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Canajoharie, NY ,

Cowboy Star Pleases Kids at El-Rancho:
Both the small fry and adults heartily applauded the antics of "Smiley" Burnette, former Gene Autry sidekick, when he made the first of three personal appearances at the El Rancho Drive-In theatre, Palatine Bridge, on Tuesday evening, July 14, 1959.
Burnette, a man with an ingratiating personality, particularly with children, entertained on stage briefly between shows and songs, comedy and impromptu interviews before adjourning to the drive-in refreshment center where he signed autographs for both young and old admirers.
He is shown above with two proud youngsters who received his picture and autograph.
Burnette, who is traveling with his wife, oldest daughter and unit manager on an extended tour of theaters, is staying at the Mohawk Motor Lodge, Palatine Bridge. He will make his final appearance at at the El Rancho Drive-In tonight (Thursday, July 16, 1959).

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Looking Back - 07/25/2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - Updated: 7:23 AM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Just ten short years ago, members of Canajoharie Central School's Class of 1983 were still celebrating their high school graduation, and looking ahead at what the coming years might bring. College, jobs, families, it was all up in the air, all wide open, with many paths to explore, moving ahead, looking ahead, yet in full contemplation of past events and experiences.

The Canajoharie High School Class of 1978 is holding their reunion at Pine Lake.

Ann-Marie Plate, daughter of Walter and Marianne Plate, Old Sharon Road, Canajoharie, graduated cum laude from Georgetown Medical University with a degree in medicine. Dr. Plate is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha. A 1985 graduate of Canajoharie High School and a 1989 graduate of Colgate University. Dr. Plate is a resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, specializing in Orthopedic Surgery.

The decedents of Amy and Herman Ward will hold their annual family reunion at Wintergreen Park, Canajoharie. In case of rain, it will be held at the Ames Fire House, Route 10.

The 64th annual reunion of the Countryman family was held at the home of Robert and Cathy Devendorf in Fort Plain. There was a small attendance.

Thirty Years Ago

The July drought, broken only by scattered showers and some thunderstorms over the past week have done little to help restore the parched soil and cropland in Montgomery County. County Agriculture Extension Agent Thomas Burbine in Fonda said that corn is "curling" and tomatoes have been afflicted by bloom end rot, a disease triggered by drought conditions.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the horseback tour of General George Washington through the Mohawk Valley to see "that tract of country which is so much celebrated for its fertility of soil and beauty of its situation," according to Washington, and to greet the brave frontiers-men who fought so valiantly from their homesteads and outposts during the War for Independence. As part of the festivities of Canajoharie's ninth annual Open Market, this portion of local history will be relived as General Washington returns to address those assembled, repeating his message of appreciation and awareness of the beauty of the valley.

The glass collection centers on Rock Street and Floral Avenue netted 40 barrels of crushed glass, which have been transported to the Predle Company, Albany, for further recycling.

Forty Years Ago

Dr. Katsu Okada, managing director of Morinaga Milk Industries, of Japan, met with representatives of Baker-Beech-Nut, Inc., Canajoharie and entered into an agreement with the local company to import Beech Nut baby food to Japan.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

The Fort Plain Central School class of 1973 held their 20 year class reunion at the Fort Plain Elks Lodge. About 85 people attended, 48 of which were classmates.

Cranberry the Clown will be appearing at the Fort Plain Free Library.

Dick Solberg, the Sun Mountain Fiddler, performed at the Historic Fort Klock Restoration to an appreciative audience, which filled the restoration's Dutch barn and the park's grounds.

Thirty Years Ago

After being met with chants of "We want sports," and being presented petitions for a revote, the Board of Education decided to put two of three propositions defeated July 14 before the voters one more time. A group of students who had banded together recently in an effort to get voter approval of interscholastic athletics and field trips greeted board members before the regular school board meeting, according to acting Principal Dale Thomas. The board approved the request by a 5-1 margin and balloting is scheduled for Aug. 10. Board member Carl Rockefeller cast the lone dissenting vote. The athletic proposition would authorize the addition of $28,543 to the current austerity budget, while the field trip proposition would add $2,500, Thomas said.

Forty Years Ago

What had been a midsummer night's dream for a rowdy element of young people and a nightmare for residents of downtown apartments in Fort Plain ground to a halt with the establishment of a curfew that orders those under the age of 17 to be off the streets by 11 p.m. and the assignment of extra patrolmen during the late evening and early morning hours.

A survey team made up of students from SUNY Albany passed through Lock 15 in Fort Plain. The group was participating in an environmental studies program and predicted a bright future for the polluted Mohawk River.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Wayne Burkdorf, of the St. Johnsville Central School District reported that the extensive renovations being undertaken in the district's three buildings is about 60 percent complete. District voters last year approved a $1.9 million renovation and modernization project, which began this summer. "We're bringing the buildings up to [state] code," Burkdorf said. "We're doing a complete electrical renovation in all three buildings, adding handicapped accessibility to several bathrooms.

The newly recreated St. Johnsville Urban Renewal Agency will be taking on a more directed approach toward economic community development. The Village Board of Trustees took over the agency in 1986 because of disagreements that developed after it was originally created in 1972. By its own bylaws, it was supposed to meet at least six times a year. However, according to Executive Director-Secretary Brian Haak, the agency was only meeting on an as-needed basis. "It only met two or three times a year, when someone would want to buy the industrial park," Haak said. When these deals fell through, the agency would have to meet again to take the [industrial] park back." Haak said the two main projects the St. Johnsville URA is currently working on are the expansion of natural gas service into the village of St. Johnsville and the proposed Thruway interchange now undergoing a feasibility study by Wilbur Smith Associates, Albany. But the work of the URA goes deeper into the economic well being of the village, Haak said.

Thirty Years Ago

St. Johnsville Boy Scout Troop 72 recently spent six days at Woodworth Lake Scout Reservation with the 14 boys attending earning several awards and badges.

Following the elimination of the full-time teaching position and the half-time staff positions, the Board of Education recently voted to reinstate the elementary art curriculum. The art program, which was eliminated in March in an effort to cut costs, was reinstated by a vote of 4-1, with board member William Klemme casting the lone dissenting vote. Of the three positions cut, two involved situations in which the positions had been vacated and the board chose not to fill them. The board consolidated three second grade classes into two by not filling one teaching slot vacated earlier in the year due to a teacher retirement. The other two cuts included a half-time custodial position which had also not been filled since being vacated and the guidance office secretary's position. According to District Superintendent Clifford Crandall, the elimination of the three positions represented a savings of approximately $34,000 or roughly 80 cents off the tax rate in the town of St. Johnsville.

Forty Years Ago

\Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lampman were feted at a surprise party in observance of their 25th wedding anniversary at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Battisti.

     

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