FORT PLAIN — Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School eighth grade student Brandy Sanders recently had a poem published, and cites English teacher Louise Clute as her biggest influence. She says Clute encouraged her to write throughout last year and didn’t let her give up — even though she wanted to at times.
Brandy says it’s that encouragement that helped inspire her to write her first published poem, called “Snowflakes,” which appears in the book, “Stars in Our Hearts,” by the World Poetry Movement. To appear in the book, amateur poets must submit their work, which is judged on the basis of originality, creativity, and imagination, amongst additional categories.
According to the World Poetry Movement website, less than three out of every 10 poems received are published.
For Brandy, appearing in the book means receiving recognition for something she has done since about age seven.
“Writing is an easy way to express my feelings and to get out what’s on my mind,” she said. “Last year in seventh grade, I didn’t write a lot, but Mrs. Clute kept influencing me to not give up.”
“I really didn’t think my poem was that good, but when it was published, I showed everyone.”
Clute — who teaches English and a writing workshop — says she “couldn’t contain herself” when she heard the news. For her, it symbolized a culmination of the work she and Brandy put in last year.
“She struggled with writing at first last year, but she would stay after school a couple times of week and I would work with her,” she said.
“I’m just so proud of her.”
Chicken barbecue to support CYC
CANAJOHARIE — A chicken barbecue, put on by the Winner’s Circle, Fonda, will be held at the Canajoharie High School on Tuesday, May 15, from 2:30-5:30 p.m.
The fundraiser will support the Canajoharie Community Youth Center. Dinners are $9 and include a half-chicken, potato, coleslaw, roll and dessert. Tickets will be available at the door.
Registration open for film workshop
CANAJOHARIE — The Cornell Cooperative Extension announces that registration is in progress for an exciting new summer workshop series for young storytellers, “Creating Youth Leaders Through Super-8 Film.”
The workshop will include experiential learning in camera techniques, storyboarding, acting and directing, film processing and scripting.
Ten young adults, ages 12-19, will make films based on their own ideas.
The series instructor is film director Omonike Akinyemi who holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
An application can be found on the CCE website www.ccefm-.com. Contact Linda Wegner, (518) 673-5525 ext. 114 for more information.
Free cancer screenings May 16
FORT PLAIN — On Wednesday, May 16, the Bassett Mobile Coach will offer free cancer screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fort Plain Save-a-Lot.
The Cancer Services Program of Fulton and Montgomery Counties is offering free screenings to men 50 and older and women 40 and older who do not have health insurance.
Screenings may include mammograms, breast and pelvic exams, pap tests for women 40 plus and colorectal cancer screening kits for men and women 50 plus.
National Day of Prayer May 3
FORT PLAIN — On Thursday, May 3, the The Valley Alliance Church will host the annual National Day of Prayer celebration in Haslett Park, Fort Plain, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The event will include worship with the Valley Alliance Church Youth Praise Band (leading), a speaker, and time for prayer both as a large group, and in smaller groups.
All are invited and encouraged to attend.
Meet candidates night scheduled
ST. JOHNSVILLE — A meet-the-candidates night has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, for the Oppenheim-Ephratah Board of Education candidates.
Six people are running for three seats on the Board of Education.
The candidates are incumbent Jennifer Frasier, incumbent David Rackmyre, Cindy Breh, Bruce Carpenter, Ben Conte and Cheryl Lynch.
The Oppenheim-Ephratah Teachers’ Association and Parent Teacher Association are hosting the event, which will take place in the school cafeteria at 6486 State Highway Route 29. Refreshments will be served.
Questions will be taken at the door and then be asked to the candidates who attend.
Thus far, three of the six candidates have confirmed they will be attending.
MRML board to host meeting May 4
ST. JOHNSVILLE — The Margaret Reaney Memorial Library Board of Trustees will host an informational meeting Friday, May 4 at the Community House, Washington Street.
Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., the meeting will address the proposed increase in the library’s school district tax levy.
Anyone desiring further information is invited to contact board President Rebecca Sokol at (518) 568-2849.
Fort Klock meeting May 9
ST. JOHNSVILLE — The regular May monthly meeting for Fort Klock Historic Restoration will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
The meeting will be held at the Fort at 7 p.m. Fort Klock opens on Memorial Day, so members and those interested are encouraged to attend. Fort Klock is located on State Route 5, East of St Johnsville.
‘Passion for Pierce’ benefit is May 5
ST. JOHNSVILLE — A “Passion for Pierce” Benefit will be held May 5 at the H.C. Smith Benefit Club, Crum Creek Road, from 12-7 p.m.
The club will raise funding for Pierce Malone, a ten year old boy who is suffering from a critical genetic condition called neurofibromatosis.
The funds will help defray the cost of Pierce’s past, current and future medical expenses. Tickets will be $15 for adults, $10 for children, 6 and under are free.
With further questions or concerns, contact Michele Lull, secretary of the H.C. Smith Benefit Club at (518) 568-2515.
Catholic Daughters attend meeting
ALBANY — Members of the Albany Diocese Past Regents Chapter Catholic Daughters of the Americas met for the spring business meeting and luncheon on Saturday, April 14, at Blessed Sacrament School in Albany.
Members from Court Stella Maris #396 of Schuylerville, Court McLaughlin #422 of Saratoga Springs, Court Mary Regis #638 of Albany, Court Catherine Esther #1264 of Canajoharie, Court Morrissey #1477 of Fort Edward, and Court St. Martin DePorres #1648 of Colonie attended the meeting.
President Bette Hamilton Scanlon from Court Morrissey #1477 in Fort Edward called the meeting to order. President Scanlon reported that she had received a letter from the office of Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, informing her that he would be free to celebrate the Chapter’s next Memorial Mass on Saturday, October 27. Discussion followed regarding a location for the mass, and it was decided to hold it at Notre Dame/Visitation Church in Schuylerville, with The Schuylerville Court hosting the event.
Further plans for the mass and luncheon will be finalized at the chapter’s fall meeting. Marlene Nalli volunteered to ask Court Broderick #1591 in Broadalbin to host the meeting sometime in September. The date and place of the meeting will be finalized after she contacts the Broadalbin court.
In other business, President Scanlon stated that a nominating committee should be appointed to choose a slate of officers for the next two years.
According to the Chapter’s by-laws, the nominating committee should be comprised of the five immediate past presidents. Thus the committee will consist of President Scanlon, Barbara Niles, Diane Scaringe, Jean Lloyd, and Doris Dutcher. They will meet during the summer to choose a slate and present it at the fall meeting.
Mixer, fundraiser scheduled May 15
FORT PLAIN — A community mixer and fundraiser for local state Assembly candidate Thomas Quackenbush will be held at The Table in Fort Plain restaurant on Tuesday, May 15. Anyone wishing more information or needing a ride is asked to call (321) 377-2631.
Yacobucci SUNY Oswego candidate
OSWEGO — Matthew J. Yacobucci, of Canajoharie, is scheduled to complete his baccalaureate studies in Biology, summa cum laude, this year at SUNY Oswego and will be recognized May 12 at the college’s 151st Commencement.
A student who graduates with honors is indicated by the traditional Latin phrases summa cum laude, with highest honor (grade averages of 3.8 to 4.0); magna cum laude, with great honor (grade averages of 3.6 to 3.79); and cum laude, with honor (grade averages of 3.30 to 3.59).