Last Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:39:28 AM
Twenty Years Ago
The Arkell Hall Foundation put three years of effort to the shovel when it broke ground for its 20-apartment senior citizen complex for men and women. The multi-million dollar facility will be located adjacent to the foundation's Arkell Hall on Montgomery Street in the village on about an acre of land. Arkell Hall is a senior citizens women's home.
In light of the recent defeat of Canajoharie Central School's $9.1 million 1993-94 school budget by 15 votes, officia ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:34:36 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Local donations, including $1,500 raised by a Lutheran Church spaghetti dinner, will help send approximately 30 St. Johnsville sixth graders on a three-day environmental education field trip this June.
Again this year, students in Linda Hart and Thomas Jordan’s sixth grade classes will attend a Nature’s Classroom program at Silver Bay on Lake George. Nature’s Classroom provides hands-on environmental education programs for students in an outdoor setting. This ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:31:54 AM
STONE ARABIA -- Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stone Arabia, will be holding historic tours of the facility on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church encompasses a faith community whose history stretches back almost 300 years, and has members that can trace their family roots to those who first built the structure. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Last Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:29:46 AM
ALBANY -- Six Albany Medical Center nurses were honored last Tuesday for excellence in patient care and leadership with the annual Pillars of Nursing Award -- the highest nursing award bestowed by the Center -- including Dan Dermott, of St. Johnsville, RN, Cardio Pulmonary Surgery (CPS).
Mary Ellen Plass, RN, MS, CENP, senior vice president and chief nursing officer, noted the symbolism of naming the award after the distinctive pillars at the main entrance of Albany Med.
“They are strong, ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 3:36:07 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Pageant winners in several age categories were crowned during the annual Springfest pageant held Thursday, May 9 at the St. Johnsville High School Auditorium.
Contestants from across the Mohawk Valley modeled dressy attire and were interviewed on stage by Emcee and Pageant Director Laurie Jean Britton. The event featured guest appearances and entertainment by Miss Mohawk Valley’s Outstanding Teen, Kimberly Sargalis and Miss Mohawk Valley, Amanda Abdagic. Winners are ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:20:17 AM
-- Program to educate on "10 Wild Edible Plants" May 23
FORT PLAIN -- On May 23, at 7 p.m., St. John's Lutheran Church of Freysbush will host a program by Bill Naple, titled "10 Wild Edible Plants, We Never Left the Garden of Eden." Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Kathy at (518) 284-2197.
-- Drama Club to present "Doc, Doc…..Goose!" May 23-24
FORT PLAIN -- The Fort Plain-Canajoharie Drama Club is pleased to announce their upcoming production, “Doc, Doc&helli ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 3:31:37 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Over the course of the past 35 years, Parkside Drive-In has blossomed into a beloved, successful local institution, remaining family owned and operated, community oriented, and focused on serving high quality, homemade food. Although the experience Parkside offers is that of the quintessential American drive-in, its unique qualities have kept customers coming back since the doors first opened in 1978.
When the business began at 7485 State Highway ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 3:33:06 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
FORT PLAIN -- On Saturday, Fort Plain alumni gathered to participate in the Second Annual Alumni Games, raising money for the district's summer baseball program and giving graduates the opportunity to catch up while flexing their competitive muscles.
Coach Craig Phillips said the program is extremely important in raising money for the summer baseball program. "Summer ball is expensive," said Phillips, explaining that a group also sells concessions at such games to ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 3:33:54 AM
Residents of Canajoharie, Fort Plain and Oppenheim Ephratah-St. Johnsville central school districts will vote on each school's 2013-2014 budget on May 21.
Canajoharie Central School District residents will vote on a proposed $19.7 million budget. The proposal increases spending by 2.53 percent over 2012-13 and carries a tax levy increase of 2.5 percent.
To offset cost increases, the proposed spending plan uses almost $1 million in fund balance/reserves to improve district’s current program ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 3:32:30 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Despite looming darkened clouds and light showers, this year's Springfest was a mostly dry -- and successful -- affair, with the crowd populating the streets throughout the three day event. People lined Main St. on Saturday afternoon, umbrellas in hand, even as the rain threatened to get heavy right before the parade. A few moments into the show, the rain eventually tapered off, allowing the crowd to enjoy the parade without the threat of getting ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013 1:07:00 AM
Twenty Years Ago
Canajoharie Central School's proposed 1993-94 budget, totaling $9.1 million was defeated by just a 15-vote margin, 289-274. A proposal by the Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery, separate from the school district budget was defeated soundly by district voters, 418-141, nearly a 4-1 margin. District Superintendent Richard Rose said that the district has a number of options that will be fully explored at a special meeting of the Board of Education.
The official grou ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013 12:59:34 AM
FORT PLAIN -- A Community Garden is being installed at Wiles Park, with local volunteers, Fort Plain Central School district students and teachers, and various organizations helping to tend the raised garden, the beds of which will be constructed from the recycled timbers from the 41 Mohawk St. property adjacent to Unity Hall.
In building the garden, starter kits were supplied to elementary classrooms at Harry Hoag School. Teachers guide their students though the seed starting process while cond ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013 12:50:59 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- Volunteers from Canajoharie braved the cold and the wind recently to help out spruce up the Riverfront Park.
The Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce and the Canal Authority sponsored the 8th Annual Clean Up of the park. Michael Daniels, with his mom Jessica Daniels, Alexz Lathers, Jocelyn Mussmacher, Garrett Oeser, and Tia King along with Debbie Eckler, sixth-grade teacher at the Canajoharie Middle School, spent their Saturday morning, April 27, cleaning up after mother natur ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013 12:47:23 AM
Tuck is an adult neutered male Shepherd mix. He was found on Borden Road, Glen on May 1. He's a big, smiley guy, very strong. He's best with older kids and adults, not small children.
Leah is a pretty 1 1/2-year-old female Shepherd mix. She was found on Hilltop Road, Sprakers on May 4. She's good with other dogs and cats. Leah is sweet-natured and playful.
If anyone is interested in adopting either Tuck or Leah, call the shelter at (518) 673-5670 or visit the website: http://ayresanimalshelter.c ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013 12:31:44 AM
-- Village issues reminders
CANAJOHARIE -- The village of Canajoharie Department of Public Works requests that residents do not put debris of any kind out into the streets. Leaves and debris must be in open containers, not loose or in bags, effective now.
Bulk pick-up in the village of Canajoharie will be Sept. 25.
The Canajoharie Village Office and Department of Public Works will be closed for Memorial Day, May 27. There will be no garbage collection on that day. Monday's garbage will be picked ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013 12:29:30 AM
FORT PLAIN -- The Village of Fort Plain Community Activities Council has announced the line-up of activities for the annual Street Fair Days, held Thursday, May 16 through Saturday, May 18.?Back by popular demand will be the village-wide garage sales on all three days, and attendees are encouraged to purchase advance-sale ride tickets.?This year, the FPCAC is trying something different by placing the event -- which will feature craft vendor booths, musical entertainment and carnival rides, ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013 12:27:52 AM
-- FP alumni games set for May 11
FORT PLAIN -- The Fort Plain High School baseball program will hold its second annual alumni games Saturday, May 11 at Phillips Field.
The first game will start at 12 Noon and is for players who graduated between 1973 and 1993. The second game will follow at 2 p.m. for alumni from the classes of 1994 to today. Registration before the day of the games will be $20, while the cost will be $25 for registering the day of the games.
To sign up, contact coach Craig Phi ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013 4:18:17 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District Board of Education has unanimously selected current St. Johnsville Superintendent Laura Campione Lawrence to be the first superintendent of the newly merged district.
The board selected Campione Lawrence following its interview with her Tuesday, May 7. Campione Lawrence will be formally appointed to the position once contract details are negotiated.
“The board has made an excellent decision selecting a l ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 3:34:57 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
FORT PLAIN -- Last week, the Montgomery County Water Quality Committee presented the village of Fort Plain with an award for having the best tasting water in the county. Fort Plain's water went up against samples from five other municipalities (out of six eligible) during the last indoor farmer's market at Alpin Haus, Amsterdam.
On Thursday, MCWQC Treasurer Toni Christman and Chairman Patrick Clear presented Mayor Guy Barton and Department of Public Works Superinte ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013 4:24:18 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- During the village of Canajoharie's Tuesday evening meeting, Mayor Francis Avery put before the council a new local law regarding trespassing at Wintergreen Park.
The local law, which must be in front of the trustees for at least ten days before they vote on it, was written with the cooperation of Police Chief Bryan MacFadden, who, the day of the meeting had visited Wintergreen Park to decide where to install markers across the creek delineating a line of trespass.
If the law is a ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013 4:24:48 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
CANAJOHARIE -- Mary Beth Bianconi, senior project manager, Delaware Engineering, PC, provided an update on the Canajoharie Waste Water Treatment Plant's upcoming project, which will modernize the plant with the goal of increasing efficiency, during Tuesday's Village Board of Canajoharie meeting.
She suggested that the board hire a fiscal advisor to work with them on this project. When asked by Mayor Francis Avery why she felt the fiscal advisor was necessary, she s ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013 4:21:39 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- To say that the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library's Museum has gone through an overhaul is an understatement. For the first time in decades, the museum was cleaned, labeled and re-organized during a year-plus process by five devoted volunteers. During that process, a plethora of exciting historical items were unearthed, the contents of each room were re-displayed and revitalized with added information, and St. Johnsville's history was brought into ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 07, 2013 3:56:26 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
FORT PLAIN -- While last year's event was cold, windy, and at times, drenched in rain, his year's National Day of Prayer celebration in Haslett Park was blessed with the best weather it's had in years, the sun streaming through the park's trees onto the appreciative crowd.
At least six churches were represented at this year's event, held Thursday. Valley Alliance Church Pastor Dave Prahst noted that attendance was comparable to that of Albany's National Day of Pray ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 07, 2013 12:45:30 PM
By Joshua Thomas
C-S-E News Staff
FORT PLAIN -- On Saturday, the Second Annual Mohawk Valley Regional Chess Tournament was held at the Fort Plain Free Library, with 13 competitors from the Fort Plain Chess Club and the Greater Amsterdam School District Chess Club engaged in numerous well-thought-out matches against one another.
The age range of competitors was 9-16, proving that a person of any age level can successfully learn to play chess, benefitting from the skills acquired during practice ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013 4:21:03 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
CANAJOHARIE -- On Saturday, the Seventh Annual "Drums Along The Mohawk" All-Alumni Reunion drew its largest crowd yet, with up to 174 former Canajoharie Central School District students in attendance. The graduation years of attendees spanned 1939 to 1988, the eldest graduate being Barbara Shults.
"Every year there's more," in attendance, said All-Alumni President Susan Dingman Yuhasz, noting that about 150 were present at the 2012 event, held the first Saturday in ...