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Here's How It's Done: Canajoharie Country Club pro Doug Mochrie instructs Dave Lawyer on how to properly pitch a ball onto the green. Watching are Russ Leavitt, Jim Kane, Ron Sanguine, Jeff Bishop and R.J. Mantelli. This was one of the lessons sponsored by the Canajoharie Community Youth Center summer golf program. A total of 12 kids participated in this three-week session, which began the first week of August, 1989.

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Looking Back - 08/07/2014

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 - Updated: 10:27 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Blue skies and gentle breezes greeted celebrants at the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service's 25th anniversary open house held at the dispatch office in Canajoharie. At the outset of the afternoon's festivities, the Rev. Ted Hammer, retired minister and charter member of the corps, remarked that "each of us need to find a niche in life where we can best serve. Our task (as emergency medical personnel) has been to heal bodies and to help make them whole." A quarter century of service was marked by ambulance rides, face painting, refreshments, and free music contributed by the members of Dave Hazzard's "Country Strings" band. Melvin Brown, former owner of the Iroquois bowling alley, voluntarily dressed as a clown and sculpted balloons throughout the afternoon. Miniature horses owned by Buddy and Minnie Weaver were united in a special wedding ceremony. 

The Van Alstyne Homestead Society has a new curator of the historic 1745 stone fort and fortified home on Moyer Street. Marilyn Sassi has taken on the responsibility of caring for and improving the collection of art works and historical artifacts available for view at the fort. With her background as curator for the Schenectady County Historical Society, followed by a position as curator of the Indian exhibit at the Fulton County Museum, under the auspices of the Fulton County Historical Society and a presenter of numerous historic preservation workshops in the Troy area. Sassi is uniquely qualified to handle the position of Van Alstyne Homestead curator. She retains the position as curator for the Fulton County Historical Society's Indian artifacts exhibit, including an elaborate rendition of an Iroquois Indian long-house she and her husband painstakingly constructed.

Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Ralph C. Niemyer recently received the Navy Achievement Medal. He was cited for superior performance of duty while serving as an ammunition inspector at Polaris Missile Facility Atlantic, Charleston, SC. The achievements medal singles out an individual service member for initiative in making a significant contribution to the accomplishment of the command's mission. Niemyer, the son of Carl G. Niemyer of Canajoharie, joined the Navy in 1974.

Thirty Years Ago

Cal Fowler, director of the Community Youth Center, was honored recently with a surprise "appreciation party" held in the Youth Center gymnasium.

Forty Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Earl J. Conrad celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary Aug. 4.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

The Fort Plain Central School Class of 1969 reunited at the Beardslee Castle for their 25th reunion. A moment of silence was held for deceased classmates. A collection of notes received from classmates unable to attend was shared with fellow classmates. Results of a survey conducted that evening indicated that the next reunion will be the 30th.

Mr. and Mrs. Strayer Swartz were honored at a 50th wedding anniversary family gathering, hosted by their children, at their daughter's home in Nelliston. Strayer Swartz of Fort Plain, son of Adam and May Swartz, and Pauline Haley of Axton,  VA, daughter of James and Eva Haley, were married June 27, 1944, at the bride's home. Dorothy and the late Tom Swanson, sister and brother-in-law of the bride, were the attendants. They have five children, Grayson and Adam of Fort Plain, Bronwyn of Nelliston, Larry of Longwood, FL, and Randy, deceased May of 1966. They also have eight grandchildren.

Fort Plain boys' basketball team will be sponsoring a free car wash at Fort Plain elementary bus garage (Harry Hoag School). Donations will be accepted and proceeds will be used to purchase  uniforms.

Thirty Years Ago

Joseph Dziadik, member of the Fort Plain Central School Board of Education was one of 200 persons attending the tenth annual two-day seminar for new school board members.

Forty Years Ago

Sixty-five high school students, including five from Fort Plain Central School, attended the July 28-Aug. 2 session of the 12th annual Rochester Institute of Technology Wrestling and Coaching School on the RIT campus.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department wants a new pumper-tanker truck with a crew cab -- the first one ever to be utilized by the local firefighting force. As explained by Firechief Jeff Swartz at the recent meeting of the Village Board, the move to replace its two aging pumper-tankers with one capable of carrying several firefighters at a time is aimed at reducing confusion at the scene of emergencies. At a cost not to exceed $165,000, the new machine will be paid on a half-and-half basis, with the fire department contributing half of the total cost and the village picking up the remaining half. The board authorized the fire department to advertise for bids. The new vehicle will most likely replace a 1957 American LaFrance pumper-tanker, while a 1970 American LaFrance pumper-tanker will probably be kept on a standby status.

The final band concert for the summer will be held at St. Johnsville marina/campsite gazebo park. Music will be provided by the well-known Sun Mountain Fiddler, led by Dick Solberg.

Thirty Years Ago

The annual Watermelon and Pie Eating Contests will be held in the park, as part of the St. Johnsville Summer Recreation Program.

Professional acting coach/actress Judi Harris returns to the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library for a day-long residency of creative dramatics. This is Harris' second visit to the library in as many years.

Forty Years Ago

The St. Johnsville water "dome," on Zimmerman Creek was recently renovated by the Beaver Corporation, Albany.

Dominick Peruzzi and Walter Davis were honored as 25-year members of the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department.

     

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