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Photo submitted - Diaper diary - Aubree Ann Childs was born September 24 at 2:42 a.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital to Stefanie and Gregory Childs, of Canajoharie. She weighed 5 pounds, 15 1/2 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Paternal grandparents are Janet and Jim Childs, of Dundee, NY. Maternal grandparents are Laurie and Steven Chase, of Fort Plain. Paternal great-grandparent is Lucille Childs, of Penn Yan, NY. Maternal great-grandparent is Mary Chase, of Fort Plain.

Photo submitted - Concert series coming - The Rocky Top Concert Series will feature a performance by Sara Grey and Kieron Means on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. in Sprakers. Potluck dinner will begin at 3:30 p.m. Sara is a singer and banjo player who resides in the British Isles and whose music forms a bridge between two traditional musical cultures. Her son, Kieron Means, is a singer and guitarist from New York State. Between them, they have recorded over a dozen albums of traditional music, including old time, blues, ballads and folklore. $15 suggested donation. Call 673-3212 to learn the concert’s location. Learn more about the Rocky Top Concert series at


People & Events - 11/22/2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012 - Updated: 7:56 AM

Arkell Hall Adult Home news

CANAJOHARIE — The following news from Arkell Hall is for Nov. 11 through Nov. 17:

Bonnie Kerr, advisory chairperson, led a Veteran’s Day remembrance program on Nov. 11, with residents reminiscing of days gone by.

Joanne Resch held a watercolor painting class Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Linda Klump and Elinor Douglass led a special fellowship service Wednesday, Nov. 14, singing Thanksgiving hymns “Now Thank We All Our God”, “Count Your Blessings”, and “Bringing in the Sheaves”, just to name a few. Special readings were shared. Klump sang “Bless This House” and everyone shared what they were thankful for.

Arkell Hall Adult Home joins Arkell Center’s Meals Program Thursday, Nov. 15, for a special Thanksgiving dinner gathering. A meal was served followed by a performance from the Montgomery Liberty Hand Bell Choir. Songs included “It’s a Small World” and “Ave Maria”.

A crossword puzzle game was held with director Kim Lawerence. Bingo was held with Nancy Mace Wednesday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 17 with the Canajoharie Liberty Group.

Many residents went out with family and friends, and several visitors spent time with residents.

Everyone at Arkell join the residents in wishing all of you a very “Happy Thanksgiving.”

Students work on Photoshop skills

CANAJOHARIE — Canajoharie High School junior Rebecca Custer never used Photoshop before taking her digital photography class, but she loves all the options the software program offers. During a recent project, she created a hand filled with flowers, stars and a lighthouse in front of a blue background.

“I’m still working on it, and I’d like to make it more detailed,” she said. “I would like to use it more.”

Custer and 12 other digital photography students in grades 10-12 learned all about Photoshop — a photo editing program — in early November during a project taught by professional photographer Philip Scalia. Art Teacher Kathy Van Loan brought Scalia to the high school thanks to an Arts in Education grant through HFM BOCES.

This is the third year her students are using the program during the half-year course. It’s also the third year she has brought in Scalia.

“This is important because the students get to work on their creative skills and use the program,” Van Loan said. “Photoshop is an essential tool in any graphic design or photojournalism field. Two girls who took the course the first year it was offered are in those fields.”

In college, virtually any student who takes photography, graphic design or web design uses Photoshop. The software can be used for everything from creating postcards and posters to cropping images.

Scalia — who often uses Photoshop in his work — taught the students different facets of the program such as learning how to work in layers, making clean selections, and image blending.

Sophomore Dainara Veeder says she may pursue a career that utilizes the program.

“I’ve definitely learned a lot from this,” she said.

Examples of the students’ work is available to view on the district website, at:

Holiday tea and fine craft fair to be held

CANAJOHARIE — The annual Holiday Tea and Fine Craft Fair will be held Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Van Alstyne Homestead, 42 Moyer St. There will be tea seatings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Tea seating tickets are $12 for members, $15 for non-members. It will feature teas, coffees, homemade sandwiches, sweets and savories.

The Fine Craft Fair, featuring timeless and seasonal works by regional artisans, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Call (518) 673-3066 for more information.

Turkey trot to take place Nov. 24

CANAJOHARIE — On Saturday, Nov. 24, the 10th Annual Turkey Trot will be held at the Canajoharie Fitness Center, located in the Canajoharie High School. The event will feature a 1.5 or 3 mile run/walk. The person who accurately guesses their own time wins a pot of money. The other half will be donated to the Canajoharie Community Youth Center, Ayres Animal Shelter and Girls on the Run. There is a $10 entry fee. Registration takes place between 8-9:45 a.m., and the run will begin at 10 a.m. There will be free refreshments and raffle items to bid on.

Financial aid info is available

JOHNSTOWN — A financial aid information session for Canajoharie students takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 in the college theatre on the FMCC campus.

The presentation features information on the college financial aid system, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and alternative funding sources.

The evening also features an opportunity to ask FMCC Financial Aid Advisor Moira Samek questions. Her presentation is not specific to FMCC, but focuses on broader issues.

For those unable to attend the Dec. 3 session, an earlier presentation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

“While few students realize at this point the extent of the financial commitment they make when enrolling in college, most arrangements are made in their names, not their parents,” said High School Counselor Alicia Soper. “They need to understand the financial aid process and their place in that process.”

Fire department tree sale to begin

FORT PLAIN — The Fort Plain Volunteer Fire Department will begin their annual tree sale on Friday, Nov. 23 at noon. Trees will be sold at Fort Plain True Value for $35 a piece. Trees can be wrapped by request. The money raised will assist the fire department in purchasing necessary equipment. Hours are, until Christmas, weekdays and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Valley Choralaires to present concert

CANAJOHARIE — The Valley Choralaires, under the direction of Alison Wallace, will be presenting their annual Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, East Main St., Canajoharie. They will be accompanied by Janet Shuster on the piano.

There will be no charge for admission or refreshments, but a free will offering will be accepted. Convenient parking is available in the parking lot on East Main St. across from the church.

Santa Claus to visit Fort Plain Dec. 2

FORT PLAIN — The Fort Plain Community Activity Council will host the annual visit from Santa Claus on Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. The event will begin with caroling in Haslett Park, where Santa will arrive on a Fort Plain Volunteer Fire Department truck. From there, Santa will travel to the United Methodist Church, where refreshments and gifts will be provided.

Christmas at the museum is Dec. 1

FORT PLAIN — Fort Plain Museum will hold a holiday celebration on Dec. 1, from 4-8 p.m. The event will feature live colonial music, artisans, crafters, and sutlers, along with an assortment of food and drinks. The Liaisons Plaisantes will provide Live Colonial Christmas Music, and have copies of their Christmas CD for sale. Authors Wayne Lenig and Joyce Berry will be signing copies of their local history books, and both will share stories. R.J. Butternut Sutlers will provide 18 century civilian and military reproductions, accoutrements, clothes and weaponry and Pumpkin Hill Hand Crafts will provide tin ware and handmade quilted items. New items have also been added to the gift shop, including the just released book “Reporting the Revolution”.

Healing service to be held Nov. 28

NELLISTON — The Valley Alliance Church, State Highway 5 east of Nelliston, will hold a Healing Service on Wed., Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. Pastor Dave Prahst will be speaking on “Healing and Salvation”. Individual prayer healing will be offered.

Chamber to sponsor tree lighting Dec. 2

ST. JOHNSVILLE — The St. Johnsville Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring the village tree lighting Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. This event will take place in the lot next to the American Legion. There will be wagon rides, a bonfire, s’mores, Christmas carols and a visit from Santa Claus. Dawn Lamphere, director of the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, will be telling a Christmas story. Refreshments will be served at the American Legion.

St. Nicholas Day to be held Dec. 2

ST. JOHNSVILLE — St. Nicholas Day will be held Sunday, Dec. 2, from 12-3:30 p.m at Fort Klock. This tradition was brought to America by the early Dutch and Palatine German settlers. It is a prelude to the holiday season and a special day for children. Bundle up your family and come celebrate this rich heritage with St. Nicholas. There will be warm fires, spiced cider, hot chocolate, cookies and gingerbread, along with a storyteller, colonial music and militia drills. St. Nicholas will have a wooden ornament for each child. Contact Fort Klock at (518) 568-7779 for more information.


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