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People & Events - 09/20/2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - Updated: 9:08 AM

Blessing of animals service is Oct. 7

CANAJOHARIE — All area animal lovers will soon have an opportunity to participate in a special program designed for their beloved pets. The occasion is a Blessing of the Animals Service scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 6 at 3 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, Oct. 7.  

The event will be held on the Arkell Hall lawn below the porch facing Front St. in Canajoharie.

All house pets will be welcomed, and following a brief service, each animal may receive an individual blessing from a member of the clergy. To insure safety, all pets will be required to be crated or leashed. A photograph may be substituted in the event that an animal is too large or too difficult to control. All participants are asked to bring bags for retrieval of fecal matter to be placed in a trash receptacle which will be provided on site.

The service is expected to be brief, but participants who wish may bring a folding chair or blanket for seating. Following the program, pets that are friendly and deemed to be safe may be invited to visit with the Arkell ladies who will be viewing the ceremony from the porch. For further information, interested persons may call Jeanne DeValve at (518) 673-3737.

First Chalk of Fame arts event Sept. 22

FORT PLAIN — The first Chalk of Fame event will be held in Haslett Park, Fort Plain, Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is September 29.

The Dependents will perform from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. The Arts Factory is still seeking participants of all ages and skill levels.

They will provide the chalk, you provide the art.

For more information, or to sign up, contact the Fort Plain Free Library at (518) 993-4646.

Musical Potpourri planned Sunday

NELLISTON — Musical Potpourri V will be held Sunday, September 23 at 4 p.m. at the Old Palatine Church, Route 5, between Nelliston and St. Johnsville.

This year’s performers include Benjamin Field on trumpet, Samantha Field on piano, Ruben McFarlane on viola and singers Melissa Bowley, Hunter Oldick, Milleta Oldick, Kelsey Stockwell, and Rachael Takacs.

Norma Bowley will be the accompanist and organist for two hymns and an organ selection.

Sacred, classical and show music will be performed. A free will offering will be taken for the benefit of the Palatine Church.

Sanitary district board to meet

FORT PLAIN — On September 22 at 8 a.m., the Montgomery County Sanitary District No.1 Board of Directors will hold their Sept. meeting. With questions, or for further information, call (518) 993-4744.

Cleanup day is today in St. J.

ST. JOHNSVILLE — The village of St. Johnsville will hold a fall cleanup day in the village on Thursday, September 20. Residents are asked to put their items curb side after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

This cleanup is for items that are not allowed on garbage day. There will be a limit of ten items.

 If anyone would like a list of what to put out, and what not to put out, stop by the village office at 16 Washington St.

With questions or concerns, call (518) 568-2221.

Cudmore to speak about latest book

ST. JOHNSVILLE — Author, newspaper columnist and radio personality Bob Cudmore will speak at Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, St. Johnsville, Saturday, September 29. The program will begin at 10 a.m.

Cudmore’s latest book is “Stories from the Mohawk Valley: the Painted Rocks, the Good Benedict Arnold and More.” Included are tales about actor Kirk Douglas’ early life in Amsterdam, local railroads, the carpet and glove industries and mill town ethnic groups.  

Historic Amsterdam League recently named Cudmore the first recipient of its annual award for individual historical activities for work he has done writing books and columns and speaking at community events.

Cudmore has donated $1,600 from book sales to 25 charities including the Amsterdam Homeless Shelter, Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County and Storm Aid.  

He also hosts the morning radio show on Lite 104.7 FM/1570 AM WVTL in Amsterdam and previously was the long tenured host of the “Contact” talk show on WGY radio in Albany.

Anyone desiring further information is invited to contact library director Dawn Lamphere at (518) 568-7822.

Free barn dance at Fort Klock Sept. 29

ST. JOHNSVILLE — A free barn dance will be held Saturday, September 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. This event celebrates Fort Klock’s 50th year of being open to the public.

Music will be provided by Liaisons Plaisantes (pleasant connections). This group consists of Ron Burch, Sue Casler, Olaf Jansson, Marilee Urbanczyk and Sue Wheadon. These musician friends provide period 18th century music and enjoy entertaining others in the manner of days gone by.

They have played at historic site events, period dances, militia reenactor gatherings and weddings.

Garry Aney will be the caller for this contredanse, a country dance, in a style similar to square dance.

Attendees are encouraged to wear period clothing or regular clothing. Light refreshments will be available.

With questions, call Fort Klock at (518) 568-7779.

Chamber to sponsor Octoberfest Oct. 5-6

ST. JOHNSVILLE — The St. Johnsville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Octoberfest on October 5-6. There will be a Grand Opening party at Cosmo’s Bar and Grill on Sunday, October 7.

Octoberfest events are as follows :

On Friday, October 5, and Saturday Oct. 6: Village-wide garage sales, for which participants must obtain a permit at village clerk’s office. Bouncy rides across the street from American Legion.

Homemade Pasta and Pie Sale at NBT Bank sponsored by the St. Johnsville Chamber of Commerce. Grand openings of Cosmo’s Bar and Grill at 10:30 a.m. and Judy King Insurance at 10:45 a.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, there will be a Meet and Greet at the St. Johnsville Fire Department from 10:30 a.m. until 12 Noon. The Community Police Initiative Group is sponsoring a garage and bake sale at the St. Johnsville Youth Center starting at 9 a.m.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, Cosmo’s Bar and Grill will be sponsoring a Grand Opening Party from 1-5 p.m. with Electric Songs.

Contestants sought for outstanding teen

ST. JOHNSVILLE — Contestants are being sought for this year’s Miss Mohawk Valley Outstanding Teen Pageant, scheduled to take place Sunday, October 14, at 2:30 p.m. at the St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Contestants will be judged on private interview, talent, sportswear, evening wear and their answer to an onstage question. This pageant is open to young women in the Mohawk Valley who are between the ages of 13 and 17.

The winner will receive a crown and sash and have the opportunity to advance to the Miss New York Outstanding Teen Pageant in June. Contestants must register by Oct. 5.

Application information is available online at www.missmohawkvalley.com or by calling (315) 717-6288.

Boylan receives national honor

FORT PLAIN — The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) has announced that Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School student, Zachary J. Boylan, of Fort Plain, has been selected for membership.

The society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved academic excellence. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Zachary has demonstrated to achieve this level of academic excellence,” said Nobel. “Zachary is now a member of a unique community of scholars, a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”

“Our vision is to build a dynamic international organization that connects members with meaningful content, resources, and opportunities,” stated NSHSS President James Lewis. “We aim to help students like Zachary build on their academic successes and enhance the skills and desires to have a positive impact on the global community.”

Membership in NSHSS entitles qualified students to enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications, participation in programs offered by educational partners, online forums, personalized recognition items and publicity honors.

For more information about NSHSS, visit www.nshss.org.

Stowell named to HCCC soccer team

HERKIMER — Jaylene Stowell, of St. Johnsville, a sophomore at Herkimer County Community College, has been named a member of the women’s soccer team for the fall 2012 season. Stowell, a graduate of St. Johnsville High School, will play midfield on the team.

     

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