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Kids Present Benefit Carnival: 
Last Thursday, Sept. 3, 1964 was carnival day in the backyard of the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hage, Canal St., Fort Plain, where a group of energetic neighborhood youngsters gathered to present a benefit for the Muscular Dystrophy Fund.
There were games and refreshments for all, in addition to a number of clever and realistic carnival acts, including a fortune teller, a performing dog and a puppet show.
Most of the performers are pictured above, kneeling, left to right, Elaine Skottke, and Toni Amatangelo with her performing dog, Cindy. Standing are Cindy Rogers, Merrill Skottke, Elizabeth Hage as the puppeteer, Joanne King and Pam Robbins with her baton.


Looking Back - 08/29/2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - Updated: 10:22 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

A 90th birthday party celebration was given in honor of Mrs. Beatrice Sponable recently by her daughters Mrs. Janet Montoni, Mrs. Kathy Kraft, Mrs. Shirley Greene and Mrs. Jean Bastian, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Montoni. Relatives and guests attended from Albany, Colonie, Averill Park, Syracuse, Fort Plain, St. Johnsville, Canajoharie, as well as Houston, TX, New Jersey, Vermont and Spain.

St. John's-St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Canajoharie, will be having an interim pastor for next year, according to the Church Council, as the Synod has been unable to find a candidate to serve the church since the departure of the Rev. Devie Ellis early in the year. Starting in September the interim pastor will be the Rev. Elaine Quincy, who has been serving Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Elmira for the past three years.

Thirty Years Ago

The first meeting of the Mohawk Valley Art and Woodcarvers will be held at the high school.

Army Reserve Pfc. David F. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Smith, Canajoharie, has completed basic training at Fort Jackson, SC.

Mr. and Mrs. C. Kenneth Lindholm, Lipe Place, recently observed their 50th wedding anniversary at the Fort Plain Masonic Temple.

The Valley Choralaires will reconvene for their 11th year with the first rehearsal in September.

Forty Years Ago

Firemen from four area departments successfully fought a fire at the Hotel Adler, Sharon Springs, the largest hostelry in the resort community sustaining considerable water, but relatively little fire damage.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Residents of the Center Street, Fort Plain area are beginning to breathe a little easier since a ten year old local law calling for a curfew for those under the age of 16 has recently put back into effect. "It's definitely making a difference," said one resident who wished not to be identified. "But you have to consider that these kids really have no place to play." As for recent outbreaks of vandalism in the Center Street area, increased police patrols are only making a difference, according to those living in the area, when police are on the scene.

Community Nursery School will hold an open house for all area pre-schoolers and their parents. The nursery school is located in Chilton Hall of the Reformed Church, which is at 165 Canal Street. The nursery school runs separate classes for three- and four-year-old children. The pre-schoolers are guided in a structured work/play program which includes self expression and creativity through art, music, storytelling and dramatic play; group games, exercise, rhythm activities; various trips to areas of interest; and general pre-school readiness activities including socialization skills and learning units appropriate for the separate classes.

School tax rates for the 1993-94 year were revealed during a special meeting of the Fort Plain Central School Board of Education. District Business Manager Carl Rockefeller noted that the rates are slightly lower than originally projected, mainly due to reductions in equalization rates as set by New York state.

Fort Plain Class of 1968 will hold its 25th reunion picnic at Wiles Park. Bring a picnic lunch. All Fort Plain Central School grads, friends and family are welcome.

Thirty Years Ago

Charles T. Tobey, Glenwood Springs, CO, has been named managing editor of the Courier-Standard-Enterprise. His appointment was announced recently by Frank W. Gappa, publisher. Tobey will succeed Robert H. Diefendorf, who will soon retire. According to Editor and General Manager Harrison Hornbeck, the 32-year-old newspaperman will begin his duties in September.

Forty Years Ago

Miss Leslie Fox, Fonda RD 1, was crowned the 1973 4-H Achievement Queen at the Fonda Fair.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

An 84th birthday celebration was held recently for Myrtle King at St. Johnsville Nursing Home. The party was given by her children, Betty Yager, Sandra Przestrzelski, Linda Hoffman and Kenneth King. Mrs. King received a cake, money, flowers and a book that was written about the old country school she used to attend, and other gifts. Those attending were from Fort Plain, Canajoharie, Palatine Bridge, St. Johnsville, Stone Arabia, Johnstown, Sprakers and Glendale, AZ.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Van Dycke are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married August 25, 1953.

Estimates reveal that close to 10,000 persons toured the village of St. Johnsville during last year's first edition of an annual event that almost didn't make it for the second time around — Septemberfest. "People don't realize how much work is involved in setting one of these up," said St. Johnsville Merchants Association Secretary Olivia Davi. "If it weren't for Linda Dolan, I don't think we could have pulled it off."

The annual Fort Klock Craft Fair will be held. More than 130 crafts from Maine, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and several New York state locations will feature their handmade colonial and modern crafts.

Thirty Years Ago

Ground was officially broken on a $3,376,839 school renovation project at Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School. During ceremonies held adjacent to the high school parking lot, District Superintendent Dale Schumacher and Board of Education President Gerald Gray did the official ground breaking while several dignitaries from contracting firms, members of the school board and district residents looked on.

Forty Years Ago

Frank Bradt has been appointed supervisor for the town of Ephratah, due to the resignation of Supervisor Leo A. Popp.


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