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Canajoharie, NY ,

A 'wheel' good time:
Two-Tired: These brothers, residents of St. Johnsville, RD 2, have found a way to roll through these hot summer days without losing their cool. The boys, Wayne, 9 (left) and Chad Handy, 8 (right), commented that they were having a good time rolling around in their tires in a lot off Center Street in the village Monday, July 15, 1985.

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Memory Lane - 07/10/2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - Updated: 1:30 AM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

With its $250,000 annual Police Department budget, Mayor Gloria Seligman and the Canajoharie Board of Trustees are considering a contract agreement for police services with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department in an effort of lowering the local tax burden by eliminating the local department. The Village Board unveiled its plan to disband the Village Police Department during its recent meeting. The proposal was expected to be on the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors' agenda as the village needs the county's approval to proceed with the proposal.

Herbert Allen, highway superintendent for the town of Canajoharie, asked the Town Board to review the status of the road at Wintergreen Park, especially in regard to the plowing of this road during winter months. Allen noted that the road at the park from Old Sharon Road to the bottom of the hill at the second level is a county road and under the agreement with the county, the town is obligated to plow and sand this road during winter months.

The Fourth Annual Hoyer Family Reunion will be held at Wintergreen Park. Bring a covered dish to pass.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Will the students of Canajoharie High School be using a new building in the fall of 1986? They will if a timetable presented to the Board of Education recently is followed to the letter. Anthony Martino, of the Utica contracting firm of Stetson-Dale addressed the board at its July meeting. Martino showed the board how, from a construction point of view, a schedule should be followed to alleviate the high school building problem as soon as possible. The board is looking to go to the voters with a choice of three propositions: refurbish the existing building; refurbish the existing building an construct an addition; or build a new school. That vote could take place by mid-October.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lott, Maple Avenue, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Golta, CA.

The 63rd annual reunion of the John Herrick family will be held at Herrick Haven, on Burtonville Road.

Canajoharie's Don Lenz/Tiny Jones Little League Park will be the site for the third annual Beechies Old Timers-Current Edition softball contest.

-- Forty Years Ago

Canajoharie Mayor John Tooker warned area residents about disposing of live ammunition in garbage or trash containers because of the potential danger of placing such devices in the incinerator.

The results of a three-year audit of the Canajoharie Central School District, charging a number of un-audited claims, was released by the state Department of Audit and Control.

Niagara Mohawk announced to its customers that it will be moving to a new, more modern building on Route 5S. The relocation is being put into effect in order to provide better electric and gas service, according to NiMo officials.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

An agreement reached two weeks ago has resulted in the installation of new valves to Fort Plain's water system, which will allow the isolation of any breaks to the line as the state Department of Transportation's road project continues. According to DOT project engineer Robert Peruzzi, residents will not be looking at any scheduled shutdowns of the water system. And residents shouldn't fear the unscheduled breaks as they can now be isolated, which allows water pressure to be maintained in most areas.

On Sunday, Sept. 19, 1993 during last year's Heritage Days activities, Fort Plain's grand old man Douglas Ayres, Jr. and his long time friend Robert Erhardt helped to dedicate the planting of a 12-foot red oak tree at Wiles Park, commemorating the 210th anniversary of Gen. George Washington's visit to Fort Plain. On Sunday, July 3, 1994 the community once again turned out at Wiles Park near the red oak tree, this time to honor Doug Ayres, who passed away this past spring at the age of 92. Dedicated was a granite stone, part of the Erie Canal aqueduct at Fort Plain, which crossed the Otsquago Creek. The aqueduct collapsed following a particularly severe winter and spring ice break up in 1981.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Responsibility weighs heavy on Ray Crouse's back, but he can handle it. He's got broad shoulders. Crouse, a native of Fort Plain, is a Navy Lieutenant junior grade with the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron [VAW] 117 at Miramar Naval Air Station, north of San Diego. For centuries, surprise has been one of the main tactical weapons of war and one of Crouse's chief responsibilities is to take away the enemy's element of surprise. "We don't eliminate surprise, but we certainly decrease its possibility," says the 28-year-old Crouse, son of Leo and Linda Crouse, High Street. "That's our whole mission, and we prove that it works." Crouse's squadron flies the Navy turbo-prop E-2C Hawkeye. Nicknamed "The Eyes of the Fleet," it's usually the first fixed-wing aircraft to leave the carrier during flight operations. Flying at 25,000 feet, the five-man crew works closely with shipboard combat information centers, detecting and tracking all aircraft, ships and missiles within its range. They can scan approximately three million cubic miles of airspace and track more than 600 separate targets while simultaneously coordinating more than 40 intercepts. As a pilot, Crouse is responsible for the overall safety of the flight, a position that carries with it a great deal of responsibility. "The guys in the back take care of the mission once I get them there," he says. "I'm responsible for flying the aircraft and landing safely back on the carrier." And that's the trick, according to Crouse. "The Hawkeye is the most difficult aircraft to land on a carrier because of its size and configuration," he says. "But that's what Naval aviation is all about -- landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier at sea. It wouldn't be any fun if it were easy."

Mr. and Mrs. George E. Wilmer, Orchard Street, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently with a party at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Craig Ehle.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Weinheimer, High Street, recently observed their 25th wedding anniversary.

A surprise party was held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church to honor Clara Leneker Waner on her 90th birthday.

Mr. and Mrs. James Hoffman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Wiles Park.

-- Forty Years Ago

The new Dodge ambulance of the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, Inc., a maxi-van with a 360 horsepower engine has been placed in service in Fort Plain.

William Lamphere was elected to his third term as president of the Fort Plain Central School Board of Education at the reorganizational meeting.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The St. Johnsville Central School District and its Board of Education reorganized for the 1994-95 school year during its reorganizational meeting held recently. The meeting was straightforward and brief, and included the introduction of newly reelected board member Louise Hoffman, who was sworn in by District Superintendent David LaPone. Also sworn in were board members Mike Settle, who was reelected as Board of Education president and William Finch as school board vice president. District officers also were appointed as Rosaline Drews was named district treasurer; Eleanor Miller, clerk of the board; Mary Jones, tax collector; and Elizabeth Jones, internal claims auditor. Other appointments included Louise Hoffman as acting clerk of the board; and William Finch, assistant district treasurer. Dr. Kamla Sharma was reappointed as school physician, and Marie Colorito and Lisa Adams were appointed as census enumerators. The central treasurer/extracurricular activities account will be handled by Elizabeth Jones. Attendance officers will be Carol Miklic at the Junior-Senior High School, and Gail Carter at the D. H. Robbins Elementary School. 

The "Second Time Around" Band formed in May of 1988, well known to the Valley area for its big band sound, will play at the St. Johnsville Marina/Complex Gazebo Park. This band is made up of a very dedicated group of musicians who love to play big band music in the Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller tradition. The band is composed of five saxophonists, four trumpeters, four trombonists, four rhythmists and a female vocalist. The majority of the people in the band are retired, thus the name "Second Time Around."

-- Thirty Years Ago

A group of concerned citizens held a forum recently to air their gripes about the way the Board of Education is handling the school district — and no one from the board showed up. Charles Hodgeboom, who acted as moderator for the evening said the board voluntarily chose not to attend. When contacted later in the week, board Vice President Jack Countryman said the reason he did not want one or two members to have to speak for the whole board.

-- Forty Years Ago

The possibility of a group of residents purchasing the Palatine Dyeing Company was discussed at a meeting held in the Community House.

     

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