Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 10:21:58 AM
FORT PLAIN -- On Tuesday, the Fort Plain Free Library hosted this summer’s final Captain Science program, the third held this year as part of the facility’s Summer Reading Program. Captain Science, otherwise known as retired high school physics teacher John Laffan, uses creative, hands-on experiments to demonstrate scientific principles.
Tuesday’s program brought attendees outside, across the street to Haslett Park for several demonstrations, including a program wherein Laffan ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 10:21:47 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
FORT PLAIN -- Just off Hancock Street, behind Barton’s Bubbles, at the end of a dead-end drive on private property exists an immediately unremarkable, tree-covered lot. If you were to pass on foot, you wouldn’t know anything special had once taken place there.
But, dig just below the surface and a vast historical world emerges, long-buried artifacts detailing the layered story of the former Erie Canal store that once stood there.
Tipped off about the si ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 10:21:37 AM
AMSTERDAM -- County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort and Legislative Chairman Terry A. Bieniek announced the winners of Montgomery County Local Tourism Grants for 2016. Bieniek (District 5) and Economic Development Chairman Robert A. Purtell (District 9) made the check presentation on Sunday July 3, before the Amsterdam Mohawks game at Shuttleworth Park.
The total amount awarded was $16,200, including to local recipients: Hummingbird Hills Winers for their annual car show, St. Johnsville Chamber ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 10:21:28 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
CANAJOHARIE -- The family friendly Science at the Library program at the Canajoharie Library Wednesday connected kids and their caretakers via fun, educational experiments. The program, held in various libraries throughout the sponsoring Mohawk Valley Library System annually, makes it a point to combine learning with hands-on fun, attendees of all ages being invited to move from one action-packed station to the next, accumulating knowledge along the way.
The event ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 10:21:03 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
CANAJOHARIE -- This year’s annual Music on Mainstreet concert series kicked off with a special performance by Betsy and the Bygones Friday evening, deviating from the regular Tuesday schedule with the goal of entertaining the hundreds of Cycling the Erie Canal participants spending the night at Canajoharie High School.
Following Friday’s special event, the series kicked off in spectacular fashion Tuesday evening, a vast crowd packing the lawn of the dow ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 3:50:43 AM
By EMILY DREW
For the C-S-E
The Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District received more than $700,000 from the state to address water quality concerns on four farms across the county.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday $13.1 million would be awarded to 25 county soil and water conservation districts across the state, funding 42 water quality conservation projects. Funding was available through the state Environmental Protection Fund and administered by the state Department of Agric ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 3:47:33 AM
Twenty Years Ago
-- Cellular One, a telecommunications company, has nearly completed a new tower installation on Sanders Road in the town of Minden. It is one of several expected to be erected in the Mohawk Valley for the ever-increasing number of cellular telephones going into service across the country.
-- With increasing enrollments in the lower grade level, the Canajoharie Central School Board of Education took preliminary steps at a special meeting to begin the process o ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 3:32:23 AM
Buck is an 8-year-old male Chow/Rottie mix, 65 pounds. He came to the shelter on July 11. He's very friendly and should be fine with kids. Buck isn't good with cats.
Meadow is a wonderful 2- to 4-year-old female Shepherd mix. She was found on Spring Street, town of Minden and came to the shelter on July 14. She knows "sit" and she's a whiz at catching tossed treats.
If anyone is interested in adopting either Buck or Meadow, please call the shelter or visit their website: ayresanimalshelter.com
Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 3:30:00 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- Canajoharie Central School District Class of 1976 began their 40 year reunion celebration last Friday evening at Jim's Irish Harbour, where guests enjoyed a buffet dinner, games and music by classmate DJ Jeff Leonard.
On Saturday, the reunion took place at the Canajoharie-Fort Plain Elks Lodge, Nelliston.
Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 3:27:32 AM
Actor Chad Michael Collins, of Canajoharie, will star in the Sony Pictures release “Sniper: Ghost Shooter,” available August 2 on Video-On-Demand, DVD and Blu-ray.
Collins will reprise his franchise-starring role of Staff Sgt Brandon Beckett, the infantry Marine turned elite sniper and son of original franchise star Tom Berenger’s Master Gunnery Sgt Thomas Beckett. The film also stars familiar faces Billy Zane and Dennis Haysbert.
“Sniper: Ghost Shooter” was filmed ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 3:25:47 AM
FORT PLAIN -- On Saturday, Stanley Hall was provided the first place, $500 award for winning a Battle of the Bands at Historic Unity Hall. The runner up took home $200, split between the bands Front Of House and Heathcliff, which received an equal number of audience votes. The show took place as part of MVC’s Summer Music Series, which has three upcoming shows. For more information about upcoming events, visit: mohawkvalleycollective.com
Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 3:23:08 AM
FORT PLAIN -- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth and Gretchen (Loesch) Countryman, of Brooksville, Florida and Montgomery, Illinois celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, July 9.
They were married July 9, 1966 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fort Plain.
The couple have two children, Louis (Marcia), of Wildwood, Missouri and Eric (Lisa), of Oswego, Illinois. They have eight grandchildren, Andrew (21), Michael (16), Matthew (16), Alexis (15), Kathryn Countryman (14) and Victoria (16), Evan (1 ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 3:20:59 AM
Arkell Hall Adult Home News
CANAJOHARIE -- The following news from Arkell Hall Adult Home is for July 10-15.
Residents at Arkell Hall Adult Home enjoyed a beautiful day by the lake in Cooperstown at the Blue Mingo Grill, enjoying lunch items such as lobster and salad.
Ten residents, three advisory and three staff members attended the outing. While dining on the rustic porch overlooking the water, attendees watched boats come and go.
Advisory members Nancy Mace and Dorothy Mailloux were in to pla ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 3:15:02 AM
FORT PLAIN -- Beginning July 25, Happy Hollow Road will be closed near the intersection of Gorge Road. This location is closest to the Old Fort Plain Road intersection. The closure, the result of a weather mitigation project that’ll facilitate culvert replacement and wall repair, will be in effect until September 1.
Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 3:14:01 AM
-- Marriage of Gil and Lana to be held July 23
PALATINE -- Repeating last year’s huge success, Mohawk Country and Julyfest 2016 will present the Marriage of Gil and Lana Borst Martin on Saturday, July 23. Actors and reenactors will re-create the wedding from Walter Edmonds’ classic American Revolutionary War novel 'Drums Along the Mohawk' (1936) at the mid-18th century Palatine Church.
The church is in the hamlet of Palatine Church, which was known as Fox’s Mills in the 18 ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 15, 2016 9:02:22 AM
TOP: Fultonville resident Libby Kilmartin sets up her stand at the Johnstown Farmers Market on Tuesday. BOTTOM: St. Johnsville resident and owner of Beyond Your Garden Jesse Walter stands near his flowers at the Johnstown Farmers Market on Tuesday.
Last Updated: Friday, July 15, 2016 8:49:41 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
ST. JOHNSVILLE — On Monday, the Summer Concert Series kicked off at the St. Johnsville Marina, Linda Lee and the Fox Creek Band entertaining a crowd that stretched across the park’s sun-kissed scenery.
The St. Johnsville Chamber of Commerce raised money via the sale of refreshments and a 50/50 raffle, six members of the group volunteering their time Monday. Chamber President Kevin Enea said that all money raised will go back into the variety of events t ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 15, 2016 8:45:39 AM
Musicians to face off during Battle of the Bands July 16
FORT PLAIN — Four bands will duke it out for $500 in prize money this Saturday, July 16, as the Mohawk Valley Collective hosts its first-ever Battle of the Bands at Historic Unity Hall, corner of Mohawk and Center streets.
Starting at 6 p.m., performers including Phil Arcuri, Stanley Hall, Healthcliff, and Front of the House will be joined by other groups for the event.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be available fo ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 15, 2016 8:45:13 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE — A benefit for Sharon Hoffman (Buddles) will be held Saturday, July 30 at noon at the H.C. Smith Benefit Club, 538 Crum Creek Road.
Sharon has lived and served in the community for most of her life. She started her law enforcement career in 1989 as a St. Johnsville Police officer, developing a significant career in the field until her retirement from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office in 2014.
This year, Sharon found out she had stage 3 brain cancer. Since her biopsy, ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 15, 2016 8:44:42 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE — As part of its 2016 summer program, the Old Palatine Church will present clarinetist and operatic tenor David Ciucevich in concert Sunday, July 24, at 4 p.m.
Ciucevich has enjoyed a varied career in music, holding degrees from Georgia Southern University and the University of Northern Colorado.
Ciucevich has performed as soloist in Schubert’s “Mass in G Major” with the Festival Celebration Choir of Albany, Verdi’s “Requiem” a ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 15, 2016 8:44:09 AM
CANAJOHARIE — “101 Dalmatians Kids” and “Summer Show Rewind” will be performed by the Canajoharie-Fort Plain Summer Drama Club on Saturday, July 30, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 31 at 3 p.m. at Canajoharie High School’s Arkell Auditorium.
This two part production is brought to you by a 34 member cast age 8 to 18, directed by AJ Sullivan and Norma Bowley, with choreography by Katie Trahan.
“Summer Show Rewind” is a 40-minute medley of songs from the l ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 15, 2016 8:43:44 AM
FORT PLAIN — The Altar Rosary Sodality of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Fort Plain is sponsoring a bus trip to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts on Friday, Aug. 26.
The bus is being provided by Brown Coach and will pick up passengers at 9:30 a.m. at the Dutchtown Plaza in Palatine Bridge. It will return at 7 p.m.
Aug. 26 is the feast day of Our Lady of Czestochowa and the Shrine will hold a commemoration to her which will include Eucharistic Adorat ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 15, 2016 8:42:58 AM
CANAJOHARIE — On Wednesday, July 20, at 2 p.m. the Canajoharie Library, 2 Erie Blvd., will host hands-on science activities, at Science at the Library.
Science programs consist of an hour and half sessions in science fair format featuring hands-on experiments on the topics of energy, surface tension, buoyancy, sound, light, electricity, magnetism and chemistry.
Science at The Library is a free science education program funded and co-sponsored with GE Volunteers to get school aged children ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 15, 2016 8:41:32 AM
The Canajoharie Senior Citizens enjoyed a bus trip to the McHaydn Theatre to see “Nice Work if You Can Get It.” They have also had interesting programs — Rene Carr on depression and mental health, and they joined the Arkell Hall ladies for the “Jim Okey” magic and comedy show. They also enjoyed bingo and ice cream sundaes.
At a covered dish early in the year, members were asked to donate towards a gift to be given to a local organization. On June 24, they presented ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 15, 2016 8:40:24 AM
By EMILY DREW
For the C-S-E
In an effort to ensure preparedness, statewide emergency management services are partaking in a training exercise that simulate severe flooding and storms similar to Hurricanes Irene and Lee.
From Tuesday through Thursday, local, state and federal emergency management agencies participated in the “Mohawk Cresting” exercise that simulates severe weather and prompts agencies to go through steps of requesting additional services and aiding local residents.