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First FP-N Girl Scout Day Camp a Success: 
The Camping Caravan of Mohawk Pathways Council and Association III of the Council, the latter represented by Fort Plain and Nelliston Girl Scout and Brownie Troops, last Friday night, July 31, 1964, "pulled up stakes" at the first Girl Scout day camp ever attempted in the local area. The camp site was located on the archery range of the Mohawk Bowmen off Spring Street in the Valley Brook section of the town of Minden.
Here, on the final morning of the day camp, a group of campers join  in the salute to the flag led by members of the Brownie color guard, led by Kathy Boyle, Emily Schrell, Alanna Curnan, Andrea Mykulak, and Pamela Miller.

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Looking Back - 07/17/2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Updated: 1:57 AM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Fifty-four area students and residents gathered early in the morning on June 27 at Canajoharie High School to begin their 13 day trip to Europe. The 29 students and 25 adults and chaperones boarded a bus and headed for Logan International Airport in Boston, set to begin a full itinerary. The students, from the Canajoharie, Fonda-Fultonville, and Broadalbin-Perth high schools, joined the adventure with their adult chaperones — who were mainly of Canajoharie teachers and other experienced travelers in their own right. The trip was coordinated by Suzanne Kane-Brauns, the French teacher at Canajoharie High School. This is the third European tour that Kane-Brauns has organized since coming to teach in Canajoharie.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Gary J. Klump, son of Matthew B. and Lona L. Koss of 35 Ridge Rd., Canajoharie, recently reported for duty at Trident Training Facility, Kings Bay, Georgia. The 1982 graduate of Canajoharie High School joined the Navy in February 1986.

Thirty Years Ago

A certain group is hard at work this summer in the Sprakers vicinity. This group, consisting of a broad mix of people, is continuing a long-term project of exploring and researching sites of Iroquois nation villages in the Mohawk Valley. Heading the "tribe" is Professor Dean R. Snow, a member of the anthropology department at SUNY at Albany and Anthropology Professor William Starna from SUNY at Oneonta. Participants, numbering around 60, include graduate students from Albany and Oneonta, earth-watch people, native Indians, natives of the Mohawk region, and some high school students. Their main purpose is to uncover evidence of the causes of death of thousands of native Americans by mapping Mohawk Valley late prehistoric and early historic sites. "The valley is a good source of information about Indian life because there were some 600 villages along the Mohawk River," Snow said.

Andy Palmer of Canajoharie-Fort Plain Elks Lodge No. 2621 was recognized as a newly elected Exalted Ruler at the 120th convention of the Grand Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks held in Houston July 15-20.

In a brief ceremony held in the Palatine Bridge Village Hall, the Palatine Bridge Village Board paid tribute to Boy Scout Troop 83 Eagle Scouts and their past and present leadership. Mayor Anthony Malagisi, acting as master of ceremonies, welcomed the more than 40 residents attending, including six Eagle recipients returning for the festivities, their parents and guests. Highlighting the ceremony was the presentation of an inscribed plaque with the names of all Eagle Scout recipients since the troop charter year of 1952, mayors who served during the troop's existence and a listing of the troop's leadership since 1952. The plaque also included the names of the present Village Board and the current board of trustees for Troop 83.

When Diane Douglass sets out to do some rocking, she's all business. Diane, 20, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Douglass, of Marshville, won a first place prize of a $500 gift certificate in a rocking chair marathon held on the front porch of Scholet Furniture in Cobleskill.

Forty Years Ago

Mrs. John McCullough, Canajoharie RD 1, was named campaign chairman in Ames for the National Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation.

Former Canajoharian Jeff Stroughton and his High Society Jazz Band presented what was described as "champagne jazz sparked by a tantalizing trombone with an unerring sense for the tastes in every audience."

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

The annual Arkell and Smith's reunion will be held at the home of Howard and Mauricette Nare, 820 Indian Road, Fort Plain.

Jason Dingman was presented a check for $100 from the American Legion for his essay on "Comradeship." The American Legion conducts an annual essay contest, giving area students a topic on which they must submit an essay. The winner, each year, receives the $100 scholarship.

Thirty Years Ago

"We have a very good small-town school." Those words were spoken by Fort Plain Central School District Superintendent Stephen Uebbing recently in regard to recent state reviews of both the local school system and of its special education program.

A St. Johnsville man is the proud new owner of a Fort Plain grocery store. Tim Rice, 37, of Old Meadow Road, St. Johnsville, purchased the Licari's Big M II from Louis Licari and became the sole owner. The Fort Plain Big M, formerly Licari's Foodland II, is located on Willett St.

An area firm has gone into the business of selling ambulances. Rusty Capece, of Response Medical Transport, Willett St., was named Central New York distributor for Excellence Ambulance Corp., of Madison, AL.

Forty Years Ago

The Fort Plain Beagle Club held its annual chicken barbecue in the clubhouse just off Route 163 in Hessville.

Roy G. Peeler, of Avon, a native of Fonda, purchased the Fort Plain branch of the Stewart and Bergen Company, Inc., on Main Street from Mrs. Charles Stewart, Fort Plain and Archie Stewart, Johnstown.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The Fourth Company, of the First Tryon County Militia was not only reactivated, but it has found a new home. The company, also known as the Adam Lipe Company for the man who commanded the 4th Co. during the War for Independence, was reactivated "because we wanted to start a Fort Plain unit," said Richard Gaydos. Gaydos, a Fort Plain area resident, is no stranger to the realm of the historical reenactor—he's participated in similar events throughout the state and the northeast. His love of history isn't just in his blood, it's in his family; wife, Theresa, also enjoys the 18th century lifestyle as both participate in Revolutionary War-era events.

At first glance, the Nellis Tavern, with its missing clapboards, rotted sills and mismatched architectural features, doesn't appear to be an especially interesting or significant historic landmark. Its vacant windows neither beckon nor beguile the commuters who race past its Route 5 location. Upon closer inspection, however, it is possible to glean fascinating tidbits of information from this weathered, wooden building. The time-worn structure speaks to us of days of exhaustive manual labor, pride in workmanship, practical application of tried and true construction methods, and the promise of prosperity in a time of growth and expansion. Builded by a knowledgeable instructor, it is possible to read the story that time has carved into the walls of the old tavern and homestead. Recently, Robert E. Smith, fine arts conservator, St. Johnsville resident and new president of the Palatine Settlement Society conducted such a tour.

At a recent meeting, St. Johnsville Chapter, NSDAR, presented the Good Citizenship medal to Gregory Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Jones of St. Johnsville. Gregory, a seventh-grader, was selected for the award because he shows the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism at school. The speaker for the evening as Mrs. Irma Gilladette, state vice chairman National Defense District IV. She spoke on the problem of illegal immigrants.

Thirty Years Ago

The Village Board has given its approval to a proposal by the Community Development Agency to request a grant totaling $975,000. If approved, the grant would provide "decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities, principally for persons with low or moderate incomes." Included in the proposal is $215,000 for the Youth Center. The building would be revamped to provide extended services. A total of $120,000 would be used for the demolition of the Upper Mill and construction of a parking lot. Seven other areas are included in the proposal which would see renovation and rehabilitation of several other areas of the village.

Robert C. Failing, Inc. has been selected as one of the nation's outstanding Ford dealerships and will receive Fort Motor Company's Distinguished Achievement Award.

Forty Years Ago

Open house at the wastewater treatment facility was attended by more than 130 persons.

     

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