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From the C-S-E files - Down Memory Lane - This photo ran in the October 13, 1960 edition of the Courier-Standard-Enterprise, part of a spread detailing the year’s events held by the Canajoharie Community Youth Center. The photo was originally taken at the end of September, 1960. The annual Youth Center “Auto” derby was held Saturday afternoon, Sept. 26, on the Maple Ave. hill, Canajoharie, which was temporarily closed to traffic. Winners of the race were: Class III — Jay Lewis, second place; and Bill Shaul, first place. Class II — Joel Canfield, second; Skip Ballou, first; John Chamberlain, honorable mention. Class I — Greg Kimball, second; and Bob Chest, first.


Looking back

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - Updated: 9:10 AM


Twenty Years Ago

The Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce has commissioned a mural depicting historical and recreational sights in the Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge area, and when completed the mural will be mounted on the south wall of the Eagles building at the intersection of Route 5S and Church Street.

Peter Heinegg, professor of English at Union College, Schenectady, will be the guest lecturer in the last of a series at the Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery.

Thirty Years Ago

Prentiss Hastings, of the consulting firm of Paul Van Bursek Associates, Cohoes, will be preparing the preliminary application for a $500,000 grant for the village of Canajoharie from the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The majority of public suggestions for the use of the funds favored rehabilitation of housing, especially in the Mohawk and Cliff Street sections along with work on apartments above businesses on Church Street, according to Mayor Mary K. Plank.

Central College senior Lisa Laug, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Laurice Laug, Canajoharie, has been selected by Who’s Who Among Students of American Colleges and Universities to be part of its 1982-83 list of the country’s most outstanding campus leaders.

Sgt. Paul Gerstenberger, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Gerstenberger, Erie Boulevard, has been decorated with the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Forty Years Ago

The possible sale of part of its Beech-Nut division operations, whose baby food sales have been affected by a decline in the U.S. birthrate, are being discussed by the Squibb Corporation, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.

Douglas Ayres, Jr., an authority on local history, answered questions concerning the significance of the Fort Rensselaer Club during an open house sponsored jointly by the town and village of Canajoharie and the Fort Rensselaer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

The editorial staff of the Courier-Standard-Enterprise conducted the second of two interviews with both candidates for the post of Canajoharie town supervisor. Incumbent Republican Supervisor Robert McMahon is being challenged to complete the one-year unexpired term of former Supervisor Jackson Douglass by Democratic hopeful Randall Hogue, who is presently serving as interim mayor for the village of Canajoharie. McMahon, 59, has lived in Canajoharie for the past five years. He is originally from Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County.

Once again for the second year, congratulations are in order to Fort Plain FFA members, the school, and community on being selected as a 1992 National Safety Award winner. National award plaques will be presented to the FFA chapter and other outstanding safety recipients from cross the nation during the upcoming morning session of the 65th National FFA Convention which is held in Kansas City, MO.

The Fort Plain Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be celebrating the Chapter’s 95th anniversary with a catered dinner at the Chapter House. Mrs. Peter Fallone, county historian and records management officer, will present the program, “Searching for Ancestors.” Benjamin Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Miller, winner of the DAR Good Citizen Award, and his parents, will be dinner guests of the Chapter.

Thirty Years Ago

Mayor Richard Jacksland was given the green light at the last monthly meeting of the Village Board to initiate expenditure of $2,400 for a preliminary study of costs and feasibility of constructing a new water storage tank on the higher elevations of Wiles Park. The present storage tank at the intersection of High and Clyde streets was constructed in 1925 and has become increasingly more expensive to maintain.

The long awaited traffic signal device approved by the state Department of Transportation last August for installation at the intersection of Willett and River streets by DOT finally went into operation recently. Fort Plain village officials, civic organizations and the Courier-Standard-Enterprise have campaigned for over a decade for a traffic signal at the busy intersection, the scene of many accidents, but their voices were unheard until 1981.

The Fort Plain Neighborhood Center has been active during September, serving 385 persons, which included surplus baked goods being distributed to 240 clients; 124 also received free clothing at the center. Four families applied for winterization of their homes and six received help from the emergency food pantry, according to Director Madeline Cook.

Forty Years Ago

The Luxuray Division of Beaunit Corporation announced the sale of its machinery and equipment at its leased plant in Shelby, N.C., and the Campus garments that were made in Shelby were centralized with Luxurary’s major production at its 75,000 square foot plant in Fort Plain.

Nelliston Mayor Harvey Gramps signed a resolution on behalf of Montgomery County Sanitary Sewer District No. 1, placing the district on record as supporting passage of the $1.5 billion Environmental Quality Bond Act.

St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

St. Johnsville High School agriculture and technology students visited the FFA’s Camp Oswegatchie and got a strong dose of teamwork and leadership skills through the camp’s rope obstacle course. The 24 students who caught the 6 a.m. bus to Camp Oswegatchie were from grades 7-12, part of High School agriculture teacher Ben Conte and technology teacher David Talaba’s classes. Camp Oswegatchie, Conte explained, is an FFA-sponsored camp designed to bring out a sense of accomplishment in its participants through its obstacle course of low and high ropes.

The Montgomery County Sheriff Department’s 911 Survey Team, will be measuring the streets in the village of St. Johnsville for the eventual incorporation of the village into the upcoming Enhanced-911 emergency telephone system. They will be riding in red and white police vehicles and will be wearing police uniforms.

Hundreds of St. Johnsville area children (of all ages) have been hoping their entry would prove to be the winner of a 152 pound pumpkin on display at Licari’s Big M Supermarket.

Thirty Years Ago

The new Main Street entrance to Licari’s Foodland was recently completed, allowing further access to the expanded parking lot facilities at the store. The completion of the entrance marked the final step in the remodeling of the grocery store complex, which opened recently.

The village will once again have trick-or-treat night for all youngster, pre-school through sixth grade this year on Saturday evening.

Gail Feagles, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Feagles, was recently elected as the new secretary of student government at the State University of New York, Agricultural and Technical College at Cobleskill.


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