Author: Joshua Thomas

Religion/Church Updates – 05/26/2017

— CANAJOHARIE — Reformed Church Rev. Matt Draffen Sunday 9 a.m. Christian Education 9:20 Choir Practice 10:00 am Worship Nursery provided Fellowship hour follows worship United Methodist Church 50 E. Main Street 673-2712 Pastor Dr. Robert Farmer Sundays – 10:30 a.m. Worship Saturdays – 9:30 a.m. choir practice Sunday, March 27 – 10:30 a.m. Easter service, special music (We are now handicap accessible) Guiding Light Fellowship Rose of Sharon Church of God Pastor Fred Jones 122 Moyer St. 705-0897 Daytime 683-2885 after 6 p.m. Tuesday – 7 p.m. Church of The Good Shepherd, Episcopal The Rev. Virginia Ogden, Rector Handicapped accessible 26 Moyer St., P. O. Box 118 Canajoharie, NY 13317 (518) 673-3440 [email protected] Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. Healing prayer available at close of service. Time of fellowship following service. St. John’s – St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Rev. R. Zachary Labagh 99 Church St. (518) 673-2224 Faith formation – 9:45 a.m. (ends 5/18) Sunday – 9:45 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Worship Service website: stjmcanjo.org A joint Vacation Bible School will be held July 7-11, 6-8 p.m. Call the above number for more information Faith, Hope and Love Christian Fellowship Rev. David W. Bowley, Pastor Mrs. Norma Bowley, pianist Saturdays – 5 p.m. at 50 E. Main St., Canajoharie (lower floor of United Methodist Church), contemporary music, Bible-based sermon, Children’s class during the sermon see our Facebook page or...

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Beech-Nut requests EPA withdraw asbestos removal order for former site

By JOSHUA THOMAS C-S-E Editor CANAJOHARIE — Beech-Nut has requested that the Environmental Protection Agency withdraw a federal administrative order filed against them in April, which insisted that they remove asbestos-contaminated material from their former 26.9 acre site in downtown Canajoharie. Commented Beech-Nut Spokesperson Kirsten Whipple via a written statement, “We should not be held responsible for asbestos-related issues caused by improper disposal procedures that occurred after selling the property in 2013.” “In fact, the property has been sold twice since we owned it,” continued Whipple’s statement, referring to Beech-Nut’s original 2013 sale to Ohio-based TD Development, LLC, and that company’s subsequent sale to Jeffrey Wendel, acquisition director for Great Western Steel, LLC. Canajoharie Mayor Francis Avery said that he’s unsure TDD LLC’s sale of Beech-Nut to Wendel was legitimate, commenting of the alleged sale, “there was never any formal transfer of the property, never any of the back taxes paid, never any deeds.” Referring to the property, he continued, “it’s still in [TDD LLC Owner] Todd Clifford’s name, and that’s per Montgomery County. They may say it’s been sold, but that was strictly smoke and mirrors.” Whipple stated of Beech-Nut’s 2013 sale to TDD LLC, “At the time Beech-Nut sold the property, we had complied with the environmental standards regarding asbestos containing materials without creating health risks for employees or the community.” The EPA alleges in the administrative order...

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Fort Plain prom-goers live Happily Ever After

By JOSHUA THOMAS C-S-E Editor FORT PLAIN — Saturday, attendees of the Fort Plain Central School District’s 2017 Prom coronation sat in wait as prom-goers prepared backstage for their eventual grand entrance, many speaking about or staring in awe at the gigantic, majestic light-lined set, which featured a carriage, a castle, a glass slipper, and a long walkway lined in stone print. Prior to the prom, students choose the theme — Happily Ever After — along with the color scheme and decorations, a large number of them visiting the Harry Hoag Elementary gymnasium prior to the event to set up....

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CCSD promgoers celebrate Nautical Nights at the Water’s Edge

By JOSHUA THOMAS C-S-E Editor CANAJOHARIE — On Friday evening, Canajoharie Central School District’s 2017 Prom attendees crossed the stage of the Arkell Performing Arts Center at Canajoharie High School, briefly posting between two crashing waves, behind a boat’s wooden steering column, to highlight the event’s theme — Nautical Nights. Following the coronation — at the end of which the stage’s curtain was pulled back to reveal the full prom class — the promgoers were taken to the Water’s Edge Lighthouse in Schenectady, where they dined and danced the night away. Following the prom, attendees were invited to attend the SADD-sponsored 31’st annual Post-Prom Party at the East Hill Elementary complex. The Post Prom Party was open to all juniors and seniors, regardless of whether they attended the prom or not. All Post-Prom attendees were provided a themed shirt to wear, featuring artwork by CHS student Breanna Snyder, created in Michelle Egelston’s Graphic Design class. The Post-Prom Party, a chemical-free event created as an alternative to other potentially destructive prom night choices, featured mountains of food, tons of activities, and world-class entertainment. Post-Prom was funded through fundraisers, along with the generosity of area businesses and individual donors. Joshua Thomas – Jade Acquilla escorted by Blade Mead Joshua Thomas – Carolyn Adams escorted by Jacob St. Martin Joshua Thomas – Kirstin Bates and Naomi Moshier escorted by Orion Burke Joshua Thomas – Madyson...

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Fort Klock successfully holds opening day one week early

By JOSHUA THOMAS C-S-E Editor ST. JOHNSVILLE — Fort Klock Historic Restoration rescheduled their seasonal opening from the regular date of Memorial Day this year, opening one week earlier to great success, drawing a humongous crowd all day long, about 20-25 volunteers treating attendees to demonstrations in candle-making, metal working, toys and games, weaving, cooking, baking, blacksmithing, beer making and 18th century medicine. About 12 of Fort Klock Historic Restoration’s members planned Saturday’s event, heavily publicizing it online and via the dissemination of calling cards carrying the names of present crafters and demonstrators. New to this year’s opening day celebration...

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Genesee tanks pass through local locks

Photo by David Warner - Six giant tanks bound for Genessee Brewing Company in Rochester pass through Lock E14 in Palatine Bridge Wednesday. By JOSHUA THOMAS C-S-E Editor PALATINE BRIDGE — Barges loaded with six tanks heading west for Rochester’s Genesee Brewery, travelled through the local area Wednesday, passing through Randall, Canajoharie, Fort Plain and St. Johnsville before spending the night in Mindenville, about a mile west of St. Johnsville, at Lock E16. The massive barges, carrying 20-foot by 60-foot tanks — too large to be transported via New York State Thruway — utilized one of the state’s most historic transportation...

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Town and village talk current and future consolidation

By JOSHUA THOMAS C-S-E Editor ST. JOHNSVILLE — Wednesday evening, the town and village boards of St. Johnsville held a joint meeting at the Community House, facilitating a consolidation-related conversation, the groups discussing services that are already shared between the entities, and the potential for further consolidation. “The reason we’re here is because in the 2017-2018 state budget, there’s a requirement that counties initiate a shared services plan,” involving mayors, supervisors and school districts, explained Town Supervisor Dominick Stagliano. Municipalities must submit shared services plans to the Montgomery County Legislature by August 1, outlining areas where tax money could potentially be saved. Before adopting the county-wide plan, at least three public hearings must take place, the legislature having the opportunity to make alterations to, and suggestions regarding, town and village submissions. Stagliano pointed out, “We’ve been doing joint projects for 40 years — longer,” though he said, “we really don’t have a joint agreement between us, and we probably should have, to nail things down.” Some areas where services are currently shared between the town and village are dog control, assessment, and youth recreation, the entities also sharing a Board of Health and historian. St. Johnsville Mayor Bernard Barnes stated of current shared services, “what we have to do is put them in writing,” the goal being to outline to the County Legislature where consolidation efforts have already been successful. Continued...

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County students and educators honored for being “Made of Something Stronger”

By MORGAN FRISCH For the C-S-E FONDA — Students and staff representing five high schools in Montgomery County were told Friday morning to always celebrate that something which defines them as “Made of Something Stronger.” It was a full house at the Winner’s Circle for the first annual  Montgomery County Students and Educators Made of Something Stronger Breakfast. School districts of Amsterdam, Fonda-Fultonville, Canajoharie, Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville and Fort Plain were represented. A total of 20 high school seniors and five teachers were recognized as individuals who are truly “Made of Something Stronger,” based off of essays that they wrote....

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Root Town Council adopts fence law, appoints energy task force

By DEBORAH BUCK For the C-S-E ROOT — Following a public hearing, the Root Town Council unanimously adopted Local Law 2 of 2017, detailing fence- and border-related regulations. Several residents expressed concern with the new law, with town officials stating that the new law is specifically directed at residents who don’t control their animals. It will not, they assured residents, impact responsible animal owners. Town officials emphasized that they, via the adoption of the fence law, are not attempting to inhibit farming practices and/or owning animals. They’re attempting to create penalties for situations wherein there have been continuous problems or violations, noting that in some instances, residents have lodged complaints regarding irresponsible animal owners for several years. Copies of the newly adopted fence law will be supplied to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Encon and the NYS Troopers. The newly adopted law also has to be filed with the state. Town Supervisor Gary Kamp reported that NYS sales tax revenue was up during the first quarter of 2017, the town taking in $106,562 in comparison to 2016’s $101,600. Supervisor Kamp also advised the board that the town would soon receive a check for $18,758.15 in CHIPS money, representing additional funding resulting from this past winter’s extreme conditions. At the May 10 meeting, Dan Sullivan, a coordinator with the Clean Energy Communities Program,  through the New York State Energy Research and...

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