Author: Joshua Thomas

Thousands attend sunny Sundae on the Farm

Joshua Thomas - Sundae on the Farm attendees gather for Sunday afternoon’s Milking Contest. By JOSHUA THOMAS C-S-E Editor CANAJOHARIE — Four thousand-plus attendees passed through Honorone Farm during Sunday’s 17th Annual Sundae on the Farm. The event — sponsored by Montgomery County Farm Bureau, Agricultural Farmland and Protection Board, and Soil and Water — offered far more than just sundaes. Attendees browsed the wares of local vendors selling handmade items and homegrown food and flowers, the educational day culminating with a milking contest, wherein Fonda-Fultonville Central School employees squared off against Montgomery and Fulton County educators. Honorone Farm has remained...

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Library’s second fundraising Gala is a smashing success

Photo submitted - Elana Geweye, dressed as a wild thing from Maurice Sendak’s classic “Where The Wild Things Are,” distributes soup spoons during Sunday’s Gala. By JOSHUA THOMAS C-S-E Editor FORT PLAIN — On Sunday, the Fort Plain Free Library raised funds for their ongoing Phase II construction project via an elaborate Gala, titled “A Novel Experience: An Epicurean Journey Through Literature,” wherein guests were served layered, literary-themed dishes created by The Table at Fort Plain’s Owner and Chef Aaron Katovitch. The second annual Gala, by all accounts, was a smashingly exciting affair, with Fort Plain Free Library Director Whitney...

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Phase II construction to be completed in late fall, early winter

Joshua Thomas - Phase II construction work is underway at the Fort Plain Library, which will be outfitted with a new double-door, ADA compliant, River Street entrance. FORT PLAIN — Sunday’s Gala was just one of the many fundraising events and entities contributing to the Fort Plain Free Library’s Phase II construction project, for which the facility must raise a 25 percent match, equalling about $75,000. Also raising money for the construction — expected complete in late fall or early winter — were book, plant, and bake sales, capital and private donations and the sale of engraved pavers, 300 of which will...

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CCSD Board of Education considers 5 million dollar Capital Project

By JOSHUA THOMAS C-S-E Editor CANAJOHARIE — The Canajoharie Central School Board of Education is considering an approximately five million dollar Capital Project, aimed at completing health- and safety-focused renovations at each of the district’s three school buildings. The first priority, explained Superintendent Deborah Grimshaw, is the safety of the elementary, middle, and high school entrances. “We know that that’s been an issue we’ve wanted to address for a while — to redesign the entrances of all three buildings, particularly focused on the Middle School, so they would be more-safe for people entering the buildings,” Grimshaw explained, noting that while the safety enhancements are “still conceptual in nature,” they’d likely focus on renovations at the Canajoharie High and East Hill Elementary Schools, while the Middle School offices would be physically moved to a location near the building’s south-facing entrance. The project would also focus on second priority items, including boiler replacements in each building and heating control upgrades, along with lighting and energy efficiency improvements, track resurfacing, and roof repairs at all three schools. The Board of Education initially created a priority list that detailed 19 million dollars worth of repairs and improvements, Grimshaw explaining, “that is not the project we are going to be doing.” The BOE has since worked to phase the improvements, addressing priority needs and then, according to Grimshaw, “looking at how subsequent phases would address the...

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Root Town Council discusses security system details

By DEBORAH BUCK For the C-S-E ROOT — At the September Root Town Council meeting, Councilperson Dominic Cuomo presented a summary relating to the future installation of a town office security system, providing scope of work and cost estimates. He provided two options for the Access Control System, the first detailing work to secure three doors with locking mechanisms, and the installation of intercoms and cameras at various locations, including the main courtroom entrance and the building’s side entrance — the total cost for equipment and labor being $4,665. Option two would include the installation of additional intercoms — at Town Justice Tom Ericksen’s request — for the court clerk and town clerk’s office, upping the cost for the combined options to $7,565. Cuomo said that he and Eriksen would work on a grant to fund the project, which will be submitted to the NYS Court System by October 12, noting that the purpose of the system’s installation would be the protection of town personnel while controlling entry to the building. The Town Council adopted a resolution authorizing Eriksen to submit the grant application, Councilperson Evelyn Lindley stating that her approval of the resolution, along with the system’s installation, would be contingent on the receipt of the grant funding. Town Clerk Sherrie Eriksen reported that the town still contains a significant amount of unlicensed dogs, stating that tickets will soon...

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County to vote on boiler, roof repairs at Annex building

By MORGAN FRISCH For the C-S-E FONDA — Montgomery County Legislators approved a budget transfer Tuesday for the Department of Public Works equipment replacements. The Physical Services Committee pushed the resolution to the full board that, if approved, would impact to the fund balance $105,839. According to the resolution, the annex building heating system cracked and was “deemed unrepairable” at the end of the 2016-17 heating season. Department of Public Works Commissioner Eric Mead has solicited bids for the project and selected a lowest bidder, Johnson Controls, with the cost not to exceed $73,250. According to the resolution, the annex building roof is also in immediate need of repair because of several leaks. A condition assessment was completed on the roof and determined the cost to repair will not exceed $32,589. Legislators need to approve a resolution to amend the 2017 operating budget for the building repairs. The DPW will perform certain portions of the work, which will help reduce the cost by approximately $40,000. District 9 Legislator Robert Purtell asked Mead if he could give an overview of the project. “As everyone is aware, the boiler cracked over in the annex building and we had to do demolition and removal, which has been going on over the summer,” Mead said. He said there has been asbestos abatement going on in the room and Spectrum Air Monitoring service has...

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Legislature OKs funds transfer for overtime at county jail

By MORGAN FRISCH For the C-S-E FONDA — The Montgomery County Public Safety Committee pushed forward a resolution Tuesday to transfer funds to cover the cost of overtime pay at the jail. Legislators approved to transfer $129,000 within the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department budget. If approved by the full board, the funds would be moved from current budgeted lines to  overtime pay. According to the resolution, the overtime is needed in the jail due to the constant turnover of staff, watches and officers out of work. Montgomery County Sheriff Michael Amato was present Tuesday evening to explain the situation to legislators. He said the New York State Department of Civil Service has not put out a list [of hirees] in awhile because they were having some type of problem. “We actually lost 20 people this year between retirement, people that we hired that didn’t make it, people that we lost due to discipline,” Amato said. “So we were down 20 people and we hired at least 20 to 25 already this year.” He said during this changeover, they had to pay staff overtime to fill in. He also mentioned that the state is requiring the department to do “constant watches” on inmates. As a result, a corrections officer is required stand in front of an inmate’s cell 24/7. “It [overtime] stems from not having a list and nobody to hire,”...

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Down Memory Lane – 09/22/2017

Gary Fuller Wins Second Soap Box Derby: The second successful soap box derby sponsored by the Canajoharie Community Youth Center and the Canajoharie Lions Club was held last Saturday morning, Sept. 25, 1965, on Orchard Street with a large number of cars entered and a bigger crowd of spectators. The winner was Gary Fuller, driving car No. 1 in a time of 24 seconds. Pictured is Fuller receiving his trophy from Bob Whitbeck, winner of an earlier race. In the background are Victor Sgambato, director of the CYC; Chief of Police Alton Dingman, Robert Whitbeck, holding his youngest son; Fred Doster, Carl Schreiber, and Melvin Weaver, the last three being members of the Lions Club. In second place was Whitbeck, who made the final run in 25 seconds, followed by Billy Van Leeuwen, driving Bluebird No. 2 in 25.6 seconds; Paul Lunde, fourth; Steve Kuntzsch, fifth; Dan Williams, sixth and Greg Smith,...

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Looking Back – 09/22/2017

Canajoharie Twenty Years Ago • Tri-district merger studies were underway with residents divided whether for or against merging the three school districts. • The second annual Senior Fall Festival was opened at Canajoharie High School with launching of balloons. The festival featured many exhibits and loads of entertainment. • Mary Snyder was crowned Canajoharie Fire Queen. • The Class of 1967 celebrated its 20 year reunion. • An alligator was caught jay walking down Montgomery Steet in June. Three men were arrested and charged with prohibited possession of an endangered species, a violation of the state Environmental Conservation law. • Mac Tonight was a big hit at the local McDonalds in Palatine Bridge. • Montgomery County celebrated 200 years of the Constitution with a big celebration at the Old Court House in Fonda. Trees were planted, individuals spoke with featured speaker Douglas Ayres Jr., bands entertained, a mock debate was presented and there was lots of food. Thirty Years Ago • The Mohawk Valley was in the midst of a rainy season with rain rather commonplace for 10 days straight, and more predicted. The county was free of flooding although the Mohawk River reached its highest levels during 1977. Rainfall was measured at 1.07 inches one day and 2.10 inches another. • The Loyal Order of Moose opened its new home on Erie Boulevard with its first class of candidates receiving degree work. • Five Canajoharie High School seniors...

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