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From the C-S-E files - Down Memory Lane - What is Senior Girl Scouting? It is the opportunity to take part in a challenging experience. In the above photo, from left, are Canajoharie girl scouts Mary Lou Kirker, Susan Van Derwerker, Linda Foster, Ruth Maring, Barbara Shibley and Sarah Douglas as they prepared to leave Tuesday morning, August 10, 1965, for Cooperstown via bicycle. All are members of Trailblazer Troop 1, with Monte Foster as advisor from the Canajoharie Local Council of Girl Scouts. The group arrived at their campsite near Cooperstown late Tuesday afternoon and were met there with Mr. and Mrs. Monte Foster with their camping equipment.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012 - Updated: 8:54 AM

Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Following a public hearing conducted by the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, the county voted to sell the large abandoned main plant of the former Arkell and Smith paper bag company to the Canajoharie manufacturing firm of W.W. Custom Clad for $4,000. The county had been seeking $5,000 for the property as taxes had remained unpaid on the large, multistory structure, but didn’t receive any offers on the former paper bag manufacturing plant. The sign on the building seen by motorists traveling Route 10 through the village of Canajoharie read “The Oldest Name in Paper Bags, Established in 1889.”

Workmen are rushing to complete several projects on buildings of the Canajoharie Central School prior to the scheduled opening of the school. Included in these projects are a new roof for the East Hill School complex, removal of asbestos, painting, cleaning and several smaller renovation programs.

Lucille and Avery Van Slyke were honored on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary, recently, at a party given by their children and families, Linda and Gerry Klump and daughter, Caralee, and Neal and Maxine Van Slyke, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Klump, with friends and relatives attending. The couple were married June 14, 1952, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Canajoharie. Best man was Ramon Van Slyke, brother of the bridegroom, and matron of honor was Caroline Palmer, sister of the bride. Both attended the party. Oliver Simonsen was the photographer.

Thirty Years Ago

Few municipalities can lay claim to be debt free. One of them, however, is the village of Ames, the smallest incorporated community in New York State. It also showed a fund balance of $33,235.04 as of May 31, 1981.

Canajoharie Central School’s new principal, George Kiley, reviewed new student policies at the recent meeting of the Board of Education, pointing out that the first day of school will be devoted to them. Student handbooks will be distributed and discussed.

The Rev. and Mrs. Stanton Weaver, Stone Arabia, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at a special renewal of their wedding vows during the regular worship service at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Canajoharie.

Forty Years Ago

Canajoharie Central School’s AFS exchange student, Miss Wilma Miola, of Rancharia, Brazil, arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hency and daughter Deborah, with whom she will be spending the 1972-73 school year.

Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

The Village Board of Trustees credited a warm afternoon and the slackening off of a morning rainfall with preventing further damage after the collapse of a large section of embankment from Clinton Avenue atop Prospect Hill, which collapsed nearly 300 feet to the backyards of three Hancock Street homes. One of the three homes is currently unoccupied, while Mrs. Isabel Hoffman, of 27 Hancock St., was forced to evacuate. A resident of the third home affected by the mudslide was not at home at the time of the collapse. Mayor Albert Nalli stated that “all we can do is wait until tomorrow and see what the engineers have to say about the slide.”

Gregory Pitonza of Fort Plain took part in the recent Institute in Energy Education at SUNY Oswego. Pitonza teaches at Fort Plain Middle School. He was among 25 teachers selected competitively to attend the three-week workshop. Middle and high school science teachers from across New York State received hands-on instruction in energy use, technologies and conservation. SUNY Oswego’s Institute in Energy Education and science energy activities workshops received one of the first Governor’s Awards for Energy Excellence in a ceremony in Albany.

The Fort Plain Diner on Canal Street in Fort Plain, formerly the Village Coffee Shop, is still about a month away from its formal grand opening, but owner Alan May didn’t let that stop him from expanding the local eatery. When he opened the Fort Plain Diner on Nov. 11, 1991, expanding the business was always on his mind. That dream was realized when the diner opened its new dining area recently.

Thirty Years Ago

The Village Board has exercised its option to re-negotiate five-year fire contracts with the towns of Minden, Stark and Palatine. A resolution was adopted which will raise the cost of the contracts to each of the three towns by ten percent in the third, fourth and fifth years of the contract starting in November and December of 1982. Presently, the town of Minden pays $4,375; town of Stark, $500, and the town of Palatine, $1,875.

Thirteen persons participated in the Fundamentals of Tennis program offered by the village of Nelliston, with six receiving certificates of merit from Miss Lorraine Lasher, instructor, and Mayor Harvey Gramps.

Forty Years Ago

Two informational meetings were arranged to acquaint town and village officials and the public with the details of the proposed walking-bicycle path along the route of the old Erie Canal towpath between St. Johnsville and Fort Plain.

St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The home fires were lit at St. Johnsville’s Fort Klock as the annual Colonial Crafts Demonstration Day event took place. It wasn’t a cold day, but one that was damp enough that the warm hearths inside of the fort made conversation between visitors and period costumed crafters a little more enjoyable. Upon entering the grounds, the faint smell of wood-smoke, combined with the gentle tap tap tap of the hammer of tinsmith Walt Fleming, of Ballston Spa, generally sent the sparse crowd of 20th century visitors back 200 years in time.

Thirty Years Ago

Kenneth DeKay, Esperance, the fact-finder named by the state Public Employment Relations Board in a contract dispute between the St. Johnsville Central School District and the St. Johnsville Teachers Association, has recommended split salary increases for the teachers over a two-year span. DeKay, in a report released recently, called for an eight and one half percent increase in teachers’ salary for 1982-83, followed by a nine and one-half percent hike over that salary for 1983-84. The Teachers Association had asked for an 11 percent increase the first year, followed by a 12 percent increase the next year. The school board offered a six percent hike.

The Summer Youth Recreation Program concluded recently with Olympic Day, which was followed by the crowning of the park’s royalty. Crowned King, was Frank Beaulieu; Queen, Jodi LaCoppola; Princess, Colleen Murray; and Prince, Stephen Stagliano.

Forty Years Ago

Dawn White has been chosen as Montgomery County Bicentennial Queen. A six-division parade will climax the week-long observance.

     

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