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Home Is Where The Plate Is: St. Johnsville's Lori Iacobucci was an early scorer in the rain-threatened championship Suburban League match between the Saints and Perth played yesterday, Monday, Aug. 18, 1980, at Fonda-Fultonville Central School. Standing by at plate is Perth catcher Ardeth Countermine.

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Looking Back - 08/28/2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Updated: 2:33 PM

Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

When the staff at Canajoharie High School implemented their new writing program they knew it would be beneficial to their students. But no one expected to see the work of some of the High School students printed in national publications such as Women's Day Magazine and the Ohio Journal of the English Language Arts. Students in Andrew Palmers health class and Joseph Quattrini's English classes have proven that their writing skills are worthy of publication. This is the result of a year long (and hopefully, ongoing) program emphasizing thinking and writing across the curriculum. Through this program writing assignments were given in all classes, even those not traditionally considered writing intensive, such as physical education or music classes. Teachers were guided by Writing Coordinator Joseph Quattrini to give writing assignments that were creative and challenging, and which would prompt students to look at their subjects in a different and individualized way.

The 16th annual Hayes Family reunion was held recently at Wintergreen Park. Several branches of the family were represented by the 90th descendants attending. A buffet luncheon was served featuring a large reunion cake baked by Blanche Hayes and decorated by Barney J. Hayes. Descendants attended from Newport, Durhamville, Malone, Troy, Schenectady, Clifton Park, Amsterdam, Gloversville, Johnstown, St. Johnsville and surrounding area. The next reunion will be held Aug. 20,1995 at Wintergreen Park.

Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Ralph C. Niemyer recently received the Navy Achievement Medal. He was cited for superior performance of duty while serving as an ammunition inspector at Polaris Missile Facility Atlantic, Charleston, SC. The achievement medal singles out an individual service member for initiative in making a significant contribution to the accomplishment of the command's mission. Niemyer is the son of Carl G. Niemyer of Canajoharie, joined the Navy in 1974.

Thirty Years Ago

Palatine Bridge merchants are trying to attract more business -- and they're doing it with sign language. Additional signs pointing out village businesses appear in the offing for travelers into the village from Thruway and Route 10 north as a result of discussions held during a recent meeting of the village board.

There are approximately 25 booths reserved for Canajoharie's Dutch Trader Days celebration, according to publicity chairman Jeanne Slaper.

SSG Frank P. Horning, son of Clara Horning, of Canajoharie, has been awarded the Army Achievement Medal by the Secretary of the Army.

Paul E. Rockwell, M.D., family practitioner, has announced that Tina L. Smith and Merill A. Wood, of Fort Plain have achieved certification in medical assisting.

Thirty-five members of Canajoharie Central School's Class of 1984 have received Floyd J. Reinhart Memorial Scholarship Foundation grants.

Five members of Canajoharie Junior Girl Scout Troop 396 were awarded several honors earned this past year at a Court of Awards ceremony held at Wintergreen Park. They included Janene Bouck, Stephanie Stanton, Bonnie Coe, Becky Yuhasz and Belle Palmer.

The annual Bellinger family reunion was held at Wintergreen Park with 39 attending.

Forty Years Ago

The Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce sponsored a dinner to honor Dr. Frank Gray, who retired after serving the area for 28 years. Gray, who also received a plaque, moved with his family to Arizona.

Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Bird houses were placed around the village of Fort Plain, specifically in village parks. The bird houses were made by youngsters who participated in the Tri-Village Summer Recreation Program, which took place in Fort Plain, Canajoharie and St. Johnsville during the month of July.

The 4th Co., 1st Tryon County Militia will continue its bottle and can drive during the month of September. The money raised from this project will be used to purchase material to make clothing and tents and to purchase other equipment needed by the unit.

Thirty Years Ago

Airman 1st Class Randy C. Crouse, son of Jean C. Rouse, of Fort Plain, has arrived for duty at Kunsan Air Force Base, South Korea.

Airman John T. Hinkle, son of Karen M. and John T. Hinkle, Sr., Fort Plain RD 2, has graduated from the U.S. Air Force vehicle mechanic course at Chanute Air Force Base, IL.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gilday, of Cherry Valley, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently at an open house held in their honor in the social rooms of the Presbyterian Church.

William Bodmer, of Sprout Brook, attended the 114th Congress of Corrections in San Antonio, Texas.

Forty Years Ago

Bus routes in the Fort Plain Central School District were modified to decrease the number of overlapping routes and to remedy the problem of overloaded school buses.

Mary Ann Myosek received a diploma from the Albany Medical Center School of Nursing. Ceremonies were held at the Junior College of Albany.

St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

Twenty-three members of St. Johnsville High School's Class of 1944 came together for a recent 50th reunion at the Beardslee Castle. A unique memento was a letter written 50 years ago from Doris Rockefeller to Geraldine Russ Halsted, who had moved to Buffalo, relating activities of the senior class. Amelia Logar was the master of ceremonies for the 50th reunion of the Saints' Class of 1944.

Dominic Arduini Jr. has been promoted in the Navy to Operations Specialist Petty Officer 2nd Class. He is stationed aboard the U.S.S. Briscoe, which has been in the Red Sea since March, in support of maritime interdiction operations. Arduini is a veteran of Persian Gulf War, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, serving nine months on station on the Persian Gulf. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Arduini Sr. of St. Johnsville.

St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Jeff Swartz handed a check for more than $161,000 to Pete Wilcox, of Wild Fire Equipment, of Mayfield, for the department's new 1994 Spartan 1,250 GPM [gallons per minute] custom pumper. The new pumper boasts a cab that will safely transport six fully equipped firefighters. The pumper holds 1,000 gallons of water, and the cost of this big and beautiful rig included all of the additional equipment, such as hoses, nozzles, hose adapters, hand tools and other various and necessary equipment. The rig has the department's motto emblazoned across the brow of the rig above the windshield. It says, simply, "Anytime, Anywhere, Any Job."

Thirty Years Ago

Richard R. McGinness, St. Johnsville Central School's new business administrator and assistant superintendent, is new to the area but the business theories he has brought with him are ones he has put into practice for a number of years. "School is not a business," he said, "but it needs good business management." A native of western New York, McGinness has been  a business administrator for 18 years. Eight of those years were spent at schools. He was at D'Youville College in Buffalo for five years and at the Park School of Buffalo for three. McGinness believes that the most important principle as a school administrator is "to show courtesy to all."

The St. Johnsville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps reported that 23 calls were answered last month, utilizing 92.5 man-hours, while 788.9 miles were traveled. Carol Shaut was welcomed as a new member and is riding as a first aider.

Plans are being finalized for Fort Klock's 12th annual craft fair set for Sept. 16.

Forty Years Ago

Negotiations for the acquisition of properties needed for a new railroad bridge were initiated by Montgomery County officials. Involved are nine residences and one business.

The village adopted a set of rules and a policy of enforcing the litter law regarding the operations of its Wednesday trash pickup and garbage collection programs.

     

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