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Returns To Place of Birth: Oldtime gas engine enthusiasts Bill Klemme, in seat, Herbert Mueller and Paul Hudson pose with early 1900's vintage Clark gasoline engine manufactured in St. Johnsville. The men and machine are actually posed on a roadway, September, 1980, which once accommodated a railroad siding for the Clark Machine Company, while immediately behind them, in brush, is the foundation of the local manufacturing company that was destroyed by fire in 1930.


Looking Back - 08/22/2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - Updated: 11:46 AM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

For the most part, people tend to have different tastes to just about everything. Yet one thing seems to remain universal. Just about everyone loves pizza. Well, just for you pizza lovers out there, Canajoharie welcomes a new pizzeria -- Mercato's Pizzeria Restaurant, located at 38 West Main St. So what makes the pizzeria stand out in what seems like an endless supply of pizzerias in the Canajoharie area? Original pizza recipes created by the Mercato family cooks.

Tugboat Urger pulled in to the Canajoharie Marina, as part of its Westbound Voyage. This tug is rich with the history of the New York State waterways, and this summer, the tug's purpose is to bring that history to the people of Canajoharie. The Urger's recent visit to Canajoharie was part of the Westbound Voyage, a general stop for everyone to come aboard and take in a glimpse of history. In the fall, she will turn around and head back on her Eastbound Voyage, where the attention will turn to the children of New York state.

Thirty Years Ago

Formal dedication ceremonies for Palatine Bridge's newest park, Mahan Park will take place. "Many people have worked long and hard to first establish the facility, and then to keep it maintained for the enjoyment of all," said Mayor Anthony Malagisi. "It's been a long process and this ceremonial event is a fitting observance of the time and effort spent since the village obtained the property rights back in November of 1981."

BOCA Stephen Corso, son of Mrs. Geraldine Raymond, Barclay Street, is currently stationed at Diego Gargia, a naval support facility in the Indian Ocean.

David Blencoe was reelected master of Seebers Lane Grange at the recent meeting held in the Palatine Bridge Village Hall. Other officers elected included Harold Downes, overseer; Mrs. Mervin Smith, lecturer; Paul Heiser, chaplain; Miss Ruth Weakley, secretary; Frank Jewell, gatekeeper; Mrs. David Blencoe, Ceres; Mrs. Frank Jewell, Pomona; and Mrs. Harold Downes, Flora.

Forty Years Ago

The 16 Boy Scouts of Stone Arabia Troop 63, Sir William Johnson Council, enjoyed several unusual experiences at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree held in Morraine State Park, PA.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Beginning in October, a breakfast program will be instituted at the Harry Hoag Elementary School, noted Fort Plain Central School District Superintendent John Metallo at the last meeting of the Board of Education. The now-state mandated breakfast program will operate similarly to the lunch program, according to Metallo, with free and reduced price breakfasts, for children of needy families and full price breakfasts available to students.

A controversial new local law that could potentially ban all skateboarding on any public street, sidewalk or parking lot in the village of Fort Plain will be the subject of a public hearing to be held prior to the next regular meeting of the Village Board. During the last meeting of the Village Board, members urged anyone interested in the future of skateboarding in the village of Fort Plain to attend this important hearing.

A surprise 65th birthday party was held for Jean Rouse at Fireman's Park. The event was hosted by her six children: Mrs. Larry (Cheryl) Parks and family of Waverly; Walter (Dusty) and Mary Rouse and family of Roseboom; Mrs. Robin and Sean Wilson and family of Broadalbin; Randy and Jane Rouse and family of Roseboom; Jerry and Debbie Rouse and family of Fort Plain and Barry and Marylynn Rouse and family of Amsterdam. She received many gifts, money, and a dozen red roses. There were approximately 200 friends, relatives and neighbors attending. Jeff and Sandy Rouse of Amsterdam celebrated their first anniversary on that day also.

Thirty Years Ago

The first reunion of the descendants of the Pacifico D'Arcangelis and Cuneconda Evangelists D'Arcangelis was held in Wiles Park with 403 family members and guests attending.

The Fort Plain Central School Yorkers Club presented a $2,000 check recently to Dr. Kingston Larner, president of the Fort Plain Museum. The funds will be used to help construct a pole-type barn on the grounds in which the museum's collection of period farm machinery and carriages may safely be stored and also to provide adequate work and storage areas.

The Fort Plain Central School will begin its inaugural soccer season, which replaces football as a fall sport, with pre-season practices at the Harry Hoag school field under the direction of Roger Bowley and Craig Phillips.

Howard (Howie) Potter, a licensed wilderness guide, son of Dr. Stanley Potter, formerly of Fort Plain, now of Sanford FL and the late Lucille Potter, was featured on a segment of ABC's PM Magazine on Channel 10, Albany, one Friday evening.

Forty Years Ago

Extensive interior changes characterized the Fort Plain Student Union building as evidenced at an open house which featured the completely remodeled rear area for use as a recreation room.

The will of Miss Marion Lucille Yerdon, River Street, a lifelong Fort Plain resident, specified the establishing of the William Yerdon and Vina Barker Yerdon Foundation in memory of her parents. Miss Yerdon died July 15, 1973.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Snyder, Douglas Street, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The St. Johnsville Village Board recently approved the land purchasing phase of its slow sand water filtration plant. The approval to begin considering land acquisition for the water plant allowed lengthy discussion held during the last several regular meetings of the Village Board, most of which were conducted in executive session. A resolution drawn up by Village Attorney Norman Mastromoro was unanimously accepted by the board during its meeting. 

St. Johnsville's annual Fireman picked a pretty good week to bring in the crowds, with just a couple of days where it rained. Most of the week, however, was pretty nice as residents from throughout the area to pulled into the village's Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park, where the Fair's midway was set up.

Thirty Years Ago

St. Johnsville Central School District voters will go to the polls for the third time this summer in an effort to decide the fate of a budget that has been trimmed by more than $80,000 by the Board of Education. The new budget, which totals $2,384,060, is significantly lower than the $2,464,373 budget defeated earlier this year.

The grading system, computers and charging admission to basketball games were among the topics discussed at a recent meeting of the Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School Board of Education.

September has been proclaimed "Youth Month" in the village by Mayor Wilfred Kraft and in honor of the occasion, the Youth Center is planning the grand opening of an addition and several fund raising events.

Forty Years Ago

The 22nd annual Firemen's Fair is underway with a Pioneer Day and seven division parade scheduled.

A bequest of $2,000 from Mrs. Hattie Russell was received by SAVAC.

Lt. Comdr. David C. Dahlen, SC, U.S. Navy, was promoted to this rank by Vice-Admiral R.S. Salzer, USN, Comdr., Amphibious Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.


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