could signal the end of the Canajoharie Police Department, a cost saving measure that would turn the job of local law enforcement over to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department. If a similar resolution is passed by the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors at its upcoming meeting, a series of events will begin to unfold that could take six months or more to eventually see the Sheriff's Department take over law enforcement duties in the village on a permanent, full time basis.

A powerful storm, which the National Weather Service said formed in Otsego County, and strengthened greatly when it took a right turn at Canajoharie in the Mohawk Valley, resulted in considerable damage to the facilities of Wintergreen Park. Park Caretaker Irving Mount said that golf-ball sized hail stones brought back thoughts of a long, cold winter. The storm was powerful enough that three large trees at the park were snapped off, one of which crashed down upon a children's playground apparatus, damaging it severely.

Richard Brown, of Fort Plain, was installed as the new president of Central Mohawk Valley Lions Club at the club's annual banquet, held recently at the Canajoharie Country Club. Brown succeeds Tom Armistead, who was honored by the club for the two years of service as president of the local club and presented a plaque by club secretary, Fred Chambers.

Thirty Years Ago

A Palatine Bridge resident, Jodi Lynn Edick, daughter of Mrs. Hazel C. Hyney and the late Howard E. Edick, will be among the candidates competing for the title of Miss Teen New York.

Second Lt. Paul F. Memrick, son of Charles J. Memrick, Palatine Bridge and Phyllis R. Memrick, of Albany, has graduated from U.S. Air Force pilot training and received his silver wings at Vance Air Force Base.

Forty Years Ago

E. and F. Miller, Inc., Canajoharie, leasing agents for Belove-Jacoby Development Corporation, announced that a Daw's Rite Aid Prescription Center will occupy 4,000 square feet in the Dutchtown Shopping Plaza. The tentative opening date for the plaza is now set at Oct. 1, 1974.

Doris McDuffee, Sprakers, was elected president of the Canajoharie Central School Board of Education at the annual reorganizational meeting. Edwin Gros Jr., of Canajoharie, was elected vice president.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Fort Plain High School students Karey Kirkpatrick, Maria Moylan, Tonya Liddle and Julie Armitstead have not only given their friendship to their 'Little Sisters,' they've also paved the way for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Montgomery County program in their school.

Jennifer Vesp, a ninth grade student at Fort Plain High School, has spend the past year with Jeff Chapple, technology teacher at Fort Plain, learning photographic composition and technique. She has learned how to focus on a strong subject, to create depth in a photo and to be able to control the composition. The work was done after school, weekends, vacations, trips and around home. Discussions on her photographs were done with Chapple and the results of all her work are presently on display at Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery.

Janette Dygert was honored recently at a reception held at the Holiday Turf Inn, Albany, by Capital District business and Marketing Education Assoc., for her achievements in business and marketing education. She is a senior at Fort Plain High School. Dygert was honored because she has met high standards of performance, is a positive role model for other students, has maintained exemplary attendance, and has successfully complete a sequence in business education.

In appreciation for the efforts of Fort Plain Central School girls' softball coach Pat Gracey, the team got together and had a custom made baseball bat chair crafter in her honor. The chair was given to her during the annual sports banquet. "For all her dedication, help, guidance, friendship, leadership and support of the team." She has been girls' softball coach for five years. "We thank you coach."

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class David A. Blanchard, son of David A. Blanchard of Fort Plain, was recently deployed with Fleet Hospital Six, stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA, to Croatia.

Army National Guard Spec. Guy J. Siegle has completed a U.S. Army primary leadership development course at Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA.

Thirty Years Ago

A "Fourth to Remember," was a huge success, according to Jane Karker, committee member for the event. Regardless of the gloomy skies throughout much of the afternoon, the small but an enthusiastic crowd remained at Wiles Park for most of the day. Karker said events of the day, including horseshoe pitching, softball games and numerous children's games were a big hit, adding that the children's games were the highlight. She noted that a barbecue later in the day supplied 350 chickens. The fireworks, which were set off at 9:45 p.m. provided a thrilling end to the day.

Mrs. John Gilladette, vice regent of the Fort Plain Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, gave a talk on Moss Island, located in the Mohawk River near Little Falls at the July dessert meeting held at the chapter house.

The Fort Plain Youth Recreation Program has been keeping participating children quite active lately. Approximately 70 students went to Pine Lake. While there they engaged in paddle boating, swimming, roller skating and playing miniature golf, kickball and wiffleball.

Forty Years Ago

The Fort Plain Museum, which was  badly damaged by fire in March, 1973, is being restored by Richard T. Starna. Starna is currently living within the museum to concentrate his efforts on steady restoration.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

A recent worship service at Grace Congregational Christian Church was led by the youth of the church, reflecting their months of church school studies. The celebration of confirmation was shared with participants Robbie Hart, Tracy Nichols and Eddie White, who, having met all requirements, were received into full church membership. The Sacrament of Holy Communion was shared with the confirmands and church members during this special service. A reception was held to honor the confirmands following the service with refreshments and a decorated cake.

St. Johnsville resident, David Johnson, will be ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. The ordination will take place at St. John's Reformed Church and will be conducted by the Classis of Montgomery. John White will preside and Kent Bresman will speak. Johnson has lived in St. Johnsville all his life and attended St. John's Reformed Church since a young child.

Thirty Years Ago

Gerald Gray was reelected president and Robert Peruzzi, vice president at the reorganizational meeting of the Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School Board of Education.

A tour of the Erie Canal village in Rome is in the planning stage for the St. Johnsville Senior Citizens.

James Van Dyke, 21, son of William Van Dyke, Fort Plain, was recently promoted to the rank of specialist fourth class. He is serving with the Second Battalion of the 59th Air Defense Artillery in Schwebach, Germany.

Richard Bussone, son of Gilda Bussone, Fort Plain, has been promoted in the U.S. Air Force to the rank of Major. Bussone is a dentist of Loring Air Force Base, ME.

Forty Years Ago

Fort Klock was designated a national historic landmark and placed on the national register.

Approximately 250 youths participated in the opening week activities at the St. Johnsville playground.

The St. Johnsville Ecumenical Daily Vacation Bible School concluded with the convocation and picnic at the United Methodist Church.

     

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