Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:35:37 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
CANAJOHARIE -- The Valley Choralaires' annual Spring Concert, held Sunday afternoon at the United Methodist Church, was attended by an appreciative group who watched in rapt attention as the choral group filled the church's vast sanctuary with layered harmonies, bringing an intimate vibe to the expansive space.
The group, now in its 42nd year, has been practicing for their annual Spring Concert weekly for a relatively short period of two months. Director Allison Wa ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:34:14 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- A lifelong village resident, the matriarch of a large, loving family, and a friend to everyone, Anita Smith spent her life promoting the community she loved and sharing her vast knowledge of its history and heritage.
Smith, who celebrated her 90th birthday in November, died Wednesday.
Smith, who lived in her current home in the village for 60-plus years, was many things. Her list of professional accomplishments aside, she was a ball of energy, a l ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 4:22:30 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
FORT PLAIN -- This past weekend, 197 Boy Scouts from Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie counties spent the weekend camping at the Fort Plain Museum, where they spent Saturday visiting 12 historical stations manned by presenters and re-enactors.
The presenters, most dressed in accurate garb from the period they discussed, told incredibly vivid stories and gave sometimes-hands-on demonstrations on topics including how to make pottery, historical ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 4:04:24 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
FORT PLAIN -- The first concert of this year's Summer Music Series at Unity Hall went well Saturday, with 70 attendees listening to varied music by numerous bands and solo performers in the former Universalist Church sanctuary.
Mohawk Valley Collective Treasurer Tolga Morawski said that while the event was basically a wash in terms of fundraising, commenting, "the money is always great when you can get it, but that's not the only element," he explained that the con ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 4:02:24 AM
FONDA -- Montgomery County officials awarded 11 local tourism grants last Tuesday totaling $12,000, which will be used toward tourism-related events.
Grant funding is tapped from a portion of the county’s occupancy tax revenue. Representatives from some of the winning organizations accepted the grants Tuesday during a county legislature committee meeting. The winning proposals ranged from attracting entertainment acts to hosting conferences and festivals.
“There is a lot of good even ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 4:01:07 AM
By DEBORAH BUCK
For the C-S-E
FLAST CREEK -- The Town of Root Planning Board retroactively approved the installation of a wind turbine at Peck Farms LLC during a May 6 meeting.
The planning board’s final approval was contingent on receipt of full documentation for the wind turbine project.
Stuart Adler, a project developer of United Wind, Inc., of Brooklyn, and Brian Storke, of Cazenovia Equipment Co. Energy (CEC Energy), the sub-contractor for United Wind, attended the meeting on behalf ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 4:00:00 AM
Twenty Years Ago
Everything appears to be a go for an official groundbreaking for Central National Bank's new administrative and operations headquarters in downtown Canajoharie -- possibly within two weeks. At a special meeting of the Village Board, the board authorized Mayor Richard Miller to approve "in principle" a ground lease agreement for the municipal parking lot property between Mohawk and Main streets. As explained by CNB Attorney Charles Tallent, the lease would run for ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:49:22 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Brothers Leo and Armand Mancini were recently recognized by Morris J. Edwards American Legion Post #168, St. Johnsville, for their 70 years of continuous legion membership.
Post Commander Anthony Susi cited the Mancini’s faithful and dedicated allegiance to the standards of the American Legion and their service to their country.
Additional proclamations were presented from Montgomery County, New York State Senator George Amedore, Jr. and the village of St. Johnsvill ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:47:32 AM
Memorial Day memories
By SKIP BARSHIED
Special to the C-S-E
The piercing notes of the bugle on Memorial Day each year bring memories to all ages. Memories of the conflicts in which our service men struggled. No longer can we see even one soldier of the Civil War as this writer did in his youth. Gone also are those who served in the Spanish American War in 1898.
Next in U.S. military history comes a conflict about which I’d like to tell a tale.
The stage is now set for 1917-1919. A war tha ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:45:43 AM
-- Church of Good Shepherd to hold Memorial Day Celebration
CANAJOHARIE -- The Church of the Good Shepherd, 26 Moyer St., Canajoharie, will host a Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge Memorial Day Celebration on Monday, May 25, beginning at 9 a.m. The event will include an American flag decommissioning ceremony by local Boy Scouts.
-- Charleston to host Memorial Day Parade
CHARLESTON -- A Memorial Day Parade will be held in Charleston on Monday, May 25, at 3:30 p.m. The parade will start at the Charlest ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:33:21 AM
Titan is a handsome 1-year-old neutered male Lab/Rottie mix, black with a touch of white. He arrived at the shelter on May 9. He knows "sit" and gives both his paws to "shake."
Kitten is one of six 6-week-old kittens who arrived on May 7. There are three female tigers, one male tiger and two black (one male and one female).
If anyone is interested in adopting either Titan or Kitten, please call the shelter or visit their website: ayresanimalshelter.com.
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:30:41 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Inc. has named Toni Snell the recipient of April's "Caught Caring" award for demonstrating the center's values by being a great supervisor.
Kara Neet-Marsh, who nominated Snell, stated, "Toni is able to oversee many residents and staff while working through stressful situations. She keeps her cool, is calm and runs her shift flawlessly."
Other staff members that were "Caught Caring" were Loni Saltis, Jaime Wink, Eric Schaffner, ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:28:46 AM
-- St. Johnsville Business Girls meet OESJ superintendent
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The May meeting of the St. Johnsville Business Girls was held Monday, May 4, at Cosmos Restaurant. Kathy LaCoppola read the thought for the day. Following dinner, Margaret Thomas conducted the business portion of the meeting. Members were reminded to help at the chamber events during Springfest.
The event's guest speaker was David Halloran, incoming superintendent of the OESJ Central School. He reviewed his background an ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:26:26 AM
-- Celebrate National Dairy Month at the Van Alstyne Homestead this June
CANAJOHARIE -- Celebrate National Dairy Month at the Van Alstyne Homestead, 42 Moyer St., during the month of June with the following events:
Saturday, June 6 — Sample organic white and chocolate milk and visit with Montgomery County Dairy Princess Stephanie Arndt and Pandora the Painted Cow.
Saturday, June 13 -- Stewart's ice cream will be available to sample during the second annual picnic day fundraiser. Music and ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015 11:01:05 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- Wednesday evening, a two vehicle accident on the New York State Thruway in the town of Canajoharie left one person dead and one in critical condition.
At 7:41 p.m. Wednesday, New York State Police from the Fultonville barracks responded to a two-car collision, wherein a passenger vehicle and a tractor trailer traveling westbound collided at milepost marker 195.4, approximately one mile west of Thruway exit 29.
According to a press release issued Thursday morning by the New York St ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:16:02 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
CANAJOHARIE -- On Tuesday evening, the Valley Choralaires lined the pews of the United Methodist Church, 50 East Main St., where they practiced doing what they do best -- making beautiful music, all in preparation for Sunday's annual Spring Concert, held in the same venue beginning at 3 p.m.
The Choralaires' harmonies could be heard floating out the open door of the church, bringing a sonic "pocket full of sunshine" to the day's spotty rain.
The Valley Choralaires, ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:15:18 AM
FORT PLAIN -- Two incumbent candidates, Jami Stevens and Mary Beth Hudyncia, are running for re-election to the Fort Plain Central School District Board of Education. The three-year terms will commence on July 1, 2015 and expire on June 30, 2018.
The sole candidate for the one board of education seat in Canajoharie Central School District, which carries a five-year term, is incumbent Mark Brody.
Two board of education seats are on the ballot in Oppenheim-Ephrathah-St. Johnsville Central School. ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:14:27 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
PALATINE BRIDGE -- The Stewart's Shops location at 6 West Grand St., Palatine Bridge, is currently undergoing a significant expansion. When the project is complete, the 3,975 square foot facility will be the largest Stewart's that's been constructed so far.
The two story home in the lot behind the current Stewart's is being cleared, along with the trees lining the hill leading up to Dutchtown Plaza, to make room for the new building, the front of which will face th ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:13:39 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- St. Johnsville ushered in Springfest weekend on Thursday, May 7, with a bake sale, vendors and sales throughout the village, and a Springfest Pageant at the OESJ High School, and ushered out the community gathering on Saturday with the most well attended Towpath Run in the event's 27 year history.
"Overall, I think it's been good," said St. Johnsville Chamber of Commerce President Juanita Handy of this year's Springfest, adding, "We had an outstan ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015 2:21:18 AM
Jeremy Brundage, a write in candidate for a seat on the OESJ Central School Board of Education, grew up in St. Johnsville, graduating from the district along with his wife before moving about five miles outside of town and sending their children to Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School District prior to the merger.
Brundage said the main reason he chose to campaign for a seat on the board of education is because, as a supporter of the merger from the beginning, he'd like to "see th ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:51:11 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
FLAT CREEK -- From Thursday through Sunday, a large crew of New York University and School of Visual Arts students transplanted themselves from one of the earth's biggest cities to the 115-acre backwoods of Flat Creek Cottage, where they shot the NYU Senior Thesis Film "The Man Who Fell," directed by graduating student Shu Zhu.
The 12 person crew, and four actors of varying ages, primarily arrived on Thursday and began shooting almost immediately, taking to the woo ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:41:01 AM
Twenty Years Ago
There was no more room on the bus. That, in a nutshell, explains why members of the Canajoharie Central School [CCS] Board of Education approved a three month transportation contract with Robert Brown Inc. for $4,500.
With the adoption of a fund transfer resolution, another important step was taken in Canajoharie's $4.2 million water filtration project at the recent Village Board session. On the recommendation of former Mayor Gloria Seligman, who was hired recent ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:24:24 AM
Brier is a sweet female Beagle mix, about 3-years-old. She was abandoned by her owner and arrived at the shelter on May 5. She knows the "sit" command.
Whiskey is a tiger and white male, about 6-months-old. He was found in Nelliston and arrived at the shelter on April 24. He's absolutely adorable and lovable.
If anyone is interested in adopting either Brier or Whiskey, please call the shelter or visit their website: ayresanimalshelter.com.
Last Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:22:26 AM
-- Wallace receives Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is proud to honor David Wallace, administrator of St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Inc., as a 2015 recipient of the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.
This award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:17:14 AM
-- Spring clean-up scheduled for May 15 and 16
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Spring clean-up is scheduled for May 15 and 16 for the town of St. Johnsville, rural residents only. This does not apply to village residents.
Dumpsters will be available from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the town highway garage both days.
Tires will be allowed for a fee of $5 per tire.
Dumping will be for household refuse only. No construction or demolition material will be accepted. All dumping will be at the discretion of the monitor.