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From the C-S-E files - Down Memory Lane - Fort Plain’s Greene Plaza this spring will bloom with colorful tulips through the efforts of Fort Plain Girl Scout and Brownie troops and their leaders who planted 80 red Emperor tulips there last week. Shown above are some of the girls at work last Tuesday, November 22, 1960, preparing the ground for the fall planting of the bulbs at the plaza in front of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.


Looking back

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - Updated: 8:57 AM


Twenty Years Ago

Following a marathon budget session, the Canajoharie Town Board unanimously adopted a $561,600 budget for 1993. The new budget calls for a tax rate of $8.14 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, said town Supervisor Robert McMahon, up $1.11 per $1,000 over the current $7.03 tax rate. However, that’s the bad news. According to McMahon the good news is that it’s expected that, overall, the county and town tax bill will be lower than the combined bill received this year. McMahon said that due to equalization and assessment rates, the Montgomery County tax rate for town residents will be $63.34 per $1,000, down about $4 per $1,000. He pointed out that by taking the two combined rates, the overall bill should be lower than those received in 1992.

Thirty Years Ago

The Palatine Literary Society met recently at the home of Mrs. Mary Sanzen, Palatine Bridge. The society has volunteered to assist the village of Palatine Bridge in the development and landscaping of the mini-park recently completed on Route 5 in the east end of the village.

Palatine Bridge Mayor Anthony Malagisi at a recent meeting of the Village Board announced that progress is being made on the possible construction of a 52-unit senior citizen housing complex in the village.

Experience is the ability to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

Pvt. Gerard S. Partridge III, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley G. Partridge, Ames, has completed one station unit training (OSUT) at the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Bennning, Ga.

Airman Fred A. Horning, the son of Mrs. Jill E. Horning, Canajoharie, has completed Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

The Canajoharie Swim Club opened its league season with a 290-110 victory over the Amsterdam YMCA club at the Nellis Pool.

Forty Years Ago

The Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce announced that they will again sponsor the annual Christmas Lighting and Decoration Contest in the villages of Canajoharie, Palatine Bridge and Ames.

Canajoharie’s Moose Lodge celebrated its 25th anniversary with a three-day program. The highlight of the program was the induction of a large anniversary class of new members.

Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Ten Fort Plain Central School seniors have embarked on an ambitious program, the brainchild of district Home Economics teacher Virginia Stortecky. Stortecky noted that the incorporation of a Playschool for four- and five-year-old children has been a long-time dream of hers. After approaching the Board of Education and obtaining permission to open the group in a renovated Fort Plain High School classroom, Stortecky enlisted the help of some of her 12th grade students, and coupled the Playschool idea with an Early Childhood unit, as part of the district’s Home and Careers curriculum. So far, after seven weeks of the program, Stortecky has found her students “very receptive” of the new idea. “Without the Playschool, there would be no Early Childhood unit taught in the local school,” said Stortecky. “They’re learning more through this hands-on approach than would be possible from a book.”

Greg Pitonza, technology instructor at the Harry Hoag Elementary school was present at the last meeting of the Fort Plain Village Board with a group of his students. They presented a drawing of a 12-foot diameter gazebo, in Victorian style, offering to construct it in Prospect Hill Park at no charge, if the Village would purchase the materials. After viewing a videotape of the gazebo, Pitonza and his students constructed near the elementary school two years ago, and after hearing that the whole project could be completed for less than $1,000. They also pledged to provide any other necessary assistance to the gazebo project. The gazebo will be prefabricated at the Hoag school, and transported to the Prospect Hill location.

Thirty Years Ago

Students at the Fort Plain Central School have launched their bid to repeat as the top fund raiser among schools in the annual radio station WGY Christmas Wish Program. Two years ago the FPCS student body was the runner-up to Cobleskill Central School, and last December won the coveted trophy by turning over to the Christmas Wish, $6,112.50, the largest dollar amount of any school in the Capital District.

The Fort Plain-Nelliston Merchants Association awarded ten turkeys in its Thanksgiving drawing.

Allen H. Samuels is now occupying his new law offices at 7 Canal St., having moved there earlier this week from 25 Main St.

Forty Years Ago

Patrick E. Carr, Metairie, La., commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, announced the appointment of Anthony J. Nolly, Center Street, as special aide-de-camp. Nolly is a former commander of Mohawk Valley Post No. 3275.

Billy Fox, Canoga Park, Calif., visited his grandmother, Mrs. Archie Fox and her son, Archie Jr., both of Fort Plain, while on tour with the Paul Williams Band, From here he traveled to New York City to appear on the Johnny Carson Show and appear at Carnegie Hall.

St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

Deby Cumm, a well-known area scher-enschnitte artist, will present a one-hour workshop for children in grades three and up.

Many of St. Johnsville’s Junior-Senior High School students and D.H. Robbins Elementary School students recently participated in the first annual safety poster contest. The students’ selected current themes, illustrating safety around the home, on the way to and from school, and while playing on the school playground.

Harpist and singer Lucy McCaffrey will present a concert of traditional holiday music at the historic Stone Arabia Stone Church.

Thirty Years Ago

Miss Teri Jo Crouse, a senior in high school, was honored as the recipient of the 1982 DAR Good Citizenship Award at the November meeting.

The karate class, sponsored by the Youth Center recently participated in the Kang Duk Won Karate Tournament held in Watertown. A first place trophy was won by Lou Ann Foti, who represented St. Johnsville in the women’s blue belt sparring division.

Even though he has a smaller team than last year, in height, as well as depth, St. Johnsville’s varsity basketball Coach Phil Schoff is still optimistic about the ‘Saints chances this year of defending their Tri-Valley League Northern Division Championship. “I do think we have a shot at it,” Schoff said before practice, adding that he will be relying a great deal on the talents of four-year starter Jeff Crouse.

Forty Years Ago

More than 200 persons attended the testimonial dinner for Police Chief Raymond (Ben) Walrath. He has served the police department for 37 years, 35 years of which as police chief. He will retire Jan. 1, 1973.

Rebecca Geesler and members of her family visited Guiding Eyes for the Blind at Yorktown Heights where Maja, a German shepherd puppy, which Becky had raised, graduated as a guide dog and assigned to her master.


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