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Photo submitted - Fort Plain class of 1952 - The Class of 1952 held their 60th class reunion at the Elks Lodge in Nelliston on Saturday, July 14. Nineteen people attended with twelve classmates and seven guests. Everyone assembled around 12 noon, and because of the heat, opted to stay inside and view yearbooks from 1938 up to 1959. Classmate David Hazzard provided songs for everyone. Dinner was served around 5 p.m. A moment of silence was observed in memory of departed classmates. A sheet cake was donated by Mary (Oldick) Latvis. Glenn Peterson and his wife, ‘Bert’, traveled the greatest distance from Phoenix, Arizona. ABOVE, from the left: Seated is Betty (Gould) Skottke, Mary (Oldick) Latvis, Sal (Sonny) Davi, David Hazzard and Joan (Essler) Foster. Standing is Vernon Hinkle, Glenn Peterson, Gerald Burns, Richard Luft, Roger Trumbull and Edward Smith.

Photo submitted - Elks bike run - On Saturday, July 21, the New York State Central District Elks Lodges of Utica, Little Falls, Rome, Oneida, Herkimer, Ilion, Boonville and Canajoharie-Fort Plain, held their third annual Elks ENF (Elks National Foundation) Bike Run to all eight lodges. The ENF is set to give out scholarships to all local schools and help veterans programs, drug awareness, youth committees, hoop shoot and many more programs. The local Canajoharie-Ft. Plain Elks Lodge was the second stop of the eight lodges for the ENF Bike Run. The local ENF Chairman from the Canajoharie-Ft. Plain Elks Lodge was at this event and went with the bike riders to all the other lodges.

Photo submitted - Library workshop - Kale and Sara Brownell work on their beach scene clay pictures recently at Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, St. Johnsville. The one hour workshop, funded by the Mohawk Valley Library System, was held under the direction of the Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum.

Photo submitted - Huntley on the harp - Greenfield Center harpist Elizabeth Meriwether Huntley recently performed at the St. Johnsville Community House in a program hosted by Margaret Reaney Memorial Library. Huntley’s program included a brief history of the harp and featured a variety of music, from Claude Debussy to Fats Waller, demonstrating the instrument’s versatility. Several Celtic pieces; of particular note an outstanding rendition of “Danny Boy”, rounded out the performance. The audience was then invited to get a closer look at the instrument, which had been made in Chicago at the turn of the century. ABOVE: Elizabeth Huntley, at left, shows off her instrument as Kelly Nape takes a closer look.


People & Events - 08/16/2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - Updated: 9:01 AM

Arkell Hall News

CANAJOHARIE  —  The following news from Arkell Hall Adult Home is from July 31 through August 11:

Eleven residents took the annual trip to Glimmerglass State Park for an afternoon picnic by the lake. Board members, Carol Edwards and Barbara Smith, drove, also grilling hot dogs and serving summer foods, including macaroni salad, chips, ants on a log (celery, peanut-butter, brownies), iced tea and lemonade. Guests and family members, Gail and Jay Summerson, and Activities Director Linda Klump assisted with transportation.

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, 13 residents enjoyed an afternoon wine and cheese refreshment party while viewing the Olympics.

On Monday, Aug. 6, a special evening program was held on the back porch (veranda) featuring musical entertainment by Bob Gould and the Bob Cats, singing fun songs, some in French or Japanese. Six tenants joined Arkell Center, and topped the evening off with root-beer and creamsicle floats.

A party was held on Thursday, Aug. 9, celebrating the 90th birthday of Norma Cottrell Alter. The party was attended by her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Leonard Horender, along with her son, Louie Sierra.

Also on Thursday, ten residents took a lunch outing to Blue Mingo Grill in Cooperstown, which overlooks the lake and docks.

Five residents from Arkell attended the Music on Mainstreet big band concert last Tuesday evening.

The present week includes shopping, local weekly fellowship time and a card party at Arkell Center with the Canajoharie Senior Group.

There were several visitors recently. Mary Heiser went out with her daughter, Helen Shults. Dale and Kathy Shults were in to visit their mom, Frances Shults, with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bonnie Kerr took her mom, Mary Renison, out for her birthday on Aug. 2. Lela Spellman had a visit from her daughter and grandson. They joined her for lunch. Kathy VanLoan was in to see her mom, Alice Kulig.

Reva McGowan went out with her granddaughter for a week vacation. For a relaxing Sunday afternoon, several watched the film “Moondance Alexander” on the big screen, and, most especially, everyone enjoyed watching the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Collins has role on ABC’s ‘Last Resort’

Canajoharie Central School graduate Chad Michael Collins has recently been cast in a recurring guest star role for ABC’s forthcoming naval drama “Last Resort.” In the series, from creator Shawn Ryan (“The Shield,” “The Unit”), Collins stars opposite regulars Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, and Robert Patrick. Set to premiere on Thursday, September 27, Collins will make his first appearance in the show’s second episode.

Collins was also seen in the series premiere of TNT’s new drama “Major Crimes” on Monday, August 13, in the spinoff of the network’s hit “The Closer.”

These recent bookings are the latest in a highly successful 2012 run, starting with guest-starring roles in “Ringer” and “2 Broke Girls” earlier this year and followed by the lead role in Sony-UFO Films’ latest, “Company of Heroes”, this past spring.

In “Company of Heroes”, Collins leads a cast of heavyweights such as Tom Sizemore, Vinnie Jones, Neal McDonough and Jurgen Prochnow in the WWII film based on the THQ video game (  

An official announcement from Sony is expected in late summer, with a release date of January 1, 2013 and plans for two franchise sequels. His other recent credits include The CW’s “90210,” HBO’s “Enlightened,” and “Sniper: Reloaded”.

Locals get diplomas from SUNY Albany

ALBANY  —  During its Spring Commencement Weekend May 19-20, the University at Albany awarded 2,870 degrees, including 2,000 undergraduate and 870 graduate degrees.

Local students receiving degrees: Katavia Delong, of Fort Plain, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree; Adam Cutspec, of Fort Plain, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree; Bethany Hicks, of Fort Plain, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree; Shawn Allen, of Fort Plain, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Ayres Shelter to host winery bus trip

PALATINE BRIDGE  —  The Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter will host a fundraising bus trip to four northern New York wineries on Saturday, October 6. The bus will depart from the Ace Hardware parking lot in Palatine Bridge at 7:30 a.m., to return at 8:30 p.m.

The four wineries to be visited, at which tastings will take place, are Tug Hill, Coyote Moon, Yellow Barn and Otter Creek. Tickets are $65 per person. For more information, call Lorraine at (518) 993-2796, or Elaine at (315) 491-4572.

Book seats on CDA bus trip to Vermont

There are still seats available on the Court Catherine Esther #1264 Catholic Daughters of the Americas fundraising bus trip to Manchester Vermont on Sunday, September 23.

The trip includes a stop at Hildene, the home of Lincoln’s son, a shopping stop at the Manchester outlet stores and the Vermont Country Store.  

Brown Coach tours will provide the bus for this trip, and will pick up passengers at the Dutchtown Plaza near McDonald’s Restaurant in Palatine Bridge at 7 a.m.

The trip will return around 8 p.m. Cost is $65.00 per person, and the trip is open to the public.

Court Catherine Esther #1264 Catholic Daughters of the Americas is sponsoring the trip and proceeds will be used to fund the court’s various charitable causes. Anyone interested may call Judy Montanye at (518) 673-3283 for reservations before August 31.

Combined worship service is Aug. 19

LITTLE FALLS  —  Members of Fort Plain, Sprakers and St. Johnsville Reformed Churches will gather to worship at the Indian Castle Church, located on Route 5S, east of Little Falls, on Sunday, August 19 at 10 a.m. Rev. Nancy Ryan will conduct the service, with Janet Shuster as pianist.

Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Diane Littrell at (518) 568-7016.

First sidewalk chalk drawing event set

FORT PLAIN  —  On Saturday, September 22, the first of what the Arts Factory hopes to make an annual sidewalk chalk drawing event will be held at Haslett Park from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Arts Factory is looking for artists of all ages and skill levels to participate. Chalk will be provided, although artists are invited to bring their own if they desire.

The rain date for this event is Sept. 29. For more information, call John Laffin at (315) 269-2198.

Village to hold concerts Aug. 22, 23

FORT PLAIN  —  Because the village of Fort Plain had to postpone one of their free summer concerts July 26 because of inclement weather, the cancelled show has been rescheduled for August 22 at 7 p.m.

The band Tongue and Groove will perform. The Dependents will play the final concert of the summer series on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m.

Summer concerts, held in Haslett Park, have been sponsored by the New York State Council of the Arts, the Yerdon Foundation and the village of Fort Plain.

Fireman’s Fair events announced

ST. JOHNSVILLE  —  The St. Johnsville Fireman’s Fair will be held in Soldiers and Sailors Park, St. Johnsville, from Monday, August 20, through Saturday, August 25. Each day will feature special events and attractions.

Monday, Aug. 20, is Bike Night, where attendees are invited to bring their bike to show off. Also featured will be a chicken wing special at the food booth.

Tuesday, Aug. 21, is Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement night. Numerous departments, including local ones, will set up displays and demonstrations, showing off their trucks and equipment. Participating agencies will arrive after 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, will feature FLAME in concert. The band will perform in front of the grandstand. The evening will also offer a “Buddy Night” ride discount.

Thursday, Aug. 23, is wristband night, where rides may be accessed through the purchase of a wristband.

Friday, Aug. 24, is the first night to feature an impressive fireworks display, which will begin at 10 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 25, the fair will open at 2 p.m. with a wristband special available until 6 p.m. The evening’s grand finale fireworks will kick off at 10 p.m.

The food booth will be open daily from 11 p.m. to 1 p.m., and for dinner beginning at 5 p.m.

Advance ride tickets can be purchased at Curly’s Video, St. Johnsville. Advance wristbands are also available for purchase.

Village water line to receive work

FORT PLAIN  —  The Village Water Department of Fort Plain will be working on the water supply line Monday, August 20. On this day, all village water users may have low water pressure.

Amvets to host benefit day Aug. 18

FORT PLAIN  —  The Amvets Post 2000 Fort Plain will host its first Veterans Benefit Day on Saturday, August 18. The day’s events start with a free motorcycle run leaving the Post at 11 a.m. The run will stop at various veterans’ posts.

Fun events for the entire family will get under way at 2 p.m. This includes games for children, horseshoes, a bake sale, gas card raffle, 50/50 raffles and a Chinese auction.

The main event will be a roast beef dinner at 5 p.m. Tickets for the dinner will be $10, or $8 if you bring a dish to pass.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Albany Housing Coalition, Inc., a transitional residence for male homeless veterans, and the Guardian House in Saratoga Springs, a female homeless veterans residence.

The Post is located at 990 State Highway 163, Fort Plain. For more information, call (5180 993-3637 or 762-3676.

Fort Klock craft fair is Sept. 8 and 9

ST. JOHNSVILLE  —  A craft fair will be held Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9 at Fort Klock. Hours on Saturday will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 100 talented artisans and crafters will offer handmade creations. Food will be available. Admission to the craft fair is free, as is parking.


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