Author: Joshua Thomas

Religion/Church Updates – 07/14/2017

— 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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Area kids participate in fun at annual Youth Day

Morgan Frisch - Kaden Moshee, of Fort Plain, in the bounce house at Youth Day. By MORGAN FRISCH For the C-S-E FONDA — The field on Park Street was filled Tuesday with children competing in inflatable jousting competitions, eating snow cones in the grass or running a relay race. All of the activities were part of the third annual Montgomery County Youth Day which ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside the County Annex building. “It’s nice to drive through the village and see a field full of kids from across the county,”Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort said....

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Summer Program begins at CYC

Joshua Thomas - CYC Summer Program attendees line up for ice cream Monday. By JOSHUA THOMAS C-S-E Editor CANAJOHARIE — On Monday, the Canajoharie Community Youth Center kicked off its annual Summer Program, with new Director Amanda Sweet at the helm for the first time, crafting center programming in tandem with Athletic Director Dontay Fowler, the CYC’s former director who is now working full time to expand the center’s athletic offerings. “So far, it’s been going great!” Sweet said of the Summer Program Monday afternoon, as all 53 present kids (out of the 65 signed up so far) enjoyed ice...

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The Reverberators kick off St. Johnsville concert series

Joshua Thomas - Sarah and Mackenzie Lynch dance during Monday’s concert at the St. Johnsville Marina. By JOSHUA THOMAS C-S-E Editor ST. JOHNSVILLE — Monday evening provided sunny, picturesque weather for the kickoff of St. Johnsville’s summer concert series, which annually provides an opportunity for community members and those from afar to enjoy several free evenings of music, also offering a fundraising showcase for local businesses and organizations. Monday, the St. Johnsville Chamber of Commerce provided refreshments, including hot dogs from a real-life hot dog cart, the organization also being scheduled to serve a variety of items during the season’s...

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Three groups rescued from Canajoharie Creek

Joshua Thomas - Around Midnight Wednesday, rescue agencies line the entrance to Wintergreen Park. By JOSHUA THOMAS C-S-E Editor CANAJOHARIE — Over a dozen rescue agencies assisted in three separate Canajoharie Creek rescues over the course of ten-plus hours beginning Wednesday afternoon, concluding in Thursday’s early morning hours. Wednesday afternoon, a normal, meandering Canajoharie Creek transformed into rushing whitewater after Ames received a deluge of rain. While Canajoharie Police Chief Bryan MacFadden said it’s routine for the department to close Wintergreen Park in the case of an emergency or unsafe conditions, there was no notice that the quick afternoon downpour...

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Village Board agrees to pursue study of police department dissolution

By JOSHUA THOMAS C-S-E Editor FORT PLAIN — At June’s regular meeting of the Fort Plain Village Board, the council unanimously adopted a resolution agreeing to research whether the dissolution of the Fort Plain Police Department is viable. That resolution was included in an application Montgomery County submitted to the state, aimed at securing 20-million dollars in consolidation-related funding. Several individuals, including a part-time Fort Plain police officer, spoke out against the potential dissolution during the meeting, with board members also questioning its validity, though Mayor Thomas Quackenbush said that should the dissolution take place, it won’t be in the immediate future. He explained that, first, opinions and facts would be sought from professionals, including Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police Department employees, along with local chiefs of police.  Also, “the public needs to have input,” he said, noting that the board would then have to pass a resolution dissolving the police department, which would require the adoption of a local law and permissive referendum. “None of this,” he said, “is going to happen until we sit down and have these conversations.” Whether the village could potentially save money by contracting for police protection with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Quackenbush said, “it’s not just about the numbers. It’s about police protection and doing it better than we can now.” The resolution adopted during June’s meeting stated...

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Legislature approves foreclosure of former Beech-Nut site

By MORGAN FRISCH For the C-S-E FONDA — The Montgomery County Legislature is able to move forward with the foreclosure of the former Beech-Nut property in Canajoharie after passing two resolutions Tuesday night. “The day is finally here,” Canajoharie Village Mayor Frances Avery said. “It’s a great significance what’s happened tonight.” The legislature voted unanimously during a special meeting for Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They also authorized Montgomery County Attorney Meghan M. Manion to move forward with foreclosure of the 26-plus acre site. Ossenfort said this is a firm step forward and it shows the county’s commitment towards the project. He said previously that the MOA reduces the risk and liability in taking on a site that has contamination issues. Via the EPA’s MOA with Montgomery County, two liens they have claimed against the property, estimated at approximately $4 million, will be released, with the EPA also waiving their right to take title of the property within a year of foreclosure. If the county sells the property they will convey 50 percent of those earnings to the EPA. District 9 Legislator Robert Purtell asked Manion if she could “bring everyone up to date” in regards to events leading up to this point. Manion said the Industrial Development Agency competed phase one of the process. This...

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Ossenfort outlines county’s state-mandated shared services plan

By MORGAN FRISCH For the C-S-E JOHNSTOWN — A majority of those in attendance raised their hand in support of Montgomery County’s Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan on Wednesday after an open forum. Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort led the discussion in the large lounge of the Student Union Building at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. The forum was open to the public to hear Ossenfort review 12 initiatives that are intended to save property taxpayers money by identifying collaborative opportunities for shared services between as many local governments as possible. Under the state budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo mandated the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative in which the chief executive officers of each county are required to establish a shared services panel and develop a county-wide shared services property tax savings plan. The panel is led by Ossenfort and members include supervisors and mayors from each municipality. The full panel was not present, but several municipal leaders attended. Plans that create actual savings may be eligible for a one-time match of the net savings. The plan must be submitted to the county legislature for review by Aug. 1. There needs to be public hearings and modifications made by Sept. 15 and a public presentation by Oct. 15. Ossenfort described the 12 initiatives as “outside of the box” and “bold” and said the impact on government services they focus on is improving services,...

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Down Memory Lane – 07/14/2017

Friends of the Fort Conduct Successful Auction at Restoration Bidding was brisk Saturday, July 11, 1964, at the auction conducted by the Friends of the Fort on the grounds of the Fort Plain Restoration. Auctioneer Karl Baurle, of South Valley, who volunteered his services for the occasion, is shown with one of a number of ornately framed pictures of yesteryear which were purchased by those attending. Proceeds of the auction totaled $452.63 indicating active bidding, particularly before the break for noon lunch. Items offered for sale were varied, ranging from genuine antiques to a German 3.5 camera, the latter going for $25, the highest amount paid by a bidder for a single article. Despite other competitive attractions, the same afternoon and the intense heat which made sitting in the sun for more than just a few minutes unpleasant, the persons attending voiced their approval of the variety and quality of the merchandise offered and the manner in which the auction was conducted. Shown on the table above are only a few of the many articles offered, the photograph being taken about 1:30 p.m. before the one lower wing of the former Galligan barn in the background was cleared of the larger articles, among them chests of drawers, tables, stands, victrolas, chairs and even a refrigerator. All items came from attics, cellars or even the living rooms and kitchens of...

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