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Royalty In the Park: The St. Johnsville summer playground last week hosted an Olympic Day in conjunction with its concluding week, and judges also named royalty from regular participants this year. Crowned as king, top, was Jeff Stever, while Lori LaCoppola, right, was named queen. Named respective prince and princess, bottom row, were Frank Beaulieu and Judy Smith.

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Looking Back - 07/31/2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - Updated: 11:59 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

A petition is being circulated throughout the village of Canajoharie urging the village board to retain its own police department and not enter into a contract with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department to take over police duties in the village. In addition to the petition, one of the present Canajoharie police officers, Sgt. Alan Blowers, has approached the village board and Mayor Gloria Seligman about the possibility of appointing him as the new Chief of Police, replacing the retiring chief, David Wilday, promising a reorganization of the department and budget restraints for the next three years.

St. John's and St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Canajoharie, and Trinity Lutheran Church of Stone Arabia, have extended a call to John E. Omans of St. Paul, MN, to become the new pastor of the two congregations. The two congregations have been without a regular pastor for more than a year following the moving of the Rev. Devie Ellis to the Rochester area.

Arkell Foundation's 20 unit affordable senior housing complex has welcomed its first residents, and according to foundation officials all 20 of the units will be occupied by the middle of August. The 20 apartments are part of a $4 million complex, which was built adjacent to the foundation's adult care facility for 24 senior citizen women.

Thirty Years Ago

An incident at the village tavern has local authorities searching for a young man who allegedly threatened to drive his farm tractor into a building. According to Canajoharie police, a man, allegedly intoxicated, entered Dougherty's Hotel, 20 Mohawk St. and asked to be served. The bar's owners told police they knew the man was underage and refused to serve him. After leaving, the unidentified man returned at about 5 a.m. with his farm tractor and drove it onto the sidewalk toward the bar, police said. He did not hit the building, however.

Forty Years Ago

The Village Board requested a joint meeting at the Municipal Building, with Town Justices Tharon Enright and Fred Schrader, members of the police department, representatives of the Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce and attorneys practicing in the community to discuss improvement of law enforcement in the village and methods of cooperation between related offices, agencies and individuals.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

By a resounding 223-160 vote, the residents of the Fort Plain Central School District said "yes — we want sports, equipment, field trips and basic transportation" following the proposition vote. "I think it was a very positive thing," said District Superintendent John Metallo. "We were very pleased with the support of the community." Metallo noted that a positive vote is a reflection of a sound budget to begin with.

"We only pass this way once, and what we can do for others, let us do it now." These time-worn words, nearly forgotten, were penned by long time Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service member and former dispatcher Elizabeth Baker nearly a quarter-century ago. They became the motto of the fledgling group of dedicated volunteers who officially began serving the Fort Plain and Canajoharie areas on Aug. 4, 1969 at 12:01 a.m. The corps will be celebrating its 25 years of service to the Mohawk Valley region. An open house will be held at the dispatch office, Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie, in honor of this special observance. According to committee member Audrey Lamphere, the activities committee has planned many special events including face painting, a Shriner's clown, ambulance rides for children and a car extrication demonstration.

Fort Plain High School's Class of 1944 got together for their 50th class reunion enjoying an evening of laughs and reflections, and a good meal at the Elm Tree Restaurant in Fort Plain. A pretty good number of class members turned out for the reunion.

A new business opened in Fort Plain recently specializing in hair care and custom designing of wedding and prom gowns. The Fashion Connection, located on 52 Main St., is owned and operated by Laura Korona.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter D'Arcangelis have returned home after spending two weeks with their former foreign exchange student, Doris Bermudez Baddila and family in Grecia, Costa Rica.

Fort Plain Central School Class of 1949 is holding its 45th reunion Aug. 13. The day starts with a tour of the high school at 10 a.m. From there, class members will go to Pine Lake, where there is a lunch stand, miniature golf, an arcade with a pool table, volleyball, horseshoes, and, of course, swimming or golf at Nick Stoners. At 5:30 p.m. there will be a buffet and program.

Thirty Years Ago

Take Owen D. Young Central School, add it to a bridge under construction by the U.S. Army and you have what equals a path to a developing outdoor exploratory learning center. A wooden bridge being constructed behind the picturesque Van Hornesville school is designed to give the institution access to an outdoor learning center it has been organizing for about a year.

Forty Years Ago

Myron Saltsman, chief operator at Lock 15, Fort Plain, reported that more rain fell there during July than any month since 1960, the earliest year that records were available.

-- St. Johnsville

Thirty Years Ago

The St. Johnsville Central School is still without a budget following June's 319-95 defeat of the district's $2,282,852 spending plan. A special meeting has been set for Aug. 15, at which time the board hopes it can come to a decision on the budget.

The 34th annual Firemen's Fair will be held at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park.

Forty Years Ago

The Greater St. Johnsville Area Health Center opened for use. Dr. Hanna is in attendance on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Dr. Dachary on Wednesdays and Fridays.

     

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