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Fort Plain Boy Scouts Hold Court of Awards Program:
Members of Fort Plain Scout Troop 61, leaders, and their parents met last night, Wed., Nov. 30, 1960, in the American Legion hall for a Court of Awards program, during which pins were presented for advancement in rank.
Pictured above, front row, from left, are Thomas Duesler, who received his first class pin; Edward D'Arcangelis, the recipient of a second class pin and Harry Berry, Jr., who attained tender-foot rank; rear row, Norman Buhrmaster, a new second class Scout; Charles Swanson, who received his Star Scout pin, and Thomas Trono, the recipient of a Life Scout award.
During the evening, Scoutmaster Lewis Reddy presented several merit badge awards. Scouts and their guests also viewed pictures taken on their trip to Camp Philmont last summer.


Looking Back - 12/12/2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Updated: 3:24 AM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

The Canajoharie Central School District got some good marks on its annual Comprehensive Assessment report, according to District Superintendent Richard Rose. During the last meeting of the Board of Education, Rose said the report identified areas where students are doing well. Writing, mathematics and history are all above the county and state averages at the high school.

Ray Thompson, known for many years as a Canajoharie area barber, celebrated his 90th birthday recently with a family dinner and gathering. For a number of years, he has operated the Fyr Fighter safety equipment supply company, seen throughout the area in his red van. He said recently he plans to sell the business and let someone else take over the reigns of the safety equipment company.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Following a public hearing recently, the Village Board approved the filing of a Community Development Block Grant application with the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to obtain funding to rehabilitate some 160 sub-standard housing units in the village. If approved, the grant could provide the village with up to $500,000 for the single-purpose rehabilitation project this coming year.

In an effort to serve the needs of the up-county area, St. Mary's Hospital has initiated a pre-natal clinic in the Canajoharie Medical Building, 56 Montgomery St.

The Canajoharie Youth Center is now sponsoring a Ski Club for any interested students wishing to participate.

Jeffrey L. Susi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Susi, of Sharon Springs, has accepted a hospital administrator's position at Catherine McAuley Health Center, an 800-bed teaching hospital in Ann Arbor, MI.

-- Forty Years Ago

The USS Neptune, decommissioned by the U.S. Navy and transferred to active service with the Military Sealift Command, was commanded by Capt. Knute V. Show, civilian marine master. Capt. Show and his wife Eileen reside on Smith Street Extension.

Spiraling costs for social services and salary increases caused a record high 1974 Montgomery County budget of $14,292,034, up more than $1.8 million over the previous year's spending plan.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

The removal of lead-based paint from the Route 80 bridge is now complete, said Project Engineer John Vesp, and the span's second lane of traffic could be opened by the end of the week.

Clinton Avenue will be opening in 1994, and it could be as early as Jan. 15, according to contract specifications laid out by the Fort Plain Village Board and its engineering firm, John M. McDonald Engineering, of Schenectady. The hill has been closed to vehicular traffic from Kellogg Street all the way up Clinton Avenue to its inter-way up Clinton Avenue to its intersection with Waddell Avenue since a mudslide early last spring threatened to undermine the roadway.

When Francesca Biondo was a little girl in Palermo, Sicily, each Christmas she would create a Nativity scene at her home. Francesca has brought this tradition from the Old World, which she began as a youngster of about nine or ten, to the New World as she recreated her Nativity scene in the pizza parlor she operates with her husband, Frank. "When I was little, I used to build one every Christmas," Francesca said as she sat next to her Nativity scene, which sits in the window of Frank's New York Pizzeria, on Main Street in the village of Fort Plain. She's been living in the United States for three years, and it's been that long since she last created her Nativity scene. When she decided it was an effort she missed, and one she wanted to present in her new home, Francesca said she called home. Her mother, Provindenza Canepa, was glad to help.

The Fort Renesselaer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored Danise Douglass, the local organization's selection as their Good Citizen of the Year.

-- Thirty Years Ago

Pvt. Wendy M. Douglas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Douglas, Fort Plain RD 3, has completed Army basic training at Fort Dix, NJ.

Mark I. Palmateer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Palmateer, Fort Plain RD 2, enlisted in the Navy Oct. 28 and is stationed at the Naval Training Center in San Diego.

Mr. and Mrs. Roland Littrell celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently with a mass of Thanksgiving and a renewal of their wedding vows at St. James Catholic Church.

-- Forty Years Ago

Mrs. Gladys Wraith, Kenmore, Supreme Ashy of the United States and Canada made her official visit to the Montgomery County Moyova Zuni No. 58, at the Fort Plain 100F Temple.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

A real effort on the part of Margaret Thomas' fourth grade students at D.H. Robbins Elementary School proved worthwhile recently as they put on an interesting and informative series of skits depicting numerous American Indian legends. The performance was put on for the morning program as a culmination of the fourth graders' study of New York's Indian tribes and their customs, legends and folklore.

Members of the newly formed St. Johnsville Youth Commission attended the recent meeting of the St. Johnsville Town Board, and told board members that the township was short $1,745 in appropriations for the St. Johnsville Summer Youth Program in 1994. Town Supervisor Rose M. Jubar countered by telling the commission members during the recent meeting that the town had placed $2,758 in the recently adopted budget, and that this fund could not be changed. She then asked Commission members how their figure was arrived at.

St. Johnsville Business Association will sponsor a Christmas decorating contest. Anyone residing within the town and village of St. Johnsville, is eligible to participate.

-- Thirty Years Ago

The Community Development Agency received authorization from the Village Board to file applications under the Jobs Bill and Small Cities programs for monies which would be used to rehabilitate sections of the village. According to CDA President Fred LaCoppola, St. Johnsville could receive as much as $75,000 under the Jobs Bill program, and as much as $750,000 under one of two options offered by the Small Cities program.

The Town Board is applying for a federal grant of $200,000 which would be used to revamp the solid waste transfer station — an area that has come under fire at recent meetings of the board. At a public hearing in the town barn, the board voted to file an application for Jobs Bill monies. As much as $200,000 could be awarded to St. Johnsville, all of which would be used for the transfer station, according to Town Supervisor W. Revere Dockey.

High school sophomore Tina Shuster has been chosen to represent St. Johnsville at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation Leadership Seminar April 1-June 17.

The state Department of Transportation has altered plans concerning work to be done on New Turnpike Road in an effort to save a barn that has historical significance.

-- Forty Years Ago

The winningest (percentile) basketball coach of the Tri-Valley League is Lou Miklic. The Saints have a record of 95-45 and two championships in seven years. His top percentage was .679.


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