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Looking Back - 12/19/2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - Updated: 10:16 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Part of the Canajoharie Youth Center's Christmas Party featured Alvin Austin, who played his guitar and sang songs for an especially appreciative audience of youngsters.

Canajoharie Central's Middle School Concert Band got the season in gear during its annual Christmas Concert in the high school auditorium.

Canajoharie-Fort Plain Elks Lodge held their annual memorial service for all departed members at the lodge with Robert Dievendorf, of Fort Plain, as guest speaker. Lodge officers performed the memorial service as the name of each departed member was read.

Court Catherine Esther No. 1264 Catholic Daughters of the Americas held their annual Christmas party at the Elm Tree Restaurant, Fort Plain. Forty-six members and guest attended the affair. Cocktails, dinner and Christmas Bingo rounded out the evening, with the court honoring those who have been members for 50 years. Angie Damico, Marion Vianese and Mary Thomasen, who happen to all be sisters, were recognized by Regent, Bonnie Keller. Two other 50-year members unable to attend were: Mrs. Kathleen Kane and Mrs. Burnise Dockerty.

The children of the Little Friends Nursery School, of Canajoharie, share some of that good old fashioned Christmas spirit with residents of Arkell Hall. Following a reading session, where the senior citizens read Christmas stories to the children, the kids sang their favorite songs for the residents. Three of Arkell Hall residents read stories to the children, they were: Mrs. Hoffman, Mrs. Cross and Mrs. Johnson.

-- Thirty Years Ago

The Animal Shelter Association of Sprakers met recently and elected the following officers for 1994: Maynard Waite, president; Bernard Suits, vice president; Virginia Porter, secretary; and Dorothy Snyder, treasurer.

Lori K. LaValley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garry LaValley, Canajoharie RD, has been called to serve on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at a Spanish speaking mission in Chicago, IL.

Navy Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Michael B. Vooys, son of Bernard J. Vooys, Canajoharie, recently returned from a seven-month deployment to the Mediterranean.

-- Forty Years Ago

Joseph J. Drach, who operates an importing business from Canajoharie, was elected president of the Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce at the group's annual dinner-meeting. Drach, a retired Air Force colonel, succeeds Martin E. Hearn, who had held the post for two years.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

A Fort Plain man who served in the Navy during World War II received a citation and medal from the Russian Federation for his service to the the then Soviet Union during the war. Edward F. Thompson, of RD 3, Fort Plain, received the commemorative medal and a certificate from Vladimir F. Lukin, the Ambassador of the Russian Republic in Washington, D.C.

Fort Plain Central School District Superintendent John Metallo and the school board are quite proud of progress made over the last five years in raising the standards students enrolled in the school district. As evidenced by the district's Comprehensive Assessment Report, which Metallo reviewed with the Board of Education at a recent meeting, Fort Plain students are ranked "well above" their peers across Montgomery and Fulton counties and on a larger scale, across much of New York state as well.

The music department of Fort Plain's Harry Hoag Elementary School recently got to show off their talents during the second Christmas Concert of the season.

Virginia J. Hamshar, personnel programs office at headquarters, NY Air National Guard, New Windson, was promoted to major. She is employed, full-time, in the National Guard in Latham as the state equal employment manager. Major Hamshar lives with her family in Fort Plain.

Fort Plain's Happy Clown Nursery School recently presented their annual Christmas Pageant for family and friends. Several skits were performed by the talented -- and well practiced -- youngsters, who also sang a number of Christmas songs.

-- Thirty Years Ago

This village plans to again seek nearly $500,000 in federal funds for housing rehabilitation in the area of Hancock and State streets. At the Village Board meeting, trustees indicated support for Mayor Richard Jacksland's suggestion that the village submit an application nearly identical to one filed last year for funding through the Small Cities program. A year ago, the village was unsuccessful in its quest for $483,100 in community development funds through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

A newly created "peer leadership" class at Fort Plain High School has embarked upon an ambitious program to decrease substance abuse in the school and community, reduce student apathy and increase students' self-esteem. The class, which was formed as part of the school district's "Project Team" approach to drug and alcohol abuse, also hopes to promote positive communication among students in an effort to make young people, staff members and other residents of the community more enthusiastic about the local schools.

Timothy Kirkpatrick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kirkpatrick, Canal Street, has been promoted to aviation boatswain's mate (fuels), second class petty officer.

Airman Sheri L. Hyney, daughter of Louise A. Fox, Johnstown RD 2, and Robert Hyney, Fort Plain RD 2, has been assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, MS, following completion of Air Force basic training.

A feature story by Rome Daily Sentinel reporter Patti Hendrickson, native of Nelliston, has won second place in the annual Newspaper Writing Competition sponsored by the New York State Associated Press Association.

-- Forty Years Ago

An advisory committee recommended to the Board of Education that they abandon plans to build a swimming pool onto the existing high school building. The recommendation came four and-a-half years after the proposal was defeated in a May, 1969 referendum.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

Joy to the World was the theme of the St. Johnsville Junior/Senior High School's annual Christmas concert, held recently in the High School gym.

The village of St. Johnsville should be prepared for about any emergency that might come up -- at least on paper -- with the adoption of an emergency preparedness plan during the recent evening's meeting of the Village Board. 

Long before electricity, long before gasoline and oil powered automobiles and heated homes, the traditions of Christmas or St. Nicholas Day were firmly established. Fourth and fifth grade students of D.H. Robbins Elementary School in St. Johnsville got a peek into the past as Ensign Sammons, of the Tryon County Militia, told of earlier, harder times.

-- Thirty Years Ago

It is only a matter of time and money before the "Old Stone Store" is torn down. That was the feeling given by officials at the recent meeting of the Village Board. The main hurdle standing in the way of the building's demolition is the lack of funds on the village's part and the Palatine Settlement Society, the group trying to save the 150-year-old historic landmark. "When we can, we should come up with the money to have it torn down," Mayor Wilfred Kraft told the board. 

-- Forty Years Ago

The Village Board plans no further action regarding the possible installation of outdoor lighting facilities at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park.

     

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