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4-H'ers and Garden: Posing in front of the sign the second week of August, 1989, marking their community garden, garbed in new jackets, are members of the Starkville Champions 4-H Club with their leaders, extreme left and right, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Smith, and handyman leader Arthur Smith, fourth from the right. Other members are: Theresa Smith, Mike Morse, Wade Smith, Penelope Edick, Timothy Smith, Sherry Smith, Kelly Smith, Steven Edick, Jack Douglas, Lucinda Morse, Richard Jordan, Eric Mathisen and Wendy Young.

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Looking Back - 08/14/2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - Updated: 12:48 AM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

The occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Corps prompted reflection and nostalgia on the part of many of its original members. Exhibiting pride and commitment to the organization, all had special memories of their involvement with the volunteer service. Many related incidents that had a profound impact on them. Others commented on the bonds of trust and friendship that were forged with fellow corps members as a result of shared objectives and experiences.

The 16th annual Hayes reunion will be held at Wintergreen Park. All descendants of Henry (Hess) Hayes and Catherine Bellinger, who originated in and around the area, are invited to attend. Orders will be taken on a reprint on the Hayes Book.

The descendants of Amy and Herman Ward held their annual reunion at Wintergreen Park hosted by Jeff and Barbara Ward. Seventy members were present. The oldest member present was Esther Borchert with the youngest being Marissa Bellinger. John and Betsy Ward traveled from Florida, which was the furthest distance. Several births, deaths and marriages were noted. Hosts for the 1995 reunion are Joe and Betty Fiacchi and Jessie Dingman.

Thirty Years Ago

A "very much alive" religious culture and a "hungry" yearning for world peace displayed by the average Russian citizen were two basic observations that Canajoharie resident Charlene Cummings brought back with her following a recent visit to Russia.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Case, Sprakers, have returned home after spending the month of July visiting their son, Danny and family in North Pole, Alaska.

The annual Nellis reunion will be held at the home of Nihla and Peter Nellis, Palatine Church Road.

Mr. and Mrs. Phelps Button were honored at the Meals for the Elderly dinner recently in recognition of their 55th wedding anniversary.

The Charleston Historical Society will remember the 175 years its headquarters building on Polin Road served as the First Baptist Church of Charleston when members and guests will gather to honor charter members who died during the past year.

Airman Gary P. Oeser, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Oeser, Sprakers RD 1, has graduated from the U.S. Air Force aircraft maintenance course at Sheppard Air Force base.

Forty Years Ago

Dr. Frank S. Gray, Canajoharie, was honored at the quarterly dinner-meeting of the Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce at the Canajoharie Country Club.

An organizational meeting was held at St. John's Lutheran Church to create a temporary committee to obtain physicians for Canajoharie, Palatine Bridge and the outlying area.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

The Friends of the Fort Plain Museum are planning a major fundraiser for establishment of a permanent memorial dedicated to one of the museum's most outstanding benefactors, the late Douglas Ayres, Jr. "It seems fitting to build an addition to the Fort Plain Museum named for Doug to house the collections he has left to us," said Glenadore Wetterau, museum spokesperson and secretary-treasurer. "We have in the past received many items from the Ayres home, which related to our history."

Cadet Christopher Nolan Gros was among 222 Virginia Military Institute cadets who received degrees at commencement this spring. He received his BA in history degree. Upon graduation, Gros was commissioned second lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps. He currently is attending Marine Corps Basic School in Quantico, VA. He is the son of Craig and Patricia Gros of Herkimer and the grandson of Connie D'Arcangelis of Fort Plain and the late Lugino D'Arcangelis.

Thirty Years Ago

Doris and Fayette Heiser were the guests of honor during an open house at the Freysbush United Methodist Church in recognition of their 50th wedding anniversary.

AIC Randy Rouse has left for Korea after spending a month with his mother, Mrs. Jean Rouse and his brothers and sisters.

Gerald "Butch" Diotte of Washington Street has left for the Air Force Academy in Colorado.

Matthew Alan Cramer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cramer, was recently baptized at St. James Catholic Church.

The Valley Alliance Church of Nelliston will hold its Vacation Bible School. The theme of Bible School is "The Wonderful Fair" by Gospel Light, featuring God's wonderful surprises.

Forty Years Ago

Postmaster Kenneth Muehleck announced that the mail box at the corner of Main and Canal streets is in danger of being relocated, unless youngsters refrain from using it as a garbage receptacle.

A committee of judges met in the first part of August at the home of Mrs. Madeline Taylor, Fort Plain RD 1, to select the 4-H Achievement Queens Court for the 1974 Montgomery County Fair, Fonda.

Commander-in-Chief Ray R. Soden, Bensenville, appointed Earl Stock Jr., Fort Plain RD 1, to serve as a member of the VFW's National Convention Committee on General Resolutions.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

PFC Joseph Mosher, USAR and PFC Jacque A. Mosher II, USAR, have completed basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.

Following a "very successful" Brooks Chicken Barbecue hosted by the St. Johnsville Nursing Home, the home decided to "give something back" to the community. So, after thinking about it for a few minutes, they decided to make a donation to an institution that, in one way or another has touched the lives of everyone in the community — the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, in the generous amount of $1,355.27. Julie Becker, nursing home committee member, noted that the barbecue was just one of the events enjoyed by residents, family and friends in recognition of the home's fifth anniversary.

Thirty Years Ago

Dominic Ardunini won the pie eating contest, while Brett Patrei won the bubble blowing contest during the annual Olympic Days competitions recently, as part of the Summer Youth Recreation program.

A St. Johnsville resident was recently named a 1984 United States National Award winner. Susan Estes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Estes, East Creek Road, has been named a winner in both French and mathematics. Estes, who attends St. Johnsville Central School, was nominated for the award by Anthony DeBiere, math teacher and Lawrence Silverstein, French teacher. Her name will appear in the United States Achievement Academy Official Yearbook, published nationally. Less than ten percent of all American high school students are recognized by the academy.

At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club, outgoing President Fred LaCoppola, passed the bell and gavel to John Davis, who will lead the club for the 1984-85 year. As leadership changed hands, Rotarians looked back at past achievements. These include installation of the village marina, establishment of village street signs, support of a local scout troop, continuing a youth international student exchange and providing an annual scholarship program.

Forty Years Ago

Fred Smith purchased the Caponera Liquor Store.

The amount to be raised through property taxation in the St. Johnsville Central School District amounts to $438,485.

     

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