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Photo submitted - Five generations - Five generations of the Heiser Family attended the annual reunion in September. Holding Tiffany Shults is great-great grandmother Mary Heiser. Great-grandmother is Helen Heiser Shults. Grandfather is David Shults, along with father, Craig Shults.

Photo submitted - Saint of the Month Awards - The following students have received a Saint of the Month Award for September from the D.H. Robbins Elementary School: Jenna Wilson, 4th grade; Trinity Rathbun, 5th grade (Music Saint of the Month); Abby Burkhart, 6th grade; Paetyn Logan-Dillenbeck, 3rd grade; Reese Battisti, 5th grade; Samantha Weaver, 6th grade; Harold Coffin, 6th grade (Art Saint of the Month). The Saint of the Month Award is given to students who display the traits of outstanding civility, citizenship and character in school in support of the anti-bullying efforts of the Dignity for All Students Act.


People & Events - 10/11/2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - Updated: 9:45 AM

Preparing students for the next step

FORT PLAIN — One day you might see them making pizza.

On another, you might see them cleaning the fitness center at Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School. And on another, you might see them working in the Fort Plain Library.

The eight students in the life skills class at Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School partake in various activities and lessons aimed at giving them the skills to prosper in the world after graduation.

Taught by Lisa Petty, the class includes students from grades 7-12 and incorporates lessons from science and math to social studies and health throughout the day. For example, the students take a vocabulary test every week and also learn basic math (think balancing money and menu math). The students stay in the life skills room (which features a kitchen) for most lessons and leave only for gym, music and lunch.

Petty says the class prepares students for a job after graduation and also boosts confidence.

“One of our students works in the cafeteria and another is in charge of the laundry there,” she said. “And the other day, we all prepared a brunch for the administration. The students learned how to set a table.”

The classroom also features a chore list where the students have jobs like sweeping the floor or washing the chairs.

“We try to incorporate lessons into everything,” Petty said. “We’ve had a very good year.”

Senior Annie Martin says she enjoys the class and hopes the skills she learns will eventually help her in her career.

“I want to work with kids,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot here.”

Fire Department: Have two ways out

CANAJOHARIE — The Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department urges residents to “Have Two Ways Out” during Fire Prevention Week October 7-13.

The department is teaming up with National Fire Protection Association during Fire Prevention Week to urge residents to “Have Two Ways Out”. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.

If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety? According to the nonprofit NFPA, one-third of Americans households estimate they thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening.

Unfortunately, the time available is often less.

“One home structure was reported every 85 seconds in 2010,” says Chief Frank Nestle of the Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department. “Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize. Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways is essential to ensuring your family’s safety should fire break out in your home.”

The Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department recommends the following tips for planning your family’s escape:

• Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.

• Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.

• Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.

• Have a family member sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.

• Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and practice the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.

The Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department is available for educational information during Fire Prevention Week, and there will also be a display at the Canajoharie NBT Bank, located on 24 Church St.

To find out more about fire prevention, contact the Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department, at (518) 673-3812 on Tuesday evenings or visit NFPA’s website at

Deadline for art show is Oct. 12

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.

Charter commission sets public meetings

Members of the Montgomery County Charter Commission have announced an outreach campaign to educate the public on the proposed Montgomery County charter, which will appear on the ballot in November.  

They will hold three public meetings across the county to explain the charter to voters. In addition, they announced a website and Facebook page where voters can ask questions about the charter and receive factual, authoritative answers from the people who wrote it.

The meetings will take place: Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Amsterdam City Hall, 61 Church Street, Amsterdam; Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Town of Glen Town Hall, 7 Erie St, Fultonville; October 25, 7 p.m., Town of Canajoharie Town Hall, 12 Mitchell St., Canajoharie.

During the meetings, members of the Commission will present the history of the charter and explain the process of drafting it. They will then answer questions from the audience.

Vice-Chairman of the Commission and Palatine Bridge Mayor Jim Post said the goal is to provide truthful information about the Charter, not necessarily to sell anyone on the idea. “We want to answer voters’ questions about the Charter,” he said, “We want to give them the facts and let them make their own decision.”

The public is also encouraged to visit the website,, and Facebook page, The public may submit their questions about the charter to the commissioners, who will then post the answers online.

Canajoharie band fundraiser Oct. 13

PALATINE BRIDGE — The Canajoharie High School Band will hold a car wash, bottle drive, and chili and clam chowder sale on Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ACE Hardware, Dutchtown Plaza. The band is on a mission to raise funding for a 2013 trip to Disney World, Florida, for a Music in the Parks event.

Order tickets now for dinner and show

NELLISTON — On Saturday, October 20, the Canajoharie-Fort Plain Elks Lodge #2621, Old Station Road, Nelliston, will host dinner and a show, featuring comedy hypnosis by Jack Hirsh, who, according to press material, asks you to imagine a world where “slipping on an ordinary pair of sunglasses gives you x-ray vision, you can speak fluent martian, napkins become $100 bills.”

Cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and the show are $25. Purchase them now by calling (518) 993-2621 or 421-2969.

FOFP sponsoring sale of plaques

FORT PLAIN — The Friends of Fort Plain is sponsoring the sale of National Register plaques for contributing homes in the historic district of Fort Plain. The size is 10 by 7 inches, oval or rectangle shape, bronze with black finish, date customized, cost approximately $170. Historic plaques promote a sense of community and help identify the significance of buildings. Order now to receive by the holidays. Friends will be available at the Village Office on the following dates and times to take orders: Tuesday, October 23 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Fort Plain Pacers to resume

FORT PLAIN — Thanks to support from BlueShield of Northeastern New York, the Fort Plain Pacers walking program will resume and the fitness center at the Jr. /Sr. High School will re-open to the public starting on Thursday, November 1.

The Pacers — a year-round walking program at Harry Hoag Elementary School — will run from 4:30-7 p.m. each school day through March 30. The goal of the program is to help boost physical activity for local residents and offer safe and affordable walking options during the winter. BlueShield also plans to offer a schedule of wellness programs.

“At BlueShield, we believe everyone has the ability to make healthy changes,” Brian O’Grady, vice president, said. “By taking our message out in the community, we believe we can inspire a movement — one that motivates all residents to live healthier, happier lives.”

Residents can register for the Pacers program and get an ID card for $5 at the district office.

“We began this program in 2007 and unfortunately, we did not have the funding to continue it last year,” said Fort Plain Superintendent Douglas Burton. “Thankfully, we can resume the program and ensure that our residents can walk in a safe environment. Many of our walkers live with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and arthritis, so healthy walking is important to them.”

The fitness center at the Jr. /Sr. High School will be open from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on school days. Membership is $20 a month for all residents. The fitness center was opened as part of the district’s recent capital project and features circuit training equipment, free weights, cardiovascular and training equipment.

District leaders and representatives from BlueShield plan on hosting a kick-off event at Harry Hoag Elementary School in early November.

For details on the Pacers program or the fitness center, please contact the district office at (518) 993-4000.

Smith Benefit Club open house Oct. 13

ST. JOHNSVILLE — On Saturday, October 13, the H.C. Smith Benefit Club, 538 Crum Creek Road, will hold a 50th Anniversary Open House from 12-3 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature lunch, a flag pole dedication, face painting, and horse-drawn wagon rides.

With the help of individuals, families and organizations, the club proudly served 9,300 just within the last year. The members of the club are holding this event as a way to thank the club’s supporters for the many years of selfless help and devotion to those in need.

Voter registration Oct. 12 and 13

The Montgomery County Board of Elections wishes to inform county residents that local voter registration will be conducted on Friday Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13, from 2-9 p.m. The locations for area residents for both sessions are the Charleston Municipal Building, 480 Corbin Hill Rd, Sprakers, NY, and the St. Johnsville Community House, 16 Washington St, St. Johnsville.

Village board to meet Oct. 22

PALATINE BRIDGE — The Village of Palatine Bridge Village Board will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, October 22, at 7 p.m.

Bible Study to be held twice weekly

ST. JOHNSVILLE — St. John’s Reformed Church, St. Johnsville, is now holding two Bible Study groups. These groups are being lead by Rev. David Plank and are open to the public. The group meets every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Karen Crouse, 6 North Division St., and will be studying the Parable of Jesus in the Book of Luke. The Thursday morning group meets at 10 a.m. at Jean Hearn’s home, 66 West Main St., and will be studying the Book of Genesis.

Anyone wishing to join either or both of these groups, or would like more information, call Diane Littrell at (518) 568-2258.

Fall cleanup set for Oct. 19 and 20

ST. JOHNSVILLE — Fall Clean-up is scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20 for town of St. Johnsville residents. This applies to rural residents only, not village residents.

Dumpsters will be available on Friday, Oct. 19 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 20 from 7 a.m. to noon. Dumping will be for household refuse only and will be at the discretion of the monitor. Appliances and tires will not be accepted. No construction or demolition material will be accepted.

Winter parking rules begin Nov. 1

FORT PLAIN — In Fort Plain, Village Law 182-16 states that the parking of vehicles is prohibited on all streets between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m., beginning the first day of November, continuing through the first day of April, 2013. No warning tickets will be given.


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