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Balloon Launch:
Students at the West Hill Elementary School anxiously await the whistle that will allow them to release their helium filled balloons. The balloon launch took place on Friday, Oct. 19, 1984, at the school to mark the end of the school district's Parent-Teacher Association membership drive. Each balloon had the name and address of a PTA member attached to it. In all, more than 200 balloons were released in two separate shifts.


Looking Back - 09/04/2014

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - Updated: 8:40 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Doris and Fayette Heiser of RD 1, were guests of honor for their 60th wedding anniversary at Elm Tree Restaurant on Sunday, Aug. 14. Eighty-five family members and friends enjoyed the sit down dinner. Mrs. Heiser, the former Doris Phillips, daughter of the late Mabel and John Phillips, Fort Plain, and Mr. Heiser, son of the late Cora and Herbert Heiser, Canajoharie, were united in marriage on Aug. 11, 1934, with the Rev. C.R. Hamilton officiating at the Fort Plain Baptist Church parsonage. They were attended by the late Dorothy Darrow Monk and Alton Monk. The Heisers have two children, Paul A. Heiser of Canajoharie and Lois E. Clouthier of St. Cloud, FL. They have six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Heiser retired farming in 1977. They spend summers at the family farm in Canajoharie and the winter months at their home in St. Cloud, FL. They have been very active in grange work, are past deputies of the state grange and belong to Seebers Lane Grange. He is past master of Montgomery County Pomona Grange and national grange. Mr. Heiser was past president of the Canajoharie Co-op Milk producers. Both were 4-H leaders for many years and members of the Farm Bureau and Montgomery County Cooperative Extension. Mr. and Mrs. Heiser are members of Freysbush United Methodist Church.

Thirty Years Ago

A tire blew out on a tractor-trailer traveling west on the Thruway and when the truck came to a halt, its cab was submerged in the Mohawk River. The driver and one passenger, both from Arizona, somehow managed to escape serious injury. The crash occurred at about noon just west of Canajoharie Exit 29.

Canajoharie Central School's tax rates were mailed out. Following are the towns involved and the rates for each based on $1,000 of assessed valuation: Canajoharie, $63.19; Palatine, $35.46;  Root, $18.41; Charleston, $19.67; Minden, $70.18; Mohawk, $19.81; Carlisle, $117.65; and Sharon, $251.66.

Forty Years Ago

Local residents are following the progress of former state Senator Mary Ann Krupsak, a Canajoharie Democrat running for lieutenant governor. Her opponents, Mario Cuomo and Antonio Oliveri are both Democrats from Brooklyn.

The Canajoharie-Fort Plain Garden Club won the sweepstakes award in horticulture at the 133rd Montgomery-Fulton County Fair in Fonda.

The Bentons, a gospel singing group from Illinois, presented a concert at the Reformed Church.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Seven students of Fort Plain Central School recently engaged in an unusual and quite unique project which required solving a number of engineering problems. The project involved a pedal-powered air boat. It was inspired by last spring's Third Annual Recycled Regatta, a race for hand made boats, built entirely of recyclable materials and strictly human powered. Jeff Chapple's Principles of Engineering class's entry resembled the air boat used by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, which also was at the regatta for safety purposes early last June.

The Fort Plain United Methodist Church held its annual Vacation Bible School session for the Fort Plain and Freysbush United Methodist Churches in the Fort Plain facility. The community was welcomed and the total enrollment was 59 children, ages nursery through eighth grade.

The Fort Plain High School Class of 1934 met for lunch at the Mohawk Station in Mohawk, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their graduation. Nine members of the class, which numbered 42, were in attendance. The class was the largest, to that time, to graduate school. Class members have been meeting annually since celebrating the 50th anniversary in 1984.

The class of 1995 will be the 100 graduating class at the Fort Plain Central School District. A special tribute will be planned for the graduation ceremony, and a limited number of participants, will be selected to be a part of the ceremony to represent graduates of the past 99 years.

Good news and a few surprises were in store for Fort Plain Central School Board of Education members who attended the regular meeting in the High School auditorium. Among topics discussed included a report on grant funding for the 1994-1995 school year and 1994-1995 tax levy reports. As part of the superintendent's report, John Metallo addressed grant funding to the school. Metallo commented that the school has been awarded "a special legislative grant of $30,000 which was approved by the legislature." This grant will be used to purchase new "machines" and to update the Harry Hoag computer lab, he said.

Thirty Years Ago

State highway crews are widening portions of Otsquago Creek in an attempt to alleviate problems with constant seasonal flooding.

The Fort Plain-Nelliston Merchants Association plans for the fourth annual Sidewalk Harvest Days and Flea Market.

Edythe Eacker, a 1981 graduate of Fort Plain Central School, is the winner of the first $100 scholarship of the Upper Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association. Alice Hornbeck, Scholarship Committee chairman, made the presentation.

Forty Years Ago

The Hilltoppers' football team opened its season with a scrimmage in Chatham. The team's record last year was 5-3.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The 22nd annual Fort Klock Craft Fair will be held for two days. Colonial and modern crafts will be for sale at more than 135 craft booths. The Fort Klock Craft Fair has gained a reputation as a unique event which is attended by thousands each year.

Robert E. Smith, fine arts conservator and president of the Palatine Settlement Society, gave a guided tour of the Nellis Tavern to Young Pioneer Apprentices from Fort Klock who were participating in a "wattle and daub" restoration workshop conducted at the site.

Plans are being made at St. Johnsville Elementary School for the second year of Morning Program. This year the children in grades kindergarten through second will be taking a trip "Around the World in 180 Days." Morning activities will feature customs and cultures of countries around the world.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 9, the streets of St. Johnsville will bustle with activity as merchants hold sidewalk sales, craft and flea market vendors sell their wares along Main Street and Park Place, food booths entice hungry shoppers and village-wide garage sales attract bargain shoppers. In addition, good music and old-fashioned fun are in the offering for festival participants eager to "trip the light fantastic" or "to get down and boogie."

Thirty Years Ago

The school board accepted a request from the booster club calling for a proposition to fund the district's $12,560 sports program.

Fifty-four children participated in the annual summer reading program conducted at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library. This year's theme was "Go For The Gold --  Join The U.S. Reading Team."

Forty Years Ago

A new cultural exchange student, sponsored by the Rotary Club has arrived from Japan. Miss Hiriko Sagara will reside with Joseph Morotti and his daughter Kirsten.

Gregory Semione is the only new addition to the high school faculty. He will teach mathematics.


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