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'Round and 'Round She Goes: 
St. Johnsville's 35th annual Fireman's Fair, sponsored by the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department, concluded Saturday night, August 17, 1985, to the sound of fireworks, a fitting end to an event which annually goes over with a bang. The six-day affair attracted large crowds each day, especially Friday and Saturday. The merry-go-round was by far the most popular ride among children and parents.

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Looking Back - 07/24/2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - Updated: 9:11 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

The Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge Chamber of Commerce devoted nearly all of its monthly meeting to a discussion with engineers from the New York state Department of Transportation regarding the possible state takeover of Church and Main streets in the village of Canajoharie. The last recent meeting also included a DOT-Chamber discussion over the possible return of Moyer Street to the village of Canajoharie by the state.

Gov. Mario Cuomo announced approval of $500,000 in financing for an economic development project in Montgomery County. The funds are part of a package of more than $3.4 million in grants and loans awarded through the state Urban Development Corporation's Regional Economic Development Partnership Program (REDs). Statewide, the funds will help create 192 jobs within four years, stabilize or retain more than 1,600 existing jobs and train more than 3,500 employees. A $500,000 business infrastructure project loan and grant to the village of Canajoharie will facilitate separate treatment of Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. vegetable waste sludge for use as a low-cost, organic alternative to commercial chemical fertilizers. The new process will also reduce sewer rent rates, affording savings of about $90,000 in 1996 to Beech-Nut, Richardson Brands Company, a candy manufacturer employing 150, and W. W. Custom Clad, a powder and liquid finisher with 95 employees.

Thirty Years Ago

The final decision concerning the outcome of the town of Ephratah Mud Road area as a landfill site for Fulton County appears to have hit another snag, but the Fulton County Natural Resources Committee continues to press for its acceptance, based on action taken recently. Advised by the state Department of Environmental Conservation that its draft environmental impact study fell short of being complete, particularly in the areas of design reports, construction plans, hydrogeologic investigations, contingency and closure planning, the county committee has approved an additional $30,000 to provide more in-depth hydrogeological studies. The Dunn Geoscience Corporation and LA Partnership, to whom these new funds will be allocated, have been commissioned to more thoroughly investigate water flow and to determine effects of leachate leakage into the Canajoharie water supply and the water source of a number of private homes in the area of the proposed landfill.

The Central National Bank of Canajoharie, in conjunction with Canajoharie's Old Dutch Traders' Days festivities in September, will sponsor its annual Spelling Bee for all age groups.

Airman James J. Mueller, son of Henry and Evelyn Mueller, Palatine Bridge RD 1, has been assigned to Lowry Air Force Base after completing Air Force basic training.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Dettmer Sr., Canajoharie RD 1, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at their home recently.

Mr. and Mrs. Alton Monk and Richard Meyers were awarded Golden Sheaf certificates marking 50 years of grange membership at the family picnic of Mapletown Grange at Wintergreen Park.

Forty Years Ago

Miss Jane L. Fowler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Fowler, Canajoharie RD 1, received an associate in occupational studies degree at the 117th commencement of Albany Business College.

Canajoharie Boy Scout Troop 81 celebrated its 25th year at the Woodworth Lake Scout Reservation where the scouts achieved the Honor Troop Award for the third year in a row.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

The July meeting of Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance was held recently at the Fort Plain United Methodist Church, and was well attended. Corps. Capt. Brian Harrington reported 78 calls, 3,460 miles traveled and 492 hours logged. E911 is scheduled to go into effect Sept. 1. This will not affect the ambulance service and Mid-County will still be available at 673-2212 as well as through 911.

Sixth graders of Fort Plain's Harry Hoag Elementary School were treated to a rather unique assembly recently -- unique in the sense that the topic presented was one deserving of attention -- yet seldom addressed. The main speaker at the event was Emery Giovanonne, a local person known by many people in the Canajoharie and Fort Plain area. Emery is an author, an athlete, a former rock musician, a Vietnam veteran, and he holds a degree in child psychology. What makes Emery something more special, however, is the fact that he also is a quadriplegic.

The Parkinson's Disease Support Group of Fort Plain will mark its first year of service to PD patients, their families and friends. As the second year begins, monthly meetings will continue to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and an opportunity to share mutual concerns with an occasional guest speaker from the world of medicine.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Reese Jr. celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Sunday, July 17. The couple was honored at an open house at St. John's Lutheran Church, Freysbush, hosted by their oldest son, Richard, and sisters of the bride and her parents. A luncheon, including a decorated cake, was served to approximately 150 guests. Cards and gifts were presented to the guests of honor. The former Phyllis Jean Blencoe of Canajoharie and Ed Reese of Fort Plain were married July 19, 1969, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Freysbush. The Rev. Clarence Scharetel officiated the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Reese have three sons, Richard, Ryan and Dale Reese, all of Fort Plain.

Thirty Years Ago

Joanne Celano is interrupted by a knock at the front door. She jumps up to answer it but it's only two people who've come to walk through the house, look at the paintings, thumb through the historic records and ask dozens of questions. But that's why she's here. Celano is used to what some would consider a gross invasion of privacy because as curator of the Fort Plain Museum, she wants people to see where she lives and to learn about the history of the area. She has been the museum's curator since October. She and her poodle, "Muffen," occupy a small apartment in the rear of the museum, which sits high atop a hill just outside Fort Plain's village limits. Several interruptions each day are commonplace and she welcomes each visitor with a big smile and open invitation to make themselves at home.

Colleen S. Burkhart, Fort Plain, has recently been granted a Junior Membership in the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders Association of America.

Mrs. Mabel McFee, Division St., was the guest of honor at a surprise 80th birthday party July 14 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McFee Jr., of Fort Plain, the eldest son and daughter-in-law of Mrs. McFee.

Forty Years Ago

Harry R. Smith, Fort Plain, retired from employment with Baker-Beech-Nut.

Joseph Hudyncia, Fort Plain RD 3, made an initial purchase of a registered Ayrshire female from Donald and Mable M. Rice, Fort Plain RD 2, according to the Ayrshire Breeders Association secretary David Gibson, Jr., Brandon, VT.

John Manning, of Fort Plain, was among the artists exhibiting at the Cooperstown Art Association's 39th National Art Exhibition.

Fort Plain-Nelliston Senior Citizens attended the Liberace piano concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

-- St. Johnsville

Thirty Years Ago

At a special meeting recently in the Community House, the Village Board unanimously voted to appoint Carlo J. Polidori as provisional sergeant of the St. Johnsville Police Department. The position, when becomes effective, will remain in Polidori's hands for nine months or until a Civil Service examination is held for the office, according to Montgomery County Personnel Officer Georgianne Snell.

The Rev. David Plank, son of Mrs. Doris Plank, St. Johnsville and the late Harold Plank, will be serving as associate to the rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in West Hampton Beach and also as a counselor on the West Hampton Churches' Counseling Service staff.

Eighteenth century ballads will be featured at Fort Klock in August performed by folksinger Linda Russell.

Forty Years Ago

The St. Johnsville Youth Commission added a summer soccer program to its activities. Robert Sitterly is the supervisor.

The Rev. Ross Westhuis, pastor of St. John's Reformed Church since 1967, submitted his resignation effective Aug. 31.

Mabel Fowler presented the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library with a dollhouse, complete with furnishings. The miniature house, constructed by Richard Snell, is a facsimile of her home.

     

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