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People & Events - 09/27/2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - Updated: 9:07 AM

Arkell Hall news

CANAJOHARIE — The following news from Arkell Hall is from September 14-20:

Friends and families joined residents on a beautiful Friday evening, Sept. 14, to celebrate the adult home’s 60th anniversary. An old fashioned picnic was served, music was provided by Second Time Around Big Band and tours were given. Children’s games were played under tents on Arkell’s beautifully landscaped lawns.

The day before the celebration, the residents relaxed outdoors at their own private party in the side yard overlooking the pond, enjoying wine, cheese and a story about the Ginkgo Tree.

The weekly Bible Study group resumed its Monday afternoon gathering led by Mary Simpson.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the weekly exercise class was held in the morning. At 1:30 p.m., Resident Council held their meeting, and at 2:30 p.m. the monthly painting class was held with local artist Joanne Resch, painting a basket of apples using watercolors.

The residents and six guests joined together for a fall luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 19, followed by a program at Arkell Center led by Advisory Board President Bonnie Kerr, speaking about China’s Terracotta Warriors. It was a very informative talk, and attendees also watched a video that showed pictures of the warriors that were discovered and uncovered in 1974.

To end the week of activities, ten residents, three advisory members, Barbara Smith, Barbara Kramer and Dorothy Mailloux and staff, had lunch out at the Table in Fort Plain.

Mary Heiser went out with her daughter, Helen Shults. Lorraine Thomas was in to visit her mom, Reva McGowan. Anna Pipola had a visit from her son-in-law, Ed Gayduchek. Eve Fuelleman went out with friends to play cards. Lorraine May went out with her family on Sunday afternoon and had a visit from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Florence Becker had a visit from her niece and family. Frances Shults and Eve Fuelleman went out with Bonnie Chest and Bill Fuelleman for breakfast. Gail and Jay Summerson were in to visit Mrs. Brust. Mary Simpson was in to visit Norma Alter and Florence Becker. Andrea Montayne and husband, David, along with dog, Molly, were in to visit Ruth Austin. Louie Sierra was in to see mom, Norma Alter. Norma Alter also went out with her daughter, Judy. Bert Haig was in to see residents Frances Shults, Florence Becker and Sarah Smith. Bonnie Kerr and Paige Young were in to see Mary Renison and stayed for dinner. Evelyn Casler went out to Arkell Center to play cards with friends.

Seniors hold picnic, plan next events

CANAJOHARIE — The Canajoharie Senior Citizens held their annual summer picnic on August 24 at Arkell Center, with 36 seniors enjoying a variety of dishes prepared by the members, along with hot dogs and hamburgers.

A big “thanks” to everyone who helped make the picnic a success.

On July 24, “Minnie Pearl” — Linda Eastman from Broadalbin — treated everyone to a lot of laughs. Sylvia Wohlgemuth gave a yoga demonstration September 7, in which some of the seniors participated in honor of National Yoga month.

The seniors enjoyed a mystery trip Sept. 12, traveling by bus to Newburgh for lunch and a two hour boat ride on the Hudson River. Another trip is planned for October 17, to see fall foliage and have lunch at the Travers in North Creek.

The cost is $46 for members and $51 for non-members. Call Dorothy Frasier at (518) 673-5588 for more information.

On Sept. 28, a representative of the Attorney General’s Office will speak about identity theft. On Oct. 12, a program will be held on EPIC, and Oct. 26, Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department member Fritz Traudt will speak on fire prevention and safety, followed by make-your-own sundaes, with Stewart’s Shops providing the ice cream and toppings.

Anyone 55 and over residing in the Canajoharie and Fort Plain school districts are invited to attend the meeting at Arkell Center at 1 p.m. All programs will be held at 1:30 p.m. following the meeting.

For further information, contact Dorothy Morrison at (518) 673-2167.

Freeman earns degree in Ohio

CINCINNATI — Stacy Freeman, of Fort Plain, earned a Master Of Arts from Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio, in April 2012.

Union Institute and University is a non-profit, accredited, private university specializing in adult and distance education since 1964.

Copeland named to volleyball team

HERKIMER — Ashleigh Copeland, of St. Johnsville, a freshman at Herkimer County Community College has been named a member of the women’s volleyball team for the fall 2012 season. Copeland, a graduate of Oppenheim Ephratah Central School, will play right side hitter on the team.

Retired teachers hold fall meeting

FORT JOHNSON — The Upper Montgomery County Retired Teachers’ Association held its fall meeting recently at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Fort Johnson.

During the meeting, it was reported that the group has donated books to the Middleburgh Public Library in memory of deceased members Edith Noeltner and Marge Whipple.

The recipient of the UMCRTA scholarship this year was Samantha Potter, of Fort Plain.

The guest speaker at the luncheon meeting was Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar, Montgomery County historian. She presented a program titled “Local history of the Underground Railroad and how it affected Montgomery County.”

The spring meeting is scheduled for May 16, 2013, and will be hosted by members from Fort Plain Central School.

VanAlstyne fest scheduled Oct. 6

CANAJOHARIE — A Harvest Festival will be held at the VanAlstyne Homestead, 42 Moyer St., Canajoharie, on Saturday, October 6, from 5-9 p.m.

There will be homemade soups, breads and cookies by Pizzeria Mercato, The Table, Gino’s, Dome49, the Elephant Bistro, Lisa’s Family Restaurant, Canajoharie Country Club, Ayres House and chef Michael Lapi. Music will be provided by Dick Solberg, the Sun Mountain Fiddler. There will also be a silent auction.

Advanced tickets are $12. Tickets at the door will be $15.

Call (518) 673-3066 for sale tickets or stop by Picture Perfect, 5 Erie Blvd, Canajoharie.

Entries sought for juried art show

CANAJOHARIE — The Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library announces a call for entries for its 2012 Arkell annual Juried Art Show. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 12 at noon.

The show will be on view from December 7, 2012, through January 25, 2013.

Any artist with ties to New York State may enter. While entries may be any media, they must fall within the following size limitations: two-dimensional work must be no larger than 30 inches by 40 inches. Three dimensional works must fit within a 20-inch circumference.

An artist may submit unlimited entries at $15 per piece. Museum members are entitled to a $13 per piece rate.

Submissions for the Juried Art Show will be evaluated by Rachel Seligman, associate curator at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Seligman holds a M.A. in Art History from George Washington University and previously served as the director and curator of the Mandeville Gallery at Union College in Schenectady.

Seligman will choose approximately 40 works for inclusion in the show from digital submissions. Cash prizes of $100 each will be awarded in three categories: painting, graphics, and mixed media/sculpture. Seligman will also select one work as “Best in Show,” which includes a $250 cash prize and a show in one of the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library’s Community Galleries.

To obtain an entry form listing all regulations, guidelines, and list of important dates related to the show, visit or call the museum and library at (518) 673-2314.

Spooky Halloween recital Oct. 26

CANAJOHARIE — A spooky Halloween Recital will be held Friday, October 26, at 7 p.m., at former Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Cliff St., Canajoharie.

The evening will feature scary organ and vocal works for All Hallows Eve. The event is free and open to all.

For more information about the venue, visit:

AMVETS Post 2000 to hold barbecue

FORT PLAIN — On September 29, the AMVETS Post 2000 will be holding its 11th annual pork barbecue. Lunch will be served at 12 noon, and from 2 to 4 p.m. will be the pork barbecue.

Ticket cost is $17 per person. New AMVETS members and children’s tickets are half price.

The event will be held rain or shine. Activities will take place all day. The AMVETS Post 2000 is located on 990 State Highway 163, Fort Plain.

This event is open to members and the public. For more information, call (518) 993-3676.

The Band Anastazja to perform Oct. 6

FORT PLAIN — The Band Anastazja will perform at Our Lady of Hope Church, 115 Reid St., Fort Plain, on October 6, 2012, at 5:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served during intermission.

Ranging in age from 2-15, the children of The Band Anastazja thrive on their love of music. As a family, they have put together a wholesome musical experience with beautiful harmony and instruments such as the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, ukelele and upright bass.

Their show consists of bluegrass, folk, and traditional American music.

Chicken and biscuit supper is Oct. 17

FORT PLAIN — St. John’s Lutheran Church, Freysbush, will be serving their annual Chicken and Biscuit Supper on Wednesday, October 17.

Take-outs begin at 4:30 p.m., dine in begins at 5 p.m. Meals will be served through 7:30 p.m. Adults, $9.50; children ages 5-12, $5.50; under 5 are free. Call (518) 421-1027 for more information.

St. Paul’s ham dinner Oct. 10

FORT PLAIN — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 36 Lydius Street, Fort Plain, will hold an all-you-can-eat ham dinner on Wednesday, October 10, from 4-7 p.m. Adult tickets are $9.50 (advance, $8.50), children (ages 5-12) tickets are $6 (advance, $5), children under 5 eat free. Take-outs will be available.

O-ECS blood drive set for Sept. 27

ST. JOHNSVILLE — The Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School District will host a Red Cross Blood Drive Thursday, September 27 from 1-6 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

Contact Cheryl Brown at (518) 568-2014 ext. 112 to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The public is encouraged to participate. Each year, the Red Cross provides a scholarship to a graduating Oppenheim-Ephratah senior based on the school’s blood drive donations. The school’s goal for Thursday’s drive is to receive 40 donations.

The school will also hold two more blood drives this year on February 4 and April 1.

Defensive driving course to be held

ST. JOHNSVILLE — A Defensive Driving Course will be held at the Community House, located at 16 Washington Street, October 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost of the course is $17 for AARP members and $19 for non-members. If anyone is interested in attending, contact Michael Weiner, instructor, at (315) 823-2423.

Pre-school story hour signups taken

ST. JOHNSVILLE — Registration is now being accepted for pre-school story hour at Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, St. Johnsville. Children must be at least 3-years-old by October 1. The program will meet weekly, Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m., beginning October 16.

The library also offers Toddler Time for children 2 and under and those who may be too young for story hour. Toddler Time will meet Monday mornings at 10 a.m. beginning October 15. Both programs are free.

Anyone desiring further information or to register is invited to call the library at (518) 568-7822.


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